Dodging an upset

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We can’t afford to let that happen in future games. We have tougher teams coming up,” said Ravena, whose squad faces the perennial contenders in the latter part of their elimination round campaign.Coach Aris Dimaunahan got his Blackwater crew to hold it together earlier, as the Elite clipped NorthPort, 107-98, for their first win in the season-closing conference.“From being beaten by 30 by TNT, we got beaten by six by NLEX, the challenge was to get a win,” Dimaunahan said.Blackwater drew 13 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists from import Marqus Blakely and twin digits from four locals, led by the 21 of Ray Parks as the Elite improved to 1-2.“That’s the old Blakely we know: protecting the rim, hustling, defending and giving out assists,” Dimaunahan said of his import. “He’s like ‘Mr. All-Around.’”ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Some MPBL squads in dire financial straits Becoming his own man Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuecenter_img Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—TNT held off tough-as-nails Columbian, 125-120, to vault out front in the PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations on Saturday night at Ynares Center here—a narrow victory that raised concerns more than spirits.“We barely survived. Columbian played really well,” said KaTropa coach Bong Ravena, who was visibly bothered by how many points they allowed their foes to score.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “I think I’m just a little bit more comfortable in the system, knowing what my teammates need out of me,” said Blakely.Meanwhile, San Miguel Beer notched a third straight win after scoring a 98-94 nipping of NLEX in Dubai on Saturday.Dez Wells scored 32 points and Alex Cabagnot had 20 for San Miguel.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “Yes, we’re happy [with the victory]. But our concern now is our defense—which we haven’t been doing good [so far],” he added.Import KJ McDaniels had 29 points to lead all TNT shooters, while Roger Pogoy had 27 and Jayson Castro 25 in the KaTropa’s fourth straight win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manBut what bothers Ravena and the rest of the TNT brain trust is that they allowed three players to almost beat them.Import Khapri Alston fired 38 points, while Rashawn McCarthy and CJ Perez tossed in 26 and 23, respectively for Columbian, which dropped to 2-2. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicslast_img read more

Andy Murray wins 1st ATP final since hip surgery

first_imgAfter undergoing hip resurfacing surgery, Murray returned to the court in June playing doubles — including at Wimbledon — before moving back to singles in August.The 34-year-old Wawrinka was looking for his first ATP title since the 2017 Geneva Open.The crucial break of serve in the first set came in the second game, with Murray saving two break points but not a third, and his Swiss opponent served it out 6-3.Murray looked in deep trouble when Wawrinka broke again in the third game of the second set, and the Scot had to save more break points to avoid losing a fourth game in a row.But, having dug in, he got his reward as Wawrinka’s serve went off the boil and his level dipped, with Murray breaking back to 3-3.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:41Video captures shooting by Hong Kong police02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Just two to go DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own mancenter_img Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Wawrinka had two more chances at 4-4 but again Murray fought off the danger and it was Murray who then took his first set point to clinch it 6-4 and level the match.Wawrinka stepped up again early in the third set and was twice a break ahead but once more Murray dug in, hitting back immediately both times.Murray saved two more break points at 4-4 to leave Wawrinka serving to stay in the match. When Wawrinka blazed a forehand well off target on the first match point, it was the former top-ranked Murray celebrating a remarkable comeback.Murray is now expected to take a break until the Davis Cup finals next month while he waits for the birth of his third child.“I’ll have three kids under 4 years old. I need to get on the road so we don’t get out of control,” Murray joked. “I’m excited for the third kid. My wife’s been a huge support for getting me back on the court and making me fight to keep playing.” /gsgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ANTWERP, Belgium  – Andy Murray claimed his first ATP tour title in more than 2 1/2 years at the European Open on Sunday in only his sixth singles tournament since returning from hip surgery in January.Andy Murray of Britain poses with the trophy after winning the European Open final tennis match in Antwerp, Belgium, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. Murray defeated Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 3-6/6-4/6-4. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)The 32-year-old Murray rallied to beat fellow three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the final.ADVERTISEMENT The last time he lifted silverware in singles came in Dubai in March 2017, so it was no surprise that the tears quickly flowed for the British player.“Obviously it means a lot, the last few years have been extremely difficult, both me and Stan have had a lot of injury problems the last couple of years,” Murray said in an on-court interview broadcast by Amazon Prime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“I just managed to hang in a bit at the end of the second set and the third set was extremely close again. I didn’t expect to be in this position so I’m very happy. This is one of the biggest wins that I’ve had after everything so I’m very proud.”It was their grueling French Open semifinal two years ago that exacerbated physical issues for both players. Murray spent the next 18 months trying to find a solution to his hip problems that would enable him to live without pain, while Wawrinka underwent two knee operations. This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READlast_img read more

Hastily completed

first_imgChief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:29Attacks vs UP Visayas students a ‘natural reaction’ from Duterte supporters – Palace02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Together, the Fighting Maroons and Tamaraws are headed to the Final Four with a clear mission: Topple two-time defending champion Ateneo.The Maroons hammered out another pulsating victory, this time over the De La Salle Green Archers, 71-68, to claim a twice-to-beat advantage for the first time in the Final Four era at Ynares Center here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe Tamaraws also continued their late-season revival with an emphatic 82-68 triumph over also-ran University of the East that allowed them to join Ateneo (13-0), UP (9-4) and UST (8-6) in the next round.“Who would have thought we would make it to the Final Four,” said FEU coach Olsen Racela, whose team reached the semifinals for the seventh straight season—the longest active streak in the league even after losing four of their first six games. View comments ANTIPOLO—True to its identity this season, University of the Philippines recovered just when it looked like the Fighting Maroons were about to bungle a golden opportunity.Far Eastern U, meanwhile, showed its inconsistent ways are now a thing of a past.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics “Not a lot of people believed in us except for those within the team and the FEU community. But we’re not done yet. We’ve achieved our goal and we move on to the next.”The format for the semifinals remains to be determined as Ateneo will still play UP on Wednesday.A win by the Eagles will complete a 14-game sweep and also hand them an outright finals spot, while forcing a stepladder format with UP holding a twice-to-beat edge against the winner between FEU and UST.But a UP victory will pave the way for an Ateneo-UST match and an FEU-UP duel with the Eagles and Maroons both armed with a twice-to-beat edge.The victory bore hallmarks of a typical Maroons’ performance this season: A big and boisterous UP crowd in attendance, an early double-digit lead wasted and a fourth quarter-deficit overhauled with some gutsy, electrifying individual plays.ADVERTISEMENT Athletics bets shine in test event Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical “The point of everything is what will be our performance come playoff time,” said UP coach Bo Perasol, after the Maroons secured their ninth win in 13 games.“But today was not just about positioning, but also surviving. There were ups and downs, but we had to win this game for the UP community. They came here in throngs and they’ve supported us all throughout.”The Maroons can rest easy—for now—after surviving the Archers’ late onslaught heading into the final 2:54 where they faced a four-point deficit. Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’last_img read more

10 sporting phrases you should know

first_imgRio de Janeiro, Brazil is hosting the biggest sporting event in the world, the Olympics. Though a section of natives earlier questioned the venue of this game, the government has managed to stick to its decision and has invested a lot of money to make the game a sure success.In the process of the Olympics, we keep coming across several phrases or words used in the world of sports, many of which we do not know.Here are some of the sporting phrases you should know:   Read: Dipa Karmakar nominated for Khel Ratna: Facts about the biggest sporting award and the nominee Read: 106-year-old torchbearer for Rio Olympics: 10 oldest athletes in the world Image source: pixabay india.last_img

Why we are a two-medal nation

first_imgIts the same old story every four years. The frenzy begins at the Opening Ceremony. People from across our nation start baying for medals as if it’s our birthright. There are celebrations, there are felicitations. There is criticism of the athletes who fail to win. There is an uproar against,Its the same old story every four years. The frenzy begins at the Opening Ceremony. People from across our nation start baying for medals as if it’s our birthright. There are celebrations, there are felicitations. There is criticism of the athletes who fail to win. There is an uproar against our self-serving officials. There are sarcastic references to how a nation of one billion hardly wins any medals. Then, by the time the Closing Ceremony comes along, this frenzy peters out. It is sent into hibernation to be reawakened before the next Olympics.PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar: A look at India’s new wonder women Rio Olympics 2016: How Indian athletes marked their presence despite a broken system We, in India, are suffering from a strange syndrome. We think we ought to be among the top sporting nations in the world, but in reality, we are confused about what kind of sporting nation we are, and what kind of sporting nation we want to become. So let’s address the basic questions: Do we want to be known as one of the leaders of the sporting world that wins 20, 30, 40 medals every Olympics? Or are we happy being a two-, three-, or five-medal nation? The confusion is a very understandable one. There are so many problems in India, and so many priorities to focus on-poverty, healthcare, water, power, unemployment, social inequality-that sport ends up taking a back seat. If we are happy with keeping sport on the backburner, on not treating it as a priority item in our larger national agenda, fair enough, and so be it. If we decide, as a nation, that we cannot invest in sport and we cannot afford to join the race for medals, let us re-engineer our hopes and set realistic targets. Let us be fine with winning a few medals, if at all, at the Olympics, and be content. But if we want to break out, if we consider sporting excellence as a reflection of the nation’s health and its place in the world, then drastic action is needed.advertisementFirst, we must examine how sport is run in India. We have funding from the government, which may not compare with that of several other countries, but has been getting better over the years. We have some corporate houses who invest in sport as a matter of course. And we have a few NGOs, such as the Olympic Gold Quest, that help manage elite athletes and try to ensure they get the facilities they need. Every aspect of this structure has improved somewhat in the last few years, and that’s why we have gone from three medals in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Games to 11 medals in the three Olympics that followed. But even when it is functioning at its peak, this system will never be enough to make India a sporting power. There is too much arbitrariness and too much reliance on the good nature of people and companies, rather than institutional strength, for this to be a successful model. A system in which we don’t properly encourage people to play, identify talent at the grassroots, build facilities in every town and village, have the best coaches, trainers and sports doctors available in every centre, can only achieve so much.The need, therefore, is for us, as a society, to ask ourselves if we really want sport to reflect who we are as a people. If the answer is yes, then how we approach Olympic sport-as a pastime that comes along once in four years-must change altogether. For, remember this, and I know something about it, medals are not won only by what athletes do on the day of the competition when the world’s eyes are trained on them. They are won by what is done in the four years in between, when athletes are preparing to fulfil their dreams, away from the spotlight.Photo: Getty ImagesIf we are to become a genuine sporting nation, the first thing that we need to do is to treat sport as a long-term project. This will require a huge investment-not just money, but also investment in knowledge, infrastructure and technical knowhow. Today, the majority of our elite sportsmen have to go overseas to train because we don’t have the kind of experts we need at home-perhaps with the exception of Pullela Gopichand in badminton, who is among the best in the world at what he does. Let me give my own example. I spend several months a year outside India, training in Germany for the most part. Why do I go? Because in India I cannot get the expertise-coaches, doctors, mental conditioning trainers-I need. Even at the best of times, these are just short training stints, sometimes three weeks long, sometimes six weeks long. I gain access to facilities for a limited period of time, somehow get what I can from them, and then come back home. This can never be Plan A. In a large number of the countries we compete with, and certainly most of the countries that win a lot of medals, such facilities are available to athletes 365 days a year. In Germany, every little village has a proficient sports medicine expert. In India, we have barely two or three of repute in the whole country.A successful sporting system must have experts, and it’s important that we are in a position to produce these experts at home. We must have programmes and courses that allow their development and ensure that it’s a viable profession. Only then will the grassroots have access to these experts and be able to develop from a young age in the right way. That’s the only way bad habits, deficiencies in technique and an injury-prone body-often impossible to fix at a later stage-won’t form from a young age. With these experts not available, becoming an athlete in India requires a tremendous personal investment. In many other countries, particularly in the West and even in China, Japan and South Korea, the investment is much less because the best facilities and top experts are available as a matter of course.advertisementAnother important thing holding back Indian sport is the bureaucracy that has been built into the system. The red tape exists at two levels. First, we have politicians who have squatted over certain federations for decades-without any technical skills or knowhow, without even the administrative expertise to run them-and converted sports bodies into their personal fiefdoms. Their posts are only meant to facilitate foreign junkets and to increase their clout. They treat athletes as second-class citizens and worry only about garnering votes so that they can remain in power in perpetuity. We tried to address some of these issues in the Sports Bill-I was one of the members of the drafting committee-but such is the political interference in sport, that it was always going to be a losing battle. The federations and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), instead of allowing themselves to be professionalised, used their ‘autonomy’, as listed in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) charter, as a convenient excuse the moment the government tried to implement some good governance rules. We tried to put an age cap and a tenure cap for posts, and bring the federations under the Right to Information (RTI) Act to promote transparency. During the drafting process, when we were being hurried to finish the Bill, I would often joke with Justice Mukul Mudgal, who was on the committee, why are we being rushed, because this Bill will eventually go into the dustbin. That is what happened in the end. I believe India desperately needs to revive the Sports Bill to end opaqueness and get experts into key administrative positions.advertisementThe other kind of bureaucracy is that the government’s sports structure is too multi-layered. As an athlete, I have to constantly deal with three different bodies-the sports ministry, the shooting federation and the Sports Authority of India (SAI). Each of them has its own set of rules and procedures. If I need equipment, since I’m funded largely by the government like most other international sportsmen in India, it’s a process of meetings, approvals, sanctions and procurements-often in triplicate. It’s a typical sarkari daftar attitude, and getting equipment or trips approved is as frustrating as applying for a passport or a ration card. The file keeps bouncing around from table to table, and everything takes longer than required. It’s a huge handicap because, as an athlete, time is always at a premium. The government must step in and clean this system so that elite sportsmen have the facilities they need without logistical problems. The government often speaks about ‘ease of doing business’, maybe they should also do something about the ‘ease of playing sport’.We also need to understand that sport is not just about elite athletes who have somehow risen despite the system. When we talk about re-engineering our sporting system, we usually talk only about athletes. But there needs to be a larger, holistic change in our society. To evolve as a sporting nation, we must embrace sport as a social activity. Families need to be able to play in every small town and village. At the moment, only a small fraction have the inclination to play or have access to sport in their daily lives. We need to build a club culture, where people play for fun and develop a love for the game. This will only come if we build enough facilities for the public. Every Sunday, when faced with a choice between going to watch a movie or playing sport, millions of Indians should be pushed towards choosing sport. Only when more people play will the pool of elite athletes-the best, who rise to the top-grow exponentially. This is a paradigm shift that requires time, effort and interest, along with infrastructure and money. Not everyone can invest 20 years of their lives to play and make the huge sacrifices that competitive sport requires. But only when people play will they realise the true value of excellence. That’s when they will see P.V. Sindhu or Dipa Karmakar or Sakshi Malik at the Olympics and understand what their quest is all about. That’s when our aspirations will be genuine, rather than a short-lived spurt during the Olympics.The true test of sporting glory cannot be restricted only to Olympic medals, but it is still a yardstick to measure yourself by. Let me break down how difficult winning is: of the 11,500 athletes at the Rio Olympics, there were only 300 gold medallists. All the countries that won multiple medals had a robust sporting system, and those that climbed up the ranks in recent years had launched projects that allowed them to achieve their targets. If Britain transformed its Olympic performances after winning one gold medal in Atlanta 1996 to 19 golds in Beijing 12 years later, to 29 in London and 27 in Rio, where they finished in second place, India can too.We are a sleeping giant, and it’s time we woke up. If we do want to be a sporting nation, it is important to have the same passion, the same energy we have during the Olympics even in the gap years. This energy must come from a system that has clear targets and is working towards fulfilling them. The Olympics come once in four years, but preparation is every day.So, in the aftermath of Rio 2016, let us decide what we want. If lip-service, and a dash of celebration and outrage is what we’re after, we have achieved our goals already. And achieved them handsomely! But if we want something more, we have to work for it. We can’t wait till next year, next week, or even tomorrow. The time to start is now.Also read:Silver Lininglast_img read more

Jkhand to work for supplying water from abandoned coal mines

first_imgRanchi, Sep 13 (PTI) Chief Minister Raghubar Das today said the state government would work towards conserving and supplying water from abandoned coal mines and Coal India Ltd would assist in this endeavour.A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting between Das and Union Coal Secretary Anil Swarup here, an official release said.The state government would supply conserved water through pipelines in the nearby areas and an MoU with the Coal India would be signed in this regard, it said.Keeping environmental protection in mind, Das said rail lines would be laid for transporting coal from mines to the destination.When Das asked the CIL to provide modern equipment for the sports university, Swarup said the varsity would become a model in the country.Among others, Jharia resettlement, electricity production, employment and the conditions of coal mines were discussed at the meeting, the release said.Chief Secretary Rajbala Verma, CMs Principal Secretary Sanjay Kumar, Secretary Sunil Kumar Burnwal, CCL CMD Gopal Singh were present at the meeting, the release said. PTI PVR SUS TIRlast_img read more

After Baahubali 2, Prabhas to don Khaki in the upcoming film

first_imgEver since the release of SS Rajamouli’s epic fantasy drama Baahubali, the audience couldn’t stop asking the question: “Why did Kattappa kill Baahubali?”While the team is rigorously shooting for the climax portion of the much-awaited sequel, reports about Prabhas’ next film have cropped up.ALSO READ:Prabhas to play a cameo in Suriya’s Singam 3? ALSO READ: After Rajinikanth’s Kabali, Sivakarthikeyan’s Remo to release in JapanAccording to The News Minute, Prabhas will be essaying the role of a stylish cop in the upcoming yet-untitled film. To be helmed by Sujeeth of Run Raja Run fame, the project is likely to go on floors in January 2017.Produced by Mirchi under UV Creations, the  project will be made on a lavish budget close to Rs 100 crore.Meanwhile, the first look posters of Baahubali: The Conclusion is expected to be out on Prabhas’ birthday (October 23).With the film likely to be wrapped this November, the trailer of the film will be unveiled in January 2017.The film co-starring Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah Bhatia and Anushka Shetty is the sequel to 2015’s highly successful Baahubali: The Beginning which grossed over Rs 600 crore worldwide. Baahubali: The Conclusion will hit the screens on April 28, 2017.Interestingly, rumours are rife that Prabhas is likely to play a cameo in actor Suriya’s upcoming actioner Singam 3.last_img read more

Pacers Bhuvneshwar, Shami outshine the spinners at Eden Gardens

first_imgIt’s not too often that Indian cricket fans get to see their fast bowlers outperform the spinners in a Test match. The spin-friendly pitches in the sub-continent makes it very difficult for the pacers to restrict the flow of runs and pick up wickets on regular intervals. (Scorecard)But every once in a while when Indian curators do decide to make hard pitches and leave a tinge of grass on them, fast bowlers take over the job of taking wickets and outshine the spinners. (India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 3: Live Blog)The ongoing second Test in Kolkata is one such example where Indian pace bowlers picked up majority of the wickets to fall. The Eden Gardens track for the past few years has been more helpful for the fast bowlers. The newly-laid surface in the ongoing match between India and New Zealand has seen 15 wickets being taken by the fast bowlers in the first two innings. (Comeback-man Bhuvneshwar Kumar repays Virat Kohli’s faith again with five-wicket haul)Black Caps pacers Matt Henry, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner together dismissed seven Indian batsmen in the first innings while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami ran through the opposition batting lineup on the second and the third day to hand India a big lead in match. (Ganguly credits Kumble, Kohli for including Bhuvneshwar Kumar for Kolkata Test)Bhuvneshwar, who replaced Umesh Yadav in the playing XI for this game, was the star performer for the hosts as he picked up five wickets for 48 runs, while Shami grabbed three for 70 as New Zealand got bowled out for 204 to hand India a 112-run first innings lead. This was Bhuvneshwar’s maiden five-wicket haul on home soil and his fourth overall in Test cricket. Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja could only manage one wicket apiece. (Also read: Kolkata Test: Five-star Bhuvneshwar dismantles New Zealand after India’s 316)advertisementThere have been very few Tests played in India where pacers have got the better of the batsmen. Here is a list of the previous five instances:INDIA vs WEST INDIES, 1st TEST, EDEN GARDENS (NOVEMBER 2013)Sachin Tendulkar’s penultimate Test match was overshadowed by the debut of pace sensation Mohammed Shami at the Eden Gardens. Shami displayed an awesome exhibition of fast bowling and was specially lethal with the old ball as he finished the match with figures of 9/118. It was the best performance by an Indian fast bowler on debut, beating Munaf Patel’s 7/97 against England at Mohali in 2006. Shami got 4 wickets in the first innings and his maiden five-wicket haul in the second as India won the match by an innings and 51 runs. Shami and Bhuvneshwar clinched 11 of the 20 wickets in that Test match. (Also read: Bhuvneshwar Kumar rates Ross Taylor’s scalp as the best among five)INDIA vs WEST INDIES, 2nd TEST, EDEN GARDENS (NOVEMBER 2011)Once again Eden Gardens dished out a pace-friendly track and once again the opposition was the West Indies. Umesh Yadav, playing in just his second Test and comfortably India’s fastest bowler in the side, clinched three wickets in the first innings and four in the second to hand India a series clinching win by an innings and 15 runs.INDIA vs NEW ZEALAND, 3rd TEST, NAGPUR (NOVEMBER 2010)It was a series-deciding Test and both the teams had everything to play for after the first two matches ended in draws. A young Ishant Sharma and S Sreesanth stepped up for the hosts and destroyed the Black Caps to clinch an innings victory for India. Ishant finished with seven wickets in the match as India claimed the series at the VCA stadium in Jamtha.INDIA vs AUSTRALIA, 1st TEST, MOHALI (OCTOBER 2010)The Boder-Gavaskar Trophy consisted of just two Test matches in 2010 with India facing Australia in the first match at Mohali. This famous Test will be remembered for the 11-run partnership between VVS Laxman and Pragyan Ojha for the last wicket which got India over the line in chase of 215. The match was also one of those rare occasions were pace dominated spin and Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma picked up 11 wickets between them in the match. Zaheer got eight wickets in total including a five-for in the first innings as India took an unassailable lead in the series.INDIA vs AUSTRALIA, 1st TEST, M CHINNASWAMY STADIUM (OCTOBER 2008)Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma were in top form during the time and the Aussies bore the brunt of it as the duo picked up 13 wickets in the first match in Bangalore. Zaheer took a five-wicket haul in the first innings while Ishant clinched four wickets as Australia got bowled out for 430. Ishant then pipped his fast-bowling partner to take three wickets in the second innings, Zaheer scalped one as the match ended in a draw.advertisementlast_img read more

India will cherish memory of Cuban leader Fidel Castro: Prez

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 26 (PTI) India will cherish the memory of Fidel Castro, President Pranab Mukherjee said today as he condoled the passing away of the revolutionary Cuban leader.President Castro was a friend of India. The people of India admired him for his struggle for the liberty and progress of his people, Mukherjee said in a message to Raul Castro Ruz, the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, the Republic of Cuba.”It was with great sadness that I received the news of the passing of your brother and Former President of Cuba, President Fidel Castro Ruz, Leader of Cubas Revolution. Please accept my heartfelt condolences,” the President said.India was among the first countries to recognise Cuba after the success of his 1959 Revolution. Under Castros charismatic leadership, Cuba made commendable achievement, particularly in the fields of education, health, bio-technology and sports, he said.”He has long been a towering figure on the world stage, including at the helm of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).”We shall always cherish President Castros personal contribution to the close relations between India and Cuba. Memories of President Castros visit to New Delhi for the NAM Summit in 1983 are still fresh in our minds. India mourns with the people of the Republic of Cuba,” Mukherjee said.People of India will cherish the memory of this revolutionary leader whose ideas and action not only inspired his people or people of Latin America but people all over the world who want to break the tyranny of the system and want to express freely their views, the President said in a televised address.advertisement”He had true personal relationship with former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi.”As leader of the NAM, Fidel Castro made immense contribution and worked with India side-by-side. Since the success of his revolution in Cuba in 1959, India was one of the first countries to recognise diplomatically Cuba after the revolution,” Mukherjee said.The communist idol, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 US presidents during his half century rule, died at age of 90.Cubas government has announced that Castros ashes would be interred on December 4 in the eastern city of Santiago, the birthplace of his revolution. PTI AKV KISlast_img read more

Messi named as new Barca captain

first_imgLionel Messi has been named as the new captain of Barcelona following Andres Iniesta’s departure from Camp Nou.The Argentina international, who already wears the armband for his country, takes over from Iniesta following his move to Vissel Kobe at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.Messi has skippered the Blaugrana on numerous occasions before having been the official vice-captain since 2015, but will now lead the Liga champions out on a permanent basis. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Sergio Busquets takes over as vice-captain while Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto have joined the four-man leadership team, with the quartet all having come through La Masia before graduating to the first-team.Messi will be hopeful of lifting his first trophy as captain on Sunday as Ernesto Valverde’s side take on Sevilla in the Spanish Supercopa.And with silverware having again evaded his grasp at international level during the World Cup, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will be keen to be lifting more trophies over the next 12 months.Barca lost just one match on their way to winning La Liga last term, and kick off the new season against Alaves on August 18.The Catalan outfit also won the Copa del Rey last season, but Messi, in particular, was left disappointed as they crashed out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage to Roma.Valverde has moved to bolster his squad in a bid to secure more titles, with Malcom, Arthur, Clement Lenglet and Arturo Vidal all now forming part of the dressing room which Messi will be leading for the foreseeable future.last_img read more

Video: Drogba scores stunning 40-yard free kick

first_imgDidier Drogba scored a ridiculous 40-yard free kick to lead Phoenix Rising to the club’s first ever playoff win.Phoenix topped Portland Timbers II 3-0 on Friday night in the first round of the USL postseason.It was Drogba’s stunning set piece that opened the scoring in the 28th minute, giving Phoenix the first-half advantage at home. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Stationed well away from goal, the former Chelsea star unleashed a rocket of a free kick that smashed off the goalkeeper and in to give Phoenix the 1-0 lead.Drogba ended up playing 71 minutes before being substituted out of the match for Gladson Awako as Phoenix held on for the victory in what could have been Drogba’s final match with the club. lol….this is why we’re winning.#UpRising pic.twitter.com/e2iSOP8rsD— (x)-Phoenix Rising FC (@PHXRisingFC) October 20, 2018The 40-year-old Ivorian star joined the club as a player and part owner in 2017 following a year-and-a-half stint with the Montreal Impact as the club looked to push on as an MLS expansion candidate.He scored 10 goals in 14 games in his debut season before scoring five goals in nine games this campaign.The forward is in what he says is his last season before retirement as he looks to lead the club through the USL postseason to close his career.”I think, in many ways, life is taking me back to where I started. To a time before people knew me,” he recently wrote ahead of the playoffs.”It wasn’t that long ago that I was a young kid, walking around in France. No one recognized me. No one knew who I was.”And now, when I look around the locker room at my teammates, that’s who I see. Young versions of myself. I was once them.”I joke with people that they need to give me the cup, so I can retire in peace,” he added. “And that if I don’t get it, I’ll come back.”But the truth is, this is my last season. And now the playoffs are here. That cup that (Berke Bakay, the Governor of Rising FC) texted me a photo of years ago is within sight.”Maybe we win. Maybe we don’t. God will decide that.”Next up for Drogba and Phoenix is a match against Sacramento Republic or Swope Park Rangers.last_img read more

RAAM participant Samarth wants to promote endurance sports

first_imgNagpur, Jun 27 (PTI) Amit Samarth, who along with Armyman Srinivas Gokulnath became the first Indians to complete the worlds toughest endurance cycling race yesterday, said the human body has an amazing capacity to do anything, which needs to be explored by all.”The human body has an amazing capacity to do anything. It is important for everyone to explore this potential in them,” Samarth, a qualified doctor specialising in public health, told PTI from the US today.He also said he wants to use his victory to drive and promote sports in his hometown Nagpur and Central India.”The entire purpose of participating in the RAAM was to promote sports in Nagpur and Central India by creating a success story,” he said without elaborating on the plans.Samarth and Lt Col Srinivas Gokulnath created history yesterday by becoming the first Indians to finish the over 4,900-km Race Across America (RAAM), the worlds toughest cycle race that covers the entire width of the US from the west coast to the east.”I am experiencing a feeling of achievement and also a feeling of emptiness (emanating from lack of purpose) as the tournament has concluded. I have been pursuing a very serious schedule of training from last year. I practised 1,500 kms per week. It was a very hard race,” is how Samrath describes the race.Among the nine men who finished, Gokulnath stood 7th, while Samarth was right on his heels at 8th, finishing the race in 11 days and 21 hrs. The race was won by Christoph Strasser.advertisementUnlike a stage race like the famed Tour de France, the clock is constantly ticking at RAAM, and the riders have to pedal over 400 km a day to finish the race in the stipulated 12 days. They can rest for only a couple of hours a day at best; extreme fatigue, sleeplessness and hallucinations are not uncommon.Starting from temperate climes on the Pacific Coast, the RAAM enters the furnace-like Mojave Desert, passes through arid Arizona, cold mountain passes in Colorado, windy plains in central America, and finally the Appalachian Mountains, test the riders before they reach the Atlantic coast on the east.In its over three-decade history, only three Indians had attempted RAAM solo, but no one could finish.This was Samarths maiden RAAM attempt. He has done schooling from Nagpur and his MBBS from IGGMCH, Nagpur. He later did his Post-Graduation in Public Health from John Hopkins University, in the US.Samarth is a regular at many endurance events, and has completed several Ironman triathlons and marathons. PTI CLS AA BEN NRB BASlast_img read more

Viktor Axelsen loves being in India, enjoys audience passion for badminton

first_imgDenmark’s world No.1 Viktor Axelsen is currently in India playing in the Premier Badminton League for Bengaluru Blasters for the second season in a row.On Thursday night, Axelsen dazzled in front of the New Delhi crowd in his match against Delhi Dashers’ Tian Houwei of China and put up a dominating display for the audience that cheered and screamed behind him all the while.Earlier in the year, Axelsen had won the India Open Super Series in New Delhi after reaching his third final and he mentioned that it meant a lot.Axelsen says he enjoys playing in India and the people’s passion for badminton is “good to see.””It’s good, I love being in India. I think the fans here, especially at Siri Fort (Sports Complex) in Delhi, it’s really nice and everyone is really passionate for badminton, which is really good to see,” Axelsen said to IndiaToday.in.WATCH FULL VIDEOAxelsen entertained the crowd at Siri Fort with a no-look push and piruvet backhand shot and the world No.22 Chinese had no answers.”I’m most doing fun in training. I think it is very important to remember the fun things in badminton and that is to get shots like that,” Viktor explained the origination of those fancy strokes.Viktor began the game on a high note racing to a 5-2 lead. The Chinese tried to stop the juggernaut but Viktor eventually went into the break 8-6 with a brilliant drop at the net.Houwei attempted to counter Viktor’s backcourt forehands by playing an all-court game and hitting the lines but the Danish superstar easily negated it with his strong wristplay to win the opening game.advertisementViktor continued the same onslaught in the second game as well and Houwei had no answers. Viktor’s barrage of smashes rattled Houwei to the T and sealed the match for his side.Axelsen is currently the world No.1 and having won the World Championships and Dubai World Super Series Finals, the Danish has dominated with his all-round game.Having reached the peak, Axelsen shared that he prepares to add new things to his armoury all the time and looks to stay fit physically and mentally.”I try to prepare and make a good plan every time I am meeting a player and of course, I try to physically and mentally be in the right place when I go on court. So, it’s working out fine at the moment and I am doing a lot of other things (in training) and I am in a good place.”Axelsen will now head to Lucknow for a match against Mumbai Rockets on January 1, 2018 in the PBL.last_img read more

FIFA Docks OFI Six Points

first_imgATHENS — Top-flight Greek club OFI has had six points deducted following disciplinary action demanded by football’s world governing body FIFA.The decision was implemented by Greek league organizers Jan. 1, a day after notice was received from FIFA’s disciplinary committee, backing a complaint over delayed salary payments made by 22-year-old Serbian striker Aleksandar Pesic, who currently plays for Toulouse.The deduction drops OFI to 16th place in the 18-team league with 14 points from 18 matches. Financial troubles facing the Crete-based club prompted the recent walkout of coach Gennaro Gattuso.Olympiakos currently leads the Greek league with 42 points. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Jets’ Richard Awaits Suspension Call

first_imgFLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sheldon Richardson is eager to find out when he’ll be able to play this season.The New York Jets defensive lineman has already been suspended the first four regular-season games by the NFL. He’s awaiting word on if he’ll have to sit out a few more.“When I get the date of when I actually can return, then I can actually start moving forward,” Richardson said after practice Aug. 26. “Until then, it’s just going to be a cloud over my head.”Richardson was suspended July 2 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He could face an additional suspension from Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was charged with resisting arrest in Missouri on July 14 and not reporting it to the team — a possible violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.Richardson was in a high-speed road race in which he traveled up to 143 mph, and sped from police, who found a loaded gun in his car, which smelled of burnt marijuana. One of his three passengers was a 12-year-old boy.Richardson’s arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 31 in Missouri. He’ll remain with the team while his lawyers handle things, and remains confident he ultimately won’t face jail time.“I really don’t think it’ll go that far,” he said, “but we’ll see.”Richardson acknowledged that he’s anxious about his situation, and uncertain as to what to expect from Goodell and the league as far as a possible extension to his suspension.“That’s out of my hands, right there,” he said. “Whatever happens, happens. … I could go from four games to however long he wants to give me, so it’s pretty tough.”Richardson was the 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year and played in the Pro Bowl last season. Because he’ll be sitting out at least the first four games, Richardson has been mainly working with the backups during training camp and in preseason games, while first-round pick Leonard Williams has gotten the bulk of the playing time with the starters.“It’s most definitely been a humbling experience,” he said about his situation. “I’ve just got to learn from it. I consider myself a humble guy off camera.”Richardson apologized to the organization and his teammates after the news of his arrest came out, something he withheld from even his parents until reports on the internet surfaced early in training camp.Several Jets players offered public support for Richardson, with many saying he was a good person who made a mistake and just needs to get his life situated.Richardson said the camaraderie of his teammates has been “comforting.” He added that after the first day following the news, he didn’t feel the need to keep saying he was sorry to his teammates.“They’ve been my teammates, same regular conversations,” he said. “They’re waiting on the verdict, just like I am, and waiting for me to get back and carry on.”During his suspension, Richardson will be able to work out at the team’s facility, but will not be allowed to practice.After first resisting the idea, Richardson agreed at his parents’ suggestion to undergo counseling through the team, which he said has been “somewhat” helpful.“I’ve just been learning things about myself,” he said, “dealing with life endeavors that have been hard for me to deal with, talking to someone outside my circle, little things like that.”Richardson considers himself a private person despite his sometimes loud and colorful personality on the field. Opening himself up during counseling hasn’t been difficult, though. And, he doesn’t feel the need to make drastic changes to his life.“Other than doing a bad mistake on one night, nah, not really,” Richardson said. “That’s the only thing I’d change. I’m pretty quiet off the field, honestly. I keep to myself, stay in my room, really, play video games. Regular person, except I just happen to be in the NFL.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Greek Soccer Players Will Strike

first_imgATHENS – Greek soccer players will go on an indefinite strike next week to protest the league’s failure to pay players let go by financially troubled teams.The came from the Greek Professional Soccer Players Association (PSAP) whose members are upset about the lack of payment promised two years ago.said that the country’s federation and top two leagues failed to keep to their agreement of two“The players have exceeded the limits of tolerance and patience and are tired of hearing promises,” a players’ statement said, according to Agence France Presse.The association said the strike action will begin with the third round of Greek Cup group matches of December 15-17 and continue with Super League and second division matches of December 19-21.“We have no other way to preserve our professional, economic, athletic and material existence. We ask nothing more than to activate the relief mechanism that was agreed upon. We do not want anything more than what we are entitled to,” added the players.Greek soccer is already in disarray with top power Panathinaikos facing stiff penalties for allowing fans to bring in flares and disrupt a game with rival Olympiacos, which had to be called off. The league also has been accused of rampant match-fixing and financial improprieties but successive governments have done almost nothing about it.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more