“He’s had perfect performance as a prisoner,” LaVergne said. “I anticipate he’s going to have perfect performance as a parolee.”At the hearing, Simpson said he was “at a point in my life where all I want to do is spend time, as much time as I can, with my children and my friends.”“Believe it or not I do have some real friends,” he said.From the NFL to Hollywood Simpson was convicted in October 2008 of armed robbery, assault, kidnapping and other offenses after he and five associates — two of whom were armed — ambushed the two sports memorabilia dealers in a casino hotel room.He was sentenced to a minimum of nine years in prison and a maximum of 33 years.Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson shot to fame in the 1970s with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills after winning the prestigious Heisman Trophy — the award for the best player in American collegiate football — as a running back at the University of Southern California.He retired from football in 1979 after setting numerous rushing records and went on to become an advertising pitchman and actor (“The Towering Inferno,” “The Naked Gun”).In June 1994, Simpson’s 35-year-old ex-wife, Brown Simpson, and Goldman were found stabbed to death outside her Los Angeles home.Simpson was arrested after a low-speed car chase through Los Angeles that was broadcast live by television stations and watched by millions. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Durham ready to play in semis despite sprained ankle Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ View comments “He is getting very, very excited,” LaVergne told KTNV-TV in Las Vegas. “He’s feeling very upbeat.”Simpson was granted parole at a hearing in July and his earliest release date was set for October 1. Since that falls on a Sunday, Simpson is expected to be freed no earlier than Monday, according to his lawyer and media reports.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 shutoutSimpson was found not guilty in 1995 of the grisly murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and a male companion, Ron Goldman, in a case that transfixed the country and became known as the “Trial of the Century.”But the former National Football League running back and actor was sent to prison in 2008 for his role in an armed robbery the previous year of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas resort. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Simpson claimed at his trial that he was just seeking to recover personal items from the dealers and he repeated that explanation at his parole board hearing in July, where the four-member panel voted unanimously for his release.At that hearing Simpson initially did not express any remorse for his actions but eventually offered that he was “sorry that things turned out the way they did.”“I had no intent to commit a crime,” he said. “If I would have made a better judgment back then, none of this would have never happened.”LaVergne, Simpson’s attorney, told KTNV-TV that the former NFL star planned to relocate to Florida, play golf and be around his friends and family.LaVergne said he did not anticipate that Simpson would pose any problems.ADVERTISEMENT He was acquitted in October 1995 after a nine-month trial, a verdict that was greeted with disbelief by many Americans.Public views on the African-American athlete’s guilt or innocence divided sharply along racial lines.Simpson was subsequently found liable for the deaths in a 1997 civil suit and was ordered to pay damages totaling $33.5 million to the families of the victims.Simpson has been out of the limelight while behind bars, but fascination with his story lives on.“O.J.: Made in America,” a nearly eight-hour documentary about his murder trial, won the best documentary Oscar in February.And a television mini-series, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” starring Cuba Gooding Jr, won nine Emmy awards. FILE – In this July 20, 2017 file photo, former NFL football star O.J. Simpson attends his parole hearing at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev. Nevada’s parole board says it didn’t consider Simpson’s 1989 conviction for misdemeanor spousal abuse when it granted him parole in July because it wasn’t listed in the federal clearinghouse of FBI crime data. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool, File )Disgraced American football star O.J. Simpson, whose racially charged 1995 murder trial riveted the nation, is expected to be released from prison as early as Monday after nine years behind bars for armed robbery.Simpson, 70, plans to relocate to Florida following his release from the Lovelock Correctional Center, the medium-security prison in Nevada where he has been serving his sentence, said his lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president
FILE PHOTODefending champion La Salle gifted its head coach Aldin Ayo with a vengeful 85-62 win over University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The No. 2 Green Archers improved to 7-2 after winning their fourth game in five while the Fighting Maroons dropped to fifth with a 4-5 card.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:34UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: DLSU GREEN ARCHERS00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Desiderio, however, wasn’t as successful on the defensive end when he guarded Mbala as the MVP put up 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.Ricci Rivero added 20 points for the Green Archers.Jun Manzo led UP with 13 points, all coming in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Federer beats great rival Nadal to win Shanghai Masters Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City La Salle ended the first half on a strong note as it built a 24-point lead, 51-27, heading into the third quarter.Santi Santillan then gave the Green Archers their biggest lead at 60-32 with 6:06 still remaining in the third.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“I think we thought of revenge a little bit after we lost in the first round,” said La Salle center Ben Mbala as La Salle suffered a 98-87 loss to UP in first round. “But we just have to stick to the game plan and find out what we did wrong earlier.”After lighting up La Salle with a career-high 30 points in the first round, Paul Desiderio struggled against the defense of Mbala who limited him to seven points on 2-of13 shooting with both of his field goals coming in the first half.
Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “We were too overconfident against KIA,” he said of the 98-94 loss, which almost made the Painters the butt of league jokes after losing to the team that got blown away by its last three foes by an average of more than 35 points. “I just told my players that those things happen and asked them na huwag na maulit.”The Road Warriors, of all the teams playing, have the longest losing streak at three and, in Garcia’s view, are the favorites in the 4:30 p.m. contest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They’re a bigger team than us, and if we can’t run, we will be in trouble,” Garcia said of NLEX, which opened up with two straight wins but has tumbled ever since. “Their lineup is superior (than ours) and we’re also hoping that they have an off night.”NLEX, fresh from a 109-98 setback to tournament leader San Miguel Beer, will actually be coming off one of its worthiest performances where it pushed the powerhouse Beermen to the limit. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFour fancied squads coming off losses return to action on Friday, with one of those teams eager to get back on track after losing to the PBA Philippine Cup cellar dweller last week.“We’ve gotten over that,” Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia told the Inquirer over the phone after coming off “the best practice I’ve had with this team,” as the Elasto Painters slug it out with NLEX and their former coach at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Phoenix has one of the league’s deadliest guns in Matthew Wright and has taken a defensive mentality ever since Louie Alas took over as coach at the start of the season.The Fuel Masters are also longing to have a dominant big man with Alas saying that they are “2 to 3 blue-chip players away” from contending with the league’s elite teams. Read Next Ababa, Paez fire 68, grab Pradera lead MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:29Police 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “We need to run against their bigs,” Garcia said.Kiefer Ravena, NLEX’s super rookie, will be coming into another game where most defensive guns will be trained on him.Garcia has the tools to throw at the 6-foot Ravena, who erupted for 31 points against Magnolia and is being groomed by Yeng Guiao to be more of a team player.Barangay Ginebra, meanwhile, comes into its 7 p.m. clash with Phoenix Petroleum seeking to put an end to a two-game slide even with cornerstone Greg Slaughter listed as doubtful for the second straight game.The 7-foot Slaughter sat out a 97-83 loss to Alaska last Sunday because of a reported hamstring pull, and if he is still injured, that levels things up a bit against the Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Yun Sungbin of South Korea celebrates in the finish area after his gold medal winning run during the men’s skeleton final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Yun Sungbin left no doubt. It’s his track. It’s his gold medal.The most decisive Olympic skeleton champion ever is a 23-year-old who had no idea what he was doing on a sled a few years ago and now stands taller than anyone else in the sport.ADVERTISEMENT View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum Happy New Year, indeed. On a national holiday in Korea — the start of a lunar new year — Yun became a national hero. He is the reigning World Cup overall champion, is now the Olympic champion and his career is only just starting.“If you see the Korean guy, he has the best material,” Spain’s Ander Mirambell said. “He will win this easy.”It was the biggest victory margin in Olympic skeleton, topping 1948 when Italy’s Nino Bibbia topped Jack Heaton of the U.S. by 1.4 seconds in a six-heat race.The only drama in the final heat was who would finish second. Tregubov won that battle, edging Dom Parsons of Britain. Latvia’s Martins Dukurs, the winningest World Cup men’s skeleton racer in history, struggled in the final run and slipped to fourth.For the U.S., 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine was 11th and three-time Olympian John Daly was 16th.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Yun won in commanding fashion at the Pyeongchang Games on Friday, his four-run time of 3 minutes, 20.55 seconds easily coming in 1.63 seconds ahead of silver medalist Nikita Tregubov of Russia. Most skeleton races are decided by tenths or hundreths of a second, but Yun was dominant from start to finish — the fastest slider, in every way, in every heat.He stepped onto the award podium shortly after finishing, arms skyward as thousands of his fellow South Koreans roared. They showed up early on a bright morning in the Taebaek Mountains, fully expecting to see the sort of dominance he himself envisioned when taking thousands of training runs on the track that was built for these Olympics, the track he knows better than anyone else in sliding.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Yun! Sung! Bin!” they chanted, over and over. “Yun! Sung! Bin!”Yun delivered. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Sweet Distraction? North Korea’s feminine touch at Olympics
The North’s performers — a 140-member orchestra with vocalists and dancers, an all-female 229-member cheering squad and a demonstration taekwondo team — have been a major attraction at and around the Games. That’s both because their presence itself is seen as a sign of eased tensions after a very rough year and because of the exotic appeal they have due to the general isolation of their country.The cheerleaders have been an especially big hit and an unmistakable part of every event they have attended — though their cheers usually have little connection to the action on the ice or snow.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt may seem odd or even self-defeating for the South to pay Pyongyang to send delegations that are heavy on propaganda vehicles like cheering squads or artistic troupes and light on athletes. In recent years, though, it has become something of a given.The North has sent big delegations similar to the one now stealing the off-competition spotlight at Pyeongchang three times before.For the Asian Games in Busan in 2002, it shelled out 1.35 billion won (about $1.3 million), then 890 million won ($836,000) for a Universiade in 2003 and another 410 million ($385,000) for the Asian Games in 2014. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “The North Korean delegation’s participation in the 2018 Olympics will be an opportunity for cooperation and reconciliation between the North and South,” South Korea’s Unification Ministry said in a statement released on Wednesday that included the cost figure.The ministry said the expenditure is in line with its domestic North-South cooperation funding law, but it stressed the spending should not be considered a step back from Seoul’s global commitments.“We will continue to work closely with the international community regarding international sanctions against the North,” the statement said.The funds did not pay for a visit by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s younger sister and senior regime officials to attend the Games’ opening ceremony.During that three-day visit, Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Bieber, LeBron, other stars descend on LA for NBA showcase 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding North Korea’s Hwang Chung Gum and South Korea’s Won Yun-jong arrive during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — How much was it worth to Seoul for hundreds of North Koreans to attend the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics? Try $2.5 million.According to South Korea’s Unification Ministry, that’s the record amount the country has allotted to pay the bills of more than 400 North Koreans, only 22 of whom were athletes, at the Pyeongchang Games.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Well-rested Wangs-Letran blasts JRU, ends 2-game skid “There has been talk of me fighting ‘Chocolatito’ (Gonzalez) next. That’s a fight I want. I’d also like to fight [Sor Rungvisai],” Nietes said in an interview with BoxingScene.com after improving to 41-1-4, 23 KOs.Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KOs), who was widely considered as the top pound-for-pound fighter until he lost to Sor Rungvisai in March of last year by majority decision.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe two fought again six months later and this time, the Thai champion didn’t leave anything to chance by knocking out the hard-hitting Nicaraguan in the fourth round.Sor Rungvisai (45-4-1, 40 KOs) also kept his belt on Sunday after edging Mexican challenger Juan Francisco Estrada by majority decision in a slugfest. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View comments LATEST STORIES Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:39Ancajas willing to fight Chocolatito if given a chance01:54Nietes wants move up to super flyweight: ‘My dream fights are there’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 justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico AFP official booed out of forum Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa AFP PHOTOSDonnie Nietes, the longest reigning Filipino champion, isn’t the type of fighter who settles for a second-rate opponent.Nietes, who retained his IBF flyweight title after stopping Argentina’s Juan Carlos Reveco in the seventh round Sunday in the US, wants either former four-division champion Roman Gonzalez or WBC super flyweight titleholder Srisaket Sor Rungvisai next.ADVERTISEMENT
More often than not, it ends up as a messy broom closet. But it doesn’t need to. Here are some creative ways to use the space under the stairs. The staircase at the end of the living room has been worked into the overall decor scheme. Shelves have been installed,More often than not, it ends up as a messy broom closet. But it doesn’t need to. Here are some creative ways to use the space under the stairs.The staircase at the end of the living room has been worked into the overall decor scheme. Shelves have been installed in the space under the stairs to store books and knick knacks. Two upholstered chairs, with cushions in tones that match the stair railing, and a high table bearing a lamp create a cosy seating space.This is style at its most serious. The banister-less stairs slice through the space below till they kiss the ground. Other planks slide in horizontally to create a cross section of shelves that you can use for books, music, even wines. A word of caution: this design is not for you if you have small children or old people in the house.Make this your industrious corner. Create a cosy nook with simple shelves and a desk that you can use as a study station or a craft section, and stock supplies in drawers below the desk. You can even put in a PC if you like.Now this is truly an inspirational idea for those with a practical approach to life. Stow your fridge and washing machine below the stairs and save oodles of space.This kitchen uses the under-stair space for pullout drawers and cabinets. All you need is a counter for the stove and you’re sorted. A great idea for small kitchens.These occupants use the space for storing their outdoor gear: bags, coats, scarves and brollies. You can also stow away your sporting equipment here. Cover the space with a door if you want a neater look.We just love the way this homeowner has fit a powder room snugly into the area. Note the way the chequered tiles shimmy down the ceiling, creating a sense of drama.If you live in the colder part of the country, an electric fireplace works well under the stairs. In warmer areas, the space can be used to install a cabinet or a wall-mounted TV.advertisement
It’s revenge time for India. The unexpected defeat at the hands of Bangladesh during the 2007 World Cup is still fresh in the minds of most Indian players and avenging that loss will be on top of their must-do agenda as they clash with the co-hosts in the opening match of the World Cup in Dhaka on Saturday.That defeat was instrumental in sending India out of the tournament in the first round itself and the hurt can still be felt in the Indian camp. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni just doesn’t want to talk about it. “Never even thought about it because we don’t want to repeat what happened in 2007,” he said on the eve of the big game that millions of people are looking forward to. In several ways, the result of the day-night encounter at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium could set the tone for the 14-nation, 45-day tournament. If it turns out to be a closely fought encounter, it will be a good advertisement for the 50-over format – which some people feel is under threat from Twenty20 – and will make investors/advertisers and some others smile.Already, an anonymous punter has put a bet of 82,000 bet – the biggest ever laid on a one-day game – with a London bookmaker on India winning the World Cup. But Dhoni would again not like to think about it, otherwise it would add to the pressure on him. Bangladesh have managed to eke out only two wins in 22 matches against India in more than 22 years of bilateral ODI history, but the one they managed on March 17, 2007, was the most telling. And when Dhoni, who failed to score in that game but took three catches, goes out for the toss, his mind would surely go back to that defeat.advertisementHe may have given a new name to pressure, “added responsibility”, but he can’t just shrug it away from his mind. One consolation for India is that pacer Mashrafe Mortaza, who bagged four wickets and was man of the match in that game, is not in the team. Seven of the 11 players who lost that game are still in the Indian team and would be itching to avenge that embarrassment.Interestingly, India and Bangladesh could be in different mindsets as they returned contrasting results just before the World Cup. While India lost the five-match ODI series 2-3 in South Africa last month, Bangladesh blanked New Zealand 4-0 at home and then thrashed Zimbabwe 3-1 in December and would be high on confidence.For India, pace spearhead Zaheer Khan is suspected to be a doubtful starter due to an injury. But Dhoni was confident he would play. “Zaheer is fit as of now. I have not spoken to the physio. If there is something, I will let you know,” he said. Left-armer Zaheer bowled at the nets on Friday evening, but did not go full throttle. Maybe, Dhoni wants to preserve him for the more important matches coming ahead. Maybe, the bowler is still not 100 per cent match fit. The answers will be known on Saturday afternoon when Dhoni exchanges the team sheets with his Bangladesh counterpart Shakib Al Hasan at the toss.Dhoni said spinners could play a big role in the tournament as pitches in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka largely support slow bowlers. Bangladesh too would depend largely on spinners, who happen to be their strength, especially on home turf.The India skipper too acknowledged this. “All three Bangladesh spinners are good. They have got two good part-timers who can bowl off-spin and leg-spin. It’s a good side. In the sub-continent, they rely a lot on their spinners because here they get more assistance than anywhere else,” he said.Shakib was gung ho about Bangladesh’s prospects. “Our bowlers are in good form, the batsmen have been doing their job and our fielding has improved a lot,” he said, looking confident.”This tournament is not only about playing India. We have six league matches to play and we have to perform in all of them. If we get our basics right, we will do well.”Bangladesh will no doubt receive wholehearted support from vociferous home fans. But the experienced Indian players are not new to playing and winning in adverse conditions. And they are expected to do the same on Saturday.
Before you go gaga over the girl sporting her chic Gucci glasses, Louis Vuitton bag and kitschy Nicola Fenetti dress, there are chances that ‘the look’ might have been rented. From swanky interiors, select artworks to high-end designer labels, Mumbai is renting it all. And if that was not enough, a unique library offers to rent interactive toys and books on hire to keep your kids busy. Borrowing everything without spending a bomb is the new trend catching up in the city.Rent an artworkWho: Dilip Ghevaria, 60At: Art Intaglio, WorliWhat: Ghevaria, a businessman, deals in manufactured plastic tubes but his real passion lies with art. He has been collecting art for the last ten years. It was only two years ago that he decided to give it a more organised shape. “I had collected almost 5,000 paintings from all over the world including India,” he says. So he decided to set-up Art Intaglio, to rent out the collection and reach out to people who want to own art work but don’t spare the cash.How: The gallery offers prints of works by famous artists from MF Husain to Jehangir Sabavala. One can get the art works for nine percent of its actual cost for a period of three months and if the customer wants to keep it for longer duration, they have the option of buying it too.Rent a dressWho: Chole Vasishtha, 34At: BandraWhat: Vasishtha, an Australian fashion designer shifted base to Mumbai after marriage. Along with her came more than 2000 dresses. Her collection comprises her own label-Kloe and a set of vintagewear-that includes famous brands like Versace, D & G, Gautier and Moschino.How: Renting high-end designer brands might be a trend in New York, but Mumbai is catching up. Depending on the labels, jackets, party or casualwear can be taken on rent for Rs 3,000 to 10,000 for a night. “Vintage dresses are a rage in Australia. They are a piece of history from a celebrated designer’s collection. However, the understanding in India is still at a nascent stage,” says Vasishtha. She wants to reach out to young girls, middleaged women who want to look their best and to women who love to flaunt international designer labels. Her collection is also open for commercial purposes like ad films and Bollywood.advertisementRent a toyWho: Karishma Zaveri, 31 and Hetal Zaveri Amin, 30At: Out of the Box Toy Library, Vile ParleWhat: Bored with their regular life and dull professions, the duo decided to break the monotony. Two years ago, Zaveri and Amin, both on a sabbatical from their respective professions, teaching and interior designing, decided to do something out of the box. The girls set-up a toy library.How: This unique toy library offers international toy brands like-Orchard, Learning Resources, Kindaroo and SmartGames. Apart from cuddly soft toys and board games, the library also stocks educational toys which offer a great medium to learn and enjoy. “Parents can avail a three-month membership for Rs 1,800 which includes a refundable deposit of Rs 700 and Rs 300 admission charges. According to this plan, one can rent two toys and a book,” says Zaveri. Over 2,000 children books including picture dictionary and musical books are stocked in this library. No more cranky kids, parents can keep their children busy with these colourful books and mindful games. Zaveri claims that it’s a perfect library for parents who have children aged between one to 10 years. Instead of buying overpriced toys that would eventually wear out after the little ones grow up, they can now take it on rent.Rent a tieWho: Amar Lodaya, 26 and Lucy Mehra, 26At: AL’z Creation, Masjid Bunder.What: It was launched last year by Lodaya and Mehra, management graduates. The two were colleagues at an insurance firm and set-up this full-time business of manufacturing and renting ties. “We wanted to experience the rare combination of hard work with fun. We weren’t satisfied with the regular humdrum in the office and hence we decided to start this business,” explains Lodaya.How: They offer ties in various materials- microfiber, jacquard and silk. A set of 10 ties is available at Rs 750 for a month, with a refundable deposit of Rs 1,500. “Buying a good quality tie could cost anywhere between Rs 600 to Rs 1,200. We offer the same quality at an economical rent,” explains Lodaya.Within a year, the store has acquired a smart clientele comprising corporate employees, especially from the sales and insurance sector. Lawyers, doctors and students also hire ties on regular basis.Rent your furnitureadvertisementWho: Ashutosh Pandit, 43At: Memrito Infrastructure Management Limited, Goregaon.What: Pandit is an architect. With Memrito Infrastructure Management Limited, he aims to offer interiors on hire.How: If you are new to the city and don’t have the addresses of plush interior stores then just give seven days to Memrito. His team will furnish the whole house, including the electronics and the carpets of your choice. The whole package is available for a monthly rental of Rs 50,000 for three years, Rs 60,000 for two years and Rs 75,000 for a year. “We cater to people all over India. Our customers are generally expats. Most of them have transferable jobs and prefer to take our services,” says Pandit.
M J AkbarWhen you buy tickets to a circus you expect to see a few clowns. A clown is not a fool. It is far more difficult to make people laugh than to annoy them. A good clown must silence his ego, for he has to reduce himself to the lowest common denominator to maximise the laughs. He is a professional. But he is also, inherently, a character, or he would be just another diligent accountant, trapped within the limitations of safety-first. It is this characteristic that impels him to leap into the unexpected.Sports, it was drilled into me at boarding school, builds character. Judging by the opening bouts of the cricket World Cup, sports builds characters. Perhaps it is the panorama, the scale on which a game that began on a village green, with the pub as the sole source of entertainment, is being played. A cricket star now lives in a universe second only to the football idol, with money to match. Money has this curious propensity to travel in two directions simultaneously: it goes to your head at a much faster pace than it travels to your bank. This heady feeling is even more seductive when you are young. Talent is best nurtured in incremental steps; the happiest god is one who has reached divinity through stages. The sudden transition from obscurity to hero-worship can easily breed illusions when you are in your early twenties. You lose the difference between a tantrum and an honest expression of emotion within the hothouse of intense competition. Stardom can be contagious. Even a starlet like Billy Bowden, the pesky umpire from New Zealand, gets affected, searching for the bizarre within the fine print of cricket legislation.advertisementI was quite determined to be sceptical about the 2011 World Cup. The geopolitics of the tournament, spread across the realm of the British Raj, seemed more interesting than the game itself. You could see, for instance, how far the two wings of the Pakistan of 1947 had flown apart. Bangladesh has the worse team and the better environment. The playing fields of Pakistan are lost to those for whom war is sport, rather than the other way around; Pakistan has become, by common consent, too dangerous for recreation. The ruling planet of Pakistan is now obviously Mercury; mercury has entered the bloodstream of its players. Shoaib Akhtar might have been Shoaib Akhtar irrespective of which country he played for, but a Kamran Akmal is either above or beyond the law. I never fully understood the meaning of the phrase ‘on a wing and a prayer’ until I saw Shahid Afridi praying with soundless lips at a crucial moment during the match with Sri Lanka. Divine intervention worked that day, but the Lord surely cannot be biased, no matter how fervent the appeals to Him.The playing fields of Pakistan are lost to those for whom war is sport, rather than the other way around; Pakistan has become too dangerous for recreation.It is predictable to report that the hook returned to my cricket-hungry soul during the brilliant tie between India and England. But that was a game that exposed the weakness of two self-appointed triumphalists: neither have bowlers who can survive much daylight, and there is a lot of sunshine coming. Tidbits during commentary were amusing, but not entrancing. I was pleased to learn that Imran Khan banned hamburgers and never forgave anyone who got out to Kapil Dev. But that was not worth a wait.Epiphany came during a match whose tickets were safe even from the gluttony of the BCCI and its multiple parasites. Ireland is not going to win this World Cup, but Kevin O’Brien’s innings against England had the majesty of a rebellion against centuries of colonisation. It was the Easter Uprising all over again as Ireland resurrected from 111 for 5 to 293 for 6 by the 45th over. Ireland believed in themselves, which is always the true starting point of a sporting miracle. When they touched 300 for 6, the World Cup became a holy grail. If W.B. Yeats were alive he would have written an ode to O’Brien. When the unknown John Mooney backed away and smashed a four through cover, English captain Andrew Strauss’s stiff upper lip crumbled. Story over, although we still had to wait for Mooney to hit the winning four in the last over and raise a triumphant yell. The magic of sport lies in the triumph of the unexpected.Stiff upper lips are not quite the fashion in cricket anymore, although the game remains a preserve of the Commonwealth. There is more than cricketing skill on display, of national purpose. A post-war bounce is on parade in Sri Lanka, as it places its newest city on the world stage. Bangladesh is determined to prove that 40 years after independence, it is one of the big boys. Multi-ethnic Canada is visibly as colourful as the Commonwealth. The clowns are pickle at the feast; the main meal is wonderful cuisine. Time to share the joy.advertisementM J Akbar
Neetu ChandraNeetu Chandra, 26, the taekwondo champion from Bihar represented Maharashtra in a national All Star Basketball Championship on April 9 at Mumbai.That’s not all. She even has Vipul Shah’s Kuch Love Jaisa besides a Tamil film Aadhi Bhagavan and her debut production Deswa, a bilingual thriller drama in Bhojpuri,Neetu ChandraNeetu Chandra, 26, the taekwondo champion from Bihar represented Maharashtra in a national All Star Basketball Championship on April 9 at Mumbai.That’s not all. She even has Vipul Shah’s Kuch Love Jaisa besides a Tamil film Aadhi Bhagavan and her debut production Deswa, a bilingual thriller drama in Bhojpuri and Hindi.”Everyone in the family can watch it together, not something that can be said for most Bhojpuri films.” If you say so.
Around 30 members of Bharat Swabhiman Sanghatana and Yuwa Swambhiman Manch were detained during their protests in support of yoga guru Baba Ramdev, on Sunday.The activists held demonstrations at a couple of places and tried to burn the effigy of a central minister, police said, adding that the protesters were later released.Meanwhile, BJP leaders, led by city president Anil Sole, launched a 24-hour satyagraha here to express their solidarity with the yoga guru.Similar protests and demonstrations were reported from neighbouring districts of Wardha, Chandrapur and Bhandara, police said.- With PTI inputs
Pakistani-American LeT operative David Headley, who has confessed to his involvement in the Mumbai attacks, plans to pen a book and make a movie on his life.Headley also wants to teach the world about Islam after he is released from prison, and would like his kids to do the same. “I believe there are a lot of wrong impressions about Islam in media,” he said in a Chicago court during the recently-concluded trial of Mumbai attack co-accused Tahawwur Rana.50-year-old Headley said he had also instructed his wife Shazia to read the the Bible and Quran. The confessed terrorist, who surveyed the targets for the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people, said that he planned to write a book and make a movie about his life.Headley also said during the trial that his brother Hamza and uncle Saulat were involved with LeT militants, and helped him while he was in Pakistan. When Headley got arrested in October 2009, he told Shazia on phone to tell Hamza to change his phone number to avoid getting caught, even though he knew that the phones were being tapped by FBI.”Hamza is a government employee and I did not want him to lose his job,” Headley told prosecutor Daniel Collins during his testimony.While Headley’s two other wives went to the FBI and reported that he was engaged in terror activities, Shazia was the only one who supported him, though she had not yet been charged.Headley also posted emails on Abdalian Forum – his school Abdal Hasan Cadet College forum – and used strong language online against the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad published in Danish newspaper Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten in 2005.advertisement- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
As the annual general body meeting of the Indian cricket board draws closer, the list of aspiring candidates for some of the top posts seems to be growing longer. And contrary to belief that all the posts would be filled by consensus, elections may still take place.A virtual who’s who of the affiliated units of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suddenly got “interested” in the various posts up for grabs as N Srinivasan assumes president’s post next week.On Friday, a “crucial” meeting of all the top Board officials took place in Mumbai and the claims of the candidates are believed to have been discussed threadbare.”All the big guns met here in Mumbai and a majority of decisions are believed to have been taken. But some more discussions were likely to happen tommorrow too,” a source told Mail Today. Of all the positions available, only Rajeev Shukla, presently a vice-president from central zone, looks a certainty for the chairmanship of the Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council. The council is now reconstituted at the AGM to give more control to the BCCI, particularly the secretary, over the lucrative twenty20 tournament.A majority of the other BCCI posts – five vice-presidents, one secretary, one joint secretary, one treasurer, and the men’s and women’s national selection panels, besides various sub committees, would be re-jigged.The most coveted of posts that are vacant is that of secretary. Among the prominent names being floated around are incumbent joint secretary Sanjay Jagdale, current treasurer MP Pandove, and Orissa Cricket Association president Ranjib Biswal.advertisement”Jagdale, a former first-class player, has the advantage of a clean image while Pandove is a seasoned cricket administrator and is also non-controversial. Biswal, a former India under-19 and Orissa captain, is very close to Srinivasan and he looks to be the frontrunner as of now,” said a source “Shukla was also offered the post of secretary, but he had politely declined citing his responsibilities as minister for parliamentary affairs,” he said.”He wanted a less hectic portfolio and the chairmanship of the IPL governing council suits him fine as he would be an ideal link between the Board and the government, especially after a lot of tax-related issues with the IPL.” For the treasurer’s post, sources say, at least three people are in the fray.”Jyotiraditya Scindia, minister of state for commerce and industry and president of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, Maharashtra Cricket Association president Ajay Shirke, who’s considered to be very close to political heavyweight Sharad Pawar, and former BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah are interested parties,” they said.And for the joint secretary’s position, Anurag Thakur and Amitabh Choudhary are said to be in the race.
USA’s Dana Vollmer took the limelight in the pool at the London Olympics on Sunday as she wiped out the world record in women’s 100 metres butterfly final to claim a gold medal. Vollmer touched home in 55.98, toppling the previous world mark of 56.06 seconds set by Swedish world champion Sarah Sjostrom at the 2009 World Championships, Xinhua reported.Chinese sensation Lu Ying came from behind to take a silver at 56.87. The bronze medal went to Australian Alicia Coutts who finished 56.94.Vollmer, winner of the event at the 2011 Shanghai World Championships, was sluggish off blocks with a second lowest reaction time. But she managed to usurp the lead soon after and never looked back to touch the wall first.It is the second gold medal US took in swimming pool, following the one won by Ryan Lochte in men’s 400 metres individual medley on the opening day on Saturday.”I’m so excited and on top of the world right now. I’ve never had an individual world record and now gold medal. Everything went as I could have wanted,” said Vollmer after the race.”I didn’t feel so good in the last 50(metres). My second(swimming) cap came off, I haven’t had that happen before,” said the 25-year-old, laughing a little.”I had kind of a bad finish and that was the thing I was focusing on. I was just trying to get my hand on the wall.”Lu, bronze medalist at Shanghai Worlds, had a second reaction time off the block and was the fourth at the turn. But she launched a burst in the second 50 metres and got over rivals to finish second.advertisement”The first 15 metres I didn’t swim badly. At the end of the race I swam with all my personal willingness,” said Lu after the race.She said her performance was down to hard training, adding she still had to work harder to catch up with Vollmer.Coutts, silver medalist in Shanghai, also came from the eighth place at the turn and managed a super-fast last 50 metres.”I have got mixed emotions about the race but I am really glad to have come away with a medal as I chucked in the water with 50(metres) to go. I think I could have come away with a silver,” she said.Coutts congratulated Vollmer on her success, saying “I know she goes out really fast but I tried to stay to my race plan and not get caught up in her race plan.”Lu was the fourth Chinese swimmer to take an Olympic medal in London, following a glorious Saturday night of teammates Sun Yang, Ye Shiwen and Li Xuanxu.Sun had an emphatic win over South Korea’s defending champion Park Tae Hwan in men’s 400 metres freestyle, making himself the first Chinese male swimmer to claim an Olympic gold medal.The 16-year-old Ye shattered the world record to claim a gold in the gruelling women’s 400 metres individual medley, and compatriot Li took a bronze.
MBA in 12 monthsMelbourne Business School has sparked a change in the traditional MBA model. Students will now be able to complete their degree in just 12 months. The programme has adopted a unique ‘action learning’ framework which helps students to apply theory in real-world scenarios. “Firms confront new market,MBA in 12 monthsMelbourne Business School has sparked a change in the traditional MBA model. Students will now be able to complete their degree in just 12 months. The programme has adopted a unique ‘action learning’ framework which helps students to apply theory in real-world scenarios.”Firms confront new market conditions everyday. Our course will help teach students how to meet such challenges. A shorter course will not burden students but instead allow for a smarter way of learning quickly,” says Professor Zeger Degraeve, Dean of MBS.An alternative to TOEFL & IELTS? Emma StubbsEmma Stubbs, Senior Vice-president, Pearson Language Testing, explains why the new Pearson’s Test for English is the perfect alternative to the TOEFL and IELTS.Q. How does PTE assess language skills?A. The PTE is a three-hour assessment that measures four aspects of a candidate’s English skills-listening, reading, speaking and writing. The test was launched in 2009 in response to feedback from colleges and universities that asked for a more relevant and accurate form of English testing.Q. How many institutes recognise PTE?A. The PTE scores are currently accepted by over 3,000 colleges worldwide for admission purposes. PTE is also the preferred partner test by the Graduate Management Admission Council. It is widely accepted by Harvard University, Yale University, INSEAD Business School, London Business School and Indian Business School to name a few.Q. Why should one opt for PTE while having other options like IELTS and TOEFL?A. The benefits of PTE are two fold. Firstly the test assesses each candidate on 11 parameters, so one gets to know their precise weakness and strength. Secondly the test has been specially formatted to be a convenient alternative in the sphere of English tests. One can easily book a slot online or over the phone up to 48 hours in advance. Results are provided within five business days-half the time of other major tests. Students can then send their test reports to as many institutions as they wish. The results remain valid for up to two years.advertisementOn campusJubilee Scholarships 60 onetime scholarships worth Euro 2 million, were awarded last month by the British Council India as part of the Queen’s jubilee celebrations. September sees the winners begin their academic journey in the UK.CheckmateThe NIIT MindChampions Academy was the first to discover the corelation between chess and academic excellence. Then Vishy made a smart move.The NIIT MindChampions Academy (MCA) is a joint initiative between NIIT and Grand Master Viswanathan Anand. The main objective of this notfor-profit is to promote the game of chess amongst schoolchildren.”While chess is a part of everyday life in some parts of South India, there are still many students who would not get the chance to learn and play this game. We set up the MCA hoping to let everyone enjoy the benefits of chess. The most important of which is the role that chess plays in enhancing the logical, visual, memory, analytical and concentration skills of students,” says Anand. Today the MCA has helped over 1.5 million children in 16,600 schools across India learn the basics of playing chess. Transforming this learning into healthy competition, the organisation has also set up 15,000 tournaments in the last ten years.Any Indian school is free to integrate the MCA chess programme in their curriculum. Software training will be provided to teachers. Anand also personally pays a visit to various schools in order to motivate students to keep on playing and answer doubts.Learning through sportsMagic Bus is on the right track: working towards encouraging even more children to attend school.Over 60 per cent of children in India are school dropouts. Magic Bus, a not-for-profit organisation, has helped around 2,00,000 children re-engage with education. Their solution? Sports. The organisation operates through ‘youth mentors’ who are chosen from target slums. These mentors are then trained to conduct fun games and quizzes for children. Through interactive sports children are taught about the value of education and the many benefits of attending school on a regular basis. Magic Bus also aims to promote gender equality, access to quality health care and the social and emotional development of children.Under the Right To Play programme, the organisation has been able to establish 14 playgrounds for children from across India in the last in six years. Initially they were asked to pay rent for every playground they used but they now pay rent for only three grounds in Mumbai.The organisation is active in seven states, which include Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh. Their final aim is to reach out to 1 million children by 2015.advertisementThe inside storyWhy pore through a boring prospectus when a good book will tell you all you want to know about college life. Choose from this list of top campus reads.No Onions Nor GarlicBy Srividya NatarajanFrom TamBrahms who rewrite Shakespeare and advocate Hinduism to Canadians eager to learn about the plight of Dalits, this book provides a hilarious insight into the caste politics that exist at Chennai University.Price: Rs 299; Penguin IndiaChicken Soup For The SoulBy Indian College StudentThe book is a collection of various college experiences, narrated by a multitude of voices. Reflecting the academic journey of students from across India, each story brings to life the love, anger, pain, joy and fear that forms such an integral part of college life today.Price: Rs 199; Westland BooksBombay Rains, Bombay Girls By Anirban BoseThis book tells the story of Adi; an 18-year-old boy who suffers from an inferiority complex and comes to study medicine in Bombay. The personal challenges he has to overcome at college and work form the crux of this touching story.Price: Rs 199; Harper Collins IndiaEverything You Desire By Harshdeep JollyOver 1 lakh Indians aspire to attend the coveted IIMs every year. Jolly’s book challenges popular opinion by showcasing the many stumbling blocks and hurdles that even the best MBA students often have to overcome.Price: Rs 100; Srishti PublishersMediocre But ArrogantBy Abhijit BhadurB-schools demand much more from students than just 17-hour study sessions. Bhaduri takes us behind the scenes to show what it really takes to pursue an MBA in India. This tale of love and life at a business school is a must read.Price: Rs 195; Srishti Publishers
The sample size is just four games, but there are a lot of encouraging signs to draw from it, especially if you’re a former MVP many feel is on the down slope of a glorious career.James Yap has been tearing it up lately for Rain or Shine in the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Yap, now 36 and with seven PBA titles under his belt, said he credits this resurgence of sorts to Garcia.“As a player, when your coach tells you he’s going to cash in on you, that’s a big thing,” he said. “I have the go-signal from coach. I may miss two straight shots but he keeps me in the game and gives me a chance to break out of my slump.”Rain or Shine’s victory over San Miguel was the team’s third in four outings.ADVERTISEMENT “Coach and I talked,” Yap told the press in Filipino. “Actually he asked me to be ready this conference. When he told me that, I started conditioning my body to be ready.”Painters coach Caloy Garcia revealed that the coaching staff intended to bump up Yap’s usage, even whipping up “a system where Yap and the other players could be comfortable.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“When we changed [our] system, especially when we were in Bahrain (for tuneup games), one thing we were actually trying to implement is to bring back the game of James,” Garcia said.After four games, Yap is averaging 17.5 points per outing. He tallied 21 points as Rain or Shine whipped out a 108-98 victory over San Miguel Beer Friday night. View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES Kat Tolentino hopes to finally experience winning UAAP title before leaving Ateneo ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes 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 Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Enner Valencia celebrates after scoring his second goal for Ecuador Ecuador forward Enner Valencia scored twice in a 2-1 comeback victory over Honduras on Friday that kept his team in contention at the World Cup. Ecuador moved into second spot in Group E with a game remaining against group-leading France, which has tallied eight goals and conceded two in a pair of dominating wins.Honduras took the lead in the 31st minute with its first World Cup goal in 32 years when Carlo Costly latched onto a long ball following a misjudgment from Ecuador defender Jorge Guagua. The goal ended a 511-minute drought that stretched back to the 1982 World Cup.MATCH COMMENTARY Valencia equalized three minutes later, tapping in with his left foot from close range after Brayan Beckeles had failed to clear a cross from the right.Honduras applied more of the pressure leading up to halftime and nearly took the lead. A fierce free kick in injury time from Victor Bernardez forced a good save from Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez.Honduras got the ball in the Ecuador net seconds before the break when a Costly header rebounded off the post into the path of Jerry Bengtson, but it was disallowed – apparently for a hand ball.The second half was far less frenzied than the opening 45 minutes and Valencia’s winner came in the 65th minute when he out-jumped the Honduras defense to head home a left-sided free kick from Walter Ayovi.”A very contested match, it was very complicated to deal with the nerves because of everything in play,” Honduras coach Luis Fernando Suarez said.advertisementValencia’s goals, which take his tournament tally to three, made up for a glaring miss earlier in the match that would have given Ecuador an early lead. He blasted over the Honduras bar when through on goal.Honduras, which has never won a World Cup match, isn’t completely out of contention despite two losses but faces an uphill battle ahead of its last group game against Switzerland, which lost 5-2 to France earlier Friday.”We still have that possibility, though it is remote and we will fight for it,” Suarez said.Honduras lost 3-0 to France in its opener, and Suarez was happier with Friday’s performance.”I think we improved a lot compared with the France match, but we still fell short.”Team Line-ups(from):Ecuador: Alexander Dominguez; Juan Paredes, Jorge Guagua, Frickson Erazo; Walter Ayovi, Antonio Valencia, Cristhian Noboa, Oswaldo Minda (Carlos Gruezo, 83rd), Jefferson Montero (Gabriel Achilier, 90th, injury time); Felipe Caicedo (Edison Mendez, 82nd), Enner ValenciaHonduras: Noel Valladares; Brayan Beckeles, Victor Bernardez, Maynor Figueroa; Emilio Izaguirre (Juan Carlos Garcia, 46th), Jorge Claros, Luis Garrido (Mario Martinez, 71st), Boniek Garcia (Marvin Chavez, 82nd), Roger Espinoza; Jerry Bengtson, Carlo Costly