Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City FEU tied idle Ateneo at second behind National University’s 4-0 mark.The Lady Bulldogs and the Eagles dispute the first semifinal berth in Group A of the two-division tournament organized by Sports Vision and backed by Mikasa and Asics on Saturday.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 shutoutLeaning on Basas’ 15 hits, the Lady Tams overpowered the Bombers in spikes, 41-18, and pounced on their rivals’ sloppy service reception with nine aces.Alvarez scored nine points for JRU, which closed out its maiden commercial league campaign with a 0-5 card. Earlier, UST repelled St. Benilde, 25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, to stay at No. 4 at 3-3 in the men’s division of the event backed by Mikasa and Asics.Ousted University of the Philippines stymied La Salle’s own semifinals bid with a 25-22, 22-25, 27-25, 25-23 decision. The Archers fell to 3-4. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sablan hopeful UST will turn its fortunes around Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments FEU’s Toni Rose Basas hammers a kill past Cay Montojo of JRU during Wednesday’s game at Filoil Flying V Centre.Far Eastern U took some time to hit its stride before pulling away from Jose Rizal U in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan Wednesday.Shaking off the effects of an 11-day break and missing the services of top hitter Bernadeth Pons, the Tamaraws gored the Bombers U, 28-26, 25-14, 25-16, to bolster their Final Four drive with a three-win, one-loss record.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president
LATEST STORIES Paul had 11 points and seven assists in his Houston debut. The Rockets tried to acquire Anthony after getting Paul, but couldn’t work out a deal during their summer-long discussions with the New York Knicks, who instead dealt their leading scorer to Oklahoma City on the eve of training camp.“Being happy out there on the court again, being excited, being motivated to be out there on the courtagain, it’s back for me,” Anthony said. “That feeling is back for me.”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 shutoutBut the Rockets, who had one of the NBA’s most potent offenses last season, might not need the extra scoring. James Harden had 16 points and 10 assists, Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon scored 21 points, and the Rockets made 24 3-pointers . Gordon had six and Trevor Ariza hit five on his way to 18 points.MVP Russell Westbrook didn’t play for Oklahoma City. Read Next NBA changes All-Star Game format; captains will pick teams LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The Knicks played their first game without Anthony, losing to the Brooklyn Nets.NETS 115, KNICKS 107D’Angelo Russell scored 19 points in his Nets debut to help Brooklyn take the first of two preseason meetings between the city rivals.Acquired in a trade with the Lakers, the former No. 2 pick started in the backcourt with Jeremy Lin, who struggled to a 2-for-9 night and scored eight points.Enes Kanter, acquired from Oklahoma City in the Anthony trade, and Tim Hardaway Jr. each scored 17 points for the Knicks.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City NETS: Sean Kilpatrick scored 15 points. … Brooklyn was 16 for 32 (50 percent) from 3-point range. … Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Joe Harris each scored 13 points. Spencer Dinwiddie and Quincy Acy had 12 apiece. … The Nets played without Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert because of ankle injuries.KNICKS: Kristaps Porzingis scored 15 points. … First-round pick Frank Ntilikina of France came off the bench and scored five points on 1-for-7 shooting from the field. … Hardaway made five 3-pointers.UP NEXT: Brooklyn (1-0) hosts Miami on Thursday. New York (0-1) visits Washington on Friday.BULLS 113, PELICANS 109Cristiano Felicio scored 15 points and the Bulls overcame a strong performance from the All-Star tandem of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins in New Orleans.Davis had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Cousins added 20 points and 10 boards.BULLS: Nikola Mirotic and Justin Holiday each scored 14 points. … Rookie Lauri Markkanen, whose rights Chicago acquired when they traded Jimmy Butler to Minnesota, didn’t play because of back spasms. He is expected to miss the Bulls’ first two preseason games. … Denzel Valentine made four 3-pointers for his 12 points.PELICANS: Rajon Rondo started against the team he played for last season and finished with five points, eight assists and four rebounds. … Davis and Cousins each played about 33 minutes, Rondo 31 and Jrue Holiday almost 30. Dante Cunningham was the only starter below 20 minutes. … Cunningham is starting in place of forward Solomon Hill, who is not expected back until February because of hamstring tear. … E’Twaun Moore scored 16 points.UP NEXT: Chicago (1-0) visits Dallas on Wednesday. New Orleans (0-1) visits Oklahoma City on Friday.SUNS 114, TRAIL BLAZERS 112 Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) is guarded by Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Tulsa, Okla., Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Carmelo Anthony was sharp in his first game with the Thunder, though Chris Paul and the Rockets look like they will be just fine without him.Houston overcame Anthony’s 19 points in just 20 minutes and Paul George’s 15, spoiling their Oklahoma City debuts with a 104-97 victory on Tuesday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles07:50BYS Academy: Create a Fall Glam Makeup Look01:37Protesters 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 Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president TJ Warren scored 23 points and the Suns rallied with a 41-point fourth quarter in Portland.Damian Lillard had 18 points for the Trail Blazers.SUNS: No. 4 overall selection Josh Jackson scored 14 points. … Devin Booker had 19 points. … Alex Len finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds.TRAIL BLAZERS: Rookie Caleb Swanigan scored 18 points. Fellow rookie Zach Collins was limited to five points but had a team-high eight rebounds. … Jusuf Nurkic had 16 points. … CJ McCollum shot just 4 for 13 for his 10 points.UP NEXT: Phoenix (1-0) visits Utah on Friday. Portland (0-1) hosts Toronto on Thursday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Calisaan, though, isn’t looking that too far ahead as he keeps his sights set on the present.“In the four years that I’ve been here, it’s only this time that we made it to the Final Four. What more if we become champions, right?,” he said.“I’m just focused, thinking of ways on how we could win because I really wanted to win, especially it’s coach Egay’s birthday,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLast year, Michael Calisaan was at the lowest point of his life after figuring in a motorcycle accident that led to his subpar showing in the NCAA.He lost his confidence and his game. But slowly, Calisaan picked himself up and, with the help of his head coach Egay Macaraya, built his way back.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA PBA to honor Marawi soldiers in Game 6 “Coach Egay really helped me. He took me wherever he go so I can regain my confidence,” Calisaan said in Filipino, harking back to his stint with Cafe France in the PBA D-League.Lending a helping hand to Calisaan was a no-brainer for Macaraya after seeing how hardworking and strong-willed the 6-foot-4 forward is.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“When I first came to San Sebastian, I really knew that he had that fire in his heart. That’s why I really took him wherever I went because I see it in his eyes that he really wants to win,” Macaraya, who celebrated his 56th birthday, said.Fast forward to Tuesday, and all of the trust Macaraya gave to Calisaan bore fruit in the form of San Sebastian’s 74-69 victory over Letran to claim the fourth seed in NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ The 22-year-old unleashed a career-best 36 points on 14-of-22 shooting from the field on top of 10 rebounds.His biggest moment came in the clutch, drilling the dagger trey from the top of the arc with 18.3 seconds remaining to seal the deal and bring the Golden Stags back to the semifinals for the first time since 2013.“Maybe it’s because of all the hard work that coach has been telling us. We’ve been doing a lot of extra work in practice. We’re shooting not only 200, but 300 triples every day, so we really had the confidence shooting those threes,” he said.Macaraya sees a bright future ahead of Calisaan.“If he plays like that all the way, he can be one of the top picks in the PBA Draft. I just tell him that he always has to avoid distraction and just focus. He understands already how important his second life is, and the process to success is to just do the hard work,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments
Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) and Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, battle for the ball in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — His Utah Jazz teammates had been waiting for athletic rookie Donovan Mitchell to show off his explosiveness in a game. They finally got it Saturday night when the No. 12 overall draft pick caught an offensive rebound with one hand, behind his head and slammed it home in the same motion with Lonzo Ball looking up from the ground and the crowd going wild.Mitchell scored a career-high 22 points and the Jazz held on for a 96-81 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View comments Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending 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 “We are still trying to find our identity still,” Ball said. “We are trying to run and some of the possessions are getting caught in the half court and we are just standing. So it comes with practice. We have to figure it out in practice and transition to the game.“I think I had nine points, four assists, something like that. It’s not enough.”Utah cruised through the second quarter before the Lakers found some momentum in the third and cut the lead to eight points thanks to nine third-quarter points from Ingram. Mitchell put together one of the best stretches of his young career to push the lead back to 75-64 at the end the quarter. He had an old school three-point play, the monstrous rebound dunk and a 3 from the top of the arc in just over 2 minutes.An 8-2 run to start the fourth quarter cut the Jazz lead to 77-72, but the Lakers were never quite able to get over the hump.“I think the little things hurt us down the stretch,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “They executed a little better than we did down the stretch. They hit that offensive glass, that is a big team.“It wasn’t our guys not fighting. I thought our guys did a good job of fighting they had some big second opportunities that hurt. They made more shots than we did at the end of the day.”TIP-INSLakers: Rookie Kyle Kuzma played his first game back in Salt Lake City after spending three years at the University of Utah. He went to his favorite breakfast spot and saw his former barber before the game. … The Lakers shot 5 for 22 from 3-point range.Jazz: Snyder wants more aggression from Rodney Hood as the team needs his scoring having lost Gordon Hayward and George Hill. Hood had a game-high nine attempts in the first half. … Rudy Gobert had his worst statistical game of the season with six points and eight rebounds.ROUGH FOR ROOKIES Ball has started all six games for the Lakers and Mitchell has started three and been the first guard off the bench for the Jazz. Both entered the game struggling with their shot as Ball was shooting 31.3 percent and Mitchell 25.0 percent.Walton talked about the challenges rookies face.“No. 1, the size, strength and quickness of everybody in this league,” Walton said. “No. 2, the 3-point line is further back. Teams scout much more in depth in the NBA. And the schedule is crazy for these guys.“Any rookie that can contribute in the NBA is impressive. … If you’re a rookie and can get anything done at this level consistently, it’s impressive.”UP NEXTLakers: Host Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.Jazz: Host Harrison Barnes and the Dallas Mavericks on Monday. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Giles falters again, Astros lose to Dodgers in Game 4 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Ricky Rubio scored a season-high 21 points, had seven rebounds and four assists for the Jazz while Derrick Favors had his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds.Mitchell’s corner 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining gave the Jazz a 91-79 lead and put the game away.“I thought that we were gritty,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “I like that we shot 31 3s. We had one less turnover than last game, so showed improvement on that.“The game became different when they started switching everything in pick-and-roll. That’s something we need to learn how to attack better. … Guys just have to have courage to drive to the basket. … There were times when we were questioning ourselves in those situations.”Brandon Ingram led the Lakers with 16 points and Jordan Clarkson put up 15 off the bench. Ball, the No. 2 overall draft pick, finished with nine points, two rebounds and four assists — the rebounds and assists were season lows.ADVERTISEMENT The victory broke a two-game losing streak for the Jazz.“I haven’t caught a dunk like that in a long time, so it was kind of crazy,” Mitchell said. “It was kind of surreal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’ve been struggling the last few games offensively. Defensively, I’ve been playing well, but as a young kid, it gets in your head that you’re not scoring that much.”The Jazz jumped out to a 21-7 lead thanks to a 16-3 run highlighted by a floater from Mitchell after he pump-faked Ball and got to his spot with a eurostep. The Lakers, however, hung around throughout the night and made it a game in the fourth quarter, but never led.
LATEST STORIES Read Next Japan eyes payback vs Gilas CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Generika-Ayala trounced Victoria Sports-UST, 25-16, 25-19, 25-23, Tuesday night for its third win in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.Import Katarina Pilepec banged in 22 points for the Lifesavers, who are in the middle of the road at 3-4.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cortez scored nine points for the Lifesavers as she took most of the playing time from import Darlene Ramdin. Ramdin finished with six points.But the Tigresses managed to put up a decent fight, especially in the last set when veteran Dimdim Pacres, who finished with 10 markers, kept UST in the match. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending 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 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Chloe Cortez found herself in a bittersweet moment as the former Tigress delivered the killer blows against UST, which is still winless in five matches.“It was exciting to see my former teammates on the opposite side of the court,” said Cortez. “I’d like to see how they have improved from when I was still playing for the school.”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 shutoutThe Tigresses are looking to sharpen their form for the coming UAAP season, hoping to duplicate their Final Four finish last time around.The Lifesavers gamely gave them a much-needed schooling, out-attacking the Tigresses, 40-30. They also stymied their offense with six blocks—two of them coming from Cortez. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
PH snags 2 silvers, 2 bronzes in karatedo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rich Guinitaran also had 10 markers in the losing effort.The Scores:CIGNAL HD 78 – Villarias 17, Perkins 16, Bringas 13, Sumalinog 11, Batino 8, Uyloan 6, Sara 4, Raymundo 3, Apinan 0, Arboleda 0, Arong 0, Belencion 0, Cahilig 0.CEU 56 – Ebondo 27, Guinitaran 10, Aquino 6, Manlangit 4, Jeruta 3, Arim 2, Saber 2, Uri 2, Casiño 0, Cruz 0, Fuentes 0, Intic 0, Wamar 0.Quarters: 24-11, 39-25, 59-43, 78-56.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The blowout put the Hawkeyes a win away from completing a back-to-back title romp after winning the 2017 Aspirants’ Cup last conference, a feat which only NLEX and Phoenix have been able to accomplish.Game 2 is on Thursday at 5 p.m., still at Ynares Sports Arena.But Fernandez is keeping his players’ feet on the ground as he expects a tough fightback in the possible clincher.“Again, it’s not yet over until it’s over. We know CEU is capable of coming back and I’m sure that they’ll find a way. So the challenge for us is to be ready for them on Thursday,” he said.Congolese big man Rod Ebondo paced CEU with 27 points, 17 rebounds, and two blocks, but failed to get much support from his locals.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES 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 MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Perkins was smoking hot from the get-go, unfurling eight of his 16 points in the first quarter to go with 11 rebounds.“Jason knows that he’s a very important part of this team. It shows that he’s always been stepping up for us,” said coach Boyet Fernandez. “The challenge of stepping up is there, and I commend all my players, especially Jason.”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 openingByron Villarias also shot 6-of-8 from the field to top his crew with 17 markers, on top of seven boards, while Mark Bringas registered a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.Everything went Cignal’s way that even when the Scorpions cut the deficit to 12, 37-25, late in the second quarter, it was able to stifle the rally and cruise to a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three championship duel. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJason Perkins took matters tino his own hands as he led Cignal HD to a dominant 78-56 Game 1 victory over Centro Escolar University in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The former La Salle forward set the tone for the Hawkeyes as they came hot off the gates and established a commanding 24-6 lead.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Racing against time to clean up the Games Village for the foreign athletes to check in, Delhi Chief Minister on Friday said the sanitary condition at the residential areas of the much-criticised Village has improved a lot from the state of affairs a couple of days back.After visiting the Games Village on Friday, Dikshit said people are working day and night to make sure the clean up job of the Village is completed fast.”Situation is much better now … the workers will work throughout the night and make sure everything happens on time,” she said.”The residential towers are much cleaner now after professional people like the five-star hotel association and others started looking after the housekeeping,” said Dikshit asked about the sorry state of affairs shown in the pictures of the residential quarters in the newspapers and television.She said the workers were doing their best to pump out stagnant water from the basement of residential towers.”About the stagnant water we are doing what we can … and that is a tough problem. But there will be enough repellents to see the mosquitoes do not harm anybody,” said the chief minister.Asked about the English players’ reportedly staying at another place before shifting after the Games Village is ready, she said, “They are welcome … they can come and stay for themselves here.”Delhi govt promises clean towers in Games Village by SaturdayTasked by Prime Minister’s Office to clean up the mess at the much-criticised Games Village, Delhi government on Friday said it will complete cleaning-up operation in all the 34 towers in the complex by Saturday morning.advertisement”We have already completed 90 per cent of the work. Everything will be in order by tomorrow morning,” a top official of the Delhi Government told PTI.Amid strong criticism by the international delegates who dubbed the Village as “filthy and uninhabitable”, PMO on Wednesday night had directed Delhi Government to take control of the complex from Delhi Development Authority.On Thursday, the city government, taking control of cleaning, house-keeping and overall maintenance of the complex, deployed a workforce of 1,500 people including professionals from five star hotels.”We were asked by Prime Minister’s Office to take control of the Village and we have already set up a proper mechanism to ensure best possible international standard of hygiene and cleanliness in the Village. We have appointed 80 supervisors from five star hotels to take care of the house-keeping,” the official said.Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who spent over six hours on Friday at the Village overseeing the cleaning exercise, said the sanitary condition at the residential areas of the Village has improved a lot from the state of affairs a couple of days back.Dikshit, along with Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta and several top officials, personally monitored the clean up exercise yesterday also at the village.The city government has appointed 40 DANICS (Delhi, Nicobar and Andaman Island Civil Service) officers in the Games Village to look after maintenance related issues.”We are confident that all the athletes and officials will be satisfied with all the facilities and services at the Village complex. We are working day and night to complete every thing by tomorrow morning,” the official said.Commonwealth Games Federation chief Mike Fennell today inspected the Village and said “considerable improvements” have been made.Earlier at a Cabinet meeting, Dikshit made all her cabinet colleagues in-charge of select areas of the capital, directing them to oversee infrastructure preparedness and ensure corrective measures are taken wherever required.
Some of the Indian boxers who lost their semifinal bouts at the Asian Games in Guangzhou have criticised the refereeing as poor. Suranjoy Singh Mayengbam was ousted in a close semifinal bout, thanks to few controversial decisions by the referee. Sources said Suranjoy was inconsolable after his 5-6 loss to China’s Yong Chang. Five-time world champion M.C. Mary Kom, who lost her bout 7-11 to Ren Cancan of China, too alleged poor refereeing. She said if the referee – Berna Yurtsever of Turkey – had checked her opponent’s unfair tactics, the result would have been different. “I was trying my level best but she (Ren Cancan) kept pulling me down and the referee did not do anything. I had my punches ready for her, but I had no answer for her holding tactics,” Mary Kom said. Not just the Indians, even Thailand’s Amnat cried foul after being adjudged 2-5 loser to China’s Zou Shiming in the 46 to 49 kg fight. “I can beat this guy anywhere but not in China,” he said.
Matt Prior has revealed his surprise at being named England’s wicketkeeper for next month’s Cricket World Cup in Asia.The Sussex keeper had been overlooked by England’s selectors for nearly a year, having not featured in the 50-over format, since March 2010.However, England team director Andy Flower confirmed Prior was viewed as a more suitable option for the sub-continental pitches.Prior, who is set to go straight into the England side for the second of seven one-day games against Australia in Hobart, said: “I wasn’t expecting it. I was always hoping, you always do when a team is being selected.”I’ve always said that whenever England are playing I want to be the guy with the gloves on. I am absolutely delighted with selection. I’ve loved every second since rejoining the squad. It feels like I’ve come home again so I’m really happy.”Steven Davies had been expected to be named in the 15-man squad, after being selected for the current seven-match series against Australia.But the Surrey wicketkeeper, who scored 42 from 35 balls in Sunday’s defeat in the opening fixture of the series in Melbourne, is set to return to the sidelines.Prior, who helped England to their historic 3-1 Ashes series win, admitted that he empathised with his teammate: “Davies and I have worked a lot together, we’re in the keepers’ union and we have been on this whole trip. All you can do is work your best and try your best to perform and whoever gets the nod on the day, fair play to them.”advertisement”It was only a short while back I was shaking his hand and saying well done to him. It works that way, it’s international sport. It’s cut-throat at times, but everyone has been through it. I’m just very happy that I’ve got the nod this time.”England’s opening match of the World Cup is against the Netherlands in Nagpur on the 22nd February, whilst the tournament officially beings on February 19th, when two of the co-hosts Bangladesh and India meet in Dhaka.