Gurkeerat Mann’s century gives Punjab firm control

first_imgGurkeerat Mann’s spectacular 187 gave Punjab the edge, and some controlled pace bowling from Baltej Singh put them on top against Delhi on the second day of the under-22 CK Nayudu Trophy final in Delhi on Wednesday.Starting the day at 261 for five wickets, Punjab ended their first innings at 424, with Mann (207 balls, 21x4s, 4x6s) leading the charge at the Ferozeshah Kotla.In reply, Delhi were 133 for four wickets at stumps. Skipper Milind Kumar is batting on 47 (134 minutes, 6x4s, 1×6) with night-watchman Rishit Saini on two.Earlier, it was a tale of losing the grip at the wrong moment by Delhi bowlers. They scalped three wickets in the first seven overs, but then Mann, who was dropped at 60 on Tuesday, and Siddharth Kaul (26, 97b) added 101 for the ninth wicket as the bowlers wilted.When the scoreboard read 282 for eight, after Sunny Sehrawat had picked up overnight batsmen Gitansh Khera (59, 134b, 6x4s) and Gunjot (4) and Vikram Dahiya got Gurinder Singh ( 0), it looked Delhi would quickly finish off the Punjab innings and take a big lead.Sehrawat nearly found Kaul’s edge on a couple of occasions, but that was it. Kaul refused to be moved by any kind of temptation as his intent was clearly to support Mann, who fluently kept on piling the runs at the other end. The middle- order batsman reached his century in 118 balls, and found the gaps easily.After the pace trio Sherawat, Dahiya and Sahni failed to get any success, spinners Varun Sood and Manan Sharma too couldn’t do much as Punjab went into lunch at 382.advertisementHowever, in the first over after lunch, Dahiya sent Kaul home with an edge to wicketkeeper Arjun Gupta. But Mann continued his onslaught adding 41 runs with the No. 11 batsman Baljit. He, finally, fell to Sahni when he edged a wide delivery to Delhi wicketkeeper.Delhi could hardly conjure a worthy reply to the huge total, losing both their openers in the first six overs. Baltej began the damage when Mohit Sharma (3) edged to Khera and then picked up Aditya Kaushik (14), who was caught at short leg by Jiwanjot Singh.At the other end, pacer Kaul too made life difficult for the Delhi batsmen, but Milind and Dhruv Shorey (35, 46b) stayed put. In the first over after tea, however, Shorey was bowled by Baltej (67 for 3).After his departure, left-handed Vaibhav Rawal, the highest run- scorer for Delhi this season, partnered Milind to add 59 for the fourth wicket. With just three overs to go for the day, Rawal got out with an irresponsible shot off Gunjot Singh.Brief scores: Punjab 1st innings (overnight 261/ 5): 424 all out in 126 overs (G Mann 187; S Sherawat 4/ 96); Delhi 1st innings: 133 for four in 35 overs (Milind Kumar batting 47; B Singh 3/ 38)last_img read more

No quick decision on seniors’ future: Dhoni

first_imgThe flopshow of India’s senior batsmen in the Test series loss to Australia notwithstanding, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday refused to say anything on their future, insisting that decisions would not be taken in haste.There is intense speculation on the future of India’s senior batting trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman after their failure to perform in the 0-4 series whitewash at the hands of Australia.”We will have to wait and watch (if there are changes). Our next Test series is only in September, there is plenty of time, we don’t want to take decisions quickly,” said Dhoni after India’s 298-run loss in the fourth Test here on Saturday.Dhoni said the hosts were the deserving winners as they played consistent cricket throughout the rubber unlike his team.”They have played consistent cricket. Whenever a partnership was needed, their batsmen stepped up and put par-plus runs on the board. Their bowlers were also consistent. They always stepped up when needed,” Dhoni said.”There comes a phase in Australia when once you are set it is difficult for bowlers. That is when you have to be consistent with line and length. They (Australia) never gave us boundaries easily,” he added.India were mauled by an identical margin in England last year. Stating that the tour Down Under will be a learning curve for the youngsters in the Indian team, Dhoni hoped for revival of fortunes in the upcoming limited overs matches.”We have the ODI series coming up and there will be a completely different side. It (the tour) is a learning experience for the youngsters. Once you play 100-odd ODIs, it is always good to have that experience when you make your Test debut,” he said.advertisementAustralia captain Michael Clarke said even though the 4-0 scoreline suggest their complete domination over India in the series, it wasn’t a cakewalk for the home team.”It’s a pretty good start. Lot of credit to the players and support staff. But it has not been easy, it may look like that on the scoreboard with 4-0,” he said.”We resolved to make sure the disappointment of last summer does not recur this summer. We have tried to improve every day. I have been happy the whole summer, I have had a lot of support and needed it.”India have a lot of great players, they have copped a bit of flak over the last month. It’s an honour to play against them,” Clarke added.With 626 runs to his credit from four Tests with a personal best of 329 not out, Clarke was also adjudged the man-of-the-series.”I have never made so many runs in a series in my career. To score runs against such a good bowling line-up has been good,” he said.Man-of-the-match Peter Siddle, who scalped six wickets in the game with figures five for 49 in India’s first innings, said lady luck finally smiled on him.He also lauded his team-mates, especially his bowling colleagues for their superb show in the series.”I was probably unlucky earlier. The bowling unit has done superbly together. I was lucky to get rewards here,” he said.”The batting has been lovely. We have stuck to having bowling partnerships every Test. My bowling length has improved, there is consistency,” Siddle insisted.last_img read more

Latest fashion trends: What’s haute, what’s not

first_imgFROCK ‘N ROLLIN BLACK AND WHITE: A frock by Aparna Chandra Flirtatious and fun, this season’s hottest must have is the frock. The spring-summer accent is on femininity and frocks come with Empire line cuts or clinched waists, in summery hues with crochet and lace trimmings, in flowing lines or,FROCK ‘N ROLLIN BLACK AND WHITE: A frock by Aparna ChandraFlirtatious and fun, this season’s hottest must have is the frock. The spring-summer accent is on femininity and frocks come with Empire line cuts or clinched waists, in summery hues with crochet and lace trimmings, in flowing lines or in crisp cuts.Languidly brushing the knee, the frock is here to rock. While Oscar de la Renta and Alberta Ferretti gave it a new lease of life on the global front, on home shores, Surily Goel’s and Ranna Gill’s crochet-trimmed concoctions, Malini Ramani’s dazzling numbers and Nandita Mahtani’s glittering glamour provide a wide variety to choose from.Aparna Chandra’s clever white-and-black dresses are just what the fashion doc prescribed. Dress them up or down, you can’t go wrong with frocks this summer.DESIGNER PLANETSHOW-HOW: Manish AroraWith Lakme-IMG offering an international platform to 10 designers, the FDCI has announced that six designers will participate in the Festival International des Arts de la Mode et de la Photographie.Sabyasachi Mukherjee will show at the Olympus Fashion Week, Manish Malhotra, Priyadarshini Rao and Surily Goel will head for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Los Angeles while Anshu Arora Sen, Rocky S. and Savio Jon will show at the Singapore Fashion Festival and Nandita Mahtani, Sonam Dubal and Narendra Kumar Ahmed in Australia in October.On the Delhi front, Anamika Khanna, Anju Modi, Manish Arora, Meera-Muzaffar Ali, Rohit Bal and Rajesh Pratap Singh have been handpicked by French fashion guru Didier Grumbach.Seems like it took a break-up for the fashion powers that be to get their magic wands in working order.jargon FAUXPronunciation: fo. Function: adjective. Not genuine or real, being an imitation of the genuine article.Be it faux fur, leather or pearls, this term is often seen on the trend statement of environmentally conscious designers. With the use of genuine fur and leather becoming a no-no, many prefer the man-made variety.advertisementThe Autumn-Winter lines of many designers saw the use of faux fur trimmings and while Rocky S.’s “Lovely Lolita” was dressed in white faux fleece jackets, Rohit Gandhi’s fashionista wore fur-lined shrugs. A style statement minus a guilty conscience.the snobometer INsPonytailsWedgesPonytails: High or low, ponytails are a heady trend. Swept back, yet not too severe, sport this look and keep a cool head.Wedges: Slip your feet into this season’s hottest accessory-the clunky retro wedge. Burberry shows the strap-happy way to beat the heat.Sling BagsSling bags: They make a funfilled sexy statement. Try Salvatore Ferragamo’s delicious range.Go green: If purple was big last year, green is the new hue. As lime and mints rule this summer, autumn will see moss and bottle greens take a bow. Take a tip or two from Varun Bahl, Shantanu & Nikhil, Abhishek Gupta and Nandita Basu.ShortsNot-so-short shorts: This year’s short pants are more tailored, have a narrow silhouette and end at the knee. Chanel, Matthew Williamson and Namrata Joshipura are thinking alike.OUTsJohn AbrahamRe-bonded hair: Natural waves and flyaway curls are in this summer. Are the men listening?Fair complexion: Bronze and tan are the way to go for that healthy glow. Go get a golden tan.last_img read more

IPL 2012 Live: RCB vs PWI cricket scores and commentary

first_imgWhat a sensational game of cricket we’ve had between RCB and PWI here at the the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Score | PhotosAfter a slow and indifferent start, Gayle blasted five sixes off an over from Rahul Sharma. That was, without doubt, the turning point of the match. He was dismissed soon after that and Pune appeared to be winning the game, especially after Dinda gave away just 7 runs in the second last over. But Saurabh Tiwary and AB de Villiers went that exta mile to get RCB back into the game with a flurry of strokes that ultimately proved to be the winners. The best was a SIX off the last ball by Tiwary when RCB needed 3 off 1.IPL 2012: RCB vs PWI Live: Bangalore win by 6 wickets (Chirs Gayle 81 of 48 balls)Gayle won the award for maximum number of sixes and the Man of the Match trophyWhat a game of cricket we have had! It has just begun to rain heavily. Take a bow de Villiers, he is the one who has to be credited. 33 off just 14 balls. What a cameo.11:25 pm | 19.6 overs: Nehra to Saurabh Tiwary, SIX, RCB win! Saurabh Tiwary, you beauty. He has just emulated his team-mate Arun karthik. Fuller length delivery just outside off, Saurabh Tiwary smashes a flat six, over long on. The long on and long off fielders had been stationed quite wide and hence was quite far from the ball. Last ball of the match: 3 required11:22 pm | 18 overs: AB de Villiers and Saurabh Tiwary are going hammer and tongs after the bowlers. Big hits off Angelo Mathews in the over. 0-6-1-6-2-1 – 16 runs off the over. advertisement11:20 pm | 17.1 overs: Mathews to de Villiers, no run, fuller delivery on middle, de Villiers comes down the track and plays it back to the stumps at the non striker end, no chance of a run.AB de Villiers, right handed bat, comes to the crease 11:10 pm | 15.4 overs: WICKET! And Pune have got their man…Big game changer Gayle takes a walk and it’s Delhi boy Ashish Nehra, who gets the man.  Nehra to Gayle, out Bowled!! Nehra has bowled a beauty to dismiss Gayle. Done in completely. Low full toss on middle, it swings in really late, Gayle was into the shot and misses it. The ball crashes into the leg stump and Nehra exults, more in anger, than happiness. Big wicket for Pune, they will heave a big sigh of relief. Gayle b Nehra 81(48) [4s-4 6s-8] (RCB 127/4 in 15.4 overs)10:55 pm | 13 overs: Gayle on a massive blitz there. Hits five sixes of five balls in Rahul Sharma’s over. Here’s the break-up12.6 Rahul Sharma to Gayle, SIX, fifth six in a row. Gayle has turned the game on it’s head in just one over. That too of one of the most economical bowler in IPL in the last season and this year too! Floated up on leg stump, Gayle sweeps it over the deep square leg boundary for another big six.  12.5 Rahul Sharma to Gayle, SIX, this one has gotten out of the ground, probably into Cubbon park. Tossed up outside off, Gayle smashes it into the hospitality box over long on for another six. Biggest six of the tournament.  12.4 Rahul Sharma to Gayle, SIX, hope the people in the stadium are watching out. This one was just murdered. First time that I have seen someone giving Rahul Sharma a pasting in the IPL. Fuller on middle, Gayle smashes it over the bowler’s head, very very flat for another six  12.3 Rahul Sharma to Gayle, SIX, mere flick to bring up the second half-century of the season. Floated up on middle, Gayle flicks it over the deep midwicket boundary for a huge six. Lovely shot  12.2 Rahul Sharma to Gayle, SIX, till Gayle is on strike, RCB will feel they have a chance. Short outside off, Gayle stays back and pulls it over the long off boundary for a maximum.  12.1 Rahul Sharma to Saurabh Tiwary, 1 run, pushed through quicker on middle, Saurabh Tiwary turns it to short fine leg for a quick single Saurabh Tiwary, left handed bat, comes to the crease 10:50 pm | 11.5 overs: WICKET! Mathews to Virat Kohli, out Caught by Rahul Sharma!! Kohli perishes under pressure. On a good length outside off, Virat Kohli looked to play a big shot, got a thick outside edge which lobs up towards sweeper cover. Rahul Sharma does well, comes in and settles under it for a good catch. Bangalore are in deep trouble now. Virat Kohli c Rahul Sharma b Mathews 16(19) [4s-1] (RCB 72/3 in 11.5 overs)advertisementVirat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease 10:21 pm | 5.6 overs: WICKET! Marlon Samuels to Agarwal, out Caught by Manhas!! Gone. He did play it well, but is caught on the boundary. Short delivery on middle, Agarwal pulls it, but straight to Manhas at deep midwicket boundary. Bangalore are now two down. Agarwal c Manhas b Marlon Samuels 9(10) [6s-1] (RCB 42/2 in 5.6 overs)10:18 pm | 5 overs: RCB are 40/1 at the stage with Gayle (24*) and Agarwal (8) hammering away at the bowlers.10:112 pm | 3.6 overs: RCB are 35/1 at the stage. Nehra to Gayle, SIX, you don’t need to hit it into the stands, getting it just past the ropes will also do. Full outside off, Gayle once again comes down the track, backs away a bit and lofts it up high in the air. He has not gotten hold of it fully, it still goes he distance at the long off boundary.Mayank Agarwal, right handed bat, comes to the crease. He comes in at number three as Tillakaratne Dilshan opened the batting with Gayle 10:04 pm | 2.3 overs: Dinda to Dilshan, out Caught by Uthappa!! Dilshan perishes as he tries the Dil-Scoop. It was a back of a length delivery on middle, Dilshan pre-meditated that shot and it lobs up in the air. Uthappa settles under it and takes an easy catch, the umpire rules in favor of the bowler. Scratchy knock from Dilshan comes to an end. Dilshan c Uthappa b Dinda 4(8) (RCB 7/1 in 2.3 overs) 9:52 pm: Dilshan and Gayle are at the crease. Dilshan is on strike. Dinda will open the attackROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE: Target 183Well it is Murali’s Birthday today and Tom Moody has managed to get a cake and has also spurred the crowd on to sing the birthday song for the off spinner! Muralitharan: I don’t know yet. I still want to play little bit so I’m training pretty hard and I’m still fit. I think I have one more year left for RCB so I want to finish that well. Murali is not in the Playing XI today.PUNE WARRIORS: 182/6 in 20 overs (Uthappa 69) 9:36 pm | 19.6 overs: Vinay Kumar to Manhas, FOUR, slower one outside the off stump. Manhas slashes it and it flies off the outside edge just over Zaheer Khan at short third and races away to the third man fence. PWI post a good 182/6 in 20 overs9:35 pm | 19.5 overs; WICKET! Vinay Kumar to Mathews, out Caught by Virat Kohli!! Slower bouncer outside the off stump. Mathews tries to pull it away but doesn’t get a hold of it and it goes straight up in the air towards mid-off. Kohli gets under it and takes a comfortable catch. Mathews c Virat Kohli b Vinay Kumar 10(7) [6s-1] (PWI 178/6 in 19.5 overs) 9:28 pm | 18.3 overs: WICKET! Zaheer to Mathews, out Marlon Samuels Run Out!! That’s a huge wicket and what a foolish way to lose it! Slower one from Zaheer again just outside the off stump. Mathews tried to pull it across the line but missed. For some reason the batsmen decided to run for a suicidal bye. ABD hit the stumps at the non-striker’s end and Samuels had to make the long walk back. Samuels looked furious with his partner. Marlon Samuels run out (de Villiers) 34(20) [4s-1 6s-2] (PWI 166/5 in 18.3 oversadvertisement9:20 pm | 17.5 overs: WICKET! Vinay Kumar to Steven Smith, out Steven Smith Run Out!! Slight hesitation between the batsmen and Steven Smith has been dismissed! Slower one outside the off stump. Steven Smith tried to slash it but made no contact. The batsmen thought of going for a single, hesitated and eventually went through with it. Steven Smith put in a huge dive at the non-striker’s end but by then Vinay Kumar had the ball back from the keeper and he relayed it back to the stumps. Steven Smith run out (de Villiers/Vinay Kumar) 16(14) [6s-1] (PWI 164/4 in 17.5 overs)Steven Smith comes to the crease 9:02 pm | 12.6 overs: WICKET! Uthappa falls after an impressive 69 off 45 balls and it’s the opposition captain who send him back to the PWI dugout. Vettori to Uthappa, out Caught by Harshal Patel!! Uthappa’s brilliant knock finally comes to an end! It was tossed up outside the off stump. Uthappa tried to get this one over the infield as well but ended up sending it straight to the man at backward point. Patel there made sure that he hung on to it. Uthappa c Harshal Patel b Vettori 69(45) [4s-9 6s-2] (PWI 117/3 in 12.6 overs)Marlon Samuels comes to the crease 8:7 pm | 11.5 overs: WICKET! Vinay Kumar to Ganguly, out Caught by Agarwal!! This time the catch is taken! It is the skipper who has to depart. It was short outside the off stump. Ganguly lofts it but it goes straight to the man at sweeper cover who takes a comfortable catch. Ganguly c Agarwal b Vinay Kumar 6(8)  11.4 overs: DROPPED! Vinay Kumar to Uthappa, 1 run, Appanna almost pulled off a blinder! Length ball outside the off stump. Uthappa gives it a whack and the ball goes in the air to long off. Appanna follows it and dives to his left to catch the ball but ends up spilling it as soon as he lands on the ground.8:50 pm | 10 overs: Pune are 96/1 at the stage with opener Robin Uthappa, who is past his half-century, and captain Sourav Ganguly at the crease.9.5 overs: Dilshan to Uthappa, FOUR, two fours in a row off the same shot, too straight from Dilshan and Uthappa is just helping them past short third, also brings up his half-century, this is his best performance with the bat for Pune.Pune captain Sourav Ganguly (left handed bat) comes into the middle8:33 pm | 6.6 overs: WICKET! And Ryder’s blitz comes to an end. Harshal Patel to Ryder, out Caught by Agarwal!! That went up miles in the air but failed to get the distance! Length ball on middle and off. Ryder tried to heave it away over mid-wicket but it came off the toe end of the bat and just went high in the air. Mayank Agarwal steadied himself under it, made it look very easy and took the catch. Ryder c Agarwal b Harshal Patel 34(22) [4s-4 6s-1] (PWI 63/1 in 6.6 overs)8:18 pm | 3.6 overs: Vinay Kumar to Uthappa, no run, back of a length delivery on the off stump. Uthappa pushes it to the man at cover. Pune are 37/0 in 4 overs with Ryder (16*) and Uthappa (19*) at the crease. The Current run rate is a good 9.25 per over.Uthappa and Ryder are at the crease. Uthappa is on strike. Zaheer will open the attackTeams  Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers(w), Saurabh Tiwary, Mayank Agarwal, Daniel Vettori(c), Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Harshal Patel, KP Appanna Pune Warriors (Playing XI): Robin Uthappa(w), Jesse Ryder, Sourav Ganguly(c), Marlon Samuels, Angelo Mathews, Steven Smith, Mithun Manhas, Rahul Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Ashok DindaGanguly: We have some guys who have played well for their countries and the local talent is also very good. At this level you don’t need to coach players and this is a short tournament as well. We will bat first, it’s a good surface and we look to put up a good total. Murali Kartik is not playing as we are going with an extra pacer. Vettori: It’s an important game for us. Losing 3 in a row is not good. This track has played true and it has helped the team chasing. Unfortunately Murali is not playing, we need to strenghten our batting and Dilshan has replaced him. 7:40 pm | TOSS: Pune Warriors have won the toss and elected to batlast_img read more

Woollen trench coats, long fitted jackets reappear in south

first_imgIt appears that the costumes sported by the Matrix actors are set to stalk the streets of Bangalore. At least that’s what the outfits of some people show. Woollen trench coats and long, fitted jackets have made an appearance on the fashion scene in the south. Winter fashion has taken,It appears that the costumes sported by the Matrix actors are set to stalk the streets of Bangalore. At least that’s what the outfits of some people show. Woollen trench coats and long, fitted jackets have made an appearance on the fashion scene in the south. Winter fashion has taken off in Bangalore with Sujit Mukherjee’s line in wool and heavy silk, created for the fashion store Grasshopper. While he agrees that winter in the south is too mild for heavy-duty fashion clothing, he also thinks that the climate justifies it. He says that people can wear these outfits as Bangalore is chilly in the mornings and evenings. “I have worked with fluid, flowing styles and it was interesting for me to break away from that and work on a collection that was structured close to the body.” The owners of Grasshopper had reckoned that the city’s expatriate population would lap it up along with the local jet-setters. “I might do something along these lines again,” says Mukherjee. So if you can’t get the Keanu Reaves style this winter, wait till next year. Mukherjee might just decide to repeat himself.last_img read more

Adrian D’Souza asked to furnish details of marijuana use

first_imgThe Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel on Thursday sought specific details from Adrian D’Souza as to how marijuana entered his body after the former India goalkeeper decided not to contest the analytical findings of his sample which tested positive for the recreational drug.Adrian tested positive during the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF)-organised World Series Hockey between February 29 and April 2. He appeared before the three-member panel of Dinesh Dayal, Dinesh Khanna and NK Khadiya on Thursday.Adrian, who was accompanied by IHF secretary Ashok Mathur, gave a written statement to the panel that he went out for a “gettogether” with friends and someone may have laced his cigarette with marijuana. The panel asked Adrian to appear for the next hearing on Wednesday with more specific details and asked him to bring witnesses.Interestingly, while marijuana, which comes under the category of specified substances, does not attract provisional suspension, Adrian claimed that he has voluntarily accepted suspension from the date he received the notice from the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) and has also communicated the same to the IHF.But the communication was only verbal and the panel asked Mathur to submit a written document mentioning that Adrian is under provisional suspension and has missed a domestic tournament during that period.last_img read more

Actor Rajesh Khanna hospitalised, family says it’s exhaustion

first_imgYesteryear superstar Rajesh Khanna was on Saturday admitted to a city hospital, two days after he reassuringly waved to fans from the balcony of his residence to dispel concerns about his failing health.The 69-year-old actor’s wife Dimple Kapadia said he was “exhausted and a little weak”, while doctors refused to divulge details of his ailment.”Yes, Khanna has been admitted to our hospital,” said a senior doctor at Bandra’s Lilavati Hospital.”He is exhausted and a little weak so for better care we have brought him to the hospital,” Dimple, who is continuously by his side, said.Scores of worried fans, who lined up outside his house ‘Aashirwad’ on Carter Road in Bandra on Thursday after another of his health scares, had heaved a sigh of relief when he emerged on the balcony flanked by his wife and actor son-in-law Akshay Kumar.Though looking frail, a bearded Khanna, attired in a crisp Kurta and sporting black shades, repeatedly flashed the V sign with a smile.This was after media reports emerged that he had stopped taking food for 3-4 days. Akshay had rubbished reports of Khanna being unwell and said he was “hearty and healthy”.In April too, the actor was admitted to Lilavati hospital after he complained of uneasiness and exhaustion.The actor was hailed as India’s first superstar after 15 consecutive solo superhits between 1969 and 1972 including Aradhana, Haathi Mere Saathi, Anand and Amar Prem.He was recently seen appearing in his first television ad, directed by filmmaker R Balki, for Havell’s fan.advertisementKhanna married Dimple in 1973 and has two daughters from the marriage. The two split in 1984 and thereafter lived separately, but did not complete divorce proceedings.Their elder daughter Twinkle, actor-turned-interior decorator, is married to Akshay and younger daughter Rinke, also a former actor, has wed a London-based investment banker.last_img read more

Dame time: Lillard’s 3 gives Trail Blazers 113-110 win over Lakers

first_imgPortland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard reacts after hitting a shot in the final seconds of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. The Blazers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard didn’t really need to gesture to his wrist. The crowd already knew it was Lillard Time.The star guard made a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak over the Los Angeles Lakers to 13 games with a 113-110 victory Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Lillard finished with 32 points, and Portland snapped a two-game skid. Jusuf Nurkic added 28 points.Lillard was 1 of 5 from 3-point range before the game-winner. The crowd roared when the shot fell, andLillard nodded and pointed to his wrist.“I felt good. The ball was coming off my hands good all night, even the ones that I didn’t make. In thosemoments, you don’t think about what happened before. It’s a chance to rise to the occasion. You’re 0 for 0 in that moment,” Lillard said. “I go back to my very first game-winner against New Orleans my rookie year. I had a terrible shooting game but I was able to block that out. All that mattered was that moment. No different tonight.”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 openingBrook Lopez had 27 points and rookie Kyle Kuzma added a season-high 22 for the Lakers, who were short-handed after Larry Nance Jr. broke his left hand in the second half. Fellow rookie Lonzo Ball was 0 for 2 from the field with no points, four assists and three rebounds.There were a few fans in the crowd wearing Ball’s No. 2 jersey for his first appearance in Portland. But most fans booed him heartily during player introductions. Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Kuzma took the final shot, a missed 3-pointer from 28 feet out at the buzzer that would have tied it.Lillard had missed a 3 the night before at the end of regulation in Portland’s 112-103 overtime loss at Utah.“He made a good read last night and (Rudy) Gobert made a great play,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “Tonight I think he had his mind made up to take the shot. It’s what great players do.”The Blazers were without Al-Farouq Aminu, who injured his right ankle Wednesday against the Jazz. The team posted a photo of the 6-foot-9 forward on crutches before Thursday’s game.Aminu was averaging 9.4 points and 8.1 rebounds this season. Noah Vonleh, who returned the night before following a shoulder injury in camp, started in his place.Portland led by 18 in the first half but the Lakers closed the gap to 66-62 at halftime. It was tight the rest of the way.“We have the game against Toronto, then you have a tough one last night against Utah. Maybe if we come back and have a blowout, maybe we don’t have to look at ourselves as much,” Lillard said. “We come in here tonight and we had a dogfight on our hands. We really had to look at ourselves and make it happen. We had to trust ourselves and trust each other to get it done.“So I think a game like this and having to pull out a game like this does more for our team, character-wise.”TIP-INSLakers: Los Angeles was 0 for 9 from 3-point range in the first half. … The Lakers were coming off a 113-93 victory at home against the Pistons on Tuesday night.Trail Blazers: Rookie big man Zach Collins started the second half in place of Vonleh, who had four fouls. Collins, a 7-footer out of Gonzaga, was acquired by the Blazers in a draft-day deal with Sacramento.ON BALL“I thought he was a little too passive tonight,” Walton said about his rookie point guard. “The hardest thing for young players is consistency. He’s so unselfish that sometimes we want him to be more aggressive with attacking the defenses.”Ball, for his part, recognized that.“I definitely could have been more aggressive,” he said. Malditas save PH from shutout After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Nance was hurt late in the third quarter and went to the locker room. He did not play the rest of the way. Nance was averaging 11.1 points and 7.9 rebounds for the Lakers.Afterward, the Lakers confirmed Nance broke a bone in his hand.“Obviously, I feel terrible for him. He’s been playing so solid for us,” coach Luke Walton said. “It’s tough but that’s what team sports are about, and someone else has to step up.”Portland took a 106-105 lead on Lillard’s free throws with 1:56 left. Kuzma made a hook shot on the other end, but Lillard answered with a layup before Nurkic made free throws for a 110-107 lead. The standing crowd chanted “Beat LA! Beat LA!”But Kentavious Caldwell-Pope quieted the fans with a 3-pointer off an assist from Ball to tie it with 15.5 seconds left. Lillard hit the winner over the outstretched arm of Brandon Ingram.ADVERTISEMENT UP NEXTLakers: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.Trail Blazers: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SMC bloc, allies vow to lend players for Gilas amid PBA impasse Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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