F1: Need efforts to create interest in Indian Grand Prix: Ecclestone

first_imgFormula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone on Thursday gave a thumbs up to the preparations for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix on October 30, but said that the organisers need to put in extra effort to generate interest for the race in the cricket-crazy nation.Ecclestone, the Formula One Group CEO, was speaking on the occasion of an announcement to mark telecom giant Bharti Airtel’s association with the race as its title sponsors.”F1 is new to India. It would take efforts to generate interest. We will never catch cricket but we can get close to…perhpas with extra effort,” Ecclestone said after unveiling the logo of the race.Ecclestone, the 82-year-old British sports entrepreneur, was pleased with the pace of work at the Budh International Circuit, the venue for the race.”It will be one of the nicest circuit and will complete in time. People are there, checking everything on daily basis. It will be in good shape,” he said.Asked whether F1 needs India or India needs F1, Ecclestone replied, “India is one of the top 5 countries, it’s a major part of the world and we wanted a championship here.When I came here, I was pleased (with what I saw). Things will be fine. In the end we will do good things for India.”He also said that 30 per cent of the total spectators will come from abroad, especially Europe. .Sanjay Kapoor, CEO – India and South Asia, Bharti Airtel, said there was a lot of merit in having an association with the world’s most popular motorsport event.advertisement”Such events do not come cheap. We see value in this in investment. We met five-six months back and meeting of the minds happened at first time. F1 is a sports and Airtel is a brand. Both resonate well in the contemporary markets,” he said.He did not give a direct answer when asked if association with F1 was the reason behind their decision to pull out as sponsors of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament.”You take decision keeping in mind the brand. We keep balancing the portfolios,” Kapoor said.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Sahara India group now entering Indian polo

first_imgEven as the suspense over the Sahara India group supporting Indian cricket continues, there are indications that they will now enter the Indian polo scenario.Sources on Wednesday confirmed that a new team called Sahara Warriors will be seen in action at the Indian Polo Association championship to be held in the Capital over the month-end.This event is virtually treated as the national championship where top teams compete. It includes the 61st Cavalry, the Jindal group and also a team from Piramal.According to sources, wellknown rider Adhiraj Singh will be playing a major role with the Sahara Warriors team and could be one of the riders.Four riders will be required for each team competing in the Indian Polo Association event, which means apart from Adhiraj and two other Indians, there will also be a foreign rider.Sources also told Mail Today that the horses or ‘ponies’, which are usually imported from Argentina, cost around $ 15,000 each. On an average, each team has around 25 to 30 horses.While the exact number of horses being imported by Sahara is not clear, what is certain is that they will also be competing in other polo events in India on a big scale.Ever since Sahara made their intentions clear that they were not interested in being sponsors of the Indian cricket team, there has been speculation as to which other sport they will support.Indian hockey was one recent Sahara beneficiary as the group decided to increase its support on the eve of the Olympic qualifiers.advertisementCompared to Rs 3.34 crore per match on the national cricket team, the money to be spent on the entire hockey set- up is not estimated to be more than Rs 8 crore per year.But if one takes into account Sahara’s huge investment in Formula One team Force India and now their foray into polo, it’s clear they are going to be seen in more sporting arenas.Equestrian circles are also speculating if Sahara will be spending more on horses as the ones used for showjumping cost much more than the polo ponies.s. kannan@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

Saina Nehwal becomes first Indian to win badminton grand prix at Philippines Open

first_imgSaina NehwalIt’s easy to confuse her with Sania Mirza, but the similar – sounding first name and racket – wielding sports are all the two Hyderabadi girls have in common.Ranked world no. 86, Saina Nehwal, 16, has become the first Indian to win a badminton grand prix at the Philippines,Saina NehwalIt’s easy to confuse her with Sania Mirza, but the similar – sounding first name and racket – wielding sports are all the two Hyderabadi girls have in common.Ranked world no. 86, Saina Nehwal, 16, has become the first Indian to win a badminton grand prix at the Philippines Open.”Saina is fast and does not wilt under pressure,” says former all-England champion Pullela Gopichand, who has trained her.Given that the game is in her genes-mother Usha Rani is a former Haryana player – Nehwal could well change women’s badminton in the country.last_img read more

Jharkhand Rajya Sabha polls: Oppn demands CBI probe into horse trading

first_imgJharkhand Assembly was on Saturday adjourned till 2 pm after the Opposition created pandemonium demanding a CBI probe into the alleged horse trading in the run up to the Rajya Sabha polls. As soon as the house convened, the entire Opposition rushed to the well raising slogans against horse trading and demanded a CBI investigation. Speaker C.P. Singh adjourned the house till 2 pm after his request to the members to allow the question hour to be conducted fell on deaf ears. The Opposition’s demand for CBI probe came following the Election Commission countermanding on Friday night the Rajya Sabha polls in the state in the wake of allegations of horse trading and seizure of Rs 2.15 crore in cash, saying the election process there “has been seriously vitiated”. The money had been seized from a car owned by the brother of an independent Rajya Sabha candidate, hours before the start of RS polling in Ranchi on Friday.last_img read more

Meet a bunch of designers who have set trends

first_imgAs we celebrate our sixth anniversary, we meet an exciting bunch of designers who have set trends, taking design to a new high. Aarohi SinghThere is no ‘must-do’ in art. Only a free-spirited mind which doesn’t believe in limiting creativity to any one specific canvas can understand this. Bangalore-based artist,As we celebrate our sixth anniversary, we meet an exciting bunch of designers who have set trends, taking design to a new high. Aarohi SinghThere is no ‘must-do’ in art. Only a free-spirited mind which doesn’t believe in limiting creativity to any one specific canvas can understand this. Bangalore-based artist and painter Aarohi Singh attaches a great deal of weight to the belief that art is not what you see, but what you make others see. She doesn’t restrict herself to a single medium and paints on just about any surface. Designs created by her almost always have a story to tell and she connects with the audience. Apart from paper and fabric, she has painted on walls, lamps and furniture, and transformed inane things like kettles, buckets, plates, tables and chairs into pieces of craft. With no formal education in art, the 37-year-old mother of two started painting out of sheer passion and sold her first piece during a solo exhibition held at the Triveni Kala Sangam, Delhi in 1994. That paved the way for this self-taught specialist to launch her label ‘Art By Aarohi’ in 1998 to showcase her work across different genres and categories. Today, the line is associated with fine art, furniture, interiors, apparel and personal accessories. Her furniture and knickknacks for the home are one of a kind and speak a language of kitsch. She has reinvented the mundane coffee table into a functional piece of craftsmanship by combining multiple games like chess, snakes and ladders, cards, pool, monopoly and carom to make the tabletop. A conversation starter, the Khiladi table is a riot of colour and is an exciting decor piece. The Time Stamp chairs which she painted for two children are also vibrant and sport their names, even likes anddislikes. Ultimately, these are objects of desire that strike a chord with the user and stay on forever.Fenny GanatraGood design is innovative; it makes a product useful and it is not over-the-top. These principles formulated by German industrial designer Dieter Rams have always inspired Fenny Ganatra. The Singapore-based experimental product designer, who is relatively new in the field, has managed to turn quite a few heads already and has made her mark at some of the recently held international design exhibitions. A graduate from Raffles Design International in Mumbai, the budding fabricator believes in keeping her design principles simple and uncluttered. With these as her guidelines, and form, function and technology as the frame of reference, the 24-year-old maker of futuristic products tends to go wild with her creative rushes. “Once an idea hits me, it is a constant battle between inspiration and perspiration until the product is launched,” she says. One can see that the progressive translation of her design ethos into reality inspire her the most while working on a project. Like her debut creation-the Bounce chair. Minimal design that complements function, the seating arrangement is unique as it uses silicone for the surface and polycarbonate for the base. Exhibited at Maison & Objet 2012 show in Paris recently, the furniture is a tribute to what UK-based industrial designer Ross Lovegrove called ‘organic essentialism’. A perfectionist to the core, she made sure that the final product is feasible and serves the purpose of seating you comfortably. The best recognition Bounce could get was an honourable mention at the Red Dot Award 2012. The designer has even introduced a new model of Bounce at Salone Satellite 2012 fair that was held in Milan in April.Ambrish AroraAmerican designer Charles Eames once said, “Recognising the need is the primary condition for design.” When self-taught designer Ambrish Arora takes on a project, he loves to go beyond a certain look or a stylistic reference to produce blueprints that are different and significant. He holds that the future of design is linked intrinsically to our social structures and values, breaking away from the confined mould of producing beautiful products, buildings and interiors. Brief glimpses of some of his ventures like Raas, a 40-room boutique hotel in the walled city of Jaipur, fashion designer Rohit Bal’s outlet at DLF Emporio in Delhi, and a retail space in the Mehrangarh Fort Museum, Jodhpur, are proof enough to drive home the point. Founder director of Delhi-based Lotus Design Services, the 42-year-old originator has worked on a number of projects of various scales like boutique hotels, retail design, F&B spaces, residences, museums, exhibitions and furniture, both within India and abroad. Functioning in close collaboration with other two founding members, Siddhartha Talwar and Ankur Choksi, he is at present busy working on a modernisation plan for the Charles Correa designed Crafts Museum in Delhi and a studio for artist Subodh Gupta besides others. A frequent speaker at several design events, the most recent being the first India Design Forum (IDF) held in Delhi a few months back, he looks at design as a roadmap or a strategic approach to meet others expectations. “We are coming to a point where we will begin to realise the better value of regional identities rather than national or universal. At the same time, to mould and re-express them in a way that is relevant for the future drawing,” he says thoughtfully. Rightly put, as craft and technology are just inseparable.Michael FoleySimplicity is what drives industrial designer Michael Foley to introduce awe in what he produces. He strives to maintain a balance between form, function and cost, making an intuitive and useful design that is desirable to its user. A National Institute of Design (NID) graduate, the 41-year-old artist with a creative bent of mind is known for pushing the boundaries in design and has worked on a range of projects right from lighting, lifestyle accessories and store interiors to public spaces. Often counted as one of India’s top 10 product designers, he made his mark as head at The Titan Design Studio where his extraordinary design sense gave the watches a luxury makeover. “I come from a watch design background and it taught me to look at the beauty of details, a fusion of design, craftsmanship and sculpture,” he says. It was this experience that came in handy when in 2006 he started Foley Design Private Limited, a Bangalore-based studio specialising in product design, graphics and space design. There has been no looking back since. From creating simple and striking objects for the living area to designing an Indiasymbolic baton for the Commonwealth Games, he has tried his hand at almost everything. The 18-carat gold and aluminium helical-shaped Commonwealth Games 2010 wand has gold leaf patras engraved on the body, represents old and new India and deftly brings together technology and good aesthetics. This managing director and chief designer of Foley Designs believes exposure to design has grown exponentially in past few years and homeowners have become smarter and conscious about their style sensibilities. His designs for urban spaces accordingly highlight a sense of personality. Like the Violet 3D surround sound system made of aluminium, the LED task light for Wipro, the sleek martini glasses or the desktop FM radio. As the future is essentially about intelligent design, this new-ager fuses good ideas with smart materials and cares for the environment.Ketna PatelBritish-Indian pop artist Ketna Patel gets inspired by everyday life and loves observing people around her for ideas. The 43-year-old Africa-born, UKeducated designer who has lived in Singapore for the last 19 years claims she is a culturally schizophrenic personality, deeply grounded in an ever-evolving Asian culture. Challenging our prejudices and pretensions about art, in much the same way like early Western pop artists did, she juxtaposes different cultures and historical events on the same canvas. For example, a Bollywood actor and a communist Red Guard come together in the same composition. Romancing the old and the new, her work is fluid and temporal and speaks of the present and is not a minimal affair at all. Having studied architecture and design, she experiments with many forms of expressions, figures and architectural elements to engage in a relationship with the masses. For instance, she was commissioned by Tata Motors in 2011 to convert one of their Nano cars into a work of art, which she did by using glass mosaics from Italian company, The Sicis Art Factory. Recently, she even painted a giant fibreglass elephant for the internationally famous Elephant Parade, the world’s largest open air exhibition to save the Asian elephant from extinction. Blurring the lines between art and utility, advertising and design, she conveniently makes use of alternative canvases for cultural messaging through sofas, tables, kitchen cabinets, chairs and rickshaws. One who manufactures chaos and loves being in the thick of things, she has also curated the Asia Pop lifestyle series which is a colourful commentary on the collision of technology, local cultures and consumerism in the modern world. A collection of Asian street narratives, it encompasses furniture, lampshades, carpets and fashion. The series brings together popular and high culture featuring both the iconic and the common place, re-contextualised and plastered in new form.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Government firm on implementing Conditional Access System, splits television industry

first_imgAfter weeks of piece meal implementation, frenetic lobbying, election worries and increasingly bewildered consumers, the long-running soap finally seems to be winding down, not with a bang but with a whimper.Bombarded by all manner of information-correct and otherwise- consumers are now marking time till the Conditional Access System (CAS) is,After weeks of piece meal implementation, frenetic lobbying, election worries and increasingly bewildered consumers, the long-running soap finally seems to be winding down, not with a bang but with a whimper.Bombarded by all manner of information-correct and otherwise- consumers are now marking time till the Conditional Access System (CAS) is implemented to see whether it will be worth investing in a set-top box. The broadcasters who had urged the postponement of CAS by a year have now sullenly fallen in line after some not-so-subtle threats.Even the excitable Delhi BJP chief Madan Lal Khurana, who fears a rout in the forthcoming elections, has apparently been told to keep quiet. A week ago, the rollout didn’t look so simple. Even BJP President M. Venkaiah Naidu’s lighthearted comment that he was for “unconditional access” was interpreted as a rebuff to the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry. On May 24, when Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee called Minister of State for I&B Ravi Shankar Prasad for a meeting, the buzz doing the rounds of the capital was that CAS would be postponed. “All he told me,” says Prasad “is that consumers’ interest was paramount.” (see interview) With Prasad abroad, first at the Cannes Film Festival and then at a conference in Bangkok, the suspense on CAS stretched on forever. CAS: THE SUSPENSE CONTINUESGOVERNMENT SAYS Cable operators have to show up to 70 free-to-air channels for Rs 72.Set-top boxes will cost between Rs 2,000 and Rs 3,000 after duty reduction.It will not allow charging of Rs 50 for main channel and Rs 60 for the bouquet.Broadcasters have to specify individual pay channel rates by June 15.GROUND REALITYThe limit of 70 was a verbal announcement, not mandated in the May 8 notification.The ministry has reduced customs duty from 50 per cent to 5 per cent only till July 31.If bundling happens, the I&B minister says he will invoke the law. “You leave it to me.”Star and Sony say they will announce only when they are ready-at June-end.During that period, says Ashok Mansukhani, executive vice-president, Hinduja TMT, and a supporter of CAS, “every positive step taken by the Government was distorted in what was an orchestrated media campaign”.advertisementJawahar Goel, additional vice-chairman of Zee Telefilms, who is trying to give the debate a swadeshi (Zee) vs videshi (Star and Sony) spin, puts it more forcefully: “There was a lot of lobbying by broadcasters. This is not how things are done in India.” The Government, he says, “has many tools with which to teach broadcasters a lesson”. Two punitive measures reportedly suggested are an increase in withholding tax (the tax broadcasters pay for operating from off-shore companies) and a possible mandatory uplinking even for foreign entertainment channels.All this will not really matter to the viewers if they get what CAS promises- 70 channels for Rs 72 in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata by July 14. If they want to watch pay channels, they will have to buy a set-top box for an initial deposit of Rs 1,000 and pay more for the channels (Zee has announced a bouquet price of Rs 55). According to Prasad’s benign calculations, the total cost to consumers will not be more than Rs 200 (Rs 72 for free-to-air; Rs 20 as service tax; Rs 30, and not Rs 200 as was initially thought, for the monthly instalment of the set-top box; and Rs 70 for 15-20 pay channels).Sony CEO Kunal Dasgupta is not convinced: “The initial price may be juicy but who is to stop cable operators from raising prices? You know when CAS was introduced in Thailand three years ago the price of cable TV per home was 200 baht. Now, it is 1,600 baht.”With the Government announcing its intention to implement CAS18 months ago, one would have assumed that all kinks would have been ironed out by now. But no. Till March, major broadcasters Star and Sony were ranged against cable operators and the Government. Zee saw the warning signs early and modified its business plan to include Direct-To-Home (DTH), providing an alternative stream of revenue. FOR …JAWAHAR GOEL, Vice-Chairman, ZEE: Says CAS will be in harmony with DTH, and only marginally more expensive.ASHOK MANSUKHANI, Executive Vice-President, Hinduja: Is ready for CAS.Wants broadcasters to sign agreements.AGAINST …PETER MUKERJEA, CEO, STAR: Wanted CAS to be postponed to 2004. Now says he will wait and watch.KUNAL DASGUPTA, CEO, SONY: Did not want CAS at one go. Says people may not buy set-top boxes and opt for only free-to-air. Now, while Zee exults in its “good timing” (its DTH system will be operational by August 15), Sony and Star are pondering their strategies. A delegation of TDP MPs has assailed the letter of intent on DTH given to Star by the Government, which may explain why Star CEO Peter Mukerjea says CAS will be “catastrophic for the TV industry in the short term”.advertisementStar-which routinely makes a clean sweep of the top 50 programme ratings-stands to lose the most with the inevitable initial decline in viewership and advertising revenue.If the broadcasters did not see the writing on the wall, part of the reason was that the Government did not implement CAS at one go. Its May 8 notification mentioned only a minimum 30 free-toair channels and left the maximum limit vague.After representations from freeto-air broadcasters like Sahara TV, SAB TV and TV Today (part of the group which publishes INDIA TODAY), the Government announced that the upper limit was 70. On March 4, the Government said there would be no reduction in customs duties on set-top boxes. Two months later it slashed duties, leaving indigenous manufacturers all dressed up with nowhere to go.Finally, when it was clear that broadcasters had no intention of declaring which channels were pay and which free-to-air, the Government stipulated a June 15 deadline for it.That leaves a month for the consumer to decide what he wants. Will he buy the set-top box? Or will he get used to the “choice” of 70 channels for Rs 72? We will know the next time India plays cricket. All sports channels are pay.last_img read more

Wozniacki beats Pavlyuchenkova to retain Pan Pacific title

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jarin on NU loss: ‘Adamson guards outplayed us’ “I was really disappointed in the first three games,” said the Russian. “I felt I was a bit unlucky and really believe if I had turned those points round and won the games, it may have been a different match. I was a little down on myself and missed more than I should.”The Russian fought harder in a second set that went with serve until the 12th and final game.Yet she failed to earn a break point in the match and appeared outclassed in her first Premier-level final since Moscow in 2015. Semifinal opponent Angelique Kerber was the only seed she faced this week before third-seeded Wozniacki.“It’s disappointing to lose no matter which round it is, even more disappointing in the final,” said Pavlyuchenkova, who needed three sets to win all four of her matches en route to the final.“I felt a little flat due to the previous matches. I didn’t have so much energy left.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groupscenter_img No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors “This was my seventh final of the year — it gets harder to get that last win,” said world No. 6 Wozniacki, who has now won at least one title every year since 2008. “I’ve been putting myself in a position to win all year. It was really important for me to stay focused and positive.”Wozniacki had crushed world No.1 Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-0 in the semifinals and a similar score looked on the cards here Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“The court suits my game. She plays powerfully so it was important for me to make her move around early on. In the first set everything was going my way. In the second set she served better, so it was tricky for me to break.”The first set lasted only 20 minutes as Pavlyuchenkova struggled to get a foothold. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark poses with the winner’s plate after beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO — Caroline Wozniacki overwhelmed Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-0, 7-5 to retain her Pan Pacific Open title on Sunday.The victory gives Wozniacki, also champion in Tokyo in 2010, her first title of the year. The Dane had lost all six of her previous finals in 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Austria mum on reported SMB-Kia trade

first_imgArgentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges View comments San Miguel coach Leo Austria. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria kept his lips sealed on the reported trade involving his team and Kia.Sources told INQUIRER.net on Sunday that the Picanto have traded the rights to the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 PBA Draft to the Beermen in exchange for JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, Keith Agovida, a future first rounder, and cash considerations.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Kia trades top pick to San MiguelA revised version of the deal also surfaced with the Beermen sending Ronald Tubid, Yancy de Ocampo, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, McCarthy, a future pick, and cash considerations to the Picanto for the top selection.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 openingThe trade has reportedly been submitted but the Office of the Commissioner has yet to give its approval.Austria carefully watched PBA aspirants during the Draft Combine despite San Miguel not owning any pick in this year’s draft. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans World Series patches in place, Dodgers prepare for Astros Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Prospective number one pick Christian Standhardinger did not attend the combine due to his commitments with his ABL team Hong Kong.The Fil-German big man, though, posted on his Twitter account that he will be in attendance for the PBA Draft.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Curry scores 30, Warriors dominate Heat

first_imgOhtani rules out Yanks, Red Sox, others; prefers West Coast View comments Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “Nothing magical or no secret sauce to it,” Curry said. “Just trying to be efficient.”Goran Dragic scored 20 points for the Heat. They led by eight in the early going and 36-33 after the first quarter. The Heat then scored 41 points in the next 24 minutes.“Golden State took it to a different level,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “What I wanted to see was a competitive response.”Starting with a layup by Curry late in the half, Golden State made 10 out of 11 shots in one stretch. Curry had two 3-pointers in that third-quarter barrage, and his driving score pushed the lead out to 80-63.At that point, he had 30 points in the game’s first 28 1/2 minutes. He didn’t score again, and the Warriors didn’t need much more help anyway.ADVERTISEMENT Malditas save PH from shutout MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) makes contact with Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)MIAMI — Golden State coach Steve Kerr gave the Warriors an unexpected day off Saturday, so they could enjoy some balmy weather and get beach time in Miami.It energized the reigning NBA champions.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Stephen Curry scored 30 points in 30 minutes, Kevin Durant added 24 and the Warriors rode a big third-quarter run to pull away and beat the Miami Heat 123-95 on Sunday night. Curry and Durant didn’t even play in the fourth quarter, getting more unplanned but deserved time off.“Just needed to get some sun and hit the clubs,” Kerr deadpanned, the sarcasm clear. “That’s what the coaches and I did. We were out all night.”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 openingKlay Thompson scored 19 points for the Warriors, who started the second half on an 18-3 run and outscored Miami 37-17 in the third. Golden State’s lead was only two at the half, then ballooned to 99-77 going into the fourth.Curry — playing with a sore finger on his shooting hand — had 16 of his points in the first quarter, then 10 more in the third. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter, who may be trading NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton, sat courtside. A mix of boos and cheers were heard when he was shown on the arena screens.HASLEM’S RINGSUdonis Haslem’s son, Kedonis, plays football at Toledo, which won the MAC title. Between father and son, they have at least 11 championship rings — maybe more — from high school, college and pro levels. The Heat tri-captain isn’t actually sure how many they have. “Nice little collection. Let’s keep it going,” Haslem said.UP NEXTWarriors: At New Orleans on Monday night.Heat: At San Antonio on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The first half we competed with them,” Dragic said. “Second half, we didn’t.”Golden State would eventually lead by 33. Miami was outscored by 26 in the second half.TIP-INSWarriors: Shaun Livingston got ejected with 6:24 left in the first half after going forehead-to-forehead with referee Courtney Kirkland while arguing a non-call. Kirkland said the ejection “was for making physical contact with me.” The Warriors had a pre-planned rest day for Livingston on Monday, and Kerr didn’t indicate that would change. … Andre Iguodala (sore knee) didn’t play. … Golden State swept the season series with Miami.Heat: Dion Waiters, who made the last-second 3-pointer to beat Golden State in Miami last season, shot 1 for 10. … Miami plays six of its next eight games on the road. … Miami was outscored 58-32 in the paint, and outrebounded 41-28.ANOTHER ROUTGolden State has 18 wins this season, and eight of them have been by at least 20 points.DOTING UNCLECharles Hinkle tweeted a video last month of the moment he gave his nephew — 11-year-old Warriors fan Malichi Sims — tickets to this game. Curry took notice, and Sims got a night he won’t forget. The Warriors sent Hinkle and Sims a care package for the game, Sims was on the court pregame, shot a 3-pointer with the Warriors and had some time to talk to Curry, his favorite player. “Blew my mind,” the boy said.JETER BOOED The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

Ex-wife of slain NBA player agrees to face Tennessee charges

first_imgAuthorities now have 30 days to bring her to Memphis, where Lorenzen Wright’s decomposing body was found in 2010. The 34-year-old had been shot multiple times.He played for 13 seasons as a forward and center in the NBA, including several for the Grizzlies in Memphis, where he was born and raised.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSherra Wright was arrested in December. Her attorney, Eric Keen, would not say Monday why she decided to waive extradition after previously vowing to fight it. Keen said lawyers in Tennessee will now take over the case.Superior Court Judge David Gunn asked Sherra Wright several questions to make sure she understood she would be extradited. Each time, she said, “Yes.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid 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 Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim A man, who Keen identified as Sherra Wright’s husband, attended the hearing, the newspaper reported. He did not speak to reporters.A December statement from the Shelby County district attorney’s office in Tennessee said Sherra Wright and a landscaper named Billy R. Turner conspired to kill Lorenzen Wright.Turner was arrested last month after a gun used in the killing was discovered in a lake in Mississippi. He also has been charged with first-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty.Sherra Wright received $1 million from her ex-husband’s life insurance policy. She agreed to a settlement in 2014 in a court dispute over how she spent the money meant to benefit their six children, the Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis has reported.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Wawrinka not worried about knee, says he’s ready for Aussie Open Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Sept. 29, 2008, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Lorenzen Wright poses at the team’s NBA basketball media day in Independence, Ohio. The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright will not fight authorities’ attempt to send her from California to Tennessee, where she’s charged with killing him nearly eight years ago. The Desert Sun newspaper reports that Sherra Wright briefly appeared in Riverside County Superior Court on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, agreed to go back to Tennessee to face first-degree murder charges.(AP Photo/Mark Duncan, file)RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright will not fight authorities’ attempt to send her from California to Tennessee, where she’s charged with killing him nearly eight years ago.Sherra Wright briefly appeared in Riverside County Superior Court on Monday and agreed to go back to Tennessee to face first-degree murder charges, the Desert Sun newspaper reported.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more