Chooks’ Austin won’t back down in possible clash vs Blatche in Champions Cup

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCoach Chot Reyes is well aware of how good Andray Blatche is, being Gilas Pilipinas’ naturalized player for the better half of the past three years.One player in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas who hasn’t seen the 31-year-old in action first hand, though, is Isaiah Austin.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I’ve seen a lot of his games and I know his style of play. He’s a very crafty player, a very good post player. Whenever I can, I study film of a lot of players and I can definitely learn a lot of things from watching him play,” he said.Austin will be tasked to steer Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 10-team tournament in Chenzhou, China from September 22 to 30. /idl Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES MOST READ But that doesn’t mean that the import, who is also a prospective naturalization candidate for the Philippines, will back down against the seasoned Blatche.“I’m excited,” said the 23-year-old. “It’s always exciting to be able to go against great competition, but as a basketball player, I was thought to never back down from anybody. When it comes time for us to match up, I’m gonna play hard, that’s all I can do.”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 shutoutThere’s a high chance that Blatche’s Xinjiang Flying Tigers will meet Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup if the two teams make it past the group stages.Austin, however, said that Chooks should have no fear in the continental club tourney if it finds itself in a collision course against Blatche. NBA: Ex-teammate Kanter on Durant’s Twitter comments: ‘It’s just really sad’ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

LeBron won’t tell All-Star order, jokes Westbrook last pick

first_imgRead Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “Probably dead last,” Love said, joking.“Kev would say that,” James said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCleveland’s All-Stars will indeed play together in the Feb. 18 game after James selected his teammate — and former Cavs guard Kyrie Irving — to join him on a squad that will face a team featuring Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in Los Angeles.As the top two vote-getters, James and Curry were named captains and selected their teams for the All-Star game, which the league has acknowledged needs a jolt of excitement, intrigue and intensity following some lackluster affairs. Last year, the West won 192-182 in a game devoid of defense or much competitiveness. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Celtics guard Marcus Smart injures hand hitting picture frame MOST READ Westbrook scored a season-high 46 points on Thursday night against Washington after seeing a list in which he was the final name, not realizing it was alphabetical.James repeated his belief that the league should televise the draft going forward. In the meantime, he’s hoping to put on a good show for fans.“We’ve got a good team,” he said of a squad Love feels would go 82-0 in the regular season. “We’re looking forward to competing. That’s what the fans want. A lot of people are very excited about the game because of the draft. There was a lot of excitement I heard about on social media and things on television. It’s up to us to go out and actually put the product on the floor now and give the fans what they want.”Love had posted on Twitter that he hoped to be All-Star teammates with Thompson, whom he has known since they were kids.So will he ask for a trade?“No, no, no,” he said, laughing. “That was all surface level and myself going way back with their family and growing up in Portland together. We’ve got that Little League Baseball photo together. My dad used to take photos all the time, so pictures of us growing up and playing in the backyard, so it’s fun.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 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 Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James warms up for an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in San Antonio. James is 7 points away from hitting the 30,000 mark for his career. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James wouldn’t reveal the order he drafted players for his All-Star team.Kevin Love had an idea when he was chosen.ADVERTISEMENT James, who will be playing in his 14th consecutive All-Star game, nabbed Warriors star Kevin Durant with his first pick. But he wouldn’t divulge how the rest of the draft unfolded or the reasons for taking certain players.“I drafted according to best players available, filling out my roster,” James said, sounding like an NBA general manager. “I picked, Steph picked and my next available guy was there. He took the next one, so I had to go down to who I wanted next. At some point I’ll tell you all about the draft, but it won’t be here.”Before the draft, speculation swirled about whether James would take Irving, his former teammate who requested a trade this summer after reaching three consecutive Finals in Cleveland.James didn’t say when he took Irving, but like Love, he joked about his final pick.“The only thing I know for sure is that Russ (Thunder star Russell Westbrook), went last,” James said of the reigning league MVP. “He’s crazy.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Marcelino stars as Lyceum advances to PCCL Finals

first_imgCameroonian slotman Mike Nzeusseu contributed 13 markers and 15 boards, while MJ Ayaay got 12 points for Lyceum, which managed to advance despite playing its sixth game in seven days, including its stint in the PBA D-League under the banner of Zark’s Burger.“For us, it’s about ‘yung perseverance and grit,” said Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson. “This is our fourth game in four days and it really is going to take a lot to be mentally tough. We can’t find any excuse because we know the other team is also tired.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMarcelino triggered the Pirates’ 33-17 outburst to turn a close 35-30 halftime advantage into a decisive 68-47 lead early in the fourth quarter and never look back.The Pirates now await their date in the championship game between rival and NCAA champs San Beda and UAAP titlist Ateneo later in the day. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Ryan Costelo paced San Sebastian with 15 points.The scores:LYCEUM 82 — Jc. Marcelino 24, Nzeusseu 13, Ayaay 12, Perez 11, Ibanez 10, Tansingco 7, Caduyac 2, Jv. Marcelino 2, Cinco 0, Santos 0, Serrano 0.SAN SEBASTIAN 69 — Costelo 15, Capobres 12, Bulanadi 9, David 8, Navarro 6, Calisaan 5, Ilagan 5, Cosari 4, Baytan 3, Baetiong 2, Calma 0, Dela Cruz 0, Valdez 0, Mercado 0.Quarters: 19-20, 35-30, 61-47, 82-69.ADVERTISEMENT PH kiteboarding hopes to get nat’l attention by winning YOG medal Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates02:06Lyceum Pirates on being NCAA ‘dark horse’: We always want to better ourselves01:29Police 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 Read Next Jaycee Marcelino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJaycee Marcelino showed the way as Lyceum booked a spot in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Finals with an 82-69 victory over San Sebastian in the crossover semifinals Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The reigning NCAA Rookie of the Year finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds to carry the Pirates to another win.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

San Miguel gets back-to-back wins ahead of final elims game

first_imgSan Miguel also chalked up their first win streak since beginning the conference at 5-0. Despite the win, Beermen head coach Leo Austria said he was dissatisfied with how his team allowed itself to be lambasted in the first half after the 2-9 Elite took a 72-56 lead after the second quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We were down by 16 points and that 16-point lead forced us to work hard,” said Austria. “I think that game was the scariest game I’ve experienced this season. We were down and everybody from our opponent had the momentum and wanted to upset us.”“The players realized they have to work hard. We have talent but talent alone cannot win games, you need to work hard.” NBA: LeBron James bares ownership aspiration upon retirement BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds San Miguel gained its composure late in the third when it capped off a blistering 27-9 run with Alex Cabagnot giving the Beermen an 83-81 lead with 3:52 remaining in the period.Charles Rhodes had a game-high 32 points to lead San Miguel while three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo had 28 points and seven rebounds.Marcio Lassiter not only provided the offensive punch but also the defensive tenacity when he finished with 21 points, six rebounds, and eight steals for the Beermen.Greg Smith led the Elite with 21 points and 22 boards.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP 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 BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast PBA IMAGESSan Miguel bagged a second straight victory in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup after fending off Blackwater, 124-113, Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome. The Beermen, who have yet to play their final game, improved to 8-2 to tie Ginebra and Star but the Hotshots will play their last game later in the evening. ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

Contingents satisfied with CWG arrangement, pull outs continue

first_imgThe relentless scathing criticism around the crisis-hit Commonwealth Games on Tuesday waned with top sporting nations Australia and England leading a stream of contingents in expressing satisfaction at the arrangements in the village even as star pull-outs continued.New Zealand, one of the countries which raised a strong pitch on the issue of cleanliness, also expressed satisfaction with the condition at the Village while neighbouring Pakistan also took a U-turn after its initial complaints on Monday.Sensing the positive buzz in the controversy-marred Games, Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi asserted that all the 71 participating nations have reposed full faith in them to pull off a spectacular show.”Three thousand athletes and officials have already entered, many (visitors) are coming and returning home satisfied. Let me tell you that all the 71 participating nations have full confidence that we will do it well.””Notwithstanding the controversy and all the bad publicity that has come out, I want to make it clear that the Commonwealth Games infrastructure is fully ready… the Games Village is in place,” Kalmadi said.However, top athletes continued to pull out of the Games, already hit hard by star withdrawals.South African world champion 800m runner Mbulaeni Mulaudzi today became the latest high-profile athlete to pull out of Commonwealth Games due to injury while English tennis player Richard Bloomfield also decided to skip the event.Mulaudzi, who won men’s 800m gold in the Berlin World Championships last year and a silver winner in the 2004 Athens Olympics, has a nagging back injury problem.advertisementAnother South African and women’s 800m world champion, Caster Semenya will take a decision on her participation in the Games following a back injury.Australia, which has been severely critical of the Games arrangements, today said they are satisfied over the preparations and sought to downplay the remarks of its Prime Minister Julia Gillard cautioning her countrymen while travelling in India.Three days after India took exception to Gillard’s comments with regard to security here, High Commissioner Peter Varghese said, “I don’t think we should read too much into it” as she only stated the “factual material” in the travel advisory.He said Australian authorities are “impressed” with the “strong commitment” and “vigour” on the part of organisers with regard to security arrangements.     Australian Chef-de-Mission Steve Moneghetti said his country’s athletes earlier had some doubts about the conditions at the Village but were pleasantly surprised after checking-in at their accommodations.”There were some doubts regarding the condition at the Village before coming but our athletes have been pleasantly surprised after the feel of the arena themselves. There has been no problem as such. We are happy with the residential tower, training facilities and dinning area. Our team is arriving in batches. Some have arrived and some will check into the Games Village in the next 48 hours,” he said.England, whose first batch of athletes were put up in city hotels initially before checking into the Village after the cleaning works in their residential zone were over, said they are “reasonably satisfied” with the facilities at the Games Village.”This is not a five star … it is reasonable three star and athletes are fine with that,” England’s Chief-de Mission, Craig Hunter said.One of the New Zealand coaches, Dave Edwards said his country’s athletes have no complaints after their first night in the Village.”Obviously, there’s been a bit of work over the past few days, but as far as we’re concerned, it’s fine. There’s a little bit of dust and some poor finishing with plaster and paint and things like that, but we’re very happy with what we’ve got,” he said.”Our flats are roomy and spacious in that regard and the rest of the Village is all fine. The dining hall is excellent,” he added.A day after complaining about the arrangements at the Games Village, Pakistan High Commissioner Shahid Malik took a U-Turn and expressed satisfaction at the facilities, saying most of his country’s athletes will check in at the 63.5 acre sprawling complex here tomorrow.”We are quite satisfied with the facilities and the credit for this goes to Delhi chief minister Shiela Dikshit, who has taken personal interest,”Malik said.”Pakistan has never raised any security issue and never did they say that they are not willing to stay at the village.We are satisfied with the security and 90 per cent of our athletes are coming tomorrow and the rest will be coming in a day or two,” he said.His Bangladesh counterpart Tarik A Karim also gave thumbs up to the arrangements and said athletes from his country will arrive here on Thursday.Meanwhile, foreign contingents continue to check-in at the Village with around 3000 athletes and officials from 46 countries having given accommodation at the 63.5 hectare sprawling campus.advertisementAnother 850 foreign athletes and officials are arriving the national capital on Tuesday.-With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

It’s Geek to me

first_imgGadgets, innovations, the internet and moreIPod NanoTechnically, a Nano review shouldn’t be more than 140 characters. We’ll make it even nano-er. “Looks Good. Works Great. Not Edible. Buy. www.apple.com”Takara TomyRemember those Spiderman 3D comics that came along with stereoscopic glasses? Excellent memory! Now, here’s a camera that will surely accelerate that geriatric feeling. Takara Tomy has this delightful US$ 70, 3D camera. No fancy features, just a 0.3 MP(!) basic camera that shoots 3D images on to a SD Card which needs to be printed out; before being viewed through a viewer. Basically, you’re shooting two images which look like cool 3D when seen through a stereoscopic viewer. Bag this if you’re heading Japan-side.Samsung S2Very soon, you will be overwhelmed with words like USB 3.0–it is a fast way of exchanging data between the hard drive and the computer. You need to have two USB 3.0. compatible devices to enjoy that luxury of speed. OK! Class over. Now, here’s our Korean friend with some shiny wares that sport USB 3.0! The Samsung S2 Portable range of hard drives are USB 3.0 enabled, have a 7,200 rpm hard drive and are just 2.5 inches thick. These land in Europe and US this month. Choose between 320 GB and 640 GB. www.samsung.comZotacIf you’re a fan of well designed computers but ain’t too keen about those Macs, here’s Zotac’s ZBox line of PCs with an integrated Blu-Ray drive. If plain looks ain’t killing it for you, this one is powered by an Intel Atom processor at 1.8 Ghz, 2 GB RAM, a NVIDIA Ion graphics platform and carries along a HDMI port, b/g/n Wifi, USB 2.0 ports and surprisingly USB 3.0 ports too! The shining star in the arsenal is surely the integrated Blu-Ray drive. No news on the cost yet, but expect to raise an eyebrow considering this has Blu-Ray in an admirable package. www.zotac.comNikon S8100Aah Nikon. Another of those proper nouns which mortals can never seem to pronounce right. This time, they’re in the spotlight with his rather dapper camera. The S8100 joins the Coolpix family with a muscle power of 14.2 MP and a light sensitivity of ISO 3200. Adding to the ogle factor is 1080p recording and multi-coloured hues to choose from. With features like these, you cannot blame the camera for bad pictures. Spill US$ 300 for one of these and head to www.nikon.com for the buy!Pico ProjectorDon’t be a pedant! You know that Pico is a smaller unit than a Nano; so don’t ask why a Philips Pico Projector is larger than a Nano. For the uninitiated, a Pico Projector is a pocket projector designed to impose pictures and media on unsuspecting co-passengers. So, the PPX 1430 is a tiny Philips projector that accepts content from SD cards and spits out projections at 800 X 600 & 400:1 contrast! Damages begin from 199 pieces of European silver. www.philips.comadvertisementlast_img read more

Ashwini wants to win more medals

first_imgIn a matter of two months Ashwini Akkunji has shot to stardom with a brilliant performance at the Commonwealth Games in the Capital which was followed by two gold medals at the Asian Games.Her overwhelming success at the Commonwealth Games even forced the women’s relay coach to persuade the Karnataka athlete to pull out of the 400m hurdles but Ashwini did not cave in under pressure and emerged with flying colours in Guangzhou.Ashwini scripted India’s most memorable Asian Games campaign with two gold medals – 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay – in athletics but the feeling is yet to sink in for the lanky hurdler. “The past two months have been just unbelievable for me and I can’t believe what I have achieved,” Ashwini told MAIL TODAY on Monday.While a gold in the women’s 4x400m relay was predicted well before the Asian Games but the pole position in 400m hurdles came as a huge surprise even for Ashwini. “I thought I was good enough to get a medal in 400m hurdles but honestly, I never thought I would outsprint a strong field to get a gold.”But Ashwini had her strategy planned and executed it brilliantly although there were jitters before the start of her race. “Just when I was about to start my race, I went completely blank but I regained my focus well before it was too late,” she recalled.”Hurdle race is something where you have to be self dependent. I made sure that I don’t look around my opponents during the race because if someone hits the hurdle it can affect your concentration.advertisement”But I had my strategy in place which I employed to good effect and the result was there for everyone to see,” she added.However, Ashwini’s brilliant sprint in the penultimate lap of 4x400m at the Commonwealth Games could have robbed India of a valuable gold. “Our relay coach was a little concerned about my fitness so he asked me to concentrate on the relay even and skip the hurdles event.”But I wanted to test myself in hurdles as well and was optimistic about my chances of winning at least a medal. So I decided to participate in both the races,” she said.While the accolades are flowing from all corners for Ashwini, she does not want to rest on her laurels. She feels the need to improve her timing if she has to make her presence felt at the Olympics and World Championships.”I know what I have achieved but there is still a lot to be done before I become a prominent name worldwide. I have to work more on improving my speed and and will get back to my training soon.”With London Olympics in 2012 being the ultimate goal for her, Ashwini wants to approach the event well prepared and is targeting Asian Championships in July and the World Championships in August next year as her next big stop.”The London Olympics is not too far and I have to be in good shape to get a medal there. The Asian Championships in Japan next year will test my mettle which will be followed by the Worlds in August. “So I will get back to training sooner than what I had expected but I need to keep up my fitness as well,” she noted.But at the moment, Ashwini can do nothing but savour her success with her relatives and neighbours in Kundapura Taluk, Karnataka who are waiting to welcome their star athlete. “I have been getting phone calls regularly ever since I landed in Delhi last night and people back home are eagerly waiting for my return.”I guess they have planned a massive celebration for me and I can understand their emotions. But for me, rest is all what I need at the moment.” But the journey to success hasn’t been that easy for Ashwini who took up athletics in 2000 as her father saw a lot of promise in her.”I used to run in school and was fairly quick but it was after my father suggested me to take up athletics that I took it seriously.” “We used to see PT Usha and Shiny Wilson in those days and they were a great source of inspiration for me,” she pointed.last_img read more

‘Sachin deserves Bharat Ratna’

first_imgDescribing Sachin Tendulkar as worthy recipient of the Bharat Ratna award, sportspersons from different disciplines lend their voice to confer the iconic batsman with the country’s highest civilian honour.”It is the government that has to decide whether he (Tendulkar) should be given the award or not but as far as I am concerned, he definitely deserves the accolades. He has made every Indian proud,” said ace shooter and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Gagan Narang.”Sachin is playing since the time when many of the current generation Indian cricket players were not even born and still his hunger for runs has not diminished, which is quite remarkable,” the shooter added.Star boxer Vijender Singh who won the gold medal at last month’s Asian Games at Guangzhou, China said, “Players like Sachin are born once in a millennium. His game has improved with age. He should be conferred with the Bharat Ratna for his achievements.””We all take inspiration from Sachin. He has a unique way of replying his critics with the bat. I have met him on numerous occasions and it is difficult to find a person as humble as him,” Singh mentioned.Karnataka’s Ashwini Akkunji was also in favour of the government bestowing Tendulkar with the Bharat Ratna award.The athlete who clinched a pair of gold medals in 4X400 metre relay and 400m hurdles at Guangzhou Games said, “Sachin has given numerous happy moments to his countrymen. Despite being so successful he is very down-to-earth, which is quite inspiring.”advertisement”Watching him play motivates us to do well for our country on consistent basis,” the athlete added.Earlier chess champion Viswanathan Anand, melody queen Lata Mangeshkar and world cup winning captain Kapil Dev also asked the government to honour the star cricketer with the prestigious award.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Hotsheet

first_imgDesign, drama, decor- The top picks for the spring fling.Mathaf’s education wing will host academic, adult and family programmesDesert roseDoha opens its doors to the world with this brand new artholic’s paradise. The Mathaf (pronounced Mat-haff, which means ‘museum’ in Arabic) is the Arab Museum of Modern Art, which aims to contribute to the cultural landscape of the Middle East and the Arab diaspora. Installed in a 59,000 sq-ft former school building, this temporary space has been redesigned by French architect Jean-Francois Bodin.The museum’s collection of more than 6,000 works represents major trends and sites of production of modern Arab art, spanning the 1840s to the present. A permanent site for the museum will be revealed at a later date. The inaugural exhibition Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art features works of more than 100 artists and represents the pivotal experiments in aesthetics. The exhibition acknowledges the multiplicity of experiences that form the context of Arab modern art. Is Charles Saatchi visiting?Design: Silver liningSilversmiths Christofle has collaborated with top American designer Karim Rashid for a special collection that was presented at the “Maison et Objets” Fair, in Paris last month. The limited edition of trend setting novelties comprising centre tables and other luxe accessories will showcase the expertise, craftsmanship and immense talent of the two creative giants.Fragrance: Makes scentKnown for its scintillating fragrance bottles, Bond No 9’s new chandelierinspired bottle for Swarovski will dazzle you. The Chandelier Amphora is a bottle decked with faceted, chandelier-sized beads. Price: $2,500 (Rs 1.11 lakh). Rock on.Sex: Thrill seekersThe best presents are those that bring uninhibited pleasure anytime, anywhere. And that’s exactly what Made to Pleasure, a new online boutique, set up by two Londonbased designers, offers. It creates luxuriously crafted and exquisite to use pleasure toys for women. And the best part: for the first time, each of these erotic toys are completely customisable to suit each woman’s individual desires. With a team of 30+ testers, the company’s design team has created the Bespoke Boutique, an interactive design tool to allow women to craft something totally unique that’s perfect just for them. Besides this, the company also offers a range of six gorgeous Off The Peg toys, each developed specifically to suit various body types and preferences. Happy Valentine’s day folks.Watch: Happy hourLuxury handbag and accessories maker Bottega Veneta released its first watch, the BVX. Subtlety is at play with this horological masterpiece as well. The 41mm matte brown dial contains no branding while the watch strap is in the same intrecciato weave as many of the brand’s bags. Equipped with Girard-Perregaux’s GP4500 automatic movement with a gold rotor, the watch is priced at $14,600 (Rs 6.52 lakh). Promises to be the new tock of the town.Automobiles: Hot wheelsAt the Detroit Auto Show last month, the Mini introduces its new Sports Activity Coupe concept, dubbed the Paceman. The car embodies the fundamental Mini DNA but combines dynamic capability with cutting edge technology and an innovative new body concept. It is also the most expensive Mini car to date, starting at Rs 15.27 lakh. The Mini Paceman has been developed to fit Mini’s most powerful engine under its bonnet- think 1.6-litre twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 211 HP of torque. The car is expected to go under production in 2011. Va va vroom.CalendarDates that mean something.The world crafts council is organising a convention titled Abushan: Design-Dialogues in Jewellery in Delhi. Craftspersons from Asia, Europe, Latin America and the US will come together and showcase their work at the convention. February 4-6.Get ready to seefall’s most beautiful collections at the Mercedes Benz fashion week in New York. Held at the Lincoln Centre, the Big Apple is abuzz with the world’s top designers defining the top trends for the winter ahead. February 10-17.The espace culturel at Louis Vuitton in Paris will showcase an exhibition titled, Somewhere Else, that offers a new variation on the theme of travel as envisioned by 17 popular artists. February 11 to May 8.TalkThe what, where, when and who of everything that matters.Tokyo trail: Fashion house Cerruti has been bought by Chinese menswear business, Trinity, for the princely sum of Rs 314 crore. Trinity, which holds the license to distribute Cerruti 1881 menswear in Greater China, is to buy the group from US private equity business Matlin Patterson.Tokyo trail: Jil Sander, a name synonymous with a particularly pure and understated type of fashion, will open its second store in Tokyo. The minimalist fashion label spearheaded by Raf Simons has a huge fan base in Japan, especially after its collaboration with the no-frills fast fashion Japanese chain, Uniqlo.Couture carousel: One hundred pieces of exquisite haute couture designs by Italian maestro, Valentino Garavani, will be displayed at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), Singapore. The exhibition, Valentino Retrospective: Past/Present/Future, has been developed by Paris’ celebrated institution, Les Arts Dcoratifs, and will feature sumptuous couture looks from the founder’s early designs to present-day creations by current creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli. Until February 13.Blender’s prideThe 30-year-old Brazilian bombshell, Gisele Bundchen has become the new face of Balenciaga. The new S/S 2011 ad campaign for the Spanish haute house is shot by the acclaimed photographer, Steven Meisel. The shoot portrays Bundchen as a punk-chic beauty wearing a pair of black pants teamed with a polka dot sleeveless shirt. A stylish blue-andblack vest over the shirt adds a glamourous element to the whole look. Here is a sneak peek.Watch this spaceTo celebrate the 80th anniversary of its iconic Reverso watch, Jaeger-LeCoultre is launching the Virtual Museum. Since 1931, owners have made Reversos uniquely their own by having the protective caseback engraved. Reverso owners can earn a place in the history of this watch and the brand by submitting images of their personalised Reversos for possible inclusion in the museum’s curated collection. Those owners who want to share their story must register with the Virtual Museum curator, who will display the watch, and its story, in one of the many exhibition rooms, making it a part of the rich Jaeger-LeCoultre history.Safety in styleWhen German car giant, Volkswagen, wanted to launch Style, a special-edition package for its Golf and Polo models, guess who they got as brand ambassador? None other than fellow citizen Karl Lagerfeld. Makes sense. Known for his precision and leniency towards modernism with a traditional twist-aesthetics similar to Volkswagen’s, it does seems like a perfect match.Homme improvementJimmy Choo will be launching a collection of dress shoes, moccasins, casual biker boots, sneakers and evening slippers for men after almost nine years. The F/W 2011 collection of footwear for fellows will be produced in Italy, with the initial distribution limited to 30 men’s specialty stores and department stores worldwide.Chic collaborationIt’s a singular collaboration between two legends. Swimwear and lingerie house Eres has designed Longchamp’s first bikini and in exchange the leather goods house known for its beautiful luggage and handbags has loaned its popular Le Pliage silhouette to Eres’ new beach tote. The swimsuit in rosepetal prints in fuchsia and yellow is priced at Rs 17,085 while the nylon patent leather bag in navy or white is valued at $230 (`10,287). But the look of passers-by when you wear the swimsuit and carry the bag to the beach: priceless!The spice cellar: Yellow is goldAwine is liquid philosophy that effortlessly flows from the bottle right into our minds. At least that is what most connoisseurs maintain, but the trouble is that most wines that we taste, no matter how expensive or revered, we just don’t find that ‘thing’ happening to us. It is as if the wine prefers to be selective about who she speaks to and we seem to fall in the category worthy of being restrained distantly. Usually, for amateurs I always suggest a sweet wine as a good starting point. From thereon I can chart an entire course of wines for the person to try, which would keep them busy in their voyage of discovery.But what do I suggest to someone who has tasted more wines than the average winemaker in India? How do I enthral someone who has developed an ennui even with the fabulous wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy? This is how: I say, try a Yellow Wine from Jura. Actually, let’s just call it Vin Jaune (pronounced ‘van jshon’). Yellow wine is just not classy. But Vin Jaune is, and how! This is a very special wine. It is made in the Eastern reaches of France, where the white Savagnin grape, once harvested (a tad later than usual to ensure higher sugar levels) is made into wine (which isn’t all that to taste then) and put into barrels. There it is forgotten for a minimum period of six years and three months. Forgotten, as in, not touched, or tinkered with. All this time, the wine just sits there in the barrel. Some of it evaporates over time, lost to the atmosphere forever, a loss that is referred to as the Angels’ Share.But this evaporation leaves a void in its place, where a thin layer of yeast settles on the surface of the wine. This layer will part-oxidise the wine but also part-protect it, giving it a nutty and an uncannily toasty flavour. In fact, it can be much likened to the Fino style of Sherry but the difference is that unlike them, Vin Jaune is not fortified. It is naturally so in taste and texture.In the end we have 62 per cent of original volume (calculated per litre) remaining and hence this is the one wine in the world that is bottled in 620 ml bottles (called Clavelins), as opposed to the regular 750 ml. The final wine is a deep yellow in colour, with a pronounced dry-fruit range of aromas, a certain crispness nevertheless, and a finish that can easily outlast a conversation with a pretty girl.This style of wine is made in very few selective parts of the world, even in France, and even within the region, few people drink it as much. Which then takes exclusivity and connoisseurship points to a platinum high.Add to that the fact that they can easily age for a solid part of two decades (and rarely recommended before the end of a decade), this wine should be smart enough for the most intellectual among us.-Magandeep Singhadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img

Team India was ‘not ready mentally’ reveals Dhoni

first_imgJust five days before India play the World Cup opener against Bangladesh, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has sprung a big surprise by saying that the “mindset” of his team was not into the warm-up game against Australia due to its hectic schedule.Dhoni also said, again rather surprisingly, that he and his team was not ready for the warm-up game, which India eventually won by 38 runs in Bangalore on Sunday, but not before a middle order collapse. India lost five wickets for just 37 runs, before Yusuf Pathan, R Ashwin and Ashish Nehra saved the team further embarrassment.”The mindset was not really there. Mentally, we were not ready, that’s one of the reasons why we couldn’t bat well,” Dhoni told reporters after India defeated World Cup holders at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. “Of course, for the warm-up game, mentally it was very difficult to prepare yourself,” he said.More than anything, what was more surprising was the timing of Dhoni’s comments.Is it that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) informed Dhoni and the team about the warm-up game “suddenly”? It just can’t be, as the warm-up schedule was declared by the International Cricket Council in August last year.It was also announced that each team will play two matches each, that the games will not have an official ODI status, and that the venues will be Bangalore, Chennai, Chittagong, Colombo, Dhaka, Nagpur and Pallekele.Or is it that Dhoni is insuring his team in case of a poor performance? Well, that is a matter of conjecture as the Indian team has been playing well lately, if Sunday’s batting performance is discounted.”If you play 35-odd One-Day Internationals in a year and 10 Test matches and 45 days of the IPL (Indian Premier League) and the Champions League T20, then all of a sudden you hear there’s a warm-up game, it’s a very difficult scenario to mentally prepare yourself for the game which really reflected on the field,” Dhoni said.The BCCI, while admitting that the international schedule is indeed hectic and tight, said that if someone is tired he can rest by all means.”It’s true that the international calendar is hectic, with back-to-back series being scheduled. But nobody is forcing you to play. If you are tired, then inform the board and take rest. That’s the board’s policy,” Rajeev Shukla, a BCCI vice-president and its spokesman, told Mail Today.”It is because of the hectic schedule, the players’ base has been enlarged. This bank has been created to rotate players. When anyone is tired he can take rest after informing the board,” he explained. In reality, the rotation policy is only on paper; even Dhoni has admitted several times that the rotation policy is difficult to implement in India.It is also a fact that Dhoni, along with Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, and Zaheer Khan, play all three formats – Tests, ODIs and T20. There are several other players, like Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina, who play two formats regularly. So, tired they would be, considering the constant travelling they have to do.There’s no denying that Dhoni has the added responsibility of captaining the team in all formats, and it is extremely energy sapping, what with the constant pressure of expectations. It’s commendable that he retains his cool at most times.So, why did Dhoni utter those words? Was he taking pot shots at someone in the BCCI? It cannot be said with certainty. And, if he indeed intended to do that, it is not clear as yet. India play one more warm-up, against New Zealand on Wednesday in Chennai.advertisementlast_img read more

Sri Lanka vs Canada: Jayawardene scores ton as Sri Lanka win by 210 runs

first_imgSri Lanka beat Canada by 210 runs in their opening match of the World Cup at the Mahinda Rajapaksha International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota on Sunday. ScoreSri Lanka opener Mahela Jayawardene scored the fastest century for Sri Lanka in a World Cup match reaching the figure in 81 balls and even forged a 179-run third wicket partnership with captain Kumar Sangakkara as the hosts put 332/7 on board.As was expected the 333-run target proved too much for the Canadians, a minnows in the tournament, who got out for 122.In fact they lost their opener John Davison on the first ball of their innings with Thisara Perera claiming his wicket, clean bowled. Four overs the Canadians were 12/3.Canada skipper Ashish Bagai tried hard to salvage but failed and could only manage to score 22 before Perera claimed him as well. Canada score at this stage was 53-5.Post his dismissal, Rizwan Cheema too waged a lone battle putting a hard-fought 37 before the veteran offie Muttiah Muralitharan struck to send him back even as the Canadians were reeling on 103/8.Cheema’s 37, the individual highest score for Canada, came of 35 balls and included four boundaries and one over the fence shot. Sri Lanka innings Sri Lanka opener Mahela Jayawardene and skipper Kumar Sangakkara put on 179 runs for the third wicket as the hosts scored 332/7.Earlier, in a repeat of what happened during the India versus Bangladesh match, a horrible mix-up saw Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga walk back on 19. On Saturday it was Sachin Tendulkar and today it was Upul Tharanga who got run out on 19 when the Sri Lanka score was 63.advertisementThen it was the turn of the second opener Tillakaratne Dilshan to take a walk. Dilshan holed out to deep cover off Rizwan Cheema and paid the price as John Davison claimed a fine catch. He fell for 50 and Sri Lanka fell to 88/2 in 20th over.Post Dilshan’s fall, Lankan opener Mahela Jayawardene and skipper Kumar Sangakkara got on to build a major partnership. The two played easily putting on 179 runs for the third wicket before Sangakkara fell to John Davison on 92. He missed his ton by eight runs as Davison took a fine catch off his own bowling.However, Jayawardene managed to complete his ton. And no sooner did he complete it that he too fell. He got across the line and went for a big hit off Davison, but ended up giving a catch to Balaji Rao at shot fine leg. He got out for a 100 as Sri Lanka score read 276/4 in 44 overs.Post Jayawardene’s dismissal the Sri Lankans lost more wickets but kept the scoreboard ticking and finally they put on 332/7 in 50 overs.last_img read more

Family values more important for India’s youth today: Survey

first_imgNet SavvyThere’s a lovely moment in the sunny Pyaar Ke Side Effects, a chick flick for guys that came out last year. Rahul Bose is dancing with a barely-clad babe, until she says she has to go home. Work tomorrow, asks Bose’s over-30, self-consciously cool DJ. No, board exams, shoots,Net SavvyThere’s a lovely moment in the sunny Pyaar Ke Side Effects, a chick flick for guys that came out last year. Rahul Bose is dancing with a barely-clad babe, until she says she has to go home. Work tomorrow, asks Bose’s over-30, self-consciously cool DJ. No, board exams, shoots back the under-18 girl. As a comedic scene, it is superb, but as a cultural comment it is priceless.While the media-industrial-political complex assumes the imagined young adults of urban India are writhing on the dance floor in some cheap imitation of a Bollywood dance move, the real demographic-to-die-for is lying curled up in bed, the TV full on, the mobile within reach and the laptop wired up on the desk downloading an i Tune. The newspaper has been read (as it should be, front page first), the studies are being done, and in the next room, dinner with the family is a shout away.Leisure ActivityBy 2015, nearly six out of every ten Indians will have been born post-liberalisation. Currently, 47 per cent of India’s population is under 20-by 2015, according to MindShare Insights, it will be 55 per cent. It’s cool to be young in youthful India today. But it may also be a curious case of mistaken identity.As much consumed as they consume, young Indians (defined in the INDIA TODAY-AC Nielsen-ORG MARG survey of 2007 as those between 18 and 30) visit temples, do not frequent discotheques and pubs, and would like to live in joint families even after they are married. Their homes are their haven (especially if they are fortunate to have their own personal space), their cellphone is their social networker, and the only thing that gets them out of the door is a good movie.advertisementThey are inhabitants of their own private placid planets where study time is juggled with work, and if they are married, work is juggled with family time. There is no counter-culture here of rebelling against the system-they cannot. Their parents, who epitomise it, are their biggest enablers, and the system that occasionally stalls them is also eminently negotiable. Can’t get into a good college in the city, they switch to a correspondence course.The job doesn’t fit your cost-benefit analysis (X amount of hard work should yield 2X amount of big bucks), quit, there’s always another one. The boyfriend doesn’t pass muster with the parents (plus is a bore), try out an arranged marriage. The marriage doesn’t work, how about a divorce? Everything, anything, is possible.46% of youth read the headlines before any other section in a newspaper while 17% read sports news first.This is a generation that lives by the clock. And plans by the calendar. They have clear goals and no, they are not always in it for themselves. As last year’s unprecedented up-surge of middle class anger against protracted injustice showed, their hearts beat for the right causes, whether it be Jessica Lall or Priyadarshini Mattoo.They have a strong sense of self which they have got from parents who have often broken away from their own ordained childhoods and encouraged independent thought-which is why hanging out with friends is closely followed by hanging out with the family in the list of things-to-do on weekends.Hang out with friendsNever mind their globalised exterior, their soul remains firmly conventional. Their identity is deeply rooted in religion (over three-quarters will not change their religion even for the person they love), gender-segregation (over 70 per cent believe co-educational schools are not good) and respect for elders (95 per cent believe no one should smoke or drink in front of parents).They are also, surprisingly, largely homogenous across big cities and small, as well as the age divide-the 18-24 age group behaves like the 25-30 segment. This has also given them a notion of nationhood-they would prefer to work in India rather than abroad, they would want to fire corrupt ministers if they could, and they are evenly split on the issue of reservation in educational institutions for OBCs (they agree or disagree, there is no hemming or hawing).The young adults of urban India are writhing on the dance floorThey may not be able to articulate their thoughts too well, as befitting a primarily visual upbringing, but they are intelligent, independent (even of peer group pressure) and informed: from watching zero news channels in 2000, they now watch four, even if they tune in for masala news. They are in danger though of losing the ability to verbalise, with their text shortened by SMSes and their thoughts syncopated in emails.Even when they want to romance, they use the phone, and chatting on the Net is an activity second only to emailing. Their devoted TV viewing (three hours a day according to a KSA Technopak study, India Consumer Trends 2006/2007) has blinded them to the possibility of sports as a physical activity, not a spectator sport, as much as it has made them aware of the importance of personal grooming.advertisementThey know a person’s figure makes her or him fashionable-up from 20 per cent in 2004 to 61 per cent in 2006 to 65 per cent now- as much as they are conscious of brands. It is another matter that shopping is an activity of note only in the 25-30 age group with a higher disposable income (27 per cent compared to 19 per cent among 18-24 year olds).They are doers, the first generation which has been given opportunities their parents only struggled for. They do not believe in wasting time in talking. Perhaps that may well be why Sachin Tendulkar is their No. 1 icon, for the second year running. In an environment in which loquacious Bollywood superstars trade barbs in multiple media, and politicians forget to practice satyagraha with words, it is fitting that they like a man who lets his bat do all the talking.last_img read more

I never thought I would represent India at Olympics: Amitabh Bachchan

first_imgIt was a moment of pride and glory for over one billion Indians as Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan carried the coveted Olympic Torch in London at Southwark on the penultimate leg of its 300-metre relay on Thursday, a day before the opening ceremony of the 2012 Games. The 32.7 mile relay of the Olympic flame had legendary personalities from all over the world and all walks of life, including Lawrence Dallaglio, Lewis Moody, Jim Anderson, Phil Packer, Darren Fitzpatrick and Tom Davis. The 69-year-old actor was among those invited to be a part of the London Olympics. He ran for around 25 metre with the torch. After carrying the torch, Big B spoke to Headlines Today about his experience. “It is great honour and moment of pride for me… I never thought I would represent India at Olympics,” the veteran actor said. “Running in the relay is a great moment of pride for me… I will remember this for the rest of my life,” Big B said adding that he had practised for the relay as it was “not easy at 70 to do this”. Hoping for a good show from the Indian athletes, Bachchan said, “I feel our women athletes will do really well this time… I want to wish our entire contingent all the best.”last_img read more

Zumba is Saina Nehwal’s new fitness fad

first_imgAfter winning her first Olympic medal earlier this month, a pumped-up Saina Nehwal is gearing up to take her fitness regime up a notch with the latest work-out rage in town – the Zumba! The badminton player, whose current regimen includes heavy cardio sessions and intense fitness training, is now said to be keen on adding the Colombian fitness programme to her daily exercise regime.Saina was recently spotted in Hyderabad, shaking a leg with her instructor Dinaz Vervatwala at a promotional event for the “world’s largest zumba class” to be held this September. Clearly, along with the other fitness fanatics in the country, the zumba fever has consumed Saina with a vengeance.So what exactly is this Zumba madness all about? Created by choreographer Alberto Beto Perez in the nineties, this dance and aerobics fitness programme comprises various dance forms such as hip-hop, belly dancing, salsa and samba along with martial arts, cardio exercises and some Bollywood free-style dancing.”It’s been about two years since Zumba came to India. However, it became the rage it is only recently,” Zumba instructor Reema Gudwani said.”Zumba is not a dance form. It is a magical workout experience that incorporates toning, cardio and various dance moves that enhance flexibility and wellness of the body,” Gudwani, who runs a dance school called Danzamor, added.Designed at various levels, Zumba is taught at special dance schools by specialised instructors and aims at burning 500 to 1,000 calories per hour.last_img read more

Lionel Messi has injury scare after scoring 2 goals in Barcelona draw

first_imgGrambling’s Shakyla Hill gets 2nd career quadruple-double Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Barcelona’s winning streak in la Liga ended at eight matches in a row. It leads second-placed Atletico Madrid by six points before its closest title rival visits Real Betis on Sunday.TRADING BLOWSValencia took advantage of Sergi Roberto playing out of position as a fill-in left back for Jordi Alba. Daniel Wass led several attacks from Roberto’s side, starting with a pass for Dani Parejo to test Marc-Andre ter Stegen before Denis Chershev put the rebound off the post.Parejo started a move that produced Kevin Gameiro’s opener in the 24th minute when he tackled Messi. That sprung a counterattack led by Rodrigo Moreno, who slipped a pass forward to set up Gameiro.Parejo doubled the advantage from the penalty spot after Roberto knocked down Wass trying to dispute a cross.Valencia lost Gameiro to injury shortly after when the striker asked to be substituted after being shaken up when he knocked heads with Gerard Pique.Messi got his first goal from the penalty spot in the 39th after Nelson Semedo was fouled by Lato.Messi struck again in the 64th when Arturo Vidal laid the ball off for him on the edge of the area. Messi quickly unleashed a curling, left-foot strike around two defenders, who impeded goalie Neto from seeing the ball until it was too late to react.“We played at a good pace, counterattacked well, scored twice and could have scored more,” Parejo said. “The team’s performance was magnificent.”SEVILLE SLIDE Celta Vigo broke a five-match losing streak and escaped the relegation zone by beating Sevilla 1-0 at home thanks to Okay Yokuslu’s second-half goal.Fourth-place Sevilla has won only one of its last six league games.BASQUE DERBYReal Sociedad defeated Athletic Bilbao 2-1 to deal its northern Basque Country rival its first defeat since the arrival of coach Gaizka Garitano.Garitano had kept Bilbao unbeaten through seven league games since replacing Eduardo Berizzo in December.FAN VIOLENCEGetafe’s 0-0 draw at Levante was marred by 11 Getafe fans being arrested for provoking a clash with rival supporters outside the stadium in Valencia.Getafe, which condemned the violence, rose to fifth as the small Madrid-based club continued its impressive season on the field. LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Valencia at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain — Nothing can silence the Camp Nou crowd like the thought of an injury to Lionel Messi — especially four days before a clash against Real Madrid.So a chill ran through Barcelona’s supporters during the Spanish league match against Valencia on Saturday when Messi sat down on the sideline, his right leg stretched before him, and received a massage from a team trainer.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Little did it matter that the team’s all-time leading scorer had just struck two goals to lead Barcelona back from a two-goal deficit to secure a 2-2 draw. Any hint of Messi being sidelined with the season entering its critical phase with titles on the line immediately overshadowed yet another outstanding performance by the Argentine.Messi may have been hurt when Valencia defender Antonio Lato ran into him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe scare comes before Barcelona hosts Madrid in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal.“Please don’t let it be anything serious,” Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena said. “We hope he will be back in full form on Wednesday.” ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Coach Ernesto Valverde said Messi was undergoing medical exams.“He is bothered by something, but we will have to wait to see what the doctors say,” Valverde said. “I imagine that it is not that bad.”Messi missed Barcelona’s first clasico against Madrid in October due to a broken right arm. His teammates did fine without him, routing their fierce rival 5-1 and sealing the fate of coach Julen Lopetegui.Madrid, however, is playing much better now. It has won four straight before hosting Alaves on Sunday.Before his fitness put a damper on a thrilling match, Messi extended his scoring run to nine straight games across all competitions. His double took his league-leading tally to 21 goals in 22 rounds.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

Into the City

first_imgStore openingFit for sale There are those who chalk out exercise routines for you, and others who plan diet charts, prescribe health drinks and supplements. The two often lack coordination, putting your health in jeopardy. Enter O2 Nutrition, a one-stop nutrition solution for fitness freaks, bodybuilders and sports persons. The,Store openingFit for sale There are those who chalk outexercise routines for you, and others who plan diet charts, prescribehealth drinks and supplements. The two often lack coordination, puttingyour health in jeopardy.Enter O2 Nutrition, a one-stop nutrition solution for fitness freaks, bodybuilders and sports persons. The store is the brainchild of 35-year-old Puneet Sandhu, a Mr India 2014finalist, Mr Punjab 2014 and Mr North India 2013: and 42-year-old Prince Bhatia. Talking about how the idea of the store came about, Sandhu, aqualified engineer from PEC University of Technology, says he was always passionate about body building. For a long time, people have beencoming to me to seek advice on nutritional supplements.””Inoticed that there were so many misconceptions regarding them. Thissometimes stops them from taking beneficial nutritional supplementsaltogether,” says Sandhi. He believes it’s a misconception thatsupplements are harmful. “They are not steroids that can cause havoc tothe system.”The other half of this team is a skilled professional in the field of body building. Prince Bhatia, also a gym owner, has trained celebrities like actor Kuljinder Sidhu. The duo has an experience of more than 20 years in body building and insist that they have sourced quality products after extensive research that will surely help clients attain desired fitness goals.”A number of gyms have mushroomed around claiming to train people to keep fit. We felt there was a serious need for professional guidance to make gymming a safe experience. It is an authentic store bringing the best brands from across the world to your doorstep at reasonable rates,” Bhatia promises. The owners have also noticed an increase in the number of fitness conscious women, they say the store also has a wide variety of products for them as well. At First Floor, SCF 66, SAS NagaradvertisementBy Sukant Deepak French connectionTucked away in the chock-a-block Sector 16 market of Chandigarh, the French Press Cafe breaks the monotony of the surroundings. It’s striking fluorescent orange board stands out in the chaos. Walk into the bright, neat and uncluttered cafe and take a seat on one of the comfortable,no fuss tables. A wooden wall adds to the charming ambience, and there’s a space for comments, on a board displaying the specials of the day.The menu begins with a range of coffees and shakes, served hot or chilled. If you’re looking for a quick cuppa to get you moving, the Espresso Italiano, a traditional shot of black coffee with a layer of cream on top will do the trick. And in case it’s some sinful indulgence you fancy, the trio of chocolate shakes is your best bet. A blend of chocolate ice-cream and chocolate brownie served with a garnish of Choco chips and brownie, it is sinful. According to the owners, the menu is inspired by their travels around the world, and eating at cafes in both big and small cities, with the focus being authentic and fresh food.In the starters section, Breaded Pencils is a complete meal, with a minced lamb stuffed phyllo case served with chili and garlic aioli and a side salad. The lamb is well-flavoured and the pastry flaky and fresh. Olive Crispies gives regular olives a twist, with breaded olive stuffed with cheese and served with zesty lemon and tomato dip. The USP of the place are the Croques, a traditionally French oven roasted sandwich, served with French fries and house salad. Our favourite remains the Grilled Chicken baked sandwich with pesto marinated grilled chicken and yellow cheddar cheese. A huge portion, this one melts in the mouth and is best had with country style tomato soup. End the meal with a Fruit and Pistachio Parfait which is a rich and creamy fruit and pistachio frozen delicacy. At The Ashok, 50-B, Kautilya MargBy Sukant Deepak ListingsKebab TrailSeptember 19 to 28Ludhiana residents, get ready for succulent kebabs, tempting meats, cottage cheese and vegetable delights grilled to melt in your mouth. While kings would need to travel to Afghanistan to experience the food of the great Pashtun region food, you don’t have to go that far. At Kitchen at Tannur, Hyatt Regency, Ludhiana Tel 01614071234Happy FeetSeptember 10Interface 2014 promises to be a rich melting pot of artistes and artistic disciplines from across the world. Considering artistes from USA, UK, Singapore, Spain and India will showcase their dance, dance theatre and music, get ready to witness a gamut of interesting shows, workshops, panels and seminars. At Tagore Theatre Tel 0172 272 4278Sweet addictionSeptember 5 to 30Got a sweet tooth? Treat your taste buds to some delicious German desserts like Prinzergentort-thin layers of sponge cake interlaid with delicate chocolate buttercream. Revel in the complex flavour of Frankfruter Kranz, also known as the Crown Cake. Other German Classics such as Streuselkuchen and other afternoon cake will also be available. At The Pastry Shop, Hyatt Amritsar Tel 01832871234advertisementFusion FlavoursSeptember 3 to 27A Western Australian fusion food festival awaits you at Collage with a buffet dinner every Wednesday and Saturday. Indulge in scrumptious jacket spuds with peanut sour cream, fish in beer and butter potato sauce, lamb and vegetable stew and other gastronomical delights. At Collage, Hyatt Amritsar Tel 01832871234Listen UpCreative, innovative and experimental- the Gandharva Choir will be performing at the Tagore Theatre this September. A pioneer in choral music in India, the Gandharva Choir’s efforts and achievements have been successful in setting a trend of choral music in the country. At Tagore Theatre Tel 0172272 4278 Timings 7 pm onwardslast_img read more

Russell Westbrook sets new triple-double record in Thunder win

first_imgLATEST STORIES “I thought he had it already,” George joked. “Usually, Russ has that by the first quarter. I didn’t know it was that close.”It was Westbrook’s 23rd triple-double of the season and the 127th of his career. Most important to the Thunder, the team has a 9-1 record during his triple-double run.“I do know the most important thing for him is to win,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “That’s what he’s about. He wants to win. I think a lot of the things he does that he gets attention for in terms of the triple-doubles are things that impact winning for our team.”George had 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the third triple-double of his career. Rookie Deonte Burton had a career-high 18 points and Raymond Felton added a season-high 15 for the Thunder.Damian Lillard scored 31 points and Jake Layman added 17 for Portland.ADVERTISEMENT The Thunder shot 56 percent in the first half to lead 68-49 at the break. George scored 21 points and Felton added 15.The Trail Blazers started the second half on a 7-0 run to make things interesting, and they trimmed Oklahoma City’s lead to 87-82 by the end of the third quarter.Westbrook had five assists heading into the fourth, and after a rest, he re-entered the game with 9:36 remaining. He got his first assist of the quarter with 6:54 left and was up to his ninth with 4:57 to play.Westbrook made a 3-pointer in the final minute that gave George his triple-double. Westbrook told George that he was one assist away.“Yeah, we talked about it right before that play,” George said. “We talked about it. I was clueless at that moment. But he told me the situation. So, it’s cool to be on the other end of the triple-double.”Westbrook figured he might as well get a different kind of assist.“It’s amazing to go out and compete,” he said, “to see your teammate, your brother, do amazing things, and you can be right on the side of him doing something special as well.”TIP-INSTrail Blazers: CJ McCollum was called for a technical in the second quarter. … McCollum shot 4 for 15. … Portland shot 33.3 percent in the first half.Thunder: Forward Jerami Grant (right ankle sprain) and guard Dennis Schroder (personal reasons) did not play. … George scored 17 points in the first quarter. … Burton hit a 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer. … Forward Patrick Patterson got his fourth start of the season in Grant’s place. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town STAT LINESLillard made 1 of 10 shots and scored six points in the first half, then made 8 of 12 shots and scored 25 points after the break.HAMMER TIMEHip hop legend MC Hammer attended the game and chatted with Westbrook for several minutes afterwards.QUOTABLEGeorge, on the vibe in the arena as Westbrook tried to set the triple-double record: “It just felt amazing. The energy was awesome.”UP NEXTPortland hosts Golden State on Wednesday.Oklahoma City plays at New Orleans on Thursday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James Harden runs 30-point streak to 30 as Rockets thump Mavs PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, and forward Paul George, right, celebrate late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Oklahoma City, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY— Chalk up another triple-double record for Russell Westbrook.Westbrook set an NBA record with his 10th straight triple-double, Paul George scored 47 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-111 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Westbrook broke a tie with Wilt Chamberlain, who had nine straight triple-doubles in 1968, by finishing with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. Westbrook already was the only person to average a triple-double in consecutive seasons, and he set the single-season record for triple-doubles with 42 in 2016-17.He downplayed this record while still showing respect for Chamberlain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I just go play the game the right way,” he said. “It’s what I do. Go out and compete every night and leave it on the floor, and whatever happens, happens. I’m very, very blessed to be able to go out and play, and I don’t take it for granted.”Westbrook clinched the record on an assist to George for a 3-pointer with 3:52 remaining in the fourth quarter. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

PBA: Meralco withstands NorthPort for thrilling 2 OT win

first_imgLacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome converted an alley-oop off the pass from John Pinto to send the game to the first OT.🎥 Pinto alley oop to Newsome… WE ARE GOING TO OVERTIME! #PBALabanKungLaban pic.twitter.com/R0sTqPU7pwFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges— PBA (@pbaconnect) March 8, 2019 P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Baser Amer leads Bolts in overtime. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Meralco outlasted NorthPort, 126-123, in a tightly-contested affair that needed two extra periods to settle Friday night in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at Araneta Coliseum.Baser Amer emptied 11 of his total 23 points in the two overtime sessions to preserve Chris Newsome’s heroics in the final moments of regulation.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES As the sport grows, Gina Iniong vows to carry the torch for women’s mixed martial arts Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Stanley Pringle and Mo Tautuaa came through late in the extension to keep Meralco within striking range, but their efforts weren’t enough to put the Batang Pier on the driver’s seat.The spitfire guard paced the NorthPort with 33 points, while Tautuaa pumped in 21 more.The Batang Pier drew a brilliant performance from Sean Anthony, who posted a double-double of 31 markers and 16 boards.“That was a hard-fought game between two teams fighting for their lives and trying to stay in the playoffs—especially us,” Bolts coach Norman Black said.“I’m just thankful that the players never gave up. There were moments in the fourth that looked pretty dim but we’re able to execute some plays down the stretch, send the game to overtime and give ourselves a chance to win in double overtime,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash MOST READ View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end “I think there are a lot of heroes by our side tonight,” Black said.The Bolts halted a three-game slide and improved to 3-5 in the all-Filipino conference.“He hit some big shots to give us a chance win this game,” the Meralco mentor said of Amer.“This (victory) gives us a chance to stay alive and fight another day … The road is still going to be tough for us. But this is a start,” Black said, whose wards improved to 3-5 in the Philippine Cup.Meralco resumes its bid for a spot at the playoffs when it takes on No. 2 Rain or Shine at Cuneta Astrodome next Friday.NorthPort, which absorbed their fourth straight defeat, faces defending conference champion San Miguel Beer next. They tangle this Sunday at Big Dome.last_img read more