LATEST STORIES KUALA LUMPUR — As expected the Philippine men’s rugby 7s team opened up with an explosive start after scoring two easy wins in the Southeast Asian Games Saturday at Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya Stadium, Kelana Jaya here.Champions in the sport’s maiden staging in 2015 Singapore edition, the Volcanoes drubbed Indonesia, 47-5, before demolishing Cambodia, 47-7.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village They are to face Malaysia late Saturday before taking on Singapore and Thailand on Sunday in a bid to once again sweep the competition all the way to the gold medal.Last year’s bronze medalist Lady Volcanoes weren’t as lucky as they bowed to Thailand, 32-0, in the opening match of the women’s division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief McIlroy confirms he’ll return for FedEx Cup opener UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss Read Next MOST READ View comments
Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding A relative unknown earlier in the year, Standhardinger burst into the scene after coach Chot Reyes enlisted him in the Gilas Pilipinas pool. He made his national team debut in the 2017 Jones Cup.The Fil-German averaged 16.0 points and 5.7 rebounds in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, before being a more well-rounded performer in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, netting 13.8 markers, 11.0 boards, and 1.4 assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDrafting him, though, comes with a risk as the 28-year-old had earlier signed with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions for the upcoming 2017-2018 ASEAN Basketball League season.Still, the mother ballclub who decides to pick Standhardinger can field the big man as early as next season’s Commissioner’s Cup, granting he secures a release from his ABL team. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZChristian Standhardinger has thrown his name into the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft pool.Sources close to the situation confirmed that the 6-foot-7 forward beat the deadline for Fil-foreign applicants on Monday, as his entry boosted the stock for what could be a loaded draft class.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Also declaring for this year’s draft are Cignal HD standouts Jason Perkins of La Salle, Davon Potts of San Beda, and Andreas Cahilig of EARIST.Scorer Robbie Herndon, forward Julian Sargent, bruiser Felix Apreku, and sniper Zach Nicholls have also submitted their applications for the draft. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief
View comments JRU saw its winning run snapped at four by the Arellano Chiefs and JRU head coach Vergel Meneses praised his team for showing maturity in bouncing back from a loss.“It was important for us to bounce back after we lost to Arellano,” said Meneses in Filipino. “And this win showed the character of the players, that they can recover after a heartbreaking loss.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the second game, Christian Garcia dropped 20 of his 27 points in the first quarter alone and Sidney Onwuebere had 16 points and 15 rebounds as Emilio Aguinaldo College ripped Mapua University, 85-72, to keep its Final Four hopes afloat.Already playing minus big man Hamadou Laminou, who went down with a season-ending ACL injury, the Generals also lost bruiser Juju Bautista, who hurt his shoulder in a previous match. But it hardly mattered against an undermanned Cardinals squad, who dropped to 1-11 for the season. The Generals, meanwhile, improved to 5-6 to move to within half a game out of the playoff circle. —BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NET WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City JRU’s Teytey Teodoro (right) evades the defense of Letran’s JP Calvo. —AUGUST DELA CRUZJose Rizal University wasted no time in getting back to the win column by frustrating Letran, 77-68, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Heavy Bombers held on to the third seed with a 7-4 record while the Knights slipped to a 5-6 card to hang precariously out of the top four.ADVERTISEMENT So-Baadur match goes to tiebreaks MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president
Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “The biggest position in need is someone to match up with June Mar and Greg. It’s really a challenge, like you look at Ginebra in the Finals right now, look at their length,” he said.That’s why Compton is desperately wishing for a miracle that against all odds, the four teams ahead of Alaska will surprisingly shy away from tabbing Standhardinger in this draft which will let the Aces swoop the Fil-German forward in.“If he drops to five, I’m hoping. If people are gonna pass up on him and he drops to five, yes, we will be open to taking him,” the affable bench tactician said.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Danny Kingad: student by day, fighter by night QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Alaska coach Alex Compton. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAlaska coach Alex Compton knows that with his team picking fifth in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, he has no choice but to wait for the proceedings to pan out.“This draft already has its top five players and I don’t think there’s a lot of surprises for us. I think there’s some good talent in the draft, so we’ll just have to wait,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Christian Standhardinger and Kiefer Ravena are the consensus 1-2 picks in the annual rookie selection, which leaves bluechip recruits Jeron Teng, Raymar Jose, and Jason Perkins for picks three to five, the last of those expectedly being the Aces’ man.Compton knows that he can’t go wrong with any of those five as he maintains the mentality of picking the best talent available at their spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, with Alaska desperate to get back to contending for titles, the American mentor said that getting a frontcourt player that can compete with the likes of June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter should be of high priority for teams who want to win a championship.“Most places where basketball is played, it’s the hardest to find a dominant big man. I heard there’s a pretty good one in the PBA who has won four straight MVPs,” said Compton, displaying his signature wit to the media once again. “Those guys don’t grow on trees. It would be nice if I could go to that tree and pick a June Mar, but that’s not what happens. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNLEX rookie Kiefer Ravena felt that he disappointed in his much anticipated duel against the famed San Miguel backcourt on Friday.“Maybe, I failed because we lost,” he said on the heels of the Road Warriors’ 98-109 defeat to the Beermen at Cuneta Astrodome. “No matter how good you played, in the end, we still lost.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES PBA: Kia halts 16-game skid, upsets Rain or Shine NLEX has now lost three straight games to fall to 2-3 in the standings and Ravena believes the Road Warriors need to start doing a better job down the stretch.“We’re always in the game and we know we can complete the job. But sometimes, we just fall apart in the end,” he said. “We can’t be frustrated. But also, we can’t always say that we need to learn from this because this is already our third straight loss. What we need now is to act on it.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ravena faced the toughest test in his professional career as he was guarded by Mythical Team members Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot, as well as former Ateneo teammate Von Pessumal in stretches during the tiff.READ: SMB stays unscathed, escapes NLEXFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They tried to get inside of my head,” he shared. “They were talking smack so I was trying to do the same thing, but as much as possible, I wanted to focus and stick to the game because it seems like I’m losing my focus out of my game.”The experience also served as an eye-opener for Ravena that there’s still so much that he needs to learn. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City “I study them too much and I thought know what they’re going to do. But they’re really good that while talking smack, they’re carrying the load for their team. I can’t be affected about that. That tells me that I still need to focus more on my game to be able to do what they are doing,” he said.READ: Ravena says staredown not intended to shame PessumalThough he was largely kept in check in his 30 minutes of action, the 24-year-old was still able to muster 15 points, six assists, and three rebounds in the game.Ravena, though, was man enough to admit that San Miguel was the better team in the match. “They just have too many weapons.”“We were in there for 40 minutes, but the last eight minutes was really tough for us. We had mental lapses, each one of us. Again, you can’t give a great team so many chances. They will really take advantage of you, they’re gonna pick you apart, and that’s what San Miguel did,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next View comments
Cardona takes another step in rebuilding his life as he returns to basketball Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jeo Ambohot vs Sidney Onwubere. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter missing the Final Four last year, Letran coach Jeff Napa has stressed that this time the load could not be carried by the veterans alone.That’s why he was satisfied when role players like Jeo Ambohot produced huge contributions on Tuesday when the Knights fended off Emilio Aguinaldo College, 83-80, and lock down their first win of NCAA Season 93.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a given that all of my players will step up. It’s really just a matter of time on when they can compliment, especially that Rey (Nambatac) is being guarded heavily,” the mentor said.Showing that he’s an able finisher for Nambatac’s pick-and-roll plays, Ambohot impressed in the game as he fired a team-best 15 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks in the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMore importantly, the 6-foot-5 big man limited the Generals’ towering Hamadou Laminou to just seven points in the tiff, negating the latter’s presence down low.But the 20-year-old center deflected the credit. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “It’s due to our teamwork. We worked on our defense (on Laminou). They helped me and I helped them, and that’s the reason why we limited him in his points,” the Compostela Valley native said in Filipino.Ambohot acknowledges that expectations are bound to get higher after he churned this standout performance but he’s taking the challenge of defending the paint for the Knights against bigger and stronger foes head on.“I have to fill the losses with the graduations of Jom Sollano and Felix Apreku. We know we really have to step up, and though we’re undersized, we know that we can’t do anything but to fight,” he said.Letran springs back to action on Friday against JRU.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant 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
The menace of match-fixing is life threatening and it’s time the ICC steps in and take stringent action to wipe out the menace for once and all, feels former South Africa captain Clive Rice.Match-fixing is so rife in international cricket these days that it’s only a matter of time before a player, coach or an umpire paid with their life, Rice said today.”These mafia betting syndicates do not stop at anything and they do not care who gets in their way,” Rice was quoted as saying in the “Courier Mail”.”People have been murdered because of it in the past and it could happen again unless the ICC do something about it.”To permanently eradicate the menace, Rice felt, the ICC should bring in reforms and enforce strict policing on players.”Players have to be told there will now be undercover officials trying to trap them,” Rice said from his Johannesburg home.”They won’t know whether they are dealing with a bookmaker or an undercover official.”Rice, 61, suspects the role of mafia betting syndicates in the mysterious deaths of Hansie Cronje and Bob Woolmer — both close friends of Rice.Cronje died in a plane crash in 2002, two years after being banned for his role in a match-fixing scandal, while late Pakistan coach Woolmer was found dead in a Jamaican hotel room, following his team’s shocking defeat to Ireland in the 2007 World Cup.Rice said the latest allegations of Pakistani players’ involvement in spot-fixing before the Lord’s Test did not surprise him.advertisement”My first response was: ‘What’s new?’ Once a player becomes involved with these bookmakers and the match-fixing, they can never escape. You’re in it for life. The ICC needs to take a stronger stand and let players know if you do this you’re out.”Rice also felt that if corruption in international cricket is not tackled, the sport will suffer in terms of credibility, sponsors and television coverage.
Winning 15 medals in sports ranging from archery to athletics, which included five yellow metals, Commonwealth Games hosts India produced yet another scintillating display to get back to the second spot grabbed last evening by England.Teenager Deepika Kumari and Rahul Banerjee won gold medals in individual recurve events on the last day of the competition to help India end their campaign in archery with three golds, one silver and four bronze medals.India’s Prajusha Maliakkal celebrates after winning the silver in the women’s long jump event of the Commonwealth Games at Jawharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: PTIBesides these two titles, India also bagged two bronze medals in archery through senior pros Dola Banerjee and Jayanta Talukdar in the individual recurve event.World freestyle wrestling champion Sushil Kumar and boxing pin-up boy Vijender Singh came up with thundering displays that fetched them a gold and a spot in the semi final respectively.Pistol shooter Harpreet Singh and tennis player Somdev Devvarman were the others to fetch gold medals for India to boost the overall tally to 29, just one short of their record tally of 30 won eight years ago at Manchester.There were also two silver medals from athletics during the day, a discipline in which India have never won more than one medal at any single Games in the past and now have claimed four here.Field athletes Vikas Gowda, in men’s discus, and Malliakal Prajusha, in women’s long jump, won the two silver medals.India’s Sarvanjit Singh (L) celebrates after scoring a goal against Pakistan in men’s hockey preliminaries of the Commonwealth games at the Major Dhyanchand National Hockey Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: PTITo cap a great day, the Indian men’s hockey team shed their nerves when faced with a do-or-die situation and hammered arch-rivals Pakistan 7-4 to qualify for the semi finals.Barring Akhil Kumar, who was knocked out in the quarter finals, most other medal contenders in the boxing ring took their places in the semis with Vijender’s knock-out of his Elias Nashivela in just over a minute being the most impressive one.advertisementWorld freestyle wrestling champion Sushil Kumar too produced a superb display to win the 66kg class to add lustre to a splendid Indian show on the mat that fetched India their tenth gold from the mat.India’s tally of 29-22-22 kept them ahead of England’s 26-45-30 while Australia were speeding ahead of the rest with a total haul of 61-36-37.–with PTI inputs
History with a shot of the modern, the hip and the cool. With snazzy makeovers and new additions, the buzz is back in ten of the world’s most iconic hotels. Rashmi Uday Singh finds out what keeps them ticking.Beverly Hills hotel, Los AngelesThis is an icon of Hollywood–decades of glamour and history distil themselves and yet this legendary hotel continues to rejuvenate itself. Its iconic Polo Lounge, a premiere dining spot in LA, may look the same as it did when it was first set up but the culinary flavours are all contemporary. The creative force behind the kitchen is Malaysian Executive Chef Alex Chen. Graceful palms, lush gardens, rare plants and flowers make this into a 12-acre haven. Who’d believe that we are in the heart of Los Angeles? www.beverlyhillshotel.comTaj Pierre, New YorkIt’s a happy coincidence that this fabulous Georgian style hotel (located on New York’s 5th Avenue), born out of inspiration from a French chateau, has now been taken over by our very own Taj Palaces and Resorts. It has recently undergone a multi-million dollar revamp. Not only have the rooms and baths of my most favourite New York hotel been renovated but they’ve also added on a new destination bar, Two E. Le Caprice continues to be an upper crust restaurant with a sublime touch of British class. www.tajhotels.comThe Dorchester, LondonIn the gold room the frescoes are restored by Gaugin’s great grand-daughter, a gold plated spiral staircase glimmers in a grand suite and the uber cool, elegant China Tang restaurant rocks with a glamorous vibe and haute Chinese cuisine. In the hallowed, very British, Grill Room, Chef Aiden Byrne is reinventing traditional British dishes in modern terms. Alain Ducasse has set up his temple to French gastronomy here. I revel in the brand new spa with its Spatesserie (where you can feast on delicious cakes and cocktails), South Sea pearl chandeliers and the Vaishaly facial, which is exclusive to The Dorchester. It is the best treatment your skin could ask for. www.thedorchester.comRitz, Paris This more than a century-old beauty continues to reinvent herself and yet preserve her style. Even the Bloody Mary cocktail was created here for Ernest Hemingway in Bar Hemingway. And the crepes suzette by chef Auguste Escoffier. Colin Field, the “world’s best mixologist and head bartender” (Forbes magazine) creates magic cocktails while Chef Michel Roth rustles up classics. I also attend a class at the Ecole Ritz Escoffier cooking school! And I never skip a swim in the fabulous indoor pool (probably the only pool in the world with so much art around it). www.ritzparis.comMandarin Oriental, LondonWhat a shot of youthfulness has been injected to this Knightsbridge legend! I love its spruced up high-ceilinged plush rooms as much as I do the superb massages in its new spa. April saw the opening of Bar Boulud here and it is already one of London’s most happening places. I love the fabulous French bistro meals here. The trendy new Mandarin Bar, too, is a rage. There’s more in offing: Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal is all set to launch Dinner with Heston before Christmas this year. Talk of Victorian heritage infused with contemporary buzz! www.mandarinoriental.com/londonBeverly Wilshire, Los AngelesIf it’s Hollywood, it’s got to be the Beverly Wilshire hotel. Here eight decades of Hollywood glamour are distilled within its elegant interiors located on the stunning sun-drenched Rodeo drive. Radha Arora, the dynamic vice- president keeps injecting energy and youth into this hotel, from the state-of-the-art spa to setting up a cutting-edge restaurant from America’s leading chef Wolfgang Puck. Hollywood dines, meets and stays here and so does our own Bollywood. www.fourseasons.comMandarin Oriental, BangkokThe inspiration of Somerset Maugham to Paul Theroux, this Grand Dame on the banks of the Chao Phrya River, Bangkok, continues to amaze me with its grace and energy. She continues to update herself. Two outdoor swimming pools, the most well-equipped sports centre and spa beyond comparison too. In order to keep up with the times, The Thai Cooking & Cultural School offers the most amazing classes, which I have attended with great joy. I stayed at the rejuvenated River Wing… an exquisite balance of modern technology and sumptuous comfort. www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkokBreidenbacher Hof, DusseldorfIn Dusseldorf’s Breidenbacher Hof (two centuries of history cohabit with the most contemporary hi-tech) I taste my finest Frikadeller (traditional German meat ball). It is a favourite of Beyonce, Tom Jones and the chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel. What does the Dusseldorf Air Taste Like? is the intriguing name of the must-have dessert here. It’s not just the restaurant, even the rooms are fully equipped with thoughtful hi-tech flourishes; automatic lights come on when you enter the walk-in cupboard at this hotel located across the style mile–the glittering Konigsallee or the King’s Avenue. www.breidenbacherhofcapella.comFour seasons George V, Paris The legendary George V reigns in its Franco-British aesthetic splendour. Every detail is impeccable, luxury and technology blend stylishly–antique clocks, bronzes and more and yet there is up-to-date technology here. From the complimentary 24-hour business centre to the poshest spa in the City of Lights. From the rejuvenating Oxygen Facial, chocolate massage to Chef Eric Briffard’s Michelin starred magical food… there is magic everywhere. And then there is their Silver Ghost Rolls Royce (with custom made interiors by H?rmes). Did you just say ‘by George’? www.fourseasons.com/parisHotel de Paris, Monte CarloThis landmark hotel of Monaco (the balmy playground of the rich and the famous) lives up to its grand history in every single way. It adds on the fabulous sprawling state-of the-art Les Thermes Marins de Monte-Carlo spa. I not only have the most unique and rejuvenating crushed red ruby massage but also feast on Louis XV’s ‘Essential Cuisine’ served amid flamboyant luxury in a Versailles-style dining room. Here super chef Alain Ducasse delivers a fabulous experience. Contemporary melds with the traditional in the sensational Grill restaurant which also dishes out memorable views of Monte Carlo. en.hoteldeparismontecarlo.comadvertisementadvertisement
Alastair Cook continued his series domination of the Australian bowlers, scoring an unbeaten 61 on Tuesday and sharing important partnerships with Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen as England cut the first-innings deficit to 113 runs on day two of the fifth Ashes Test.England, who have already retained the Ashes with a 2-1 lead coming into the last match, is well poised to claim its first Test series win in Australia since 1987.Cook played the anchor role in a 98-run opening stand with skipper Strauss, who blazed 60 from 58 balls, and then combined with No. 4 Pietersen (36) for 66 runs after England lost two wickets for one run before recovering to 167-3 at stumps in reply to Australia’s 280.Johnson, who top scored for Australia with 53 and shared a defiant 76-run rearguard stand with No. 10 Ben Hilfenhaus, removed Jonathan Trott and Pietersen to return figures of 2-42 in 12 overs.Cook, who is chasing his third century of the series and has already scored more than 640 runs, got a lucky reprieve on 46 when he miscued a catch to mid-on that appeared to give rookie left-arm spinner Michael Beer his first Test wicket. But umpire Billy Bowden referred the decision, suspecting a no-ball, which was confirmed by the video umpire.Earlier, Strauss raced to 50 with a slashing boundary wide of slips and was in fine touch with eight boundaries and a six before he was bowled by Hilfenhaus with a ball that pitched outside off stump and straightened.England slipped to 99-2 next over when Trott played on to Johnson, falling for his first ever duck in Test cricket.advertisementPietersen, who was loudly booed as he walked to the crease, turned his first ball for four.He then belted Beer’s first ball in Test cricket for a boundary and then almost played onto his stumps in a tempestuous innings before he was finally out attempting a hook against Johnson and directing it straight to Beer at deep backward square.Night watchman Jimmy Anderson survived 20 minutes and was unbeaten on one at stumps.Conditions were overcast for most of the day, but there was no repeat of the rain and bad light that interrupted the opening day.Anderson thrived in overcast conditions conducive to swing before the sun started to emerge, drying out the pitch and the outfield at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Australia resumed Tuesday at 134-4 – in an extended first session after 31 overs were lost on day one due to rain and bad light – and was in danger of another sub-200 first innings at 8-189 before Johnson and Hilfenhaus combined for the best partnership of the innings.Anderson finished off the tailend revival when Hilfenhaus swiped at a short-pitch ball and Matthew Prior took an acrobatic, leaping caught behind.After losing four wickets for 46 runs, the last two Australian wickets added 91 runs to restore some hope for Australia, which is desperate to level the series at 2-2 after England ensured it will retain the Ashes with an emphatic win last week in the fourth Test at Melbourne.Johnson dominated an entertaining partnership with Hilfenhaus before he was out for 53, bowled by a Tim Bresnan inswinger.The 10th-wicket pair belted 16 in three balls after lunch, delighting the SCG crowd, with Hilfenhaus driving Bresnan over the mid-wicket boundary on the last ball of one over and Johnson swiping Swann’s first two balls in the next over for four and six through the same area.
Spring to attentionNothing says spring more than flowers. For those who don’t have access to fresh flowers or the time to create interesting arrangements, floral-themed furniture, furnishings and accessories are the answer. Since this is the time to lighten things up, replace the heavy drapes on the windows with airy sheers and woollen carpets with light dhurries and rugs. Bring in green plants and flowering pots. Upholster or slip-cover the sofas with pale tones and florals. For most impact, bring in a colourful piece of furniture as an accent piece. Our pick is the art deco-inspired chair designed by Ken Scott for Altamoda Italia. Scott’s Baboll chair on a pedestal exudes drama with pretty peonies and roses in radiant hues. Equally compelling is the Philippines-based designer Kenneth Cobonpue’s Bloom easy chair. Available in Delhi at Idus, this flower-shaped chair is made of microfibres stitched over a resin top that’s fixed atop a steel base. Available in the pleasing shades of moss green, lime green, yellow and muted red, it breathes life into winter-weary rooms.Jungle retreatHere’s a new-age spin on the stuffed animals that one found on the walls of old lodges and hunting homes. Animal heads are the inspiration for a series of limited-edition wall clocks designed by Israeli boutique Animi Causa. Wildlife lovers can take their pick from deer, giraffe, bear and walrus. Made of wood, these Jungle Clocks look best on textured walls. Order from www.animicausa.comTelly talesGame for some retro chic? In its new avatar, the idiot box has stepped back a few decades to flaunt a cool tangerine-and-white exterior and knob-style controls. Spicing up your interior scene, the ultra slim 14-inch LG Tubu comes packed with features. The knob controls help you adjust the volume and surf channels with a simple twist while the extendable rabbit-ear antenna and detachable chrome legs give it a fun look. Priced affordably at Rs 6,990, this is one accessory that promises never to date.Boot campIt’s a brolly stand that knows how to grab attention. Shaped like a trio of cowboy boots, this functional item doubles up as a glamorous accent piece. The faux-Verdigris finished stand, with antique brass accent and ornate thread detailing, comes from the stable of US-based brand Maitland-Smith. Domestic buyers can pick it up from the tony International Furniture Brands stores. The price of this cool lifestyle product is pegged at a steep Rs 54,240, but you will not find a more swish accessory for your parasols or your home.Colour codedInterior designers have long sworn by the ‘bright is right’ maxim. Take a cue from that and introduce colour into your washrooms. Get yourself a pedestal basin created by designer-architect Alessandro Mendini for Italian bathroom major Ceramica Flaminia and add zing to your loo. The squareshaped, free-standing Monowash basin (made from a single ceramic block) has a modern motif etched in bold colours like red, yellow, pink and lilac. Tapering slightly at the base, the basin comes outfitted with a chrome-finished faucet.Let there be lightStop taking shots in the dark and get home the Funghi, a wacky table lamp from Eurolite Studio, a brand known for cutting-edge lighting fixtures and installations. Designed by Thibaut Desombre, the lamp resembles a mushroom and is made of mouth-blown glass (that’s formed by breathing fiercely down a blow pipe into a molten glass blob and then re-shaped until it’s totally flat). Sporting an opal-red colour, this delectable piece is priced at Rs 7,500.Sit prettyAt the higher end of the style spectrum stands the Pipeline Sofa by American furniture designer Harry Allen. Made of four pipe-shaped components, the futuristic piece is upholstered with polyurethane over Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) and a solid wood frame. Polished aluminium legs form its base and it can be configured creatively in numerous ways for group-seating.advertisement
Even as Kolkata geared up for the much-awaited friendly football match between two South American rivals — Argentina and Venezuela — an embarrassing organisational goof-up has dampened the build-up to the historic game.Hoardings across the city advertising the game carried pictures of the Paraguay team instead of Venezuela. The Paraguay team in the red and white jersey, instead of Venezuela in their all red kit, have been depicted next to the Argentine team.Surprisingly, the organisers — Celebrity Management Group — denied any wrongdoing on their part. They blamed the website from where they downloaded the images. They claimed the official website of Venezuela football carried these pictures so they used them on the hoardings.While the organisers hide behind flimsy excuses, the Venezuelan team were remarkably unruffled by the goof-up.Venezuela coach Cesar Farias said, “It’s a normal situation because we are traditionally called Cinderella team in South America, referring to a team who has less possibilities. Some of these situations where we are not taken seriously are because Argentina are shown a lot of importance.”The Venezuelans might have chosen to overlook the error, but ahead of a football game of such historic importance to India the mistake reflects poorly on a nation looking to improve its standing in the world of football.
The Hyundai Motors has reportedly used the idea of a Russian doll to introduce its new Elantra, the small car with big car features.The ad involves designing, engineering and animating 18 mechanical arms to transform a ceiling decoration into robotic apparatus. The campaign launches with a 45-second TV ad, with online, print and point of sale running in support.Hyundai’s marketing director, Oliver Mann, told a website that “The Elantra is the latest new model to be unveiled by Hyundai, and maintains the brand’s reputation for groundbreaking car design, matched by groundbreaking communications.””The new TV spot uses state of the art CGI to convey that Elantra incorporates big car thinking and design in a beautifully compact shell,” he added.It may be noted Hyundai Motors has last month expressed apprension over achieving its sales target for this year on account of higher petrol prices and increased cost of borrowings.Hyundai Motor India marketing and sales director, Arvind Saxena, has said, “In the beginning of the year, we had forecast a 6-7 per cent sales growth. That may be difficult to achieve now.”Saxena said because of cheaper diesel price compared to petrol, customers are preferring diesel cars, adding that diesel models currently comprise 28 per cent of Hyundai’s overall vehicles sales.Hyundai sold 6,16,039 cars and sport-utility vehicles in the previous year. Though the company’s domestic sales were up 4.8 per cent in 2011, which stood at 3,73,709 units, its outbound shipments dropped 1.9 per cent to 2,42,330 units.As to the proposed move to hike duty on diesel cars, Saxena said it would not help the government to augment the revenue collection.advertisementWith Agency inputs
Yeh Khula AasmaanCast: Raghuveer Yadav, Raj Tandon, Anya Anand, Yashpal Sharma, Manjusha Godse, Kishor Nadalskar, Nitin KerurDirection: Gitanjali SinhaRating: A teenager grapples with his no-show in academics. The pressure to qualify for IIT is killing him. Mom and dad are too busy to pay attention and the boy has no one to turn to.You get the familiar picture of urban crisis this film is trying to set up. It’s not really the first time that Bollywood has tapped the subject, and debutant Gitanjali Sinha tries narrating her coming-of-age tale with a retrospective twist. When life gets messed up on the fast lane, get far away from the maddening crowd. Head back to the village for a pep dose of self-discovery.Debutant Raj Tandon plays Avinash, the young hero of the film who is lonely, depressed and confused. The turnaround in his story comes when Avinash visits his Dadu, Gulab Rai (Raghuveer Yadav). The boy finds a support system in the grandfather. Realising Avinash’s problem is psychological, Dadu – a kite running champ in his heydays – decides to instil self-realisation in the boy using the sport as a template.The kite-flying metaphor used to unravel lessons on life, love, friendship and hope are, however, predictably drawn. That bit is a snag, as is the snail’s pace of the narrative. Yeh Khula Aasmaan could have been watchable fare had its makers worked at a tighter screenplay.Raj Tandon makes a fine debut, and Raghuveer Yadav’s Dadu is credibly essayed. The actors, though, can’t save the tedious show.advertisement
Chelsea’s 3-1 loss against Atletico Madrid led to their exit from Champions LeagueChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has taken a swipe at his midfielder Eden Hazard after the Belgium international blamed team tactics for their Champions League exit.Hazard, who has been pivotal in Chelsea’s English Premier League title challenge, said after the 3-1 defeat against Atletico Madrid in the semifinals second leg this week that the team was not set up “to play football” but to excel on counterattacks.At a news conference on Friday, Mourinho says Hazards comments are not critical, but adds, “When the comments come from a player like Eden it’s normal because he’s not the kind of player to sacrifice himself for the team.”Hazard’s failure to track back allowed Atletico to equalize in Wednesday’s game, a costly error on his return from a calf injury.
CJ Perez shrugs off rookie jitters to deliver PBA debut fitting of top pick View comments Durant said: “Hopefully that’s the last time we give him a standing ovation when he fouls out.”Cousins credited his teammates for making his return “as smooth and easy as possible.”“They all love him,” Kerr said. “He’s a really good teammate. He’s an emotional guy but he’s loved because he cares about us.”And the Warriors feel the same way about their new big man.“This is not the end of the story,” Kerr said. “It’s the middle and there’s a long way to go.” Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, left, pats center DeMarcus Cousins, center, on the chest as forward Draymond Green smiles during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — DeMarcus Cousins was nervous. His stomach felt tight and filled with butterflies. He grabbed his phone and fired off texts to family and friends. He talked to his brother and sister.Golden State coach Steve Kerr and the rest of the Warriors reassured Cousins it wasn’t just about Friday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It was like poetry,” teammate Stephen Curry said.Cousins was called for two fouls in the first three minutes and sat down.“I’m just glad to know I can still dunk,” he said. “That felt good.”Cousins joined the lineup at a time when Golden State has won seven in a row and an NBA-leading six straight on the road. Friday was the start of a five-game trip that will take the team back East, giving players time to bond.“It’s good for him to come in at a time we’re playing well and things are calm,” Kerr said. “It allows for an easier re-entry.”ADVERTISEMENT It’s about the rest of his career.Making his Warriors debut after being sidelined for nearly a year, the big man called Boogie scored 14 points before fouling out of a 112-94 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It’s been a long journey,” Cousins said. “This was probably one of the best days of my life being back on the floor playing the game that I love.”After missing his first shot, Cousins announced his presence with a one-handed slam off Kevin Durant’s bounce pass for the Warriors’ first basket. MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño As if the Warriors weren’t potent enough with Curry and Durant, Cousins’ return made them the first team in 42 years to start five All-Stars from the previous season.“We’re not going to drink our own Kool-Aid in terms of understanding that just because he’s back, it’s a totally different team,” Curry said. “We still have things we’ve got to work on. We still have details we have to focus on. These next four games on the road are going to be tough, so it’ll test us right out of the gate with DeMarcus in the lineup.”Against the Clippers, Cousins shot 5 of 11 from the field. He was 3 of 4 on 3-pointers to go with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and a block in 15 minutes before fouling out. He became the first Warriors center to hit at least three 3-pointers in a game since Anthony Tolliver on March 17, 2010, against New Orleans.“This is almost like training camp for him,” Kerr said.Cousins played his first game since Jan. 26, 2018, when he ruptured his left Achilles tendon with New Orleans. He missed the rest of the season, including nine playoff games for the Pelicans. The Warriors signed him in July.“We haven’t even really practiced together, so we’ve got a lot of growing to do,” Cousins said. “I still don’t feel like my rhythm is where I want it.”After getting his fifth foul 30 seconds into the fourth, Cousins hit consecutive 3s, throwing up three fingers as he ran down court.“He does so many things well for them,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “The post game, which he didn’t have because of rhythm, but he made a couple of 3s and he just knows how to play.”When he got his sixth foul a few minutes later, instead of his usual scowl, Cousins smiled and high-fived his teammates, who gave him a standing ovation.“Probably the fakest love I ever received in my life,” he said. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?
Young had 22 points and 14 assists, John Collins also scored 22 points despite foul trouble, and the Atlanta Hawks defeated James and the Los Angeles Lakers 117-113 on Tuesday night.The Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak despite a triple-double from James, who had 28 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds.FEATURED STORIES SPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I try to live in big moments,” Young said. “I feel like I belong here. He’s one of the best players of all time. But when I’m out on the court, I’m trying to compete and get a win.”Young matched his season high by playing 38 minutes, taking on a greater burden after the Hawks bought out the contract of his veteran backup, Jeremy Lin. With Jaylen Adams sidelined by a sprained right ankle, Young was the only true point guard on the roster. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES “It was definitely different,” Young said. Asked if he was tired, he said with a smile, “A little bit.”Despite chants of “Kobe’s better” from the sellout crowd of 16,824, James was cheered loudly by a hefty contingent of Lakers fans. He turned in a dazzling effort, equaling his season high by playing 43 minutes, but it wasn’t enough to make up for the subpar group around him.The Lakers dropped 2½ games behind Sacramento for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.“We either make it or we don’t make it,” James said. “Don’t worry about it.”But the frustration was apparent on his face when he stormed straight to the locker room as soon as the horn sounded.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The Lakers were without center Tyson Chandler, who was sidelined by a toe injury. Mike Muscala dressed despite a sprained right ankle, but didn’t play against his former team.Adams is set to take over as Atlanta’s backup point guard as soon as he is recovered from his ankle injury. In his absence, DeAndre’ Bembry and Kent Bazemore shared the playmaking duties when Young wasn’t on the court.“Those guys did a good job of keeping up afloat,” Carter said.STAYING PUTThe Lakers stuck with the same starting five they used in Sunday’s loss at Philadelphia.Newcomer Reggie Bullock, acquired last week from Detroit, took the court with James, Kuzma, Ingram and JaVale McGee.Coach Luke Walton said he wanted to give that group another look before deciding if further changes are needed.UP NEXTLakers: Head into the All-Star break after completing a six-game trip. They don’t play again until Feb. 21, when Los Angeles will host James Harden and the Houston Rockets.Hawks: Host the New York Knicks on Thursday in their final game before the break. “Some guys have never played a playoff game before,” James said. “You can’t teach them that. It’s very important to understand how important every game is, no matter who you’re playing or where you are.”Both teams struggled mightily in the final quarter after an up-and-down track meet over the first three periods. The Hawks made just 5 of 19 shots over the final 12 minutes; the Lakers weren’t much better, hitting 6 of 22. The teams combined to go 3 of 18 from 3-point range.The Hawks scored just seven points in the final 6:33 but managed to hold on. Taurean Prince delivered a key 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining, and Young darted past James for a lay-in and a foul that thwarted any hope of a Lakers comeback.It sure didn’t start out that way.Atlanta tied a franchise record for 3-pointers in a quarter, going 10 of 17 in the opening period for a 38-32 lead. The Lakers fought back to take a 69-65 edge at the half, but Atlanta pulled ahead for good to lead 100-95 going to the fourth.The Lakers had a chance after an Atlanta turnover led to a driving basket by James, cutting the Hawks’ lead to 116-113. But after desperately trying to come up with a steal, Los Angeles was forced to foul Kevin Huerter with 4.3 seconds left. He made the second of two free throws to seal the victory.TIP-INSLakers: James’ triple-double was his fifth this season. … Rajon Rondo was charged with six turnovers. … Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram scored 19 points apiece.Hawks: After matching its record for 3s in a quarter, set Oct. 21 at Cleveland, Atlanta missed all six of its attempts beyond the arc the next period. … Forty-two-year-old Vince Carter turned in some crucial minutes, contributing 11 points, five rebounds and three assists after sitting out Sunday’s loss to Orlando. … Collins picked up his fifth foul with 7:19 remaining but managed to make it to the end.INJURY REPORT MOST READ Michael Jordan: 6 NBA titles tougher than James Harden, Russell Westbrook streaks ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) drives against Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — Trae Young knew he’d have to carry a heavy load, and that was OK with him.The rookie was pumped to face LeBron James.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants
LATEST STORIES 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 Patriots owner Robert Kraft denies charges of soliciting prostitute Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Coach Ryan Saunders said the streak was never discussed when he talked with Towns earlier Friday, and there was no hope of extending it once Towns entered the concussion protocol. A player can only return then once he has passed a battery of tests and been symptom free.“I’d just like to have him out there because he’s a pretty good player,” Saunders said. “So the streak, I think that is something that everybody should definitely take note of with Karl’s durability and his toughness and how he approaches the game, but from a coach’s viewpoint you’d like to have like Karl on the floor whenever you can.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesTowns had played in his second consecutive All-Star game before he was involved in a car accident on his way to the airport. He was cleared to fly and arrived in New York and originally ruled questionable, but after further examination he was placed in the concussion protocol.Towns had started every game since being the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft, the longest streak to begin a career since 1970-71. The New Jersey product would have been playing close to home Friday. It wasn’t immediately clear where the accident occurred. Minneapolis police said they didn’t handle any incident involving Towns and Saunders had no other details before the game.Saunders didn’t know if Towns would travel with the team for its game Saturday in Milwaukee, or return to Minnesota.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 02: Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves looks on at TD Garden on January 02, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — Karl-Anthony Towns is missing a game for the first time in his career, unable to play for Minnesota against the Knicks on Friday night following a car accident.The All-Star forward was placed in the concussion protocol earlier in the day, ending his streak of 303 consecutive games started.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments