F1: Huge celeb turn out at Indian Grand Prix

first_imgThe razzmatazz of Formula One was in India for the first time, so it was only natural that celebrities were in attendance to add to the glamour quotient.From cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar to tennis ace Sania Mirza to Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan – they were all there in the paddock at the Buddh International Circuit, witnessing German Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull become the first winner on Indian soil.The F1-crazy Tendulkar, of course, had a special place, as he waved the chequered flag to signal the end of the race. He was accompanied by his wife Anjali and daughter Sara.Even before the start of the grand prix, Tendulkar could be seen conversing with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, and interacting with the legendary Michael Schumacher with whom he has been friends for the better part of a decade.”What an experience it was to wave the chequered flag!!! Got to keep it as well!!! :-),” Tendulkar wrote on Twitter.An excited Sania tweeted: “A day at the races.. what fun:) Sebastian Vettel won, and it was superbly organised.. great day. Delhi it is.. all the force with Sahara Force India.. woohoo.. good luck.” Shah Rukh, dressed in a white shirt and sporting a small ponytail, was also among Ecclestone’s guests on the starting grid, as was fellow Bollywood actor Gulshan Grover. Rising star Imran Khan also watched the race, as did dusky beauty Chitrangada Singh.The graceful Deepika Padukone was seen together with Force India owner Vijay Mallya’s son Sidhartha, while Preity Zinta was busy taking pictures in the pit lane before the race.advertisementRepresenting foreign cinema was legendary British actor Rowan Atkinson, who was a special guest of the McLaren team.He was shown on TV feed giving his trademark exaggerated expressions when Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton ran into each other.The cricket quotient at the circuit was enhanced by off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and opening batsman Virender Sehwag, who arrived in a Bentley and was almost mobbed by the security staff manning the circuit gates. In fact, the security supervisor had to shout at them to get them back to their job of checking vehicles!last_img read more

Test Championship 2013: Test playing nations and ESPN-STAR Sports fight over $ 50 million

first_imgThe real reason for the indefinite postponement of the Test Championship is finally out: Greed for money – $50 million, to be precise.If the Test Championship was to start in 2013, official broadcasters ESPN-STAR Sports told the International Cricket Council (ICC), it would pay $ 50 million less to the world body. But the nine Test-playing nations were not willing to let go the money, ICC principal advisor Inderjit Singh Bindra has disclosed.ESPN-STAR Sports holds the eight-year media rights of all the ICC events till 2015, having successfully bid $ 1.1 billion for the same in 2006.Asked as to why the Test Championship has been delayed, Bindra said it was due to the rigid attitude of the ICC member countries as well as ESPN- STAR Sports.ICC principal advisor Inderjit Singh Bindra.”The ICC has taken a decision at the moment that if the broadcaster wants to reduce the money there’ll be no Test Championship in 2013. If it pays the same money for the Test Championship as it pays for the Champions Trophy, which is $ 80 million, then the Championship will take place in 2013,” Bindra told Mail Today.”All depends upon ESPN-STAR Sports,” stressed the former BCCI president. “The members were not willing to take a hit of $ 50 million. All the money, after meeting the salaries that amount to about 2 per cent, is distributed among the member countries.”The championship was proposed to begin with the semifinals and final among the top four ranked Test countries in England.It is now being speculated that the much-awaited Test Championship might start in 2017, provided the broadcasters and the Test nations break the deadlock. But will it positively begin in 2017?advertisementBindra, also the president of the Punjab Cricket Association, was non-committal: “Whenever the ICC Board takes a decision.”Has ESPN-STAR Sports been receptive to the idea of the Test Championship? “No. That’s why they said they would reduce the payment to the extent of $ 50 million. The ICC members are not accepting that,” he said.”Discussions are going on at the commercial level with ESPN-STAR Sports.”In 2006, ESPN-STAR Sports, jointly owned by Walt Disney and News Corporation Ltd., won the bid to telecast all the ICC tournaments between 2007 and 2015.In addition to the $ 1.1 billion for the ICC rights, ESPN-STAR Sports also won the 10-year telecast rights for the Champions League T20 for a whopping $ 975 million. Experts feel that it would be difficult for the broadcasters to recover the invested money, and that’s why the channels are not ready to budge from their position over the Test Championship issue.’America hopeless case’Bindra also disclosed that the ICC’s bid to tap the United States, potentially the secondmost lucrative cricket market after the Indian subcontinent, has failed due to unstable administration.”It’s in a bad shape, unfortunately. I don’t hold any hope for America. I’ve given it up as a hopeless case. I normally do not give up, but nothing is going to happen in America because of bad management,” he said, looking disillusioned.”It can be the next best market after India, more than England. But we are losing on that. Till those bodies are superseded and the ICC appoints an ad-hoc committee I don’t see anything happening in the USA,” he felt.America and China have been projects close to Bindra’s heart. But with only nine months left in his four- year term with the ICC, the former IAS officer has little time left to bring stability in the US.”There are too many communities – there are Jamaicans, Trinidadians, Indians, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans – fighting with each other, fighting within and outside the communities,” he said frustratingly. “One association (is in power currently) but there’s a lot of infighting. You don’t know because every day you get e-mails, (saying) so and so has been suspended, so and so has been thrown out, and there’s no confidence against so and so.”Bindra said that the lack of consensus in thinking is causing the problems, as “the West Indian community has one opinion, some other board has another”.”ICC kept them (the US body) suspended for a number of years, but again you had to bring back that body otherwise there is litigation as they go to court in America,” he said.Bindra said the ICC reinstated the body and supervised its election – but to no avail.He is, however, happy that the game is coming up well in China. “They’re starting from the bottom in China and in America they want to start from top downwards. China is developing cricket at the grassroots level. They are bound to come up in five to seven years at the Asian level,” he said optimistically.advertisementlast_img read more

Yahoo India launches its free online video service

first_imgInternet major Yahoo on Tuesday launched a free online video service, Yahoo! Video, in association with television channels and film production houses to offer content across multiple genres including news, entertainment, lifestyle and movies.”Online video consumption is growing at a rapid pace. However, what the Indian market lacks is a safe and piracy-free destination delivering high quality and original content,” said Yahoo India managing director Arun Tadanki.”Yahoo! Video is a bold step and redefines the online video category through licensed, original and diverse content, promising an unparalleled experience to Indian users,” he added.The company has partnered with 35 leading content producers including NDTV, Star TV, Shemaroo, Headlines Today, PVR Pictures and Ultra for the service.Yahoo! Video delivers original video content, free for all internet users in India and guarantees a trusted and safe environment for publishers and content providers to host their content.It offers content acquired from original sources, spanning short and full-length movies, video capsules across news, entertainment, lifestyle and sports, providing access to an archive of thousands of videos.Yahoo! India recently launched ‘Movieplex’ – a destination where users can access licensed full-length movies for free.According to a recent ComScore report, over 30 million Indians on an average watch 58 online videos every month. – With inputs from IANSlast_img read more

Elections 2004 heads for stormy showdown

first_imgThe prime minister and the leader of Opposition are in battle gear, political parties are desperately seeking partners – Elections 2004 is heading for a stormy showdown.T.S. KRISHNAMURTHY Commissioned for Elections When Taruvai Subbayya Krishnamurthy takes over as the 13th chief election commissioner on February 7 succeeding J.M.Lyngdoh,he will be,The prime minister and the leader of Opposition are in battle gear, political parties are desperately seeking partners – Elections 2004 is heading for a stormy showdown.T.S. KRISHNAMURTHYCommissioned for ElectionsWhen Taruvai Subbayya Krishnamurthy takes over as the 13th chief election commissioner on February 7 succeeding J.M.Lyngdoh,he will be the fifth non -IAS/ICS officer to head the commission. The following day, Union Home Secretary N. Gopala swami will join as election commissioner completing the panel along with B.B. Tandon. Krishnamurthy’s forerunners in the non -IAS/ICS category include S.P. Sen Verma (1967-72), S.L. Shakdher (1977-82), R.V. Peri Shastri (1986-90) and V.S. Rama Devi (for a fortnight in November-December 1990).Appointed to the EC in January 2000, Krishnamurthy will be in office till May 2005. An IRS officer, he does not have any political leanings, though he has impressed his political bosses, including former finance minister P. Chidambaram with whom he served as additional secretary.Though CECs from the IAS have drawn attention for their work, the contribution of non -IAS CECs has not been any less; Peri Shastri helped draft rules and expand the commission. Krishnamurthy is set to maintain the tradition.- Lakshmi IyerDIGVIJAY SINGH46-Day SanyasIn the end, former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh’s promised 10-year sanyas lasted less than 10 weeks, proving him more wily than his guru Arjun Singh.Now the guru and shishya, both sporting the loser tag, will work in the CWC to remove all obstacles in their paths. Perhaps together. That should worry the charmed circle around Sonia Gandhi.advertisementBJP CHIEF MINISTERS MEETBrain trust: A.B. Vajpayee, L.K. Advani with BJP chief ministersState PowerIt has been a while since the BJP dared to publicise a meeting of its chief ministers. For, till recently, the party’s chief ministers had been a dwindling tribe. But January 21 was different.As Narendra Modi (Gujarat), Uma Bharati(Madhya Pradesh),Vasundhara Raje (Rajasthan), Manohar Parrikar, (Goa), Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh), Gegong Apang (Arunachal Pradesh) and Arjun Munda (Jharkhand) trooped in, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee may have savoured a moment of personal satisfaction. But soon enough he was drawn back into the hustle of pre-poll preparations.While number-crunching was a mandatory exercise, the focus, expectedly and unanimously, was on development in the states ahead of the polls. So the party, that recently parted ways with Mayawati, formed a new alliance with BSP-bijli, sadak and paani. Not surprisingly, at the meeting attended by Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani, party President M. Venkaiah Naidu and National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra, it was Finance Minister Jaswant Singh who returned with a bagful of wish lists.- Rajeev DeshpandeSOUTHERN DYNASTYSon riseAs parties in the south gear up for the electoral battle, four heirs of worthy political leaders are set to test political waters: DMK chief M. Karunanidhi’s son M.K. Stalin, the late Union minister Murasoli Maran’s son Dayanidhi, the late TMC chief G.K. Moopanar’s son G.K. Vaasan (Congress), and PMK leader S. Ramdoss’ son R. Anbumani. Stalin, however, is a cut above the rest, having risen to power the hard way. Jailed during the Emergency, he has won and lost polls and is not a newcomer.M.K. STALIN: Former Chennai mayor. Rose to power the hard way. In the thick of state politics both in and out of power.D. MARAN: Son of the late Murasoli Maran. CEO of Sumangali Cable Vision (SCV), the leading cable service operator in Chennai.G.K. VAASAN: Son of the late G.K. Moopanar. Heads the Tamil Nadu Congress. Lacks mass appeal, swears loyalty to Sonia Gandhi.R. ANBUMANI: Son of PMK’s S. Ramdoss. Holds no post in party, but is a key behindthe-scenes operative with a say in ticket distribution. Besides, the success of the recent DMK-Congress meetings in Delhi, where he led the outfit, indicates he is ready to step on to the national stage.On the other hand, sceptics wonder how Dayanidhi, the 37-year-old introverted businessman, will fit in the rough and tumble of politics. As for Vaasan, he emerged following the succession squabble in the TMC after Moopanar’s demise. Later, the Congress-TMC merger in 2002 catapulted him to AICC general secretary.Not many may have heard of Anbumani, but the 35-year-old MBBS graduate enjoys huge clout within the backward Vanniyar community, which forms the core strength of the PMK.Though he is lying low for the present, Anbumani may not wait too long before taking the plunge.- Arun RamKALYAN SINGHComing homeWhen BJP General Secretary Pramod Mahajan called on Rashtriya Kranti Dal leader Kalyan Singh, the meeting sparked speculation on the prodigal’s return.advertisementThe fact that neither Mahajan nor Kalyan revealed what had transpired suggests the Lodh leader’s return to the BJP may be sooner than later.POLL STATS84 Number of seats lost by the BJP by less than 10 per cent of the votes polled in 1999.201 Number of seats that the Congress was in second place out of the 298 seats won by the NDA in 1999.10.25 lakh Number of EVMs or electronic votilast_img read more

5th ODI: India take on winless Sri Lanka today

first_imgA rejuvenated Indian side will aim to complete a hat-trick of victories when it takes on Sri Lanka in the fifth match of the Commonwealth Bank Tri-Series in Adelaide on Tuesday.Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men have got a shot in the arm after beating Sri Lanka and Australia in successive matches and their debatable rotation policy has worked till now.It’s not often that one finds Sachin Tendulkar being rested despite being fit and available, but the positive aspect is the number of options available for the Indian team with talented players like Praveen Kumar and Rahul Sharma raring to go.If the rotation policy is kept in place, it could be Virender Sehwag cooling his heels in this match. Tendulkar is due to return and it could well be the day when the great man finally gets his long-pending 100th international century. It could be fitting too if Tendulkar reaches the coveted landmark in Don Bradman’s hometown.Tendulkar could open with Gambhir, the latter fresh from his Man of the Match-winning 92 against Australia on Sunday.Dhoni, too, found his bearings and lived up to his reputation as a dangerous finisher in the lower half of the middle order.R Vinay Kumar has been the unsung hero of this Indian team. The Bangalorean medium-pacer has accounted for six victims in three matches at 22.50 and an economy rate of only five runs per over.However, the Sri Lankans won’t be mere push-overs, even though haven’t been able to register a victory in their two games.advertisementOn both occasions in Perth, they had India and Australia on the ropes but couldn’t finish off the match. They allowed India to escape from 181 for six in the first match and were just one hit away from prevailing over Australia.It’s a fair bet that the old firm of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka’s best batsmen, could come good on the batting-friendly track at the Adelaide Oval.Both have been relative failures in the first two matches but have given glimpses of their sublime touch and assuredness. If the two are able to spend quality time in the middle, and Tillakaratne Dilshan is able to give a blazing start, the Lankans have enough all-rounders to post a sizeable total on the board.Sri Lanka are unlikely to make a lot of changes to their playing XI although they could look at the all-round ability of Thisara Perera at the cost of Dhammika Prasad. Sachithra Senanayeke is unlikely to be dropped, since the off-spinner could find the bounce to his liking.last_img read more

No tribute is enough for Rahul Dravid, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgIndia’s batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has said no tribute can be enough for his teammate Rahul Dravid, who is expected to announce his retirement from international cricket on Friday.”I have shared my best moments with Rahul Dravid. No tribute can be enough for him,” Tendulkar, who is four months younger to Dravid, said.Tendulkar said he will be missing Dravid, who made his international debut five years after the batting maestro donned the India jersey.”For me there’s only one Dravid. I will miss him in the dressing room and on the field,” he said.Dravid is the second highest run scorer in Test cricket after Tendulkar. They both have captained the national team and were the safest pair of hands in the slip cordon in the last decade.last_img

After super-swanky restaurant, Sachin Tendulkar to launch fast-food cafe

first_imgSachin Tendulkar food cafe- SachinsHe has earned a fortune through his exploits on the cricket pitch. He has a Ferrari for fun and a BMW for everyday use, lives in a classy apartment and the endorsements keep rolling in. Sachin Tendulkar, however, would like to boost his parallel career as,Sachin Tendulkar food cafe- SachinsHe has earned a fortune through his exploits on the cricket pitch. He has a Ferrari for fun and a BMW for everyday use, lives in a classy apartment and the endorsements keep rolling in. Sachin Tendulkar, however, would like to boost his parallel career as a restaurateur. Having launched the upscale Tendulkar’s in south Mumbai in October last year, the cricket giant and his partner Sanjay Narang are going for mass appeal. At an approximate cost of Rs 1.5 crore, the new venture is a fast- food restaurant called Sachin’s.Set in a sprawling mall still under construction in a distant suburb of Mumbai, Sachin’s is a far cry from the intimidating swank of Tendulkar’s with its minimalist Scandinavian decor, extensive use of glass and steel and steep pricing. Roughly 8,000 sq ft, Sachin’s is a casual sports cafe, which will serve Indian food, amid light wood tables, vibrant red and blue furniture, full-length crimson pillars, life-size photos of the superstar and plenty of memorabilia. There is also a “Did You Know” wallwith factoids and personal photographs. A giant billboard announcing what Tendulkar has been up to lately and a wall dedicated to showing cricket matches are all part of an effort to make the place more informal and interactive than Tendulkar’s.Brand new: The cafe will cater to the common man and showcase Tendulkar the player and the man”Unlike Tendulkar’s where you hardly get to see anything of Sachin, this place is full of things his fans can relate to,” says Narang, CEO, Mars Restaurants. Sachin’s is ready but its doors will be thrown open to the public once the mall is fully ready in June or early July and Tendulkar returns from holidaying.A vast multitude of the batsman’s fans cannot afford to dine at Tendulkar’s (a meal costs a minimum of Rs 400 per person), but Sachin’swill be accessible to all in every sense. The cuisine here will be a melange of Maharashtrian, Punjabi, south Indian and Gujarati. The dishes, handpicked by Tendulkar himself, include dal makhni, undhyu (a Gujarati speciality), pomfret masala and a variety of dosas and frankies. The average cost of a dish at Sachin’s will be Rs 60 and the most expensive dish on the menu is Konkan prawn curry at Rs 150. The menu card features a variety of cricketing shots by the batsman and each square cut or straight drive has a write-up by Tendulkar. And though Tendulkar stresses “I am not a businessman, I am just a cricketer”, he knows that with the mall expecting a footfall of around 50,000 each day, there is little that can go wrong.The 121-seater restaurant, designed by Narang’s sister Rachna, has an entrance that is very English, a spacious courtyard with picket fences, park benches and a cricket pitch. Unlike in the West, celebrity restaurants are yet to become a rage in India. Whether it is Amisha Patel’s Fireplace or Ajay Jadeja’s Senso, none of the restaurants has gone down too well with discerning palates. But Narang and Tendulkar may just get it right the second time.advertisementlast_img read more

Rice, Castro deliver as TNT survives Rain or Shine for semis berth

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Quinto, Nambatac honor late juniors coach with impressive showing Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans There were 16 lead changes and 16 ties overall in the game but the final six minutes saw the lead change hands five times and the scores knotted up four times.One of those lead changes happened when Bullock put Rain or Shine up 114-112 at the 46-second mark after sinking two free throws.Castro then tied it at 114-114 from the stripe as well after Bullock fouled him with 41 seconds left in the game.Rice led all scorers with 34 points for TNT to go along 16 rebounds, and nine assists while Castro put up 20 points and 12 assists, with four happening in the fourth period.Bullock led the Elasto Painters with 30 points while Belga added 18 points and 10 boards.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img PBA IMAGESGlen Rice Jr. and Jayson Castro made the biggest plays down the stretch to tow TNT past Rain or Shine, 118-114, and into the semifinals in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The second seeded KaTropa, who had a twice-to-beat edge, lost the first game to the pesky Elasto Painters, 106-102, and needed a strong finish in the do-or-die match to set up with a semis date with Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims With the scores tied at 114-114, Castro missed a long triple against the defense of J’Nathan Bullock but Rice was there to salvage the two points underneath giving TNT a 116-114 lead with 10 seconds left.“It was a hard-fought victory, and we knew all along that going into the series facing Rain or Shine we will have a hard time,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela. “It just so happened we came out the better team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingRain or Shine had a chance to either win or tie the game but Bullock’s pass to Beau Belga went out of bounds with 1.4 seconds left on the clock.“The breaks of the game favored us in the end.” View commentslast_img read more

Ball flirts with triple-double, Lakers hold on to beat Suns

first_imgWinter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball gestures to teammates during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — Lonzo Ball barely missed a triple-double with 29 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in his second NBA game and the Los Angeles Lakers held on to beat the Phoenix Suns 132-130 on Friday night.The Suns had a chance to tie it with 1.2 seconds to play, but T.J. Warren missed the first of two free throws. That meant he had to miss the second intentionally and hope for a rebound, but the Suns couldn’t get a decent shot off before the buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT Booker was called for a flagrant one when he fouled Brewer hard on a layup with 6:02 left in the third quarter. Larry Nance Jr. jumped into the fray and put a shoulder into Booker, who responded with a shove. Booker and Nance both were assessed technical fouls.The play came during an 13-2 Lakers outburst that put Los Angeles on top 95-85 after Nance stole the ball from Booker with both players on the floor and flipped the ball to Lopez for a layup with 3:03 to play in the third quarter.The Lakers boosted the lead to 111-99 on Clarkson’s basket with 10:28 to go.TIP INSLakers: Luol Deng, who started Thursday’s opener, was inactive. … Ball had three points, nine assists and four steals in his debut Thursday night. … The Lakers locked arms as they stood for the national anthem.Suns: In the second quarter, Warren was 6 for 7 from the field and 5 for 6 from the foul line. … Booker was flattened under the Phoenix basket by Brook Lopez in the second quarter. He was slow to get up but stayed in the game. ..The Suns play their next five on the road. Their next home game is Nov. 6 against Brooklyn.UP NEXTLakers: Host New Orleans on Sunday night.Suns: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. With young stars, Cubs likely not fading after NLCS loss Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Ball, the No. 2 overall pick this year who is a week shy of his 20th birthday, took over down the stretch, scoring eight points in a 2 1/2-minute span. His final basket during that run, a floating layup, put Los Angeles ahead 130-122 with 1:35 to play.But the Suns came roaring back behind Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker, whose 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left cut it to 131-130. Brandon Ingram made one of two free throws to give Phoenix one last chance and Warren was fouled by Ingram on an inbounds play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe free throw was off the back of the rim, though, and the Lakers survived.Bledsoe scored 29 points, 17 in the fourth quarter. Booker also flirted with what would have been his first career triple-double, finishing with 25 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Warren added 24 points, 17 in the second quarter. Ingram scored 25 points for Los Angeles. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors View comments Both teams were coming off of season-opening blowout losses.The Lakers lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 108-92, and Phoenix was routed by Portland 124-79, the most one-sided loss in Suns history and most one-sided season opener ever in the NBA.From the opening tip Friday, it was a fast-paced, often sloppy, game with not much attention to defense.Phoenix used a 13-2 run to go up 55-49 with 7:09 left in the half and the Suns stretched it to 67-58 on another 3 by Booker with 3:34 left in the half. But the Lakers scored the next seven, five at the free throw line.Warren responded with consecutive baskets, but Ingram had the last laugh, a 3-pointer with eight seconds to play to cut Phoenix’s lead to 73-70 at the half.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges MOST READlast_img read more