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Aaron Hernandez had severe CTE; daughter sues NFL, Pats

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court claimed that the league and Patriots failed to protect their players’ safety, leading to the disease that deprived Hernandez’s 4-year-old daughter, Avielle, of her father’s companionship.“Defendants were fully aware of the dangers of exposing NFL players, such as Aaron, to repeated traumatic head impacts,” the lawsuit said. “Yet, defendants concealed and misrepresented the risks of repeated traumatic head impacts.”NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league had not yet seen the lawsuit and could not comment. A Patriots spokesman did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.The league recently agreed to pay $1 billion to retired players who claimed it misled them about the dangers of playing football.The “loss of consortium” lawsuit filed on Thursday is independent of the class-action suit that began making payments this summer. Baez said it was the first of its kind.ADVERTISEMENT “If we have to be groundbreakers in this area, it’s something we’re prepared to do,” he said.Hernandez committed suicide just hours before his former teammates visited the White House to celebrate their latest Super Bowl victory and a week after he was acquitted in the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men in Boston.Prosecutors had argued that Hernandez gunned the two men down after one accidentally spilled a drink on him in a nightclub, and then got a tattoo of a handgun and the words “God Forgives” to commemorate the crime.Hernandez did not raise CTE in his defense at either trial because he claimed actual innocence.“It’s something I deeply regret,” Baez said.A star for the University of Florida when it won the 2008 title, Hernandez dropped to the fourth round of the NFL draft because of trouble in college that included a failed drug test and a bar fight. His name had also come up in an investigation into a shooting.In three seasons with the Patriots, Hernandez joined Rob Gronkowski to form one of the most potent tight end duos in NFL history. In 2011, his second season, Hernandez caught 79 passes for 910 yards and seven touchdowns to help the team reach the Super Bowl, and he was rewarded with a $40 million contract.But the Patriots released him in 2013, shortly after he was arrested in the killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée. Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison; the conviction was voided because he died before his appeals were exhausted, though that ruling is itself being appealed. Read Next San Beda clinches Final 4 berth, edges JRU LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary In this file photo, Defendant Aaron Hernandez listens during his double murder trial in Suffolk Superior Court, in Boston. Massachusetts prison officials said Hernandez hanged himself in his cell and pronounced dead at a hospital. APBOSTON — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, his lawyer said on Thursday in announcing a lawsuit against the NFL and the team for hiding the true dangers of the sport.Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the CTE Center at Boston University, said Hernandez had Stage 3 (out of 4) of the disease, which can cause violent mood swings, depression and other cognitive disorders.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “We’re told it was the most severe case they had ever seen for someone of Aaron’s age,” attorney Jose Baez said.Hernandez killed himself in April in the prison cell where he was serving a life-without-parole sentence for murder. Baez said Hernandez had shown signs of memory loss, impulsivity and aggression that could be attributed to CTE.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“When hindsight is 20-20, you look back and there are things you might have noticed,” he said. “But you don’t know.”CTE, which can only be diagnosed in an autopsy, has been found in former members of the military , football players and boxers and others who have been subjected to repeated head trauma. A recent study found signs of the disease in 110 of 111 NFL players whose brains were inspected. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READlast_img read more

FEU sets record for most 3s with 18, but 42 attempts ‘way too much’

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Read Next Blue Eagles fend off Maroons, close in on UAAP elims sweep Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “We relied too much on our offense,” Racela told reporters after FEU’s 87-84 loss. “In the fourth quarter, we didn’t really have to score, we just had to make stops.”READ: NU keeps Final 4 bid alive, pulls rug from under FEUFEATURED 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 Tamaraws eclipsed the previous record set by the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons earlier in the season when they hit 16 triples in a stunning win over the De La Salle Green Archers two months ago.But what stood out for Racela was FEU attempting 42 threes. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “We fell in love with the 3-point shot, 42 attempts is way too much, way too many,” he said. “I told them at the half, the defense will win it for us but it didn’t happen that way in the second half.”FEU wasted a golden opportunity to close in on a Final Four berth and instead will have to take the longer trip to the big dance.READ: FEU ‘lost discipline’ in 4th in loss to Ateneo, says Racela “We were up and we let it slip away and now we made it harder for ourselves we have to win our game against Adamson on Saturday,” Racela said.“It’s getting slimmer but we still have a chance. We just have to win on Saturday with a little help from Ateneo. But there’s nothing we could do but to focus on Saturday. I know this is a devastating loss, but we cannot be too low.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:49La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’00:50Trending 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOvershadowed in Far Eastern University’s loss to National University on Wednesday was that the Tamaraws set the UAAP record for most 3-pointers made in a game with 18.Ironically, FEU head coach Olsen Racela thought his team’s record-setting performance also caused its downfall.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Mavericks stop 4-game slide with win against Bucks

first_imgKidd said his team should have been ready for the 3-point barrage.“Coming into the game we had talked about how they are second in the league in attempts,” Kidd said. “They just haven’t made them. But tonight they made up for all those misses.”Milwaukee went 6 of 25 from 3-point range.TERRY RETURNSJason Terry played the final couple minutes for Milwaukee and got a standing ovation from the crowd. The 40-year-old Terry played for Dallas from 2004 to 2012 and helped the Mavs win the NBA title in 2011.Terry scored on his only field-goal attempt, leading to a large roar from the crowd.“I knew he was gonna score,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “I was gonna clap, I wasn’t sure how appropriate that was. You know how I feel about him, that’s one of the reasons we’re all wearing rings here.”TIP-INSBucks: C John Henson went 3 for 10 at the free-throw line. … Kidd had two stints in Dallas as a player and averaged 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 8.4 assists in 500 career games with the Mavericks. … The Bucks host the Mavericks on Dec. 8.Mavericks: C Nerlens Noel only played three minutes. Noel played six minutes in Friday night’s 111-87 loss to Minnesota and has been replaced in the rotation by Salah Mejri. … Dallas still leads the NBA with 14 losses this season. View comments Milwaukee had won four in a row. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Bucks (8-7), and Khris Middleton added 23 points.It was Milwaukee’s first loss since it acquired Eric Bledsoe in a trade with the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 7.“I think the ball was just stuck,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “The ball got sticky and we were afraid to let go of it to a teammate.”The Mavericks never trailed after Matthews’ 3-pointer made it 22-20 with 3:07 left in the first quarter. Dallas went 19 for 38 from beyond the arc, including a shot clock-beating 3 from near midcourt by Barea that made it 88-64 in the fourth quarter.“I had to shoot that one,” Barea said. “You don’t see a lot of those.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 UP NEXTBucks: Host the Washington Wizards on Monday.Mavericks: Host the Boston Celtics on Monday. LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, shouts at an official calling for a foul after attempting a shot in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks’ first win in a couple weeks was quite a relief for Wesley Matthews and company.Matthews scored a season-high 22 points, and the Mavericks stopped a four-game slide with a 111-79 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’center_img MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “It rejuvenates you,” Matthews said. “Everybody feels good. Aches don’t hurt as much, you just feel better about everything you’ve done. You don’t need moral victories, you’ve got the real one and you can actually see everything we’re trying to bring together.”Matthews also had eight assists while helping Dallas (3-14) to its first win since Nov. 7 at Washington. He had six of the Mavericks’ franchise record-tying 19 3-pointers.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 were playing basketball, and one of the hardest things to guard is random movement,” he said. “That’s when I’m at my best, when we’re just playing and stay in a rhythm.”J.J. Barea had 20 points for the Mavericks, and Harrison Barnes finished with 18. Yogi Ferrell had 16 points and Dwight Powell grabbed 13 rebounds. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Harden scores 29 to lead Rockets past Grizzlies Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

Gasol, Mills lead balanced Spurs attack over Grizzlies

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Spurs: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.Grizzlies: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night. Willie Marcial is new PBA commissioner Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Deyonta Davis added 12 points. Dillon Brooks finished with 10 points as the Grizzlies were hampered by 43 percent shooting, including 2 of 18 from outside the arc, and 17 turnovers.Between illness and rest, each team was down at least four players, creating some makeshift lineups. Spurs leading-scorer LaMarcus Aldridge took the night off for rest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBoth teams started 2 of 11 from the field in a sloppy first half. Memphis committed 10 turnovers while shooting just under 40 percent, while the Spurs shot slightly better at 44 percent along with eight miscues.Pau Gasol was the only player to reach double figures with 10 points in helping San Antonio to a 51-40 lead at the break. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The Spurs maintained the double-digit lead through the third and early stages of the fourth as the Spurs defense pressured the Grizzlies, still mired at 41 percent shooting, including 2 of 12 from outside the arc.Memphis got the lead to single-digits with just under eight minutes remaining, but the Spurs scored the next six points, including four from Parker to match their biggest lead at 91-76 with about six minutes to go.That was in the midst of a 14-2 Spurs run to take the lead to 20 points.Spurs: Joffrey Lauvergne made his first four shots. … Rudy Gay, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard also sat out for San Antonio. They’re each dealing with long-term injuries. … Bertans started his second game of the season. … Pau Gasol is 17-10 in games against his younger brother Marc. … Spurs have a 27-3 record when leading after three quarters.Grizzlies: F Dillon Brooks was named to the Rising Stars World Team earlier Wednesday. Brooks is a native of Canada. … Ivan Rabb, a rookie out of California, made his first career start. … Saw their streak of five straight games with at least 10 3-pointers snapped.UP NEXTADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) drives against his brother and San Antonio Spurs center, Pau Gasol, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Pau Gasol ended an assist short of a triple-double, Patty Mills scored 15 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-85 on Wednesday night.Gasol had 14 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, and Bryn Forbes and Danny Green also finished with 14 points each. Davis Bertans and Dejounte Murray each had 11 points.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Asa Miller finishes in top 70 of men’s giant slalom

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Philippines’ Asa Miller competes in the Men’s Giant Slalom at the Jeongseon Alpine Center during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINIAsa Miller made a huge leap in his second run to finish 70th overall in the men’s giant slalom event in alpine skiing Sunday in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter OIympics at Yongpyong Alpine Centre.Seeking to improve his time of 1:27.52 after finishing 81st in Run 1, the Fil-Am alpine skier performed better in Run 2, completing the course in 1:22.43, the 68th-best in the round.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments LATEST STORIES That showing hiked his total time to 2:49.95, still 31.91 seconds behind the leader but enough to get him a spot in the top 70 among 108 competitors.Marcel Hirscher of Austria claimed the gold medal after topping the field with a total time of 2:18.04.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHenrik Kristoffersen of Norway made a huge run in Run 2 to take home the silver with his 2:19.31, while Alexis Pinturault of France settled for bronze with his time of 2:19.35.Miller will compete in the men’s slalom event on Thursday. UE should have a ‘win now’ mentality, says Adorador Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHlast_img read more

Japan’s Kamegai faces Cotto in first world title bout

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Yoshihiro Kamegai of Japan v Jesus Soto-Karass of Mexico during the junior middleweights bout at The Forum on September 10, 2016 in Inglewood, California. Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images/AFPJapanese boxer Yoshihiro Kamegai has the chance to grab the world junior middleweight title left behind by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, but blocking his path is former world champion Miguel Cotto.Promoters announced Wednesday that Kamegai will face Cotto on August 26 at Los Angeles for the vacant World Boxing Organization junior middleweight crown.ADVERTISEMENT Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollutioncenter_img Mexican star Alvarez, who defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr earlier this month, dropped the 154-pound title as he moves up to the middleweight ranks for a megafight on September 16 against unbeaten Gennady Golovkin for the Kazak star’s three world titles.Vying to replace Alvarez at 154 pounds are Kamegai, in his first world title bout at age 34, and 36-year-old Puerto Rican Cotto, whose first world championship bout was in 2004.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I’m very excited to be back and showcase a high level fight for the fans,” Cotto said. “Kamegai is a great, tough fighter, but I will be ready for him and to capture the world title. I can’t wait to start training for this fight and get back in the ring.” MOST READ ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Tigresses lead BVR tournament Ilocos leg champs Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Cotto, 40-5 with 33 knockouts, has owned world titles at super lightweight, welterweight, super welterweight/junior middleweight and middleweight — the only Puerto Rican fighter to claim crowns in four different weight classes.“I fully understand who I’m going to be in the ring against, but Cotto’s record and history won’t matter once we are toe-to-toe,” Kamegai said. “I am looking forward to giving fans the kind of aggressive fight that they have seen from me before and having my arm raised in victory.”Kamegai, 27-3 with two drawn and 24 knockouts, is 3-2 with one drawn in his past six fights over the past three years, having stopped Mexico’s Jesus Soto Karass last September in his most recent bout.Cotto is 3-3 over the past five years, including a super welterweight title loss to Floyd Mayweather in 2012. His most recent bout was an unanimous decision loss to Alvarez in November 2015.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

UEFA will ‘fight’ for Europe’s right to host 2030 World Cup

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR From the 2018-19 season, though, the major European leagues will gain more guaranteed Champions League group stage places. England, Spain, Italy and Germany will receive four spots each.But Ceferin said UEFA is working to ensure cash from the competition is distributed more equitably across Europe.“We will discuss about distribution,” said the Slovenian, who succeeded Michel Platini as head of European soccer last year. “It’s a goal to do it, because if we don’t do it then we cannot develop football in every single country in Europe, and that’s our task. So we are working on it every single day. It’s one of the priorities.”AwardsUEFA is going to start honoring the top retired players who have played in Europe in a hall of fame.“We will spend the next few months creating all the criteria and we’re sure that many players who played in Europe and finished their fantastic careers deserve a place in the hall of fame,” Ceferin said.Ceferin also announced that the UEFA president’s award this year is going to Francesco Totti to recognize his 25-season career with Roma.“He leaves a unique legacy and it is one that should be cherished,” Ceferin said.Video TechnologyUEFA has no plans to introduce video replays in the Champions League next season. The governing body is awaiting the outcome of FIFA’s trials with the technology, including at the Confederations Cup in Russia later this month. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The 2030 tournament is unlikely to be awarded for at least five years, with FIFA’s decision on the 2026 edition expected to come next year, with confirmation of the United States-Canada-Mexico proposal.Ceferin was speaking after a meeting of UEFA’s executive committee in Cardiff where the Champions League is being played on Saturday between Juventus and Real Madrid. Here are some other talking points:Champions League GulfCeferin is concerned that the financial disparities in Europe see the same teams reaching the closing stages of the Champions League every season. Real Madrid was in the 2014 and 2016 finals, and emerged victorious on both occasions, while Juventus contested the 2015 final.“It’s not easy to qualify for small clubs, but it is still possible,” Ceferin said. “We all know the gap is wider and wider and we are working on it with Financial Fair Play. But it’s far from a closed league, far from only an elite competition.”ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin speaks during the press conference at a hotel in Cardiff, Wales Thursday June 1, 2017. The Welsh capital will host the women’s and men’s Champions League finals in the next 3 days. APCARDIFF, Wales — Europe is challenging China’s pursuit of the 2030 World Cup, with UEFA announcing Thursday (Friday Manila time) that it deserves to host the tournament.The 2018 tournament is being staged in Russia, but the next two editions are away from Europe as Qatar is the 2022 host and North America is likely to be awarded the 2026 event.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Breaking rackets along the way, Kyrgios exits French Open View comments Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games “It is Europe’s turn in 2030, clearly,” UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said Thursday. “So we will fight for a European host.”UEFA’s aspirations will face a serious challenge from China, where President Xi Jinping has made it a priority to increase the country’s influence in global soccer. Three of the World Cup sponsors to sign up in the last two years are from China, with smartphone and software maker Vivo the latest on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChina is eager to mount a bid to host the World Cup for the first time despite current rules effectively blocking another Asian bid before the 2034 edition.A more sentimental bid is likely to come from South America. Uruguay, which staged the first World Cup in 1930, is keen on celebrating the centenary of the soccer showpiece by co-hosting with Argentina.last_img read more

Lyceum stays unbeaten at 3-0, holds down San Sebastian

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ 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 Belo has to get over mental hump regarding injury — Reyes The Pirates stretched it to seven but Michael Calisaan was able to salvage a triple for San Sebastian to cut the deficit to four, 77-73, with 17.9 seconds left, which proved too short for the Golden Stags to force a comeback.CJ Perez led the Pirates with 20 points and five rebounds while Ayaay added 17 points.Nzeusseu did much of the dirty work for the pirates with 10 points and 13 rebounds.Calisaan had a game-high 28 points to go along 10 rebounds to lead San Sebastian while Allyn Bulanadi added 16 points and grabbed nine boards.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The Pirates improved to 3-0 while the Golden Stags slipped to 1-2.“I guess it’s the perseverance and grit, just not giving up, that was a tough game and they really gave us a run for our money,” said Pirates head coach Topex Robinson.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“Again winning is the result of our vision, we want to make sure we inspire others and it’s a reminder to ourselves that we inspire others and give them hope. We want to inspire players from the province that they can play and it can be done.”Things were still tight between the two teams just heading into the final minute as Mike Nzeusseu tipped in Reymar Caduyac’s miss with 1:06 left in the game to give Lyceum a 74-70 lead. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum had to fight until the final minute to keep its immaculate slate in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament as it turned back San Sebastian, 78-73, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Jasper Ayaay delivered the dagger triple with 26 seconds left to give the Pirates a 77-70 lead which as enough cushion for Lyceum to rely on until the final buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READlast_img read more

SEA Games: Suarez, two Filipino pugs enter semis; Paalam out

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Fil-Briton Felix John Nobel Tupas finished the card with a dominant debut for the Philippines team in 81kg, banging Cambodian Felix Merlin Martinez via unanimous decision.READ: ‘Solid’ PH boxing team capable of taking home golds But the victories were tinged by the questionable defeat of Carlo Paalam to Malaysian Muhamad Fuad Redzuan in the 49kg.Paalam, one of the most promising boxers in the country at only 19 years old, was clearly on top of everything against the fighter who had earlier in his career lost to Filipinos Rogen Ladon and Elmer Pamisa.But Redzuan kept Paalam busy by dragging him down at least four times throughout the match.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PH men’s volley team drops SEA Games opener to Vietnam Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “I told myself that I need to win the favor of the crowd,” said Suarez in Filipino who unloaded his power punches that put Azmi on all fours. The Malaysian, though, made the count.READ: PH boxers make rousing 2017 SEA Games debutsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMario Fernandez also advanced after a masterful unanimous decision win over Tran Phu Masuk of Vietnam in the 56kg.Fernandez, the defending champion in bantamweight division, controlled the match with his 1-2 combinations. READ: PH in for tough gold hunt in SEA Games; Athletics, boxing bright spotsThe Malaysian also threw haymakers coming from out of nowhere and landing very few.That decision shocked the Philippine team here drawing criticism as the Malaysian Sports Minister Brig. Gen. Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar was in the sidelines.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 ceremonycenter_img Charly Suarez of the Philippines dominates Khir Akyazlan Bin Azmi of Malaysia in the quarterfinals of the light welterweight class men’s boxing competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the MITEC Hall 8 in Kuala Lumpur. Suarez prevailed by unanimous decision. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Two-time champion Charly Suarez battered Malaysia foe to score a convincing decision win and lead two other Filipino boxers to the Southeast Asian Games semifinals at MITEC Hall 8.Suarez slammed left and right upper cuts to the solar plexus of Khir Akyazlan Azmi in the third to win the 64kg quarterfinal match before a band of uniformed, boisterous crowd trying to distract the Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View commentslast_img read more

Shah Rukh Khan to celebrate New Year in Dubai

first_imgBollywood superstar and a host of other A-listers are planning to ring in the new year in Dubai.The actor will be joined by his wife Gauri Khan and a group of other Bollywood friends are likely to check into a luxury hotel on the Palm Jumeirah from December 30 to January 1.Actor Hrithik Roshan and his wife Susanne Khan, director Karan Johar and lawyer Kaajal Anand will also join the King Khan.Khan, who has a home on the man-made island, however, plans to throw an extravagant party there, Emirates 24/4 reported.According to the report, actor Chunky Pandey is also on the guest list while Arjun Rampal is reportedly yet to firm up his plans.last_img

How healthy is your child?

first_imgThe tummy, they say, is a mirror of emotions. A stick of a girl in the outpatients department of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, has a stomach issue. In that crowded OPD, where everybody befriends everybody to while away the waiting hours, she sits like a zombie,,The tummy, they say, is a mirror of emotions. A stick of a girl in the outpatients department of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, has a stomach issue. In that crowded OPD, where everybody befriends everybody to while away the waiting hours, she sits like a zombie, eyes fixed on the ground. Her parents don’t quite know why she gets those excruciating bellyaches. It starts when she is about to go to school and becomes so bad that she is often sent home.Doctors routinely press stethoscopes to her stomach, put her on countless pills, prescribe a battery of tests, before dismissing the pain as a curious, if insoluble, problem. Hazy, drugged and in constant pain, she had to be pulled out of school last month. Today, however, she’s in good company. A little down the corridor, Dr Manju Mehta, professor of clinical psychology, and her students are studying precisely this phenomenon-Recurrent Abdominal Pains (RAP)-which they come across increasingly among schoolchildren across the country.Here’s some news that will give parents more reasons to lie awake at night. India’s children of prosperity may have much more- clothes, toys, gadgets, sport equipment-than their parents ever did. But with the economic advances of recent years-pumping in new money and new foods-there has been a telling change in the health of the country’s young citizens. According to a sweeping study conducted by the wellness R&D section of Apollo Hospitals, urban Indian children are not well.For the last one year, Apollo undertook a series of surveys covering 50 schools and 40,000 children, between class VI and XII, across the country- from Hyderabad to Allahabad, Bangalore to Lucknow, Chennai to Mumbai and Pune to Kochi. And by every measure, the report reveals alarming trends: about 34 per cent urban schoolchildren are in poor health.advertisementAs many as 62 per cent of the children surveyed eat irregular, untimely meals, snacking and eating junk food through the day. Not so coincidentally, a similar percentage have poor physical stamina and, among other things, become breathless while climbing stairs. A whopping 65 per cent told doctors that they face insoluble daily crises that affect them psychologically (compared to just 15 per cent adults).”Unless some changes are made, this batch of children will grow up with poorer health than the current set of adults in the country,” says Professor Adrian Kennedy, who heads the Apollo Lifetime Wellness Rx International Ltd.The survey revealed that more children (34 per cent) are on daily medication than adults (31 per cent). Surprised? Ask the Rajaratnams of Bangalore. The 30-something techie couple makes sure that their sevenyear-old son, Rakesh, stays in the best of health, even if that means popping some pills every day. Hence, Rakesh starts his day at the crack of dawn, takes two spoons of specially ordered Chawanprash from Kottakkal in Kerala because “his immune system is weak” and dashes off for his cricket coaching session.”He has to take calcium supplements because he has low bone density,” says his worried mother, Anila. Rakesh also takes a vitamin C supplement in the morning because coughs and colds are a part of his daily life-what with the pollution and the city’s weather. Anti-allergics, syrups and paracetamols are not uncommon to Rakesh. Nor are health tonics-for everything from common cold to purifying his blood.Peruse the stats and children seem to be slipping through the cracks: more children are admitted to hospitals (12 per cent) compared to adults (3 per cent); if 45 per cent adults surveyed wore spectacles, 33 per cent children do so. “Imagine what this figure will be when they grow up,” says Kennedy.Health meter An exclusive survey of 40,000 school children across seven states reveals alarming trends about how unhealthy our children really are and a public health crisis in the making12% of Indian schoolchildren face hospitalisation, compared to 3% of adults62% eat irregular, untimely meals, snacking mindlessly through the day34% children are in poor health; 37% physically unfit34% children pop pills every day, compared to 31% adults37% gorge on sweets every day32%eat junk food as a major meal three times a week43% do not eat veggies and fruits daily49% have low protein intake31%drink less than two cups of milk a day19% feel they are at breaking point, unable to cope with studies33% of children wear glasses30% children have dental problems, compared to 22% adults40% of children are seriously overweight40% feel that they can not confide in their parents36% can’t keep pace with their peer group30% have poor muscle strength and shape16% crave for love and affection from extended family63% become breathless when climbing stairs54% sent off to coaching classes after school36% of the children get little solace from home30% do not have the time to play outdoor games65% face personal, academic or family problems, to which they see no solution30% watch television for 4 to 6 hours daily7% are from broken homes17% find the fights and disagreements at home between family members unbearableQ: “Does any of your friends indulge in alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, reckless driving and sexual activity?”Yes: 34% Q: “Have you ever indulged in alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, reckless driving or sexual activity?”Yes: 32%advertisementAbout 22 per cent adults have dental problems compared to 30 per cent children-alarming since most polled children were long past the milk-teeth stage. When surveyed for family history of cardiac ailments, cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes, children outnumber adults (67:45 per cent). In other words, the risk for lifestyle diseases has risen by a whopping 22 per cent within one generation.The numbers tell only part of the story. In a world that’s raining food, making healthy choices about what and how to eat is not easy. The saga of little lives reflects that diet conundrum. Ankit Parashar of Lucknow might be just 12, but he has already been to the OT and back for what is essentially an adult affliction-gall stone. The doctor’s diagnosis? Too much junk food. “Instead of preparing fresh tiffin, I used to give him money to buy food from the canteen,” says his contrite mother, who works with a bank.”The shifting contours of the post-globalisation family-with more working mothers and both parents putting in more hours on the job- have created new circumstances of parenting,” says Delhi-based counsellor Gitanjali Kumar. As lives become busier, there is less time to cook healthy meals, more people eat at restaurants, grab takeout food or buy frozen foods to heat up at home.Ankit, obviously, belongs to the brigade of surveyed children, who score high on knowledge related to food (81 per cent), yet have appallingly disbalanced diets (29 per cent). “Except for the fact that more adults are overweight (61 per cent adults to 39 per cent children) in all other aspects of nutrition, children fare far worse than adults,” points out Kennedy.Track the diet demon: 31 per cent drink less than two cups of milk every day; 37 per cent eat sweets with each meal daily; 43 per cent refuse fruits and veggies; pizzas and burgers form a major meal at least three times a week, for 32 per cent; 35 per cent frequent fast food centres more than twice a week.When endocrinologist Dr Nikhil Tandon went around Delhi in 2006- measuring and weighing 21,485 schoolchildren between age 5-18-he was taken aback by the high burden of excess weight (18 per cent) and obesity (6 per cent) among them. “In the past two decades, adolescent weight has gone up by 5-15 kg,” says Tandon, professor at the department of endocrinology and metabolism, AIIMS.”The soaring symptoms of metabolic dysfunction among them indicate early onset of conditions like diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases and polycystic ovarian syndrome.” It’s not just the rich kids in the capital. An ongoing Fortis Hospital study, that also covers cities beyond Delhi (Agra, Jaipur, Allahabad and Pune), finds abdominal fat, insulin resistance and hypertension in one among four schoolchildren-indicting a likely explosion of lifestyle diseases when they reach the 20s.advertisementPritish Daudkhane is all of 11. But his schedules are more demanding and days more packed than his parents. And his mother, Parumita, who runs coaching classes in Navi Mumbai, is worried sick. Pritish looks and acts drained and exhausted at the end of each day. The student of Vasant Vihar High School wakes up every morning at 5.30 to catch his school bus, gets back by 2 p.m., watches television or plays computer games till it’s time to do homework or leave for coaching classes.”He wakes up too early,” claims his mother. “With the pressure of homework and coaching classes, he hardly has the physical stamina or enthusiasm to do anything else.” Pritish got into this mode ever since he entered high school. “I have never consulted a counsellor because every child seems to be leading this sort of a life. But it upsets me,” she says.The survey rings alarm bells over the physical fitness of children. The World Health Organization guidelines recommend 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each day, with activities to improve bone health, muscle strength and flexibility at least twice a week. But India’s couch potato kids (over 30 per cent) prefer to spend 4-6 hours a day in front of the TV. Over 37 per cent are physically unfit; 30 per cent don’t have the time to play; 30 per cent have poor muscle strength and shape and 43 per cent have poor joint mobility.”Children are turning out to be sitting ducks for bone disorders later in life,” says Dr Ambrish Mithal, endocrinologist with Apollo Indraprastha Hospital in Delhi. A new study by AIIMS and the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences in Delhi found rampant vitamin D deficiency (essential for strong bones) in nearly 90 per cent schoolchildren in the city in 2006.Not a pretty picture? Gear up for some more gory statistics: 65 per cent children face one or more persisting problems (personal, academic or otherwise) to which they see no solution; 54 per cent find it necessary to take tuitions after school; 36 per cent find it difficult to keep pace with their peer group, not just in studies but in other activities, too.Add to that 47 per cent children whose days are too full of things to do (school, tuitions, family obligations) and 54 per cent who spend over a couple of hours each day commuting to school-and you get a peek into the life of urban Indian children. Mehta of AIIMS is not surprised, “Children are increasingly found to be defiant, hostile, irritable, quarrelsome and destructive these days,” she says.That’s exactly what the parents of a 13-year-old Chandigarh girl complained of when they brought her, comatose, to paediatrician, Dr R.S. Bedi. Barred from calling up two of her boyfriends at nights, harassed by spying siblings, bullied by family members for not doing well in school, disturbed and distraught, she had started taking sleeping pills and went into overkill that day. The doctor reprimanded the parents and referred the family to a counsellor. They never visited him again.”Teenage is the time for hormonal change. A lot of parents don’t recognise that,” says Bedi. “Kids don’t feel at home when they are at home. When they come back from school, parents are away. At home parents are either too tired or too busy. Home is like a hostel these days,” he adds. No wonder, for 36 per cent of the surveyed children, home is not a refuge, 40 per cent can’t confide in their parents, 16 per cent crave for love from extended family and 7 per cent are from broken homes.Ahmedabad boy, Satyam Patel, 14, landed up in a hospital with an abysmal haemoglobin count of eight. It was just waiting to happen. The reed-thin student of class IX would skip breakfast, scarf down unhealthy fried food at school, hurry through lunch, slog at his all-subject coaching class in the afternoon and burn the midnight oil over his school and tuition homework. No one noticed when the drudgery started telling on him, until one day he fell sick.”Parental pressure to do well in life takes a huge toll on today’s troubled children,” says city psychologist, Dr Prashant Bhimani. “Another thorny issue is a father’s unwillingness to spend enough time with children,” he points out. With Bhimani’s help, Satyam is well on his way to recovery.Doctors across the country are pressing the panic button. Paediatrician, Dr Paresh Majmudar, who owns two hospitals in Vadodara, feels worried about the lack of awareness among parents. “A 11-year-old weighs 70 kg, yet he is a ‘healthy child’ to his parents,” he says. “Parents also tend to pass on their stress and ambitions to children. More than a child’s health, the fact that he would miss a day of school bothers some parents more.” Ask Dr Gaur Chaudhary of SGP Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow. His project, Hope Initiative, surveyed 22,000 children in 10 districts of Uttar Pradesh. “There’s a huge gap between the health of urban and rural children, yet all of them are united in one thing-bad health.”This is one study where there are only losers: parents for their lack of understanding and children for the predicament they find themselves in. The truth, however unsavoury, is writ large on the wall: regaining the future health of the nation ultimately rests on parents. Cardiologist Dr K.S. Reddy, director of Public Health Foundation of India, recommends looking back and learning from the past.”A 100 years ago, there was no such thing as snack food-nothing you could pop open and overeat,” he says. “People ate plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. And low-technology lifestyles demanded more physical activity.” So find ways to get your child 60 active minutes each day, at least; encourage them to jump around; opt for regular, timely and home-cooked meals. The route to wellbeing is never easy. Parents will need to be healthy role models more than ever if they don’t want to be responsible for the dwindling health of generationext. Turn off the television now and go for a walk for your child’s sake.-with Nirmala Ravindran in Bangalore; Mitali Patel and Jhilmil Motihar in Mumbai; Adhi Valliappan in Chennai; Arvind Chhabra in Chandigarh; Uday Mahurkar in Ahmedabad; Subhash Mishra in Lucknow; Jhumari Nigam in Vadodara and Ayesha Singh in Delhi.last_img read more

Bohemian rhapsody

first_imgWaistcoat by Urban Renewal, Jeans by J Brand Jeans, Shoes by Nine West, Accessories by VinegarIf indie band Shaa’ir+Func’s music is best defined as “experimentation within the popular and cutting edge genres”, vocalist-composer Monica Dogra’s personal style reflects just the same spunk. One half of the popular musical duo, the 28-year-old singer-composer dresses “funky, with a certain level of femininity without being too girlie.” Her wardrobe is all about “comfort” and “functionality”, a necessity since she’s on stage with her band almost every day of the week. She’s been on the go for her gigs, promoting her debut film Dhobhi Ghat and performing at events, but insists that she never lives out of a suitcase. “I feel uprooted; unpacking gives me peace of mind,” she says. For the Maryland-raised girl, who moved to India in 2006, Bollywood happened by chance. Director Kiran Rao spotted her on a magazine cover and invited her for auditions through Facebook. On a tour of the UK with her band at the time, Dogra auditioned a month later and the rest as they say, is history. Working with superstar Aamir Khan was the icing on the cake. Red carpet appearances, photo ops and interviews have changed this self-professsed urban bohemian girl. Grunge has been replaced by grace as Dogra now makes a “special attempt to spend more time on choosing her outfits.” Not one to flaunt labels, her wardrobe is a mix of creations of local boutiques in the US, high street fashion brands, desi designers and accessories from street-side shops. A supporter of sustainable fashion, she often sports outfits from NorBlack NorWhite, Mumbai, which revisits traditional Indian textiles. Unlike most women her age, Dogra doesn’t swear by retail therapy. An “impulsive shopper who grabs what appeals at first glance”, she has recently discovered the joys of working with stylist, Tania Ghavri. At other times, she shops when she is holidaying in the US. Dogra is a moody dresser and picks the ‘look’ for the day depending upon her waking thoughts. If yellow adds energy, earthy tones make her feel “rooted and happy”; on a day her poetic juices are flowing, the daughter of Kashmiri immigrants brings out the beads and baubles. “I don’t go for statement clothing; I interpret the clothes I wear. They reflect my personality,” she states. That pretty much describes her eclectic and experimental wardrobe.Blue jumpsuit and accessories, both by Vinegar Black wedge heeled boots by Gil Torres, New York.Dress from a Canadian vintage store.Shirt by Forever 21 Shorts from a street store in New York Necklace by Vinegar.advertisementlast_img read more

British Open: Anirban Lahiri and Jeev Milkha Singh make it a day of records for Indian golf

first_imgDebutant Anirban Lahiri and the seasoned Jeev Milkha Singh combined to give India one of its most memorable days in a Major championships, as both made the halfway cut at the 141st Open Championships on Friday.Even as a good number of players were still out on the course, the two Indians were assured of action over the weekend at the Royal Lytham & St Annes.A huge sense of relief seemed to envelop both Lahiri and Jeev, as they finished about an hour of each other. Lahiri came back with a battling twoover 72 in the second round that brought him to even-par 140 for 36 at the halfway stage.A little later Jeev also overcame the tough and soggy conditions to card 71 and finish his first 36 holes at one-over 141 with the cut likely at two-over 142.On Thursday, Lahiri had shot a stunning bogey-free twounder 68 opening round, at the end of which he was lying as high at tied 14th.As Lahiri expressed happiness and relief at making the cut, his senior, Jeev, who won the Scottish Open last week, said, “It is a great thing for Indian golf. I am sure this will raise the interest and profile of Indian golf. Personally I am very happy for Lahiri.On his own play, he added, “It is nice for me to make the cut, finally at the Open. The course is playing tough and I am only a few shots away from the top-10 guys, so I can make a charge on the weekend.”advertisementA very happy Lahiri said, “If someone had offered me an even- par score at the end of two rounds before the start I would have taken it.”But he added, “I didn’t hit it as well as I would have liked. My putting wasn’t as good as yesterday. I probably hit it better than yesterday as I hit more fairways. I gave myself opportunities but didn’t convert them. I probably found two or three bunkers more than I would have liked and today wasn’t easy to get out of bunkers.Their efforts brought in a string of new landmarks for Indian golf as two Indians had never before made the cut in the same Major. Lahiri also became only the second Indian after Jeev to make the cut on his debut in the Major.Jeev is now the only Indian to have made the cut in all four Majors and his best has been tied ninth at the 2009 PGA Championships.Brandt Snedeker (66-64) of the US shot a stunning second round 64, the same as first round leader Adam Scott, and took over the lead at 10- under. Scott, who started later was two- under through 13 holes and moved to eight-under with five more to play.Also lurking around a move was Tiger Woods, who after his first round 67 was two-under through eight holes and was five-under overall in third place, one ahead of Graeme McDowell who was four-under with nine to play.last_img read more

Shilpa looks fab & fit just 2 months post delivery

first_imgBusinessman Raj Kundra has posted a video on his Twitter account, which is the promo of a new sports based reality show. His beautiful actor-wife, Shilpa Shetty, is also a part of the promo video.He tweeted: “Check out the latest #sflchallengers promo with @TheShilpaShetty looking fab after just 2 months of delivering my son!”Shilpa delivered their son Viaan Raj Kundra in May. Amidst a lot of hullabaloo over Aishwarya Rai’s weight even months after her delivery has brought on the spotlight over new mommies in Showbiz.Shilpa, who was last seen in a song in Dostana, has mostly kept away from the limelight occasionally attending filmi events.Catch the video here:last_img

SL and Pak boards begin probe after expose

first_imgSri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday began investigations into the television sting operation which alleged that the umpires were willing to fix T20 matches. The channel showed video clips purportedly taken by their undercover reporters, in which the umpires were shown to be allegedly willing to give certain decisions in exchange for money. A SLC official said that they are studying the tapes of the sting operation. SLC chief executive Ajith Jayasekara said there has been no official communication from the International Cricket Council on allegations that Sri Lankans were among six international umpires willing to fix matches. He said the local anticorruption unit will work with the ICC in the investigations. The six umpires, who are purportedly shown in the TV sting willing to fix matches , were Nadeem Ghauri and Anees Siddiqui of Pakistan, Nadir Shah of Bangladesh, and Gamini Dissanayake, Maurice Winston and Sagara Gallage of Sri Lanka. PCB also said it has launched investigations into the matter. “We are in contact with ICC and carrying out a detailed investigation into the matter. We have sought the details involved in the matter. For us it is just a TV report and it is too early to say anything,” a PCB spokesman was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. “The PCB maintains that we have a zero-tolerance policy towards any kind of corruption in cricket at any level.” The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on its part, said since no Indian umpire was involved, it would wait for the ICC to complete its investigations. “The ICC has to take a call on it. They (ICC) will be taking appropriate action. As far as we are concerned we will take action as we deem fit,” senior BCCI official Rajeev Shukla said. “Our job is to keep the game clean. The BCCI takes strong and immediate action whenever such cases come up.” Ghauri said in Lahore that he was innocent. “I was approached by some TV channel from India who asked me to do an interview through Skype. They did ask me about the fixing stuff but I had nothing to say on the topic,” Ghauri told reporters. “They asked me to come to India and be part of their TV shows but I said I would come only if they sponsored my visit, but we didn’t reach any agreement.” Dissanayake, meanwhile, outrightly rejected the accusation.”I reject all allegations. This is an attack on the entire Sri Lankan umpiring fraternity by an external force,” he told reporters in Colombo. He said that he had already written to local cricket authorities and is open to thorough investigation in order to prove his innocence. Soon after the sting operation was beamed on Monday night, the ICC said it would investigate the matter and asked the channel to give any information which can assist in the probe. “The ICC and its relevant members have been made aware of the allegations made by India TV this evening and calls on the station to turn over any information which can assist the ICC’s urgent investigations into this matter,” the world body had said.advertisementlast_img read more

Indian cricket gets a refurbished team for West Indies

first_imgWith the refurbished Indian team having left for the West Indies last week, the focus of attention for cricket fans has already shifted to the Carribbean. But even though the recently-concluded Test series in Pakistan will best be given a quiet burial, it was obvious that the mauling the Indian,With the refurbished Indian team having left for the West Indies last week, the focus of attention for cricket fans has already shifted to the Carribbean. But even though the recently-concluded Test series in Pakistan will best be given a quiet burial, it was obvious that the mauling the Indian team received had taught some vital lessons.Former Indian cricket captain Bishan Singh Bedi was commissioned to cover the Pakistan series exclusively for India Today. In this, the last of his reports, he looks at the last two Tests at Lahore and Karachi and also the composition of the new team under its new leader, Kapil Dev. His report:With the Pakistan series decided overwhelmingly in favour lmran Inc before the teams went into the final two Tests, it was widely expected that some of the pressures would be lifted off the Indian tourists and they would come back with a vengeance, if only to salvage some of the lost pride.Kapil in action at Lahore: Career-best figuresLahore offered them a glorious opportunity to do so when, on a dampish track, the tourists had the pleasant choice of fielding first. The opportunity, as the record books show, was totally wasted. Once again sloppy fielding, especially in the slips, let the Indian bowling attack down and the man to profit the most was Mudassar Nazar.For sheer consistency, Mudassar matched the brilliance of Zaheer-and the sheer grit of Miandad. But I would still hesitate to bracket him among the greats of Pakistan cricket. Mudassar seems to inspire more confidence in the opposition than his own team. Like Chetan Chauhan, Mudassar has severe limitations and he manages to play well within them.advertisementHis biggest utility is as a team man. He is a dressing-room delight and very popular with his colleagues. But when he carried his bat through the innings to emulate his father Nazar Mohammed, he immediately became the toast of all Pakistan, if such a term can be applied to prohibition-bound Pakistan.Having won the toss and got the initial break, courtesy Kapil Dev, the Indians should really have gone for the kill. But sadly, this-vital ingredient for victory has been missing from the Indian psyche. Those familiar with the nuances of a drying wicket would have realised the importance of employing spinners as early as possible.Maninder Singh in the fourth Test: Under-bowledIndia’s Maninder Singh, taking over the role of senior spinner from Dilip Doshi, was given just one over before lunch on the opening day. As Imran Khan was quick to point out: “If we had fielded first, I would have thrown in the spinners after half an hour.”Dull Draw: Even though Kapil Dev came into his own at last, with career-best figures of 8 for 85, the home team reached the shores of safety through the sole determination of Mudassar. The best ball of the day was the one Kapil bowled to dismiss Zaheer caught behind.It was good to see the Haryana lad making amends but once again lack of a concentrated team effort negated whatever had been achieved. It is becoming boringly repetitious to say that the Indian fielding was atrocious but after the lessons of the previous Tests one would have expected some difference on the improvement chart.The game itself drifted into a dull draw with the weather taking its own toll. The only redeeming feature from the Indian point of view was Mohinder Amarnath underscoring once again the need for grit and determination at Test level. Off the field, the highlight was the lavish dinner hosted by the Board of Control for Cricket in Pakistan (BCCP) where President Zia was in a generous mood.One can understand him rewarding the Pakistani heroes with handsome bonuses but he seems to have been rather undiplomatic in announcing an award of Rs 25,000 each for Gavaskar and Vishwanath, the former for completing 7,000 runs in Tests and the latter for creating a world record for continuous Test appearances.Mohinder on his way to third century at Karachi: True gritThe cash awards for the two Indians have not been taken kindly in some official quarters as well as by some members of the BCCP. No other government has acknowledged the performance of players from other countries with monetary benefits and the fact that Vishwanath’s final Test tour was hardly a memorable one did not help matters either.Karachi offered the Indians yet another opportunity to redeem themselves. They had nothing to lose and everything to gain while the home team had very little motivation left except going through the motions. In such meaningless circumstances, the viability of six-Test series came in for some heavy criticism from all sides.advertisementAs it turned out, the Indians decided to convert the final Test into a sort of trial for the West Indies which meant inflicting excruciating boredom on the hapless Karachi crowds. Even the statisticians must have derived little pleasure from adding the sixth Test into the record books. India took nearly two full days to score 393 for 8 before mercifully declaring. At no stage did the tourists show any sense of urgency of purposefulness regarding their objectives.Predictably, the Test faded out into a huge yawn. For a while, Pakistan looked like injecting some life into the game but their efforts were thwarted by a bunch of student unionists who decided to invade the field before tea on the fourth day. Pakistan at that stage were 420 for 6 and shaping well to pressurise the Indian batting on the final day.Mudassar Nazar: ConsistencyKarachi has, of course, a notorious reputation for such mini-riots. Nearly every touring team in the recent past has experienced match interruptions at the National Stadium. In this particular case, it was a demonstration against the arrest of some members of the student community.The Indian ambassador and the consul general in Karachi were actively concerned about the safety of the Indian team and their official vehicles came in for some stoning. But it was a farcical situation and was very soon brought under control. The Indian cricketers, however, were reluctant to take the field and quite rightly so. There was no concrete guarantee of safety given by the BCCP. But the locals felt cheated by the Indian refusal and the gossip columnist for the Pakistan Times sneeringly referred to the day’s play as “Shree 420 of Indians”, which incidentally was Pakistan’s score when the match was interrupted for the day.The game, however, resumed on the final day with Imran’s overnight declaration being more governed by his personal quest for the 40-wicket mark in the series which he, deservingly, eventually got. A scorching yorker which disposed of Gavaskar will satisfy Imran for a long time to come.Purely for the record, there were three unexciting centuries: Ravi Shastri reasserting himself in the makeshift opening spot, Mudassar Nazar completing his fourth hundred of the series and Mohinder Amarnath forcing the Pakistanis to help him get a farcical hundred, his third of the series, in the mandatory overs. But a hundred is a hundred in Test cricket and it earned Mohinder the “man of the series” award from the Indian side.Students invading the field at the Karachi Test: Notorious reputationThere was no doubt about Imran clinching the issue for the Pakistanis. His tremendous impact on the series as a whole cannot be more emphasised. Throughout, he was in total control of his mental and physical faculties.Success did not come to him on a platter. He worked extremely hard for it and in the bargain earned the respect and loyalty of his colleagues. Omar Qureishi summed up the Karachi Test very aptly when he said: “This Test will be eminently forgettable. Let it rest in peace in the record books. One must not speak ill of the dead.”advertisementSignificant Changes: Understandably, the Indian team was anxious to get back to Bombay. It was rather shabby of the BCCP that not a single official turned up to see the Indians off. Whether it was a petulant show of resentment against the type of cricket we played or just sheer callousness, it certainly was unforgivable.There was little time or inclination for post-mortems. It was gracefully acknowledged by the Indian manager and the Indian captain that “the better side won”. These two gentlemen were understandably sore with the “application and fitness” of some of the Indian players which really made the difference between the two teams. The Indians clearly played much below their ability.The team for the West Indies has already left and the changes are significant. Gavaskar has made way for Kapil Dev at the helm. It is casting no aspersions on Sunil’s ability as a captain. He has had a good run captaining the country 40 times and he has had his share of glory.(From left) Doshi, Vishwanath and Venkataraghavan: Significant changesBut during the Pakistan tour, it appeared that Sunil’s enthusiasm for the job was waning and it is possible that his own form suffered a bit as a result. This change should come as a relief for Sunil and his batting should flourish once again in the Carribbean.As an optimist, I am looking forward to the change at the top as a happy sign for Indian cricket. Sunil himself has been very generous in hailing Kapil’s elevation to captaincy and at the same time assuring him of his total support. Venkataraghavan too should lend a stable and balanced element to the fortunes of Indian cricket.It is sad to see Vishy and Doshi go but sentiments must not cloud sober judgement. The Indian board deserves special praise for sending an extra player instead of a second official. The conscientious Hanumant Singh as manager should be able to handle his end admirably. It is up to the team to do the same.last_img read more

Stadia built for IX Asiad in New Delhi lay echoingly empty and idle

first_imgThe Talkatora diving pool: Financial burdenOnce they resounded to the cheers of packed crowds. Today, the stadia built at such enormous expense for the IX Asiad are echoingly empty, and maintenance expenditure estimated at half the country’s sports budget for the year is being used up to keep them in,The Talkatora diving pool: Financial burdenOnce they resounded to the cheers of packed crowds. Today, the stadia built at such enormous expense for the IX Asiad are echoingly empty, and maintenance expenditure estimated at half the country’s sports budget for the year is being used up to keep them in perfect condition – and idle.Last fortnight, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium – 75,000 seats and 641 rooms spread over 110 acres was used for the first time since the November Games when veteran Asian athletes sweated on the track with only a couple of hundred spectators in the stands.The fully air-conditioned Indraprastha Indoor Stadium, which can seat 25,000, has been used for just one sports meet by the Taekwondo Sports Federation for two days in February. The Talkatora pool complex has been lifeless since December 1982.Perhaps the most pathetic plight is that of the Talkatora pool, where not a single swimmer has turned up since the Games. Says Satya Narayana, chief engineer, New Delhi Municipal Committee (NDMC) and in charge of the complex: “For two weeks after the Games we kept the water heated hoping that someone would come to use it. But no one did.” The heating has been turned off but the water continues to be filtered.When the capital’s most popular football tournaments – the DCM and the Durand – were held some time ago, the venue continued to be the Ambedkar Stadium (capacity: 18,000) rather than the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium where the Asiad football matches were held. A spokesman for the Sports Department said that this was because the fans would have had “transport problems”.advertisement Says R.K.Gupta, president of the Delhi Football Association: “What to talk of using the Nehru Stadium, after the Asiad renovation of the Ambedkar Stadium the rates have been hiked here as well, making it impossible to use it for the football league matches as in the past.”High Charges: One reason for the empty stadia is the forbidding rates. At present, only the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), which built the Rs 26 crore indoor stadium and now runs it, has fixed rates for its charge: sports bodies must pay Rs 39,000 per day in summer and Rs 15,000 per day in winter; government agencies and charitable organisations Rs 1 lakh per day in summer and Rs 76,000 per day in winter, commercial organisations Rs 1.52 lakh per day in summer and Rs 1.28 lakh per day in winter.The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium: High maintenance costsThe DDA engineer in charge of the stadium considers these rates reasonable; says he: “If you consider my indirect costs which include interest rates at 10 per cent and depreciation at 2 per cent then the costs work out to Rs 2.5 crore a year.To break even on my indirect costs I would have to charge Rs 1.25 lakh a day; if you add direct charges then it becomes necessary to charge Rs 2 lakh a day.” He says that the stadium’s maintenance costs work out to around Rs 50 lakh a year and electricity and water charges to another Rs 40 lakh. Forty people in three shifts look after the security – the contract has been given to a private firm.With such high maintenance costs the rates have to be high, although the DDA has thoughtfully offered half-rates to those using only half the stadium. But so far, there have been few takers. Besides the Taekwondo Sports Federation, six non-sports bodies have hired the hall, three of them for film star ‘nite’ shows.Asks V.K. Malhotra, president of the Indian Archery Federation: “With rates as high as these, which sports federation would think of using the stadium?” The steep rates for users not connected with sports also make it unlikely that there will ever be regular bookings.The chief engineer notes that whether the stadium is used or not a minimum charge has in any case to be paid to the electricity undertaking as the stadium consumes 6,000 kw in summer and 1,500 kw in winter when in full use.Another reason why the stadia are unused is that the equipment and playing area are considered too sophisticated to be used by all comers. The National Stadium was refitted with astroturf which requires a special watering system; says K. Basu, director, maintenance, Special Organising Committee (SOC): “Ordinary teams can’t be allowed to use astroturf. It is like giving a sitar meant for Ravi Shankar to a fresher.”A spokesman for the Sports Department says: “The organisers of the hockey nationals held recently in Meerut did not ask for the ground, perhaps because it would have meant the use of special shoes, special balls and more stamina would have been required. But the astroturf has been used for the Indian women’s hockey team practice matches.”advertisementIn the same way, joggers, athletes and gymnasts cannot use the Nehru Stadium. Observes S.K. Chawla of the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), superintending engineer of the stadium: “It would be a security risk and in any case one has to ensure that special shoes with spikes no more than 6 mm long are used so that the tracks are not spoilt.” The Delhi University grounds were enclosed within a tall fence for the handball and archery events – not very popular sports in India – and are now out of bounds to the joggers and gymnasts who used the grounds in the past.Swollen Costs: But the stadia have to be kept in condition whether they are used or not. Chawla estimates that the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium would cost about Rs 65 lakh a year to maintain, assuming that it will be in active use 120 days in a year.He explains that when the stadium” is in use, expense on electricity, water and staff increases enormously – often, extra staff has to be recruited. Not included in the estimate are the 80 men of the Central Reserve Police Force who guard vital installations such as the lighting towers, the public address system and the score-board.In fact, Sports Minister Buta Singh, replying to a question in Parliament in February, admitted that the maintenance, minus the operational expenses of just the two main stadia and the swimming pools, would work out to Rs 1.2 crore a year. Later, at a sports Ministry meeting on March 2, the caretaker organizations – DDA, CPWD and NDMC – were asked to submit revised estimates for maintaining the stadia according to what a spokesman calls “international standards”. The annual cost of maintenance and limited operational usage then works out about Rs 2.5 crore, for just the big three. If the other Asiad legacies are added, the cost rises to a whopping Rs 3 crore.Big Drain: Compared to national sports budgets, the stadia maintenance costs are staggering. The, national expenditure on sports was just Rs 2.69 crore in 1980 – 81, Rs 3.06 crore in 1981 – 82,and Rs 4.90 crore in 1982 – 83. For the year 1983 – 84 the budget has been hiked to Rs 6.36 crore.The amount allotted for the upkeep of the three sports institutes at Patiala, Bangalore and Calcutta is Rs 3 crore which is about the same as the maintenance cost of the Asiad stadia. As against this, grants to various state sports councils for 1983 – 84 will be around Rs 80 lakh, and grants to national sports federations around Rs 90 lakh.The Government has also to work out the ticklish question of who is to ultimately manage the stadia. At present the agencies that built them are doing the job on the understanding that the expenses will eventually be reimbursed.The SOC, which was in charge of sports grounds during the Asiad, says it is no longer concerned. Says K.S. Bains, additional secretary-general, SOC: “We will be winding up 90 per cent of our operations by the end of March. It is no longer our problem.”advertisementThe hope is that eventually a sports authority will come into being to mother the facilities. But, as the debate continues, it is now clear that when the grey pachyderms from Kerala left Delhi after taking part in the Asian Games ceremonies, they left some spotless white brethren behind.last_img read more