Chooks Pilipinas books quarters slot, beats Thailand’s Mono Vampire

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The scores:CHOOKS-TO-GO PILIPINAS 115 – Cruz 28, Austin 27, Ravena 24, Jero. Teng 17, Revilla 9, Manuel 3, Tamsi 3, Jose 2, Vosotros 2, Jeri. Teng 0, Torres 0.MONO VAMPIRE 102 – Singletary 32, Brickman 17, Kruatiwa 17, Klahan 10, Apiromvilaichai 8, Sunthonsiri 7, Phuangla 6, Sekteera 3, Chanthachon 2, Boonyai 0.Quarters: 31-22, 57-51, 81-77, 115-101. Lindor’s 33rd homer leads Indians over Mariners Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president 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 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Read Next Photo from Fiba.comChooks-to-Go Pilipinas entered the quarterfinals after a 115-102 win over Mono Vampire of Thailand in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup Sunday at Chenzhou Sports Center in Chenzhou, China.Carl Bryan Cruz had it going from the opening tip en route to a 28-point outing built on eight triples as the Philippines made a complete turnaround from its poor showing in a loss to Sareyyet Ramallah of Palestine on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  The victory pushed Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas on top of Group A with a 2-1 record.Chooks-to-Go looked like it was well on its way to another easy victory after taking a 103-90 lead after a Teng triple with 3:15 left, but Michael Singletary and Jason Brickman teamed up to cut the deficit to just seven, 109-102, with 31.1 seconds left.But Revilla and Ravena were steady from the charity stripe, sinking four free throws before Austin punctuated the win with a thunderous windmill slam.Singletary, a former PBA import who saw action for Barako Bull and San Miguel, paced Mono Vampire (1-1) with 32 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals, while the Fil-American Brickman had 17 markers, nine assists, and seven boards in the losing effort.Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas will wrap up its campaign in the group stages against Petrochimi of Iran on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Firing on all cylinders, Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas shot 14-of-28 from downtown to silence the reigning Thailand Basketball Super League champion.Isaiah Austin dominated anew with 27 markers, 19 boards, and four blocks while Kiefer Ravena again took charge late as the 23-year-old guard poured in 14 of his 24 points in the payoff period.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 shutoutHe also finished with two rebounds, seven assists and two steals.Jeron Teng fired 17 markers and five boards, while LA Revilla nearly had a double-double with nine points, nine assists, and four rebounds. View commentslast_img read more

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Halep secures top ranking with China Open semifinal win

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight 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 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president In the second set, Halep surrendered a 3-2 lead with a service break in the sixth game, but went on to break serve again in the ninth game. At 40-0 in the final game, Halep won with a clean forehand winner down the line.center_img Read Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Simon Halep of Romania celebrates defeating Jelena Ostapenko of Lativa to secure her world number one ranking after the women’s singles semi-final match in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, China, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)Simona Halep beat ninth-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-4 Saturday in the China Open semifinals to guarantee the Romanian will take over the top ranking for the first time in her career.Halep could have reached the No. 1 ranking earlier this year but was upset in the French Open final by Ostapenko in their first career meeting.ADVERTISEMENT Halep only had to reach the final this week in Beijing — and not lose to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in the final — to knock Garbine Muguruza from the top spot.Svitolina was ousted by unseeded Caroline Garcia of France in a marathon quarterfinal encounter.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 shutoutHalep will play the winner of the semifinal between Garcia and 12th-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic. The Romanian will be looking for her second title of the year after winning in Madrid.Ostapenko entered the semifinal without the loss of a set during the week. But Halep dominated the first set, breaking Ostapenko’s serve in the first game at love. She cemented her lead with another break in the seventh game for a 5-2 lead to serve out the set. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Adamson blasts FEU, takes solo thirdlast_img read more

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Kia pleads for understanding: ‘Give us a chance to prove our philosophy’

first_imgView comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kia’s new management vowed that the team it will trot out this season will be ready to prove the doubters wrong.“We’ll put up a fighting team. We may not become champions immediately, but we’ll put up a fighting team,” Rosales ended. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Cousins has 41 and 23 in Sacramento return, Pelicans rally Read Next PNP to prove activists’ link to CPP NPA PLAY LIST 02:02PNP to prove activists’ link to CPP NPA03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:49Imee Marcos: Good for UP to teach martial law, but get our viewpoint too01:37Protesters 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 New Kia team manager Joe Lipa and team governor Bobby Rosales. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netGoing on a road less travelled, Kia is hoping for the public’s understanding as it embarks on a new journey this upcoming PBA season.Team governor Bobby Rosales understands the outcry following the Picanto’s decision to trade the top pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft to San Miguel, but said that his team is embracing an “unconventional philosophy” in forming their squad.ADVERTISEMENT Kia is reportedly sending the number one pick in this year’s draft proceedings, which is projected to be Christian Standhardinger, to San Miguel for a  combination of Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Yancy de Ocampo, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, Rashawn McCarthy, and Keith Agovida, along with the Beermen’s 2019 first rounder and cash considerations.Rosales said that the 0-11 finish in the 2017 season-ending Governors’ Cup factored into the decision of the revamp.“Partly. We’re never at the cellar, the last team. In the previous seasons, were never the last team. So yes, it was a factor.”Among the changes is the appointment of Joe Lipa as the new team manager, together with his group of Bong Nave, Raymond Gabriel, and Dr. Iby Bautista. Chris Gavina has also been officially appointed as the squad’s head coach.“We’d like to play the kind of basketball that is not confined to the books. We’d like to veer away from the orthodox and shift to something unconventional. The idea that we’re trying to develop has been proven before, but we know that it takes years and a lot of dedication on the part of the players and the coaching staff. We’d like to pay our dues,” said Lipa.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “It’s a normal reaction when you disturb the status quo, but give us a chance to prove our philosophy,” he said on Friday in a small chat with reporters at Azure Residences in Bicutan.“We already espoused this kind of philosophy when we started the team three years ago, but it takes time to embrace that philosophy. We understand the public’s outcry, but we appeal to give us a chance to contribute something different.”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 shutoutSince joining the PBA in 2014, the Kia franchise—which was initially called the Kia Sorento, before getting its name changed to Mahindra Enforcer, among others—has never gone beyond the quarterfinals. The team’s best finish was fifth place in the 2016 Governor’s Cup.But after that, Kia lost key guys likes like Aldrech Ramos, Niño Canaleta and Paolo Taha through either trade or free agency and has never won more than three games per conference this 2106-2017 season. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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McGregor ‘might never fight again’ after boxing bout, says UFC head

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES UFC President: Globally, Mayweather-McGregor bigger than Pacquiao bout2.7K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 UFC president Dana White. Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images/AFPAfter reports that Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s  upcoming bout with Conor McGregor will be his last, UFC president Dana White discussed the possibility of the Irish superstar walking away from fighting as well.READ: Mayweather to quit for good after McGregor boutADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera PH golfer Yuka Saso to miss SEA Games Whether or not the Irish sensation chooses to return to his roots after the biggest fight of his life, White said he’d accept whichever path Conor chooses.“That’s part of the deal, you know?” he said. “This kid has done a lot for the sport, a lot for the company and this is the fight that he wanted, so we’re going to give it to him. And if this is the end of his career, then it is what it is.” Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED VIDEO Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendcenter_img 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 El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR With the mega fight set to take place next month at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, United States, White lamented how the massive pay day could persuade the UFC lightweight champion to never fight again.“I had a bunch of guys who worked for us in the UFC and made a bunch of money and they’re gone now,” the UFC executive told reporters during the MayMac press tour, as relayed by MMA Fighting.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 stars“You just don’t know, if he’s going to come in and make this kind of money, he might never fight again,” he shared.White’s claim, meanwhile, contradicts McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh, who said McGregor will return to the octagon sometime in December. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Age doesn’t matter as De Ocampo still ‘best stretch four’ in PBA at 35

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 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 MOST READ At 35-years-old with a lot of mileage, Ranidel de Ocampo may not be the same player he once was, but Meralco head coach Norman Black thinks the veteran forward still has a lot left in his tank.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 openingDe Ocampo, who was traded to the Bolts as the main piece of a three-team deal on Monday, is in his 13th PBA season and will turn 36 in December.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “We’re not going to ask him to play 40 minutes for us, we just need him to play his role as a floor spacer and post-up.”Black also thinks de Ocampo can still play for “another four years if he wants to.”“I personally feel he’s not the type of player who depends on athletic ability. He is a very intelligent player.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “I don’t really look too much on age. I believe Arwind is 35-years-old an he’s playing one of his best basketball right now,” Black, who shared four titles with de Ocampo at Talk ‘N Text, told INQUIRER.net Tuesday. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img LATEST STORIES Santos, who has been playing really well for the San Miguel Beermen this season, is actually 36.De Ocampo, who joined Meralco in practice for the first time Monday, was a star during his nine year stay with Talk ‘N Text where he won six championships and two Finals MVP awards.Black is convinced de Ocampo is still one of the best big men in the PBA.“Ranidel is still one of the best, if not the best stretch four in the league today,” he praised.The champion coach added he doesn’t plan on using de Ocampo for an extended period of time on the court. What Black expects from him is to do what he does best: Shoot 3s and post-up.ADVERTISEMENT Pumaren’s double duty for Adamson, GlobalPort up for discussion by PBA Board Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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EAC sends Mapua reeling to 11th loss

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ EAC, however, will be shorthanded as big man Hamadou Lamidou had his season cut short after an ACL tear and enforcer Juju Bautista got sidelined with an injured shoulder. “I hope we can still fight,” said Generals head coach Ariel Sison. “We’ll just play our usual game and try to win as many games as we can.”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 openingJerome Garcia paced EAC with 27 points while Sydney Onwubere finished with 16 points and 15 boards. Laurenz Victoria put up 15 points to lead the Cardinals. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College sent Mapua into a deeper pit after taking an 85-72 victory in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre. The Generals improved to 4-6 to stay in the Final Four hunt while the Cardinals remained at a league worst 1-11 card. ADVERTISEMENT 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img View comments MOST READ Lee-Yamaguchi rematch, Askren last fight headline ONE card in Singapore LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

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Last stop: Abhinav Bindra

first_imgHe made history, and the country proud, by being the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal. Here, the ace shooter tells us that he never flies without books and ear plugs and loves to shop in New York and LondonMerlion Park in SingaporeYour last vacation:In Singapore. I particularly enjoyed it because I was there with my sister and brother-in-law on our first ever holiday with my little nephew.Newest thing tasted:Snake, at a restaurant in Clarke Quay in Singapore. It tasted like chicken.A souvenir you’ve just picked up:A coffee table book, The Fort Pupils, on the Scindia School, Gwalior and its students. It was presented to me by the students after our interactive session.Harrods in LondonDo you prefer travelling by trains, planes or automobiles:Although I love to visit new places, I do not particularly enjoy the journey. I prefer to travel by planes as it is the fastest mode of travel.Baggage check-how much do you carry:I usually don’t carry check-in baggage to avoid waiting at airports.What you carry to make flights comfortable:A good book and ear plugs.Ever done a spur of the moment trip-only credit card and no baggage:Something like this may happen once I have retired from active sport.A sculpture from The State Hermitage Museum in Saint PetersburgYou have to travel a lot for work. Does that take the fun out of travelling:Not really… although I have travelled to most parts of the world for competition, I haven’t seen much except the airports, hotels and the shooting range. In fact, this has created an urge to go back to a lot of these places.Favourite places to shop:In New York, it is 5th Avenue for clothes and accessories and in London, I visit Harrods and Bond Street. From Munich I pick up shooting accessories.advertisementPlaces on Abhinav’s wish list:The Himalayas for their sheer geographic diversity–the forested valleys, tropical jungles, flowering meadows and the rugged terrain.Saint Petersburg in Russia for its museums.The Serengeti National Park in Africa for its amazing wildlife. I would love to go up in a hot air balloon to get a bird’s eye view of the animals in their natural habitat.last_img read more

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CWG denigrated India’s image: Aiyar

first_imgContinuing his tirade against the just-concluded Commonwealth Games, former Sports Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar on Sunday said India should have focused on improving the plight of its poor instead of spending thousands of crores on the event which only “denigrated” its image.”Tell me if your stadium is empty why not invite the children of those labourers who built the stadium to come in and sit down,” Aiyar, the most vocal critic of the Delhi Commonwealth Games, told PTI in New York. “But no, this was a middle class party.””So only PLUs (people like us) were given the opportunity of coming in and they didn’t come in adequate numbers,” the Congress MP said, noting that 960 crores spent on renovating the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium could have been put to better use.Aiyar also claimed that no single event had done more damage to India’s image in the past 63 years since independence than the recent Commonwealth Games.”I don’t think the world has ever denigrated us and in such obscene language as we have seen happening in the past few weeks,” he said.”70,000 crores to get ourselves a bad name,” the former minister said, referring to the total amount spent on the 12-day mega sporting event.On whether the Games were a success as declared by the Indian government, Aiyar claimed that the event had failed to position India as a top player on the global stage.”I’m not sure we’ve attained the objective we had of projecting ourselves as a great rising economic power to the Western world or even to Africa,” he said.advertisementGiven India’s poverty and inability to provide basic health care to millions of women and children, Aiyar said that the question is not whether the Games were successful but whether so much money should have been invested in the event.In view of talks that India is ready to host the Olympics as well, the former minister urged that CWG should be seen as a deterrent for India hosting mega sporting events, and noted that sports in India would be better served if the money was spent on the athletes and not stadia.”I see no reason at all why we should create this perversion of national priorities,” Aiyar said. “We must get back to the fundamental goal of poverty alleviation.””95 per cent of our youth have no access to organised sports and games,” he said, calling for “making India a sporting nation rather than a nation that hosts sports events.”On being pointed out that China and South Africa had pulled off the Olympic Games and the football World Cup respectively while dealing with developmental issues, Aiyar stressed that China was already a “fantastic sporting nation” and South Africa had plenty of financial help from outside.”Huge number of Chinese children and Chinese youth are given full facilities to develop their sporting talent,” he said. “They are a sporting nation that then hosted a sporting event … we are not … we have to become a sporting nation first.”On whether the criticism of the CWG was fair, Aiyar said, “Why are you making the Games a test of patriotism.””Is it patriotic to have done the games in such a way that the first action of the Prime Minister after the games are over is to appoint a probe team to look into malfeasance, inefficiency and possible corruption,” he said.last_img read more

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Asian Games Boxing: Dinesh assured of medal, Vikas also wins

first_imgCommonwealth champion Dinesh Kumar became the second Indian boxer to assure himself of a medal at the Asian Games by advancing to the light heavyweight 81kg semifinals after out-punching Korean Jinho Heo hereon Friday.The 23-year-old beat his rival 10-6 in a lopsided bout during which Heo went off-balance several times due to the sheer power of the blows thrown by the Indian.Paramjeet Samota was the first Indian to assure himself of a bronze by reaching the semifinals of 91+ weight category.Although Heo opened the scoring, it was Dinesh, an Arjuna awardee, who dominated with a power-packed performance that left the Korean dazed.Heo had the footwork and speed to dodge Dinesh initially but once the Haryana-lad began connecting his trademark jabs and hooks, his rival could only scurry for cover.Leading 5-2 in the opening round, Dinesh never really allowed Heo to claw back despite the Korean’s several valiant efforts at countering the Indian’s power.Dinesh will take on Nepalese Deepak Maharjan who stunned Thailand’s Kriangkai Sukkhum 4-0.In the other Indian bout, 18-year-old Vikas Krishan (60kg) too inched closer to the medal round, advancing to the quarter-finals with an 8-1 triumph over Amangeldi Hudaybergenov of Turkmenistan.Vikas will now take on North Korea’s Kim Chol Song who defeated Abdulla Mohammed 7-5 in his pre-quarterfinal bout.V Santhosh Kumar (64kg) then made it an all-win day for Indian boxers when he beat Malaysia’s Azmi Khir Akyazlan 6-1 to enter the quarterfinals.Santhosh will be up against Mongolia’s Byamba Tuvshinbat, who got the better of Filipino Boholst Delfin 8-1 in his pre-quarterfinal bout.advertisementlast_img read more

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Dhoni signs Rs 29-crore endorsement deal with Maxx Mobile

first_imgRiding on his popularity, Indian cricket team captain Mahindra Singh Dhoni has signed a Rs 29-crore endorsement deal with Maxx Mobile for a period of seven years.”Maxx believes in Dhoni”s potential and the performance that he has delivered over the years is a testimony to his talent. The seven-year deal reaffirms our belief in him and is undoubtedly a big reinforcement for the Maxx brand,” Maxx Group CMD Ajjay Agarwal told PTI.The deal comes within days of Dhoni signing Rs 26-crore deal with the world”s second largest spirits firm, UB Group.Maxx Mobile, one of the recent entrants in India”s mobile phone market, has emerged as a force to reckon with after having sold millions of handsets in less than two years.It has already captured over four per cent market share and has set an ambitious target of having 10 per cent market share by March 2012.Asked about the long periodicity of the deal (seven years), Agarwal said “this has been decided keeping in mind Dhoni”s age and potential he has. He is 29 years old and the deal reflects his potential for the Indian cricket.”Dhoni”s existing one-year contract with Maxx comes to an end on December 31, 2010. The record-breaking seven-year extension deal takes brand endorsement with cricket stars to a new high and provides Maxx Mobile, one of India”s fastest growing brands the right connect with customers across the country.As part of the deal, Dhoni will be associated with multiple marketing initiatives planned by Maxx Mobile to promote the brand. The deal includes print and television advertising, outdoor campaigns, promotional events and mass engagement programmes across India.advertisementDhoni is the face of 23 brands and charges over Rs 6 crore per endorsement. The pack of brands endorsed by Dhoni includes Reebok, Aircel, Godrej and TVS Motor.Agarwal said number 7 is a lucky number for Dhoni and incedently the deal was signed for 7 years and December 7.Dhoni”s birthday also falls on 7th.Maxx Mobile offers more than 45 s for customers to choose from. Maxx Mobile has a pan-India presence and operates through its strong distribution network and a vast network of over 500 service centres, Agarwal said.last_img read more

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