Karunanidhi arrives in Delhi to meet jailed daughter Kanimozhi

first_imgDMK chief M. Karunanidhi arrived in the national capital on Tuesday to meet his daughter Kanimozhi, lodged in Tihar Central Jail for her alleged role in 2G spectrum allocation scam. An upset DMK patriarch decided to call on his daughter to console her after Kanimozhi’s hope to secure bail was dashed on Monday when the Supreme Court rejected her plea along with that of Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar. Karunanidhi was received at the airport by his party’s ministers in the Union government and the MPs. He had boarded a flight from Chennai in the morning along with senior leaders Duraimurugan, K. Ponmudy and others. Sources said that despite being present in the city Karunanidhi was unlikely to attend an important meeting of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) constituents, called by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on Lokpal later in the day. The DMK however maintained that only parliamentary party leaders were invited for the meeting. This is Karunanidhi’s second visit to Delhi to meet his daughter since her arrest on May 20. He was expected to return to Chennai the same night. Earlier, dismissing the pleas of Kanimozhi and Kumar, the apex court bench had given them liberty to file fresh applications after the special trial court completes the process of framing charges against all the accused named in the two charge-sheets filed by the CBI.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

Indian cricket team gives ICC Annual Awards ceremony a miss

first_imgIndian cricketers were conspicuous by their absence at the ICC Annual Awards in London with the team manager claiming that the invitation came far too late even though a few of the side’s players were there in the list of nominees.The most prestigious annual cricketing function of the year was given a complete miss by Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men who were staying at a negligible distance from the venue of the function held on Monday night.Indian team manager Shivlal Yadav expressed his helplessness, stating he was informed only at 12 noon by an ICC communication officer by which time “the players were already away, some shopping, some sight-seeing as this was their final day of stay in London.”The clarification from the ICC was that a mail to this effect had already been sent to the BCCI, much in advance on August 26.”The Indian team management had been invited to attend tonight and they were invited some weeks ago. Those who were nominated for awards have known it since 26th of August, in Canterbury, when the short-listed names for the awards were announced,” said ICC Communication Officer Colin Gibson.The ICC sources said they have evidence by mail which confirms that the BCCI was aware of the function and had also agreed that the Indian team would attend it.”If it wasn’t so, the Indian team ought to have left for Cardiff (the venue of the final one-dayer) today itself and not stayed back in London on Monday,” said an ICC spokesman.advertisement”The fact that their schedule included a stay in London on Monday confirms they were in know of it. I don’t know whether the team was advised to attend it. They had been invited some weeks ago, end of August. The whole team was invited on August 26,” he added.Rajiv Shukla, a senior functionary of the BCCI who attended the function, wasn’t aware that the Indian team wouldn’t be turning up for the function.”I thought those who have been nominated would be attending the function,” said Shukla.last_img read more

I should never have listened to Lalit Modi and Shah Rukh on IPL: Shoaib Akhtar

first_imgThe Rawalpindi Express may be out of cricket but he has not run out of steam. He’s here, there, everywhere. He was at a cricket clinic in Hong Kong to coach youngsters. In Dubai, he is trying to raise funds to start a chain of pace academies. His next stop,The Rawalpindi Express may be out of cricket but he has not run out of steam. He’s here, there, everywhere. He was at a cricket clinic in Hong Kong to coach youngsters. In Dubai, he is trying to raise funds to start a chain of pace academies. His next stop is Delhi to promote his autobiography, cryptically titled Controversially Yours.It is a book that is unlikely to win him any friends in a career marked with clashes, injuries, and a colourful nightlife wherever Pakistan played. He was cricket’s superbrat with an indescribable Punjabi-Irish accent and an insatiable appetite for adventure, his rollercoaster life making headlines for all the wrong reasons. As he tells India Today in a midnight chat from Dubai, “I was born with an attitude.”Pakistan’s World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan, now president of Tehreek-e-Insaaf party, says pace was his biggest asset. “Many remember the 2003 World Cup disaster because expectations were high. He had terrified Australians the year before with some great spells at Colombo and Brisbane. In 2003 itself, he was devastating in New Zealand with 6 for 30 in the second Test, at Wellington.” The admiration is mutual. “Politics is not for me, but I will support Imran,” Akhtar told India Today.Sachin Tendulkar with Sourav GangulyHis bowling had nothing conventional or unique, just a long run-in and unsettling pace. Akhtar wanted to settle scores in the first five overs. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. The 2004 home series against Sourav Ganguly-led India was a total whitewash for Akhtar. But the speedster silenced his critics with blistering pace in the home series against England in 2005-6. Pakistan won the three-Test series 2-0 and the five odi series 3-2. “In many ways, he was singularly instrumental in helping Pakistan win the Test and odi series but got a raw deal at the end,” remembers former Pakistan pace bowler Sarfraz Nawaz, who spotted Akhtar for national selection.advertisementImran (left) and MiandadAnd then the slide started. His temperament was as wayward as his line and length. Javed Miandad, former Pakistani captain and coach, detested Akhtar’s presence in the team because the bowler made more news off the pitch. “He behaved like a rockstar with the collar turned up,” says Miandad.The 2007 and 2011 World Cups were unmitigated catastrophes for Akhtar, riddled with disciplinary scrapes that ranged from breaches of night curfew to drug abuse, from a rape charge to several indiscreet comments. Akhtar has now realised that discretion is the better part of valour. “I don’t kiss and tell” is his answer to a query on his escapades wherever Pakistan toured.Over 13 years, he played 46 Tests and picked 178 wickets and missed almost as many games as he played. He has 241 odi wickets. But no one knew when he was fit and available up until the 2011 World Cup semifinal against India in Mohali which he missed.Now, he is genuinely no longer available. “I have retired from cricket and done with the game.” The Rawalpindi Express has run its 22 yards.Excerpt”Sachin and Dravid no match-winners, didn’t know the art of finishing a game”The Pakistani team cements together when we play against India. But the Indians, though they always have a great selection of talent, especially in the batting department, often play for themselves first and then for the team. In our dressing room, when we sat around discussing strategies, we always remarked upon the fact that some of the Indians would play to get runs for themselves and that would help us win the match. We, too, have had great batsmen like Inzamam -ul Haq and Javed Miandad, and we almost always had the edge when it came to bowling-we’ve had terrific bowlers like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, all match-winners. Although we had differences with each other, we held together as a team because we were passionate about winning… I could be wrong in my judgment but I do believe that batsmen the world over are to some extent selfish and play for records… I think players like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid weren’t exactly match winners to start with, nor did they know the art of finishing a game. Things changed when younger players like Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh arrived on the scene. These guys didn’t play for records, they played to win… I know our whole team gives Sehwag the credit for being the one to lead India’s winning streak. Gautam Gambhir and he have given India quick and wonderful partnerships. Before that there was only Sachin; the poor man carried the entire burden on his shoulders. With him was Dravid, who has a great technique but has never been a match winner.advertisementSachin has started scoring quickly, and playing the role of a match-winner for his team. I can’t recall a series from his earlier playing days when he helped win matches. But now, with the help of Sehwag, Yuvraj, Gambhir, Virat Kohli and others, who are terrific batsmen and keep things moving, he wins matches for India. He has taken a leaf out of their book and bats beautifully. Now he is a complete batsman. Please don’t get me wrong. I think he was always a great batsman, if not the greatest in the world, and I admire his extraordinary skills. To me, however, winning is everything. Vivian Richards, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara and the likes of them are great batsmen who dominated with the bat and were truly match-winners. Initially, when I bowled against Sachin, I found these qualities missing. He might have had more runs and records but he lacked the ability to finish a game. Apne run liye aur out ho gaye. But in the last three years, I can see that he has changed his game.An important thing that happened to Indian cricket was the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. I think he was a superb captain, a giant of a man in a slight body. One of his greatest gifts to his side was the very brave decision to bring in youngsters, and he backed them as well. This has changed the face of their team. Dhoni has benefited greatly from taking over Ganguly’s team. He is a very smart man, an intelligent captain, and on the field he is calm and collected, and means business. He knows how to lead, and the Indian team were deserving winners of the 2011 World Cup.Inzamam (left) and Younis”Pakistan has everything but qadar, the ability to value what we have”I wish I had played under Imran Khan and that he had been around to guide us as youngsters. He was the last man who cared about the game, about the Pakistan team. Our seniors set the example of going out, having a good time-girls were always coming and going out of their rooms. This was the prevailing culture in the Pakistan team. This is what we saw and learned. But when one of the seniors became our coach, he preached what he never practised in his own time. I know people who were drunk and came out to play. This is a fact. And now they call me undisciplined-it’s unbelievable.I wish now that I had never listened to Javed Miandad. I should have gone back home, trained, and then gone to England for the county season… My grouse is with my own board. If a batsman gets out of form, he is given some time to regain it. If a bowler bowls poorly, he too is given a chance to find his rhythm. After all, no one can play brilliantly all the time. But no one had the patience for Shoaib…advertisementIf you ask me, Pakistan has everything but qadar, the ability to value what we have. Allah has given us both a gift and a curse and the curse is that we will never be valued by our own, whether in politics or sports. Benazir Bhutto was shot dead-whoever wants to work for the good of the nation is bound to be finished…Younis Khan won us the T20 World Cup in 2009 and was repaid by being forced to face inquiries…Even Imran Khan… He was beaten up by politically motivated rogue elements in Punjab University in 2007… Can you imagine something like that happening just across our border, a mere 30-minute drive from where he was so heartlessly treated? Can anyone imagine this happening to Tendulkar in India? Is it possible that Tendulkar or Dravid have not made mistakes? They are protected because they are national treasures in a country that has invested pride in them.Shah Rukh Khan”It was not the board alone that ruined Pakistani cricket, it was the team too”I nzamam, at one point, did manage to keep the team united. He and I didn’t get along but that didn’t affect the team-we did well under him for a while. However, a strange thing happened in the dressing room just about then. It is my opinion that the namaz is the duty of every Muslim. Every Muslim knows this, and he also knows that if he doesn’t do the namaz, he will be held responsible in the court of the ultimate judge, Allah. To force grown-ups, as though they were children, to do the namaz or zikr seems a bit strange to me. The problem begins when someone feels that now he has got on to the right path, he must make everybody else do what he does. I think that’s missing the point; it’s also a form of arrogance. If you can find the right path and correct yourself, so can the other man. If you impose your will, Allah’s benevolence and kindness are ignored.But some people thought that this was the way to take the team forward. Roza, namaz, tabliq were to be compulsory team events. Guys were taken to task if they wished to pray in the solitude of their room. Threats were used; if you don’t pray with the team, you will be thrown out. I can guarantee that ten of those praying with the team were doing so because they were scared of being thrown out. I mean, to go around telling all of us that if you recite the namaz with the group, you will be selected and will be in our good books is the strangest thing. Namaz sadda zameer hai-namaz is our conscience-but Islam has also given us instructions on when and how to pray. Islam da adda hissa pakeezgi hai. When the whole team got together for namaz, the bathroom floor would become wet and filthy, with tissues strewn all over-it was disgusting. Islam is all about purity, cleanliness… We began praying on airplanes, if you please, although it is absolutely clear that if you are travelling, you can be excused for namaz. And the toilets-oh my God! Once, the team made the water flow out into the aisle and there were complaints all around; they stopped us from praying on that flight. It wasn’t safe either.I was happy when Younis Khan became captain because he is a great team player, but he wasn’t aggressive enough with the management. At long last we had a good man, a great teammate and a good cricketer at the helm and we won the T20 World Cup. It was as simple as that, but did the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) care? Look what happened to him. The chairman didn’t like him and he got dropped, faced inquiries and struggled to find a place in the team. Later in 2010, we won the series against Australia so they said we won, we don’t need him. How sad is that? Talent and experience were made to sit outside and he had to apologise for nothing, just to appease the egos of the board members, before he was allowed to play again.Unfortunately, our seniors were the most corrupt people I have known in my whole life. Barring a few like Rashid Latif and Moin Kahn, the rest indulged in activities that certainly did not help the game, yet most of them were let off with fines. The fact is I can’t point to any one player and say, this man steadied our team-issne Pakistan cricket ko sambhala. Pakistan cricket ki jo tabahi hai, voh Pakistan team ne khud ki. Always leaking our disagreements to the media, devising devious schemes to throw this one or that one out, infighting, not allowing young talent to grow and thrive… So it was not the board alone that ruined Pakistani cricket, it was the team itself. Players often took their issues to the press. Some, mind you, did it to sell a story and make some money… As a consequence, relationships within the dressing room broke down. Rashid Latif, Aamir Sohail, Wasim Akram, all ended up with extremely bad relationships… Moin Khan stepped down from vice-captaincy. He was banned from entering the dressing room and even the ground. Lalit Modi”I should never have listened to Lalit Modi and Shah Rukh on IPL”Shah Rukh Khan, the Indian actor who owns the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), had got in touch with me to play for his team. I left for India again for the negotiations and was invited to Shah Rukh’s house for discussions. During our meeting, I got the feeling that it was Sourav Ganguly and not Shah Rukh who wanted me on the team. Shah Rukh wasn’t sure about me, but Ganguly knew the kind of bowler I was. Then I met Lalit Modi, who had actively pursued me to join the ipl; he promised the heaven and earth if I did. But when the bidding took place, I was disappointed.The ICL (Indian Cricket League), on the other hand, was offering more. Subhash Chandra and Himanshu Mody, who used to be a part of the icl meetings, rang me to say that I should let them know my terms; they were very keen that I join them. I was trying to be practical and think about my future for a change, and I knew I needed to make the right decision. I thought I might have to bow out of playing for my country, so I asked the ICL for an amount that would compensate for that and a bit more, and they were ready to give me what I wanted. Tony Greig was their main man and Moin Khan represented them in Pakistan. But I wasn’t comfortable with the idea of never being able to play for my country again, and that finally swung the balance in favour of the IPL.Shah Rukh and I had talked about my not being happy with the money… I let him know that it was not just the money, it was about justifying and acknowledging one’s stature and talent. I told him, look, I am letting go of a lot of money for you, so please compensate me for it; otherwise, please let me go. He tried to persuade me, saying, this is the first time we have tried bidding-we have an extra million for you. Somehow, even though I wasn’t satisfied with the result of the auction, Shah Rukh and Modi got me to agree. I remember Lalit Modi telling me not to join the ICL; we will eventually give you more, he said. Please play for the IPL.Meinu behla-phusla ke-I’ll get this for you, I’ll get that for you-they got me to say yes. Lalit Modi told me I wouldn’t regret my decision and that he would ensure that I made more money through endorsements and the like, but that never happened. I should have never listened to Modi and Shah Rukh. All those who joined the ICL eventually played for Pakistan.Shoaib Akhtar with a fanNow here’s the twist in the tale. I was prepared to accept less money in order to keep playing for my country; my board then slammed a five-year ban on me. I had openly declared my dissatisfaction with the pcb for not renewing my contract, preparing dead pitches and other stuff…I went back to Mumbai and signed the contract with kkr. The next thing I knew, the ban was in place. This was the beginning of another difficult period in my life. Modi had a contract that didn’t resemble mine. There was nothing in the contract that I had which indicated that the five-year ban by my board would be upheld by the ipl as well…I believe Modi’s attitude towards me was influenced by his relationship with then pcb chairman Naseem Ashraf. Ashraf wanted to ban me-Shoaib kahin ka na rahe-and Modi was ready to oblige. Shah Rukh remained committed to my playing.Once again, I found myself running from pillar to post, trying to get some semblance of justice. When nobody on the board was prepared to ease things for me, I called up Mubashar… He immediately introduced me to Faisal Butt, who was a very close friend of President Asif Ali Zardari. Butt agreed to help…Then Benazir Bhutto was shot and Zardari started gaining strength politically so the tables were turned on Naseem Ashraf-he was Musharraf’s blue-eyed boy but the General’s clout was waning.”There were girls lining up outside the hotel, I just loved all the attention”The 1999 World Cup was here. I flew into England feeling very positive. I was peaking, my form was good and I remember telling teammates that this tournament would belong to me. They must have put it down to arrogance but I know that it was confidence and self-belief. I’ve been given speed and smartness as a gift from Allah. I am not just a fast bowler; I am a very smart bowler.When my teammates mockingly asked me how it would be my tournament, I told them that the very first ball that I bowled would be of such speed that the world would say the fastest bowler in the history of cricket had arrived. As usual, their response was a derisive, ‘Really?’ Yes, really.My very first ball in our match versus West Indies at Bristol had Sherwin Campbell hopping… I was on fire, performing in every match and bowling really quick. Before this, everybody hailed Alan Donald as the quickest… now everyone was talking about my pace as well and then Tony Greig named me ‘Rawalpindi Express’.And there were girls everywhere. I was the star performer, so you can imagine how many of them crowded around me. They would follow us on the motorway and crowd the hotels we were staying in, yelling out my name almost without a break. Ooof! I just loved all the attention but I had begun to dream of taking the World Cup back to Pakistan. So I was really focused and kept to my room…The night before the final, I lay in bed thinking about the next morning. I imagined the sheer ecstasy of winning, I imagined the winning lap… What happened the next day was a downer, to say the least. Things went horribly wrong right from the start. Wasim won the toss and chose to bat. Bowling second was a rather ignorant decision. We should have studied the wicket more carefully and chosen to bowl first. Pakistan’s batting is known to collapse, and it did-we were all out for 132. A pitiable score that was very difficult to defend because we needed about 200 to 230 runs on the board to keep the Australians at bay.The loss was devastating and we came back to the dressing room a deeply dejected lot. It was so quiet ke hamare saanso ki awaz aa rahee thi ek doosre ko-we could hear each other breathe. Most of us were in tears and emotions were running high.”Media insists on portraying me as a star-struck kid”If I am in India, I end up meeting some film stars. Salman Khan, in particular, is straight after my heart. He is generous, likes to help people, is a straight-talking guy, and I get along with him very well. But the media insists on portraying me as a star-struck kid who likes to party in Bollywood and wants to be an actor. I guess it all began in 2005 when Meera, the well-known Pakistani actress, told me that Mahesh Bhatt, an acclaimed director of Hindi films, wanted to meet me. I was attending a cricket camp in Karachi and he flew in with a film script. Mahesh wanted me to play a role in his film Gangster and I was tempted. It was a great script and I have always enjoyed movies but I did not accept the role for a couple of reasons. The PCB was on my ass and was threatening to ban me-if you do the film, we will do this, we will do that. Secondly, everyone around me was against me doing the film. If you want to continue to play cricket, don’t do it, it’s not possible to handle two professions, they advised me. I did not want people to think I was a non-serious cricketer-movie bhi kar raha hai, like Mohsin Khan.last_img read more

‘Lagaan’ in Time magazine’s list of best 25 sports movies

first_imgAamir Khan’s ‘Lagaan’ which won an Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category, has made it to the all-time 25 best sports movies list compiled by Time magazine.The 2001 film, set in the times of the British Raj in India, clinched the 14th spot on the list.Produced by Aamir and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, ‘Lagaan’ tells the story of a group of villagers who strike a deal with the representatives of the Raj – if the locals defeat them in a game of cricket they get a break on their ‘lagaan’, or land tax.”From the thunderclap in the first torrential rainstorm, a cue for riotous dancing, to the climactic sunlight on the smiling faces of millions of viewers, this Bollywood epic is cause for joy of meteorological proportions,” the magazine says, calling the film “the longest and most enthralling underdog-sports movie ever”.”Even those who know none of cricket’s complicated rules will bounce in their seats to AR Rahman’s irrepressible tunes; here, one can immediately and fully accept the Bollywood trope of music and dance as an expression of life’s deepest, most soaring emotions. As sports film, social document or communal ecstasy, Lagaan is the all-time all-rounder,” it added.’Lagaan’ is the only Indian movie in the list, which is topped by ‘The Big Lebowski’, a film on bowling made in 1998.’Body and Soul’ (1947), ‘Breaking Away’ (1979), ‘Bull Durham’ (1988) and ‘Caddyshack’ (1980) rounded off the top five.last_img read more

Babus keep MPs away from ‘tainted’ NIPER board

first_imgIt appears bureaucrats in the department of pharmaceuticals (DoP), under the ministry of chemicals and fertilizers, are more powerful than the country’s Parliament. They can simply disregard orders of the Lok Sabha Speaker as well as chairman of Rajya Sabha.This is what the bureaucracy has done while constituting the board of governors of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) in Mohali.The NIPER Act stipulates inclusion of three members of Parliament – two from Lok Sabha and one from Rajya Sabha – but DoP decided to constitute the Board without public representatives despite nominations received from the Lok Sabha Speaker and the Rajya Sabha Chairman.According to information available on Parliament website, three MPs – Paramjit Kaur Gulshan (Akali Dal) Dr G. Vivekanand (Congress) and Dr V. Maitreyan (AIADMK) – were nominated to the Board of NIPER by respective presiding officers of the two houses. But the three names did not figure in the new Board notified by DoP in June 2011. This violates the law governing NIPER.Documents obtained under RTI show that it is not a case of simple oversight but a deliberate act to keep away MPs and public figures from the decision making body of the NIPER, which has been facing a barrage of charges relating to financial irregularities and corruption. The issue of financial bungling in the institute was raised in the Parliament following expose by Mail Today in March 2012.Internal papers relating to the appointment of the new Board in June 2011 reveal that it was the DoP which requested the two presiding officers to nominate MPs as required under the NIPER Act. But when the nominations were received, senior officials sought to create confusion that the office of the governor of NIPER was an ‘office of profit’ because members of the board are paid a ‘sitting fee’ of Rs 1,000 whenever they attend the board meeting.advertisementA director level official pointed to the amendment carried out in August 2006 to Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Act 1959, which clearly states that “if any MP holds the office of chairman, director or member of any statutory nonstatutory body and is not in receipt of any remuneration other than compensatory allowance “he or she shall not disqualify from being an MP. The officer suggested that Rs 1,000 fee could be treated as compensatory allowance and not ‘sitting fee’. But his advice was overlooked and a notification was issued dropping the names of three MPs from the Board.The NIPER Act also provides for making eminent public persons or social workers members of the board. Several names, including that of environmentalist Vandana Shiva, included in the final list.The institute has been functioning without a full-time director since December 2009 when the then director had to leave under adverse circumstances. Not just this, DoP also delayed constitution of a new board.The present board, chaired by Dr V.M. Katoch, has not been responding to charges of corruption and mismanagement raised by institute faculty and some board members.last_img read more

Mary Kom: The woman as lean, mean fighting machine

first_imgWomen in Bollywood are usually presented as sexualised beings. If they are tough, they are portrayed as almost masculine, as in the recent film, Mardaani, where Rani Mukerji’s swagger approximates that of a generic male police officer. If they are soft, they are backlit in such a way that their curves are highlighted along with the old reliable studio rain in a wet sari routine (Sridevi in Mr India anyone?). And if they are your garden variety heroine, they have to do the obligatory midriff baring song, swinging to Hinglish lyrics, preferably as item songs which call them everything from baby dolls to badnaam Munnis.Priyanka Chopra as Mary is a completely uninhibited performance, lived physically and mentally So Priyanka Chopra’s Mary Kom is a relief. The camera lingers lovingly on her muscles as she stretches, does push-ups, punches, and gets punched. This is a woman’s body as a winning weapon, a lean, mean fighting machine, honed to perfection with months of rigour and training for a purpose other than titillation. This is not a woman as either Madonna or whore. This is a woman as an athlete at the top of her game–when she squares her shoulders in a tight-fitting white button down shirt while apologising to a hateful sport official, biting down her famed temper, you can almost see her muscles flexing with the effort of restraint. Salman Khan would have been proud. Ain’t nobody got a body like Shiela. So sang Shiela in Shiela ki Jawani. Katrina/Shiela, please meet Priyanka/Mary.advertisementBollywood movies still idealise the woman as someone who lives for others, as mother, daughter, wife, worker. Here Mary is shown as being totally dedicated to her sport. As her coach tells her: surrender to boxing. He tells her other fundamentals: committment, focus, no gain without pain and show no mercy. Like Maggie in Million Dollar Baby, Mary is a willing pupil, happy to go on an empty stomach if she gets a chance to fight–mera pet khushi se hi bhar gaya, she says.Mary is shown as being totally dedicated to her sport And when she becomes a mother, she, like all new mothers I know, is part elated and part depressed. She thinks it’s the end of her boxing career, and is resentful it happened while she was at the top. It’s when her husband supports her and asks her to think about herself–a rarity in Bollywood–that she starts training again, though she knows it will be tough to get back into shape.The movie addresses other areas that Bollywood shies away from–a married couple which is still attracted to each other, the female gaze (in a quick scene, Priyanka is shown ogling at her husband as he steps out of the bath), and a woman’s desire to be visible (in a telling scene on a bus, Mary is appalled when she is addressed as aunty by a child).How is Priyanka Chopra as Mary? It’s a completely uninhibited performance, lived physically and mentally. The fight scenes are visceral, and the fake bruises ain’t pretty. Priyanka’s freckles may be artfully spaced across her cheeks in too obvious a fashion and her accent a little dodgy, but it is a performance that channels Mary’s spirit–anyone who can apologise to India even after winning a bronze medal at the Olympics Games deserves India’s eternal gratitude.last_img read more

Alab-PH back on track

first_imgProud with eyes wide open MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments San Miguel Alab Pilipinas returned to its winning ways at the expense of fierce rival, Singapore Slingers, 80-70, at OCBC Arena on Sunday night to close in on the top seeding heading into the playoffs of ABL Season 9.Renaldo Balkman finished with 28 points, eight rebounds and six assists, but it was 7-foot-3 PJ Ramos who keyed the third quarter spurt that allowed the defending champions to pull away for their 17th win in 21 games.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Ramos finished with 22 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Trail Blazers rally to oust Nuggets, advance to West finals for 1st time in 19 years

first_imgFrom front, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard celebrates with guard Seth Curry and center Enes Kanter after the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Denver. The Trail Blazers won 100-96. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — CJ McCollum scored 37 points and the Portland Trail Blazers overcame a 17-point first-half deficit to beat the Denver Nuggets 100-96 on Sunday to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2000.Evan Turner, who scored just four points in the first six games of the series, added 14 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter. The Trail Blazers advanced to face the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, beginning Tuesday night in Oakland, California.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The first one gave Portland an 81-76 lead and the second one made it 92-85 and followed Lillard’s steal of Jokic’s outlet pass.Jokic led Denver with 29 points, but missed 15 shots. Jamal Murray had 14 points, but was 4 of 18 from the floor.HOOD HURTRodney Hood, whom Malone said he was most worried about heading into Game 7, injured his left knee in the third quarter and left the game. Hood was cleanly screened by Torrey Craig when none of his teammates warned him and crumpled at midcourt while Craig broke free for the basket that gave Denver a 60-55 lead.Before the game, Malone said that while Lillard is the superstar and McCollum an emerging All-Star, Hood concerned him the most after scoring 7 points in the fourth overtime of Game 3 and 25 off the bench in Game 5, both Portland victories. Hood finished with 6 points and 3 boards.Tip-ins:Portland: The Blazers didn’t manage back-to-back buckets until McCollum hit two straight baskets to pull Portland to 39-26.Denver: The Nuggets were 2 of 19 from beyond the arc and missed 11 free throws. Portland was 4 of 26 on 3-pointers and 20 of 24 from the stripe.UP NEXT:The Trial Blazers visit Golden State for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Djokovic beats Tsitsipas to win his 3rd Madrid Open title Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Turner corralled the rebound when Nikola Jokic’s desperation 3-pointer hit the rim and dribbled out the clock, sending the stunned crowd streaming to the exits at the Pepsi Center, where the Nuggets owned the best record in the league during the regular season but where they lost twice to Portland in the series.The Nuggets raced to a 39-22 lead and Game 7 was beginning to look a lot like Game 5, when Denver blew out Portland by 26 points in this building. But Blazers coach Terry Stotts called a timeout with 7:26 left in the second quarter and his team began chipping away.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“There wasn’t going to be any quit,” Stotts said. “I didn’t think they ever stopped believing. … It was just about regrouping.”The Blazers were down 48-39 at halftime and trailed by just a point head into the fourth quarter. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ That’s when the Nuggets’ hopes of reaching their first Western Conference Finals in a decade died with a 7-of-24 shooting performance, including 3 of 10 from Jokic, who tearfully blamed himself in the locker room for the loss.Nonsense, said his coach, Michael Malone, who said Jokic proved to the world in these last 14 playoff games that he’s the best big man in basketball and he only petered out at the end because the Nuggets had to rely so heavily on their 7-foot All-Star.It was a devastating end to Denver’s season after the Nuggets ended a six-year playoff drought and earned the second seed in the Western Conference bracket.“I’m not going to allow Game 7 loss to take away from a magical year,” Malone said, “and it doesn’t feel that way right now but when I reflect, and when our players reflect, on what we were able to accomplish — hell of a year, couldn’t ask for anything more from our guys.”McCollum, who had 30 points in Portland’s Game 6 victory, came up big on a night Damian Lillard made just 3 of 17 shots for 13 points. 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