Cristiano Ronaldo is nominated for Men’s Best Player of the Year at the Globe Soccer Awards, along with Leo Messi, Bernardo Silva and four Liverpool stars. The 34-year-old has been nominated for the award alongside the Liverpool quartet of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk. Ronaldo joined Juventus in the summer of 2018 for a club record €112 million and scored 21 league goals in his first season in Serie A, adding a further six in the Champions League. So far this term he has scored five times for the Bianconeri. Other nominees for the award include Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. 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/
AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who is slowly changing the political culture of the Congress by holding internal elections in the party’s youth bodies, is planning to launch a professional magazine for the Youth Congress.A monthly e-newsletter titled Yuva Bharat is being converted into a monthly journal, covering political news, social issues, sports and current affairs.The magazine will not be a replica of the lacklustre Congress mouthpiece Sandesh , which is known for its sycophantic write-ups.The ‘Yuva Bharat – of the youth, for the youth, by the youth’, will be a professional magazine to be published in Hindi and English.Rahul had conceived the idea of a news magazine for the youth wing and other partymen in August 2009.The suggested name for the publication was Young March. A draft of the magazine was shelved by Rahul because by and large, it only had eulogies for him and his mother, party president Sonia Gandhi. He felt the magazine may become another platform for breeding sycophancy a la Sandesh , Congress sources said, an idea he was completely opposed to.Click here to EnlargeParty sources said Rahul wanted the youth of the country to understand the party’s ideology and the service that it has done to the nation.And so, a few months ago, a team of Youth Congress leaders brought out Yuva Bharat. The newsletter reflects Rahul’s serious approach. He wants to appeal to the youth who are cynical about politicians through the magazine, a Youth Congress leader said. But it is not known whether Rahul will write a regular column in the soon-to-be-launched magazine. Sonia writes ‘a letter to party workers’ – a regular feature in Sandesh . Sources said the magazine will not print liquor and cigarettes advertisements.advertisementThe latest issue of Yuva Bharat has an article backing FDI, two on cricket, a round-up of Rahul’s election campaign in UP and a writeup by Youth Congress general secretary Madhumita Chakraborty on the recent Youth Congress convention here. Two other notable articles talk about the current economic situation and cricketer Virender Sehwag.In 2009, Rahul had tried to acquire the copyright for Young India from the National Archives of South Africa. The journal was launched by Mahatma Gandhi during his initial years of struggle in that country. He eventually gave up the idea.
SINKING FEELING: Sachin TendulkarEven before his team munched on India, Australian coach John Buchanan sounded an alert. From what he could see of their body language in recent games, the laconic Buchanan said, India lacked a bit of spark, a bit of verve, a bit of “oomph”.Somehow supplying the men,SINKING FEELING: Sachin TendulkarEven before his team munched on India, Australian coach John Buchanan sounded an alert. From what he could see of their body language in recent games, the laconic Buchanan said, India lacked a bit of spark, a bit of verve, a bit of “oomph”.Somehow supplying the men in blue with inflammable objects, disco music and item numbers didn’t seem helpful. Specially for a team collectively going down in flames, whose attachment to iPods has caused a red mist to descend on its management.India was expected to show off its new clothes as one of the fastest improving teams in world cricket in the Champions Trophy. Familiar conditions were expected to scrape off early season rust, the roar of home fans to drown out recollections of bitter ODI defeats in the Caribbean.But no matter how many ‘positives’ the spin doctors wring out of it, India’s failure to make the Champions Trophy semi-final is deflating. Defeat to Australia was the punch that sent them to the floor; but losing six of their last eight games to the West Indies were unmistakable signs that the wobbles are upon us.Indian batsmen performanceClick here to EnlargeAfter an exhilarating last season, India has won only four of its last 15 ODIs and two from eight this season. “It is a setback, if you can call it…” captain Rahul Dravid tailed off. Better call it like it is. The Champions Trophy was the best possible benchmark for the growth of his team.In utopia, by now Irfan Pathan’s swing would have its sting back, his pinch-hitting giving the batting acceleration at No. 3, spinners would have been loathe to bowl to India’s new cool middle order finisher, Virender Sehwag, form would have stayed faithful to Dravid and Yuvraj Singh and the faith invested in Suresh Raina would have been repaid in runs.advertisementThese best-laid plans are now unravelled, or going by some of the decisions taken by the Indians, unhinged. The captain admitted, “Now we must review where we’re at and take the steps to turn things around.” The difference between the cerebral and mental has been reduced to the margin between a win and a loss.Four months away from the World Cup, it is probably time to go shopping for specifics, across all departments of Indian cricket:A SHOCK ABSORBER FOR THE CAPTAINRahul DravidTo put it at its simplest, Rahul needs a Rahul. To his predecessor Sourav Ganguly, Dravid was the perfect vicecaptain. A sounding board, a counsel, a voice of reason and, when things got hairy as they often did, a frontman sent to handle a snapping, sniping media.In an environment of prickly egos, Dravid was often on diplomatic duty, counselling younger players or soothing the bruised pride of the older players. Along with Anil Kumble, he was the de facto negotiator for the team when dealing with the Board on players contracts or commercial issues.Today, as one tough day is succeeded by a long evening of disappointment, Dravid remains the lone, forlorn face for the team. His deputy Sehwag is under siege due to his wavering ODI batting and its fallout: pressure from the selectors and the management.There is a move to examine whether he serves his role as vice-captain well enough or if India has jumped the gun on his being a natural leader. Tendulkar and Kumble’s recent absences have meant that Dravid will feel the lack of other authority figures and mentors for younger players.The captain could also do with a long-distance view of his team. Like an unreliable pipe, it has begun to leak and rumble. Player and selector are often heard in uncanny parallel echo. The single most commonly-articulated criticism of the two at the top is not (as widely believed) that the captain allows himself to be dominated by the coach, but a lack of even-handedness. Said one selector, “Certain rules and standards seem to apply only to certain people while others seem exempt.”THERAPY SESSIONS FOR THE BATSMENDespite the presence of high-pedigree batsmen in and around them in the dressing room, the Indian batting’s run of form over the last six months probably means that couch should win over coach right now.A crash course in auto-hypnosis for Sehwag could possibly convince him that his blue uniform is actually white and all he needs to do in an ODI is to bat until the game breaks for a meal. For the rest, a round robin approach is perhaps best: regular chanting of the phrase “I will take singles”, meditation for Tendulkar to tap into his inner Zen And for Dravid, a few days out with his local chapter of the Laughter Club.advertisementIndia’s batting form is like returns on investment: there is no such thing as too much. Buchanan says what made the Indians competitive against the Aussies was always their reliability with the bat. “That certainty that there are big runs allows the rest of the guys to relax-the bowlers don’t have to try to do something every ball, the field is not tense…”Dravid remembered “people stood up…if we can go back to doing that a lot of questions will answer themselves.” The key that will set in motion the chain reaction of batsmen ‘standing up’ in succession is today jammed in the lock.Dravid’s batting ‘unit’ is a diffused entity, not a fortress. Individual worries override the idea of the collective. After a recent series, one batsman grumbled about not getting as much attention to his problems as a close rival did. Another is so unsure of where he stands that whenever he is called over for a word with Dravid or Chappell, he thinks he is going to be dropped.GEOMETRY BOXES FOR THE BOWLERSPatel and SinghTo sort out lines and lengths, width and angles and to take a close look at what a working compass really looks like. India’s motley crew of young quick bowlers cannot hide behind the fig leaves of inexperience because the Champions Trophy has been full of raw bowlers who have made their mark- like Australia’s Mitchell Johnson or the West Indies’ underrated Ian Bradshaw.Whatever collective planning is being formulated is undone by a sibling rivalry amongst the young quicks that is far from healthy. The low level sniping that accompanies it is a product of the revolving door selections in recent months in which the price of defeat is paid most consistently by young fast bowlers, not underperforming batters. Maybe the geometry box could do with some quick-bonding super glue as well.A MIRROR FOR THE COACHCoach Greg ChappellGreg Chappell was given the job of team coach and security of tenure with it. It was an assignment connected but still dissimilar to the many other roles played by the 58-year-old: cricket legend, batting guru, radical thinker.After a year with India, the coach could use a mirror for a bout of introspection. He may not be able to bat for the batsmen or bowl for the bowlers, but Chappell could put a few questions to himself about where he and his team stand. As coach, is the team he works with united and stable? Are the players under his charge relaxed and confident?Does he take the pressure off Dravid when it comes to the messy dynamics of man management and the daily stress test of the media? Does he have the humility to admit his Way might not be The Best Way or the Only Way? Is sending out messages about players via the press the smartest way to set an agenda for the team? Has he won their trust and loyalty? Are they winning? The mirror’s job is easy.advertisementNo. No. No. No. No. No. No. No.SCALES OF JUSTICE FOR SELECTORSIn a startling interview given to a cricket magazine recently, outgoing national selector V.B. Chandrasekhar said, “I would not find fault with people for saying that this (the previous) selection committee was being run by the team management.”The arrival of Dilip Vengsarkar at the helm of the selection committee has immediately signalled a change in that equation. Vengsarkar is said to have been vocal and forthright in his first meeting. It was marked by the return of Zaheer Khan and the surprising selection of Wasim Jaffer as ODI opener on the tour to South Africa.Dilip VengsarkarVengsarkar’s first meeting was perhaps more a setting of boundaries than an upsetting of the applecart. One selector admitted, “I don’t know how many changes can be made from now to the the World Cup.”The high turnover of players over the past year has not led to decisions about the suitability of even a few players for top-bracket cricket. It has only led to conclusions about those considered unsuitable.Dravid and Chappell may loathe going back to the old, but what Vengsarkar needs to be able to do is steer his committee into judgements on form and skill delivery rather than differences of personality.Just like players and captains are tested under pressure, so are selectors. The best ones respond by thinking clearly, objectively and independently.DUCT TAPE FOR THE BCCI(An entire roll only for Lalit Modi) To tape up mouths so that there is no more irrelevant talking. We don’t want to hear about the money. We don’t want to hear about court cases. We don’t want to hear about the endorsement deals.We don’t want to hear about ICC’s neo-colonialism. We don’t want to hear about TV rights. We want to know what they are going to do about Vengsarkar’s worrying assertion that there is no talent pool to speak of. We want to know about what is happening with the Rs 25 crore subsidy given to every state unit to develop infrastructure.We want to know why the cricket improvement committee set up by the new regime last year was disbanded without a single meeting.If India are to effect a turnaround, they will need qualities that brought Dravid’s men early success: attention to the team’s all-round health and the flexibility to admit and address their errors.
Former Australian pacer Nathan Bracken has dragged Cricket Australia to court, alleging that due to governing body negligence his career ended prematurely as it failed to “investigate, diagnose and treat” his right knee injury.The Left-arm pacer accused the CA of negligence, arguing their doctors and lead physiotherapist can’t provide “competent” medical advice to elite athletes.Bracken had suffered the injury a day before an ODI against England in 2007.According to a report appearing in Sydney Morning Herald, Bracken sued not only the CA but also three of its medical professionals.”Lawyers for Cricket Australia and their doctors and physio are defending the allegations. The case, yet to go to hearing, was mentioned in the Supreme Court. Bracken was ordered to declare the size of damages he wants Cricket Australia to pay by February 22 and provide more details of his injuries,” the paper stated.It is understood the former bowler will seek at least USD 1 million for lost earnings. The case returns to court on March 2.In his statement of claim, Bracken states that the two doctors and a physiotherapist working for Cricket Australia should have recognised from MRI scans that he needed to have arthroscopic surgery on his knee in 2007.The Central Coast-based athlete says their failure to refer him for further examination by a specialist orthopaedic surgeon and to restrict him from training and playing ruined his career.He said a simple knee arthroscopy would have allowed his international cricket career to continue until 2015.In the weeks and months following his knee injury, the team physio Alex Kountouris and the team doctor Trefor James just gave him a prescription-analgesic and an anti-inflammatory drug and told him he was fit to play.advertisementBracken says that Dr Simon Carter sent him for an MRI but only diagnosed bone bruising and said he was fit to play. By continuing to play, he says he developed a “lunge lesion” in his right knee.He later developed “constant debilitating right knee pain”. He retired in early 2010.
Mayawati may have lost the crown, but not her riches. In fact, in the last five years, the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo has more than doubled her assets.In 2007, when she swept to power in Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati was worth Rs 52.27 crore. On Tuesday, when she declared her assets while filing nomination for the Rajya Sabha, it had multiplied to a whopping Rs 111.64 crore. In the last two years alone, her wealth seemed to have jumped by Rs 24 crore.The BSP president, who is facing a disproportionate assets case, owns two commercial space in New Delhi’s Connaught Place worth Rs 18.84 crore, while her house in the Capital’s Sardar Patel Marg is valued at Rs 61.86 crore. She also has a bungalow in Lucknow worth Rs 15.68 crore besides a commercial property at Okhla Phase-1.Surprisingly, the purchase date of the Delhi bungalow was shown as July 6, 2009 while that of the Lucknow bungalow on November 3, 2010.After filing her nomination Mayawati said: “Now I will raise the issues concerning Uttar Pradesh in Parliament because my party feels it will be a better platform to raise those issues.”She also expressed confidence that the BSP would do well in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.”My party workers feel that I do not need to devote all my time here (in UP). They have promised me that they will ensure a massive victory for the party in the Lok Sabha elections,” Mayawati said. “I will devote time to increase the party’s base across India.”advertisementMunkad Ali, who was recently appointed as the party’s coordinator for western Uttar Pradesh, also filed his nomination for the House of Elders. This will be his second term in the Rajya Sabha. Speculations were rife that the BSP supremo would field her close confidant Shashank Shekhar Singh (former cabinet secretary). Instead, she chose Ali.Notification for the biennial elections for the 10 Rajya Sabha seats from UP was issued on Monday and the last date of filing nominations is March 19. The term of the 10 Rajya Sabha members from the state would expire on April 2.Out of the 10 seats, Samajwadi Party (SP) has six members, followed by the BSP and the BJP with two each. “The papers will be scrutinised on March 20 and if required, elections will be held on March 31,” returning officer, principal secretary (assembly), Pradeep Kumar Dubey, said.
Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges The Tornadoes are shooting for their third straight title, but they have to do it without 2015 Grand Prix MVP Lindsay Stalzer, who was instrumental in their last two championships.Stalzer has jump shipped to Petron, the team Foton beat twice for the titles, in a move which Branislav respects.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“We respect all players, and thanks to Lindsay because she played very hard last year for Foton.”Helping Branislav in his quest for a third straight Grand Prix title are Dragana Perunicnic, Sara Klisura, and libero Katarina Vukomanovic. Coaches Ramil de Jesus of F2 Logistics, Francis Vicente of Generika-Ayala, Parley Tupaz of Iriga City, George Pascua of Cignal, Moro Branislav of Foton, Shaq Delos Santos of Petron, John Paul Dolorias of UST, Kungfu Reyes of Cocolife and Macky Carino of Sta. Lucia declare readiness to compete in the Chooks To Go Philippine Superliga Grand Prix starting Saturday at Filoil Flying CentreFoton has been the ruler of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Conference and head coach Moro Branislav has been preparing his team to keep it that way this 2017.“My opinion is, Foton will bring a very big surprise this conference,” said Branislav Wednesday during the pre-season press conference atr Viking Venue. “I’ve been preparing my team and we’ll see how we’ll finish so good luck to all the other coaches.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Iceland prepared for World Cup debut with 2 games in Qatar Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Foton will defend its title against eight other teams in the biggest Grand Prix to date.This season’s Grand Prix will feature nine teams—Foton, Petron, Cocolife, F2 Logistics, Generika, Sta. Lucia, Iriga, Cignal, and guest team University of Santo Tomas.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims
When you did you become aware Fultz was injured?“I don’t know.”Did you know Fultz had a cortisone shot?“I don’t even remember.”The Sixers also don’t know if Fultz will stick with his new shooting motion or go back to the one he used at Washington once he’s medically cleared.“I can’t wait to play with him because I think me and him on the pick-and-roll are going to be unstoppable,” Embiid said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 76ers traded the No. 3 overall pick and a future first-round pick to the Boston Celtics for the No. 1 pick with the intention of drafting Fultz. Team president Bryan Colangelo said there had been “no medical reason” not to play Fultz this season and the shoulder had no structural damage.“At some point, you’ve got to know your body can no longer go through certain things,” Embiid said.Colangelo and the Sixers were caught on their heels for the second time this season over the severity of their stars’ injuries. The Sixers said in January that Embiid was out with swelling and a bone bruise in his left knee until news broke it was actually a torn meniscus. It’s difficult to imagine the Sixers would have said Fultz was treated with a shot had it not been for the agent’s erroneous statement to ESPN.“I think we are unfairly scrutinized, sometimes,” Brown said. “I understand we have been put in funnysituations.”The Sixers have made a heavy investment the last few years in their medical department, building a new training complex that offers round-the-clock care. The team sent out a press release when it hired itsfirst-ever “Vice President of Athlete Care.”But no amount of sports science has kept Philadelphia’s cornerstones healthy.The fact that Fultz even played has gone against one of the core principles of “The Process,” which is patience. The Sixers did not hesitate to shut down Noel, Embiid and Simmons and never wavered in the decision not to play them, even at times when they were dunking and shooting 3s in warmups.Brown was stymied at times in a pregame scrum that featured nearly three dozen members of the media andfelt more like a “60 Minutes” interrogation than a loose Q&A.How could you tell the injury affected Fultz?“I don’t want to comment on that.” NBA: DeMarcus Cousins regrets being loyal to Sacramento Kings LATEST STORIES Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups As for the ugly shot, did Fultz change his mechanics because his shoulder hurt or does his shoulder hurt because he changed his mechanics? Even that isn’t really clear, though the latter seems more likely.“I don’t dismiss that it could have been a possibility,” Brown said.Fultz, though, now has a spot on the Injured 76ers Rookies list that boasts such recent prospects as Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. That trio of first-round picks all missed their rookie seasons (Embiid missed his first two) and Fultz for now is only scheduled to miss Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets and road games Saturday at Dallas and Monday at Houston.“I think that we all understand there were some things going on,” coach Brett Brown said. “I feel like it’s a time where we can take a deep breath and help move him forward in a cleaner way.”Fultz is shooting 33 percent, 50 percent from the free-throw line and has not attempted a 3-point shot all season, all as a reserve.“I watched hundreds and hundreds of his shots,” Brown said. “I get so excited because you see so clearly why he was the first player chosen. The kid is a baller. He can really play.”ADVERTISEMENT In this Oct. 9, 2017, photo, Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston. Fultz gets to start the next chapter of his career in a familiar spot. The No. 1 pick in the draft will make his NBA debut for the 76ers on Wednesday night, Oct. 18, at the Washington Wizards, about a half-hour from home. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)PHILADELPHIA — Markelle Fultz has a sore right shoulder and the 76ers benched him for three games.The injury and his absence — for now, at least — are about the only things certain for the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA draft.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Fultz has made the wrong kind of headlines in his brief tenure for shooting mechanics that resemble something akin to a toddler learning to shoot a basketball. Take a quick scan of YouTube videos, and highlights of the 6-foot-4 guard out of Washington can be found under the titles “Markelle Fultz Gruesome Free Throws ,” ”This Is Why Markelle Fultz’s Free Throws Look Like Trash” and “Are the 76ers Cursed?”Cursed? Nah.Confused? Certainly.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 openingFultz, whose shooting form has been widely mocked all season, was finally shut down by the Sixers on Wednesday and he will be evaluated again next week.But no one in the organization can pinpoint when Fultz’s form went awry, though he’s had soreness since the summer. Fultz’s agent caused a brief panic this week when he said Fultz had fluid drained from his shoulder. The truth was, Fultz simply had a cortisone injection this month to treat the shoulder — a procedure the Sixers curiously did not reveal until the facts became confounding. 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FILE- In this Friday, July21, 2017, file photo, Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani talks in his first televised speech since the dispute between Qatar and three Gulf countries and Egypt, in Doha, Qatar. Qatar’s emir has warned against any military confrontation over the ongoing diplomatic dispute between his country and four other Arab nations, saying it will only engulf the region in chaos. (Qatar News Agency via AP, File)LONDON — The unsolicited tweets started appearing on timelines over the last week. No website, company or individual is publicly associated with the accounts. But the message Twitter is being paid to promote and spread is clear: Qatar is an unsuitable host of the 2022 World Cup.Twitter is cashing in from anonymous attacks on Qatar just as it faces scrutiny over the limited disclosure of information about political advertising in the 2016 U.S. election. Twitter leaders are testifying this week before congressional investigations looking into how social media networks provided a platform for Russian meddling.ADVERTISEMENT The online assaults on Qatar promote the talking points amplified by the four Arab nations who in June cut ties with the first Middle East host of the World Cup. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates all cut diplomatic ties and began a boycott of Qatar on June 5 over allegations that Doha supports extremists and has overly warm ties to Iran.But the Twitter users who received the posts accusing Qatar of supporting extremism alongside images of World Cup preparations are offered no indication of the authors.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 openingA promoted post from the QatarExposed account asks: “Why does the richest country in the world support terrorism?”An accompanying video shows images from the soccer game between France and Germany in Paris in November 2015 that was targeted by suicide bombers as the narrator states: “Financing and promoting extremism has become state policy.” The sequence continues with footage of Qatar winning the FIFA vote in 2010. The video concludes saying: “Its sovereign neighbors have taken a stand, they won’t back down.” Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES A second account being promoted on Twitter, KickQatarOut, features similar branding — with the same typeface and header graphic — and also posted its first message on Oct. 20. With an illustration of a hand showing a red card, the account advocates calls for FIFA to strip Qatar of the World Cup and highlights concerns about conditions for migrant workers.A promoted tweet claims there are “projections of 4,000 dead workers,” as Qatar hosts the World Cup.“This is naked and embarrassing corruption,” another KickQatarOut tweet states, “it will destroy international football, for the sake of one country.”The Qatar World Cup organizing committee declined to comment on the promoted tweets from accounts. The natural gas-rich nation has long denied funding extremists.The anti-Qatar Twitter accounts mirror the tone of other material put out by the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee, a Washington-based influence firm run by Saudi citizen Salman al-Ansari. The committee, known as SAPRAC, has a $1.2 million contract with Bahrain to produce videos and material about “adversary countries in the Middle East,” according to filings with the U.S. Justice Department.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ SAPRAC’s television and online ads include those targeting Qatar for hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup. One of the Twitter accounts in question, QatarExposed, also retweeted material by The Qatar Insider, a website run by SAPRAC.SAPRAC told The Associated Press that the QatarExposed and KickQatarOut accounts “are neither run nor arethey associated with SAPRAC in any way.”Twitter declined to discuss the nature of the anti-Qatar promoted tweets and the lack of information about the holders of the accounts. The company only pointed the AP to plans to launch a “transparency center that will offer everyone visibility into who is advertising on Twitter, (and) details behind those ads.”Twitter’s plans only reference requirements that “electioneering advertisers identify their campaigns,” and do not cover political operations not directly linked to an election.Asked if it would be looking into the lack of transparency surrounding the QatarExposed and KickQatarOut accounts, Twitter told the AP: “We don’t comment on individual accounts.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Sore knee could sideline Cavs’ Shumpert for another week
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “I thought we were taken by the moment a little bit,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “You know, these guys play a lot of big games, but I felt like were frozen for some reason.”It was 64-42 at halftime and the Warriors extended the lead to 28 in the third, though the Nets cut that in half by period’s end, scoring 42 points to trim it to 98-84.TIP-INSWarriors: Kerr said center Zaza Pachulia’s two sons are serving as the Warriors’ ball boys during their trip. “Zaza told me last night that after losing in Boston and then we were down 20 at halftime last night, he said if we didn’t win this game he was going to FedEx his kids back to the Bay Area,” Kerr said. “So I’m glad we won so he didn’t have the stuff the kids into a FedEx box.”Nets: Atkinson said the Warriors’ offense might be the best of all time. “Think about Steve’s Kerr kind of background,” Atkinson said, “playing for Phil Jackson and playing in the Spurs system and then obviously with the Suns as the GM he was with (Mike) D’Antoni and it’s kind of like he’s got all areas covered.” … Trevor Booker started at center but played just nine minutes because of a sprained left ankle.TALKING TRUMP’S TWEETKerr, who has been critical of President Donald Trump, on Trump’s tweet that should have left LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China in jail, after LaVar Ball minimized Trump’s involvement in comments to ESPN.“Two people seeking attention and they’re both getting it, so I’m sure both guys are really happy,” Kerr said. “You know what would help? If all of you just stopped covering both of them. Is that possible? You could probably stop covering LaVar. I don’t think you can stop covering the president. I don’t think that will work.”ROUGH ROADThe Nets opened November with five road games in the West, returned to Brooklyn for a three-game stint that featured Boston and Golden State, the NBA’s two top teams, and now go back on the road to face Cleveland, where they have lost eight in a row.“Listen, I worry a lot so I try not to look ahead too far and every game’s so tough in the NBA,” Atkinson said, “but this is a tough stretch for us.”UP NEXTWarriors: Visit Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.Nets: Visit Cleveland on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Curry also had seven assists but committed seven turnovers and his last two fouls came on charging calls.“Obviously, he was brilliant I mean in terms of his scoring and shot-making but I thought in the second half he got a little wild,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He kind of had his way out there for a while and he got so excited that he probably went over the top and started making some mistakes.”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 openingA night after erasing a 22-point halftime deficit in Philadelphia, the Warriors built a 22-point cushion after two quarters behind 22 points from Curry. Playing without Durant, they led by 28 in the third quarter but Brooklyn cut it all the way to four after Curry picked up his sixth foul with three minutes remaining.Klay Thompson then scored seven of his 23 points in the final two minutes. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — Stephen Curry knew he needed to start aggressively to make up for the absence of Kevin Durant.Then the Warriors had to finish the job without Curry after foul trouble ended his best game of the season.Curry had season highs with 39 points and 11 rebounds, and Golden State held on after he fouled out to beat the Brooklyn Nets 118-111 on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES No. 1 draft pick Fultz out 2 to 3 more weeks for 76ers MOST READ “You like to see those guys out there,” Draymond Green said of Durant and Curry. “But obviously we have other guys that can step up.”Durant was out with a sprained left ankle, giving him extra rest before Golden State wraps up its four-game trip at Oklahoma City on Wednesday night in his former home arena. Omri Casspi started in his place and had 12 points and eight rebounds.The Warriors trailed 74-52 at halftime in Philadelphia on Saturday before scoring 47 points in the third quarter and winning 124-116. Curry appeared determined to get Golden State going quickly in Durant’s absence, scoring 13 points while playing all 12 minutes in the first quarter.“For sure,” Curry said. “It’s 25, 26 points that are missing and you’ve got to try to put pressure on the defense to kind of honor your scoring threat and open up the floor for everyone else.”Allen Crabbe scored 25 points, and Spencer Dinwiddie had 21 points and eight assists for the Nets.ADVERTISEMENT After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads View comments