Yuvraj Singh gets dengue, to miss ODI

first_imgYuvraj Singh is down with dengue and has been ruled out of Monday’s match between India and Sri Lanka in the tri-series at Dambulla. Yuvraj will miss the Monday’s ODI.Yuvraj will not be playing due to a mild attack of dengue fever. Doctors said his condition was not serious but he would be out of action for a few days. Yuvraj hasn’t been put under isolation. He had been seen at the practice session on Saturday. Yuvraj’s absence will hit the Indian team as it’s already struggling with injuries to several of its players.last_img read more

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Bajaj Pulsar 200NS launched

first_imgShowcasing another leap in technology , Bajaj Auto on Monday unveiled a new motorcycle model – Pulsar 200NS – which will be commercially launched in the beginning of the next fiscal.The new Pulsar has a 200 cc gasoline engine while its chassis comprises a pressed steel perimeter frame and a rectangular tube section swing arm delivering over three times the lateral stiffness of a P220 frame.”The new Pulsar is all set to re-define motorcycling technology and design as much as the original Pulsar did way back in 2001,” the company said in a statement.”The Pulsar 200NS showcases the next leap in technology and design and will set the standard for others to follow. We believe that 2012-13 will be an exciting period where Bajaj Auto will excite customers both here and abroad,” said K. Srinivas, president-motorcycles, Bajaj Auto.- With inputs from IANSlast_img read more

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Pietie Coetzee has eyes set on last hurrah

first_imgPietie Coetzee is a legend in women’s hockey and India will have to counter the threat posed by the veteran South African if they have to qualify for the London Olympics.The 33-year-old has the highest number of goals in the game – 231 in 234 matches – and will go all out in a bid to be at her third Olympic Games.”It will definitely be my last Olympics, so I am focused on the job at hand. We are the highest-ranked team in the tournament and other teams will look at us as favourites,” Coetzee said after South Africa’s first practice session ahead of the qualifier at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Thursday.Having played for the national side since the age of 16, Coetzee has seen women’s hockey evolve over the years. What makes her achievement all the more remarkable is that she took a break from the game in 2006 and only returned before the 2010 World Cup.”I had lost motivation for the game after a long time on the road. The body was tired.”Also, hockey is not a professional sport in South Africa, and I had to think about my future,” she said.Playing in European leagues also added to the wear and tear on her body.”The standard there is very high, almost equal to the international level. But there is also a tremendous amount of fatigue,” Coetzee said.Studying emergency medical care provided a new outlet for Coetzee and she was thinking of pursuing it as her new career.advertisement”It helped me become a more mature and focused person. I had no idea of making a comeback to hockey. When the national coach asked me to return, I took some time to consider the proposal before getting straight back into the team,” the veteran said.It is testament to Coetzee’s desire and commitment that she has maintained the lofty standards she had set before the sabbatical.”I have become a lot fitter and playing better than ever. I have regained the passion and am feeling great,” she said.”There were no major technical issues, too, just tactical. There were some rule changes, the goalkeepers have become better and make fewer mistakes.”Her world record makes Coetzee one of the stalwarts in the modern game, but she takes it in her stride.”I am very proud of my achievement. It is a matter of great honour for me. But I don’t think about it so much,” she said.The South African went past the record of 221 set by Russian Natalya Krasnikova when she scored three goals against the United States at the FIH Champions Challenge I in Dublin in June last year.But her exploits have not raised the profile of women’s hockey in her country and not many outside the sporting circles recognise her achievement.”The people involved in hockey, and a small branch outside, know what I have done. We are a very small community and hockey is still not a very big sport in South Africa,” Coetzee said.Late arriving SA wary of India The 12th-ranked South Africans are the fancied team in the women’s Olympic hockey qualifier, but are wary of hosts India.The Marsha Marescia-led team is battle-ready, having faced Spain, Belgium and Ireland in recent weeks.South Africa take on Poland in their opening match on Saturday and being the last team to arrive in the Capital, are still trying to settle in.”The first game is always a challenge in a tournament like this. We will go by trial and error method,” skipper Marescia said after their first training session.”We were playing some matches at home which explains our late arrival.” She believes the hosts will be the biggest threat for a spot at the London Olympics.”India are a really tough team. We have to work hard to get past them,” the 29-year-old Marescia, who has led the team since 2006, said.”Rani, skipper Asunta Lakra and the two goalkeepers are very good players.”last_img read more

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Best getaway options around Mumbai

first_imgIs the big city life getting to you? Can’t wait to get away from it all? Simply Mumbai has caught the travel bug too this month so give in to temptation before the good weather runs out and take the first road out. Get set and read on as we,Is the big city life getting to you? Can’t wait to get away from it all? Simply Mumbai has caught the travel bug too this month so give in to temptation before the good weather runs out and take the first road out. Get set and read on as we scrounge through popular travel hubs and adventure hotspots as well as carefully hidden secrets to bring you the best weekend getaway options.Vertical limitMahuli: The highest point in the Thane district, Mahuli fort is a favourite with those who like adventurous getaways. Located at a height of 2,815 feet, Mahuli is a trekker’s paradise. It has a strong local trekking and rock-climbing fraternity, and there’s plenty of assistance even if you’re a beginner. Enroute is the Manas Mandir, an important religious place for the Jain community. Once you reach Mahuli, at the foot of the fort is a resplendent Shiva temple.The forest cover that surrounds the fort makes for an exciting and challenging trek from the Shiva temple to the fort. Many of the paramount temples in Maharashtra like Sangameswara, Visveswra, Boleswara and Rameswara, are located in this region. With a backdrop of mountains, lush green forests and the river flowing by, it makes for a breathtaking experience. For the brave-hearted, there are caves to explore in the mountains, but they aren’t very easily accessible. Surrounded by a sanctuary, this fort has no history of who built it. But in the 15th century, it came under the rule of Nijamshahi dynasty. Soon afterwards, it came under the rule of the Marathas and after a long tussle with the Mughals, it was retained under Shivaji’s rule till 1817, when the British took over. Just the idea of the adventure that lies ahead makes this trip one worth taking.advertisement Fact fileGetting there: Take the train to Asangaon and then a cab to Mahuli.Distance: 95 kms from Mumbai.Stay: Harshgiri Lake Resort.Contact: 25113897.Cost: Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,000 per night.Nature’s trailIgatpuri: Standing tall at 1,900 feet, Igatpuri is nestled in the lap of the majestic Sahyadris. The hill station is perfect for its splendid sunrises and boasts of housing the largest Buddhist Pagoda for Vipassana meditation at Dhammagiri village at the base of the mountain. Full of challenging treks and ample opportunities for rock-climbing, it is close to Mount Kalsubai-the highest peak of the Sahyadri Range. For those who love history, there are the forts that were built on the hill tops during the Satavahana dynasty’s rule. A popular destination for tourists, both domestic and foreign, Igatpuri is full of picnic spots such as Bhatsa River Valley, Camel Valley and Five waterfalls that are bound to reinvigorate your tired bones. The beauty of this hill station is best experienced during the monsoons. For the religious, there’s the Amruteshwar temple that was built 1200 years ago in Hemadpanti style and is best known for its elaborate design. Fact fileGetting there: Take the NH3.Distance: 140 kms.Stay: Manas Lifestyle Resort.Contact: 9833941515.Cost: RS 3,500 onward per night.Ride the tideKarjat: If you want to trek, hike, climb mountains, go river rafting or just have a quiet picnic with your family, Karjat is the place to go to. An hour and a half’s drive from Mumbai, Karjat prides itself as the land of farmhouses. With the longest chain of farmhouses in the country, it is fast developing into a popular weekend hotspot in the state of Maharashtra. With the Ulhas valley that has the Ulhas River flowing through it, white water rafting is a favourite sport here. The historical port of Bhor Ghat is what used to connect the trade routes on the Konkan coast. Then there are the Buddhist Kondana caves that give you a sneak peak into the lives of the ancient Buddhists through their intricate sculptures and the Kotligad fort, a conical structure in the Matheran ranges, a vantage point that leaves you with a breathtaking view of the foothills.Fact fileGetting there: Take the Eastern Express Highway.Distance: 91 kms.Stay: Mohili Meadows Resort.Contact: 28625858.Cost: Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,500 per night.Back in timeMatheran: Get away for a whiff of clean air with no honking cars or traffic lights at Matheran. The state’s only hill station which prohibits the entry of vehicles, it’s all about enjoying nature’s vast beauties here. With mist-soaked valleys and a grandiose landscape stretching out as far as the eye can see, explore Matheran on horseback or simply walk around. The highlight here is the 100 year old toy train that crawls through the hills ferrying passengers from the base to the 803 meter high hill station. What’s charming about Matheran, which was discovered by Sir Mallet in 1860, is that despite modern amenities and hotels, the holiday spot still retains its colonial aura. While here, enjoy the local treats like coal roasted maize or freshly churned candy floss. Another relic is the 100 year old Lords Hotel known for its grand colonial architecture. Take a moment by the placid Charlotte Lake, watch the sunrise at Panorama Point or trek up to the One Tree Hill.-Aditi PaiadvertisementFact fileGetting there: Take the train to Neral and change to the toy train to Matheran.Distance: 120 Km.Stay: Lord’s Central Hotel.Call: 02148-230228.Cost: Rs 4,500 per night.Eco cool Hide-Out: If you’re looking for tranquility and want to escape the maddening crowd of the metropolis, then look no further. Head to Hide-Out, an organic farm in a tribal hamlet tucked away in the lap of nature. There’s a plethora of nature-related activities to choose from. You can go camping or try your hand at organic farming. For those who wish to connect with their inner selves, there are spiritual activities such as workshops in yoga, meditation, alternative medicine and holistic healing to help you find yourself. Ecologically viable camping amidst waterfalls and streams where you can dive in and swim or just sit by and have a conversation with a loved one are other tempting options. For the religious, it has the Mahalaxmi temple to offer, the seat of the Worli tribal deity. From simple vegetarian food cooked in earthen pots to eco-shopping, Hide-Out is perfect for the nature-lover. There is an option of visiting other places in the vicinity, such as Jawahar, famous for its cashew orchards and Dahanu, a quiet seaside town with an Iranian heritage. Fact fileGetting there: Take the Eastern Express Highway.Distance: 91 kms.Stay: Mohili Meadows Resort.Contact: 28625858.Cost: Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,500 per night.Fort townMurud-Janjira: A quaint little port town on the west coast, Murud-Janjira is a packaged deal that caters to all kinds of sensibilities. Janjira, derived from the Arabic word Jazeera, meaning an island, was built in the 12th century by the Siddis of Abyssinia. It is the only fort in Maharashtra which was not subjugated, although the British, the Portuguese, the Dutch tried attacking the city several times. Even the great Maratha King Shivaji tried to dominate the fortress more than six times but failed in all his attempts. The 19 rounded bastions that surround the fort look like they rise from the sea. All that is left now are ruins of what was once an invincible city. Three kilometers into the sea from Murud, the fort allows you a glimpse of the grandiose medieval architecture. Murud Janjira is the only place in Maharashtra where one can get the best of the quiet beach along with a visit to historical and religious sites the town is famous for. Apart from the fort, one can visit the Dattatreya temple, Nawab’s palace inside the fort, the Padmadurg fort or simply unwind at the Murud Janjira beach, where you can also indulge in water sports. Accommodation isn’t a problem since there are plenty of options to stay at.advertisement Fact fileGetting there: Take the Mumbai-Goa Highway 17 via Revdanda.Distance: 165 kms.Stay: One can choose from several resorts along the beach.Cost: RS 1,000 onward per night.Flying highKamshet: If your idea of a holiday is soaring high in the skies, then Kamshet is the destination for your next weekend retreat. One hundred kilometres from the city, the area’s windy hill tops are an ideal location for paragliding activities with two popular schools here-Temple Pilots and Fly Nirvana. You can do a beginners’ course, an advanced level programme or simply go for a joyride. They even have special flying workshops for children if you are planning a family outing.With trained pilots and instructors, you know you are in safe hands as you soar. At both centres, you’ll find other entertainment once you are done with flying. At Fly Nirvana’s home stay resort called The Native Place, you often find founder Sanjay Rao playing chef and cooking up a feast for guests. Non-flyers can have their share of fun with nature trails and treks in the surrounding hills, visits to the ancient Bhedsa and Karla caves nearby or occasional inhouse yoga sessions at Fly Nirvana. So, if adventure is what you are looking for this weekend, strap on your gear and enjoy the aerial view of the picturesque Sahyadri hills.-Aditi PaiFact fileGetting there: Take the Mumbai-Pune highway.Distance: 128 km.Stay: The Native Place.Call: 9920120243.Cost: Rs 5,000 onward per night.Natural wonderLonar: Situated in the Buldhana District, the Lonar Crater, which is now a lake, was first discovered in 1823 by British officer, J.E. Alexander. While the dates are still uncertain, this crater, which also happens to be the world’s third largest, is said to have been created by a two million tonne meteorite more than 50,000 years ago. Even though its creation was the outcome of a natural disaster of sorts, its evolution is anything but. The brilliant blue water surrounded by thick green forests makes it one of the most beautiful natural wonders that exist. Whether you like photography, science or just the wilderness, Lonar has plenty to offer. The crater houses hundreds of peafowl, chinkara and gazelles that can be spotted in the shrubbery growing around the lake. There are egrets, moor hens, herons, coots, white-necked storks, lapwings, grey wagtails, grebes, black droungos, green bee-eaters, tailorbirds, magpies and robins as well. There’s also the famous Daitya Sudan temple, which has been carved in a style similar to the Khajurao temples. And that’s not all-if you’re lucky, you’ll even spot some migratory birds stopping by in their journey across the world. Fact fileGetting there: Take the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.Distance: 600 kms.Stay: Government Rest House.Contact: 07260 221602.Cost: RS 900 to Rs 1,100 per night.Nature’s spectacleSilvassa: The capital city of the Union Territory of Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Silvassa is a popular holiday destination for many in the state. From a Roman Catholic Church built by the Portuguese to the Silvassa museum, it’s a perfect family vacation destination. If you like wildlife, there’s the deer park at Dapada and a lion safari at Vasona in store for you. A fun-filled weekend packed with activities is what you’ll take home from Silvassa.There’s boating at Madhuban dam, the lush Dadra Park, the Dudhani lake about 35 kms from Silvassa (which also houses a water sports park), the Vrindavan and the Balaji temples and the Ban Ganga Lake- a location so beautiful that one can get lost in its scenic grandeur. Fact fileGetting there: Train from Borivali station to Vapi.Distance: 170 kms.Stay: khavel Resort.Contact: 0260 2677401.Cost: Rs 6,000 onward per night.View from the topThe Machan: There’s nothing like a quiet secluded tree house in the middle of a forest to make you forget about blaring horns and constantly ringing mobile phones. The Machan offers just that with a secluded tree house set up in Jambulne village in the Western Ghats. Cradled in the branches of a huge tree at the edge of a precipice 45 feet above the ground, the luxurious structure overlooks acres and acres of lush forest land. Climb up to the loft, aptly called the Crow’s Nest and the stunning aerial view from there is bound to take your breath away. For those who want the thrill of camping out, the Machan has also introduced three well-furnished tents atop raised platforms. With little to do here except soak in the natural beauty or explore the village, this is a perfect place to get your much needed dose of peace and tranquility to hide in the trees.-Aditi PaiFact file Getting there: Take the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.Distance: 80 Km.Check out: Koraigad and Tungi forts.Contact: 09594053113; themachan.comCost: Rs 10,000 to Rs 30,000 per day for two.last_img read more

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World Cup telecast: Mandira Bedi becomes talk of the town

first_imgTalk of the town: Mandira Bedi (centre) with Arun Lal (left) and Charu SharmaA trampoline is by far one of the nicer things soap actor Mandira Bedi has been called since the World Cup telecast began on SetMax. It was Tony Greig who called her that, saying she was like,Talk of the town: Mandira Bedi (centre) with Arun Lal (left) and Charu SharmaA trampoline is by far one of the nicer things soap actor Mandira Bedi has been called since the World Cup telecast began on SetMax. It was Tony Greig who called her that, saying she was like the typical Indian cricket fan: “Sometimes down, sometimes up, never in the middle.” That hasn’t stopped SetMax from gushing about her abilities as a presenter. “You know she went to Colombo at her own expense. She’s a cricket buff and the voice of the Indian woman,” says Rajat Jain, executive vice-president, SetMax. The channel paid her Rs 3 lakh for her insightful comments – such as comparing Sachin Tendulkar to Lagaan’s crazed cricket-playing swami, Guran. While there is little doubt she is an improvement on SetMax’s Colombo presenter Ruby Bhatia, it’s not saying much. Her dress sense veers between wearing a blouse with invisible straps and a strait-jacket with sleeves. As she clutches Charu Sharma’s hand, urging him to smile, and strokes Barry Richards’ arm while he melts into a bashful puddle, SetMax’s competitors, the Few Good Men on ESPNStar Sports (denied use of even the highlights), take solace in the occasional cheetah that visits their Cape Town studio and the cucumbers and carrots that Navjot Singh Sidhu consumes. Yet Harsha Bhogle, paid Rs 1 crore a year for his astute commentary, puts on a brave face: “I’ve never done a broadcast where we don’t have footage. But one thing we don’t do is make cricket lighter.” ESPNStar Sports MD Manu Sawhney echoes that: “The Indian cricket fan takes his game very seriously.” Doordarshan, broadcasting only 16 of the 54 matches, is so thrilled at the windfall it has got – apparently Rs 140 crore in advertising and still counting – that it has abdicated all pretensions at competing with the big boys of sport: Mr Brown Moustache Yashpal Sharma interviews Mr Black Moustache Chetan Sharma in what is their version of Extraaa Innings. Has the cricket circus, parodied by MTV in Silly Point, reached its nadir? Will its funeral march be set to the music of Bedi’s bangles? “It’s all about entertainment,” says Ashutosh Srivastava, MD of Mindshare, the country’s largest media-investment company. When actors Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Sunil Shetty visit the SetMax studio in Cape Town on TV’s D-Day, March 1 – when India play Pakistan – masala cricket will meet its match in masala movie. Kapil Dev, SetMax’s brand ambassador (paid extra because his Rs 1.5-crore contract entitles Sony to use him only for 20 days in a year), and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, ultimate cricket captain, will be giving their expert comments. Will the purists have to gnash their teeth till April, when India plays South Africa and Bangladesh, for Sunil Gavaskar – who surely deserves every bit of his Rs 2-crore annual fee – to speak at length? If the early days of the World Cup have proved one thing beyond doubt, it is that commentators are as big stars as the cricketers. If they do it right.advertisementlast_img read more

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Arellano, San Beda eye Finals slots

first_img‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Assured of a twice-to-beat incentive after ending the elimination round tied on top with 8-1 (win-loss) slates, the Lady Chiefs and the Lady Red Spikers hope to finish off their foes in the doubleheader that kicks off 2 p.m.San Beda takes the court first, battling Perpetual in an expectedly tough duel while Arellano shoots for its goal against JRU’s Lady Bombers at 4.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 openingArellano is eyeing a second straight finals appearance where it hopes to capture a second straight crown and third overall. San Beda is aiming to make it to the finals for the first time.“Winning the title has always been our goal. But we need to focus in the Final Four first before thinking of anything,” said Arellano coach Obet Javier in Filipino. PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid 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 BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Perpetual Help and Jose Rizal hope to steal a win that will force winner-take-all matches for Finals slots.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto LATEST STORIES Arellano University and San Beda try to forge a title duel while Jose Rizal and Perpetual Help seek to spoil that bid when the Final Four of the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball tournament fires off Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.ADVERTISEMENT PSC curbs recognition of PKF as legit NSAlast_img read more

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Team Steph, Team LeBron tip off NBA All-Star Game

first_imgJudiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims NBA star Redick in racial slur storm Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais LATEST STORIES MOST READ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte LeBron James has started his 14th straight NBA All-Star Game, breaking a tie with Bob Cousy for the longest streak in league history. James is one behind Kobe Bryant for the most overall.Two intriguing subplots with Team LeBron are that James is teaming up again with Kyrie Irving, the Boston guard who campaigned to leave James’ side in Cleveland last summer; and Russell Westbrook is once again teammates with Kevin Durant, who ditched him in Oklahoma City in 2016 to win a championship in Oakland last year. The final starter on Team LeBron is Anthony Davis of New Orleans.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 openingJames’ original roster has been dramatically altered by injuries to DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Kristaps Porzingis and Kevin Love, who all won’t play.Stephen Curry is the first player in Golden State history to start five straight All-Star Games. His fellow starters are James Harden of Houston, DeMar DeRozan of Toronto, Joel Embiid of Philadelphia and Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee. 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 PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Actor Kevin Hart performs prior to an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)First, there were elaborate pregame introductions by Kevin Hart, and then the Canadian national anthem by the Barenaked Ladies and the American national anthem by Fergie.Then it was time for the NBA All-Star Game between Team LeBron and Team Stephen at Staples Center.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Westbrook’s 3-pointer at buzzer lifts Thunder past Kings

first_imgThunder: After scoring 44 points in the first quarter, the Thunder totaled just 41 over the next two periods.UP NEXTThunder: At Golden State on Saturday.Kings: Host the Lakers on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Westbrook, who notched his 18th triple-double of the season, made three free throws sandwiched around a bucket in the paint by Steven Adams to put Oklahoma City up 107-105.Justin Jackson’s 6-foot jumper off an offensive rebound tied the game. After a timeout, the Thunder got the ball in front of Sacramento’s bench and Carmelo Anthony found Westbrook atop the 3-point line for the winner.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 openingWestbrook lifted the Thunder from what would have been a devastating loss after a fast start in their first game since the All-Star break. They set a season high with 44 points in the first quarter and made 12 3-pointers but still had to rally in the final minutes to win.Anthony matched his season high of seven 3-pointers and Paul George had three from beyond the arc, ending his five-game streak with five or more 3s. It was the second-longest streak in NBA history behind George McCloud’s six-game streak in 1996. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Thunder shot nearly 70 percent in the first quarter and made seven 3s, including three straight by Anthony. George had two of them and added a three-point play and two free throws to put Oklahoma City up 44-21.It was the complete opposite for Billy Donovan’s club after that.Sacramento went on a pair of big runs early in the second quarter and got within 64-60 before Anthony’s fifth 3 of the first half briefly halted the onslaught and put Oklahoma City up by seven at halftime.The Thunder led 85-74 midway through the third before the Kings made another surge. Vince Carter, the 41-year-old former dunk champion, had a three-point play and 3-pointer and Sacramento scored the final 16 points of the period to go up 90-85.TIP-INSKings: Frank Mason scored six points in his first game since Dec. 31. Mason had been sidelined with a partially torn right facscia. . De’Aaron Fox (conjunctiveitis) and Kosta Koufos (ill) were held out.ADVERTISEMENT Ricky Vargas beats Peping Cojuangco for POC presidency LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook reacts after hitting a 3-point shot at the buzzer against the Sacramento Kings in an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The Thunder won 110-107. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Russell Westbrook made a 3-pointer as time expired, lifting the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 110-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.The Thunder blew a 23-point lead and trailed 105-102 with 4 ½ minutes remaining before closing the game on an 8-2 run.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READlast_img read more

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Despite Gilas’ 0-2 home stand, Yeng Guiao ‘no regrets’ over exclusion of Andray Blatche

first_imgAnother case filed vs Cardema “We have no regrets. Once you make that decision, you should take all the responsibility,” Guiao said after the Philippines’ gut-wrenching 78-70 loss to Iran Monday night. “It is what it is. There’s no pointing fingers.”READ: Andray Blatche decries ‘very unprofessional way’ Gilas left him off rosterFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefBlatche last played for Gilas against Australia where he was slapped with a three-game suspension for his involvement in the ugly brawl.The former NBA veteran would’ve been eligible for the game against Iran but he had already been excluded from Guiao’s 20-man pool. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational team head coach Yeng Guiao isn’t kicking himself for leaving out Andray Blatche despite Gilas Pilipinas going winless in the fifth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Guiao said he is standing by his decision of choosing Stanley Pringle and Christian Standhardinger as the Philippines’ naturalized players against Kazakhstan and Iran, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Fossil launches its newest generation smartwatch: The Gen 5 SEA Games: PH dancesport looking to sweep golds LATEST STORIES Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe MOST READ Read Next Jayson Castro’s impressive Gilas return dampened by tough loss to Iran Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Blatche pointed to “political infighting” as to the reason for the snub as he expressed his disappointment on his Instagram account the night before Gilas faced Kazakhstan last Friday in a game where the Kazakhs came away with an upset victory.READ: ‘Dejected’ Gilas has ‘no one to blame but ourselves’Guiao cleared Blatche “can always be considered” as Gilas’ naturalized player and that his decision to play Standhardinger and Pringle is what he felt was best for the team.“I have not had any personal contacts with him. I don’t know him personally so his contact really is with SBP. For me, it’s nothing personal and it’s like I’m agnostic with his situation. I don’t have any biases for or against. I’m just going to make an evaluation based on what I feel is good for the team. That’s just what I did.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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