To Be Mrs. B

first_imgAfter months of rumor, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan are formally engaged, sending their Bollywood fans into a tizzy. Speculation is now rife in the world of “Abhishwarya”: Will the wedding be held on Feb 19 or Mar 5? Will the married couple move into the house supposedly originally bought for Abhishek and Karisma Kapoor? How will the Kapoor clan react? Will Aishwarya’s purportedly manglik horoscope bring ill luck to Abhishek and destroy his career, as it did to her former beaus? Until recently, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan are two people few would have ever thought of pairing in a real life romance. Their (flop) movie together, Dhai Akshar Prem Ke (2002), convinced the public that they hardly deserved to hold hands in the reel world, let alone say “I do” anywhere else. It’s likely the two never saw merit in an off screen, larger-than-life romance after their initial box office failure.Instead, in the intervening years, Aishwarya went through a tumultuous relationship with the purportedly abusive Salman Khan. Then Vivek Oberoi came to her rescue as her knight in shining armor only to leave after another messy ending. Abhishek had his own engagement-and-then-breakup debacle with Karisma Kapoor over an alleged prenuptial agreement, followed by speculation about people’s choice Rani Mukherjee as the bahu to be for the Bachchan khandaan. Tradition tells the world that Rani is presumably perfect, because she hails from the same state as Abhishek’s mom and brilliant actress Jaya Bachchan (nee Bahaduri).In early 2006, following the especially spiced-up buzz over how AB’s Baby (the unkind term coined for Abhishek as he stumbled around trying to find his feet in the movie industry and only seemed to have his father Amitabh Bachchan for identity) went crazy waiting for and doting on Aishwarya at his birthday party, there was a media storm about Abhishek and Aishwarya’s janam kundalis, birth charts, being compared. However, when nothing materialized, it was whispered that their stars did not align and a lull followed.By the end of 2006 though, things appeared to be in high gear again, despite Aish and Abhi’s continued semi-tepid pairing on the big screen – nothing matches the flames that erupt onscreen between Aish and Sallu in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Post the cult success of the “Kajra Re” song special of Bunty Aur Babli where Aishwarya Rai wowed the world with Abhishekh Bachchan and his father, Amitabh Bachchan, and Umrao Jaan where the duo starred opposite each other once more, stories started to fly everywhere.With the declaration of their engagement right after the New York premiere of Guru, their latest movie together, we now know that rumors of the Bachchan family astrologer declaring 2006 inauspicious for their pairing were obviously true. 2007 is the auspicious year when they will actually tie the knot. And it is apparently the right time in their careers too, for while Aishwarya has continued her steady rise, AB junior too has found a strong footing in the Indian film industry, with his own acting style – reminiscent of, and yet so different from, his father’s  – his own niche, his own unfailing following (just witness his searing performance in Guru) that is not to say there aren’t eyebrow-raising issues on both sides. Aishwarya has been accused by gossip columnists of not liking a failure, but we can see that Abhishek is certainly in no danger of being that anytime soon. At the same time, marriage to Abhishekh is supposed to go hand in hand with a prenup for his spouse that she will stop working in movies post marriage. However, with recent, markedly unkind, articles asking how much longer she can hope to play the leading lady after turning 33, Aish may not necessarily balk at such a proposition. Both parties have had their share of heartaches and a lot of whispered he-said, she-said. Perhaps it is only fair that they should finally find compatible love and some peace from paparazzi and rumor mills.Alas, not before we overseas Indians get to express our thoughts on the union.Ruchi is an evolved, architect-in-training based out of New York. But you had better not pick an argument with her, because you will lose!The first thought that ran through my mind at the news was amazement at the media frenzy.  Why is everyone so into their business?  It’s sad how a lot of people get caught up in the lives of strangers. I don’t even understand why and how it happens! Most people hate getting critiqued on their lifestyles and choices, especially by strangers, so why should anyone (except the immediate circle of loved ones) discuss Aishwarya and Abhishek’s wedding? Sigh…OK, I’m being a little silly and extreme, but it just really irks me how the local news seems to focus more on Madonna’s “new accessory” or “Brangelina” than anything else. Who cares! Or nobody should care. This shouldn’t be in the news. Then we wonder why the “stars” behave haughtily or why they find the need to protect their privacy.S.B. is an artist with a warm heart and talent galore. I am glad for the two in question, but I can’t help wondering why or how a seemingly down to earth guy like AB would end up with a person like Aish. She does seem way too fake and narcissistic for him. I am very disappointed, but wish him well and hope that this won’t affect his performance.MR loves all things fashion!Well, this is what I think. She is beautiful and he is so-so. I don’t know if I want what I say published with my name attached, in case they come running after me. However, it is almost shocking that she is marrying him, seeing how incredibly beautiful, talented and well spoken of a person she is. I think she could do much better and be with someone much more sophisticated, and perhaps someone non-Bollywood connected.Manan Katohora known for his publicity guns and passion for film, is editor for the web portal www.whackywednesday.com.At the end of the day, stars, actors, celebrities, are regular, ordinary souls living in an extra-ordinary world. I think we should give them their space and privacy. Especially now that they’re engaged, it’s a beautiful time that they deserve to enjoy together, alone. I am happy for them (Aish, Abhishek).Let’s leave them alone and let them do their work.Seema Malik is a Manhattan based architect by profession, artiste by temperament, co-producer of the play, A First Class Man, and a huge Bollywood buff.I have a lot of thoughts on this topic. I have been following the many rumors about the two of them and I was way excited by this announcement, because I like both of them. I did wonder if the recent hype was because of their movies together, but obviously, with this engagement, it’s based on the truth.  Of course, the timing of the rumors didn’t hurt the box office sales. I must admit last night I was googling to find out details and if a statement had been made by Amitabh. I still wonder about Abhishek and Karisma’s break-up and what the reason was. I heard it was because of a pre-nup and she was asked to quit movies. I wonder if Aish would do that. I also thought Aish and Salman were a great couple, but there was too much melodrama. I thought Abhishek-Karisma and Aish-Salman were better suited together for each other. But of course, I know nothing about them and how they got along, etc. I also think they have a right to keep their lives private and not disclose things till they want to. But they can’t blame us for being curious and interested.I can see why the family want her to be the one, and so it could be more their choice than his. She is older than him, but she is still young, in her early thirties. I think she made a smart decision as opposed to the Sridevis, Madhuris, Rekhas and Hema Malinis. This is a good match, this is the right age to get married.  She is going to stay where she belongs instead of mysteriously fading away, hopefully!I think the Bachchan last name suits her. You wonder if a heroine can change her name. In this case I think she will. If I were Amitabh and had to pick a bahu for Abhishek she would undoubtedly be the one, except maybe for Priety. Sana’a is a Pakistan based investment banker by day and movie buff and singer by hobby.I think Abhi could find someone with more substance. Although their on-screen chemistry seems to have worked, I’m not too sure about their off-screen pairing up!Anju Joshi is a London based model, actress and classical dancer.The Ash-Abhi marriage. It would be interesting to know about what’s happening, but it is their personal life and we are being bombarded with details about their every move by the Indian news channels. At the end of the day, I take it that if I have my secrets in my personal life and I get famous, I don’t want them to come after me and make my life tough, just to satisfy public curiosity, sell papers. I can also see how it would be embarrassing for the two of them if things don’t work out after the hype. Good to see them get married. They look good together.SV loves basketball, hiphop and all things eclectic.Yeah, I have some shameless curiosity about celebrities, but not to the point of having opinions – more of a passive observer. No further comments.Priya says what she feels.I always thought Aish was better off with someone like Salman Rushdie than Salman Khan. In this pairing, she’ll be tops and torture poor Abhishek. Who knows what’s he’s into though? Perhaps Abhishek enjoys that kinky stuff.R is a daydreamer by day… and night!I think Abhishekh is cute and deserves a man, not a woman. I mean what was he thinking, especially when he could come back to me.Some names have been abbreviated or last names withheld on request.  Related Itemslast_img read more

German National, Who Accused Railway Employee of Assault, Held for Forged Visa

first_imgGerman tourist Holger Ereek, who had got into an altercation with railway supervisor Aman Kumar two days ago in Uttar Pradesh, has been arrested for travelling with a forged visa. Ereek had claimed that Kumar attacked him when he did not respond to the latter’s greetings at Robertsganj railway station in Sonbhadra district on Nov. 4.Ereek, 45, has been booked under Sections 14A of Foreigners Act (travelling without valid documents), 419 (cheating) and 420 (fraud) of IPC by the Sonbhadra police. This was done after an investigation by the Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FFRO) of Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) found that a case against Ereek was filed with the Manikaran police post of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh on July 5 for allegedly attacking a person with a sharp-edged weapon.After the case was registered, his passport and visa were deposited in the CJM court of Kullu. According to RP Singh, the Superintendent of Police at Sonbhadra, Ereek should have taken permission from Kullu police to leave the station, the Times of India reported. He, however, traveled to other parts of the country with a forged visa and no documents. On the photocopy of his visa, he had overwritten the date of his stay in the country.Singh said that the investigation officer of the case would go to Kullu to get more information. “We found a photocopy of his visa in his possessions, on which the date was found to have been overwritten,” he was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express. “Holger claimed that his original passport and visa were impounded in a court of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh. His information has to be verified.”The matter from Kullu is still pending in court. Ereek came into the media glare on Nov. 5 following his altercation with a railway employee at the Robertsganj railway station the previous day. Ereek and Kumar accused each other of assault, and the police arrested Kumar on the basis of Ereek’s FIR. On the same night, Ereek hit Harivansh Ram Azad, the Robertsganj outpost in-charge of the Government Railway Police, on his nose when he was asked not to leave the outpost. Ereek had come to Sonbhadra on Nov. 3 to see Agori Fort.Uttar Pradesh has also been in news recently for the attack on Swiss couple in Fatehpur Sikri. Related Itemsforeign tourist crimesGerman national forged visaGerman national UP attackGerman tourist Kullu attackHolger EreekRobertsganj German touristSonbhadraUttar Pradesh tourismlast_img read more

Will bring back M.P. man from Pakistan: Kamal Nath

first_imgMadhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Wednesday said the State government would make its best efforts to help bring back a man from Khandwa district detained in Pakistan for allegedly spying on a nuclear enrichment facility there.“We direct officials to visit the family of Raju Lakshman Bheel of Indhawadi village of Khandwa district,” Mr. Nath tweeted.On August 1, Pakistani police told presspersons of the arrest of Lakshman the previous day in the town of Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab province, 400 km from Lahore, while he was entering the district from Balochistan province. Balochistan, which is out of bounds for foreign nationals as it has some “sensitive installations”, is the district from which Pakistan had previously claimed to have arrested former Indian Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav. “The State government will apprise the Ministry of External Affairs of the missing person’s presence in Pakistan and will try all its means to bring him back to India,” said Mr. Nath.Pakistani media had quoted the police as saying that Mr. Lakshman had “admitted” he was a spy. He was later taken to an undisclosed location for investigation.On Monday, Mr. Lakshman’s mother, Basanta Bai, had claimed that her elder son, a class 5 dropout, was mentally ill and had been missing for three months. “The man being shown in photographs as an Indian spy is my elder son Raju. I appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring back my son from Pakistan.”The district administration said it had reached out to the family of five, including Mr. Lakshman’s two siblings. “We have taken his ailing mother to a hospital,” Khandwa Collector Tanvi Sundriyal told The Hindu. “At this point, we have no means to ascertain whether Mr. Lakshman is mentally ill or not,” she added.Meanwhile, The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on August 1 claimed Pakistan had not informed them on the “unverified reports” regarding the arrest of an alleged Indian spy. “We don’t react to unverified media reports. We are yet to hear from Pakistan on this,” MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar had said.Earlier, a youth each from Dindori district and Seoni district were found to be lodged in Pakistani jails. This year, Anil Kumar Saket, missing from Rewa district since January 2015, was traced to a jail in Lahore.last_img read more

Gujarat government slashes traffic violation fines under MV Act

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Gujarat government on Tuesday announced a drastic cut in the penalties for traffic violations even as the Centre is justifying the steep fine amounts under the amended Motor Vehicles (MV) Act. In some cases, the reduction in the State is as steep as ₹1,000 from ₹10,000. On July 31, Parliament passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019. But some States, especially those ruled by non-BJP parties, have opposed its stringent provisions and not implemented them yet. The amended Central MV Act provides for a fine of ₹1,000 for driving a two-wheeler without helmet; in Gujarat the fine will be ₹500, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced here. The penalty for the offence in the State currently is a mere ₹100. While the Central law has proposed a fine of ₹1,000 for pillion riders not wearing helmet, this provision will not be implemented at all in Gujarat, Mr. Rupani said. Further, one can produce driving licence or other documents in digitised form after storing them in the DigiLocker app, he said.For not fastening seat belts, car drivers will be fined ₹500 against ₹1,000 under the Central Act. The new provisions will come into force in Gujarat from September 16, the Chief Minister said.“The fine amount for different violations proposed under the Central law is the upper limit. Penalty collection is not our objective. We want people to be safe. The Gujarat government will enforce the law strictly wherever it is needed. We will be lenient wherever needed. That is why we will not impose any fine on pillion riders,” Mr. Rupani said.For triple-seat riding on two-wheelers, the fine in Gujarat will continue to be ₹100 and not ₹1,000 as under the amended MV Act, as “poor people can not afford to hire autorickshaw if a family of three wants to go somewhere,” the Chief Minister said. Talking on phone while driving would attract a fine of ₹500 for first-time offenders and ₹1,000 if caught a second time, which is almost on a par with the penalty under the Central Act. At present, the police collect ₹1,000 for the same offence in Gujarat.For dangerous driving as well as driving on the wrong side, the first-time penalty would be ₹1,500 for three-wheelers, ₹3,000 for light motor vehicles and ₹5,000 for bigger vehicles.These fines are lower than those under the Central Act, which provides for fines of ₹5,000 for the first time and ₹10,000 for a repeat offence.While the amended Central law proposes a penalty of ₹5,000 if the driver does not have a licence, the State police will recover ₹2,000 from two-wheeler riders and ₹3,000 from drivers of three- or four-wheelers.Against a hefty penalty of ₹5,000 proposed by the Centre for not registering the vehicle, the Gujarat government will recover ₹1,000 for two-wheelers, ₹2,000 for three- wheelers, ₹3,000 for four-wheelers and ₹5,000 for bigger vehicles.last_img read more

Hizb activates old-hand to revive militancy in Kishtwar: police

first_imgMilitant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen has activated its old hand, Muhammad Amin alias Jahangeer Saroori, to revive militancy in Jammu’s Chenab Valley, which was declared a zero-militancy region till 2016.”The police are trying its best to arrest Saroori. He is conspiring to revive militancy in Kishtwar (in the Chenab valley),” said Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu, Mukesh Singh.Saroori, who is the Hizb’s oldhand with involvement in militancy-related incidents for over two decades in the Chenab Valley, was lying low for many years as militant recruitment hit a low, especially prior to the Peoples Democratic Party-BJP regime, which ruled J&K from 2015 till 2018.IGP Singh confirmed six local youth — Osama, Nissar Sheikh, Zahid Ahmad and Rustam — have joined Saroori to revive the outfit.The Hizb has so far limited its attacks on the political figures and snatched at least three weapons in Kishtwar in the past one year. According to the police records, Saroori’s group was behind the killing of senior BJP leader Anil Parihar and his brother Ajit Parihar in November last year followed by killing of RSS leader Chandrikant Singh.”No snatched weapons have been recovered so far. However, in multiple raids some ammunition, rifles and poches were recovered from twin hideouts set up inside the houses of locals, Azad Ahmad and Nishad Hussein. These two locals and a another local youth, Nissar Sheikh, were behind the killing of political figures killings,” said IGP Singh. “Those supporting and harbouring militants will be booked under stringent law,” he added.The police believe that a contact was establsihed with Saroori and his new recruits in the upper reaches of Kishtwar earlier this year but they managed to flee from the spot.Kishtwar in the Jammu region is geographically closer to the Kashmir valley’s Kokernag area. The police suspect local militants were using tough hilly terrain to shuttle between south Kashmir and Kishtwar.”A Kashmiri militant, Moin-ul-Haq, was among the militants who snatched a weapon from a PDP leader Sheikh Nasir’s personal security officer on September 13,” the IGP added.last_img read more

Standhardinger beats PBA draft deadline

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Travel-weary Yemenis dream big UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games From among the homegrown talents, the applications of Kiefer Ravena and Bobby Ray Parks are also being keenly awaited by fans. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Philippine Basketball Association Draft pool just got its first legitimate talent who can turn a franchise around.Christian Standhardinger declared for the Draft on Monday as applications for overseas-born aspirants closed, immediately becoming the hands-down top overall prospect because of his size and exemplary attitude.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The 6-foot-8 Standhardinger, whose mother hails from Angono, Rizal, easily stands out from a bumper crop of aspirants who beat the deadline, counting former La Salle ace Jason Perkins and San Beda College’s Davon Potts.Standhardinger, 27, stood out in the Jones Cup in Taiwan, Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon and Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia, where the Philippines took the gold medal.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 shutoutHe is seen as someone who can dominate the middle in the PBA much like June Mar Fajardo has done for San Miguel Beer.The Draft is set on Oct. 29 with KIA Picanto likely to have the top overall pick. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:03DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines00:50Trending 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 MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Ateneo sweeps first round, outlasts La Salle

first_imgUP suffers big blow with injury to Manzo in loss to NU For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “Good thing we shot the ball in the first quarter and that gave us the cushion that we needed in the fourth.”Ateneo had a 59-48 lead late in the third quarter but the Green Archers managed to cut it to one, 63-62, heading into the fourth after mounting a 14-4 run.Nieto had a team-high 16 points to go along with two steals for the Blue Eagles while Anton Asistio added 14 points, 12 of which came from beyond the arc.Ricci Rivero led the Green Archers with 19 points while Mbala had an 18-point, 13-rebound double-double.ADVERTISEMENT Matt Nieto came through in the clutch for Ateneo tapping away Kib Montalbo’s inbound pass before hitting two free throws to win the game with 3.9 seconds leftMontalbo threw a last-second heave that was way off.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 shutoutAteneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga said his team was fortunate enough that they had a good start. The Eagles led, 28-16, after the first period before the Archers attempted several rallies and almost took the victory.“There were times that La Salle looked like they wanted it more, especialy in the second and third quarters and it became a grind in the fourth,” said Arespacochaga. Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo pulled off a first round sweep after taking down defending champion La Salle, 76-75, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday night at Mall of Asia Arena.The Blue Eagles exacted revenge from last season’s championship round to finish the first half of the tournament with a 7-0 record while the Green Archers slipped to 5-2.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

Bryant sends out powerful message to Hayward about resilience

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The former Los Angeles Laker, known for his impeccable work ethic and vicious demeanor dubbed as the “Mamba Mentality,” also believes that Hayward can come out of this obstacle a “better player.”READ: Players, teams rally behind Gordon Hayward after grisly injuryBryant is not a stranger to pain, having dealt with a torn Achilles tendon that slowed him down in the latter part of his career in the NBA. Incidentally, Bryant played his last game in the league against Hayward and the Utah Jazz in April 2016.Read the full post here: Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight FILE PHOTO: Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers drives on Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz in the fourth quarter at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPNBA great Kobe Bryant offered Gordon Hayward a powerful motivational message on Instagram with the Boston forward looking at grueling recovery from his injured left leg.Just five minutes into his debut with the Celtics in the season-opener, Hayward dislocated his left ankle and fractured his tibia in a gruesome injury that stunned the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT #KicksStalker: LeBron wears ‘Equality’ sneakers on opening nightcenter_img Hayward, who signed a four-year contract with the Celtics in the off-season, has undergone surgery to repair his ankle and is expected to miss the rest of the season for Boston.READ: Gordon Hayward suffers gruesome ankle injury in Celtics’ seasonFEATURED 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 shutoutBryant told Hayward to celebrate “mini milestones” during his recovery to help him “find beauty in the struggle of doing simple things that prior to this injury were taken for granted.”“This will also mean that when you return you will have a new perspective. You will be so appreciative of being able to stand, walk, run that you will train harder than you ever have,” he added. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Dillinger refuses to call Ginebra-Meralco a ‘rivalry’ yet

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending 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 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “I’m speechless a little bit. It’s just tough we’re right here again — right at the edge and lose again,” he said. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Good fight: Durham, Meralco come up short anew but with their head held high LATEST STORIES “We didn’t give up. But when you go down big against Ginebra, especially in the first half like that, it’s gonna be hard. It’s gonna be a grind to get back,” he said, saying that playing catch-up all game long took a toll on the team.“I think we pretty much lost the game by the first half. We were just playing catch-up the whole time. We wanted to let Ginebra shoot, tried to clog the paint, but tonight they hit their shots.”Amid all the frustrations, it doesn’t mean that the Bolts couldn’t learn a thing or two from this bridesmaid finish.“We have great pieces, for sure. We have good solid group of vets and young guys. We have a good team. It’s just we have to continue to build a good culture. We have a great coaching staff, management is very supportive, so we can continue to build.”Still, one can’t fault Dillinger for feeling bad after botching another chance for the title.ADVERTISEMENT Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP “Rivals? I wouldn’t call them much of a rival if they beat us twice,” said the outspoken Dillinger after the Bolts surrendered Game 7 to Ginebra, 101-96. “I mean, until we can actually win a championship against them, they’re not really a rival.”Dillinger couldn’t help but regret to have his best performance of the Finals come too little too late, as he fired a series-best 20 points on a 5-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc, on top of five rebounds and two assists in the clincher.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“I wish my shot came a little bit sooner in this series,” he said. “But that’s the name of the game. Sometimes, your shot’s off, it’s off. You gotta stay positive and find ways to work through it. You gotta try to to help the team in other ways. It happens. My shots are finally falling tonight but it doesn’t matter, we lost. It doesn’t matter anymore. I wish we won so it would be some kind of a rivalry but we didn’t win.”Dillinger, though, was proud with the fight the Bolts showed in the decider even if they found themselves down by as big as 20 points in the first half. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Jared Dillinger. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Despite another hard-fought battle in a PBA Finals series, Jared Dillinger wouldn’t use the word rival to describe Ginebra and Meralco.Not until Meralco wins on over the crowd favorites.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Under fire, Sablan quits as UST coach

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Ross sees himself in SMB teammate Standhardinger Read Next Rodil “Boy” Sablan has resigned as head coach of University of Santo Tomas after being at the receiving end of an onslaught of criticisms during the current UAAP season.Sources close to the situation confirmed that Sablan tendered his resignation on Monday following a disappointing two-year run with the Growling Tigers.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The Inquirer tried to get the side of Sablan, but the bench tactician is still mum on the situation. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES View comments A report by The Varsitarian, however, said that Institute of Physical Education and Athletics Director Fr. Jannel Abogado, O.P. “has given the go-signal for Sablan’s suspension.”Sablan, according to the UST publication’s Twitter account (@varsitarianust), is barred from the Tigers’ practices and other activities.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 shutoutSablan, together with assistants Gerry Esplana, Bobby Jose, Tylon Darjuan, Juben Ledesma, and Gina Francisco, will all be making their exits effective Nov. 30, but their contracts will still be honored until the end of May next year.Sablan amassed a woeful 4-24 record in his tenure with the Growling Tigers and barely avoided a winless season after finishing with a 1-13 slate this Season 80, the school’s worst UAAP record. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Articles01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:37Protesters 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Castro returns for Gilas Pilipinas vs Japan

first_imgJayson Castro. Fiba.comJayson Castro will be making his return for the Philippines in its game against Japan on Sunday after missing one game due to an ankle injury.Castro, the star point guard, did not play in Gilas Pilipinas’ 84-68 loss to Australia on Thursday in Melbourne.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Injured Castro out for Gilas vs AustraliaJio Jalalon and Troy Rosario, who also missed the game against the Boomers, are also suiting up against the Japanese at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCastro, Jalalon and Rosario replaced Kevin Alas, Carl Brian Cruz and Abu Tratter in the final lineup, which was announced by national team coach Chot Reyes on ESPN5’s Facebook page.Joining the three in the roster are June Mar Fajardo, Andray Blatche, Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Calvin Abueva, Kiefer Ravena, Matthew Wright, Roger Pogoy and Allein Maliksi. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Reyes defends Blatche: ‘His value goes beyond points, rebounds’ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Read Nextcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Fajardo, the reigning four-time PBA MVP, led the Filipinos with 15 points against the Aussies, who remained undefeated at 3-0.Blatche, who only had eight points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes against Australia, is expected to have a much better outing against Japan, which has yet to win after three games. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 View commentslast_img read more

PH para athletes rally for continuous support, recognition

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “My eyes were opened on how unfair the law is for Filipino athletes with disabilities. The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has already undergone a number of administrative changes, but it was always the same answer, that we are not part of the law. That made me believe and I understood that there is a need to level the structure for us disabled athletes,” she said in Filipino.Luckily, those problems from Dumapong-Ancheta’s time is longer an issue after the passing of Republic Act 9064, also known as the Athletes’ Incentives Act, for para athletes who compete in international tiffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m glad that now, there’s some kind of appreciation and recognition for us para athletes,” said Dumapong-Ancheta, who was one of the para athletes who gave their testimonies in the First Philippine Para Sports Summit on Friday at Microtel by Wyndham on Quezon City.The inclusion of para athletes in the Athletics Incentives Act gave them one less to worry about, especially when it came to funding. What ‘missteps’? PPC-PHILSPADA president Mike Barredo recognizes the speakers, including Paralympic bronze medalists Josephine Medina and Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonLooking back, Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta says that the country has gone a long way when it comes to rewarding athletes with disabilities.When she won the bronze medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the 44-year-old powerlifter shared that she had a rude awakening when the government had little to give for her success in the international stage.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron’s legacy assured but Jordan’s might glow brighter Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, firecenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:46Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “There’s still a lot of challenges that we have to surpass, but if we’ll look at the big things, we may not move forward. So we have to take everything step-by-step and we’re looking to continue in extending the paralympic movement here in the Philippines,” she said.“I just hope that in the next generations, the athletes that will come in after us will experience the recognition they rightfully deserve without asking.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This allowed para athletes to give full attention to their trainings and the competitions as they continue to hoist the Philippine flag high and proud and inspire their compatriots back home.2016 Rio Paralympic bronze medalist Josephine Medina was one of those who have capitalized on this opportunity.“Before, I was using my hard earned money to participate in the different qualifying tournaments. But in 2016, the PWD athletes are already enjoying whole year round of allowances,” she said.“The other countries have their own coaches and staff, but we did it all alone there, attending the technical meetings and training for the games,” said Medina. “Having disabilities is not a hindrance, but a challenge in life, and in those competitions, we’re competing there by our lonesome. With that, the Philippines gained a higher respect from the other countries.”Dumapong-Ancheta, though, believes that the Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC) and the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled (PHILSPADA) have only scratched the surface when it comes to advancements for athletes with disabilities.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View commentslast_img read more

Rob Ricafort secures TRO, set to play for UP vs La Salle

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Pirates book first F4 berth Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Got robbed? Manila South Cemetery’s website helps track down perpetrators02:49Robredo: 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 Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups MOST READ University of the Philippines forward Rob Ricafort will finally be able to play for the Fighting Maroons on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors The 24-year-old was given the green light to suit up this UAAP Season 80 after securing a temporary restraining order (TRO) from Judge Marlo Magdoza-Malagar of Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 19, according to UP coach Bo Perasol.“Rob Ricafort chose to fight for a chance, for a change. If you know his personal story, you will understand that this is no longer just about ball for him; this is about his life. Playing in the UAAP was his dream. Now it will come true,” the affable mentor said.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 openingRicafort was earlier ruled ineligible by the UAAP eligibility committee for exceeding the maximum age limit of 25. His appeal, which was forwarded by UP president Danilo Concepcion, was later denied by the UAAP Board of Trustees.He will only turn 25 in January next year, with the basketball season already over. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Thanks to the TRO, Ricafort will be able to don the maroon-and-white on UP starting on Saturday against league-leader La Salle at Mall of Asia Arena.Perasol said the TRO is a triumph for Ricafort who fought for his rights to play for his first and final playing year in the UAAP.“Rob took great lengths to assert his rights. The court has spoken. Nobody has the power to deny him that right which the court has protected. As his coach, the least I could do is to help him get back up, after stumbling in life many times over in the past,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Aus Open: Paes and Bhupathi advance in mixed doubles

first_imgIndia’s Rohan Bopanna and Chinese Zi Yan lost in the Australian Open mixed doubles first round in Melbourne on Sunday while compatriots Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi advanced with their respective partners.Leander Paes and Cara Black beat Alisa Kleybanova and Max Mirnyi 7-6 (2), 4-6, 12-10.Bopanna and China’s Zi Yan lost to third seeds Maria Kirilenko of Russia and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia 6-7(6), 1-6. Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, on the other hand, registered contrasting wins to progress.Bhupathi and Australian Anastasia Rodionova defeated German Andrea Petkovic and Mariusz Fyrstenberg of Poland 6-2, 6-2. They will now face Sara Errani of Italy and David Marrero of Spain.Paes and Cara Black of Zimbabwe, however, came through a tough match against Alisa Kleybanova of Russia and Max Mirnyi of Belarus 7-6 (2), 4-6, 12-10. They will now take on Chinese Taipei’s Chan Yung-Jan and Australian Paul Hanley in the second round.Sunkara bows outIndia’s Rishika Sunkara became a first round casualty in the Junior Girls’ Singles category of the Australian Open, going down in straight-sets to Japanese Emi Mutaguchi.The 17-year-old lost 5-7, 4-6 to Mutaguchi in an one hour and 38 minutes hard-fought battle.Mutaguchi had a better first and second serve winning percentage than Sunkara.-With agency inputlast_img read more

2G scam: Cong dismisses allegations against Chidambaram

first_imgCongress on Thursday dismissed as “totally baseless” BJP’s charge that P Chidambaram as Finance Minister had played a role in the 2G spectrum scam. “It is totally baseless and there is no truth in it,” AICC General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi said. His remarks came close on the heels of BJP rejecting Home Minister P Chidambaram’s “self-certified” non-involvement in the 2G spectrum case. Congress spokespersons have been maintaining that these allegations against Chidambaram were unfounded. They have been saying that if the opposition has any facts, they should submit them to the Joint Parliamentary Committee which is looking into the 2G spectrum scam. BJP had earlier noted that the Supreme Court, which is monitoring the CBI investigations into 2G scam, has asked the Income Tax department to produce the transcript related to the conversation between Raja and Radia. The BJP also brushed aside the explanation and defence made by Chidambaram that it was not former Telecom Minister A Raja, who had told corporate lobbyist Niira Radia of the alleged pay-offs made to him, but RIL group employee K R Raja.- With PTI inputs For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Sunil Narine to play for Kolkata Knight Riders in Champions League T20

first_imgWest Indies spinner Sunil Narine will play for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Champions League Twenty20 to be held in South Africa in October.Narine, who represented Trinidad and Tobago last year, played a pivotal role in the Knight Riders’ victorious campaign in this years IPL, taking 24 wickets to emerge as the second highest wicket-taker in the tournament.However, a report in the Trinidad Express last week stated that he, along with Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, would turn out for Trinidad and Tobago after the countrys sports minister declared that the government would compensate the players appropriately in order to field a full-strength squad.Pollard and Bravo played for Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in last year’s Champions League T20. Trinidad and Tobago, who received compensation of $1.1 million for releasing both players, failed to progress beyond the group stages.Like last year, they will need to play in a qualifying round with the top two teams progressing through to the main tournament. The team topped their qualifying group last year.last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton leads from pole to finish first in Hungarian GP

first_imgMcLaren driver Lewis Hamilton held off late pressure from Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen at the Hungarian Grand Prix to secure a 19th career win, his third in Hungary. Hamilton started from pole position while Raikkonen started fifth and, suffering from a KERS issue, lost a place to Formula One championship leader Fernando Alonso.But, as the pit stops shook out, the Finn rose to fourth on a long 26-lap stint on soft tyres before making a second stop for mediums on lap 46, preparing for a final hard charge.Alonso calmly protected his points lead on a tough day for Ferrari, finishing fifth.Hamilton, whose championship hopes were dented after he retired at Hockenheim, said, “This weekend shows it’s all to play for still. After some bad races it’s good to be back.”last_img read more

Big fish hooked

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? To beard or not to beard View comments Columbian rookie CJ Perez (left) helps the Dyip spoil the debut of Terrence Romeo with the defending champion San Miguel Beermen. —AUGUST DELA CRUZCJ Perez said he wanted to find out what he and Columbian are made of.The top pick of the PBA draft got his answer on Friday when the Dyip carved out a gritty win over the dynastic San Miguel Beermen, 124-118, in the PBA Philippine Cup at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “CJ [Perez] stepped up in the second half. He was tentative in the first half. I was pushing him; I told him to carry the team. ”That was exactly what the former NCAA star out of Lyceum did, scoring all but two points of his total in the second half. But he wasn’t alone.“Actually, I don’t think it’s all because of me. [Early] in the second half, we were all communicating well. We were great on defense. There were lapses, but we were able to recover,” he said.Jackson Corpuz and Reden Celda provided for Perez while Rashawn McCarthy sank a tough triple to put Columbian up, 117-113, going into the stretch.Arwind Santos, San Miguel’s fourth oldest player at 37, spearheaded the Beermen offense with a game-high 34 points.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Terrence Romeo, whose debut with the Beermen was one of the more anticipated storylines, finished with just seven points. He was the subject of a clarification statement released by San Miguel on a comment by Alaska coach Alex Compton (“kawawa ang liga”) on the Beermen’s acquisition of the spitfire guard.“It is unfortunate that Alaska team head coach Alex Compton had to make a statement against the Beermen and the league when he actually traded away competent players like RJ Jazul and Calvin Abueva.“It is also widely known that Terrence Romeo was offered to all the PBA teams before he was traded to San Miguel Beermen. Despite Mr. Compton’s unnecessary remarks, we are still excited about what the future holds for PBA, our teams and the fans,” the statement read.Later in the evening, James Yap fired 20 points and Rain or Shine turned back NLEX, 96-87. Rookie Javee Mocon, who added 13 for the Painters, added to the list of freshmen with sterling debuts in the league.His teammate at San Beda, Robert Bolick, had 26 points in his NorthPort debut recently.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “As soon as I entered the dugout, and then stepped on the court, I got so excited,”  Perez said in Filipino. “But as soon as the second half began, I just went with the flow.”“Ganito pala sa PBA,” he added.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 starsThat excitement—and eventual settling down—led to 26 points from Perez and an upset that dealt the defending champions Beermen an early setback.“This is a big fish. This is San Miguel Beer. I felt that if we get this win, it will be a big boost to the boys’ confidence,” said Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel said in Filipino. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more

Doc Rivers denies Lakers coaching rumors

first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director Rivers and Clippers owner Steve Ballmer agreed to a shorter contract extension last year that included an opt-out after this season. Rivers said the opt-out existed to “make sure it was the right fit for everyone.”However, Rivers said that’s being replaced with a long-term deal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I have a job and the Lakers have a coach,” Rivers said. “Straight and upfront, I’m going to be here until Steve says ‘Get out.’”The coach said earlier this year he and Ballmer mutually agreed to remove the opt-out and make it an extension. 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 Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers is escorted off the court after being ejected from an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Friday, March 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers denied rumors on Tuesday night that he’s interested in leaving the Los Angeles Clippers to coach the Lakers.The LeBron James-led Lakers are 31-39 under coach Luke Walton, whose job status is widely believed to be in jeopardy. Fueling the speculation involving Rivers is that he is close friends with Magic Johnson, Lakers president of basketball operations.ADVERTISEMENT “This is a great place to work,” Rivers said.Rivers has coached the Clippers since 2013, compiling an 887-654 record. He also served as president of basketball operations for three seasons before ceding those duties to Lawrence Frank in 2017.The Clippers were 41-30 going into Tuesday night’s game against Indiana at Staples Center. They currently own the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other NBTC: Kai Sotto, Ateneo dodge upset, withstand Lyceum-Cavite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more