Keys to victory: Ateneo-La Salle Finals series

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chot Reyes gets back at old foe Both teams got one win each in the eliminations against each other but expect the Blue Eagles to veer away from isolation sets in order to counter the Green Archers’ sheer physical might.And speaking of physical might…Power!There’s no question that Ben Mbala is the most dominating player in the UAAP for the past two seasons and his two MVP trophies attest to that.Mbala averaged 23 points, 16 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks against the Blue Eagles in the eliminations and quite frankly nobody on that Ateneo roster can stop the big man one-on-one.La Salle can afford to just throw the ball down to Mbala and leave him to work out against Ateneo’s defense, which usually gives him double and sometimes triple teams.When that happens, Mbala has the luxury of finding four open shooters or sometimes one big man open inside.Big men can shootThere was a time in the first round that Mbala fell in love with shooting the triple but against Ateneo he came away with four blanks.Ateneo’s bigs, however, have started to get comfortable with the long ball and Isaac Go, Chibueze Ikeh, and Vince Tolentino showed that in the Final Four against Far Eastern University. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES And those are the intangibles.Ateneo has a bone to pick with La Salle and not just because the two schools are archrivals in basketball.The Green Archers are the ones who derailed the Blue Eagles’ potential sweep of Season 80 and Ateneo still wants revenge from its Finals mishap in Season 79.La Salle, meanwhile, are hell-bent on taking its second straight title and prove that it’s still the ruling party despite having a worse eliminations record than Ateneo. 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It’s the UAAP Finals and it’s Ateneo vs. La Salle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe most ballyhooed rivalry in all of Philippine sports, the Blue Eagles face off against the Green Archers for the sixth time in the championship round and both teams have something to prove.La Salle wants to get its second straight title while Ateneo want to avenge its loss in Season 79. It’s that time of the year once more when families flock outside wearing matching-colored t-shirts as they catch-up with other families who are wearing the same clothes as they do.ADVERTISEMENT The Blue Eagle trio went a collective 5-of-12 from deep in Ateneo’s 88-84 win over the Tamaraws with Go getting owning three of those conversions.Go also proved that he can shoot the three in dire situations when he sent the game to overtime with a clutch triple.Ateneo’s newfound three-point touch can spell trouble for La Salle as it will force the likes of Mbala, Santi Santillan, and Justine Baltazar to close out in the perimeter leaving the paint open to cuts and drives.Press it and push itBoth teams have shown they can pressure the ball for the full 94 feet of the basketball floor and run it off for easy scoring opportunities.The Green Archers have the Mayhem defense while the Blue Eagles have whatever they call their pestering scheme.Ateneo has the slight edge in turnovers and points off turnovers in the two previous meetings against La Salle with the Blue Eagles turning the ball over 16.5 times while the Green Archers gave the rock away an average of 19.5 times.The Blue Eagles are also more adept at scoring quickly off their opponent’s miscues with 16.5 points off turnovers while the Green Archers are at 13 points.The unseen statsSure the stat sheets show just how much the two teams play, but there are far many aspects of the game that those legal-sized papers don’t show. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And with that being said, here are INQUIRER’s keys to victory for this year’s UAAP Finals.Share the orangeRoster-wise, La Salle has arguably the better bunch.Ateneo, though, moves the ball better than the Green Archers with the Blue Eagles racking up an average of 17 assists in their previous two meetings.The Green Archers registered just 11.5 assists in the two elimination games played against Ateneo.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

QPR and Stoke reportedly both keen on former Arsenal man Eduardo

first_imgStoke as well as QPR are reportedly interested in former Arsenal man Eduardo.He almost moved to Loftus Road from Shakhtar Donetsk in January and is one of a number of strikers Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is considering as a possible signing.And it is claimed that Stoke’s former QPR boss Mark Hughes is eyeing the 31-year-old Croatian.Related West London Sport story: QPR in talks with Ajax over deal for strikerQPR face competition from Tottenham for the signing of Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles, according to the Daily Mail.Centre-back Lascelles is wanted by QPRWest London Sport this week revealed that Rangers had made an offer for the 20-year-old centre-back. Forest have since insisted that he is not for sale.And the Mail say Spurs are planning to table a £5m bid for Lascelles, who made 34 appearances for Forest last season.It is also suggested that the player would prefer to stay in the north rather than move to London.Meanwhile, Chelsea have joined Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United in the race to sign Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo, the Express claim.The Argentine has been touted as a possible successor to Ashley Cole at Stamford Bridge.Three overseas clubs are looking to sign left-back Cole following his recent departure from Chelsea, according to Sky.Elsewhere, there is speculation that Chelsea may try to hijack Real Madrid’s bid to sign Germany international Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich.There is also speculation over the future of Petr Cech amid reports that he could be ousted as Chelsea’s first choice goalkeeper by Thibault Courtois.Cech could face stiff competition for his place at ChelseaThe Mirror reports that Cech’s agent Viktor Kolar is confident the 32-year-old will be snapped up by a top European club if he loses his place.Kolar is quoted as saying: “We have not been given any signals that Petr would be made available.“If that was the case, though, you have to realise that Petr is one of the world’s top goalkeepers and has a certain salary.“There are not many clubs who could afford to sign him. If he were to leave, we’re discussing two or three clubs in the world.”The Daily Star claim Eliaquim Mangala wants to join Chelsea despite Manchester City agreeing a £32m deal for the Porto and France defender.The Star also say Atletico Madrid have cooled their apparent interest in Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Dogra Sadar Sabha chief detained in Jammu

first_imgDogra Sadar Sabha president and former minister Gulchain Singh Charak was on Tuesday detained ahead of his scheduled press conference here. Mr. Charak had reached his party headquarters at Dogra Hall in the city to address a press conference and was picked up by police without citing any reason, his son Gambhir Dev Singh Charak said.Gambhir Dev Singh Charak, who is also incharge youth wing of the party, said the press conference was convened by the Dogra Sadar Sabha to put forth some suggestions for safeguarding the interests of the people of Jammu region with regard to the re-organization of the State.“There is no justification for the action as our organisation has wholeheartedly welcomed the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5…the action tentamounts to murder of democracy,” he said. On August 16, police had briefly detained state Congress chief spokesperson and former MLC Ravinder Sharma from party headquarters here to prevent him addressing the media. Several top leaders including state Congress president G A Mir, Dogra Swabhiman Sangathan founder Choudhary Lal Singh and National Conference provincial president Devender Singh Rana are under house arrest in Jammu since the Centre announced abrogation of special status under Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into two union territories.last_img read more

NCP, Congress on the defensive in ‘sugar heartland’ as BJP seeks to maximise gains

first_imgAs the 70-odd Assembly constituencies in the sugar heartland of western Maharashtra go to polls on October 21 under the shadow of heavy rains, the beleaguered Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) coalition faces a daunting challenge of defending their traditional bastions under siege from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena alliance.The siege has intensified after the Lok Sabha polls in May this year, with the BJP-Sena’s massive mandate triggering exodus of several NCP, Congress stalwarts to the saffron alliance. Yet, despite talks of a supposedly ‘one-sided fight’, it remains to be seen whether the BJP’s extravagant and high-decibel campaign spearheaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, which harped on the scrapping of Article 370, can win the day for the ruling party in the sugar belt.While Mr. Modi and Mr. Shah targeted Mr. Pawar and questioned the Opposition’s patriotism, the 78-year-old NCP chief riposted that the BJP allegedly shied away from speaking on critical issues like the economic slowdown and soaring unemployment figures. To counter the NCP’s image of a floundering party, the indefatigable Mr. Pawar carried out a spirited poll campaign which culminated in him defiantly addressing an election event in Satara in heavy downpour.While his never-say-die attitude may have secured admiration, it remains to be seen how this translates into votes for the NCP.To supplant the NCP and the Congress in Maharashtra’s sugar belt and increase the BJP’s clout, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s strategy prior to the Lok Sabha elections had been to bail out former NCP–Congress leaders whose sugar factories are in economic doldrums.This stratagem, coupled with exploiting internecine quarrels within the Congress and NCP camps, has yielded handsome dividends for the BJP. In Ahmednagar, the saffron party had a windfall before the Lok Sabha polls after first Sujay Vikhe-Patil, and later his father, senior Congressman Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, joined the BJP.The senior Vikhe-Patil, who is contesting from the Shirdi Assembly seat has thrown in his weight to ensure that all 12 seats in the district are won by the BJP.But the fight to watch out for in Ahmednagar — and indeed the State — is the one between youthful Rohit Pawar, the grand-nephew of the NCP chief, who takes on BJP Minister and sitting MLA Ram Shinde in the high-stakes Karjat-Jamkhed Assembly segment.In the doddering Congress bastion of Solapur, Praniti Shinde, daughter of former Chief Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, faces formidable opposition from candidates of the Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) in the Solapur City Central seat.Once their stronghold, the Shindes’s hold has been seriously undercut with Dalit and Muslim voters gravitating towards the VBA and the AIMIM in recent times.Another prestige battle is the Satara Lok Sabha by-election, which takes place simultaneously.Here, former NCP MP from Satara, Udayanraje Bhosale, is contesting the bypoll as the BJP’s candidate after his defection to the saffron party. He takes on ex-Sikkim Governor Shriniwas Patil, the NCP’s candidate and a close aide of Mr. Pawar.Known for his antics than serious work, Mr. Bhosale’s acquisition is nevertheless of great symbolic value to the BJP owing to him being a direct descendant of Maratha warrior King Shivaji. The BJP’s acquisition of yet another royal, sitting MLA Shivendraraje Bhosale – Udayanraje’s fractious cousin and former rival – has turned the tables on the NCP for the Satara Assembly seat, while threatening Mr. Pawar’s hold over Satara.The most crucial Assembly battle in Satara is unquestionably that of Karad South, where former chief minister and senior Congressman Prithviraj Chavan takes on the BJP’s Atul Bhosale along with his old Congress nemesis, Vilas ‘Kaka’ Undalkar, who has propped up his son as an Independent.In 2014, Mr. Chavan had managed to win a hard-fought battle against the very same opponents.In the Kolhapur South Assembly segment, a closely-fought battle is on the cards between the youthful Ruturaj Patil, the nephew of Congress leader, Satej ‘Bunty’ Patil, who is challenging the sitting BJP legislator Amal Mahadik.The Kolhapur electoral battle is yet another chapter in the long-running feud between Satej Patil and his nemeis — ex-NCP MP Dhananjay Mahadik — another recent BJP entrant who is Amal Mahadik’s cousin.The young Ruturaj Patil is being openly supported by Sanjay Mandalik, the newly-lected Shiv Sena MP of Kolhapur, also an avowed adversary of the powerful Mahadik clan and especially Dhananjay Mahadik.In Pune, the BJP, which at present holds 12 of the district’s 21 Assembly seats, has acquired a major ally in the form of ex-Congressman Harshavardhan Patil, who went over after a bitter fallout with the NCP over a ticket on the Indapur seat.Mr. Patil, determined to regain his lost citadel of Indapur (part of the Baramati Lok Sabha constituency), is up against sitting NCP MLA Dattatreya Bharne. Mr. Patil’s win would expand the BJP’s footprint in Baramati and increase the worries of the Pawar clan.The two most eagerly fought contest in Pune are arguably Kothrud, where BJP State chief Chandrakant Patil is stepping into the Assembly arena for the first time, and Baramati, where senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar is seeking re-election for the seventh straight time.Mr. Patil, who initially faced the hostility of local Brahmin outfits, dissension within party ranks and the ire of citizens for being an ‘outsider’ from Kolhapur, faces the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s Kishore Shinde, who is being covertly backed by the NCP.In Baramati, Mr. Pawar is up against influential Dhangar leader Gopichand Padalkar, whom the BJP ‘imported’ from Sangli with an eye on the formidable Dhangar votes in Baramati. While the Congress’s virtually leaderless and incoherent campaign has hit its candidates hard, it hopes to offset the ‘leadership crisis’ by having fielded experienced campaigners like Arvind Shinde (from the Kasba Peth Assembly segment) and Ramesh Bagwe (from the Pune Cantonment seat) who have a sound understanding of Pune’s civic woes.However, in the urban pockets of Pune, a strong current of discord is evident with citizens fed-up of ruling party MLAs as well as opposition party leaders for having failed to resolve problems of potable water and poor infrastructure despite tall claims over several years.In several places in the Chinchwad Assembly segment, citizens have decided not to cast their votes until their drinking water problems have been sorted out.A similar situation prevails in Hadapsar, where scores of residents from housing societies have barred the sitting BJP MLA Yogesh Tilekar for entering their areas to seek votes.“In some societies in Kondhwa (part of the Hadapsar segment), residents have been forced to seek recourse to tankers for the past 15 years despite dams overflowing with water. Today, the ‘NOTA mentality’ reigns supreme among them as they are bitterly opposed to both the BJP’s Yogesh Tilekar and the NCP’s candidate, Chetan Tupe,” says Advocate Tosif Shaikh, who is himself contesting the Hadapsar seat as an Independent.last_img read more

Rift in Rajasthan Cong. over ‘hybrid’ poll model

first_imgA rift has emerged in the ruling Congress in Rajasthan over a new model adopted for the upcoming municipal elections, in which any citizen can contest the polls for mayor and chairperson of a civic body without first getting elected as a municipal councillor. The “hybrid model” allows even a person defeated in the corporator’s election to become the head of an urban local body.A section of the party leaders and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot have opposed the issuance of a gazette notification earlier this week enforcing the amended rules for municipal elections. The civic body polls are due next month.Negative feedbackMr. Pilot, who is also the Pradesh Congress president, said the decision would weaken democracy and encourage back door entry of candidates in the urban bodies. He said the State Urban Development Ministry had taken the decision without discussing it in a Cabinet meeting or in the party organisation.Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ramesh Chand Meena and Transport Minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas have called for a review of the decision, while affirming that they had received a negative feedback from party workers on the issue. Mr. Khachariyawas said it would reduce the significance of councillors and weaken democracy at the grassroots.The State government had recently decided to conduct indirect election for the post of mayor and chairperson in corporations and municipalities with the contention that the civic body heads directly elected by public often ignored the councillors and neglected the development works.BJP State president Satish Poonia said the ruling party could not serve the people of the State. “The Deputy CM himself did not know about the development. The split in Congress is wide open,” he said.The State government has also decided to create additional municipal corporations in Jaipur, Jodhpur and Kota in view of increasing population in these cities.last_img read more