Colorado theatre shooting suspect was brilliant science student

first_imgJames Eagan Holmes came from a well-tended San Diego enclave of two-story homes with red-tiled roofs, where neighbours recall him as a clean-cut, studious young man of sparing words.Tall and dark-haired, he stared clear-eyed at the camera in a 2004 high school yearbook snapshot, wearing a white junior varsity soccer uniform – No. 16. The son of a nurse, Arlene, and a software company manager, Robert, James Holmes was a brilliant science scholar in college.The biggest mystery surrounding the 24-year-old doctoral student was why he would have pulled on a gas mask and shot dozens of people early on Friday in a suburban Denver movie theatre, as police allege.In the age of widespread social media, no trace of Holmes could be found on Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter or anywhere on the web. Either he never engaged or he scrubbed his trail.A longtime neighbour in San Diego, where Holmes grew up, remembers only a “shy guy … a loner” from a churchgoing family. In addition to playing soccer at Westview High School, he ran cross country.The bookish demeanor concealed an unspooling life. Holmes struggled to find work after graduating with highest honours in the spring of 2010 with a neuroscience degree from the University of California, Riverside, said the neighbour, retired electrical engineer Tom Mai.Holmes enrolled last year in a neuroscience Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado-Denver but was in the process of withdrawing, said school officials, who didn’t provide a reason.As part of the advanced program in Denver, a James Holmes had been listed as making a presentation in May about Micro DNA Biomarkers in a class named “Biological Basis of Psychiatric and Neurological Disorders.”advertisementIn academic achievement “he was at the top of the top,” recalled Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White.Holmes concentrated his study on “how we all behave,” White added. “It’s ironic and sad.”From a distance, Holmes’ life appears unblemished, a young man with unlimited potential. There are no indications he had problems with police.Somehow, the acclaimed student and quiet neighbour reached a point where he painted his hair red, called himself “The Joker,” the green-haired villain from the Batman movies, according to New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who said he had been briefed on the matter.Holmes headed for the theatre in body armour, armed with an assault-style rifle, a shotgun and two Glock handguns, authorities said.Police said he started his attack by tossing a gas canister into the theatre, where he had bought a ticket for the midnight showing of “The Dark Night Rises,” the new Batman movie.A federal law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing probe into the rampage, said Holmes bought each of the four guns from retailers in the last two months.Holmes bought his first Glock pistol in Aurora, Colo., on May 22. Six days later, he picked up a Remington shotgun in Denver. About two weeks later, he bought a .223 caliber Smith & Wesson rifle in Thornton, Colo., and then a second Glock in Denver on July 6 – 13 days before the shooting, the official said.last_img read more

London Olympics: Mahe Drysdale wins gold in single sculls rowing

first_imgFive-time world champion rower Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand powered to gold in the single sculls event at the London Olympics on Friday. Drysdale won by a length to clock six minutes, 57.82 seconds ahead of Czech rower Ondreij Synek, the silver medallist in Beijing, who was 1.5 seconds back.Britain’s Alan Campbell won the bronze in 7:03.28, pushing Lassi Karonen of Sweden into fourth.last_img

NBA players, coaches appreciate chance to play on MLK Day

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Warriors coach Steve Kerr understands the NBA’s important role on MLK Day.“It’s a great day for the NBA. I think this league is filled with players who are very socially and politically active who want to speak their mind on injustice in general,” Kerr said. “And the fact that our sport really dominates Martin Luther King Day I think is very fitting. It gives the fans a chance to watch great basketball, but it gives everybody some perspective as well, how far we’ve come as a society and how far we have to go. … It’s a great day for the NBA and a great day for our player s in particular.”Around the league beginning last Thursday, players started wearing special warmup shirts by Nike that were designed in collaboration with the MLK Foundation and Martin Luther King III.On the T-shirt, it reads from his historical speech of Aug. 28, 1963: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”In Memphis, this will mark the Grizzlies’ 17th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Game when they host New Orleans. Players from both teams toured the National Civil Rights Museum together Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town 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 ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Lakers’ Lonzo Ball to miss 4 to 6 weeks with sprained left ankle Part of the Monday festivities will feature the presentation of the 14th annual National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award. The honor goes to athletes who, in King’s spirit, have made noteworthy contributions to civil and human rights.Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said it’s “just a special day.”“Anyone that knows anything about civil rights, or just the rights in general of people, I don’t know how you can’t honor him in every way possible for what he tried to do for individuals, not just the black population, the rights of all people. That’s what makes him special,” said Gentry, who is happy to see a full slate of games as the league honors King. “It does mean a lot to us. If you look at the NBA, they’ve been progressive in that kind of way for a long, long time.“When you look at just civil rights in general and when you look at being inclusive, all of that stuff is something that the NBA has been way ahead of all the other sports.”The rest of the MLK Day lineup includes: Magic at Hawks, Heat at Celtics, Kings at Nets, Bulls at Cavaliers, Mavericks at Bucks, Pistons at Wizards, Rockets at 76ers, Trail Blazers at Jazz.NEW GIGGary Payton and Jason Terry were two of basketball’s biggest talkers as players.Now they have a new platform to keep the comments coming.The former guards will be analysts on “The Bounce,” a built-for-mobile studio show that debuts Monday during the NBA’s MLK Day schedule.The show will air five nights per week — Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday — on Yahoo Sports and the Yahoo Sports App from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET through the end of the regular season.center_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Featuring scores, highlights and analysis, the show will originate from Turner Sports studios in Atlanta, featuring Turner commentators Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, Allie LaForce and Stephanie Ready as hosts. Women’s star Swin Cash joins Payton and Terry as rotating analysts.CEREMONY RESCHEDULEDWhen the Lakers and Warriors play on Feb. 2 in Oakland, there will be a long-awaited ceremony.Former Warriors center JaVale McGee had been set to receive his championship ring from the Warriors on Christmas night at Oracle Arena, but he was too sick to travel at the time.Kerr has been eager to honor McGee’s role during Golden State’s championships the past two seasons. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. There will be another full slate of NBA games with 22 of the league’s 30 teams playing on Monday. Knicks coach David Fizdale appreciates how the NBA gives so many teams the chance to play on MLK Day — unlike the more limited schedule on Christmas.“The NBA is just ahead of everything. Adam Silver and those guys just really have a progressive attitude about being inclusive, they understand our history, representing human and civil rights,” Fizdale said. “It’s something that we can be really proud of as a league. MLK Day is another one of those examples of how we try to pay homage and we’re aware of what set the tone and what’s given us the opportunity to be able to do what we do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFizdale’s Knicks will host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday to tip off the schedule with the Lakers-Warriors capping off the daylong festivities.When Golden State visits Los Angeles to conclude the NBA’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day slate Monday night, Stephen Curry, Durant and the Warriors will try to avenge an embarrassing 127-101 home loss on Christmas night — when the Lakers hung tough even after LeBron James went down with a left groin strain. LATEST STORIES (FILES) In this file photo taken on December 30, 2018 PHOENIX, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 31: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 31, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. – Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant insisted on January 8, 2019, he’s just focused on playing and not on a potential free agent departure at the end of this NBA season. “I just focus on playing ball every single day,” Durant said as the Warriors prepared to host the New York Knicks — one of the teams that keeps popping up in rumors as a potential Durant destination. (Photo by Christian Petersen / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant cherishes the opportunity to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by playing basketball on the holiday that celebrates the civil rights leader.“What MLK meant to the nation and just his message around the world. Still to this day his message has touched so many people,” Durant said. “It’s a good opportunity to play on that day. For us it just means a lot. We carry so much. Each one of us has different journeys throughout life and for us to meet at this point to come out and play a game so special on such a special day, hopefully it brings more people together.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Mighty-PH fielding younger, more cohesive unit

first_imgMOST READ “Before, we had players arriving one or two days before the tournament,” Tiu said. “It was difficult. Now, we have a younger squad. A more energetic one. And they listen better.”The Mighty quintet will draw its firepower from a roster composed of noteworthy names from the amateur ranks: UP’s Juan Gomez-de Liaño, NU’s Troy Rike and La Salle’s Santi Santillan. They will be joined by Angelo Wongchuking, St. Benilde’s Justin Gutang, ex-pros Jett Manuel and Joseph Yeo; PBA D-League Finals MVP Gab Banal; Filipino-American prospects Jeremiah Gray and Roosevelt Adams, ABL star Jason Brickman and CBA veteran Randolph Morris.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut the spotlight will shine on two-time NBA champion Lamar Odom and Ginebra import Justin Brownlee.“Physically, he looks pretty good,” Tiu said of Odom. “He seems to be in good shape but the basketball shape is a different story.” Lamar Odom and Justin Brownlee (center) will spearhead Mighty Sports’ return to the Dubai Invitational caging. —DENISON DALUPANGMighty Sports is looking to make the most out of a roster laden with youth and NBA talent when it returns to the Dubai International Basketball Championship next month.“They look better right now [and] that’s a good sign. We are in pretty good shape,” said Charles Tiu, who will reprise his role as head coach in the tournament starting Feb. 1 at Al Ahli Sports Club.ADVERTISEMENT Didal’s Tokyo journey begins with systematic training US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants 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 LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mighty will face PBA Governors’ Cup champion Magnolia in an exhibition match on Tuesday at Ronac gym in San Juan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Thai league acquires 9 PH booters

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Unbeaten Mighty-PH gains QF Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Reigning Thai League champion Buriram United has three Filipino internationals—defender Stephan Palla, Javier Patiño and Luke Woodland.The three were part of the Azkals’ squad that competed in the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAnother Asian Cup veteran, goalkeeper Michael Falkesgaard, starts his second season with Bangkok United, which he helped to an AFC Champions League last year.The others are former Ceres-Negros star Manny Ott and Amin Nazari (Ratchaburi Mitr Pohl), Iain Ramsay (Sukhothai), Marco Casambre (Chainat Horbill) and Mark Hartmann (Suphanburi). A record number of Filipino players are seeing action in the Thai League 1 this season, including several national team members signing with clubs vying in what is widely considered as Southeast Asia’s top football league.With the Thai league expanding its quota for Southeast Asian players from one to three for each squad, the Philippines will have nine players in the competition that starts on the third week of February.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war 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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

DU admissions: Rush for offline forms slows down

first_imgDelhi University offline form filling that started on June 2 for its four-year undergraduate programmes for academic session 2014-15 has witnessed a dip on June 6.The sale of Delhi University online admission forms on Friday however surpassed the previous year’s record. According to official data, about 240,000 (online and offline) forms have been sold by the varsity till the fifth day, reported IANS.Starting on Monday, 68,827 students have registered online and made payment for the optical mark registration (OMR) forms. Last year on the fifth day, 54,311 students had registered themselves.On the fifth day, 10,621 offline forms were received from 18 different centres across Delhi.On the first, second, third and fourth days — 32,460, 29,693, 82,454 and 13,864 offline forms — were sold respectively.The reason for the dip in sales is mostly the soaring temperature and the hassle free online form filling system which is motivating more and more students to accept the online mode over offline.The candidates should know the following points while filling up OMR sheets:   The candidates should fill the form meant for their category only. No incomplete form will be accepted.    The OMR form is printed on a special paper and the information given by the candidates will be scanned. Thus, the candidates are required to fill the forms carefully. Mutilated and damaged forms will be rejected by the scanner.    The candidates should ensure that the form is not folded, crumpled or mutilated in any manner. The candidates should not mark anything anywhere except wherever required. The black marks on the margin of the OMR form are important. The candidates should not tamper it with marker.    Only blue or black pen should be used to fill forms.    The candidate can select as many courses as they wish to by darkening the bubbles. They should ensure that the bubbles are darkened properly.    The pre-admission form or OMR sheet has two sides. After filling both the sides, the candidates are required to take the photocopy of the form on a single page i.e. both sides after which the candidates should submit their forms to any of the designated centers and get the photocopy as acknowledgement. The candidates are not required to attach the photocopies of certificates/ documents or photographs along with the OMR forms.    It is not mandatory to submit the OMR form at the centre from where it was purchased.    The candidates seeking admissions on the basis of sports or extra curricular activities may contact the respective colleges directly.    There are two separate common pre-admission forms viz General/ OBC and SC/ ST/ PWD. The candidates are advised to fill the form whichever is applicable.The admission process to DU began on June 2 and ends on June 16. DU is conducting admission for 54,000 seats in 61 colleges.advertisementlast_img read more

India-England draw first Test at Trent Bridge

first_imgIndia’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni is bowled by England’s Liam Plunkett for 11 runs during the first cricket test match at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham, England July 13, 2014. Reuters India drew their first cricket Test with England thanks to some heroics from Stuart Binny, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar on the final day at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Sunday.India finished the day with 391 for nine declared in the second innings, a massive lead of 430 runs, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar unbeaten on 63, his second half-century of the match, and Mohammad Shami, who was not out on four.England raised hopes of an unlikely win after picking up three quick wickets for 17 runs in the vital first session to reduce India to a precarious 184 for six. But followed next was a great fight-back by the tailenders, who ensured that England continue their winless streak to nine matches, with some gutsy batting.Binny struck a valuable 78, his debut Test fifty, to save the day for India. It was an entertaining knock from Binny, who had two crucial partnerships with Ravindra Jadeja (31) and Bhuvneshwar.Binny, who hit eight fours and a six in his 114-ball knock, was first involved in a 65-run stand with Jadeja that helped the team recover from a precarious 184 for six and then took India to a position of strength adding 91-runs for the eighth wicket with Bhuvneshwar.Resuming the day at 167/3, India were put on the back-foot right in the first over of the day after Virat Kohli (8) was trapped plumb in front by fast bowler Stuart Broad. The local boy struck again in his next over to get rid of Ajinkya Rahane (24), who flashed outside the off and edged to wicketkeeper Matt Prior.advertisementWith India struggling at 173 for five, the expectations were immense from India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for a repeat of his heroic 82 in the first innings. But Dhoni managed barely 11 before being castled by a Liam Plunkett.Jadeja, who took 38 balls to get his first run, and Binny then fought back valiantly with their 46-run stand for the unfinished seventh wicket stand. Jadeja had a tough time right from the start and finally found the first run, a four straight over the pacer James Anderson’s head that also drew an applause from the bowler.Having gone wicketless, Binny was also determined to prove his credentials as a handy batsman. The Karnataka all-rounder used his feet well for his three fours and the cover drive off Liam Plunkett was a treat to watch.Binny and Jadeja helped India recover well from a precarious 184 for six to reach 230 at lunch. It was the introduction of the new ball that ended the partnership after Jadeja edged to Prior off Anderson ending his 98-ball vigil that had five fours. It was the first time in his career that Jadeja played more than 50 deliveries.Binny and Bhuvneshwar then scored quickly as 91 runs of the partnership came from 19 overs. Binny got to his debut Test half-century in style plundering Plunkett for 11 runs in the 90th over that also had two well-timed fours. He had a century in sight but was trapped lbw by Moeen Ali with a tossed up delivery.Bhuvneshwar got to his second half-century of the match in style as he struck part-time spinner Joe Root for two crisply timed fours as he scored nine runs from the over. Bhuvneshwar and Ishant Sharma (13) added another valuable 47 runs for the ninth wicket to take the lead past the 400-run mark. Ishant became England skipper Alastair Cook’s maiden Test wicket before both the sides decided to settle for a draw.last_img read more

Panasonic’s Eluga A is a phone for budget shoppers

first_imgJust weeks after launching its flagship Android phone, Panasonic India on Wednesday launched the Eluga A. The device, which has a 5-inch screen with 854×480 pixels resolution, is priced at Rs 9,490. It will be available from August 15.The Eluga A uses Android 4.3 (JellyBean) and runs Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor. It is a quad-core processor with a speed of 1.2GHz. The device has 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera, support for up to 32GB microSD cards, 2000mAh battery and support for two SIM cards.According to Panasonic, the smartphone sports “fit home” user interface with features such as “Kwik Lock”, where the user can double tap the home screen to lock it. The company says that the “fit home” interface makes using the Eluga A with single hand easy.”Through Eluga, Panasonic will bring advanced technology to the Indian smartphone users. The Eluga A has advanced technology for audio enhancements, voice clarity, faster charging, longer battery life and local language features, in tune with the needs of the Indian consumer,” said Manish Sharma, managing director of Panasonic India.In the market, the Eluga A will compete against the likes of Asus Zenfone 5 and Motorola Moto E. While the Zenfone 5 has a similar price, it offers consumers better hardware, including a 720P screen and 2GB RAM. The Moto E, meanwhile, has similar hardware except the screen size and camera functionality. But it costs almost Rs 2,000 less than the Eluga A and offers consumers unmodified and latest version of Android.advertisementlast_img read more

Davis Cup: Aggression is the buzzword for Yuki

first_imgHis talent was never in doubt but injuries have plagued Yuki Bhambri’s promising career. After a lengthy injury lay-off, Yuki has come back strongly with some good victories under his belt and his confidence is certainly high going into Friday’s opening rubber against Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic.The difference in their rankings is huge with Yuki 90 places behind the 61st-ranked Lajovic, but considering that some of the visiting team’s top players, including Novak Djokovic, are missing, India can surely be positive. Yuki understands the expectations but says he will do what he knows best – play aggressively.”I am match-ready. It will be a tough one but that’s what Davis Cup is all about. My tennis has been good lately. We know it is a tough situation and this is how it is going to be. At the end of the day, we are here to win and not to give just a good fight. If you have to be there in the World Group, you have to beat the top 16, it is simple as that,” Yuki told Mail Today after Thursday’s practice session.In Yuki and Somdev Devvarman, the country’s top-ranked singles player, India have two players who have completely different styles of play. While Somdev believes in grinding down the opponent and is prepared to play a lengthy game, Yuki is someone who likes to be aggressive.Yuki, a former Australian Open junior champion, hopes to bank upon his aggression to counter Lajovic”Davis Cup is about teams and everyone has to contribute. Dusan has done well in the last two years but hopefully, with the crowd behind me, and if I can play as well as I can and physically handle long matches, it will be OK. Playing aggressively is what I know. I will go for my shots for that is how I have learned my tennis. It suits my game with the ball flying and going through the air quicker. I like playing fast and finishing fast. I am a completely different player than somebody like Somdev who would probably give the counter punch and run around,” added Yuki.advertisementAgainst Lajovic, who played the first round of the US Open main draw, Yuki certainly starts as the underdog but the Indian doesn’t mind that.”He is expected to win because is ranked 61st in the world. Being the underdog, it takes some pressure off you. I can play freely with the tie starting from scratch and I don’t have to think about the results of the previous matches of the tie. Yes, I will be nervous. It’s different because you are not playing for yourself here but for your country and your teammates. You have to play five sets so the mindset has to be different as well but I like challenges,” the Indian added.last_img read more

Barcelona wins at Bernabeu again to end Real Madrid title hopes

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Three days after winning 3-0 at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey, Barcelona followed up by defeating Madrid 1-0 to virtually end its hopes of winning the Spanish league title.Ivan Rakitic scored in the first half and Barcelona held on for its third straight victory at the Bernabeu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBarcelona, which has also now become the first team to win four in a row at the Bernabeu in the league, is 12 points ahead of Madrid with 12 matches left. The defending champions are 10 points in front of second-place Atletico Madrid, which visits Real Sociedad on Sunday.Winning coach Ernesto Valverde remained cautious, though. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Barcelona players celebrate after winning the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)MADRID — With Real Madrid on the ropes in front of its own fans, Barcelona showed no mercy.The Catalan club threw the knockout punch on Saturday, leaving Madrid reeling from a second consecutive demoralizing home loss by its biggest rival in less than a week.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments LATEST STORIES Barcelona won 3-0 the last time the teams met in the league at the Bernabeu, and routed Madrid 5-1 at Camp Nou Stadium in their first league game this season.After dominating in the first half on Wednesday only to collapse in the second, Madrid never looked in control on Saturday.Barcelona created most of the chances and struck in the 26th minute. Sergi Roberto sent a pass behind the Madrid defenders for Rakitic and the midfielder chipped the ball over goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from inside the area.Madrid pressed forward after conceding and came close to scoring a few times, but Barcelona kept threatening on the counter.Lionel Messi was quiet for Barca. His most notable moment came when he and Sergio Ramos squared up before halftime, with the Argentina forward upset at the Madrid captain for leaving his arm high and hitting his face in a challenge.It was the third meeting between the teams in less than a month. They also drew 1-1 in the first leg of the Copa semifinals at Camp Nou. They can only meet again this season in the Champions League. Barca drew with Lyon 1-1 in its first-leg match in the round of 16.OTHER RESULTSJapanese midfielder Takashi Inui scored a second-half winner as Alaves defeated relegation-threatened Villarreal 2-1 to move into fourth spot, the final Champions League position.Sevilla wasted a chance to go fourth by losing 2-1 at bottom club Huesca after conceding eight minutes into second-half stoppage time. Defeat extended Sevilla’s winless streak to five league games, dropping it to sixth place.Wu Lei became the first Chinese player to score in the Spanish league when he struck in Espanyol’s 3-1 win against Valladolid. 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 MOST READ Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “We are not yet considering Madrid out of the title race,” he said. “Atletico is not our only rival, absolutely not. We all know Madrid is capable of winning several matches in a row and getting back in contention.”Madrid is in crisis, with the Champions League the only trophy it can win this season. Coach Santiago Solari will be under pressure when his side hosts Ajax on Tuesday to defend a 2-1 first-leg lead in the round of 16.“We have to see how we can improve,” Solari said. “There is no doubt it’s a significant distance to the lead in the league, but we are not going to give up. We will keep fighting until the end, in the Spanish league and Champions League.”Barcelona is gunning for three titles — the league, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League — and its players celebrated in front of the away fans after the match, while some Madrid supporters jeered their side at the end.Madrid is winless against Barcelona in six matches in all competitions, and has lost 11 of 18 matches played against its rival in the Spanish capital.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Big crowds cheer kick off of Alaska’s famed Iditarod race 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crashlast_img read more

Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT), Chennai recruitment notification for various posts

first_imgThe Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT), Chennai has invited applications for recruitment for 40 various vacant posts.SDAT works towards promoting and encouraging quality participation and performance by Tamil Nadu sportspersons at national and international events through recognition, quality training, support schemes and world-class infrastructure.VacanciesTotal Posts: 40Name of the posts:Junior Assistant-cum-Typist – 26 PostsAssistant – 10 postsSteno Typist Grade III – 1 postCommercial Accountant – 1 postAssistant Engineer (Sports Technology) – 1 postAssistant Engineer (Electrical) – 1 postPay Scale:For Post I – Rs 5200 to Rs 20200 per month with grade pay of Rs 2400.For Post II & III – Rs 5200 to Rs 20200 per month with grade pay of Rs 2800.For Post IV – Rs 9300 to Rs 34800 per month with grade pay of Rs 4400.For Post V & VI – Rs 9300 to Rs 34800 per month with grade pay of Rs 5100.ELIGIBILITYAge Limit: The applicants’ age should not exceed 30 years and must not be less than 18 years.Educational Qualification: The applicant must have completed Class X/Bachelor’s Degree, Degree in Commerce, B.E or equivalent from the recognised university and must have typing knowledge.Selection Procedure: An interview would be conducted to shortlist candidates.How to apply: The eligible and interested candidates are required to download the application form from the official website and along with attested relevant documents send it to ‘Principal Secretary/Member Secretary, Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu, 116-A, Periyar EVR High Road, Nehru Park, Chennai-600 084’.Important Dates: The last date for submitting the application form is September 24, 2014.advertisementlast_img read more

I want to play in the I-league for a Manipuri club, says Jackichand Singh

first_imgJackichand Singh bagged a whopping Rs 45 lakh in last month’s Indian Super League (ISL) auction, making him the fourth costliest Indian player.Before that, the 23-year-old winger was named the I-League’s ‘Best Player’ for playing a stellar performance for Royal Wahingdoh, which finished third in their maiden season.With all the new-found fame, Jackichand is fast emerging as one of the hottest properties in Indian football. Yet, the Manipuri has one wish that even he knows is a distant dream.”I want to play in the I-league for a Manipuri club. My state has given so many international footballers but not a single club from Manipur has ever played in I-League. Look, what other North-Eastern states like Meghalaya and Mizoram have done, they have so many teams in I-League,” Jackichand told Mail Today.”There is a lack of proper structure. Also, the clubs don’t pay you decent enough money and so it becomes difficult for professional players like me. Also, the political situation is not conducive enough,” added Jackichand, who will be playing for Pune City FC in the ISL.Also read: Chennayin FC sign Brazilian defender EderLast month, the death of a student in police firing resulted in violent protests in Imphal and Jackichand, who plays for Shillong club Wahingdoh, is aware of this.”What can you do, when the situation is like this? When I was a student even I went to protest rallies when I would return home from Army Boys Academy in Shillong, where I used to train. Now, I don’t go to rallies. But if the police beat up people, they are bound to get angry,” said Jackichand, whose ancestral house is in Keikol, a village 12 km away from the state capital.advertisement”After the last season I-League, I went home in Keikol where my mom and dad live. I took my three-year-old son Civic too. During the two-month period I stayed there, not even a single day could I let him go out and play. There is curfew everywhere. After a week, my son started telling me ‘let’s go back to Shillong, here you don’t let me play’.”Yet, despite this grim situation, Jackichand believes things will improve.”My dad is a farmer and my mom runs a tea stall in the village. We don’t even have a pakka house. With the money that I have earned in football I have bought a big enough land for them. The construction of my new house has started. With the money that I will be getting in the ISL, I hope to gift them that house in a year,” says Jackie, as he is called by his teammates. “Like my situation, I hope my state’s situation will also improve in the coming years.”Jackichand, who made his India debut against Nepal in June, says the ISL auction is another step for him in the learning process as a footballer.”I was proud to be selected as one of the 10 players in the auction. On the auction eve, however, I was afraid that if no team picks me up what a shameful thing it would be. But then I got selected by Pune City FC. Some of my friends said I should have got more money, but I am happy. I have seen far worse days in my childhood,” Jackichand said.”We have players like Adrian Mutu, who has played for Chelsea, in our team. Also, we have former Manchester City assistant manager David Platt as our coach. The quality of foreigners in ISL is better than in I-League. We have started training. Hopefully, my interactions with them will be fruitful.”last_img read more

Davis Cup: Federer, Wawrinka lead Swiss to 2-0 lead over Netherlands

first_imgRoger Federer cruised and Stanislas Wawrinka laboured in lifting Switzerland to a 2-0 lead over the Netherlands in a Davis Cup relegation playoff on Friday.Facing an opponent ranked 434 places below him, No. 2 Federer eased to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Jesse Huta Galung in the second singles rubber. Fourth-ranked Wawrinka earlier trailed by two sets to one before overcoming No. 144 Thiemo De Bakker 2-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in more than three hours.Federer and Wawrinka, the 2008 Olympic doubles champions, are scheduled to face the Dutch pairing of Matwe Middelkoop and Tim van Rijthoven on Saturday. The best-of-five series on hard court at Palexpo arena in Geneva will decide which team stays in the 16-nation World Group next year.last_img read more

Serie A: Romelu Lukaku Helps Keep Perfect Inter Milan Top with Derby Win Over AC Milan

first_imgMilan: Romelu Lukaku fired Inter Milan back top of Serie A with the second goal of a 2-0 derby win that extended their perfect start to the season at the expense of city rivals AC Milan.Belgium striker Lukaku and Marcelo Brozovic’s second half strikes gave Inter their fourth win in as many games, putting them two points ahead of Juventus after the champions’ came back from a goal down beat Verona 2-1 thanks to Aaron Ramsey’s first Serie A goal and a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty. Antonio Conte’s Inter were looking for a boost after their dismal 1-1 draw in their Champions League draw against Czech outsiders Slavia Prague.And they hit back in a fiery Milan derby with Belgian striker Lukaku heading in his third goal in four games with 12 minutes remaining after Brozovic’s 49th-minute opener.”At 26 years old, I needed and wanted a coach like this, one who motivates me every day,” said Lukaku of Conte.”My relationship with Conte is very strong, he’s a really good coach because he’s someone who helps players to develop a lot.”I’m really happy to be here and to be wearing this shirt.”Milan could thank Gianluigi Donnarumma for keeping the match goalless in the first half after he denied Lautaro Martinez, Lukaku and Danilo D’Ambrosio.Lautaro had a goal ruled out after 35 minutes for being marginally offside. But the breakthrough came four minutes after the break when Stefano Sensi set up Brozovic, whose deflected shot beat Donnarumma and was confirmed after consultation with VAR.Lukaku sealed the win and a perfect 12 points from four games when he guided Nicolo Barella’s cross home with a glancing header, as AC Milan slip to ninth place with six points.”We came from a performance in the Champions League that left us with a bitter taste, but gave us more impetus to face the derby in the best way,” said Conte.”It is a deserved victory, I am happy for our fans, because the derby is always the derby.”BUFFON BACKJuventus had trailed in Turin to Miguel Veloso’s goal before Wales midfielder Ramsey pulled the champions level in the 31st minute, with Ronaldo’s spot-kick ensuring the win for the hosts just after the break.It got Maurizio Sarri’s side back to winning ways after last weekend’s Serie A stalemate at Fiorentina and a 2-2 Champions League draw at Atletico Madrid midweek.Italian goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon returned to the Juventus goal after spending a season in Paris Saint-Germain to match Paolo Maldini’s Italian record of 902 club matches.Buffon’s appearances have been spread across three clubs — Parma, Juventus and PSG — with Maldini having spent his entire career with Serie A rivals Milan.But the 41-year-old could not keep a clean sheet and was beaten by Veloso after 21 minutes.Amid confusion in front of the Juve goal after Simone Di Carmine missed a Verona penalty, and Darko Lazovic’s rebound rattled the bar, Veloso pounced to rifle a long range strike past Buffon.But Ramsey got the champions back on level terms 10 minutes later on his full debut, with a deflected effort past Verona goalkeeper Marco Silvestri.Ronaldo put Juventus ahead from the spot with just his second goal this season three minutes after the restart, having missed two chances before the break.Juve held on thanks to Buffon, who denied Mattia Zaccagni and Lazovic in front of goal after 89 minutes, while Veloso was denied a brace by the post.”After the Champions League the team was tired, but the important thing was to win. Let’s take these three points and go ahead,” said Ronaldo.Verona are 12th with four points from as many games.Cagliari and Brescia are seventh and eighth respectively, with each on six points, after the Sardinian side saw off Genoa 3-1 on Friday and newly-promoted Brescia snatched a tight 1-0 win at third-from-bottom Udinese.Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli travel south to promoted Lecce on Sunday after seeing off European champions Liverpool 2-0 on Tuesday, while third-placed Bologna can join Juve on 10 points with a win over mid-table Roma. AC MilanAntonio Contecristiano ronaldoderby First Published: September 22, 2019, 8:02 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi 2019 HIGHLIGHTS, Telugu Titans vs Puneri Paltan in Panchkula: Pune Beat Telugu 53-50

first_imgRakesh Gowda was the top-performing raider for Telugu Titans with 16 raid points in 17 attempts. Aakash Arsul was their top defender, getting five tackle point in 10 attempts.They were on a mission to pick up a win and they put in a #GheunTak performance to fulfill that aim! 👏@PuneriPaltan win #HYDvPUN 53-50. Keep watching #VIVOProKabaddi action:⏳: Every day, 7 PM onwards📺: Star Sports and Hotstar#IsseToughKuchNahi— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) October 3, 2019 For Puneri Paltan, Manjeet was the top raider with 15 attempts yielding 11 points while Surjeet Singh getting seven tackle points in 11 attempts made him their best defender.last_img read more

Australia out of Champions Trophy,Australia out of Champions Trophy

first_imgAustralia were knocked out of the Champions Trophy. Australia’s Aaron Finch and Steve Smith (right) look dejected   –  Reuters Australia were knocked out of the Champions Trophy. Australia’s Aaron Finch and Steve Smith (right) look dejected   –  Reuters COMMENT Australia were knocked out of the Champions Trophy without winning a game after Ben Stokes’ stunning century guided England to an impressive 40-run Duckworth-Lewis victory on Saturday.Australia, whose two previous games against New Zealand and Bangladesh were rained off, scored 277-9 from 50 overs, with Mark Wood and Adil Rashid taking four wickets apiece, and had reduced England to 35-3 in response. But, after a brief rain break, Eoin Morgan (87) and Stokes (102 not out) dismantled the Australian attack, scoring freely in a partnership of 159 before Morgan was run out when closing in on his century.But Stokes brought up his hundred with a cut through the covers, and he and Jos Buttler (29 not out) carried England home with the hosts comfortably ahead on Duckworth-Lewis at 240-4 off 40.2 overs. They are joined in the semi-finals by unfancied Bangladesh, who beat New Zealand in Group A on Friday.Bad weather affected all three Australian matches but captain Steve Smith was unwilling to use that as an excuse. “We’ve got some quality cricketers, but we didn’t turn up,” he told the BBC. “It’s been disappointing to have not got a complete game in, but you can’t make excuses like this.”England’s captain Morgan said his side were close to their best in beating the reigning 50-over world champions. “This is a tournament you need to be at your best to win games of cricket,” he said.Having been put in to bat, Australia set about building an imposing score. After David Warner was dismissed for 21, Aaron Finch and Smith scored freely to race past 100. Finch struck eight boundaries in his 68 when Morgan took a superb catch off the bowling of Stokes, before Rashid had Moises Henriques (17) caught with Australia 161-3.Smith (56) fell to Wood, while Jason Roy sensationally caught Glenn Maxwell (20). He scooped the ball on the boundary, off-balanced, before throwing it in the air and catching it again as he ran back into the field of play. The impressive Rashid dismissed Matthew Wade (2) and Mitchell Starc (0) in one over, and Pat Cummins (4) in his next as England finished superbly. After Wood claimed his fourth wicket, bowling Adam Zampa for a duck, Travis Head (71 not out) smashed two late sixes as Australia finished on 277-9.England’s response got off to a terrible start with out-of-form Roy (4), Alex Hales (0) and Joe Root (15) gone inside six overs as England slumped to 35-3 before the first rain break. The break helped England as the swashbuckling duo of Morgan and Stokes both completed confident fifties with a series of lusty blows to bring up their 100 partnership.The onslaught continued and a century beckoned for Morgan but he was run out by Zampa.However, any thought of an Australia fightback was ended by Stokes, who struck 13 boundaries and two sixes, and Buttler who marshalled England until heavy rain ended the game. 2/2 England’s Ben Stokes celebrates his century.   –  Reuters 1/2 June 10, 2017 × SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img cricket Australia were knocked out of the Champions Trophy. Australia’s Aaron Finch and Steve Smith (right) look dejected   –  Reuters SHARE Bad weather affected all three Australian matches but captain Steve Smith was unwilling to use that as an excuse. England’s Ben Stokes celebrates his century.   –  Reuters England’s Ben Stokes celebrates his century.   –  Reuters Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

India vs England: Hardik Pandya reveals the secret behind his inspiring spell

first_imgRead Also:India vs England: Twitter showers praise on Rohit Sharma for a historic tonIndia vs England : India cruise to series win after Rohit smashes a century Cricket – England v India – Third International T20 – The Brightside Ground, Bristol, Britain – July 8, 2018 India’s Hardik Pandya in action Action Images via Reuters/Ed SykesAdvertisement Image Courtesy: Indian ExpressAll-rounder Hardik Pandya had an instrumental role in India’s 7-wicket victory over England in the 3rd T20I. Pandya managed to pick his best figures of 4-38 and scored a quickfire 33 with the bat to reach the total comfortably.It was not all smooth sailing for the Mumbai Indians star initially, as he leaked 22 runs in his very first over. The all-rounder revealed that it was Kohli’s words of wisdom that helped him get the spell on track. He said:“When I went for 22 in an over I thought the T20 is a funny format and the only thing to do was to come back and bowl my best balls. Virat Kohli (captain) asked me and I told him I was okay – if you come and take wickets on this type of wicket and ground it will stop the runs. I just had to make sure I kept it simple.”Pandya also went on to say that the squad is in a learning groove and is upbeat about their chances in the ODI Series. He added:“We are just enjoying the game rather than thinking about what has got to happen. We are just playing our best cricket and when you do that you end up doing well.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Cricket: Drug testing row goes global as BCCI refuses to back down

first_imgAdvertisement(Photo Courtesy: Livemint)The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has reportedly warned the International Cricket Council (ICC) that it would intervene if the ongoing conflicts between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and country’s national doping agency (NADA) aren’t resolved.The two bodies are in a tussle over BCCI’s refusal to allow the doping agency to conduct a drug test on cricketers. According to reports, a WADA spokesperson has confirmed that the body sent a letter to ICC in July to solve the matter.If in case the ongoing row between both the bodies fails to reach to the expected agreements, it would be referred to WADA’s Compliance Review Committee, which would raise the possibility of the ICC being deemed as non-compliant by the global anti-doping body.“Pursuant to the World Anti-Doping Code, the Indian National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has testing authority over athletes who are nationals, residents, license holders or members of sport organizations in India or who are present in India. However the Indian NADA has not been allowed by the BCCI to conduct testing on athletes from the sport of cricket,” WADA official was quoted as saying by the news agency.ICC has also recently warned that any suspensions that arise from this dispute may hamper their chances of including the sport in 2028 Olympics.ICC Chief Dave Richardson was quoted as saying by newspaper Times of India earlier this week: “We are trying to help the BCCI sort out the issue with WADA and NADA. We think cricket should be in the 2028 Olympics, but it’s not going to happen unless we are a unified sport.”“At this stage, we need to convince the BCCI that it is a good thing for cricket to be in the Olympics from all aspects,” he further said.Also Read:Cricket: Shikhar Dhawan dropped, Mayank Agarwal called up for West Indies tour Advertisementlast_img read more