Pirates sail to win No. 14

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The clash against Emilio Aguinaldo College on Tuesday was another showcase of the Pirates’ poise and composure, as they repaid the trust shown by their coach.Facing a late uprising from the Generals, the Pirates wiggled themselves out of trouble with another strong finish for an 86-74 victory that extended their unbeaten start to 14 games at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.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 shutoutWhile the Generals suffered a blow in their hopes of nailing a Final Four berth, the San Sebastian Stags enhanced their bid for a postseason spot with a 95-64 drubbing of a surprisingly listless Letran squad in the first game.“You have to trust them that if they made a mistake, they have to figure it out on their own,” said Robinson. “There will come a time when I don’t need to coach them anymore. These moments are helping them grow.” Lyceum coach Topex Robinson attributes the Pirates’ success in NCAA Season 93 to the freedom he gives his players at crucial moments in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The stretch that Robinson was referring to came with under four minutes remaining with the Pirates protecting a 78-72 lead and momentum on the Generals’ side after a triple from Jerome Garcia.Twins Jaycee and JV Marcelino combined to score the next eight points, while the Pirates put the clamps on the Generals’ shooters to put the game away.Four wins away from a season sweep that will give them a thrice-to-beat bonus in the finals, Robinson knows the Pirates can’t afford to get ahead of themselves.“It’s not a guarantee that you’re going to win a championship,” said Robinson. “There are a lot of flaws that we need to work on and we have to keep on improving.”The Stags, meanwhile, nailed 16 triples on their way to a seventh win in 13 games, tying Jose Rizal U at third spot, while sending the Knights to fifth with a 7-7 card.ADVERTISEMENT PSC seeks audit of past transactions Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Nextlast_img read more

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Lady Realtors notch 1st win

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Anisova fired 11 kills for 13 points while Field and Lastimosa chipped in 11 markers apiece for the Lady Realtors, who dominated the blocking department, 8-2.Despite the win, Sta. Lucia Realty head coach Jerry Yee said the Lady Realtors still have to work on minimizing their errors and solidifying their defense to survive.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“Madami pa rin kaming errors and lapses then, hindi pa rin nagko-connect ang setter at middle hitters natin. Buti nalang nandiyan ‘yung ibang imports natin na kayang-kaya ‘yung outside hits (We had too many errors and lapses and our setter and middle hitters haven’t really connected yet. It’s a good thing our imports were there and they kept making outside hits),” said Yee.“Ang hirap noon kapag natalo pa kami. So, kahit papaano may konting pressure doon (It would have been more difficult if we lost. So there was a bit of pressure). We needed a win so we got a win,” he added. “Ito ang mga baby steps namin so we’ll take it (These are our baby steps and we’ll take it).” Pacquiao wannabe plucks gold for Cebu; Aklan rules in the pool View comments LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Dimdim Pacres scored nine points while Carla Sandoval and Caitlyn Viray tallied eight markers each for winless UST. MOST READcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Pam Lastimosa hammers a point for Sta. Lucia.Sta. Lucia Realty finally barged into the win column, making short work of Victoria Sports-University of Santo Tomas, 25-19, 25-21, 25-19, Tuesday in the Chooks to-Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Realtors banked on the trio of Ukranian reinforcement Dana Anisova, Canadian Marisa Field and local star Pam Lastimosa in clinching their first victory in this prestigious club league.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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Curry leads Warriors fightback after Sixers blitz

first_imgStephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors looks on in the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on November 18, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Curry led a second-half blast by the Warriors to shatter a 22-point lead by the 76ers and win the game, 124-166. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Stephen Curry scored 35 points as the Golden State Warriors bounced back from a disastrous first half performance to overpower the Philadelphia 76ers 124-116 on Saturday.Curry erupted in a one-sided third quarter for the Warriors after the Sixers stunned the reigning NBA champions with an astonishing 47-point first quarter display at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.ADVERTISEMENT The points haul was the most the Warriors have conceded in a single quarter since giving up 48 points in the fourth quarter of a game against Portland in November 1992.The Sixers led 47-28 after the first period and extended their lead to 74-52 at the break, leaving the Warriors staring at a potential blowout loss.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 shutoutHowever Steve Kerr’s men came roaring back after half-time, and with Curry and Kevin Durant to the fore, put up their own 47-point quarter in the third.Curry rattled in 20 points alone in the third quarter as the Warriors erased a 22-point Sixers lead and quickly accelerated clear of their rivals. By the end of the third, the Warriors had raced into a 99-89 lead, a comfortable buffer they never looked like relinquishing throughout the fourth.Curry finished with 35 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Durant weighed in with 27 points five rebounds and three assists.“They played well in the first quarter so you’ve got to credit them,” Curry said afterwards. ”Sometimes when you get down like that it’s not all our fault. We helped them a little bit with some turnovers and easy three-pointers, which gave them momentum, especially at home.“The second half, at the beginning of the third quarter we got some stops and that allowed our offense to take over. We executed better.”ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Klay Thompson (17), Zaza Pachulia (10) and David West (14) also chipped in with double-figure tallies.Warriors power forward Draymond Green praised the way his team responded to the early onslaught.“They came out and punched us in the mouth but we were able to weather the storm,” Green said.“First half they bullied us. We gave no resistance, they got whatever they wanted. In the third quarter we made some stops, Steph got hot and we started playing like ourselves.”Ben Simmons led the scoring for the Sixers with 23 points while Joel Embiid had 21 points. Four other Sixers players — Dario Saric, Robert Covington, J.J. Redick and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot made double figures.The Warriors improved to 12-4 with the win while the Sixers fell to 8-7. /cbb Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ Hyper Court: Basketball at your fingertips Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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World Cup: Appropriate security for Pakistan in Mohali

first_imgThe security for the India-Pakistan World Cup semi-final in Mohali will have a changed security arrangement with Shahid Afridi’s team being provided ‘appropriate’ security cover, tournament director Ratnakar Shetty said here on Friday.Asked if the India-Pakistan game was the biggest challenge of the tournament, Shetty told Mail Today: “I don’t think it is the biggest challenge. Yes, it is a challenge because the security issues changed slightly as compared to earlier matches. Each country has its own security perceptions which the government decides; we don’t decide.” Shetty said that the home ministry of India has been monitoring the security aspect of the World Cup that is being hosted in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as well.When asked if the Pakistani team is being provided additional security, Shetty said: “I don’t know what the meaning of extra security is. But whatever is appropriate and what is needed, that is what the government provides.”I am extremely happy that home ministry has been proactive on a day-to-day basis and has been guiding the security arrangements. Indian venues gave full support to the advice that was given to them by security agencies,” he said.Shetty disclosed that the World Cup organising committee wanted to have a common visa for easy criss-crossing of the teams, the media and the others involved with the tournament.”We tried that. But all three countries had different issues. One must accept the fact that the ground realities in Asian countries are not the same as people would like it and, therefore, it is the governments that decide the course of action,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

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IPL 2011: Gautam Gambhir shines as Kolkata beat Pune by seven wickets

first_imgKolkata kept their hopes of qualifying for the IPL play-offs on track with a comfortable seven-wicket victory over out-of-reckoning Pune at D Y Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai on Thursday. Score | PhotosThe visitors first shackled the home team batsmen with their three-pronged spin attack and restricted Pune to a meagre 118 for seven and then reached the target by making 119 for three in 16.4 overs.Skipper Gautam Gambhir led the victory charge driving with elan in his fine, unbeaten innings of 54 in 46 balls with seven fours while Yusuf Pathan made a brisk 29 in 25 balls to guide the home team to a thumping victory. Manoj Tiwary made 24 in as many balls earlier.Pathan, who also took two wickets, was declared the man of the match.The third wicket partnership of 64 runs in 8.1 overs between Gambhir and Pathan, who was out when two runs were needed for victory, laid low the Warriors’ lukewarm challenge.It was the Knight Riders’ eighth victory in 13 games and boosted their tally to 16, the same as Mumbai Indians who have one extra game in hand. The Kolkata franchise would take on Mumbai in their concluding round robin tie on May 22 at home.Chennai (18) and Bangalore (17) lead the points table while Punjab, the only other team in contention, have 14 with one game in hand.It was yet another pathetic batting display by the Warriors after they were invited to bat first by Knight Riders skipper Gambhir.Captain Yuvraj Singh, who came in at number 6, made the top score of 24 in another spineless batting display by the Warriors who have one more game at hand against Punjab on Saturday away from home to conclude their debut season.advertisementChasing the modest score of 118, the Knight Riders lost an early wicket in opener Sreevats Goswami who fell in the first over. But a first wicket stand of 46 runs between captain Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary (24 in 24 balls) set them off on the track.Tiwary departed in the eighth over when the score read 53, chopping Bhuvaneswar Kumar on to his stumps. Gambhir and Pathan, who hit three fours and one six, then put on 64 runs to put their side on way to the modest target.Pathan was especially harsh on the accurate Rahul Sharma and hit the leggie for three fours in two overs to maintain the desired run-rate. He also hooked Bhuvaneshwar Kumar for a six.Gambhir, who played sensibly, and Pathan made sure that the Warriors did not get a whiff of a come back.Earlier, the Warriors struggled against the Kolkata spinners on a spinning track that was also a tad too slow for their liking and slumped to 17 for two initially and never recovered from the poor beginning.Manish Pandey (16), Callum Ferguson (16) and Sourav Ganguly (18) frittered away decent starts along with the under-performing Robin Uthappa (12) after Jesse Ryder was packed off for one in the eighth ball of their innings.Yuvraj (24) and Sachin Rana (18), playing his first match, gave some late fillip to the sagging innings during their stand of 34 for the sixth wicket ? the highest of the innings. But the overall batting effort was clearly below expectations.All the batsmen struggled to get on the offensive against the visiting team’s spin trio of Pathan, Iqbal Abdulla and Shakib Al Hasan who picked up five wickets among them.Pathan and Bangladesh skipper Shakib bagged two wickets apiece along with Laxmipathy Balaji who got both his wickets in the only over he bowled, the final one.Ryder failed to get going and was snapped up in the second over following a rush of blood against Pathan and was caught at mid-off.Pandey, who looked to be in good touch, did not last long after the fall of his opening partner and departed in the fourth for 16, trapped leg before by left arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla’s arm ball.The struggle continued for the hosts when Ganguly, who was given a loud cheer by the huge crowd when he came out to bat against his old team, found it difficult to time the ball along with Ferguson.Ferguson pulled Jaques Kallis for a four and got lucky when a mistimed shot fetched him another four to improve the run-rate slightly.But he too was dismissed for 16 in the ninth over when Shakib Al Hasan turned the ball away from his advanced bat and had him stumped easily by Sreevats Goswami who was brought in the team today in place of Mark Boucher.Ganguly at last showed a glimpse of his old self when he hoisted Abdulla over long on for the first six of the innings to raise the 50 in the tenth over.advertisementUthappa, promoted ahead of captain Yuvraj, hit a reverse hit four and was lucky to be let off by Laxmipathy Balaji at deep mid wicket off Rajat Bhatia in the 12th over.Ganguly, not really in his elements, made his exit when he swept Shakib straight to a leaping Pathan backward of square inside the ring in the 13th over.He and Uthappa put on 27 runs for the fourth wicket. The latter too departed eight balls later when his attempt to slog sweep Pathan failed as Lee brought off a good catch on the boundary line to reduce the Warriors 79 for five.Yuvraj was out off the last over bowled by Balaji, miscuing a leg side swing to wicket keeper Goswami. He hit only two fours in his 26-ball essay. Rana was yorked by the lanky medium pacer off the last ball.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

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98 kg gold, Rs 11.56 crore found in Sathya Sai Baba’s private chamber in Puttaparthi

first_imgTwenty people took 36 hours to count the cash found in the private chamber of Sathya Sai Baba at his ashram in Puttaparthi.The Yajurveda Mandir had been locked after the spiritual guru of millions world over fell ill in March this year.Now, the reopening of the temple has led to the discovery of a veritable treasure trove – it includes 98 kg of gold, 307 kg of silver and Rs 11.56 crore in cash. The total value of all goods added together is over Rs 38 crore.Sai Baba’s private chamber was reopened on Thursday by members of the Trust and Satyajit, who was the godman’s personal assistant.Two senior retired Supreme Court judges, along with former chief justice of India P.N. Bhagwati, were also present.An assessor approved by the Income Tax Department assisted in evaluating the gold, silver and jewellery. All the valuables have been sent to the State Bank of India branch, where the Sai Baba’s trust has an account. No will or any other important document was found in the godman’s chamber.Sathya Sai Baba, who was in critical condition for 28 days, had passed away on April 24, 2011. He had been admitted in a super-specialty hospital at Prashantigram at Puttaparthi, which he himself had created for the common people. After being on ventilator support for many days with all his vital parameters failing, Sai Baba died of cardio-respiratory failure.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

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Achutanandan loses Kerala CM seat, in danger of losing leader of Opposition job too

first_imgLike any good Malayalee communist, V.S. Achutanandan must abhor all things American. Even so, there’s an expression used in Uncle Sam’s land that he would do well to acquaint himself with: double whammy.First, the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) lost the 2001 assembly elections in Kerala. Achutanandan, all set to,Like any good Malayalee communist, V.S. Achutanandan must abhor all things American. Even so, there’s an expression used in Uncle Sam’s land that he would do well to acquaint himself with: double whammy.First, the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) lost the 2001 assembly elections in Kerala. Achutanandan, all set to become chief minister, found instead the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) entering office.Opposition Rivalry: V.S. AchutanandanHaving lost the chief minister’s job to A.K. Antony was bad enough. Now Achutanandan, the joke goes, is in danger of losing his job as leader of the Opposition too.His position as a critic of the UDF regime has been usurped by K. Karunakaran, Antony’s long-standing Congress rival. The Congressman is keeping the government on its toes, leaving Achutanandan and his fellow travellers twiddling their thumbs.Ol’ Achutanandan has taken it half-sportingly. His flunkies joke he is going to file a public-interest petition seeking to restrain Karunakaran from carrying out the duties of the leader of the Opposition. With his luck, the petition will be thrown out of court.last_img read more

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Something to prove

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Alkhaldi eyes gold this time In the second game, Phoenix battles Meralco as the Fuel Masters hope to finally break through this season.However, coach Louie Alas isn’t ready to measure his squad against the top teams of the league just yet.Right now, he wants to look at the squads his team is realistically competitive against.“We must be able to beat teams we are supposed to beat,” Alas said in Filipino during the PBA’s recent media day.“That’s where we will start.”Phoenix goes into a second season with Calvin Abueva now fully absorbed into its system and with additions Alex Mallari and Dave Marcelo, Alas feels he has the pieces to finally take it to the big guns of the league.“We’re deeper now,” Alas said. “So I guess this season, we can really compete.”Alas, however, is grounding himself in reality—at least for now.“San Miguel, Ginebra, Purefoods and Alaska, those are real elite teams. We will try to compete as hard as we can against them,” said Alas. “But right now, the test will be to beat the teams that are in the same level as we are in. I’m not saying we’re better than the rest of the field. But we should be able to win the games we have to win against them.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Now if he can only earn the minutes to prove he can knock down big-time shots in the pros.“I spoke with coach Bong and he told me I will get my chance to prove myself,” Desiderio said in Filipino.He promises he hasn’t lost an ounce of the confidence and swagger that endeared him to a school that finally crawled out of collegiate basketball’s underbelly.“I’m going to be the same player,” said Desiderio. “What Blackwater is going through is the same as what UP went through when I was there. So I’m going to do my best to do with Blackwater what I helped achieve in UP.”Blackwater will unveil Desiderio at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, where the Elite make their Philippine Cup debut against NorthPort.ADVERTISEMENT For someone picked fourth in a draft that was supposedly lacking in depth, Paul Desiderio will have some of the spotlight trained on him.Most of it will be residue sheen from his stint with University of the Philippines in the UAAP, where he capped a career that took on folk hero proportions by leading the Maroons to their first Finals stint in decades.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES But he doesn’t feel the pressure, just the challenge.“At this point, all I really want to gain is the experience,” Desiderio told the Inquirer during the recent PBA media day.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 starsHe knows he has to find his niche in Blackwater coach Bong Ramos’ system, a search that should be easier after the Elite dealt away Paul Zamar.Desiderio fits the Zamar profile. He is a gutsy playmaker who isn’t afraid to take shots. Even when he isn’t making them, he has enough self-faith to call game winners. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

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Auburn blows past Kansas to reach Sweet 16

first_imgLATEST STORIES Auburn’s Chuma Okeke (5) grabs a rebound from Kansas forward David McCormack (33) as Auburn’s Austin Wiley (50) watches during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Bruce Pearl and Auburn made another unexpected leap in its rebuilding process Saturday night, putting on a dazzling offensive display to take down a college basketball blue blood.A year after an unexpected SEC title and one NCAA Tournament game victory, the Tigers are headed to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 16 years.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Bryce Brown scored 25 points and hit seven 3-pointers, and Jared Harper had 18 points to send Auburn to the Sweet 16 for the fourth time — first since 2003 under Cliff Ellis.“It starts on the defensive side of the ball with us,” Brown said. “Typically, when we start off hot on a defensive end, we start off hot on the offensive end. And that’s what it’s been like all season-long.”Next up: top-seeded North Carolina or No. 9 Washington in Kansas City.The Jayhawks (26-10) hoped they would get the ticket to KC, where they would essentially play Sweet 16 home games as the No. 4 seed. Bill Self’s bunch got gut punched early and never climbed off the canvas, bounced from the NCAA Tournament in the second round after reaching the Final Four a year ago.Dedric Lawson had 25 points and 10 rebounds in what could be his final game in KU red and blue.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Google Philippines names new country director Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants 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 the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “We hadn’t seen an onslaught like that all year, the first 10 minutes of the game,” Self said. “They rattled us and we didn’t respond very well.”Kansas fought through a tumultuous season and its first non-Big 12 title in 14 years by rolling over Northeastern in its NCAA Tournament opener.The Jayhawks’ second game figured to be all about ball control.Auburn is one of the nation’s best at creating turnovers and Kansas is one of the worst at coughing them up. Advantage on paper, advantage on the court; Auburn had three steals in the first four minutes.A bigger problem for Kansas was the Tigers ran their offense like a Formula One car. Whipping quick passes around to set up open shots, Auburn made six of its first eight 3-pointers to race out to a 17-point lead in the opening eight minutes.With Kansas having to extend its defense, the inside opened up for the Tigers, who made 20 of 36 shots lead 51-25 by halftime. Brown was 6 of 8 from 3 and had 17 points by the break.“The whole game plan was getting out on the shooters and we did a poor job,” Lawson said. “We let those guys get comfortable and that’s what led to the big deficit in the first half.”The Jayhawks found an offensive rhythm to open the second half, making their first seven shots.They made up one point.Auburn hit seven of its first eight shots and kept the steamrolling going with a series of dunks and transition layups. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event “You’d think if you hit your first seven shots, 26 would be 16 or at least 18,” Self said. “Instead it was 25. We were just hoping they were going to miss.”BIG PICTUREA tough season ended with a thud for Kansas. The Jayhawks didn’t have the manpower to match the Tigers and were bounced from the bracket early after reaching at least the Elite Eight the previous three seasons.Auburn made a huge statement on college basketball’s biggest stage with an impressive offensive performance.HOT BROWNBrown and Harper were the catalysts in Auburn’s early onslaught. The 5-foot-11 Harper brought to its feet with a transition dunk and Brown made his first five 3-pointers as the Tigers raced out to the lead.“Seeing him (Brown) get hot early on, it really helped us get a boost and kill their confidence a little bit,” Auburn’s Anfernee McLemore said.UP NEXTAuburn plays North Carolina or Washington in the Sweet 16 Thursday in Kansas City. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Poised under college basketball’s brightest spotlight, Auburn ran over Kansas 89-75 in the Midwest Region to earn one of the biggest wins in program history.“It’s a big step,” Pearl said. “I know the SEC is proud of us. That means a lot to me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAuburn (28-9) had to overcome late-game blunders to hold off New Mexico State in its NCAA Tournament opener. The fifth-seeded Tigers had no such trouble against Kansas, pouncing on the undermanned Jayhawks and not letting them up.Auburn had a 17-point lead before the midpoint of the first half and kept pouring in shots, hitting 13 3-pointers while shooting 53 percent against one of the college basketball’s premier programs. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ja Morant’s breakout season ends with blowout by Florida State Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Lionel Messi upset with criticism from Argentina fans

first_imgArgentina’s Lionel Messi runs with the ball during an international friendly soccer match between Argentina and Venezuela at Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Friday, March 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina— Argentina star Lionel Messi admitted Friday to being upset with constant criticism in his homeland, saying in an interview that even his 6-year-old son asks why his countrymen attack his performances for the national team.Many Argentinans feel Messi doesn’t have the same enthusiasm for international soccer that he does for his club Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT They also questioned his silence after being eliminated from last year’s World Cup by France, something Messi said he wanted to forget.“I wanted to distance myself from the team, let time go by and cool myself. It was painful to end the cycle this way,” Messi told radio Club 94.7.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Many people said I should not return (to the national team). Family, friends. My 6-year-old (asked me) ‘Why do they kill you in Argentina, daddy?’”The 31-year-old Argentina captain said he still wants to win a tournament and will keep trying with the team under coach Lionel Scaloni. MOST READ “I get upset that people are lied to,” Messi said.The striker insisted his absence in Argentina’s 1-0 victory in a friendly against Morocco in Tangier on Tuesday was due to injury.“I have a groin injury since the break in December and I have trained less, I haven’t played all the matches,” he said.Before the win, Argentina lost to Venezuela 3-1 in Madrid in a friendly that marked Messi’s return.Scaloni said after that match that Messi will surely play in this year’s Copa America, June 14 to July 7 in Brazil.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Vintage performance Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Google Philippines names new country director Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Attacks vs UP Visayas students a ‘natural reaction’ from Duterte supporters – Palace02:42PH 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 “Those that don’t like me will have to stand me a little longer,” Messi said, adding he had already achieved “extraordinary things” with Argentina, including “a World Cup final, two Copa America finals, and that is not easy.”The five-time Ballon D’Or winner said he doesn’t need to say he loves Argentina “in every instant” because he expresses his passion for his home nation “in another way.”Messi also denied he decides who plays for the national team.“We have heard about this ‘club of friends’ thing for years. They say I pick the players, the coaches. I basically manage the whole AFA (Argentina’s soccer association),” he ironically said.Messi pointed out that average Argentinians are kind with him whenever he visits the South American country.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Read Next View commentslast_img read more

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PBA D-League: 4th quarter barrage lifts Go for Gold past AMA Education

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “I think we just got off to a bad start. Medyo slow start kami, but we picked it up and we’re playing much better,” said Go for Gold-CSB coach Charles Tiu.Roosevelt Adams had an all-around game, collecting 21 points, 17 rebounds and five assists while Robi Nayve added 19 points and five rebounds for the Scratchers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThey were up by just nine, 77-68, at the end of the third quarter before turning up the jets in the final frame.The Titans (2-4) lost a crucial game despite Joshua Munzon and Franky Johnson’s big numbers as they are now on the verge of missing the playoffs. Munzon finished with 30 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, and three steals, while Franky Johnson scattered 26 points, six steals, and four assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Man City back on top of EPL after Kompany wonder goal SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on02:42PH 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 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Roosevelt Adams. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Go for Gold-College of St. Benilde shrugged off a slow start and saved its best for last, blasting AMA Online Education, 109-91, for its fourth straight win in the 2019 PBA D-League Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.The Scratchers put up a 32-point fourth quarter to turn a close game into a rout and climbed to fourth place in the Aspirants Group with a 5-3 record.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Top rookie Eya Laure focused on bigger picture: ‘We want championship more than anything else’

first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Despite raking in six of the league’s 11 individual awards, Laure said she and the rest of the Golden Tigresses don’t focus much on a single player’s glory but they would rather take the championship.“We really want the bigger picture because we want the championship more than anything else,” said Laure.UST last won the title in 2010, and was last seen in the finals in 2011, and this streak is what Laure and the rest of the Golden Tigresses want stopped.Even head coach Kung Fu Reyes told them that there is nothing bigger than winning the championship.Laure was also under the tutelage of Reyes in high school when she won the MVP and Rookie of the Year in the Girls’ Division.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Keys to victory: UST Tigresses-Ateneo Lady Eagles Finals series MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img “Coach Kung Fu told me since high school that the winners of the individual awards won’t be remembered every year,” said Laure. “The ones who are remembered more are those who win the titles.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments University of Santo Tomas’ Eya Laure just missed out on the MVP plum of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament with senior teammate Cherry Rondina taking the league’s top individual prize.Laure, though, will be named the Rookie of the Year and the 1st Best Outside Hitter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I’m happy because Ate Sisi deserved the MVP and you can really see it in her game,” said Laure in Filipino Thursday at UST’s Quadricentennial Pavilion. “We thank the UAAP or whoever were the ones who decided on this award.”Laure finished as the league’s second best scorer with a total of 230 points while Rondina amassed 259 total points en route to her second straight Best Scorer award together with the second Best Outside Hitter. 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 Games01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MANILA, Philippines—In one of the tightest MVP races in recent memory, it was the rookie who made way for her veteran teammate.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

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Lateral collateral ligament injury

first_imgA second degree injury is a partial tear with no firm endpoint when the joint is stressed, and a third degree is a complete tear of the ligament. A physical examination will be done to test the extent of damage. Some other tests may include an MRI or joint X-ray.Review Date:6/13/2010Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img

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NorthEast United FC Sign Former Ghana Captain Asamoah Gyan For Upcoming ISL Season

first_img Airline ➡ Baby Jet ✈Next destination ➡ NorthEast 🇮🇳 Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: Asamoah Gyan, former Ghana captain and ex-Sunderland forward, will represent NorthEast United FC in the upcoming season of Indian Super League, the club announced on Thursday.NorthEast United FC released a short video listing Gyan’s various achievements as they made the big announcement to replace Bartholomew Ogbeche. Ogbeche had scored 12 goals in 18 appearances for NEUFC last season but signed for Kerala Blasters ahead of the upcoming season. NEUFC have replaced the Nigerian with the prolific Ghanian. Asamoah Gyanfootballghanaindian football First Published: September 19, 2019, 6:03 PM IST Welcome to Sarusajai, @ASAMOAH_GYAN3! 🇬🇭#WelcomeGyan#StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/Djk3xMQsMl— NorthEast United FC (@NEUtdFC) September 19, 2019Gyan, who was the top scorer in the AFC Champions League 2014, was Ghana’s captain during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he also became the country’s top scorer after netting in their 2-1 loss to Portugal.Gyan has represented Ghana since 2003 and in 107 appearances for the country, he has scored 51 goals.Apart from a prolific international career, Gyan has also represented top clubs like Udinese, Rennes and Sunderland.Gyan was with Udinese from 2003 to 2008, where he scored 11 goals in 39 games. At Rennes from 2008-2010, he made 48 appearances and scored 14 goals.Gyan moved to Sunderland in 2010 and spent two years, scoring 11 times in 36 matches.Gyan’s best return came for UAE’s Al Ain, where he first spent a year on loan in the 2011-12 season and then represented them from 2012-15.In his 83 matches for Al Ain, he scored 95 goals.Apart from Gyan, NEUFC have signed Maximiliano Barreiro, Subhasish Roy Chowdhury and Kai Heerings ahead of the new season. last_img read more

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‘Hot Chick’ Makes Nick Kyrgios Lose Concentration During Laver Cup Match vs Roger Federer

first_img john mcenroeLaver Cupnick kyrgiosrafael nadal First Published: September 21, 2019, 11:52 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Nick Kyrgios and Roger Federer served up an intense and fiery singles clash at the Laver Cup in Geneva, Switzerland on Saturday, where the Swiss legend came out on top.Federer came from behind to beat Kyrgios 6-7 (5), 7-5, 10-7 to give Team Europe a 5-3 lead over Team World after the Day Session of the second day of the tournament. With the loss, Kyrgios has now lost all three singles encounters he has played against Federer in the tournament.While Federer held on for most part in the second set before raising the bar and taking it away in the tiebreak, Kyrgios said at one point in the second set that he got distracted because of a woman in the crowd.After holding his serve to take a 2-1 lead in the second set, Kyrgios came back to the bench and told his teammates, “I lost concentration. I saw a really hot chick in the crowd.”Like, I’m being jarringly honest – I’d marry her right now. Right now.””I lost concentration, I saw a really hot chick in the crowd” 😂😂 #LaverCup #TeamWorld #Kyrgios pic.twitter.com/NrSZC2zTuT— Gilfoyle (@PiedPiperValley) September 21, 2019 Kyrgios played a good match against Federer but was just not consistent enough to take the win for his team.When Federer was just about staying in the match and came to the bench 4-5 down, it was Rafael Nadal who stepped up and gave him some advice to tackle Kyrgios and go for the win.”After five shots [in the rally], you are winning more [points] than him.”I know it’s difficult because he reads the ball so well… Wait for the right one and then attack because he’s not missing,” Nadal told Federer.Coach Nadal 💪@RafaelNadal | #LaverCuppic.twitter.com/X32z8VeeR8— ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) September 21, 2019 When Federer eventually won the match in tiebreak, the stadium erupted and the crowd was on its feet to applaud the spectacle.”I was hoping it was going to be like this. It was amazing.”It was tough to lose that first set. I needed to get some energy, so I was just trying to stay with Nick because if you can turn it around, you can get the crowd behind you. I need some earplugs for the next match,” Federer said after the match. last_img read more

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England vs. India : 2nd ODI Review- England back to level terms after comprehensive…

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementImage Courtesy: India.comEngland rose to the occasion at the Lord’s after defeating the visitors by a comfortable margin of 86 runs. After electing to bat first, the hosts got off to a good start courtesy of the in-form Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy.The spin twins, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav managed to bring back India into the game with wickets at regular intervals. England’s Joe Root and Eoin Morgan stitched up a crucial partnership before the skipper departed for 53.Root’s affair with Lord’s continued after bringing up yet another hundred at the venue. A whirlwind knock by all-rounder David Willey helped the Three Lions stack up a total of 322-7.ENGLAND WIN BY 86 RUNS! The series will go to a decider as India finish on 236 all out, Joe Root’s century and four wickets for Liam Plunkett helping England to victory.Reaction on Sky Sports Cricket and our #ENGvIND blog: https://t.co/mzBVRi4Xbn pic.twitter.com/eV3AkCYxpa— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) July 14, 2018India’s pace department yet again felt the absence of the white-ball regulars Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, as Siddharth Kaul and Umesh Yadav struggled to hold their areas.The Blues began their chase on a positive note, but the quick dismissals of the openers mounted pressure on the middle order. The English bowlers took advantage of the renowned Lord’s slope and troubled the Indian batsman over the innings.WICKET! A bizarre innings from MS Dhoni comes to an end as he finally plays a shot in anger, only to pick out Stokes in the deep. A third wicket for Plunkett, India 215-8.Watch now on Sky Sports Cricket & Main Event. Follow our live #ENGvIND blog here: https://t.co/EOZxCrhbud pic.twitter.com/PFXaLVurnL— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) July 14, 2018The Indian middle order failed to build partnership and eventually collapsed to a total of 236, to bring the series on level terms with a game to go.Brief Scorecard:England 322-7 (50 Overs); J.Root 113(116), E.Morgan 53(51), D.Willey 50(31)* ;K.Yadav 3-68India 236 all out (50 overs); S.Raina 46(63), V.Kohli (56); L.Plunkett 4-46, A.Rashid 2-38Read Also:India vs England: Twitter stunned after witnessing the wedding proposal during the gamelast_img read more

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ICC World T20: Shahid Afridi disagrees with Rohit Sharma’s views on Mohammad Amir

first_imgPakistan captain Shahid Afridi hailed fast bowler Mohammad Amir as “the best”, adding his name is already among the top international pacers.A few days back, India opener Rohit Sharma said there was nothing to “go gaga” over Amir.But since his return to international cricket after serving a five year ban for spot fixing, the left-arm seamer has wrecked havoc for several batting line-ups, earning a hat-trick in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). (ICC World T20: Pakistan star Shoaib Malik has no security fears in India) “Now if he (Rohit) has said something like that, you have to ask him. For me, Mohammad Amir is the best. The way he has been performing, like how he has performed in the past, his name is there among the top international bowlers,” Afridi told reporters here on Sunday.Pakistan have never won a game against India in World Cups, be it in the 50-over format or Twenty20. (India-Pakistan World Twenty20 clash is just another game: Gautam Gambhir) Speaking on the same Eden Gardens, the all-rounder said: “This (Pakistani record vis-a-vis India) is negative. However, negatives comes with positives. India are playing very good cricket at the moment. The last game against us in the Asia Cup, we had it in the first few overs but then there were some great performances from Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh.”The 36-year-old believes the start of the tournament is very important and would therefore take one game at a time.Pakistan begin their campaign on March 16 at the Eden Gardens against a qualifying team, which in most probability could be Bangladesh.advertisementPakistan then take on arch-rivals India in a high-voltage clash at the same venue on March 19.”Obviously the first game is very important, playing against Bangladesh. Then another against India. Both very crucial games for us. We have to get into the groove from the first game itself. The pitch here suits us and for us both matches are very important,” said Afridi.Pakistan were earlier scheduled to arrive here on Tuesday but got delayed as Islamabad wasn’t happy with the security arrangements in India. Finally after Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s assurance, the team arrived on Saturday evening.Afridi said the delay did not hamper their preparations as they were already training in Lahore.last_img read more

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(EDITORS: REPEATING AFTER DROPPING MENTION OF VENKAIAH NAIDU

first_imgIN 5TH PARA) Bonhomie in RS as 17 members are given farewell New Delhi, Mar 15 (PTI) In a departure from sparring and clashes, political parties in Rajya Sabha today presented a picture of bonhomie as the House bade farewell to 17 members who spoke about their experiences and reinforced the message of strength of Indias deep-rooted democracy despite divergent views on issues. Chairman Hamid Ansari led the House of Elders in appreciating the rich and significant contribution of the retiring members, saying their unique association will be cherised. He was followed by Deputy Chairman P J Kurien, Leader of the House Arun Jaitley and Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad in paying accolades, irrespective of party lines, to their fellow members whose membership is coming to an end during the recess of Budget session from March 17 to April 25. Subsequently, the retiring members narrated their experiences, with some of them becoming emotional. Among those retiring are Balchand Mungekar (Nom), Ashwani Kumar (Cong), M S Gill (Cong), Mani Shankar Aiyar (Cong), Avinash Rai Khanna (BJP), Javed Akhtar (Nom), Jaishree (Nom), K Balagopalan (CPI-M) and T N Seema (CPI-M). Leading the way, Ansari wished “happiness and all success” in the future endeavours of five nominated members and 12 members from Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Tripura and Punjab. He said the House will miss those who are not re-elected and the experience at Rajya Sabha has been “intimately personal and intensely political.” Kurien said, “change is unchangeable thing” but added that since “every member is this House is a politician”, no one was retiring as no politician retires. Terming it an occasion to celebrate, Kurien said the members “contribution in the annals of Rajya Sabha history will be painted in golden words”. He wished luck to members. Jaitley, the Finance Minister, said membership of the House is an honour as the members are part of history in the making. Members of this House bring wisdom with them and are not carried away with impulses, he said, adding the Upper House has high quality of debate and “despite political differences, the atmosphere has always been of mutual respect.” Azad equated the clashes and sparring among members in the House to saas-bahu (mother-in-law and daughter-in-law) fights. “Often people ask me that in the House you (ruling and opposition party members) fight but outside you are seen hobnobbing. I reply that you should not take our fights seriously. It is like Saas-Bahu who fight but live in the same House…,” Azad said drawing laughter from members. (MORE) PTI NAM AKK AKK AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

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Players to watch out for in Champions League final

first_imgReal Madrid and Atletico Madrid are filled with players who are in top form ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final.Cristiano Ronaldo will be attracting most of the attention as he tries to win his second European trophy with Madrid, but plenty of his teammates and many of his opponents with Atletico have shown they are capable of breaking through with a great performance in the biggest game of the season.Here’s a look at some of the players who could shine in the final in Milan:FERNANDO TORRESA veteran of three World Cups and three European Championships, Fernando Torres is used to the big stage. He scored a goal in the final both times that Spain won the European title, in 2008 and 2012. The 32-year-old Atletico striker finished the season well and scored goals in the last two league games.”I have ahead of me the most important games I will play in my life,” Torres said.GARETH BALEGareth Bale has yet to score in this season’s Champions League but thrived in the final stages of the Spanish league, scoring four goals in the final four matches as Cristiano Ronaldo was sidelined because of an injury. Bale proved to be decisive in the previous finals he played with Real Madrid, scoring when the team won the Champions League, the Copa del Rey and the Club World Cup in 2014.”I don’t know what the secret to it is,” Bale said. “In a final everyone looks to give the best of themselves and I hope on Saturday I can get a goal and it’s enough to win the title.”advertisementANTOINE GRIEZMANNFrance forward Antoine Griezmann is enjoying his best season and has scored seven of Atletico’s 16 goals in this season’s Champions League, including three in the team’s last three matches. He scored both goals in the win over defending champion Barcelona in the second leg of the quarterfinals, and the decisive one that allowed his team to advance past Bayern Munich in the semifinals.”I’ve had a great season and hopefully it’ll end on a high note,” Griezmann said.KARIM BENZEMAThe striker has had a lackluster season marked by off-the-field issues but remains one of Real Madrid’s most dangerous players. He is the team’s second-best scorer in the Champions League with eight goals, behind Ronaldo’s 16. Benzema also finished just behind Ronaldo as the team’s best scorer in Spanish league.SAUL NIGUEZYoungster Saul Niguez has been one of Atletico’s surprises this season. The 21-year-old midfielder scored a remarkable goal in Atletico’s 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the first leg of the semifinals. Thanks to his recent performances, Niguez earned a spot in Spain’s preliminary squad for the European Championship in France, being picked instead of veterans such as Torres and Diego Costa.LUCAS VAZQUEZLike Atletico’s Niguez, Vazquez has just been called up for Spain’s national team thanks to a solid season with Real Madrid. The 24-year-old forward, a product of Madrid’s youth squads, got several chances as a starter during the final part of the season and capitalized on them by playing well and scoring goals.”It’s a source of pride and an honor to be representing the academy in a Champions League final,” he said. “This is the top club competition and you’ve just got to reproduce the form you’ve shown during the rest of the year.”OTHERSThe players who got to shine when Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid met in the Champions League final two seasons ago were not forwards. Defender Diego Godin netted Atletico’s goal in the first half and central defender Sergio Ramos equalized in second-half injury time to send the game into extra time, when Real Madrid won 4-1. Others who could be decisive on Saturday include left backs Marcelo of Real Madrid and Filipe Luis of Atletico, as well as midfielders Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez of Real Madrid and Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion and Gabi Fernandez of Atletico.”We are preparing to play against a great team,” Godin said. “We are confident we will be able to do a good job against them.”last_img read more

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