In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs San Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo refused to make any predictions heading into the Beermen’s title series against the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings.But the reigning four-time PBA MVP is sure of one thing: Game 5 will be necessary.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“For sure, walang sweep na mangyayari kasi malakas yung Ginebra,” Fajardo said on Tuesday during the pre-finals press conference.(For sure, there won’t be any sweep happening because Ginebra is a strong team.) San Miguel big man June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net[/caption]ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals PLAY LIST 01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names San Miguel and Ginebra will meet in the finals for the second time in four conferences.The Beermen needed only five games to beat the Gin Kings in their previous meeting in the championship round back in the 2017 Philippine Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins READ: Cone unfazed as Ginebra faces ‘greatest team of all time’ in PBA Finals“Pareho kaming ayaw magpa-sweep. Magandang series ito, mahabang series siguro ito.”(Both teams don’t want to get swept. This will be a good and probably long series.)READ: San Miguel, Ginebra expect long, gruelling PBA Finals seriesADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments
QPR will try to beat Tottenham to the signing of goalkeeper Robert Green if West Ham fail to win promotion, according to the Daily Mirror.West Brom and Spanish side Malaga have also been linked with the England international, whose contract expires this summer.It is claimed that R’s boss Mark Hughes is ready to offer him as much as £50,000 a week to move to Loftus Road.Rangers’ current number-one keeper Paddy Kenny is tipped to join former boss Neil Warnock at Leeds United.West Ham are expected to offer Green a new deal but it seems less likely he will re-sign for them if they lose to Blackpool in the Championship play-off final.This page is regularly updated.Click here for Friday’s QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “For the past week and a half, we just concentrated on our execution, on defense and offense,” said Diliman head coach Rensy Bajar, whose squad improved to 1-1.The game was over early after Diliman outscored Trinity, 29-11, at the end of the first quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesGandjeto also had 11 rebounds and two blocks while Joseph Brutas added a double-double with 1 points and 11 rebounds.Michael Canete paced the White Stallions, who dropped to 0-2, with 15 points and nine rebounds. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES After Barcelona losses, Real Madrid only has Champions League left Read Next 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Diliman College-Gerry’s Grill raced to an early lead en route to an 88-51 rout of The Masterpiece Clothing-Trinity University of Asia in the 2019 PBA D-League Monday at Paco Arena in Manila.Kevin Gandjeto led the Blue Dragons’ fiery start, scoring 17 of his 21 points in the first half where his team extended its lead past the 20-point plateau.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ View comments
OKLAHOMA CITY – MARCH 13: The Oklahoma State Cowboys mascot during the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship Semifinals at the Ford Center March 13, 2009 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The basketball version of the Bedlam rivalry is taking place tonight in Stillwater, and No. 24 Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are involved in a tight contest midway through the second half. Both teams need a victory not only for bragging rights but to keep on track for an NCAA berth. It’s been a quiet night so far for Oklahoma State’s star forward Le’Bryan Nash, but the 6-foot-7 senior does have one major highlight. It came early in the second half, in the form of a gorgeous no-look pass to teammate Michael Cobbins for a dunk.Flashy and effective. This is an entertaining game right now between two bitter rivals.[ H/T: @pistolsguy ]
Lucknow: Can Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra or other members of the Gandhi family distinguish between sugarcane and chari, a locally-grown fodder crop, asked Uttar Pradesh minister Suresh Rana. This was his reply when he was asked about Priyanka Gandhi’s attack on the government over a recent news report that claimed dues of sugarcane farmers had crossed Rs 10,000 crore in Uttar Pradesh. “When the Congress was in power, it did not pay dues to the farmers. If Priyanka Gandhi or any other member of the Gandhi family can distinguish between sugarcane and chari, I will start believing that they have the right to speak on farmers,” he told PTI in an interview. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The UP minister of state (independent charge) for sugarcane development and sugar mills also claimed that Congress president Rahul Gandhi has “accepted moral defeat” and has “fled from Amethi”. On the steps taken by the Yogi Adityanath government for cane farmers, Rana said, “When our government was formed, there were pending cane dues but so far, dues amounting to nearly Rs 60,000 crore have been paid.” He said the amount was bigger than the budgets of some states, but the government paid it. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “In the previous regimes of the SP and the BSP, nothing was done for the sugarcane farmers and as a result, they died of starvation,” he alleged. The minister said that sugarcane cultivation area in the state has increased by 22 per cent to 28 lakh hectare which showed that the Adityanath government has worked for the welfare of sugarcane farmers. Out of 119 sugar mills in the state, there are 70 whose dues for 30-45 days had to be paid, Rana said, adding that there were some mills where the dues were pending only for the current season of 2-2.5 months. Sugarcane season is generally from November to April and it might extend to May, he said. When asked whether the BJP has been able to overcome last year’s shocking defeat in the Kairana bypolls, Rana said, “The by-elections were not for electing or deciding the prime minister of the country or the chief minister of the state.” “Everybody knew that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will continue to be at the Centre, while Yogi Adityanath will continue to be in the state. This (Lok Sabha) election is to make Modiji the prime minister once again. Areas which witnessed more than 70 per cent polling in the assembly elections saw nearly 50 per cent polling in bypolls,” he said. Rana is an MLA from Thana Bhawan constituency in Shamli district. The seat is an assembly segment of Kairana parliamentary constituency. The minister said the party’s margin of win in the Lok Sabha elections will be bigger than the 2014 polls. Taking a jibe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi on contesting from Wayanad in Kerala in addition to Amethi, he said, “Rahul Gandhi has fled from Amethi. People of that place have seen a glimmer of development (vikaas ka diyaa) only during the five years of Modi government.” “He (Rahul Gandhi) has accepted moral defeat and has fled apprehending that the voters of Amethi will seek an answer from him for duping them,” Rana claimed. On the SP-BSP-RLD alliance, he said, “There have been attempts to forge alliances on the basis of caste, but these are not natural unions. This is only an alliance of leaders, and not of their votes or party workers. People have forged a natural alliance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” On the importance of western Uttar Pradesh, Rana said, “Since it is situated in close proximity to the National Capital Region, hence the western part of the state also has its share of importance in national politics.” “Western UP has always been associated with major agro-political movements. Secondly anti-national forces tried to expand their footprints during the previous governments in the region. The news of exodus also first emanated from western UP,” the UP minister said. The BJP has done a lot of work on these issues, and hence the voters are enthusiastic about the saffron party, he said.
New Delhi: Nearly 1,200 officers of Indian Police Service (IPS) have come under the scanner of the Home Ministry for non-performance, an official said Thursday.The ministry has reviewed service records of a total of 1,181 IPS officers in the past three years to check deadwood from the government, he said, adding the numbers of officers under the lens could go up as such a review is a continuous process. The review of service records was carried out under Rule 16 (3) of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits ) Rules, 1958 during 2016 and 2018 to check non-performers, the official said. The rule says that the central government in consultation with the state government concerned may ask an IAS officer to retire in public interest by giving at least three months previous notice in writing or three months’ pay and allowances in lieu of such notice. Of the total of 1,181 IPS officers, ten of them were recommended for premature retirement from the service in public interest, he said, without disclosing the names of the officers concerned. As many as 3,972 IPS officers are working across the country against their total sanctioned strength of 4,940, according to a Home Ministry data. The Modi government has started the policy of reviewing the service record of the IPS officers to check deadwood from the service, the official said. However, no review of the officers’ service record was undertaken during 2014 and 2015, he said. “The periodical review help the government in assessing performers and checking non-performers. Based on this review, performers are encouraged and non-performers are asked either to improve or face expulsion from the service in public interest,” the official said. The Centre has also reviewed service records of 1,143 IAS officers from 2015 to 2018 and recommended premature retirement to four officers found lacking, the official said.
Mumbai: Benchmark indices resumed their downward trend Wednesday as investors took money off the table amid global trade jitters and election-related uncertainty. After gyrating over 500 points intra-day, the BSE Sensex closed 203.65 points, or 0.55 per cent, lower at 37,114.88. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty shed 65.05 points, or 0.58 per cent, to settle at 11,157. Markets had snapped their nine-session losing streak Tuesday. However, investors are still skittish about expanding their portfolio and every upmove is being used as an opportunity to book profits, experts said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraYes Bank and Tata Motors were the biggest losers in the Sensex pack, slumping 8 per cent. IndusInd Bank, Coal India, Sun Pharma, PowerGrid, Bharti Airtel, Axis Bank, Tata Steel, HUL, Maruti, L&T, M&M, ICICI Bank, HDFC and RIL too ended in the red, shedding up to 3.66 per cent. On the other hand, Bajaj Finance was the top gainer, spurting 4.11 per cent, followed by ITC, Kotak Bank, Infosys and TCS, ending up to 1.05 per cent higher. “Investors continue to be plagued by doubts surrounding global growth and US-China trade relations. Global market sentiments too remained subdued with European stocks edging lower amid US-China trade escalations. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days”Brent crude continues to trade above the USD 70 mark. Higher oil prices could impact fiscal deficit and may force the new government to cut back infra spending,” said Hemang Jani, Head – Advisory, Sharekhan by BNP Paribas. Sectorally, BSE metal, telecom, utilities, power, auto and banking indices lost up to 2.08 per cent lower. Realty, FMCG and IT logged modest gains. In the broader markets, the BSE mid-cap and small-cap indices followed the benchmarks, falling up to 0.67 per cent. Sustained foreign fund outflows too weighed on investor sentiment. Foreign institutional investors net sold equities worth Rs 2,011.85 crore on Tuesday, while domestic institutional investors purchased shares to the tune of Rs 2,242.91 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed. On the global front, markets were mixed as softer comments from US President Donald Trump regarding the trade talks with China were offset by weak Chinese retail sales data. Bourses in China, Japan and Korea ended in the green, while European stocks opened on a weak note.
Screenshot of TwitterUrban Meyer’s first tweet sent on Aug. 27.Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has officially joined the Twitterverse.On Aug. 27 he sent out his first official tweet: “My good friend Bob Stoops talked me into this Twitter stuff – lets see how it goes. 3 more days till game time!”That first tweet from Meyer was accompanied with a picture showing a countdown leading up to the OSU’s season opener against Buffalo. Bob Stoops, the head coach at Oklahoma, was the one who convinced him to join Twitter, according to Meyer. Stoops has been on Twitter since September 2012.In less than an hour, Meyer had more than 10,000 followers, and as of late Thursday, he had more than 38,600. The first person he followed was his Heisman hopeful quarterback and active tweeter, junior Braxton Miller.Meyer never really voiced any opinion about Twitter before actually creating one. According to documents obtained by The Lantern the university is spending $360,500 to monitor student athletes on social media.Meyer’s presence on Twitter, as well as numerous players and coaches, makes it seem that the Buckeyes are a Twitter-friendly team. However, this is not the case for a few other college football programs.Florida State, another perennial national powerhouse, banned players from using Twitter in July 2012 after several Seminole players tweeted objectionable material many people found offensive. FSU coach Jimbo Fisher made the decision to ban the social networking site from his team. He has since also banned Facebook and Instagram.Possible negatives to the Twitter bans are a loss of potential recruits, upset players, disgruntled fans, etc. The positives are a more focused team and a lack of distractions, according to the coaches that have banned social media. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has expressed his disgust with Twitter.“To me, there’s nothing good that can ever come from Twitter … The only thing that is going to happen through Twitter is bad, in any regards.” Pelini said to the Lincoln Journal Star.The majority of Meyer’s tweets are promoting the Buckeyes and OSU. His Twitter profile picture is of him and his family.
Ohio State sophomore guard C.J. Jackson (3) and junior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) walk off the court at halftime of OSU’s 96-92 loss to Indiana on March 4. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Sports EditorAs the Ohio State men’s basketball team walked off the court on Saturday following its 96-92 home loss to Indiana, the Buckeyes knew they would play on the first day of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament in Washington D.C.It’s a distinction reserved for the four worst teams in the conference. But it’s not a death sentence.The 11th-seeded Buckeyes (17-14, 7-11 Big Ten) will play 14th-seeded Rutgers on Wednesday at the Verizon Center at 7 p.m. OSU beat the Scarlet Knights 70-64 on Feb. 8 in Columbus.With a win, OSU will move on to a Thursday game against sixth-seeded Northwestern, who beat the Buckeyes by two in the team’s only matchup this season. If OSU is lucky enough to move past the Wildcats, No. 3 Maryland awaits in the quarterfinals — a team that battled with the Buckeyes until the final horn.There’s no way to sugarcoat OSU’s performance this season. For a team that entered the season after missing the 2016 NCAA Tournament, the Buckeyes continued to deliver uninspiring performances with inconsistent effort en route to a bottom-four finish in the conference.That the Buckeyes have a chance to make a run in the tournament is more about the quality of the league than it is their talent.The Big Ten boasts just three teams in the Associated Press Top 25 — No. 13 Purdue, No. 24 Wisconsin and No. 25 Maryland — heading into the conference tournament. And for the first time since the 2002-2003 season, the Big Ten doesn’t have a single team in the top 10. In that span, the Big Ten had at least two teams in the top 10 on seven occasions.No. 1 seed Purdue nearly lost to OSU in early January, before winning 76-75. The bottom-four teams in the conference tournament have a combined six wins against the top four seeds; OSU owns two of those against Minnesota and Wisconsin.Another reason not to count out OSU from making a tournament run is coach Thad Matta. Winner of four Big Ten tournament championships and five regular-season Big Ten titles, Matta has been difficult to beat in March. Granted, OSU has not been to the tournament semifinals since the 2014 season — and it’s unlikely the Buckeyes make it there this year — but there are no clear-cut favorites as compared with those in previous years.Iowa, Michigan or Indiana as the No. 7, 8 and 10 seeds, respectively, have just as much of a shot at the tournament crown as the top seeds in Purdue, Wisconsin and Maryland.Iowa is entering the tournament having won four straight games, two of which were against Wisconsin and Maryland. Fourth seed Minnesota has won eight of its last nine, and sixth seed Northwestern has lost six of its last nine.The Buckeyes have said all season that their focus is one game at a time, but from an outsider’s perspective, it’s difficult not to envision chaos at the 2017 Big Ten tournament.
The Napoli footballer was racially abused on Wednesday during the match between his club and Internazionale MilanNapoli’s footballer Kalidou Koulibaly was racially abused during the match between his side and FC Internazionale Milan.Inter Milan has been sanctioned with two games to be played behind closed doors, and a partial closure for the Nerazzurri’s third match.And FIFPro and UEFA have jointly condemned the racist abuse.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Both organizations applaud the prompt actions taken by Italy’s football authorities, who sanctioned FC Internazionale with the next two matches to be played behind closed doors and, additionally, with a partial closure for FC Internazionale’s third home match,” read a statement published on FIFPro’s official website.“However, FIFPro and UEFA are very concerned by this unacceptable racist incident and by what appears on the surface to be a failure to respect the widely-recognized three-step anti-racism protocol.”“Koulibaly, a French-Senegalese defender, was subject to racist chanting and, despite announcements made by the stadium speaker, the chants did not stop,” the release continued.“Moreover, it seems that Napoli’s coaching staff had already informed the referee several times of racist chants.”