NBA : James Leads Cavaliers To Victory Over Bucks
- LOS ANGELES : LeBron James shrugged off his recent illness to post 24 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers outlasted the Milwaukee Bucks 102-95 on Monday. Reigning NBA finals MVP James added 10 rebounds and six assists as Cleveland bounced back from Saturday's defeat to Chicago to cement their place at the top of the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers improved to 41-17 with the win as Cleveland completed a strong February which saw them compile a 9-2 record over the month. Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said James' return had been pivotal. The Cavs are 0-4 on nights James has not featured this season. "What would anybody's team be without their best player," said Lue. "And with him being the best player in the world, he brings so much to our team. "He's just a winner. Anybody that goes to The Finals six straight times is a winner.
- He just makes everyone better, myself included." James' meanwhile expressed satisfaction at Cleveland's February resurgence. "February is over, huh? Yeah, that (stinks)," James said. "It's been a great month for our team. We just played good basketball. We got back to Cavalier basketball and to our DNA, so it definitely helped a lot." Kyrie Irving led the scoring with 25 points and nine assists, his ninth consecutive game with at least 20 points. Derrick Williams (14) and Kyle Korver (13) also provided useful points off the bench along with Richard Jefferson who added 11. Malcolm Brogdon led the Bucks scoring with 20 points while Giannis Antetokounmpo had a poor night, making just four of 13 attempts.
- Antetokounmpo finished with only nine points, along with seven rebounds and eight assists, despite 42 points on court. Bucks offense was limited after forward Michael Beasley was helped off with what was later described as a knee sprain early in the second quarter. Beasley had earlier looked in lively form, scoring 11 points in the opening exchanges. "Tonight it was a little bit harder because they were expecting us. Especially when we don't have Beasley out there it makes it tough," Antetokounmpo said afterwards. The game was effectively settled in the mid part of the fourth quarter, when Cleveland put together an 11-0 scoring run to put clear daylight between themselves and the Bucks.
Super Fight League : Sher-E-Punjab Wins Maiden Championship
- NEW DELHI: The inaugural season of Super Fight League (SFL), the world's first mixed martial league, held over six weeks saw Sher-e-Punjab crowned as Champions with a 14-12 win over Delhi Heroes. The star studded league had in attendance support from Delhi Heroes' owner Arjun Rampal along with the Bollywood actors Arbaaz Khan, Elli Avram and Daisy Shah. Multi-talented musician Raghav Sachar mesmerized the audience with a melodious performance at the closing ceremony of SFL.
- Super Fight League enthralled audiences throughout the duration of the league with its raw combat action and unique point scoring system. The two finalists Delhi Heroes and Sher-e-Punjab showcased a thrilling encounter that was befitting of a final. Thousands of fans rallied for their favourite fighters at the ultimate match of
- Season 1. After six weeks of intense action across 8 teams and 96 fighters, winning millions of hearts, the Super Fight League has finally come to an end. The fighters stood true to the Super Fight League motto 'Never Stop Fighting', which was displayed throughout the tournament with nail biting encounters and extreme rivalries. Bill Dosanjh, CEO, Super Fight League on the culmination of the first ever MMA league said: "The inaugural season has ended on a high.
- We have seen raw talent evolve through the last 6 weeks in never seen contested bouts and new talent. The quality has been phenomenal and the level of support we have received has been overwhelming. I'm already looking forward to the next season where Super Fight League will be bigger, larger, stronger and will continue to inspire the motto 'Never Stop Fighting'." Earlier on February 24, Bengaluru Tigers beat Goa Pirates in a battle for the third place 18-10 in the presence of team owner Tiger Shroff.
India Will Soon Have Its Own Liveability Index
- NEW DELHI : You would soon know how liveable your city is. Taking a leaf out of international practice of rating cities on liveability, India is all set to introduce its own liveability index. Beginning with 100 smart cities, the liveability index would rank all Indian cities on 77 parameters including how they fare in terms of grievance redressal of citizens, pollution, availability of water and power, online citizen services, upkeep of historical buildings, increase in tourist footfalls, crime rate, extent of crimes recorded against women, children and elderly, availability of traffic surveillance system and education. The liveability index, which would be unveiled at an urban development ministry workshop on Tuesday, would chart a city's progress against various standards under four categories - institutional, social, economic and physical.
- These would in turn be divided into 15 sub-categories of standards and take the form of 15 category indexes, which will together contribute to a common City Liveability Index. These indices will be used to create a ranking framework for all cities, facilitating a competitive environment amongst cities to improve their liveability. Asenior urban development ministry official told ET, "Sub-indices will help cities to identify and improve upon particular areas of deficiency for improving their indices and comparative inter-city rankings. This competitive approach would help in improving urban infrastructure in the cities."
- Ascientific formula has been developed giving percentage weightage to the four categories of reforms. Maximum weightage (40%) would be given to physical infrastructure, which would include water, energy, waste water, solid waste, housing, open space, mobility and pollution indices. This would be followed by governance index (30%). Social index (20%) would include health index, education, identity and culture index and security index. Economic index (10%) would include unemployment rate, annual increase in number of registered offices and commercial establishments and other indices reflecting the health of city economy.
EPFO Allows Withdrawals From Pension A/C Without Aadhaar
- NEW DELHI : Retirement fund body EPFO has allowed full and final withdrawal of funds by the subscribers from their pension account without providing Aadhaar number. "All those members filing claims for withdrawal of funds from their pension account would not be required to submit Aadhaar as mandated in an earlier order of the EPFO," a senior official said. The members with less than 10 years of service can submit a full and final settlement claim through Form 10C to withdraw the amount accumulated in their pension account.
- However, the official said that the members submitting claims for fixing their pensions using Form 10D would be required to submit Aadhaar number or enrolment slips. Explaining about the reason for giving this breather to the members, the official said, "The requirement of submitting Aadhaar number under Form 10C claims led to issues in settlement of withdrawal cases. Thus, it is decided that obtaining Aadhaar should be mandatory for the time being only for pension (fixation under 10D Form) and not in withdrawal cases (under Form 10C)."
- Earlier in January, the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has made it mandatory for pensioners as well as subscribers to submit Aadhaar numbers+ for continuing the benefits under its various social security schemes. Later in January, the body had also made it mandatory for members to furnish Aadhaar number+ while submitting claims for settlement of their pension accounts under Employees' Pension Scheme 1995. Earlier this month, the EPFO had extended the deadline for submitting the Aadhaar number by its members as well as pensioners till March 31, 2017.
Mahindra Scorpio TOISA : The Gold Standard In Indian Sport Is Back
- NEW DELHI : Sport has the ability to uplift, to send spirits soaring and make one feel immensely proud about the country's success. The greater the stage, the grander the scale of competition and the tougher the opponent, to watch a sporting compatriot succeed is nothing short of spectacular. Indeed, sport - perhaps like no other field - can bring citizens together in joy and ecstasy while forgetting all trials and tribulations. United, as one, in celebration and pride. India is no different. Unfortunately, not all our sports icons get the fame and recognition that they rightly deserve. That is besides the fact that many of our incredibly talented sportspersons are forced to prepare amidst insurmountable difficulties and prejudices.
- If only we care to look beyond the glory of their achievements, we will come across countless stories of toil and sacrifice. The Mahindra Scorpio Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA) is a humble tribute to those lion hearts who have done the country proud. We held back the awards for a few months due to the Rio Olympics, but the Gold Standard in sports awards is here again, in its second edition. Come March 20, and anyone and everyone connected with sports - the sportsperson, the fans and all others - would head to Mumbai, for that is the day the best of Indian sports would be recognised. The awards this year would be the same as the previous edition, but with a few significant additions.
- We are introducing four new categories - Paralympians, Coach/Mentor, State and Team of the Year, for we felt they all play a significant role. The jury for this year's Mahindra Scorpio TOISA is chaired by former India hockey captain Zafar Iqbal and comprises India's most decorated medal winner on the world athletic stage, Anju Bobby George; Bhaichung Bhutia, the country's most-capped player with 104 international appearances; Gautam Gambhir; India's third most successful Test opener and two-time World Cup winner; and Rajesh Kalra, chief editor of Times Internet Ltd and a member of the All-India Council of Sports as well as the PM's task force on the preparations for the next three Olympics.
- It is a jury whose credibility cannot be questioned and whose stature, reputation, honesty and record would turn the exercise into the gold standard of judging Indian sport in 2016. Of course, egging them all on would be the inimitable Nadia Comeneci, the world's first perfect ten gymnast, who will be there with all as the mentor of this edition of the event. If the first edition of the awards in 2015 set a benchmark for such awards in India, the Mahindra Scorpio TOISA 2017 will surpass that.