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first_imgIn this photo, taken Jan. 27, 2005, Robert DeNiro (left) and boxer Jake LaMotta stand for photographers before watching a 25th anniversary screening of the movie “Raging Bull” in New York. LaMotta, whose life was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia. He was 95. (Photo by JULIE JACOBSON / AP)MIAMI — Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight champion whose life in and out of the ring was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” for which Robert De Niro won an Academy Award, has died, his fiancee said Wednesday. He was 95.LaMotta died Tuesday at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia, according to fiancee Denise Baker.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Renowned for his strong chin, and the punishment he could take, and dish out, LaMotta was knocked down only once – in a 1952 loss to light-heavyweight Danny Nardico – in his 106 fights.LaMotta’s first defense was supposed to be a rematch with Cerdan, but the Frenchman was killed when a plane en route to the United States crashed in the Azores in 1949.So in his first defense, LaMotta outpointed Tiberio Mitri on July 12, 1950, in New York, then on Sept. 13, he rallied to knock out Dauthuille at Detroit.LaMotta’s title reign ended on Feb. 14, 1951, when Robinson stopped him in the 13th round in Chicago. In a fight that became known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, LaMotta gave as good as he got in the early rounds, then took tremendous punishment. He would not go down.In their second match, on Feb. 5, 1943, in New York, LaMotta won a 10-round decision, giving Robinson his first defeat in the 41st fight of his illustrious career.LaMotta was born July 10, 1922, on New York City’s Lower East Side but was raised in the Bronx.After retiring from boxing in 1954, he owned a nightclub for a time in Miami, then dabbled in show business and commercials. He also made personal appearances and for a while in the 1970s he was a host at a topless nightclub in New York.The 1980 film “Raging Bull,” based on LaMotta’s memoir written 10 years earlier, was nominated for eight Academy Awards. Though director Martin Scorsese was passed over, De Niro, who gained 50 pounds to portray the older, heavier LaMotta, won the best actor award.In 1998, LaMotta, who had four daughters, lost both of his sons. Jake LaMotta Jr., 51, died from cancer in February. Joe LaMotta, 49, was killed in plane crash off Nova Scotia in September.A funeral in Miami and a memorial service in New York City are being planned, Baker said. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LaMotta threw a fight against Billy Fox, which he admitted in testimony before the Kefauver Committee, a US Senate committee investigating organized crime in 1960.“I purposely lost a fight to Billy Fox because they promised me that I would get a shot to fight for the title if I did,” LaMotta said in 1970 interview printed in Peter Heller’s 1973 book “In This Corner: 40 World Champions Tell Their Stories.”LaMotta was “stopped” by Fox in the fourth round on Nov. 14, 1947, in Madison Square Garden. He didn’t get a title shot until 10 fights later.On June 16, 1949, in Detroit, he became middleweight champion when the Frenchman Marcel Cerdan couldn’t continue after the 10th round.Of the claim that Cerdan had to quit because of a shoulder injury, LaMotta said in 1970: “Something’s bound to happen to you in a tough fight, cut eye, broken nose or broken hand or something like that. So you could make excuses out of anything, you know, but you got to keep on going if you’re a champ or you’re a contender.”ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:15Zimbabwe ex-president Robert Mugabe dies aged 9500:50Trending 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 “Rest in Peace, Champ,” De Niro said in a statement.The Bronx Bull, as he was known in his fighting days, compiled an 83-19-4 record with 30 knockouts, in a career that began in 1941 and ended in 1954.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 shutoutLaMotta fought the great Sugar Ray Robinson six times, handing Robinson the first defeat of his career and losing the middleweight title to him in a storied match.In the fight before he lost the title, LaMotta saved the championship in movie-script fashion against Laurent Dauthuille. Trailing badly on all three scorecards, LaMotta knocked out the challenger with 13 seconds left in the fight. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Beermen escape Fuel Masters for share of third placelast_img read more


first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Villarin, however, has put his foot down to resolve the issue and get the team’s act straightened up as Ateneo prepares for its campaign in the coming UAAP Season 80.Villarin also called for unity as the Lady Eagles try to put the issue behind.“I know that much has been said in social media about our coach and our Lady Eagles. With people taking sides, no one has emerged from all this unscathed. I request everyone to be more careful with their social comments, to be more understanding of how terribly painful it must be for the coach and especially the women to have their character impugned in public based on speculation. The team’s concerns, I must say, are legitimate, and so we will address these moving forward,” he said.Villarin has then tasked the school’s Athletics Office to take part in addressing the said issues.“I am asking the Athletics Office to assist in addressing these concerns and to help in the healing process,” he ended.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 PSL imposes 1-year ban, P50,000 fine on Soltones after playing in PVL All-Star Game LATEST STORIES The Lady Eagles have been in disarray since last week, with majority of the team reportedly calling for Bundit’s ouster, with the main issue stemming from the multi-titled mentor’s hard practices. MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAnusorn “Tai” Bundit will stay as head coach of Ateneo’s women’s volleyball team.Ateneo president Fr. Jett Villarin, SJ announced the news on Monday after team management and the Thai coach met several times the past week.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “The meetings have not been in vain since a number of valid concerns were raised and will be addressed systematically by the Ateneo de Manila. One important common denominator in these gatherings is what I saw to be the shared desire of both Coach Tai and the Lady Eagles to apply themselves wholeheartedly to representing our school and doing their best to play for the championship. And to achieve this, they know that they have to make the needed adjustments and mutual accommodation in their preparations,” he said in a statement.“In view of all this, I am happy to announce that both Coach Tai and the Ateneo Women’s Team will continue to work together to make this season’s campaign successful.”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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more


first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Gorayeb said his team never showed the maturity required for them to compensate for their lack of players, or even a sense of responsibility to take care of things in their own capacity.“They did not play the way they were expected of them,” said Gorayeb at Filoil Flying V Centre after losing their final match against Arellano University 19-25, 36-34, 25-16, 25-21 on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I told them that they had to unleash their potential, never mind that there are only eight of them,” said Gorayeb in Filipino. “When Grethcel [Soltones] graduated that was the sign that they should step it up because there’s no one to rely on but themselves.”San Sebastian, for the past three years, have relied on the genius of Soltones, who won three straight MVPs, to get them to several trips to the Finals. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City D-League: Marinerong Pilipino averts meltdown, snaps 2-game skid LATEST STORIES San Sebastian head coach Roger Gorayeb. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRoger Gorayeb was in no mood to sugarcoat the way San Sebastian played the whole tournament in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament.The Lady Stags’ head coach was downtrodden when they finished the elimination round with a 5-4 record and with the bleakest of chances for a Final Four spot.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting And with Soltones gone, Gorayeb was disappointed with how his team ultimately failed to bring San Sebastian to at least the Final Four.“They never had that sense of urgency, that sense of responsibility that they have to do this,” said Gorayeb in Filipino.The games that Gorayeb lamented over the most were the five-set losses to University of Perpetual Help and Jose Rizal University.And as if fate were playing tricks on the Lady Stags, the Lady Altas and the Lady Bombers are now poised to take the last two spots in the semifinals with 5-2 and 5-3 records, respectively.“I know we’re on the disadvantage in terms of number of players, but skills-wise? We’re all good,” said Gorayeb. “When you lose games by committing the same mistakes over and over again, that’s just shows you’re scared of the situation.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgFILE – In this June 2, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. While there have been 14 rematches in NBA Finals history, this year’s meeting between LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors will be the first trilogy in league history. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Vegas is betting against them and the bookies are hardly alone.Let’s be honest, not many are giving the Cleveland Cavaliers much of a chance in the NBA Finals. They may be defending champions and they may have LeBron James, but against Golden State, they are definite underdogs.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Still stinging after the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in last year’s Finals against Cleveland, the vociferous Green, who was suspended from Game 5, said if given the chance again, he plans to “destroy and annihilate” the Cavs.Love complimented Green’s competitiveness and aimed a verbal volley at Northern California.“He’s a guy who said he wanted us,” Love said, “and he has us — starting next Thursday.”Act III in this trilogy is overloaded with story lines, with the biggest being whether James and Co. have enough firepower to go toe-to-toe with the Warriors, who added superstar Kevin Durant to a team that won 73 games a year ago before its Finals flameout.Golden State has glowed in this postseason, becoming the first team to start 12-0 while winning by an average of 16.3 points per game — the highest margin league history. It’s no wonder then that the wise guys have installed the Warriors as heavy favorites to beat the Cavs for the second time in three years and wrestle back the Larry O’Brien Trophy that slipped through their hands last June.ADVERTISEMENT James referred to the Warriors as only “that juggernaut” and “a beast” following Thursday’s Game 5 in at Boston, a night in which he passed Michael Jordan as the career postseason scoring leader.James elected not to talk about the Warriors following the game, choosing instead to celebrate a third straight conference title in Cleveland and his seventh consecutive Finals trip. James didn’t speak to reporters on Saturday either, leaving Love to serve as the team’s unofficial spokesman as the sports world inched closer to a matchup that seemed destined from the moment last season’s Finals ended.Love was asked if the Cavs wanted the Warriors.“Want the Warriors?” he said. “They’ve been right at the top, best team in the league for three years straight now. They’ve been super-impressive. It’s kind of in our minds that that’s who we were going to see. They played great basketball this year. Obviously adding an MVP to a team that already has a two-time MVP makes them even more impressive. It’s tough to say that we didn’t expect it; we knew they’d be right there.”After the team returned from Boston in the wee hours Friday morning, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue didn’t go to bed and immediately began working on a game plan to stifle Golden State’s powerful, multi-faceted offense.Lue knows the Cavs are facing a difficult task, one made tougher with the addition of the versatile Durant, who can score down low, from the perimeter and free-throw line.The Warriors are using Durant the way he envisioned, but Lue has noticed changes in the All-Star.“He’s moving around a lot more,” he said. “Just watching him move without the basketball, getting easy baskets off of cuts and splits and when he passes the ball he’s also relocating now. He’s doing a lot more movement, which makes it even tougher to guard after being one of the tougher scorers I’ve ever seen.”Lue said didn’t deliver any inspiring speech to his players before practice.Words don’t mean much now — not his, not Green’s — and neither do underdog labels. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes MOST READ View comments Farah, Bowie and Baker win at Prefontaine Classic Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “We’re not going to use that as motivation,” Lue said. “We’re in the NBA Finals. That’s enough motivation alone. Not worry about what it says in Vegas or what people are saying about underdogs. We’re not using that as an excuse. We’ve got to come out and play. Our goals were set at the beginning of the season, and that’s to win a championship. So, that’s what we’re focused on.”And remember, the Cavs have overcome long odds before.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Just don’t try to tell them that.“The whole underdog thing is funny to me, because yeah, at the end of the day we are defending our title,” Cavs forward Kevin Love said following Saturday’s practice. “We’re trying to repeat, which is so hard to do. I think we will use it as fuel. We will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it? It’s tough for me to say that is the case. I don’t feel like we’re underdogs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We match up well with them and I think they’d say the same about us.”Maybe, but as the teams gear up for Thursday night’s series opener in Oakland, comments made by Warriors forward Draymond Green in October are reverberating around Cleveland. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


first_imgFile photo of BJP leader Sudhanshu Mittal.Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sudhanshu Mittal’s home was among the 23 places raided by income tax officials in Delhi on Tuesday in connection with financial irregularities in the Commonwealth Games (CWG). Both Sudhanshu and his nephew Vinay Mittal are connected with Deepali Consortium, which was awarded a contract for CWG.  The raids came after doubts over invoicing by contractors who had supplied treadmills for CWG. It was revealed that one of the contractors was related to Sudhanshu.  Two of the companies raided – D’Art and Meroform – are suspected of dubious transactions in CWG contracts. While D’Art deals in furniture, Meroform is into surface overlays. Four companies that won contracts to supply overlay items for the Games were under fire. They are Pico-Deepali, GL Meroform, ESG Arena D’Art Indo and Nussli.  The Indian arms of the first three consortia were raided by the income tax authorities. Deepali Design and Exhibits is the Indian partner of Pico-Deepali and won CWG contracts worth Rs 230 crore.  ESG Arena D’Art Indo consortium won contracts worth Rs 93 crore and has D’Art Furniture Systems as its Indian partner. GL Meroform won contracts worth Rs 165 crore, its local face being Meroform India. Investigators suspect that the consortia were formed to bypass restrictions because the Indian partners did not have the requisite experience to bid as suppliers for a mega event like the CWG.last_img read more


first_imgAmid the concrete jungle, where do you find the luxury of being close to nature? Thanks to the art of growing Bonsai, having a backyard garden is no more a problem. The art is increasingly becoming popular in Gujarat and catching on it many Bonsai hobbyists flaunt their lush green,Amid the concrete jungle, where do you find the luxury of being close to nature? Thanks to the art of growing Bonsai, having a backyard garden is no more a problem. The art is increasingly becoming popular in Gujarat and catching on it many Bonsai hobbyists flaunt their lush green and colourful Bonsai art pieces.Dinesh Patidar’s tiny terrace garden in a tenement society of Vadodara, reflects the beauty of the Bonsai. His terrace is jam-packed with more than 1000 Bonsai, some covered in a deluge of tiny, colourful flowers, some with miniature oranges and sweet limes dangling from branches not more than half-a-foot in length. Dinesh Patidar at his terrace gardenAn electrical engineer by training working with the Indian Railways, Patidar’s love for plants found expression in the large gardens of the railway quarters he occupied until he moved in his own home with its limited spaces, where the possibility of a garden was next to impossible. He found a worthy and satisfying solution in cultivating bonsai plants. Later, he joined the Indo-Japanese Bonsai Society in Mumbai and trained himself in the patient art of the bonsai.Today he has one of the largest collections in Vadodara of flowering bonsai plants including bougainvillaea of different colours, the lovely candle hibiscus, nicoderia with lavendar flowers and the adeniums with different coloured flowers on the same tree. He also cultivates the Mame Bonsai which is the miniature Bonsai. Another Bonsai lover, Chanda Agrawal, president of the Banyan Bonsai Club, is passionate about her immaculate terrace garden. She plays music for them so that they grow well and healthy. Chanda Agrawal”I am quite sure they are not unhappy with me,” she laughs. Agrawal is supported by her husband who has offered her the Surya Palace Hotel infrastructure to host the Banyan Bonsai Club’s monthly workshop and annual exhibition. “Every time we have the workshop, Agrawal explains, “we also put up a small stall selling all the materials, implements, fertilisers, wiring that we bonsai-lovers need and sometimes cannot easily get in Vadodara. The Club has an enthusiastic membership of more than 150 active bonsai-growers. Subhash Uttekar and Sangita Rathod of Baroda are also Bonsai lovers. Together, they have designed a sprawling Bonsai garden spread at the Rathod Bungalow in Alkapuri. The Garden sports many popular as well as unusual Bonsai plants, a few imported from South-east countries, others painstakingly cultivated with prudent grafting. These Bonsai lovers are encouraging many to create more green spaces.  The pine printMiniaturisation: Bonsai is a tree kept small enough but fostered to have a mature appearance.Proportion among elements: Small trees with large leaves must be avoided.Asymmetry: Discourage strict radial or bilateral symmetry in branch and root placement.No trace of the artist: The cultivator’s touch/identity/intervention must not be apparent to the viewer.Go for Bonsai workshop on 19-20 January at Banyan Bonsai Club, being organised by Indonesian Bonsai masters, Mufti and Abdul Karim.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgNever the one to mince words when it comes speaking his mind, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday criticised the hectic cricket schedule, saying the crammed calendar this year will drain the players both physically and mentally.”It does affect the performance of players. The physical aspect you can battle but because of the amount of cricket (you play) at times you find yourself mentally and emotionally quite drained,” Dhoni told a press conference in Chennai when asked about the crammed schedule ahead this year.Less than a week after the conclusion of the World Cup that lasted over 40 days, IPL-IV kicks-off on Friday and will last 50 days. Indian players will play series against West Indies, England and Australia later in the year.”After the IPL, India play West Indies series, we then go straight to England, we come back, if we qualify (in the IPL) you play in the Champions League. Then there is another couple of tournaments before you move to Australia, so it’s quite a hectic schedule ahead of us,” Dhoni said.”Even if the demanding schedule may not affect all the players, it will affect quite a few players who have been part of all the cricket we have played for about the past six months,” he added.Dhoni had just before the World Cup spoken against the busy schedule, saying that this has made the players physically and mentally tired. That led to angry reaction from the BCCI who said that players are permitted to take rest whenever they feel tired.advertisementThe Chennai Super Kings skipper was in the city to kickstart CSK’s latest IPL season. CSK won the tournament last year and also the Champions League Twenty20.- With PTI inputslast_img read more


first_imgHaving lost four games on the trot in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Pune Warriors will have to pull up their socks and perform when they take on a confident Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Friday.The eight-wicket defeat to Chennai Super Kings in Navi Mumbai in their previous game has put the Warriors in a tricky position. With just two wins from six matches, the Yuvraj Singh-led Warriors are languishing at the ninth position with only four points and they can’t afford to lose any more matches.On paper, they have a well-rounded team with a sprinkling of stars, but performance is something they have been sorely lacking. Except for Yuvraj Singh and Robin Uthappa, the rest of the batsmen haven’t really got going. The top order has been an absolute failure with Mohnish Mishra, Jesse Ryder and Manish Pandey doing precious little in the last two games against the Super Kings.Their bowling has come good in the last three games. They made Mumbai Indians huff and puff to a last- ball win while defending 122.Unfancied names like Alfonso Thomas, Jerome Taylor, Murali Kartik and Rahul Sharma did well to keep the Super Kings on tight leash too, but their effort needs to be complemented by their batsmen.On the other hand, Royal Challengers, who struggled at the start of the championship, have gained confidence from their victories over Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils.With the likes of Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli and Saurabh Tiwary in their ranks, Bangalore have a power-packed batting line up, which can ring alarm bells in any opposition camp.advertisementBut with pace spearhead Zaheer Khan looking out of sorts for most part, the team’s bowling continues to remain the weakest link. Captain Daniel Vettori has been a stand-out performer while domestic recruits Syed Mohammad and Sreenath Aravind have done reasonably well. Yet, they lack a genuine wicket-taking bowler.With seven points from seven games, Vettori’s boys would be looking to score their third successive win.- With PTI inputslast_img read more


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