Sachin, Zaheer return to one day team for tri-series in Australia

first_imgVeteran Sachin Tendulkar was recalled while paceman Praveen Kumar and spinner Rahul Sharma were also included in India’s 17-member squad for the next month’s tri-series in Australia on Sunday.Irfan Pathan also staged a comeback in the team, announced by BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale after a marathon meeting of the selection committee in Chennai. (READ BLOG: Team India drubbed Down Under)There were no major surprises in the ODI squad despite the team’s dismal performance in the ongoing Test series, which India is trailing 0-3. (Must Read: I am the main culprit for Aus debacle, says Dhoni)Tendulkar, who played his last ODI in World Cup final on April 2, is the only batsman who seems to be in good nick and will get an opportunity to record a historic 100th international century.Zaheer Khan will spearhead the bowling attack which has Umesh Yadav, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar and Irfan Pathan in the pace department.R Ashwin and Rahul Sharma are the two specialist spinners while all rounder Ravindra Jadeja can also chip in with his spin.Yuvraj Singh, who is still recovering from a lung ailment and injured Harbhajan Singh were not considered for selection.Varun Aaron and Munaf Patel were also not considered because of injuries.The Indians are scheduled to play two Twenty20 matches on February 1 and 2, followed by the tri-series, also involving Sri Lanka, from February 5.ODI and T20 squad: M S Dhoni (C), Virender Sehwag (VC), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Unesh Yadav, Praveen Kumar, R Vinay Kumar, Manoj Tiwary, Rahul Sharma, Parthiv Patel, Irfan Pathan and Zaheer Khan.advertisementlast_img read more

Vijay Mallya seeks divine intervention to bailout Kingfisher Airlines

first_imgBusiness tycoon Vijay Mallya is following in the footsteps of former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa – seeking divine intervention in times of distress.Last week, he prayed at some of the top temples in coastal Karnataka something which Mallya is not known for. The last time he visited a popular temple was reportedly two years ago.Mallya visited the Subrahmanya temple in Kukke (Dakshina Kannada district), which hit the headlines last year for the age-old practice of ‘Made Snana’ (Dalits rolling over food leftovers of Brahmins inside the temple).According to informed sources, Mallya performed Panchamrutha Abhisheka and Aslesha Bali services to invoke the gods.The industrialist prayed for some time in private and offered to make a pledge – gold plating the Nadu Mantapa door – outside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. Normally, devotees make a pledge at the Subrahmanya temple in return for favours from the Almighty. The Nadu Mantapa door is 6 feet high and 6 feet wide.It is common for VIPs, sports personalities and celebrities from across the country to visit Kukke Subrahmanya, which is popular for ‘Sarpa Dosha Nivarane’ in order to fetch good luck. Even cricketer Sachin Tendulkar had visited this temple town in 2006 for that purpose. In March this year, BJP MP Varun Gandhi’s secret visit had created furore among the devotees, as he reportedly wanted the temple authorities to bar the entry of the visitors.According to temple authorities, Mallya visited the temple, nestled in the Western Ghats, on Thursday evening after 7 pm to avoid media glare. Besides, he did not want to be seen by other devotees. “He stayed for more than an hour and paid all the fees for Panchamrutha Abhisheka and Aslesha Bali services,” they said.advertisementMallya, who is not known for temple hopping, even visited the Tirumala Venkataramana Temple in Bantwal (also in Dakshina Kannada district). His forefathers hail from Bantwal and the temple is supposed to be a kind of family deity for Mallya’s family.The Kingfisher Airlines chief has been visiting temples after a long time. During 2005, when Mallya was pursuing a career in politics, he visited several temples. But this is the first time in recent years that Mallya visited the Kukke Subrahmanya temple.In the past, several business leaders have visited the Kukke Subrahmanya temple hoping for a turnaround in their fortunes. It is to be seen if Mallya’s temple visit helps him in emerging out of the red.last_img read more

Spot-fixing in IPL: Ajay Maken says BCCI can’t be trusted to carry out probe

first_imgSports Minister Ajay Maken came out all guns blazing against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday.He was reacting to the recent TV sting that showed IPL players claiming that they received more money in black than the contracted amount.Maken has urged the Finance Ministry to immediately get the Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax to probe IPL’s finances to expose the black money being paid to players and punish the guilty.”ED and I-T are already probing IPL’s FEMA violation. It’s tightening the noose around BCCI. But now we have asked it to investigate whether players are being paid through other means. It’s very evident that there are huge violations of foreign exchange norms and black money,” the minister told Rahul Kanwal on Aaj Tak’s Seedhi Baat programme.Maken, who has since long stated that the board need to be brought under the ambit of  RTI, said the cricket’s governing body couldn’t be trusted to carry out a probe on its own.”Suspending 5 players is not enough. Superficial investigation will not do. BCCI should get to the root of the problem. The only solution is that BCCI should distance itself from IPL. People running BCCI have interests in IPL. So, how do you expect a fair trial?”Maken added, “IPL has increased the possibility of match-fixing. BCCI can’t be an honest watchdog if it’s connected to IPL.”When pointed out that N Srinivasan is both the president of the board and owner of an IPL team, Maken said, “As a matter of principle, he should stay away from BCCI.”The minister reiterated his demand of bringing the board under the RTI.”BCCI has something to hide, that’s why they are opposing it. They want to conceal something. That’s being proved more and more. We don’t know what a player is paid, what are shareholding patterns of IPL franchises. All that will be in public domain once they come under RTI,” he said.Highlighting government’s role, Maken said, the government has no de-facto control over any of the sports federations. “If BCCI comes under RTI they will be giving information to the people, not the government. Everybody in the country will know who has been paid how much.”Maken, whose Sports Bill ran into a political storm said that it will become a reality. He has been asked to re-work the bill and very soon it will be tabled in the Parliament. But before that he was hoping the CIC will agree to government’s proposal to bring the board under RTI.The Sports Minister disagreed that the Sports Bill ran into problems only because Congressmen were in the board. He said BJP leaders like Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley are also involved in cricket associations. In fact, it was BJP CM Premchand Dhumal, whose son Anurag Thakur is with BCCI, who first opposed the Sports Bill.Maken said he entirely agreed with former cricketer and BJP MP Kirti Azad that politicians should stay away from running sports. Sports should be run by sportspersons or those with domain specialty. Politicians should be completely left out of it.advertisementlast_img read more

Germany’s Gomez breaks deadlock for win over Portugal

first_imgA Mario Gomez header helped Germany to register a 1-0 win over Portugal in their Euro 2012 Group B opener in Lviv on Saturday.The win takes the Germans joint top of the group after Denmark’s surprise 1-0 win over the Netherlands earlier Saturday. Germany face the Netherlands next Wednesday, with Denmark playing Portugal.On Saturday, Gomez, who started ahead of Miroslav Klose in attack, ended a turgid opening 74 minutes with a pinpoint header into the corner of the goal, outjumping Joao Pereira six yards out from Sami Khedira’s cross.”It was very difficult to score running backwards as I was, but I’m glad I could manage and we won,” Gomez said.Portugal had hit the crossbar just before half time as defender Pepe’s close-range shot cannoned onto the line and away.The game was a disappointing spectacle considering the talent on show, with much of the play getting bogged down in midfield as the Portuguese defended in numbers.Gomez glanced an early header at goalkeeper Rui Patricio from a Jerome Boateng cross.Arsenal’s new signing Lukas Podolski skidded a low first-time shot straight at the goalkeeper barely ten minutes in.Cristiano Ronaldo skipped past Boateng down the left to slide a cross into the box, but Helder Postiga failed to make contact at the near post; Portugal’s first moment of danger.The Germans had the ball in the net on 24 minutes, but French referee Stephane Lannoy decided to award a free kick against Portugal for a foul by Chelsea’s Raul Miereles on Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira in the buildup.advertisementPodolski had plenty of time to line up a shot off a Mesut Ozil low ball from the left, but the Polish-born forward couldn’t keep it down.Portugal proceeded to frustrate the Germans by defending in numbers, crowding out the midfield to ensure attacks came to nothing.A fierce cross from Ozil was intercepted by Bruno Alves before the Germans missed a good double chance.The ball fell to Podolski unmarked at the back post, he chose to volley it back across goal rather than shoot and Tomas Muller side-footed wide.Portugal nearly took the lead against the run of play as Real Madrid defender Pepe struck the crossbar after a corner fell to him eight yards out.The second half saw the pace pick up initially, as a chipped cross from Nani was athletically headed clear by Borussia Dortmund center-back Mats Hummels.Mario Gomes directed a header over on 57 minutes after the Portuguese gave the ball away cheaply.The Germans then lost the ball too easily themselves, allowed Nani burst through the center and release Ronaldo on the edge of the box. But Boateng got across quickly to charge down his left-footed shot.Gomez headed home with Klose waiting on the touchline to replace him, prompting coach Joachim Low to send the Lazio striker back to the bench.Ronaldo hit a trademark dipping shot on 81 minutes that Manuel Neuer awkwardly palmed away.Ronaldo then turned provider, poking to Real Madrid teammate Fabio Coentrao on the edge of the box only for Hummels to get a vital diving block in.Portugal squandered the chance of the match with three minutes left. Substitute Nelson Oliveira set up fellow replacement Silvestre Valera. But the latter blasted straight at Neuer from point-blank range.Holger Badstuber blocked a last-minute shot from Nani, and Bruno Alves headed over from the resulting corner.Lineups:Germany: Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Holger Badstuber, Phillipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng, Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Ozil (Toni Kroos, 87), Thomas Muller (Lars Bengder, 90), Lukas Podolski, Mario Gomez (Miroslav Klose, 79).Portugal: Rui Patricio, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao, Miguel Veloso, Joao Periera, Joao Moutinho, Raul Miereles (Silvestre Varela, 79), Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo, Helder Postiga (Nelson Oliveira, 69).last_img read more

Paes refuses to partner Vardhan in Olympics men’s doubles; AITA throws Sania bait

first_imgWhile the All India Tennis Association (AITA ) has been working overtime to work out an acceptable formula to ensure a best possible tennis team for the London Olympics, now Leander Paes has written a letter to it threatening to withdraw himself from the biggest sports event. The world number eight doubles player has rejected AITA’s proposal to team up with much lower ranked Vishnu Vardhan . The AITA had made the suggestion to the highest ranked Indian keeping in mind objections from Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna, who have refused to pair with Paes as they want to play only as a team. In his letter to the AITA, Paes has stated that it would not be acceptable with his top ranking to give up the best option of partner for winning a medal for the country. He added that it would be unfair for him to play the Olympics with a player ranked 207 or 306 in the world while the players ranked 13th and 15th form a separate team. So he would rather withdraw from the games. Paes also stated that one should not be condoning or rewarding the drama enacted by Bhupathi and Bopanna and that would be a bad precedent for current and future sports persons in the country. The AITA has, however, offered Paes an olive branch if he changes his mind and agrees to play with Vardhan. The association has told Paes that if he plays with Vardhan, he would be nominated for the mixed doubles event with Sania Mirza. If Paes agrees, it would mean that the fresh from grand slam victory pair of Bhupathi-Sania would not get to play as a team at the Olympics. Bhupathi and Sania recently won the French Open mixed doubles title and have also won the Australian Open in the past. Sania and Paes have also won a gold medal in 2006 Busan Asian Games and a bronze medal in the 2002 Asian Games. The pair had, however, crashed out in the second round in the last edition of the Asian Games in Guangzhou. The AITA was earlier adamant on sending only one men’s doubles pair for the biggest sports event. Though it had originally selected Bhupathi as the partner of Paes and Bopanna as the second option, both of them refused to play with him saying they wanted to play only as a pair. Though the sports ministry intervened into the matter, it finally left it on the AITA to select the final team.advertisementlast_img read more

Third quarter run lifts Rain or Shine past NLEX in pre-season

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 Pre-season game between NLEX Road Warriors vs Rain or Shine Elastopainters. Photo from PBA.phRain or Shine went on a big third-quarter run to comeback and beat NLEX, 96-89, in the preseason Tuesday at Upper Deck Gym in Pasig City.The Elasto Painters rose from 15 points down after outscoring the Road Warriors, 38-19, in the third period with Don Trollano and Maverick Ahanmisi leading the way.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH PBA: Phoenix fends off Alaska in pre-season match Malditas save PH from shutout The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Trollano finished with 20 points on 4-of-6 shooting from downtown while Ahanmisi added 16 points, both providing the spark off the bench.The Painters improved to 2-0 in the preseason a day after beating the Phoenix Fuel Masters, 95-91. They hope to go 3-0 against winless Alaska on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingRabeh Al-Hussaini continued his impressive play with 16 points and 10 rebounds after scoring 21 points in the Road Warriors’ 106-100 win over the Aces on Monday.Kiefer Ravena, the second overall pick by NLEX, had 14 points and five assists while a visibly slimmer Asi Taulava added 12 points and four assists. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

LeBron James uses ‘NBA 2K’ to figure out best fit for Cavs lineup

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James recently shared that he actually uses the game to simulate his actual team’s roster and find out match-ups that work well together.“It’s the most realistic basketball game you could ever play. I mix and match a lot of lineup changes to see how we can be really good. I’ve done that,” the three-time NBA champion told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening James’ comments come after reports that the team’s injured point guard, Isaiah Thomas, is nearing his return to the court and has been cleared to play 4-on-4 in practice.Winner of 13 straight games, the Cavs appear to finally regain their championship form, and Thomas’ imminent return could only bolster the team’s championship aspirations.Although the diminutive playmaker has yet to log in a minute in a Cavs’ uniform, James has already used virtual simulation to toy with the lineup and figure which rotations work best around him.Even in his down time, “The King” certainly takes no days off. /raADVERTISEMENT Malditas save PH from shutout LeBron James says he’s already visualized how Isaiah Thomas will fit in with the Cavs by playing with him on NBA 2K: “It’s the most realistic basketball game you could ever play. I mix and match a lot of lineup changes to see how we can be really good. I’ve done that.”— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 6, 2017 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads MOST READ Vivo reveals a special edition Smartphone for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Screen grab from Instagram/@nba2kVideo games nowadays are as life-like as they come, particularly with NBA 2K’s basketball simulation series.The popular franchise has been lauded by gamers for its amazing graphics and terrific gameplay, and it looks like it can even be used to figure out the best lineups for real NBA teams.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Carlo Lastimosa signs with Kia

first_imgD-League: Marinero loses 17-point lead but holds off Zark’s-Lyceum SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCarlo Lastimosa gets a new lease on life as he was signed to a one-conference contract with Kia.Team governor Bobby Rosales confirmed the news to INQUIRER.net as the Picanto gets a big boost on offense with the signing of the former St. Benilde stalwart.ADVERTISEMENT The Picanto have yet to notch a victory in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, going 0-4 so far. They seek to end to their 16-game losing streak on Saturday against Rain or Shine.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lastimosa last played for NLEX where he averaged 8.8 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 16.9 minutes of action.Despite his impressive showing, the Road Warriors bought out the 27-year-old guard and went on their separate ways before the start of the 2017-2018 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThrough his four-year career, Lastimosa averaged 10.0 markers, 1.9 boards, and 1.5 assists in 17.8 minutes of play in his stops in Barako Bull, Blackwater, and NLEX.His entry is a shot in the arm for Kia, which is drawing the bulk of its offense from Rashawn McCarthy, who leads the team with 15.75 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 5.0 assists. PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 Gameslast_img read more