Competitive season expected as 9 teams see action in ABL

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH ‘Not about numbers’: Slaughter looking to help Ginebra in any way he can Read Next The addition of the teams, which was officially announced on Tuesday in a press conference Tuesday at Shangri-La Hotel at Bonifacio Global City, expands the league’s reach in Asia.“We’ll be able to bring more exciting games for the fans. You’ll be able to see other stars in the region,” Ilagan told INQUIRER.net. “You’re not just confined in the Philippines then you get to appreciate other countries’ basketball culture as well.”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 shutoutIlagan believes it will be a “very competitive” season.“I think most if not all of our games will be down the wire this year. All the teams we have this year are very competitive. The addition of CLS Knights from Indonesia, Mono Vampire from Thailand, they are very established teams,” he said. “Plus, you add that team from China and the group from Taiwan who equally love basketball as we do.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The ninth season opens on Nov. 17. Alab Pilipinas begins its campaign on Nov. 19 against the Eastern Long Lions at Mall of Asia Arena.The Philippines, bannered by reigning local MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and import Ivan Johnson, will be tested right away against Hong Kong, which will be led by Fil-German Christian Standhardinger and Thai-American Tyler Lamb.“It will absolutely be a tough game. They have a loaded team over there with Christian but we’ll do our part and be ready for our opening game,” said new Alab head coach Jimmy Alapag. ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nine ABL teams for the 2017-2018 season. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueA league record nine teams will see action in the new Asean Basketball League season which unfolds next month.Defending champion Hong Kong is expected to have its hands full with the entry of the Formosa Dreamers of Taiwan, CLS Knights Surabaya of Indonesia, Nanhai Long-Lions of China and returning Mono Vampire of Thailand.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:18Sangley airport to be operational in 7 days – Tugade03:07PH 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 View commentslast_img read more

Thunder thump Cavs, keep LeBron shy of 30,000 points

first_imgJames will eventually get to 30,000 and join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,808) on the select list.The Thunder didn’t want to be props in a ceremony for James.“I was hopeful it took two games for him to get that,” George said. “I’ve been part of a lot of those baskets he’s had. That’s an achievement or a milestone I didn’t want to be a part of.”Oklahoma City center Steven Adams scored 25 points on 12-of-13 shooting, and the Thunder’s starters combined for 121 points as the Cavs were unable to do anything defensively.That’s been a major problem all season with the league’s oldest team.“We gotta go back to the drawing board on that end,” said Isaiah Thomas, who finished with a season-high 24 points but was exposed on the defensive end. “As players, we gotta take pride in defense. We gotta take pride in getting stops as a group collectively.”The Thunder had their way with Cleveland in the first half. They scored 76 — the most given up in any half by the Cavs this season — and took the air out of the Quicken Loans Arena crowd. Before the second half began, the arena’s in-game emcee told the fans, “The first half is over. Forget about it.”That was impossible as the Thunder extended their lead to 24 when Anthony drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key, sapping whatever energy Clevelanders had left.The Cavs made one last push with James making a layup to cut the lead to 12. But Oklahoma City didn’t let up and eventually pushed the lead to 31.30K CLUB LATEST STORIES View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises It’s gotten so bad, so quickly that coach Tyronn Lue’s job could be at stake.“I would hope not, but I really don’t know,” James said when asked if Lue could be fired. “I don’t know what’s going to happen with our team. I have no idea what conversations have been going on. Me personally, I’ve been trying to stay as laser-sharp as I can to keep my guys ready to go out and play.“Obviously, it hasn’t resulted in wins, but I got to stay as fresh mentally as much I can with the struggles. I can’t worry about job securities and trades and things of that nature. I just stay as focused as I can every night to go out and compete and try to help us win ballgames.”James finished with 18 points and remains seven shy of becoming the seventh player in NBA history to reach the 30,000-point plateau. His next chance is Tuesday when the Cavs visit San Antonio.James entered the fourth quarter within reach of 30,000. But after he missed two shots, James was replaced with 6:37 remaining and the Cavs trailing 128-101. The 33-year-old hoped to make history in front of his home fans and family, but it wasn’t to be.ADVERTISEMENT Unable to stop Paul George, Russell Westbrook or Carmelo Anthony, the Cavaliers were embarrassed 148-124 on Saturday by the Thunder, who not only rolled to their fourth straight win but kept James shy of a historic milestone.George scored 36 points, Westbrook had 23 and 20 assists and Anthony dropped a season-high 29 points as the Thunder tied the record for the most points given up by a Cleveland team in a regulation game. Philadelphia scored 148 on the Cavs back in 1972.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’ve never in my basketball life gave up 148 points, not even probably playing video games,” James said. “They got everything that they wanted. Inside, outside, they had it moving.”A roller-coaster season in Cleveland is on a steady, accelerating descent. The Cavaliers have lost 10 of 14, and in the past 12 days, the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions have been blown out by 28, 34 and 24 points. When he reaches 30,000 points, James will be the youngest player to do so, but it wasn’t by design.“It’s never been a chase,” he said. “I don’t chase points. I don’t chase anything when it comes to scoring. When I get it, I get it and that’s how I’ve gotten to this point in my career. The disappointing thing is that we lost, so it doesn’t matter.”TIP-INSThunder: G Andre Roberson played his second game after missing eight with left patellar tendinitis. He had a forgettable six-second span, missing four straight free throws and committing a foul. … Coach Billy Donovan first watched James play as a high school sophomore, when he stood out more than others. “In seeing him at that age you see a lot of times young kids that are sophomores with his ability — maybe not all of his ability — but you see talented players,” Donovan said. “They never get better. A lot of times it’s difficult to get better because there’s such a microscope. The thing that’s amazing to me is he’s had a lot of attention on him and a very, very young age and he always got better.”Cavaliers: C Kevin Love played only three minutes before leaving with an unspecified illness. … With the Feb. 8 trade deadline approaching, there is growing speculation that Cleveland will make a deal — or two — to improve the league’s oldest roster. Lue doesn’t necessarily believe change is essential. “I like the group that we have,” he said. “We just haven’t been healthy the whole year. I’m just focused on coaching the guys that we have.”UP NEXTThunder: Host Brooklyn on Tuesday.Cavaliers: At San Antonio on Tuesday. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img MOST READ NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:55Next challenge for OKC is ‘getting on same page,’ says Adams01:29Police 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 Yee, Khobuntin pick up slack for Picanto Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (13) shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jeff Green (32) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Cleveland. The Thunder won 148-124. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — LeBron James came up just short of 30,000 points.Oklahoma City nearly got there, too.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Ellington finally gets his All-Star 3-point contest call

first_imgHe has become a true 3-point specialist, one who arrives early on practice days and stays late and has blown the Heat away with his work ethic.“He’s a supremely conditioned athlete in the National Basketball Association,” Spoelstra said. “He’s the top tier. … Wayne plays his games now, catch-and-shoot style, in the red zone all game long. That’s just a testament to the work he’s put into his body.”Ellington has become one of Miami’s most important players.That means the Heat will have some things to decide this summer.Ellington is a journeyman who doesn’t want to be on more journeys. He’s been traded four times and joined four teams as a free agent, moving to a new NBA city on almost an annual basis. And he’ll be a free agent again in July — but has made no secret of the fact that, if he got a vote, would prefer to stay in Miami for the long haul. He’s getting married this summer, he and his fiancée recently had their first child, and Miami feels like home.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Blatter hints at new evidence to challenge 6-year FIFA ban Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH And it got Ellington to All-Star weekend.Ellington is one of the eight players picked to compete in the 3-point contest on All-Star Saturday Night, set for Feb. 18 in Los Angeles. Ellington has already set a career-high with 153 3-pointers this season, with nearly half the season still to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I wouldn’t have been mad or upset if I didn’t get the call,” Ellington said. “But it felt great to get it, for sure. I’ve put a lot of work in and it’s always been one of my individual goals.”Here’s how important Ellington’s shooting from long range has been for Miami: The Heat are 0-7 when he doesn’t make a 3-pointer, and 29-15 when he makes one or more. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has given Ellington the ultimate green light — in his parts of two seasons with Miami, 77 percent of Ellington’s field-goal attempts have come from beyond the arc. LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum “I think everybody knows that,” Ellington said. “I don’t hide it. I come in every day and I feel like I show it. This is where I want to be at the end of the day. Since I came to Miami, life’s been amazing for me. I’ve got my son, I’ve got my fiancee and my basketball life has done a complete 180. I feel so grateful just for the opportunity, and I’m so appreciative.”The uncertainty about his future hasn’t seemed to bother him.Ellington is averaging career-highs in points (11.2) and minutes (26.2) per game. And put simply, when he’s involved, the Heat win. In the 24 games where Ellington has scored more than 10 points, the Heat are 18-6.“Every year’s a contract year for me, pretty much,” Ellington said. “So I’ve learned to just play basketball. You can’t think about down the road or what’s going to happen next. You’ve just got to think about what’s going on right now. That’s really what I’ve been trying to do throughout my career. I’ve been on a lot of one-year deals and when you have to play like that, you kind of get accustomed to it.” Wayne Ellington of Miami Heat releases a shot in the second quarter during their game at Barclays Center on January 19, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFPMIAMI — Wayne Ellington’s primary role with the Miami Heat is clear: He’s supposed to attempt a 3-pointer whenever possible.That’s a winning formula for the Heat.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHlast_img read more

Tenorio ‘blessed’ to have played 57 minutes in Ginebra 3OT win

first_imgFamilies in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Tenorio played exactly 56:52, the fourth longest playing time in a single PBA game among the local players behind Kerby Raymundo (61 minutes), Jun Limpot (60 minutes), and Robert Jaworski (58 minutes).AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsAnd in those minutes, Tenorio finished with 20 points, six rebounds, and two steals while shooting 6-of-14 from the floor.Tenorio’s lone assist of the game was the precursor to the final basket of the match when he dished the ball to Jervy Cruz for an open layup with 15 seconds left in the third overtime.Ginebra’s point guard added he didn’t expect to play for so long, despite the game being of utmost importance for the Gin Kings.A loss would’ve forced Ginebra to duke it out against TNT for the no. 8 playoff, but the win propelled the Gin Kings to clinch the fourth seed and would face the Elasto Painters once more in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 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 Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa “I knew that I’m going to play longer, probably for 48 minutes, but 56 minutes that I didn’t expect,” said Tenorio. “I don’t want to take this for granted, because I will search for this feeling if I’m out of the PBA or if I’m in the twilight of my career.” Ginebra vs Rain or Shine. PBA IMAGESLA Tenorio is not a spry youngster anymore at 33 years old.And yet, the 12-year veteran managed to play almost 57 minutes in Barangay Ginebra’s 100-92 triple overtime win over Rain or Shine in the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH At an age where he can be excused to sit out an extra five minutes, let alone a whole game, Tenorio was just “blessed” to be able to prove that he is the Ironman of his generation.READ: Ginebra outlasts Rain or Shine in 3OT, clinches fourth spot FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I can’t complain right? I’m sure a lot of players, a lot of aspiring basketball players want to be in my shoes right now,” said Tenorio in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I take this as a blessing because I can still play this long at this point of my career.”“The team trusted me, especially coach [Tim Cone] so it’s really a blessing for me and I don’t want to take it for granted.” MOST READ Lady Tamaraws send Tigresses reeling to third straight losslast_img read more

Lessons learned as Hisamitsu cruises past Rebisco-PSL spikers

first_imgAir Force stuns Pocari Sweat MOST READ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games RELATED VIDEOS “Because they are quick, Hisamitsu can afford to look out for open space; they wait until you move and then make their attack,” said Vicente after his wards suffered a 25-17, 25-10, 25-14 defeat at the hands of the 2002 and 2014 champion club.“When [the Japanese] hit the ball, they look at the position of the hands blocking them and make adjustments,” said Vicente. “We need to learn that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSix-foot-5 Jaja Santiago towered over her Japanese counterparts, slamming kills for a game-high 16 points.“It was a tough game and the Japanese were really fast,” said Santiago. “I just told myself to keep going and not be intimidated. We learned a lot from this game.” Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds The Philippines, also supported here by Grand Sports, Asics and Turkish Airlines, managed to taste the lead, 9-6, in the first set through Santiago’s power and some sneaky net drops by Kim Fajardo and Maika Ortiz.“We need to stop doing that (drops), they don’t win matches,” Vicente said. “We need a systematic offensive pattern.”Yet all in all, Vicente gave his players a passing grade.“Why are you so sad?” asked head coach Francis Vicente during the post-game huddle inside the locker room. “You learned from them. You didn’t play badly. We just need more speed. More volleyball IQ. You got the Japanese coach worried in the first set. Be proud.”Rebisco PSL-Manila will next face Vientin Bank of Vietnam on Friday hoping to score a breakthrough victory in this tough tournament that will be participated in by the eight best clubs in the region.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coach Francis Vicente to Rebisco PSL You didn’t play badly. You just lacked speed and volleyball IQ. Napainit nyo ulo nung Hapon. Be proud. PHOTO BY MARC REYESUst-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan—For coach Francis Vicente, Rebisco PSL-Manila couldn’t have found a perfect tune-up match than Thursday’s opener against well-oiled Hisamitsu Springs.Vicente said the team—gearing up for the Southeast Asian Games—learned a lot from the Japanese, especially in playing a fast-paced game, using court smarts, and applying floor defense.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View commentslast_img read more

Undrafted Dylan Ennis drops 35 for Warriors in Vegas

first_imgMOST READ 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 LATEST STORIES Teammates waved towels at the end of the game to cool down Ennis, whose career high at Oregon was 22 points.Ennis, who played for the Thunder in the Orlando Summer League before joining the Warriors in Las Vegas, poured in 23 points in 12 first-half minutes, including six of his eight 3-pointers. He previously had 21 points over five games in Las Vegas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Just don’t think about it,” Ennis said. “It touches your hand, you put it up and the rim looks like the ocean … I’ll probably never hear (the ‘MVP’ chants) again in my career.”Ennis’ 3-pointer with 1:11 remaining gave the Warriors a 105-97 lead that put the game away. Bryce Alford, undrafted out of UCLA, finished with 16 points. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 08: Timothe Kuwawu-Cabarrot #20 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives against Dylan Ennis #31 of the Golden State Warriors during the 2017 Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 8, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Philadelphia won 95-93.Dylan Ennis went undrafted last month, but the Oregon product was the recipient of “MVP” chants from the crowd in Las Vegas on Friday. Ennis was nearly unstoppable as he scored 35 points during the Golden State Warriors’ 109-100 NBA Summer League victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.“Being undrafted, you take it personal,” Ennis told NBA TV.ADVERTISEMENT Jaron Johnson scored 18 for the Clippers while 2016 first-round pick Brice Johnson and Jawun Evans had 17 apiece.Teams still alive in tournament play had Friday off. The quarterfinal round begins Saturday with Portland playing San Antonio, Miami facing Memphis, Dallas against Boston and the Lakers meeting Brooklyn.In other action:HAWKS 92, ROCKETS 86Trent Lockett scored 17 points on 50 percent shooting, and the Hawks used a 34-22 fourth quarter to rally to victory. Maryland product Diamond Stone and Bryce Cotton added 12 apiece off the bench.TIMBERWOLVES 80, WIZARDS 73Matt Costello blocked a would-be dunk by Michael Young with 59.9 seconds remaining to seal the Timberwolves’ comeback win over the Wizards. Costello, who was undrafted out of Michigan State in 2016 and played in the D-League, had a team-high 14 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Gordon Hayward signs 4-year, maximum deal with Celtics JAZZ 97, BUCKS 76Tony Bradley scored 19 points and the Jazz easily won their first game of the Las Vegas session after four straight losses.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

All venues ready, India eyeing 75 medals: Lalit Bhanot

first_imgCWG organising committee secretary general Lalit Bhanot today said all the venues are complete and they are ready to host not only the next month’s Commonwealth Games but also Olympics.”All the Games venues are ready and the International bodies have also certified that they are fit to host events,” Bhanot said.”There was delay in the construction of these venues but they are now completely ready and are of world class standard.These stadiums can host events like the Olympics and world championships,” he added.Bhanot also hoped that India will improve on its previous performance at Melbourne Games.”In the Melbourne Games we won 52 medals and secured the fourth position. That was the best Indian tally but this time we hope to get the third spot with around 75 medals,” he said.”In athletics we won two silvers in Melbourne. This year we hope for six to eight medals,” he said.last_img read more

Leading ladies

first_imgThey’re the 25 power women of the country, the physical manifestation of will, power, grace, dedication, hard work and extraordinary brilliance. With each step they take, whether it’s business, politics, arts, films, banking, hospitality or sports, they keep raising the bar and breaking untouched barriers. These are the women who,They’re the 25 power women of the country, the physical manifestation of will, power, grace, dedication, hard work and extraordinary brilliance.With each step they take, whether it’s business, politics, arts, films, banking, hospitality or sports, they keep raising the bar and breaking untouched barriers. These are the women who have made India shine on a global platform.NAINA LAL KIDWAI, 52 GROUP CHAIRMAN & COUNTRY HEADHSBC INDIABecause she took HSBC India to startling new heights even during the recession. Because the the company reported an increase in profit by over 40 per cent at the beginning of last year. Because under her leadership they launched a Life Insurance Joint Venture company in India, in association with Canara Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce that reported a premium income close to Rs 300 crore. Because under her guidance, they have taken corporate sustainability to the next level that has won her and the bank accolades for their contribution to the environment.The Wild Side When not banking she spends her free time holidaying at wildlife parks like Kaziranga National Park, Jim Corbett National Park and Kanha National Park with her husband Rashid and children, Kemaya and Rumaal.Her Best Friends are her pet dogs, a German Shepherd named Wolfie and a Labrador called Trigger.A big movie buff Her favourites include a healthy mix of all genres from Chak de India to Mamma Mia and The Namesake, she loves them all.TANYA DUBASH, 41EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & PRESIDENT (MARKETING)GODREJ GROUPBecause after taking over a key position in the company, she has changed the way people look at Godrej as a brand. Because she has given the company a fresh, youthful makeover whether it’s through reality television or product-based incentives. Because she introduced the concept of experience marketing with Godrej Nature’s Basket, a world food store. Because with seven major companies, Godrej’s turnover crosses Rs 1,100 crore.Time out She loves to spend time with her husband, Arvind and her kids, Aryan and Azaar. She also likes to read and travel. What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell is one of her favourite books. Her other favourites include Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl and Eat Pray and Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. She likes to watch films and takes time out to catch the latest ones. The three films she liked the most were Sherlock Holmes, 3 Idiots and My Name is Khan.She aims to bring alive a brighter experience for consumers, more vibrant expressions of what they want in a more empathetic manner and ultimately create progress for all of Godrej’s stakeholders.CHANDA KOCHHAR, 47CEO& MD, ICICI BANKBecause she heads India’s largest private banks with an asset base of Rs 3.8 lakh crore. Because she is ranked number 20 on the Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. Because in a year fraught with financial upheaval post recession, her bank emerged stronger on all parameters recording an operating profit of 22 per cent minus treasury income. Because this is just the beginning, as she says, “2009 made us emerge stronger but 2010 is the year of growth opportunity.”What’s next “We are using the current year to position our balance sheet to take advantage of the next phase of growth.” With an aim to increase the bank’s network from 1,520 to 2,000 plus branches.Her one passion besides banking Is Hindi cinema. A die-hard Bollywood fan, she can often be spotted in the Mumbai multiplexes on weekends.Her Role Models Are both bankers, N. Vaghul and K.V. Kamath. Vaghul shared his wisdom with her and she believes that ICICI Group’s culture of entrepreneurship, innovation, and good governance is the legacy that her role model left behind. On the other hand, Kamath is her mentor. She feels fortunate to be mentored by a man who was farsighted enough to revolutionise the way banking worked in India.PREETHA REDDY, 52MANAGING DIRECTORAPOLLO HOSPITALS GROUPClick here to EnlargeBecause she has constantly innovated and revamped the Rs 1,800 crore Apollo Hospitals Group. Because through her efforts the Government of India honoured the group with the release of a postage stamp for it’s role in India’s health care sector. Because she belongs to a group of 10 business heads that form the Indo-US CEOs Forum this year. Because she is the first woman advisor on health care to the Indian government. Because she is also the director of Kalakshetra, the legendary dance school in Chennai.Role Model “My father Dr Prathap C Reddy. He’s so positive. For him, there is always an upside to something and he never loses focus on what he’s here for.”Silver Screen James Cameron’s Avatar made a huge impression. It’s a film she can watch many times over.AKSHATA MURTY, 30ENTREPRENEURClick here to EnlargeBecause She is not content to sit back on a famous surname. Because she gave up a job in venture capital and decided to listen to her heart. Because she is launching a contemporary clothing line with traditional Indian roots. Because she has chosen a path that no one in her family has. Because, Akshata, her clothing line, made in consultation with design students, aims to give artisans of this country a platform in the West.She shares a special bond With her mother Sudha Murthy, who is her friend, philosopher and guide. It’s her capability to balance career, family and society that has left an impact.NIRUPAMA RAO, 59FOREIGN SECRETARYClick here to EnlargeBecause She is the first woman full-term foreign secretary in India’s history. Because she has brought in a new diplomatic style with her out-of-the-box thinking. Because she is known to be a tough negotiator and is handling the ongoing dialogue with Pakistan. Because she has served at key diplomatic assignments like China and Sri Lanka. Because she was also the first woman spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs.Wordsmith A compilation of her poems was published under the title Rain Rising in 2004.SHILPA GUPTA, 33INSTALLATION ARTISTBecause she has three solo shows lined up this year, the first of which is currently being showcased at The Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati. Because her work is already a part of art school books in the UK. Because she is one of the few Indian artists to have showcased her work at the Yvon Lambert, France and Gallery Continua, Italy. Because she has been interviewed by veteran German artist and intellectual Peter Weibel.Most special work is her current project, While I Sleep on the theme of fears and prejudices.PRIYANKA CHOPRA, 27ACTORBecause this former Miss World made a clean sweep at the award ceremonies last year. Because she won the National Award, a first for a person in her 20s, after her brilliant performance in Fashion. Because she is on top of the Bollywood game with four back-to-back successes from Fashion, Dostana, Kaminey to What’s Your Rashee.Because she is being talked about, not for her link-ups with co-actors but her work, a welcome change in an industry obsessed with gossip. Because every director worth his weight wants to work with her. Because her forthcoming films include Siddharth Anand’s Anjaana Anjaani, Vishal Bhardwaj’s untitled next and Farhan Akhtar’s Don 2. Because she is also UNICEF’s National Celebrity working for children’s rights.Quote Unquote “My work is my elixir. It’s what keeps evil away and is the one thing that’s always stood by me.”National Award Moment “I was in New York when I heard and it was four in the morning. I really didn’t know whether to jump or scream. I spent the next four hours on the phone talking to friends and family.”ROOPA KUDVA, 46REGION HEAD,SOUTH ASIA, STANDARD & POORSMD & CEO, CRISILClick here to EnlargeBecause Because she is the MD and CEO of India’s first credit rating agency. Because Crisil’s rating coverage has grown nearly eight times since 2008. Because when the financial meltdown in the US put rating firms under the scanner Kudva and her team promptly stepped up communication with the users of its ratings by sending out rating alerts to investors and general public even before a company was downgraded or upgraded.Her most memorable experience At work has been walking in unannounced for an interview and walking out with a job in hand.SWATI PIRAMAL, 53DIRECTOR, PIRAMAL HEALTH CARE & PRESIDENTASSOCHAMBecause she has truly been able to break the glass ceiling after becoming the first woman to head an apex business chamber in India. Because since her appointment, she has invited 100 women to chair all the national committees of ASSOCHAM this year. Because Piramal Life Sciences, where she is vice chairperson, is gearing up to deliver the first drug developed by an Indian research company.She is passionate about Sufi poetry, studying medieval history and literature.Her most memorable experience has been meeting former US President Bill Clinton and having a one-on-one discussion with him.RAJSHREE PATHY, 53CHAIRPERSONRAJSHREE SUGARS AND CHEMICALSBecause she is Chairperson of Rajshree Sugars and Chemicals, a company with interests across integrated fields such as sugar, power co-generation and biotechnology. Because in 2009, she completely reorganised Rajshree Sugars and inducted new top-class professionals, to move on to the next growth phase. Because the turnover of her company and its subsidiaries is expected to exceed Rs 600 crore in March 2010. Because she was elected the President of SISM (South India Sugar Mills) for the second term 2007-2009.What this woman wants Is to always succeed and be ranked among the best in whatever she does.She dreams To see all her goals for Rajshree Sugars turn to reality. She is also waiting for her children Aishwarya and Aditya to bless her with lots of grandchildren.VINITA BALI, 53MANAGING DIRECTORBRITANNIAGROUPBecause she took charge of a near rudderless firm and turned its fortunes around making its topline profit double in four years between 2005-09. Because her company has been growing at 20 per cent annually. Because its market share, in the Rs 6,000-crore biscuit market has stabilised around 35 per cent. Because money making is not the only thing she cares about. Because Britannia’s work with Global Alliance for improved nutrition got her international acclaim at the Clinton Global Initiative.Life after work Involves working out and listening to western and Indian classical music.AGATHA SANGMA, 29UNION MINISTER OF STATE FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENTBecause at the age of 28, she became the youngest MP. Because she is the youngest minister in the current council of ministers. Because this former lawyer is the face of the youth in a country where politics is the domain of the old and the wise. Because despite being the daughter of former Lok Sabha Speaker P.S. Sangma and sister to James and Conrad who are in Meghalaya state politics, she has managed to carve out her own identity.Earth Calling A Master’s in environmental management from the University of Nottingham, she also dabbles in nature photography.MALLIKA SRINIVASAN, 50DIRECTORTAFEBecause she rose above the stereotypes and made a mark in the macho tractor business. Because her great delegation and communication skills worked very well during the downturn when TAFE grew despite the gloom in the environment. Because it is the first tractor company to be recognised for strong commitment to excel at the 15th Quality Summit conducted by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Bangalore.Woman Power She is a serious votary of woman power and feels women’s contribution to society has often been underestimated.PRIYA PAUL, 43CHAIRPERSONAPEEJAY SURRENDRA PARKHOTELSBecause she has revamped the concept of a boutique hotel and given it a chic, edgy identity. Because despite the downturn, the group has successfully expanded to include a 10-room land property and an eight-room boutique cruiser in Kerala and a hotel in Hyderabad. Because the group also opened ItALIA, a stand-alone restaurant in Delhi and launched its own spa brand, Aura. Because the turnover for 2009-2010 is expected to be around Rs 250 crore. Because she is also one of India’s foremost art collectors with an eclectic taste that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary. Because she is also the founding member of the World Travel and Tourism Council-India Initiative and chairperson of South Asia Women’s Fund.Future Perfect Three new properties are currently going through their design phase, Paul says and are scheduled to open in about two years from now. There is the group’s second property in Kolkata, Jaipur and Pune.LOVELEEN TANDAN, 36FILM DIRECTORBecause she brought home the Oscars as casting director and co-director of the eight-time Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny Boyle. Because she belongs to that category of young women directors who defy convention and bravely venture into new frontiers.The slumdog moment The infamous “potty scene. It was actually dollops of peanut butter chocolate sauce that we had used to soak little Jamal. He would keep licking it off”, she says.Passion turns career From Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair and The Namesake to Steven Spielberg’s Terminal and Sarah Gavron’s Brick Lane, it has been a long and fulfilling road.PADMASREE WARRIOR, 48CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICERCISCO SYSTEMS INCBecause her company’s revenue for 2009 was Rs 1,65,000 crores. Because under her leadership, Cisco took huge strides in the realm of cloud computing, virtualisation, connected life and TelePresence and the new and emerging opportunities they present. Because recently, the United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce recognised her with its prestigious Excellence Award.Creative Energy She is an artist at heart. She has channeled her creative energies through her favorite mediums of clay and acrylics. She finds dance fun and creative.Quote Unquote She believes that there is more to a CTO’s role than just looking for cutting-edge products but needs to come up with new business models to monetise that technology.NAMRITA JHANGIANI, 55PARTNEREGON ZEHNDER INTERNATIONALBecause She’s a partner with Egon Zehnder International which is the world’s largest executive search firm. Because in 2009, despite the recession, Egon Zehnder not only refrained from laying people off like other firms, in the domestic and international market, but also opened a new office in Bengaluru and continued recruiting. Because she has worked extensively in recruitment for CEO board levels in the finance, pharmaceutical and BPO sectors. Because their revenues are close to Rs 2,000 crore.Happiness quotient She loves being right at the heart of strategic discussions with senior leadership of the corporate world. Seeing the company’s share price go up with the announcement of a hire she makes is a thrill.Reading room Her latest favourites are The Music Room by Namita Devidayal and The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.BHAIRAVI JANI, 30DIRECTORSCA GROUP OF COMPANIESBecause at 30 she is the Director of the SCA group of Companies which specialises in shipping, warehousing, logistics and many more. Because she is the Chairperson of CII’s Young Indians. Because with her fresh ideas she ventured into unchartered territories. Because despite the recession they launched Transmart India Pvt. Ltd, the first modern warehousing company with state of the art technology, causing a big shift in the industry. Because there are projects with over Rs 1,000 crore investment in warehousing.Dancing queen Trained in Bharatanatyam, she dances to unwind.DEVITA SARAF, 28CEOVU TECHNOLOGIESBecause besides being CEO, Vu technologies, she is an executive committee member of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Because she is a part of Mensa, an international society of people whose IQ ranks in the top two per cent of the world’s population. Because she is the founder and chairperson of the young Bombay forum of the Bombay chamber, part of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.Art fetish She has taken classes in pottery, jewellry designing at the Indo American Institute where she received a diploma in it, graphic designing and Ikebana.NEELAM DHAWAN, 49MANAGING DIRECTORHEWLETTPACKARD, INDIABecause she is the Managing Director of Hewlett Packard, India. Because despite the recession, HP remained at the number one spot in domestic companies as well as multinationals in India. Because she pioneered philanthropic drives where close to Rs 130 crore was pumped into the sectors of education, entrepreneurship development, environment and disaster relief.Her mantra for success “Nothing is too difficult. We need to try and give it our best and the results automatically will follow.”She strongly recommends Good to Great a book where author Jim Collins answers questions about how good companies become great.CHITRA RAMAKRISHNA, 46JOINT MANAGING DIRECTORNATIONAL STOCK EXCHANGEBecause she is the Joint Managing Director of the National Stock Exchange. Because she has been a part of the founding committee of NSE and has grown with the institution to hold such a senior position. Because with her playing a key role in the decision making process, the network of NSE has strengthened with offices in 1,500 cities across the country.Honesty is her best policy She believes that the best road to success, personal and professional, is by being honest in whatever one does.No Camera, only action Far from hogging media attention she shies away from it. She believes that her actions will always speak louder than her words.Best moment “Every moment in the past 15 years has been exciting.”MEERA SHANKAR, 59INDIA’S AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATESBecause she is the only woman to be appointed Indian Ambassador to the United States since Vijaylakshmi Pandit. Because she has been deputed to the job to give momentum to the transforming Indo-US ties under a new administration in Washington DC. Because she is the lady-incharge when it comes to negotiating the civil nuke deal, counter-terrorism cooperation and outsourcing with the US.Power Duo She and foreign secretary Nirupama Rao, two of the most powerful diplomats in India, are from the 1973 batch of IAS officers and served as part of the strong female diplomatic contingent under former Ambassador S.S. Ray, in Washington DC from 1991 to 1995.ROHINI IYER, 28OWNERRAINDROP MEDIABecause She runs one of the biggest brand and image management companies for celebrities. Because her client list reads like a who’s who, from Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Saif Ali Khan, Nadiadwala Grandsons, Eros International, Venus to Hari Om Productions. Because she handles everything from press meets to film screenings, outdoor shoots, brand endorsements and building thier brand image.Tuning In Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head was the inspiration behind her company name.MEHER PUDUMJEE, 43CHAIRPERSONTHERMAX LIMITEDBecause After completing her degree in chemical engineering from London, she decided to come back to India and start as a trainee in Thermax Limited, now a Rs 3,000 crore company. Because under her, the company’s global influence is increasing by technology partnerships and business alliances with German organisations and the recent visit of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Horst Koehler to the Thermax Limited’s factory in Chinchwad, Pune.The love for music She is passionate about western classical music and is a part of The Chamber Singers, a Pune-based western classical choir. They meet every Tuesday to practice and hold concerts once or twice a year in Mumbai and Pune.Family first She loves spending time with her husband, Pheroze and her two children. Her family is her biggest safety net, a source of unconditional love.With Inputs by Sumaiya Khan, Gunjeet Sra and Chitra Subramanyamadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

World Cup trophy unveiled at BSE

India-SA match ticket seekers lathi-charged

first_imgThe Nagpur Police on Tuesday used force on cricket lovers at the old stadium of Vidarbha Cricket Association following a melee to grab tickets for the World Cup match between India and South Africa here on March 12.In a virtual repeat of the action on cricket lovers in Bangalore ahead of the India-England clash last week, the police cane-charged the fans who had queued up to buy tickets in Nagpur. Few people received minor injuries in the ruckus.Police personnel, who were deployed in large numbers at the stadium anticipating a trouble, used force to control the fans following which organisers closed the counters for some time. Order was restored later.Fans protest lack of tickets for India-Netherlands matchThings were no better in the national capital as it prepared for the match between India and the Netherlands on Wednesday. Fans gathered outside the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium protesting lack of tickets for the match.As it is the only match involving India being played in Delhi, there was a mad scramble for tickets and fans were protesting that enough tickets were not made available in the general category.last_img read more