Gin Kings-Bolts return duel set

first_imgSol Mercado of Ginebra (right) boxes out Moala Tautuaa of TNT for the rebound during Game 4 of their Final Four series on Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. —AUGUST DELA CRUZBarangay Ginebra hardly capitalized on the early ejection of Glen Rice Jr.Luckily for the Gin Kings, Justin Brownlee was there to bail them out.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments The KaTropa tried to make do with the handicap as they worked hard to protect a double-digit advantage that even went as high as 18 at one point.But Rice’s shoes were too big to fill and his absence was eventually felt by TNT.The Bolts are practically the same team as last year except for one significant piece in the puzzle: former national team standout Ranidel De Ocampo.“Getting a player of his caliber was a big lift for us,” said Meralco coach Norman Black of the 13-year veteran De Ocampo, who was traded by TNT in a multiplayer, three-team deal in early September.GINEBRA 115 – TNT 105GINEBRA 115—Brownlee 46, Tenorio 25, Slaughter 21, Mercado 11, Aguilar 6, Ferrer 4, Caguioa 2, Thompson 0, Devance 0.TNT 105—Rosario 28, Castro 26, Pogoy 14, Semerad 12, Williams 10, Tautuaa 9, Reyes 4, Rice Jr. 2, Golla 0, Carey 0, Nuyles 0, Hernandez 0, Seigle 0.Quarters: 32-41, 52-66, 80-86, 115-105 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Adamson, FEU dispute finals slot LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brownlee fired on all cylinders and scored a career-high 46 points as the Kings ended their semifinal showdown with the TNT KaTropa, 115-105, on Sunday night in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The defending champion Gin Kings forged a championship rematch with the Meralco Bolts, who booked a finals spot on Friday with a sweep of the Star Hotshots.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 shutoutFinishing off the KaTropa in four games of their best-of-five series (3-1) wasn’t an easy task though after they had to spring back from an 18-point hole to carve out the win.But something happened at the halftime dugout that motivated the Gin Kings. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “It was (Robert) Jaworski,” said Brownlee. “He gave us a lot of motivation and reminded us of that never-say-die attitude.”With Ginebra’s “Living Legend” cheering at ringside, Brownlee banged in 28 of his points in the second half and LA Tenorio bombed TNT with threes and finished with 25 points.“It’s gonna be a fight,” said Brownlee in anticipation of his duel with Meralco’s Allen Durham, the reigning best import. “They’ll be ready, we’ll be ready and I can’t wait to play them.”Rice was sent to the dugout late in the first quarter with the KaTropa ahead by 10, to the delight of the Ginebra faithful.Kevin Ferrer’s physicality apparently got into Rice, who pushed Ferrer and threw the ball at the Ginebra wingman’s face in a dead-ball situation, 1:41 left in the opening quarter.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Keep on shooting: James Yap regains touch in Rain or Shine win

first_img8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities “I think everybody expects James to play well but he’s just human,” said ROS coach Caloy Garcia. “But what we want from James is to basically play his best. Whether he’s in a slump, we still want him taking shots.”Yap, who turns 36 next month, hopes his efficient outing is the start of a string of good shooting games.“I hope we can carry this performance over into our next game.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NCAA volleyball: Perpetual claims solo 3rd, keeps EAC winless Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJames Yap may have been in a shooting slump in his first three games of the season, but it never affected his confidence heading into Rain or Shine’s game against Phoenix on Wednesday.Yap kept shooting and finally regained his touch to help the Elasto Painters cruise to a 120-99 win over the Fuel Masters and avoid his team from slipping further into the standings.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed “I just kept working hard. I never got discouraged despite how bad my last three games were,” said Yap in Filipino.“Of course, we thought if we lose we’ll be closer to the bottom of the standings and coach reminded us that we need to win for us to at least be in the middle of the pack.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe star swingman shot a combined 4-of-26 from the field in his first three games, averaging just 3.3 points during the stretch.But his bad days are over after exploding for 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field, including 4-of-5 from deep in 20 minutes. View commentslast_img read more

San Sebastian victorious over CDSL to earn a spot in the Elite Eight

first_imgLATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PLAY LIST 02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss00:50Trending Articles03:47Tropical Depression ‘Quiel’ enters PAR01:29Police 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 Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t forget to catch the latest league news and updates by visiting the official website at collegiatechampionsleague.netYou may also follow us on social media via Facebook and on Twitter @PCCLeague.ADVTADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq As expected, the two undefeated schools in the group stages went toe to toe all throughout, with neither team leading by more than eight. The action remained intense with less than two minutes remaining in the ball game, as Stags star Michael Calisaan, who has struggled shooting from the field, made the most from the free throw line, sinking both of his charities to give SSC-R an 83-79 lead with 1:24 to play.With so much on the line, CDSL refused to go away lightly. Jan Dominic Formento nailed a three-point shot in the ensuing possession to pull within one, but in the end, San Sebastian executed when it mattered the most by making crucial plays and hitting from the charity stripe that enabled them to seal the victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSSC-R’s starters, save for Calisaan, were all in double digits scoring wise for a combined 60 points, as total team effort managed to cover for their usually dependent forward’s struggles in the game.As a result of their win in the NCR Qualifiers, San Sebastian has earned a spot to play in the PCCL Elite Eight where other top-ranked squads will compete in a single elimination tournament format to determine the country’s one true National Champion! The NCR Qualifiers of the 2017-18 Philippine Collegiate Champions League ended with a bang as the San Sebastian Stags triumphed over the Colegio de San Lorenzo Griffins, 90-85, in a highly entertaining game at the Jose Rizal University Gymnasium in Mandaluyong City Thursday afternoon, January 18.ADVERTISEMENT Afflalo suspended 2 games for fighting with Bjelicalast_img read more

Che’Lu downs Perpetual Help behind Calisaan

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Allyn Bulanadi triggered a telling 16-4 blast that pushed the Revellers’ lead to 17, 77-60, with 4:03 left to play.That blistering stretch was crucial for Che’Lu, which was grossly out-rebounded, 63-51. The Revellers, however, were able to cash in on the Altas’ 30 errors with 28 turnover points.Eze topped Perpetual Help, which lost its debut under new coach Frankie Lim, with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and seven blocks.The Scores:CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 83 — Calisaan 20, De Leon 16, Ilagan 13, Batino 10, Faundo 10, Bulanadi 6, Costelo 6, Calma 2, David 0, Lao 0, Santos 0, Valdez 0.ADVERTISEMENT PERPETUAL 70 — Eze 15, Coronel 13, Villanueva 13, Jimenez 9, Charcos 7, Peralta 7, Gallardo 5, Pido 1, Antonio 0, Aurin 0, Tamayo 0, Tongco 0.Quarters: 17-22, 34-38, 59-53, 83-70. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PBA IMAGESMichael Calisaan was at his best, lifting Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian to an 83-70 victory over Perpetual Help Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Pasig City Sports Center.The senior forward was integral in the Revellers’ breakthrough win as he poured in 20 points on top of nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Got robbed? Manila South Cemetery’s website helps track down perpetrators00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Player of the Week: Pogoy flourishing off the bench for TNT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Samboy de Leon added 16 markers and nine boards, while RK Ilagan had 13 points, eight dimes, and three rebounds.Frontcourt Alfred Batino and Jeepy Faundo both had 10 markers as Che’Lu survived the onslaught led by Altas big man Prince Eze on both ends.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChe’Lu coach Stevenson Tiu attributed the win to his players’ talent as he himself admitted that he’s still adjusting to the team.“We won because of the skills of our players and their talent. I admit that it’s also my fault because I still haven’t adjusted to them,” he said. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

Yu Darvish, Cubs reach $126 million, 6-year deal

first_imgSchool’s out; Canadian Parrot wins Olympic-sized gamble MOST READ Read Next AFP official booed out of forum 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 DC00:50Trending Articles03:491.8M visitors expected at Manila North Cemetery for ‘Undas’ 201901:29Police 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 LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The 31-year-old Darvish met with Cubs officials way back in December and the sides remained in contact while the right-hander listened to other potential suitors. Texas, Milwaukee, Minnesota and the New York Yankees also reportedly expressed some level of interest, but Chicago’s approach paid off with the agreement just days before the start of spring training.A person with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed the contract to The Associated Press on Saturday on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement. The move was first reported by The Athletic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe addition of Darvish gives the Cubs a big boost as they try to return to the World Series after winning the title two years ago for the first time since 1908. He joins a formidable rotation that includes Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana and Tyler Chatwood, who agreed to a $38 million, three-year contract in December.Darvish finished last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, helping them knock out the defending champion Cubs in the playoffs to reach the World Series. The Japanese star is expected to take the rotation spot of Jake Arrieta, who became a free agent after a successful run in the Windy City.center_img The deal for Darvish could help unlock the slow offseason across the sport. Arrieta, who won the NL Cy Young Award in 2015, remains on the market, and Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn also could draw more interest with Darvish locked up.Darvish went 4-3 with a 3.44 ERA in nine starts with the Dodgers down the stretch. He shut down the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS, striking out seven while pitching 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 victory at Wrigley Field.But Darvish was hit hard in the World Series against Houston, managing just five outs in each of his two starts — including a loss in Game 7 — and there was talk he was tipping his pitches.The four-time All-Star has had injury problems, missing the 2015 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He began last year with Texas and was traded to Los Angeles in July, going a combined 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA.The deal with Darvish comes after the Cubs agreed to a minor league contract with Chris Gimenez, who regularly caught Darvish while they were in Texas and developed a trusted working relationship with the pitcher.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this Nov. 1, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish throws during the first inning of Game 7 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros, in Los Angeles. Perhaps 100 free agents still seek contracts as the start of spring training workouts on Feb. 14 draws near, a group that includes J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)CHICAGO — The winter-long dance is over. Yu Darvish is joining the Chicago Cubs.Darvish has agreed to a $126 million, six-year contract with Chicago, giving the Cubs one of the deepest rotations in baseball and taking one of the top players off the slow-moving free agent market.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 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

Martinez ‘surprised’ with Olympics showing after just 3 weeks of training

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:44US transit worker saves man who fell on rail track00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Joint Koreas hockey team ends historic Olympic run Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Martinez, 21, wasn’t even supposed to make it to the Games after finishing eighth in the 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, which served as an Olympic qualification last September.READ: Martinez finishes 28th, fails to advance to Olympics free stake roundFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut after the pullout of Swedish figure skater Alexander Majorov, he was given the last quota spot and earned his ticket to PyeongChang.Despite the short notice, Martinez still pulled off a clean performance, scoring 55.56 in his short program performance, which was only good for 28th place among 30 competitors. Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines reacts as his score is posted following his performance in the men’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Though he failed to improve his standing in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Michael Christian Martinez is proud with his showing in the men’s figure skating given the circumstances he had to deal with.“With three weeks to prepare for PyeongChang and to be able to perform what I just did, that was just unbelievable,” he told INQUIRER.net in an online interview.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It may not have been enough to advance to the free skate round, where Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu claimed the gold medal, but Martinez was satisfied with what he was able to showcase.“A lot of people knew about it and very surprised that the fact I am back on doing my triple jumps again and be able to skate a clean program is truly something else,” he shared. “Usually it takes two to three months to get the jumps the way it was before, and need at least another two months of training to be able to prepare for a competition, but I only did it in three weeks.”With another Olympic experience under his belt, Martinez hopes that his showing would serve as an inspiration for the young figure skaters as he seeks to continue hoisting the Philippine flag in the Winter Games.“I really worked so hard for me to be able to do what I needed to do out there. I really am proud that I get to represent our country at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. To be part of this Olympic Journey is truly amazing,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

NBA commissioner urges rest of league to focus on developing more great players

first_imgMOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken UP secures Filoil q’finals spot, eliminates NU World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide But instead of dwelling on the supposed “mismatch,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver stressed that the other NBA teams must focus on developing their own talents in order to reach the pinnacle.“Rather than focusing on the top of the league, we should be focusing on the rest of the league,” the league executive told the Washington Post.  “Rather than talking about how to break up or knock down a championship-caliber team, my focus should be on how we do a better job developing more great players in this league.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSilver also pointed out the supposed “injustice” that the Warriors—who won a record-setting 73 wins in 2016 and went on to the NBA Finals—did in snagging a free agent like Kevin Durant to bolster its already stacked lineup.“And yes, an incredible free agent was added to that squad,” he said. “All the focus seems to be on, ‘They’re too good’ as opposed to, ‘What is it we should be doing to create more great teams in this league?’” View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 Gamescenter_img Still, Silver somewhat issued a challenge to the rest of the league to catch up with the reigning champions and provide a more competitive and entertaining show to the fans.“Let’s create more great teams, rather than completely focus on one incredible team and whether that’s seemingly unfair to the other team,” he said.“I think it’s the nature of competition. Ultimately, it’s about raising the bar for all the teams in this league and celebrating excellence.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT The Golden State Warriors celebrate with the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers, 129-120, in Game 5 to win the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017, in Oakland, California.  Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPThe Golden Warriors captured the 2017 NBA Championship and has made it look easy in the process, losing only once in 17 playoff games.The league’s level of competition has certainly been questioned this year, as the two finalists—the Dubs and the Cleveland Cavaliers—were both expected by many to square off in the finale, even before the season began.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagelast_img read more

CWG: Vijay Kumar and Gurpreet Singh win gold in 25m rapid-fire pistol event

first_imgVijay Kumar and Gurpreet Singh win gold medal in 25 M rapid fire pistol event at CWG in New Delhi.India’s gold rush at the 19th Commonwealth Games continued on Thursday as shooters add another medals to its kitty.Vijay Kumar and Gurpreet Singh did the nation proud by striking gold in the men’s 25m rapid-fire pistol (pairs) event.The duo also set a new Games record of 1162 points. Kumar scored 587 points while Singh scored 575 points. The two piped Malaysia by 18 points.This was India’s 12th Gold medal and the seventh in shooting.In other sports, Indian women archers beat their Malaysian counterparts 223-219 to win bronze medal in the compound section. This is India’s sixth bronze medal.India now have 26 medals and are second in the medal’s tally behind Australia.last_img read more

Cong tells Sheila, Kalmadi to stop blame game

first_imgThe Congress party on Monday virtually asked Sheila Dikshit and Suresh Kalmadi, locked in an ugly public spat over allegations of corruption in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) projects, to shut up.The gag order came on a day the Group of Ministers (GoM) on CWG extended the tenure of the Games Organising Committee (OC), a step that will help facilitate investigations by various agencies into the corruption charges.”We would like everyone concerned to observe restraint,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said.The inquiry ordered by the Prime Minister gives wide powers to the investigator who could recommend further inquiry by the CBI, the CVC or departmental action, the party said.Earlier in the day, the Centre ordered its officials on deputation to the Kalmadi-led OC to stay put as a probe into charges of corruption that tarred the spectacle gained momentum. The GoM on the Games headed by urban development minister Jaipal Reddy – meeting here for the first time after the Games and probably the last time after its formation – extended the tenure of the OC “until further orders”, thereby extending the stay of government officers on deputation to the committee.The GoM met in the backdrop of the spat between the Delhi CM and Kalmadi over allegations of corruption in Games projects.The meeting was attended by Delhi’s Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna, sports minister M.S. Gill, cabinet secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar and other senior officers, besides Dikshit and Kalmadi. Tourism minister Kumari Selja, who is out of town, could not attend the meeting.advertisementBriefing reporters after the meeting that lasted close to 50 minutes, Reddy said the GoM met in a cordial atmosphere to pass a resolution hailing the successful conduct of the Games and thanking all stakeholders. Emerging from the meeting, Dikshit and Gill declined comment.Reddy said the decision to extend the tenure of government officers serving in the OC was taken so that work left in the committee could be wound up. On the face of it, the development may appear routine. But the decision will help facilitate the probe by various agencies. Fears have been expressed in several quarters that vested interests within the OC may try to tamper with key documents.It has been left to the sports ministry to decide till which time the services of these officers will be spared. It means Gill has emerged as the PM’s trusted man and will help facilitate the probe. Jaipal Reddy, though, refused to answer any query on bungling in the Games projects, saying this was not the mandate of the GoM. Reddy also refused to answer any queries relating to bungling in the Central Public Works Department that built major stadiums. The agency is under the urban development ministry.Meanwhile, BJP president Nitin Gadkari tried to pull the PMO into the Games mess, saying it approved several files relating to the Games projects. The Congress was quick to retaliate, saying Gadkari lacked gravitas and it was below the party’s dignity to respond to him.last_img read more

Agent Viru

first_imgSaturday, February 19It wasn’t easy getting hold of Agent Viru after his knock of 175 in the tournament opener against Bangladesh. Just short of midnight, though, I received his replies to my texts. And, they sure were worth the wait. On how he got Sachin Tendulkar run out, Viru replied, “Coach asked me to watch the ball. How can I watch the ball and the other batsman at the same time?” On what it was like to bat for 47 overs, he texted, “Life-changing experience. Now, I know why Dravid and Gambhir have such long faces. The boredom of batting between overs 20 to 35 could make even Shah Rukh Khan look like a cow.”Sunday, February 20Agent Viru’s stated intention to bat 50 overs has sent bowlers in every team queuing for life insurance. One day before their first game, Mitchell Johnson told Brett Lee, “Jeez, I didn’t think he was serious about it, mate. Any chance we may not crash out before facing him?”Viru was not amused, though. “I am scared of Johnson. He is a smart man. We Indian players only open restaurants. But he started Johnson’s baby powder. I used it on my son’s bum when he had rashes. See? Both his bowling and business involve him spraying it around. How smart is that?” said Viru.Monday, February 21 I caught up with Agent Viru at the coffee shop of ITC Gardenia, Bangalore, where he was reading the Sri Lanka vs Canada match report. Without taking his eyes off the newspaper he confessed that for the longest time he had no idea that countries like Canada also played cricket. “It turns out that even Canadians don’t know that,” a deadpan Viru added.advertisementTuesday, February 22One day after the Australia vs Zimbabwe match, the Gujarat Cricket Association lodged a complaint against Australian captain Ricky Ponting for smashing an lcd tv in the dressing room after being run out. They are angry because they believe only their President, Narendra Modi, has the right to break unnecessary items like screens, cameras and the law. When asked about it, Ponting initially claimed that he was in such good form that he was seeing the ball as large as an lcd screen and mistook the one in the dressing room for a ball. Later, smarter brains got together and drafted the official version. Apparently, the tv wasn’t working and Ponting simply tapped the top of the screen to get it started. “It’s not his fault that he’s built like Khalli and the tv like Ajit Agarkar,” the press release said. Viru, on hearing of the controversy, looked concerned. “I hope Sreesanth doesn’t get fined for that smashed tv,” he told me.Thursday, February 24 “What’s common between India in 2007 and Australia in 2011?” Agent Viru texted me early in the morning. “Greg Chappell,” promptly came the reply too. The joke is now doing the rounds in every team. Word has it that the Australian chief selector’s special liking for middle-aged, left-handed batsmen will do to Australia what it did to India four years ago. Worse, Ponting believes so too and is said to have communicated some choicest Australian pleasantries to Chappell after hearing about Michael Hussey’s recovery from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the World Cup squad.Highlight of the weekPakistan captain Shahid Afridi was spotted thinking. No one remembers when he was last seen doing that.The writer was formerly known as the Fake IPL Player. He will observe the 2011 World Cup through Agent Viru’s eyes.last_img read more