Djokovic in Brisbane, Nadal in Perth as ATP Cup draw made

first_imgThe final five nations in the ATP Cup standings, based on the ranking of their number one singles player, will be determined by the second entry deadline of November 13.The new-look start to the year offers Aus$22 million ($15 million) in prize money and a maximum of 750 singles and 250 doubles ATP rankings pointsIt will be held on the back of a revamped Davis Cup, run by the International Tennis Federation, in November, bringing together 18 nations in one place for a week at the end of the 2019 season.ATP Cup draw:Group A (Brisbane) – Serbia, France, South Africa +1 TBCADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Eight teams — with up to five players each — will emerge from the round-robin stage to compete in the knockout phase in Sydney until one is left standingMost of the world’s top 30 men will take part, with ties comprising two singles and one doubles match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40At the draw in Sydney, Djokovic’s Serbia were pitted against France, South Africa, Germany, Greece, Canada and wildcard entry Australia in Brisbane.Nadal’s Spain will face Japan, Georgia, Russia, Italy and the United States in Perth while Federer’s Switzerland take on Belgium, Austria, Croatia, Argentina and the Andy Murray-led Britain. Group B (Perth) – Spain, Japan, Georgia +1 TBCGroup C (Sydney) – Switzerland, Belgium, Britain +1 TBCGroup D (Perth) – Russia, Italy, USA +1 TBCGroup E (Sydney)   Austria, Croatia, Argentina +1 TBCGroup F (Brisbane) – Germany, Greece, Canada, Australia View comments Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical FILE – Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns the ball as he practices for the U.S. Open tennis tournament Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)World number one Novak Djokovic will begin his 2020 season in Brisbane, Rafael Nadal in Perth and Roger Federer in Sydney after Monday’s draw for the ATP Cup, the new world tennis team event.The championship, which will take place from January 3-12 in the lead-up to the year’s first Grand Slam, the Australian Open in Melbourne, will feature 24 nations split into six groups across Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Angels’ Mike Trout to have season-ending foot surgery LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own manlast_img read more

Gilas Women yield to New Zealand, bow out of Fiba Asia Cup winless

first_imgMatteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Boagni finished with 16 points and five rebounds to lead New Zealand, which finished third in the group and will face the either Japan or South Korea in the quarterfinals, while Natalie Taylor added 14 points and three steals. La Salle eager to get better after ‘disappointing’ loss to UP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gilas Women finished their campaign with a 0-3 record in Group B, losing all their matches by an average of 43.67 points.Janine Pontejos had 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field,and seven rebounds to lead the Philippines while Afril Bernardino added 12 points, five rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The Philippines still held a one-point lead, 15-14, at the end of the first quarter but New Zealand staged a 12-4 run just before the halftime break for a 36-28 advantage and never looked back.New Zealand led by as much as 20, 75-55, on free throws from Stella Beck with 1:40 to play. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines failed to advance to the knockout stage after losing to New Zealand, 75-57, to stay winless in the Fiba Women’s Asia Cup Thursday at Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru, India.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicscenter_img DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES This jewelry designer is also an architect P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Becoming his own man MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Araneta seeks fresh mandate as PFF president

first_imgLATEST STORIES FILE – PFF chief Mariano “Nonong” Araneta. Photo from Philippine Football Federation (pff.org.ph)BACOLOD CITY—Looking to sustain the development of the sport in the country, Mariano “Nonong” Araneta is seeking a fresh mandate as Philippine Football Federation president next month.Backed by representatives of 25 of the 32 provincial football associations, who will be voting at the PFF Congress on Nov. 28, Araneta hopes the football body’s performance over the last eight years will be enough to earn another term.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical “I’m happy that they’re here to signify their support and maybe because of what we have done for football in the last few years – it’s really based on performance,” said Araneta, who is on his second term after he was first elected in 2011.“I think they realized that although there are some things that are lacking, but overall football (in the country) has improved.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceUnder Araneta, the men’s national team reached its highest ranking of 111 and qualified for the AFC Asian Cup for the first time. The women’s side also made the AFC Asian Cup, while the PFF was feted by the AFC for its grassroots programs in the past three years.Araneta also made it a priority to form the Philippines Football League, which has a new sponsor in Qatar Airways. “But because of the circumstances right now, then I am forced to run again to protect football from infighting.”Araneta stressed the importance of Ceres as a standard-bearer for club football in the country as well as the support of Leo Rey Yanson when Azkals matches are held in Bacolod City.In fact, the club took an active role in hosting the joint Fifa World Cup and AFC Asian Cup Qualifying match between the Philippines and China at Panaad Stadium.“There’s been unity in the last eight years. We have achieved a united organization and that’s what’s important to us right now to continue moving forward,” Araneta said.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte to invite Robredo for a meeting in Malacañang PLAY LIST 00:51Duterte to invite Robredo for a meeting in Malacañang02:34Robredo calls for scrapping of ‘Oplan Tokhang’04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ Becoming his own mancenter_img Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics CSB Blazers escape JRU Bombers behind Carlos, Gutang Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The PFF chief said the deal with Qatar Airways will run for three years as the league gets fresh funding after a difficult first couple of years.On top of these achievements, Araneta is also hoping to see through the completion of the national football training center in Carmona, Cavite.Interestingly, Araneta announced his re-election bid in the hometown of Ricky Yanson, the Negros Occidental Football Association president, who had earlier declared that the current PFF chief will be his running mate.But with Yanson and three other siblings embroiled in a company dispute with younger brother Leo Rey, who owns the country’s top football club, Ceres-Negros, Araneta said he had to run to maintain the unity among stakeholders of the sport.“I was thinking of not running anymore as I have served football for a long time,” said Araneta, who is also part of the powerful Fifa Executive Council.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Leicester ties biggest EPL win with 9-0 rout of Southampton

first_imgLeicester’s Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring his side’s ninth goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Southampton and Leicester City at St Mary’s stadium in Southampton, England Friday, Oct., 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)SOUTHAMPTON, England— Leicester scored five first-half goals and another four after the break to destroy 10-man Southampton 9-0 on Friday and tie the biggest win in Premier League history.Manchester United beat Ipswich by the same score in 1995, three years after the English top tier was rebranded.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READ View comments Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Kyrie Irving to the rescue as Nets fend off Knicks comeback LATEST STORIES Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester moved second in the league as Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy both scored hat tricks at a wet St. Mary’s stadium.“We actually found out at 6-0 when Jonny Evans came sprinting over and said if we carry on doing what we’re doing we can get the record,” Vardy told Sky Sports. “We’ve gone all the way to the end and managed to do it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceSouthampton’s Ryan Bertrand became the first Premier League player to receive a red card after a VAR review for an incident in the buildup to Leicester’s first goal in the 10th minute.Leicester trails Liverpool by five points, and is ahead of third-place Manchester City by one point. Man City hosts Aston Villa on Saturday, and Liverpool hosts Tottenham in the 10th round’s standout game on Sunday. Vardy triggered an exodus of Saints fans with his second goal a minute later for 7-0, rising to head in Chilwell’s cross.With the rain continuing to pour and St Mary’s rapidly emptying, Maddison added his name to the scoresheet in the 85th. His curling free kick from just outside the box made it 8-0 — the scoreline by which Manchester City beat Watford earlier in the season.Vardy scored from the penalty spot right at the end for his hat trick as Leicester equaled the Premier League’s record winning margin in stoppage time, after Vardy had been brought down by Jan Bednarek.Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhuttl said: “I take 100% responsibility for this result. This cannot happen like this. For me, I’ve never had such an experience in my entire managing career.”As well as matching Man United’s 9-0 win against Ipswich, Friday’s rout sets a new marker for EPL away victories, exceeding United’s 8-1 win at Nottingham Forest in 1999.Southampton, which had named an unchanged lineup for the game like Leicester, dropped into the relegation zone behind 17th-place Newcastle on goal difference. The Saints haven’t won at home since April.Southampton included a tribute to the late Leicester chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha on the front of the match program, two days before the first anniversary of the helicopter crash which killed him and four other people.“The main thing that Khun Vichai ever wanted from us was to fight and win and I think you can see tonight that we’ve done that in amounts beyond what we’ve ever seen playing-wise,” said Vardy. “Credit to the boys and hopefully the boss is looking down on us.” Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ben Chilwell scored the opener for the Foxes when he side-footed home after Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn could only parry Harvey Barnes’ initial effort. Southampton quickly received another blow when Bertrand was ejected on review for stretching over the top of the ball with his studs making contact with Perez’s shin before the goal.It got worse for the hosts when Leicester broke down the left to make it 2-0 in the 17th after Youri Tielemans fired in a low effort from the center of the box following good work by Barnes down the left wing.Tielemans then set up Perez who made it 3-0 inside 20 minutes with his first goal for the club.Chilwell’s cross picked out Perez, whose impressive strike put the visitors 4-0 ahead in the 39th, and Vardy had time to add a fifth before the break with Southampton jeered off the field.Perez got his hat trick in the 57th. Barnes chipped the ball into the box, where Perez brought it down on his chest and slotted beyond Gunn.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Lionel Messi’s dead-ball hat-trick puts Barca back on top

first_imgMatteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi celebrate after scoring during the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and RC Celta de Vigo at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on November 9, 2019. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP)Lionel Messi delivered an incredible dead-ball hat-trick on Saturday to steer Barcelona to a 4-1 victory over Celta Vigo and ease the pressure on his coach Ernesto Valverde.Messi scored with a penalty and then a pair of sumptuous free-kicks either side of half-time after Lucas Olaza had briefly pulled Celta level with a free-kick of his own at Camp Nou. Sergio Busquets drove home to make sure of the win late on.ADVERTISEMENT Barcelona’s disgruntled fans had whistled their team against Slavia in midweek and when Olaza equalised for Celta, that tension and restlessness threatened to return.Instead, Messi took command, this hat-trick taking his tally to nine goals in seven games, 612 in total for his club.“Obviously when it’s tight we have the advantage of having the best player in the world and the best free-kick taker in the world,” said Busquets.Yet his precision from free-kicks is a skill the 32-year-old has worked on and improved in recent years, his conversion rate currently at four goals from his last seven attempts in the league.The last time a player scored a hat-trick from set-pieces in La Liga was when Messi himself achieved the same feat in 2012 against Espanyol, albeit with two penalties and one free-kick.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue There was good news for Barcelona too in the return of Luis Suarez, who came off the bench after recovering from a calf strain.Messi scored his penalty in the 23rd minute after Joseph Aidoo had blocked Nelson Semedo’s cross with his hand.It was Messi that conceded the foul for Olaza’s curling free-kick that was well-hit enough to beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen, even if the goalkeeper might have been disappointed not to be able to get across.There was little Celta keeper Ruben Blanco could do about Messi’s efforts, the first in stoppage time before the interval and the second three minutes after the restart.They were almost carbon copies of each other, bending over the wall and nestling in the top right-hand corner.Celta, under their new coach Oscar Garcia, never looked like mounting a comeback and Busquets put the result beyond doubt with a low shot five minutes from the finish.Real’s players might have been watching on their way home from Ipurua, where they went three up inside 29 minutes, Sergio Ramos scoring a penalty between two Benzema strikes, the second also a spot-kick after Ramos delegated to his teammate. Fede Valverde added a fourth in the second half.Benzema’s double takes him to 157 goals for Real Madrid, above Ferenc Puskas into sixth in the club’s all-time list, but his excellent display was trumped by a creative masterclass from Hazard.“His first half was very impressive,” said coach Zinedine Zidane. “We are happy and he will be a huge player for Madrid, for sure.”Hazard’s vintage performance LATEST STORIES Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Rice industry paralysis A 34th treble in La Liga puts Messi equal with Cristiano Ronaldo, while a much-needed win sends Barca above Real Madrid on goal difference and back to the top of the table at the end of a testing week.“It is impossible not to depend on Messi, he illuminates everything,” said Valverde. “We depend on him like any team would depend on him. He unlocked the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceMadrid had briefly claimed first place after continuing their own goal-surge by hammering Eibar 4-0, a game in which Karim Benzema scored twice and Eden Hazard exploded into life.But while Madrid appear to be hitting their stride, Barcelona’s momentum had stalled. After losing to Levante and failing to break down Slavia Prague in the Champions League, scrutiny had again turned on Valverde and his future as Barcelona coach. Australian boxer Dwight Ritchie dies in sparring accident MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Benzema latched onto Hazard’s pass in the 17th minute and after Valverde and Luka Modric missed, the ball spilled back to the Frenchman, who found the corner from an acute angle.Three minutes later it was two, Hazard the creator again, his feet too quick for Pablo De Blasis, who caught his opponent’s right leg. Ramos slid the penalty home.Hazard sparkled, with a brilliant nutmeg, a ‘rabona’ cross and too many glides past defenders to count.Ramos passed on the second Madrid penalty, awarded for a foul on Lucas Vazquez, to allow Benzema to make it three before Valverde had added a fourth, cracking in Modric’s pass for his first goal in La Liga.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Morning Newswrap August 23

first_imgDummy candidates for a price: India Today busts racket of election fixers in Uttar PradeshIndia Today’s special investigation team has busted the illusion of transparency that many politicians create in national and regional elections.Indian coaches just as good as foreign counterparts, says Dipa Karmakar’s coach Bishweshwar Nandi Dipa Karmakar’s coach Bishweshwar Nandi, who has has been conferred with the Dronacharya Award, said there should be more focus given to sports policy in the country.Former France president Nicolas Sarkozy to run for French presidency next year France’s former conservative president Nicolas Sarkozy announced he is running for the presidency again in next year’s elections, an awaited move that is expected to lead to a tough battle with rivals from his own camp.Hate Story 3 actor Zareen Khan: Bold scenes of only big stars are praised The Veer actor came under criticism because of a racy video she shot for along with Ali Fazal.last_img read more

Eoin Morgan slammed after pulling out of Bangladesh tour

first_imgEngland limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan has faced heavy criticism for his decision to pull out of the next month’s tour of Bangladesh due to security concerns.Morgan and batsman Alex Hales have decided against touring Bangladesh, the England and Wales Cricket board (ECB) announced on Sunday. (Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales pull out of England’s tour of Bangladesh)Morgan spoke about his concerns last week, citing his previous experience of security alerts in India and Bangladesh.However, a recent risk assessment by ECB’s security delegation deemed that the South Asian country was safe for the five-week tour to proceed, after concerns were raised following an attack by gunmen on a cafe in Dhaka which killed 22 people in July. (England to go ahead with Bangladesh tour after risk assessment)Two former England captains, Michael Vaughan and Nasser Hussain, have come down heavily on Morgan for opting out of the tour despite complete assurance from the ECB.In his column for The Telegraph, Ashes-winning captain Vaughan said Morgan “has made a huge mistake”.Vaughan, who captained England from 2003 to 2008, said Morgan has lost respect in the eyes of his team-mates.”You have to remember as an England captain: it is your job to lead in difficult circumstances. One main trait of a strong leader is they never ask a team-mate to do something they would not do themselves,” Vaughan said.”This is why Morgan has made a huge mistake. The players will support him in the press but there will be a little thought at the back of their minds that he went missing at a difficult time for the side.advertisement”As a captain you are always saying to the players, ‘It is going to get tough in the middle and you can’t have it all your own way’. You tell them to be strong so they can go the extra yard. I do not see how he can look them in the eye and ask them to do that in the future,” Vaughan opined.He further added that it will be difficult for the 30-year-old Morgan to make a comeback from here.”My problem is that Eoin is basically saying, ‘I do not trust the expert’. Reg Dickason (security advisor) will feel let down. So will the likes of Andrew Strauss and ECB chairman Colin Graves, who have rubberstamped the tour to proceed based on Reg’s advice.”Eoin has not trusted them to do their jobs either. How would he feel if they said they do not trust him to make good decisions on the field? It will be very difficult for him to come back from this. They will be angry that he has been stubborn,” he said.Sharing similar views, Hussain feels Morgan has let England down and has ‘undermined his authority’ as the captain.”Morgan has always been his own man but an England captain cannot stand by and watch his players do something he is not prepared to do himself. He should be with his team in Bangladesh,” Hussain wrote in his column for The Daily Mail.”The next time Morgan asks his team to go that extra yard one of them might look at him and think: ‘Hang on, when we put our necks on the line by going to Bangladesh and took ourselves out of our comfort zone, you weren’t with us. Where were you when we were surrounded by tanks and snipers and couldn’t leave our hotel rooms?’ It has to undermine his authority,” he added.Hussain, who captained England from 1999-2003, also questioned Morgan’s decision to tour India during the Indian Premier League year after year.”Morgan cites a security issue in Bangalore in 2010 as a big factor in his decision. He was close to a bomb going off while playing in the Indian Premier League.”But that hasn’t stopped him going back to India since then and playing in the IPL. Is it different? Are you any more secure travelling around India with England during the one-day tour in January than you would be in Bangladesh?”I would like Morgan to explain that. I would like him to tell us why, if he was spooked about being so close to that explosion six years ago, he has continued to go back to India year after year?,” he said.England are due to arrive in Bangladesh on September 30 for three ODIs and two Tests. The squad will be selected on Friday, with Jos Buttler replacing Morgan as ODI captain.last_img read more

Ex-Premier League manager Redknapp claims his players bet on a match

first_imgFormer Premier League manager Harry Redknapp said his players bet on the result of one of their matches, according to the newspaper investigation that has seen England coach Sam Allardyce lose his job.The Daily Telegraph’s undercover reporters filmed Redknapp discussing the game although the 69-year-old later told the paper he did not think it was against FA rules at the time.However, FA rules ban players from betting on matches they are involved in and managers are expected to report any misconduct.The Telegraph said lawyers for Redknapp said he was not aware of players betting on the match at the time.The newspaper did not say which club was involved. (Sam Allardyce contrite after being sacked as England manager)Former West Ham United, Portsmouth, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers manager Redknapp met reporters posing as representatives of a Far East firm that wanted to break into English football’s billion-pound transfer market.Redknapp has denied any wrongdoing. (England manager Sam Allardyce caught in newspaper sting)The newspaper’s revelations have so far led to Allardyce and Barnsley assistant manager Tommy Wright losing their jobs. Allardyce was sacked on Tuesday after the FA said he had behaved inappropriately following secret filming that showed him offering advice to businessmen on how to circumvent rules on player transfers. (Sam Allardyce sacked by English Football Association after newspaper sting)last_img read more

Du Plessis ton sets up big win for South Africa over Australia

first_imgStand-in captain Faf du Plessis hit 111 to set up another heavy win for South Africa over Australia, this time by 142 runs, in the second one-day international at the Wanderers on Sunday.Du Plessis was backed up by 82 from JP Duminy and 75 from Rilee Rossouw as South Africa scored 361/6 after being put in to bat by Australia.Top-ranked Australia was bowled out for 219 in less than 38 overs, with only half-centuries from David Warner (50) and Travis Head (51) to show from its batting lineup.South Africa lead the five-match series 2-0 after winning the first game by six wickets.Wayne Parnell took 3-40 for the best figures for South Africa. Australia gave two fast bowlers, Joe Mennie and Chris Tremain, their ODI debuts.last_img read more

ICC ‘disappointed’ with Faf du Plessis appeal

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has hit back at South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis for appealing its decision after being charged for ball tampering.World cricket’s governing body said that it is “disappointed that Faf du Plessis has chosen not to accept the findings of Match Referee Andy Pycroft and will instead exercise his right to appeal.”An ICC spokesperson said that a Judicial Commissioner will now be appointed to hear the appeal at the earliest opportunity. (Du Plessis says Adelaide Test best of his career)Du Plessis was found guilty of breaching Article 2. 2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct after television footage appeared to show him applying an artificial substance to the ball during the fourth day’s play in the second Test against Australia in Hobart.”The ICC will wait until the completion of the appeal before making full comment, but at this stage it is important to clarify the Laws of cricket. These state that a player should not use artificial substances to shine the ball. The ICC understands that to include , but is not limited to, sunscreen, lip ice and residue from sweets,” ICC said in a statement released early Friday. (Du Plessis hits defiant ton to silence Adelaide boos)”The ICC does not wish to prevent players from using these substances for legitimate purposes, however, any deliberate attempt to apply such substances to the ball, as was the case here, will not be acceptable. This will continue to be reported and the ICC confirms that unless the Laws are changed, the current practice of charging players when the evidence shows an obvious breach will continue. ICC Umpires will remind all teams of the Laws as they stand,” it added. (Nasser Hussain defends Faf du Plessis)advertisementThe spokesperson further said that following the appeal the body “will review the matter along with our members and the MCC to see if there are any learnings to be taken from this issue.”last_img read more

New Zealand beat India 3-2 at Four Nations Invitational hockey meet

first_imgIndia went down to New Zealand 2-3 in a hard fought encounter at the Four Nations Invitational hockey tournament in Melbourne on Saturday.For New Zealand, Nick Ross (47th minute), Jacob Smith (48th minute) and Hugo Inglis (57th minute) were the goal scorers while for India, Rupinder Pal Singh found the net in the 18th minute and 57th minute respectively.India will next play Malaysia for the third place on Sunday.Both teams started off on a positive note but it was India who dominated the first quarter by creating multiple circle penetrations. (Four Nations Hockey: India beat Malaysia 4-2 to register first win)Soon, New Zealand changed their strategy and started counter attacking and as a result Nick Ross came closest to the net by a reverse hit from the top of the box to the bottom corner.Akash Chikte was alert to the danger though, smartly saving to ensure the scores stayed level.India’s first opportunity came through a penalty corner (PC) but it was saved by the black sticks Captain Shea McAleese.India picked up the pace in the second quarter and started pressing high up the pitch every time they lost the ball.It paid dividends in the 18th minute, as Akashdeep Singh robbed New Zealand of the ball near the circle and drove in, only for the attack to be smothered by George Enersen.Off the rebound, Akashdeep struck a first time shot on goal, but the ball caught the foot of Kane Russell resulting in a stroke for India.advertisementRupinder Pal Singh made no mistake from the spot, dispatching the ball into the bottom left to give India the lead.India kept up the momentum after taking the lead. The goal meant New Zealand now had to come out of their shell and create the attacks and open up the game.The shift increased the influence of Sardar Singh in India’s midfield as he was afforded a lot of space to steer India’s game. The teams went into half time with India leading 1-0. (World Cup should be India’s next target, say hockey legends after Asian Champions Trophy triumph)In the third quarter, the teams went at each other with furious attacking intent, and again it was Chikte’s agility that prevented New Zealand from scoring an equaliser.A long cross field ball found Matt Rees-Gibbs at the far post and simple contact would’ve seen it sound the board.Chikte though dived at full stretch to block away the attempt and kept India in the lead. Nikkin Thimmaiah had an attempt from the top of the box, after a superb bit of improvisation, but saw his effort sail high. India led 1-0 going into the final break.In an action packed final quarter, New Zealand hit back with two quick goals, first via Nick Ross in the 47th minute, before Jacob Smith gave them the lead in the next minute.India now started creating attacking opportunities but New Zealand got a third via Hugo Inglis in the 57th minute.Rupinder Pal Singh pulled one back with a PC conversion but that was not enough to save the game.In the final minutes, India created several opportunities to draw level, but New Zealand held on for a 3-2 win.last_img read more

Courtois’ €40m Madrid move anything but a ‘dream’

first_imgIt seemed like the usual banality, but Thibaut Courtois was on the money when he said he wouldn’t instantly become No.1 as he was presented as a new Real Madrid player.Yet from the outside there didn’t look to be much doubt about the Belgian’s status after he arrived from Chelsea for £35 million (€40m) in August as Madrid’s main summer investment.Arriving after an impressive World Cup campaign with Belgium that saw him keep three clean sheets as his country finished third, Courtois was supposed to succeed Keylor Navas. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Real Madrid had tried unsuccessfully for three years to replace the Costa Rican goalkeeper, coming closest with a swap move for Manchester United’s David de Gea which broke down on transfer deadline day in September 2015.Courtois did not join Madrid to sit on the bench, but his start to life at the Santiago Bernabeu has seen more downs than ups. After a mistake against Alaves that cost Madrid a point last Saturday, he has faced criticism.Coach Julen Lopetegui retained his faith in Navas at the start of the season, picking the shot-stopper against Atletico Madrid in Real’s European Super Cup defeat — and saving Courtois a hostile evening playing against his former side.However he was made to wait two more matches before getting his first taste of action for Madrid, Navas starting in the opening two league wins.The Belgian was getting itchy feet but Lopetegui brought him in for two consecutive games, a 4-1 victory over Leganes and a disappointing 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao.Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid v Alaves, 2018No clean sheets, but the goals conceded were not Courtois’s fault. Leganes’s Guido Carrillo sent him the wrong way from the penalty spot and Madrid’s defence let him down at the San Mames for Iker Muniain’s goal. Perhaps at his very best he might have been able to cut out Oscar de Marcos’s cross, but Bilbao’s goal cannot be chalked up to error.Despite that, Lopetegui returned to Navas for the visit of Roma in the Champions League, showing he still hadn’t settled on his preferred choice. Madrid triumphed 3-0 in their best performance of the season.”It’s for the coach to decide who plays. He makes the decisions but nothing has been agreed,” Courtois told Belgian newspaper HLN. “There is no fixed rotation system in place or anything like that.”He was restored for the next three league games, but the tide started to turn against Madrid. A 1-0 win over Espanyol earned Courtois his first clean sheet, but he had little to do in a dull match, and was brought crashing back to reality by Sevilla in a 3-0 humiliation in Andalusia.Courtois might have done better with the second and third goals, parrying a shot into the path of Andre Silva (pictured below) before failing to race off his line to deal with a lofted ball back into the box for Wissam Ben Yedder’s strike.Andre Silva, SevillaIt was a chastening evening for Lopetegui and the coach reacted in a defensive display against Atletico Madrid that led to a goalless derby draw.That was Courtois’s best performance of the season, keeping both Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa at bay as the Atletico duo raced in on goal.After the game he defended his style and insisted he could pass well even though it was not his strongest point.”I’m not bad with my feet. Maybe I’m not amongst the best but I’m not bad either. I dare to play with my feet,” Courtois told Belgofut .“Sometimes, I give a bad pass but I know that more goalkeepers, who they say are phenomenal with their feet, commit more errors than me.”However it was his positioning that saw Courtois suffer his worst moment, in his next game.Misreading a last-minute Alaves corner, Courtois was badly positioned and could only push Ruben Sobrino’s header into the gleeful Manu Garcia’s path.It was salt in the wound for Madrid, who went a fourth game without scoring and suffered a second consecutive defeat after a 1-0 stumble against CSKA Moscow in Europe.This is what’s called a crisis, at a club as big as Madrid. For Courtois, who described his move to Real Madrid as a “dream”, it has been anything but so far.Keylor Navas, Real Madrid v Liverpool, 2018As Lopetegui looks for answers he may stop switching around his goalkeepers. That might bode well for Courtois who is still favourite to take over as the main man, but there is a chance that Lopetegui could lean the other way. It would have been easy for him to axe Navas but the Spanish coach has refused to do that.The two have similar statistics; Navas edges Courtois in that Madrid have won three of five games he has featured in, compared to two of six with the Belgian between the sticks. Each goalkeeper has two clean sheets and both have conceded six goals each.With Navas heading halfway across the world as Costa Rica play Colombia and Mexico during the international break, while Courtois only needs to go to Belgium for a clash with the Netherlands, Lopetegui might opt for the latter as Madrid get back to business against Levante on October 20.Along with a Champions League game against Viktoria Plzen on October 23, those two fixtures make up the rest of Madrid’s run-up to the Clasico on October 28.Courtois will be desperate to feature in the biggest game on the planet for the first time in his career. The clash at Camp Nou is a game which could either be the start of something special for him at Real Madrid, the type of fixture that makes a man, or even spell the end of Lopetegui’s reign should things go wrong.last_img read more

Hakimi agent not ruling out permanent Dortmund switch

first_imgAchraf Hakimi has not ruled out the possibility of making his loan from Real Madrid to Borussia Dortmund permanent, according to the player’s agent.The Bundesliga club’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said earlier this week he wanted to do a deal for the 20-year-old left-back after securing another loanee – striker Paco Alcacer – outright from Barcelona.And Morocco international Hakimi, who is on a two-year loan from the Bernabeu giants, is enjoying life in Germany. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! His agent Alejandro Camano told Goal and SPOX: “Borussia Dortmund is an amazing club and already feels like home for Achraf. “He feels really comfortable and is enjoying his time.”After Watzke celebrated securing Alcacer, he stated his intention of doing the same with Hakimi.”Dear Paco Alcacer, welcome to Borussia Dortmund,” he said.”And Achraf Hakimi – we will try to do the same thing with you, even though it will not be easy.”Alcacer’s loan deal had a clause for the option of a permanent deal written into it, and although Hakimi’s does not, Camano says Hakimi is grateful to able to stake his claim in Dortmund.”We will see what the future brings,” he added. “We don’t think about Real Madrid.”The deal between the clubs did not change and there were no talks with Real since he left them.”We are thankful to Dortmund for the chance that Achraf can play at the highest level in an amazing league like the Bundesliga. Only that counts.”Hakimi has made eight appearances in table-topping Dortmund’s unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season and has played twice in the Champions League, after making just nine league appearances for Madrid in 2017-18 under former coach Zinedine Zidane.Six assists in that time have raised his stock, though without an option to sign the full-back at the end of his loan spell, Dortmund may need to pay out a sizeable figure.last_img read more

Got to learn a lot from MS Dhoni while playing for Jharkhand: Ishan Kishan to India Today

first_imgPushed and rotated down the order in first four games by the Gujarat Lions, Ishan Kishan is much relieved to finally open the innings, a slot he bats on while playing for Jharkhand in domestic cricket.   From No 4 to 7, the Gujarat Lions team management experimented with the 18-year-old on all four batting positions in the first four games of the season. The talented youngster could only muster a total of 54 runs from three outings, which included a 16-ball 39 against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore.Now, back in his usual opening role, the left-hander has responded with two 30-plus knocks in the last two matches.”I have to make most of this big opportunity. The team combination was such that I was batting lower down the order. But, I never thought that it is not my slot. I wanted to perform in whatever role was assigned to me. Now, opening the innings with someone like Brendon McCullum, is a big thing for a youngster like me,” Kishan told INDIA TODAY.Much before he rubbed shoulders with international stars in this year’s IPL, the Ranchi lad, just like the rest of his state team players, was lucky to have the company of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the dressing room this domestic season.It turned out to be a perfect preparation for the T20 extravaganza.”When you have someone like MSD in your dressing room, there is no need to ask for anything else. I got to learn so much from him while playing for Jharkhand this season. Batting alongside in the nets, he used to tell us about all aspects of the game. It helped me a lot while batting in a pressure situation during the IPL with more than 40,000 people present in the stadium,” says Kishan.advertisementNearing 36, Dhoni can still give many youngsters a run for their money when it comes to testing fitness levels. Kishan is hugely inspired with the way former India skipper manages his body.”What he (Dhoni) stresses most on is about maintaining a good fitness level. He told me that if you are not working on your fitness then it will eventually affect your game a lot. I used to always concentrate only on bating and bowling earlier. If you look at our team’s showing this season, Jharkhand did well in every format. It was all due to the superb fitness level maintained by the players. We were putting the same kind of effort in our eighth Ranji game as we had put in the very first one.”Another India great who has had a huge impact on the wicketkeeper-batsman is Rahul Dravid, also the national Under-19 team coach.”During the World Cup, Dravid Sir was our coach. He told me about the mistakes I was making and all the technicalities. He also told us about the player-owner relationship in the IPL, about how much confidence a player gets if his owner supports him. It has really helped me a lot.”With his U-19 mates Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson having already made their India debuts, Kishan knows that the opportunity will come knocking his door as well.”It is really a good competition (amongst youngsters), they are doing really well too. But, I don’t want to think about them. I keep telling myself to get better with each game. That is what I want to focus on right now.”last_img read more

SEE PICS: Virat Kohli takes girlfriend Anushka Sharma out on a lunch date

first_imgFrom cute Valentine’s Day messages to Instagram profile pictures, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma never cease a chance to give their fans some major relationship goals. They are one of the coolest couples in town, and their public appearances have become a hit among their fans.  It was only recently that Anushka and Virat were spotted on a lunch date in Bengaluru. Virat, who is currently representing Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL, took a break from his busy schedule to spend some time with his girlfriend. The pictures from their lunch date are already breaking the internet.Photo Courtesy: Instagram While Anushka looked pretty in a summery dress, Virat sported a casual look for the lunch date.It was only last week that Anushka accompanied Virat at RCB’s 10 year celebration. Going by their PDA, it seems the couple is all set to take their relationship to the next level soon.The Ae Dil Hai Mushkil actor was once a constant fixture at Virat’s matches, but that stopped being the case when she got trolled every time Virat’s team lost a match. The cricketer stood up for his girlfriend and tweeted, “Shame on people for trolling @AnushkaSharma non-stop. Have some compassion. She has always only given me positivity.”On the work front, Anushka will be next seen opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Imtiaz Ali’s next.ALSO READ: Aamir Khan to work with Dangal girl Fatima Sana Shaikh in Thugs of Hindostan ALSO READ: Looking back at Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma love storyadvertisementALSO WATCH: Virat-Anushka’s bhangra at Yuvraj-Hazel’s wedding is too good to misslast_img read more

Australian Open Super Series: PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal crash out in quarters

first_imgIndian stars P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal were knocked out of the $750,000 Australian Open Super Series badminton tournament following defeats to Tai Tzu and Sun Yu respectively in the quarter-finals.Sindhu lost to World No.1 Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei 10-21, 20-22, 16-21 while Saina was defeated by Sun Yu 17-21, 21-10, 17-21.Sindhu won the first game before Tai staged a strong comeback to register a 10-21, 22-20, 21-16 verdict in the women’s singles clash which lasted for about an hour.The top seeded Tai improved her head to head record against World No.4 Sindhu to 7-3.In the opening game, Tai had no response to Sindhu’s smashes as the Rio Olympics silver medallist dominated the proceedings to pocket it easily.Tai, however, made a strong comeback in the second game, taking a 4-1 lead, before Sindhu clawed her way back to 8-8.It was a neck and neck battle at that time, and Sindhu then took a 13-10 lead, before Tai won four points on the trot to take a 14-13 lead which she extended further to 18-14.Sindhu made a critical error at that stage where she allowed Tai to save the match point, and take the game into the decider with a 22-20 win.The final game was again a close contest with both players trying to outwit each other. While Sindhu raced to a 14-10 lead, Tai kept her nerves to stage a comeback and make it 15-15.Towards the end, the Chinese Taipei shuttler played her A game to pocket the game 21-16.advertisementIn the other match, Sun Yu dominated the opening game taking a 8-4 lead before extending it further to 11-9 at the break. Saina, however, made a strong comeback after the break and went ahead 15-13 before Sun Yu gained eight straight points to pocket the game.In the second game, Saina surged ahead taking six straight points to lead 7-3 and went to the break at 11-4. Coming back, the Hyderabadi never allowed the Chinese to settle and extended her lead to 18-10 and easily winning it 21-10.The decider witnessed fierce battle between the two shuttlers splitting at 4-4 and then going neck and neck till 9-9 before Saina took the lead at 11-9.Post the break, Sun Yu took three points in a row to make it 12-12 and then went ahead with six straight points to make it 19-15. She kept her nerves and didn’t allow the Indian free her arms to run away with the match 21-17.Sun Yu will now take on Nozomi Okuhara, who beat fellow Japanese Sayaka Takahashi in another quarter-final tie.last_img read more

DRS to be used in T20Is, teams to not lose reviews on ‘umpire’s call’ in LBW decisions

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executives’ committee has approved all recommendations made by the ICC cricket committee in May, which include the use of Decision Review System (DRS) in all T20I games and teams not losing a review when an LBW review comes back as Umpire’s Call.This means that from October 1, teams will not lose a review for “umpire’s call” verdicts under the DRS.The 80 over top-up of reviews in Test cricket has been removed. The committee also approved the minimum standards for the use of DRS for international cricket. This includes the mandatory use of accredited ball tracking and edge detection technology.From October 1, teams will not lose a review for “umpire’s call” verdicts under the decision review system (DRS). The ICC chief executives’ committee on Friday approved this and all other recommendations made by the ICC cricket committee in May.A number of the approved recommendations were related to the DRS. Teams will no longer have their reviews topped up at the 80-over mark in Test matches. DRS, meanwhile, will now be used in the T20I format as well.The other changes approved by the committee include:- Bat size restrictionsIn order to restore the balance between bat and ball, the ICC approved recommendations relating to bat sizes.The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) World Cricket Committee in Mumbai, which included Australian legend Ricky Ponting among other cricket luminaries and is chaired by former England captain Mike Brearley, last year suggested that size of a bat’s edges and depths should be limited to 40 mm and 67 mm, respectively.advertisement”As a result, the main Committee of MCC will be asked to approve a limit to bat edges of 40mm and bat depths of 67mm (60mm for the depth plus an allowance of 7mm for a possible curve on the face of the bat). If approved, these changes will be implemented into the new code of the Laws of Cricket, which will be introduced on 1 October 2017,” the MCC suggested.”Many of the top players’ bats have edges of between 38mm and 42mm, but there are some which have edges of up to 50mm, which was felt to be excessive and in need of restriction,” the governing body emphasised.- Punishments for on-field misconductAs in football, umpires will now be vested with the power to send players off the field for serious incidents of misconduct. “All Members,” the ICC said, “have agreed to implement this in full.””The MCC world cricket committee recommended that umpires be empowered “to eject cricketers from a game for serious disciplinary breaches” such as threatening an umpire, physically assaulting another player, umpire, official or spectator, and any other act of violence on the field,” the MCC had in December said in a release.”The World Cricket committee believes that the game must now include a mechanism to deal with the worst disciplinary offences during the match and not subsequent to it as is presently the case. If approved, the ability to send a player off would therefore come into effect at all levels of the game from 1st October 2017,” it added.- Run-out rule changeBatsmen will be ruled to have made their ground if their bat bounces after being grounded behind the crease.last_img read more

Set up a 24-hour helpline for athletes: Pullela Gopichand on doping

first_imgConcerned about the rise in doping violations, chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand on Sunday suggested setting up of a 24×7 medical helpline to ensure that sportspersons don’t use over-the-counter drugs.The former All England champion came up with the suggestion during the sixth meeting of the All India Council of Sports (AICS) chaired by Vijay Kumar Malhotra.”Gopichand mentioned that most of the sportspersons take off the counter medicines like Corex and get caught in dope. In the recent case of women athlete also, it is doubted that she took medicine for stomach upset and got caught in dope,” the AICS said in a statement.”Gopichand suggested that NADA should create a 24×7 helpline so as to enable sportspersons to seek advice before taking any medicine.”Sprint queen PT Usha pointed out that only two dope collecting officials are deployed for a large numbers of sportspersons.”During this time, there are chances of inter-changing the dope samples.”Sports Authority of India’s director general Injeti Srinivas said it would be better if each federation appoints an expert director for each discipline, one who should be available to give advice to their respective sportspersons.The SAI DG also mentioned that as a precautionary measure, the dope collecting officers are regularly changed to avoid any vested interested.Malhotra expressed his anguish over the rampant cases of dope and the recent media coverage “tarnishing the image of not only sports but also the image of the country”.last_img read more

Punjab to seek GST exemption for job work sector

first_imgChandigarh, Aug 3 (PTI) Punjab will seek exemption for unorganised job work sector from GST and pitch for removing anomalies in the tax rates during the upcoming meeting of the GST Council on August 5, a state minister said today.Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal, who will attend the GST Council meeting, said he will also raise the sensitive issue of GST on langar (community kitchen) in the Golden Temple. Manpreet has been meeting representatives of several industry verticals, including sports goods and textile, to know about their grievances regarding GST.”Textile industry is seeking complete GST exemption for job work sector. Besides, other industries like bicycle have also sought similar exemption for job work,” Badal said.”People engaged in job work sector which does embroidery work, buttoning etc run operations from their houses. This sector should be exempted as there is not going to be huge collection of tax from it,” said Badal.He further pointed out anomalies in tax rates existing in several verticals like sewing machines, tractor industries, garment and sports goods industries.He further said he will also take up the issue of GST on langar.The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) had pointed out that GST would cause adverse effect on buying of food items for langar purposes.The Golden Temple faces an extra financial burden of Rs 10 crore a year with the implementation of the GST.Badal while taking a dig at Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said she was the union minister who could take up GST on langar issue with the central government.advertisementOn the issue of seeking permission for more borrowing from the Centre to implement debt waiver, Badal said the central government should accept the request of the state government for a one-time exemption from the provisions of the FRBM Act, 2003 that restrict its borrowings to a maximum of 3 per cent of the GSDP. He said the Centre should give one-time exemption to the state as it had done while converting settlement of Rs 31,000 crore cash credit limit issue to debt. “Why should they refuse us (one time exemption)? Three months back, Rs 31,000 crore was converted into loan by the Centre. Was not it relaxation in FRBM,” he asked.Chief minister Amarinder Singh in a letter to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, had sought a one-time exemption to the state government from the provisions of the FRBM Act, 2003 that restrict its borrowings to a maximum of 3 per cent of the GSDP.The chief minister had sought permission from the Centre to allow the state government to raise additional borrowings of Rs 10,000 crore from financial institutions/market to help mitigate the financial distress of the farmers. On the issue of recovery notices sent by banks to farmers, Badal said he will take up the matter with the RBI in this regard, saying banks should not “humiliate” growers.On giving smartphones as promised in poll manifesto, Badal said the government may start distributing mobile handsets from Diwali. “It may be Diwali. We will conduct competitive bidding for it and those companies who give phones of best terms will be selected,” he said.The Congress before polls had promised to give 50 lakh smartphones with one year of free data and calling to the youth in the state, to empower them and connect them digitally, once it comes to power. PTI CHS MRlast_img read more