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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe league’s best speedster remained from Mapua.Cardinal guard JP Nieles ruled the Skills Challenge in the 2017 NCAA Season 93 All-Star, beating St. Benilde rookie Unique Naboa in the Finals on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nielestopped Letran’s Jeremiah Taladua in the semifinals to earn his spot in the championship round.Still, it was a huge validation for Nieles given the Cardinals’ woeful campaign this season.“I’m really happy. It shows that even though we’re down, I can prove that some of us can still step up,” he said.Nieles recorded the best time in the first round with 20.7 seconds, leading the list that also had Naboa (21.9 seconds), Lyceum’s Jaycee Marcelino (25.8 seconds), and Taladua (27.5 seconds) to qualify for the final round.Also joining the competition were Perpetual’s Keith Pido, Arellano’s Levi dela Cruz, San Sebastian’s Michael Are, San Beda’s Radge Tongco, EAC’s Jervin Guzman, and JRU’s Karl Bordon.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:16CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices00:50Trending 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 UFC: Trilogy bout with Nate Diaz should happen at 155 lbs, McGregor insists MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Nieles had a perfect run, but faced a slight hitch when his ball didn’t go down the net after his lay-up.“I wanted to get the ball, but (Naboa) was still shooting a layup,” he said, as he allowed Naboa to shoot two more attempts before taking the ball and cruising to the top of the arc to drill the game-winning jumper.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 shutoutNieles retained the Skills Challenge plum for Mapua after Darell Menina won the title last year.“I checked Shane’s time last year and he got 24.6 seconds. I felt I needed to best that and I was really inspired with what he did,” he said. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA People and The Daily Mail, citing unnamed sources, have reported that about 250 guests will be invited to the ceremony at the Contemporary Arts Center in the Big Easy.The Daily Mail said the wedding planning has been shrouded in secrecy and guests would not learn the details until Thursday morning.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 shutoutIt said the event would cost more than $1 million and guests would be asked not to bring their cell phones because an exclusive photo deal has been signed with Vogue.Williams, 36, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, and Ohanian, 34, welcomed their first child, daughter Alexis Olympia, on September 1. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Lions go for the kill They announced their engagement in December after meeting in 2015 in Rome.Williams won this year’s Australian Open while pregnant, and is expected to defend her title in Melbourne in 2018 — just four-and-a-half months after giving birth to her baby girl. /cbb MOST READ Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion WWII veteran celebrates 110th birthday in New Orleans PLAY LIST 01:53WWII veteran celebrates 110th birthday in New Orleans00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Gamescenter_img Serena Williams and Lynda Carter pose backstage at Glamour’s 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. AFPWASHINGTON, United States — Tennis superstar Serena Williams is used to hoisting trophies, but on Thursday, it looks like she’ll be carrying a wedding bouquet.Music royalty Beyonce and Jay Z, along with actress Eva Longoria are among the A-listers reportedly convening in New Orleans for Williams’ wedding to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgKris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa FILE PHOTO – Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates with Aaron Hicks #31 and Brett Gardner #11 after defeating the Minnesota Twins in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on October 3, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins with a score of 4 to 8. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — The New York Yankees acquired 17-year-old Dominican prospect Juan Then from the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.New York sent right-handed reliever Nick Rumbelow to Seattle for the right-hander Then and left-hander J.P. Sears.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC01:35Zubiri, Marcos cold to Senate adopting House-OKd budget00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES Then was signed by Seattle last year at age 16 and went 2-2 with a 2.64 ERA in 13 starts with the Dominican Summer League Mariners in 2017.Sears, 21, was drafted by Seattle in the 11th round this year and went 1-2 with a 0.65 ERA and three saves in 17 relief appearances for Single-A Everett and Clinton.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 shutoutRumbelow, 26, made 17 appearances for the Yankees in 2015, going 1-1 with a 4.02 ERA in 15 innings. In five minor league seasons, he’s 14-8 with a 2.73 ERA and 29 saves in 126 relief appearances. Mavericks stop 4-game slide with win against Bucks Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ He is itching to play but added he is not going to take any risks in reaggravating the injury.“The doctor advised me not to play until I’m 100% healed and I also don’t want to return prematurely.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos fail to finish Gilas stint on a high note despite win over Iran Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESStar is expected to miss veteran forward Marc Pingris for another four to six weeks due to a recurring hip injury.But the warrior that he is, Pingris aims to return within the next month. ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Returning in four to six weeks is doable. I don’t have any problems with my conditioning, but my target is really to come back in four weeks,” said Pingris in Filipino after the Hotshots opened their campaign in the 2017 Governors’ Cup with a 103-86 win over Blackwater.The 35-year-old Pingris returned from his one-month trip in Los Angeles, where he underwent rehabilitation to treat his injury.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“Right now he said, he’s 60 percent. In three weeks time, he’ll be back practicing with us,” said Star head coach Chito Victolero.Pingris hasn’t seen action since playing in Game 7 of the Philippine Cup semifinals against Barangay Ginebra four months ago where he played through the injury. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’last_img read more

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first_imgMayweather promoter tired of talk about ticket sales MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers LATEST STORIES View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Powerhouse Thailand and Korea breezed through their respective opponents in the final day of the group stages and advanced to the quarterfinals with unblemished records.The Koreans were the first ones to advance to the next stage after upending Vietnam in four sets 25-23, 25-19, 17-25, 25-22, in the opener Friday at Alonte Sports Arena here.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Tran Thi Thanh Thuy put up a game-high 25 points to lead the also quarterfinals-bound Vietnamese to a 2-1 recordIn the second game, Thailand made quick work of Chinese-Taipei, 26-24, 25-14, 25-15, to top Pool D with a 3-0 record.Chatchu-on Moksri led the Thais with 20 points while Wilavan Apinyapong and Hattaya Barmrungsuk added 15 and 12 points, respectively.Tseng Wan-Ling led Chinese-Taipei with 11 points as they finish the group stages with a 2-1 record en route to the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ace spiker Kim Yeon-koung, after resting out the first two games of the tournament, stepped through in the clutch for the Koreans as a fourth set substitute and put up five points in just 10 minutes.“I think we played well in the first two sets, then in the third set we had a problem,” said Kim as they topped Pool C with a 3-0 card. “We didn’t have a leader but we still won so it’s good.”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 starsKim had to sit out the first two games as she just played in the FIVB Grand Prix that lasted nearly a month from July 7 until August 6.Yang Hyojin had a team-high 15 points to lead Korea while Kim Heejin and Kim Suji had a dozen points apiece.last_img read more

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first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim After going undefeated in the group stages, Gilas’ campaign took a turn for the worse following a blowout loss to fierce rival South Korea in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 29th SEA Games officially open in Kuala Lumpur Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Lebanon’s naturalized big man Norvel Pelle also gave the Filipinos’ fits, dominating the paint on both ends with 23 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks.Gilas, which sorely missed the services of Fil-German Christian Standhardinger, faces Jordan on Monday in a duel for seventh place.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 openingTerrence Romeo paced the Philippines in scoring with 19 points, most of which came in the fourth quarter where the game was already decided.Frustrations mounted for Gilas late with head coach Chot Reyes getting tossed midway through the final frame. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas’ woes continued as it suffered a second straight beating this time, at the hands of Lebanon, 106-87, in the classification phase of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup Sunday night at Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in Beirut, Lebanon.Fadi El Khatib led the Lebanese’ wire-to-wire win with a tournament-high 36 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games By now, Nadal was pulling his own intimidating, topspin-lathered forehand up the line and attacking whenever del Potro left a ball short.It was quickly clear that the only doubt remaining was what the final score would be.“Just the fight to be in the final, and have a chance to fight for another title here, is so important for me,” Nadal said.Hours earlier, Anderson was so excited that he celebrated his semifinal victory as if it made him the champion, stepping on a chair and then a flower box to help him climb into his guest box in the stands.“I don’t know if it’s appropriate,” Anderson said. “It certainly felt the right thing to do.”Hip, leg and elbow injuries caused him to miss time this season. Ankle surgery, plus left knee, right shoulder and groin injuries were problems last year.He is appearing in his 34th major tournament and took advantage of a draw depleted by withdrawals of several top players, including past champions Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.“It’s nice that some of them gave us a bit of a shot to make a run in this tournament,” Anderson said. South African Kevin Anderson advances to US Open final Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after beating Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — Once Rafael Nadal went from passive to aggressive and got his uppercut of a forehand going, it didn’t take long for him to power into the U.S. Open final.Closing in on a third title at Flushing Meadows and 16th Grand Slam championship overall, Nadal overcame a so-so start with an overwhelming performance the rest of the way Friday night, taking nine games in a row during one stretch to beat 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT No. 1 Nadal will be a significant favorite Sunday against No. 32 Kevin Anderson of South Africa, who beat Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to become the lowest-ranked U.S. Open finalist since the ATP’s computer rankings began in 1973. The 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) Anderson, who won an NCAA doubles title at the University of Illinois, is equipped with a big serve, certainly, but he only once had even been a quarterfinalist at a major until this week. He’s also lost all four previous matches against Nadal.Plus there’s this: Nadal looked as good as ever over the last three sets against del Potro, further confirmation of his return to the height of his powers. Nadal is again healthy and capable of excellence, after wrist and knee injuries dulled his effectiveness in 2015 and 2016 — the first seasons since 2004 in which he not only failed to win a Grand Slam trophy but didn’t even make a final.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“It’s been an amazing season, of course, after a couple of years with some troubles, injuries, tough moments,” Nadal said. “So this year, since the beginning has been a very emotional year.”He reached the Australian Open final in January, losing to Roger Federer, then claimed his record 10th French Open championship in June. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Save for a less-than-dominant opening set Friday, in which Nadal had nine winners and 10 unforced errors, he barely missed his targets. His numbers the rest of the way: 36 winners, 10 unforced errors.Eventually, Del Potro’s flat, fearsome forehand became less dangerous, as if he suddenly remembered just how weary he was. Dealing with an illness, del Potro came back from a two-set deficit to win his fourth-rounder in five sets, then got past 19-time major champion Federer in the quarterfinals in four. Maybe it was all too much for del Potro, whose one Grand Slam title came via wins over Nadal in the semifinals and Federer in the final in New York eight years ago.That was the last time Nadal lost in a major semifinal ; he’s now won 15 in a row. This time, the 24th-seeded del Potro actually edged ahead with the match’s first break, going up 3-2 in the first set when a backhand return caught the net tape and took a fortuitous roll over to Nadal’s side for a winner.That was greeted with a chorus of “Ole, ole, ole, ole! Del-po! Del-po!” for the popular Argentine, who would serve out that set, punctuating it with a forehand.Maybe that woke up Nadal, who wouldn’t again relinquish a game until he owned the second set and a 3-0 lead in the third. The next time del Potro served, Nadal finally earned his first break point with some fantastic defense, throwing himself to his left to somehow get back one massive forehand from del Potro, who — perhaps stunned that ball came back — sent his next forehand long.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJose Rizal U tries to tighten its grip on third spot as it clashes with Letran on Thursday, while Emilio Aguinaldo College seeks to boost its Final Four hopes in NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Coming off overtime losses last week, the Heavy Bombers and Knights are gunning for victories that will give them the inside track in the race for Final Four berths.ADVERTISEMENT View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Busmen hope to chart return course toward AFC Cup Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 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 With a 6-4 record, JRU sits at third behind unbeaten Lyceum and San Beda. But a victory by the Knights, who hold an even 5-5 record, will forge a tie at third spot.The Generals tangle with the Mapua Cardinals at 4 p.m. with a win allowing them to move up to solo sixth spot.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 openingTied with Arellano and Perpetual Help at 4-6, EAC hopes for an improved performance after losing to San Sebastian last week.The Bombers absorbed a 110-115 double overtime defeat to Arellano last Thursday in a game where Tey Teodoro exploded for 30 points. JRU, however, faded late in the game and saw its four-game winning run snapped. —CEDELF P. TUPASlast_img read more

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first_imgConnect with the Editor World champion wrestler Sushil Kumar entered the Indira Gandhi stadium to the sort of deafening applause India reserves usually only for Sachin Tendulkar. When Saina Nehwal smashed her way out of a match point, the celebrations at Siri Fort and in millions of homes across India was no less than when India beat Australia in the nerve wracking, nail biting test match at Mohali.  A young mother came up to Organizing Committee Vice Chairman Randhir Singh at the Karni Singh shooting ranges, requesting for her son to be introduced to Abhinav Bindra. She wanted to click a picture of Abhinav Bindra with her son, so that each morning when the young boy woke up, he would have Bindra’s picture above his bed and would be inspired to emulate the heroics of the Olympic Gold Medalist. I cite these instances for all those who argue that the Commonwealth Games were a colossal waste. Never before in the history of this country have so many, followed the fortunes of sports stars outside cricket so closely. While the games are unlikely to transform India into a sporting power overnight, they are very likely to herald a new beginning for Indian sports. The ball that began to roll when Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore shot his way to a silver medal at Athens, the same ball that gathered momentum when Abhinav Bindra plucked gold at Beijing and Vijender and Sushil chipped in with a bronze each, is now likely to acquire an even greater momentum of its own. Because inspired by the heroics of Abhinav Bindra, Sushil Kumar, Vijender Singh and our other CWG stars, dozens of young boys and girls are taking to sports like never before. 10 years ago, few parents would have encouraged their children to take up professional sports. But just ask Pullela Gopichand about the impact that Saina Nehwal’s accomplishments have had on the number of young kids wanting to join his badminton academy in Hyderabad and you will know about the silent revolution that has begun to take shape. Before Saina, Sania’s exploits too had the same impact on tennis.  Haryana is a shining example of the magic that can unfold when youthful energy finds a platform and patronage. Inspired by Vijender, Akhil and Sushil and actively backed by the state government, hundreds of young kids are taking to taking to wrestling and boxing. The fact that athletes from Haryana won a whopping 14 golds and that Haryana would have stood 5th in the games had it contested as an independent country, is an example of what India’s youngsters can do when opportunity marries hard work.  While some might find the ways of Haryana Chief Minister Bhoopinder Singh Hooda to be very rustic, the fact remains that his patronage has transformed the lives of sportspersons in Haryana and given others the confidence that if they bring sporting glory they too can be assured of a good government job and enough money to sustain themselves and their families. The job of Deputy Superintendent of Police might not mean much to someone brought up in a middle class urban household but it means the world to a poor villager whose family has been denied growth opportunities for decades.  Where was Haryana in the last Commonwealth Games. In 2006 in Melbourne athletes from the state won 1 gold, 3 silvers and 1 bronze. In a period of four years, athletes have managed to win 15 of India’s 38 gold medals in the CWG. This is no less than a minor miracle. His cahoots might break CWG protocol by getting medalists to come and touch his feet after winning bouts, international delegates might be appalled by the sycophancy, foreign athletes might snigger but India owes a big thank you to the Haryana chief minister and his government for the champions the state has produced. Each champion will inspire a hundred dreams to take wing.While sports may not be a priority for Mayawati’s government in Uttar Pradesh, Karunanidhi’s government in Tamil Nadu, or for Yeddurappa’s bumbling government in Karnataka, but what is to stop some of the country’s more effective administrators like Narendra Modi, Nitish Kumar, Ashok Gehlot or Shiv Raj Singh Chauhan to give sports the same impetus and push as the Haryana CM. Just imagine the collective energies that would get unleashed if Chief Ministers got competitive about whose state wins more medals in international sporting events. India’s tally could double from 38 in time for Glasgow 2014. This is not an idle dream but one that India can achieve. We have one-sixth of the world’s population, if the state finds the will, the population will throw up the champions.  But will this ever happen in our country. I’m afraid the chances are bleak. The international athletes have barely left India’s shores and we are already getting word that the All India Congress Committee session to be organized on November 2, will be held at the Talkatora Boxing stadium. This is a royal shame. Thousands of crores of tax payer money was spent on building world class sports infrastructure. It will be the biggest travesty if politicians now come and hijack these facilities. Talkatora was created for boxers and must be used by them. Netas should find other venues to hold their political bouts.   In fact, if these games are being considered a success it is because of the stellar performances of our athletes, in no way attributable to the mess that India’s politicians landed the country in just before the games began. Every Indian had to bow his head in shame as story after story broke of gross mismanagement and unimaginable plunder. From the Prime Minister downwards, they are all to be held accountable for having allowed the mess to perpetuate. What was the PM doing when Suresh Kalmadi and company dragged their feet, intentionally allowed the delays to happen and then tried to push all expenses through at the last minute, knowing that the government had no option but to clear the spending because the game were nearing.  Ex-CAG Chief VK Shunglu has been appointed by the Prime Minister with the carte blanche to investigate all CWG related fraud, but it will serve no good, if the committee only looks for easy scapegoats. Kalmadi and Bhanot have gone underground, the noose is tightening around them. But they are not the only ones, responsible for having defrauded India. The rot runs deep. Even people close to the PM are culpable. Suresh Kalmadi and Sheila Dixit have been given a cold shoulder by both the PM and Sonia, who did not invite them for the athletes’ felicitation functions. But a mere cold shoulder is not enough. The villains of CWG need to be punished and sent to jail for having shamed India.  Chief Minister Sheila Dixit is already talking about giving the Olympics a shot somewhere during the 2020’s. There can be no worse idea. Unless accountability is fixed, unless the corrupt are jailed, unless professionals are brought in, unless the right lessons are learnt, the hosting of no mega sporting event will have the backing of the people of India, who will view them as another opportunity for corrupt netas to line their pockets.  Four CWG gold medal winner Gagan Narang said as he left our studios last night that he fears that taint and corruption are all that people of India will remember and that the achievements of our sportspersons will be forgotten after a week. The citizens of India cannot afford to do that. Athletes must be hailed and encouraged to strive for greater glory and the men and women who let India down must brought to book. 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first_imgRahul GandhiThis could be the year of change for the Congress. The buzz within the party is that Rahul Gandhi will be taking on a more decisive leadership role within the next few months. Highly placed Congress sources say that while Sonia Gandhi is keen to make him working president, Rahul does not feel he is ready yet. He has, however, agreed to play a more active role within the party. This will be the first step back that Sonia takes as Rahul steps forward to claim his legacy; party leadership is a major stop on the road to the goal to making him prime minister.An organisational as well as a comprehensive Cabinet reshuffle is planned post the Assembly elections slated for April-May. This will see many Cabinet heavyweights shifting to the organisation. Contrary to reports, Team Rahul will comprise not only greenhorns from his youth brigade, but will also have experienced leaders from the Rajiv Gandhi or Sanjay Gandhi era.Cabinet ministers such as Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni, Veerbhadra Singh, Sushilkumar Shinde, Kamal Nath, C.P. Joshi and G.K. Vasan are tipped to be drafted for party work. Most have been complaining that they are at odds in Manmohan Singh’s Government, where emphasis is on bureaucratic-like delivery systems instead of political governance. Manmohan has made this a government where professionals have eclipsed party veterans. The only genuine veteran who cannot be ignored is Pranab Mukherjee.Non-performers such as S.M. Krishna, B.K. Handique, Veerappa Moily and M.S. Gill are likely to be dropped. Gill, the former sports minister, is already sulking at being sidelined to the Department of Statistics in the last reshuffle.advertisementSonia Gandhi and Manmohan SinghThe idea is to groom a team that would connect with Rahul. Fresh faces that could be inducted into the government will vary from professionals such as spokespersons-cum-lawyers Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Manish Tiwari, young tribal leaders such as Gajendra Singh Raju Kheri and firebrand youth leaders Manicka Tagore and Vijay Inder Singla. “Low-profile state leaders will be inducted. Their brief will be to use their ministerial posts to improve development in their states. At least, this is what we are expecting,” explains a Cabinet minister.There is a need for revamp. “This is a government where the foreign minister reads the wrong speech, the law minister has not seen the inside of a court room for the last 40 years, the information and broadcasting minister is kept out of government information management, and where we have a risk-averse defence minister who is scared of taking a decision,” says a Congress Lok Sabha MP. Congressmen also complain that upa II is but an extension of upa I. “There are no new faces in the Cabinet. Despite all this talk of bringing in performers and young blood, we still see the same handful of people in Cabinet who were there for the last six and half years,” says another party MP.A change had been promised at the party headquarters ever since upa II took over in 2009 and four of the nine general secretaries became Union ministers. Of the remaining five, the only one with whom Rahul has a working equation is General Secretary Digvijaya Singh. He is courteous to Mohsina Kidwai, helping her with her luggage when he bumped into her on a flight to Lucknow, but has not called on her for political guidance even though she is a part of the Indira era. Another General Secretary, V. Narayanasamy, had a hard time keeping up with Rahul’s swift strides during the Madhya Pradesh Assembly campaign. When he takes over the party apparatus, he needs a team that can both mentor and walk alongside him.There is already a fledgling Team Rahul in place. He has a band of young MPs helping him plan his tours and take on such projects as the Youth Congress talent hunt. However, they work from Rahul’s residence at Tughlaq Lane and not the party headquarters. These include Milind Deora, Deepender Hooda, Jitin Prasada, RPN Singh, Madhu Yaskhi, Sandeep Dikshit and Sachin Pilot. Most are second-term MPs and young dynasts who entered politics at the same time as Rahul. He could now bring them into the system. Some are already ministers but they will be part of the Rahul rejig as he reshuffles his loyalists between the party and the Government. Congress Secretary Jitendar Bhanwar who is currently helping Rahul revamp the youth wings will remain at the party headquarters as Rahul’s right hand man.advertisementWhat is also worrying the party is the power play between senior Cabinet ministers. With Rahul still to indicate whether he is interested in the top job, a turf war has broken out between the second rung of leadership. “The planned reshuffle will end this, especially if he takes over as the working president or some post of authority. This will answer the question-after Manmohan, who?” says a Congress minister.Congressmen have also taken note of Sonia’s statement earlier this month. At a function in honour of the late Ranbir Singh Hooda, a freedom fighter and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s father, she said, “The biggest thing is that he chose to retire from politics at age 64. Today when people are hankering after power and post, the importance of such an outlook increases.” This was seen as a signal not just to end the power play within the Cabinet but some of her colleagues say that she has also indicated her own retirement plans. Sonia is 64 years old.Rajiv Gandhi was party general secretary in 1983-84 while his mother was the Congress president. But unlike Rahul, he did not limit himself to the youth wings but took an active interest in other party affairs. This kind of initiative is lacking in Rahul, who shrugs his shoulders and says that he has his own schedule whenever asked whether he will take on more responsibility. Hence the need to propel him in directions other than his own chartered course.For long, Rahul had only limited himself officially to the brief given to him as a general secretary. It’s only recently, however, that he has been increasing his scope of activities, albeit unofficially. Whether it is M. Karunanidhi or Hillary Clinton dropping in at 10 Janpath to meet Sonia, the young scion is there by his mother’s side. Whenever Rahul is asked about his views on anything other than the youth wing, he says he is a mere general secretary and not authorised to comment on such matters. But as a working president his brief would be broadened, while Sonia would function as the upa Chairperson and a Rajmata-like figure, overseeing the party.The feedback from Uttar Pradesh is not encouraging. This is a state that Rahul has identified himself very closely with. A wipe-out, especially after Bihar, would erode his credibility. Hence the need for him to consolidate his leadership before that. While touring Uttar Pradesh recently, Rahul met a group of young party workers at Raiphulwari. When he exhorted them that the only way forward in the state was to destabilise Mayawati, a young worker stood up and told him, “If you want to destabilise Mayawati, bring Priyanka.” According to the india today Mood of the Nation poll, Rahul’s ratings dropped nine points in a mere span of six months. Clearly, Sonia has realised that she needs to move fast before more party workers turn to Priyanka as their beacon of hope instead of Rahul.The 40-year-old has spent the last six-and-a-half years readying himself for leadership. “Why are you harping about 40 when we have a prime minister-in-waiting at 91,” laughs Digvijaya, taking a dig at L.K Advani, though the BJP leader is not yet a nonagenarian. Yet there is no denying the feeling of drift that has crept into the party. Talk to the average Congress worker and he will complain that the Sonia-Manmohan combination is on the wane. The reluctant Rahul has to play a larger role to energise the party. Now his party wants him to step up. “There is a wide constituency both inside and outside the party which believes he should play a far bigger role across the spectrum of issues in the public domain,” says Tiwari.advertisementThis is also one reason why Manmohan had to limit himself to a cosmetic reshuffle in January. The blueprint of the great Rahul makeover is still being worked out. “Rahul is achieving a quiet revolution of youth empowerment at the grassroots levels,” says Abhishek Singhvi. But this has not really happened.The much-trumpeted process of democracy in the youth wing has only thrown up a bunch of dynasts as youth Congress chiefs. Rahul admitted this at a press conference claiming that democracy has to start from somewhere. Unlike Sanjay or Rajiv, he has not been able to build his band of performers from the youth wing. A Meenakshi Natarajan lacks the fire of an Ambika Soni.During the party plenary last December, Digvijaya had told Rahul that most leaders on the dais, such as Bhupinder Hooda, Ahmed Patel, Ashok Gehlot, Mukul Wasnik and himself, were brought into the Congress by Rajiv when they were in their 30s. He added that they had passed their expiry date and it was now time for Rahul to groom his team.Rumours of Rahul being made working president have been doing the rounds ever since he refused a ministerial berth in upa II. “I cannot confirm or deny this news,” says a party general secretary enigmatically.There has not been a working president of the party since Kamlapati Tripathi was appointed by Indira. Later, Arjun Singh was made vice-president by Rajiv. This experiment did not work well in either case, leading to turf wars. However, Sonia would have no problems of promoting her heir apparent as the working president. The waiting game has to end soon.last_img read more