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Proposed legislation in US Congress puts Indian call centre jobs in danger

first_imgA legislation has been introduced in the Congress that would require call centre employees overseas to disclose their location and give customers a right to ask to transfer their call to a service agent in the US.Introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown from Ohio, the legislation also proposes to create a public list of companies that would outsource call centre jobs and give preference in federal contracts to companies that haven’t shipped these jobs overseas.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img read more

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Hollywood’s Bollywood Connection

first_imgIsmail Merchant, Mira Nair, Shekhar Kapur, Deepa Mehta, Gurinder Chadha. You can take all of them out of Bollywood, but can you ever take Bollywood out of them?Apparently not! These internationally acclaimed filmmakers may have achieved recognition for their work in Hollywood and around the world, but they all acknowledge their indebtedness to Indian cinema.Their films may be vastly different from the regular Bollywood fare, yet it is in darkened cinema halls across India or on borrowed Hindi film videos in immigrant homes in the U.K. that they first began their love affair with film.Mira Nair, whose Monsoon Wedding has been such a major box-office hit across the world, has always created realistic, edgy cinema from the days she made documentaries and the Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay! Yet even when she’s making films as starkly true-to-life as Hysterical Blindness, elements of Bollywood seep in.As she explained in a lecture she delivered at the Netherlands Film Festival, “I’ve seen that the Indian films’ influence, specifically that unabashed emotional directness, the freewheeling use of music, that emphasis on elemental motivations and values, is a thread running consistently through every one of my films; even when exploring foreign worlds, I have taken the bones and flesh of those societies and tried to infuse them with the spirit of where I’m from.”Yes, no one can escape the powerful impact of Bollywood. Ask producer-director Ismail Merchant. He first brought his Bombay sensibilities to the world screen three decades ago, as one half of the elite Merchant-Ivory production company. Noted for classic literary films like Room with a View and The Bostonians, the duo’s first film ever was The Householder by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and starring a handsome young newcomer called Shashi Kapoor.“I can remember the exact moment when I knew that I wanted to spend my life in the world of movies,” observes Merchant in his book, My Passage from India: He was 13 years old and had been invited to accompany the winsome, green-eyed actress Nimmi, a family friend, to the premiere of her first film Barsaat.He recalls, “As we drove toward the cinema in her green Cadillac convertible – quite an impressive car in India at that time – a shower of marigolds began to rain down on us. I looked up, and it seemed as though the marigolds were dropping from the night sky – thousands of golden flowers gently falling around us.By the time we emerged, the open car was full of marigolds – and still they fell as we walked into the cinema, scattering petals along the way, as crowds of people stared and called out Nimmi’s name.”After that, the magic of darkened cinema halls had him hooked, leading him and James Ivory on their Oscar laden path. Merchant has also brought his directorial talents to many screen adaptations of serious literature including Anita Desai’s In Custody and V.S. Naipaul The Mystic Masseur.If there’s ever an example of Bollywood making it big in Hollywood, it’s Shekhar Kapur, Mr. India himself. The creator of such Bollywood favorites as Mr. India and Masoom, Kapur got the attention of the West with his stark and potent Bandit Queen. He next made Elizabeth with all the kinetic color of a Bollywood film, and went on to Four Feathers Kapur was the producer for the recent Bollywood style romantic comedy The Guru, complete with dance numbers and dream scenes. He’s also the man behind Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Bombay Dreams, which after its success on London’s West End is going to be making its Broadway debut next year.Even that big Hollywood phenomenon M. Night Shyamalan of the mega box-office blockbusters may owe something to Indian cinema. As Nayay Bhushan, editor of Connect Magazine, notes, ” Shyamalan may not be Bollywood-savvy but his script for The Sixth Sense somehow exhibits elements often seen in Indian films – mysticism, the central figure of the mother, life beyond death. Bollywood may only package this with syrupy sentimentalism but Shyamalan turned it, knowingly or unknowingly, into a global cinematic phenomenon.”Gurinder Chadha’s Bend it like Beckham has certainly been a big plug for everything Indian, and according to Gitesh Pandya of Boxofficeguru.com, it was among the top 20 films in the U.S. for 17 consecutive weeks. Produced at a cost of roughly $5.5 million, the British-Indian comedy has grossed $70 million at theaters worldwide making it one of the most profitable films in recent years.Parminder Nagra, the young British Asian actress who made her debut in this film, has bagged the lead in Ella Enchanted and also will be seen in the popular TV series, ER. Keira Knightley, who plays her friend Jules Paxton, has had an even more astounding success with Pirates of the Caribbean, in which she stars with Johnny Depp and which has been breaking box office records. As for Chadha, she’s off and running to another big success: Bride and Prejudice for which she’s got Miramax. And how much more high art can you get then Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice? Based on this classic, Chadha’s film is a contemporary adaptation starring Bollywood Queen Aishwarya Rai and New Zealand actor Martin Henderson.A posse of Bombay stars like Rekha, Vivek Oberoi and Milind Soman are said to be featured in Conde Nast Traveler magazine in the September issue. And recently Amitabh Bachchan, already immortalized in wax by Madame Tussaunds, also made it to list of 100 top film stars of all time, conducted by Channel 4 television. He was listed 92nd in a list that included Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, Anthony Hopkins, Harrison Ford, Sean Connery and Cary Grant.Indian films, both from the North and South, are winning an astounding number of awards at festivals, as the world gets to see the work of Indian directors including Deepa Mehta, Mira Nair, Shekhar Kapur and Mani Ratnam.Stars including Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Amrish Puri, Roshan Seth, Saeed Jaffrey and Gulshan Grover are acting in films internationally. According to a PTI report, Hrithik Roshan turned down an offer from Warner Bros to act in a Hollywood production of Hamlet. And yes, there was talk of Aishwarya Rai starring in a James Bond film. Every week seems to bring a fresh story of the Hollywood-Bollywood connection.So as the Bollywood behemoth continues to find acceptance across the world and as its stars become known to mainstream audiences, diehard fans can take joy in the fact that the Bollywood tamasha has only just begun!  Related Itemslast_img read more

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Like Money For Chocolate

first_imgWhen I was five years old and living in Bombay, I was dragged along by my extended family to check out a prospective groom for my young aunt. I don’t remember much about what he looked like, or his kind parents or lovely home, but as we were leaving, I was handed a big bar of Cadbury chocolate by the nice young man who explained to me that he worked for the Cadbury Company and he’d be happy to give me more any time.In that era, for me, and probably for most other Indians too, the terms Cadbury and chocolate were synonymous, as the British company was one of the few chocolate makers in the country. As things turned out, my aunt didn’t marry the man — some insignificant matter about him having no hair — and I was understandably crushed. I grew up, moved on, forgave my aunt in time, and over the years discovered Ferrero Roche, Guylian, Godiva, and Bernard Callebaut. I hadn’t thought back to that incident or Cadbury’s, until I recently saw on the business news that, in spite of the gloom and doom in other companies, Cadbury’s annual profits for 2008 were up by 30%. Now, it’s not that chocolate overall is a recession-proof product: last month Lindt, an upscale Swiss chocolatier, announced that it would be closing many of its U.S. stores. Nonetheless, in these times of financial crisis, economic slowdown and job-losses, people are looking for a low-cost investment, with immediate and predictable returns, one that makes them feel good — and what better than a cheap and cheerful chocolate.Since ancient times, the Mayans and the Aztecs have known the value of chocolate and even used it as a form of currency. Its botanical name Theobroma Cacao literally means “food of the Gods.” Michael Levine, a nutrition researcher, says, “Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world’s perfect food.” Chocolate releases endorphins in the brain and make us feel good. Chocolate has been found to have the properties of an analgesic, a stimulant, an aphrodisiac and a relaxant. Dark chocolate has been associated with reducing migraines, calming the mind and body, lowering blood pressure and improving heart functions. Several centenarians have sworn by it: a recent report on 100 year-old Peggy Griffiths of Devon, U.K., claims that she eats 30 bars of chocolate a week — specifically Cadbury’s Dairy Milk.At a time of financial stress and uncertainty, simple and affordable and immediate pleasures become important and are in a sense re-discovered. Epicurus said, “Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.” Our stocks, now simply declining numbers on a screen, don’t give us the sensory pleasure as a piece of chocolate melting in our mouth. Echoing many world philosophers and sages, Abraham Maslow said “The ability to be in the present moment is the major component of mental wellness.” Eating a chocolate bar brings that message home.Kevin Walsh, a Federal Reserve governore eloquently said recently, “We are witnessing a fundamental reassessment of the value of virtually every asset everywhere in the world.” Well the world re-evaluated the humble chocolate bar and found it … still good. When this economic downturn first started, some experts — probably in the pay of fashion houses — said that luxury goods would be recession-proof: they were wrong. Cadbury CEO Todd Stitzer preferred a more cautious stance: he calls the company not recession-proof, but recession-resilient. Other terms like counter-cyclical stock have been used for businesses like Wal-Mart, McDonald’s and training institutes, and necessities like healthcare and basics (such as toiletry goods produced by Colgate-Palmolive) — all of whom are doing relatively well in this economic slowdown. So are stocks of home entertainment companies and book sellers, like Amazon.But in this world where banks seem to flounder overnight, nothing is certain and unforeseen dangers loom, one of the main suppliers of cocoa, the Ivory Coast, had a smaller harvest last season and, consequently, the price of cocoa beans spiked in December. So, while the storm of the global financial crisis gathers fury outside my door, my plan for this evening is simple, cheap and reassuring: I’ll settle in with a self-improvement book. I could read the recently released The Power of Less by Leo Babuata, with the explicit subtitle “The fine art of limiting yourself to the essential… in business and in life.” However, I’d have to buy that. Better yet, I’ll re-read Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach: I already have it, so I can use the money saved from not purchasing a book to buy a few bars of my old favorite, Cadbury’s Dairy Milk. The prodigal child returns home.The writer, a chocolate-connoisseur, shown above at age 5, does not own any stock or have any other association with Cadbury.   Related Itemslast_img read more

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Billionaire Jeweler Faces Probe in Rs 11,400 Crore Scam in India

first_imgDiamond merchant Nirav Modi, who has dressed celebrities such as film stars Kate Winslet and Priyanka Chopra, has been accused of involvement in a multibillion dollar bank fraud. Modi, who grew up in a family based in Antwerp, Belgium, now faces a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act based on a complaint lodged by the state-run Punjab National Bank (PNB).Modi’s home, showroom and offices in Mumbai were raided by the Enforcement Directorate on Feb.15, PTI reported. The Finance Ministry on Feb 14. said that it is taking action in this respect and the case is not “out of control.”The Wharton dropout moved to India in his later years and founded Firestar, a diamond sourcing and trading company. Modi had left the country before PNB’s FIR, and is now in Switzerland, CNN-News 18 reported citing ED sources.The PNB filed a complaint with law enforcement agencies, saying that it has uncovered fraudulent transactions of around Rs 11,400 crore (Rs 114 billion) in one of its branches in Mumbai. “The fraud, which began in 2011, was detected and we alerted the regulatory and law enforcement agencies,” Sunil Mehta, the managing director and CEO of the country’s second largest state-run lender, was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.Modi, his wife, brother and some other members of his family, are said to have worked with bank officials to illegally obtain Letters of Undertaking, which were cashed overseas from different banks, both private and public sector. Eight Letters of Undertaking were apparently issued to the jeweler without being entered in the books.According to the bank, Modi took help of some junior officials at the bank’s Mid Corporate Branch at Brady House, who managed to bypass PNB’s core banking system to get the letters. The letters were issued to allow buyer’s credit for making payment overseas.The ED is raiding multiple locations in Mumbai and Delhi, including premises of Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi of Gitanjali Gems Ltd, his home in Kurla, his jewelry boutique in Kala Ghoda area, three company locations in Bandra and Lower Parel, three premises at Surat in Gujarat, and showrooms at Chanakyapuri and Defence Colony in New Delhi.Modi wrote to PNB asking for time for six months to repay the loan, India Today reported. He is said to be willing to pay Rs 5,000 crore.The 48-year-old jeweler is already under the CBI scanner for a fraud worth Rs. 280 crore after a complaint filed by PNB last week. Income Tax officials raided his home and offices in Delhi, Surat and Jaipur on Jan. 31. An official from CBI had told Reuters earlier that these two cases are linked.Modi is also being sued by actress Priyanka Chopra for lack of payment for an ad campaign done by her, reports said.The luxury diamond jewelry designer was ranked at No. 1,234 on the Forbes’ list of world billionaires and 85 on list of India’s richest in 2017. His current net worth is estimated to be about $1.73 billion. Related ItemsBelgiumNirav ModiPunjab NAtional Banklast_img read more

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7 People Get Jail Term for Trafficking Women to Gulf Countries from Kerala

first_imgSeven people, including three women, were given rigorous imprisonment by a CBI court in Kerala on Feb. 24 in a case of human trafficking. The convicted persons women from different parts of the state  to brothels located in Gulf countries from 2009 to 2012.CBI court judge S Santhosh Kumar noted that these victims were considered as “slaves” in the United Arab Emirates, on the basis of the evidence that was provided by them, PTI reported.The court handed four of the accused 10 years rigorous imprisonment and fines ranging from Rs 2.54 lakh to Rs 1.54 lakh. The other accused were awarded seven years rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 1.02 lakh each.The accused KV Suresh, 52, Lissy Sojan, 47, Sethulal, 51, and AP Maneesh, 36, were awarded 10 years rigorous imprisonment.  Suresh, Sethulal and Maneesh were fined a sum of Rs 2.54 lakh while Sojan was slapped with a fine of Rs 2.04 lakh.The other three accused — Anilkumar V, 45, Bindu PV, 31, and Santha, 46, were given seven years prison term and fine of Rs 1.02 lakh each, the Deccan Chronicle reported.The court acquitted six other accused in the case, who helped these traffickers. While one of the accused is untraceable, two of them turned approvers.“From the evidence of the victims, it is seen that they were treated as slaves in the UAE by the accused. It is unfortunate and shocking to see that some of the accused in the case are ladies,” the judgment stated.The case emerged when a woman based in Thiruvananthapuram was sent to Muscat in 2012 with a promise that she will be given a domestic help’s job with a salary of Rs 20,000-25,000 per month.She was sent to Muscat on a passport that was forged. The victim was later taken to the United Arab Emirates, and Suresh, Lissy Sojan and Sethulal forced her into flesh trade.She, however, fled from the country and reached Mumbai, where authorities arrested her for having an illegal passport. The victim was then handed over to the Kerala Police, to whom she narrated her story following which a case was filed at Kochi.The case was later taken over by the CBI, following which five more cases of human trafficking were filed.India’s Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh had said in the parliament last year that Indian missions take immediate steps to help women workers in distress and to redress their grievances with the foreign employers, labor department and local government authorities. The government has put in place various measures to safeguard and regulate emigration of Indian women workers holding Emigration Check Required (ECR) passports for overseas employment in ECR countries, including Gulf nations, he had  said. Related ItemsGulfTraffickingwomen’s rightslast_img read more

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Army chopper with Northern Army commander on board crash lands in JK, no casualties

first_imgAn Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) of the Army with Northern Army Commander Lt. Gen Ranbir Singh on board crash-landed in the Poonch Sector of Kashmir on Thursday. All personnel aboard escaped with minor injuries.“The Army Commander was visiting units in the Poonch Sector when the ALH developed a technical snag and crash-landed. All passengers and crew sustained injuries,” a defence spokesperson said.The injured were shifted to the Command Hospital, Udhampur. All have sustained blunt and superficial injuries but are stable, the spokesperson added.Local villagers who were the first to arrive at the spot provided assistance to the Army in the evacuation of the injured.last_img read more

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Citizenship Act: Centre convenes meeting Chief Ministers of northeastern States

first_imgThe Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has invited the Chief Ministers of northeastern States and leaders of socio-cultural bodies, students’ organisations and political parties for discussions on the plan to amend the Citizenship Act, officials said on November 28.Those who have been invited for discussions, scheduled for November 29 and November 30 , include the North East Students’ Organisation, All Bodo Students’ Union and student bodies of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. The meetings with the Chief Ministers will be held on November 30, an official said.Leaders of several parties , both regional and state chiefs of national political parties — and heads of socio-cultural organisations have also been invited for the discussions, the official said.The Ministry has convened the meetings following a strong protest by many organisations in the region against the Bill to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. Union Home Minister Amit Shah is expected to be present at the meetings, another official said. The Bill seeks to amend the Act to grant Indian nationality to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who come to India after religious persecution in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan even if they don’t possess proper documents. This was a promise of the BJP in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections. A large section of the people and organisations in the region have opposed the Bill, saying it will nullify the provisions of the Assam Accord, 1985, which fixed March 24, 1971, as the cut-off date for deportation of all illegal immigrants irrespective of religion.last_img read more

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Thailand silences PH to advance to AVC semis

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Thailand brought down host Philippines, 25-21, 25-14, 25-20, to advance to the semifinal stage of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Tuesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The Thais set up a semifinals matchup against 10th-ranked Korea in the penultimate stage while the Philippines will duke it out against Chinese-Taipei in the bottom four of the classification stage.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LATEST STORIES Read Next Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events PLAY LIST 01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events00:50Trending Articles01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’01:37Protesters 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 View comments Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img The Philippines labored to score against the Thais’ superb defense, converting on just 28 of its total 114 spike attempts.Thailand, on the other hand, scored on 46 of its 109 spike attempts.READ: Macandili on facing powerhouse teams in AVC: ‘This is anybody’s game’Chatchu-on Moksri and Ajcharaporn Kongyot had 17 points apiece to lead Thailand while Wilavan Apinyapong added 13.Jovelyn Gonzaga spearheaded the 79th-ranked Philippines with 11 points while Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago, who scored tournament-highs in their previous game against Vietnamn, were limited to a combined 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT TNT taps Glen Rice Jr. as new import Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite the loss, Philippine head coach Francis Vicente was pleased with the fight his team showed against the Asian powerhouse.READ: Philippines stuns Vietnam in AVC 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 shutout“This is a game, you win some you lose some. But it’s how you fight that’s important,” said Vicente in Filipino. “I saw that the heart was still there and the determination to not give up was there also.”“It’s just unfortunate that we lost today.”last_img read more

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GALLERY: LeBron James Strive for Greatness Tour Manila

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:37Protesters 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin Vardeleon MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief 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 shutoutcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Pride and joy WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Read Next For the third time in five years, LeBron James gave his Filipino fans another night to remember during his Strive for Greatness Tour 2017 Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: LeBron puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans, vows to come backADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Still the King

first_imgLATEST STORIES Belying his 35 years, Nietes lived up to his moniker (Snake), striking and wobbling Reveco near the end of the sixth round before lunging for the kill with a hard right, three body punches and a lethal left in the seventh.The 34-year-old Reveco fell, staggered to beat the count, but was spared further punishment when his corner called the lopsided bout off at the 53-second mark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter an uninterrupted reign of over a decade in three weight classes, Nietes finally proved that he’s indeed an elite fighter worthy of bigger, juicier pay-per-view bouts.No wonder, the pride of Murcia, Negros Occidental and torchbearer of Ala Promotions, sounded ecstatic after the victory that raised his record to 41-1-4 with 23 knockouts. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:29Police 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Viloria’s woes were compounded when he sustained a bloody cut on the left forehead caused by Dalakian’s wayward elbow in the 11th round.Now 37, Viloria skidded to 38-6, 23 knockouts.Dalakian stretched his win run to 16 with 11 knockouts. —ROY LUARCA Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving “Not only did I keep my title, I knocked my opponent out,” Nietes, who last tasted defeat in 2004, said in Filipino.In handing Reveco a fourth loss against 39 wins, Nietes lined himself up for a possible clash with Thai Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who kept his World Boxing Council super flyweight title by majority decision over Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada in the headliner of the event shown by HBO.Nietes said he is also looking at either Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez or Estrada for his next fight.While Nietes’ career gained luster, that of Filipino-American Brian Viloria dimmed further.The bloodied “Hawaiian Punch” yielded to the younger Artem Dalakian of Ukraine in their battle for the vacant World Boxing Association flyweight tile by unanimous decision, 118-109 thrice.ADVERTISEMENT Vargas reaches out to Peping LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico AFP official booed out of forum Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus There’s plenty of venom and power left in Donnie “Ahas” Nietes to instill fear among his peers.Fighting before a global audience for the first time, Nietes knocked out Argentine Juan Carlos Reveco on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to retain the International Boxing Federation flyweight crown in SuperFly 2 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Americans over-promise, under-deliver in SKorea

first_imgLOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Yet there were far more times when flipping the channel was the better option.No amount of soaring visuals or tear-jerking features or hokey patriotism could gloss over this reality: Team USA did not live up to expectations at the 2018 Winter Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe flame was set to be doused Sunday night on a games that produced nine golds but only 23 medals overall, which represented the country’s lowest output since 1998 and, more perplexing, far below the U.S. Olympic Committee’s own target.If not for those shredders out at the snowboard mountain, who accounted for nearly half the golds (four) and seven medals in all, these Olympics would’ve been a total flop for the Americans. Someone’s got some ’splaining to do.They should start with whoever came up with that full-screen slide, presented to the USOC last year, projecting the Americans would take a minimum of 25 medals, set a supposedly realistic target of 37, and even threw out the laughable possibility of making off with 59 if absolutely everything went according to plan (and, presumably, a bunch of nations didn’t show up).Short of persuading the international blue bloods to come up with a few more sports Americans might be good at — snow basketball, anyone? — there are some serious areas of concern that must be addressed right away.Hey, the clock is already ticking on Beijing.Speedskating might be the biggest trouble spot, especially since it’s produced more U.S. winter medals than any other, but women’s figure skating and men’s Alpine skiing aren’t far behind.ADVERTISEMENT All were underachievers in Pyeongchang.Long-track speedskating made off with a single bronze, when it was projected to win at least three medals and had a target of four. While the powers-that-be wisely stayed away from the game plan that produced a Sochi shutout — hey, let’s train beforehand in totally different conditions than the Olympics and break in a new suit that actually makes us slower — the results were only marginally better.Some of the explanations were downright bizarre, such as Joey Mantia’s take after he came up about a second short of a bronze medal in the mass start. Remember, this is the guy who was reigning world champion.“I, ultimately, didn’t train hard enough or specific enough for this event,” he said.In what might have been the final Olympics of his brilliant career, Shani Davis didn’t have anything to say at all. He blew off the media by slipping out a back door, having produced finishes of seventh and 19th in South Korea.The future doesn’t look all that bright, either. With hardly anyone taking up the sport through traditional paths, speedskating has relied heavily on former inliners to keep up with the world. This team included four skaters from Florida and two others from North Carolina, all of whom crossed over from wheels to blades.But the U.S. is no longer a dominant inline force on the world stage, so that farm system could be drying up.Then there’s figure skating, the sport that largely drives the NBC gravy train. It was held to a pair of bronze medals in Pyeongchang (which, in fairness, was just one shy of its USOC target) and has fallen completely off the map on the women’s side.Fallen being the operative word.Mirai Nagasu, Karen Chen and Bradie Tennell all went down in the short program on the way to finishing ninth, 10th and 11th. What a tumble for the nation that produced seven gold medalists in women’s figure skating from 1952 in Oslo to 2006 in Turin. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Russia and Japan are now the countries to beat. That doesn’t seem likely to change anytime soon since those two are also dominating at the world junior level, which usually serves up the next generation of gold medalists.With Lindsay Vonn and Ted Ligety likely on the way out, Alpine skiing is heading for a major changing of the guard after winning only one gold and three medals at these games.That was the fewest U.S. victories since 2002, the fewest podium finishes since 2006. The USOC had targeted four medals and the national governing body totally missed the mark, hoping for seven.Ligety’s fifth-place showing in the combined was the only top 10 from the men in the individual events.“We know we have to go into a rebuilding phase and develop some young skiers,” U.S. Alpine director Patrick Riml said. “Hopefully next time around, we can be competitive and perform on a high level.”Yep, there were some must-see moments for American at these Olympics.Just not nearly enough. Read Next Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIES Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgivingcenter_img MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa FILE – In this Feb. 21, 2018 file photo, Bradie Tennell, of the United States, falls while performing during the women’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Tennell, Mirai Nagasu, and Karen Chen all went down in the short program on the way to finishing ninth, 10th and 11th – a tumble for the nation that produced seven gold medalists in women’s figure skating from 1952 in Oslo to 2006 in Turin. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — They had their moments, without a doubt.From a nerve-wracking victory in women’s hockey to the fun-loving guys over at the curling sheet to Shaun White’s spiraling run of redemption, the American athletes gave the folks back home some compelling reasons to stay up to all hours of the night.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Gamboa-St. Clare comes back to stun Perpetual Helplast_img read more

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‘Young, full of potential’ Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 team heads to France

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Tabal gets back national team slot WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s a very short game, but it’s fast. It’s a 10-minute game, race to 21, whichever comes first – 10 minutes or 21. There’s a strategy there. So you can’t just play. You have to analyze the game and understand the game to know what you’re gonna do.”But Paras allayed any fears, saying that in the end, it’s still basketball.“There are differences with the rules and the ball, but it’s not that hard. When I was a kid, I’ve been playing three-on-three, but we didn’t have all the rules. It’s still the same thing, though,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img “It’s a young team, but there’s a lot of potential,” said Altamirano. “I was very excited actually being able to complete the team, to bring in Kiefer (Ravena), bring in Jeron (Teng), and bring in Kobe (Paras), who I think will be the future of Philippine basketball.”The team is set to tussle against heavyweights France and Slovenia, as well as El Salvador and Romania in Group B of the competitions from June 17 to 21.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough regarded as standouts in the five-on-five game, the biggest hurdle for the players is adjusting to the rules of the 3×3 game, something Altamirano shared will be the first task to handle for his crew.“Number one, it’s half-court. Number two, the ball is smaller to those they’re used to playing with. So there’s definitely going to be an adjustment,” he said. 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 World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken The Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 squad. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Joaqui FloresArmed with sheer talent, Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 is ready to conquer the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France.The team, made up of future stars Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng and Kobe Paras along with NLEX big man JR Quiñahan headed by coach Eric Altamirano, is set to fly out early Friday morning for the five-day long tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? View commentslast_img read more

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Ross sets focus on how to stop ‘Blur’

first_imgChina furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong His success is a product of hard work—a lot of it.“I break down his game by watching tapes of all of his games,” Ross, in a very gentlemanly manner, said after a 111-102 Game 5 triumph that put the Beermen within a win of the championship on Friday night. “I’m a student of the game and I study everything.”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 starsCastro, to say the very least, has struggled big time in the best-of-seven series, committing 10 turnovers in Game 3 and held to human-like numbers on offense, all because of Ross’ efforts.“I’ve come to understand his (Castro’s) strengths and weaknesses and I break down all of that before going to the games [against him],” Ross said. “I try to find out what he loves doing in situations.” LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Chris Ross. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netChris Ross prides himself in being a really serious student of basketball. And considering how he has shut down Asia’s best point guard in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals between his San Miguel Beermen and the TNT KaTropa Texters, it wasn’t hard to figure out what—or who—his favorite subject is.A recent winner of his first Best Player of the Conference award, Ross has been particularly proud of accomplishing something practically no one in the league can speak of, and that is containing Jason Castro when it matters.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 Games Ross knows that the Texters and Castro, known as “The Blur” for his quickness, will be bouncing back and that the Beermen’s job is not done until they nail that fourth win.So when asked if he could break down Castro’s game for the Inquirer, he came up with a wide smile and in his same gentle voice, said: “I’ll tell you when we both retire.”Otherwise, the secret to stopping Castro is all in Ross’ head and all the other defenders who would want to have even the same measure of success against the TNT superstar would have to put in the work themselves.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games What ‘missteps’? Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Alcantara is all inlast_img read more

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Real Madrid beats Manchester United 2-1 to win Super Cup

first_imgReal Madrid’s Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas (C) holds the trophy after winning the UEFA Super Cup football match between Real Madrid and Manchester United on August 8, 2017, at the Philip II Arena in Skopje. / AFP PHOTO / Dimitar DILKOFFSKOPJE, Macedonia — Real Madrid eased to a 2-1 victory over Manchester United to win the Super Cup on Tuesday, with goals in each half from Casemiro and Isco.Cristiano Ronaldo watched most of the end-to-end action from the bench, while his teammates outclassed United Cup on a hot night.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Casemiro hit the bar with a header and fired a shot over the top before scoring in the 24th minute. The Brazilian slid in for a left-foot finish, served up by Dani Carvajal.Isco extended the lead for Zinedine Zidane’s European champions with a shot in the 52nd, after Gareth Bale helped him run through United’s defense.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 starsMaking amends for an earlier miss, United’s new striker Romelu Lukaku made it 2-1 in the 62nd, beating Keylor Navas after the goalkeeper had blocked a powerful shot from Nemanja Matic.“Key to winning this game was two things we do well,” Zidane said. “We hold and control well, and we finish our chances at the right moment. “The second half was not great, but the first half was spectacular. We have talented players who want to win every challenge. That how they want to grow as players.”The players needed two cooling breaks to cope with temperatures of 32C (90 F) that led to three spectators being taken to hospital.The Super Cup pitches the previous season’s Champions League winners against the Europa League holders.It was Zidane’s second consecutive Super Cup title. For United coach Jose Mourinho, it was a third failed attempt to add the trophy to his collection.United matched Madrid for pace but lacked the finish to turn the match around. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who regularly burst forward, and substitute Marcus Rashford provided much of United’s threat.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Both Rashford and Paul Pogba missed glaring second-half chances, failing to score with Navas at their mercy.The game was watched by former United coaching great Alex Ferguson. Ronaldo went on after the 80th minute and had little chance to make an impact as Madrid closed down its opponents.Moments before the final whistle, a shirtless fan ran onto the pitch and was wrestled to the ground by stewards.More than 2,500 police officers were on duty for the game in the tiny Balkan country. Four people were arrested, accused of selling unauthorized tickets. Authorities reported no major public disturbances after the match ended.Following the award ceremony, Mourinho handed his medal to a young fan and later joked that he saw no point in holding onto it.“Sometimes when I win I don’t keep the medal, so imagine when I lose,” he said. “For me, the medal would go to some place in my house and for that kid, it’s the moon.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Was LeBron James’ tweet a shot at teammate Kyrie Irving? Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View commentslast_img read more

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NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 5

first_imgLATEST STORIES Jaycee Marcelino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAdamson’s loss is Lyceum’s gain. And Jaycee Marcelino has no qualms on making that fact known.With the past week his coming out party, the offensive-minded half of the Marcelino twins is proving that he might just be the next great NCAA playmaker, coming out of nowhere to follow the footsteps of stars like Scottie Thompson and Jio Jalalon.This week, Marcelino hushed the boisterous crowd in EAC with his stupendous showing including the game-sealing steal on Francis Munsayac as the Pirates bucked the absence of coach Topex Robinson to stay unscathed at 7-0.2. Bong Quinto – F, Letran Knights14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assistsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKnown as a gunner throughout his career, Bong Quinto shared that it took time for him giving the steering wheel to Rey Nambatac.But with this selfless act, the 20-year-old seems to be thriving, as the duos’ trust with each other have helped Letran nab three straight wins to pull it out of the muck and grab solo third place.ADVERTISEMENT Creamline gets headway for bronze medal, trumps Air Force NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHas San Sebastian finally figured things out after a shocking slump early in the season?It’s still too early to tell, but for Michael Calisaan, this past week’s dominating 101-71 victory over lowly St. Benilde should be a good indication on how far the team can go.Known as a heady defensive crew, the Golden Stags put their offensive prowess in full display, with Calisaan dominating a stretch in the fourth quarter and racking 12 straight points.If San Sebastian keeps this up, there shouldn’t be any hitches for it to realize the preseason predictions placed on its head. MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img As promising as this stretch is, the road is about to get bumpier for the Knights, with San Sebastian and Lyceum next in their schedule.3. CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates20 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assistsLast Week: 2A staple of this list from the start, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that CJ Perez is still flying high in these rankings.Just as the past weeks, the energetic forward has embraced the team concept coach Topex Robinson has been preaching and seven games in and Lyceum has still yet to fall.The test, however, will be in this coming week as the Pirates’ discipline will be put to the test with Robinson serving his one-game suspension following his ejection in the EAC win.4. Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights12 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assistsLast Week: 1FILE PHOTO by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week’s top performer took a bit of a bump down the rankings, but that shouldn’t take away his contributions for Letran in its game against Perpetual.Rey Nambatac did all he could to tow the Knights to the victory, even if that meant crashing the boards against the towering Prince Eze, as he became the engine that made the team work.Showing the leadership qualities Letran has been looking for since last season, Nambatac has indeed established himself as one of the best young prospects in the amateur ranks today.But just like Quinto, he and the rest of the Knights will be put into the test this coming week with a tough two-game grind coming up. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact on the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the past week.ADVERTISEMENT Oh, how fast time flies.We’re past the halfway point of the first round and it seems that Lyceum and San Beda have pulled away from the field.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 starsBut beyond them is where the action is, with only a win separating the third and the ninth seeds, showing how important every game is for every team aspiring to be in the Final Four.But those wins wouldn’t come to be if not for the players themselves, and this is our list of this week’s top performers.1. Jaycee Marcelino – G, Lyceum Pirates20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 1 blockLast Week: 7 NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 5. Donald Tankoua – C, San Beda Red Lions 11 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 blockLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdmittedly inconsistent through the first six games, Donald Tankoua has finally had his best game to date for San Beda as he took a page out of his old self in the team’s 66-55 win over Mapua.With only Christian Bunag challenging him on the inside, the Nigerian center may have just gotten the shot of confidence he needs as the Red Lions gear for the tougher wars ahead.Couple that with the good showing of young prospects like Clint Doliguez and San Beda may just very well be building up a solid team ready to defend its throne.6. Juju Bautista – F, EAC Generals 12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 blocksLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSidney Onwubere starred in EAC’s 85-79 win over Arellano, but largely was absent in its home game on Thursday.Francis Munsayac, meanwhile, corralled a career-best 26 points, but committed the heartbreaking turnover which took the fight out of the Generals in their 97-93 loss to Lyceum.Despite the up-and-down week, the lone consistent force for coach Ariel Sison has been Juju Bautista, who refused to let his team down in those two close games.The Fil-Samoan’s role, though, is expected to get bigger with Hamadou Laminou being ruled out of the season after tearing his ACL in his right knee.7. Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags 20 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assistLast Week: 5last_img read more

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India beat England to enter men’s hockey final

first_imgIndia entered the men’s hockey final in thrilling style, beating England 5-4 via penalty shootout.The semifinal had been tied 3-3 after extra time. In the other semifinal here at the Dhyan Chand Stadium, world champions Australia decimated New Zealand 6-2.Goalkeeper Bharat Chetri was the hero for India, stopping England’s third penalty stroke.The Indian goals in the shootout came through Sarvanjit Singh, Vikram Pillay, Sandeep Singh, Arjun Halappa and Shivendra Singh.In the first half, India took the lead but England equalised just before the hooter went off. India scored off all five shots, sealing at least a silver medal in the process.This is India’s first appearance in the CWG men’s hockey final. Their fourth-place finish in 1998 Kuala Lumpur games had been their best finish so far.last_img read more