The Commonwealth Games are less than a year away. But the police in Noida and Ghaziabad-which will host a large number of foreign visitors-are still clueless about how they are supposed to beef up security for the extravaganza.The Union home ministry is meant to release Rs 22 crore to the two satellite towns of Delhi under the Commonwealth Games Security Scheme. But even though the scheme was announced in 2007, the forces are yet to see the money.While Gautam Budh Nagar (comprising Noida and Greater Noida) is to receive Rs 12 crore for boosting security, Ghaziabad is to get Rs 10 crore for modernising its police force. “The scheme is very much on,” claims inspector general (Meerut zone) Javed Akhtar. “We are actively taking it up with the Centre. The matter is being considered by both sides and the fund allocation should happen soon.”But Akhtar sounds more hopeful than confident. Other police officers admit things don’t look very promising. “Time is flying fast. But we have seen no preparation whatsoever with regard to the Commonwealth Games,” reveals a senior officer in Ghaziabad.”There are police stations in Noida and Ghaziabad where complaints are not accepted in English. The policemen there don’t speak English. How are they expected to cope with the large influx of foreign tourists?”Security enhancement is supposed to happen at two levels. These two will host a sizeable number of tourists.First is the general security, under which the overall security of the region will be improved and the police infrastructure will be modernised.advertisementThen, there is the eventspecific security, under which a highly skilled force will be deployed at the cycling venue on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway.Under the planned measures, both Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad are to have 70-room transit hostels for non-gazetted officers and media briefing rooms.About 50 police assistance booths are to be developed in each district. A 24-hour power back-up plan along with a state-of-the-art reception area at all police stations is also included.Noida was also intended to get 60 new Gypsies under the ‘Crime Prevention Plan’, along with wireless sets and 50 motorcycles.Ghaziabad was also supposed to get new vehicles according to its budget and requirements.A 500-camera-based security system was also planned. These cameras were be installed at all strategic points in the city and a proposal of establishing a mobile network for Noida and Ghaziabad was also cleared.Noida currently has around 20 Chetak gypsies and 22 Leopard jeeps. The traffic police just have one interceptor, three breath analysers and two speed radars to nab offenders.Some of the venues that will provide hospitality to foreign dignitaries also say they have received no communication with regard to security, etiquette and coordinaion plan for the Games.Courtesy: Mail Today
Olympic medallist Vijender Kumar (75kg) had a disappointing start to his World Championships campaign as he crashed out of the event in the first round in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Saturday.India got mixed results in the ring as Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Jai Bhagwan (60kg) thrashed Evaldas Petrauskas of Lithuania to enter the second round.Vijender, fighting against 2008 Olympic silver medallist Emilio Correa Bayeux, went down 9-16, while Jai thrashed youth Olympics gold medallist Evaldas Petrauskas of Lithuania 15-8 to enter the second round. He will now face Czech Miroslav Serban who got the better of Nuwan Thennakoon of Sri Lanka 16- 10.Vijender’s first round bout was his chance to take revenge on Bayeux, who had beaten the Indian 8-5 in the semi- final of the Beijing Olympics in 2008. But Vijender again feel to the swift and strong Bayeux.Vijender, an Asian Games gold medallist, was trailing from the start, finishing the opening round 1-4 down.The Bhiwani boxer showed some resistance in the second round and scored four points, but Bayeux came up with a better show and held on to lead 9-5. The Cuban did most of his scoring in the final three minutes, notching seven points against the Indian’s four to wrap up a rather easy win.On Sunday, M Suranjoy Singh (52kg) faces Mongolian Nyambayar Tugstsogt in the second round.Also, Manoj Kumar (64kg) would be up against reigning European champion and Raymond Moylette of Ireland. Vikas Krishan (69kg) will face seventh seed Mohamed Nurudzinau of Belarus in his second round bout.advertisementDinesh Kumar (81kg) will square off against Bosko Draskovic of Macedonia in his second-round bout.
If Time magazine can make the ‘protester’ its person of the year, can the ‘common man’ get the Bharat Ratna? The sentiment in Twitterverse seems to be in favour of the proposition. “Every common man deserves a Bharat Ratna,” said a tweeter, “for what we brave every single day from corruption, traffic, inflation to pollution.”Of course, the clamour was growing for a Bharat Ratna for Sachin Tendulkar, now that the government has modified the criteria for the highest civilian award to allow sportspersons. The handle # BharatRatna was trending on Twitter this weekend and most TV news channels had come up with their lists of who deserved the award. Twitter had two clear favourites – Tendulkar and the hockey legend, Major Dhyan Chand.Katrina KaifDhyan Chand seemed to be the unanimous choice and there were some uncharitable remarks directed at him. Sample this: “I think Bharat Ratna must be given in each category like the Nobel Prize. Sachin has done nothing for society to get Bharat Ratna.” You may disagree but the tweeter has a point.Of course, smart alecks had a field day taking potshots at politicians. “Bharat Ratna is now open for sports … Hope people won’t recommend Sharad Pawar’s name for winning the World Cup instead of Tendulkar,” said one. Said another: “Diggy should be given Bharat Ratna (at least fake one) for his exemplary coaching service to the # idiotprince. This might boost his morale!” And there was one tweeter who seemed to be fed up of the constant adjournments of Parliament. “If sports is included in Bharat Ratna, politicians stand a chance! They play kabaddi in Parliament.” # Bharat Ratna was serious stuff, but Katrina Kaif’s item number for Karan Johar’s Agneepath remake has also set the microblogging site on fire, though many were confused why # Chikni Chameli was trending. An inspired techie tweeted: “Munni badnaam hui, Sheila ki jawani and now Chikni Chameli … well, we indians can’t produce iPod or iPhone right … but definitely iTems!!”advertisementBut there are tweeters who aren’t impressed with Kat’s moves. “Chikni Chameli is not a patch on Munni or Sheila. The melody is poor and lyrics are lost in Katrina’s enthusiastic gyration. Looks exhausting.” You must give it to her. Kat does get people talking.
Plagued by poor batting form for long, a jittery India will need to strike the right combination and lift the standard of their game as they strive to bring their ODI tri-series campaign back on track when they take on Sri Lanka at WACA in Perth on February 8.India let Australia off the hook in the opening match in Melbourne and missing out on an opportunity in Wednesday’s crucial clash would make the job very tough for them.India had opted to ‘rest’ Virender Sehwag in the first match and the team management has indicated that the dashing opener will come back into the team at the expense of a top order batsman.India’s bowling line-up is sure to have a new look on a bouncy WACA pitch. It would be not be prudent to include a spin-based attack. Either Ravinder Jadeja or Ravichandran Ashwin, or both, could make way for Umesh Yadav and possibly Zaheer Khan.In Australia, the two teams have clashed five times and India has an advantage of 2-1 over their southern neighbours, with two matches finishing with no result.India still feels the pain of their last visit to WACA last month when they lost the third Test to Australia in two and a half days by an innings margin.It’s record at this venue though isn’t too bad. It has won three games and lost five matches since 1980 when it first played New Zealand in a triangular and won by five runs.The fast outfield and less-than a steepling bounce enables big scores to be managed at this ground.advertisementFive wins each in the last 10 ODIs between the two sides might suggest an even battle between two sub-continental teams but ever so quietly, the young brigade has begun to make headlines for Sri Lanka in the last few months.
Post his retirement from international cricket, former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid would love to perform household chores that he missed so far because of his involvement in Team India, he said on Friday while bidding farewell to the game.While announcing his retirement, Dravid said he would enjoy buying grocery and picking up his children from school, the responsibilities he had to ignore earlier because of his busy schedule and being overseas for various tours.After playing for 16 long years, Dravid said he was finally going to be the family man he was not able to be for so long. He was not around his two young sons and retirement finally would make him look forward to spending time with them now, he said.On the day Dravid announced his retirement, his father Sharad Dravid had several of the Wall’s innings to recount which made him proud. He, however, recounted a special knock by him at Lord’s wherein his superb 95 really helped his side.In Nagpur, Dravid’s in-laws — Wing Commander Pendharkar and Jayshree Pendharkar — too paid tribute to his fantastic career. His mother-in-law got emotional when asked about Dravid’s retirement, as she said that he had called her up to seek her advice as well before taking the big decision of quitting international cricket.Even though the whole of India would be deprived of seeing the Wall’s picture perfect defence in action, he could finally start a fresh innings with his family which was so far sacrificed for the good of the nation.advertisement
With the sun blazing down and the annual vacations lazily stretching out, it’s time to let your kids forget about their homework and bring on the fun factor. Before they begin to settle down in front of the idiot-box for reruns of old cartoons, check out some of these great,With the sun blazing down and the annual vacations lazily stretching out, it’s time to let your kids forget about their homework and bring on the fun factor. Before they begin to settle down in front of the idiot-box for reruns of old cartoons, check out some of these great options to keep them up and running, while having a terrific time doing so.Music workshopThis workshop at Mozartsy will help you bond with your child as you sing and laugh together. The parent-child workshop is a fun way to spend your summer afternoons and enhance your child’s phonetic awareness, hand-eye coordination, motor skills and expression. Their workshop, Rhyme and Chime, will expose children to eight different Indian and western musical instruments including guitar, harmonium and violin. What’s more, children will get to learn music through fun props like bells and maracas and make paper craft music instruments. At the end of the workshop, a participation certificate will be awarded as well.Age group: 1-5 years.Duration: Five weeks.Highlights: The workshop helps expose your child to various forms of music at an early age.Cost: Rs 800 onwards.Where: A-1, Safdarjung Enclave.Tel: 9560001000; mozartsy.com-Shilpa MehtaDance classesA premier dance school in India, founded by choreographer Ashley Lobo, Danceworx is an ideal choice if your child is passionate about dance. For the upcoming school holidays, Danceworx is organising a workshop for children where they can learn various dance moves under trained instructors. The little ones are taught dance routines which are performed at the end of the workshop. Registration for the workshop begins in the month of May and closes on June 10, 2012. Danceworx has studios located in various locations in Delhi and the NCR region.Age group: 5-11 years. Duration: Two months.Highlights: One of the best places for your child to learn Jazz under trained instructors.Cost: Rs 3,600 for two months.Where: Bluebells School International, Greater Kailash Part 1, New Delhi.Tel: 40520111.-Marcia RodriguesadvertisementScreenplay, art and origamiAt India Habitat Centre, perhaps one of the most vibrant cultural centre in the city, it is not uncommon to see children frolicking around the huge courtyard busy colouring sheets after sheets of paper, some practising their lines for a play while wide-eyed tiny tots sit listening to colourful stories. There’s so much your children can do at some of the workshops organised at India Habitat Centre. The workshops at IHC include theatre, story telling, Origami, screenplay, creative writing, jabberwocky, art, puppetery and fun yoga.Age group: 5 years onwards.Duration: May 14 to June 30.Highlights: Conducted by veterans in various fields, the workshops are a rich learning experience and a great platform for children to interact with their peers.Cost: Rs 600 to Rs 4000.Where: India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road.Tel: 24682040.-Rewati RauPhotographyIf you think your child has a natural eye for great images, this summer might just be the right time to cultivate their talent. Catering to this specific need, the Delhi Photography Club will be conducting interesting workshops for children related to photography all through this month. A mix of indoor and outdoor sessions, the workshop teaches them basic features of the camera, handling a digital camera, ISO configurations, white balance, composition and posing. They’re also taught different lighting situations to create depth and drama in photos and learn the basic principles of composition and framing. A basic digital camera is all that’s required to take part in this course, which will be running for the second year in a row, this summer.Age group: 8-14 years.Duration: Four days.Highlights: Your child is given a chance to explore a hidden talent which can even be turned into a career.Cost: Rs 1,500 for four sessions.Where: Building No 2, top floor, Hauz Khas Village.Tel: 8826712162.-Rewati RauRoboticsEnroll your budding scientists and engineers for a riot of geeky fun at Robo Club. Let them engage in mind games where the greatest thrill is to make a robot with their own hands. The workshops have been designed according to various age groups. Six to eight year olds can get familiar with simpler machines through fun and challenging LEGO projects while teens can try their hands at building robust mechanisms, controlling robots and competing with other robots to see which one is stronger.Age group: 6-15 years.Duration: One to two months.Highlights: Apart from focusing on creating interesting models, the classes also inculcate the spirit of teamwork.Cost: Rs 2,500 to Rs 8,500.Where: B14 Lower Ground, Chirag Enclave, Opp Nehru Place.Tel: 9654348322.-Ekta AlrejaadvertisementRoom to growIt can be quite an effort keeping your little ones engaged during the summer vacations. While they might be interested in various activities, to facilitate all of them can be cumbersome. It was keeping this in mind that city-based entrepreneur, Pooja Jain set up Room to Grow, which as she says, is a ‘one-stop education hub’ for children. Offering a wide array of activities ranging from animation workshops to public speaking classes, the centre provides for a favourable learning atmosphere where children get to learn the basics of any art or craft they are interested in, while also making new friends. Classes are held through the year on weekends and through the whole week during the holidays.Age group: 4-10 years.Duration: 7-10 days.Highlights: A plethora of activities including pottery, animation, photography and so on are offered here.Cost: Rs 1,800 to 4,000.Where: K-185/1, Surya Plaxa building, Second floor, New Friends Colony.Tel: 9899371888.-Sibi ArasuDay campIf you’re confused about the activity your child should take up during the vacations, then head straight to Shemrock. With multiple branches across the city, the school turns into a one month activity camp during the summer vacations. The camp has basic art and craft classes that help children learn to make the ‘best out of waste’, ‘wonders of science’ (where children are taken on field trips and nature walks), and more. It also includes activities where children are taught to make their own breakfast and identify ingredients. At the end of the camp each student receives a participation certificate.Age group: 3-8 years.Duration: One month.Highlights: Amix of various activities helps identify the child’s area of interest.Cost: Rs 2,000 onwards.Where: Shemrock Parwarish, NSC 118, U block DLF Phase III Gurgaon.Tel: 9910444574.-Ekta MarwahaBaking classesGet your kids to don the chef’s hat and strap on their aprons this summer, as they learn baking secrets at the chocolate hub, Choko La. The workshop starting May (dates to be finalised) will teach kids the art of making chocolates and baking warm cookies and cupcakes under the guidance of experienced, in-house chefs. The three-hour workshop will begin with interesting quizzes, amazing facts and cool videos through which children will be educated about the process of chocolate making. So while they whip up these cool recipes, children can take home the sweets of their labour, along with a baking kit complete with ingredients and cookie cutters.Age group: 4-16 years.Duration: 2-3 days.Highlights: The workshop is fun to bake recipes and takeaway kits.Cost: Rs 1,200 per day.Where: 36, Khan Market (Middle Lane).Tel: 9717700824.-Shilpa MehtaTheatreDo you think your child can be the next Aamir Khan? Then the Barry John Acting Studio which organises a summer workshop for children may just be the place for your little one. Their programme focuses on developing confidence and teaching team work. The programme helps children learn the basics of theatre and insists that children come to class with ideas from their own lives which maybe added to the script.Age group: 8-16 years. Duration: One month.Highlights: Joining a theatre group may help an introvert child overcome shyness and enjoy in the company of other childrenCost: Rs 8,000 for the summer workshopWhere: 32 Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar IVTel: 9716114466-Marcia RodriguesadvertisementReadingWith kids becoming more and more tech-savvy, books are becoming a thing of the past. However, there are some champions of the written word who are trying to keep the habit alive while adapting to the changing times. Sites such as readingcaterpillar.com and bookmeabook.com can be great options for your child to get into the habit of reading. With easy to access systems and great reading spaces, they make the experience imaginative and fun. At bookmeabook. com, which offers an extensive selection of books for kids, customers can go through their online catalogue, select a book and wait for it to be delivered at their doorstep. At Reading Caterpillar, reading sessions are held through storytelling and illustrations as well as art activities.Age group: 2-8 years.Duration: 1 week.Highlights: Reading and storytelling helps in developing the child’s mind as well as imparts language skills.Cost: Rs 3,000 (includes storytelling and reading sessions).Where: The Reading Caterpillar Library, Nizammudin West.Tel: 9810268448.-Shilpa MehtaActivity campTreat your kids to a month full of programmes at Camp Ole, organised by Ole Kids, a pre-school. Let them dive into the underwater world or just let your little Picasso explore his creative side. The school will be organising the camp in association with JumpBunch Inc, a franchise that provides sports and fitness programmes for kids. During this programme, energetic little sportspeople can choose from action packed sports activities while less sporty types can go for activities like art and craft, cookery and face painting.Age group: 2.5 to 7 years.Duration: One week.Highlights: The camp promises to stimulate your child’s confidence and problem solving skills.Cost: Rs 1,750 per week.Where: Ole Kids Early Learning Centre, Lane H-35H Block DLF Phase 1, Gurgaon.Tel: 9910045969.-Ekta AlrejaFootball campIf you think your child is the next Messi, look no further as coaches from ClubEscola, (FC Barcelona’s football school), will be returning to the city this summer. The camps are part of a long-term collaboration between ClubEscola and Conscient Football and participants are set to receive extensive training from the Spanish coaches. Its not just about football either, since the camp promises to blend practical training on the pitch with lessons on technical and off-the-pitch tools to help succeed both, in football and in life.Age group: 6-17 years.Duration: Five days.Highlights: Children get to learn from the best in the game.Cost: Rs 12,600.Where: The Heritage School, Sector-62, Gurgaon.Tel: 8860007341.-Sibi ArasuArt classesCome summer vacations and most parents want to enroll their children for art classes- a popular activity during vacations. Sameer Hazari’s Art classes will teach your child the basics of drawing, painting, colour mixing, and more. With a Masters in Fine Arts from the Middlesex University, England, Hazari returned to India last year and has been teaching art. His classes offer a break from the stereotype since he begins with briefing children on different types of crayons, pencils and paint. In search of art, children are encouraged to look up the internet, absorb their surroundings and bring referral material to class which adds to their work.Age group: 7 years onwards. Duration: 1 week.Highlights: The workshops promise to teach your child basics of art, colour mixing and improvisation.Cost: Rs 300 per hour.Where: C2-301, Belvedere Towers, Charmwood Village.Tel: 9818719557.-Ekta MarwahaAkshara theatre festivalWhat started as a way to keep their eightyear-old granddaughter occupied during her vacations has now become a much sought-after destination for children. Brainchild of theatre veterans Jalabala Vaidya and Gopal Sharman, The Akshara Theatre Summer Festival has become a tradition now, running consistently for the last 12 years. It encompasses a whole lot to please tiny tots, including a picturesque, huge open space to let their imaginations run wild, experts in different fields and an action-packed itinerary. The Festival is five power-packed weeks of theatre, music, Sanskrit chanting, dance yoga, art, and craft. The festival also includes talks, film screenings, painting and writing competitions, quizzes and performances. This year there will also be a special course in Artistic Gymnastics taught by Kuldeep Mawai-National gymnast and Parkour specialist.Age group: 4 years onwards.Duration: 5 weeks.Highlights: The various activities offered here help your children learn beyond the walls of the classroom.Cost: Rs 6,500 for five weeks.Where: 11-12 B, Baba Kharag Singh Marg.Tel: 23364326.-Rewati Rau
Photo from Fiba.comFilipino pro dunker David Carlos gave the crowd a dazzling show and emerged as the dunk king in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Tour Chengdu Masters Sunday at Global Center in Chengdu, China.A first timer in the 3×3 World Tour Dunk Contest, the 28-year-old showcased his 41-inch vertical leap as he jumped over a volunteer and nailed a reverse slam for his title-clinching jam to amass 73 points in the final round.ADVERTISEMENT 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 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Carlos edged four-time World Tour Dunk champ Rafel Linpinski of Poland in the championship round after the latter missed the second of his three dunk attempts and could only muster 54 points.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 opening“I was nervous because I was going up against one of the best in the planet in Lipek. But I just gave it my best,” he said in a report from Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ website.Carlos took home the $2,000 cash prize for winning the competition. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans LATEST STORIES No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments San Sebastian drops 16 triples to scorch Letran Hometown bet Jiang Wenjian of China was the other participant in the contest but was booted after the first round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
LATEST STORIES The Hyper Court app, which is powered by Google, features exclusive basketball content without the use of data. Through the app, Filipino hoopers instantly get their hands on videos of training routines.Nike on Friday also officially unveiled the five new-look basketball courts where players can get free content via Hyper Court.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 openingREAD: LOOK: LeBron shouts out PH fans for sprawling mural in TaguigEach court features image of basketball superstars LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving in stunning color. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Love game: Serena Williams reportedly marries in New Orleans After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads 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 Arturo Torres, a Dallas-based illustrator, created the artworks that can be found across four cities in Metro Manila.The Titan Love Court in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig now shows a mural of James doing his signature dunk.DCIM100MEDIADJI_0105.JPGAt the nearby Ususan Court also in Taguig is where Torres’ masterpiece of Bryant is laid out.In Makati at Comembo Covered Court lies an artwork of Durant while the design featuring his former teammate and reigning NBA MVP Westbrook brings the Scarlet Homes Covered Court in Parañaque to life.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 MOST READ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malditas save PH from shutout Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Lastly, Irving, the dazzling Boston Celtics guard, can be found over at the YCL Covered Court in Quezon City. Ballers in Metro Manila can now easily access training drills to to raise their game to new heights with the Hyper court, a virtual basketball training tool.ADVERTISEMENT
Utah ripped off an 11-2 run midway through the second quarter. Sefolosha bookended the spurt with a step-back jumper and go-ahead 3-pointer that gave the Jazz a 36-34 lead.Trevor Ariza turned steals into baskets on back-to-back possessions to ignite a 10-0 run that put Houston back in front. The Rockets took a 44-36 lead and carried that momentum into the third quarter.Houston used a 13-2 run early in the second half to pull away from the Jazz. Clint Capela got it going with a three-point play and finished it off with a dunk to give the Rockets a 74-53 lead with 7:00 left in the third quarter.Houston led by as many as 25 points after Ariza buried a 3-pointer to put the Rockets up 91-66 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.TIP-INSRockets: Houston has totaled 41 3-pointers in two games against Utah this season. . The Rockets went 14 of 14 from the free throw line over the final three quarters. . Harden has averaged 35.4 points in his last five games against the Jazz.ADVERTISEMENT Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) goes to the basket as Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — James Harden scored 29 points and Ryan Anderson added 23 to lead the Houston Rockets to a 112-101 victory over the Utah Jazz on Thursday night.Chris Paul added 18 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for the Rockets. Houston (19-4) won its eighth straight game and for the 14th time in 15. The Rockets improved to 8-0 with Paul in the lineup.ADVERTISEMENT After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Jazz: Utah has allowed at least 37 points in a quarter only four times this season. Three of those high scoring quarters have come against Houston. . Gobert is averaging 5.0 points and 8.3 rebounds in 25.3 minutes per game since returning from a knee contusion.UP NEXTJazz travel to Milwaukee to face the Bucks on Saturday. It is the start of a six-game, 12-day trip.Rockets travel to Portland to face the Trail Blazers on Saturday, concluding a three-game trip.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ronaldo moves level with archrival Messi with 5 Ballon d’Ors View comments Malditas save PH from shutout MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES Donovan Mitchell had 26 points, Alec Burks added 17 and Thabo Sefolosha chipped in 14 to lead the Jazz. Utah (13-13) dropped its second straight game.Utah played from behind throughout much of the first half after struggling with turnovers and erratic shooting. The Jazz turned it over eight times before halftime, leading to several key baskets for the Rockets.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 openingHouston surged in front after Rudy Gobert committed back-to-back turnovers less than 2 minutes into the first quarter. Utah rallied twice to take the lead, but both runs were answered with bigger ones from the Rockets.The Jazz went ahead 16-15 after back-to-back baskets from Joe Ingles and Sefolosha keyed a 6-0 run. Anderson cut to the basket for a dunk to kickstart a 7-0 run the other way and capped it off with a putback layup. 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’