Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum’s historic 18-0 sweep of the NCAA Season 93 eliminations almost didn’t become a reality after referee Edmar Avis’ call late in the first overtime.After CJ Perez gave the Pirates a 97-96 lead with a gutsy drive with 3.4 seconds to spare, Robert Bolick desperately tried to fish for foul in the last 1.5 ticks, something that the official numbered 16 willingly gave as he whistled Jaycee Marcelino for a foul.ADVERTISEMENT “Mistakes will always be there. But what I can say is the referees really tried their best. If I will rate it, you already saw it and you can base it on what you saw, I’m happy with the way they called it,” Cristobal said.“I will not entertain that anymore. As far as the referees are concerned, we’ll always go on different ways. They will judge it according to what they saw and they will always call for what is good and right for the game.”Lyceum coach Topex Robinson also didn’t let the errant call affect his team’s psyche late in the game.“I trust coach Bai a lot. They’re also people who make mistakes. I told my players to just keep on playing. They don’t want to be in that situation also, and we honor them also. We know that they’re gonna make mistakes and it’s not a fault of their own. I told them that instead of making the referees as an excuse, we have to find a way. We have to find a way and we have to really, really grind it with them,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NCAA Finals trip dream come true for Marcelino twins Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president That led to a lot of fans scratching their heads after Lyceum seemed to have lost the shot at history.Fortunately for Pirates, Bolick botched his first attempt and could only muster for a split to tie the game at 97 and send the game to a second overtime.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 shutoutThe Pirates would then take the 107-105 win over the Red Lions in double overtime to complete the unprecedented streak.NCAA commissioner Bai Cristobal was quick to leap on the defense of the referees, charging the bad and missed calls made to experience. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9305:18After the Typhoon Part 200:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments
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QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Verlander prevented more damage when Turner fouled out and the right-hander fanned Bellinger, who struck out four times for the second time in the Series.Springer homered for the third straight game and fourth time in the Series, one shy of the record set byReggie Jackson in 1977 and matched by Utley in 2009.Brian McCann singled leading off the fifth and Gonzalez doubled past Turner and down the left-field line.Hill struck out Josh Reddick and Verlander, and Springer was intentionally walked to load the bases.Morrow relieved as the crowd booed manager Dave Roberts’ decision, and Hill slapped at four cups of liquid in the dugout, sending them spraying against the wall“With Verlander on the mound, that was going to be the game,” Roberts said.Appearing in his sixth straight Series game, Morrow got Bregman to ground to shortstop on his second pitch.Watson walked Reddick leading off the seventh, Evan Gattis pinch hit for Verlander and Maeda relieved. Gattis bounced to shortstop, just beating Utley’s throw from second to avoid a double play. Springer reached on an infield single that bounced off Seager’s glove at shortstop and into left field, and Bregman’s fly to deep center allowed pinch-runner Derek Fisher to tag up and advance to third, bringing up Altuve. Walking down the dugout steps after his groundout, Altuve slammed his helmet.“The pick is big,” Hinch said.Attention quickly turned to Wednesday.“I think it seems fitting,” Roberts said. “These two teams mirror one another.” But it served only to set up the 10th blown lead of the Series, the fifth by Houston, as Verlander fell to 9-1 with the Astros.Dodgers relievers combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings. Brandon Morrow retired Alex Bregman on a grounder to strand the bases loaded in the fifth, winner Tony Watson got Marwin Gonzalez to fly out with two on and two outs in the sixth, and Kenta Maeda escaped two-on trouble in the seventh when third baseman Justin Turner gloved Jose Altuve’s grounder and made a short-hop throw that first baseman Cody Bellinger scooped just in time.After wasting a ninth-inning lead in Game 2 and losing Game 5, Kenley Jansen retired six straight batters (on 19 pitches) for the save and ended it by striking out 40-year-old pinch-hitter Carlos Beltran.This will be the third World Series Game 7 in four years. The road team has won the last two after home teams had won every one since 1979.Ten of the last 12 teams that won Game 6 to force a seventh game also won the title, but the Dodgers lost the previous six World Series in which they trailed 3-2. They have won just one of their six championships at home, in 1963.A heat wave over and the skies overcast, the temperature dropped to 67 degrees at game time from 103 for last week’s opener, and there was a slight drizzle in the middle innings.Los Angelenos with a laid-back reputation were on their feet for two-strike counts against Astros batters, a wave in Pantone 294 — also known as Dodger blue.“We feed off the crowd, for sure,” Taylor said. “We feel we have a huge home-field advantage.”Yuli Gurriel, who made a racist gesture toward Darvish in Game 3, was booed loudly during introductions and each time he batted, and Hill stepped off the rubber to allow the crowd extra time to jeer.Verlander has 11 postseason wins but dropped to 0-4 in the Series with Detroit and Houston, which acquired him from the Tigers on Aug. 31 to win on nights like this. He allowed just one baserunner before Austin Barnes singled leading off the sixth. Verlander bounced a pitch that hit Chase Utley on the front of his right foot, and Taylor sent a 97 mph fastball down the right-field line as Barnes came home. Seager followed with a sacrifice fly to the warning track, a ball that likely would have landed in the pavilion in last week’s hot air. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Path set for Kings’ reign Pederson sat in the interview room with his older brother, Champ, who has Down Syndrome.“I have a feeling that everything is possible,” Champ said. “I’m not going to say they have it, but I’m just going to say they will find a way.” LATEST STORIES “People are trying to get me encouraged to using the whole field,” he said. “I’m not very good at it.”Yu Darvish starts Wednesday for the Dodgers, trying to win their first title since 1988, and Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw will be ready in the bullpen after getting knocked out in the fifth inning of Game 5.“I can give you 27 innings,” Kershaw said. “I’ll be ready to go, whatever they need.”Lance McCullers Jr. gets the ball for the Astros in the first World Series Game 7 ever at Dodger Stadium.Darvish was chased in the second inning of Game 2, when McCullers pitched Houston to a 5-3 victory.“You’ve got two teams with a bunch of dogs in the clubhouse. No one is afraid,” McCullers said.Two nights after a 13-12, 10-inning slugfest under the roof at Minute Maid Park, pitching dominated.George Springer’s third-inning home run against starter Rich Hill had given a 1-0 lead to Verlander and the Astros, trying for the first championship in their 56-season history. On Halloween night, a title for a team with orange in its colors seemed appropriate.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Chris Taylor hit a tying double off Justin Verlander during a two-run rally in the sixth inning, Corey Seager followed with a go-ahead sacrifice fly and the Dodgers beat the Astros 3-1 on Tuesday night to push this dramatic Fall Classic to the ultimate game.Pederson homered in the seventh against Joe Musgrove, connecting off the right-hander for the second time in three games and making it a record 24 long balls that have been hit in this Series. Pederson pranced all the way to the plate, pointing at the Dodgers’ dugout and rubbing his thumbs and index fingers together to indicate what a money shot it was.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“You kind of black out in a situation like that. So I’m going to have to re-watch it to see what I did,” Pederson said.It was the third home run of the Series for Pederson, who was demoted to the minors from mid-August until early September, then left off the NL Division Series roster. He had hit just one previous big league opposite-field homer this season, and teammates offered to pay him to go the other way. View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates his home run off against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of Game 6 of baseball’s World Series Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES— Joc Pederson sliced a drive over the left-field wall, pounded his chest and danced around the bases, taking as many twists and turns as this World Series itself.Of course, the Los Angeles Dodgers forced the Houston Astros to Game 7.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. 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NU Bullpups force winner-take-all game 3. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMiguel Oczon made a huge steal and a basket as National University foiled Ateneo’s sweep bid with a 70-67 win to send the UAAP Season 80 juniors basketball Finals into a Game 3 Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Oczon had a good read on Jason Credo’s inbound pass intended for Dave Ildefonso, intercepting the ball and scoring the lay-up at the buzzer for the Bullpups to level the best-of-three series to one game apiece.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus D-League: Che’Lu-San Sebastian holds off Zark’s-Lyceum for 3rd straight win View comments LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Read Next Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Tañedo, who hit Gonzales in the head that prompted the latter to retaliate, and Amchel Angeles, who shoved Gonzales during in the altercation, were initially tossed out of the game but the were reinstated by the referees. The scores:NU (70) – Oczon 17, Amsali 11, Malonzo 10, Javillonar 8, Manalang 7, Minerva 7, Fortea 4, Gonzales 3, Coyuca 3, Felisilda 0, Pangilinan 0.Ateneo (67) – Ildefonso 14, Sotto 10, Belangel 10, Credo 7, Manuel 6, David 6, Escalona 5, Angeles 5, Chiu 4, Diaz 0.Quarterscores: 21-21, 34-35, 47-48, 70-67 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Mas disciplined ang defense namin,” said NU mentor Goldwin Monteverde. Ildefonso led the Blue Eaglets with 14 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and two steals while Kai Sotto followed up his triple-double effort in the opener with 10 points, eight boards and five blocks. SJ Belangel also had 10 points and pulled down four rebounds for Ateneo. The loss snapped the Eaglets’ have 15-game winning streak. Things went chippy at the 7:54 mark of third period when Cyril Gonzales was ejected for kicking Ateneo’s Allan Tañedo in the bench after the NU guard dived for the ball.ADVERTISEMENT “I just did my best for the team,” said Oczon, who eventually finished with 17 points. The Finals decider is set on Friday at San Juan Arena. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Rhayyan Amsali produced a double-double effort of 11 points and 13 rebounds while Michael Malonzo added 10 points for NU. It was Malonzo’s lay-up that gave the Bullpups a 58-57 lead in the final 57 seconds. AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
The 29-year-old Curry has remained his unflappable, playful, perfectionist self, yelling “finish strong!” to himself the other day as tried for a 10th straight made 3 from the baseline. He missed, letting out a loud “ahhhh!”“I’m just playing aggressive, playing confident. Obviously shots are falling. I’m trying to do other things other than just scoring so I can help my team put us in the best situations to win,” Curry said. “That’s it, really. The moment is bright right now and you’ve kind of got to live up to it. This is what we live for as basketball players to be playing in these type of games that matter the most. We have four wins left, we have to do whatever we can to get them.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Irving winning that matchup against the MVP rallied the Cavs, fueled a comeback from a 3-1 deficit as Cleveland captured its first major team sports title in 52 years.READ: Warriors wary of LeBron as Cavs arrive for NBA FinalsNow, all the focus of this Finals is on LeBron and KD. And that might be just the opening Curry needs to shine brightest again on the big stage after the struggles last year, when he shot just 40 percent in the Finals and had more turnovers (30) than assists (26).Lately, Curry and Durant have engaged in intense shooting competitions to stay sharp and have a little fun at the same time as the Warriors wait once more. They’re the first team to begin a postseason 12-0, so it has made for plenty of rest and downtime — far different than a year ago when Golden State went seven games in the Western Conference finals to Durant’s former Oklahoma City Thunder.It has made a big difference for Curry, who missed six playoff games in 2016 because of ankle and knee injuries and was never 100 percent after that.ADVERTISEMENT A month later, Steph was stepping back again as the Warriors welcomed Kevin Durant to their star-studded roster. When the season began last fall, Curry unselfishly gave up some of his own scoring chances so Durant could seamlessly find his way, not making as many 3s — or half-court buzzer beaters for that matter — and lacking the same efficiency and flair.READ: Warriors seek redemption, Cavs want repeat FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingCurry is fully healthy this postseason and ready to reclaim that championship that got away last June as the Finals begin with Thursday’s Game 1.“I thought it was kind of ridiculous to be honest,” Curry said of the critics. “Ignore is probably not the word. I heard it, reacted to it as almost like, I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone type of situation. Because I know what I was doing on the floor and what my job is every night on this team, so I could go to sleep at night pretty proud of the way I was playing.” LATEST STORIES View comments Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry dribbles during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. The Golden State Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oakland. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, California — Sure, Stephen Curry heard the scrutiny. It was everywhere. Even the two-time reigning NBA MVP wasn’t immune.Curry’s forgettable NBA Finals last year ended with Kyrie Irving hitting the deciding 3-pointer in his face and Curry unable to shake Kevin Love as Cleveland took Game 7 to complete a masterful comeback and steal a championship on Golden State’s home court.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ READ: Scottie Pippen throws shade at Steph Curry“He’s pretty sharp,” said player development coach Bruce Fraser, who passes to Curry daily. “He’s been shooting it pretty well. I would rather have him like this than like he was going into the last Final. He’s competitive and he wants to win, so you can bet that he’s not happy about last year and he’s going to go after this one.”Curry wants to take back the championship that got away, and help KD and so many other veterans without a title earn their ring.He has scored 20 or more points in 10 straight playoff games and led the Warriors in scoring in eight of their 12 postseason contests. Twice he has dished out eight assists.READ: Cool Hand Lue: Cavs coach keeps NBA champs calm amid chaos“It’s just been such better progression for Steph this postseason,” coach Steve Kerr said. “I mean last year, right from Game 1 against Houston he was injured and fighting an uphill battle. I thought he was amazing under the circumstances of his injury but to me he looks fresher, faster, stronger than he did a year ago.”Curry made a point to do everything necessary for Durant to make a smooth transition incorporating into the offense, even if that meant his own numbers were down a year after his second MVP and another record 402 3-pointers as Golden State topped the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ wins record going 73-9.He took two fewer shots per game, his scoring average dropped from a league-leading 30.1 to 25.3 and his 46.8 percent shooting was his worst since 2012-13. But he still hit 324 3s for the second most in NBA history to his 402 a year ago and paced himself so he is peaking now.READ: Durant gets chance to follow Lebron’s path to title“That’s a part of maturing and getting older in this league is you’ve got to realize every year you’re a year older so you’ve got to tweak some things,” teammate David West said. “I thought he did a good job of that. He took some flak for it early from the outside noise but I just thought he was intent on making sure he was playing his best ball late. He’s put us in a great position.” Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV ‘He’s with me’: Mourning dad, American wins at French Open Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments Ben Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlready looking formidable in the first two games of its campaign, unbeaten La Salle gets another boost as reigning Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala suits up for the first time in UAAP Season 80 on Wednesday.Mbala, who missed the games against Far Eastern U and National U due to national team duties with Cameroon in Fiba Afrobasket, returns to the lineup as the Green Archers gun for their third straight win against the Adamson Falcons in the 4 p.m. game.ADVERTISEMENT National U clashes with University of Santo Tomas at 4 p.m. with the Tigers shooting for a first victory in three outings.The Bulldogs hope to return to winning ways after dropping a 110-115 decision to the Archers last Saturday in a game where rookie Josh Bartlett delivered 23 points in a losing effort.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut the spotlight will be on Mbala and the rest of the Archers as they go up against an Adamson team which pulled off its first win of the season against UST, 88-81, last Saturday.“Maybe we’re on this level now, but when Ben plays, we will just raise our level with him,” said La Salle coach Aldin Ayo, after the Archers won a high-scoring affair over the Bulldogs. Ayo actually expects a much-improved version of Mbala when the reigning MVP finally plays for the Archers. Mbala showed flashes of a more polished outside shot in Afrobasket.“When Ben comes in, he can play, the 5, 4, 3, or he can even play 2 depending on our schemes,” said Ayo. “We’ll find a way to put in Ben and in spots where he can be comfortable.”Mbala’s absence actually gave the likes of Abu Tratter, Santi Santillan and Justin Baltazar to flourish, while Aljun Melecio took over the offense, averaging 24.5 points in the first two games.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups LATEST STORIES Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Top prospects mum on PBA Draft plans, keep options open Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has topped the chart for celebrity endorsements on television during the first six months of this year. From being captain cool to becoming the hottest celebrity as far as the numbers of endorsements are concerned, Dhoni has jumped the queue on some big names in the country. Dhoni is ahead of his closest competitor Shah Rukh Khan by eight endorsements and Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar by nine endorsements, Adex survey of TAM Media Research has revealed. As per the survey results, Dhoni has 24 companies to his name, well ahead of SRK’s 16 and Tendulkar’s 15, the other top endorsers on the list. The Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the no. 1 celebrity endorser.Dhoni even took over the fairer sex’s appeal as superstars like Kareen Kapoor and Katrina Kaif stood far behind him. These actresses’ had a combined share of 45 per cent in the total endorsements of celebrities. During January to June 2010, Dhoni has done advertisements for a host of brands, including Reebok, Aircel, Godrej and TVS. Brighter future aheadIn July, Dhoni signed a Rs 210 crore deal with Rhiti Sports Management and Mindscapes to manage his long list of endorsements and brand associations for two years. The deal, the most lucrative in Indian cricket history, surpassed Tendulkar’s three-year contract estimated worth Rs 180 crore with sports management firm Iconix in 2006.
DU colleges to release first cut- off lists by mid-June.A day after Delhi University (DU) decided to discontinue use of application forms for admission to undergraduate programmes, senior officials in the administration hinted at a change in the admission calendar this year.The university intends to complete the entire admission process – from announcing cut- off lists to the last lap of converting vacant seats reserved for the Other Backward Classes ( OBC) into general category – for UG programmes before the academic session begins on July 21.According to a senior official, the first cut- off list ( qualifying marks for programmes) will be announced around June 15. Last year, it was declared on June 22.”The remaining three lists should be declared and admissions under each list completed around the first week of July.Then colleges will be allowed to announce two more cut- off lists in case seats are still vacant. But unlike last year when colleges converted vacant OBC seats to general category in August, we will ask them to do this before the academic session begins on July 21,” the official said.” At the most, this conversion of OBC seats and its admission can spill over to a week after colleges reopen. But, not beyond that,” he said. Last year, most colleges finished this process only around August 15.These changes in the calendar will be pitched during the meeting of the admissions advisory committee for approval.The university has been working on introducing semester system in the remaining UG programmes from this year. Last year, it had brought 13 science programmes under the system.advertisementThe pruning of the admission calendar has been proposed to ensure effective implementation of semester system. ” Last year, admission was made till the end of August. But we can’t have students joining classes in the middle of a semester. We want the full strength to be present right from the beginning. So the proposal is to wrap up the admission process, at least within a week of the new session,” an official said.The university has also hinted at changes in the admission calendar after it decided to do away with application forms.Till last year, DU aspirants had the option of either filling a common admission form or applying individually to the colleges.The common form was good for applying to 61 UG courses across 63 colleges. But from this year, there will be no forms. The cut- off lists will be announced by colleges based on their previous years’ experience of conducting admissions. Students can directly approach colleges for admission if they are eligible as per the cut- off marks.But students seeking admission under sports, SC/ ST and ECA quotas and to programmes with joint entrance examination will have to fill application forms.The DU, however, will continue to sell its information booklet and conduct open days. ” The information booklet will be available on our website, too ,” said J. M. Khurana, dean, students’ welfare, DU.SPORTS QUOTAThe DU might allow colleges to conduct sport trials for admission of students under the sports quota this year. This follows the ” No physical education teachers came forward to help during the centralised sports trials. We want to bring the teachers on board. After the changes made last year, trials account for 25 marks and certificates 75 marks.With this break up the scope of back door entry through trials is quite less. There doesn’t seem any problem in letting colleges have a say in how much a candidate should score out of 25 marks,” said a senior university official.
CBI is likely to investigate the role of a Mauritius-based company for alleged irregularities in executing over Rs 70 crore contracts for providing consultancy for Commonwealth Games-related works after receiving a reference from Sports Ministry in this regard.Acting on PMO recommendation, the Sports Ministry has sent a letter to CBI to probe the antecedents, flow of funds and works carried out by Event Knowledge Services (EKS), an international private consultant, for alleged wrongdoings.EKS was given three contracts of over Rs 70 crore by the Games Organising Committee to extend consultancy services for the venue development and management, games workforce, and games planning and project management services.”A reference has been received from the Sports Ministry and a preliminary enquiry into the matter is on,” a CBI official said.Taking a serious view of the Shunglu Committee’s findings, the PMO had suggested to Sports Ministry a probe by CBI and Enforcement Directorate.It has directed “expeditious action” on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s order in the matter and sought the reply of Sports Ministry within a month on the fifth report of the high-level committee appointed by him.”We will also be sending a reference to ED to probe alleged violation of foreign exchange acts and money laundering,” a Sports Ministry official said. The Committee in its report estimated financial loss of over Rs 18 crore to the Government due to alleged irregularities in granting workforce contract.On October 25, 2010 the Prime Minister had appointed the high level committee under the chairmanship of former Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu to investigate and report all irregularities in executing various projects by several government agencies during the Games held in New Delhi between October 3-14, 2010.advertisementThe committee, in its report submitted to the PMO on March 28, found several discrepancies in the projects executed by the company and “collusion” among sacked jailed OC Chief Suresh Kalmadi, Chief Executive Officer of CWG Federation Mike Hooper and other senior functionaries of the Games body.Interestingly, the Games Planning and Project Management Contract permitted EKS to assign the same to a sister concern. EKS incorporated a new company in November, 2008 in Mauritius by the name Event Knowledge Services Pvt Ltd.The entire contract was assigned to the new company in June 2009, thus, making a mockery of Quality Based Selection System (QBS), the report said.”This is a fit case for reference to the CBI and the ED. They would have to investigate the ownership of EKS Private Limited, Mauritius and trace the flow of funds from the OC to EKS private limited and onwards to other recipients. The aspects of fraud involved in this case would also need to be investigated and suitable criminal action taken against the guilty,” it said.The committee has scrutinised projects like sponsorship, ticketing, overlays, ceremonies, technology contracts and catering among others executed by the OC.Besides Kalmadi,former OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot, Director General V K Verma, Deputy Director General -Procurement Surjeet Lal and Joint Director General-Sports A S V Prasad among others are in Tihar jail for their alleged involvement in the CWG scam.- With PTI inputs
There seems no end to the list of Sachin Tendulkar admirers and the latest to laud the Indian batting icon is West Indian fast bowling great Courtney Walsh. “For me, Sachin has been the number one Indian batsman. Sometimes he has challenged me and at other times I have done so and we were very competitive. When we catch up there is respect from both sides,” stated Walsh, who took 519 wickets in 132 Tests, making him the fifth greatest wicket-taker of all time. Only Muttiah Muralitharan (800 wickets), Shane Warne (708), Anil Kumble (619) and Glenn McGrath (563) have more wickets than Walsh in Test history. Walsh was speaking on the occasion of a stand at Sabina Park being named after him on the opening day of the first Test on Monday. Walsh sees a lot of good in modern-day cricket but feels most of them are not with West Indian cricket. “Most changes are for good but in the West Indies team, consistency is not there, confidence is not there. There is potential and some are very good fast bowlers. We are working and I am sure we would be back soon,” he said. Even after playing for so long, Walsh believes he could have carried on a bit longer but wanted to make way for some promising fast bowlers. “I left a little early. West Indies was touring Zimbabwe and I though it was time to move on, give youngsters a break. “But those youngsters didn’t come through and so I could have carried on a little longer,” he said. Walsh and Curtly Ambrose set up a deadly attack for the West Indies in the ’90s and were the last great Caribbean fast bowlers to emerge from the region. “We never competed against each other; we complimented each other. Our styles were different. We tried to do what the team required. “I never sledged for it was important to maintain the spirit of the game. For me the ball did the talking,” he said. Walsh named Michael Holding, who also belongs to Jamaica, as his fast bowling idol. “I watched him as a kid and later we together played for the same club, Jamaica and of course West Indies.”advertisement- With inputs from PTI
Shopping in Chennai has long traversed the path from an activity conducted on a needonly level to everybody’s favourite ‘pass’ time. There’s a recent twist: from stores that cater solely to canines to a garden boutique and designer collectives, niche is the buzzword. Best friend’s wedding? Get them something from,Shopping in Chennai has long traversed the path from an activity conducted on a needonly level to everybody’s favourite ‘pass’ time. There’s a recent twist: from stores that cater solely to canines to a garden boutique and designer collectives, niche is the buzzword. Best friend’s wedding? Get them something from Mere Yaar ki Shaadi collection from the Play Clan boutique. Mother’s Day gift dilemma? She can’t say no to a cheery plant from Harith Tharang-The Garden Shop. More often than not, these stores are characterised by their owners who encourage conversations and make shopping an interactive process. Lateef Mohamad of The Old Curiosity Shop says it best. “There are times when I’m here at the store talking till midnight with a customer. There may be no sale even, but we are both richer at the end of it.”Omar Lateef at The Old Curiosity ShopVintage world: The Old Curiosity ShopNot everything here is for sale, nor is everything available to everyone at The Old Curiosity Shop. “We strongly feel that the person should value what he’s going to buy,” says owner Lateef Mohamad. “So we show things to our customers accordingly.” Set up way back in 1950, this is one of the oldest antique stores in India. The Old Curiosity Shop is actually named after a novel by Charles Dickens about an antique store. The shop is stacked with curios from all around the world-vintage books and chamfer chests from Europe, rugs from Persia and jewellery from royal families of England. advertisementMohamad’s son, 25-year-old Omar Lateef, will most likely meet you at the store. A model and actor, he’s also determined to carry on his father’s legacy. From original Elvis and James Dean polaroids to 150-year-old carriage clocks to gramophone records- antiques of all kinds are available here. They also stock Indian memorabilia for foreigners who frequent the store.Where: 146, Mount Raod, Anna SalaiTel: 28460298Cost: Rs 25 for a keychain to lakhs for other antique items.We love: Cloisonne and porcelain thimbles right out of an English fairy tale.Quirk unlimited: Play ClanPlay Clan is the very definition of Indian kitsch. This Delhi-based design store chain aims at making memorable images out of the mundane. The small Playclan boutique store at the newly opened Raintree hotel is packed with Indian pop culture paraphernalia such as funky T-shirts embroidered with public transport, idols and Bollywood dialogues. The ‘one billion’ tote bag to commemorate the burgeoning population of the city, the Kathakali tote and the purani Dilli tote are intricately designed with numerous in-jokes. The Enna Rascala Rajinikanth journal reigns supreme amongst the other journals on display. Fridge magnets, keychains, watches and cheque book cases following the same standards of funk are also available.Where: Raintree, Anna Salai.Tel: 28309999 www.shop.theplayclan.comCost: Rs 85 for a postcard to art frames for Rs 1995.We love: The 3-Idiots T-shirt that says ‘Main apna surname change nahi karoongi’.Pavitra Mohan at the storeSpice route: Masala ChaiWhat started off as a blog by Pavitra Mohan grew into a popular store design store. Masala Chai, at Ashvita Cafe and Gallery, stocks over 50 brands of jewellery, clothes, bags, bric-a-brac and home decor from South Asia. Products by funky Indian brands such as Chumbak and Magnut are also available. These include keychains, bouncy bobble heads, photo frames and car danglers. You could pick up magnets with caricatures of tongue-in-cheek characters such as Flying Fakir, Dancing Mallu, Simbly Simon and Melvis. Dresses by Funk For Hire, Rachna Reddy’s clutches and jewellery by Baby Baniya are the other eyecatchers. Unique item: kitschy cushions with psychedelic graphics and retro prints of 80s films from a brand appropriately called Item Number.Where: 11 Second Street, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore.Tel: 42109990, 43129920; www.masalachaionline.blogspot.comCost: Rs 100 for a keychain from Chumbak to Rs 8,000 for clutches by Rachna Reddy.We love: Vinita Nair’s trays made in decoupage style with ethnic designs and printed literary verses.Design dreams: EvolvEvolv is a retail concept that offers individualistic Indian fashion created in collaboration with leading and upcoming Indian designers for urbane Indian youth. Conceptualised by Atul Malhotra this design store offers a range of design products from designer wear, accessories, stationery to books and magazines and music. Some leading Indian designers who have collaborated with Atul include Manish Arora, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Abraham & Thakore, Namrata Joshipura, Sanchita and Malini Ramani. The product mix includes apparel from young designers such as Gaurav Gupta, Amit Agarwal, Shrivan Narresh and AM:PM. The store also stocks accessories such as headphones from Skullcandy, shoes by Language, and Play Clan products. Travel freaks could also get their hands on luxe city guides, love travel guides by Fiona Caulfield and Wallpaper Guides.Where: Luxury wing, Express Avenue.Tel: 28464250; www.evlov.inCost: Rs 295 for a Play Clan journal to Rs 16,800 for a Malini Ramani dress.We love: John Lennon-ish sunglasses by Spitfire.Nilofer Cassam with her hampersCustom made: Hampers by KireiadvertisementThe tag line of this concept store reads ‘A smile, a rose and a bundle of bows’. “We gift smiles,” says 26-year-old Nilofer Cassam who runs Hampers. Conceptualised on the lines of foreign stores such as Harrods, at Hampers Nilofer puts together a range of exclusive gift products. Depending on the budget, she puts together an all-in-one hamper consisting of beauty products, gourmet eateries, books and small knick-knacks. The emphasis is on classy and contemporary packaging. “It’s Western in idea and execution,” says Nilofer. The items are sourced at much lower rates than retail prices so customers get more for their money. She adds, “I customise the hamper keeping in mind the personality of the client.” There is a conscious effort to include keepsakes such as champagne flutes and gourmet books. This way, the hamper remains a fond memory even after the cupcakes and wine are finished.Where: 6 Haddows Road, Nungambakkam. Tel: 4677333.Cost: The hampers start at Rs 3,000 and go up to Rs 15,000.We love: The Father’s Day hamper with Moet & Chandon champagne, spa vouchers and pocket books.Treasure chest: The BoxBrightly coloured plastic pots line the exterior of The Box, The Park hotel’s souvenir shop. However, these pots are not for sale. What you can buy from this store are items handpicked from the city and across the country by Priya Paul, chairperson of The Park. All the stuff here has a slice of Chennai-coffee table books on Bharatnatyam, plates with pictures of Kollywood stars and items from Chennaigaga, a brand that makes unique city souvenirs such as T-shirts, bags, mugs and more. There are other gift items such as cushions with Kathakali motifs, Taj Mahal miniatures and journals of Mumbai.Where: The Park, Anna Salai.Tel: 42676000; www.theparkhotels.comCost: Rs 120 for fridge magnets to Rs 53,000 for a leather bag.We love: Brightly coloured wire baskets by Varnajalam.Green ideas: Harith TarangTucked away below the asphalt jungle is this garden boutique selling a variety of plants and plant accessories. It was set up by Rashmi Sunil, who’s father-in-law Sudhakar Shankar runs M.T. Rajan Pooncholai, an establishment that deals with plant rentals and maintenance. Inspired by garden centres abroad, Rashmi decided to add a retail vertical to the Rajan establishment. About 200 varieties of plants are displayed at the store. However, there are more options that can be sourced from their backend farm. You could pick up interesting hybrids also. For example the phycus (a decorative rubber tree), which took 15 years to grow, is actually four trees woven into one. Unlike a nursery, at this garden boutique the customer relationship extends beyond purchase. “There is a move to go green and organic,” says Rashmi. “We encourage and help people do that.”Where: 40, Bazullah Road, T.Nagar. Tel: 6527 5990; www.hariththarang.comCost: Rs15 for a tulsi plant to Rs 15,000 for the phycus tree.We love: A planter or a pot shaped like a man with a pipe.Pet talk: Kennel MartadvertisementIt’s a pity that you can’t bring your dog to this store but there are a whole lot of things you can take home for your pet. The Kennel Mart is a pet speciality store which not only has a lot of goodies for dogs as the name suggests, but also has gourmet food and scratch posts for cats. It is the only store in the city to stock hamster and guinea pig, and fish food. But dogs are clearly the focus here. There is a mind-boggling range of accessories such as shoes, raincoats, Tshirts and even bathrobes. The shelves are lined with shampoos, body sprays, specialised toothbrushes and toothpastes for dogs.Where: Kennel Mart Spencer Plaza S 111, 2nd Floor, Phase 3, Spencer Plaza.Tel: 42036465; http://www.kennelmartonline. comCost: Rs 45 for a scooper sheet to Rs 14,000 for a pet carrier.We love: Orange and pink shoes that come in a set of four.Game plan: Dollars and PoundsThis store has moved beyond cricket mania. There are soccer jerseys, gold T-shirts, racing jackets but radio silence on cricket. Entrepreneur V S Nawab started this store in 2001 with the idea of selling sports paraphernelia apart from cricket. “I want other sports to have a fair fighting chance so no cricket items here,” he laughs. Apart from the sport items, there are accessories, clothing and biking gear. The soccer section has been designed like a football field while the clothing section is done up like a warzone. There’s barbed wire, water flowing beneath the metal staircase and even a burnt jeep. Have fun.Where: No: 44, Sardar Patel Road (Near IIT), Adyar.Tel: 4351 4080/1/2; www.dollarsandpounds.netCost: Rs 20 for a wrist-band, Rs 1290 for a ‘music T-shirt’ that glows rhythmically when music plays around to Rs 6,000 for a racing jacket.We love: Biking gear available in bright colours.Navila Avis at her storeBody treats: TowliyaThe name says it all-Towliya is all about towels. Terry towels, jacquard towels, bathrobes, hand towels, co-ordinated towels, bath mats, hair ties, they are all available here in every conceivable and customizable colour and size. Owner Navila Avis persuaded her husband, an exporter of terry towels to open this shop for her. And even today, it is the only place in the city people where people can order for customised towels with monograms and colours of their choice.Where: 8, Amble Side, Khader Nawaz Khan Road.Tel: 28331340.Cost: Rs 25 for a hand towel to Rs 1, 650 for a co-ordinated set of four towels.We love: Lace trimmed towels.Hand craft: D’HutQuaint exteriors lead you into what seems like a mysterious cave full of curios. Neethirajan and his wife Reshuma started D’Hut three years ago. The store is spread over two floors and packed from wall to wall. “We stock hand made cultural handicrafts from across the world,” says Reshuma.”It all started when my husband, a marine engineer used to bring back handicrafts from different places and we looked for a space to display them.” The store stocks a range of handicrafts from Africa, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Kenya and Tanzania.The eye catchers here are the variety of masks and chimes which dot the walls of the ground floor and can be seen even while you’re driving past. You could also pick some gift items, home decor and even some furniture. “We recently stocked some unique shelves and stools made of used boats,” says Reshuma. She travels across the world, spends time with villagers who custom make the products for her. Most of them work under thatched roof in small huts and that’s how she came up with the name D’Hut.Where: 137, East Coast Road, Srinivasapuram, Thiruvanmiyur.Tel: 94433 36930Cost: Rs 30 for keychains and life-size tribal art pieces from Papua New Guinea for Rs 50,000.We love: Rainstick from Africa- something which the rural folk believe brings rain.