Month: November 2019

Hotshots reach semis

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “We challenged the players to face the situation. We wanted the ball to go to Walker but there was also an option for Maliksi,” Isaac said.The ball did go to Walker, who then set Maliksi up for the game-winning jumper from the free-throw line with 9.5 seconds left.The Hotshots did not need as tight a finish as the Elite did, putting together a strong second half to overcome an NLEX squad that was seeing action in its first playoff stint under coach Yeng Guiao.The hard-fighting Road Warriors looked headed for a do-or-die as they stormed out of a deadlock at halftime to take a 63-55 lead in the third quarter.But Star went on a strong run to take a 69-63 edge before stretching the lead to 10 late in the fourth period behind huge baskets by Paul Lee.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Import Kristofer Acox and Lee carried the Hotshots in the second half and finished with 21 and 18 points, respectively, for Star, which at one point in the tournament was staring at a possible seventh seed in the playoffs.“We came from seventh spot and we were able to get No. 4 so we just took advantage of it,” said Star coach Chito Victolero.Acox also had 12 rebounds and two steals for Star.In contrast, NLEX started the Governors’ Cup strong and was one of the early favorites to nab a crucial twice-to-beat advantage but the fickleness of the tournament, where the closely-packed standings meant one loss could spell doom for a team’s chances, dropped the Road Warriors out of the top four.Walker and Maliksi carried the Elite down the stretch but it took team effort in the waning seconds to pull off the defensive stop on the Bolts, whose last shot—a one-hander from just inside the 3-point line by Mike Tolomia—went off target.“We played good defense and made the stop,” Isaac said.The dramatic win was Blackwater’s first in the playoffs since joining the league in 2014. And it couldn’t have come at a better time with the Elite facing the formidable Bolts, who won nine games against only two losses in the elimination round.Walker had only 11 points in the first three quarters before taking over when it mattered most. He exploded for 19 in the fourth quarter, scoring Blackwater’s first 18 points there.The former NBA veteran, who had stints with the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and Miami Heat, logged a total of 30 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, one steal and a block.The 30-year-old Maliksi, who was acquired from Star in a four-player trade on Sept. 10, wound up with 15 points and four rebounds. Starting guard Mike DiGregorio added 20 points. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Reigning Best Import Allen Durham posted 18 points—including an inside basket that gave the Bolts a 91-90 edge with 15.8 ticks remaining—21 rebounds and seven assists while Chris Newsome and Cliff Hodge had 19 and 18 points, respectively.Blackwater tries to become only the fourth team to knock off the No. 1 seed when it tangles with Meralco on Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City PBA IMAGESStar became the first team to reach the semifinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup even when the top-seeded Meralco Bolts had an earlier game schedule—and a supposedly lighter quarterfinal opponent.The Hotshots came back in the second half to eliminate the NLEX Road Warriors, 89-77, Tuesday night to advance to the Final Four of the season-ending conference.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bolts, who finished second in this tournament last season, could have gotten to the semifinals ahead after drawing an earlier game time and a quarterfinal pairing against eighth-seed Blackwater.But Allein Maliksi came out eager to prove that the Elite made a good decision in trading for him late in the season.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 shutoutMaliksi came up clutch as the Elite took down the Bolts, 92-91, to force a do-or-die in their pairing.“Going into the final 15 seconds of the game with Meralco up by one, the instruction was to have a good shot and if there was an opening, we take it,” said Blackwater head coach Leo Isaac after the gripping showdown between seeds at the opposite end of the spectrum at Mall of Asia Arena. 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NCAA Season 93 Preview: EAC Generals target Final 4 berth

first_imgChina furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Head coach: Ariel SisonLast Season: 6-12 (8th)Holdovers: Sidney Onwubere, Hamadou Laminou, Francis MunsayacKey losses: Igee King, Jorem MoradaKey additions: Juju Bautista, Jerome GarciaIt’s now Final Four or bust for Emilio Aguinaldo College.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection View comments Pacquiao: There will be a rematch NCAA Season 93 Preview: EAC Generals348 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 That’s the ultimatum coach Ariel Sison gave to his Generals as they prepare for war this coming NCAA season.“To be honest, we want the Final Four now,” he said with emphasis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOne can’t blame Sison wanting to go all-in.After all, this will be Sidney Onwubere’s final season, and the husky-voiced mentor wants a proper sendoff for his star forward. MOST READ “This is Sidney’s last playing year so we’re looking to reach that,” he said.EAC won’t be relying on Onwubere alone, as it will still have Francis Munsayac and able-bodied transferees in Juju Bautista and Jerome Garcia to aid in this year’s campaign.The bad news, though, is that Cameroonian big man Hamadou Laminou is out for the first two weeks of the season as he nurses a knee injury.However, Sison still believes this Generals crew will be a force to be reckoned with this season.“Our bench got deeper and I think that they’ll be capable of helping us to achieve what we’re aspiring for,” he said. “Every day in our practices, we remind them to give their 100-percent in training and especially in the games. And I can see that everybody is willing to step up for us to win.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. To end, Sison reaffirmed his vision for EAC this year and made it clear that there’s only one goal in mind.“We’re hoping that we’ll be in the Final Four and we want it now.”last_img read more

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PH golfer Yuka Saso to miss SEA Games

first_imgAnother vape smoker nabbed in Lucena View comments Junia Louise Quintanilla Gabasa replaced Saso, who also won the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Ladies Invitational last year, in the seven-athlete lineup.Included in the roster to the Aug. 19-30 Games were Ruperto Zaragosa, Luigi Paolo Wong, Jolo Timothy Wong and Carl Jano Corpus for the men’s individual and team events. Completing the cast are Lois Kaye Lo Go and Constantino.Filipino golfers missed the medal podium two years ago in Singapore after a double-gold performance by Princess Superal in the women’s individual and team events with Katrina Pelen-Briones and Clare AmeliaLegaspi during the 2013 edition in Burma.The SEAG golf competition in KL will be held at the Mines Resort City Golf Club in Selangor.Saso’s absence will mean losing one more potential gold medal for the Philippines after Filipino-American doubles specialist Treat Huey pulled out from the Games last week.ADVERTISEMENT Marcial to skip AIBA C’ships for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES Filipino-Japanese golfer Yuka Saso will skip the coming 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, another downer for the Philippine bid to reach its target of 50 gold medals.Tom Carrasco, the Philippine Olympic Committee’s pointman in the athlete selection process for the Games, said the National Golf Association of the Philippines informed the task force on the exclusion of the 15-year-old World Junior Girls champion.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Saso also led the PH team to the title last year in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada after joining hands with Harmie Nicole Constantino and Sofia Angela Legaspi for a nine-stroke victory over South Korea.She subdued Jennifer Chang of the United States by six strokes for the individual trophy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I was told by the NGAP that she has other commitments during the SEA Games. She was already removed from the delegation,” said Carrasco.Saso reached the semifinals of the US Women’s Amateur Golf Championship last year in Pennsylvania.last_img read more

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Gilas Pilipinas motivated amid pressure to deliver SEA Games gold

first_imgHe continued: “The pressure is there already. Any coach or player that is going to the Southeast Asian Games is supposed to win and they’re supposed to bring home the gold. It doesn’t matter if you have one day or two days of practice. They’re supposed to win.”Gilas Pilipinas opens its SEA Games campaign on Sunday against Thailand, before taking on Myanmar, and Malaysia in the following days to finish its schedule in the group stages.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Even with less than two weeks to prepare for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, Gilas Pilipinas has put its best foot forward as it flies to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday.Head coach Jong Uichico is hopeful that the team’s preparations will be enough to help the country secure its 18th gold in the regional tiff.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Gilas Pilipinas motivated amid pressure to deliver SEA Games gold2.3K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 UFC president believes Ronda Rousey will announce retirement soon NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR “We’re about 70-80 percent ready,” the soft-spoken mentor said on Thursday during the Chooks-to-Go-hosted sendoff at Edsa Shangri-la. “Hopefully, that 80-percent can get things done for the SEA Games team.”Jong Uichico. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netDespite the short preparation, Gilas Pilipinas is still the  favorite to nab the gold medal in the biennial meet but teams like Thailand, Indonesia, and host country Malaysia are all out to dislodge the Philippines out of its throne.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 openingUichico said the players don’t need reminding on how much it would mean for the country to impose its dominance anew in the hardcourt.“The players are very motivated. Once you don the Philippine colors, or Philippine flag, or Philippine uniform, you should be motivated. There’s no amount of motivation that just wearing that uniform and representing the country. The mere fact that you’re part of the national team should be enough of a motivation,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

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Defeat was inevitable after 1st innings deficit: Dhoni

first_imgIndia captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday said the first innings deficit was too much to handle and a defeat was inevitable after South Africa took a massive 484-run lead in the first Test in Centurion.”The deficit was too much to handle, and South Africa got too many runs. It was a good show by the batsmen in the second innings,” Dhoni said after India were dismissed for 459 in their second innings to hand South Africa an innings and 25-run victory.”After they won the toss it was a job half done, but they had to bowl at the right areas and they did that. Their batsmen also batted really well,” he added.Asked what are the positives that India would take from this match, Dhoni said, “Most of the batsmen got off to a good start in the second innings, I mean Gauti (Gautam Gambhir) scored 80, Sachin (Tendulkar) 100, these are positives.””But there are grey areas. Our bowling has to improve, and we are looking forward to have Zaheer (Khan) back in the side. It is important to educate the bowlers and give them a road map for the next Test.”I’ve lost quite a few tosses, but it’s important now to take some time off and then get back into the groove,” he added.South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who was awarded the Man of the Match for his maiden unbeaten double ton in the first innings, said it was a very special moment for him.”It took a long way to come but it was worth the wait. It was a very special moment,” Kallis said.advertisement”It was a good all-round effort from us, we put in a good performance on day one which put us ahead of the eight ball. Centurion is a big scoring ground and we came into this Test looking to be very positive with both bat and ball,” he said.Highly satisfied after drawing the first blood in the high profile series, South African skipper Graeme Smith heaped praise on his team and said the aim now would be to make it 2-0 in Durban.”Obviously very happy, it’s a big series, the build-up has been big and it’s nice to come out and secure a big win,” Smith said.”The bowlers did very well and bowled in the right areas on the first day. We wanted to be positive in our first innings, and to take the game forward like that. The way the batsmen played, it was great Test cricket.”We’ve had terrific support from the fans, looking forward to Christmas with our families. We have to continue in the same vein and make it 2-0 in Durban Test, that would be the aim,” he said.Spinner Paul Harris and pacer Morne Morkel were also awarded with a memento for achieving 100 wickets in their Test career in the post-match presentation.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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World Cup 2011 Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan

first_imgSkipper Shakib Al Hasan is young and is leading a young team at the World Cup. A good batsman, who can stay at the crease for long in demanding situations, Shakib will be hoping to prove his mettle in the mega tournament.Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Ashraful are his trusted aides. Syed Rasel and Shahadat Hossain are good pacemen in the Bangladesh team. Often labelled as minnows, they can even spring a surprise.Shakib Al Hasan’s statisticslast_img

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Poor eating habits can trigger heart attacks

first_imgI encounter a rising number of young patients, afflicted by high blood pressure (BP), high cholesterol, diabetes and heart diseases. Conventionally, these are disorders of age, likely to develop in the fifth or sixth decade of one’s life. But inappropriate lifestyle-primarily, poor eating habits and lack of physical exercise-is bringing,I encounter a rising number of young patients, afflicted by high blood pressure (BP), high cholesterol, diabetes and heart diseases. Conventionally, these are disorders of age, likely to develop in the fifth or sixth decade of one’s life. But inappropriate lifestyle-primarily, poor eating habits and lack of physical exercise-is bringing on an epidemic of these diseases. And the patient profile is getting younger.Over the past few decades, the diet pattern in the country has drastically changed. Dietary choices of an individual in India used to be based on tradition, culture and religious beliefs. But now convenience is the rule of thumb. Convenient food is anything that is quick, tasty and (very importantly) “fashionable”. Lack of time, stress and boredom being the most common excuses that I get to hear from my patients for indulging in such foods.Dining out is an easier option for overworked professionals than cooking at home these days. While the frequency of eating out at restaurants has zoomed, so have portion sizes. People consume more calories now than ever before.Click here to EnlargeSkipping breakfast, heavy dinners, long gaps between meals, lack of fibre-rich food is so very evident in the diets of today. And it’s a trend that starts early. Children are introduced to junk food at a very young age and very soon chips, cold drinks, biscuits, pizzas, burgers, box juices, chhole bhature, chowmein and a whole host of unwholesome foods become a major part of their everyday diet.Let’s not just blame time constrained, busy professionals, double-income families or working mothers. The prevalence of television commercials promoting unhealthy food as “healthy” and “nutritious” has contributed a lot to poor eating habits. Consumption of cold drinks, especially among children, for instance, has increased in the last 20 years by 300 per cent. Children have become more sedentary, outdoor sport has taken a backseat. Lack of physical activity, increasing affluence and easy availability of fast and convenient foods lead to obesity and ultimately risk of heart diseases.advertisementAdd to it our varied food platter. Foods from different parts of the world are now just a phone call away in any metro. We often blame Western pizzas and burgers as “junk food”, but the fact is, Indian fast foods-chat, samosa, namkeen and traditional sweets-are equally loaded with calories and saturated fat. If trans fatty-acids (TFA) in high fat-baked foods like doughnuts, cookies, cakes, rusks and biscuits clog your arteries, so do saturated fats in cream, cheese, butter and ghee hidden in Indian snacks.Click here to EnlargeThe commonly found processed foods-for which food labels say “partially hydrogenated vegetable oils”-should be avoided. They are rich sources of tfa. They increase bad cholesterol (or IDL), bring down good cholesterol (hdl) and are more prone to getting deposited in blood vessels, leading to heart attacks and stroke.Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the single-most important cause of deaths worldwide. High bp, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, diet rich in saturated fats-especially, processed and ready-to-eat foods-are the major risk factors that lead to various heart ailments. All of these can be controlled through a healthy diet and lifestyle. With some help from modern medicine, of course.- Cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr Naresh Trehan, is the chairman and managing director of Medanta-The Medicity, Gurgaonlast_img read more

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DU discontinues admission forms at UG level

first_imgColleges would be announcing cut-offs on the basis of their past experiences.Admission to Delhi University’s (DU) undergraduate courses will change drastically this year.The university – after consultation with college principals in a three hour-long meeting on Monday – has decided to discontinue the process of filling application forms for seeking admission to any of its affiliated colleges.Till last year, a DU aspirant had the option of either filling a common admission form or applying individually to colleges.”No forms will be sold by the university or the colleges. Colleges will decide on their cut-offs (qualifying marks) based on their previous years’ experience. Students will directly take admission in whichever course they qualify as per the cut-off declared,” said a senior official of the university.This idea, proposed by Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh at Monday’s meeting, received a positive response from all present.However, students seeking admission through sports, SC/ST and ECA quota will have to submit application forms.”Students were earlier applying to all programmes irrespective of what they really wanted to study,” said Meera Ramachandran, principal of Gargi College, who was present at the meeting.By filling just one common form (which was later available in OMR format), students could apply to as many as 63 undergraduate programmes in 63 colleges.last_img read more

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Pranab Mukherjee admits snoop threat in office, says IB found nothing

first_imgUnion Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who had last year written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about a possible security breach in his North Block office in September 2010, on Tuesday confirmed search for snooping devices in his office. Confirming the seizure of planted adhesive strips, Mukherjee however said that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) probe revealed nothing. Fears of a breach in the ministry of financial affairs office came to fore after taxmen and security agencies found as many as 16 planted adhesives in North Block offices of the finance minister and his officials. The adhesives were found in the offices of Mukherjee’s advisor, personal secretary and two conference rooms. Intelligence agencies conducted an operation to detect presence of possible electronic bugs, but none were found.  Mukherjee, in his letter to the prime minister in September last year, had said that no microphone or recording devices were found. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) was also conducting electronic sweeps. The CBDT was particularly alarmed that the surface of the gums had grooves, which might be due to planting of tiny devices that could have been pulled out later. An initial reaction from the IB had described the sticky material as chewing gums. The CBDT chairman also confirmed to Headlines Today about tracing these taped adhesives.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.last_img read more

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Dubai football club sacks Maradona as coach

first_imgThe captain of Argentina’s 1986 World Cup-winning team — Diego Maradona — was on Tuesday sacked as the coach of United Arab Emirates football club Al Wasl.The 51-year-old, who had signed a two-year contract with the Dubai-based club in May 2011, was dismissed after a board meeting.The legendary Argentine’s position had been in doubt since June, when the club’s entire board resigned following a trophy-less season.He joined Al Wasl following his firing as the national coach of Argentina. Before becoming coach of his home country in 2008, he coached Argentine first-division clubs Deportivo Mandiyu in 1994 and Racing Club in 1995.With Agency inputslast_img

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Table Tennis: Ankita Das wants to step it up in London lympics

first_imgThe odds she battled only toughened her and catapulted her to greater heights. Ankita Das is 18 but left the national stalwarts like Poulomi Ghatak and Mouma Das behind in making the cut for the London Olympics.In 2010, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) had identified two young players from India for a scholarship programme to prepare them for the 2016 Olympics. They were Ankita and Sauymajit Ghosh, the other paddler from India to have qualified for the Olympics. While Saumyajit honed his skills at the famous Peter Karlsson academy in Sweden, Ankita could not go for the long overseas training due to family constraints.That, though, did not crush the spirits of the teenager and she put all her energy at the academy in her hometown Siliguri, run by former national champion Mantu Ghosh. “I was feeling very down for not being able to train in Sweden. My coach ( Mantu) supported me and said you can learn everything even at home if you are willing to work hard. I took it in my stride and doubled my effort,” said Ankita.Ankita’s graph has risen steadily since her cadet days. She has been the national champion cutting across all age groups and won gold at the World Cadet Championship in 2007. But the big break came when she made it to the quarterfinals of the Junior World Championship last year as an unseeded player, upsetting some big names. She lost a close battle to world No. 10 China’s Ruochen Gu.”That tournament instilled a lot of confidence in me and I thought that I can also make it big,” said Ankita.advertisementThough Ankita has never competed at the international events like the Asian Games or the Commonwealth Games, she is not overawed by the grand stage. “It cannot get bigger than the Olympics. It feels great to have got my first big break in the Olympics. Of course there will be pressure on us, but as my coach says you can be a good player only if you are able to play with an amount of pressure. I know medal will be tough, but I want to leave a mark so that I can look back at my performance with pride.”Ankita became the part of the Indian team for the South Asian qualifiers after beating veteran Mouma Das in the Olympic trials. K Shamini and Poulomi Ghatak were the top two paddlers from the country at the Hong Kong event, but Ankita walked away with the honours.After finishing third in her pool, she was pitted against an experienced Shamini, a clash that was to eventually decide the Olympic berth. “I was tensed. I had beaten Shamini before, but she had a better record against me. I called Mantu di (coach) and she calmed me down and asked me to play my natural game. When I beat Shamini, I was in a state of shock for a few minutes. I stood near the table in disbelief before the coach shook me from the trance,” said Ankita.What waited for her on reaching Siliguri was unthinkable. “It was crazy. A huge crowd had gathered. Saumyajit and I were taken in a procession.”last_img read more

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Rafael Nadal: Andy Murray will be a big loss, but the game goes on

first_imgStephen Curry moves to third on all-time 3-point list MOST READ Spain’s Rafael Nadal gestures during a press conference ahead of the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)MELBOURNE, Australia— Rafael Nadal knew it was inevitable that sooner or later the Big Four would become the Big Three.That Andy Murray is the first of the long-time leading four in men’s tennis to signal the end of his career is something Nadal has to keep in perspective.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 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 “But being honest, when somebody like him, that he achieved almost everything in his tennis career, is suffering like he’s doing for such a long time already … probably he does the right thing for his mental health.”Nadal has missed long periods of tennis because of injuries throughout his career, still managing to amass 17 major titles, but has never contemplated a date for retirement.“I didn’t arrive to that point. I am a positive guy. I always had the feeling that we’ll fix it,” he said. “But, of course, there is periods of time that you don’t see the light. Is tough.”Federer has credited improvements in travel, in nutrition and in life balance for giving modern tennis players the ability to extend their careers well into their 30s. He was 35 and coming off a long injury layoff when he revived his career with an Australian Open title in 2017. He successfully defended the title last year, his 20th major.Nadal’s plan for longevity revolves around playing fewer tournaments and resting whenever he has persistent injuries. That became less of an option for Murray, who is contemplating further surgery just to cut down on the pain he feels when he’s doing such simple things as putting on his shoes and socks.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The No. 2-ranked Nadal enters the Australian Open as a legitimate title contender along with No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic and No. 3-ranked Roger Federer, both six-time champions at Melbourne Park. Nadal is 32. Djokovic turns 32 in May, a week or so after Murray. Federer is 37.Five-time finalist Murray plans to start the tournament in Australia, but he has conceded it could be his last after 20 months of struggling to overcome a long-time injury. The severe pain from his surgically repaired right hip is restricting his movement and he has already flagged he’ll retire after Wimbledon — if he can keep playing that long.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 starsMurray practiced on Saturday at Melbourne Park not long before Nadal appeared at a news conference to talk about his health after three months out of competitive tennis and his prospects at the Australian Open, the only one of the four Grand Slam tournaments that he hasn’t won at least twice.“Yeah, of course is very bad news,” Nadal said of Murray’s tearful news conference the previous day. “Will be a very important loss for us, for the world of tennis, for the tour, for the fans, even for the rivals that he have been part of a great rivalry between the best players for a long time, and a great competitor. LATEST STORIES View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening “Seems like he had not very long career because today players are playing that long. But he’s 31 — 10 years ago, if he retired at 31, we will say he had a great and very long career,” Nadal said. “We will miss him. But today is him. Tomorrow another one. We are not 20 anymore. Our generation, everyone is more than 30s.”The Big Four have dominated the men’s circuit for more than a decade and shared around the major titles with few exceptions, such as Stan Wawrinka’s wins at the 2014 Australian Open, the 2015 French and the 2016 U.S Open, and Marin Cilic’s victory at the 2014 U.S. Open.There’s a crop of other players coming through, including No. 4-ranked Sasha Zverev, but much of the attention in the first the couple of days at Melbourne Park will be on Nadal, Murray and Djokovic — who went through juniors together — and Federer.Nadal will open against Australian James Duckworth in the second match Monday on Rod Laver Arena. Federer has a night match against Denis Istomin on the same center court.Murray is scheduled to play No. 22-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday at Melbourne Arena, the third of the show courts. Djokovic is on the other side of the draw and will start on Day 2.Nadal recalled a younger Murray — “a little bit a bad boy” — in the under-13s and 14s, but was full of praise for how his Scottish friend had evolved.“At the end of the day you appreciate a lot your rivals because you shared lot of important moments in our lives,” he said. “I always had good relationship with him. We shared courts in the most important stadiums in the world, competing for the most important things. That’s impossible to forget.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Meet Jackie Shroff’s daughter Krishna and her boyfriend

first_imgJackie Shroff’s son Tiger made his Bollywood debut last month in Heropanti. Now his daughter Krishna too is making news. Not for anything connecting with films but for the man in her life.Krishna Shroff poses with boyfriend Spenser Johnson.Krishna recently posted a selfie with boyfriend Spenser Johnson on a social networking site. It is abundantly clear from the photograph that the two are more than good friends.A little digging revealed that Krishna’s boyfriend is a Brazilian, who is known to her family. He is a football trainer by profession and works with a sports company. According to a source, he recently moved to Mumbai.The couple look adorable in the selfie.In fact, Spenser was present at the success bash of Heropanti which daddy dear Jackie Shroff had thrown at Olive restaurant last month. Unlike celebrity kids who hide their love interests, Krishna’s boyfriend mingled around freely at the party. Surely, her parents are fine with their daughter’s choice.Krishna and Spenser had left together after the party at Olive was over.last_img read more

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Helicopters, VIPs kept away from Garhwal by Congress(I) during Assembly elections

first_imgBahuguna (left) and Singh: Foregone conclusion?Stragegy in GarhwalHelicopters and VIPs are being studiously kept away from Garhwal by the Congress(I) during the Assembly elections this time. The electorate in this hilly region wasn’t impressed by all the pomp and show displayed by the ruling party last year. Congress(I) also seems,Bahuguna (left) and Singh: Foregone conclusion?Stragegy in GarhwalHelicopters and VIPs are being studiously kept away from Garhwal by the Congress(I) during the Assembly elections this time. The electorate in this hilly region wasn’t impressed by all the pomp and show displayed by the ruling party last year. Congress(I) also seems to have resigned itself to the victory of Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna in the Lok Sabha by-election from this constituency later this month.The Central leadership has quietly passed on the campaign to the state unit of the party which in turn has passed it on to the state Youth Congress, Uttar Pradesh Youth Congress President Sanjay Singh has been camping out in the constituency along with scores of young party colleagues for the past three weeks. Low key. door-to-door campaigns with local grass roots level leaders appears to be the main strategy.If Bahuguna wins, the Central leaders can conveniently wash their hands off the defeat by saying they had not bothered much about it. If the Congress(I) does manage to romp home, it will be a pleasant surprise for the party managers in Delhi as well as the candidate. Chandra Mohan Singh Negi, Uttar Pradesh’s minister for hill development. On test also is the organising skill of Sanjay Singh. Once the right hand man of the late Sanjay Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh, Singh played a key role in ensuring the victory of all Congress(I) candidates in the state Rajya Sabha poll.Asiad’s ‘Colourful’ delayThe IX Asiad is coming and we are getting ready, reads the message of the half-page advertisements in the dailies. But arrangements are still far from complete. With the games just six months away, the tickets for the Asiad – the largest spectacle of sport in Asia held once every four years – have still to be printed to be sold overseas and at home. The problem lies in the indecision of the organisers, who are still debating what colours the various tickets should be.Signalling the SovietsThe Soviet Union’s recent offer to Pakistan to help them set up a tractor factory and establish more steel mills, and the hobnobbing of Soviet diplomats with Pakistanis in some world capitals, has greatly annoyed Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. It is not so much the uncooperative attitude of the Communist Party of India (CPI), which follows the Moscow lines, but the Soviet attempts to get closer to Pakistan that have caused suspicion and indignation in New Delhi. A top source in South Block said that Soviet attempts to woo Pakistan are designed to pinprick New.Delhi and to get Mrs Gandhi to yield to their dictates. Mrs Gandhi has deliberately announced recently that she was proposing to visit both Washington and Moscow, just to signal to the Soviets that she is not one to be pressured.MiG HuntingPersistent reports that India may be considering purchase of the late: MiG variants, the MiG-27 and MiG-29, seem to have been confirmed. A batch of Indian Air Force fighter pilots who have been flying MiGs are currently in the Soviet Union for a three-month training programme with the new aircraft. Sources say that the training will mainly be on the MiG-27 Flogger-D, a tactical strike aircraft; but they will also test-fly the MiG-29 which is still in its initial production stages. The sources say that India may eventually settle only for the MiG-27 which has the advantage of being able to operate from unprepared or under-prepared runways.Travails of an  exileLaldenga, leader of the outlawed Mizo National Front, has set up his new home in a small town in West Germany just outside Frankfurt, according to sources, Laldenga, who was asked to leave the country last fortnight after six years of fruitless negotiations over the prickly Mizo problem, spent two days in London before proceeding to Frankfurt.advertisementHe is no stranger to the country and had in fact lived there in exile before being called back to India by the Government. Initially, the Indian Government had left out Britain and West Germany from the list of countries his new passport permitted him to visit, but later changed its mind and endorsed them on the document. However, there are indications that Laldenga might finally settle down closer to his homeland. Sources say that he has close connections with Bangladesh President General Ershad and he could possibly return to Dacca, an ideal base from where he can resume his former activities.Going great guns Swami Dhirendra: Finger in every pieThe hirsute Swami Dhirendra Brahmachari seems to have a finger in every pie, particularly in Jammu, the site of his opulent ashram. He has now added another acquisition to his list in the form of a gun manufacturing firm. Now, over a dozen MPs have, in a memorandum, demanded an inquiry into the alleged grant of a gun manufacturing licence to the firm. According to the memorandum Brahmachari secured the ownership of the Jammu-based firm and then applied to the Union Home Ministry and had the production of the factory increased to 3,000 guns a year.advertisementlast_img read more

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Priyanka Chopra to be on the hot seat in Kaun Banega Crorepati

first_imgActress Priyanka Chopra will be soon seen in the new season of popular TV quiz show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ hosted by megastar Amitabh Bachchan.The 32-year-old actress, who is promoting her next film ‘Mary Kom’, will feature in one of the upcoming episodes of ‘KBC Season 8’ as a celebrity contestant. However, its telecast date is still under wraps. This season of ‘KBC’ will go on air from August 17 on Sony Entertainment channel.She will feature in one of the upcoming episodes of KBC Season 8 as a celebrity contestant.Priyanka had earlier appeared on the show with actress Kareena Kapoor in the third season which was hosted by superstar Shah Rukh Khan. Priyanka’s upcoming film is based on the life of Olympic boxer Mary Kom.The biographical sports drama film directed by Omung Kumar and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali is set to release on September 5.last_img read more

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BCCI uses court orders to suit itself, says Qaiser Mohammad Ali

first_imgDuring the seemingly unending IPL fixing probe in the last one year, one of the most noticeable things observed by experts is that BCCI officials have interpreted court orders/observations with impunity to suit themselves.Depending on which side of the fence they are, officials – like seasoned law experts – have been repeatedly explaining the “real” meaning of the many courts orders/observations made ever since the 2013 IPL betting-fixing scandal broke out with the arrest of Sreesanth and a few other players on May 16 last year.BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel has stated that the AGM cannot be convened without a BCCI president.Some of these officials have gone on-record giving interpretations, at the risk of being pulled up by judges, which fortunately hasn’t happened so far. Judges might have observed these interpretations appearing in the media, but if they haven’t passed any strictures it’s probably because there are other, far more important cases to handle than the increasing and endless sports related litigation.Not just the court orders, but Board officials have also been taking pains to explain what the BCCI constitution says in different situations, knowing full well that the sacred booklet containing rules and regulations is not available in public domain. Take for example, the case of the move to postpone the BCCI AGM on the pretext that the elected president, N. Srinivasan, can’t sign the balance sheet and accounts, as the Supreme Court has barred him from Board affairs for being one of the 13 persons being probed in the IPL scandal. While barring Srinivasan, a Supreme Court bench comprising Justices AK Patnaik and FMI Kalifulla made it abundantly clear in its order of March 28 that the interim BCCI president Shivlal Yadav will have all powers of an elected president.advertisement”We make it clear that with regard to all other matters of BCCI, the senior most vice president of the BCCI, Mr. Shivlal Yadav, will discharge the functions of the president of the BCCI,” the bench had said. Moreover, the learned judges seem to have strictly and properly gone by the BCCI constitution while giving charge to former India player Yadav till the Mukul Mudgal Committee probe continues.Even Justice TS Thakur, who replaced Patnaik after his retirement in June, reiterated on July 18 that Yadav “will continue to exercise the powers of the president of the BCCI as per our order dated 28th March, 2014”.However, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel has his own interpretation. On Sunday, after an informal meeting of Srinivasan’s loyalists in Chennai, he quite audaciously announced: “Currently, there is no president in the BCCI. Mr Srinivasan has stepped aside from handling the Board’s day-to-day affairs as per the directives of the Supreme Court. The president has to sign the balance sheet before the meeting [AGM] gets underway and, currently, there’s nobody to do that.How can we convene the AGM?” If the Supreme Court decides to take cognisance of Patel’s comments and points to ‘Rule 13: Powers and Duties of Office-bearers’ in the BCCI constitution that clearly gives the secretary the power to convene the AGM, it could cause much embarrassment to him.So far the signing of the accounts and the balance sheet is concerned, Yadav, a staunch Srinivasan supporter, can do the needful, if he feels like, conforming to the Supreme Court orders. Even though there is no mention of ‘interim president’ in the constitution, the bigger question is: Can any law institution be bigger than the Supreme Court? So, why not obey its orders?”Clearly, the court has relied on the BCCI constitution while appointing Shivlal,” said Maharashtra Cricket Association president Ajay Shirke. On the various analysis of court orders by BCCI officials, former Board treasurer Shirke told MAIL TODAY: “It’s all interpretation by convenience – a classic case.”And when officials don’t find a clause in the rulebook that suits them, they tell you that the rules are “silent” on such and such issues. It then becomes easier for them to interpret the rules. All this shows that the BCCI constitution – often quoted but never seen – is perhaps the most abused set of rules and regulations in Indian sports.Not just the BCCI, but almost all Indian sports federations haven’t put up their constitutions on their websites. And this is one of the biggest undoing of Indian sport. Is anyone listening?EXPOSES HARMING SPORTSA NEW, but disturbing, trend has started in India sports. Some of the national federations have started sharing with the media their correspondence with the government.advertisementThere is a sudden surge in the number of letters that have been written using poor language. This trend doesn’t augur well for Indian sports, which is hardly in the pink of health, barring a few medal-winning disciplines like shooting, wrestling and boxing.In some of the cases being fought via the media, the offensive is thankfully from one side only, with the other side avoiding tit-for-tat. Imagine the day when both warring parties start firing at each other. Since India, anyway, has a long way to go in becoming a force to reckon with in sports, everyone will be better off without resorting to such tactics.SOCCER STAR MOVES INTO HYDERABAD CRICKETIN THE Arshad Ayub-led panel that swept the biennial election of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), held in Hyderabad on Sunday, there was an unusual winner – Victor Amalraj, a former India football international. The 50-year-old footballer, who captained the ‘Big Three’ of Kolkata football, East Bengal, Mohammedan Sporting and Mohan Bagan, has been associated with the Food Corporation of India (FCI) cricket team that competes in the Hyderabad league. This is the first time that he has become part of the HCA set-up.”I was encouraged by Arshad and Shivlal Yadav to contest the election this time. Shivlal and I were together in school,” Amalraj, Assistant General Manager (PR) with FCI, told MAIL TODAY.  “It’s a huge responsibility. The Hyderabad Ranji team didn’t perform well in the last two years. So, we will have to ensure that it improves its performance this season.”ARMY BEST BET TO CUT RED TAPESome years ago, after yet another disastrous Indian performance at a multisport competition, an idea was mooted that the Army should be given the reins of administering sports. That idea ought to be implemented now as it is perhaps more relevant now than it was when it was floated, maybe as a knee-jerk reaction to another flop show.One recalled the idea, as currently red tape has been wrapped around the Asian Games files so tightly, that the concept of clarity has been deleted from the files being shunted between the sports ministry and the Sports Authority of India (SAI). These files pertain to the Indian contingent that would go to Incheon, South Korea, starting on September 19.With litigation in Indian sports on the rise – a spate of court cases are on in virtually all major federations – India urgently needs tough rules and tougher people to implement them. Just think of it, the Indian men’s and women’s football teams are stranded in China, where they had gone on an exposure trip, and here the government/administrators cannot make up their minds on whether they should be competing or not.Or, are they deliberately delaying a decision due to some reason? If that is not the case, it’s all the more reason that officials/babus to think of the country first and either clear the contingent as quickly as possible. They must realise that India has once again become the laughing stock globally.advertisementFor bureaucratic delays such as these, it is the urgent need to bring in the Army to manage Indian sports. That seems our last hope to instill discipline and fear in the minds sports administrators/bureaucrats who handle sports files, beside athletes.last_img read more

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Ex-NBA player Glen Davis avoids jail time in marijuana bust

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Davis’ attorney Brandon Mead says prosecutors will dismiss the charges after the 33-year-old pays the fine. Mead says nothing indicates Davis was selling drugs.Davis was a star player at Louisiana State University who also played for the Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Clippers. His NBA career ended in 2015.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesDavis was also charged with felony assault in an April altercation outside a West Hollywood, California, club. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES MOST READ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Players like Anthony Davis have value and hold power Davis was also charged with felony assault in an April altercation outside a West Hollywood, California, club.ABERDEEN, Md. — Former NBA player Glen “Big Baby” Davis has agreed to pay $15,000 to avoid jail time on drug charges.News outlets report the forward had faced up to five years in jail. He was arrested at a Maryland hotel with 126 grams (4 ounces) of marijuana and a briefcase containing $92,000 last February, and indicted on seven counts of drug possession and distribution.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

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Last place Suns add to Lakers’ woes

first_imgThe four-time league MVP was frustrated at times with Phoenix’s defense and his team’s inability to hang with the NBA’s worst team.But, as he has so many times, James tried to lead the Lakers back.With Los Angeles trailing by 14 with 6:06 left, James scored on a three-point play, hit a 3-pointer and kicked out to Brandon Ingram for a corner 3 on the break. He followed with a dunk off a baseline drive to get the Lakers within 112-109.Los Angeles got no closer, losing a game it couldn’t afford to lose while fighting for a playoff spot.“We needed this game for obvious reasons,” said James, who had 27 points, 16 assists and nine rebounds. “It is just unfortunate with the opportunities we’ve had that we haven’t been able to seize the opportunity.”ADVERTISEMENT Ayton had 26 points, 10 rebounds and primary defensive duties against James, helping the Suns hold off the Los Angeles Lakers 118-109 Saturday night.“That was a fun game,” Ayton said. “I’m going to sleep well tonight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesPhoenix lost the first three games this season against Los Angeles by double digits, but had the Lakers a bit discombobulated through three quarters in the season series finale.The Suns’ defense on James, led by Ayton, helped. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES UFC 235: Kamaru Usman wins welterweight belt, Ben Askren chokes out Robbie Lawler in debut 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 P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr., left, dives for a loose ball in front of Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns took a unique approach to guarding LeBron James, putting 7-foot-1 center Deandre Ayton on him.James got his numbers, but the Suns frustrated the Lakers’ star and were able to push back when he tried to lead a late charge.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crashcenter_img P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end The Suns appeared as if they would wilt down the stretch, as they had done so many times.Instead, Phoenix shut down the Lakers and made six free throws in the final 52 seconds to win for the second time in three games following a 17-game losing streak.Devin Booker added 25 points for the Suns.“We showed we can close games, execute in crunch time, having enough discipline,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said. “They we were coming hard at us.”Both teams were in the second game of a back-to-back.The Lakers lost 131-120 to Milwaukee after the Bucks closed the game on a 15-2 run.The Suns followed their first win in six weeks with a 130-116 loss to New Orleans, allowing the Pelicans to hit 16 3-pointers and shoot 67 percent in the second half.The Lakers won the last meeting against Phoenix 116-102, despite playing without James, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma.The Suns got off to a much better start in the season series finale against the Lakers, leading by 10 and making 13 of 19 shots in the first quarter.Phoenix stretched the lead to 14 early in the second quarter, but Los Angeles used a late run to pull within 66-59 by halftime. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Suns: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Suns continued to frustrate James and the Lakers in the third quarter, stretching the lead to 95-78 behind Booker’s 12 points.Midway through the fourth quarter, James led a push, but the Suns shoved back.“We need to be better. We need to be a lot better,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “I am happy with the fight we showed in the fourth quarter, but where we are at in the season, that is the desperation that we need to start the game with.”MCGEE’S LIFTLooking for a lift after Ayton dominated early, Walton turned to 7-footer JaVale McGee. He responded by hitting all 10 of his shots while scoring 21 points and grabbing seven rebounds.TIP-INSLakers: Ball missed his 16th straight game with a bone bruise and sprained left ankle suffered in a collision with Houston’s James Harden on Jan. 19. … James passed Kobe Bryant (11,719) for fifth on the NBA’s all-time field goals list. He made 10 against the Suns, giving him 11,726. … G Lance Stephenson missed his second straight game with a left foot sprain. … G Rajon Rondo had four assists and passed Deron Williams (6,819) for 20th on the NBA’s all-time assists list.Suns: Phoenix had a rough night from the 3-point arc, going 6 for 26, but made 66 percent of their two-point shots. … The Suns are 1-9 on the second game of a back-to-back. … Phoenix made 34 of 40 free throws, both season highs.UP NEXTThe Lakers: Host the Clippers on Monday. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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