Ginebra nears top four, beats Rain or Shine Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:57US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong00:50Trending 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 Bernadeth Pons led FEU with 18 points. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next FILE PHOTO – National University’s Jaja Santiago. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University overcame Far Eastern University in four sets, 22-25, 28-26, 29-27, 25-22, to keep its unbeaten run in the group stages of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Bulldogs improved to 3-0 to stay atop Group B while the Lady Tamaraws are in close second with a 2-1 card. ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “FEU is a very systematic and strong team so we really expected a good fight from them,” said NU head coach Babes Castillo in Filipino.“So I told my players to brace for a storm because a storm is what FEU will bring.”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 two teams were dead even offensively, scoring on 56 spikes apiece, but the Lady Bulldogs had a slight edge on service aces, 10-8, and errors, 32-35. Jaja Santiago showed her might against FEU, putting up 25 points to lead NU while Aiko Urdas added 15. LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments
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Foton coach Moro Brasnilav. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMoro Branislav didn’t take long to admit that his Foton team will have a tough time defending its title in the Chooks To Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix, which starts Saturday at FilOil Flying V Centre.After glancing at the present crop of imports, the Serbian coach said the league has become a lot more competitive compared to the previous seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Rio Olympic head Nuzman formally charged with corruption BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Powerhouse Petron, which will pose a huge threat to Foton’s bid, will field Lindsay Stalzer—who helped the Tornadoes win their title last year. Stalzer will be supported by Hillary Hurley of the United States and Yuri Fukuda of Japan. View comments MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES “Normally I will say that my team is good for championships,” said Branislav during Wednesday’s launch. “But I have too much respect for these teams who are also building up.”“But we are prepared to win another title, that’s for sure,” said the mentor of the Tornadoes, who have won this conference the past two seasons.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 shutoutFoton will parade Serbians Sara Klisura and Katarina Vukamanovic and Montenegrin Dragana Perunicnic.Nine teams will see action in the tournament, the biggest field so far for the PSL, which will each be allowed three foreign players. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:10PNP-HPG to field 695 personnel to secure ‘Undas’01:37Protesters 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 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC DiGregorio has played a huge part in that spurt, shooting 50-percent from thre to average 23.5 points, 4.0 assists, and 3.0 rebounds in the Elite’s last two victories.His blazing performance was the reason why the Elite broke away from the Picanto in the third period, firing 14 of his 21 points in the frame to give his team a much-needed 77-65 cushion.DiGregorio, though, said that with how things are going with Blackwater, anybody can be the hero for the squad any given day.“It just so happens that I had the hot hand, the big game. But we have a lot of good players,” he said. “The last two games were my night, the next two could be Allein’s night, Mac’s night. Poy has been a beast and he’s playing great every single game. It just so happened that I have the hot hand the last two games, but it could be anybody.”The Elite aim to formalize their entry to the quarterfinals when they take on NLEX on Sunday and Phoenix on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH It took time, but the Elite are finally playing to their potential. They scored an upset over San Miguel last week before doubling down on the Picanto on Friday.“I think we have a great team. I think Poy (Erram) is a great player, same with Mac Belo, Allein (Maliksi). We also have great role players and veterans,” said DiGregorio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDiGregorio is crediting this belated Blackwater run for a playoff berth to players sticking to their roles.“Nothing changed really. We’ve just been playing a lot more cohesive and more as a team. We’re jelling a lot more together,” he said. AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:34Google unveils motion-sensing Pixel 401:29Police 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 “We took care of our first game, but the job’s not done. If we take care of the next two, then there won’t be any problem,” said DiGregorio. “Our fate is in our hands. If we take care of business, we have a great chance.” Raqraquin, San Beda not discouraged by NCAA Finals game 1 loss Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith Blackwater winning its last two games, Mike DiGregorio likes his side’s odds of making it to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.“I think our chances are great,” he said as the Elite improved to 4-5 after a 95-76 win over Kia. “We hold our own destiny if we take care of business.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Tight fight Manny Pacquiao’s training shifted to a higher gear Monday following the arrival of chief trainer Freddie Roach from Los Angeles.The Fighting Senator, preparing for his defense of the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against Jeff Horn on July 2 in Brisbane, Australia, worked the mitts with Roach at the Elorde Gym near SM Mall of Asia.ADVERTISEMENT Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pacquiao will spar again on Tuesday. He first sparred for four rounds against two Filipinos last Saturday under the watch of assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez.New sparring partners for Pacquiao are expected to arrive Tuesday. —ROY LUARCASports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay While Roach was pleased with Pacquiao’s physical condition, the Hall of Fame trainer cautioned that there was still more work to be done as Horn’s a dangerous opponent.After studying tapes of Horn’s previous fights, Roach concluded that the unbeaten Australian could punch, especially with his right hook.Roach, however, is confident Pacquiao will prevail owing to his speed, experience and ring ability.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingWith Roach around, Pacquiao, who started light training on May 8, feels upbeat and ready for the tougher grind ahead.Roach was accompanied by strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune. MOST READ LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “We’ve been telling them to play the game the right way. And in the end, the wisdom was there for the players,” said a jubilant coach Koy Banal. “When we were down by 10 in the start of the fourth quarter, the doubt was setting in. But we’ve been in this kind of situation before.”Achie Iñigo had a chance to put the nail in the coffin late but missed his runner. Luckily, Robbie Herndon was there to recover the offensive board as Marinerong Pilipino milked the clock to seal the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Good thing in our last possession, we got the offensive rebound and the players spread out to run down the clock,” said Banal.Herndon paced his side with 13 points, 13 rebounds, and two steals, including the go-ahead bucket with 2:14 to play. The Scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 65 – Herndon 13, Subido 11, Lopez 10, Iñigo 9, Isip 7, Sargent 6, Alabanza 4, Marata 3, Gabriel 2, Javelona 0, Javillonar 0.TANDUAY 64 – Gaco 17, Alvarez 11, Taganas 9, Martinez 5, Tambeling 5, Palma 4, Eguilos 3, Sanga 2, Santos 2, Sollano 2, Varilla 2, Villamor 2.Quarters: 15-20, 31-39, 46-56, 65-64.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ LATEST STORIES Renzo Subido. PBA IMAGESThe miracle run continues for Marinerong Pilipino.The Skippers overcame a twice-to-win disadvantage in the quarterfinals and a 10-point deficit in the final quarter to stun Tanduay, 65-64, Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig and entered to the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Gilas Cadets applying finishing touches to SEA Games title defense bid DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games 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 Renzo Subido also stepped up for the Skippers late, unloading all of his 11 markers in the fourth quarter as he commandeered the team’s 17-2 fourth quarter comeback run.John Lopez added 10 points and seven rebounds, while Iñigo got nine markers, three boards, and two assists.Marinerong Pilipino completed the upset after its 74-72 Game 1 triumph last Thursday.Riding on their seven-game winning streak, the Skippers will now brace for the best-of-three semifinals against two-seed Cignal HD on Thursday.Jerwin Gaco topped Tanduay in the losing effort with 17 points and three rebounds, while Lester Alvarez had 11 markers, three boards, and three assists.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments
An Olympic gold medallist, a world champion and multiple World Cup medal winners are among India’s 28-member shooting squad for the Commonwealth Games. That should give India a bagful of medals.Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra.Abhinav Bindra’s historic gold at the Beijing Olympics four years ago gave Indian shooters a shot in the arm. Today they are a force to reckon with at international competitions.Besides Bindra, the number of top-class shooters from the country is equally impressive-Gagan Narang, Ronjan Sodhi, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Samaresh Jung and the latest sensation and India’s first woman world champion, Tejaswini Sawant.Indian shooters have been a dominant force at the Games. In the 2006 Games, they won 27 medals, including 16 gold-comprising a large chunk of India’s overall tally of 50. Pistol shooter Jung, with five gold, was adjudged the best athlete.The firepower of the shooting squad is such that it can even do without defending champion Rathore, who skipped the last day’s trials held two weeks ago, and newly crowned Arjuna Award winner Sanjeev Rajput. Both have been dropped from the squad. Rathore’s berth went to junior World Champion Asher Noria.The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has put more emphasis on international competitions than spending time in unhelpful conditions in camps, starting with the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in February. Then there has been a series of World Cups ending with the World Championship in Munich.With medals coming in each and every international event, chief coach Sunny Thomas feels that Indians will dominate the shooting event at the New Delhi Games.advertisement
About 1,200 moving lights, 25 stacks of speakers and about 2,700 shots of fireworks spread across the roof of the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium combined with a stage weighing 500 tonnes to create a spectacular opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games here today. The gigantic main stage, inspired by the ‘mandala’, a sanskrit word for the geometric designs symbolic of the universe in Hinduism and Buddhism, which is one of the largest built for an opening and closing ceremony. The stage was built within seven days by about 500 workers. Weighing an approximately 500 tonnes. The stage is large enough to hold 500 people under it. The opening ceremony would have never been that spectacular had it not been for the lighting arrangements.- With inputs from PTI
Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi.The probe into allegations of corruption in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) is gathering steam with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) taking away files of the Organising Committee and the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) beginning the final audit of the Games. The CBI is probing a money trail of Rs 1.8 crore paid by the Organising Committee to the previously unknown AM Films and AM Cars for logistical support during the Queen’s Baton Rally in London. Meanwhile, the CAG has begun its final audit of the Games. The report is expected by December-end. The CAG plans to table the final report in Parliament during winter session. In another development, the Group of Ministers that met on Monday extended the tenure of senior officers of the Organising Committee to facilitate the probe into corruption charges. The extension of tenure will ensure proper documentation of the purchases and payments made by the Organising Committee.
The beautiful thing about multi-disciplinary sporting events is how the non-stop action from start to finish is spread over a long period but still does not leave the audience bored. Sport today is no longer just about going to the venues and catching the action.The way television cameras are able to capture all the thrilling moments, even people without access to venues are able to soak in the atmosphere.People in the sub-continent, and specifically India, are lucky that within a month they have got to see the highs and lows of the Commonwealth Games and now the Asian Games. A big indicator of the success of the Games is how the opening ceremony is executed. In Beijing, an effort was made to keep things under wraps.That was understandable as the western media wanted to portray China negatively all along. The 2008 Beijing opening ceremony not only was high intensity and showcased the Chinese culture and ethos, it was also able to beat the highest Olympic standards set by previous host cities.After that, it was New Delhi’s turn to dazzle at the Commonwealth Games opening and it happened. As much as the media tried to create a negative hype over the Rs 40 crore aerostat, it was a big success. And so were the Games for what it produced in terms of results for India.Now that Guangzhou has used the whole city to capture the essence of what can be done for an opening ceremony, the standards set are so high that whichever city now hosts big Games will be under pressure to try something more innovative. Having seen Beijing, New Delhi and now Guangzhou, I am convinced that when it comes to planning and execution, the Chinese are the masters.advertisementIf the opening ceremony on Friday night captured millions of hearts in Asia and possibly other continents, the efforts which they have put in to create infrastructure is amazing.At a time when New Delhi is undecided on whether India should bid for the 2019 Asian Games, we need to learn from the Chinese. If Beijing showed to the world what worldclass infrastructure was all about, the port city of Guangzhou is almost of the same standard. Guangzhou created a huge sub-city where everything seems well planned. We were told on landing at the Baiyun airport that the Asian Games zone was a city within itself and self-sustained.I wanted to see for myself the big difference between what New Delhi did for the Commonwealth Games and how Guangzhou is handling the challenge. Undoubtedly, though you had countries like Britain and Australia in the CWG, the Asian Games is far bigger.The sheer number of events, the venues and the logistics involved is mind boggling. Yet, the Chinese organise things in such a cool manner, there is minimum fuss even about the tough things they have to handle. Before leaving for Guangzhou, I read on the web about the city being a high crime zone and how people could sedate or even paralyse you by injecting some stuff! Mercifully, the efficient policemen have ensured nothing like that takes place.Those lucky enough to go to the main city say it’s throbbing with life after sunset and people of all colour and creed are able to soak in the atmosphere. However, within the Asian Games sub city, the sports complexes are awesome.The security tents for cops and a few more features which were referred to as ‘overlays’ during the CWG are there for all to see. However, China has not spent crores of yuans for hiring them on rent! If India wants to learn from Guangzhou, there are many lessons.Organising a Games of this stature means leaving nothing to chance. Miles of highways, bridges, metro networks, volunteers, spick and span venues and a Games Village of high standards with no fear of snakes, dogs and monkeys: this is what Guangzhou has to show. No wonder, they call China a real email@example.com
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Subramaniam Badrinath scored half-centuries in Chennai’s 18-run win over Delhi during an IPL match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, Chennai, on Thursday. Score | PhotosChasing 177, Delhi could only manage to score 158/6 against a superior Chennai side in this 56th IPL match.Keeping in mind the massive 177-run target Delhi openers Naman Ojha and David Warner got off to a quick start. But, the quick start came to an abrupt halt in the third over when Ojha took the aerial route off Chennai paceman Albie Morkel. The ball took a long loop only to land in the safe hands of Shadab Jakati at mid-off when the team total was 30. Ojha scored 25.Soon new man Colin Ingram too was back in the dugout after a superlative catch by Dwayne Bravo off R Ashwin saw him get out on 7. And Delhi were down to 54/2 on the first ball of the 8th over.Bravo not just showed his prowess in the field but also performed with the ball. He got rid of Delhi opener David Warner. Warner tried to pull Bravo, but Murali Vijay cut short his stroke by taking a neat catch in the deep. Warner departed on 21 and Delhi lost their third wicket on 64 in the 10th over.On the first ball of the 16th over, a turner off R Ashwin uprooted Venugopal Rao’s off stump and he fell for 30 and Delhi were down to 107/4.Bravo struck again in the 18th over and got rid of captain James Hopes, leading the side in the absence of captain Virender Sehwag, cheaply even as Delhi were reduced to 127/5 and were looking down the barrel.advertisementIn the last over Delhi Andrew McDonald fell to Doug Bollinger and Delhi were 150/6 with four balls remaining in their innings.Chennai inningsSkipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Subramaniam Badrinath scored half-centuries as Chennai posted a commanding 176/4 against Delhi.Earlier, Chennai captain M.S. Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat in the 56th IPL match of the season. But Chennai failed to bag an early advantage as Delhi paceman Irfan Pathan got rid of opener Michael Hussey in the sixth ball of the innings trapping him leg-before when Chennai were batting 6.Post that setback, Chennai opener Murali Vijay and left-hand batsman Suresh Raina tried to get the innings back on track, but in the sixth over Delhi paceman Varun Aaron, touted as the fastest bowler in the country, scalped Raina on 14 with Pathan performing the final rites at long on. Chennai lost their second wicket on 41.Later Murali Vijay and S Badrinath got going against the Delhi attack, but their partnership too did not last long as Delhi medium-pacer Ajit Agarkar despatched Vijay in the 11th over as Chennai lost their third wicket on 68. Vijay scored 35 off 33 balls.Then Chennai skipper M.S. Dhoni hit a couple of good shots towards the fence to raise his team’s tempo.Soon Dhoni and S Badrinath got going against Delhi bowlers, thwarting their attack, stealing the runs and putting those odd ones past the boundary. Gradually and steadily the Chennai run rate started to increase.Finally, S Badrinath was run out on 55 in a bid to increase the run rate in the last over off Irfan Pathan. But, the damage had already been done as Badrinath and skipper M.S Dhoni scored 96 runs for the fourth wicket.Post Badrinath’s dismissal, Dhoni hit two over the fence shots even as the last over fetched 17 runs and Chennai ended their innings on 176/4. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 63.
HD KumaraswamyJD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy on Saturday said he has accepted B S Yeddyurappa’s challenge to testify before the Dharmasthala presiding deity, Lord Manjunatheshwara, on the Chief Minister’s “attempts to buy peace” with him.”I have accepted the Chief Minister’s challenge. I am ready to be present at Dharmasthala on Sunday between 11.30 am to 12 noon to swear before god that Yeddyurappa tried to influence me through his aide,” Kumaraswamy told reporters.Irked by contents of an advertisement inserted in major dailies, allegedly by Yeddyurappa, on Saturday attacking him and his family on various issues, Kumaraswamy, refuting the charges, said “the advertisement speaks for itself of the misuse of public money by Yeddyurappa.””Yeddyurappa is a coward Chief Minister. It is he who is engaged in hit and run politics and not me. I have been releasing documents after documents on the corruption involving Yeddyurappa and his family. Yeddyurappa has failed to respond to the charges,” Kumaraswamy said.He alleged pressure was being exerted on him by Yeddyurappa for the last six months to “buy peace” and to stop him from further “exposing any corrupt deeds”.”The Chief Minister’s close aide Lehar Singh has spoken to me. I have call records,” Kumaraswamy claimed.After Kumaraswamy had alleged two days ago that the Chief Minister had made efforts to meet him, Yeddyurappa, undergoing treatment in an ayurveda clinic in Kerala, rebutted the charges and lambasted the JD(S) leader for “misleading people.”Kumaraswamy said there was no change in his plan to release another “set of documents” over “certain irregularities indulged in by Yeddyurappa” in Delhi on June 22.advertisement”Yeddyurappa has the habit of taking vows before god and seers only to renege on them later,” the JD(S) leader claimed.”He took an oath in the name of god that he would not seek a ticket for his son to contest the Shimoga Lok Sabha seat, but managed to get it. Yeddyurappa went before Nanujundeshwara temple (Mysore), repented for his misdeeds, vowed not to repeat, but continued later,” Kumaraswamy said.Kumaraswamy had alleged that Yeddyurappa had planned to meet him at an ayurvedic spa in Kottaikkal, where he had registered for body rejuvenation treatment from June 12, to seek a rapprochement with him.”However, on learning about Yeddyurappa’s plans I called off the visit,” said Kumaraswamy.– With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy and Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Tuesday said he would visit Dharmasthala on June 26 along with his family, a day ahead of his temple face off with JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy at the famous pilgrim town on the issue of an alleged compromise bid by the Chief Minister.”I will be in Dharmasthala on June 26 itself along with my family members. Till that time, I will not engage in public debate on any issue concerning my resolve to swear before the god on the claims of Kumaraswamy,” Yeddyurappa said.The BJP leader, who has been facing a barrage of charges including corruption, nepotism and favouritism by Kumaraswamy, said he would speak at the temple and address people of the state over “various issues” he had in mind.Yeddyurappa had invited Kumaraswamy through an open letter in newspapers on June 18 to come to Dharmasthala and swear before Lord Manjunatha that the BJP leader’s aide had tried to lure the JDS leader into a “compromise formula” to end their hostilities.Kumaraswamy has also declared that he would be in Dharmasthala on June 26, but unaccompanied by family members to face the “truth test” the next day.The Chief Minister’s invitation to Kumaraswamy has already evoked criticism and some have branded it as act of promoting blind faith.Meanwhile, the pontiff of Dharmasthala, Veerendra Hegde, has said he would facilitate the “swearing” before the presiding deity but not interfere in it.advertisement- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
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Jeev Milkha Singh’s fondness to tee up at difficult golf courses without a practice round almost paid off on Thursday as he found himself right on top of the leaderboard after 11 holes of the first round of the 141st Open Championships at the Royal Lytham & St Annes.But three dropped shots between 13th and 14th brought him down to even-par 70 on a day that was perfect for scoring.No one used the conditions better than Australian Adam Scott, widely considered as one of the best players not to have won a Major. Scott, who has Tiger Woods’ former caddie Steve Williams on the bag, needed a birdie on the last hole to move to eightunder and set the record for his lowest round ever in a Major. But he bogeyed the 18th and finished with 64.Close behind Scott were six Major winners, including Tiger Woods (67), the winner of 14 Majors. The 2007 Masters winner Zach Johnson and Paul Lawrie, winner of the 1999 British Open, were tied second at 65, while Woods, winner of three Opens, Ernie Els, a 2002 Open winner, Graeme McDowell and Bubba Watson were all at 67.Anirban Lahiri, who started in the second last group of the day, had played just three holes but was oneunder with a birdie on the first, his firstever hole in a Major. Daniel Chopra carded 73.Asked about his liking for turning up ‘blind’ to play on difficult courses, Jeev said, “For sure I do, but I take it in a way that if you play a lot of practice rounds you see a lot of trouble. So you might as well not see it, you might as well just tee it up straight and see the good and go for it. Like last week (Castle Stuart Links) I didn’t play a practice round, I just went straight up.”advertisementHe laughed and added, “I like to play the golf course blind. I think that’s why I paid my dues on No.13 (he had a double bogey), but that’s all right. I think mentally I was a little tired so I just wanted to take it easy. So I just played six (here) and I just saw a few holes.”Jeev started the day with a birdie from 25 feet on the par-3 first, a unique feature of Royal Lytham and St Annes, which has par-3s on the first and ninth. Jeev followed that up with a chip-in for par on third and a 15-footer birdie on fourth.He could have moved to three under but his birdie putt on fifth just shaved the hole. A bad tee shot on seventh cost him a bogey, but he did get a birdie on par-3 ninth.With a birdie followed on 11th from 12 feet, Jeev shared the top spot with Paul Lawrie at three-under.Jeev confessed, “(At that stage) I was thinking I am going to get lower. There was a hiccup on No. 13, but that’s fine, it happens. The 13th hole got me. But the good part is I came back with a birdie on the next hole on 14th.”In the past Jeev has won tournaments at the Valderrama Golf Club in Spain and last week at the Castle Stuart in Aberdeen, Scotland without a practice round at the layout.
Mexico ended its medal drought in Olympic archery on Thursday with a double triumph for Aida Roman and Mariana Avitia, who came away with the silver and bronze respectively. South Korea’s Ki Bo-bae beat Roman in the final to take the gold.Roman, 24, reached the finals after victories over Miki Kanie of Japan, Italy’s Pia Lionetti and teammate Avitia.”The feeling is incredible,” Roman said. “I have been training my whole life and I have made it. This medal is for me, for my family and for everyone who has supported me. And, of course, for Mexico.”Mariana Avitia, an 18-year-old, upset South Korean archer Lee Sung-jin in the quarterfinals and went on to defeat Khatuna Lorig of the US in the bronze-medal match.”I am very, very happy, this is a very moving moment in the life of an athlete,” Avitia said after winning the bronze.”To have the support of my family and my coach has been very important for me. Thank you, Mexico. I love you,” she said.
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