Ricky Vargas is new PBA chairman

first_imgView comments “I was gone for seven years, but now I’m back,” he said in an impromptu press conference before the opening ceremonies.Vargas’ chairmanship signals a new beginning for the league, with the executive guaranteeing better days ahead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk”We’re back together, stronger than ever.”He also shared that all 12 governors exhausted efforts in finding a compromise to make the league work after going through the issue which hounded the league over the past two months With the PBA moving past this storm, Vargas said that the league can bring its focus back on what it does best which is to deliver world-class games highlighting the Filipino talent.“We’re stronger than ever and we will stay like that as we begin the healing parties. This is all for the fans,” he said.The last time Vargas assumed the post as league chairman was back in the 2006-07 season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES “I’d like to thank some people who made us stronger than ever and never gave up during the crisis the PBA underwent a couple of months ago. One is (Ginebra governor) Alfrancis Chua who was always there and looking for solutions, (Kia governor) Bobby Rosales who also never gave up, (Meralco governor) Al Panlilio who was beside me as we worked towards a resolution, and (former TNT governor) Pato Gregorio who unlocked this using his magic to reach an agreement between both parties,” he said.Narvasa has also tendered his resignation, but was asked by the Board to stay until the end of the year to help with the transition period. Communications and external affairs director Willie Marcial has been appointed as the officer-in-charge.NLEX governor Ramoncito Fernandez was supposed to be the chairman for the 43rd season by virtue of him serving as the league’s vice chair last season. But Vargas explained that NLEX and TNT swapped their terms, paving the way to his assumption for the role.“NLEX so graciously gave way. There was a swap between NLEX and TNT, where NLEX graciously gave the opportunity to be the chair for this year in exchange for TNT getting the slot (in our term),” he said.Aside from Vargas, Alaska governor Dickie Bachmann has been elected as the vice chairman, while Phoenix governor Raymond Zorrilla is the new treasurer for the 43rd season.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA chairman Ricky Vargas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter seven long years, Ricky Vargas is back in the PBA.The soft-spoken executive has been installed as the chairman for the 43rd season of the PBA after a special board meeting Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Narvasa steps down as commissioner; Marcial OIClast_img read more

Arsenal miss penalty, Spurs’ hat-trick hero – FA Cup replay moments (quiz)

first_imgIt’s FA Cup weekend and you can catch it live on talkSPORT – click here to listen.There has been a lot of talk about scrapping FA Cup replays to trim the fixture list in an already bulging calendar.How much do you know or remember about replays?Here, talkSPORT has put together 10 questions to test your knowledge.Up first on talkSPORT is Arsenal v Hull at 12.45pm (GMT) on Saturday 20 February.About | Privacy | Terms 1 Ryan Giggs scores against Arsenal in the 199 FA Cup semi-final replay last_img

Hugunin And Saubert Tabbed to Associated Press All-America Team

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University linebacker John Hugunin and tight end Eric Saubert were named to the Associated Press Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team. Hugunin and Saubert were both third team selections. Hugunin and Saubert become the Bulldogs’ first AP All-Americans since Dain Taylor garnered second team honors in 2010.Named third team STATS FCS All-America, Hugunin led the nation with nine forced fumbles while leading the Bulldogs with 116 tackles, ranking 20th in the nation, to go with 15 tackles for loss as he was named first team All-PFL. Saubert also headlined the FCS ADA All-America Team announced earlier by the Athletics Directors Association as well as being named third-team STATS FCS All-America. He led all PFL tight ends and also Drake’s receiving corps with 55 receptions for 580 yards and seven touchdowns, earning first team All-PFL honors. He also led all FCS tight ends with 5.0 receptions per game. Saubert’s 57.5 reception yards per game were tied for second and his seven TD receptions were tied for third among FCS tight ends.Also joining Hugunin and Saubert on the AP All-America Teams from the PFL were defensive backs Donald Payne from Stetson and Justin Grier from Morehead State.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Iowa State Edges Volleyball In Opening Round of NIVC, 3-0

first_imgStory Links Box Score (PDF) Box Score (HTML) Full Schedule Roster center_img The Drake University volleyball team’s postseason experience came to an end with a 3-0 loss at Iowa State in the first round of the National Invitational Volleyball Tournament evening Thursday, Nov. 29, evening.Iowa State outlasted Drake by set scores of 25-16, 27-25, 25-22.”Overall, I’m really proud of our players and the way they fought and battled tonight,” said Drake head coach Darrin McBroom. “Iowa State edged us out, but I’m happy with how we played tonight.”The Bulldogs finish their 2018 campaign with a record of 21-15 while Iowa State (17-13) advances to face Bradley in the second round of the NIVC Friday.In her final game as a Bulldog, four-year senior standout Grace Schofield (Mundelein, Ill.) led the Bulldogs with 12 kills on 24 attempts. Cathryn Cheek (Coppell, Texas) finished her career as a Bulldog with nine kills to give her 426 this season and move her into sixth in the Drake record book in single season kills. “Our seniors, Cathryn, Grace and Sara Jensen, have been a huge part of our program, they’ve seen the evolution and have contributed to that process in significant ways,” McBroom said. “Cathryn and Grace have been our two big guns all season and we would not be where were are at without them.”Despite those two strong efforts, Drake could not find an answer for Iowa State’s Jess Schaben who recorded 18 kills as the Cyclones’ hit .327 on the evening.Iowa State jumped out to a 9-4 lead to open the match and a 6-2 run extended that advantage to 16-9 midway through the set. The Bulldogs somewhat regrouped and kept pace with the Cyclones for the remainder of the set, but could not cut into the lead as Iowa State hit .367 to take the set, 25-16. Schaben powered the Cyclones early with eight kills on nine attempts in the first set.Drake built off the momentum it closed the first set with in taking an 8-2 lead to start the second set with Elle Tubbs (Clinton, Iowa) serving up two aces to keep ISU on its heels. The Bulldogs fought to maintain that lead while Iowa State’s attack slowly started to erode the advantage. Iowa State eventually tied the set at 18-18 with a 6-2 run and took its first lead of the set at 21-20. However, that was as big as ISU lead would get until set point when a Bulldog miscue gave ISU a two-point lead to take the set, 27-25. Schofield tried to propel Drake in the set with six kills on 13 attempts before ISU prevailed. ISU hit .433 inthe first two sets and Drake could not slow that attack to open the third set with ISU rolling out to a quick 5-0 lead. The Bulldogs drew within two points, 17-15, later in the set and finally rallied to tied the match at 18-18. Tubbs’ serving was the catalyst to give the Bulldogs renewed life. However, ISU was able to sideout and outscore Drake, 7-4, to close the set for the 25-22 win to take the match, 3-0, and advance to the second round of the NIVC. The Bulldogs closed their season with the program’s second-straight 20-win season to mark the first time in eight seasons the program has earned consecutive 20 win seasons. The Bulldogs are slated to return all but two starters for the 2019 season. “Every year we’re trying to move the program forward and getting to this postseason tournament was a huge step. That and the win in the conference tournament were two great steps forward for our program.” Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

MAN ARRESTED AFTER HE GOES ON RAMPAGE DURING KNIFE-WIELDING INCIDENT

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A man was arrested in Stranorlar last night after he went on the rampage wielding a breadknife.Man was arrested after wielding a knife in Stranorlar.The incident happened at Drumboe Avenue close to Drumboe Woods.It is understood the man, who was bare-chested, passed through several properties before exiting close to the Finn Valley College. A man on the scene is also understood to have been attacked by the man but was not understood to be seriously hurt.Gardai rushed to the scene after an eye-witness made an emergency call.One eye-witness told Donegal Daily that five Garda vehicles including two Garda cars, a Garda van and members of the Garda armed unit were at the scene.The man eventually went into a flat close-by where he was surrounded by Gardai. He was arrested a short time later after negotiations with Gardai.It is not known yet what was the cause of the incident. MAN ARRESTED AFTER HE GOES ON RAMPAGE DURING KNIFE-WIELDING INCIDENT was last modified: July 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDrumboe WoodsknifemanStranorlarlast_img read more

U.P. Police cremate Jhansi youth as family refuses to receive body alleging fake encounter

first_imgThe killing of a youth in an alleged police encounter in Jhansi took a political turn after his family as well as the Samajwadi Party accused the BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh police of murdering him.While SP president Akhilesh Yadav is scheduled to visit the house of the deceased person’s family on October 9, the youth Pushpendra Yadav was cremated by the police late on October 7 after his family refused to take his body till a murder case is lodged against the officer who shot him.Additional Superintendent of Police, Jhansi, Rahul Mithas said the body was cremated in the presence of a magistrate after the family refused to receive it till as late as 8 p.m. on October 7. “The body was decomposing,” Mr. Mithas said.The family members have been sitting in protest after Pushpendra Yadav was shot dead by police on the intervening night of October 5 and 6. They questioned the police version and termed the encounter a “cold-blooded murder”.According to the police, station house officer of Moth, Dharmendra Singh Chauhan, had on September 29 seized a truck belonging to Pushpendra in an alleged illegal mining case. On the night of October 5, Mr. Chauhan, who was returning to Jhansi from Kanpur in his private car after two days’ leave, received a call from Pushpendra regarding his seized truck. Mr. Chauhan then reached the Bamrauli intersection to meet Pushpendra, who then allegedly shot at the officer as soon as he rolled down his window pane.The bullet grazed Mr. Chauhan’s chin, said Jhansi SSP Om Prakash Singh, adding that the attackers drove away from the scene in his car but left behind their motorcycle for unknown reasons.Pushpendra and his two associates were later intercepted some distance away, police said. While he was shot and later pronounced dead, the other two escaped, the police added.The deceased’s brother, Ravindra Yadav, however, rejected the police version and called the encounter “fake”.“This is murder. They shot him on the spot. He didn’t even own a country-pistol or had any criminal case against him,” said Mr. Ravindra Yadav.Mr. Ravindra Yadav, who works with the Delhi Metro, said the police had initially included his name among the alleged attackers but on realising that their “story” would not hold up as he was on duty then, told him he would not be charged.Pushpendra Yadav’s wife alleged that the police were extorting money from him for his seized truck and that he had already paid them ₹1.5 lakh.While a magisterial probe has been ordered, the police have declined the family’s request to book the SHO for murder or have a separate FIR against him. “Their grievances and evidences will be included in the probe and if anyone is guilty, we will act against them,” said the SSP.SP Rajya Sabha MP Chandrapal Singh Yadav, who first raised the matter, demanded a CBI inquiry or a probe under a judge into what he termed a “fake encounter”.Mr. Chandrapal Singh Yadav said he had “solid information” that the police first committed the murder and then concocted the story of the shooting and stolen vehicle to cover it up. “This is a case of corruption. The police extorts money for illegal mining,” he said.Sidharth Nath Singh, U.P. government spokesperson and a Cabinet Minister, defended the “encounter” and said both sides fired at each other. He targeted Mr. Akhilesh Yadav for his scheduled visit to the house of the deceased saying it shows his affinity for “the mining mafia and casteism”. The Minister said, “To show sympathy for a mining mafia member who shoots at an inspector and then is killed in return fire, reflects Akhileshji’s thinking.”The Jhansi Police have released a list of crimes attributed to Pushpendra Yadav, mostly related to personal disputes. All five pertained to 2014 and 2015, and included charges such as abetment, enticing or taking away or detaining with criminal intent a married woman, criminal intimidation and voluntarily causing hurt.last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi 2019 HIGHLIGHTS, UP Yoddha vs Tamil Thalaivas in Jaipur: UP Crush Tamil 42-22

first_imgUP Yoddha made their way into the Top 6 on the back of a five-match winning streak. But their run was halted by U Mumba in their previous match, which took some of the wind out of their sails. Rishank Devadiga stepped up as the team’s top-scoring raider in that match with nine raid points and he was well-supported by the team’s leading raider this season, Shrikant Jadhav.The duo has been forming a good partnership and will want to continue their good work to test Tamil Thalaivas’ defence. Skipper Nitesh Kumar, who had been performing well in the team’s recent matches, ended the match without a single tackle point to his name. He and Sumit will have to be at their best if they are to keep ‘Showman’ Rahul Chaudhari and V Ajith Kumar from taking the game away from their team.2⃣ teams looking to get 🔙 to winning ways lock horns in tonight’s second #VIVOProKabaddi encounter & it’s going to be a 💥.Read about how #UPvCHE stacks up, here: https://t.co/CXskChkIi7Watch LIVE action:⏰: 8:30 PM📺: Star Sports and Hotstar#IsseToughKuchNahi pic.twitter.com/XYtV3PiVL5— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) September 21, 2019 Tamil Thalaivas’ raiders were instrumental in the team’s 36-36 tie against Puneri Paltan in their previous game as they managed to score at crucial junctures to keep the match from going too far out of the team’s grasp. V Ajith Kumar was exceptional on the night as he scored half the team’s points single-handedly and continued his impressive season.The team’s leading raider, ‘Showman’ Rahu Chaudhari, could manage only three raid points in 11 raids after being tackled five times. The raider will be keen to put this result behind him and return to his best. The team’s most experienced defenders – Mohit Chhillar, Manjeet Chhillar and Ran Singh – accounted for only one point between them and will have to perform much better if they are to keep UP Yoddha from getting back to winning ways.last_img read more

Younis Khan becomes first Pakistan batsman to complete 10,000 Test runs

first_imgYounis Khan became the first Pakistan batsman to score 10,000 Test runs on Sunday, reaching the milestone against West Indies in the opening match of his farewell international series. (SCORECARD)Earlier this year, Younis also became the first batsman to score centuries in all 11 countries that have hosted Tests after completing his set with a maiden ton in Australia, and the Pakistan Cricket Board was quick to pay tribute to the 39-year-old’s “prolific career”.”Younis Khan has been an excellent ambassador of Pakistan cricket,” PCB Chairman Shaharyar M. Khan said on the board’s website. “The number of records he has set in the recent past is something we as a nation can take great pride in.”PCB Executive Committee Chairman Najam Aziz Sethi said Younis was a “run machine” while Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmad described him as the “backbone” of Pakistan’s batting.Younis was stuck on 9,999 runs at the tea break on the third day at Sabina Park in Kingston but did not have to wait much longer for his moment to come.On the second ball of the final session, Younis swept off-spinner Roston Chase to the fine-leg boundary as an excited Pakistani contingent in the small crowd cheered and chanted wildly.Younis removed his helmet, pointed his bat towards his team mates in the pavilion and punched his chest.He took 208 innings to reach the 10,000 mark, and has averaged just over 53 runs in his 116-Test career, scoring 34 centuries.India’s Sunil Gavaskar became the first player to score 10,000 Test runs in 1987 while his compatriot Sachin Tendulkar heads the all-time list with 15,921.advertisementBorn in Mardan, a city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Younis scored a century in his debut Test against Sri Lanka in 2000 and notched his highest score of 313 against the same side in 2009.Later that year, he led his country to a World T20 win at Lord’s where they defeated Sri Lanka to lift the trophy.Younis played 265 one day internationals and amassed 7,249 runs before stepping back from the format in 2015. That same year he also became Pakistan’s highest Test run maker, passing Javed Miandad’s mark of 8,832 runs.He announced earlier this month that he would bring the curtain down on his international career after the three-Test series against West Indies.After sharing in a third-wicket partnership of 131 with Babar Azam on Sunday, Younis was caught at cover off paceman Shannon Gabriel for 58.Pakistan were 201 for four wickets at stumps in their first innings, 85 runs behind.While Younis deservedly took the limelight, fast bowler Mohammad Amir also had reason to smile after earlier finishing with 6-44 off 26 overs as Pakistan dismissed West Indies for 286, with captain Jason Holder unbeaten on 57.It was Amir’s best haul since returning to the Test team last year after serving a five-year ban for his role in a spot-fixing scandal.last_img read more

Province Moving Fisheries Headquarters to DigbyClementsport Area

first_img The province is relocating its fisheries department headquarters from Halifax to the Digby-Clementsport area in a move that brings good jobs to rural Nova Scotia. The province announced today, April 30, that it will move 22 head office positions to the Digby-Clementsport area by the end of 2012. It will also move its aquaculture division, with 12 positions, to Shelburne County by the end of year. “This initiative will see the department’s headquarters and its aquaculture division relocate to two of the province’s major fish harvesting, processing and aquaculture regions,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau. “It makes sense that a department whose purpose is to support fisheries and aquaculture be based in rural Nova Scotia where it can bring good jobs to grow the economy.” “Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture personnel will now be located in areas where we have operations,” said Jean-Paul Deveau, president of Acadian Seaplants Limited. “This will allow timely and more efficient access to government personnel.” “This move makes sense for both the provincial government and for the communities that will now benefit from good jobs and valuable programs,” said Jimmy MacAlpine, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities . “I applaud the provincial government for moving Fisheries and Aquaculture to the Digby-Clementsport area and Shelburne County.” The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture has 76 staff in 14 communities around the province. This is one of three moves announced today by the province. FISHERIES/AQUACULTURE–Province Moving Fisheries Headquarters to Digby-Clementsport Arealast_img read more

Conservative salaries bill backed by grand chiefs

first_img(Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar MP Kelly Block shakes hands with a constituent. Photo from http://kellyblock.ca/)APTN National NewsOTTAWA–Saskatchewan’s most prominent First Nations organization is backing a Conservative private members bill that, if passed, would force band chiefs and councils to disclose their salaries and expenses.The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations said Friday afternoon that they fully endorsed Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar MP Kelly Block’s bill, which was introduced in the House of Commons earlier in the day.“I’ve had a quick look at it in terms of what it presents to do. The FSIN, again, fully endorses financial accountability and transparency of all,” said Grand Chief Guy Lonechild. “I think its just another step in the direction to ensure that first nations are accountable and a prime example of how transparent we need to be.”In an interview with APTN National News, Block said she had spoken to several First Nations leaders in the province about her bill and that she had received their support.“A colleague of mine and I have been working together and calls were made to a number of First Nations chiefs in Saskatchewan and so far the response has been positive to this legislation,” said Block.The bill, called the First Nations Financial Transparency Act, would require the publishing of all federally-funded chief and council expenses and salaries by the beginning of August every year. The Minister of Indian Affairs would publish the information if a band refused to comply.Besides salary, the financial data would include expenses for transportation, accommodation, meals, incidentals and hospitality.First Nations leaders have the power to set their own salaries and some of them are paying themselves more than provincial premiers and cabinet ministers.Block said she developed the idea for the bill with fellow Saskatchewan MP Rob Clarke, who represents the riding of Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River.“I have been made aware that this is a longstanding issue with some First Nations community members,” she said. “There are a number of examples of legislation in place for other elected officials to disclose this kind of information and I believe that it is time to provide similar legislation for members of First Nations band councils.”The bill also received the support of a northern Ontario grand chief.Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stand Beardy said he has no problems with the bill because his organization is already transparent.“I think it’s only fair to have an idea of where the money is going,” said Beardy.Block said that Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan supported the bill.The bill is expected to face second reading at the end of November. It would then be sent to the Commons Aboriginal Affairs committee for debate.Watch the full report on APTN National News at 6 p.m. ET.last_img read more