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An Indian American Uber driver was subjected to a racist rant as a passenger held a gun to his head near Moline, Illinois. While a police complaint was lodged and a suspect has been identified, no arrests have been made in the case so far, IndiaWest reported.Gurjeet Singh, a Sikh who had been driving for Uber for only a month before the attack on Jan. 28, told the publication that he prayed to God as he felt that he was “going to die that night.”Singh is the head priest of the gurudwara at Silvis, Illinois, and sports a turban and beard. He said that he picked up the attacker and his wife from a bar in Moline. Their house was 8 km away.The attacker sat on the seat next to him, while his wife sat at the back. He asked Singh questions about his background and then, his immigration status. He asked: “Do you serve our country or do you serve your country?”Singh told him that as his family lives in India, he serves both. “This pissed him off. He put a gun on my head and said he doesn’t like turbans. I was very nervous. It was late night and there was no one else on the road,” he told IndiaWest.When Singh pulled over to the side of the road, the suspect’s wife reached across to open the door and pushed her husband out of the car onto the side of the road, according to the Sikh Coalition, the report added. “She insisted to Mr. Singh that he drive her home and leave her husband on the ground to walk home later. Mr. Singh, completely shaken, took the woman to her home. Upon getting out of the car, she did tell Mr. Singh to find a different route back, however Mr. Singh was not familiar with the area and could not figure out how to get back another way,” said the Sikh Coalition in an e-mail to IndiaWest.As the drivers and passengers can only contact Uber through the app, Singh texted the company once he got home. He received a message from Uber saying the passenger account has been deactivated. “After the police arrest him, maybe I will drive again,” Singh told the publication.“The safety of driver-partners and riders is a top priority. If any incidents are reported, we do everything we can to support local authorities with their investigation,” Uber spokeswoman Kayla Whaling was quoted as saying in the report. “We will cooperate with law enforcement and provide any information to them that would be helpful. I can also confirm we have spoken to the driver following his report to us.” Related ItemsIllinoisIndian AmericanUber
A visa consultant from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, has been accused of duping over 20 people of about Rs 2 crore on the pretext of providing them visas to the United States, and then escaping to America with his family. Chandkheda Police has registered a complaint against Jayesh Panchal, who used to run a visa consultancy on New CG Road in Ahmedabad. Complainant Uttam Patel told the police that Panchal asked for Rs 50 lakh from him for getting him a U.S. visa. However, he gave Panchal only 20 lakh in advance and assured him of giving the rest of the sum after getting the visa in his possession, Ahmedabad Mirror reported. Patel, a businessman in construction sector, waited for the arrival of the visa till March this year. When he asked Panchal about the status, the latter assured him that he will would get the visa by May. However, Patel came to know on April 1 that Panchal has gone to the United States with his family to settle there. He took all the money that he had collected from several people on the false promises of visa services, it added. After knowing about the fraud, Patel went to Panchal’s father to claim his money. But Natwarbhai, Panchal’s father, expressed his inability to pay the hefty amount his son had gathered from him. Patel then contacted Chandkheda police and filed a complaint against Jayesh Panchal on Sept.9, the publication added. It later emerged that at least 20 other people were duped by Panchal, who have them false assurances of getting them U.S. visas. Investigation in the case has been started, DS Dabhi, Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police in Chandkheda police station, told the publication. Patel and other victims have presented evidences of being cheated by Panchal. This incident is the latest in the recent spate of visa scams reported from all over the country. Earlier this month, four complaints of visa-related fraud were registered in Punjab against eight travel agents, who allegedly took considerable amounts from people on the pretext of providing them visas, which never materialized. The Australian High Commission recently warned visa aspirants about a visa scam allegedly perpetrated by a Delhi-based visa consultancy. Over 50 people had contacted the embassy after paying the agency for getting Australian visas. Related ItemsGujarat
A Royal Bengal Tiger emerged from a flooded Kaziranga National Park (KNP) on July 18 morning, took refuge in a house on the fringes and found a ‘bed’ to rest on.Park officials said the animal, possibly a female, was spotted at 8.30 a.m. near the national highway along the southern edge of the KNP. It was moving out of the park about 200 m away and was on its way to the hills of Karbi Anglong district, about 500 m across the highway.“Probably disturbed, the tiger turned and jumped across the tinned wall of a scrap godown and decided to take rest in an adjoining room,” an official said.The godown owned by one Motilal, opposite a dhaba, is in Harmoti village, about 1.5 km from the KNP’s Bagori Range office.KNP Director P. Sivakumar said a rescue team was exploring ways to provide a safe passage for the animal into the forest without capturing it. Although the 430 sq. km. KNP is known more for its one-horned rhino, it has one of the highest concentration of tigers in the world. A census in March 2017 said the park had an estimated 102 tigers.
India’s 170-year-old tea industry is gasping for survival and needs the government’s help to reverse the downtrend, members of the Consultative Committee of Planters’ Associations said.Climate change, the CCPA said, has added to tea price stagnation, increasing labour and other input costs, mismatch between demand and supply leading to oversupply, high transaction costs and fair price discovery challenges at the auctions.The CCPA has asked the government to bail the industry out by taking over schools and hospitals in tea gardens, allowing the estates to use up to 20% of the “tea grant area” for agricultural and commercial diversification to augment income, and backing campaigns for boosting per capita domestic consumption from 786 gm, a low compared to that of other tea-consuming countries.Second largest producer “India is the second largest tea producer and the world’s fourth largest exporter. The industry offers direct employment to 1.2 million people and supports more than 3 million dependents of tea garden workers, with women accounting for 50% of the employment. The beverage has contributed significantly to socio-economic development in far-flung, remote and interior areas. But the cup of cheer for tea drinkers is brewing misery for the industry,” said CCPA chairman Vivek Goenka.Data provided by the CCPA shows that tea production in India has increased from 1,207 million kg in 2014 to 1,339 million kg in 2018. But the average tea auction prices have remained stagnant or dipped. The price per kg was ₹130.91 in 2014, ₹128.60 the following year before increasing marginally to touch ₹138.83 in 2018.Financial stress“While tea prices have grown at a compound annual growth rate of around 1% over the last few years, the cost of inputs such as coal, gas, sulphur have increased at a CAGR of 6-7% during the same period. Wages for workers increased by around 22% in 2018 in Assam, thereby increasing the financial stress of the industry further,” Mr. Goenka said.Seeking repeal of the mandatory sale of 50% of the produce through auctions, the CCPA asked the government to consider taking over the employers’ contribution to the provident fund for at least three years, include non-cash benefits such as housing, medical, and water supply within the definition of ‘wage’ in the Code on Wages 2019.Total cost Each worker is paid about ₹170 per working day. Planters say the total cost with other benefits works out to more than ₹350 per day, much higher than in other countries. The resultant cost pressure is increasingly making Indian tea falling to competition from low-priced teas exported by countries such as Kenya and Sri Lanka.
“They shot 44 percent from the field in the first half and we brought that down to 37 percent so that was a big improvement.”Thirdy Ravena led Ateneo with 16 points and six rebounds while the debuting Tyler Tio put up 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting,Juan Gomez de Liaño had 16 points, seven rebounds, and two steals to lead the Fighting Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight UP didn’t put up much of a challenge against the Blue Eagles, who never trailed in the game and asserted their might on every statistical category.Ateneo outmuscled UP in the paint and outrebounded the Fighting Maroons 51-38—18 of which came from the offensive glass wherein the Blue Eagles scored 31 second-chance points.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 shutoutThe Blue Eagles also limited the Fighting Maroons to just 12 second-half field goals as UP finished the game on 25-of-67 shooting.“One of the things that coach Tab [Baldwin] said at half time was we needed to play better defense and that we needed to take care of the ball more,” said assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Russell Westbrook agrees to 10-year extension of contract with Jordan Brand—report Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo turned the “Battle of Katipunan” into a cakewalk and crushed University of the Philippines, 92-71, in the UAAP Season 80 seniors’ basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Blue Eagles soared to a 2-0 win-loss record while the Fighting Maroons slipped to 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, tries to drive past Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown, left, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — Giannis Antetokounmpo dribbled into the paint, spun to his left and found his path to the basket blocked by Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum.Instead, the Greek Freak fed the ball to Matthew Dellavedova beyond the arc for the 3-pointer that helped seal Milwaukee’s 108-100 victory over the Boston Celtics in the Bucks’ season opener on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT “I passed the ball to Delly,” said Antetokounmpo, who had 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter— and the biggest assist of the game, as well. “And that’s what Delly does.”One night after a gruesome broken ankle just six minutes into the season cost Boston top free agent Gordon Hayward — perhaps for the entire year — the Celtics fell to 0-2 by giving up an 11-1 run that left Milwaukee with a 97-90 lead and under three minutes to play.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 shutoutAntetokounmpo added 13 rebounds, Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points and Khris Middleton had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Bucks. Dellavedova scored 15 points, including the 3-pointer with 45 seconds left after the Celtics cut the lead to two points.“I thought Giannis made a great play at the end, trusting his teammate,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “Just to trust his teammate down at the end to make a play … he got off the ball and Delly made a big shot.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kyrie Irving scored 17 points on 7-for-25 shooting in his Boston debut, and Jaylen Brown had 18 in a subdued home opener for the Celtics, who underwent a near-complete overhaul over the summer even after earning the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last season.Although Irving and No. 3 draft pick Jayson Tatum appeared in a Celtics home uniform for the first time, Hayward was left to wish them well in a pregame video in his hospital gown from his hospital bed. After cheering Hayward during his scoreboard appearance, the Celtics fans broke into a chant of his name during the first half.“Like he told us before the game, we got that message — before the whole arena got the message — he’s fine,” Celtics guard Terry Rozier said. “Personally, it was tough seeing, but I think we’ll be fine. We’ve just got to adjust.”But the team was unable to make up for the absence of the player who was expected to be their key offseason acquisition when he signed a four-year, $128 million contract to rejoin Brad Stevens, his college coach, in Boston.The Celtics trailed by seven heading into the third quarter before scoring 14 of the next 16 points, taking a 69-64 lead on Irving’s 3-pointer from the top of the key. But the Bucks regained the lead with six minutes to play, holding Boston without a basket for about five minutes.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending 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 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP FIGHTING WORDSBoston’s Marcus Smart and Dellavedova traded hard fouls early in the second quarter, leading to some shoving and a technical foul for the Celtics guard. First, Smart went to the floor with a bit of a hip check. Later, Smart seemed to embellish his fall when Dellavedova ran into his screen.Smart came up and put his chest into the Bucks guard, and Milwaukee’s John Henson reached in to try to restrain him. Dellavedova was called for a common foul and Smart was given a technical.TIP-INSBucks: Returned to the road for their season opener. Before opening at home the past two seasons, the Bucks had tipped off on the road for 30 years in a row. … Greg Monroe went to the locker room in the first quarter with a cut on the side of his head, near his right eye, and said he had “a couple of” stitches. He and finished with 10 points in 17 minutes…. Antetokounmpo’s 37 points were the third-most in his career.Celtics: No. 3 overall draft pick Tatum had eight points and nine rebounds. … Brown had his left wrist taped after the game and said “sprained it or something.”UP NEXTBucks: Host Cleveland on Friday night.Celtics: Visit Philadelphia on Friday night. 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Brownlee proud of Ginebra’s response after test of character in crunch time “Last year, we lost in Game 6. This year, we pushed it to Game 7,” said Durham, putting spotlight on how close Meralco was on claiming its first title in franchise history.READ: Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeat 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 shutoutDurham put up another valiant effort in the final game of the season, unleashing 26 points, 24 rebounds, and nine assists as the Bolts fought back from as much as 20 points down before fizzling out in the end.But the two-time Best Import was man enough to admit that just like last time, Ginebra was the better team. Allen Durham. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Eventually, something’s got to give.That was how Allen Durham described Meralco’s 101-96 Game 7 defeat to Ginebra as the Bolts finished as bridesmaids anew for the second straight PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It was a hard fought game. We started a little too late with the spots. But you know, they’re a great team. They kept their foot on the gas, so we got to figure out a way to come out with more intensity at the start so we don’t get down,” he said.There’s no reason for Durham and the rest of the Bolts to not to keep their head high knowing that the future could only be bright.READ: Meralco import Durham fined P30k for Game 5 comments “Eventually, when Ranidel de Ocampo comes back and some of the other pieces that they added — Garvo (Lanete) and the young guys, they’re definitely heading into the right direction,” he said. “The guys really don’t have nothing to hang their head about. We fought good. We lost to a good team. We don’t have to be ashamed or anything like that and we gotta keep working.”As for Durham, he’s just hoping to get one more shot and earn another return ticket next season, wishing that third time will definitely be the charm for Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters 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 Read Next LATEST STORIES “Hopefully, I can come back next year as we go at it again. It was a hard fought series. It’s tough and it hurts, but we got to figure out a way to get over this hump. I really wanna win with this group of guys. They work so hard, we work so hard and we’re gonna keep going at it,” he said.
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 “It’s a very sensitive situation,” a source reportedly told the veteran sports journalist, as relayed by Bleacher Report.Screen Grab from Twitter/@wojespnAlthough all signs point to the trade not being rescinded, Cleveland reportedly could push for an extra draft pick from the Boston Celtics.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 openingThe original deal included the package of Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ unprotected 2018 first-round pick to Cleveland for Irving.Meanwhile, Andre Igoudala, forward for the Cavs’ rivals Golden State Warriors, sent out a cryptic tweet, which most believe pertains to the ongoing trade situation. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Philippines seizes silver in equestrian show jumping event Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Isaiah Thomas (Elsa/Getty Images/AFP)The blockbuster Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas swap is most likely set in stone by now, but the Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly “weighing their options” after the latter’s standard post-trade physical.According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the reigning NBA Eastern Conference Champions are wary of their newly acquired 5-foot-9 point guard due to “uncertainty over the fitness of his injured hip.”ADVERTISEMENT “Return to sender???” he wrote, which has since been retweeted over 3,000 times.Return to sender???— Andre Iguodala (@andre) August 26, 2017Meanwhile, despite having a tremendous regular season and a stellar start earlier in the playoffs, Thomas was sidelined for much of the Eastern Conference Finals showdown against the Cavs due to a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear. Prior to being traded, the two-time NBA All-Star was expected to miss the Celtics’ training camp. Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion RELATED STORIES:On Basketball: Kyrie gets a new address, but Cavs win tradeNBA pros, fans react to Irving-Thomas megatradeSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
India’s woman boxer M C Mary Kom on Saturday claimed a historic fifth successive World Championship title, beating Steluta Duta of Romania 16-6 in the final in Bridgetown (Barbados).Mary Kom, who competed in the 48kg category, had defeated Alice Kate Aparri of Philippines 8-1 in semifinal on Friday to assure herself of at least a silver in the sixth edition of the competition.The former Khel Ratna awardee from Manipur thus remained the only boxer to have won a medal in each edition of the World Championship.Duta had defeated Kazakhstan’s Nazgul Boranbayeva 10-5 in the semifinal.
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SAME OLD STORY: Sourav Ganguly after losing the Mumbai ODI to EnglandWhat are India’s chances of winning the World Cup? In hockey later this month, not bad at all. In cricket, exactly a year from now – less than zero.Too much time in the sun, you think? Typical hysterical Indian,SAME OLD STORY: Sourav Ganguly after losing the Mumbai ODI to EnglandWhat are India’s chances of winning the World Cup? In hockey later this month, not bad at all. In cricket, exactly a year from now – less than zero.Too much time in the sun, you think? Typical hysterical Indian reaction to the one-day series against England? Most of all, far too early to panic?In fact, not a moment too soon. What England left behind, other than mass depression, were Nasser Hussain’s words, “Put the Indians under pressure and they tend to crack.” Hussain, a curious mix of bottle and whine in India, said it over and over again. Over and over again, the Indians obliged. Leading the one-day series’ 2-1, they let England draw level and leave puffed with “moral” victory.There was deathly silence in the Indian dressing room at Mumbai, when for the third time in a month the Indians cracked while chasing a total more than 250. For a side that is known by the stardust of its batting, India’s performances from 2000 onwards, including nine straight losses in series finals, is like a ticking package: it could merely be a clock marking time or a bomb that rips into Indian hopes at the World Cup in South Africa 2003.Click here to EnlargeSays Indian team coach John Wright: “We have to understand what sort of team will win the cup-a quality fielding team with batting up to No. 8, a high-class batter who can bowl or keep wickets and specialist bowlers who can keep it tight in the slog overs.”Oh dear.advertisementOther teams have identified those personnel, their results from 2000 onwards indicate progress. England lost 13 straight games before beating Zimbabwe 5-0 and coming back from behind against India. New Zealand have beaten Australia three times in their last four games.Among the second-rung teams considered roughly on a par, only the West Indies and the recently rejuvenated Kiwis trail behind India in terms of win percentages. The national side remains a 50-50 team, and one-off sides don’t usually win a World Cup.Twenty-one-over 60 per cent-of 34 Indian defeats from 2000 onwards have come chasing totals. Against England a bunch of young batsmen who were put in front of the headlights of pressure, froze.Captain Sourav Ganguly defended his “inexperienced” batsmen but the brat pack is clearly not ready to seize a situation by the scruff as a matter of habit. Strangely each of them had begun looking like they could.Yuvraj Singh as early as the summer of 2000, Hemang Badani against the Australians and now Dinesh Mongia versus England have all won one-dayers on their own, but cannot produce regular sequels.On the other hand, these cricketers are worth at least a dozen runs in the field each, a skill not to be discounted. But for a team which considers batting as its strength, this is a gaping crack and it must be filled in by the World Cup.Click here to EnlargeWright, who even called chasing the “nemesis” of the Indian team against England, breaks the dilemma down into its working parts, “What we need is some glue: batsmen in the middle who can rotate the strike at about 80 per cent, keep a cool head when it’s time to collect.”After the hunters at the top – Tendulkar, Ganguly, Sehwag – do their job, it’s the gatherers who lose their way. “To be honest, no team likes /to chase,” says Robin Singh, one of the best middle-order finishers and fielders to play for India. “But the first thing is you have to make sure you play safe cricket and run hard, know what you can and cannot do.”It is where England managed to fight back in the one-day series, with an unglamorous and as “inexperienced” a line-up that just put its head down and ran more. In fact, Hussain’s men had a poorer net run rate than India, scored fewer runs in the series and hit lesser boundaries.The reason they won tight games: fewer “dot” balls (those off which runs are not scored), more singles, more twos, almost double the number of threes. Even the three hunters at the top were guilty of fuzzy logic when the field spread and their boundaries got fewer.There is a case for even moving one of the three-Tendulkar, even-to the middle, to guide the greenhorns and lead the charge home. Former India batsman Dilip Sardesai says, “They need some experience in the middle order.”Singh thinks a reason for the regular panic could be because none of the newcomers bats so low for their state teams. “It’s not an easy spot. When you are thrust in there, you come across situations you’ve never faced before. If you bat there regularly at six, you can think clearly in the crunch,” he says.advertisementWHO’S THE MAN? (From left) Mohammed Kaif, Hemang Badani and Dinesh Mongia failed to finish well against EnglandIt is about finding the bits-and-pieces man who is more than the sum of his bits and pieces. “We don’t have a single quality allrounder. I think we’ve left things too late,” says former India wicket-keeper Kiran More. Usually, people do not like to be proved wrong. But in the case of Indian cricket and the anticipated bleakness of its tomorrows, no one would like to be proved right either.Between now and the World Cup, India are scheduled to play at least 23 one-day internationals. Each of those 23 games could be a rung up a ladder or lurch down a blind alley. It depends entirely on those involved-officials, selectors, captain, coach and individual players.They have not all pulled in the same direction; the latest example being the selectors’ decision to drop Harbhajan Singh even before the series against England was won.If selections made from now fulfil whims rather than filling slots, the team is doubly doomed. It is time for those given chances to choose between the timid safety of the fringes, which they opted for against England, or the white heat of the centrestage.After the Mumbai game, Wright put out Indian cricket’s “situation vacant” notice, “What we need is a player to put up his hand and say, ‘Pick me. I’ll get you the runs. I’m the man.'” By the time 2003 comes around, one of “the Boys” will have to be that man.
LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Purefoods team manager Alvin Patrimonio.ANTIPOLO CITY—It took a while before Magnolia Hotshot again the felt the weight of the trophy in their hands.But that long and arduous trek to back to the top of the PBA only made the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup championship sweeter for Alvin Patrimonio and his longtime team.ADVERTISEMENT “I think it’s the timing of this all,” said Patrimonio. “This is a blessing from God, and we’ve waited so long for this. But the guys, the coaching staff worked hard for this and the management had the patience.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carlo Biado makes World 9-Ball Championship quarterfinals Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Magnolia Hotshots celebrate the end of their title drought. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPatrimonio, a four-time MVP who remains the face of the Purefoods franchise years removed from his heyday, has been managing the team since mid 2000s and saw the Hotshots go from one of the most dominant to one of near obscurity.From a rare Grand Slam in 2014, just the fourth time the coveted title sweep was completed in the PBA, Magnolia went on a drastic dive after head coach Tim Cone was sent to save Barangay Ginebra.Cone was able to lead the Gin Kings to three titles from 2014 until including the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup while the Hotshots used that time to find their groove and recover from the stumbles of former head coach, now assistant, Jason Webb.Webb, a beloved deputy in the Hotshots’ bench, struggled as lead coach accumulating a sorry record of 11-22 before Victolero got hired to right the ship and lead the team to third-best 23-10 card in the 2016-17 season.And it’s this struggle that made the journey better to watch for Patrimonio.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion As a player, the Captain led the franchise now known as Magnolia to its first six PBA titles then witnessed the team win eight more championships as his role as team manager.Used to winning his entire career, Patrimonio knew exactly how good it felt for the Hotshots to finally exorcize their demons and vanquished Alaska in six games to their first crown since the Grand Slam in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“This is sweet because it’s been four years in the making and we had a lot of trials, a lot of challenges, and a lot of changes in the team,” said Patrimonio after Magnolia’s 102-86 Game 6 win Wednesday at Ynares Center here.“I’m just amazed with how this team played,” he added. LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? 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 Urgent reply from Philippine football chief MOST READ The Philippines had just secured a ticket back to the Fiba World Cup and Ravena is keen on making the lineup especially with his older brother Kiefer already cleared to play when that time comes.“I really, really, really miss my brother playing. He’s been such an inspiration and motivation for me to just keep pushing myself as well because that’s what he does,” said Thirdy, who was among the major awardees during the 2018 PSA Awards Night at Manila Hotel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Just the fact that there’s actually a possibility for that to happen just makes me more motivated to try and do my best to make the lineup.”The two became the first brothers to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas after Kiefer played in the second window of the qualifying tournament last March two months before news broke about his 18-month suspension by Fiba due to doping. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thirdy was a late addition to the national team pool and many even considered him to be a long shot to make the Philippines’ 12-man lineup and yet the prolific forward defied the odds and played in both games against Qatar and Kazakhstan.“Surreal until now that I was able to represent the country at the highest level,” Thirdy said.“The fact that I was around such great players and coaches for a short amount of time, was really big especially for a collegiate player like me to be around those guys who have represented the country for numerous times. I really learned a lot from them.”Seeing the two Ravenas on the Philippines’ World Cup roster appear to be a far-fetched reality for now, but there’s still a possibility—no matter how slim the chances are—that it could happen.“Why not?” Thirdy said with a grin.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lourdes Clemente slowly showing true potential for La Salle as she adjusts to UAAP grind PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena lived the dream when he made his debut for Gilas Pilipinas in the last two games of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Ravena is grateful for the experience that a collegiate player like him could only wish for but the Ateneo superstar is far from content. ADVERTISEMENT
Diana Carlos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines has just one goal in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament and that’s to win its first UAAP championship since 1982.The Lady Maroons took a huge step into that direction when they took down defending champion De La Salle in five sets, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 15-12, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Captain Diana Carlos said her team’s championship desire was in full display against the Lady Spikers and beating the defending champions gave UP a huge morale booster for the rest of the season.“My teammates and I really had that will to win and that was our main asset today,” said Carlos in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We want to beat La Salle, we want to win in this league, we want to become champions, we want to get to the finals. And I think our willpower led us to the win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesUP and La Salle were locked in a pulsating back-and-forth that stretched to 8-all in the fifth set.The Lady Maroons found a bit of reprieve when Isa Molde scored two in a row that Jessma Ramos followed up with an ace to give UP an 11-8 cushion. View comments P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy MOST READ Ramil de Jesus on La Salle loss: UP has better chemistry, more desire to win 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 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 Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem “We have to focus on our next game and also think about the next round and how we can beat them again.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And although La Salle managed to make it 12-12 of off Mae Luna’s quick kill, the Lady Maroons were able to recover for the next three points including a free one from the Lady Spikers.Carlos found an open spot in the back line for UP’s 13-12 lead just before Luna’s erroneous attack that put the Lady Maroons at match points, 14-12.Justine Dorog then, finished things off with an off-speed kill for UP’s third win in four games to tie La Salle atop the standings.Carlos, however, said that they should immediately move on from the win and focus on what’s ahead—a matchup with another perennial powerhouse in Ateneo.“This was a must-win for us and this was a very strong team, they’re not the defending champions for nothing so we have to focus immediately for our next game,” said Carlos, who had 19 points.ADVERTISEMENT
Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker, center, is greeted by teammates as he leaves the NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic late in the second half, in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Kemba Walker’s season is over with the Hornets.Now the question becomes whether the franchise’s leading scorer and three-time All-Star is done playing in Charlotte for good.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting He scored 43 points on 16-of-25 shooting to go along with five assists. “MVP!” chants for Walker started midway through the fourth quarter after he scored his 39th point. He left the game to a standing ovation with 1:06 remaining and received a hug from coach James Borrego.After the game, Walker spent extra time on the floor hugging people.“I love that kid,” Borrego said of Walker. “He inspires me. I love coaching him, and I look forward to coaching him for many years to come. Obviously it’s a big summer for us, but I believe in Kemba. I believe in that group and I think he was inspired by what he saw here down the stretch” playing alongside the team’s younger players like Miles Bridges and Dwayne Bacon.A Charlotte Hornets fan holds up a sign begging Kemba Walker to stay in Charlotte, during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)For the Magic, it’s on to the playoffs.Terrence Ross scored a season-high 35 points and Aaron Gordon added 27 for Orlando, which clinched the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and will face the Toronto Raptors in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT The teams split the four-game season series.However, the Magic enter the postseason on a tear, winning 11 of its last 13 games and could prove to be a tough out in the postseason.“This is perfect man. Great timing,” Ross said. “We couldn’t ask for more in this position right now. It’s about carrying that (over) and making sure we’re ready to play.”The Hornets entered the night needing a win and a Detroit loss to the New York Knicks to clinch the final playoff spot in the East.Aside from Walker, nothing went right for Charlotte.The Knicks, the worst team in the NBA, didn’t put up much of a fight, losing by 26 at home to the Pistons in a game that was never close. Charlotte had its four-game winning streak snapped by the Magic.Orlando, which clinched a playoff spot earlier this week, shot 54.5 percent from the field and got 18 points from D.J. Augustin.TIP-INSMagic: Outscored the Hornets in bench points 51-35.Hornets: Bridges didn’t wait long to turn in the play of the game, soaring well above the rim for alley-oop dunk to give Charlotte and early 2-0 lead. Borrego said the rookie has a “high ceiling” and expects him to be a much better player next year. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Walker can become a free agent in July. He offered little insight into whether he will be back after the Hornets were eliminated from playoff contention Wednesday with a 122-114 loss to the Orlando Magic on the final night of the regular season.“I’m not sure,” Walker said. “I have a long time to even start thinking about that stuff. Me and my agent, my family, we will discuss that stuff when the time is right.”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, logisticsHowever, Walker seemed to leave the door open to leaving, much more so than last September when he said at the Hornets media day that “this is where I want to be. I don’t want to be nowhere else. I want to create something here.”If this was Walker’s curtain call in Charlotte, he certainly left Hornets fans with something to remember. LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles04:04‘Quiel’ now a severe tropical storm – Pagasa02:42PH 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 In his final NBA game, Dwyane Wade drops triple double for Miami Heat Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PARKER’S STREAK OVERThe Charlotte loss means Tony Parker’s string of 17 straight playoff appearances is over. Parker didn’t have a say in the outcome and hasn’t played in the team’s last 13 games as Borrego elected to go with younger players.“That’s hard to hear. That’s hard to swallow,” Borrego said of Parker’s streak ending. “I couldn’t be more thankful to Tony for what he gave us and gave me this season. He took a chance on me and this organization when he didn’t have to but he believed in us. He gave us everything he had. He helped us on the court and off the court. Tony’s footprint is all over this organization.”LOCKING INOrlando coach Steve Clifford said now it’s time for his team to “lock into” studying Toronto in all phases of the game.“They know us well and we need to know them well, so it’s having an offensive plan and defensive plan and everyone knowing what we are trying to do at both ends of the floor,” Clifford said.UP NEXT:Magic: Will face Raptors in the first round of the playoffs.Hornets: Season over. 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FULL-TIME | Shan United FC (MYA) 0-5 Ceres Negros (PHI)@CeresNegrosFC locks in the top spot in Group G with 1 more match to play after a strong away win against Shan United! #SHNvCER #AFCCup2019 pic.twitter.com/0OeA3VliEt— AFC Cup (@AFCCup) May 1, 2019ANGON – A glittering attacking display propelled Ceres Negros to a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Shan United and into the knockout stage of the AFC Cup.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, logisticsSpanish striker Bienvenido Maranon continued his fiery form with a second hattrick in the group stage as the Busmen rolled past the Myanmar National League side on a rainy Wednesday afternoon at Thuwunna Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid The last time Ceres entered the knockout phase as group winner, the Busmen went all the way to the inter zone semifinals after claiming the Asean zone title.Photo from AFC-Cup.com“I thought we had a brilliant group stage and now it’s time for the players to enjoy this (win),” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic. “We have a lot of room to improve, but we have to take it game by game.”The Busmen made what seemed like a tough group look easy, sweeping past Indonesian champion Persija Jakarta and Shan in both home and away legs and also beating Vietnamese powerhouse Becamex Binh Duong in Ho Chi Minh City.Ceres has one match left in the group stage against Becamex at Panaad Stadium on May 15.Relentless from start to finish, the Busmen were actually denied by the frame of the goal three times before Maranon found the breakthrough in the 38th minute. Bosnian striker Maher Karic played in Maranon who fired past Thitsar Min at his near post.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ LATEST STORIES Andy Ruiz Jr. replaces Miller as opponent for Anthony Joshua Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The second goal came five minutes later after Mike Ott was fouled in the area. Maranon converted from the spot as the Busmen went into the break with a comfortable two goal cushion.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 Carlie De Murga and substitute OJ Porteria also found the back of the net as Ceres kept its perfect record to reach the Asean zonal semifinals as Group G winner. View comments