Incoming Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball shares plans to visit PH next year

first_imgView 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 Games00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters 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 UAAP Season 80 Preview: NU Bulldogs ready to pull off surprises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Although he has yet to play a second in an official NBA regular season game, Ball and his family—composed of rowdy father LaVar and baller brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo—have become the talk of the league this off-season.A Facebook fan page dedicated to basketball’s newest celebrity family, “Follow the Balls,” recently posted an excerpt from the second overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft—addressing the basketball-crazy Filipino fans.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“It’s crazy how global basketball is. People have been telling me that the Philippines love the Lakers, so we made a Big Baller Brand fan club called Follow the Balls for the Filipino community,” Ball wrote, much to the delight of its 10,000 followers.“I am really excited to travel to the Philippines next summer and can’t wait to meet y’all as I travel through the States this season!” he said, adding an invitation for netizens to like the page. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextcenter_img E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ Ball, meanwhile, has justified the hype that surrounded him even before joining the NBA, averaging 16.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 9.3 assists and 2.5 steals in the Las Vegas preseason tournament, en route to bagging the tourney’s MVP award.  /ra WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary There’s definitely a lot of Los Angeles Lakers diehard fans in the country, and that adoration has already extended to the team’s incoming prized rookie Lonzo Ball.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

D-League: Jackson, Coffee Lovers use underdog tag as motivation

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:29Police 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 Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “I’m very proud of my team. I’m just proud that we keep fighting. The most important thing is we don’t quit. It’s all that matters. If you don’t quit, you always have a chance. And that’s what I like about this team,” he said. But that doesn’t mean the Fil-Am guard is ready to accept how opponents look down at them as he uses those criticisms as fuel to help the Coffee Lovers compete in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“We use that as an advantage. We don’t mind coming in as underdogs because that just means that when we’re ultra-aggressive, we have a chance to catch you off-guard. We play the game how we need to play. Coach gives us our gameplan and we go out there and execute,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThrough the past three games, Jackson has established himself as the go-to-guy for Gamboa-St. Clare, averaging 19.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists.He continued that tear on Thursday, firing 29 points for the Coffee Lovers’ 92-85 defeat to Akari-Adamson. Bulanadi uncorks 26 as Che’Lu-San Sebastian snaps skid 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum PBA IMAGESTrevis Jackson knows the reality of playing for an unheralded team like Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare.“We understand at times that we’re underdogs,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Though his efforts failed to keep his side’s two-game winning streak alive, it was enough to pique the interest of Falcons coach Franz Pumaren.“I don’t think we faced St. Clare. Our opponent was Jackson,” the bench tactician said. “The way he played, he played like a veteran. I think he’s PBA-ready. He’s matured enough compared to our players.”The 22-year-old Jackson, meanwhile, is just humbled by the praise from a coach in the caliber of Pumaren. “That’s probably one of the biggest compliments I’ve gotten since being here.”“My whole dream and what gets me to wake up every morning is because I came here with aspirations of playing in the PBA,” said the Sacramento State alumnus. “Now, I just need to show them that I might not played a lot back home but I can play. I just need to prove that, and that’s why I’m taking these games as an opportunity to do it.”Though Jackson has his sights set on entering the 2018 PBA Draft, he knows that he has to keep his focus on the task at hand which is to help Gamboa-St. Clare compete and gain the respect of its opponents.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Turkey seeks arrest of NBA star Kanter – report

first_imgEvery 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV View comments Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Turkish NBA Player Enes Kanter, seen through a video camera, speaks to the media during a news conference about his detention at a Romanian airport on May 22, 2017 in New York City. Kanter returned to the U.S. after being detained for several hours at a Romanian airport following statements he made criticizing Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFPTurkey issued an arrest warrant on Friday for Turkish NBA star Enes Kanter, accusing him of being a member of a “terror group”, a pro-government newspaper reported.A judge issued the arrest warrant after an Istanbul prosecutor opened an investigation into Kanter’s alleged “membership of an armed terrorist organization”, Sabah daily reported.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Kanter, 25, a centre for Oklahoma City Thunder, previously backed Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen in Twitter postings after an attempted putsch last July aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Turkey accuses US-based Gulen of ordering the failed coup and refers to the movement as the “Fethullah Terrorist Organization” (FETO). Gulen denies the claims.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe arrest warrant refers to Kanter’s alleged use of an encrypted messaging application called Bylock, Sabah said, which Turkey claims was especially created for Gulen supporters.It also referred to Kanter’s “praise for a terror organization” in messages via his social media accounts, the daily reported. MOST READ 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 athletescenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Swiss-born star hit back at the Sabah story on Twitter, sharing a screenshot of the article, adding: “You cannot catch me. Hahaha. Don’t waste your energy.“I am already going to come to (Turkey) to spit on all of your ugly, hate-filled faces.”Sabah daily added that the prosecutor would apply for an Interpol red notice — to inform Interpol’s 190 members that someone’s arrest is sought and thus ensure their deportation — to the justice ministry.Kanter, who has compared Erdogan to Adolf Hitler, was detained in Romania at the weekend after being informed that his Turkish passport had been cancelled.He claimed the cancellation was linked to his criticism of Erdogan’s government and told reporters on Monday he would seek American citizenship.ADVERTISEMENT PH’s Bull Squad headed to DC for Red Bull Reign 3×3 World Finals Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Khan wants Brook bout after Spence Jr. takes title

first_img“No excuses about injuries or weight, he was beaten by the better man.”Spence Jr — who is unbeaten in 22 bouts with 19 inside the distance — praised Brook and looked ahead to fulfilling his own ambition.“The goal is to unify and become undisputed welterweight champion of the world,” said the 27-year-old American.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds “The fight between me and Kell Brook is a pay-per-view fight. I really believe that fight next summer would make sense.“I’m sure he’s going to go into another fight that is going to be a nice, tune-up fight. Maybe next summer we could be back.”Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn said his 31-year-old pugilist could have suffered a broken left eye socket.If it is the case it is the same injury Brook — who had hoped to fulfil a prophecy by his uncle years ago he would successfully defend his title at the ground of the club he supports — suffered but to his right eye in his previous bout against Kazakh middleweight superstar Gennady Golovkin.“I think it’s the same injury as the Golovkin fight but the other eye, which is unbelievable, but it was caused by Errol,” said Hearn.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Spence Jr — who has not looked back since losing in the 2012 Olympic quarter-finals — has been called the ‘real deal’ by American boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and forced the referee to stop the fight in the 11th round after an absorbing no-holds barred contest.Khan, who held the WBA belt from 2009-12 and the IBF version in 2011, said he would like to fight Brook at welterweight provided the latter’s left eye injury was not so severe he would have to hang up his gloves.  FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I’d like to fight him at 147,” 30-year-old Khan told Sky Sports.“It depends on Kell’s eye, and also the dates — there are a lot of pay-per-view fights on. LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 07: Amir Khan warms up in the ring during the WBC middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images/AFPBritain’s former light-welterweight world boxing champion Amir Khan wants to end years of failed negotiations and finally take on compatriot Kell Brook he told Sky Sports.The 2004 Olympic lightweight silver medalist announced this in the wake of Brook losing his IBF welterweight title to the impressive unbeaten American Errol Spence Junior at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane ground late Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIVcenter_img Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Ginebra claims share of top spot, slips past Meralco 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 MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View commentslast_img read more

No Bhutia a boon for youth says Houghton

first_imgWhile India get set to take on Thailand in a grudge match at the Ambedkar Stadium on Wednesday, having lost to the visitors in Bangkok last week, skipper Bhaichung Bhutia will be absent from the starting line-up once again.The influential striker is yet to recover fully from the recurrence of the thyroid-related problems that laid him low in Portugal. National coach Bob Houghton believes Bhutia’s absence will provide the young strikers in the team another chance to showcase their mettle in front of Houghton’s favourite Ambedkar Stadium crowd.Thai coach Bryan Robson (left) with his counterpart Bob Houghton on Tuesday.It is no secret that Houghton considers the venue to be a lucky hunting-ground for his team and two back-to-back Nehru Cup triumphs in 2007 and 2009 and the victory in the AFC Challenge Cup in 2008 bears testimony to his belief.The upbeat Thailand side is placed 34 ranks above India at 104th spot in the latest FIFA rankings, and Houghton believes it is time the youngsters in the team took the responsibility of finding the net off Bhutia’s shoulders.”Although I would have loved to play Bhutia, he is not match-fit yet. He is training with us, but he has lost a lot of weight and it will take some time before he gets back to full fitness. He is definitely a big influence on the team and it is not easy, but we must learn to play without him because he will finish some day.”Whoever has managed the Indian team knows what his contribution to the team is, but looking at the positive side, we have young talents in our ranks and now is the time for them to grab the opportunity and deliver. This exposure might end up helping the youngsters when we travel to Doha in 2011 and they might have to face the Asian powerhouses on a big stage like the Asian Cup,” the Briton said.advertisement”As for tomorrow’s match, Mohammed Rafi will start upfront with Sunil Chhetri. We also have Sushil Kumar Singh, Baljit Sahni and Abhishek Yadav in our ranks, so there are plenty of options up front and, even if we don’t get to test everyone tomorrow, we will definitely give them all a fair share of match practice ahead of the Asian Cup in January.”Although the Indian players kept their composure and were up to the challenge against a highly-skilled Thailand side on Saturday, the failure of the strikers to go for the kill cost them the match.Houghton, though, squashed all rumours that he wasn’t happy with the performance of his central midfielders on Saturday and reiterated that both Climax Lawrence and Steven Dias were making a comeback after an injury lay-off, which is why they were a bit rusty to start off with.”I am not at all disappointed as both Climax and Dias were making a comeback after injury layoffs and the heavy outfield didn’t make it any easier for them. Rather than disappointment, I feel the fact that they played for most of the match will help when we play the upcoming matches. In fact, Climax will lead the team in Bhutia’s absence,” he said.Commenting on Thailand’s strengths, Houghton said: ” hey are skilful players who are exceptionally good in the midfield. Their problem starts inside the penalty area. Their lack of height creates a problem when it comes to scoring or defending. But their passing game is on par with that of any other top football playing nation.”Thailand coach Bryan Robson will field a mix of senior and junior players on Wednesday as he tries to scout young talent in the lead up to the Asian Games in November, where they will have to field an under-23 side.”We are basically building a side for the Asian Games. So I will field only five or six senior players and it will be a perfect blend of youth and experience.But I am sure that my boys will provide tough challenge to the Indians,” he said.”Just because I am fielding a youngish side doesn’t mean that we will be taking it easy. We will fight it out till the end and whichever side converts the chances will win.”last_img read more

English Premier League giants Chelsea eye Indian market

first_imgIn a boost for Indian football, premier league giants Chelsea Football Club today said they are closely watching the Indian market to find like-minded corporate partners.”We want to enter the Indian market with grassroots level engagement. Chelsea FC does not want to come to India just to play a match as we are committed to development of football in this country,” Ben Wells, Club’s head of marketing, said while speaking at the International Football Arena (IFA) round-table here today.The gathering discussed at length the ways to increase awareness level across India to make football viable for investments, merchandising and international partnering.National team coach Bob Houghton said “in order to develop and train our team, it is imperative that we infuse technical knowhow from international teams and not from international clubs. We also need to consolidate our existing calendar of tournaments to make the same more competitive.””India’s immediate aim is to be in the top 10 teams in Asia. The football association in tandem with various partners are working towards training and development of the current Indian team and the junior team,” said All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary Alberto Colaco.last_img read more

‘Squash team faces tough challenge’

first_imgThe Indian team is preparing hard mentally for the tough squash competition at the Commonwealth Games beginning at the Siri Fort Sports complex on October 4.Speaking to Mail Today, national coach Cyrus Poncha said: ” It is going to be tough. In fact, I would say all the leading squash countries England, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are strong teams and playing against them will be a challenging task for us.” He said that if Egypt was here, the competition would have been like a World Championships.On India’s chances of winning a medal, Poncha said that the best chance stood with the women doubles pair of Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa, who are seeded second.” They have beaten almost all the leading world doubles players in the last eight months,” he said.Poncha also added that the duo is ranked second as they had won a major doubles title at the Manchester International. ” The pair won a major doubles title in Manchester in March that is what helped them improve their world ranking.Also, they gained a lot of confidence from this title victory,” he said.Poncha now feels that the crowd support could prove to be a decisive factor for his wards at the event. ” I am counting on the crowd support. I personally believe that crowd support can make a major impact.So, we hope the team gets motivated by the home crowd support to make a difference here,” he said.He also said that in the men’s section, leading player Saurav Ghosal will have to fight hard to win.advertisement”He will have to play out of his skin as he is seeded 11th. He has to upset at least a couple of seeds to stay in hunt for winning a medal here,” he said.The Chennai- based coach also said that the presence of former world No. 1 Nick Mathew and world No. 6 James Willstrop of England has made the competition a hard nut to crack. “They are both great players and the Delhi’ites will have a great time watching them play,” he said.The women’s draw is also a tough one. World No. 1 Nicol David has been drawn in Joshna’s half and it makes it really tricky for the Indian. Dipika also said her task is cut out. She will be playing a seeded player as early as in the second round. That will only add to her pressure.Discussing the prospects of the doubles pairs, Cyrus feels the eighth seeded combine of Gaurav Nandrajog and Siddharth Suchde stood a good chance to making it to the semi- finals. “They have a fairly good understanding and can create a few upsets in the event,” he summed up.last_img read more

CVC gets cracking on Games swindlers

first_imgFile photo of CWG Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi. (AP Photo)If the medal count that hoisted India almost to the pinnacle during the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) called for a spirited celebration, here are some sobering figures. The cost of 11 major CWG projects was inflated by a mind-boggling Rs 527 crore. One or more persons allegedly made Rs 200 crore from the mega event.And Rs 1.5 crore was believed to have been embezzled in the purchase of badminton courts. What’s more, the Suresh Kalmadi-led CWG Organising Committee (OC) is under the scanner for hiring greenhorns and one of its top officials is facing corruption charges. These and many more skeletons are now tumbling out of the closet of the Games’ organisers.The source of the damning findings is a 293-page Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) reply to a Right to Information (RTI) application filed by MAIL TODAY. The documents throw light on 25 specific complaints of irregularities and corruption in matters related to the CWG that are being actively investigated by the CVC.There is a complaint that levels the charge of blatant overall corruption on the CWG organisers, the RTI reply reveals. Another allegation pertains to the appointment of unqualified and inexperienced persons as well as ineligible workforce consultants in the OC. A specific complaint of graft against Kalmadi’s aide Raj Kumar Sacheti, who is the OC’s joint director general, is also on the CVC radar.Then there is the serious allegation that an amount of `200 crore has been amassed by one or more persons whose identity has not been disclosed by the CVC. The documents show that tenders for 11 major CWG projects were awarded at rates abnormally jacked up by Rs 527 crore against their estimated cost. The work for these 11 major projects was ultimately awarded for Rs 1962 crore against an estimated cost of Rs 1435 crore.advertisementVarious agencies such as the DDA, NDMC, CPWD and MCD have been unable to justify these inflated rates so far. The CVC reply further reveals that the Shivaji Stadium project was handed over to a Chinese firm which had never earlier worked on any government project in India.This project was awarded for Rs 160 crore, which was double the estimated cost. Not only did the Chinese firm illegally sublet the work to an Indian entity, the unfinished venue could not be utilised for the CWG, the CVC has found.Also under investigation are alleged irregularities in awarding a tender to lay 14 synthetic tennis court surfaces at the R.K. Khanna Stadium to Australian company Rebound Ace. Its Indian branch is headed by ex-OC treasurer Anil Khanna’s son Aditya Khanna, the RTI reply reveals. Anil quit his OC post following the controversy.The RTI reply says another complaint being investigated by the CVC deals with the “embezzlement of `1.5 crore in the purchase of Hova courts for the badminton stadium”. MAIL TODAY has earlier exposed how no tender was invited before handing over this contract of 26 badminton courts to Japanese company Yonex.The deal with Australian firm SMAM, which was hired by the OC to get sponsorships for the Games before the contract was terminated in August, is also under the CVC lens. The hiring of treadmills for close to Rs 9.75 lakh apiece for 45 days is one more transaction being probed. The deal had been subjected to intense media scrutiny for its sheer extravagance. Another deal dissected by the CVC is the purchase of medical equipment for the CWG, which has been dogged by allegations of irregularities.The CVC is also probing “malpractices” in the selection procedure for awarding kitchen equipment installation tenders at the Games Village as well as “irregularities” in floating tenders for the supply of furniture and ACs for DDA’s mega housing project in Vasant Kunj and the Akshardham Village flats, the RTI reply says.Furthermore, complaints of irregularities in the proposal for the production of vehicle graphics, banners and signage for the Queen’s Baton Relay; the procurement of a secure communication network; and a deal favouring a company for the supply of a 3-D Shera were being probed.The CVC documents highlight five major Games projects – the Talkatora Indoor Stadium, Ring Road bypass, Barapullah elevated road, S.P. Mukherjee swimming pool and Rajaram Kohli Marg grade separator – for being awarded at “abnormally high rates” by inflating the cost of raw materials and labour charges.At the Talkatora stadium, 14 out of the 15 concrete cubes failed the strength test with the quantity of cement found lower than even the weakest grade of concrete, the CVC documents show. In the Ring Road bypass project, the CVC says that `3.68 crore was paid as extra transport charges for labour. For the swimming pool project, “the cost was increased to facilitate the acceptance of a tender quoting high rates”, the CVC report says.advertisementThe CVC has already initiated action on its findings for the Siri Fort Sports Complex and the Dhyan Chand National Stadium, the venue for hockey.Damning findingsInadmissible factors cited to jack up prices, citing urgent circumstances.Ineligible agencies were awarded work.Poor site management and delays despite higher rates.Test records fabricated to show high strength, but material quality poor.last_img

Rupert Murdoch, Brooks to face British MPs in Parliament

first_imgMedia mogul Rupert Murdoch, his son James and former aide Rebekah Brooks will face British lawmakers on Tuesday about the phone-hacking scandal which has engulfed their media empire and rocked police and politicians to the core. The Murdochs will face the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee to answer questions over their involvement in the scandal. News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch and his son James – who is in charge of the company’s European operations – initially declined to appear before the committee but changed their minds after it issued summons for them. Brooks, former chief executive of News International – News Corp’s UK newspaper publishing arm – will appear separately before the committee. On Sunday, she was arrested, interrogated and bailed out in connection with the phone hacking and bribery scandal. Rupert Murdoch’s embattled group has publicly apologised twice during the weekend, promising to make amends in the aftermath of the phone hacking scandal. The company printed apologies in national newspapers on Saturday and Sunday for the wrongdoings and unethical practices adopted by journalists of the now closed News of the World. The MPs have said they have questions over evidence given by Brooks and Andy Coulson – both ex-News of the World editors – at a hearing in 2003. Two senior police figures – Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and Assistant Commissioner John Yates – who quit over the scandal would also face MPs’ questions, BBC reported. Coulson, who was arrested two weeks ago, resigned as editor of the tabloid due to the phone-hacking allegations, but was later hired by David Cameron as his communications director as leader of the opposition and also later as Prime Minister. Meanwhile, investigations continued into the death of former News of the World journalist Sean Hoare, who had made allegations of phone hacking. Hoare’s body was found at his home on Monday. Police say his death is as yet unexplained but not thought to be suspicious. Hoare was the first to allege that illegal practices were being adopted at the tabloid under the editorship of Andy Coulson.advertisement-With PTI inputslast_img read more

Former ICC chief Ehsan Mani advises PCB not to follow BCCI blindly

first_imgFormer International Cricket Council(ICC) chief Ehsan Mani has advised the Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) to refrain from blindly following the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI).The BCCI has invited Pakistan for a three-match One-Day International(ODI) series in December, ending the five-year hiatus.While it was PCB’s turn to host the series, the Pakistan board refused to go into the debate of revenue-sharing, saying its first priority was to revive cricket with India.The BCCI is expected to earn millions of dollars from the short series, gauged from the fact that television rights will be sold at an estimated 25 million dollars. The PCB, which is facing a budget deficit, will not get a share for the series.However, Mani added that the PCB should have been involved in decision making as well.”It is concerning to see that the BCCI solely took the decision. Their working committee discussed it and their board decided it on their own without consulting the PCB.They blindly followed what the BCCI conveyed to them. The officials showed a lack of competence by saying yes without putting forward the board’s point of view,” Mani said.”However, as far as the resumption is concerned, it will be good for world cricket, fans and help in bridging gaps between the two countries,” he added.last_img read more