Vijay Mallya’s Guarantees For Debt Were Overvalued, Says CBI


first_imgCBI has claimed that Vijay Mallya’s United Breweries Holdings LtdNSE -4.76 % (UBHL) had furnished corporate guarantees far in excess of the tangible net worth and market capitalisation of the company and is probing why the banks accepted them without ascertaining their real value.  Related Itemslast_img


Amul Whipped Up Over Mayonnaise


first_imgIndia’s largest food brand Amul is suing Hindustan Unilever for ads that promote its mayonnaise product as being “better than butter.”In a court filing, Amul, which controls the vast majority of India’s butter market, asserts: “This (advertisement) is sending a false and misleading message to the consumers who may refrain from consuming butter.”Brand consultant AG Krishnamurthy who founded Mudra Communications, said, “Amul is not a brand, it is equivalent to butter (category) in India. It is the custodian of the category and has to defend any attack on the category.” Related Itemslast_img


Narayana Murthy ‘Disappointed’ After Nilekani Finds No Wrong in Panaya Deal


first_imgInfosys co-founder Narayana Murthy expressed disappointment on Oct. 24 after the company’s board led by Nandan Nilekani refused his demand that the investigation report into Panaya’s acquisition and the severance payout to former CFO Rajiv Bansal be made public.“I stand by every question on poor governance raised in my speech to Infosys investors dated August 29, 2017,” Murthy said in an e-mailed statement quoted by the Hindu. “The fact remains that none of these questions have been answered by the Infosys board by the transparency it deserves.”“I am disappointed,” he said. “The core question is how and why the Infosys board approved an unusual and unprecedented severance payment agreement of 1,000% (of the standard Infosys employment contracts) to the former CFO, and why the board did not disclose this information proactively and much earlier. Sadly, it appears we will no longer know the truth.”Nilekani Finds No WrongdoingAccording to a statement released by the IT major, Nilekani did a review of all external investigations and found no merit to allegations of any wrongdoing. This was a stand maintained by company’s co-chairs R Seshasayee and Ravi Venkatesan before their exits from Infosys in August this year, shortly after CEO Vishal Sikka stepped down.When asked whether this meant a clean slate for the previous board members, Nilekani said he is looking at future challenges, the Times of India reported. “I’ve come here to look at the future, and our commitment is that we have to do a lot of things because finally it is about execution, it’s about making it happen at scale, getting the entire company transformed. That’s the challenge and that is what we are focusing on,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.Infosys StatementThe company’s statement was not too different from what its previous board had said. The statement reads: “After careful reconsideration, the company has concluded that publishing additional details of the investigation would inhibit the company’s ability to conduct effective investigations into any matter in the future. Confidentiality is critical to ensuring the candour and cooperation of whistleblowers and other participants in any investigative process.“The precedent of releasing the full investigation reports could impair the cooperation of participants, should the need for an investigation arise in the future.”The company also emphasized that the investigators Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Control Risks had no relationship with Infosys prior to the investigation. The statement says: “Gibson Dunn’s investigation was led by Charles Stevens and Benjamin Wagner, both Presidentially appointed former senior prosecutors in the US department of justice, each with several decades of experience in investigating and prosecuting fraud and business crimes.”The statement adds: “The investigation involved interviews of over 50 witnesses globally , a review of company policies, board minutes, public filings and internal documents, the collection, search and review by Gibson Dunn attorneys of many thousands of internal emails and attachments, the use of forensic accounting experts to analyse technical and financial information, the review of media accounts and public records in multiple countries, the review of the previous investigation reports is sued by CAM (law firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas) and supporting documentation, and other investigative measures. No limitations or restrictions were placed on the investigating team from accessing information, and the company and the relevant directors and employees cooperated fully.”Seshasayee RespondsThe latest development is seen as a setback to Murthy’s campaign against how the previous board under the leadership of R Seshasayee and management under the then CEO Vishal Sikka had handled the Bansal and Panaya issues. Murthy had called the Bansal payout “hush money”.These charges led to a massive upheaval in the Infosys top brass, ending with the exit of Seshasayee, Sikka and Ravi Venkatesan in August, and the return of Nilekani as chairman.Former chairman R Seshasayee responded to the developments on Oct. 24 by wishing the company all the best and saying, “The company now deserves a period of stability and undistracted focus on the business.”According to Infosys , the process of finding a new CEO has started. “I would also like to acknowledge the leadership role Narayana Murthy has played in building this iconic institution and in corporate governance matters. Going forward, it is our endeavor to build a trusting relationship with Murthy,” Nilekani said, the Economic Times reported. Related ItemsBansal severance payInfosysInfosys AugustInfosys Panaya dealLittle IndiaNandan NilekaniNarayana MurthyVishal Sikkalast_img read more


UK Court Orders Fraudster Who Rigged Language Test for Foreign Students to Repay £230,000


first_imgA UK court has ordered a fraudster, who helped to fake academic records and rig English language exams so foreign students could apply for visa extensions illegally, to pay back £230,000, Dailymail.com reported.Wahida Sultana, 40, was the principal of Eden College International in East London. She was associated with a group that faked academic records for foreign students who required visa extensions. Sultana was ordered by Judge Joanna Korner QC to pay £230,000 within a span of three months. “By agreement the benefit is agreed to be £352,000. The available amount is £230,000. I therefore make a confiscation order to the sum of £230,000. There will be three months to pay,” the judge said, Dailymail.com reported.In 2016, Harinder Kumar, Hemant Kumar, Talal Chowdhury, Shaheen Ahmed, and Mohammad Hasan were found guilty of plotting to facilitate the commission of breaches of immigration law between Oct. 17, 2012 and Feb. 10, 2014, and stood trial in 2016, the report added.Ahmed and Chowdhury were jailed for eight years each, while Hasan was jailed for five years and Harinder Kumar got a three-year prison term.Sultana and Hemant Kumar were convicted after a second trial last year, following which Sultana was sentenced to two year in prison with the sentence suspended for two years in August.The scam was exposed in early 2014 after an investigation by BBC’s Panorama program in which journalists went undercover as students seeking to make use of the services of the gang. They recorded the fraudsters on their cameras while they were at work. The BBC was told that Studentway could get past mandatory English tests, even if applicants spoke no EnglishThe language tests were conducted at Eden College International, while Hasan was a “designated invigilator.” Students were either given the answers during the exam at the college or the gang made arrangements for other people to take the test in place of the students. The scam also included Studentway Education in Southall and Total Care London in Whitechapel, east London, the report said.The gang also rigged the English language tests needed by the Home Office and was able to make a sum of £500,000 from students who were looking to extend their visas.The police started investigating the scam soon after and found that three firms were involved in the scam. The gang provided documents like bank statements as well as academic records for migrants of countries like India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh who were seeking to extend their stay in United Kingdom fraudulently.Immigrants looking for ways to extend their visas fraudulently were picked by Ahmed and Chowdhury from their educational consulting company Total Care London. Harinder Kumar ran an immigration advice service, Student Way Education in Southall, Middlesex, where they promised a “guaranteed pass” to students for £500.“The evidence makes clear that at the college which is at the center of this case, there were during the 16-month period covered by the charge, at least 800 bogus English language examinations taken, the vast majority of which were later relied upon in support of fraudulent applications to the Home Office for the obtaining of student visas,” prosecutor David Walbank was quoted as saying earlier by the publication.Another hearing has been scheduled for May 3 this year to decide the amount Kumar will have to pay back. Related ItemsBritainUKlast_img read more


Minister in trouble for yelling at flood victims


first_imgMaharashtra Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil on Monday landed in controversy after a video captured him yelling at a group of flood victims voicing their grievances. The Opposition was quick to point out his ‘insensitivity’ and asked whether the State was being run by General Dyer, infamous for ordering the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in the British-ruled India in 1919. Addressing a gathering in Kolhapur, Mr. Patil, who is also guardian minister of Kolhapur and Pune, is seen in the video asking people to be patient and have faith in the administration’s work. Soon after, he can be seen losing his cool and raising his voice at a complainant. This latest incident adds to the list of BJP ministers who have landed in trouble while carrying out flood relief work. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis himself has been criticised for continuing his political campaign. Last week, Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan was seen taking a selfie-video on a boat in a flooded area. Relief and Rehabilitation minister Subhash Deshmukh has been accused of being busy in party programmes in Pune while Minister of State Sadabhau Khot is alleged to have doctored a video showing him rescuing a victim.In the video which went viral on Monday, Mr. Patil is heard yelling at the crowd, “You need to be patient and systematic. The officials have been working for 24 hours with no sleep, and still, you want to complain?” He also gestures in anger at the crowd saying, “shut up”. State unit Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat slammed the minister. “People will naturally get angry if the guardian minister, government machinery does not do its duty on time.” The NCP wanted to know whether Maharashtra is witnessing the rule of General Dyer. “On the one hand the minister is yelling at flood victims and on the other district administration is imposing prohibitory orders. This is nothing but dictatorial behaviour,” said party national spokesperson Nawab Malik.last_img read more


J&K’s Chenani-Nashri Tunnel renamed after Shyama Prasad Mukherjee


first_imgUnion Minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday said days are not far off when it will be possible to unfurl the tricolour in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). “I have faith that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the way New India’s caravan is progressing ahead, that day is not far off when it will be possible to unfurl that tricolour or ‘Nishan’ for which Shyama Prasad Mukherj sacrificed his life in Pakistan occupied Kashmir,” Mr. Singh said at an event to rename Chenani-Nashri Tunnel in Jammu & Kashmir.Mr. Singh, credited Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari for accepting the proposal of renaming the tunnel after Shyama Prasad Mukherjee without wasting time. In 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had dedicated to the nation this 9 km-long tunnel that reduces the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by 31 km but due to “some compulsions” this could not be named after Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, he said. He further noted that 66 years ago on May 11, 1953, Mukherjee was arrested from Lakhanpur in an illegal manner without any FIR, chargesheet or warning and was taken to Srinagar through this Chenani-Nashri road. After Mukherjee’s death on June 23, 1953 his mother wrote to then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to hold an enquiry into his death. “For some reasons then Prime Minister Nehru did not pay heed to that letter, no enquiry was done. It is a new era now. It was Nehru government then, today it is Modi government… That probe or lapse can not be compensated but this tribute for coming generation will preserve his heritage and memory. “The lapse on part of Nehru government has been atoned by Modi government,” he said. The decision to rename the tunnel comes over two months after abrogation of the provisions of Article 370. The ‘Chenani-Nashri Tunnel’ was built at the cost of ₹2,600 crore. The tunnel, bypassing snow-bound upper reaches, reduces the journey time by two hours and provide a safe, all-weather route to commuters travelling from Jammu and Udhampur to Ramban, Banihal and Srinagar. The key features of the tunnel are — it is a single-tube bi-directional tunnel, with a 9.35-metre carriageway, and a vertical clearance of 5 metres. There is also a parallel escape tunnel, with ‘Cross Passages’ connecting to the main tunnel at intervals of 300 metres. It also has smart features such as an integrated traffic control system; surveillance, ventilation and broadcast systems; fire fighting system; and SOS call-boxes at every 150 metres.last_img read more


LA would support a US Winter Games, but it’s complicated


first_img2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for 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’ boss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s also the story of Utah, which might get in the mix to host a Winter Olympics in 2026 or 2030.The chairman of the LA bid was in Park City on Tuesday for the U.S. Olympic Committee media summit to discuss Los Angeles’ recent victory; many of the questions he fielded, though, involved whether a U.S. bid for an upcoming Winter Games might make sense, too.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“Twenty-six is complicated, obviously,” Casey Wasserman said. “Obviously, there are real challenges from a timing perspective, two years before us. But I think our approach has been, the Olympic Games, whether summer or winter, are good for American athletes. Our intent is to be a good partner to the USOC and American athletes.”The USOC board will meet next month to discuss the possibility. The same country hasn’t hosted back-to-back Olympics since before World War II, though when the International Olympic Committee scrapped its traditional rules and awarded 2024 (Paris) and 2028 (LA) at the same time, it indicated it was certainly open to new ideas. Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002, and what remains there and in Park City pretty much adheres to Agenda 2020, the blueprint that IOC President Thomas Bach set for future Olympics, which calls for less spending on new venues and infrastructure.Through a legacy foundation, the area has maintained an Olympic speedskating oval and a Nordic skiing course, each of which have drawn local athletes to their respective sports and could be used as part of an upcoming bid. The Utah Olympic Park remains an active training ground for action sports, for both U.S. athletes and those from other countries who are invited to work out there.Meanwhile, Utah likes the Olympics: NBC says Salt Lake City has ranked as either No. 1 or 2 among U.S. TV markets over the last three Winter Games.Leaders of the movement to bring the games back to Utah have largely stayed quiet, not wanting to take the limelight from Los Angeles, which helped the U.S. put a stop to a long string of embarrassing losses on the Olympic bid front. But a handful have told The Associated Press that there is enthusiasm for a potential bid if the USOC will sign on.“There’s fantastic momentum to have the Games come back. I think we could do it for a very affordable price compared to the rest of the world,” said Ted Morris, the executive director of U.S. Speedskating, which is based in the Salt Lake City area. “In my opinion, looking at ’26 is probably not realistic, but ’30 seems like an opportunity.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  The most complicating factor for either year would be a reworking of an agreement between LA and the USOC that transfers the USOC’s marketing rights to the city’s organizing committee over an eight-year span. Adding another American Olympics to that mix would force some major renegotiations.There’s also the issue of the IOC bid process. Bach has redrawn the rules for 2026, creating friendlier deadlines for cities to commit to a bid. But he has not committed to a potential double award for 2026 and 2030, the way he did with 2024 and 2028.Also, the USOC will have to consider Denver and Reno, Nevada, which also have expressed interest in hosting a Winter Games but would be behind the curve compared with Salt Lake City.“Thomas Bach has publicly stated he’d like to see the Winter Games return to a more traditional location, and to me, that’s code for Europe or North America,” said USOC chairman Larry Probst, speaking to the fact that the hosts for 2014, 2018 and 2022 are Russia, South Korea and China. “We’ve got to look at that, then develop a strategy about whether we’re going to bid for the (2026) Winter Games or beyond that.” MOST READ FILE – In this Feb. 9, 2002, file photo, Georg Hackl, of Germany, speeds past an Olympic logo during a practice run for the men’s singles luge at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in Park City, Utah. The idea of the U.S. hosting a Winter Olympics is complicated. So says the leader of the team that brought the Summer Games to Los Angeles for 2028. LA 2028 chairman Casey Wasserman says his team would be supportive of a bid to bring the Winter Games to the United States. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)PARK CITY, Utah — The venues are there. The city loves the Olympics. The memories of the last games it hosted are still fairly fresh and mostly positive.This is the story of Los Angeles, which will host the Summer Games in 2028.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Playoff-bound Cubs lose to Reds in finale BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more


Meralco took too many 3s in Game 1, rues Black


first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLUCENA — Despite Meralco’s eight-day layoff, coach Norman Black refused to blame rust for his side’s lackluster showing in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Game 1 on Friday.“We got outplayed tonight. It didn’t have to do anything with rust. I think we had three more days of rest than they had so I don’t see a big deal as far as that’s concerned,” said Black after the 102-87 loss to Ginebra in the series opener.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “Going into Game 2, we have to make sure we get good looks with the basket.”Game 2 is on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. MOST READ 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But Black knows exactly where things went downhill for the Bolts.READ: Keys to Victory: Ginebra-Meralco Finals seriesFEATURED 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“We shot poorly from the perimeter today,” he said. “Uncharacteristically, we took so many three-point shots. I think we took about 35 and we only average 21 a game. We give them credit for the defense at the same time, it was bad shot selections on our part.”What caused Meralco’s first quarter downfall was its measly 2-of-17 shooting from three as Ginebra established control early and took a 49-35 halftime lead. View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next One final huddle: Beth Celis, 73 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Though the Bolts were able to hit those three-pointers in their third quarter rally, their 8-of-24 sniping, which translates to 24-percent, was still way below their average of 37 percent, a league-best.READ: Ginebra ousts TNT, faces Meralco in PBA Finals rematchBlack reminded his wards to be more intelligent in their shot selections, saying that just because the Gin Kings’ defense are giving them space to shoot a three, it doesn’t mean that they should always go for it.“They’re sagging, but you don’t have to take three-point shots because they’re sagging. Ginebra continues to make the extra pass and get a little bit closer to the basket. We can actually do the same thing. We’ve been doing that the entire conference long and I have no idea why we mixed it up into shooting a lot of threes,” he said.READ: ‘No favorite, no underdog’ in Ginebra-Meralco series, says Tenorio ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more


NBA: DeMarcus Cousins regrets being loyal to Sacramento Kings


first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Now a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, the three-time NBA All-Star revealed that he should have bolted out of the franchise much sooner than he did.“My biggest regret is, why didn’t I leave when I had the chance,” the mercurial big man told ESPN’s Marc J. Spears.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 had the chance, but I fought it. … I wanted to give it a chance. My representatives, they told me I shouldn’t stay. You know, being…I guess you can say stubborn and loyal, I wanted to make things work.”Before teaming up with another generational talent in Anthony Davis, Cousins shouldered much of the load for the lowly Kings, who failed to clinch a playoff spot throughout his tenure. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 3-time major champ Wawrinka needs coach after Norman leaves CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP 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 DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts during the second half of a game against the Houston Rockets at the Smoothie King Center on February 23, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images/AFPDeMarcus Cousins is certainly in the upper echelon of centers in today’s NBA.Although his talent is undeniable, the 27-year-old Kentucky product remains hounded by his fair share of turmoil—particularly during the six and a half seasons he spent with the dysfunctional Sacramento Kings.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img The constant losing only fueled Cousins’ frustration, which eventually led to his inevitable exit.“When you come in, you know it’s a business. How are you going to be loyal to something that hasn’t been loyal to any player that’s ever played this game? I was a fool,” he said.With his return to the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento looming, Cousins bared his expectation on facing his former team.“I’m excited to play in front of the fans and see their reaction,” he said.  “But as far as it just being like a revenge game or anything, I’m past it. I’m in a good place, I’m happy where I’m at. We have a chance to win. We’re playing for something. So I’m good.”The now revamped Kings will host the Pelicans on Thursday (Friday in Manila).  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next View commentslast_img read more


Saguisag appeals for ‘trouble-free’ Game 2


first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next 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 LATEST STORIES Saguisag is imploring both sides to have a “trouble-free” Game 2.“I’m appealing to all parties, and that includes coaches, spectators, athletic directors,  and the like for a trouble-free Game 2,” he said.Ateneo shoots for a sweep on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Ateneo guard Matt Nieto is down on the floor after taking an inadvertent elbow from La Salle big man Ben Mbala late in the first half of Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 mens basketball Finals. Nieto sustained a cut above his left eye. Photo by Bong Lozada/INQUIRER.netUAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag will be laying down the law before Ateneo and La Salle take the court again Wednesday with the UAAP Season 80 title duel getting has heated as ever.Saguisag is looking to summon select players from both teams on Wednesday following videos of unsportsmanlike acts surfaced online.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA UAAP finds no referee bias in controversial La Salle-Adamson game “We’re still reviewing the videos,” Saguisag said in a text message.Saguisag did not divulge the names of the players, but videos have circulated online over the past days that saw La Salle players doing unsportsmanlike acts through the course of Game 1.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 shutoutOne video shows La Salle’s Abu Tratter seemingly hitting Ateneo’s Raffy Verano with a punch in a rebound play, while another shows young Archer Ricci Rivero giving a cheap shot to Vince Tolentino after the Blue Eagle attempted a free throw.The physicality in the championship series opener also saw Ben Mbala inadvertently elbow Matt Nieto in the face that left the Ateneo bloodied after sustaining a cut over his left eye. MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more


Saulong hits weight for title fight


first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. When the workout was over, Saulong went to the scales and it registered 122 pounds, right on the dot for his International Boxing Federation super bantamweight title duel with Japanese champion Ryosuke Iwasa on Thursday at Ryogoku Sumo Arena.The 5-foot-7 1/2 Iwasa, 2 inches taller and 3 inches longer than Saulong, is favored to retain the crown owing to his 24-2 record laced with 16 knockouts, including his last four foes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSaulong holds a 21-2-1 card with eight knockouts. —ROY LUARCA MOST READ Tabuena leads Open favorites Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Read Next LATEST STORIES Training is officially over, but Ernesto Saulong is not about to waste time at his hotel room in Tokyo.Getting permission from his lead trainer, Joven Jimenez, the Filipino challenger sweated it out for nearly an hour at a local gym late Tuesday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


We don’t believe we are from two different countries: Bopanna


first_imgThe India-Pakistan connection made them a global talking point at the US Open but Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi do not even consider themselves from two different nations.They were the first India-Pakistan combination to reach a Grand Slam final and their coming together and doing well at a tennis major, generated a huge interest.Even the Ambassadors from the two countries to the United Nations came together to cheer them and it was enough for media to add some political colour to the coverage, considering the two countries have fought three wars since becoming independent.Media coined terms like ‘Indo-Pak Express, Indo-Pak peace pair’ to describe their pairing but Bopanna today said he and Qureshi have never thought about the countries they belong to and their compatibility as individuals was the sole reason behind their partnership.”Qureshi and I got together because we felt that we would make a good doubles team. We know each other for so long and have a great understanding so it only made sense to play together.”We never intended on making any political statement. It is the media who gives us these tags, we never look at each other as being from different countries,” Bopanna told PTI in an interview.Asked that playing with a strong slogan such as “Stop War, Start Tennis” itself was a political statement, Bopanna said them being ambassadors for peace was the sole reason for having that message on their on-court attire.”We are just here to play tennis. We are great friends off the court and are looking to take our careers forward together. Since we are ambassadors for peace we try to spread that message through sports. We are not here to make any political statements,” he insisted. .advertisementThey brought together the two hostile nations to clap, scream and enjoy together and Bopanna said he and Qureshi would love to do more with their partnership.”Well, we want people to trust and respect each other.Sports should never be subject to religion or politics,” he said.Talking about the biggest match of their career, the Indian Davis Cupper said he and Qureshi now have the belief that they are Grand Slam material and could soon even win one.”Earlier we used to win the first set but fall of on the second set and then take the third. But now we want to win big. We focus even harder on the second set, and the entire US Open, the only sets we dropped were in the finals.”Also that we can compete at this level and we know we belong here. We just need to stay focused, work hard and we can win a Grand Slam final.”The runners-up trophy has already earned them a huge bonanza as they are now ranked world number six.”Hopefully, it will lead to many great performances and eventually take us to the No.1 spot in doubles. I am noted as a confidence player, and I am sure that this final, will help me be a more confident player and doing better.”Bopanna could have been only the fourth Indian and Qureshi first Pakistani to win a Grand Slam had they beaten the Bryan brothers — Mike and Bob — in the US Open final.They are little disappointed to miss out on history but still very much satisfied.”We are still working our way towards winning a Grand Slam. Despite the result it was a great achievement to make it to the finals. We were a bit disappointed, but looking back I think that is definitely something to be proud of,” he said.last_img read more


Ind vs WI 2nd Test: Laxman, Darvid put India in command


first_imgSenior pros VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid struck half centuries as India ended the fourth day’s play at 229 for three in the second Test match against the West Indies being played at the Kensington Oval thereby extending their overall lead to 240 runs. Score | PhotosAt stumps, Laxman (72 batting, 171 balls, 6×4) having scored his second 50 of the match was batting in company of Virat Kohli (26 batting, 98 balls, 1×4, 1×6) having added 75 runs for the undefeated fourth wicket partnership. Dravid scored a slow 55 (171 balls, 3×4) while Abhinav Mukund (48, 6×4) was unlucky to miss out on his maiden Test half century.However almost all the Indian batsmen employed a sedate approach as the visitors could only manage 206 runs in a whole day’s play that saw 83.2 overs being sent down by the Caribbean bowlers.It will be interesting to find out as to when Mahendra Singh Dhoni decides to declare so that he can give his bowlers enough chance to take 10 wickets.India are 1-0 up in the series having clinched the first Test in Jamaica by 63 runs last week.Dravid and Laxman themselves put on 65 runs for the fourth wicket but it was their presence that helped two young Indian batsmen to play confidently.Both Mukund and Kohli played their first substantial innings of the tour as India produced 62, 65 and 75 runs for second, third and fourth wickets respectively.The day began ominously for the Indians who once again lost opener Murali Vijay (3) early as he edged a Ravi Rampaul delivery behind the stumps.advertisementVijay now has scores of 8,0, 11 and 3 from the series and would be very lucky if he manages to retain his berth in the final Test in Dominica (July 6-10). In fact it seems that he has blown away the chance to make it to the squad for England.India didn’t find the going particularly good thereafter though Mukund grew in assurance with every passing minute in the middle.Most of the concerns, strangely, revolved around Dravid who unusually struggled on a bouncy pitch and lived dangerously.He was also at the centre of an umpiring controversy when he flicked Darren Sammy to midwicket region and fielder Adrian Barath made a tumbling scoop to claim a catch.Several replays and after a five-minute hold up, the claim was rejected and Dravid, then on 10, could continue his innings. It was the 17th over of the innings, the 12th of the morning session with the visitors’ score reading 47 for 1.Even after the two umpires, Ian Gould and Asad Rauf, had resumed their positions, and the fielders and bowlers were back in their place, the third umpire Gregory Brathwaite kept lingering over the decision before ruling it in batsman’s favour.Mukund and Dravid then held steadfast to guide India to 62 for 1 from the session which duly lost an hour due to rain as has been the norm in this Test.The elegance of young Mukund was much in evidence as he always got behind the line of the delivery and played a few pleasing strokes down the ground. But for one occasion when a Fidel Edwards bouncer hit him on the helmet, the left-hander was usually in control. Mukund’s one stroke, a glorious cover drive off Darren Sammy, stood out from the morning session’s play.The southpaw fell after lunch, just two runs shy of his maiden half century, when he rose on his heels to an Edwards bouncer which still took his gloves on way to the wicketkeeper.Mukund batted for 153 minutes and hit six fours from the 81 balls he faced. He was a picture of dejection as he walked back to pavilion.Dravid now had his long-stand partner Laxman at the other end who withstood all that West Indies could muster from its four-pronged attack. Both took India to tea without any further loss at 143 for 2.Dravid fell in an uncharacteristic manner post-tea when he slashed at a rising delivery from Edwards and was puched by Ramnaresh Sarwan at first slip.The veteran batsmen batted for 221 minutes, faced 171 balls and hit three fours, two of which were steers past the slip cordon.Dravid’s departure brought the sparse crowd on its feet as they anticipated Edwards to make short work of Virat Kohli once again.The fielders began crouching around the bat and Kohli once nearly played into the hands of forward short leg as well but West Indies didn’t get the breakthrough they were looking.Kohli held firm even as runs were not coming and opened his score in pulled six off Edwards?even though it took 22 balls in coming.advertisementLaxman batted without a worry at the other end, going past Sir Garfield Sobers’ run aggregate of 8032 runs on the home ground of the most talented all-round cricketer the world has ever seen. Laxman was unfazed by anything the West Indies could throw at him, hooking Edwards in front of square leg for a boundary and then essaying a classic on-drive off Darren Sammy which gathered pace and hit the pickets despite a heavy outfield.A hapless West Indian team decided against taking the second new ball as both its premier fast bowlers, Edwards and Rampaul, were exhausted by a long day’s exertions.Rain did intervene during the day but not in the manner it had on two previous days. An hour was lopped off due to rain in the morning and then the middle session could begin after a 10-minute delay.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more


Copa America: Messi rues draw


first_imgA frustrated Lionel Messi said a joke goal had complicated Argentina’s Copa America start as the hosts struggled to impose themselves in their 1-1 draw with Bolivia in the tournament’s first match on Friday. Argentina had to chase their Group-A opener from the 47th minute when an error by midfielder,A frustrated Lionel Messi said a joke goal had complicated Argentina’s Copa America start as the hosts struggled to impose themselves in their 1-1 draw with Bolivia in the tournament’s first match on Friday.Argentina had to chase their Group-A opener from the 47th minute when an error by midfielder Ever Banega allowed Bolivia to sneak into a shock lead before substitute Sergio Aguero equalised half an hour later.”They surprised us with a crap goal and we managed to draw thanks to Kun (Aguero), but we’re sad because we didn’t reach our objective. We did some things well but we have to keep improving,” Messi told reporters.Bolivia’s point in the match in La Plata was the first they have ever picked up in a competitive match on Argentine soil.It also denied Argentina revenge for a 6- 1 roasting under former coach Diego Maradona in a World Cup qualifier at high altitude in La Paz two years ago. ‘A night without altitude’ was the headline in the daily Clarin in a play on words on the expression in Spanish which would better translate as a night without class.Argentina played into the hands of a modest but well- organised Bolivia, failing to execute coach Sergio Batista’s passing game modelled on Messi’s club side Barcelona. “It’s very difficult to play like Barcelona, but the idea is ball possession,” Batista told reporters.”We tried to play and be a team with a lot of the ball, but Bolivia put a lot of people in the middle and clogged the spaces. It was a difficult debut.” Batista said on the eve of the match he had not recalled forward Carlos Tevez just because of popular demand. He explained that with the player of the people in his side he would get more football and less vertigo, meaning less headless running at the opposition defence.advertisementYet Tevez and Ezequiel Lavezzi, the two players flanking Messi in attack, did just that with the former earning some of the lowest match ratings in Saturday’s papers. Messi received an ovation from the crowd, but not for the reasons he would have liked, when he stood up to Bolivia’s captain Ronald Raldes after a clash.Colombia winStriker Adrian Ramos earned Colombia a 1-0 win over 10- man Costa Rica that put them top of Group-A after their first match at the Copa America on Saturday.Ramos beat the offside trap to run onto a through pass from winger Fredy Guarin, round goalkeeper Leonel Moreira and put the Colombians ahead seconds before half-time.Costa Rica had been reduced to 10 men after 27 minutes when forward Randall Brenes was shown a straight red card after a dangerous tackle on defender Luis Perea.Meanwhile, Brazil play Venezuela in their opener on Sunday and will be approaching the game with caution, after Argentina’s result.- With inputs from agencieslast_img read more


UP Lady Maroons halt UST Tigresses’ run for PSL Collegiate title


first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “When we were down we kept reminding ourselves that we have to fight.”Dianna Carlos, who missed UP’s previous championship in the other collegiate league due to injury, powered the Lady Maroons with 17 points while rookie Nicole Magsarile and Layug added 11 and 10 points, respectively.Eya Laure led UST with 14 points while Milena Alessandrini added 13 points.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img UP held on to a small 17-15 lead in the fourth set but that margin grew slowly to 21-15 after UST was called with a double contact violation.The Golden Tigresses then shot themselves in the foot when they couldn’t make a successful return, putting UP in the 24-18 match point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefMaristela Layug then finished things off with a sharp kill from the middle“We were down and we were able to pick ourselves up and we were happy with that,” said UP head coach Godfrey Okumu. “The motto of day is ‘fight’ and we fought until the end.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fire is back in Mark Barroca as title drought ends for Magnolia UP Lady Maroons celebrate their latest title. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines ended University of Santo Tomas’ undefeated run in the most opportune time, coming away with a  25-21, 16-25, 25-23, 25-19 win to claim the Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam title Thursday at Filoil Flying V Center.The Lady Maroons secured their second title in the offseason in the most satisfying of ways by getting back at the only team that dealt them their lone loss in the eliminations in the Golden Tigresses.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


South Korea counting on red-hot Son Heung-min to shine on Asian Cup quest


first_imgSouth Korea’s forward Heung Min Son celebrates after defeating Japan during the men’s football gold medal match at the 2018 Asian Games in Bogor on September 1, 2018. (Photo by CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP)South Korea is hoping Son Heung-min’s dazzling pace and goals can help them end a 59-year wait to be crowned continental kings as the newly expanded Asian Cup starts at the weekend.Holders Australia, four-time winners Japan, Carlos Queiroz’s Iran and hosts the United Arab Emirates are all formidable opponents, but none will relish facing Paulo Bento’s Koreans.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Saudi Arabia, who won the last of their three Asian Cup titles in 1996, should factor in the closing stages, and Syria, Uzbekistan and North Korea lurk as dark horses.One wildcard looks set to be the introduction of video assistant referees (VAR) from the quarter-finals, which could raise the likelihood of penalties after playing a role in the record number given at last year’s World Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 2015 runners-up have put their stamp on the international scene in recent times, stunning holders Germany at last year’s World Cup before winning the Asian Games football tournament in September.Son, 26, was at the heart of both successes and his delight was plain to see at the Asian Games in Indonesia, where victory earned the team an exemption from South Korea’s compulsory, 21-month military service.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe Tottenham Hotspur forward, who has a deadly shot with either foot, has been in scorching form for his club, scoring seven goals in his last seven Premier League games. But he will sit out South Korea’s first two games next week under a deal with his club in return for his release for last year’s Asian Games.Son, the most prolific Asian in Premier League history, will hope South Korea get the job done against the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan before he jets in for their final Group C clash against China on January 16. New sanctions loom as WADA confirm Russia misses doping deadline SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue The Koreans, edged 2-1 by Australia after the 2015 final went to extra time, haven’t won the Asian Cup since 1960 — a puzzling record considering their 10 World Cup appearances, including the 2002 semi-finals.Arnold’s predicamentJapan are among their chief rivals in UAE, after they were the only Asian side to reach the World Cup knock-outs before narrowly going down to Belgium in the last 16.The Blue Samurai, winners of four of the last seven editions, will demand improvements on 2015, when as defending champions they slipped up with a penalties defeat to UAE in the last eight.Recent results have been encouraging, including a 4-3 win over Uruguay, and Hajime Moriyasu has picked on form after ditching World Cup stars Shinji Kagawa and Shinji Okazaki in favour of younger players.ADVERTISEMENT Australia, however, seem to have gone backwards since they lifted the trophy in Sydney in 2015, and it’s a tall order for new coach Graham Arnold who is plunged into the title defense just four games into the job.After record scorer Tim Cahill retired, Arnold’s predicament worsened last month when midfield lynchpin Aaron Mooy suffered a serious knee injury and was ruled out of tournament.Three-time winners Iran look much more settled, and after winning plaudits for their narrow 1-0 defeat to Spain and 1-1 draw with Portugal at the World Cup, Carlos Queiroz’s side have gone unbeaten in their six games since.With attacking talent including Rubin Kazan’s Sardar Azmoun, with 24 goals in 40 internationals, and Brighton winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Iran will expect to do better than 2015, when they were ousted in a combustible quarter-final against arch-rivals Iraq.Dark horses and VAR UAE received a body blow with the loss of playmaker Omar Abdulrahman to a knee injury, but they have plenty of firepower and are redoubtable on home ground, where they were runners-up as hosts in 1996.Meanwhile, rivals Qatar are desperate to make a statement before 2022, when they will be the first World Cup hosts in the modern era never to have qualified for the tournament by right.Success in UAE would be doubly satisfying for Qatar, which has been at the center of a diplomatic storm in the Gulf and under blockade from their neighbors since June 2017.On Saturday in Abu Dhabi, the UAE and Bahrain will open the biggest Asian Cup yet after it grew from 16 to 24 teams, paving the way for Kyrgyzstan, war-torn Yemen and Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Philippines to make their debuts.Among many sub-plots, China’s stuttering attempts to become a football power will come under scrutiny, in what looks set to be Marcello Lippi’s last outing as coach, while India gets a rare chance to impress at the region’s top level. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View commentslast_img read more


James Harden, Rockets overwhelm lowly Cavaliers


first_imgHarden played just 29 minutes and 34 seconds, and made eight 3-pointers to extend his NBA record to 12 games in a row with at least five.“The step-back 3s, he’s perfected that,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He’s got 16 3s and they’re all step-backs. I don’t know how he does it … everybody knows what he’s doing and he still gets them off, and they’re kind of open. They’re not forced, so he’s just an incredible player.”Clint Capela added 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting after making just four of 16 field goals in a loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday night.Harden and fellow starters Capela and Tucker also sat out the fourth quarter with Houston up 113-81 entering the fourth. Even with the trio watching the final quarter from the bench, the Rockets maintained a huge lead and their 141 points were a season high and the most Cleveland has allowed this season.TIP-INSCavaliers: Rodney Hood returned after missing the last three games with a sore left Achilles tendon. He had six points, two assists and two rebounds in 18 minutes. … Cedi Osman had 15 points and Collin Sexton added 14. … Jordan Clarkson and Jalen Jones added 12 points each.Rockets: Paul missed his 10th game in a row with a strained left hamstring. … Gordon missed his sixth straight game with a bruised right knee. … It’s the sixth time this season Houston has scored 70 points or more in the first half.DATE NIGHT?Tucker boxed out a couple of Cavaliers and avoided grabbing the ball to help Harden collect his 10th rebound on Friday night. Tucker joked that Harden might owe him for the move.“Dinner, movies. I need a date,” Tucker joked. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Later, Harden was asked if Tucker deserves dinner for helping him get his triple-double.“I took P.J. to dinner, movies, Europe,” Harden said laughing. “I take P.J. everywhere with me. He gets enough already.”UP NEXTCavaliers: Visit Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.Rockets: Visit Orlando on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James Harden had 43 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in 29 minutes — the first player in NBA history to have a 40-point triple-double in less than 30 minutes played — to lead the Houston Rockets to a 141-113 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night for their eighth win in 11 games.“I think we’ve all had that in the back of our mind. It was just a far reach earlier in the season,” Harden said. “Now it’s pretty close. We’ve just got to continue to do what we’ve been doing. Playing well, taking care of opportunities like this tonight. Just continue to get better, strive to get better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Rockets, who were in 14th place in the West in early December, are 4 ½ games out of first place and tied with the Clippers for fifth.After the Cavaliers got a 117-108 win in the first meeting with Houston this season, the Rockets were determined to take care of business this time around. They did that, racing out to a 28-point lead after scoring a season-high 77 points in the first half behind 24 points from Harden. View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion It’s Harden’s 15th straight game with at least 30 points, his franchise-record 13th game with 40 points this season and the seventh in the last nine games as he has carried the team with Chris Paul and Eric Gordon out with injuries.Ante Zizic came off the bench to score 18 for the Cavaliers, whose season-long skid extended to 12 games.“We just couldn’t stop them,” Cavaliers coach Larry Drew said. “They were raining 3s all over the place. They broke us down off the dribble. They are in a rhythm now and playing very good basketball.”Harden needed less than 2 1/2 quarters to reach 30 points on Friday night, hitting a 3 with 7:41 left in the third to give him 32 points and push Houston’s lead 91-58. He joins Kobe Bryant (16 games in 2003) as the only players to score 30 points in at least 15 games in a row since the 1972-73 season.About three minutes later, he pushed his total to 40 after he was left wide open to drive into the lane for an easy layup to make it 99-68. Harden grabbed his 10th rebound with about 90 seconds left in the third quarter to give him his sixth triple-double this season and the 41st of his career.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket past Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets still have a way to go to reach their goal of earning the top seed in the Western Conference.But it seems far more attainable than it was just a month ago.ADVERTISEMENT Domantas Sabonis sharp again at MSG as Pacers beat Knickslast_img read more