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leonard helps spurs thrash slumping lakers
Los AngeLes, JAnuAry 13 (AFP): Kawhi Leonard poured in 31 points in just three quarters as the San Antonio Spurs dominated in every facet of play with a emphatic 13494 blowout of the Los Angeles Lakers. San Antonio's 134 points were a season high, as were the 72 points scored by the Spurs in the first half and the overall margin of victory of 40 points. Pau Gasol added 22 points for San Antonio, while LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker added 13 each, all in just three quarters of the lopsided game. The Spurs also got 12 points from Jonathan Simmons and 10 from Dejounte Murray and a gamehigh 12 rebounds from Dewayne Dedmon. San Antonio was a bad mood heading into the home game after losing by three points to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday. The Spurs took out their frustrations on a meek Laker team as four of San Antonio's starters finished in double figures at AT&T Center. "I respect the way the Spurs played tonight -granted we didn't put up a
"Showtime" darlings of the NBA but have been on a steady downward spiral ever since the passing of club owner and team architect Jerry Buss in 2013. The Lakers were led by Julius Randle's 22 points, but the rest of Los Angeles' starters managed just 20 total points. In New York, Tyreke Evans scored 14 of his season-high 29 points in the fourth quarter and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame the absence of Anthony Davis with a 104-95 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Evans made 10 of 15 shots in a season-high 27 minutes. He missed the first 26 games of the season while recovering from knee surgery.
Kawhi Leonard helped the San Antonio Spurs to a 134-94 win against the Los Angeles Lakers at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas (AFP Photo)
ton of fight -- but it's beautiful to see championship teams and the way they came out after one loss," Lakers coach Luke Walton said. "How (that loss) made them play and how sharp they were -- there's a lot
to learn from being in this game, from watching them. I didn't think we showed up to meet the challenge." All 13 players who took the floor for San Antonio scored, and the Spurs (318) outshot Los Angeles 60
percent to 41 percent. "You always want to handle a loss by bouncing back the next night," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. The lowly Lakers dropped to 15-28 on the season. They were once the
- Season-high total It was the first time he scored more than 25 points since January 10 against the Los Angeles Clippers. Davis missed his second game of the season because of a left hip injury. The Pelicans received little help from centers Omer Asik and Donatas Motiejunas, who combined for one point on zero-of-seven shooting. Elsewhere, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala connected on a pair of three-pointers apiece during a longrange shooting exhibition that powered the Golden State Warriors to a 127-107 win over the Detroit Pistons. Riding double-figure scoring from four starters, the Pistons were down 68-65 in the fourth minute of the third period before the Warriors stepped up their play to earn a season-series sweep.
Wade maiden ODI ton help Aus beat Pak
BrisBAne, JAnuAry 13 (reuters): Australia's Matthew Wade struck his maiden one-day century to help secure a comprehensive 92-run victory over a disjointed Pakistan in the first one-day international in Brisbane on Friday. Blanked in the preceding test series, Pakistan began well by reducing Australia to 78 for five in the 17th over at the Gabba. Wade's unbeaten run-aball 100, brought up off the final delivery of the innings, and Glenn Maxwell's brisk 60 helped the hosts to recover, however, and post 268 for nine. Pakistan got off to a decent start but there was no significant partnership in their innings and Azhar Ali's side were dismissed for 176
in the 43rd over. Azhar and Sharjeel Khan put on 38 runs in their opening stand before James Faulkner (4-32) claimed the first of his four wickets by dismissing Sharjeel.
To make matters worse for the tourists, Azhar was forced to retire hurt and, even though he returned to bat, the match had slipped out of Pakistan's hands by then.
Babar Azam's 33 was the highest score for Pakistan who sorely missed wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed and paceman Mohammad Irfan, both having returned home for family reasons. Earlier, Australia packed their rejigged top half with explosive hitters but at 170-7 inside 34 overs, it looked like the world champions might not last full 50 overs. Paceman Mohammad Amir breathed hostility after Steve Smith opted to bat, dismissing the dangerous David Warner and the scoreless Australia captain with successive deliveries. Debutant Chris Lynn denied him the hat-trick but Australia looked in trouble
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until Wade joined Maxwell in the middle. Maxwell was returning to the side after being dropped and fined for speaking out about batting below his captain Wade in Victoria's Sheffield Shield side. There, however, was no sign of any bad blood between the duo who raised 82 runs to steady the innings. Maxwell smashed seven boundaries before throwing his wicket away but Wade looked unmoveable as he hit seven boundaries and two sixes in a gritty knock which earned him the man-of-thematch award. The teams move to Melbourne for the second of five matches in the series on Sunday.
amend even for good cause? Another reason given is the chance of a capable male candidate being deprived of his opportunity and preempted by incapable female candidate. Well, at least it’s one reason worth debating. But looking at our state and towns where both the town election and general election have been held since decades and where it has been all men domain, how far can we say our towns and state have developed. We even don’t have basics like roads and drainage. And can we also expect any honest person in our near future who would not think to fill his pocket first but to only work for the people? Is there any such true visionary leader whose seat will be substituted by women if given chance? I guess a big NO is a safe bet. Than where is the question of such capable male candidate in the first place. It’s just an illusion created to fool the common men and protect the male chauvinism. Then there is this wonderful and sweet to hear sermon of our women being treated equally with men. That they get all the educations and freedom without partiality vis-à-vis male counterpart. And so they should be treated equally in election as well without any reservation. But may I remind you my classmate boy. This logic is also against the reservation and quota in any sense. If this logic applies universally than there shouldn’t be Schedule Tribe quota for us in the UPSC or any other central jobs, nor there backward tribe quota in the state. But thankfully that’s not how things work, not at least in the culture and tradition of rational thinking. Such quotas or reservations are to uplift the disadvantaged section of the
society. Such positive discrimination is blessed by the constitution of India itself, which unfortunately happens to conflict our tradition and culture for some jingoistic reason. Equality is not always about treating everyone the same- it is about treating people in such a way that the outcome for each person can be the same. With all due respect to our elders and leaders, is it wise to set certain terms and condition upon people and to impose them the same with iron fist just for selfish interest of some? Were the people first consulted before making decision? Or is autocracy and despotism our culture as well? May be the culture and tradition that is being talked about might just be an outdated one for the upcoming youth and the future generation. Should the opinion of all-men made decision influenced by the patriarchal mindset be carried upon as our culture forever? Will our women ever get to say her opinion on anything? Or shall we just keep them busy in our kitchen considering them as lesser human- no wise for a decision making whatsoever. Are we men just so selfish to not let our women share her ideas and stand side by side with us. Can we say to a baby- we have fed you, cared special for you and loved you much, now don’t ask us to help you stand on your feet and walk like us someday. Let’s be gentlemen and not be frightened of women to be in par with us. Or if we think our culture and tradition should not be amended for anything whatsoever, than will the true headhunting naked Naga please stand.
neW DeLhi, JAnuAry 13 (Pti): The Sports Ministry today lifted the suspension on the Indian Olympic Association with immediate effect after it removed the corruption-tainted duo of Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as life presidents following widespread outrage. The ministry said that it was revoking the suspension of deemed recognition of IOA handed down on December 30 last following its admission of "faux pas" while making Kalmadi and Chautala as life presidents. "Government has decided to revoke the suspension of deemed recognition of IOA with immediate effect in the light of the corrective action taken by them in reversing its earlier decision making Shri Abhay Singh Chautala and Shri Suresh Kalmadi, Life Presidents of IOA," the ministry said in a statement. "In the light of the above developments and keeping in view the larger interest of promotion and development of sports in the country, the Minister of State (Independent
Charge), Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has revoked the suspension of deemed recognition of IOA, imposed on 30.12.2016, with immediate effect," it added. The ministry, however, asked the IOA to uphold the highest standards of probity and ethics in future also. "Since IOA has admitted the faux pas committed and regretted the inconvenience and embarrassment caused to all concerned, it is expected of IOA that it will uphold the highest standard of probity and ethics in its functioning in future," the ministry said. IOA President N Ramachandran welcomed the ministry's decision. "If the ministry revokes the suspension, it is good news for IOA. As far as I am concerned, if the government revokes the suspension, I am thankful to the ministry," Ramachandran told PTI. Ramachandran, in his reply to a showcause notice served by the Ministry, had said that the decision to appoint Kalmadi and Chautala does not stand owing to technicalities.
Three Chinese weightlifters stripped of 2008 Olympic gold LAusAnne, JAnuAry 13 (AFP): Three Chinese women's weightlifting gold medallists at the 2008 Beijing Olympics were disqualified for doping on Thursday following a reanalysis of their drug tests, the International Olympic Committee said. It leaves China facing a ban from international competition for a year, a sanction brought in by the sport's governing body the IWF last year to crack down on doping that is rife in weightlifting. Cao Lei, the 75kg champion, Chen Xiexia, the 48kg gold medallist, and Liu Chunhong, who won the 69kg category, were stripped of their 2008 titles. The Chinese trio, all aged between 31 and 34, tested positive for the banned GHRP-2, a human growth hormone. The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) is attempting to rid the sport of a drug-taking culture that has made it one of the most notorious Olympic events. The IWF barred serial performance-enhancing offenders Russia and Bulgaria from competing at the Rio Games last summer. Two months before the Games the IWF adopted a resolution that said any country which returns three or more positive drugs tests from the reanalysis of samples from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 would be suspended for a year. That would mean China potentially missing out this year on the Asian Championships in April while the World Championships are set for November. In all, eight athletes were disqual-
ified on Thursday from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics in London as part of the ongoing series of retests from 2008 and 2012. Also disqualified were Belarus shot-putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk, who was bronze medallist in Beijing but tested positive for the steroid turinabol. She was only promoted to the bronze medal position after compatriot Natallia Mikhnevich failed an earlier dope test. Another Belarusian, hammer thrower Darya Pchelnik, lost her fourth spot from the 2008 Games. Three non-medal weightlifters from the 2012 Olympics in London -Sibel Simsek of Turkey, Intigam Zairov of Azerbaijan and Armenia's Norayr Vardanyan -- were also disqualified. In total, the IOC is reanalysing 1,243 samples from Beijing and London using testing techniques not available at the time. By the end of December, the number of positive tests from the reanalysed samples had reached 101. Weightlifting accounts for the bulk of positive tests, followed by athletics, wrestling and cycling. The results of the new tests will feature in April during discussions to map out the programme of future summer Olympics. "We will have to look at the results in detail, connect each sport with each country and see if it is a problem specific to each country," said IOC president Thomas Bach recently. "And then we will study the situation with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)."
Shakib double ton crushes New Zealand in first Test
WeLLington, JAnuAry 13 (AFP): Bangladesh hammered New Zealand with a double century by everal years ago, in our college, Shakib Al Hasan in a record-breaking during the college election second day of the first Test in Wellingheld for the College Students’ ton on Friday. Union and the Class RepreBut they kept declaration plans sentative (CR), one of the girls from after reaching 542-7 on day two, and our class decided to contest for the New Zealand insisted they were still CR. A friend of mine started to camin the game. paign against her. His only reason to Shakib scored a Bangladesh inoppose her candidature was her gennings record of 217 and captain der. He started to influence his friends Mushfiqur Rahim added 159 in a 359that we as a boy cannot be under a girl run stand, which set a record for any CR. He had no other concrete reason Bangladesh partnership. to go against her, save for the gender. I Mushfiqur described the tourists' jumped in to correct him and to make position as "really satisfying". him know that we cannot be such a "Let's see," was his message to New narrow and chauvinist in this modern Zealand when questioned whether a time, not at least by us-educated lot. declaration was likely overnight. Today’s cacophony in our state "That's one job done but there's just reminds me of that episode. In still three days to go. Anything's possithe name of the culture and tradition, ble," he said, adding Bangladesh were we men folk just don’t want to give up determined to erase their nightmare what we have always considered ours build-up to the Test when they lost all for generation i.e., decision making six one-day and Twenty20 matches. position. We just don’t want to be Shakib called his seven hours at lead, directed, ordered or decided by the crease "one of proudest days" of our women. Unfortunately that is the his career as he moved up to second culture and tradition we are talking on the list of prolific Bangladesh batsabout today. men with 3,146 to his name behind Here are some of the excuses by Tamim Iqbal's 3,405. us men to support our view. He said he did not realise he had The big and bold ‘371A’ which we broken Tamim's record for the highest often use as a bargaining tool when Test innings by a Bangladesh player unodds are against us and often forget til he reached 207 and saw the opener when the tide turns in our favor. But stand and applaud in the stands. can our respected elders and leaders "I thought his score was 214 but tell us if we truly follow all our culwhen I ran that single and saw Tature and tradition in letter- word by mim was clapping I thought OK -- the word. If so, than aren’t we suppose highest." to be naked and headhunting still? - Black Caps still hopeful Can we not progress with time and But as Bangladesh bathed in the change for good, when and where the glory of dominating the first two days situation demand. Are laws made for of the Test, and blasting 388 runs at email@example.com nearly four an over on the second day, men or men for laws that we cannot New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee Readers may please note that the contents of the articles, letters and opinions published do not reflect the outlook of this paper nor of the Editor in any form. refused to accept a result for the home YC Joseph Konyak
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Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan bats watched by New Zealand's keeper BJ Watling on day two of the first international Test in Wellington. (AFP Photo)
side was out of the question. "They've come out and played extremely well after losing the toss and they've played in an aggressive manner," he said, indicating the Test could go down to the wire on the fifth day. "We'll come back with a plan of hopefully knocking these (last three wickets) over and then trying to go as big as we can." Shakib and Mushfiqur both fell in the final session after setting Bangladesh up for their 542, which is the third-highest first innings at the traditional bowl-first Basin Reserve in its 59-Test history. With the wind and rain that disrupted day one out of the picture, New Zealand had early success in the fourth over when Mominul Haque fell for 64 and honours were even with Bangladesh at 160-4. But for the next 82 overs Shakib and Mushfiqur were in command as they batted at nearly 4.4 an over and with an element of luck.
Shakib was dropped on four by Mitchell Santner late on the first day and dropped by Ross Taylor on 189. He survived a tight appeal on 137 when wicketkeeper BJ Watling took what appeared to be a sensational diving catch down the leg side only for replays to show he briefly grounded the ball on hitting the turf. It was Wagner who eventually claimed the wicket when a tired Shakib chopped an attempted cut onto his stumps. Mushfiqur had a heart-stopping moment on 78 when an inside edge off Trent Boult brushed the stumps but the bails stayed on and the ball went through to the boundary. Boult eventually claimed his wicket with a wide delivery that Mushfiqur attempted to drive but succeeded only in edging to Watling. Wagner was the most successful New Zealand bowler with three for 124 while Boult had two for 121 and Southee two for 144.