Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LATEST STORIES Kia, meanwhile, stumbled to its seventh straight loss to remain winless in the season-ending conference.Cummings dropped 37 points, six rebounds, and two assists in a losing effort for the Picanto, while Celda fired 15.The scores:GLOBALPORT 102 – Holloway 29, Pringle 21, Baracael 13, Cortez 10, Anthony 8, Pennisi 6, Arana 6, Guinto 5, Hubalde 4, Celiz 0, Grey 0, Forrester 0.KIA 90 – Cummings 37, Celda 15, Elorde 9, Camson 9, Paniamogan 6, Revilla 6, Salva 4, Caperal 2, Jaime 2, Corpuz 0, Ballesteros 0, Khobuntin 0, Yee 0, Deutchman 0.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “That was a hard game for us,” said GlobalPort head coach Franz Pumaren, whose squad dropped its previous game at the hands of Barangay Ginebra, 124-108, on July 30. “Not trying to use any excuse, but you can see that the three-week layoff was hard on our part. We’re a bit sluggish in a way that we were rushing things, and maybe it’s because the players were excited to play.”Still without Terrence Romeo, who is with Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, GlobalPort seemed poised to run away with the victory as it staged an 18-4 run abridging the final two quarters, turning a 67-65 edge with 2:30 left in the third quarter to a commanding 85-69 lead early in the fourth period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, Markeith Cummings and Reden Celda kept the Picanto in the game, trimming the deficit to as low as six, 96-90, with 54.5 ticks left, before Holloway dropped the thunderous dunk to end the rally.New acquisition Mac Baracael added 13 points on a 2-of-4 shooting from threes, to go with four rebounds in his first game after the three-team trade which sent him to the Batang Pier. MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Quarters: 28-21, 49-48, 74-69, 102-90. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Lazaro’s hamstring injury forces Vicente to tap Macandili as replacement Murphey Holloway. PBA IMAGESGlobalPort continued its up-and-down ride in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, holding off Kia, 102-90, Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Murphy Holloway unfurled 29 points, 18 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks, while Stanley Pringle commandeered the offense and finished with 21 markers, seven boards, and four dimes as the Batang Pier evened their standing at 2-2.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games
UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC (From left to right) Bobby Fish, Adam Cole, and Kyle O’Reilly made immediate impact at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III, attacking newly crowned NXT Champion Drew McIntyre. Photo by WWE.comDrew McIntyre finally realized his potential after winning the NXT Championship at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III Sunday (Manila time), but that may have come with a price.The Scottish star emerged as the biggest target in the locker room, which led to former Ring of Honor champion Adam Cole making immediate impact as he, alongside fellow independent standouts Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish, attacked the newly crowned champion after his grueling match against Bobby Roode.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games In the night’s other matches, Asuka continued her 504-day NXT Women’s Championship reign as she survived a game challenge from Ember Moon, working on her challenger’s left arm all match long before submitting her with the Asuka Lock.Aleister Black also topped Hideo Itami in a highly physical matchup, which ended after the Dutch star nailed his Japanese foe with the Black Mass.Andrade “Cien” Almas won in the night’s opener after his valet Zelina Vega threw a #DIY shirt on Johnny Gargano, providing the distraction which led to the Mexican star hitting La Sombra on his opponent.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH finishes 4th in men’s water polo It was supposed to be a crowning moment for the returning McIntyre, who made his comeback to the WWE umbrella after getting released in 2014. He survived a pair of Glorious DDTs from Roode and reversed the third before hitting the Claymore for the three-count.Unfortunately, his triumphant celebration was ruined after the Cole, O’Reilly, and Fish crashed the party and asserted themselves as the new force to be reckoned with in NXT.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutO’Reilly and Fish earlier made their presence felt as they made a post-match attack after SAnitY dethroned the Authors of Pain to win the NXT Tag Team Championship.Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe have just dethroned the defending champions after they hit a tandem neckbreaker on Rezar, before the indy duo left all of the competitors in a pile of heap.
Reyes, though, already has a plan on how to compensate for his missing stars in place.“The good thing is, we already knew that Ria and EJ won’t be with us for Season 80 long before the tournament started,” said Reyes.“We have prepared for what happened. And a similar thing happened before when Pam [Lastimosa] got injured in my first year. So we already have second options lined up and Carla Sandoval will be the one taking EJ’s place.”And even though Reyes won’t be having Laure and Meneses, he still has one more explosive trick up his bulging sleeve—Cherry Rondina.UST’s loudmouthed personification of kinetic energy will be Reyes’ main cog as he prepares to unleash Rondina come Season 80.Reyes said that Rondina was almost grounded when he assigned the captainship to the Cebuana in Season 79.And now that senior Shannen Palec has the underline on the jersey number, Reyes believes Rondina will be unbound of any burden except from producing the much-needed offensive power.“Actually right now, I’m just observing Sisi [Rondina’s nickname] on how she trains, on how she performs, if there’s something wrong,” said Reyes. “I don’t want to burden her with any issues of the court, and I just want her to concentrate on playing.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Reyes, who is an alum of UST, first led the Golden Tigresses to a 5-9 record in Season 78 then to the third seed in Season 79 with a 9-5 record.UST’s sudden rise saw them face La Salle in the Final Four but eventually bowed to the eventual champions in four sets.“My press release has always been that we will go for the twice-to-beat advantage in Season 80,” said Reyes.And although Reyes already has his goals set in paper, there are two main pieces that won’t be suiting up for UST come Season 80.Season 77’s Best Blocker Ria Meneses sat out her final playing year while Season 77 Rookie of the Year EJ Laure is sidelined with a shoulder injury.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum Head coach: Kung Fu ReyesLast season: 9-5 (no.3)Key holdovers: Cherry Rondina, Carla Sandoval, Dimdim PacresKey losses: EJ Laure, Ria Meneses, Pam LastimosaKey addition: Milena AlessandriniADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH A very famous superhero has the line “up, up, and away” as one of his signature lines, and it seems Kung Fu Reyes has somewhat adapted that catchphrase but with a little twist.Because for the head coach of University of Santo Tomas, the Golden Tigresses went up and up again, and Reyes hopes they can go up another level one more time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSince Reyes took over the Golden Tigresses in 2016, the bald headed coach’s “overachieving” team has gone on an upward trajectory and the Army sergeant knows they’re not satisfied with just reaching the Final Four in Season 79.“Actually, instead of feeling pressured I’m taking this one as a challenge,” said Reyes in Filipino. “We reached the top six in my first year then we doubled our win total in my second year and ended up at third.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: NU taking road to Final Four one step at a time NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Malaysian athlete Nur Dhabitah Sabri lights the torch during the opening ceremony of the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur on August 19, 2017. AFP PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Teenage diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri flew through Malaysia’s national stadium in a brave stunt to light the cauldron at the climax of a glittering Southeast Asian Games opening ceremony on Saturday.The 18-year-old rising star was suspended high above the Bukit Jalil stadium floor in Kuala Lumpur, carrying a flaming torch, at the end of the four-hour extravaganza.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Katropa fields Rice, try to catch up with leaders MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Malaysia, who have given the 29th edition the tagline “Rising Together”, are aiming to top the medals table for only the second time by matching the 111 golds they won on home soil in 2001.Ahead of the opening ceremony, they have already made a strong start with seven golds to lead the table ahead of Singapore and Thailand, who both have three.The Games retain a distinctly regional flavor, with Olympic sports like swimming and athletics contested alongside Asian favorites such as pencak silat, sepak takraw and wushu.They are a big source of national pride in the fast-growing region of about 650 million people, which all too often finds itself outclassed on the world sporting stage. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Games mascot Rimau, a fluffy Malayan tiger, flew into the stadium on a wire, after LED-lit pedal cars and flag-wavers wearing glittering gold suits had entertained the crowd.Fans watched video messages from Malaysia’s badminton and squash stars Lee Chong Wei and Nicol David, who are busy with world championships commitments, and cheered the succession of marching bands.After the Games had been declared open, the stadium erupted in song as hundreds of dancers waving silver palm trees and waving red-lit parasols gave the event a carnival atmosphere.Olympic silver medal-winning diver Pandelela Rinong passed the flaming torch to Nur Dhabita, who took off slowly towards the 40-foot (12-metre) cauldron and lit it, setting off a blaze of fireworks.The biennial SEA Games, formerly the Southeast Asian Peninsula Games, have been running since 1959, when the region was still emerging from its long era of colonialism.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Earlier a flying tiger, shiny gold suits and a parade of marching bands took center stage as the two-week Games opened in a blaze of color.More than 4,000 athletes from 11 nations strode into the newly refurbished, 87,000-capacity Bukit Jalil stadium, which was sold out for the vibrant show.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 openingTorrential rain early on failed to dampen enthusiasm as the hosts put on an entertaining spectacle before Malaysia’s king, Sultan Muhammad V, declared the Games open.About 4,200 athletes are competing for 404 gold medals in sports ranging from boxing and equestrianism to petanque, speed skating and lawn bowls at the popular and unique SEA Games. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhat was deemed as a potential Final Four preview wasn’t even close.Ateneo treated Adamson like the whipping team of old, 85-65, to cap off the opening day of UAAP Season 80 Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul The Blue Eagles were hardly challenged by the Falcons, who are reeling from the absence of their dominant big man Papi Sarr.“It was a good win for us. I guess we’re lucky that Papi Sarr wasn’t in the game,” said Ateneo coach Sandy Arespacochaga.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“We’re not surprised that Ikeh played great because he has been practicing well for us.”Ateneo import Chi Ikeh feasted on Adamson’s diminished frontline and finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alaska determined to get back into playoffs MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Thirdy Ravena topscored with 20 points on top of 10 rebounds for the Blue Eagles, who never trailed and led by as much as 22.Minus Sarr, who was sidelined due to a groin injury, the Falcons were out-rebounded, 60-35. Sarr averaged 14.4 points and 14.9 rebounds last season as he led Adamson back to the Final Four.Kurt Lojera had 11 points, including a drive that trimmed Ateneo’s lead to single-digits, 63-54, before Ravena extended it back to 16, 76-60, with 2:49 remaining.The Falcons’ usual hitters struggled mightily on the offensive end with Jerrick Ahanmisi going 4-of-16 from the field and Sean Manganti missing all of his four attempts from long range. Both wound up with nine points each.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
CGF chief Michael Fennel with OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi at the Delhi airport on Thursday afternoon.On yet another embarrassing day marked by player pullouts and severe criticism, the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (CWG OC) was making a last minute dash to complete preparations for the controversy-ridden event. Work progressed on a war footing on Thursday to get the Games Village – dubbed filthy and uninhabitable by international delegates – ready, even as the first batch of Indian athletes moved in.The worldwide outrage over the last couple of days prompted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take stock of the situation in a meeting with sports minister M. S. Gill and urban development minister Jaipal Reddy, who also heads the group of ministers overseeing the CWG work.Home minister P. Chidambaram cracked the whip, issuing a 24- hour ultimatum to the OC to wind up work at all the stadiums for the security lockdown.While the minister set a one-day deadline for the stadiums, he asked for the CWG Village to be handed over by Friday mid-night.Sources revealed that the Village’s security lock-down was done on September 20. But with a fresh batch of 420 workers being sent into the premises for a clean- up job on Thursday, the security sanitisation process would have to be carried out again. It is also believed that if certain training venues are not handed over to the security agencies by Friday, they may not be used at all.In other important developments, New Zealand joined the growing list of countries delaying their arrival and two Canadian archers became the latest to opt out.advertisementThis despite the fact that the Union government reportedly rang up the sports ministers of Australia and New Zealand, reassuring them that New Delhi was doing everything possible to ensure the smooth conduct of the Games. A senior official said the two countries as well as Scotland had been specifically assured that ” sanitation will be fully taken care of and security will be watertight”. OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi surfaced after lying low for two days and painted a rosy picture. He claimed that the chefs de mission of all the participating nations were a happier lot now. He said the conditions at the Village had improved over the past couple of days and gave an assurance that none of the teams would pull out.”I spent time at the Village this morning and am satisfied with the progress in raising the standards of all the 32 towers in the residential zone to the level expected by our honoured visitors,” Kalmadi said at the airport, where he had gone to receive Commonwealth Games Federation ( CGF) president Mike Fennell.The CGF chief assessed the preparations and even sought a meeting with the Prime Minister, which has not yet been granted.New Zealand joined Canada, Scotland and Wales to put off their travel plans to India. The Canadian archers who pulled out, citing health and safety concerns are Kevin Tataryn and Dietmar Trillus. It was also understood that the Kiwis’ contingent might base itself in Singapore till the Village was fully ready for the teams to shift in.The New Zealand Olympic Committee said the travel plans of the team had been altered because there was a long list of outstanding issues. ” The Village will now not be ready for the New Zealand athletes to move in as planned. It is tremendously disappointing. We know how hard this must be for the athletes and we’re continuing to push… for an urgent resolution,” NZOC president Mike Stanley said.For all the claims made by Kalmadi, New Zealand’s chef de mission Dave Currie said a lot of work still needed to be completed at the Village. His comments came even as the BBC released pictures which showed filthy toilets, stained staircases and dirty beds in the athletes’ rooms.Despite being committed to participation in Delhi, Australia issued a fresh travel advisory for its athletes and Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced extra officials to accompany the contingent.With mounting fears of safety, Australia will also send a team of top police officers to New Delhi to provide high- level security for its athletes.Amid the gloom, there was some good news as well with South Africa remaining committed to participating in the Games. ” We are satisfied that all the areas of concern have been addressed as for now,” Tubby Reddy, the head of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, said.He, howeverR, said that if the health or safety of the athletes was compromised at any point of time, the team will immediately pull out of the Games.advertisementAustralian CWG Association chief Perry Crosswhite, too, said the condition of the Village was acceptable as of now and also confirmed the arrival of their contingent for the Games. ” The conditions at the CWG Village are acceptable.Things are getting better all the time. The residential towers are improving. However, water at the basement is a bit of a concern for us,” Crosswhite said at a media conference.He added that the Australian contingent would reach the Capital on September 27.(With inputs from PTI)
Indian goalkeeper Bharat Chetri termed his brilliant save in the penalty shootout as the best moment of his career.Chetri dived to his right and saved a Glenn Kirkham’s flick in the shootout that proved the difference as India made their maiden Commonwealth Games final beating England on penalties.”This is the best match of my career. I knew when it boiled down to penalty stroke, I had to put my hand up and do something for my country. The crowd was behind me and so were my teammates,” said Chetri who hails from Makaibari in Darjeeling.”We were down 1-3 and we did brilliantly to come back and level the scores. We should have won the match in the regulation time itself had we not missed so many chances. As far as tension is concerned, I was too focussed to be tense,” said the smiling goalie.Senior pro Tushar Khandekar was too emotional to react.”Yeh toh khushi ke aansoo hain (These are tears of joy),” said a teary-eyed Khandekar.For Shivendra Singh, who took the winning stroke, it was a completely different feeling.”If the match goes into penalty shootout, obviously you get tense. But we were confident that Bharat (Chetri) would at least save one and that was all we needed.”Both Bharat and Shivendra along with their skipper Rajpal Singh said the turning point of the match was when England’s fourth penalty corner hit the post.”If that would have gone in, things would have been really difficult. But suddenly, we went all out in attack and that also suited our style of play,” said the Indian skipper.advertisementIf Indian captain feels that taking one match at a time has helped the team, coach Jose Brasa feels that it is still a long way to go.”Ric Charlesworth said in 2006 that you need four years to build a champion side. I have been here for 17 months. It is a process where you take two years to reach top six and the next two years to come for a medal contention in the big events,” Brasa said.”I believe we played well as a team during the World Cup. We were unlucky that we couldn’t convert the chances,” the Spaniard said.He however backed drag-flicker Sandeep Singh who failed to convert most of the short corners.”I have maintained he is the best. He has been the best in training and he is trying to repeat that show in matches also,” the coach said.Skipper Rajpal feels the key to India’s success is the ability of the team to make a comeback when the chips are down.
Ace shooter Gagan Narang picked up his and India’s second medal at the Asian Games by netting the silver in the 10m air rifle individual event but Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra disappointed by failing to even qualify for the finals on Saturday.Narang could not better the world record of 703.5 that he holds and shot a score of 700.7 (597+103.7) to settle for silver behind China’s Qinan Zhu (598+104).Korean Kiwon Kim (596+104) took the bronze medal.Narang, who won three bronze medals in Doha Games four years ago, was the lone Indian to qualify for the event after Bindra and Sanjeev Rajput failed to make the cut in the qualifying shoot-off.With a regulation qualifying score of 593, Bindra and Rajput were tied with Kyrgyzstan’s Ruslan Ismailov and Japan’s Toshikazu Yamashita but the Indian duo fell by the wayside after a shoot-off.Bindra and Rajput’s shoot-off tally of 50.6 and 51.8 respectively was not good enough against Ismailov (52) and Yamashita (51.9).With PTI inputs
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, left, and Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, applaud the players, prior to the start of the Cricket World Cup semifinal match between Pakistan and India in Mohali on Wednesday, March 30, 2011.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday had a wide wide-ranging conversation of various issues on the sidelines of World Cup semi-final encounter between the two countries at Mohali. Manmohan said India and Pakistan should put ‘our ancient animosities behind to attend to the problems of our nation’. “Both PMs have had a wide-ranging conversation of various issues relevant to both countries. Just as we spoke of a Thimpu spirit last April, it would be appropriate to say today there is a Mohali spirit. Positive and encouraging spirit was generated today,” Foreign Secretary Nirupamo Rao told reporters. The two PMs believed there was a need for more parliamentary interaction. “The dialogue process has been set in motion. It will be followed by meeting of the secretaries. We have begun with a positive agenda. The meeting today reaffirms the intention of the government to take things forward,” Rao said. “Cricket has a truly constructive spirit. Sporting contact epitomises many senses like people-to-people contact, cementing our friendship. Both the PMs spoke of importance of such exchanges between MPs. Our RS and LS chairmens have called parliamentarians’ delegation from Pakistan. It could strengthen our dialogue,” the foreign secretary said, adding, “This dialogue has come after an interim. We have a number of issues flowing from home secretaries’ meeting that we hope to follow up on. The commerce secretaries will meet next month in Islamabad and foreign secretaries will meet in the middle of this year. We’ve begun 2011 with a good augury for the future. It has reaffirmed our intention to take forward process of dialogue. The goal is to normalise relations.” Rao said the game of cricket provided the impetus for this meeting and the manner that game has been played in has provided very good examples of how things can be taken forward. “We have not forgotten 26\11. We raised this issue on the on-going talks. It’s important that there should be proper closure to it,” Rao added. While Gilani extended an invitation to Manmohan to visit Pakistan, the two PMs felt the neighbours had to engage directly with a focus on development, economic and health issues. Both the PMs sought a spirit to address challenges to find solutions to the problems, Rao said. Manmohan said at the dinner he hosted for Gilani that India and Pakistan ‘should put our ancient animosities behind to attend to the problems of our nation’. “We have the will to persevere – we have the will to overcome. We should be working together to find cooperative solutions. We need permanent reconciliation to live together in dignity and honour,” said the PM, reiterating the need for an atmosphere free of violence. Gilani shared this sentiment. Political level contacts has a very positive impact on the relationship, the two felt. Both the PMs spoke about how good sporting contacts are between the two countries and ‘we would like sporting contests’. Geelani said that he would like the Indian team to visit Pakistan.The sense of the situation was that both nations will have to address each other directly. There will be challenges and opportunities.advertisement
Sachin Tendulkar scored an unbeaten century, but his team Mumbai Indian ended up losing the match to Kochi by 8 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday. Score | PhotosChasing 183, Kochi opener Brendon McCullum and captain Mahela Jayawardene put on 128 runs for the first wicket that set the pace of things to come.McCullum and Jayawardene knew that 183 would prove to be tough target and so they started going at the oppostion bowlers right away, keeping the run rate around 9 an over.The two walloped the opposition bowlers. Pacers or spinners, no one was spared even the Sri lankan slinger Lasith Malinga found it difficult to contain them and was hit for runs.Finally, it was Malinga’s famous yorker that did the trick, it entered the bat-pad gate of his Sri lankan team-mate Mahela Jayawrdene and crashed into the middle stump. Jayawardene fell for 56 and Kochi lost him on 128/1.In 17th over Malinga got another reason to cheer when he bowled McCullum on 81 and brought back Mumbai back into the game which was gradually slipping away from their grasp. Kochi were 156/2 at the stage.But Ravindra Jadeja had other plans, he hit two sixes in the 19th over off left-arm spinner Ali Murtaza and Kochi won the match by a good 8-wicket margin.Mumbai inningsMumbai captain and opener Sachin Tendulkar scored a unbeaten ton as Mumbai put on an impressive 182/2 in 20 overs.Mumbai captain Sachin Tendulkar got off to a flyer after he was put to bat by oppostion captain Mahela Jayawardene, who won the toss. And the Master Blaster had South African Davy Jacobs by his side. The two got busy smashing the oppostion bowlers across the park.advertisementBut Raiphi Gomez got the breakthrough in the 9th over when his ball rattled Jacobs stumps when he was on 12 and Mumbai on 61. However, the wicket did little damage to Mumbai as Tendulkar was still in the middle and was clearly on song.Tendulkar and Rayudu, who were instrumental in Mumbai win against Bangalore on Tuesday, once again got on with a fine partnership.In the last over Rayudu got run out, while trying to save Tendulkar, who was batting on 90’s. And on the last ball of the 20th over Tendulkar completed his ton, with West Indian Kieron Pollard by his side. The Master Blaster carried his bat through to score an unbeaten 100 that came off 66 balls and included 12 fours and three over the fence shots.