3 Dec
2019

Disgruntled legislators give PDP the jitters

first_imgBharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday may have attempted to put to rest the speculation on government formation in J&K, but the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference (NC) accused the BJP “of making bids to split local parties”.NC vice-president Omar Abdullah alleged that the State unit of the BJP had admitted to being party to efforts to break the PDP. “Power at any cost would seem to be the guiding philosophy [of the BJP],” the former Chief Minister said.Turning against partyMr. Abdullah’s remarks come days after at least five PDP legislators — Imran Ansari, Abid Ansari, Abbas Wani, Yasir Reshi and Javaid Beigh — hinted at quitting the party and expressed “disillusionment with Ms. Mufti’s leadership.” Mr. Ansari hinted at many leaders from the Congress and the NC “ready to quit their parties.” “J&K is set to witness a political tsunami,” he said.However, no MLA has put in papers. The anti-defection law in J&K is stringent.What compounds worries for PDP president Mehbooba Mufti is the growing number of disgruntled members, like Rajpora Haseeb Drabu and Lolab Abdul Haq Khan, MLAs, who are maintaining a “meaningful distance from the party’s central leadership”.Delhi meetingsMr. Drabu’s meeting in New Delhi with Peoples Conference (PC) chief Sajjad Lone, considered close to the BJP and Mr. Madhav, fuelled speculation of a third front being formulated ahead of the Assembly polls. Mr. Ansari is also considered close to Mr. Drabu and Mr. Lone, who is emerging as a point-man to cobble a third front ahead of the elections.last_img read more

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28 Nov
2019

IPL 2011: Kings XI Punjab vs Deccan Chargers- DC win by 82 runs

first_imgHyderabad opener Shikhar Dhawan scored an impressive 95 not out and later leggie Amit Mishra took a hat-trick as Hyderabad beat Punjab by 82 runs during an IPL match the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on Tuesday. Score | PhotosPunjab got off to a rather poor start against Hyderabad and the reason was the daunting 199-run target that proved to be too tough for the hosts.Opener Paul Valthaty fell on the fourth ball of the first over off Dale Steyn on five and the next over saw Aussie Shaun Marsh walk back to a JP Duminy ball on 13 when the team total was 22/2.Post the early setback, captain Adam Gilchrist and Dinesh Karthik got on with a partnership to salvage the Punjab innings. But they were still lagging behind as far as the run rate was concerned as after 10 overs the Punjab total was 77/2 as compared to Hyderabad’s 85/0.Their 61-run partnership came to an end in the 11th over off Daniel Christian. A full length ball outside off was struck towards the extra covers region by opposition skipper Adam Gilchrist, where Cameroon White took an easy catch to dismiss him on 51. And Punjab lost their third wicket on 83.A ball later Karthik too walked back with caught D Ravi Teja, bowled Christian written against his initials on 11. Punjab were down to 84/4 in 11 overs.A few minutes later, Hyderabad’s left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha claimed Abhiskek Nayar to reduce Punjab to 91/5.Then in the 16th over leg spinner Amit Mishra took a hat-trick and got rid of Ryan McLaren, Mandeep Singh and Ryan Harris to reduce Punjab to 102/8.advertisementMishra finished with impressive figures of 4-1-7-4 as Hyderabad won the match by 82 runs.With this loss, Punjab’s hopes of making it to the qualifiers have gone up in smoke.Hyderabad inningsHyderabad Shikhar Dhawan opener carried his bat through scoring an unbeaten 95 as Hyderabad posted an impressive 198/2 against Punjab.Earlier, Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist won the toss and elected to field in the 67th IPL match of the season. This is the last league game for both teams as the IPL-4 now heads into the knock-out stage.Hyderabad opener Shikhar Dhawan and D Ravi Teja, opening in place of regular opener and Hyderabad skipper Kumar Sangakkara, started the innings of a positive note scoring at a brisk pace. Sangakkara is busy doing national duty for Sri Lanka in England.Teja and Dhawan batted with ease and rotated the strike to frustrate the opposition bowlers. Post the 10th over, Hyderabad score was a good 85/0.Finally, in the 14th over Teja fell after putting on a fine 60 runs on board when the team total was 131. A Paul Valthaty ball took the edge of Teja’s bat and Abhiskek Nayar at deep mid-wicket pouched it to end Teja’s 41-ball innings that was decorated with five fours and two sixes.But, post that wicket new man JP Duminy did not stay at the crease for long and departed on the first ball of the 17th over off Ryan Harris when batting on 12. Hyderabad were 158/2 post his fall.Opener Dhawan remained unbeaten on 95, hitting an impressive 14 fours and one over the fence shot in his 57-ball innings as Hyderabad scored 198/2.last_img read more

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27 Nov
2019

Paul George, Russell Westbrook lead Thunder past Bulls

first_imgOklahoma Thunder forward Paul George (13) shoots over Chicago Bulls center Lauri Markkanen (24) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips)OKLAHOMA CITY  — Paul George’s performance late in the first half was all the Oklahoma City Thunder needed against Chicago Bulls.George scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in the final five minutes of the first half and the Thunder rolled to a 121-96 victory over the Bulls on Monday night in a chippy game in which both teams were assessed technical fouls following a second-quarter fracas.ADVERTISEMENT “I did my work early,” George said.George’s scoring outburst came in the final 4:47 of the second quarter as Oklahoma City outscored the Bulls 23-7 and built a 64-44 lead by the break. Outside of that nearly five-minute stretch, he shot 2 of 13 from the floor and scored just one point in the second half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I thought he was unbelievable tonight and he had an incredible first half,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said of George.The Bulls changed their defensive strategy against George after halftime, leading to fewer opportunities. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Russell’s been great,” Donovan said. “It speaks to his greatness as a player that he can see what the team needs and from there, facilitate, so to speak. He’s generating shots for Paul (George), he’s generating shots for Steven (Adams). When he and Dennis (Schroder) are out there, they’re both creating.”The Thunder sped into the lead with a 21-3 run that erased a 15-10 deficit. But the Bulls quickly reeled off a 19-8 run of their own and closed the gap to two points.From there, the Thunder took control, building a comfortable lead thanks to George’s 6-for-6 shooting to close to the half.The game was halted for several minutes with 4:27 left in the second quarter after a melee broke out near the Thunder bench when Chicago’s Cameron Payne fouled Terrance Ferguson and, nearly simultaneously, Westbrook and Kris Dunn exchanged pushes.The confrontation ended when Bulls coach Jim Boylen pulled Thunder forward Jerami Grant out of the scuffle by his neck.“I don’t know what really happened to be honest,” Dunn said. “Things just got out of hand.”When it was all said and done — after a several-minute delay for review — Westbrook, Grant, Dunn and Chicago’s Robin Lopez were assessed technical fouls.Lopez wound up in the front row between the bench and the scorer’s table as several people restrained him.“I was just trying to stand up for (Dunn),” he said. “I saw somebody fly in out of the corner of my eye from the other side of the floor. I was just trying to stand up for my point guard right there.“I felt kind of like I got twisted or flipped a little bit. Somehow, I ended up on that bench there. And then, I don’t know. After that, something happened.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Donovan said he was as impressed with George’s performance outside of his big scoring stretch as he was with the stint to end the half.“Here he goes crazy on that run in the first half . they elect to trap him in the second half. What does he do? He just facilitates. He gets other guys involved,” Donovan said. “It speaks to his greatness. He could have had a bigger scoring night, but I thought his playmaking, his facilitating and reading the game was really positive for us.”Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 16 rebounds and 11 steals for his 111th career triple-double. Steven Adams added 19 points and Dennis Schroder scored 18 for the Thunder.Lauri Markkanen and Bobby Portis had 16 points apiece to lead Chicago. Markkanen adding 15 rebounds.Westbrook secured the triple-double by threading a pass in the lane to a driving Hamidou Diallo, who finished with a reverse layup as he was knocked to the court and fouled with just over six minutes remaining.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Damian Lillard torches Clippers with 39 in Trail Blazers win PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Lopez was ejected less than three minutes later after he picked up another technical foul.Boylen downplayed the scuffle after the game — except as it pertained to the fight he saw from his team.“That’s all we’ve been talking about is fighting for each other and we talk about being a pack of wolves,” Boylen said. “I thought we had some of that. I liked the look in our guys’ eyes when that happened. It bonded them a little bit.”But Boylen said his interactions with Grant weren’t serious, saying that he was just trying to break up the altercation.“It’s really not that big a deal,” Boylen said. “Those things used to happen all the time, now they happen and it’s a major deal.“It’s not that big a deal. Everybody moved on.”Grant said he wasn’t concerned about the opposing coach pulling him out of the fray.“He’s trying to protect his team,” Grant said.TIP-INSBulls: Lauri Markkanen had 16 points and 15 rebounds, his first career 15/15 game. … Jabari Parker, who didn’t play in Saturday’s win over San Antonio after falling out of the rotation, missed the game with a stomach illness. . The Bulls turned the ball over 11 times in the first half. . Robin Lopez’s ejection with two third-quarter technicals was the ninth of his career and the first of this season. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Thunder: Paul George’s second quarter gave him double-figure scoring in one quarter for the eighth time in seven games. . The Thunder shot 4 of 6 from behind the 3-point arc in the second quarter and outscored Chicago 33-22. . Russell Westbrook and George are Nos. 1 and 2 in the league in steals per game. Westbrook had five Monday, while George added three.THUNDER PICK UP DONOVAN’S OPTIONBefore the game, the Thunder exercised its fifth-year option on the contract of head coach Billy Donovan.Donovan is in his fourth season with Oklahoma City, going 169-106, with playoff appearances in his first three seasons.“I’m grateful, appreciative and thankful for Mr. (Clay) Bennett and Sam (Presti),” Donovan said before the game, referencing the Thunder’s chairman and general manager. “I get a chance to coach a great group of guys. I’ve had incredible support from Sam and the people inside the organization.”UP NEXTBulls: Home against Brooklyn on Wednesday.Thunder: At Sacramento on Wednesday. View commentslast_img read more

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