Pioli stands up for Suso

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Stefano Pioli was cagey on his Milan choices against Roma, but defended Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu from criticism. “You hit one, you hit us all.” It kicks off on Sunday at 17.00 GMT, click here for a match preview. This is his second game in charge after the disappointing 2-2 draw with Lecce, a performance that saw several players including Suso bitterly criticised. “We won’t be part of any social or media pillory of our players. We are united, the objective is to be a team and fight for the results together,” said Pioli in his press conference. “If you hit one player, you hit us all, you hit me and you hit Milan. We have to be positive and not let ourselves get caught up in hysteria. “We’ve got to prove ourselves in every match and learn from the Lecce game where we should’ve been more concentrated. It’s not just about players being young or inexperienced, but the way we interpret the matches. “Tomorrow we are up against a Roma side that has lost only one game this season. I expect them to be determined and we need to match them on that level.” Pioli left Krzysztof Piatek on the bench in favour of Rafael Leao against Lecce, so will he use the same trident with Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu or draft in Ante Rebic? “I will choose the best line-up available, just as I did against Lecce. Leao and Piatek have different characteristics, so they can alternate, but also play together if we are able to find the right balance elsewhere. “I expect Lucas Paqueta to be more enterprising on the ball and create more danger going forward. He remains a midfielder, which means he needs to keep the intensity up throughout the match. “I liked the way Calhanoglu approached the game overall and not just the goal he scored. If we were to play Lucas Biglia and Ismael Bennacer together, we’d have to change other positions, which at the moment I do not want to change. We need some consistency at the moment. “The best possible team for the game will play tomorrow. That is all I can tell you, then you can read the XI when the time comes.” The new coach also tried to keep the expectations down, even though the club directors seem to believe in a top four finish. “We have to roll our sleeves up. We’ll try to win them all and then see where we are, that’s all we can do. I made no promises to anyone. All the players start with me on the same level and I’ll play those who can give me the most guarantees for that game.”last_img read more

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‘Kwality’ time with Afshaan

first_imgOne of the first things my wife and I realised about our daughter is that she has a wonderful sense of humour-and of family. And it is no paradox that to have a sense of family, you must have a sense of humour. When our daughter was not even one-and- a-half years old, we were driving back from a dinner in Mussoorie, with several of our family crowded lovingly into my uncle’s Maruti van. As we wended our way through the dark and the forests, one of us was telling-or attempting to tell-a humorous story; suddenly, my aunt pointed to our daughter, and said, “Just see, even Afshaan is laughing at the story.”Ever since that day, Afshaan has been laughing with and understanding our family so well, she also laughs at our family, for she is not a saint. But, always, the laughter is there. And that laughter-with and at our family-has been the foundation of my relationship with Afshaan; when the laughter is not there, I know something is wrong.We always had, she and I, certain bantering, certain pet-phrases of jest and jostling, that we would share with each other. I would say to her, out of the blue, “Whaaaaaayouuuuuuudooooooing” and she would explode with laughter. Until, one day, she did not and I knew that she was growing up, and I had to discover new bantering and phrases. Which has not been easy.Fathers and daughters are from opposite sexes-that is something all fathers must always remember, no matter how close they are to their daughters. It is not a wall between a father and daughter, but it is very much a fence. A fence, which can often be of the finest wood, ancient and shining, but a fence, nevertheless. Hence the bantering had to change, especially in front of her friends and classmates. She was a young lady, and I an ageing man. That was, and is, the truth.Several years ago when Afshaan was finishing school, I was shooting for a film with Arjun Rampal-and suddenly, when she found this out, she was very interested in the film; I was delighted, until I realised that Arjun was the true reason for the interest. This led to fresh bantering, and fresh understandings.I have a horrible temper-it erupts, usually, for some real reason-but, sadly, also for reasons of the ego. Afshaan recently told me, in a very straightforward way, how my temper had always frightened her. Only a daughter could tell a father that-not even a wife, or a son, only a daughter. And because she is a daughter, with all the truths which that relationship both hides and heals, the father will listen.Then there are my boots. I love to wear ‘cowboy boots’, made by a khandaani mochi in Mussoorie. They are a part of me, and have been so for many decades. Well, recently daughter told father that she always felt that those boots were ‘silly’-oh, my, what a long silence that led to. I am still wearing those boots and I teased Afshaan, with great temerity, recently when I saw her wearing-and looking stunning in- winter boots in the snow of the USA. To which, of course, she replied, “Of course I look good in them -because they are not ‘cowboy’ boots.”Her boyfriends, of course, are discussed with her mother for hours. I am allowed a slight peek at certain moments-like a sneak preview of a film, but never the actual story. This I fully understand, and also know that at the right moment, when she feels comfortable, I will meet the man of her dreams-and love him in my own way as much as she does.My passions are sports and sleep. Afshaan tried, so often and so lovingly, to share both with me. With sleep she succeeded, with sports all her wonderful attempts led to laughter, and then just wonder. I remember buying junior-size tennis rackets and cricket bats for her, and attempting, not too often, to actually play with her. They still lie there in her cupboard-a racket and a bat, tiny and half-forgotten. But every now and then I come across them and weep.But there is a passion we both share-even though we do not often share the products of that passion-and that is writing. Afshaan writes beautifully: she hides the talent away, but every now and then I steal a glance, and am awed at her wisdom-of language and of life. Of the books I have attempted to write, she has had little to say. But one day, I know, when her first book is published, she and I will sit back with cups of tea and talk and talk about writing. We will laugh together again, she and I, very soon. I know that.As we both learn and love-love and learn, we will realise just how much we need each other; need each other’s praise, each other’s companionship, each other’s time. And, most of all, each other’s laughter. Which brings me to the title of this piece-Afshaan will groan when she sees it, and yet laugh deep inside. For Kwality restaurant in Dehradun means so much to her father, and the daughter knows that so well. So she will forgive his sense of ‘tumour’. advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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“I want to play Shah Rukh Khan’s role in DDLJ”

first_imgOlympian Vijender Singh will be seen showing off his boxing skills in the film Patiala Express. Don’t know about his acting, but he sure has developed a knack of saying all the right things.Q. How are you preparing yourself?A. I will join acting classes after the Commonwealth Games.Q. Who is,Olympian Vijender Singh will be seen showing off his boxing skills in the film Patiala Express. Don’t know about his acting, but he sure has developed a knack of saying all the right things.Q. How are you preparing yourself?A. I will join acting classes after the Commonwealth Games.Q. Who is your favourite acting hero?A. Akshay Kumar because he is related to sports.Q. Will films distract you from sports?A. I’m only doing it for fun. If I had to get distracted it would have happened already.last_img read more

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CWG deadline may be extended: Reddy

first_imgCommonwealth Games (CWG) venues are most likely to miss the August 31 deadline for completion of work.  Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy said on Thursday that the deadline for finishing CWG projects might need to be extended. “We are not Games-ready yet. We may need an extension,” Reddy said. The Group of Ministers (GoM) met to discuss the preparations for the CWG and expressed unhappiness over the progress. Already behind schedule, the Games projects have been further hit by the incessant rains that have lashed Delhi for the last one week. Athletes are expected to start arriving in Delhi a fortnight before the October 3 event.last_img read more

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Improved focus helping Anirban Lahiri’s game

first_imgDefending Panasonic Open champion gofer Anirban Lahiri feels doing meditation in the last few months has helped him improve composure remarkably.As he heads to defend his title at the Panasonic Open, starting from Thursday at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC), the two-time winner on the Asian Tour felt that meditation has helped him think positively and that it would help him excel in the tournament.”Meditating has not only improved my game but it has also made me a better person. It has put me more at peace with myself, my surroundings and my family. That’s what reflecting on the golf course,” said Lahiri, after finishing his practice round on Tuesday at the DGC, where he had also won his second Asian Tour title at the SAIL-SBI Open in February.”I don’t think meditating has any direct effect on my game but I’m not losing my temper on the course and I’m much calmer and accept whatever comes my way.”Lahiri capped the Panasonic title last year, winning in a thrilling three-way play-off at the DGC. In an interesting chain of events, Lahiri secured his second Asian Tour victory (SAIL OPEN) at the same course in the play-off. The title spurred him on at the Asian Qualifying for the British Open in Thailand last month. He duly qualified after winning the title there.Panasonic Open will have a strong Indian field of 48. While Asian Tour winners Lahiri, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Himmat Singh Rai, SSP Chowrasia and Jyoti Randhawa will lead the challenge from the front, an array of local golfers, including Chiragh Kumar and Manav Jaini, will create more interest among spectators.advertisementChiragh, who finished runner-up at the Indian Open in October, is not going through the best of his from, but he expects the home course will help him revive his fortunes. “I haven’t really been in good form so far. I’m hitting the ball quite well so, hopefully, I can carry the form I had at the Indian Open into this week,” said Chiargh.Among the foreigners, 45-year-old Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand is the most decorated player with 12 Asian Tour victories. But there are also the likes of American Ben Fox who wants to cash in on his superb form in his bid to win maiden title.The 24-year-old golfer, who finished fourth at the SAIL Open and achieved two more top-10s after that, said: “I came out with three top-10s this year, so that was nice. Like Anirban said, it is all about getting your first win to get to the next level. That’s where I want to go now.”last_img read more

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Paes cries foul after Bopanna refuses to partner him

first_imgThings are getting more and more tangled up every day on the issue of the doubles pair to represent India at the London Olympics. Rather than putting the interests of the country above all else, the squabbles among the players are getting uglier.After Mahesh Bhupathi’s repeated refusals to accept the All India Tennis Association (AITA) selectors’ decision to pair him with Leander Paes, now Rohan Bopanna too has said no to teaming up with the veteran.Bopanna, who joined forces with Bhupathi at the beginning of the season with an eye on London, said he was approached by the AITA with a request to pair up with Paes as a ‘second-choice’ team, but wouldn’t accept it.”With all respect and humility, I have been unable to accept AITA’s offer and have communicated my decision to them in writing this morning,” Bopanna said in a statement.”Since the beginning of the year, I have partnered with Mahesh Bhupathi towards playing together as as a team at the Olympics. This was communicated to the AITA at every step and we were encouraged to continue to play together. Having played alongside Leander Paes only twice during my career, I recognise that as a team we are under-prepared for the demands of the Olympics.”Paes had already indicated his preference for playing with Bopanna, and on Monday expressed his disappointment at Bhupathi and Bopanna’s stance.”I have been informed that both Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna have refused to play with me at the London Olympics. This is unfortunate, as we have laid down our differences in the past and had a successful doubles partnership on the ATP Tour and in the Davis Cup,” Paes wrote in a letter to AITA.advertisement”The three of us had signed an agreement with the AITA to play unconditionally for the country. Besides, it is an honour to represent our country and one would have thought that this would have been a motivation for them to accept the AITA selection decision and participate in the Olympics.”When I sent you my unconditional participation in the Olympics, I believed we would put our best team forward for a Gold Medal. By setting up a second team as suggested by some, you would create a situation where your No.1 player and the only Indian in the Top 10 ATP Doubles Rankings would have to play with the No.5 Indian player. This would not be fair.”Bhupathi and Bopanna have made the qualification mark for the Olympics as a pair, since they lie seventh in the world rankings. However, Paes’s personal doubles ranking of seven makes him the top player in the country, and the governing body has been adamant that he and Bhupathi are the best pair to represent India. But Bopanna disagreed.Bhupathi later told a TV channel that the issue could still be resolved.”We were saying please send two teams and me and Bopanna want to pair up. Leander has been saying he wants to become the first Indian to play in six Olympics. He is going to go there no matter what. He can pick his partner being the world number seven. Me and Bopanna have also qualified on merit. This is the way which will make everyone happy.”For the last 10 days, me and Bopanna have been trying to convince AITA to send two teams. If AITA does not want to do so then it would be to make one man happy,” he said, without elaborating.He, however, admitted that he and Paes have made their relationship a laughing stock.”We have had a love-hate relationship. But it is worse now. We have made our relationship a laughing stock in the country. Both of us are to be blamed for this. But I don’t think it is about our relationship today. It’s about the federation sending two teams,” he said.Asked to respond on the issue, former Davis Cup captain Ramesh Krishnan told MAIL TODAY: “I am stuck in between. There is already enough confusion. I don’t want to add to it. Let things take their own course.”Maken intervenesMeanwhile, sports minister Ajay Maken has sought an explanation from the AITA on the escalating row, after receiving a letter from Bhupathi and Bopanna.The ministry has shot off a letter addressed to AITA president Anil Khanna, asking six questions that have turned up the heat on the body. “The government has been funding and supporting multiple players to train and qualify for the Olympics. The justification of denying two players, who have qualified as a team on merit by sending just one Indian team, when India can send two teams may be explained,” reads the letter, a copy of which is with Mail Today.advertisementThe letter goes on to ask the most difficult question of all – why has Bhupathi and Bopanna’s combined world ranking been ignored.Maken himself tweeted about the imbroglio on Monday. “We can send 2 teams, why send 1? Hidden question is on who should pair Sania? Why disturb victorious Grand Slam mixed double pair?” he wondered.last_img read more

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Yuvraj bats for 15 minutes at NCA

first_imgRehabilitating at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) here, Yuvraj Singh on Thursday said that hitting the nets after being treated for cancer is a “big achievement” for him and he is hoping for things to get better with each passing day.”It’s a big achievement for me hitting the nets. I felt happy, really good to be in the nets,” Yuvraj, recovering from treatment for cancer, said after a training session here.According to Yuvraj, it was not a “bad” session for him considering the six-month layoff.”And it was not a bad session, for the first time after about six months. I got tired after about 15 minutes but I am sure every day will be a better day,” he told reporters.Hoping to make a comeback to international cricket with the Twenty20 World Cup in September, Yuvraj yesterday batted for the first time after undergoing chemotherapy in the US for a rare germ cell cancer earlier this year.”I am right now in the second week of rehabilitation and I am feeling good. My body will slowly become stronger, I am sure,” he had said yesterday.”The target is the T20 World Cup, and hopefully, I will be able to come just before that,” reiterated the 30-year-old left-hander, who has not appeared in any form of the game since last November when he was diagnosed with the disease.He returned to India in April to continue his rehabilitation.last_img read more

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Down 2 sets, Federer comes back, wins at Wimbledon 2012

first_imgWhen Roger Federer found himself down two sets and staring at an early exit from Wimbledon , the crowd at Centre Court thought back to the stunning upset that took place there a day earlier and wondered if it was witnessing a repeat.Federer was thinking back, too, but his flashbacks had nothing to do with Rafael Nadal. It was the scenario Federer remembered, though, that ended up repeating itself.”Having been there so often, down two sets to love, knowing how to handle the situation (was key),” Federer said.He proved that again, as the six-time Wimbledon champion overcame a two-set hole for the eighth-time, beating Julien Benneteau of France 4-6, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-6 (6), 6-1 Friday in the third round. With the comeback, he narrowly avoided following Nadal out of Wimbledon after the Spanish two-time winner was stunned by 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol on Thursday.Just like he had against 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in the French Open quarterfinals three-and-a-half weeks ago, Federer found a way to wrest back the initiative and fight back.”The thing, when you’re down two sets to love, is to stay calm, even though it’s hard, because people are freaking out, people are worried for you,” Federer said. “You don’t have, obviously, many lives left out there. You just try to play tough and focus point for point. Sounds so boring, but it’s the right thing to do out there.”Benneteau said he played perhaps the best match of his life, dictating play for much of the first two sets. Even that, though, proved insufficient against the 16-time Grand Slam winner.”Mentally, he’s a rock. He’s two sets down and he doesn’t show anything. And after that, if your level is a little bit lower right here, right now, he takes the opportunity,” said Benneteau, whose cramping thighs were massaged by a trainer during two final-set changeovers. “At the beginning of the third set, I was not as good as I was in the first two sets, and in five minutes, it’s 4-0.”Like Federer and Nadal, Novak Djokovic fell behind against someone he was expected to beat easily: The Serb ceded the first set, getting broken at love by No. 28 Radek Stepanek, Rosol’s Davis Cup teammate for the Czech Republic. But quick as can be, Djokovic turned things around, breaking Stepanek to begin each of the next three sets for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 victory that moved him closer to a semifinal showdown against Federer.Once Djokovic had Stepanek’s serve-and-volley style measured, the passing winners and shoetop-high returns started flowing. Talking about falling behind in the second set, Stepanek said: “Not a good move from my side, because once you get these top guys going, then it’s tough to stop them.”Benneteau might have sounded the same lament. For quite a lengthy stretch, he played positively Rosol-esque tennis: hard serves and stinging groundstrokes directed at lines. No fear.But Federer found an opening and barged through, saved in particular by this: He won 63 of the 80 points he served over the last three sets.Both Djokovic who takes on unseeded Viktor Troicki in an all-Serbian matchup Monday and Federer who begins Week 2 by meeting 2002 Wimbledon semifinalist Xavier Malisse found it odd to be playing with Centre Court’s retractable roof closed as a precaution, despite a blue sky overhead.”That’s a bit of getting used to. Indoor grass is not something we’re quite familiar with,” Federer said.Here’s what happened: A drizzle delayed the start of play Monday, so tournament officials decided to shut the roof. By the time it was closed, and Djokovic headed out to play, the sun was out.”I was a little bit surprised, when I saw sunshine, that the roof is closed,” Djokovic said. “Obviously, they’re relying on a forecast that I don’t think is very reliable here.”Among those moving into the fourth round on outdoor courts: Denis Istomin, the first player from Uzbekistan to make it that far at any Grand Slam tournament, No. 18 Richard Gasquet, No. 26 Mikhail Youzhny and No. 31 Florian Mayer. Unseeded American Sam Querrey, still working his way back up the rankings after right elbow surgery a year ago, finished off a suspended second-round match, eliminating No. 21 Milos Raonic of Canada 6-7 (3), 7-6 (7), 7-6 (8), 6-4.Seeded women who won included No. 1 Maria Sharapova, No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 8 Angelique Kerber and No. 15 Sabine Lisicki. Four-time major champion Kim Clijsters got through when No. 12 Vera Zvonareva, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up, quit in the second set because of what she said was a respiratory infection, while 145th-ranked qualifier Camila Giorgi of Italy defeated No. 20 Nadia Petrova of Russia 6-3, 7-6 (6).advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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4 coaches, Adidas executive charged in college bribe scheme

first_imgRobredo: 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 No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ He admitted making payments and loans to NCAA athletes as far back as 2000 to get them to hire him.Person, associate head coach at Auburn, was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in 1986 and played for five NBA teams over 13 seasons.Prosecutors said Person accepted about $91,500 in bribes from Blazer last year to steer clients to him when they reached the NBA. Some payments were alleged to have been arranged by Michel, a former NBA referee turned high-end clothier.Person was quoted by prosecutors as telling one player: “The most important part is that you … don’t say nothing to anybody … don’t share with your sisters, don’t share with any of the teammates, that’s very important ’cause this is a violation … of rules. But this is how the NBA players get it done.”Prosecutors said Evans solicited at least $22,000 over the past two years, while Richardson in February was paid $20,000 in bribes, some of which he kept for himself and some of which he gave to at least one high school athlete to get him to play for Arizona.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ These file photos show, assistant basketball coaches Tony Bland, left, Chuck Person, center, and Lamont Richardson. The three, along with assistant coach Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State, were identified in court papers and are among 10 people facing federal charges in Manhattan federal court, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, authorities said. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK — In one of the biggest crackdowns on the corrupting role of money in college basketball, 10 men — including a top Adidas executive and four assistant coaches — were charged Tuesday with using hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes’ choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents, even tailors.Some of the most explosive allegations appeared to involve Louisville, one of college basketball’s biggest powerhouses, which is already on NCAA probation over a sex scandal.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Bland appeared in court in Tampa, Florida, wearing handcuffs and ankle chains. He said little during a brief hearing other than to answer the judge’s questions and did not enter a plea.Richardson appeared in court in Tucson, Arizona, where he was set for release on $50,000 bond. His lawyer declined to comment.Those charged also include James Gatto, director of global sports marketing for basketball at Adidas; Rashan Michel, a maker of custom suits for some of the NBA’s biggest stars; and various financial advisers and managers.NCAA President Mark Emmert condemned the alleged misconduct, saying, “Coaches hold a unique position of trust with student-athletes and their families, and these bribery allegations, if true, suggest anextraordinary and despicable breach of that trust.”Since 2015, the FBI has been investigating the influence of money on coaches and players in the NCAA. Kim noted a special FBI hotline was set up and asked anyone aware of additional corruption to come forward.Prosecutors said the coaches took bribes to use their “enormous influence” to steer players toward certain financial advisers and agents.Most if not all of the 10 defendants were under arrest. Lawyers for Gatto and two of the coaches did not immediately respond to requests for comment. It was unclear whether Evans had an attorney.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Adidas said it was unaware of any misconduct by an employee and vowed to fully cooperate with authorities.Gatto and others are accused of funneling $100,000 to the family of a high school athlete to gain his commitment to play at Louisville and to sign with Adidas once he became a professional. Louisville and Adidas announced a 10-year, $160 million extension of their sponsorship deal over the summer.The player’s name was not released, but details in the criminal complaint make it clear investigators were referring to Brian Bowen, who did not return messages seeking comment.Louisville coach Rick Pitino said the allegations “come as a complete shock to me.”The development comes as Louisville is appealing a four-year NCAA probation over a scandal involvingescorts hired for players and recruits. The scandal could cost the school its 2013 national championship.In court papers Tuesday, the FBI said it recorded a July meeting at which an assistant coach at Louisville was briefed on a plan to funnel thousands of dollars to a potential high school recruit. The participants in the meeting noted they had to be careful because Louisville was on probation.“We gotta be very low key,” said the coach, according to the FBI.Investigators said agents wiretapped a call in which Gatto and another defendant discussed an unidentified coach at Miami requesting that Adidas pay as much as $150,000 to another recruit, in part to prevent him from accepting a similar offer from a rival apparel company.Louisville interim President Gregory Postel confirmed the university has been informed it is part of the investigation and said, “Any violations will not be tolerated.”Miami said it will cooperate with authorities, while USC said it appointed former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh to conduct an internal investigation.The investigation began after Martin Blazer, a Pittsburgh-based financial adviser to pro athletes, began cooperating with authorities in 2014. Blazer, accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of taking money from clients without permission, pleaded guilty this month to fraud and other crimes. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Federal prosecutors said at least three top high school recruits were promised payments of as much as$150,000, using money supplied by Adidas, to attend two universities sponsored by the athletic shoe company. Court papers didn’t name the schools but contained enough details to identify them as Louisville and Miami.“The picture of college basketball painted by the charges is not a pretty one,” said acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim, adding that the defendants were “circling blue-chip prospects like coyotes” and exploited them to enrich themselves.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 openingProsecutors said that while some of the bribe money went to athletes and their families, some went to coaches, to get them to use their influence over their potentially NBA-bound players.The coaches charged are Chuck Person of Auburn, Emanuel Richardson of Arizona, Tony Bland of Southern California and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State. Person and Evans were suspended, and Bland was placed on administrative leave. 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No disappointments for UP despite failing to get podium finish

first_imgAfter 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Funniest #UAAPCDC2017 tweetscenter_img Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH UP Pep squad performs during the 2017 UAAP Cheerdance Competition at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines has always carried a reputation that it will always provide the “wow” that will linger in memory in the UAAP cheerdance competition.Being eight-time champions, the UP Pep Squad was expected to at least take the podium in its return after boycotting the event in Season 79 but expectations turned to dust as the dance troupe from Diliman finished in sixth place.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Although UP Pep Squad sunk to their lowest finish in their storied history, the captains have no disappointment.“After all that time, it still feels great to perform for the UP community because they’re always there for us,” said co-captain Megan Mendoza Cabrera in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.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 opening“Actually, we have a really relaxed feeling because we worked really hard and we gave our best. This team had been through so many setbacks, injuries, but at the end we’re still able to present.”UP scored 575.50 points of the possible 800 in a routine that relied more on dance than stunts. Malditas save PH from shutout Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 The highlight of UP’s routine came when the middle lift of the three-lift formation paid homage to 1987 flick Dirty Dancing when Patrick Swayze carried Jennifer Grey with the latter spreading out her limbs.Co-captain Thea Obanil said they weren’t disappointed when they failed to crack the top three, saying their performance was a tribute to the UP community.“We’re still happy even though we didn’t have a podium finish, we know that we gave it our best for the UP community,” said Obanil. “We’re happy with whatever that happened, in the end the community’s still there to support us even if we don’t get a podium finish.The love we have for the UP community will always be there and the UP community’s love for the UP Pep Squad will never wander.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

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