Ponting smashes LCD TV in anger

first_imgThe Gujarat Cricket Association has filed a complaint with the BCCI against Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting for smashing an LCD in the dressing room in a fit of anger. The GCA had earlier hit out at Ponting’s actions, asking the ICC to take strict action against him. Ponting vented out his anger at the television after he was run out against Zimbabwe for 28 runs after a direct hit from Chris Mpofu in the World Cup Group A match on Monday. GCA secretary Rajesh Patel confirmed the incident to Headlines Today.In fact, the LCD screen has been completely damaged and it seems like the GCA will ask Cricket Australia to reimburse them for the damages. Ponting, later, apologised for the incident.CA’s defenceCricket Australia media manager Lachy Patterson told Headlines Today the TV in the dressing room wasn’t working and that Ponting was just trying to fix it when it broke.He also claimed that media reports were greatly exaggerated. He went on to say that the Australian skipper has already apologised for the incident.last_img read more

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Dey murder: Cops claim progress in probe

first_imgPolice on Monday claimed “substantial progress” in investigation into the murder of veteran journalist Jyotirmoy Dey as they get ready to file a status report in the Bombay High Court on Tuesday.”We have made substantial progress and inched closer to cracking the case,” Additional Police Commissioner (Crime) Deven Bharti told reporters.”We have also reviewed the probe done so far and will brief the Advocate General who will apprise the court (about the status of the case),” he said.The High Court had on last Thursday directed the Maharashtra government and police to file on June 21 a status report on the probe into the June 11 murder of the 56-year-old scribe amidst growing demand for a CBI inquiry.Police have also accessed the personal email data of Dey, which Bharti claimed, helped the investigators to get “some positive” leads in the case.Dey’s mobile phone call records had also been verified, Bharti said, adding “hours before being shot dead, the journalist had gone to a courier firm’s office to send visa and passport-related documents to the Philippines tourism office in Delhi. He was to go on a junket.”Dey, Editor (Special Investigation), Mid-Day, who extensively covered underworld and crime for over two decades, was gunned down by four assailants in suburban Powai.The documents seized from the crime reporter’s residence indicated that he was also assisting some person for a film script.”We have got some details following the interrogation of oil mafia kingpin Mohammed Ali and we are verifying them,” Bharti said.advertisementDey had reported on the oil mafia operating in the metropolis.Ali, arrested in a murder case, is currently lodged in Arthur Road Jail.Police have so far questioned at least 40 persons, including Assistant Commissioner of Police Anil Mahabole (who had filed a criminal defamation case against Dey in 2005) in connection with the murder.Police sources said that in a report to be handed over to the Advocate General, investigators have given all details gathered during the investigations.The Crime Branch, which is handling the case, did not want to leave any stone unturned to ensure that the probe does not slip from its hand and goes to the CBI, an officer said.”We will put up a strong case from our side.”Meanwhile, in a fresh initiative from the Mumbai Press Club, national editors of major print and TV news networks are meeting Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday to express their concern about the lack of any headway in the Dey murder case.The editors, along with a few representatives of journalist organisations, will also demand transfer of the investigation to the CBI.Among the journalists who will meet the CM include editor-in-chief of the Indian Express Group Shekhar Gupta, ‘The Hindu’ editor N Ram, ‘Times Now’ editor Arnab Goswami, ‘The Economic Times’ executive editor Rahul Joshi, ‘Loksatta’ editor Girish Kuber, ‘DNA’ editor Aditya Sinha and ‘Mid-day’ editor Sachin Kalbag.Later, there will be a meeting of journalists at the Press Club where they will discuss the issues raised with the Maharashtra government and steps necessary to ensure safety of media professionals.- With PTI inputsFor 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.last_img read more

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IPL-5 ticket sales generated Rs 131.68 mn in play-offs

first_imgThe 2012 Indian Premier League (IPL) was a roaring success at box office. The income from sale of tickets broke all records as spectators packed the stadiums throughout the tournament.Franchisees made a killing from the league matches through the sale of tickets – at box office as well as online while the broadcasters too laughed their way to the bank after the final was telecasted in 192 countries. The IPL/BCCI too generated huge revenue from the four play-off matches – Rs 131.68 million to be precise.The IPL made this income from Qualifier 1, Qualifier 2, Eliminator and the final. The revenue from these games goes directly to the Board while the franchisees keep the income from the league matches.Except for the Qualifier 2 in Chennai on May 25, the stadiums hosting the play-off matches were packed to the hilt. Interestingly, the Madras High Court permitted the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association to open three stands, comprising about 12,500 seats, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium for the Qualifier 2 and the final, and it resulted in additional revenue.Sources said the revenue would have been much bigger, had the IPL not been forced to pay entertainment tax. “The IPL made a total revenue of Rs131.68 million and after paying Rs 28.24 million entertainment tax, the net revenue was Rs 103.44 million,” a source told Mail Today.The entertainment tax in Chennai was paid at a rate of 25 per cent and in Pune and Bangalore, where the Qualifier 1 and the Eliminator were played, it was 10 per cent.Rajeev Shukla, chairman of the IPL governing council, said spectators’ patronage was a proof of the unqualified success of the tournament. “The spectator response was excellent as they thronged to the grounds. It was so because their entry to the grounds was hassle-free and they were treated well by the franchisees, the police and the security,” Shukla told Mail Today. “Earlier, spectators found it difficult to purchase tickets. This time we made more tickets available online.”advertisementThe Qualifier 1 in Pune earned a total revenue of Rs 35.60 million, out of which tickets worth Rs17.80 million were sold at box office and exactly the same amount was generated through online sale. After paying Rs 3.62 million as entertainment tax, the IPL got Rs 31.98 million – the highest net revenue among the four knock-out games.For the Eliminator in Bangalore, tickets worth Rs 29.02 million were sold (Rs 23.86 million at box office and Rs 5.16 million online). After paying Rs3.55 million as tax, the IPL received Rs 25.47 million.Chennai hosted Qualifier 2 and ticket sale generated Rs 26.93 million (Rs 24.01 million at the window and Rs 2.92 million online). IPL earned a net revenue of Rs 18.09 million after paying Rs 8.84 million in taxes.For the final, between champions Kolkata Knight Riders and hosts Chennai Super Kings, tickets worth Rs 40.12 – the highest income before paying taxes were sold. Of this, Rs 33.81 million was generated from box office – the highest at this outlet amongst the four matches – and Rs 6.32 million from online sale. After paying Rs 12.23 million as taxes, the IPL made a cool Rs 27.89 million.qaiser.ali@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

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IPL: BCCI president N Srinivasan and Sahara chief Subrata Roy meet at weekend

first_imgSahara may, after all, agree to return as sponsor of the Indian team. The business conglomerate is said to be still open to the idea and is ready to discuss this along with the Pune franchise issue with the Indian cricket board.Sahara India supremo Subrata Roy and N Srinivasan, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), are to meet this weekend to try and see if the two sponsorship issues can be sorted out amicably.This would be the first meeting between the two after Sahara India on Saturday pulled out as the national team sponsor and threatened to withdraw Pune Warriors from the fifth edition of the Indian Premier league (IPL) tournament beginning on April 4.Sahara India’s main grouse is that an adamant BCCI didn’t even consider its “genuine request” to allow them to have an ailing Yuvraj Singh’s purse ($ 1.8 million) at the February 4 player auction.”The two heads are meeting over the weekend. Only Mr Roy and Mr Srinivasan would be present at this face-to-face meeting, which is likely to be held in Mumbai, as of now,” the man who is expected to be present at the meeting venue told Mail Today.”The meeting would most probably be held on Saturday. But if, for some reason, it does not take place on Saturday, it would surely be held on Sunday,” he emphasised.The official also revealed that the Sahara chief would also discuss the sponsorship issue of the Indian team.”The two bosses would discuss both issues – IPL Pune Warriors and the sponsorship. Let’s see how the talks pan out. No announcements would be made by either side before this meeting,” he said. The BCCI Corporate Trophy sponsorship would naturally be discussed too.advertisementIt seems the BCCI has climbed down on the twin contentious issues. This is the only plausible reason that can be cited for Roy agreeing to discuss the team sponsorship too, after announcing the pull out with a “heavy heart” on Saturday.Asked about the delay in the meeting, the official said: “When heads of two bodies have to meet they have to take time out from their busy schedule. Both have been busy so far, in different cities. And now they’ve decided to meet at the weekend.”Sahara was paying Rs 3.34 crore per international match – Tests, One- day International and Twenty20 – and the contract was to expire on December 31, 2013.Since Saturday, both Srinivasan and Roy have spoken in reconciliatory tones, but the latter has been insisting that there would be no second thoughts on the national team’s sponsorship.While terminating the sponsorship on Saturday – stressing that Sahara’s “emotions were never appreciated” by the BCCI – Roy simultaneously announced a Rs 1,000 crores welfare foundation for rural sports, confirming that all doors were shut on the BCCI.Sahara’s buying price of the Pune franchise was the highest of the 10 teams – approximately Rs 1,700 crore. It was added to the IPL in 2010 along with Kochi (Rs 1533.32 crores), which was later scrapped.Since becoming the Indian team’s sponsor in 2001, Sahara has largely paid its dues promptly, and this has been acknowledged by the BCCI too. Minutes of the working committee meeting in January 2008 say that members agreed “unanimously” that Sahara “had made all payments within the stipulated time…”Sahara came to the BCCI’s rescue in 2009 when it failed to attract a single bid after raising the tender base price to Rs 3 crore.After its previous contract ended on December 31, 2009, Sahara agreed to the BCCI’s offer of an extension of six months, till June 30, 2010. Then Sahara raised the per-match payment to Rs 3.34 crore in a renewed contract that was to end on December 31, 2013.last_img read more

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first_imgQ: What are our chances this time?A: In 1983 people asked me the same question and I said I would be very surprised if we won. And everyone was surprised, including me and the captain! Now again I’d say that I would be very surprised … Q: Why do we,Q: What are our chances this time?A: In 1983 people asked me the same question and I said I would be very surprised if we won. And everyone was surprised, including me and the captain! Now again I’d say that I would be very surprised …Q: Why do we always collapse against Pakistan?A: I don’t know.Q: Who do you think will win the cup?A: Pakistan looks good. And South AfricaQ: Do you think the Indians are playing too much cricket?A: I don’t think so.But they certainly need 100 per cent fitness, all the time.Brothers in action: Five pairs of brothers took part in the 1996 World Cup: the Tikolo and Odumbe brothers of Kenya, the Flower and Strang siblings of Zimbabwe and the Waugh twins of Australia.SUBSTITUTE COMMENTATORDuring the 1996 World Cup match between Australia and Kenya in Visakhapatnam World Tel commentators Richie Benaud and Sunil Gavaskar could not reach the venue on time because their aircraft developed a technical snag. So Australian substitute Michael Slater did duty for them in the commentator’s box for over an hour.AT THE WORLD CUP THE FIRST… delivery bowled was by Madan Lal to Dennis Amiss in the India vs England match in 1975. … hat-trick was taken by Chetan Sharma against New Zealand at Nagpur in 1987 time coloured clothing, day-night matches, 30-yard circle and white balls featured was in 1992…. an ultra-modern Mound Stand …. a super new Grandst and…. an electronic scoreboard which doubles up as a giant replay screen.LORD’S THEN … AND NOWThis year the Mecca of cricket will host a fourth World Cup final. Since it hosted the last final in 1983 Lord’s has …… a new press box which resembles a space station and will float above St John’s Wood.BIGGEST WINNERThe man who made the biggest killing from the 1983 World Cup was an unknown Indian. He bet 1,000 Pounds at 50-1 on an India win and took home 50,000 Pounds on June 25, 1983.Matches and Venues: In this World Cup all 18 English counties will stage at least one match each.advertisementlast_img read more

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China’s Xi: 2022 Winter Games will be green, inclusive, open

first_imgInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, left, talks to Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country is well on track to deliver a “spectacular” 2022 Winter Olympic Games.China’s government was firmly committed to staging the games with a “green, inclusive, open, and corruption-free approach,” Xi told IOC President Thomas Bach on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting After being rejected in yet another public vote, the IOC is down to two candidates to host the 2026 Games — Stockholm, and a joint Italian bid from Milan and Cortina D’Ampezzo. Both of those bidders also have issues , and organizers are scrambling to give the next available Winter Games to one of them before either bid gets derailed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipino speed skater bags spot in 2020 Winter Youth Olympics ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “We will deliver a spectacular games,” Xi said in opening remarks at their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in central Beijing.Xi said China’s preparations grew out of its people’s approach to performing jobs in a “methodical matter and well in advance.”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 starsIn response, Bach said his delegation had been impressed with their visits to the Olympic venues, winter sports training grounds, and the winter ice festival in the northeastern city of Harbin.“And we had a great experience about the dynamism and efficiency of China in the preparation for these Olympics,” Bach said. Beijing received the games by attrition, winning over Almaty, Kazakhstan, after a half-dozen European bidders dropped out, discouraged by soaring costs and taxpayer backlash.Its win was based largely on the city’s organizational prowess, financial backing, and ability to reuse existing venues. Beijing claims strong public support for the games, although the ruling Communist Party severely restricts public participation in such decision-making.Beijing’s win came despite concerns about air pollution and the city’s long, dry winter that will require it to rely almost entirely on man-made snow. The Nordic events will be held in the Zhaolong ski area in neighboring Hebei province, which generally receives some natural snow cover.The government has also been criticized for its record on human rights, including the internment of hundreds of thousands of Muslims in political indoctrination camps.Yet, with fewer countries willing to bid on the games, Beijing appears a safe bet for the International Olympic Council.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES 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 Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

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CWG 2014: India’s Harpreet Singh wins silver in shooting event

first_imgHarpreet Singh clinched a silver medal in the 25m rapid fire pistol shooting event on TuesdayShooter Harpreet Singh survived two rounds of nerve-wrecking shoot-off and brushed aside a penalty point docked on him to claim silver in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event of the Commonswealth Games here today.33-year-old Harpreet from Haryana saved India from disaster by bagging the silver after Olympic silver medallist Vijay Kumar failed to qualify for the final round after finishing seventh in the qualification round at the Barry Buddon Shooting Center. Only the top six in the qualification round qualify for the final.Harpreet, who topped the qualification round, hit 21 times on the target in the six-shooter final which had eight rounds of five shots each.David J Chapman of Australia won the gold with 23 hits on target while Metodi Igorov of Canada bagged the bronze after a shoot-off.Harpreet had won two gold in 2010 Commmonwealth Games in Delhi — 25m center fire pistol singles and 25m center fire pistol pairs events.last_img read more

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UST coach Kung Fu Reyes hopes Milena Alessandrini injury ‘just minor’

first_imgLacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem UST head coach Kungfu Reyes gives instructions to his players during the game against Far Eastern University in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas head coach Kung Fu Reyes remained optimistic despite star sophomore Milena Alessandrini coming down with an injury in the early part of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.Alessandrini, Season 80’s Rookie of the Year, injured her left knee in the Golden Tigresses’ match against Far Eastern University but Reyes exhibited calm when asked about his outside spiker.ADVERTISEMENT Reyes added that Alessandrini’s injury greatly affected the team’s morale and that was evident in the Golden Tigresses’ depleted offensive power in the third and fourth sets.Eya Laure put up 20 points while Cherry Rondina had 16 but UST needed Alessandrini to complete its three-piece offensive puzzle.“We can’t deny that the team was affected but we fought it out until the end,” said Reyes whose Golden Tigresses dropped to 2-2. “I think they are also regretting what happened because if we were complete we had a chance to win.”Reyes added that his team sorely felt Alessandrini’s absence in the offensive end especially with the second year hitter averaging 15.7 points in her first three games.“Milena brings 15 or 17 points a game and although we had someone get 20 and another 16 the next ones were in the seven-point region,” said Reyes.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Hopefully, it’s just a minor injury, I feel it too,” said Reyes in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I think it’s just a minor one because Milena has a really low pain tolerance.”“Well my interpretation is that was just a minor injury. That’s my gut feeling but we’ll still for the MRI results.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAlessandrini suffered the injury in the second set after landing awkwardly on her left leg after a spike attempt when UST held an 18-17 lead against FEU.UST eventually lost the game in four sets, 25-19, 20-25, 19-25, 27-25. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU topples shorthanded UST for 2nd wincenter_img Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end 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 Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy View commentslast_img read more

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Expalin huge disparities in chest size measurements: HC

first_imgChennai, Sept 10 (PTI): Madras High Court today directed Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board (TNUSRB) to explain the huge disparities in chest size measurement of two aspirants of the post of Sub Inspectors. A total of six candidates had got the opportunity of re measurement, thanks to an order of the first bench, comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice T S Sivagnanam. Today, officials of TNUSRB came to the court campus along with all measurement tools to conduct the exercise in the presence of registrar (vigilance), as directed by the bench. All six candidates expanded their chests enough and came within the zone of consideration on that count. But the merit was found in only two cases, that of Ganesan and Elangovan. Drecting authorities to file an affidavit explaining why there were huge disparities in the actual measurement and the one recorded in field trials on August 3, the bench rejected the pleas of the other four for various reasons, including faulty declaration of their normal chest size. The rejected candidates had moved court, claiming that the TNUSRB selectors had made faulty entries and deserving candidates were deliberately rejected in order to appoint the kin of serving police officials in the sports quota category. As per rules, candidates must have minimum 81 cm chest, which shall expand at least 5cm. In the case of Elangovan, selectors rejected him saying his normal chest was 96 cm and that it expanded to 98.5cm.But measurements taken today showed his normal chest size was 94 cm and it expanded to 101 cm. While judges questioned how there could be such a large disparity, additional advocate-general P H Arvindh Pandian said such a feat was achieveable in a period of one month. With the right kind of practice and exercise, candidates could improve every day and achieve the target,he said,adding that performance on a given day alone is taken into account. He said this could be demonstrated. While rejecting the case of Arun, the judge said he had claimed that his normal chest size was 83 whereas authorities had entered it as 90. “We were persuaded to order re-measurement only due to this vast disparity,? they said. But re-measurement revealed that he had 88cm normal chest size, which was closer to government?s 90cm than his own claim of 83cm. The matter has been adjourned to Sept 21. PTI COR APR APRadvertisementlast_img read more

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