PBA D-League: FEU nears playoffs after nipping Diliman College-Gerry’s

first_imgView comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The Tamaraws picked up their fifth win in eight outings in the Foundation Group.Wendel Comboy also flourished in the final frame where he fired 10 of his 19 points while Ken Tuffin chipped in 11 points and Cameroonian Patrick Tchuente nearly had a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsKevin Gandjeto posted 22 points and 11 rebounds for Diliman. FEU’s Branrey Bienes. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University closed in on a playoff spot after an 88-81 win over Diliman College-Gerry’s Grill in the 2019 PBA D-League Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Branrey Bienes scored a game-high 25 points, including nine in the fourth quarter that helped kept Diliman College at bay.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess New Timberwolves president vows aggression, collaboration Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

IndvSL: Team India pays tribute to Kumar Sangakkara

first_imgIndian cricketers Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and team director Ravi Shastri on Monday paid tributes to veteran Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara, who will be playing the final Test of his career in the second game of the three-match series which begins at the P. Sara Oval Stadium here on Thursday.India Test skipper Kohli said he would remember Sangakkara for the lovely human being that he is and the honour of playing alongside him over the years.Also read: No Sanga show in Galle “I am sure if a guy who is retiring from the game, I cannot connect to it but I can imagine the kind of emotions he might feel because this is something that he has probably done for the last 20 years day in and day out of everyday life. And, not to do that anymore would be a big shock for anyone,” Kohli said.Sangakkara has scored a whopping 12350 runs in 133 Tests. His 14-year career includes 38 centuries with his highest score being 319 against Bangladesh.Also read: High hopes for fitting end to Sangakkara’s career The Sri Lankan made his debut against South Africa at Galle, in July 20, 2000.He is a lovely person “He has been a wonderful player for Sri Lanka. A lot of left-handers really look up to him for the way he plays. His technique and the way he has scored runs all over the world, his numbers speak for themselves. He is a wonderful human being. He is a lovely person. I have had quite a few chats with him on the field and away from the field as well,” Kohli said.advertisement”I am actually glad that he is going to be playing his last few games against us because it is a special occasion for us to be a part of. Such a legend of the game retiring, as a young side it will be an honour for us to give him that respect in his last few Tests,” the 26-year-old added.”Hopefully he doesn’t score too many runs against us but I really wish him all the luck with his life after cricket. It has been wonderful to know such a great player and a great man.”He is unmatched for his consistency Ravi Shastri flipped back the years and hailed Sangakkara as one of the statesmen of the modern game.”I saw him from his first game. I was commentating on that game when he played and he is still around. He broke into being one of the top two or three players and he never got out of that. There might have been a one year or a six-month period where his form might have dipped. But otherwise, for sheer consistency, he is unmatched,” Shastri said.Elaborating further on what made the left-handed batsman so special, Shastri said, “His ability to adapt and concentrate and his ability to bat for long periods of time. He had a wide range of shots, understood his game well and obviously worked as hard as any you would get. Also, his simple ability to assess the conditions very quickly, be it England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies or Colombo made him very special.”I was fortunate enough to watch him play Rohit Sharma too joined in, wishing Sangakkara the best post his retirement.”He has been a stalwart of the game and played this game in true spirit. I was fortunate enough to watch him play closely many a times in my career. I would just like to wish him all the very best,” Sharma said.last_img read more

US Open: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer Remain The Ones to Beat

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New York: While a host of young rivals hope to disrupt the dominance of the “Big Three” in men’s tennis, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer remain the US Open favorites.The year’s final Grand Slam showdown starts Monday on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts with top-ranked Djokovic, 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer and Spanish superstar Nadal having combined to win the past 11 Grand Slam titles. Federer, 38, doesn’t see a problem with the dominance by the sport’s elder statesmen, who together own 54 of the past 65 Slam titles.”I don’t think it’s a problem, per se,” Federer said.”Now that Novak, Rafa and me are healthy again, Andy (Murray) also slowly coming back again, has made it much harder for young guys to come through.”They are definitely knocking on the door big-time now. I think that’s very encouraging for those who want to see somebody else win. I think also Novak’s domination, Rafa’s domination is also not normal for the game of tennis.”I think there’s going to be chances moving forward, but it’s not surprising with the type of tennis they’ve been playing in recent years.”Third-seeded Federer also throws in a chance for Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka, who like Britain’s injured Murray has won three Slam crowns during the “Big Three” reign, but figures a familiar face will be lifting the US Open trophy.”Yeah, it seems like the same guys are the favorites again this time around,” Federer said.”It will be a surprise if anybody else won.”Defending champion Djokovic, seeking a 17th career Grand Slam title, has won four of the past five Slams, denied only by Nadal’s French Open win in June.The 32-year-old Serbian says he has adjusted to the extra pressure of defending over the years.”It’s a paramount challenge to defend a Grand Slam title,” he said.”These are the tournaments you want to win the most. This is where you want to shine.”Nadal, 33, has made an impressive run with titles at Rome, the French Open and Montreal and a Wimbledon semi-final loss to Federer.”Arrive to the big events with good feelings helps,” Nadal said.”Positive feeling, positive memory on my mind. That helps for the confidence.”For the moment I am feeling well. I am practicing well during the whole week.Now remain a couple of days to just push a little bit more and try to start the tournament in a good way.”Second-ranked Nadal, an 18-time Grand Slam winner who took his 12th French Open title in June, isn’t too excited over Federer and Djokovic both being in the opposite half of the draw.”I have to win my matches to have an advantage because I only can meet them in the semifinals,” Nadal said.”I have plenty of work before that to know if I have an advantage or not.”MEDVEDEV, THIEM SURGINGRussia’s Daniil Medvedev has enjoyed a stellar US Open run-up with a win at Cincinnati and runner-up efforts at Washington and Montreal.”I don’t consider myself as one of the favorites just because at this moment of my career I haven’t even been in a quarter-final of a Slam,” Medvedev said.”If I get to the quarter-final, it’s going to be already a step forward and I’m going to be really happy about it.”When I play my best tennis I can beat basically everybody and that’s what I need to keep doing here.”Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem lost to Nadal in the Roland Garros final and will be a threat.”Every year he’s improving,” Nadal said. “Every day he’s very solid and every year is more solid.”He has everything to win important events. He already is winning important events. He’s a very, very hard worker. Just a question of time that he achieve all his goals.”Germany’s sixth-ranked Alexander Zverev warns not to ignore other lower seeds such as Japan’s seventh-seeded Kei Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up, and Greece’s eighth-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas.”There are a few guys that have a real shot to win it,” Zverev said.”Obviously the ‘Big Three’ we don’t need to talk about. Of course, Novak is the big favorite, no question about it, but there are other guys that have been playing great tennis. I think those guys will be able to do some damage.”Federer, however, wouldn’t mind stretching his lead over Djokovic and Nadal in the men’s all-time Grand Slam title race.”I’m not putting extra pressure on myself. I know it’s going to be tough,” Federer said.”I feel like I’m part of that group who can do it.” Daniil Medvedevdominic thiemNovak Djokovicrafael nadal First Published: August 24, 2019, 12:40 PM ISTlast_img read more

Badminton: Praneeth, Manu-Sumeeth win Canada Open titles

first_imgFile Photo of Sai Praneeth.   –  The Hindu sport SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on July 04, 2016 SHARE COMMENTS File Photo of Sai Praneeth.   –  The Hindu COMMENT It was double bonanza for India at the Canada Open as B Sai Praneeth and Rio-bound men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy clinched twin crowns after winning their respective title clash at the USD 55,000 Grand Prix badminton tournament here.The 23-year-old Praneeth, seeded fourth, dished out a dominating game to defeat Korea’s Lee Hyun Il 21-12 21-10 in the men’s singles final that lasted less than half an hour yesterday at the Markin MacPhail Centre.Top seed Manu and Sumeeth Reddy, who became the first Indian men’s doubles pair to qualify for the Rio Olympics, received a big boost when they defeated local combo of Adrian Liu and Toby Ng 21-8 21-14 in a lop-sided final here.Plagued by injuries and indifferent form, Praneeth has been making early exits from tournaments for quite a few years now. Of course, he had occasional burst of brilliance from time to time like when he stunned 2003 All England Champion Muhammad Hafiz Hashim of Malaysia at Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold tournament in June, 2013 or ruining the farewell party of Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat, a former World and Olympic champion, in the first round of Djarum Indonesia Open in 2013.In fact, at the All England Championships this year, Praneeth had defeated two-time Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the first round. However, despite all these sparks of excellence, a title always eluded him.But yesterday, all that changed as the Andhra Pradesh lad stood at the podium with his maiden Grand Prix crown at his hands.World No. 37 Praneeth hardly broke any sweat against Lee, leading all throughout right from the start to end in both the games. The third seeded Korean couldn’t put up any fight against the Indian, who jumped to a 10-2 lead in the opening game and then kept moving ahead to pocket the game comfortably.In the second game, Praneeth surged to a 8-0 lead and then kept moving ahead to slam the door on the Korean.On Saturday, Lee had defeated top seed Ajay Jayaram of India 21-9 21-8 in the semifinals, while Praneeth had eked out a difficult 22-20 19-21 21-12 win over France’s Brice Leverdez.World No. 23 Manu and Sumeeth, who had beaten Indonesia’s Andrei Adistia and Canada’s Dong Adam (Xingyu) 21-15 21-19 on Saturday, also didn’t face much challenge from Adrian and Toby.The Indian duo broke off after 3-3 early on in the first game and didn’t look back, while in the second game, the local combo tried to put up a better show but they couldn’t break the resolve of the Indians, who kept their distance to cross the line comfortably. ×last_img read more

India Pip Bangladesh to Clinch SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship

first_imgThimpu: India emerged champions of the SAFF U-15 women’s championship 2019 at the Chalimithang Stadium here on Tuesday, defeating Bangladesh 5-3 on penalties after the match ended 0-0 post 90 minutes.It was a feisty start to the game as India looked to take the early initiative. Priyanka Sujeesh orchestrated the attacks from the middle of the park, while Amisha Baxla looked lively from the right flank. Bangladesh, however, also looked to hit India on the counter, and they almost had the perfect chance when forward Sapna Rani was played through behind the India defence with only goalkeeper Adrija Sarkhel to beat. The latter rushed out of her line to clear the chance.Amisha Baxla and Lynda Kom Serto combined to create a couple of chances, but the Bangladesh keeper foiled the chances. India also had a penalty shout, which was turned down by the referee, after a cross from the right appeared to have struck a Bangladesh hand. bangladeshIndiaIndian women’s football teamSAFF U-15 Women’s Championship First Published: October 15, 2019, 10:01 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.center_img While the boys fight it out in Kolkata, our U-15 girls have won the penalty shootout, to win the #SAFFU15Women’s 🏆 Championship! 🙌🙌🇧🇩 3-5 🇮🇳Ban: ❌✅✅✅Ind: ✅✅✅✅✅📺: https://t.co/wIsZTZCXcL#BANIND ⚔ #BackTheBlue 💙 #ShePower 💪 #IndianFootball ⚽ pic.twitter.com/LeyEFSXsEY— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 15, 2019Bangladesh came out with more initiative in the second half, as their midfield worked hard to close down the India attackers. Head coach Alex Ambrose soon brought on Sunita Munda in place of Amisha, and the former immediately had a chance as she was put through on goal by Priyanka. However, Bangladesh keeper Rupna Chakma stood firm and snuffed out the chance.Sunita looked lively down the right for India for the remainder of the match but it ended with the two teams deadlocked. Goalkeeper Adrija Sarkhel stepped up in the dreaded penalties to save Bangladesh’s first spot-kick, as India went on to win it 5-3 on penalties, as captain Shilky Devi slotted in the last spot-kick. last_img read more

AIFF, NADA Partner to Introduce Anti-doping Workshops in Indian Football

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: The All India Football Federation (AIFF), in collaboration with the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), is set to conduct anti-doping awareness workshops for all footballers, along with the support staff of all clubs taking part in the Indian Super League and the I-League.The Mass Athlete Awareness Program Against Doping, which is a NADA educational program, is set to be a regular fixture from 2019-20 onwards. The NADA-designed program will be introduced to Indian football for the first time, and will be held in Bellary and on Sunday in Bengaluru. The workshops will get underway this month. The program has been created in order to spread anti-doping awareness among sportspersons and support staff, including all the stakeholders in the Indian football community, with the aim of decreasing the incidences of doping amongst the Indian athletes and promote fair play. aiffanti-dopingfootballNADA First Published: November 23, 2019, 3:15 PM ISTlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Brazil vs Costa Rica Review

first_imgAdvertisement Also read: FIFA World Cup 2018: Brazil vs. Costa Rica PreviewFIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 8 Tonight’s crucial match between Brazil and Costa Rica saw some fast-paced and breath-taking action along with dramatic moments of ups and lows.Since Los Ticos have lost their previous game to Serbia, tonight’s match was of utmost importance to them. The players along with their goalkeeper Keylor Navas displayed a gutsy performance in order to stop Brazil, by all means, necessary but, alas, Seleção had the last laugh by netting the ball in the injury time. Brazil created plenty of openings in the first half and also wasted some fine opportunities. But of all the shots that were on target, Keylor Navas’ safe hands were able to stop them. Costa Rica also had some opportunities when Neymar gave away a free-kick in the 13th minute. But Costa Rica’s Borges failed to make full use of that when he clipped the ball off the far post from 12 yards.In the 78th minute, the match seemed to go in Brazil’s favour when the referee awarded them a penalty kick when Neymar supposedly made a soft fall. But when Costa Rica opposed the decision, the referee went on to have a VAR check and he ruled that there wasn’t sufficient contact on Neymar. The aftermath saw Neymar losing his cool soon afterwards and he was penalised with a yellow card.During the added time, the match changed its complexion entirely when Coutinho scored at the 1st minute. With Costa Rica absolutely devastated, a last-minute cross from Casmeiro was soon volleyed by Neymar into the net.The result showed 2-0 in Brazil’s favour which meant that Brazil still has a chance of making it through to the knockout-stage and although Costa Rica showed a hearty performance, this spells goodbye for them for this year.Click here to watch the video highlights of the match center_img AdvertisementPhilippe Coutinho celebrates after scoring in added time; Photo credits: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Imageslast_img read more

India to host an official FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters event for the first…

first_imgAdvertisementOne of the most prestigious 3×3 basketball tournaments in the world, the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters is coming to India for the first time on 22nd and 23rd September 2018 for the Hyderabad Masters at People’s Plaza, Hyderabad. Participation will be seen from the leading international 3×3 teams and top two 3BL teams – Delhi 3BL and Bangalore 3BL.The qualification for Indian 3×3 teams was decided on the basis of the results of the inaugural season of 3×3 Pro Basketball League (3BL) which was held from June 9 to August 26, 2018, across six cities in India. The two leading teams – Delhi, which won five rounds out of six and Bangalore, which won one round. Members of team Delhi are- Inderbir Gill, Bikramjit Gill, Leandro Souza de Lima and Kiran Shastri. Members of team Bangalore are- Sowkin Shetty, Amit Sehrawat, Rajan Sharma and Lalrina Renthlei.Hyderabad Masters is the seventh stage of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour and is the first time an international 3×3 basketball tournament is being played in India. The participating teams will compete for a chance to qualify for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final on October 27-28, 2018. The best international teams like Novi Sad (World #1), Piran (#3), Belgrade (#9) and more, along with top international players like Simon Finzgar (World #8), Anze Srebovt (#9) and Gasper Ovnik (#10) will be playing at People’s Plaza in Hyderabad.The inaugural season of 3BL received a brilliant response from audiences and athletes alike. The Indian basketball players got exposure to international players and styles of play to improve their game. With the matches being held in high engagement places like malls in each of the cities, the audiences could witness the fast-paced entertaining sport with ease. 3BL also made extensive efforts towards the grassroots level development of the game by conducting coaching clinics for young students in each of the cities.Speaking about the FIBA 3×3 World Tour, Hyderabad Masters, Yoshiya Katoh, Chairman, 3BL, said, “India is getting a chance like never before – to host the FIBA 3×3 World Tour. Only nine other cities in the world have been the hosts in this edition. This is an opportunity for Indian basketball players to compete against the strongest opponents and improve their game. We are proud to be a part of this landmark moment.”Rohit Bakshi, League Commissioner, 3BL, said, “One of my biggest dreams has been to see an Indian team win a medal at an international platform in 3×3 basketball. Team Delhi 3BL and Bangalore 3BL both have the potential to emerge at the top in Hyderabad Masters and qualify for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Finals. Moreover, competing against international teams is only going to improve their game and increase our chances for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”Vivek Krishna, Entertainment Director, 3BL, said, “The inaugural season of 3BL was a massive success with the Indian audiences. The sport is perfectly suited to our liking, with its entertainment and glamorous elements. At the FIBA 3×3 World Tour, Hyderabad Masters, it’s going to be even better with the best international players, dunkers and more.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Saqlain drops plans to stay and work in Pakistan

first_imgKarachi, Mar 5 (PTI) Disappointed with the functioning of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) here, Pakistans celebrated off-spinner, Saqlain Mushtaq has dropped plans to stay and work in the countrys cricket set-up. Saqlain said on the PTV sports channel that he was disappointed at observing the way things functioned in the present cricket system run by the Pakistan Cricket Board. The cricketer-turned-coach said he had come to Pakistan last year with a view to settle down in his hometown Lahore with his family and give something back to Pakistan cricket in a coaching capacity. “But after working with Saeed Ajmal for three months for the Pakistan board, the things I observed and saw, I can tell you one cant work properly and freely here and they are problems in the system,” Saqlain said. “I am now preparing to go back to the United Kingdom with my family and resettle down there. I am very disappointed,” he added. One of Pakistans top spinners, who ended up with 208 test and 288 one-day wickets and is also credited with inventing the doosra delivery, Saqlain worked with Saeed on behalf of the PCB when the off-spinner was banned from bowling in international cricket by the ICC. Saqlain, who has worked as spin bowling coach with the New Zealand, West Indies and Bangladesh teams, said he wanted to give back his experience and skills to Pakistan cricket. “I sincerely wanted to do something for Pakistan cricket which made me what I am today. Unfortunately things havent worked out that way for me,” he added. Pakistans cricket system and the internal functioning of the PCB has for long been the subject of discussion and criticism with some former players including former captains, Rashid Latif and Muhammad Yousuf flatly refusing to work in the present set-up. While Latif turned down the chief selectors post, Yousuf has said he is ready to coach the batsmen but not in present set-up. Former Test opener and captain Aamir Sohail and Pakistans cricket great Javed Miandad also parted ways with the PCB after working in different capacities. Both claimed they were not allowed to implement their plans for the betterment of Pakistan cricket as too many hurdles were created for them. PTI Cor ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Indian naval ships in Lanka for spring overseas deployment

first_imgColombo, Apr 17 (PTI) Three Indian naval ships are currently on a three-day visit to Sri Lanka as part of their spring overseas deployment, imparting sea training to Lankan naval and coast guard trainees.The three ships Tir and Sujata and Indian Coast Guard ship Varuna that are part of the First Training Squadron will stay here till April 19, the Indian High Commission said.The ships will figure in a series of professional, training, cultural and sports interactions that will take place between the ships crewand Sri Lanka Navy personnel.Ships from the First Training Squadron have been visiting Sri Lanka regularly. Their last visit was in March last year, during which valuable training opportunities were provided to the Sri Lanka Navy.The First Training Squadron forms part of Southern Naval Command (SNC) and comprises sixindigenously built warships namely Tir, Shardul, Sujata, ICGS Varuna and two Sail Training ships Sudarshini as well as Tarangini.The primary aim of the Squadron is to impart sea training to Naval and Coast Guard trainees over a period of 24 weeks while exposing them to the rigours of life at sea.The Training Squadron is headed by Captain S R Ayyar, Senior Officer First Training Squadron and Commanding Officer INSTir.As one of the finest destinations for training, Indian Navy has trained more than 13,000 international trainees from over 40 countries in the last four decades. PTI CORR MRJlast_img read more

Bhuvneshwar Kumar backs Sunrisers Hyderabad middle-order to fire in playoffs

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar feels the flurry of wickets in the middle overs led to his side’s defeat by 22 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here on Sunday.  (IPL Full Coverage|Points Table)SRH lost three crucial wickets — Yuvraj Singh (19), Deepak Hooda (2) and Kane Williamson (7) — between the 13th and 17th overs which severely dented them. At one stage, they were set to cruise past KKR’s total of 171/6.”We got the start we wanted but in the middle overs we lost two-three quick wickets. We lost it there. Shikhar’s (Dhawan) wicket was important,” Bhuvneshwar said at the post-match media conference.NO ISSUES WITH THE MIDDLE-ORDERAsked if there was a problem with their middle order as they crumbled under pressure, Bhuvneshwar said: “In most matches, the top order has fired. So the middle order has got lesser chances to make runs.”But you see the likes of Yuvraj Singh have chipped in when needed, if they get more time they will make runs.”LOSS OF MOMENTUM The right-arm medium pacer also said they need to prepare well for the play-offs after losing two straight games.”We wanted some momentum going into the playoffs, we did not get it. It should not affect us much as we are through quite convincingly,” he said.ELIMINATOR vs KOLKATASunrisers have now slipped from their top-two spot and will face Kolkata Knight Riders again in the Eliminator at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Wednesday. Bhuvneshwar stresses on being focussed even after losing a bit of momentum.advertisement”We need to prepare well as we have lost the last two matches,” he added.ZIMBABWE, WEST INDIES TOUR The 26-year-old is also hopeful of getting into the national squad for the upcoming tours of Zimbabwe and the West Indies.”I am hopeful of being selected tomorrow. But I am presently concentrating on play-offs and how to do well in the last few matches. Selection is not in my hands but getting into the team will be great,” he said.LEARNT FROM MUSTAFIZUR Asked what he has picked up from team-mate and Bangladesh speedster Mustafizur Rahman, he said: “You can share a bit, learn a few tricks. But you cannot pick anything from him. His action is very different from others, so he is very effective.”There is also a language problem. He shares little secrets. It has helped me and hopefully in the future it will help the Indian team while playing against Bangladesh.”last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s supernatural form might jinx Royal Challengers Bangalore in final

first_imgVirat Kohli might have just lost it for his team. Yeah, you read that right! The Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper has been delivering for his team game after game and in the process has smashed quite a few batting records. (RCB’s road to the final ) With four centuries this Indian Premier League season, he has amassed 919 runs from 15 matches and is the proud holder of the Orange Cap. But that’s the catch. Only once in eight seasons of the league has an Orange Cap holder gone on to lay hands on the trophy. ORANGE CAP JINX Shaun Marsh was the first victim. The Kings XI Punjab opener lit up the opening season with 618 runs and guided his team to second on the table at the end of the league stages. However,  the Yuvraj Singh-led team crashed out of the tournament failing to go past Chennai Super Kings in the semi-finals of the tournament. SACHIN TENDULKAR WAS NOT SPARED The trend continued for five more seasons with big names like Matthew Hayden, Chris Gayle and Michael Hussey on the receiving end. The Orange Cap jinx didn’t even spare Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. The then Mumbai Indians player who scored 618 runs from the 2010 season failed to lead his team to title. Tendulkar hit 45-ball 48 in chase of 169 against Chennai Super Kings in the final only to see his team falling short of the target by 22 runs and finishing second best. ROBIN UTHAPPA LUCKY SURVIVOR However, in the seventh season of the Indian Premier League, Robin Uthappa broke the jinx to become the only Orange Cap winner who led his team to title. With 660 runs from 16 matches, Uthappa had continuously performed at the top for the Kolkata Knight Riders. KKR clinched the title despite their leading run-scorer failing in the final against Kings XI Punjab in a massive chase of 200. (Virat Kohli expects intense battle in final ) In 2015, it was David Warner who had the chance to build on Uthappa’s record and erase the Orange Cap jinx. However, Sunrisers Hyderabad finished sixth on the table despite Warner scoring 562 runs in the tournament. CAN KOHLI ERASE THE JINX? Looking at the trend, Warner would be happy as his team has the chance of playing against Royal Challengers Bangalare on Sunday. However, the odds are heavily favouring the in-form Kohli and his team this team as they are playing the final at home in front of a crowd that is expected to go berserk with their ‘Aar-Ccee-Bbee’ chants. Kohli has one more battle to win this season. Whether or not he can emulate Uthappa remains to be seen. Kohli, though, wouldn’t like a sight of opposition celebrating on the final night.advertisementlast_img read more

Murray downs defending champion Wawrinka to reach first French Open final

first_imgBritain’s Andy Murray ended the French Open reign of Stan Wawrinka on Friday, downing the defending champion in four sets to reach his first Roland Garros final, where he will face the might of world number one Novak Djokovic.Breaking his claycourt jinx against the Swiss, second seed Murray also becomes the first Briton to contest the Roland Garros crown since the 1930s – a landmark he did not think he would achieve.”I am extremely proud. I never expected to reach a final here,” he said courtside after a 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 victory that cemented his growing reputation on a surface he once mistrusted.”I knew today if I wanted to win I would have to play one of my best claycourt matches. I played one of my best matches today.”Murray bested Djokovic in May’s Italian Open final, their most recent encounter on clay.But the Briton is likely to have to up his game further to repeat the performance on Sunday against a man who looked all but unplayable in crushing Austrian tyro Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 a stone’s throw away on Court Suzanne Lenglen.Looking re-energised after a rest day that the pair on the other side of the draw missed out on, both Murray and Wawrinka started brightly, the Scot pacing in monochrome while the Swiss lit up a dull Philippe Chatrier showcourt in fluorescent yellow.Murray came close to losing his very first service game, which he took after five deuces. But he then broke his third-seeded opponent and consolidated with a pinpoint lob to lead 3-1, winning the set in an epic 10th game in which Wawrinka held three break points.advertisementTAKING CONTROLWith Wawrinka’s trademark booming backhand slightly misfiring, Murray, who held a winning 8-7 record against the Swiss but had lost their three contests on clay, then took a firmer grip on the match.The Scot moved higher up the court as he began to anticipate his opponent’s groundstrokes, breaking to lead 2-1 and then again for 4-1, sealing the latter game when he picked a crosscourt backhand that he had time to return with a clean backhand winner down the line.Murray sealed the set on serve in the next game, and the play went with serve in the fourth until Wawrinka picked the Scot’s pocket to take the set on his first break point of a game Murray had led 40-15.With Wawrinka’s range increasingly deserting him – he ended the match with 43 unforced errors against the Scot’s 22 – Murray closed out proceedings in the fourth set with two further breaks of serve.In all, Murray converted five of 15 break points against his opponent’s one from five.last_img read more

Krishna Poonia fails to qualify for Rio Olympics

first_imgNew Delhi, July 10 (PTI) Ace Indian discus thrower Krishna Poonia has failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics as she could not touch the qualifying standard in the competitions she took part in the United States. 34-year-old Poonia, the lone Indian woman track and field athlete to have won an individual gold in the Commonwealth Games, finished first in her last competition in the United States today with a throw of 57.10m at Florida but that was far below the Rio qualification mark. The Olympics qualification mark stands at 61m and the deadline for making it to the Rio Games is Monday. In the two months Poonia trained and competed in the United States with funding from the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) of the Sports Ministry, she could come up with a best effort of 59.49m. She had a personal best and national record of 64.76m which she did in 2012. She won the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games with a throw of 61.51m. Poonia has taken part in three Olympics (2004, 2008 and 2012) and she is one of the few Indian track and field athletes to have qualified in the final rounds of any event in the Olympics when she finished sixth in 2012 London Games. “I tried my best to qualify for Rio Olympics but in the end I could not do it. I think I did not have enough time to come back to my best after my knee surgery (last year),” Poonia told PTI from US. “I will now look forward to the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. I thank the Sports Ministry and Sports Authority of India for supporting me and allowing me to train and compete in the United States. I wish all my countrymen taking part in the Rio Olympic Games all the success,” she said. PTI PDS ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Marc Wilmots sacked as Belgium head coach

first_imgBelgium sacked national team coach Marc Wilmots after the “intended goals had not been reached,” the Royal Belgian Football Association, or URBSFA has announced.In an official statement on its website, the Belgian Football Association on Friday said it had reached an agreement with Wilmots to terminate his contract, which was due to end in 2018, after the Russia World Cup.”We would like to thank Marc Wilmots for his work during the last four years,” said the statement, adding, however, that the URBSFA’s technical commission have made an evaluation of the recent European championship and have declared that the intended goals have not been reached.Under Wilmots’ lead, the Belgian team rose from the 54th place in the FIFA ranking to the first, achieving 34 victories in 51 games.However, according to URBSFA, “a new impulse” is necessary to improve the team’s results.last_img read more

Heat’s Erik Spoelstra says Jimmy Butler good fit in Miami

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Spoelstra says “it was the fit that matters to us. That’s the only thing that counts.”Butler is a four-time All-Star and Miami raves about what he can do both ends of the floor. Heat President Pat Riley says Butler is one of the 10 best players in the league, and Spoelstra says Butler “will not shy away from big moments. … Jimmy Butler is that kind of player.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40It took a four-team trade to get the deal that brought Butler to Miami done in July. The Heat gave up Josh Richardson (to Philadelphia) and Hassan Whiteside (to Portland) to make it happen. This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ LATEST STORIES Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:11Makabayan 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Miami Heat guard Jimmy Butler speaks during an NBA basketball news conference, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Miami. Butler spoke publicly for the first time since the July trade that brought him to South Florida as the new face of the franchise. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami coach Erik Spoelstra spent part of his summer trying to build a relationship with new Heat wing Jimmy Butler, featuring phone calls and dinners and the sharing of ideas.They get to work on the court for the first time Tuesday, when Miami opens camp — the first with Butler on the roster.ADVERTISEMENT Blessing Okagbare disqualified in 200 again Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Samboy Lim daughter strikes gold, leads Karate Pilipinas in Turkey tilt

first_imgCanadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own man Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan 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 Karate Pilipinas is also finishing up its two-month training camp in Turkey under the leadership of Okay Arpa, a former European and world champion and was once the head coach of the Turkish national team.Other Filipinos to claim hardware in the tournament are Tacay siblings Rexor and Miyuk, who took silver in the senior male -67 kg kumite and senior female -61 kg kumite, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceIvan Agustin was the other silver medalist for the Philippines, taking the runner-up spot in the senior male -75 kg kumite.Mae Soriano (senior female -55 kg kumite), Engene Dagohoy (senior male -84 kg kumite), Prince Alejo (senior male -67 kg kumite) and Sharief Afif (senior male -75 kg kumite) rounded out the Philippines’ medal haul with bronze medals in their respective divisions. View comments Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Photo from Karate PilipinasMANILA, Philippines—Jamie Berberabe-Lim led the Philippines to an eight-medal haul in the 2019 Amatör Spor Haftasi Karate Championship in Sakarya, Turkey on Oct. 13.Lim , the daughter of PBA legend Samboy Lim and former Pag-Ibig Fund CEO Darlene Berberabe, had masterful 8-0 victory against her Turkish opponent in the finals of the senior female -68 kg kumite.ADVERTISEMENT Effort rewarded with win as Justine Baltazar bucks illness to step up for La Salle This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Carlos Yulo torchbearer for SEA Games; Hidilyn Diaz, 5 others named flagbearers

first_imgView comments PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:54BCDA bares plan to pilot driverless vehicles in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games San Miguel taps ex-Cavalier John Holland to sub for injured Dez Wells Rice industry paralysis LATEST STORIES Philippines’ Carlos Edriel Yulo poses with gold medal on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men’s Floor event after the apparatus finals at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, southern Germany, on October 12, 2019. (Photo by Thomas KIENZLE / AFP)MANILA, Philippines–World champion gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo will be tapped to light the 30th Southeast Asian Games cauldron while six other athletes led by Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz will carry the flag during the opening ceremony.Yulo has been designated torchbearer after the 19-year-old catapulted to instant fame for winning the men’s floor exercise gold medal in the FIG World Artistic Gymnastics Championship last month in Stuttgart, Germany.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ MOST READ These two tournaments have boosted Didal’s confidence going into another Olympic ranking competition on Nov. 10 at Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.Obiena, a second-generation pole vaulter, became the first Filipino to qualify in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics before Yulo joined him after advancing to the finals of the world championship.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Aside from Diaz, world champion lady boxer Nesthy Petecio and Asian champions EJ Obiena (pole vault) and Margielyn Didal (skateboarding) were likewise named flag-bearers along with judoka Kiyomi Watanabe and world champion silver medalist Eumir Marcial (boxing).There was no formal announcement yet from the Philippine Olympic Committee, but word already came out that these athletes will hog the spotlight during the elaborate opening rites of the SEAG on Nov. 30 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceDidal, an Asian Games gold medalist together with Diaz, recently proved that she’s world-class after topping the 2019 Exposure All Women’s Skateboarding Championships last week in Huntington Beach, California.The skateboarding heroine from Cebu also ruled the Ladies Day Skate competition at The Berrics, a popular indoor skatepark in Los Angeles. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicslast_img read more