Pacers use late-game magic to slip past Orlando

first_imgRead Next Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) scores in front of Orlando Magic guard Mario Hezonja (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis. APINDIANAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo and Lance Stephenson delivered the perfect combination for the Indiana Pacers.After watching their fatigued and foul-prone teammates spend most of the first 3 1/2 quarters scrambling to stay close, the tag-team energizers took matters into their own hands Saturday night. They drove and dished, they made shots and they defended.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City It was a knockout finish.Oladipo scored 24 points, Stephenson added a season-high 21, each had five rebounds and six assists, and the Pacers overcame a late 10-point deficit to get past the struggling Orlando Magic 114-112.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“When that energy (is there), when the crowd is into it, the players are into it, the bench is into it — it’s unlike any other,” Oladipo said. “It’s a great environment to be a part of. It might be a little tougher you know, playing as hard as we did yesterday and coming in (tonight) and trying to repeat. But it’s a part of the NBA.”The Pacers powered through on grit. LATEST STORIES Magic coach Frank Vogel expected nothing less from his former team.Each time he sensed the Pacers were about to make a run, Vogel called timeout even after the Pacers cut a 106-96 deficit to 106-95 on Sabonis’ layup with 5:32 to go.But the last timeout didn’t slow down Oladipo, Stephenson or the Pacers, who scored the next six points to take a 111-106 lead.Gordon had 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists and Evan Fournier wound up with 19 points for the Magic, who have lost seven straight in the series and 19 of their last 22. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH After trailing by as much as 21, Oladipo’s 21-footer in the midst of a 15-0 run finally gave the Pacers their first lead at 107-106 with 3:30 to play. And they closed it out by finishing the game on an 18-6 run over the final 6:15.Still, it almost wasn’t enough.After Domantas Sabonis missed 1 of 2 free throws with 20.5 seconds to go, Orlando got two chances to tie the score and one to win it.But Aaron Gordon missed a 16-footer with 12.5 seconds left then missed two free throws with 7.9 seconds to go and Jonathan Simmons missed the go-ahead 3-pointer before Oladipo finally corralled the last rebound.“We knew it was going to be a tough second half. We played lockdown defense and we fed off of (the energy),” Stephenson said. “I know we had a tough rebounding night, but we made up for it. We just kept playing.”ADVERTISEMENT Wall held out as Wizards overwhelm Hawks Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But he didn’t start.“We’re going to be patient with his return and work him back into the rotation,” coach Nate McMillan said before the game. “And Domantas has been doing a pretty good with the starting unit.”In less than 11 minutes, Turner had four points three rebounds and no blocks.FIGHTING THROUGHVogel wasn’t sure how long he’d last on the sideline.During pre-game availability, Vogel acknowledged he’s tried myriad treatments to fight off a cold and his voice was still pretty weak.“I’m going to try to coach but I’ve been coughing an awful lot so we’ll see how that goes,” Vogel said.He did make it through but is now 0-3 at Indiana and 0-7 against his former team. “We knew we’d have to win the second half different than we won the first half, our intensity would have to be greater,” Vogel said. “That’s what it looked like, and we weren’t able to hang on.”TIP-INSMagic: Elfrid Payton had 12 points and five assists on a night Orlando shot 54.5 percent from the field and scored 70 points in the first half. … Only 10 opponents have failed to score at least 100 points against the Magic this season. … Orlando has lost 18 of its last 20 to Indiana, dating to March 2013, and hasn’t won in Indianapolis since 2014.Pacers: Thaddeus Young scored 20 points and Sabonis finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. … After shooting 33.3 percent in the first quarter, Indiana shot 63.4 percent from the field in the second half. … Indiana has given up 143 points in the first half of its last two games. … The Pacers have won 10 of their last 11 home games against Orlando.HE’S BACKPacers center Myles Turner returned to action Saturday after missing the previous nine games with an injured right elbow. 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DeRozan’s shooting lifts Raptors over Blazers 130-105

first_imgPortland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard, right, scores past Toronto Raptors Serge Ibaka, center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan scored 35 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 18 and the Toronto Raptors beat Portland 130-105 on Friday night, their sixth straight win over the Trail Blazers.Fred VanVleet scored 16 points, Kyle Lowry had 15 and Pascal Siakam 13 as the Raptors improved their home record to 20-4, the best mark in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC DeRozan made 11 of 22 shots and matched his career-high by making six 3-pointers. He finished 6 for 10 from long range.The Raptors made a season high 19 3-pointers. Toronto shot 19 for 40 from behind the arc, with nine players making at least one 3-pointer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDamian Lillard scored 32 points, becoming the fastest player in franchise history to reach 10,000 for his career, but Portland’s four-game winning streak was snapped. The Blazers have lost five of their past seven on the road.CJ McCollum scored 21 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 20, but no other Portland player had more than five through the first three quarters. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH After winning an NBA-high 11 games in January, the Blazers opened their February schedule on a losing note.Lillard came in 12 points away from 10,000. He reached the milestone on a driving layup with 45 seconds left in the first quarter, then passed it with a 3 at 9:06 of the second.DeRozan scored 16 points and Valanciunas had 11 as the Raptors led 37-18 after one. Lillard was the only Portland player to deliver offensively in the opening quarter, scoring 12 points and making 4 of 5 shots. The rest of the Blazers combined to shoot 2 for 13.Nurkic scored 13 points in the second and McCollum had 11 but DeRozan added 10 more for the Raptors, who made seven 3-pointers in the quarter and led 74-52 at halftime.Toronto led 101-80 heading to the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT Kemba’s 41, fast start help Hornets beat Pacers 133-126 View commentslast_img read more

Wozniacki into second French Open quarterfinal

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Svetlana’s a great player, especially on clay so I knew it wouldn’t be easy,” said the 26-year-old after her eighth win in 14 meetings against the Russian.Sunday’s clash was their first on clay.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I played a great first set but I still knew I had to stay cool and aggressive.” Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki returns the ball to Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on June 4, 2017 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMONCaroline Wozniacki reached the French Open quarterfinals for the first time in seven years on Sunday with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 win over 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.Danish 11th seed Wozniacki, who made her only other last-eight appearance in Paris in 2010, faces either Australia’s Samantha Stosur or Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia for a semifinal place.ADVERTISEMENT La Salle fights off gutsy UE for 4th win Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Vanguardia hopes Phelp’s return helps them get over playoff hump

first_imgRather than be down, the soft-spoken mentor has every reason to feel optimistic as he expects Eugene Phelps to return for another tour of duty for the Fuel Masters in the upcoming 2017 Governors’ Cup.“Hopefully, with Eugene Phelps helping us next conference, he can help us get that first playoff win which is very elusive,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPhoenix has made it to three straight playoffs after missing the boat in its first conference when it entered the league last season. Unfortunately, it met famed foes in all of those tries and quickly bid its title hopes goodbye.That fact isn’t lost on the mentor. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pumaren, Cone surprised to get techs for trying to pacify Tenorio, Romeo View comments LATEST STORIES Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia quickly shrugged off his disappointment after the Fuel Masters suffered another quarterfinal exit, this time at the hands of San Miguel, 115-96, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT But this time, the man Vanguardia fondly calls “El Destructor” will once again be in the country for the long haul.“He’s lock and loaded,” he said. “He has already signed with us and is committed with us.”Phelps saw action for only a game this past conference, recording 53 points, 21 rebounds, and five blocks in Phoenix’s conference-opening 118-116 double-overtime victory over Blackwater.With Phelps in tow, Vanguardia believes that the high-scoring import is the cure to the Fuel Masters’ succession of futility.“We’re staying positive. We got to get over that hump and hopefully by next conference we get that first playoff win for Phoenix,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudscenter_img Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Gameslast_img read more

Stags shame Chiefs

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUnfazed by the home crowd, San Sebastian’s Michael Calisaan stood tallest as the Stags overcame the Arellano Chiefs, 65-56, in a bruising encounter for their first victory in the 93rd NCAA basketball tournament at Arellano Gym in Manila.Hardly intimidated playing in hostile territory, Calisaan dished out a double double with 12 points and 13 rebounds apart from anchoring the Stags’ airtight defense that shut down the Chiefs down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena “I’m used to it,” said Calisaan, referring to the scenario of playing against the home crowd. “I grew up playing in inter-barangay and inter-town leagues which usually means playing against the crowd. But coach told us to continue playing aggressive, despite the foul trouble.”The Stags evened their card at 1-1, bouncing back from a 67-76 loss to the San Beda Red Lions in Saturday’s opener.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“We knew we needed to really stepped up on our defense in the fourth quarter,” said San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya.Determined to take the crowd out of the game, the Stags got off to a rousing start by outscoring Arellano, 24-8, in the opening period of the first “NCAA on Tour” match this season. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES The Las Piñas-based school is seeking to uphold the Altas’ victory over the Blazers because they were penalized twice— first with a technical free throw and later, a forfeiture order.“We’re still deliberating on it today (yesterday),” said NCAA Management Committee chair Fr. Glynn Ortega, O.A.R., of host San Sebastian.In a statement, Perpetual said it was surprised why commissioner Arturo “Bai” Cristobal and the Mancom allowed the game to push through.Even St. Benilde coach TY Tang agreed that “the game should have been over before it started.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img View comments MOST READ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Gilas fate hangs on future pro stars But the Chiefs drew strength from Kent Salado as they came to within 50-52 with a little over four minutes left.Calisaan and RK Ilagan joined forces to close out the game with a 13-6 burst, while Arellano’s Salado and Archie Concepcion lost their cool and were slapped with unsportsmanlike fouls.Marwin Taywan was also ejected for hitting Allyn Bulanadi’s head.Arellano, which overpowered Mapua, 91-82, also on Saturday, dropped to 1-1.Meanwhile, Perpetual Help would challenge the decision of the NCAA, which forfeited the Altas’ 69-65 win over St. Benilde on Tuesday for wearing the wrong uniform color.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Gameslast_img read more

Neymar slams Barca bosses after PSG home debut

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “I hope that things will improve for Barca and that they will become a team that can rival others.”However, former Tottenham flop Paulinho’s arrival has not been warmly received by Barca fanatical supporters at the Camp Nou.Over 80 percent of fans urged the club not to pay more than 20 million euros for Paulinho in a survey conducted by Barcelona sports daily Mundo Deportivo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Despite securing the massive fee for Neymar, Barcelona are struggling to replace him before the transfer window closes.The club have had bids in excess of 100 million euros for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele turned down.And the club have been criticised for splashing out 40 million euros ($47 million) for Brazil midfielder Paulinho, who has spent two years at Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande.But Neymar said he could not comment on what the club were doing before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.“I cannot speak now I am in another team. I don’t know what’s going on there, but I see my old teammates sad, and it’s that which makes me sad because I have a lot of friends there,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “I want to speak the truth, I’m very sad with them,” said the Brazilian star who cost the Paris club a world record 222 million euros ($261 million) to prise from Barcelona.“I spent four years there and I was very happy. At the start, I was happy. I spent four beautiful years there and I parted happy. But with them (the club’s directors), no.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“For me, they are not the people who should be there, for the direction of Barca,” said Neymar.“Barca deserve much better and the whole world knows it.” Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar applauses after winning the French L1 football match Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) vs Toulouse FC (TFC) at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on August 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / bertrand GUAYParis Saint-Germain’s world record signing Neymar launched a scathing attack on his former club’s directors, saying “Barca deserve much better”.The people in charge at the Catalan giants “are not the people who should be there, for the direction of Barca,” Neymar told reporters after scoring twice on his home debut as PSG thumped Toulouse 6-2 in Ligue 1 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Uichico rues Gilas’ bad shooting in tough outing vs Thailandcenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters 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 Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Pumaren wants better decision-making from UE after 2nd loss

first_imgUE went just 1-of-4 in uncontested field goals while FEU was far better going 11-of-15.Passing was also a thorn on the Red Warriors’ game tallying just 19 assists as compared to FEU’s 26. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Phoenix trial begins for NBA players accused of assault NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Pumaren rued his team’s reliance on isolation plays instead of finding open shots and executing extra passes.“I was telling them to move the ball, don’t force shots, and I told them even after our game against NU [National University],” said Pumaren, whose team lost 86-69 against the Bulldogs in the opener.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 fine with me if you dribble and try to attack your man, go ahead, but if you’re just going to dribble the basketball and you know there are no stats in basketball that says ‘most number of dribbles.’”In their game against the Bulldogs, the Red Warriors went 4-of-8 on uncontested shots and that mark was worse against the Tamaraws. 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’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter starting the season with two straight losses, University of the East head coach Derrick Pumaren wants a stronger mental game from his players.The Red Warriors dropped to 0-2 after losing to Far Eastern University, 90-83, in the UAAP Season 80 seniors’ basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

First Test- Day 5: Bhajji, VVS help India save the match against NZ

first_imgAs the match was heading nowhere, it was decided to call off the game and handshakes follwed. Yet another Test match that has been won/saved by India despite staring at near defeat. Not for nothing are they ranked No. 1 in Tests. Kiwis lost one wicket before the match was declared drawn.Ealier, feisty off-spinner Harbhajan Singh slammed his maiden Test century but V V S Laxman fell short of his ton after the duo took India to safe shores at tea on the final day of the opening cricket Test against New Zealand in Ahmebad on Monday. SCORECARDHarbhajan, who made his highest score of 69 in the first innings, bettered that display to remain unconquered on 110 off 179 balls with the help of three sixes and 10 fours.But his seventh-wicket partner Laxman missed his century by nine runs as India, reeling at 15 for five at one stage on Sunday, piled on 255 for 8 at tea for an overall lead of 283 with Harbhajan and Pragyan Ojha (7) at the crease.With just one session left, the match is headed for a draw, which will be the sixth out of 11 Tests at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera.Harbhajan, who put on 163 runs for the seventh wicket with Laxman to guide India to safety, reached his maiden hundred in style with a six off Vettori.Laxman was wrongly given out leg before wicket to rival team captain Daniel Vettori by umpire Steve Davis as TV replays showed the ball had deflected on to the pad off the inside edge of the bat.advertisementLaxman and Harbhajan took India from a difficult 65 for six on Sunday evening at the fall of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s wicket and were not separated till close to the tea interval when Vettori won the verdict against the former. The duo was together for 10 minutes under four hours and faced 328 balls.Vettori also sent back Zaheer Khan off the next ball, to another questionable decision by the same umpire as the bat and pad were close together when the ball hit its target, to be on a hat-trick which was staved off by Ojha.Earlier, Laxman and Harbhajan made sure that India did not lose a wicket in the pre-lunch period of play by cautious aggression. Harbhajan was the aggressor complementing Laxman’s vigilant stay as the hosts made 164 for 6 to be ahead by 192 runs.The duo, especially Harbhajan, were in a more aggressive mood in the post-lunch period as they raised 200 of the innings in the 11th over after resumption with the off spinner on 85 compared to Laxman’s 74.Harbhajan was fortunate to be dropped by wrecker-in-chief Chris Martin off his own bowling when seven short of the coveted three-figure mark when the batsman tried to flick and offered a difficult return catch.Zaheer Khan fell off the first ball but Ojha prevented Vettori from achieving a hat-trick.Harbhajan flat-batted, swept, drove on the up and swung his way second half century of the match with a couple off wrecker-in-chief Chris Martin after Laxman had completed his a few minutes earlier.While Laxman’s 27th half century came in a little over 240 minutes and off 154 balls when he pull-swept Jeetan Patel for his first boundary and fourth of the knock, Harbhajan’s contained 5 fours and a six and took him only 106 minutes and 78 balls to compile.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Asian Games 2010: Indian shooters win bronze in men’s douple trap event

first_imgIndian shooters’ gold drought continued and the trio of Ronjan Sodhi, Asher Noria and Vikram Bhatnagar settled for bronze in the men’s double trap event in the Asian Games in Guangzhou on Sunday.Sodhi, Noria and Bhatnagar combined for a score of 403 after shooting 139, 134, 130 respectively.The Chinese team of Qiang Pan, Junjie Mo and Binyuan Hu China clinched the gold with a score of 414 (143+136+135).Kuwait — comprising M Fehaid Aldeehani, M Hamad Alafasi and A Meshfi Almutairi — grabbed the silver with a total of 407 (137+136+134).With today’s bronze, Indian shooters have so far bagged six medals in the event.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

CWG scam: Suresh Kalmadi being blackmailed?

first_imgIs Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi being blackmailed?File photo of CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi.The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which carried out searches at the residence of Kalmadi has recovered an alleged blackmail letter demanding Rs 4 crore from him in exchange for a ‘compact disc’ carrying some damaging information.Sources in the investigating agency said authenticity of the letter is being verified. They said as Kalmadi could not provide a satisfactory reply on the letter, the agency is taking it on the “face value”.The sleuths are trying to verify contents of the unsigned letter found from the residence of Kalmadi and are likely to put it through a series of forensic tests, official sources said. The sources refused to disclose any reference made in the letter about the contents of the compact disc.The CBI had yesterday raided Kalmadi’s residences and offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Pune, two months after the sporting extravaganza ended amid allegations of financial wrongdoings in awarding of some contracts.During the raids, the agency recovered several documents and questioned the 66-year old leader about them.CBI sources had said that the key files, which contain important information on tendering, budgetary allocation and contract details, are missing from the (OC) office.However, Kalmadi said the documents could be lying with some other investigating agency and if the CBI lists out the missing document he and his team would trace them.His wife Meera was inside the “Kalmadi House” located off the arterial Karve road in West Pune during the course of the searches by a eight-member team that caused a flutter in the city which the high profile MP represents in Parliament.advertisementThe agency has so far filed three FIRs in connection with the alleged irregularities in CWG and searched the residences of OC Director General V K Verma and Bhanot on November 30.While one case is related to a Rs 107-crore deal struck with a Swiss score keeping firm, the agency had registered two other FIRs in connection with the contract given to AM Films for the Baton Relay ceremonies by the OC in London.The CBI had arrested OC’s Joint Director General T.S.Darbari, Deputy Director General Sanjay Mohindroo and former treasurer Jayachandran for their alleged complicity in these deals.last_img read more