NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK — Adam Silver expects NBA players to continue standing for the national anthem.Not only because it’s a league rule, but because they are aware of what it means in what the commissioner believes is a divided America.“Many of our players have spoken out already about their plan to stand for the anthem,” Silver said Thursday. “And I think they understand how divisive an issue it is in our society right now.”ADVERTISEMENT Gervacio mends fences with Suzara as she returns to Foton in PSL Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH He spoke following the NBA’s Board of Governors meetings, during which owners passed rules designed to prevent healthy players from sitting out games, and teams from losing games on purpose to improve their draft position.Under the new draft lottery rules, the teams with the three worst records will all have 14 percent odds to land the No. 1 pick when the changes are implemented with the 2019 draft.The team with the worst record previously had 25 percent odds to win the lottery and could fall to the No. 4 spot in the draft. Now that team call tumble all the way to fifth.The lottery changes were to discourage tanking, the practice of losing games on purpose in an effort to improve draft odds. The Philadelphia 76ers relied on the tactic heavily in recent years and the league felt it needed to step in and urge teams to always be competitive.Silver felt teams had even begun feeling pressure to use the strategy of fielding poor squads and building through the draft.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PLAY LIST 02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Silver said the playing of the national anthem has always been a time for respect and reflection — even in a league where 25 percent of the players are not American — and recalled that many teams locked arms last season.He wants them to continue showing unity during the anthem — but to do it while standing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s been a rule as long as I’ve been involved with the league, and my expectation is that our players will continue to stand for the anthem,” he said.Silver didn’t say what would happen if any players refuse to stand, adding: “If that were to happen, we’ll deal with it when it happens.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “I felt it was corrosive to this league,” he said.The second-worst team has a 19.9 percent to win the lottery and the third seed a 15.6 percent chance under the current format that will remain through next June’s draft.The board voted to allow Silver to fine teams who violate the league’s new guidelines about resting players. Teams can’t sit healthy players for high-profile, nationally televised games, and fines for violating that can be for at least $100,000.The rules also say that unless there are unusual circumstances, teams should not rest multiple healthy players for the same game or rest healthy players when playing on the road.The league office had long resisted getting involved in coaches’ decisions about resting players. But with its national TV partners paying the league billions, Silver felt he had to act after LeBron James and stars from the Golden State Warriors sat out nationally televised games last season.“It’s not a position we want the league to be in,” Silver said. “It ultimately is my hope that the rules go in the drawer and that teams step up here and see that there is a larger obligation to our fans, to the basketball community.”The board also talked about current events, meeting less than a week after President Donald Trump opted against inviting the Warriors to the White House after All-Star Stephen Curry said he didn’t want to go.Trump had criticized NFL players for their anthem protests in a speech the night before, and hundreds responded in games Sunday and Monday by kneeling during the anthem.Silver thinks NBA players have other opportunities, either by continuing their community service efforts or through the media, to make their voices heard.“I’m hoping once again that this league can play a constructive role there,” Silver said. 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Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ The players were ranked based on the following criteria: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, defense, offense, and level of competition.The top 24 players still on the board for the power rankings in early March will be picked to play in the SM-National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) High School All-Star Game later that month at Mall of Asia Arena. Read Next LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting One of the week four’s biggest movers was Chiang Kai Shek guard John Galinato, who steered the Blue Dragons to the MMBL crown over San Beda to propel himself to the 12th spot.CESAFI standouts Beirn Laurente of University of Visayas also moved into the top 20, while Alex Visser of Sacred Heart High School made his debut as this week’s newest entry.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHere is the list for the fourth week of Chooks-to-Go NBTC 24, with last week’s rank in the parenthesis:Kai Sotto, center, Ateneo (1)SJ Belangel, guard, Ateneo (2)Joel Cagulangan, guard, La Salle Greenhills (3)Will Gozum, center, Mapua (4)L-Jay Gonzales, guard, FEU-Diliman (5)Rhayyan Amsali, forward, NU (6)Dave Ildefonso, forward, Ateneo (8)RJ Abarrientos, guard, FEU-Diliman (9)CJ Cansino, forward, UST (7)Aaron Fermin, center, Arellano (12)Clint Escamis, guard, Mapua (10)John Galinato, guard, Chiang Kai Shek (15)Inand Fornilos, forward, CSB-LSGH (13)Warren Bonifacio, center, Mapua (16)Evan Nelle, guard, San Beda (14)Terrence Fortea, guard, NU (11)Joem Sabandal, guard, Adamson (22)Raven Cortez, center, La Salle Zobel (18)Joaqui Manuel, forward, Ateneo (17)Beirn Laurente, guard, UV (23)Alex Visser, forward, SHS-Ateneo de Cebu (N/A)Mac Guadaña, guard, Lyceum (19)Harvey Pagsanjan, guard, Hope Christian (20)Maui Cruz, guard, EAC (21)Every week, a panel of coaches, sportswriters, and a statistician converge to come up with the weekly rankings to determine the top 24 high school players in the UAAP, CESAFI-NBTC, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments, together with the recently concluded NCAA competition. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKai Sotto kept his stronghold of the pole position in this week’s Chooks-to-Go/National Basketball Training Center 24 power rankings even as the top six kept their places.SJ Belangel of Ateneo was still the top point guard in the country over Joel Cagulangan of La Salle Greenhills, while UP commit Will Gozum of Mapua, L-Jay Gonzales of FEU, and Rhayyan Amsali of NU maintained their position in the top half of the rankings.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers D-League: Ebondo’s 28 steers CEU to 2nd win Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES He is 19.25 seconds behind leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who had a time of 1:08.27.Only 85 of the 105 competitors were able to finish the course in their first run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMiller can improve his total time in Run 2, scheduled at 12:45 p.m. Book it: Devin Booker hits 28 to win 3-point contest Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Philippines’ Asa Miller competes in the Men’s Giant Slalom at the Jeongseon Alpine Center during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Dimitar DILKOFFAsa Miller finished 81st in his first run in the men’s giant slalom event in alpine skiing Sunday in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter OIympics at Yongpyong Alpine Centre.Entering the course 104th, the Fil-Am alpine skier had a slight slip early in his run in the course but was still able to gather himself and finish the track with a time of 1:27.52.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ View comments
The International Cricket Council has sent an official notice to Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal telling him that he is under investigation for allegedly fixing the Sydney Test.”Only months after clearing the Pakistan team of any wrongdoing in relation to the controversial Test, the ICC has written to Kamran to advise him he is now in their crosshairs for the Sydney debacle,” a report in the ‘Courier Mail’ said.Kamran had dropped four catches in the Sydney Test where Australia won the match from a losing position, rasing doubts of match-fixing. The ICC then investigated the matter and gave a clean chit to him.However, the world governing body was left red-faced after Pakistan opener Yasir Hameed reportedly claimed that the SCG Test was rigged and players involved in the corruption had pocketed USD 3 million for the staged loss.”ICC investigators have re-opened the SCG case and fingered Kamran as their primary suspect. But investigations aren’t moving at a fast pace, with the NSW Fraud Squad yesterday revealing they had received no contact from Scotland Yard detectives or the ICC,” the report said.Even as the investigators probe the SCG Test, Australian wicketkeeping great Ian Healy said Kamran could not have dropped those catches deliberately.”You couldn’t drop those on purpose the way he was,” he said.
Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi, who has been under fire for the shoddy preparations for the event, surfaced on Thursday and claimed that all the chef de missions were happy with the Games Village. Speaking to reporters at the Delhi airport, where he had gone to receive Commonwealth Games Federation president Mike Fennell, Kalmadi skirted the controversy around delays at the Games Village and the complaints of unhygienic conditions. He said the Indian contingent would move into the Games Village on Thursday while the international contingents would be arriving on Friday. Kalmadi also informed that Fennell would be visiting the Games Village on Friday.
The Group of Ministers (GoM) looking into corruption allegations related to the Commonwealth Games (CWG) is meeting on Monday. The GoM is being headed by Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy. The meeting will be attended among others by CWG Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi. The meeting will seek to fix accountability for the irregularities committed by agencies involved in the CWG projects. The GoM will also look into the work allocated to various government agencies and find out where they failed. It will recommend extending the deputation of some of the senior officers currently attached to the CWG Organising Committee. The decision to extend the deputation of the officers has been taken to ensure proper documentation of the purchases and payments made by the Organising Committee.
Delhi Daredevils’ difficulties continue to mount and with just a couple of wins under their belt at the half-way stage of the Indian Premier League, they have their task cut out.After four consecutive matches at home, in which they won just once, the Daredevils will have to find the winning habit away from the Kotla, starting with the match against the Kochi Tuskers Kerala at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Saturday.The lively pitch at this venue witnessed a dramatic batting collapse of the home team in its last outing.Batting has been a major cause of concern for both teams but Delhi certainly have more to think about as both their wins have had a lot to do with the opening partnership of captain Virender Sehwag and David Warner firing at the top.Warner has been in decent form and so has Venugopal Rao, but apart from them, none of the other batsmen have done much for the team’s cause.The fact that their bowlers too haven’t been too impressive compounds the misery.After seven matches, Daredevils are yet to find a bowling combination which they can rely on and continue for some time at least.It is for this reason that the Delhi think- tank continues to make changes in their pace attack for every match with their South African recruit Morne Morkel the only one who has consistently looked good so far.The bowling performance in the last match would surely give Irfan Pathan some confidence and he looked good with the movement he extracted from the Kotla track against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday.advertisementThe track at the Nehru Stadium will give him more encouragement as it looked like a bowling paradise when Kochi Tuskers were shot out for a mere 74 by Deccan Chargers in their last match.But that could be a double- edged sword as Kochi have a pace attack that boasts of bowlers like RP Singh, Sreesanth and R Vinay Kumar, all of whom are capable enough to exploit the conditions.Delhi’s performance in the first half of the tournament has exposed their weaknesses which outnumber their strengths by a huge margin.Except for Sehwag and Warner, they allowed their other top players to join other franchisees for which the Daredevils have had to pay heavily this season.The fact that they have been playing almost non- stop for the last one week would not have given them much time to iron out their flaws. In fact, Delhi will be playing its fourth match in eight days on Saturday.Against Kochi, however, Delhi can fancy their chances as the Tuskers too haven’t found a strong footing and have three wins from seven games. But the new entrants have shot down three of the most high- profile teams of the tournament.Their three victories have come against Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings, three of the more fancied sides in the competition.Both sides have strong opening pairs who are capable of changing the course of the match.While Sehwag and Warner form one of the most feared opening combinations, Kochi have Brendon McCullum and captain Mahela Jayawardene at the top.Delhi certainly need a victory on Saturday or else they will be left far behind in the race for a place in the knock- out stages.
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Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday flayed poor umpiring in the first Test against the West Indies after beating them by 63 runs at Sabina Park in Jamaica.Dhoni said, “The match would have ended even earlier had correct decisions been made and we would have been in the hotel much earlier.”As many as three Indian batsmen — Dhoni (16), Virat Kohli (15) and Suresh Raina (27) — fell to dubious decisions which could have gone the visitors’ way.Kohli was the first one to be declared out following a debatable decision by English umpire Ian Gould in India’s second innings. Then Raina was given out off Devendra Bishoo while attempting a sweep shot. However replays showed there was no glove or bat involved. Dhoni was also unlucky as he fell to a no ball delivery.These umpiring decisions might open the debate over the use of umpire decision review system (UDRS) again, which the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has opposed.The BCCI has been opposing the UDRS and has refused its usage in the upcoming Test series in England.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has approved a new set of standards for the automobile industry and car manufacturers, to ensure that every car delivers more per drop of fuel.If what the proposed standards claim translates into reality, the fuel efficiency of your car would improve by 20 to 25 per cent, particularly in the “lighter weight category”. In a country obsessed with mileage, the norms promise high savings for car buyers.Once they are implemented, fuel saving, both in terms of quantity and money, would be humongous.The proposed standards are expected to help the country save (in cars) about 3 million metric tons of oil equivalent per year by 2015; 11 million metric tons in 2025 and 20 million metric tons by 2030.Convert this fuel saving into money – India can save $ 2.5 billion per year (Rs 13,835 crore) in 2015; $ 9 billion per year (Rs 49,806 crore) in 2025 and $ 16 billion per year (Rs 88,544 crore) in 2030.New guidelines for fuel efficiencyClick here to EnlargeA top government officer said: “It would be mandatory for the automobile industry and manufacturers to ensure stipulated fuel efficiency mark as per the weight and design categories framed under the new standards. The move would push the fuel efficiency of the vehicles by 20- 25 per cent, but that would be made possible in two phases – 2015 and by 2020.”For buyers fuel efficiency would be graded in stars.A senior road and transport ministry official said: “The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (which is authorised to notify the standards) has proposed to do a star- based labelling reflecting the efficiency levels, similar to power- saving electronic gadgets. Under this, car models will be ranked according to one to five stars based on their fuel efficiency. This is expected to influence the consumers’ choice.”advertisementThe top 10 car manufacturers, with combined sales of over 96 per cent of the Indian market, have an average fuel efficiency of 16.42 km per litre at present.This average is calculated on the basis of the mileage claimed by the manufactures for all categories of cars, small and big, rolled out by them annually. By 2015, the average is targeted to go up to 18.15 km per litre. By 2020, this is proposed to improve to 20.79 km per litre.The new standards are being set as Corporate Average Fuel Consumption (CAFC) standards.This means the fuel targets will be different for different weight categories of cars. In all, eight different weight categories have been proposed.The final target for each manufacturer and the industry as a whole would be calculated on the basis of the average fuel economy of all the cars sold by them.”At present, Indian cars on an average are consuming about 6 litres per 100 km. The current official proposal for the standard is to improve this to 5.1 litres per 100 km by 2020, almost a litre less per 100 km. In smaller weight categories, the margin would be bigger,” Anumita Roychowdhury, associate director, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), said.But the road ahead is not as smooth. The automobile industry and manufacturers are not too positive about delivering on the proposed standards.They claim “the targets are too unrealistic to achieve and achieving higher fuel efficiency would be a trade- off with cost and safety”.Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), an apex body of the industry, is in no mood to oblige. “No way it can be done? the government should not push us to achieve unrealistic targets as we won’t be able to deliver on the proposed standards,” SIAM director general Vishnu Mathur said.Instead of the 20.79 km/ litre, the car industry is aiming to improve to about 18.7 km/ litre by 2020, a target set for 2015.”It would require a lot of investments in research and development (R&D) and in that the Indian companies would not be able to compete with the foreign car manufacturers, say from Europe and Japan. They have huge investment scale for R&D, unlike the Indian market,” said Mathur.The new standards await notification from the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). Subsequently, it would be the sole responsibility of the road and transport ministry to execute the notified standards.What it meansIt is learnt that the PMO has sent the standards to BEE, asking it to build a consensus among the stakeholders, including the ministry of heavy industries and the automobile sector, and subsequently forward it to road and transport ministry for final execution.The campaign to bring in the fuel standards in India on a par with the European Union has been hanging fire for three years.advertisementThe CSE has been at the forefront of this campaign, pursuing it with the ministries concerned and the automobile industry to bring in the standards in the research and design sectors of the various car models.”This is needed at a time when fuel prices are soaring, oil imports are increasing and the Indian economy is reeling under crippling prices of oil imports,” Roychowdhury said.But even by these standards, if achieved, India would stand at the bottom of top car manufacturing hubs. The European Union will lead, followed by Japan in achieving higher fuel efficiency levels.Toyota’s Sandeep Singh said: “We are aware of the guidelines and the industry is in talks with SIAM and the government to arrive at the best possible option to improve fuel efficiency.” According to Mathur, targeting too high efficiency levels would also be a trade-off with cost and safety.”The higher you aim to achieve the efficiency, the lighter the vehicle has to be, asking the industry to go in for changes in spares and body shield. It can be changed from aluminum to magnesium? more plastics can be used. But that involves huge cost,” he said.Most importantly, the car cost would escalate, says a senior industry representative. “It would also bring in the pressure for tighter regulations and routine monitoring from the government.Do we have the capacity at a time when we still miss out on facilities for safety and crash tests,” he asked.If proposed norms for fuel efficiency in cars are followed, Indians could save Rs 88,544 crore per year on fuel in 2030.