MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil While Smith is a pure point guard, Doncic possesses many of those skills. One of the first things Nelson said about Doncic after the draft was that he loves to pass. Coach Rick Carlisle appears set to start him at power forward, but says he can play every position except center.The first thing to watch with the Mavericks trying to return to relevance in the tough Western Conference will be how Smith and Doncic play off each other.“I just think if one guy zigs, the other guy’s got to zag,” Carlisle said. “We were a team last year that dribbled too much. Luka certainly helps that because he’s a guy that can play with or without the ball. And so we’re going to enter a new sort of paradigm with our team on this.”Smith attended Doncic’s introductory news conference in June and liked what he saw in the first preseason game.“I wouldn’t say it’s going to be easy for him, but he’s going to make an impact,” said Smith, who also started his career as a teenager. “He’s a smart player, very high IQ, and he just knows how to play the game.”As for the Texas transition, Doncic is coming along fine. He’s already attended two Dallas Cowboys games (“I’m really becoming a fan of that sport,” he said) and already has a favorite steakhouse.Among the early priorities for Doncic, fluent in four languages, was finding a good Spanish restaurant. His favorite player is LeBron James, but the game circled on his calendar isn’t the Lakers. That would be Miami, since countryman Goran Dragic plays for the Heat.Doncic and Dragic have been friends for some time and spent the summer of 2017 together as they helped their country win the European championship and Doncic was regularly picking Dragic’s brain about the NBA. Dragic also got a glimpse of how Doncic will handle the transition.“The one thing that I know is even when he had a bad game for our national team, he’d still be smiling,” Dragic said. “He doesn’t get affected by it. A lot of teams thought he would crumble under the pressure, and he didn’t. Mentally, he’s strong enough where he’ll always survive.”Although significantly shorter than Nowitzki, Doncic is bulkier, which could help with the “rag doll” effect that Nelson described with the way a certain lanky German was manhandled two decades ago. Smith held his own pretty well as a rookie. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nowitzki out ‘multiple weeks’ as left ankle rehab continues Add it all up and there’s still plenty of work the 19-year-old faces on his own as a potential international star in an increasingly global league.“He’s one of the most high-profile guys to come through Europe,” said Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, in a better position than most to know. “There’s a real buzz, which means absolutely nothing when he gets to the NBA because he starts from scratch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissNowitzki emerged from a rough rookie season 20 years ago to become one of the NBA’s seven 30,000-point scorers. The German changed the game as a 7-footer who could shoot 3-pointers and was the centerpiece for a franchise that made 12 straight playoff trips and won the title in 2011.The Mavericks have Doncic because those days are over, replaced by consecutive losing seasons and a pair of top 10 picks. Dallas got Smith at ninth overall last year, then traded up two spots with Atlanta for Doncic, the No. 3 overall pick, four months ago. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Luka Doncic. APDALLAS — Luka Doncic is getting help from a variety of angles as the teenager makes the transition from European basketball to the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks.The Slovenian rookie has mom to keep things settled at home, 40-year-old fellow Euro transplant Dirk Nowitzki to teach what it takes to become an NBA MVP and young point guard Dennis Smith Jr. to share the burden of expectations for lifting a fading franchise.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “When you have a young guy like Dennis that just went through that, to have a person of Luka’s age as well as a guy like Dirk that has seen and done it all in basketball, you get both perspectives,” Nelson said. “And both are extremely valuable. It’s not lost on Luka how unique of an opportunity he has to play with one of the all-time greats in his golden years.”It’s not lost on the Mavericks what they hope Doncic becomes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nowitzki is about to set a record with his 21st season with the same franchise, now a complementary piece that is likely to come off the bench for the first time since his rookie year. This figures to be Doncic’s only season with the 13-time All-Star, 2007 MVP and 2011 Finals MVP.“I’m sure we’ll have some time on the road somewhere to talk about some stuff that he can expect,” Nowitzki said. “But at the end of the day, you got to go make your own experiences and go through some stuff to learn. His transition should be a lot smoother than mine. He plays with a savviness that I never had. I might not still have it.”Doncic left home at 13 to join the professional club Real Madrid. The 6-7 guard-forward capped that six years of experience by winning Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP honors while helping Real Madrid win a championship just days before he was drafted.That’s where the conversation about Doncic’s readiness begins, and he isn’t ducking the lofty hopes Dallas has for him.“When they say you’re going to be good, I like to be challenged,” said Doncic, who turns 20 after the All-Star break. “When they say you’re not going to be good, I say ‘Let’s see.’ When I step on the court, I need to show it. No matter the pick you are, you need to show it on the court.”ADVERTISEMENT
Fifty-six-year-old Washington Sumowah said he has lost his sight and sense of smell after being discharged from the Ebola treatment unit (ETU) within the compound of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia.Mr. Sumowah was taken to the ETU on September 2, when he was suspected of suffering from the hemorrhagic fever and was discharged on September 6.Explaining his ordeal to the Daily Observer Sunday, September 21, at his residence in Gbarnga, he said when he started feeling sick, he went to the Phebe Hospital for medical checkup and his specimen was taken and sent to Monrovia for testing.“Two days later, I was asked by health authority at the Phebe Hospital that I needed to go to Monrovia at the JFK Hospital ETU for treatment and that is how I was taken to the treatment center,” Mr. Sumowah said.He narrated that at the ETU, he was profusely sprayed with a chemical he identified as chlorine, something he alleged might have been the cause of him losing his sight and sense of smell.“The chemical cut sore all over my body that made me to have sleepless nights for the past ten days” he declared displaying one of his photos.Mr. Sumowah told this reporter after spending four days at the ETU that he was discharged by medical personnel when his second test conducted proved negative, which means that he is freed from the Ebola virus disease.Medical records in the possession of the survivor, signed by Dr. J. Soka Moses, a Medical Doctor at the ETU, established that he (survivor) had suffered from multiple body pain, diarrhea, breathlessness, weakness, abdominal pain as well as muscle pain for the past two weeks before being taken to the JFK Ebola Treatment Unit. There is nowhere in the report pointing to him coming down with the virus.However, Sumowah told this paper that he had suffered from bloody stool and urine for many years and both have been his major illnesses.Many people in Gbarnga believe that the 56-year-old man is simply allergic to the chemical used on him during his stay at the ETU.Meanwhile, he has passionately appealed to the Liberian Government, humanitarian organizations, the international community and people of goodwill to extend assistance to him in restoring his sight and sense of smell.He is a father of seven, said his wife has forsaken him as a result of his present condition and only his four and ten-year-old children are currently taking care of him.“Can you imagine before I go in the rest room, my son has to lead me even to take bath? Things that I used to do on my own, I cannot do them again; it is frustrating,” Mr. Sumowah remarked, shaking his head in frustration.When contacted, the County Health Officer for Bong Dr. Sampson Azoakoi confirmed that the victim was transferred to Monrovia after his blood specimen was taken and tested and was diagnosed of Ebola but maintained that he regretted that the survivor came back with blindness and lack of smell.Dr. Azoakoi told this paper that at present, the eye clinic at the Phebe Hospital is not functional due to the prevailing health crisis in the country but advised the victim to seek assistance elsewhere until the eye unit is re-opened.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
No-confidence appeal hearingThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has made a request to have the appeal in the no-confidence matter fast-tracked for early hearing, due to the fact that the 90-day period is fast approaching for the constitutionally mandated General and Regional Elections.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo made this revelation on Thursday during a press conference at his office, explaining that there is nothing preventing the immediate hearing of the matter.“We are calling on the Chancellor (Yonette Cummings-Edwards) to urgently, in fact immediately move to hearing of the appeal. The appeals have been filed; the records of appeal have been settled since February 15. So, there is nothing to prevent the immediate hearing of these matters,” he explained.The Opposition Leader referred to Chief Justice Roxanne George’s handling of the matter, which saw it being fast-tracked and a decision being made in quick time based on the case’s high-profile status. He said the Opposition expects the same action to be taken on the matter from the Court of Appeal.He said, “There is nothing before the Court of Appeal now that has a higher demand on the time of the court than this issue, which is about the constitutionality of our Government, and us heading into an unconstitutional situation.”Jagdeo used the opportunity to also highlight that the international community has been calling for these hearings to be heard expeditiously. The most recent body to do so was the Caribbean Community (Caricom). He said he hopes that they will adhere to these concerns being raised.Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary Yonette Cummings-EdwardsThe Chief Justice had ruled that the no-confidence vote was validly passed, and that Cabinet should have resigned. However, Attorney General Basil Williams in his appeal claimed that the Chief Justice made an error in her rulings and plans to challenge the matter all the way to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).Meanwhile, as it relates to another matter, Jagdeo said a request has also been made to the CCJ to have them fast-track the case regarding appointment of the GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson, for which the Opposition maintains was a unilateral decision.The Court of Appeal’s ruling, handed down on October 19, 2018, upheld the High Court’s ruling that President David Granger was well within his rights when he unilaterally appointed Patterson as GECOM Chairman. But PPP Executive Secretary, Zulfikar Mustapha has challenged that decision. The party feels that the President acted “unconstitutionally, illegally or unreasonably” in appointing him.StayFurther, in commenting on the issue regarding the application for a stay of the No-confidence Motion, Jagdeo is of the opinion that that timeline cannot be altered by the court. The reason for his argument is that if the court goes ahead, it would seem to suggest that it is altering provisions of the Constitution.“And the Constitution says the three months can only be extended if you have two thirds vote in the National Assembly. And at this point in time, we are not going to vote with APNU (A Partnership for National Unity) to extend that timeline that would expire in March,” he added.Given the national importance of the challenges to the no-confidence case, stakeholders have been calling on the Judiciary to ensure the matter is fast-tracked. However, defects in the summons filed in the Appeal Court by Government to stay last month’s High Court rulings on the no-confidence resolution means Williams will have to refile one of the summons in the matter. This was the order handed down by Justice Rishi Persaud in preliminary proceedings on Wednesday ahead of the overall case.The Attorney General is expected to file the corrected documents as he holds out the stay and conservatory orders are necessary to preserve Government’s continuance in office for the foreseeable future. Justice Persaud said moments prior that the summons must be filed without defect and be corrected. Williams was seeking to amend the appeal to include the names of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and Minister of State Joseph Harmon that were not included as named respondents.The PPP in a statement after the case was heard, condemned what it described as “characteristic incompetence of the Attorney General in matters of national importance, which coincidentally, is symptomatic of the ineptitude across the entire spectrum of the Government.”
Story Links Print Friendly Version Box Score (PDF) Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Mediacom MC22/ESPN+ Listen Live Watch Live The Bulldogs bring their four-game streak back to Des Moines next to host Illinois State Wednesday evening at the Knapp Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will feature a halftime dunk contest between some of the world’s top athletes as part of ‘Relays Night’ at the Knapp Center. Next Game: Box Score (HTML) VALPARAISO, Ind. – Merrillville, Ind., native D.J. Wilkins scored a career-high 20 points in front of friends and family to lead the Drake University men’s basketball team to a 70-59 road win at Valparaiso Saturday, Jan. 26, evening. Drake’s defense held Valparaiso (12-9, 5-3 MVC) to 37.9 percent shooting and just 12.5 percent from the three-point arc. Jaume Sorolla and Daniel Sackey led a Valpo roster depleted by injury with 13 points each. “It was a game that wasn’t the cleanest, but I’m proud of our effort and the way they competed,” said Drake head coach Darian DeVries. “We made just enough plays down the stretch to get that separation.” The Bulldogs used an early 8-0 run to jump out to a 15-9 lead, but Valpo countered with a similar run of their own to close the gap midway through the first half. Neither squad led by more than a possession for the remainder of the half and a Wilkins three-pointer with 23 seconds left gave the Bulldogs a 29-26 lead halftime. Wilkins finished with nine first-half points, three assists and four rebounds. In a back-and-forth contest, the Bulldogs outscored Valpo, 12-5 in the final four minutes to pick up the program’s fourth-straight double-digit victory and second-straight win on the road. Wilkins scored seven of his points during that span to secure the Bulldogs’ victory. “We had a couple of good breaks in there, but I thought Anthony Murphy’s three was a big one and we got just enough stops and timely buckets,” DeVries said of the final four minutes. Wilkins’ career night came on 7-of-12 shooting and a 4-of-8 night from the three-point arc to improve Drake to 16-5 overall and 5-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Fellow Northwestern Indiana natives Anthony and Tremell Murphy (Griffith, Ind.) had 12 points and 11 points, respectively before a strong Drake following at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Anthony Murphy also added a career-high five assists. Drake built a five-point lead in first three minutes of the second half before that was erased and another five-point, 41-36, lead was established seven minutes into the half. Two minutes later an Anthony Murphy dunk put the Bulldogs up nine points, 50-41. However, the Crusaders eventually pulled within four points in the final with five minutes to play before Drake put away the Crusaders for good. Full Schedule Roster Illinois State 1/30/2019 – 7 p.m.
A retired Donegal garda sergeant, who was bitten on both arms while attempting to arrest a woman, spent six months worrying if he had contracted Aids.Former Garda Sgt Christy GalliganWell-known Christy Galligan said he was off duty on June 25th, 2006 and had just completed some shopping close to Larkins Lane, Letterkenny and was returning to his wife’s car when the incident occurred. He had noticed that the car, which he had parked earlier, had a broken front windscreen and that a large cement block was sitting close it, the High Court heard.A number of witnesses had identified to him a woman in a nearby flats complex, who was suspected of having caused the damage, The Irish Times reports.Mr Galligan, who had been stationed at Letterkenny Garda Station at the time, told Mr Justice Michael White, during a Garda compensation hearing, that he had approached the flat where the woman lived and when the front door was opened, he had seen several youngsters inside who seemed to be intoxicated.Mr Galligan told his barrister, Declan McHugh, that when the woman came to the front door he presented himself as a garda and told her she was under arrest. She had been extremely intoxicated and became abusive.He said the woman, who was not identified in court, had tried to resist arrest, with the help of a number of teenagers, who had been in the flat with her. He had eventually managed to restrain her.The court heard the other youngsters kicked him violently, grabbed the collar of his shirt and spat at him. The woman, whom he was restraining around her waist, bit him on both forearms. He immediately felt severe pain and the wounds had started bleeding.Galligan said he had managed to call for reinforcement, and when it arrived, the woman and a number of teenagers were arrested. He had been taken to Letterkenny General Hospital, where he was given a tetanus injection and blood samples were taken.The court heard the woman had refused to have her blood taken and Galligan had worried for six months until final blood tests revealed he had not contracted Aids.He had been off work for several weeks and the wounds had left visible marks on his arms. He sued the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.Judge White, awarding Galligan €12,000 compensation, said his injuries were the result of a nasty incident and had caused him anxiety.BITTEN GARDA WHO FEARED HE HAD CONTRACTED AIDS IS AWARD €12K COMPENSATION was last modified: December 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bittenChristy GalligandonegalHIGH COURTLetetrkenny Garda station
CAN you help find missing family pet Sophia?She has been missing in the Windmill View area of Letterkenny this evening.If you’ve seen her you can leave a message on social media or call Lisa Jayne on 0868862311 or message her via her Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/lisajayne.mackey HAVE YOU SEEN MISSING SOPHIA? was last modified: October 12th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyMISSING DOGsophia
Tags: AFCON 2019ivory coastMALIMohamed Magassoubatop Mali finished with 7 points at the group stage.AFCON 2019Mali vs Ivory CoastSuez Stadium SuezMonday, 08-07-2019 @7pmMali and Ivory Coast will face off in one of the two round of 16 Africa Cup of Nations to be played on Monday.The Eagles head into the game off an impressive Group stage that saw they top their group with 7 points.Mohamed Magassouba’s side defeated Mauritania 4-1, drew 1-1 with Tunisia and beat Angola 1-0 in the last game. Their six goals scored could only be matched by Algeria, summing up how good they were in the group stages.Coming up against a side they have never beaten at the finals’ tournament, Mali know they have to upset the odds, something they have proved they can.For Ivory Coast, they were the highest scoring team in their group but missed out on finishing as table toppers after suffering a narrow loss to Morocco in the second round of group fixtures.The squad certainly bounced back with a resounding reply, in their final clash against Namibia, with the scores reading 4-1 in their favor at the end of the ninety minutes.“Nobody thought that Benin could go past Morocco, the same goes for South Africa. So these are indeed messages sent to all the teams, Kamara said on Sunday“Of course, whether it’s Mali or Ivory Coast, or any team at this stage of the competition, you have to give it everything so you don’t end up with regrets because there is no return leg, there is no second or third match.”Mali are seeking a first victory over their fellow west Africans at the Cup of Nations after three losses and a draw.“You shouldn’t look at the history or listen to the bookmakers, because then I would say that Ivory Coast are favourites, but that’s not the case. We’ve seen that in the results that come in every day.” Kamara added.Team newsMali have no injury concerns and should name his best XI for Monday’s encounter with Ivory Coast. Moussa Marega made a second-half substitute in the 1-0 win over Angola and is set to return to the starting lineup. Skipper Abdoulaye Diaby will return to the XI after being rested on Tuesday.Mamadou Bagayoko will continue at right-back with Serge Aurier yet to recover from injury. Jonathan Kodjia and Nicolas Pepe started on the bench in the 4-1 win over Namibia and are expected to return to the team. Wilfried Zaha and Max Gradel are also likely to retain their place in the team after getting on the scoresheet last time out.Match StatsThe teams have met each other on nine occasions. Mali have registered just one in their previous head to head meetings. The game finished in a tie at 1-1, the last time the two teams met in the Africa Cup of Nations. Ivory Coast have recorded five clean sheets against Mali, while the latter have just two.The other games on Monday-Ghana vs Tunisia @10pmSunday’s results-Madagascar 2(4) – 2(4) DR Congo-Algeria 3-0 GuineaComments
Follow the Puck Understand the Why: Typically, there are many reasons for moving to cloud: increased cost savings, greater availability, better performance. Knowing why you want to make the transition from a strategic standpoint and aligning with your overall business goals can help focus efforts and find the right cloud fit. Justin is part of the Microsoft IoT Channel Marketing team and is responsible for developing channel marketing programs – such as IoT in Action – that target Microsoft’s IoT partner ecosystem & build awareness of Microsoft IoT solutions. Expect Increased Usage & Costs: Cloud consumption typically increases after initial migration. Due to easy access and relative low-cost, developers and administrators will consume more resources, developing new applications and solutions. Resource sprawl is also a likely outcome as stakeholders jump on board the cloud bandwagon. 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Read on for insight into what a typical cloud transformation journey looks like within the context of the Internet of Things (IoT), as well as applied to specific industries.Bringing the Cloud Journey to Industrial IoT Industrial IoT organizations are on of the most common to embark on a digital and cloud transformation journey. For instance, manufacturers find they are able to streamline operations, increase productivity and predict issues before they occur when they combine cloud with IoT. One such manufacturer that has used cloud transformation to create a valuable service is Rolls-Royce. With more than 13,000 commercial aircraft engines in service worldwide, Rolls Royce uses data from equipment sensors to help airlines predict and plan for maintenance needs and increase fuel economy. This helps its customers minimize costly delays and maximize fuel efficiency. 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The Steadicam is synomymous with high quality film and video production – sweeping and stabilized shots. The following video compiles some of the best Steadicam shots of all time to impressive effect!It takes skill and LOTS of practice to be a successful Steadicam operator. The best Steadicam operators are highly sought after and constantly in-demand. It’s a physically and mentally demanding job to consistently pull off smooth shots with depth and motion. Steadicam shooting is an art.The following video aptly named “The Art of Steadicam” shows off some of this ‘fancy footwork’ in a montage of some of the very best Steadicam shots in film and video history. Video production company Refocused Media compiled these all-star shots from a list of the best rated Steadicam shots on Steadishots.org.Great inspiration for anyone interested in filmmaking and a tribute to one of the hardest working position in showbusiness, the Steadicam Operator:
In a yet another blow to India’s chances in the West Indies, Yuvraj Singh has been ruled out of the tour to the Caribbean.Yuvraj is suffering from a lung infection and will require rest of at least 20 days.India seem to have a depleted side for the West Indies tour, with Sachin Tendulkar, Indian captain M.S. Dhoni and Zaheer Khan already rested for the ODI series.Opener Virender Sehwag has also been ruled of the series with a shoulder injury.Stand-in skipper Gautam Gambhir is also expected not to play any part in the series due to a shoulder injury.Pacer Ashish Nehra, too, is missing the tour due to injury.Selectors in a spotYuvraj’s absence from West Indies tour has put the national selectors in a spot. They were awaiting a fitness report on stand-in captain Gautam Gambhir for the series.Sources told Headlines Today that Gambhir, in all likelihood, would be rested from the one-day series due to injury.With Yuvi ruled out and Dhoni, Sachin and Sehwag rested, Gambhir’s absence is going to seriously hit Team India’s chances in their maiden tour as world champions.Gautam Gambhir finds himself in the centre of a storm after aggravating his shoulder injury while playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the fourth season of the Indian Premier League. He jeopardised his chances of touring West Indies after being advised six weeks’ rest by KKR physio Andrew Leipus.But the BCCI is awaiting Team India physio’s report on the extent of Gambhir’s injury, before taking a final call on the southpaw’s availability for the One-day series in West Indies.advertisementSources have told Headlines Today that Gambhir has made it known to the board that he would like to recuperate from the injury. The selection committee, led by Krish Srikkanth, met in Chennai on Friday to pick the Test squad to West Indies.If Gambhir is ruled unfit, the selectors will need to announce a replacement player and captain for the ODI squad.With Gambhir’s chances of returning to top fitness for the Test series too looking slim, the biggest challenge for the selectors will be to pick a quality pair of openers.India’s hero from the World Cup final Gautam Gambhir has received plenty of flak for turning up for KKR in the qualifier despite an injured shoulder, but the southpaw has defened himself of any wrongdoing.Gambhir ridiculed allegations of putting his franchise before his country while dismissing reports that he had risked an injury to fulfill his IPL commitments.Speaking to a leading national daily, Gambhir said that it is imaginative to say that he was covering his injury to play in the IPL. He further added that any modern cricketer knows that by feigning or risking injury he is only jeopardising his own career.While admitting that he did play with discomfort without realising the gravity of his injury, Gambhir explained his need to turn up in the crucial play-off game since his team needed him as a leader. But Gambhir dismissed allegations of having preferred club over country as baseless and ridiculous.