Ranji Trophy: Mammoth effort earns Railways three points

first_imgThe last time Railways scored 500-plus runs in the Ranji Trophy was way back in 2006, and that too in the Plate Division against Goa. A true team effort not only broke that jinx, but also got them off the mark in Group A of the Super League.Wicketkeeper Mahesh Rawat (145, 196b, 21×4) scored his first hundred in four seasons and was supported by half-centuries from veteran Yere Goud (70, 257b, 7×4) and Marripuri Suresh (61 not out, 97b, 4×4) as Railways overhauled defending champions Rajasthan’s first innings total of 521 for eight declared to gain three points.The home side made good use of an exceptionally docile Karnail Singh Stadium track to make 525 for eight declared. This was, in fact, the first time ever that a team batting second had scored 500-plus at this stadium, which has played host to first- class cricket for over 50 years.Resuming at 274 for four, Rawat took on the aggressor’s role and brought up a 73-ball 50, his 12th half-century for Railways since he joined the team from Haryana four seasons ago. Goud was his usual dour self at the other end, but the partnership frustrated Rajasthan’s bowlers into giving Rawat more deliveries to score off.The right-handed batsman, overnight on 26, brought up his hundred just before lunch, and at 390 for four, Railways looked to be in command.Goud was caught behind off pacer Sumit Mathur soon after, bringing to an end a 351-minute vigil and a 153-run partnership, but instead of collapsing like they had in their last four innings against Mumbai and Karnataka, Railways held on.advertisementAfter a 90-run association with Suresh, Rawat was dismissed against the run of play when an attempted lofted shot fell into the hands of substitute Deepak Chahar off leg- spinner Vivek Yadav (6/ 143).Two quick wickets did threaten their charge, but Suresh calmly made sure that Railways could move on from the ghosts of the two huge defeats they suffered.They then bowled 14 overs instead of agreeing to call off the match in the final hour, and took advantage of Rajasthan’s strategy of sending out lower-order batsmen up front, reducing them to 20 for four.”I was confident that we’ll manage to chase it down, given the true nature of the track. I just wanted some support and Yere bhai and Suresh gave that to me. To take our first points – that too against the Ranji champions – is both a relief and a big confidence booster,” Rawat told reporters.Rajasthan’s stand-in skipper Aakash Chopra gave credit to the Railways for chasing down the score. “They batted really well, and we honestly didn’t think they could chase it down. All credit to them, because if you score 520 runs on this surface like we did, you would expect to get the points.” Brief Scores: Rajasthan 521/ 8 dec. & 20/ 4 (A Konwar 2/ 5, Anureet Singh 2/ 10); Railways 525/ 8 dec. (M Rawat 145, Y Goud 70, M Suresh not out 61; V Yadav 6/ 134)last_img read more

Dow to remain sponsors of London Olympic Games, says IOC

first_imgUnfazed by the strong protests in India, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Thursday made it clear that Dow Chemicals will remain a sponsor of the London Olympics, insisting that the company had no role in the Bhopal gas tragedy.IOA has repeatedly expressed its opposition to Dow Chemicals as one of the sponsors for the London Olympic Games, because of its ownership of the infamous Union Carbide which was responsible for the worst industrial disaster in India.IOA had urged the IOC and London Games Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) to withdraw Dow as Games Sponsors.However, in a letter to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), IOC on Thursday said that its relationship with Dow Chemicals is well over 30 years and “we were aware of the Bhopal tragedy when discussing the partnership with Dow”.In its letter to IOA acting President Vijay Kumar Malhotra, IOC chief Jacques Rogge said that “IOC recognizes that the Bhopal tragedy in 1984 was horrific event for India and the world. The Olympic Movement sympathizes with the grief of the victims’ families and regrets the ongoing suffering people face in the region.””The IOC and LOCOG were aware of the Bhopal tragedy when discussing the partnership with Dow. Dow had no connection with the Bhopal tragedy. Dow did not have any ownership stake in Union Carbide until 16 years after the accident and 12 years after the USD 470 million compensation agreement was approved by the Indian Supreme Court,” he said.”The court has upheld this agreement twice since then, in 1991 and 2007. We understand that this is being reviewed yet a third time by the India Supreme Court and we are aware of Dow’s position in this mater, and of the sensitivities of all parties.” “We only enter into partnerships with organizations that we believe work in accordance with the values of the Olympic Movement. Dow is a global leader in its field of business and is committed to good corporate citizenship. The company has supported the Olympic Movement for over 30 years, providing support and bringing industry-leading expertise and innovation to the Games,” Rogge said.advertisement”We do hope that the Indian Olympic Association is recognizing this, while we appreciate the difficult situation you are facing in your country.”Reacting to the letter, Malhotra said that IOA was not convinced by the IOC’s stand.”We want that IOC should understand and appreciate the feelings and sentiments of the victims and drop Dow as sponsors,” he said.He also wanted the Union government to come out with a clear stand on this issue.”We have yet to receive any reply from the Government, while IOC has written to us,” he said.Malhotra said while Dow Chemical operates in India with the full knowledge and permission of the Government, it is throwing the ball into the IOA’s court when this sponsorship issue is raised.”Government should come clean on this issue,” he added.The survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy, including children, have been pitched in a battle against the Games’ organisers after the IOC decided to partner with the company for the London Olympics and the subsequent Winter Olympics in 2014, the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2020 Olympics.Following the protests by the victims, the sport ministry also stepped in and expressed its concern over the status of the company as the official worldwide Olympic partner and urged the IOC to keep the sentiments of Bhopal Gas tragedy victims in mind and drop Dow Chemicals as sponsors of the Games.Dow Chemicals is the parent company of Union Carbide, which was responsible for the death of around 3,000 persons and permanent disability of many during the 1984 gas leak at its plant in Bhopal.last_img read more

IPL 2012 Live: KKR vs MI cricket scores and commentary

first_imgMan of the Match Rohit Sharma takes a stump as he walks back at the Eden Gardens on Saturday. Score | Photos183 was never going to be easy and it was made tougher when Kolkata lost their openers in a space of 8 balls. Yusuf Pathan and Kallis put on a good stand and tried their best to fight it down, but it was impossible against Malinga’s yorkers and Pollard’s slower ones. Kolkata remain at second position though, and Mumbai go to third.IPL 2012 – KKR vs MI – MI win by 27 runsMI 182/1 (Rohit Sharma 109) beat KKR 155/4 (Kallis 79, Yusuf Pathan 40 not out)Dwayne Smith: Gibbs and Rohit’s partnership was very good. The wicket was good and we batted well. The bowlers backed it up with a good effort. The guys fielded well too to back the bowlers. Gambhir is the guy who’s scoring for them and it was good to get him early. 7:24 pm | 19.6 overs: INNINGS! Dwayne Smith to Deba Das, FOUR, a boundary to end the innings but it’s Mumbai Indians who are celebrating. Outside off channel, Deba Das guides it to the vacant third man region. Rohit Sharma jumps in joy as he runs to the bowler, Sachin Tendulkar has a huge smile on his face as well. They have completely outplayed the hosts today.Debabrata Das, right handed bat, comes to the crease 7:24 pm | 19.5 overs: WICKET!Dwayne Smith to Kallis, out Caught by Rohit Sharma!! End of Kallis’ innings. A low full toss around off, Kallis makes room and looks to loft it over the off side but slices it straight to extra cover. A good effort from Kallis, but the target was beyond reach. Kallis c Rohit Sharma b Dwayne Smith 79(60) [4s-7 6s-3] (KKR 60/3 in 19.5 overs) advertisement7:00 pm | 15.6 overs: Malinga to Kallis, FOUR, that’s how you deal with Malinga’s yorkers, walk across the stumps, bend down and help it over short fine leg for a boundary, KKR have managed to collect 2 boundaries from that Malinga over. Not bad at all! 11 runs in the over. KKR 117/3 at the stage with Yusuf (31*) and Kallis (54*) in the middle.6:58 pm | 15.2 overs: Malinga to Kallis, 1 run, FIFTY for Kallis, drives this one past extra cover and gets a single to bring up his half century.6:30 pm | 10 overs: KKR are 61/3 at the stage with Yusuf Pathan batting on 1 and Jacques Kallis on 30. They still need to score at the rate of 12.20 runs per over.Yusuf Pathan, right handed bat, comes to the crease 6:27 pm | 9.4 overs: WICKET! Pollard to Manoj Tiwary, out Lbw!! Marginal decision but it has gone the bowler’s way. An important wicket this, just when the partnership began to look threatening. Pollard goes wide of the crease and angles it in, Tiwary was shuffling across a long way but missed the flick, he was struck in front of middle stump line and ball might have clipped leg. An eventful over this. Manoj Tiwary lbw b Pollard 27(25) [4s-4] (KKR 60/3 in 9.4 overs)Manoj Tiwary, right handed bat, comes to the crease 5:50 pm | 1.2 overs: WICKET! Ojha to Bisla, out Caught by Munaf Patel!! This is a horrible start for KKR already. Flat, slow and short around middle, Bisla looks to pull – the shot was on – but only managed a top edge towards short fine leg, Munaf Patel threatened to make a big deal out of a simple catch but held on in the end. Both openers gone now. Bisla c Munaf Patel b Ojha 1(2) (KKR 3/2 in 1.2 overs)Jacques Kallis, right handed bat, comes to the crease5:47 pm | 0.3 overs: This time Munaf didn’t take any chances. Bowled! Munaf Patel to Gambhir, out Bowled!! Well the drop didn’t cost much because Munaf Patel is roaring in delight! Pitches on length and skids on, Gambhir takes the wrong option as he looks to cut, there was no width on offer and the ball wasn’t short, it skidded on and went past his bat to uproot middle stump. Munna is delighted, the in form KKR skipper walks back for a duck. Gambhir b Munaf Patel 0(2) (KKR 1/1 in 0.3 overs)0.2 overs: DROPPED! Munaf Patel to Gambhir, no run, catch dropped by Dinesh Karthik who is standing upto the stumps. 0.1 Munaf Patel to Bisla, 1 run, quick single straightaway, pushes this one to point and sets off, gets it easily in the end 5:45 pm | Bisla and Gambhir are at the crease. Bisla is on strike. Munaf Patel will open the attackKOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS: Target 183 in 20 oversMUMBAI INDIANS: 182/1 in 20 overs (Rohit 109 not out, Gibbs 66 not out) That ends an enthralling batting display from Mumbai. Rohit Sharma turned up with some brilliance and thwarted the ball to all parts of the groundadvertisementGibbs: I have been spending my time off preparing myself for a knock like this. It was great supporting Rohit, it was wonderful watching him bat like that. Unfortunately we lost a great man early but I got an opportunity after long and I didn’t want to give it up cheaply. It was quite hot and I don’t think the ice pack was quite effective 5:35 pm | 19.6 overs: Kallis to Rohit Sharma, 1 run, yorker length delivery on leg stump, Rohit Sharma digs it out to extra cover. That ends a good last over from Kallis, just one boundary. Mumbai will be very happy with their effort. Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 109 as Mumbai Indians post 182/1 in 20 overs. 5:14 pm | 16.5 overs: CENTURY FOR ROHIT SHARMA! Brett Lee to Rohit Sharma, 1 run, fuller length delivery on middle and leg, Rohit Sharma flicks it to deep mid wicket for a single. That brings up Rohit Sharma’s first ever century in the IPL! It has been a majestic knock so far, can he keep the hitting going?5:07 pm | 15 overs: Massive over there for Mumbai Indians as Rohit Sharma hits three fours and one six off Rajat Bhatia. 19 runs from it – 4-0-4-6-4-1  4:55 pm | 11.5 overs: A yorker followed by a SIX and that brings up the 100 for MI. Bhatia to Gibbs, SIX, supreme timing! Slower delivery on the off stump, Gibbs backs away and lofts it straight down the ground for a maximum  11.4 overs: Bhatia to Rohit Sharma, 1 run, yorker length delivery on the off stump, Rohit Sharma jams his bat down on it and the ball goes off the bottom edge to short fine leg. That could have easily gone back to hit the stumps10.3 overs: Kallis to Rohit Sharma, FOUR, lovely timing and placement! Length ball on the off stump, Rohit Sharma flicks it away with ease to backward square leg for a boundary. That brings up Sharma’s half century4:47 pm | 10 overs: MI are 76/1 at the stage with Rohit batting on 37 and Gibbs on 35. Mumbai are gradually coming back into the game after initial setback in the form of Sachin Tendulkar’s wicket.4:39 pm | 8 overs: TIME OUT! MI are 60/1 at the stage with Rohit Sharma (28*) and Herschelle Gibbs (29*) in the middle.Rohit Sharma, right handed bat, comes to the crease 4:08 pm | 2.2 overs: WICKET! Sachin departs cheaply. bad start for Mumbai! Shakib Al Hasan to Tendulkar, out Stumped!! Big wicket for Kolkata! Flighted on the off stump, pitches and turns away from the right hander. Tendulkar gets a good stride forward and pushes along the wrong line but misses. Tendulkar lifts his foot while playing the shot and Bisla quickly whips off the bails. The foot was in the air when the bails were taken off, good glove work from Bisla to dismiss Sachin. Tendulkar st Bisla b Shakib Al Hasan 2(2) (MI 15/1 in 2.2 overs)4:00 pm | Gibbs and Tendulkar are at the crease. Gibbs is on strike. Shakib Al Hasan will open the attackadvertisementTeams Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Gautam Gambhir(c), Manvinder Bisla(w), Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Debabrata Das, Laxmi Shukla, Rajat Bhatia, Brett Lee, Sunil Narine Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Sachin Tendulkar, Herschelle Gibbs, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik(w), Ambati Rayudu, Dwayne Smith, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh(c), Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel Gambhir: When you come onto the field and play competitve cricket, you have to be excited. We just need to continue the way we are playing, we know winning is a habit and we want to keep that habit going. It is not about taking on Sachin, it is about taking on the team Mumbai. Hopefully we can try and bowl well. Brendon misses out because of an injured finger, so Bisla replaces him and Shakib comes in for Sangwan. Harbhajan: Sachin has been a great inspiration for all of us. He is the reason why most of us started playing cricket. It looks like a good wicket to bat on, the history at Eden suggests that it is easier to score in the first 15-20 overs but after that it gets really difficult. It is quite hot and I think it is always bettter to bat first. Gibbs is fit and Munaf comes in for RP Singh. 3:30 pm | Mumbai Indians have won the toss and elected to batlast_img read more

Carmakers launch more products to woo buyers

first_imgCarmakers are phasing out old models and introducing a slew of products to beat the slowdown and woo buyers, who are getting more selective. Leading firms such as General Motors, Maruti Suzuki, Volkswagen, Hyundai and Ford are coming up with improved variants to create some excitement in the market and discarding models which are not doing well.General Motors is weeding out Aveo and Optra and planning to roll out three models to replace them. The company brought out a diesel variant of its premium sedan Cruze priced between Rs 13.85 and Rs 15.67 lakh. The model is equipped with a more refined engine and better fuel efficiency.”We will launch the Sail in both hatchback and sedan versions in the next few months. This will replace the Aveo U-VA hatchback and Aveo sedan. Besides, we will also launch multi-purpose utility vehicle ‘Enjoy’ by the end of this year,” Lowell C. Paddock, president and managing director, General Motors India, said.Chevrolet has unveiled a revised version of their sport utility vehicle (SUV) Captiva in India with a 2.2-litre engine producing 186.5PS of power. The firm is planning to roll out three more models by the end of this year.The slowdown in the market is not deterring auto companies from launching models. “A company cannot defer product launches because the market is slow. If a company is looking at a long-term target, it has to create excitement by constantly improving its product lines. In fact, during the slump, launches create excitement and help the company boost its volumes,” Neeraj Garg, director, Volkswagen Group Sales India, told Mail Today.advertisementLast week, Volkswagen launched the petrol version of Jetta and is mulling to launch a version of SUV Touareg. According to sources, Volkswagen has also lined up its entrylevel hatchback, the Up. However, the firm did not confirm the news saying it “does not comment on upcoming models”.Auto companies have lined up almost a dozen models for launch by year-end. Maruti Suzuki is planning to launch a small car which will replace its iconic Maruti 800. Besides, it plans to roll out a version of Ritz.Arch-rival Hyundai will introduce a version of Elantra this year while Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) is slated to launch Mini Xylo and compact version of its sedan Verito. Renault is planning to launch its muchawaited SUV Duster.last_img read more

Five fun facts about cricket players, places, events

first_imgWhat would cricket be without its bizarre stories or little-known factoids? Here are five fun facts about players, places and events around cricket’s many World Cups. A SPOT OF SHADE Only two first-class grounds in the world have a tree just inside the boundary line-and India get a game on,What would cricket be without its bizarre stories or little-known factoids? Here are five fun facts about players, places and events around cricket’s many World Cups. A SPOT OF SHADE Only two first-class grounds in the world have a tree just inside the boundary line-and India get a game on one of them at the Pietermaritzburg Oval.vs Namibia on February 23. Anything hitting the tree is a boundary. A six is called only if the ball goes over the tree but doesn’t touch a leaf. The other ground is in Kent, EnglandDOCTOR DOCTOR In the age of professional cricket, this World Cup will feature a truly rare amateur. Namibia’s new-ball bowler Rudi van Vuuren is a not just any old cricketer. He’s a doctor in Windhoek, delivering babies and fighting Africa’s AIDS epidemic. Van Vuuren has also represented Namibia in the 1999 Rugby World Cup.CAPTAIN MAGIC Only once in the history of the World Cup – and one-day cricket – has a man-of-the-match award been made for captaincy. No, it was not Englishman Mike Brearley, nor even West Indian Clive Lloyd but Bob Willis, an unlikely choice, in a 1983 match vs Sri Lanka.OLD MASTER Sunil Gavaskar’s score of 36 not out in a doomed 60-over Cup chase is well-known. But the Little Master holds another forgotten record – he is the World Cup’s oldest centurion. When he hit a hundred vs New Zealand in 1987, he was 38 years and 113 days.MIXED IDENTITIES Roger Binny, with 18 wickets, was declared the 1983 World Cup’s most successful bowler. But months after the event, Sri Lankan Asantha de Mel joined him on that list. De Mel had been credited with only 17 wickets because an English scorer mistook De Mel for Vinodhan John and credited John with a wicket.advertisementlast_img read more

Calendars: The cheesecake windfall to a new destination for corporates and lensmen

first_imgPin-ups: (From top) Pages from the Daboo Ratnani, Sumeet Chopra and Kingfisher calendarsIt’s not often that you catch Shah Rukh Khan blushing beetroot red. But as he unveiled Kingfisher’s 2002 Swimsuit Calendar at Mumbai’s restro-bar Olive, the filmstar turned red with embarrassment and was uncharacteristically at a loss for words.,Pin-ups: (From top) Pages from the Daboo Ratnani, Sumeet Chopra and Kingfisher calendarsIt’s not often that you catch Shah Rukh Khan blushing beetroot red. But as he unveiled Kingfisher’s 2002 Swimsuit Calendar at Mumbai’s restro-bar Olive, the filmstar turned red with embarrassment and was uncharacteristically at a loss for words. He took pains to elaborate that he was there only at the behest of his close friends, Atul Kasbekar and Vijay Mallya. ” The calendar does have some very ‘close pictures’ and I am glad they gave me a chance to ogle at some beautiful women,” says Khan. The actor is not the only one gaping at the eye candy on display. Five-thousand people on Mallya’s list have already received the calendar with five of India’s top models – Ujjwala Raut, Vidisha Pavate, Yana Gupta, Shivani Kapur and Katrina Kaif – dressed in designer swimwear. Mallya is unabashed about doing India’s first swimsuit calendar – which could be classified as a mix between the legendary Pirelli and Sports Illustrated calendars. “Everything I do is copied. My endorsing films, races, events or fashion,” he says. “This calendar is a way of staying ahead of my competitors.” Today, calendars are no longer about dates and days. The Taj Group recently printed a special annual calendar for its clients and guests, while photographers Sumeet Chopra and Daboo Ratnani too came out with their yearly collections. Chopra’s calendar – begun as a self-promotion exercise in the early 1990s – is today an annual feature associated with Bacardi. Shot over 15 days, there is a common line running through most of the photographs he has chosen this year – top Indian models donning a virginal white underwear and not much else. “Sex sells and it shocks,” says an unapologetic Chopra. While the Kingfisher and Chopra calendars feature models in itsy-bitsy clothing, Ratnani has actors and bits of skin on show. There is Riya Sen bedecked with red roses and Hrithik Roshan baring his shoulders with just a black tattoo for company. Ratnani invested Rs 5 lakh in the venture. “The calendar makes the industry sit up and notice you,” he says. “Also, I am flooded with calls for more work from ad agencies that have never worked with me.” Adding to the cheesecake bonanza is lensman Vikram Bawa’s annual calendar that starts the year with a skimpily-clad Sushma Reddy. Ask models who have shot for the calendars – some of whom have posed free of charge – and you get an indignant “Why not?” from most. Gupta, a common factor in three calendars, shrugs being asked for them as a “big compliment” and has “no problems being perceived as a pin-up”. Supermodel Raut, who posed for the Kingfisher calendar in a white Tarun Tahiliani T-bikini, says she was paid big bucks for the shoot. “You can afford to demand your price from some clients and get paid,” she says. “But it was time India got a swimsuit calendar. In today’s day and age, one can’t make a big deal about posing in swimwear.”There are others who don’t think the same way. Kaif dropped out from Chopra’s calendar because she was getting into movies and felt it may harm her chances. The recipients of the calendars aren’t, however, complaining.After decades of boring photographs of monuments, landscapes and wildlife, a bit of eye candy to start the day with isn’t such a bad idea.advertisementlast_img read more

Salado likely out of the season with MCL tear

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Despite the incident, the 22-year-old guard isn’t blaming anyone for his injury.“Though it’s unfortunate that it happened this time, Ilagan didn’t mean to hurt me. It just happened. So I’ll just follow what the bosses said and I will rest this up and let it heal,” he said.Though he’s unable to play on the floor, Salado maintains his belief that the Chiefs can finish off what he started.“I want to play, but I trust my teammates that they can do this,” he said.Arellano beat Perpetual, 62-52, on Thursday, with Lervin Flores, Rence Alcoriza, and Levi dela Cruz leading the fight. It now sits at solo fifth place with its 8-9 card.ADVERTISEMENT FEU prepared to play PVL Finals game 2 sans Pons Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims For Salado, he now shifts his focus on NCAA Season 94, where he will play his fourth year with the Chiefs.“I’ll be ready for next year. I’ll bounce back,” he said. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kent Salado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBad news for Arellano: Kent Salado will not be with the team in its Final Four drive late in NCAA Season 93.The speedy playmaker has been diagnosed with a slight MCL tear on his right knee after the Chiefs’ game against San Sebastian on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “Bad trip,” said Salado as he shared the unfortunate news to the media on Thursday before Arellano’s game against Perpetual. “I couldn’t sleep. I was almost crying on the night that this happened. I was thinking that I’m going to miss our next two games.”Golden stags guard RK Ilagan fell on Salado’s right leg on a rebound play early in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs’ 85-79 win last Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSalado has been the main man for the Chiefs this season, doing virtually everything for his side with his averages of league-best 19.1 points, second-best 5.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.3 steals in 16 games.With his injury, the Cagayan de Oro native is expected to miss at least a month of action, keeping him at bay for the homestretch of the eliminations and virtually, the rest of the season. 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavorslast_img read more

3 UCLA players face punishment at home after China incident

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments “I want to be clear that we take seriously any violations of the law,” he said in a statement. “In this particular case, both Athletics and the Office of Student Conduct will review this incident and guide any action with respect to the involved students. Such proceedings are confidential, which limits the specific information that can be shared.”There was no immediate word on the trio’s status for the team’s home opener Wednesday night against Central Arkansas.The school said the three players, along with coach Steve Alford and athletic director Dan Guerrero, will make their first public comments about the matter at a campus news conference Wednesday, but won’t take questions.Scott thanked President Donald Trump, the White House and the State Department for their efforts in resolving what he called “the incident with authorities in Hangzhou, China.” He indicated that UCLA made “significant efforts” on behalf of its athletes.It wasn’t clear under what terms the players were freed to return to the U.S.ADVERTISEMENT UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball keeps his head down as he leaves Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Los Angeles. Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting returned home, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the international scandal. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES, California—Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting returned home, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the international scandal.Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley arrived at Los Angeles International Airport late Tuesday afternoon after a 12-hour flight from Shanghai. They ignored reporters’ shouted questions while making their way through a horde of media outside and getting into a van that took off from the departure level.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Malditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimscenter_img Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said the matter “has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities.”The players were detained in Hangzhou for questioning following allegations of shoplifting last week before the 23rd-ranked Bruins beat Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in Shanghai as part of the Pac-12 China game. The rest of the UCLA team returned home last Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingA person with knowledge of the Pac-12’s decision said any discipline involving the trio would be up to UCLA. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the conference doesn’t plan any sanctions.UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the school is weighing its options. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Read Next “We are all very pleased that these young men have been allowed to return home to their families and university,” Scott said.Trump said Tuesday he had a long conversation about the three players’ status with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.Ball, Hill and Riley were expected to have an immediate impact as part of UCLA’s highly touted recruiting class. Instead, they are being talked about solely for their actions off the court.Ball, a guard whose brother Lonzo is a rookie for the Los Angeles Lakers, averaged 33.8 points as a high school senior. The elder Ball played one season in Westwood and left early for the NBA draft.The Balls’ outspoken father, LaVar, was in China at the time of the incident. He spent some time promoting the family’s Big Baller Brand of athletic shoes with his youngest son, LaMelo, while his middle son was detained.Forwards Hill and Riley, both four-star recruits, figure to bolster 7-foot senior Thomas Welsh in the frontcourt.The Bruins traveled to China as part of the Pac-12’s global initiative that seeks to popularize the league’s athletic programs and universities overseas. 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