Month: November 2019

Arellano, NU banner PVL Collegiate conference

first_imgTristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netReigning NCAA champion Arellano and former titlist National University headline the upcoming Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference that is set to start on Sept. 2 at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Bulldogs, who won the collegiate conference title in the 13th season of the Shakey’s V-League, banner Group A that includes Ateneo, San Sebastian, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Far Eastern University, and Jose Rizal University.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next The Lady Chiefs, meanwhile, join University of the Philippines, Technological Institute of the Philippines, San Beda, Adamson, and College of St. Benilde.FEU is on its first campaign in a major tournament under the tutelage of head coach George Pascua, who replaced Shaq Delos Santos for the position.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe top four teams from Group A compete with the best four from Group B in the cross-over quarterfinals.The four winners then advance to the best-of-three semifinals with the best two teams advancing to the final round that has the same format. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Ray Allen visits Lyceum, tells unbeaten Pirates: ‘You have to work harder’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

NCAA: Letran exacts revenge, eliminates Mapua

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLetran exacted its revenge and eliminated Mapua with an 88-79 beatdown Friday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Rey Nambatac came out like a house on fire, uncorking 17 of his 25 points in the first half and  to go with eight rebounds as the Knights jumped to a 47-25 halftime advantage and never looked back.ADVERTISEMENT Bong Quinto added 22 markers, eight boards, and three assists, while Jerrick Balanza got 14 points, six rebounds, three steals, and two dimes.Letran got back at Mapua after losing its first round encounter, 78-75, last July 11 courtesy of an Andoy Estrella three-pointer for the Cardinals’ lone victory of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We had so much drama in the first round. But now, everybody picked up what’s missing and the players who went soul searching and that’s why we’re playing better. We’re doing the things that we need to get the wins this second round,” said coach Jeff Napa.The outspoken mentor credited the Knights’ tenacious defense that allowed them to seize control from the get-go and hold lead until the final buzzer. LETRAN 88 – Nambatac 25, Quinto 22, Balanza 14, Calvo 13, Balagasay 6, Taladua 5, Mandreza 2, Vacaro 1, Gedaria 0, Bernabe 0, Pamulaklakin 0, Pascual 0.MAPUA 79 – Bunag 23, Gabo 15, Nieles 9, Estrella 9, Aguirre 8, Raflores 8, Victoria 4, Pelayo 3, Orquina 0.Quarters: 21-18, 47-25, 66-50, 88-79. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:37Protesters 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ PBA: Star ends Kia’s misery with 47-point beating LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next 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  “We had a great defense. We executed our gameplan and that’s why the offense was easy for us,” Napa said. “Credit to the boys. They really worked hard for this and it’s a good game for us going to Tuesday’s game against San Sebastian.”Letran rose to joint third place with JRU with their identical 7-6 records.Mapua still tried to wage a late fightback, with Christian Buñag trimming the lead down to seven, 79-72, but JP Calvo completed an and-one with 59.3 ticks remaining to douse the uprising.Buñag topped Mapua (1-12) with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Leo Gabo had 15 markers and five boards in the Cardinals’ 11th straight defeat to boot them out of the Final Four race.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Olympic hockey streak over as Canada loses to Czechs in shootout

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Wojtek Wolski scored for Canada in the shootout while Maxim Lapierre, Roy and Bourque were all stopped by Francouz and Maxim Noreau hit the post on his attempt. Petr Koukal and Jan Kouvar scored for the Czechs against Scrivens.Canada came into the game 13-13-1 against the Czech Republic in Olympic and world championship play but had won the last five meetings and eight of the last 10.The three group winners and the best second-ranked teams advance directly to the quarterfinals. The remaining eight play, with the four winners advancing to the quarters.ADVERTISEMENT Tiger Woods misses cut at Riviera; Cantlay, McDowell lead Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Still, Russia, the United States and now Canada have all lost in the preliminary round.Mason Raymond and Rene Bourque scored first-period goals for Canada, which wraps up preliminary-round play Sunday against South Korea, but Dominik Kubalik and Michal Jordan answered for the Czechs, who used a successful forecheck. The Czechs tied it up 35 seconds into the second period. Ben Scrivens, who had mishandled the puck seconds earlier, stopped a Michal Birner shot but Jordan banged in the rebound.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCanada outshot the Czechs 33-20 through overtime, but Francouz stood tall — particularly in the extra session.The three-on-three overtime on the big ice was frantic entertainment with quality scoring chances. Canada’s Derek Roy made some nifty rushes but couldn’t finish it off, while Mat Robinson broke up a two-on-one before losing the puck on a breakaway. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:50Trending 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’ boss01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Players from the Czech Republic celebrate after defeating Canada in the penalty shootout during the preliminary round of the men’s hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The Czech Republic rallied twice to hand the Canadian men’s hockey team its first Olympic loss in eight years Saturday, riding goaltender Pavel Francouz to a 3-2 win in a shootout.Canada had won 11 consecutive games at the Olympics — the first 10 with NHL players — dating to a loss to the United States in pool play in Vancouver in 2010. Canada opened these games with a comfortable 5-1 win over the Swiss that confirmed its status as one of the favorites in the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READcenter_img NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum View comments Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

Perpetual wrests 2 volley crowns

first_imgLOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa AFP official booed out of forum PFL-Sportradar deal to ‘clean’ matches “It was a great feeling. I can’t ask for more. The players gave it their all,” said Acaylar.It was a double treat for Perpetual as it swept the juniors finals series following a 25-17, 25-17, 25-17 triumph over Letran early in the day.Ivan Encila and Noel Kampton scored a combined 31 points for the Junior Altas to dominate the best-of-three finals.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgivingcenter_img The Altas lost the opening set, fought tooth and nail to level the match after two frames and then saw themselves in a deep 19-12 rut in the fourth set before unleashing a strong finishing kick.“We didn’t want to give up the fourth set and risk playing a fifth-setter,” said Perpetual coach Sammy Acaylar, who sobbed unabashedly in the din of revelry at the jam-packed FilOil Flying V Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTaneo, Jobert Almodiel and Ronniel Rosales conspired late in the fourth set to complete the comeback which was highlighted by three straight kill blocks that sapped the energy of the Chiefs.Taneo was named Finals MVP, which was a fitting tribute to his contributions to the school, which regained the title it last won two years ago. MOST READ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Perpetual Altas spikers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Dennis Abrina/UPHThroughout the final series, Perpetual needed to come from behind to stay afloat. On Thursday night, it went through the same route to finally finish on top.John Patrick Ramos buried a smash off a perfect quick set by graduating setter Junjun Taneo to complete an epic comeback against Arellano, 23-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-23, as the Altas claimed their 11th NCAA men’s volleyball crown.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Petron storms to early lead; F2 Logistics kicks off title defense with victory

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Defending champion F2 Logistics and Petron fashioned out victories over their respective rivals Saturday night in the Philippine Superliga-Chooks To Go Grand Prix at Santa Rosa Sports Center in Laguna.F2 trounced Cocolife, 25-21, 25-15, 25-16, to start its title-retention bid while Petron drubbed Cignal, 25-17, 8-25, 25-20, 25-17 to also bolster its own campaign.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Stalzer and Hurley, the duo that spearheaded Petron to the finals of last year’s Grand Prix, combined for 27 of the Blaze Spikers’ 44 attack points while providing leadership down the crucial stretch.“We had some troubles in the second set,” said Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos. “It’s good that we were able to recover and finish strong.”After trailing by two, 8-10, the vaunted floor defense of the Blaze Spikers conked out, allowing the HD Spikers to uncork 15 consecutive points and claim the second set, 25-8.But in the next set, Stalzer and Hurley connived in the attack zone to give Petron an early lead, 8-5, entering the first technical timeout.Petron took the early lead with a 2-0 card.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Statement game Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley combined forces to help the Blaze Spikers recovered from a disastrous second set.They both finished with 18 points each.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They really are a tough team,” said Stalzer of Cignal which fell to 1-1 record. “And it was good test for us.”Cignal’s Sonja Milanovic scored 23 points, while Jeane Horton added 20 for the HD Spikers. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH00:50Trending 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 Citylast_img read more

Marinerong Pilipino continues to stay afloat, tops Wangs

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Gabriel paced Wangs Basketball with 19 points and five rebounds, while Michael Juico got 17 markers, four boards, and three assists in the defeat.The Couriers ended their campaign at 5-5, still with a chance to advance to the quarterfinals, but their fate would largely depend on the fortunes of the other teams which are still in the playoff race.The Scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 83 – Isip 29, Lopez 12, Alabanza 9, Iñigo 8, Sargent 8, Subido 7, Moralde 5, Marata 4, Javelona 1, Javillonar 0.WANGS BASKETBALL 82 – Gabriel 19, Juico 17, Herndon 15, Tayongtong 11, Habelito 6, Montemayor 6, Sorela 4, Ambulodto 2, Arambulo 2, Bitoon 0, De Chavez 0, Riley 0.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ 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 “Clearly, it was the grace of God. It was our faith that gave us the positive attitude that even though we’re down by 13 in the last four minutes, we didn’t waive and kept on believing that God will help us,” said coach Koy Banal, as the Skippers battled back from an 80-67 deficit with 4:46 to play.Mark Isip led the Marinerong Pilipino fightback as he dropped eight of his 29 points in the fourth period, while also grabbing nine rebounds and three steals.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 starsLopez added 12 markers, eight boards, and three assists, JR Alabanza had none points and five rebounds, and Sargent just missed out on a double-double with his eight markers, nine boards, four assists, and four blocks.The Skippers continued their late rally in the homestretch of the eliminations as they coasted to their third straight win to level their standing at 4-4. LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Quarters: 12-18, 40-38, 63-69, 83-82.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Morado: We rely on every spiker who comes to the floor Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mark Isip. PBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino scored a huge 83-82 victory over Wangs Basketball to remain in the playoff hunt in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Julian Sargent found an open John Lopez for the go-ahead bucket with 27.6 seconds left, before the former La Salle forward made his imprint on the defensive end, halting Jon Gabriel’s potential game-winner in the waning seconds to seal the deal for his crew.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View commentslast_img read more

Eye catcher

first_imgUntainted by life’s experiences, Lucy Mathen, 57, is as fresh as a teenager out to change the world. A decade ago she founded Second Sight, a non-profit organisation that raises funds for cataract surgeries for the underprivileged. Not only did she find hope everyday, but also gave some to thousands,Untainted by life’s experiences, Lucy Mathen, 57, is as fresh as a teenager out to change the world. A decade ago she founded Second Sight, a non-profit organisation that raises funds for cataract surgeries for the underprivileged. Not only did she find hope everyday, but also gave some to thousands of people in vast parts of rural India- Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa, the worst affected cataract belt in the world.Ten years after its inception, Second Sight now has a database of 100 experienced eye surgeons from the UK and India, including herself. All of them volunteer to spend short periods of time in India, providing free surgery to the blind. True to her nature, adding a little spunk to her job was inevitable. Being a sports enthusiast, raising funds by running in the London Marathon was the obvious choice. “I hate the celebrity culture that dominates TV and the media, particularly when it impinges on humanitarian work. I believe it is deeply cynical to think that people will pay attention to social causes only through celebrities,” she says.But this was not what she started out to do. For Mathen, life came full circle with a dramatic twist of fate. A journalist for the first 15 years of her career, including a fairly long stint with the BBC, she went to Afghanistan in 1988 to shoot a documentary on women. It was there that she met a doctor and realised that he was risking his life to speak to them. “I suddenly felt like a bit of a fraud. That’s when I vowed that if I were ever in a war zone again, I would be a medic and not a reporter,” says Mathen. In 1989, she enrolled at the St. George’s Hospital Medical School, London. At 36, she was almost double the age of the average student in her class. But that did not deter her from becoming a doctor. “My mother is the greatest influence in my life. She has always taught me that one can achieve anything one wants to with a bit of determination.” And determined she was. Being a mother of a six-year-old, Leyla, and pregnant with her second child, Calum, Mathen finished her studies without a break thanks to her mother, who, like Mathen, never thought age should be a deterrent while choosing one’s path in life. “I think the toughest time for me was breast-feeding Calum during my term as a medical student. It was always a run for the only private room for doctors. But my fellow students would stand guard and firmly ask the doctors to stay out till I was done,” reminisces Mathen. While this was obviously not the easiest path to take, her husband, Mark Rees, an IT consultant, always motivated her to follow her heart. Studying medicine was just the beginning of a long journey. She went on to specialise in ophthalmology and her reason is simple. “The eye doctors I met seemed so much happier than the other specialists,” she says. But the going got tougher. While she was struggling to get surgical experience in her first ophthalmic job, she came to India to train in a surgical course. It was here that she encountered the magnitude of the problem. Even though she returned to England to work with the National Health Service, she knew she had to come back to contribute substantially towards eliminating cataract blindness.After four years, she returned and travelled extensively through the northern part of India. With 80 per cent of the country’s blind living in rural areas, she was shocked to see that most of the ophthalmologists were based in cities. “I found that there were many eye hospitals with the required equipment in place. What was missing were the surgeons.” After working in the rural areas of six northern states, she finally narrowed down her work to areas that were the most affected-rural Bihar and Orissa. On one of the busy days at the Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital, run by Mrityunjay Tiwari in Mastichak, Bihar, Second Sight’s main partner hospital in the region, she and Tiwari sat down and planned a target to eliminate blindness from certain parts of Bihar by October 14, 2010, which is also World Sight Day.Apart from being actively involved in eradicating cataract blindness, Mathen is also the catalyst behind the idea of the Akhand Jyoti Football Academy, a project that started as a whim but ended up doing a lot more than just teaching village girls how to play football. “A downside of getting older is that one’s peers seem to give up on team games. That is why I feel like I’m in heaven when I play football with the girls in Bihar,” says Mathen. In this area, where poverty drives the families to marry their daughters way before the legal age, this academy trains 60 girls (often malnourished) in lieu of a promise from their families to stave off their wedding age to nothing less than 21. The hospital also pays the tuition fee for their schooling apart from providing nutritious mid-day meals, English language and IT classes and an internship at the hospital.Women like Mathen, who carve out their own unique path in the world, lead by example and compel others to question their priorities. Passionate and driven, a vision like hers will help people look at the world in a new light.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Mary Kom wins Asian Cup Boxing gold

first_imgIndia’s five-time world champion M C Mary Kom (48kg) clinched her first gold medal of the year by finishing on top in the Asian Cup Women’s Boxing tournament in Haikou, China.Mary Kom beat Kim Myong Sim of North Korea 4-3 in the final of the Asian Cup Women’s Boxing tournament.The mother-of-two from Manipur claimed the gold after beating Asian champion Kim Myong Sim of North Korea 4-3 in the final.Playing her first tournament since her bronze medal at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, Mary Kom had made a place in the last two of her weight division after drubbing Kate Appari of Philippines.In the title clash she had to work hard as her North Korean opponent put up a stiff challenge.In the end though, it was the skill and agility of the world champion that came through as she went on to clinch the yellow metal, the Indian Boxing Federation said in a statement.However, he other Indian in fray, Pavitra (57kg) had to face defeat in the finals as she lost 6-11 to Tossamalee Thonalan of Thailand.Earlier in the tournament Neetu (60kg), Kavita Goyat (75kg), Laxmi Padiya (81kg) and Kavita Chahal (+81kg) earned bronze medals for their performance.With PTI inputslast_img read more

Ind vs Eng: England in driver’s seat post the drama

first_imgMatt Prior and Tim Bresnan are at crease as England lead by 374 runs with 4 wickets in hand against India at stumps on the 3rd day of the 2nd Test in Nottingham on Sunday. This was post Ian Bell’s ton and the drama following his run out and his recall. Score | PhotosDramatic – is the one word that would describe the third day’s play during the India vs England second Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.India’s last visit to Nottingham four years ago was marred by an England fielder (Ian Bell) placing jelly beans at the crease when Zaheer Khan batted.And it was no other that Ian Bell, famous for the jelly bean incident four years ago, who was the lead character in the dramatic turn of events that saw him go back, run out, and then come back in.The incident happened when Ian Bell was way past his century when a bizarre run out forced him to walk off.Bell was batting on 137 when his partner Eoin Morgan flicked the ball off Ishant Sharma to deep square leg where Praveen Kumar tried to save the ball.His effort was comical, but it gave India the wicket they wanted. Praveen Kumar cut the ball off, but thought that it had touched the ropes. However, the ball hadn’t.Praveen picked up and threw the ball back and by the time the ball arrived, the batsmen thought that it was tea and were no longer in their crease. Incidentally, the umpire hadn’t signalled a boundary or called it tea.advertisementThe bails were off and India were seen appealing for a run out even as the England batsmen were walking off.The run out call was upheld and Ian Bell was run out at tea with 137 runs against his name and England score read 254/4.Post tea in a move that will certainly ease the tension between the two teams, India skipper MS Dhoni decided to recall Bell.Finally, his innings did come to a close and on this occasion there was no drama in it. Deep into the third session, a short ball outside off by Yuvraj Singh took the top edge of his bat and VVS Laxman, the lone player at slips, took it nice and clean.Bell fell for 159 and there was no boos this time round when he walked back. But, it was his innings that put England in the driver’s seat.England started the day with an overnight total of 24/1, trailing by 43 runs in their second essay, with Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell at the crease.However their partnership was short-lived as India paceman S. Sreesanth scalped Andrew Strauss with skipper Dhoni performing the final honours behind the stumps. England lost their second wicket on 57.Even as India were fretting over getting Ian Bell out, a war of words broke between in the commentary box. It was between veterans Ravi Shastri and Nasser Hussain. The pitch had eased up considerably leaving little for the bowlers and soon Ian Bell went on to complete his half-century.At lunch, Bell (84) and Kevin Pietersen (20) were going steady and the England score was a good 130/2. England scored 106 runs in the first session losing just one wicket — that of Andrew Strauss.In the second session, Pietersen went on to complete his half-century and Bell completed his ton even as the India bowlers tried hard to figure out a way to end their stand.Finally after putting 162 runs for the third wicket, India managed to break their stand. A Sreesanth ball took a faint edge of Pietersen’s bat to land in skipper MS Dhoni’s gloves. Pietersen fell for 63 when and England lost their third wicket on 219.But that wasn’t the end of India’s misery for soon Bell got on with a partnership with new man Eoin Morgan. It was during their stand that the dramatic turn of event surrounding Bell came to pass.Bell’s innings did come to an end in the third session and this time there was no drama as Yuvraj got his first wicket of the series, when the star of the World Cup got his man on 159.Post Bell fall’s, Morgan didn’t last long and fell to Praveen Kumar on 70.Jonathan Trott who missed Saturday’s play owing to a shoulder injury, too fell cheaply to a Praveen Kumar delivery that kissed the batsman’s gloves to be taken by Rahul Dravid in the slips cordon.Matt Prior (64) and Tim Bresnan (47) were in the middle when stumps were draw on the third day.advertisementlast_img read more

Government on backfoot on CWG; Opposition moves privilege against Maken

first_imgThe government has gone on backfoot over the opposition onslaught over CWG issue. Soon after the BJP-led opposition moved privilege motion against Sports Minister Ajay Maken for allegedly misleading Parliament on Monday, the government went into a huddle.The Group of Ministers on Media, which was meeting over strategy, was to brief the media at a later stage on government’s response to the face crisis and logjam in the House.Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal met leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley.The government says that it will not accept the privilege motion. Bansal also asserted that the government is ready for a discussion over Maken’s statement blaming the previous NDA government for appointing Suresh Kalmadi as the OC chief. Meanwhile, facing the all-round fire, Maken remains defiant. He told Headlines Today that he stands by his statement in the House.As the government got busy devising a strategy, after repeated disruptions, both Houses were adjourned till Tuesday. There was pandemonium as soon as the two Houses met. The opposition demanded suspension of the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha to discuss the CAG report’s indictment of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. It moved a privilege motion in the Lok Sabha to discuss Maken’s statement that denied PMO’s role in Kalmadi’s appointment while documents show otherwise. BJP MP Tarun Vijay demanded that an FIR be registered against the Delhi CM in view of the CAG’s indictment.advertisementDid Maken misinform LS?So, did Maken misinform the Lok Sabha about PMO’s role in appointing Kalmadi as the CWG OC? Depite Maken’s assertions that the PMO had nothing to do with Kalmadi’s appointment, the facts point to a tacit complicity.The NDA had signed the host city agreement and the original bid document stipulated that the Organising Comiittee will be headed by a government nominee who will be the sports minister.The government nominee clause was deleted by the Kalmadi-led IOA’s updated bid document.Subsequently the IOA passed a resolution nominating Kalmadi as the chairman of the OC.Headlines Today also has documents to prove that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh himself had cleared the appointment of Kalmadi in December 2004.So who was behind Kalmadi’s free run at the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee? The CAG has found out that the PMO looked other way as CWG OC, along with his trusted aides, went about his dubious dealings.The government blamed the erstwhile NDA government for clearing his appointment and asserted that removing him would have led to losing the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Now it is becoming increasingly clear that Kalmadi deftly manipulated the system and changed key documents to get himself the top job at the CWG OC. The government too was complicit in the affair as it chose to ignore Kalmadi’s misdeeds.Headlines Today has learnt from sources that the May 2003 Games bid made it clear that a government nominee would head the Games panel.It is alleged that Kalmadi with the help of a senior bureaucrat later changed the bid document which removed the ‘government nominee’ clause. The bureaucrat later joined the OC at a hefty pay package. Later, Kalmadi-led IOA appointed him as the OC chairperson. In 2005, a Group of Ministers accepted IOA recommendation.last_img read more