The trendy, new Jagya in Balika Vadhu is sure to shake things up. Shashank Vyas, 23, has been handpicked to play the character’s new avatar. Unlike his traditional bride, he’ll be sporting an uber-cool look and will be seen in crisp shirts, well-fitted denims and stylish Kolhapuris. The Bollywood aspirant,The trendy, new Jagya in Balika Vadhu is sure to shake things up. Shashank Vyas, 23, has been handpicked to play the character’s new avatar. Unlike his traditional bride, he’ll be sporting an uber-cool look and will be seen in crisp shirts, well-fitted denims and stylish Kolhapuris. The Bollywood aspirant hails from Ujjain and even joined Anupam Kher’s acting school to pursue his dreams. “Getting to act in this show has been a dream come true,” he says. We’d rather wait and watch.–Compiled by Nishat Bari
Categorically denying that he gave an interview to News of the World, Pakistan Test opener Yasir Hameed on Sunday claimed that the tabloid has offered him money and British passport for not denying the story.The tabloid quoted Yasir Hameed as saying that almost all Pakistan matches were fixed and he himself denied a mouth- watering offer from a bookie.The new revelations further deepened the crisis which has engulfed Pakistan cricket as three of their players were suspended by the ICC and are being questioned by Scotland Yard in London for their alleged role in spot-fixing.However, Hameed denied giving an interview to the News of the World.”I never knew they were recording anything. This guy came to me to talk about a bat sticker sponsorship deal. He started talking about the News of the World stories and I just repeated them. I had general discussion with him.”The News of the World called up my brother and offered him money and British passport to not deny this story,” Hameed claimed.Hameed, who played in the last two Tests against England, also claimed that the video had also been doctored.”I have told the team management that the newspaper is claiming that I have given them an interview. This is not correct. I deny it,” he said.Spot-Fixing Scandal: ICC writes to AkmalScotland Yard might not have called him for questioning but Pakistani wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal remains under the ICC’s scanner with cricket’s world governing body reportedly writing to him in the wake of the ‘spot-fixing’ scandal.advertisementAccording to the BBC, “Akmal has been contacted in writing by the ICC, though there is no suggestion that he is the fourth player (under investigation) and it is not in relation to incidents in the recent fourth Test at Lord’s.”Akmal was suspected of match-fixing earlier this year as well when he dropped as many as four catches during the Sydney Test against Australia, which Ricky Ponting’s men miraculously won by 36 runs.The latest corruption scandal, which has left Pakistan embarrassed and angry in equal measure, has so far led to the suspension of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir.Pakistan High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan, who has been lambasting the ICC for suspending the players and calling the entire episode a conspiracy against Pakistan, climbed down slightly.After vouching for the players’ innocence for days, he said, “If the News of the World evidence is correct, then I would banish them from cricket.
The idea is clear. A tough series is coming up against the Australians and the earlier India manage to wrap up the current series against the West Indies, the sooner they can prepare for the gruelling tour Down Under at the end of the year. So no freebies will be on offer when India play West Indies in the second Test at the Eden Gardens Kolkata, starting on Monday.As chairman of selectors Krishnamachari Srikkanth put it, if India can seal the series in Kolkata, some experimentation can take place in the third Test in Mumbai.Add to that the long-awaited 100th international century of batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and there is indeed a lot at stake when the two teams clash at the Mecca of Indian cricket.While the Indians had a great outing in the opening Test except for the batting collapse in the first innings, West Indies have been inconsistent. With the Test match for the taking, after taking a 95-run lead in the first innings, West Indies lost the plot and allowed India to seize the initiative.Although the sixth batsman’s slot is a concern for Team India with Yuvraj Singh failing to contribute much to the team’s cause, spin duo Pragyan Ojha and R Ashwin have been revelations. Even as the pacers failed to create much of an impact on the slow Ferozeshah Kotla wicket, they shouldered the responsibility well.Ojha was tidy, maintaining a tight line with flight and a lot of persistence that earned him his first five-wicket haul in the first innings, Ashwin complemented him with his ability to hurry the batsmen – clearly taking the West Indies by surprise in the second innings. The duo’s performance has nearly shut the door on the out- of- form Harbhajan Singh.advertisementFor the Caribbean team, it will again be about not throwing it away and putting a price on their wickets after getting in. Other than Shivnarine Chanderpaul – a perennial threat for India over the years – none of the other batsmen were ready to grind it out in the middle. The bowling department was on the mark and used the conditions perfectly.India were the first to train on Sunday and they meant business.While the batsmen and bowlers went all out, pacer Varun Aaron – who looks unlikely to play – beat the batsmen with pace. But it was heartening to see the amount of time the Indian players were ready to spend on their fielding drills.Virender Sehwag was at his flamboyant best while Gautam Gambhir had a short net session.He was more keen to knock the ball. Sachin Tendulkar had a long session with the bat and if the silken cover drives and flicks were any indication, the historic Eden Gardens could be witness to another great moment – his 100th century.The West Indians had a short training session in the afternoon.While the pitch has been under a lot of scrutiny, with even Cricket Association of Bengal president Jagmohan Dalmiya holding a meeting with the curator, the match wicket looks to have a green tinge on it, as promised by curator Prabir Mukherjee. But one has to wait and see if it is indeed live grass or just dead grass rolled in.
Atal Bihari VajpayeeVision India: A.B. Vajpayee spells out the wordmap of progressAtal Bihari Vajpayee says that India can and must become a developed nation by 2020 and declares his resolve to secure a meaningful role for India in world affairs.The context of this event has enhanced its importance. Conclave 2004,Atal Bihari VajpayeeVision India: A.B. Vajpayee spells out the wordmap of progressAtal Bihari Vajpayee says that India can and must become a developed nation by 2020 and declares his resolve to secure a meaningful role for India in world affairs.The context of this event has enhanced its importance. Conclave 2004 has coincided with Election 2004. INDIA TODAY is talking about India Tomorrow. And the tomorrow it dreams of is the dream of Building an Indian Century.Now that’s a theme tailor made for those of us in this election battle who have a lot to say about our achievements today and, equally, a lot to say about our vision for tomorrow. We are ready for the debate. Indeed, the debate is already taking place all across the country-in homes and on streets, in teashops and on TV channels. One can say that India has become a conclave today, discussing the claims and counter-claims, arguments and counter-arguments of various contenders in the elections.As the world’s largest democracy, we can be proud that this electoral battle is taking place in a completely peaceful, tension-free atmosphere. I have no doubt that irrespective of who wins or loses in the elections and by whatever margin, our democracy will emerge victorious, stronger and more resilient than before.Every Indian, whether living in India or abroad, has always believed that India is a great nation and has wondered why the world has not acknowledged this obvious truth. Perhaps we have tended to judge ourselves by our potential, whereas others judge us by our performance. However, this gap between our potential and our performance is now getting bridged. India is changing, and changing very rapidly. The imprint of this change is becoming bolder and more attention-catching by the day.The world acknowledges our prowess in IT and in other sectors of the knowledge-based economy. Our growing markets and our rapidly expanding economy compel global recognition. Indian businesses have learnt from globalisation and the technology revolution the imperative of becoming globally competitive.advertisementToday “Made in India” or “Sourced from India” labels are becoming a matter of national pride. It cannot be anybody’s claim that India’s achievements belong only to the recent past.As an Indian, I am as proud as anyone else of India’s achievements under previous governments. I have never looked at them with jaundiced eyes and have never been sparing in giving credit where it was due.However, few would deny that the progress we made in the past did not measure up either to India’s potential or to her manifest needs. As a result, enormous developmental challenges continue to confront our country. The greatest of these challenges is to banish poverty which still grips nearly one-fourth of our population. We have a long way to go and an immense lot to accomplish.But we have decided to traverse this long journey in a short time. We have started to speed up everything that is essential for making India a stronger and more prosperous nation, one capable of meeting any emergency that the future may throw up. Towards this end we have begun to: speed up our GDP growth; speed up the reform of our economy and our institutions; speed up the expansion and modernisation of our infrastructure and speed up the expansion and improvement of our social infrastructure.Raising productivity and profitability in agriculture is central to our strategy of making rural India prosperous and vibrant. The Green Revolution helped India achieve self sufficiency in food production.Now, the country needs a second Green Revolution to create efficiency and capture value at every stage in the food chain linking the farmer to the consumer. We have initiated many efforts in this direction. Enlarging and intensifying them will be a priority for us in the coming years.There is much talk these days about unemployment. I recognise that it is a major concern for the youth. However, I would like to stress two salient aspects of this problem. Firstly, unemployment is not a recent creation. Secondly, the nature of employment generation is changing with the changing nature of the economy. Jobs in government and organised industry have shrunk not only in India but also all over the world. At the same time, new employment and self-employment opportunities have sprung up on a large scale in recent years. These are in housing, road construction and transportation, cottage industries, financial sector, tourism, services and enterprises in the informal sector, and IT.Our strategy for the future will be three-pronged: promote productive employment in all sectors of the economy, especially in agriculture and rural enterprises; enhance employability of the employment-seeking people through suitable training and skill development; and further strengthen social security schemes for those in the unorganised sector. Turning to India’s interaction with the international community in the years to come by mentioning only a few key issues. We are seeing increasingly that as India adjusts to globalisation, the globe is adjusting to a quiet “Indianisation”. Indians and people of Indian origin have earned recognition abroad as political leaders and heads of multinationals, as film directors and sports captains, as editors and authors. The most prestigious universities of the world have Indians in top faculty positions.There are some who do not like to describe all this as “India Shining”. They would at least have to admit that these facts testify to the vigour and vitality of India’s international profile today. Our economic growth and development have enhanced our international standing. Conversely, our network of international cooperation has also provided new opportunities for India’s growth and development. As the world seeks to fashion a new global order from the debris of the Cold War, India will creatively pursue her foreign policy to widen the web of friendly relations with all the countries in the world. Our aim will be to secure for India a meaningful role in world affairs.India does not believe that unipolarity is a state of equilibrium in today’s world. At the same time, we do not advocate a form of multipolarity that creates tension between the poles. We believe a stable equilibrium lies in a cooperative, multipolar world which accommodates the legitimate aspirations and interests of all its component poles and of the international community as a whole. This is the world which India is committed to working for.In Asia, regional economic cooperation has already changed the contours of our international engagement. The ASEAN-India relationship is gaining strength and maturity. We have recently given economic cooperation within SAARC a new impetus. Through BIMST-EC (Bangladesh-India-Myanmar-Sri Lanka-Thailand Economic Cooperation) we are trying to exploit the synergies of sub-regional cooperation in a way that will also promote the rapid economic development of our northeastern states. We have taken forward our relations with China by strengthening the underpinning of a vibrant economic cooperation.It is this language of cooperation, detente and dialogue that we have consistently used in our neighbourhood policy. The agreement that we reached with Pakistan in January flowed from our consistent stand that it is only bilateral dialogue that can solve our problems; that this dialogue cannot be pursued or sustained if terrorism continues; and that all problems, including Jammu and Kashmir, should be addressed in this dialogue.Throughout the recent difficult years, when we had to fashion responses appropriate to immediate challenges, we have consistently had this clarity of purpose. I have also frequently said that in this changing and fast-moving world, we cannot afford to remain shackled by history. We should be willing to look at innovative ideas for the resolution of our bilateral differences.Of course, it is public opinion in both countries that has to lead the politicians to pragmatic and acceptable solutions. That is why we have been advocating the intensification of trade, economic cooperation, cultural exchanges and sporting links so that public opinion in both the countries can be mobilised in support of the peace dividend.It is also our vision for the entire South Asian region that the economic stakes we develop in each other will eventually wipe away misunderstanding and suspicions and create a South Asian Economic Union which will promote progress and prosperity in a strongly interconnected subcontinent.The two defining security-related preoccupations of the 21st century are terrorism and proliferation. We in India know that international terrorism inspired by religious extremism did not start with 9/11. But it imprinted itself on the consciousness of the international community on that date. It enabled the world to put in better perspective India’s own experiences. We willingly joined the international coalition against terrorism, applauded the provisions of UN Security Council Resolutions 1373 and 1456, and called for a strict and universal application of all these provisions.This is a continuing struggle. We have to resist the temptation of short-term political goals diverting us from the long term objective. India is convinced that ultimately the battle against international terrorism can only be effectively won by the widest possible coalition of democracies acting in concert.It is an objective we will continue to pursue. We hear a lot these days about the indiscriminate proliferation of weapons of mass destruction feeding a black market of non-state actors.advertisementadvertisementWe have always maintained that the existing non-proliferation regimes are all grossly unequal and would not serve the purpose of military denuclearisation. They have restrained the responsible and rewarded the reckless.Let me declare unequivocally that India supports the objective of genuine non-proliferation. We have pursued it from our own perspectives and for our own good. India can contribute meaningfully and even add value to a multilateral cooperative framework for this.In the past few years, India has taken important measures to orient its economy to the demands of globalization. We have done so with deliberation and with sensitivity. Even at the risk of attracting the impatience of some, we have tried to ensure that our economic liberalization does not retard the objective of equitable development. We have warned the world of the dangers of headlong globalization seriously eroding political support for economic reform measures in developing countries.Together with other developing countries, we emphasized this at Cancun. Decisions on agriculture affect the livelihood of billions of farmers in the developing world which could not be sacrificed at the altar of globalization. We will continue to work with the developing and the developed world for win-win solutions to these issues. India is convinced that such solutions exist.While talking about globalization, I should mention the strange controversies that have been generated on what is called business process outsourcing. The very process of liberalization on which we have been lectured for so many years has created competitive skills which are available for utilization by businesses everywhere. Outsourcing is a natural consequence of this process.As economists around the world have been saying, outsourcing makes businesses more competitive, increases their exports and profits, and places more investible surpluses in their hands which can be deployed to create more jobs. The world has spent the past decade trying to make sensible economics prevail over the temptation of short-term political gains. We should not now drive a reverse process. Today, India stands at a unique point in her ascendant movement in history. I believe that there is a law of growth in the life of every nation. Understood and followed properly, it brings about national resurgence and takes the nation to strength, prosperity and greatness.The objective conditions, including the international situation, have never been more conducive for this law of growth to operate with full power in the case of India. Therefore, we must not let cynicism or negativism, despondency or disunity clog our veins and weaken our muscles.India faces a big challenge today. We will always remain a democracy, of course. That is an abiding source of India’s pride and strength. But the challenge is: Can our democracy create a common national purpose around the issue of development and deliver it on a scale that all of us dream of?Can we remove regional and social disparities and bridge the urban-rural divide fast enough? Can we speedily enlarge the basket of opportunities to match the growing aspirations of our predominantly youthful population?In short, can we make India a developed nation in a holistic way by 2020? Within the lifespan of a single generation? Yes, we can. We must. To work toward this goal has been the endeavor of my Government for the past five years. It is our resolve to accelerate this process over the next five years. And this is precisely why we are seeking a renewed mandate from the people of India in the hope and confidence that we will get it.Atal Bihari Vajpayee is the Prime Minister of India.
Fashion frenzy took over the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman with a zeitgeist power walk in the Capital on Wednesday evening.The ambassador of Oman, Humaid Al Maani, along with Vinay Gupta hosted an evening to support Save the Girl Child and Back to Nature & Wellness campaigns.The model line-up included Indian musician Anup Jalota, cartoonist Sudhir Tailang, Abhijeet Sarkar, filmmaker Akbar Khan, Sandeep Marwah and Omar Nasim to name a few. Along with the usual faces on the runway, were, Miss India Earth 2011, Hasleen Kaur and Diana Hayden, who lent the glamour quotient as showstoppers for the night.Designers from Oman such as Anisa Moosa Al-Zadjali and desi designers such as Pallavi Mohan, Zubair Kirmani and Sulakshana Monga showcased their collections. Diplomats of various nations, socialites from the Delhi circuit and members of the fashion fraternity were rubbing shoulders along with sports star Kapil Dev, who made a blinkand-you-missappearance.
Asian Games gold medallist woman athlete Pinki Pramanik, who won a gold medal at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, has been detained by the West Bengal police for allegedly torturing and attempting to rape a woman. The victim has claimed that Pinki is actually a male.Police sources said that Pinki could not be arrested on Thursday as she refused to undergo medical tests in a government hospital. For this reason, she could neither be arrested on Thursday nor produced in the court.Following the complaint, Pinki has been detained and permission has been sought for a medical test from the court on Pinki to ascertain her sex. Police sources said that Pinki would be arrested if the allegation is proved to be true.A complaint was lodged at the Baguihati police station in North 24-Parganas and accordingly the athlete was taken into the police custody on Thursday morning.Pinki won gold in 4×400 metres relay at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. She was a silver medallist at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games the same year and also won gold at the 2005 Asian Indoor Games.Pinki had achieved the special feat of triple of gold medals at the 2006 South Asian Games, winning the 400 and 800 metre events as well as the relay. The 25-year-old athlete works with Eastern Railway’s Sealdah division as a travelling ticket examiner.”We picked up Pinki Pramanik on Thursday morning following complaint lodged by a woman. The victim alleged she was raped by the athlete and claimed that Pinki is actually a male and has been cohabiting with her for past several months,” a police officer of Baguihati police station said. The police officer said Pinki had promised to marry her (the victim) but later refused to do so.advertisementDaughter of Durgacharan Pramanik, Pinki hails from a poor family in West Bengal’s Purulia district. Her village Tilakdih, bordering neighbouring Jharkhand, lacks in basic facilities. Training in this remote hamlet meant running about 10 km everyday by the river-side, till she was brought to Kolkata. Pinki couldn’t continue studies after class X.Pinki’s talent got noticed in March 2002 during an inter-district sports meet. Two months later, she created three state records in 100m, 200m and 400m in her age-group. Later, the Sports Authority India (SAI) took her under its fold and former national record holder Geeta Zutsi helped her hone athletic skills. She retired from athletics almost three years ago.
For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors With chance to get another title at 38, Hugnatan turns back clock View comments 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRey Nambatac doesn’t thinks his graduation would leave a big hole for Letran after seeing how great of a talent pool coach Jeff Napa has.“I don’t think that big of an absence for them because there’s a lot of players who could fill up my spot in my position,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups The 23-year-old swingman, who averaged 16.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in his final year, allayed fears on the Knights’ future after they missed out on the Final Four this NCAA Season 93.WIth Nambatac nursing two fouls in ihe Knights do-or-die game against San Sebastian, Letran showed a glimpse of what the future holds in the third quarter as it went on a 14-4 run to grab a 47-39 lead midway through the period banking on the five of Bong Quinto, Jerrick Balanza, Jeremiah Taladua, Jeo Ambohot, and Lance Vacaro.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 openingUnfortunately, the Knights just had one too many mistakes and fell to the Golden Stags, 74-69, in the fourth-place playoff on Tuesday.Despite all that happened this year, Nambatac is still optimistic on what the future holds for Letran with lofty goals already set for next year. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m pretty sure they will bounce back hard next year. Even if I’m not on the floor, the toughness and intensity is still there. I can see their willingness to win, especially from our Team B players who have experience playing in big leagues. I can say that a lot of people will talk about Letran next year,” he said.As he bid his alma mater goodbye, Nambatac is satisfied with what he has accomplished in his eight-year stay, winning Rookie of the Year and MVP with the Squires in the juniors’ division, while also helping the Knights make it to the Finals twice and winning the NCAA championship back in 2015.“To be honest, I never expected any of this to happen. When I got to Letran, all I was thinking was to just play at my best so I could get a full scholarship and help my family. I never realized that I’ve already improved a lot and I’ve gone a long way. Not bad for an NCAA career. At least, I can say that I was able to help Letran win a championship,” he said.Walking away from Muralla and embarking on a new chapter on his basketball career, Nambatac is proud to hold his head high as he leaves a lasting lesson to the holdovers.“No one expects Letran to make it far every year, but game-in and game-out, we’re showing it to our doubters and the non-believers that we’re still here. We’re Letran: never give in and never give up,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT
After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads FILE – UCLA NCAA college basketball players, Liangelo Ball, left, and Cody Riley are shown in these file photos. The UCLA basketball team is heading back to Los Angeles without three players arrested on shoplifting charges in China, according to a report. Citing sources, ESPN reports freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were to remain in Hangzhou, China. UCLA won its season-opening game 63-60 over Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Saturday. (AP Photo/File)BEIJING — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he’s hopeful that three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting will be allowed to return home soon.Trump said he had a long conversation on the matter with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese authorities detained the UCLA freshmen for questioning about allegations of shoplifting before a recent game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai. The UCLA team returned to the U.S. without them on Saturday.READ: Lonzo Ball hasn’t spoken to brother LiAngelo amid situation in ChinaThe Los Angeles Times has identified the players as Cody Riley, Jalen Hill and LiAngelo Ball — the brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball.Citing a source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation, sports channel ESPN last week reported theplayers could be Hangzhou for “a week or two” while the situation is resolved. The source told ESPN there is surveillance footage of the players shoplifting from three stores inside a high-end retail center.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malditas save PH from shutout Gobert to Waiters: ‘It’s not my feelings, it’s my knee’ LATEST STORIES “They’re working on it right now,” Trump told reporters in the Philippines as he prepared to return to Washington after a nearly two-week visit to Asia that included an earlier stop in Beijing. “He’s been terrific,” Trump said, in an apparent reference to Xi.READ: LiAngelo Ball, UCLA teammates arrested in China for shopliftingFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAsked about the case Tuesday, China’s foreign ministry said it had no additional comment. On Monday, ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that three American men were being investigated in the eastern city of Hangzhou for alleged theft and that China and the U.S. were in contact over the matter.“China will handle this case in accordance with law and protect the lawful rights and interests of the people involved,” Geng said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims 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 MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Still, if and when Milwaukee does compete for NBA titles, Kidd’s influence will be clear. He led Antetokounmpo and company to two playoff appearances in three seasons — not bad for a team that won 15 games four seasons ago. Antetokounmpo has become a star, and Khris Middleton has also become a standout player.Yet the Bucks are hovering around .500 and stuck in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The perimeter defense hasn’t ever really improved, and turnovers have become a debilitating issue of late.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingFor Horst, there wasn’t enough progress for Kidd to keep his job. The surprise firing, hours before the Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 109-105, sent a message to players about mounting expectations as the talented kids become veterans.“It’s not all on one person. The players have some type of responsibility,” Middleton said after scoring 35 points in the victory. “He’s the first one to go, but it could be one of us next. We have to do our job night in and night out.” MOST READ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — Jason Kidd helped make the Bucks relevant again. Someone else will have to help them become champions.Despite mentoring a young, athletic core led by All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kidd was fired by Milwaukee general manager Jon Horst on Monday. Assistant coach Joe Prunty will lead the team for the rest of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Without Neymar, Messi and Suarez keep Barcelona thriving 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 PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives He was hired by Milwaukee a few months after a group led by co-owners Edens and Mark Lasry bought the team in April 2014. The Bucks traded two future second-round draft picks to the Nets as compensation.In Milwaukee, Kidd inherited a team that won 15 games in 2013-14. He was part of a fresh start for an organization that had been mired in mediocrity for years.Other than a 33-win season in 2015-16, the youthful Bucks hovered around .500 under Kidd while Antetokounmpo and Middleton developed. Malcolm Brogdon won the NBA rookie of the year award last season, and Jabari Parker has the potential to be an explosive scorer when healthy.Despite all that, Milwaukee has largely treaded water in the wide-open East, even after adding talented guard Eric Bledsoe in a trade with the Suns in November. The Bucks are 8-12 since going a season-high five games over .500 on Dec. 9.Under Kidd, Milwaukee a regular-season record of 139-152.“We didn’t lose any talent. We still have all of our guys on the floor. We still have to make the playoffs our goal,” Brogdon said.The Bucks plan to conduct a coaching search after the season. It will be an important hire for a franchise celebrating its 50th anniversary and getting ready for the opening of a new downtown arena next season.“I think Jason’s done obviously a tremendous amount for the organization. He’s a good friend, he’s a soon-to-be Hall of Fame basketball player,” Edens said in an interview before the game.“But we think this team can be the best team in the East and we want to give ourselves every chance we can to do that.” Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Consider Kidd’s dismissal a wake-up call for a team that had been a feel-good story in the NBA over the last couple years.“A general manager in the NHL had a statement once: ‘If something is inevitable, why wait?’” Horst said at a news conference before the game.Horst added that the decision was made “relatively quickly” and was not in the works through the season. Co-owner Wes Edens said Horst had the ownership group’s support.“We just felt that we got to a point in the season where this team could do more and could perform at a different level in a different way and (we are) looking for a fresh approach and different voice in leadership for the team,” Horst said.Kidd was one of the NBA’s most dynamic guards during his playing career and a triple-double threat in his heyday. He made the unusual jump right into coaching the year after his playing career ended, guiding the Nets to a 44-win season and a trip to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in his one and only season in Brooklyn in 2013-14.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’
The Cricket Board’s all-powerful Working Committee is to meet in Mumbai on Sunday afternoon at its headquarters to find a pathway to satisfy the latest directive of the Supreme Court in the case related to corruption in last year’s IPL.The apex court, while turning down N Srinivasan’s fresh plea to return to the helm of the Board’s affairs as its elected chief, has ruled that he cannot be given back the BCCI’s reins till he comes out clean in a probe conducted against him and 12 others, including India-capped cricketers, whose names have been mentioned by Justice Mudgal Committee report in the IPL corruption scandal.The apex court also put the ball back in the BCCI’s court for future course of action to probe the damning contents of the Mudgal Committee report on its own through appropriate means.On April 16 the Supreme Court had said the BCCI should conduct a probe against Srinivasan and 12 others in the betting and spot fixing scandal to maintain its institutional autonomy as the court cannot “close its eyes” to the allegations made by the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee.A bench of justices A K Patnaik and F M Ibrahim Kalifulla, however, had expressed reservations over a SIT or CBI probe, saying that institutional autonomy of the Board has to be maintained and a committee constituted by the BCCI to look into the issue would be preferred.”Having come to know the nature of allegations, we cannot close our eyes,” the bench said, adding that it is concerned about the game of cricket in the country and not about individuals.advertisementReferring to a sealed envelope report of Justice Mudgal committee, the bench said, “It (report) said all these allegations were brought to his (Srinivasan) notice but he did not take any action. That means he was aware about the allegations and did not take it seriously.”The Emergent WC meeting, to be held two days before the next hearing of the case in the apex court, has been convened following demand from some state units affiliated to the Board after the Supreme Court’s hearing.