Monthly Archives: November 2019

Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief It may be the start of a new season, but the usual suspects still emerged as the favorites this year.Defending champion La Salle was the unanimous choice by UAAP coaches as the team to beat.ADVERTISEMENT View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80973 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEven the favorites admit that last year’s contenders are still primed for huge runs in this campaign, but also said other teams that can pull off surprises.“NU should also be there because of coach Jamike. We also haven’t won against UP this season, so we’re in danger against coach Bo,” said La Salle coach Aldin Ayo.“I think that UP shouldn’t be a dark horses now, but rather, they’re one of the contenders also. NU, I think, is also now the dark horse of the league,” shared Ateneo deputy Sandy Arespacochaga.But for the other coaches, they believe that it’s a pretty even competition this year in the UAAP that no teams can be considered as a pushover.“All teams are competitive, they all have equal chances,” said UST coach Boy Sablan.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games But the Green Archers are not alone in that discussion, with the bench tacticians also put last year’s runner-up Ateneo and semifinalist Far Eastern University are in the discussion as well together with Adamson.“Like last year, [the teams to beat are] still the top four from last year,” said National University coach Jamike Jarin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Of course, the top four teams last season will still be there,” added University of the East mentor Derrick Pumaren.“The ones who were in the championship last year are still it. La Salle and Ateneo are there, FEU is still there. They’re the usual suspects. It’s always them because they have the program year in and year out and they’re always in the pipeline,” said University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol. Read Next La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s very competitive this year, a well-balanced field. All of the teams we saw in the Filoil were strong, so you can’t say that only a handful of teams are contenders because we expect everyone to give it their all this year,” said new FEU coach Olsen Racela.last_img read more

MMA star McGregor wants to fight a boxer on his turf

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor, speaking ahead of the Dublin premiere of “Conor McGregor: Notorious” — a documentary about the fighter — said his next fight would be to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title.“Right now I am focused on my world, the world of true fighting,” he told the BBC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Ideally I would like to take one of the boxers into an MMA bout — someone come into my world now.“I went into their platform and faced the so-called best-of-the-best and I handled him pretty easily in the early rounds, before I got fatigued and got stopped.” CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “My sparring in the lead-up to the camp was always against fast-twitch, light-on-their-toes opponents. I was never against forward pressure because he (Mayweather) had never fought like that. That took us by surprise and I got beat.“But if we had a rematch I would correct that and beat him.”Referring to a possible Mayweather rematch, he added: “He’s retired. I will not call him out. I respect what he has done.”Asked if he would get back in a boxing ring, McGregor replied: “Of course. Boxing is certainly an interest of mine. But the next fight will be to defend my UFC lightweight belt.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kyrie Irving to ’flat Earth’ theory doubters: ‘Do your own research’ Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again PLAY LIST 01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:52UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Conor McGregor stands on stage during a weigh-in Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing bout Saturday. (AP Photo/John Locher)Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor says he wants a boxer to “come into his world”, insisting he would beat Floyd Mayweather in a rematch, the BBC reported Wednesday.The 29-year-old Irishman lost to ex-welterweight champion Mayweather in Las Vegas in August in one of the richest boxing bouts of all time.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Mayweather, who returned after two years of retirement to take on the Irish mixed martial arts star, bided his time before exerting his superiority from the middle rounds onwards at the T-Mobile Arena.The match ended with a 10th-round stoppage as Mayweather ended his career with a perfect 50-0 record.But McGregor, nicknamed “The Notorious”, said he would beat the 40-year-old American in a rematch by changing his training regime.“He (Mayweather) was a tactical genius in there. He changed his gameplan three times and that is the sign of a true champion,” said McGregor.“If it happened in a rematch, it’s a simple adjustment of me having a heavier sparring partner coming in the later rounds, leaning on me and walking me down.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Federer, Nadal drawn for Wimbledon final, 11 years after 1st

first_imgRafael Nadal of Spain (left) and Roger Federer of Switzerland (right) pose with their trophies after Federer defeated Nadal in the men’s final match on day 14 of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 2, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Rob Foldy/Getty Images/AFPLONDON — Like a couple of old friends gathering for a reunion, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal could face each other in the Wimbledon final more than a decade after their first such meeting.The draw at the All England Club on Friday established plenty of intriguing matchups along the way, too, including what appears to be a particularly tricky path for three-time champion Novak Djokovic, who’s been struggling for much of the past 12 months or so.ADVERTISEMENT Murray’s spot at No. 1 in the ATP rankings is up for grabs this fortnight: He, Nadal, Wawrinka or Djokovic could all leave the All England Club with the top spot.The WTA No. 1 ranking, which currently belongs to Angelique Kerber, also could change hands at tournament’s end. Four other women have a chance to take it: Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Caroline Wozniacki, who already has spent time at No. 1.The potential women’s quarterfinals are Kerber vs. Svetlanta Kuznetsova in a matchup between a pair of two-time major champions; 2016 U.S. Open runner-up Pliskova vs. two-time U.S. Open finalist Wozniacki; Svitolina vs. Dominika Cibulkova; and Halep vs. Johanna Konta, Britain’s best hope for its first women’s champion since Virginia Wade in 1977.Konta withdrew from a grass-court tuneup in Eastbourne on Friday after hurting herself during a fall a day earlier, when she pulled off two big victories in one day after rain had jumbled the schedule, beating Kerber and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, seeded 10th in her 20th appearance at the tournament, was drawn to face Elise Mertens of Belgium in the first round. A publicist for Williams said that the former No. 1 will play at Wimbledon after a police report in Florida said the tennis star caused a car crash in early June that led to the death, two weeks later, of a passenger in another vehicle.ADVERTISEMENT Venus Williams sued by estate of man fatally hurt in crash Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Djokovic will start against big-hitting Martin Klizan, and then could face another power player in the third round: 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, who stunned the Serb at the Rio Olympics last year. Get past that, and Djokovic might play the mercurial Gael Monfils or Fernando Lopez, who is coming off a grass-court title at Queen’s Club. His quarterfinal foe could be Dominic Thiem, who eliminated Djokovic in straight sets at the French Open.Other potential men’s quarterfinals are seven-time champion Federer against 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic, who beat Federer in last year’s semifinals; two-time winner Nadal against 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic; and defending champ Andy Murray against three-time major titlist Stan Wawrinka.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIf the seedings hold, Federer would meet Djokovic in the semifinals, with Nadal taking on Murray. That quartet has combined to win each of the past 14 titles at Wimbledon; Federer beat Nadal in the 2006 and 2007 finals, then lost to him in the 2008 title match .Federer turns 36 on Aug. 8, and Nadal just turned 31, but both are back to playing quite well this year. They met in the Australian Open final in January, won by Federer, and Nadal earned his record 10th French Open title in June. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Williams and Petra Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, are the only two past champions in the women’s field: Williams’ sister, Serena, is taking the rest of the year off because she is pregnant, while Maria Sharapova is injured.Victoria Azarenka, a former No. 1 and two-time Australian Open champion, is appearing in a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in more than a year after giving birth to her first child. Her first-round match should be interesting — it’s against 18-year-old CiCi Bellis, an up-and-coming Californian. The winner could eventually take on Halep in the fourth round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Teng drops 30 pts anew

first_imgMuch as he had done for most of the tournament, Jeron Teng took charge in the second half as Flying V turned back Tanduay, 104-89, on Thursday to extend its unbeaten start to six games in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teng poured 19 of his 30 points in the last two quarters as the Thunder put away the Rhum Masters with a blistering second half to tighten their grip of the top spot ahead of Cignal HD, which held off Batangas, 70-66, in the first game.It marked the third time in the tournament that the former De La Salle standout breached the 30-point mark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We knew that in the first half the defense was concentrated on Jeron,” said Thunder coach Eric Altamirano. “So we wanted to move the ball around first and be unpredictable.”Teng scored or assisted on the Thunder’s last 14 points in the third period, which Flying V closed out with a 12-0 run. —WITH CARLO ANOLIN AND KRISTOFER PURNELL LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES MOST READ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Filipino-German stars in Gilas PH tuneuplast_img read more

Moreno, PH Archers hope to put gold-less past behind them

first_imgPH Archery team. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—For Youth Olympic Games champion archer Luis Gabriel Moreno, studies will take the back seat for the time being.The 2014 YOG champ—in tandem with Chinese Li JiaMan—said he took a sabbatical from his marketing course at La Salle to prepare for the Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT “It will be just for one term,” said Moreno, who, along with 15 other members of the Philippine archery team, sees action starting Wednesday.He admitted feeling the pressure to perform after the country went home without a gold in Singapore two years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“For me personally I will just try to remember what I practice and hope for the best,” he said.The team had five international trips, including a week-long training camp in San Diego before competing in the World Cup in Salt Lake City in the United States. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES View commentscenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino 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 ceremony Sepak takraw targeting 2 golds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Also comprising the team are four-time champion Amaya Paz-Cojuangco, who delivered the lone silver two years ago, and two-time Olympian Mark Javier.Completing the lineup are Rogelio Miguel Tremedal, Joseph Benjamin Vicencio, Niron Brylle dela Cruz, Florante Matan and Earl Benjamin Yap in the men’s team.The women’s squad is also composed of Pia Elizabeth Angela Bidaure, Nicole Marie Tagle, Jennifer Chan, Kim Concepcion, Kareel Meer Hongitan, Mbigail Tindugan and Mary Queen Ybanez.Two gold medals will be at stake in compound events Wednesday at Synthetic Turf Field, KL Sports City. ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

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Bangalore: NADA gets hold of ‘suspicious’ items at SAI centre

first_imgAs part of the strategy to nail dope cheats, National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) officials came unannounced at the Bangalore centre of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Monday and raided the rooms of athletes and coaches. The NADA team, headed by project officer V Jayaraman, found four supplements that were not supplied by the SAI.”The NADA team also collected samples of four supplements from the hostel rooms that were not supplied by the SAI. The samples have been seized and will be brought back to Delhi for testing at the National Dope-Testing Laboratory,” a source told MAIL TODAY on Monday.The NADA officials, including a lady doctor, took the athletes at the Bangalore centre by surprise when they began searching the hostel rooms and collected urine samples of 20 swimmers and weightlifters. A four-member NADA team had earlier made a surprise visit to the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala, on Saturday and returned with 22 samples.The raids come in the backdrop of eight positive dope cases among Indian athletes, including Ashwini Akkunji, Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose who won gold medals at the Delhi Commonwealth and Asian Games last year. “The NADA team reached the SAI centre at 8:00am and checked rooms of athletes and coaches for banned substances and also took urine samples on a random basis,” read a statement from NADA director general Rahul Bhatnagar.”The team checked 51 rooms in the hostels, belonging to 30 women and 21 men. Samples of food supplements and other medicines found in four rooms were sealed and will be brought for testing. Twenty urine samples of weightlifters and swimmers were also taken on a random basis and will be sent to NDTL for testing,” Bhatnagar added.advertisementIt is alleged that coaches and support staff have a role in facilitating doping among athletes, and this was the reason that the rooms of coaches were also searched by the NADA team.’B’ samples return positiveAsian Games double gold medallist Ashwini Akkunji faces a two-year ban after her ‘B’ sample test returned positive for anabolic steroid methandienone on Monday. Another quarter-miler Priyanka Panwar, who, along with Ashwini, was pulled out of India’s squad for the Asian Athletics Championships in Kobe at the eleventh hour after failing a dope test, also had her ‘B’ sample returning positive.The NADA has notified the athletics federation and asked the chairman of the national anti-doping disciplinary panel to fix a date for the hearing of the two athletes.last_img read more

London Olympics: Kim Un Guk wins gold in men’s 62kg wieghtlifting

first_imgNorth Korea’s Kim Un Guk broke the world record in men’s 62kg category weightlifting on the way to win gold at the London Olympics on Monday.Kim opened up a big lead by snatching 153kg, equalling the world record held by Chinese lifter Shi Zhiyong since 2002, Xinhua reported. He held on to his lead in the clean and jerk, lifting 174kg to notch a world and Olympic record total of 327kg. The previous world mark of 326kg was set by Chinese lifter Zhang Jie in 2008 at the Asian Championships.Kim, who stands 1.58 metres tall, saluted to a cheering audience with standing ovation as he won the second weightlifting gold for his country.”I want to lift up the world,” the 23-year-old said.”(North Korean leader) Kim Jong-un is waiting for the news so I will be pleased to get the news to him. The whole country will be happy, and the father of the country will be very happy too.”Zhang Jie, the 2011 world champion, succeeded in only two lifts during the competition, with 140kg in his first snatch attempt and 174kg in first clean and jerk. He twice failed to jerk 178kg, an Olympic record, and had to settle for fourth.After the match, Zhang said he was happy with his snatch results, but his clean and jerk was a problem.”I felt a bit nervous,” he admitted. “In the first clean and jerk I felt something strange about the way I was holding the bar, so I tried to change it. It didn’t work.”advertisementThe silver medal went to Colombia’s Oscar Albeiro Figueroa Mosquera, who was on brink of elimination when he failed to lift 177kg in the clean and jerk but managed to deliver a successful lift on his final attempt and set an Olympic record.”Concentration. Somehow I managed to maintain my concentration even after my first failure,” Figueroa said.Indonesian lifter Irawan Eko Yuli won the bronze medal with a total of 317kg, the same as Figueroa, but was placed behind the Colombian because of heavier bodyweight.Earlier in the women’s 58kg category, China’s Li Xueying won gold with a 246kg total, surpassing the previous Olympic record of 244kg.Pimsiri Sirikaew of Thailand grabbed silver with a total of 236kg, and Ukrainian Yuliya Kalina took bronze with 235kg.last_img read more

Unmukt Chand’s confidence will take him places

first_imgThese days, Unmukt Chand doesn’t even have the time to go to the market near his residence in Mayur Vihar Phase-I extension. Some of the shopkeepers who have seen the 19-year-old since the time he was a young boy and know him well are aware he is very busy, having been in the news now for almost a week.Sports View by S.Kannan.One would have wished that Unmukt made news just because of his cricket and not anything else. But these days, when anything connected with a superstar becomes big news, he is talked about more because of his university exams and St Stephen’s College.Now that the issue has been sorted out, it’s good the boy can focus on cricket all over again. Those close to the articulate young man say that he has been put through so many interviews that he has hardly been able to spend time with family and friends.And in less than two days, Unmukt will have to be ready for the grind of the India A tour to New Zealand, which will be preceded by a trip to the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.What has impressed me the most about Unmukt is his confidence, temperament and clarity when he speaks. It is well known that as a youngster, he was not able to convert the 30s and 40s into big knocks. But it didn’t take him too long to figure out what it takes to get to a triple digit score as he has gained inspiration from the right people.In the good old days, when juniors looked for inspiration in any sport, they would invoke the oldtime heroes. If in football, it had to be PK Banerjee or Chuni Goswami, then in tennis it could well have been the Krishnan or the Amritraj family or Leander Paes.However, these days, in football or tennis, if youngsters are looking for role models at home, they will relate better to a Bhaichung Bhutia or Vishnu Vardhan.Times have changed in cricket as well. Someone like Unmukt relates more closely to the present, which is why he has repeatedly talked about the inspiration he gains from Virat Kohli.It is well known in India that any young batsman will talk about wanting to be like a Sachin Tendulkar. Now that the maestro is again going through a bad patch, when Unmukt talks of how Kohli and Virender Sehwag have helped him evolve as a cricketer, it is indeed very interesting.It is not as if Kohli is a veteran in cricket. Having been pitchforked into stardom recently and also coming good against New Zealand in the second Test in Bangalore on Saturday, it’s a sign of the confidence he oozes.If one goes through the winning performances of India in the under-19 World Cup, before this you had Mohammad Kaif and Kohli as winning captains.While Kaif lost his way and was unable to translate his junior success on the senior platform, Kohli has grown in stature. From a crack batsman in the ODIs, he has now shown maturity in playing good Test knocks.I am sure, even today, Unmukt would have learnt a few lessons watching Kohli bat so fluently against the Kiwis.We often wonder what cricketers do in the dressing room. Now that Unmukt has spoken about the learning process from his Delhi Ranji team seniors Kohli and Sehwag it is clear he is a fast learner.As one who hails from Uttarakhand and studied at Modern School, Barakhamba Road, Unmukt has played a huge amount of club cricket in the capital.By his own admission, he has not modelled himself on any particular cricketer and his stroke production is eye-catching.Yet, as he makes the transition from here to the senior level, he knows the priority will be to do well in the India A tour and also in first-class fixtures. As a Delhi Daredevils boy, he has done well not to get swayed too much by the shorter version of the game that the IPL is. So when we hear Unmukt of wanting to excel in all formats of cricket, it’s very encouraging indeed.On a more positive note for Delhi cricket, it’s heartening to note that though the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association remains in the news for all its politics, cricketers are still emerging.In the old days, it was Bombay which produced star batsmen. But from Sehwag to Gautam Gambhir and now Virat Kohli to Unmukt Chand, the capital has a fantastic array of dashing batsmen.Maybe, when the Ranji Trophy season begins, all eyes will again be on Delhi, whose achievements in recent seasons have been below par. As for all the brouhaha over Unmukt’s college results and so on, it really doesn’t matter how many years he takes to graduate. He has a huge cricketing career ahead of him and that’s what matters to cricket lovers.s.kannan@mailtoday.inadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

5 athletes suspended for dope violations

first_imgHammer thrower Harvinder Singh Dagar and discus thrower Kripal Singh have been handed two-year suspensions for antidoping rule violations during April’s Federation Cup at Patiala.Both athletes had recorded their personal best efforts during the meet. Dagar, a national champion last year, argued that he took the same supplements which he had consumed at the National Inter-State Championship in Bangalore where he did not test positive.The panel, chaired by RS Chauhan, found him guilty of breach of Article 2.1 which states that it is the duty of an athlete to ensure that no prohibited substance enters his body.Kripal, an inter-university champion and a silver medallist at the Ranchi National Games, did not challenge the laboratory findings.Sachin Kumar, a 400m runner who tested positive during the junior Fed Cup Athletics Championship in March, was also suspended for two years.Weightlifter Taranbir Singh, who tested positive for Methyl Prednisolone, during the All India Police (wrestling cluster) Championship, was suspended for six months after the panel took his poor family background into account.Another wrestler, Sombir had tested positive for methylhexamine and mephentermine during the same event and was handed a two- year ban.last_img read more

Match Preview: India-England clash in final Group A match holds more importance for India

first_imgThe India-England clash in the final Group A match in Colombo on Sunday has virtually nothing up for grabs. Afghanistan are out, the teams are through to the next round safely and even their positions in the Super Eights groups are fixed due to the ICC’s seeding system.But the match probably holds more importance for India than England, given their lacklustre effort against the minnows of the group on Wednesday, and the defending champions’ clinical precision on Friday.It is also time for MS Dhoni to experiment with his line-up a bit, and he said as much, with team sources hinting that Ashoke Dinda and Harbhajan Singh could get a game, though who will sit out is still a question mark.On form, it would probably be Zaheer Khan, who hasn’t done anything of note in the last few months, and Irfan Pathan, who has been very inconsistent and mostly expensive, barring a five-wicket haul against Sri Lanka in a warmup game.Lakshmipathy Balaji has bowled with control and Ravichandran Ashwin has been India’s best bowler by far of late, so to rest either of them would perhaps be foolhardy against a line-up that posted 196 against the Afghans. At least the illness and injury worries that affected India a day ago had disappeared, according to Dhoni.”Everyone, including Viru, is fit,” he said, referring to YuvrajSingh’s throat infection, Suresh Raina’s stomach troubles and Virender Sehwag’s thumb, which had got a knock on Friday.Despite the planned experimentation, Dhoni is unlikely to fiddle with his seven-batsman theory or the batting order.advertisement”In the Indian team, we have two types of players. We have to look at which player suits what slot. Suresh Raina is one such player who can hit a six off the very first ball while the likes of Virat and Yuvraj need to have a look at the bowling and play their shots once they get set,” he said.The openers, thus, will in all likelihood get another chance to get back their lost form, and the sight of some familiar tormentors like Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann might just bring out the best in them.Judging by the pitches used at the Premadasa Stadium so far, there isn’t much help expected for the spinners, and it is the batsmen and pacers who will relish the chance to perform on the strip.Yuvraj Singh during a practice session on Saturday.The weather could be a concern given that Saturday’s match between West Indies and Australia was affected by rain. The drainage system though has improved at the time of redeveloping the stadium for last year’s ODI World Cup.From the English point of view, the adage ‘well begun is half done’ holds true, given their near-perfect performance on Friday, but India will provide a different challenge altogether.The key matchup will probably be the Indian batsmen against the strong English bowling line-up, and that could decide the fate of the game.Dhoni, too, seems to believes so, since he had admitted the weakness of the Indian bowling, and on Saturday added: “It is very difficult to replace a player like Kevin Pietersen, especially in this format.Also, the fact that he can make a difference, having done well across all the formats, makes him a special player.”If that doesn’t light a fire under the English battling lineup, nothing will.shreyas.sharma@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

MS Dhoni blames free hits for Highveld Lions loss in CL T20

first_imgChennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday blamed free hits conceded to the opposition after his side’s defeat at the hands of Highveld Lions in Champions League Twenty20.Dhoni said that these had shifted the momentum in favour of the opposition.His side lost by six wickets to slump to their second consecutive defeat.The Lions hit a six off a free hit in the ninth over bowled by Albie Morkel and then a four of a similar penalty in the 17th over bowled by R Ashwin. “The timing of the no-balls was crucial. Small things matter. All of a sudden the momentum shifted, they were able to score a lot more freely,” Dhoni said. Dhoni, however, said that the 158 his side posted was a challenging total though they could have scored more.last_img read more

With bolstered roster, Phoenix confident it can play at higher level next PBA season

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Manny Pacquiao goes hard in sparring as training rolls on for Broner fight “We’re really positive about the next season.”Phoenix was just a run-of-the-mill team in the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups, but became an instant threat when the mercurial Calvin Abueva arrived in the team via trade with Alaska.Abueva paid instant dividends for the Fuel Masters, delivering a brute physicality for the franchise. He averaged 15.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.3 blocks during the Fuel Masters’ stellar elimination run.Despite the playoff exit, Phoenix has started to build a solid foundation centered around Abueva, Matthew Wright, and Rookie of the Year frontrunner Jason Perkins.Phoenix also added veterans Alex Mallari and Dave Marcelo, who have five titles between them, to bring championship experience to the team.ADVERTISEMENT As early as now, the Fuel Masters are already on the lookout for potential imports to bring them to the next level in the last two conferences.Alas, team manager Paolo Bugia, and alternate governor Atty. Raymond Zorilla traveled to Las Vegas just before Christmas to scout for reinforcements during the NBA G-League Winter Showcase.“It was very enriching for us because we had a lot of choices on who we’ll get as an import but of course Eugene [Phelps] will always be there, knowing him he’s a warrior,” said Alas.“We watched a lot of games, seven games for four days, and we saw a lot of prospects and it’s up to manager Bugia on how we’ll sign them and I’m very positive about it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MANILA, Philippines—In the past 2017-18 PBA season, Phoenix did exactly what the mythical bird it’s named from does.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting After failing to enter the playoffs of the first two conferences, the team channeled its inner phoenix and rose from the ashes to get to its best campaign yet, finishing with an 8-3 record for the second seed in the Governors’ Cup.That fire, however, burned out quickly when the playoff newcomer lost two straight to Meralco in the quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionBut that was still an invaluable experience for the Fuel Masters, who remain in search of the franchise’s first playoff win and head coach Louie Alas said he is positive that his team can be a legit contender this upcoming PBA season.“I have no choice but to believe that we can play at a high level because we’ve beefed up our roster, added players we needed, and we need on the loopholes that need to be fixed,” said Alas in Filipino Sunday at the team’s practice gym at The Upper Deck. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View commentslast_img read more

Maria Sharapova campaign off to tough start in Shenzhen

first_imgMOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? James Harden has Rockets rolling with visit to Warriors looming Sharapova, who won the last of her five Slams at Roland Garros in 2014, has endured a disappointing return to the majors since the end of her drugs ban in April of 2017.She will next face 17-year-old Chinese wild card Wang Xinyu.Meanwhile, France’s Caroline Garcia lost in straight sets to Serbia’s Ivana Jorovic 6-4, 6-2.The tournament, which runs until Saturday, will see players battling for $750,000 in prize money.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img FILE – In this Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 file photo, Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns a shot to Carla Suarez Navarro, of Spain, during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Maria Sharapova returned to competitive tennis with a 6-2, 7-6 (3) win against Timea Bacsinszky in the first round of Shenzhen Open on Monday, Dec. 31. Sharapova cut short her campaign in September to recover from shoulder complaint. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, file)Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova had a tough start to her 2019 tennis season Monday at the Shenzhen Open, edging out Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 7-6 (7/3).In a battle of former Top 10 players, Sharapova’s serve faltered early in the match but she regained composure to take the first set, cheered on by the spirited crowd at the Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bacsinszky put up a strong fight in the second set, claiming the first two games and forcing Sharapova to step up her game.The Russian powered through to take the match in one hour 42 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“It’s been a few months since I’ve been out of playing competitively,” Sharapova said in a post-match interview, calling Shenzhen a “warm-up tournament” for next month’s Australian Open.“Considering the opponent and everything I had to go through today I think it was a great practice for me.” TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View commentslast_img read more

Calvin Abueva ‘really motivated’ to steer Phoenix back into contender status

first_imgMOST READ MANILA, Philippines—Calvin Abueva is set to enter his first full season with Phoenix and he vowed to do everything in his power to help carry the team in the New Year.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue A piece of shrapnel behind Bubba Watson’s tears at the Ryder Cup SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It was the first time [since the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup] that this team entered the playoffs and we know we can return to that stage because we now have the experience that we can bring to the court,” said Abueva in Filipino after the team’s practice Friday at Upper Deck.“I’m still relatively new to the team so I’m just really motivated to help my teammates in any way,” added Abueva.The Beast, who’s a one-time champion with Alaska, is confident the Fuel Masters can make some noise in the Philippine Cup especially with the addition of four-time champion Alex Mallari and Dave Marcelo.Mallari was part of the San Mig Coffee team that won the 2014 Grand Slam and Marcelo was part of Ginebra’s title-winning roster in the 2016 Governors’ Cup.“Right now we’re getting ourselves in top condition and we’re fixing what needs to be fixed for the coming season,” said Abueva. “We also have new additions to the team and we’ll do whatever we can to help them get comfortable for the All-Filipino conference.”ADVERTISEMENT Phoenix was subpar during the first two conferences, failing to enter the playoffs of the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups but Abueva’s arrival to the team via trade with Alaska immediately changed the Fuel Masters’ caliber.Abueva was stellar for the Fuel Masters in the Govenors’ Cup, putting up 15.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.3 blocks to help lead the team to an 8-3 record, its best finish in franchise history, for the second seed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe Fuel Masters, however, faltered in the playoffs losing to Meralco in two games in the quarterfinals.Abueva said the loss was a valuable lesson for them and the experience alone would help them in the upcoming 2019 Philippine Cup. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

With key players out, UST Tigresses still figuring out best lineup for UAAP Season 81

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Golden Tigresses will head on to the 2019 tournament without EJ Laure, the Season 77 co-Rookie of the Year with Kath Arado, and Tin Francisco due to injuries but Reyes is confident his team can back from their dreadful Season 80 campaign.UST finished Season 80 with the second-worst record in the league at 4-10, just a couple of games ahead of eighth seed University of the East at 2-12, but Reyes said they can turn things around.“It was really a roller coaster ride on what happened to us last season where we just plummeted,” said Reyes. “We had a lot of unfortunate incidents at the start where we had a couple of injuries so we weren’t able to compete with a full roster.”Alessandrini, who eventually became Season 80’s Rookie of the Year, and libero Rica Rivera both missed several games in 2018 due to injuries and the Golden Tigresses failed to recover from the set back the rest of the year.UST started out the tournament with a pedestrian 2-2 record but lost five straight to practically rule itself out of the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kei Nishikori comes up aces, rolls into 3rd round in Australia Open Chief 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 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 MANILA, Philippines—The UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament is about to start in a month’s time but University of Santo Tomas still has to finalize its lineup.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img Head coach Kung Fu Reyes said only a handful are assured of spots in the Golden Tigresses’ roster with some still being deliberated on.Reyes said Cherry Rondina, Milena Alessandrini, rookie Eya Laure, Dimdim Pacres, and Caitlyn Viray are the ones assured of representing UST in the UAAP while the other players still have to fight for the vacant spots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Sisi, Eya, Milena, Dimdim, because we lack players in the wing, and Caitlyn because we don’t have a middle blocker so she’ll become our go-to in that area,” said Reyes in Filipino during the team’s Thursday practice at Quadricentennial Pavilion.“There are three possible rookies who might be included but I really can’t name names for now because there’s still no official lineup yet although we’ve submitted a list to the UAAP already.” “There were a lot of factors but at the end of the day we are the ones responsible for all of these,” said Reyes. “Our campaign this season considerably looks brighter from the one before because the players are healthy, I just wish Tin is here so we can have a full lineup.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View commentslast_img read more

Argentina hopes Messi will surpass Maradona, prove the prophecy right

first_imgLegendary English football player Gary Winston Linekar has called Argentina captain Lionel Messi the most wonderfully gifted player “I have seen since Maradona”. Linekar had won the Golden Boot at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, where Diego Maradona had lifted the World Cup. Linekar also holds England’s record for goals in FIFA World Cup finals, with 10 scored.World Cup final: Magical Messi or united Germany?FIFA World Cup 2014: 5 reasons why Messi stands out in football world However, it would be difficult to imagine today that the man – whose exploits on the field have fired the imagination of an entire nation and a billion people expected to watch the FIFA World Cup 2014 between Argentina and Germany on Sunday – had been taken to an endocrinologist, Diego Schwarzstein, by his parents Jorge and Celia for growth hormone deficiency when Messi was 11-year-old. That very day, a prophecy might have been made for Messi, who would one day surpass Maradona.Endocrinologists are specially trained physicians who diagnose diseases related to the glands. The glands in a person’s body release hormones.Sixteen years later, Messi stands on the brink of repeating what his idol did in 1986 – captaining Argentina to the World Cup title.The story goes that Messi, who suffered a growth hormone deficiency, asked Schwarzstein if he would grow tall enough to be a footballer, IANS has quoted Xinhua as reporting.”Don’t worry,” Schwarzstein told him. “One day you are going to be taller than Diego Maradona, maybe not better than him, but taller.”advertisementFILE – The July 3, 2010 file photo shows Argentina’s Lionel Messi, right, as he is comforted by Argentina head coach Diego Maradona, left, following the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Germany at the Green Point stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. Germany won 4-0. On Sunday, July 13, 2014, Germany and Argentina will face each other again in the final of the 2014 soccer World Cup. AP PhotoMessi would in fact grow to be four centimetres taller than his idol. But 16 years after that visit to Schwarzstein’s clinic in Rosario, Messi is arguably on the verge of proving the doctor was only half right.He will Sunday captain an Argentina side aiming for a third World Cup against Germany at Rio’s Maracana stadium.It would be a crowning glory for a player that is already rated among the greatest in history.Since making his first-team debut for Barcelona in 2004, Messi has won three UEFA Champions League medals, six La Liga titles and two Spanish Cups.Individually, he has won the Ballon D’Or – the world’s best player title – a record four times.But for all his success at the Camp Nou, Messi has been criticised for not replicating his club form for Argentina.Sunday’s fixture will be his first World Cup final in his third attempt.In 2006, he was a bit-part player under Jose Pekerman in Germany, when Argentina lost to the hosts on penalties in the quarterfinals.He failed to score in South Africa four years later when the Albiceleste also fell in the last eight to the same opponents.Such a record has prompted many to say that Messi’s name cannot be mentioned in the same breath as Maradona.Argentina’s Lionel Messi scores in a shootout at the end of the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Argentina won 4-2 on penalties after the match ended 0-0 after extra time. AP PhotoThe former Napoli No. 10 led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986 with a string of scintillating individual performances. Four years later he took the team to the final, where they were defeated by Franz Beckenbaur’s West Germany.So would victory for Argentina at the Maracana see Messi supplant Maradona as his country’s best ever player? Who better than Beckenbaur to pass judgement?”It’s a very fitting comparison. But Maradona was an even more exceptional player than Messi is today,” Beckenbaur told the official website of the German Football Federation (DFB) on Friday.There is a feeling that it is now or never for Messi, who turned 27 last month. Maradona was 25 in 1986 and – despite continuing to be decisive for club and country — was considered to be in decline in Italy four years later.Former England striker Michael Owen knows all about the ravages of time, having played his best football in his early 20s before his body succumbed to injuries.”Maybe this is his time,” Owen, who scored against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup, told Goal.com.advertisement”He is at the peak of his career and Argentina have a good chance to win it. If they do then Messi will be regarded together with Maradona.”Maradona’s former Argentina teammate Osvaldo Ardiles believes Messi has already resolved the dispute, regardless of Sunday’s result.”Lionel Messi will go down in history as the greatest player of all time, the best that has existed,” Ardiles said.His view is not shared by Claudio Paul Caniggia, who also played with Maradona for the Albiceleste.”It’s not fair to compare Messi with Diego in ’86,” the retired forward said.”Messi is great, he can decide a match with one touch, but right now he is not at the level of Diego Maradona. El Diego in 1986 was something else.”Not all Argentines are so predisposed to drawing comparisons between the pair.Journalist Sebastian Perez-Ferreiro said any parallels should only be made later in Messi’s career.”First he needs to win, and play a critical part in the win,” Perez-Ferreiro said. “Then he needs to take Argentina to another final. It’s a lot — but that’s what Diego did.”It’s funny because perhaps the journalists are the only ones making the comparison. Messi himself has said he’s not at the same level that Diego was.”Whatever the outcome Sunday, the debate is unlikely to cease. And somewhere in Rosario, Diego Schwarzstein might remind himself to keep his predictions to the field of medicine.Today Argentina might be hoping Messi to surpass Maradona and prove the prophecy right. Can he do it?last_img read more

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