Flying Sandals and Bollywood Bombs

first_imgThe Indian media was in a tizzy last month over reports that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati flew her private jet “empty to Mumbai to retrieve her preferred brand” of sandals.The sensational claim was derived from a colorful 2008 cable, titled ÒPortrait of a Lady,” sent by the political consul at the U.S. Embassy in Delhi, which ridiculed Mayawati as Òa virtual paranoid dictator replete with food tasters and a security entourage to rival a head of state.”The cable, disclosed by Wikileaks as part of its trove of almost 250,000 secret U.S. cables worldwide, recounted another colorful rumor “in which a State Minister was forced to do sit-ups in front of her as penance for not first asking permission to call on U.P.’s governor.”The cable’s other startling claims – that Mayawati “employs nine cooks (two to cook, the others to watch over them) and two food tasters’ and that “in addition to this outsized security apparatus, she constructed a private road from her residence to her office, which is cleaned immediately after her multiple vehicle convoy reaches its destination” – were widely reported, as were its assertions that “Mayawati is obsessed with becoming Prime Minister,” and that journalists in the state are fearful “the government has tapped their phones as well as those of civil servants.”A livid Mayawati, in her characteristically bombastic style, escalated the controversy a notch by blasting Wikileaks’ Julian Assange, as having “gone mad” and “we can make room for him in the Agra mental asylum.” Assange returned fire, inviting Mayawati to Òsend her private jet to England to collect me, where I have been detained against my will …. I would be happy to accept asylum, political asylum, in India – a nation I love. In return, I will bring Mayawati a range of the finest British footwear.”The India media had a field day with the tit-for-tat between Assange and Maywati, before moving on to the next entertaining drama.Lost in the week-long hoopla in the Indian media was whether these outrageous allegations were actually true. The classified U.S. cable relied upon a single unnamed Lucknow journalist for some of the most sensational claims, which were not investigated, much less substantiated, by the embassy before being incorporated into the report. The rumors, presumably peddled to gullible U.S. embassy officials by an imaginative journalist, who could not publish them in his own publication likely because they did not meet even the minimal journalistic standards of local tabloid media, were regurgitated as gospel by India’s mainstream press once they were unloaded by Wikileaks.Perhaps the most startling aspect of the U.S. cables disclosed by Wikileaks is the volume of unsubstantiated rumor and gossip that is peddled in these reports that inform U.S. foreign policy globally. The allegations against Mayawati may well be true and they certainly are not outside the realm of the popular narrative about her outsized ego.She is reportedly India’s richest chief minister with personal wealth exceeding $20 million, according to her own financial statements, and has built grandiose monuments to herself all over the state. But the Wikileak cables gave license to supposedly respectable Indian media outlets to publish salacious, unverified gossip as fact, without even a cursory examination to determine their veracity. To this day, not a single Indian media organization has undertaken an independent investigation to explore not just the allegations against Mayawati, but some of the other equally dubious claims in the thousands of Wikileaks cables relating to India, many of which have received widespread exposure in the media.The U.S. cables are a frontal window to the ineptness and dysfunction of the U.S. foreign policy apparatus. If clueless diplomats can peddle unsubstantiated rumor and gossip drawn from a journalist’s bluster over coffee, is it any wonder that the U.S. government was led astray in its assessment of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, resulting in a colossal $800 billion mistake in the form of the cost of the war in Iraq.Bombing BollywoodIn this make-believe world of U.S. diplomacy, it is scarcely surprising that its diplomats would let their imagination run riot. Pressed to throw up recommendations for help in Afghanistan’s reconstruction, U.S. embassy officials in India lifted a discredited page out of the Cold War and World War II, when the U.S. government marshaled Hollywood studios for the wars, with a proposal to channel Bollywood’s appeal in Afghanistan for its propaganda efforts in the country. A March 2007 cable from the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, noting that “Bollywood movies are wildly popular in Afghanistan,” proposed that Òwilling Indian celebrities could be asked to travel to Afghanistan to help bring attention to social issues there.”The cable outlined several “specific, concrete ideas for opportunities for India to use soft power in helping Afghanistan’s reconstruction, with the broader objective of seeking ways for the U.S. to synergize its efforts with Afghanistan’s ‘natural ally.’”It is unclear whether the U.S. ever acted on the proposal, deterred perhaps in part because, as the cable outlines, “Security continues to be an issue of public concern in sending Indians to work in Afghanistan.”As the Economic Times wrote in a mocking editorial, “Winning Ways: Bollywood in the Afghan Wars’: “With Bollywood’s reigning deity Shah Rukh Khan actually tracing his ancestry back to the same stark land (Afghanistan), it is entirely logical that the Americans would have wanted to rope in the big guns of the Bollywood brigade to capture key theatres in Afghanistan… A few star-studded, bump-and-grind Bollywood extravaganzas could well have been far more effective in luring out those lurking in the deepest recesses of the Tora Bora mountains than drone attacks.”Empty SuitsThe cables are often contradictory, even on issues of profound import for U.S. policy. For instance, US envoy David Mulford dismissed Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi as an “empty suit” in 2007, less than two years before the embassy was raving about his mastery as a politician and potential prime minister.In a cable dated Oct 23, 2007, Mulford wrote: “Little is known about Rahul Gandhi’s personal political beliefs, if any. He is reticent in public, has shunned the spotlight, and has yet to make any significant intervention in Parliament. His singular foray to center stage during the UP elections was unremarkableÉ. He is widely viewed as an empty suit and will have to prove wrong those who dismiss him as a lightweight.” Just 20 months later, on May 27, 2009, however, the US Embassy was singing an entirely different tune, praising Gandhi as a “practiced politician” who was Òcomfortable with the nuts and bolts of party organization and vote counting” and a Òcredible candidate for prime minister.”Indeed, Peter Burleigh, the U.S. charges d’affaires, wrote: ÒHe was precise and articulate and demonstrated a mastery that belied the image some have of Gandhi as a dilettante.” He might have ascribed the mistaken image to the U.S. ambassador as well, who, after all, had expressed precisely that view. That may well have been imprudent for a charges d’affaires, but then the embassy cables are notable for their undiplomatic, occasionally even tactless, journalistic-style narrative, replete with titillating headlines and subheads, such as the ones on Rahul Gandhi: “The Son Also Rises,” “Here Comes the Son,” “Rites of Passage,” “Grooming the Heir,” “Changing of the Guard,” “Youth Quake,” “Young Man in a Hurry,” etc.DuplicityPerhaps the most revealing and underreported aspects of the disclosure of the embassy cables are the politicians, policy makers and businessmen who shared their duplicitous, occasionally even illegal, conduct with U.S. officials – assuming that the cables represent them accurately.Considering that journalists have been known to fabricate stories and sources in their highly publicized reports, it is not outside the realm that some of the representations in the classified cables are faked, which is cause for even greater alarm for U.S. foreign policy.But if the cables are accurate, the duplicitous and cynical conduct of Indian politicians and government officials they capture is breathtaking. For instance, according to a Dec. 17, 2009, cable, the Indian government was merely posturing, but not really keen on the extradition of David Headley, the main accused in the Mumbai blast, from Chicago.U.S. ambassador Timothy J Roemer said in the cable that National Security Advisor MK Narayanan had told him that it was “difficult not to be seen making the effort,” but that the government was not really keen on Headley’s extradition “at this time.”According to another cable five days ahead of a crucial vote of confidence in the Lok Sabha over the Indo U.S. nuclear deal, Congress leader Satish Sharma’s aide Nachiketa Kapur showed a U.S. embassy employee two chests containing cash, reportedly part of Rs 50 to 60 crore fund the Congress had assembled to bribe parliamentarians to support the nuclear deal. Kapur, according to the cables, told the embassy official that four MPs belonging to Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal had been paid Rs 10 crore each to support the government.The Manmohan Singh government won the vote of confidence in the Lok Sabha with 275 MPs voting in favor of the UPA and 256 against it, perhaps in part by subverting democracy by bribing MPs, with the full knowledge and at least grudging approval of the U.S. government.A review of atleast the Indian cables in the Wikileaks trove of leaked diplomatic cables makes it clear that embarassment, more than national security, may be what the U.S. government is so desparate to conceal. Related Itemslast_img read more

Goa police arrest Solapur youth for stalking tourist

first_imgThe Goa Police on Sunday arrested a 19-year-old youth from Solapur for allegedly stalking and assaulting a Russian woman tourist in the North Goa coastal belt on May 15.Goa Inspector General of Police Jaspal Singh told The Hindu that the accused Ashpak Mujawar was arrested on Sunday, from Nagoa village in North Goa, where he is temporarily residing. Last week, a Russian tourist alleged that she was “stalked and slapped” by an unidentified person at Arpora village and claimed that the local police were refusing to take any action despite her complaint on the same day.The incident got the attention of the police higher-ups after the victim uploaded a video of her assault on social media, which later went viral. The victim claimed that she had turned down the offer of a lift from the accused who was on a two-wheeler, who later stalked her and then slapped her, before speeding away on his vehicle. Senior police officials later directed the local police in North Goa to call the victim and get her complaint registered. They also directed the local police to track down the accused, who was said to be missing.Superintendent of Police, North Goa, Chandan Choudhary, told The Hindu that the case was initially not communicated to police headquarters. But after it came to their notice the police station concerned was pulled up. The police station had registered a non-cognisible offence in the first place.last_img read more

Slogans allowed, but not BJP designs, says Mamata Banerjee

first_imgIn the wake of the controversy over the arrest of 10 persons who shouted ‘Jai Shri Ram’ near the convoy of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Trinamool chief on Sunday clarified that she had no problems with slogans, but had issues with the BJP’s design to mix “religion with politics”.Ms. Banerjee had sharply reacted twice over the week when a group of men shouted Jai Sri Ram standing close to her vehicle. On both occasions, Ms. Banerjee came out of the vehicle and warned the crowd shouting at her, for which the BJP leaders had severely criticised her.Ms. Banerjee said on social media that she had “no problem regarding any particular slogan” used by parties. “My party has Jai Hind, Vande Mataram [as slogans]. The Left has Inquilab Zindabad. Others have different slogans. We respect each other,” she said.However, “the BJP is using religious slogan Jai Sri Ram as their party’s slogan in a misconceived manner by mixing religion with politics,” she said. She further indicated that action would be initiated if such religious slogans were used to stir “unrest, chaos, violence” and disrupt normal life.last_img read more

H.S. Sidhu back as Punjab STF chief

first_imgIn a major administrative reshuffle, the Punjab government on Thursday transferred 26 IPS and five PPS officers in the State.Harpreet Singh Sidhu, who was posted as Special Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, has been given charge of the Special Task Force as Additional Director-General of Police. He will replace Gurpreet Kaur Deo, who will take over as ADGP (Crime). Last year, Mr. Sidhu was removed as STF chief after a reported tussle between him and the then DGP Suresh Arora.Promotion for threeThree IPS officers — Prabhod Kumar, Rohit Choudhary and Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota — have been promoted to the rank of Director-General of Police. Mr. Kumar has been posted as Special DGP and Director (Bureau of Investigation) while Mr. Chaudhary will take over as Special DGP (Policy and Rules). Mr. Sahota will be Special DGP (Armed Battalions) in Jalandhar.An official statement said ADGP (Admin) Gaurav Yadav has been given additional charge of the litigation wing. ADGP Ishwar Singh has been given charge of law and order while Jitendra Kumar Jain, ADGP (Policy and Rules), will hold additional charge of SCRB as Director.last_img read more

Elections are in Maharashtra, not J&K: Opposition

first_imgThe Opposition on Sunday said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should understand that Assembly elections have been announced in Maharashtra and not in Jammu & Kashmir.“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, along with the BJP leaders are harping about the Kashmir issue. Shah came to Mumbai to give a lecture about the decision on withdrawal of Article 370. The leaders of BJP need to be reminded that the elections are for Maharashtra and not for Kashmir. Amit Shah should go to Kashmir if he wants to talk about Article 370,” said Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant.“Maharashtra’s debts have doubled in the last five years. Farmer suicides have tripled. The number of small and medium enterprises that closed down in the State has quadrupled. Unemployment has increased ten-fold. Corruption has increased by a hundred-fold. The lies of this government have increased a thousand times. BJP leaders should talk about this,” said Mr. Sawant.Mumbai unit president of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Nawab Maik, said that the issue of Article 370 has been raised to hide BJP’s failure as a ruling party in Maharashtra. “If Prime Minister Modi gave Kashmir to India, then BJP should explain where were they running the government with Mehbooba Mufti? Amit Shah says not even a single bullet has been fired in Kashmir, but he does not tell us that the area is under curfew,” said Mr. Malik.The NCP leader said that the absolute failure of the BJP to address requirements of citizens of Maharashtra and key issues such as unemployment, farmer suicides and failure in flood management has resulted in the BJP focusing its campaign on Article 370. “This is nothing but an attempt to hide failures,” he said.last_img read more

‘Will have Congress-free Rajasthan after 2023’

first_imgNewly appointed Rajasthan BJP president Satish Poonia on Tuesday said the State will be “freed” from the Congress after 2023 and it will become an “invincible fortress” of the BJP. Targeting the Congress government, he said it has “betrayed” the people of the State in its 10-month rule. The next Assembly elections in Rajasthan are scheduled in 2023. Addressing the party workers after formally taking over the charge as the State president, Mr. Poonia exhorted them to work hard for the BJP’s “mission Congress-free Rajasthan”. He claimed that anti-incumbency has started developing against the Congress in the State as it has “failed” to deliver.last_img read more

Alex Gordon hits MLB’s record-setting 5,694th HR of season

first_imgRead Next View comments Morgan scores twice, US women beat New Zealand 5-0 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  FILE – In this Tuesday, April 18, 2017 file photo, Kansas City Royals’ Alex Gordon advances to third base on a fly out by Lorenzo Cain during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas City’s Alex Gordon hit Major League Baseball’s record 5,694th home run of 2017 on Tuesday night, Sept. 19, 2017 breaking a season record set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)TORONTO — Kansas City’s Alex Gordon broke Major League Baseball’s season home run record with 12 days to spare, hitting the 5,694th long ball of 2017 on Tuesday night.Gordon’s home run off Toronto’s Ryan Tepera broke a mark set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. The drive, which drove in the last run in the Royals’ 5-2 loss, was his eighth this season and the 159th of his 11-year big league career.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Holding the ball he hit over the right-field wall, Gordon said he didn’t plan to keep the historic memento or anything else from the game.“I’m going to give it to Cooperstown,” Gordon said. “I figured they’d probably have much more reason to have it than I do. I don’t really want to remember too much about this season, so I’ll probably just give it away and let them take care of it.”There were 5,610 homers last year, an average of 2.31 per game, and this year’s average of 2.53 entering Tuesday’s action projects to 6,139. That would be up 47 percent from 4,186 in 2014.“I don’t know what to make of it,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Guys are bigger and guys are stronger. but so are the pitchers. There sure are a lot of home runs being hit.”Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has noticed the surge in homers but doesn’t have an explanation.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “It really looks like the ball is flying,” he said.Power subsided after the start of drug testing with penalties in 2004. The home run average dropped in 2014 to its lowest level since 1992, then started rising during the second half of the 2015 season.“My biggest take on it is that players are trying to hit more home runs,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. “Their philosophy overall, a lot of these position players, is to get the ball in the air and also pull the ball and get the ball in the air and hit it as far as you can. So you’re increasing the launch angle, whatever you want to call this, stay away from the groundballs. And so they’re sacrificing a little bit more contact to do a little bit more damage.”When the previous record of 5,693 was set in 2000, Sammy Sosa led the major leagues with 50 home runs and Barry Bonds hit 49.Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton leads the major leagues with 55 home runs this year, followed by New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge with 44.Yost said he doesn’t believe more players are swinging for the fences than in years past.“You’re always looking to elevate,” Yost said. “You’re not going to make a whole lot of money hitting the ball on the ground in this league because the defenders are so quick and athletic. You’ve got to get the ball in the air, I think, if you’re going to be successful.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “A pretty cool thing to be a part of,” Gordon said. “I didn’t hit many this year, but I guess I made one count.”It was the 17th home run of the night in the major leagues and came just after Detroit’s Alex Presley tied the record when he connected at home against Oakland’s Daniel Gossett.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 shutoutGordon said he heard talk of the record on a clubhouse television after Toronto’s Darwin Barney homered in the sixth.“I was kind of aware that we were getting close to it,” he said. “After I walked back to the dugout. I kind of forgot about it.” Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending 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 Gameslast_img read more

Loss to Pirates only motivates Red Lions

first_imgMOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Mocon fired 14 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists to help the Red Lions’ cause, but he’s especially glad with how his other teammates stepped up despite the loss.“On the bright side, we had lots of players who stepped up for us,” he said, giving special mentions to Donald Tankoua, Clint Doliguez, and Franz Abuda.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 shutoutTankoua fired a career-best 34 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks, Doliguez had 13 markers and five boards, while Abuda got eight points and six rebounds as all three saw significant minutes in the clutch.Despite losing the twice-to-beat advantage as they figure in the stepladder semis, the Red Lions are using the setback as a fuel to make it to the Finals and meet the Pirates again. Read Next View comments San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:37Protesters 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJavee Mocon is sticking to the positives in the aftermath of San Beda’s 107-105 double overtime defeat to Lyceum on Thursday.“We’ve proven that we could win against them. We had so many chances but we also had so many turnovers and we just couldn’t grab the opportunity,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Westbrook has triple-double, new-look Thunder rout Knicks Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “Every time we lose, we’re so sad in our locker room. We rarely lose and that’s the reason we feel bad. We’re just going to improve and get back to work especially on our defense. We follow the game plan of coach Boyet regardless of who out opponent is,” he said. “Everybody wants to get back on track and everybody now has the motivation to beat LPU.” For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Nuggets beat Kings without coach and 2 starters

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice LATEST STORIES Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton (5) drives around Sacramento Kings guard Garrett Temple (17) and Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph (50) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Will Barton didn’t know Mike Malone was suspended by the NBA until the Denver Nuggets coach informed him as Barton got on the team bus to head to the arena.“I thought he was joking,” Barton said. “I told him we’d hold it down for him.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malone served a one-game NBA suspension for making contact with a referee in Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Denver also was missing Millsap, who sprained his left wrist against the Lakers, and Chandler (lower back pain).After a sluggish first half, Denver pulled away in the third quarter following a 19-7 run late in the third quarter sparked by the long-distance shooting of Barton and Lyles. The Nuggets shot 15 of 32 beyond the arc and led by as many as 22 in the final period.“That third quarter we were real patient and sound, ran our sets and got going,” Barton said. “Anytime you’re missing two starters, impact guys like that, it’s going to take a while.”Nikola Jokic added 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Gary Harris scored 20 for the Nuggets.George Hill and Kosta Koufos scored 16 points apiece to lead six players in double figures for Sacramento. The Kings, who had won their three previous home games against the Thunder, 76ers and Trail Blazers, have lost five of six overall.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kings: Host the Lakers on Wednesday. The teams split the season series in 2016-17. “Athletically, (the Nuggets) go and get balls and jumped over the top of us and did some of those kind of things,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “We’ve got to be more physical. We were a step slow in the second half.”BARTON COMES UP BIGBarton shot 9 of 15 and made a season-high five 3-pointers on six attempts from beyond the arc. “He wasn’t an aggressive scorer but he was a playmaker for us,” Unseld said. “Down the stretch he controlled the game.”WHAT WENT WRONGJoerger thought his team played hard throughout the game but rookie guard De’Aaron Fox wasn’t so sure. Asked if the Kings let up in the second half when the Nuggets got on their roll, Fox said: “It felt that way. But it’s happened before, we’ve got back before. It’s just something if we go down, we’ve got to pick it up even more. You have to pick up your effort when things are going south.”TIP-INSNuggets: With Millsap and Chandler out, Unseld went to a three-guard lineup but the offense sputtered in the first half with 11 turnovers. Denver did a much better job after the break and pulled away. . The Nuggets dominated the offensive rebounding (14-5) and converted that into a 19-6 advantage in second-chance points.Kings: Zach Randolph had 12 points and six rebounds in his third consecutive start at center. … Buddy Hield missed his second straight game with a sore right ankle.UP NEXTNuggets: Play at Houston on Wednesday. The Rockets have won four straight against Denver. View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Read Next Minus their coach and two starters, the short-handed Nuggets did just that — and only 24 hours after losing by 21 points to begin their three-game road trip.Barton and Trey Lyles made two 3-pointers apiece during a big run in the third quarter, and Denver pulled away to beat the Sacramento Kings 114-98 on Monday night.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 shutoutBarton finished with 25 points, six rebounds and five assists in his third start this season for Denver, which also was without injured starters Paul Millsap and Wilson Chandler.“Given the circumstances, I’ll take it,” said Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr., who coached the team while Malone stayed back at the team hotel. “The minute (we) got in here from the team bus they knew it was a task at hand. We were under adverse circumstances and had no other option than to pull it together.” Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Pelicans rally after Cousins ejection, beat Thunder Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

Tanduay tabs solo 3rd; Marinero stuns Racal

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marinero trailed by 10 points with 3:07 left but answered back with a commanding 11-0 run, including two big triples from Joseph Marata and a three-point play from Iñigo.Iñigo led Marinero with 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds. —WITH CARLO ANOLIN AND KRISTOFER PURNELLSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A more confident Von Tambeling showed up as Tanduay crushed Batangas, 111-86, to move to solo third place in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View comments LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Urdaneta leg kicks off Milo 42k series Tambeling scattered 28 points, five rebounds and three steals, while Lester Alvarez added 20 points, six boards, and six assists as the duo captained the Rhum Masters’ third quarter breakaway.“[Coach] said he got me for my scoring and for my effort, so I had to do my part,” said Tambeling, who was once an upstart guard for Letran.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“We know the implications and the impact of this game to the standings,” said coach Lawrence Chongson as Tanduay improved to a 5-2 record.In the second game, Jeffrey Javillonar found Achie Iñigo inside the paint for the go-ahead basket with 44.2 ticks left as Marinerong Pilipino slipped past Racal Motors, 72-71. 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 Gameslast_img read more

LOOK: Mayweather says he’ll party all week leading to McGregor fight

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ With such an extended period of time away from professional competition, many thought the seasoned boxer would require a stricter training camp to make up for his long absence. Celebrity 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 Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo SEA Games: Kayla Richardson skips 100m dash, targets 200m gold Instead, the ever-brash undefeated fighter recently invited his fans on social media to party with him at his own strip club, ahead of the monumental fight.“Come hang out with me Tonight at “GIRL COLLECTION” and ask me anything you want, live & in person!” he wrote, adding he’d be at the venue on Aug. 17 until the 28th.Just to make sure there was no error there, Mayweather clarified that he was indeed praying the whole week before his next fight.“That’s right… I’m partying the entire week before my fight all the way through to next Monday following my fight ONLY at Girl Collection!!!!” his message read.His opponent, McGregor, on the other hand, hasn’t been too modest either, claiming the undefeated fighter won’t  even get past the first round. /raADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim RELATED STORY:Mayweather warns of hefty fine if McGregor kicks him in their fightSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul pic.twitter.com/NxOyccIS2A— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) August 19, 2017At 40, returning boxing pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have diminished skills, but his confidence remains as high as ever.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 openingComing off an almost two-year layoff from the sport, “Money” is making a comeback to the ring next week against Irish superstar and UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor in a crossover match for the ages at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Volleyball’s loss is judo’s gain

first_imgMOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Kiyomi Watanabe after winning the gold in judo in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Marc Reyes/INQUIRERKUALA LUMPUR—If her mother had the choice, Kiyomi Watanabe should be spiking volleyballs instead of hurling opponents to the mat.But Irene Watanabe, who used to play volleyball, said her daughter would secretly train in judo in school. She ended up becoming MVP and things were never the same again.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side SPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“This is the first time her father was watching, he also didn’t approve of her playing judo at first,” bared Irene.On Saturday evening, both parents were cheering for her at the sideline as she pinned down Orapin Senatham for the gold. She also beat the Thai for the gold two years ago. Bond grows stronger for tight-knit PH poomsae team Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Born in Cebu City and raised in a town near Mt. Fuji in Japan, Kiyomi is the third in a brood of five. Irene is married to Japanese Sinero Watanabe.The family transferred to Japan when Kiyomi was 10.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo READ: Watanabe outclasses foes on her way to SEA Games gold“She doesn’t want me giving interviews during her matches,” said Irene. “She wants to keep it low key.”Irene was the opposite as she unabashedly gave pointers during the -63 kilogram final.“We can’t tell. There are many factors like the mat,” added Irene as the crowd counted for themselves to 20 seconds for the ippon win. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

UFC: Trilogy bout with Nate Diaz should happen at 155 lbs, McGregor insists

first_imgLATEST STORIES But if Diaz is indeed interested in a trilogy bout, McGregor insists that it has to be in the 155-lb. division, which the Irish superstar currently lords over.“I’m the 155-pound champion, I faced him at 170, he beat me, then I rematched him at 170, I beat him,” he was quoted as saying in a BBC News report. “Now I’m the 155-pound world champion. If he wants that fight, he must come down”.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 openingAfter fighting above his weight class for their first two matches, “The Notorious” believes it’s only natural that the third match take place under his stipulations.“That’s a fair trade. I didn’t ask for the rematch at a lower weight, I asked for the rematch at the exact same weight,” he explained. “I thought that was a fair play move on my half and then I came in and I won. So now I won that, then I won the 155-pound title after that. If he wants to fight, he’s got to make that 155-pound limit.” 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim #KicksStalker: Jordan’s second shoe gets new life Meanwhile, McGregor is expected to take some time off fighting after competing in the biggest fight of his life against undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.He also made it clear that he is open to taking another boxing match if the right fight comes along.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORIES:Olympic medalist Michael Phelps challenges Conor McGregor to swimming raceLOOK: McGregor congratulates Mayweather, says he has ‘strong tools’ for MMAADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UFC fighters Nate Diaz (left) and Conor McGregor. AP File photoNow that Conor McGregor’s tenure inside the boxing ring has passed, it’s time to get back to the UFC and settle some unfinished business inside the octagon.Perhaps high on the UFC Lightweight Champion’s list is a grudge match against Nate Diaz, whom he engaged in two thrilling welterweight bouts last year.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ 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 commentslast_img read more

Love is the secret to my youthfulness: Dharmendra

first_imgDharmendraHe claims to be as young as ever even at the age of 75 and Bollywood’s original ‘He-Man’ Dharmendra says the secret to his energy lies in the love people have bestowed on him.”I love people and they love me and that is the secret of my energy and youthfulness,” said the veteran actor in a brief chat here this afternoon.The superstar of yesteryears has completed fifty years in Hindi cinema having worked in over 300 films. His latest film Yamla Pagla Deewana with sons Sunny and Bobby Deol released only last month.Dharmendra , on his way to Jalandhar with the torch of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Wrestling Tournament commencing on February 10, 2011, claimed that whenever he visited Punjab, he felt as if he had come back to his mother.Having studied and worked in Phagwara for a few years before leaving for Mumbai way back in 1959, the actor went down the memory lane to talk about his roots.His father, Master Kewal Krishan, was a teacher in the local Arya school and Dharmendra addressed him as ‘Babuji’. “Main es mitti da haan te ih mainu badi pyari lagdi hai (I belong to this soil and love it too much),” said Dharmendra. He asked the Punjabi youth to take to sports for their own health and the progress of the country.Earlier, addressing a gathering in local Hargobind Nagar, Dharmendra extended his love to those younger than him – “jaffi pa ke pyar (love with a hug)” to his “hanis (those of his age)” and respect to the elders.He was also honoured by the Kapurthala District Wrestling Association. Despite tight security and a busy schedule, the veteran actor gave his blessings to two girls who were struggling in the crowd trying to reach him.advertisementlast_img read more

Patiala House: Will it be a Patiala peg for Akshay Kumar?

first_imgAkshay Kumar, the highest tax payer in Bollywood, is trying hard to retain the top slot as in the recent past none of his films have worked wonders at box-office.Now, Akshay is leaving no stone unturned to make his upcoming film Patiala House a success. From appearing on reality shows to giving 5-minute appearances in local shopping malls, Akshay is doing everything to make Patiala House a hit.As per the promotion strategy, Akshay along with the star cast of Patiala House is reaching out to the mass audience. The film is being heavily promoted in North especially Punjab and Haryana. Even the premiere of the film is being held in Patiala.Akshay Kumar reinvented himself and became a comedy-action hero by delivering hits like Hera Pheri, Namastey London, Heyy Babyy and Bhool Bhulaiyaa and Singh Is Kinng.But his charm couldn’t work for long. Just after Singh Is Kinng, Akshay did Chandni Chowk to China with Warner Brothers in 2009. The film also starred Deepika Padukone. Somehow the film didn’t get the affection of viewers.After Chandni Chowk to China, back to back films like 8 x 10 Tasveer, Kambakkht Ishq, Blue and Priyadarshan’s De Dana Dan failed on Box-Office in 2009. Even his hot chemistry with Katrina couldn’t do much for De Dana Dan.In 2010, Akshay appeared in Sajid Khan’s multi-starrer Housefull that according to reports garnered the second-highest opening weekend collection of all time.Akshay was also seen in Priyadarshan’s Khatta Meetha, which turned out to be an average grosser. His much-hyped film with Aishwarya Rai Action Replay was a box-office dud.advertisementNow, it is to be seen if Akshay succeeds in making Patiala House a commercial hit. We wish him luck!last_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka: Film stars now head to Wankhede to cheer for Team India

first_imgAs the formidable Men in Blue look to end the 28-year World Cup drought, their fans in Bollywood are also ensuring that they are there to cheer the team as it takes on the unpredictable Sri Lankans at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.While most of the commoners have been striving to secure a ticket for the finals to fulfil their dreams to witness the clash of titans, some Bollywood A-listers have already got their seats booked in the stadium.Superstar Aamir Khan and wife Kiran Rao, who were seen cheering Team India against archrivals Pakistan in Mohali, would be there for the finals too.Actor Lara Dutta would also stand by the Indian cricket team along with her friends. A true cricket fan, she has committed to be there for the match instead of supporting her newly married husband, tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi, who is playing in Miami.Dino Morea, who was in the midst of his Pakistani fans in Mohali during the Indo-Pak clash, is now heading towards Wankhede trailing Dhoni and his boys.Actor Suniel Shetty, along with wife Mana and son, actress Minissha Lamba and Jeetendra’s actor son Tusshar Kapoor have also booked their tickets at Wankhede.last_img read more

Celtics overcome Kyrie Irving’s absence to rout Hornets

first_imgPDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war The Celtics led 98-75 after three and ran the lead up to 35 during the fourth.TIP-INSHornets: After playing 19 minutes in Monday’s win against the Knicks, PG Tony Parker sat to rest his sore right ankle. Rookie two-way G Joe Chealey was active for the first time in his NBA career. … Coach James Borrego said C Cody Zeller, out since Dec. 31 while recovering from right hand surgery, is “about a week away” from returning.Celtics: Irving, who last week earned his sixth All-Star selection in eight seasons, missed his second straight game with an injury the team believes he suffered during Saturday’s loss to Golden State. “Hopefully he’ll be available Friday (against the Knicks). If not, Sunday,” coach Brad Stevens said. Boston improved to 6-2 without Irving this season.RISING RUMORSADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) gets caught in a pick, set by Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15), as Hornets forward Nicolas Batum (5) drives to the basket during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — Jaylen Brown had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Jayson Tatum scored 20 points, and the Boston Celtics rolled over the Charlotte Hornets 126-94 on Wednesday night despite Kyrie Irving’s absence.Terry Rozier had 17 points and tied a career high with 10 assists in place of Irving, who missed his second straight game with a left hip strain.ADVERTISEMENT 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 ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Asian Cup organizers investigate shoe-throwingcenter_img US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Marcus Morris scored 15 points, Al Horford had 14 and Gordon Hayward 12 for the Celtics, who won for the seventh time in eight games.Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, center, who is sidelined with a hip strain, watches play from the bench with forward Marcus Morris, left, during the first quarter of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Kemba Walker had 21 points to lead Charlotte, well short of the 43 he scored in a 117-112 home win over Boston on Nov. 19.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 starsMalik Monk scored 16 points, Nicolas Batum added 13 and Marvin Williams 10 in Charlotte’s third loss in five games.Morris knocked down a 3-pointer from the right wing with 6:49 left in the third period to put Boston ahead 76-69 and started a 25-6 quarter-ending run. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Tatum will play for Team USA in the Rising Stars game for a second straight season during All-Star weekend in Charlotte. The 20-year-old Celtics forward isn’t as certain where he’ll play after that with the NBA’s trade deadline looming on Feb 7.“I mean, it’s good to be wanted,” Tatum said about his name popping up in trade rumors surrounding New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, whose agent publicly requested a trade Monday. “I’m not a free agent. I don’t have any control. I can control what I can control. Just go out there and play.”BEAT L.A. (AGAIN)With the Patriots set to face the Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, the Celtics were gifted Pats-themed T-shirts saying “Beat LA” from New England wide receiver Julian Edelman. The rally cry, which originates from the Celtics’ rivalry with the Lakers, was also adopted by Red Sox fans during this year’s World Series against the Dodgers.UP NEXTHornets: Begin three-game homestand Friday night versus Grizzlies.Celtics: Visit New York on Friday night before Super Bowl Sunday showdown with Thunder at home.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View commentslast_img read more

Sidharth’s weighty issue, first muscle up for Karan’s next and then lose it all for Vikramaditya’s movie

first_imgWith less than a month to go, Sidharth Malhotra has been bulking up for the shoot of his new role as a boxer in director Karan Malhotras remake of the American sports drama Warriors.In the remake, he will reprise the role of Tom Hardy. Although it is a remake, Karan Malhotra has added his own twists and turns in the movie, and has given it a Bollywood touch, much like his remake of Agneepath, which was his directorial debut.He will muscle up for Karan Malhotra’s next and then lose it all for Vikramaditya Motwane’s Bhavesh Joshi.Sidharth Malhotra reportedly has been taking rigorous training in various forms of mixed martial arts. He says, ‘Karan has told me that I need to look physically aggressive and put on weight. It’s going to be a strenuous regime.’But sadly for Sidharth, after the film shoot is over, he is required to shed all the muscle for his next film Ek Villain, where he plays the title character Bhavesh Joshi, who is a normal middle-class Mumbaikar on the exterior, but a superhero in disguise, except that his powers are not really superpowers but skills.’I’m a superhero buff, I’m biased towards Spiderman,’ he responds, admitting he is a fan of superheroes. He says, ‘a lot depends on how well Ek Villain does, if the film works, it will give me the confidence to take more risks,’ when asked if he is planning to shift away from the rom-com genre.advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup: American dream falls short after 2-1 loss to Belgium

first_imgKevin De Bruyne celebrates after Belgium’s 2-1 win over USA in the Round of 16 tie They captured the eyes and hearts of a suddenly awakened soccer nation, who gathered in unprecedented numbers to watch the world’s game.Statistical Highlights | Match Photos But the end of the ride came at the exact same point as four years ago: with an overtime loss in the World Cup’s round of 16.Kevin De Bruyne finally beat goalkeeper Tim Howard in the third minute of extra time, Romelu Lukaku scored 12 minutes later to give Belgium a two-goal lead, and the Red Devils hung on for a 2-1 victory Tuesday.”It’s heartbreaking,” Howard said. “I don’t think we could have given it more.”Before exiting, the US showed the spunk that captured America’s attention. Julian Green, at 19 the youngest player on the US roster, stuck out his right foot to volley in Michael Bradley’s pass over the defense in the 107th minute, two minutes after entering the game.They nearly tied it up in the 114th, when Clint Dempsey peeled off the ball and was stopped point-blank by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after being fed by Bradley on a free kick.But it wasn’t enough, and U.S. players fell to the field at the final whistle in their all-white uniforms like so many crumpled tissues.”You get to this point and these games are always about a play here and play there,” Bradley said.The Americans advanced from a difficult first-round group that included Germany, Portugal and Ghana to reach the knockout rounds of consecutive World Cups for the first time. Four years ago, they were eliminated in South Africa by Ghana 1-0 on a goal in the third minute of overtime.advertisementFans who had made the trek south of the equator chanting “I believe that we will win!” could hardly believe they lost, extending a World Cup winless streak against European nations to nine games over 12 years.The crowd of 51,227 at Arena Fonte Nova appeared to be about one third pro-U.S., with 10 percent backing the Belgians and the rest neutral. Back home, millions watched across the United States in offices, homes and public gatherings that includes a huge crowd in Chicago’s Soldier Field.At some large financial firms in Manhattan, 70-inch screens were brought in for employees to watch. President Barack Obama joined about 200 staffers in an Executive Office Building auditorium to watch the second half.”I believe!” he exclaimed as he walked in at the front of the hall. “I believe!”That sparked a chorus of the chant, and as Obama took a front-row seat, he said sheepishly: “I was worried that if I walked in and Belgium scored, I’d get in trouble.”Howard, playing the finest game of his career, stopped a dozen shots with his legs and arms to keep the Americans even through regulation and force an additional 30 minutes. He wound up with 16 saves.In its first World Cup under Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. had promised to play attacking soccer. But once again the Americans had trouble maintaining possession and for much of the night it seemed as if the field were tilted.Howard, at 35 one of the American veterans, kept saving his team.But when Matt Besler lost his balance on an attack down the right, Lukaku sped in alone and crossed in front of the goal. The ball rebounded off a defender, and De Bruyne controlled it, spun and beat Howard just over his right foot.Then with the U.S. pushing for an equalizer, De Bruyne burst ahead and fed Lukaku. He slotted the ball past Howard, his Everton teammate, seeming to put the Red Devils out of reach.But Green, among five German-Americans on the U.S. roster and a surprise pick, woke up the team and its fans with his first touch of the game, setting off raucous chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!” But there would be no final comeback this time.Chris Wondolowski had a chance to win it in stoppage time when Jermaine Jones flicked the ball to him at the top of the 6-yard box, but with Courtois coming out Wondolowski put the ball over the crossbar.”The dream falls short, but this is an incredible group,” Howard said, “and we’ll never forget this night.”Team Lineups(from):Belgium: Thibaut Courtois; Toby Alderweireld, Daniel Van Buyten, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen; Axel Witsel, Marouane Fellaini, Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens (Kevin Mirallas, 60th), Eden Hazard (Nacer Chadli, 111th); Divock Origi (Romelu Lukaku, 91st)advertisementUnited States: Tim Howard; Fabian Johnson (DeAndre Yedlin, 32nd), Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, DaMarcus Beasley, Geoff Cameron; Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Alejandro Bedoya (Julian Green, 105th, injury time), Graham Zusi (Chris Wondolowski, 72nd); Clint Dempseylast_img read more