NBA: Celtics to play 76ers in London

first_imgNew York, United States — The Boston Celtics will meet the Philadelphia 76ers at the O2 Arena in London in January for a regular NBA game, league officials announced Thursday.The game, to be played January 11, will be the Celtics’ second trip to London, having played Minnesota there in a 2007 pre-season contest, and the first for the 76ers, whose prior British experience was a 2013 pre-season game at Manchester against Oklahoma City.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Valdez, Reyes say PH team can do better after win WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The NBA announced its five Christmas Day match ups Thursday with an NBA finals rematch between the Cavaliers and host Warriors representing the marquee contest. The two teams have met in each of the past three finals.The remainder of the NBA schedule will be announced next week. The October 17 opening is the earliest start since the 1980-81 campaign began on October 10, 1980. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The Celtics feature two-time NBA All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, who led Boston with a career-high 28.9 points a game last season, plus newly acquired All-Star Gordon Hayward from Utah and four-time NBA All-Star Al Horford, the team’s top rebounder, from the Dominican Republic.“It’s very exciting for our team and the whole Celtics organization to compete in front of our loyal fans in London,” Thomas said. “I can’t wait to connect with them at the NBA London Game 2018 and hopefully make new fans in the process.”Counting pre-season contests, it will be the NBA’s 16th game in London.“Our events have become an annual opportunity for basketball fans across Europe to come together and share their passion for the NBA,” league commissioner Adam Silver said.The Houston-Golden State contest will not only feature nine-time all star Paul in a new uniform but the Warriors will receive their NBA championship rings for the second time in the past three seasons.Gordon Hayward’s Celtics will also take on LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers on opening night in a NBA playoff semi-final rematch.ADVERTISEMENT The league announced the London game, its opening night contests and Christmas Day games as part of a partial release of its 2017-18 schedule on Thursday.Chris Paul will make his debut with Houston on October 17 when the Rockets visit the Golden State Warriors on opening night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 76ers boast some of the NBA’s top young talent, including 2016 NBA Draft top pick Ben Simmons of Australia, who missed all of last season with a foot injury, and 2017 top draft selection Markelle Fultz as well as 2016-17 campaign All-Rookie selections Joel Embiid of Cameroon and Dario Saric of Croatia.“I look forward to coming back to London with the Sixers after visiting for the first time this summer,” Embiid said. “We are a young, hungry team and will be sure to give the fans an exciting game against Boston in January.” MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Blue Eagles earn Final Four spot, down Tamaraws

first_imgArchers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo secured a Final Four seat after topping Far Eastern University, 70-59, to stay unbeaten in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Blue Eagles rose to 10-0 while the Tamaraws, who remained at fourth seed, fell to 5-5.ADVERTISEMENT Matt Nieto and Verano, who outscored the whole FEU team, 15-9, in the fourth quarter, led the Blue Eagles with 14 points apiece.Ron Dennison led the Tamaraws with 12 points and eight boards while Arvin Tolentino produced an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Nambatac silences basher, challenges him to game of 1-on-1 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next After trailing 50-47 at the end of the third, the Blue Eagles found their rhythm and outscored the Tamaraws, 23-9, in the fourth quarter.Ateneo mounted a 20-7 run to gain control of the game with Raffy Verano capping off the scoring spurt with a layup that gave the Blue Eagles a 67-57 lead with 1:05 left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We didn’t start off on the right foot, we had a bad first quarter but we are quite happy with the final three quarters,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga, whose team trailed, 21-12, heading into the second period.“They [Tamaraws] came into this game prepared and we have to expect that every game because it would be the case, and it would not be easier for us.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

PBA Board to decide Narvasa’s fate in annual planning

first_imgGilas begins buildup with closed-door practice MOST READ LATEST STORIES Read Next The PBA has been a divided house since Thursday, when seven teams, namely TNT, NLEX, Meralco, Alaska, Rain or Shine, Phoenix, and  Blackwater concurred to no longer renew the term of Narvasa following its expiration at the end of the 42nd season, citing “loss of confidence.”The minority bloc, meanwhile, backed Narvasa and said the move was “unauthorized and not binding under the league’s by-laws and constitution.”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 shutoutFor his part, Narvasa said that he’s willing to resign, but begged the Board to explain further the grounds of his possible expulsion as the league’s chief.“What I’m saying is that procedures have to be followed and the reasons have to be clear. They have to know what the loss of confidence is constituted, and what the procedure is. It could have been discussed within the Board. Why did they have to go through all of this exercise and cause public shame?,” he said. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The 12 teams have also refrained its members from issuing any statements which would further be detrimental to the already shaky situation the league is in until after the Board deliberates on the issue.“We still believe we are capable of being better as a group. We will do all we can not to allow this body to succumb to politicking and abandon basic human decency. We are still, after all, composed of people who uphold values and principles that made this league great through the years,” the statement said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PBA Board of Governors and PBA officials. PBA IMAGESThe PBA Board of Governors is looking to resolve the issues surrounding PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa and other league matters in the upcoming annual planning on November 14 in Los Angeles.“With the best interest of the league in mind, we have come to an agreement to reach out to the other members of the Board to resolve this impasse as a collegial body, not as individuals, to maintain the integrity of the PBA  and protect the interest of fans nationwide,” said the minority group composed of San Miguel, Ginebra, Star, GlobalPort, and Kia in a joint statement released on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Duque: It’s up to Palace to decide on Dengvaxia’s fate PLAY LIST 02:16Duque: It’s up to Palace to decide on Dengvaxia’s fate01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

Cariño named Perpetual Help volleyball director, women’s coach

first_imgPH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Blatche hints at return 10 days before World Cup qualifiers begin LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next MOST READ “I resigned to assume a bigger role, which is to handle not only the women’s volleyball team but Perpetual Help’s volleyball program as a whole,” said Cariño, who succeeded Sammy Acaylar as coach.Acaylar, who was promoted to athletic director last year, also kept his head coaching position with the men’s team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Perpetual Help already has a strong volleyball program and I’m here to just continue it and hopefully make some improvements,” said CariñoAcaylar has high praise for Cariño , whom he described as his ‘protégé. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Macky Cariño has been named executive volleyball director and women’s coach of University of Perpetual Help.Cariño, who resigned as coach of College of St. Benilde’s women’s volleyball team, which he guided to a championship in the NCAA two seasons ago, will now be in charge of Perpetual Help’s volleyball program.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img “Everybody knows he (Cariño ) is my protégé and I’m confident he can do the job well, maybe even better,” said Acaylar, who is a multi-titled mentor.Arnold Laniog will call the shots for the Lady Blazers on an interim basis.The NCAA volleyball season begins on Jan. 4 next year.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View commentslast_img read more

Irving, Brown lead Celtics to OT win over Wizards

first_img“Every game for us is a learning experience, and it’s almost like a ‘must-win,” Irving said after his second game back from a thigh injury. “Just based on the amount of expectations and what we put on ourselves and one another on a game-to-game basis.”Jaylen Brown added five of his 18 points in overtime for Boston. The Celtics have won five of six, and remained a game ahead of Toronto in the race for the East’s top playoff seed after the Raptors’ win over New York earlier Thursday. The Raptors beat the Celtics 111-91 in Toronto on Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOtto Porter had 27 points and 11 rebounds for Washington, and Bradley Beal had 18 points and matched his career high with nine assists.But as John Wall remains sidelined following knee surgery, the Wizards committed 22 turnovers and shot just 2 for 12 in the overtime period, dropping their second straight game after winning five straight. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH That was part of 10 straight points for Irving before finding Brown for a layup that made it 105-103 with 2:32 left in overtime.Brown stretched the lead to five when he hit a contested baseline 3-pointer less than a minute later, and the Wizards missed their last five shots.TIP-INSCeltics: Signed and activated free agent C Greg Monroe, but did not make a trade at the NBA trade deadline. … Coach Brad Stevens wasn’t surprised. “It was probably the least amount of time that I was paying attention to it or on the phone over these days in five years,” he said. … Monroe was one of three Celtics players to receive a technical foul in separate incidents, along with F Marcus Morris and G Terry RozierWizards: Traded G/F Sheldon Mac to the Atlanta Hawks for a 2019 second-round pick in a move coach Scott Brooks said gave Washington the flexibility to sign one or two players. “We’re definitely looking,” Brooks said. … Mac (torn Achilles), who was then waived by Atlanta, has not played this season. … F Kelly Oubre received a technical foul in the fourth quarter.NOT TAKING THE BAITAlthough the Wizards won their first five games after losing G John Wall to knee surgery, Brooks denied the notion his absence has been a positive.“He knows how I feel about him,” Brooks said. “He knows how the organization, his teammates feel about him. And for anyone to think that we’re not better with John, that’s for clickbait.”ALMOST LOUISIANA’S MONROEAfter reaching a buyout agreement with Phoenix, Louisiana native Monroe said he also considered signing with the New Orleans Pelicans after they lost C DeMarcus Cousins to a torn Achilles in January. “They obviously had a need there at my position,” Monroe said. “It’s home for me. So it was definitely a tough decision. But it was hard to resist here.”UP NEXTCeltics: Play Indiana on Friday night in the first of three at home.Wizards: Begin a three-game road stint Saturday night at Chicago. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH In cold, poor South Korean mountains, Winter Olympics begin Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives around Washington Wizards forward Tomas Satoransky (31), from the Czech Republic, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON — Two days after Boston lost to the team chasing the Celtics atop the Eastern Conference standings, guard Kyrie Irving wasn’t about to let his team suffer another defeat.Irving scored 12 of Boston’s last 17 points and finished with 28 to help the Celtics remain in sole possession of the East lead with a 110-104 overtime victory over the Washington Wizards on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Beal, who shot just 7 of 27 and took only one foul shot, suggested officiating played a role.“It’s crazy,” he said of his lack of free throws. “Because I feel like I’m being just as aggressive as everybody else out there. My teammates are doing the same. Sometimes we don’t get rewarded.”Meanwhile, Irving went 9 of 10 from the foul line. And after Boston allowed Washington to come back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, he tied it from the line with 9.8 seconds remaining in regulation on three made foul shots after luring Markieff Morris into a foul on a 3-point attempt.“Nowhere near a foul,” Morris said. “(The referee) was behind me. I don’t know how could see me swiping down on the ball and me hitting his arm. If I hit his arm, there’s no way he would get the shot up.”Said Irving: “I just don’t want to get into the whole ‘whether it was a foul or not.’ I don’t want to get fined.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

No tomorrow

first_imgBSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Jefferson scored 28 points in his first PBA game, which was against the Batang Pier. There were three locals in twin digits in that lopsided win for Compton, who went on to beat Blackwater, Mahindra and defending champion Rain or Shine before the drought struck.GlobalPort was a far different team then, with an ineffective reinforcement in Sean Williams and Terrence Romeo sitting out that game because of flu-like symptoms.Romeo has returned to his throne as the team’s leading local scorer. He and Stanley Pringle will be Compton’s main defensive concerns.Alaska’s local crew will be led by the likes of Calvin Abueva, Chris Banchero and Kevin Racal with Sonny Thoss and Dondon Hontiveros lending their veteran presence.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Unable to win for more than two months now, the Aces will come into the 6:30 p.m. knockout contest looking to duplicate a 107-79 ripping of the Batang Pier at the start of this conference last March 17, a win that touched off a four-game winning streak that justified Alaska’s tag as one of the teams to beat here.Armed with one of the best imports in the conference in Corey Jefferson and a local crew other teams drool over, the Aces are now down to their last shot to make the playoffs and arrange a quarterfinal duel with No. 1 Barangay Ginebra.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“[This is our] last chance. No excuses,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said after preparing his charges against a GlobalPort crew that, unlike the Aces, enjoyed some measure of success late in the elimination round to be in this knockout tussle.“It’s time for our best,” Compton said. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games A pretournament favorite practically every time, Alaska has been the perfect definition of what heart-rending is.The losers of their last seven games, the Aces try to look for a little ray of sunshine on Sunday night when they slug it out with GlobalPort for the right to play on—even for just one more game—in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Dominant Baniqued nears IronKids sweep, Borlain makes triumphant return GlobalPort went 2-2 in closing out the classification phase, undergoing a massive overhaul at around that time by acquiring several blue-chip locals and a new import in Justin Harper.The winner of this match will advance against the Gin Kings and would need to defeat Ginebra two straight times to make it to the Final Four.Return of Gregzilla?Incidentally, Ginebra coach Tim Cone, minutes after booking top seeding, said that cornerstone Greg Slaughter could make a return to active duty later in the playoffs, with the 7-foot center now attending practice.“There’s a chance,” Cone told the Inquirer. “It may be 20-80 at this time, but there’s a chance. He’s getting himself back into game shape.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Muguruza, Venus out; French Open to have 1st-time Grand Slam champ

first_imgRobredo: 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 Basketball legend Russell once told PH great Campos to just shoot the ball Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heading into the French Open, many figured the women’s draw was wide open, because of the absences of Williams’ sister, Serena (who is pregnant), and Maria Sharapova (who was denied a wild-card entry that she needed as she comes off a drug suspension).How right those folks were.This was Muguruza’s first attempt at defending a Grand Slam championship, and she ran into a determined Mladenovic, who was backed by a vocal crowd of countrymen who chanted her nickname, Kiki, throughout the match. Mladenovic often played to the fans, waving her arms to ask for more noise.“I’m playing at home. Obviously they are excited. The atmosphere was just, yeah, amazing,” Mladenovic said.When Muguruza’s complaints about the crowd were relayed to Mladenovic, she said she thought it was just as tough on her, because she had to deal with the burden of thousands counting on her to win.“I don’t think that they crossed the line,” Mladenovic said. “Honestly, no, I don’t think it was unsportsmanship or unfair or anything.”The last woman representing France to win the country’s Grand Slam tournament was Mary Pierce in 2000. The 24-year-old Mladenovic never had been past the third round at her home major — and has never made it beyond the quarterfinals at any other.But she managed to pull off the biggest victory of her career despite 16 double-faults, seven in each of the last two sets on a windy day with the temperature in the 60s (teens Celsius).“Everything wasn’t perfect. There were a few concerns,” Mladenovic said, before joking: “I made about 35 double-faults today, but everything’s OK!”Muguruza, who was seeded No. 4 in Paris, beat Serena Williams in the French Open final last year. She also was the runner-up to the American at Wimbledon in 2015. “She had so many answers today,” said Williams, who also lost to Bacsinszky in the fourth round a year ago.Kuznetsova, who won the 2009 French Open and 2004 U.S. Open, was ousted by two-time major runner-up Caroline Wozniacki 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, while 2011 U.S. Open champion Stosur was eliminated by 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.Mladenovic will face Bacsinszky next, and Wozniacki meets Ostapenko. In addition, all eight women who play in the fourth round Monday are seeking a first major title, so it will be the first French Open since 1977 — and first major tournament anywhere since the 1979 Australian Open — without a past Slam champion among the quarterfinalists.Asked for her thoughts on the way things worked out, Williams replied: “I have no idea. It’s all behind me now, so whatever happens in this tournament is not necessarily my concern anymore.”In men’s action, nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic both won in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals in Paris for the 11th time, equaling Roger Federer’s record for the professional era. Next up: Nadal vs. No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta, and Djokovic vs. No. 6 Dominic Thiem, with the winners facing off in the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ “The crowd was really tough today,” Muguruza said at a news conference that was halted at one point so she could compose herself after getting choked up.“Sometimes,” she added, “(fans) should be a little bit more respectful.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAll four of the day’s fourth-round matches pitted one woman who has won at least one major trophy (Muguruza, Venus Williams, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Samantha Stosur) against a woman who has not. And each time, the less-accomplished player won. Add it all up, and it means that there will be a first-time major title winner at the end of the tournament.About an hour after Muguruza’s exit, seven-time major champion Williams lost to 30th-seeded Timea Bacsinszky 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 at Court Philippe Chatrier. LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View comments Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV But the Spaniard has been repeatedly answering questions recently about whether expectations are different now that she is a major champion and whether that sort of pressure might affect her on court.“I obviously was a little bit nervous,” Muguruza said. “Through the match, I was getting more and more.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Defending champion Spain’s Garbine Muguruza reacts as she plays France’s Kristina Mladenovic during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Sunday, June 4, 2017 in Paris. Mladenovic won 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)PARIS — Garbine Muguruza did not take kindly to the way spectators pulled for her opponent — her French opponent, mind you — at the French Open.So after her title defense ended with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 loss to 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic at a packed and rowdy Court Suzanne Lenglen on a surprise-filled Sunday that left zero past Grand Slam champions in the women’s field, Muguruza walked toward the locker room while wagging a finger toward the stands, as if to say, “Tsk, tsk!”ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPlast_img read more

PH team asks injured Dolor to stay in camp

first_imgNational Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Fellow Far Eastern University spiker Peter Quiel will occupy Dolor’s spot in the roster that will see action in the Southeast Asian Games on Aug. 19 to 30 in Kuala Lumpur.Team head coach Sammy Acaylar said Dolor’s injury gave the team an even stronger bond in Suwon City as they try to give the Philippines a medal in the SEA Games.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 starsDolor was discharged from Soo Hospital last Friday and was set to leave for Manila the same evening before the team asked him to stay. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ 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 Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Greg Dolor, who broke his finger while training in Korea with the Philippine national team, will stay with the squad until it finishes training camp early next month.The decision was made by the entire national team members led by team captain Johnvic De Guzman, who said in Filipino: “We came here as one team, we leave here as one team.”ADVERTISEMENT Frustrated Alaska ‘has to keep fighting,’ says Compton Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View commentslast_img read more

WC: This is the best combination, says Srikkanth

first_imgChairman of the selection committee Krishnamachari Srikkanth on Monday said India has a good chance to win the Cricket World Cup 2011, calling it ‘a balance team’. “Every team needs some players who can win games single-handedly. India have three or four such players,” Srikkanth said, adding England and South Africa are the other good teams, who can also emerge winners.”I believe they (India) have it in them to win the Cup. This is the best combination,” the chief selector said, parrying questions about individual players not making it to the World Cup squad in Chennai earlier on Monday and urging fans to be optimistic and positive.”(We) can’t talk about individual players,” Srikkanth told Headlines Today, on being asked about the controversial selection of offspinner R. Ashwin and legspinner Piyush Chawla, while leaving out middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma. Chawla was the biggest surprise pick, considering the fact that he hasn’t played any one-dayers for India since the Asia Cup in July 2008. In the squad announced in Chennai, most of the other names in the squad were along expected lines. “Every option or selection will be debated, but I’m not allowed to divulge the selection process,” he said. On being asked why there was no reserve keeper, he cited India’s 1983 WC and 1985 Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket campaigns, “Look, ifs and buts don’t matter much. We don’t go into the mechanics of what would have happened if (Syed) Kirmani and Sadanand Viswanath would have got injured.”On a pointed question about Sachin Tendulkar, whose sixth Cup campaign has launched a billion hopes, he said, “He (Sachin) deserves it (the Cup). Who knows it can happen this time.”advertisementSrikkanth was all praise for captain M.S. Dhoni, who he said, ‘doesn’t force situations on his team, rather he lets things happen’.  What others sayWhile former captain Kapil Dev believes this is a good team, which he would like to support, he wondered how Dhoni was confident he would not get injured. “There should be a second wicket-keeper,” he told Headlines Today. On Chawla’s selection, Kapil said, “At this stage, we shouldn’t bring him down.””Though I don’t totally agree with him, I support Srikkanth,” said Kapil Dev. Former captain Sourav Ganguly came in full support of Sreesanth, who has been left out, saying, “He is a wicket-taking bowler and has been outstanding of late.”The former captains believed Dhoni’s men can win the World Cup, injury woes notwithstanding. While Ganguly chose Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and India as his favourites, Kapil went for Sri Lanka, South Africa, England and India.Former cricketer Nikhil Chopra said, “There are a lot of guys, like we had in 1983 WC, who can both bat and bowl.”Fans speakMeanwhile, surfers on www.indiatodayin and headlinestoday.in reactedly angrily at Rohit Sharma having been left out. “Why is Rohit Sharma not in the team instead of Piyush Chawla?” asked Abhilash Kumar.”The selectors have made a blunder by not selecting Rohit Sharma. He is a class act and can destroy any kind of bowling attack on sub-continental pitches,” wrote Jawwad Shamsher.Kaushik wrote, “The third spinner was not at all required. Instead of that, they should have taken Rohit Sharma as an all-rounder as one-days are won by batmen when it comes to wickets on the sub-continent.”last_img read more

Disarm the criminals or arm people to fight them

first_imgThe death, on Tuesday, of Radhika Tanwar at the hands of a stalker is heart- rending. A young life has been snuffed out for no fault of her own. A cowardly killer used the easiest method to kill her – shot the unsuspecting victim at close range with a country- made pistol and walked away. On Wednesday, a gun was used to shoot a couple and injure them grievously. Almost every other day a murder is committed with the use of a gun. It takes something to bludgeon or knife a person to death, pressing the trigger of pistol is much easier. The state has done little or nothing to make it difficult to get one and so, for the homicidally inclined, the gun has become the weapon of choice.HistoryGuns were not always so easily available. In the 1960s when the Maoists decided to take on the Indian state in Naxalbari, in West Bengal, the only firearms they could muster were some 12 bore guns and hunting rifles looted from tea estates. In fact many of the Naxalites used pipe-guns made of ordinary water pipes.Chambal had its dacoits and Mumbai its gangsters, but the easy availability of guns in northern India is a relatively recent phenomenon. Its epicenter lies in the badlands of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar where the breakdown of administration in the 1960s and 1970s led to the proliferation of workshops churning out country- made weapons. Today’s Naxalites, of course, are armed with a variety of weapons – .303 rifles, SLR and INSAS carbines – many of which have come from government armouries by means that are not easy to determine.advertisementParallel to this has been the exponential growth in the availability of licensed arms. Till the 1960s, getting a gun license was quite difficult in India because of the hang-over of British colonial laws where the issue of licenses was closely linked to loyalty to the empire. But the rise of democratic politics saw a proliferation of gun licenses as newly rising castes saw gun ownership as much an issue of prestige, as to offset the perceived advantage of their upper caste rivals.In India strict gun-control laws were an outcome of the imperial necessity. The eighteenth century, in which the British fought their way to dominance in the Indian subcontinent, was a very violent one. Given the Mughal mansabdari system, armed men owing allegiance to their feudatories were scattered across India. With the breakdown of Mughal authority, India, particularly in the north, saw a long period of anarchy where petty rajas and landlords vied with each other for control, and the British by virtue of their superior military organisation and world view managed to prevail. Once they came to power, and especially after the 1857 uprising, they undertook a policy of systematically disarming the people through tough legislation and laws that made the ownership of weapons without license a major crime.This was not very different from the system they had back home. In the seventeenth century, the British aristocracy created laws restricting hunting and gun ownership to the upper classes and denying them to the poor. The legacy of this continues to this day and UK has some of the toughest laws against owning guns. Civilians, regardless of the circumstances, cannot own handguns.Other guns, mainly for hunting and sport are strictly licensed. But by themselves guns don’t kill. As the slogan goes, ” guns don’t kill, people do.” It is true that the easy availability of guns promotes its use in crime in the US. The American right to bear arms is written into their constitution and has as its basis the history of the country which was liberated from the colonial yoke because the people had the firearms to turn against their British overlords.But, Switzerland with a similar history, i. e. where people fought for their freedom and were able to defend their country against their bigger European neighbours because they remained armed and ready for war, does not have the kind of crime statistics you see in the US. It is a certain kind of a social and political milieu that provides the backdrop of their usage for violent ends.In the US it is obvious in its stratified social system and ghettoisation of the minorities. Unfortunately, the ambiance in India with its burgeoning urbanisation, poverty and social tensions make for an incendiary situation. Layer upon this a ruthlessly predatory attitude towards women and the weak, compounded by the breakdown in effective policing in most parts of India.advertisementProliferationThe big threat lies from unlicensed weapons. And these have proliferated widely. Making the weapon itself is not the problem, even the technology available to a village craftsman can do the needful. Ammunition is an issue, but leakages from the licensed system as well as from the police and the armed forces have created the problem. Last year, this paper reported how ammunition from CRPF armouries in UP managed to find its way to Maoists in the jungles of Chhattisgarh.Given the rapid urbanisation of the country and the emergence of large unpoliced or poorly policed areas can result in the rise of criminal gangs who are not afraid of taking on the police. We already see some aspects of this phenomenon in the Ghaziabad- Meerut area of the national capital region. If something is not done to check the proliferation of country- made weapons, things could go from bad to worse.The police need to first understand that there is a problem. The issue of misuse of licensed weapons is straightforward enough. Here the police need to not only strengthen the processes relating to the issue of licenses, but to also institute a process whereby which licenses can be withdrawn from people who could become a threat to society because of their possession of a licensed weapon. In other words, the licensing process should involve much more continuous monitoring.As far as the country- made gun phenomenon is concerned, the challenge is vaster. One aspect of it is the location and destruction of workshops that produce them. The second is to break the supply chains of ammunition for such weapons.LeachingThe third, and most doable, is to leach away the weapons from those who possess them. Countries have tried different ways of doing this-Brazil, Zambia, South Africa have experimented with amnesty and cash bounties to encourage people to turn in illegal weapons.What the Delhi police can easily do is to offer an amnesty, to start with, and then undertake a sustained drive to locate and seize these weapons. One way to do this is surprise search and seize drives where the police can seal off a mall, a market or a bus stand and search every person for hidden weapons. This will deter people from carrying the weapons around. For its part, the union government needs to pass laws that will enhance punishment for the manufacture, transportation and possession of illegal weapons.If the police and the government throw up their hands and claim they cannot do anything, it may be a better idea to make licensing easier and encourage the ordinary citizen to become a gun-owner and train them in the use of guns.At least this will be able to equalise the advantage that the criminals have vis- vis the common folk as of now.last_img read more

CWG scam: ED to question Suresh Kalmadi and aides at Tihar today

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate will question former Commonwealth Games organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi and two of his associates at Tihar Jail on Friday, for the second time in connection with the Prevention of the Money Laundering Act case registered against them.The ED had questioned Kalmadi, former joint director general (sport) ASV Prasad and deputy director general (procurement) Surjit Lal on June 3 but Friday’s questioning would be more comprehensive.”The previous interrogation was preliminary in nature. Based on that, we have prepared a comprehensive questionnaire which they would be asked to answer. It includes their foreign visits and monetory transactions, especially those in foreign currencies,” an official said. Kalmadi would be quizzed about various investments and transactions he made in his personal as well as professional capacity. The ED believes that he was responsible for all transactions.last_img read more

Tendulkar plays for the fans, like I do: Bolt

first_imgYearning to see Sachin Tendulkar play, Olympic and world champion sprinter Usain Bolt on Wednesday said he can relate to the Indian cricket icon when it comes to dedication and aggression.Asked about the qualities he admires in Tendulkar, Bolt said, “Tendulkar is obviously dedicated. He is aggressive but calculated and knows how to make runs.””He (Tendulkar) also plays for the fans … really similar to what I do,” Bolt told a news agency in an e-mail interview.Tendulkar recently met tennis great Roger Federer during the ongoing Wimbledon Championships in London and Bolt said he would be game for a similar meeting with the Indian.”I hope to be able to watch him play sometime in future but I don’t have any plans to meet him at the moment. He is always welcome to come and watch me run,” said the Jamaican triple Olympic and World Championships gold medallist.Bolt described Tendulkar as one of the greatest cricketers but picked fellow West Indian Vivian Richards as the greatest of all time.Asked to take his pick among Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Vivian Richards, Garfield Sobers and Shane Warne, Bolt said, “That is a difficult one, they were all great in their time, but I think I would give the edge to Sir Vivian Richards.”Bolt said just like Tendulkar, he also has to deal with the expectations of millions of his fans but the adulation motivates him.”I use it (pressure of expectation) as a positive. It is nice when so many people are interested in what you do and concerned by the outcome. I find it motivating,” said Bolt, the world record holder (9.58secs) in 100m.advertisementBolt’s famous ‘bow and arrow’ celebration pose was imitated by the Indian cricket team during the recent World Cup and he said he felt honoured.”It is a great honour when someone else copies my pose. I have seen it in cricket and football and it makes me smile every time,” he said.Bolt explained that his running schedule was the reason he skipped the Commonwealth Games here last year but would look forward to run in India in future.”The Commonwealth Games could not have been part of my schedule due to the time of year when they were staged. I normally end my season in September, rest in October and then start training in November for the following season. I would like to run in India in the future,” he said.”My coach and agent make all decisions about where I race. We look at the overall picture taking into consideration our major goals. Nobody tries to influence us to run in competitions that are not part of the schedule.”last_img read more

Forbes list of the world’s richest people in 2007

first_imgOur fascination with the lifestyles of the rich and famous was in full display during the Liz Hurley-Arun Nayar wedding. Every media outlet had representatives in Jodhpur. They returned with little to show for their efforts but it proved that tracking the lifestyles of the rich and famous is becoming,Our fascination with the lifestyles of the rich and famous was in full display during the Liz Hurley-Arun Nayar wedding. Every media outlet had representatives in Jodhpur. They returned with little to show for their efforts but it proved that tracking the lifestyles of the rich and famous is becoming obsessive and all-pervasive. Nayar and Hurley figure nowhere in the Forbes list of the world’s richest but anyone with a lifestyle to be envied becomes the prime target of the paparazzi.The 2007 Forbes list of the world’s richest means there are even more names to choose from. Forbes listed a record 946 billionaires of which there were 178 newcomers, including 19 Russians, 14 Indians, 13 Chinese and 10 Spaniards, as well as the first billionaires from Cyprus, Oman, Romania and Serbia, showing a greater expanse of wealth across the world. The list shows that the rich are getting richer-and younger.Two-thirds of the billionaires who make up the world’s wealthiest are worth more than they were 12 months ago. The average billionaire’s age fell by two years to 62, and 60 per cent of those on the list started from scratch. Their combined net worth was $3.5 trillion, up from $900 billion. Never in history has there been such an advance. This growth in the billionaires’ list is a reflection of a dynamic global economy.More people are better off than ever before. India added 14 new billionaires since last year to bring its total on the list to 36 with a combined wealth of $191 billion, including three in the top 20, where it was bettered only by the US.advertisementIndia also became home to the most billionaires in Asia, pushing Japan back to the No. 2 spot. More than the money, it is the toys that the rich can afford which provides the most vicarious draw. Private planes with bedrooms and baths, super yachts, exotic cars and expensive-and expansive-mansions or private islands are accessories that separate the rich from the rest of us. However, as our choice of the rich and famous shows, members of the exclusive club are not necessarily super wealthy.They all have panache, a lifestyle that attracts attention, a joi de vivre for the high life and an enjoyment of the spotlight of fame or fortune. To them, we raise a toast, and only Krug Clos du Mesnil 1995, which, at $750 a bottle, is the world’s most expensive champagne, will do.RICHARD BRANSON, 57, EntrepreneurThe Midas TouchFlamboyance, charisma and loads of money have made Richard Branson one of the most recognisable men in the world. He has an estimated net worth of $3.2 million and his life story, a man who started with nothing, is as inspirational as it is king sized.He makes billions off his companies and then bounces around the world in hot-air balloons and private jets, riding elephants in India to inaugurate his airline, bungee jumping in New Zealand and spearheading space tourism. His irreverence, sense of adventure and entrepreneurial skills have become the stuff of corporate legend. Branson’s home in London is a 19thcentury four-storey Holland Park townhouse that doubles as an office.He doesn’t have a driver so he takes cabs around town. He doesn’t carry cash, so the billionaire has to scrounge from colleagues. Branson spends a lot of time on his private island in, where else, but the Virgin Islands. His island, Necker, has 74 acres of beaches, lagoons, palm trees, volcanic rock outcroppings and Balinese-style pavilions. Branson has been super rich for a long time and has indulged his entrepreneurial instinct by starting an astonishing number of ventures.His Virgin Group comprises 350 companies he founded; they made $8.1 billion in revenues in 2005. In an annual poll that asks thousands of consumers to name the five brands that had the greatest impact on their lives, Virgin ranked as the number-two brand in Europe last year, ahead of Nokia, Mini, and BMW, and behind only IKEA.He’s led a charmed life so far-a man with a Midas touch who seems to be able to turn every whim, hobby and surmise into gold. But beneath the showmanship, the seeming effortlessness, and the Boy Billionaire lifestyle, Branson is a tenacious, focused, and creative entrepreneur who has defied the naysayers time and again.HUGH HEFNER, 81, PublisherUltimate PlayboyHugh Hefner is the envy of every red-blooded male for his lifestyle, permanently flanked by beautiful playmates, living in a mansion famous for its lavish parties and celebrity guests and surrounded by all the trappings of hedonism.Age hasn’t slowed him down either. Last April, Hefner celebrated his 80th birthday with weekend-long festivities at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles which included a glamorous pyjama and lingerie party with Playboy Playmates and nearly 1,000 celebrity partygoers.advertisementAge hasn’t slowed down the indefatigable playboy who celebrated his 80th birthday in style, embarking on a whirlwind eight-city tour with his girlfriends on the famous big bunny jet He continued the festivities in Europe as he and his girlfriends embarked on a eight-city tour aboard the celebrated Big Bunny jet, visiting London, Cannes, Paris, Barcelona, Munich, Rome, Pompeii and Venice. It’s not been all play or playboy though. The first issue of Playboy, which featured the now-famous calendar photo of Marilyn Monroe in December 1953, sold 50,000 copies, just enough to pay for paper and printing costs and to finance another issue.Playboy went on to become a huge success because it legitimised pornography by placing it in the context of a sophisticated, liberated bachelor lifestyle.By 1960, the magazine was selling more than a million copies a month. Hefner began to live out the “Good Life” depicted in the pages of his publication. He bought the Playboy Mansion and opened the first Playboy Club. The magazine became the largest-selling, most influential men’s magazine in the world.By 1971, when Playboy Enterprises went public, the magazine was selling seven million copies a month, there were 23 Playboy Clubs, resorts, hotels and casinos with more than 900,000 members worldwide. The company’s assets included book publishing, merchandising, a modeling agency, a limousine service, a record label and a TV and motion picture company.It was an empire ruled by one man. His personal worth, after Playboy went public, has been estimated at $165 million. Hefner may no longer live the Playboy life and the profits may have dipped but he remains a cultural icon. DONALD TRUMP, 61, EntrepreneurArt of the DealIn India, Donald Trump is better known for the TV reality show, The Apprentice. He is also executive producer and earns a reported $3,000,000 per episode, making him one of the highest-paid TV personalities in the world.With Trump, it’s all about money. For decades, America’s most effervescent billionaire has made his wealth a matter of public discourse. He has gained notoriety for his celebrity lifestyle and his real estate successes. It’s tough to go anywhere in New York without facing a building he owns (he owns at present over 18 million sq ft of prime Manhattan real estate).He also expanded into the airline industry (buying the Delta Shuttle routes), and Atlantic City casino business, including the Taj Mahal Casino. The expansion, personal and business, led to mounting debt.For decades, america’s most effervescent billionaire has made his wealth the matter of public discourse. Yet he is one of the world’s most flamboyant and richest men. In the early 1990s, he was in the news for creditor-led bailout, extramarital affairs and an expensive divorce from his first wife Ivana Trump.The late 1990s saw a resurgence in his financial situation. He has investments in financial assets, remains a major figure in the field of casino/hotels.advertisementHis lifestyle is as extravagant as his ego. He never travels anywhere except in his private jet, his personal residence occupies the top three floors of the Trump Tower on upscale Fifth Avenue measuring approximately 30,000 square feet and detailed in bronze, gold, and marble. Worth $50 million, it is one of the most valuable apartments in New York City.He also has a 43,000 sq ft estate on Palm Beach facing the ocean worth $125 million. He also owns the Mar-A-Lago estate in Palm Beach which is a private club valued at $200,000,000.He owns estates at Rancho Palos Verdes, California, the Trump Grande in Florida, apart from the New York properties and has launched a host of other ventures. His latest is GoTrump, an online travel website, dedicated to “the art of the travel deal”.His autobiography was titled The Art of the Deal, and it’s the deals which have made him one of the richest men in the worlOPRAH WINFREY, 53, Talk Show HostPower TalkMost people know Oprah Winfrey as host of the highestrated TV show in history but it’s the money she earns from it and other ventures that have given her a special place in the annals of the rich and famous.Winfrey has remained the only black person wealthy enough to rank among America’s 400 richest people nearly every year since 1995. With an estimated net worth of $1.5 billion, Winfrey is easily the richest African-American of the 20th century.Forbes’ international rich list has listed Winfrey as the world’s only black billionaire in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and as the first black woman billionaire in world history. Apart from her talk show, she is also an influential book critic, an Academy Award-nominated actress, and a magazine publisher.She is also, according to several assessments, the most influential woman in the world. Winfrey lives on “The Promised Land”, her 42-acre ocean and mountain view estate in Montecito, California, outside of Santa Barbara. Rumours state that Winfrey was at a party the previous owners were throwing and fell so in love with the estate that she was reported to have purchased it by writing a personal cheque for $50,000,000, although it was not for sale.Winfrey also owns a house in Lavallette, New Jersey, an apartment in Chicago, an estate on Fisher Island off the coast of Miami, a ski house in Telluride, Colorado and property on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Though unmarried, Winfrey and her partner Stedman Graham have been together for over 20 years.Winfrey says that the reason she never had children was because her students at South Africa’s Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for girls were meant to be her daughters. She is ranked among the world’s biggest philanthropists. Winfrey donates more of her own money to charity than any other show-business celebrity in America.In 2005 she became the first black person listed as one of America’s top 50 most generous philanthropists, having given an estimated $250 million. Her philanthropy has included a $10 million donation to Hurricane Katrina relief. Winfrey also put 100 black men through college with $7 million in scholarships.In 2004, Winfrey travelled to South Africa to bring attention to the plight of young children affected by poverty and AIDS. Oprah’s Angel Network for poor and AIDS-affected children in Africa has attracted over $7,000,000 in donations from around the world, apart from her own personal donation of $40 million.In 2003, Winfrey edged out both Superman and Elvis Presley to be named the greatest pop culture icon of all time and in 2005 Forbes named her the world’s most powerful celebrity.PARIS HILTON, 26, HeiressNatural CelebrityShe’s more in the news for her raunchy image, her sexual encounters, nightclub hopping or getting into trouble but she is an heiress to a fortune and has a lifestyle to match. She was recently pulled up for speeding in her brand-new powder blue Bentley Continental. The $60,000 Bentley was a Christmas present she had gifted herself. Paris Hilton’s superfast ascent to fame just goes to prove that a life that is one endless party is an epicurean feast for the paparazzi. Yet because of that gloss and gross behaviour, it is often forgotten that she is the granddaughter of Barron Hilton, grandniece of Nicholas “Nicky” Conrad Hilton, and daughter of real estate magnate Rick Hilton. The value of her trust fund alone is estimated at $300 million. In every sense, hers was a fairytale story. She grew up in the Presidential Suite at New York City’s poshest hotel, the Waldorf-Astoria, shuttling between the family mansion in Beverly Hills and got her first credit card at age 13.She celebrated her 21st birthday with parties in Tokyo, London, New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas at a reported cost of $75,000 each. But there is more to Paris Hilton than stepping out of limousines amid a fireworks display of paparazzi flashbulbs. She is already a TV star after the hit reality show, The Simple Life, and also is starring in two new movies.She’s a natural celebrity. Also a very rich one. Estimates suggest that Paris could earn well over $10 million annually by her own efforts. Her business dealings include a perfume Paris Hilton, Paris loungewear, a jewellery line, and a high-end purse collection.She is a partner in Club Paris, the newest celebrity nightclub chain in Las Vegas and Orlando with plans for New York, Miami and London that will earn her a reportedly seven-figure bonus.Although the Hilton family is involved in a host of ventures apart from 2,000 hotel properties, its Paris who gets the most attention. Still in her 20s, she is already the perfect poster girl for Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.STEVE WYNN, 65, DeveloperMr Las VegasAs one of America’s most flamboyant billionaires, Steve Wynn is perfectly at home in Las Vegas, a city as flashy and, more important, one he helped recreate and reinvent when the lustre had started fading in the 1990s.He owns the Mirage which set new standards for size and lavish scale, the Bellagio resort which set the trend for luxury developments and the 1,000-room Wynn, the only hotel in Vegas to be named after its owner, which cost $100 million a room to construct, so luxurious are the fittings and furniture.The resort, which opened in 2005, also houses his fantastic collection of art, including masterpieces by Van Gogh, Czanne, Picasso, Gauguin, Manet and Andy Warhol. The most talked-about is Le Reve, the Picasso portrait which he purchased in 1997 for $42.4 million, the highest price paid for a Picasso.He had made a deal to sell it for $139 million when he accidentally put his elbow through the canvas while showing the painting to a guest. Naturally, the sale was cancelled. Wynn made more headlines when one of his two daughters was kidnapped in the early 1990s. He paid $1.45 million ransom, securing her safe return.He is a legend in Sin City and is regularly referred to as Mr Las Vegas. He created the most successful displays and attractions, apart from the resorts, including the live volcano outside the Mirage and the hugely-popular synchronised musical fountains outside the Bellagio.Anything he does makes news, including the time he accidentally shot himself, losing a finger in the process, while cleaning his pistol. Unlike Donald Trump, it’s mainly the deal of the art that keeps him in the headlines. Last year, he flew back from New York in his jet carrying two other masterpieces bought at auctions in Christie’s and Sotheby’s.They were Renoir’s “In the Roses” for $23.5 million and Czanne’s self-portrait for $17.3 million. Wynn said the Wynn Collection is “as fine as any private collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art in the world.” Guests at his Wynn Resorts can view the collection for a $15 entrance fee.Wynn, whose net worth is estimated at $1.8 billion, has a philosophy geared to providing a new experience. Wynn’s is a mega-resort which is the ultimate in luxury and pampering, with a $500 a round golf course nearby, the most expensive in the world. The Tower Suites at Wynns comes with a private gourmet restaurant exclusively for guests of the Tower Suites.Appropriately for Vegas, he constantly bucks the odds. Critics scoffed at his attempt to bring high art to a city like Vegas but in the first year his paintings attracted 625,000 visitors, more than those who came to see the famous magic show by Siegfried & Roy!ROMAN ABRAMOVICH, 40, Oil MagnateNowhere ManRoman Abramovich is one of the youngest and most influential of Russia’s oligarchs. He was relatively unknown until recently-one newspaper offered a reward to the first person to photograph him. Which is surprising considering that he is one of the world’s richest men.He only became known when he bought over famed England football club, Chelsea. In 2006, he was listed by Forbes magazine as the richest Russian, the second richest person in the United Kingdom and the 11th richest person in the world with an estimated fortune of $19.5 billion.Abramovich seems to be making Britain his home. He recently bought a six-storey house in London’s Eaton Square, part of the estate of the Duke of Westminster, said to be worth more than $46 million.He also owns homes in Sussex, Moscow and St. Tropez. Abramovich’s custom-made 300-foot yacht, Le Grand Bleu, worth $90 million, features a helicopter, two hovercraft and a submarine.In 2006, he was listed by forbes as the richest russian, second richest person in britain and 11th richest in the world with a personal worth of $19.5 billionHe flies in a walnut-panelled private Boeing with missile-jamming technology. Abramovich attributes much of his success to the patronage of oil magnate Boris Berezovsky.When Berezovsky fell out with the Putin regime, Abramovich took over his patron’s oil assets and the country’s largest TV network.In 2000, Abramovich expanded his empire to form the multibillion-dollar company Russian Aluminum. Abramovich became governor of Chukotka and he has spent millions of dollars of his own money building new homes, supermarkets, hotels and cinemas in the region.The envious can snigger at his attempts to break into English high society by learning how to play polo but the gossip about Abramovich and the source of his wealth retains its vicarious appeal.GAUTAM SINGHANIA, 41, IndustrialistThe Complete ManRaymond honcho Gautam Hari Singhania is the consummate young tycoon who loves racing cars, jet skis and boats, and not necessarily in that order.A known face on Mumbai’s party circuit, Singhi, as he is fondly called by friends, throws extravagant parties at his farmhouse in Powai, which has the city’s who’s who vying for invites. The party perennial recently took Jodhpur by storm, flying select guests there on his private jet for Liz Hurley and Arun Nayar’s much-publicised wedding.He led the Indian brigade of ‘baraatis’ from the front. Apart from designer threads, the choicest of cars and a fleet of charter planes, Singhania owns a dhow called the Shazma, which has been the venue for many his high-flying social soirees by the sea.Singhania’s latest shiny acquisition is the MY Ashena, a tri-deck luxury yacht, touted as “India’s first and only indigenous yacht”. But it is his love for fast cars and racing that takes precedence over everything else. From a fleet of cars that includes a Ferrari, a sleek Lotus Elise and a Honda S 2000, to driving a Formula One car, his love affair with cars continues.From racing his 400 bhp Ferrari 360 Modena from London to Prague, to putting his Lotus through the rigors at the Speed Run drag meet in Mumbai and flying to Monaco for a F1 Grand Prix weekend, Singhania is a car fanatic like no other.Years ago, he was the first Indian customer of Britain-based Wildside Adrenalin Sports, which offers drivers the ultimate thrill of driving a real Formula One car. And with his keen need for speed, the sky is the limit, literally.The aviation division of his business has a fleet of three helicopters and two business jets, an HS-125 and the latest, a Challenger CL 604. The businessman who took his company from being a textile major to a global conglomerate, brought fashion to the masses with his venture Be.Today, his stable includes brands like Parx and Manzoni and is one of the most respected Indian brands globally.PREITY ZINTA, 32, Bollywood ActressDesigner DreamEnough has been written about the red Valentino Preity Zinta wore to the Filmfare Awards this year. The actress may have returned that particular outfit to Sheetal Mafatlal after donning it for the night, but Zinta is certainly no stranger to international designers. She has become the unofficial brand ambassador for leading luxury brands in India. Thanks to the huge hype and publicity that Hindi films generate overseas, international labels are falling all over each other to dress her up. However, Preity has a soft corner for Chanel and is often seen in its clothes and accessories.The actress has a contrarian style and enjoys perfumes for men. Her alltime favourite is Envy and Gucci for Men. Like any other woman, her obsession is shoes and then perhaps bags. And talking of shoes, you can’t not have a Jimmy Choo in your wardrobe if you have a shoe fetish.To match the international labels she flaunts, zinta indulges in a fair bit of shoe therapy. She once paid rs 68,000 for a pair of sandals. One of the very few Hindi film actresses who know their Chanel from their Cavalli, Zinta not only wears these designers on screen but also at social soirees.While Louis Vuitton and Gucci clothes and accessories were spilling from her wardrobe in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, off screen Zinta is often clad in a Manish Malhotra or a Surily Goel. Clothes, of course, aren’t her only indulgence.To match the international labels she flaunts, Zinta also indulges in a fair bit of shoe therapy. The actress reportedly once paid 1,200 Euro (Rs 68,000) for a pair of sandals.The actress has been in the industry for nine years now and moved into her own sprawling apartment in mid-2005. A number of people in suburban Mumbai have also seen her zipping in her black Lexus SUV that she used to drive till sometime ago. Home aside, when the high-flying actress wants a break, she often holidays in Australia and Thailand where she was when the tsunami struck.However, her ambition is to buy a villa in France and holiday in Greece. In fact, she brought in 2007 skiing in Colorado. International luxury brands see in Zinta an unofficial brand ambassador, which is why Sheetal Mafatlal dressed her up in a red Valentino for this year’s movie awards.CYRUS POONAWALLA, 65, BusinessmanA Breed ApartFrom private jets to thoroughbred racehorses and a stable of the world’s most expensive cars, Pune-based biotech entrepreneur Cyrus Poonawalla features in Forbes’ The World Billionaires 2007 list.The Poonawalla stud farm has bred eight India Derby winners six years in a row, 218 classic victories, a feat yet unequalled. This reticent billionaire is truly a breed apart. His Pune mansion houses not only a private discotheque but also a giant garage that houses a six-door Mercedez Benz, a Ferrari Modena Spider, Lexus, Pontiac, a fleet of limousines and a custom-made Rolls Royce.He favours Brioni suits and owns an expensive collection of watches. You are likely to spot him driving to a race course in his limousine with a champagne flute for company. The Poonawalla family sponsors the Poonawalla Breeder’s Multi-Million Classic Race, along with the Magic Million and the Cartier Million.The Poonawalla’s Breeder’s Multi-Million race guarantees a prize of Rs 50 lakh, one of the biggest in the country. Poonawalla cuts an impressive figure on the turf. He pays many a flying visits to Mumbai during the racing season which is why he owns a Citation jet, shares a helicopter with the Singhanias and has lately acquired another toy-a Bombardier Lear Jet.His passion for cars is legendary from the time he designed Cydon (Cyrus-Don) at the age of 21 with his buddy Don Patrick. And his passion for cars, horses and fine living have been inherited by his young son Adar Poonawalla. The young man wears Saville Row suits and entertains friends in his own private discotheque-cum movie theatre at home.One of the emerging faces of corporate India, he loves to sport Gucci and Dolce & Gabanna. From a home where the central room has a dome adorned with reproductions of Michelangelo’s masterpieces from the Sistine Chapel, to visiting galleries and museums in Dresden and Vienna, Cyrus loves his art.And this horse lover’s ideal vacation activity is visiting racing events at Aspen, Hong Kong and Dubai. These are what are called thoroughbred tastes.PAUL ALLEN, 54, Tech EntrepreneurBehind The GatesBill Gates hogs all the limelight as the world’s richest man but it is Microsoft’s more exuberant co-founder who makes the bigger splash for the way he spends his own fortune-now about $16 billion.In the Microsoft legend, Paul Allen is the quirky half of his boyhood friend Gates. Though Allen’s financial worth is overshadowed by that of Gates and his $53 billion net worth, Allen is happy to bask in the background while he thinks of ways to spend his billions.He is the sixth-richest man in the world and owns an array of toys that would make Vijay Mallya jealous. His 416-foot yacht ‘Octopus’, with its crew of 60, is the fourth longest in the world. He also owns two helicopters, a submarine and a remote-controlled vehicle for trawling the ocean floor.He is the sixth richest man in the world and the flashier face of microsoft. He owns an array of expensive toys, including a submarine as well as two professional sports teams. Allen built a $240-million popular culture museum in Seattle that has a huge collection of Jimi Hendrix memorabilia. The Experience Music Project was designed in the shape of a broken guitar by renowned architect Frank Gehry.He also owns two professional sports teams, the NFL Sea Hawks and the NBA Trailblazers, and is the flashier face of Microsoft. Where he tries to compete with Gates is in philanthropy.In 2006, Allen donated $50 million-about 5 per cent of his total wealth-to various charities and foundations. It’s a drop in the ocean compared to Bill and Melinda Gates who spend about 35 per cent of their net worth on charity. Allen said he was motivated to give to scientific research because of his experience with cancer.His Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame have a ray gun collection. Allen’s philanthropic gifts-$800 million to predominantly American causes-are just as eclectic. He gave $250,000 to the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians to help bridge the “digital divide”. With $100 million, he set up the Allen Institute for Brain Science and donated $13.5 million to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.His personal life is equally offbeat. Still single at 54, Allen has been linked to actresses and to tennis pro Monica Seles. He continues to live in his hometown on Mercer Island with his mother and sister.He plays guitar in an amateur rock band and has a recording studio aboard his yachtBERNARD ARNAULT, 58, TycoonLord of LogosHe presides over a $40.5-billion empire of the world’s most prestigious brands, including Louis Vuitton (the most profitable luxury brand in the world), Christian Dior, Guerlain, Givenchy, Fendi and Moet & Chandon.He also owns the Chaumet luxury jewellery brand, Ebel and Zenith watches, Make Up For Ever cosmetics, Phillips auction house, shirtmaker Thomas Pink, Donna Karan fashion lines, Krug champagne, Tag Heuer watches and the vineyard which produces the most expensive wine in the world, Chateau d’Yquem.His acquisition of high-end brands have made Bernard Arnault the king of luxury. He is France’s richest man and chairman and major shareholder of the world’s largest luxury goods conglomerate LVMH (Mot Hennessy Louis Vuitton) and a seventh place ranking on the Forbes’ World’s Richest People list, with a personal net worth of $21.5 billion.He can raise a glass of dom perignon champagne, button his dior suit, splash on some givenchy cologne, adjust his tag heuer watch and declare: “all these are mine.” Arnault is something of an enigma in France. What is clear that he is obsessed with big brand names, of which LVMH owns 50 at last count. He recently flew back from Rome in his private plane where he and his concert pianist wife Helene were celebrating their acquisition of luxury leather goods brand, Fendi.Ask him if he has any vices apart from the chocolate beans he loves, and he replies: “Chateau d’Yquem”, referring to the molten-gold dessert wine he liked so much that he wrested the vineyard away from a disunited aristocratic family. That’s what makes Bernard Arnault run-and not just round the tennis court he plays on with his personal coach.The French tycoon is one man who can raise a glass of Dom Perignon champagne, button his custom-made Dior suit, splash on some Givenchy cologne, adjust his Tag Heuer watch and declare: “All these are mine”. Arnault’s latest venture is a major contemporary arts centre in Paris and the 6,000 sq mt space is going to be designed by Frank Gehry, the architect who created the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.It will include his own personal collection of contemporary art, considered one of the finest in the world.last_img read more

Saina Nehwal takes to the skies in IAF jet trainer

first_imgIt was a dream come true for Indian ace badminton player Saina Nehwal. She had her flight of fancy on Friday, when she flew Kiran MK II Jet trainer aircraft of the Indian Air Force and joined the prestige club of elite sportspersons to receive the honour.Accompanied by Group Captain Nagesh Kapoor, a visibly excited and equally nervous 22-year old Saina, wearing the military green uniform, boarded the aircraft and had a 22-minute sortie in the skies at Air Force Academy, Dundigal on the outskirts of Hyderabad. And it was a dream flight for the Olympics bronze medallist, who was given the opportunity as an inspiration to the young cadets at the academy to work hard and bring laurels to the country.Kiran MK II aircraft is being used by the Air Force to train its rookie pilots before they move to fly other fighter and transport aircraft.Saina Nehwal waves as she alights after flying in a Kiran MK II Jet trainer aircraft of the IAF.Though Saina appeared nervous before she was taken to the aircraft, she was all smiles and excited when she returned to the hanger after the flying in the skies. It was obvious that she was on Cloud Nine. “It was a very exciting experience. It is a dream of everybody to fly in the jet aircraft and I am thankful to the Indian Air Force Academy for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I am here because of the badminton game,” Saina told mediapersons after completing the sortie.Asked how she felt amidst the clouds, the ace shuttler said honestly she had felt nervous. “I was shouting no-no, when we passed through clouds. But I enjoyed the ride, as it was very interesting. I have been promised that I would be taken in a fighter jet next time,” she said.Before entering the academy, too, Saina appeared very exciting. Asked whether she was feeling as nervous as she was playing with the Chinese shuttler at the Olympics, she said: “Obviously, I feel more nervous now, because I never faced this experience in the past.”Interacting with the cadets later, Saina said she was proud to be associated with the Indian Air Force and its pilots. “Everybody should serve the country in the best possible way in whichever field they may be in.”Saina was invited to the Air Force Academy as a special guest for the closing ceremony of the Inter Squadron Sports Championship. She also witnessed the closing ceremony of the sports championship, where she played an exhibition badminton match.Saina joins the select group of sportpersons who were fortunate to get associated with the Indian armed forces. Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was made an honourary Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army while legendary Sachin Tendulkar, became the first sportsperson to be conferred a rank by the Air Force when he was made an honourary Group Captain. Both the cricketers also share the distinction of enjoying a sortie in a Sukhoi fighter aircraft — SU-30MKI.advertisementlast_img read more

Who is Lance Armstrong?

first_imgLance Armstrong is an American cyclist who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the country’s anti-doping agency.Armstrong built his reputation on not only beating cancer, but forcing himself through grueling off-season workouts no one else could match, then crushing his rivals in the Alps and the Pyrenees during the Tour de France.Armstrong has been an inspiration for a whole generation of athletes for his sheer determination and will to fight odds.Why is he in the newsArmstrong’s career came to an end when the US Anti-Doping Agency stripped him of his seven Tour de France titles.His fall from the top of the game is equally disgraceful. Now the anti-doping body says Armstrong ran the most successful doping programme in the sports history.His claim to fameLance Armstrong has won the prestigious Tour de France for the record seven times. Armstrong beat life threatening cancer to become one of the most successful athletes everlast_img read more

Damian Lillard scores 24, Blazers hold off NBA-best Raptors

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño The Raptors, meanwhile, had lost just three previous games on the road this season.“The whole bench — let’s face it, they’ve struggled,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “I thought all five of those guys played with a little bit of confidence, a little bit of emotion. That was good.”Lowry led the Raptors with 23 points in a 113-93 win over Golden State on Wednesday. The victory was costly, however. Jonas Valanciunas dislocated his thumb in the game and required surgery. He will be in a cast for the next four weeks. Valanciunas was averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds a game.Portland was coming off a pair of losses on the road to Houston and Memphis.The Blazers went up 42-31 in the first half after Meyers Leonard’s alley-oop dunk from Evan Turner. Portland led by as many as 13 and went into the break in front 58-50.Leonard, who was 0 for 5 from the field in the first half, had eight points to open the third quarter and his jumper got the Raptors to 59-64. But he picked up his fourth foul later in the period and went to the bench for a while.OG Anunoby’s jumper closed the Raptors to 82-80 but Collins answered with a 3-pointer for the Blazers. After Portland had a 91-89 edge going into the fourth, Curry made a pair of 3-pointers and the Blazers pushed the lead to 101-90.Curry hit another 3 to give Portland a 107-93 advantage.TIP-INSRaptors: Former Oregon Ducks forward Chris Boucher was called up from the G-League on Thursday. He will help fill the void created by Valanciunas’ absence. … It was the third of a four-game road trip for Toronto. Salt Lake City gets go-ahead to bid for Winter Olympics 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 Curry and Collins both played pivotal roles off a Blazers bench that outscored Toronto’s reserves 58-26.“It was good to see everybody get back into a rhythm, and just finally have fun for once,” Collins said. “You know, it’s been a while since we’ve gone out there and just played the game and had fun.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefDamian Lillard had 24 points as the Blazers stopped a two-game slide.Kawhi Leonard returned after missing two games and scored 28 for the Raptors (23-8), who played without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry. Danny Green added 19 points and 11 rebounds, matching his season high with five 3s. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Trail Blazers: The victory snapped a six-game Portland losing streak to the Raptors. … It was Portland’s third straight win at home. … There was a sizable contingent of Raptors fans displaying several Canadian flags at the Moda Center. One group sang along loudly to the Canadian national anthem before the game.SHAKING OFF THE RUSTLeonard on weathering his slow start: “I missed my first few shots but stuff like that shows you what kind of player you are and how much you believe in your game. I believe in myself and we still had a game to win so I just had to keep being aggressive for me and my teammates. I knew the shots would fall.”Leonard missed the previous two games with a bruised right hip.UP NEXTRaptors: Play at Denver on Sunday.Trail Blazers: Portland has a one-game road trip to play the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lowry sat out with a left thigh bruise. Fred VanVleet started in his place and finished with 21 points.Portland led by 16 in the fourth but Leonard and C.J. Miles made consecutive 3s to pull the Raptors to 117-113 with 2:44 left.Lillard hit a 3-pointer for Portland before Leonard had another 3 and VanVleet made a layup to get Toronto to 120-118. CJ McCollum and Al Farouq-Aminu answered with consecutive 3s to extend Portland’s lead to 126-118 with just under a minute to go. Leonard dunked on the other end, but the Raptors couldn’t get any closer.“We got it right where we needed to at the start of the fourth but then it was like a one-minute barrage where we had to climb back uphill again and we almost did it,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “We went into sellout mode and just about got it.”Portland was in first place in the Western Conference after beating Washington on the road back on Nov. 18 to improve to 11-5. But the team lost eight of 11 going into Friday night’s game to tumble into ninth in the conference.ADVERTISEMENT Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet, right, tries to get past Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — A struggling Trail Blazers bench finally got rolling Friday night, setting a season high for points in a confidence-boosting win over the NBA-leading Toronto Raptors.Zach Collins scored 16 points and Seth Curry added a season-best 13, including three key 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter, as Portland held off the league’s top team for a 128-122 victory.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Champions League final: Real Madrid beat Atletico 4-1

first_imgReal’s Sergio Ramos, gestures, on hearing the final whistle, at the end of the Champions League final soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday, May 24, 2014. APFor Atletico Madrid, this story line is a little too familiar.Forty years on from conceding a last-minute goal in its only previous European Cup final, Atletico endured a similar ending Saturday as a stoppage-time equalizer helped Real Madrid rally for a 4-1 extra-time victory in the Champions League final.Atletico’s nickname the “pupas” – or “jinxed ones” – stems from the 1974 European Cup loss to Bayern Munich, which scored a 120th-minute equalizer to force a replay that it won 4-0.Atletico looked set to follow up its first Spanish league title in 18 years with a maiden European Cup when Diego Godin headed home in the first half at the Stadium of Light.But Sergio Ramos equalized in the injury time before Gareth Bale, Marcelo, and Cristiano Ronaldo completed Real’s win.”This match is not worth a tear,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “The word to describe this feeling isn’t sadness but bitterness as we didn’t achieve the objectives we set for ourselves.”But tomorrow is another day.”Real Madrid’s Marcelo, center right, and goalkeeper Iker Casillas celebrate during the Champions League final soccer match against Atletico Madrid at the Luz stadium in Lisbon. APNot only was Atletico just over 60 seconds away from erasing the painful memories of that 1974 final, but from completing the greatest season in club history with a historic double.Just one week ago Atletico secured its first Spanish league title in 18 years, an improbable triumph to become the first Spanish winner besides Barcelona or Real since Valencia in 2004.advertisementBut Simeone’s decision to play injured striker Diego Costa set Atletico back as the Brazilian-born, Spain striker exited after just nine minutes. With midfielder Arda Turan also out to injury, Atletico’s players struggled over the extra 30 minutes with the team out of timeouts and running low on energy.”We were champions in the 93rd,” said striker Adrian Lopez, who replaced Costa. “We played a great game for 90 minutes and it was a shame we couldn’t avoid (Ramos’) goal.”It took Atletico 40 years for an opportunity to erase the memories of Heysel, the sight of the 1974 final and final replay. Its 10th league trophy seems a little less impressive on Saturday.”To win the league was marvelous and we were so close to such an important trophy,” Simeone said. “This will help us prepare for what is going to come next in the best way.”last_img read more