Defending champions Calabar High and Camperdown High square off today in the decisive game of the ISSA Southern Conference Under-19 best-of-three schools basketball final series at the National Indoor Sports Centre. Tip-off time is 6 p.m.Calabar levelled the series last Friday after they initially won Game One, which was ruled null and void after both teams had problems with their identification cards.Camperdown returned to win the replay and the lead in the series, however, the champions tied the series 1-1, and following that win, coach Ludlow Barker believes his charges are now mentally ready for the challenge.”We had a rough week, but we came back, fought hard, and I am really proud of them … Camperdown did a lot of things right the first game and we did a lot of things wrong. They were better, and we had to really dig deep and come up good Game Two,” he said.He anticipates and an even more testing match from the Oneil Brown-coached Camperdown today.”I expect them to come even harder, but we’ll be ready. We’ll be prepared as the players are more mentally ready to get the job done,” he added..Brown is of the view that Calabar’s talisman Maliek McCarthy was the difference in Game Two and he credited the Calabar star for his “composure and decision making under pressure”. However, he said that his team is fired up for today’s match.”I am 100 per cent confident that we are going to take Game Three. We have everything in place and we have something new to the table as we will be bringing in a new player. He has not played all season long and he should make a big difference to the guard position. So we are very confident we are going to take Game Three,” he said.
Tennis star Leander Paes, filmmaker-cum-actor Farhan Akhtar and entrepreneur Sam Pitroda would guide the youth wing of Trinamool Congress, announced West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and heir apparent Abhishek Banerjee on Monday. Abhishek, who formally launched All India Trinamool Yuva on Monday, announced a team of 12 experts from different fields to guide the youth wing and attract youth to it.”The central advisory committee will have four names from the party. The names are Derek O’Brien, Dinesh Trivedi, Amit Mitra and Partho Chatterjee. The central advisory committee will also have Leander Paes from sports, Farhan Akhtar from entertainment and Sam Pitroda from technology,” Abhishek said. Even as critics behind the scene made sceptical remarks about how Mamata and Trinamool were favouring dynastic politics, Abhishek took the centre stage and made the announcements. With aunt Mamata as the chairperson of the committee and Abhishek the national president of Trinamool Yuva, parallels between the Congress’s first family and this family affair were inevitable. Though Abhishek denied emulating Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, he seemed to be following his footsteps. He announced to tour various districts of West Bengal in the near future.