WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Pierce was drafted by Boston in 1998 and played 15 seasons for the Celtics. Only John Havlicek played longer in a Celtics uniform. Pierce helped the team win its NBA-record 17th title in 2008 and was named the finals MVP.Pierce is the franchise leader in three-point field goals, free throws and steals and is the Celtics’ No. 2 career scorer with 24,021 points. His number has already been retired by the University of Kansas.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 View comments Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago China’s Guo Ailun becomes 1st international athlete to have signature Jordan shoe LATEST STORIES Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this March 8, 2013, file photo, Boston Celtics’ Paul Pierce (34) reacts in overtime during the team’s NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Boston. The Celtics will retire Pierce’s No. 34 during their Feb. 11 game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The longtime Celtics forward will be the 22nd player so honored–the first since 2003. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)BOSTON — The Boston Celtics will retire Paul Pierce’s No. 34 during their Feb. 11 game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.The longtime Celtics forward will be the 22nd player so honored — the first since 2003.ADVERTISEMENT
Two bronze medals for PH swimming star Alkhaldi LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next Jason Perkins. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJason Perkins admits that Cignal HD is missing the presence of one Raymar Jose.“That guy has the most beautiful face, you got to miss that pogi face,” he said jokingly of his teammate, who is currently with Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The earliest Jose can return to the team is next Tuesday for Game 3, if the series goes the distance.As much as Perkins misses his frontcourt partner, it doesn’t mean that the Hawkeyes will wait for the bruising forward to come back.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 shutoutAnd he made sure that Cignal won’t feel much of Jose’s absence, anchoring its 78-56 Game 1 destruction of CEU to gain a 1-0 lead in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals on Tuesday.Finishing with 16 points and 11 rebounds, Perkins orchestrated the Hawkeyes’ huge 24-6 opening blast to set the tone for the game as the Hawkeyes cruised to the 22-point rout, perfectly encapsulating how strong the team has been for the past nine games. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC ‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon PLAY LIST 01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ “We just play off each other. Our team did a good job of moving the ball, especially Pamboy (Raymundo) because he’s just a good leader and he’s really smart. Even if he didn’t get the points, he just did a good job of moving the ball,” the forward out of La Salle said. “Everybody does not want to lose. We just make sure that always go for the win.”With one more win separating Cignal from completing back-to-back championship wins, Perkins made it clear that the team is going for the kill on Thursday, with or without Jose.“I will always wait for him. I love playing with him, but there’s no forever. We have to go out and play,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:37Protesters 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 Forgotten man: Derrick Favors ready to bounce back with Jazz Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Last year, the USOC honored Tommie Smith and John Carlos, whose raised-fist salute during “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 1968 Olympics stands as one of the seminal moments in sports protests.National anthems are played at the Olympics to honor the winners of events.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 shutoutUSOC CEO Scott Blackmun said: “Our stance on this is fairly clear, and we recognize the rights of athletes to express themselves.” MOST READ LATEST STORIES Michael Phelps, center, carries the US flag during the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil. APPARK CITY, Utah — The leader of the American Olympic movement says the U.S. Olympic Committee recognizes the right of athletes to express themselves at the Games, even though Olympic rules forbid political protests.The comments came Monday, in the wake of shows of solidarity among NFL players who were angered by President Donald Trump’s stance on kneeling during the national anthem.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients View comments
Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Jett Manuel. PBA IMAGESAll the UP standout needed was a chance, and when he was given one, he truly made the most of it.Manuel brandished his full talent in the two-day combine, showcasing his elite playmaking ability as well as his deadly offensive game alongside higher touted peers.Though he’s still confessedly a level below to the Kiefer Ravenas and Jeron Tengs of this batch, the 6-foot-2 guard remains as a decent selection, a dark horse perhaps, for any team looking for a shot of youth in the backcourt.Louie Vigil. PBA IMAGES(4) Louie Vigil – Guard (6-3, 26 years old, UST)If there’s one guy who truly made the most of the combine, it’s definitely Louie Vigil.Surprising scouts with his improved all-around game, the UST stud was a threat from all over the floor as he made his teammates look better in the mini-tournament.It remains to be seen, though, if his impressive outing will be enough to get him picked in the draft.Julian Sargent. PBA IMAGES(5) Julian Sargent – Forward (6-3, 26 years old, La Salle)Scouts and coaches may look at the stats, but the numbers do not perfectly elaborate how good Julian Sargent’s game was.The Fil-Am forward was Mr. Intangibles in the two-day event as he did all the dirty work on defense for his teams. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Eric Menk wants PBA Draft abolished: ‘System is broke’ LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:03DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC But make no mistake, the La Sallian is still a threat on the offensive end, and with his improved conditioning, it shouldn’t come as a shock that teams are intrigued with what Sargent could do for their teams.(6) Jon Gabriel – Center (6-6, 24 years old, Colegio de San Lorenzo)Jon Gabriel. PBA IMAGESTalk about coming out of nowhere.Jon Gabriel tested his talents alongside famed counterparts and boy, did he deliver.Showing that he could compete with not only the best of NAASCU, but his fellow amateurs as well, the Colegio de San Lorenzo bruiser turned a lot of heads with his solid play down low, which could be pivotal as he eyes to shoot up the draft boards come Sunday.(7) Ervin Grospe – Forward (6-4, 23 years old, JRU)Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netComing off a confidence-boosting campaign in JRU, Ervin Grospe may just have picked the right time to make the jump.At 6-foot-4, the Bulacan native is still seen as undersized at his position, but it’s his grit that’s making him shine among his fellow big men, and if there are teams willing to gamble for hard-nosed players like Grospe, they may just have found their man. View comments But it didn’t stop the other aspirants from making a case for themselves in the hopes of getting picked come Sunday.Here’s seven names who we feel made the most of the combine and shot themselves up in the draft board.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(1) Robbie Herndon – Guard (6-3, 24 years old, San Francisco State)Robbie Herndon. PBA IMAGESThe Fil-Am scorer made a solid case for himself in the combine, thriving alongside fellow bluechip recruits and showed his potential as a solid contributor for any team that picks him. Herndon’s outburst was no surprise for fans who have seen him play in the PBA D-League, but more than his offense, it was his playmaking and defense which shone the most which may just be enough to boost for his candidacy in the draft on Sunday.(2) Lervin Flores – Center (6-5, 25 years old, Arellano)Lervin Flores. PBA IMAGESIn a field that doesn’t have much ceiling as compared to the batches prior, the Arellano center’s solid play stood out the most.Flores’ defensive showing is a sight to behold, and although there are still quirks on his game that he needs to improve on, his effort make up for those deficiencies as he is seen to fare well once he makes it to the pros.(3) Jett Manuel – Guard (6-2, 25 years old, UP)ADVERTISEMENT Less than a week before the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, 43 of the 44 applicants were given a chance to make last ditch efforts to impress scouts and coaches in the two-day 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine.As expected, cream always rises to the top and top-flight aspirants were able to standout from their peers.ADVERTISEMENT
English professional darts player, Rob Cross prepares to walk on for PDC World Darts Championship 2018 final game in London on January 1, 2018. AFPLONDON, United Kingdom — Darts fans in Britain hit out at officials who decided to abolish the use of ‘walk-on girls’, scantily-clad young women who accompany the booming sport’s biggest names through crowds of fans to reach the stage.Almost 7,000 people had signed a petition by Saturday night demanding that the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) reverse their decision to axe the models.ADVERTISEMENT Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax PLAY LIST 01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A petition organized by fans, meanwhile, pleaded with PDC chairman Barry Hearn to change his mind.“Walk-on girls in darts has been traditional for years and so many things in this world that was tradition has been scrapped,” said the petition.“Well this is one that should not be scrapped not only would we break tradition but women would be out of work also.”Two of the most popular walk-on girls — Charlotte Wood and Daniella Allfree — were putting on a brave face on being cold-shouldered Saturday night.“Myself and @daniellaallfree will still be available for exhibitions and events,” tweeted Wood. /cbbADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NBA: Cousins, Conley out for remainder of season It’s a decision expected to put pressure on other sports such as motor racing and boxing to drop their use of glamourous women to promote events, a long-standing tradition now deemed inappropriate for some modern audiences.“We regularly review all aspects of our events and this move has been made following feedback from our host broadcasters,” a spokesperson told Britain’s Press Association Sport.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, former world champion Raymond van Barneveld led the backlash on Saturday.“I will really miss the girls!! For me they are a part of the darts,” the Dutchman wrote on Twitter.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Adam Rippon of the United States reacts following his performance in the men’s free figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Adam Rippon put his hands over his face and let the cheers wash over. He waved and smiled, and when the crowd kept clapping, he jumped where he stood and swung his arms to egg them on.Ever the showman, and with his trademark grace and flair, Rippon took his final skate of the Pyeongchang Olympics on Saturday. He finished 10th, a fine result for a 28-year-old who was never expected to medal against a field populated by younger, higher-flying competition.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum He and skier Gus Kenworthy are America’s only two openly gay male athletes, and they’ve flaunted their LGBT pride on social media throughout the Olympics. Kenworthy and his boyfriend were in the stands to watch Rippon on Saturday, waving an American flag with rainbow patterning in place of red and white stripes. Rippon said he plans to watch Kenworthy compete, too.Rippon’s path to Pyeongchang included a public spat with Vice President Mike Pence, whom the LGBT community considers an opponent for signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in March 2015 as Indiana’s governor. Critics said the legislation encouraged discrimination against gay people. An amendment with protections for the LGBT community was passed a week later.Rippon criticized the White House in January for choosing Pence to lead its official delegation for the opening ceremony. When a USA Today report said Pence was hoping to sit down with Rippon, the figure skater said he had no interest in meeting with Pence until at least after the games.The “brouhaha” — Rippon’s word — mostly dissipated as he made his Olympic debut. He helped the Americans win a bronze medal in the team event, then put on a pair of clean skates in the individual competition.All the while, he charmed away during interviews with his striking ease and wit. His personality — he proudly told The Associated Press in November he’s “a little trashy, but really fun” — cemented his Olympic stardom, catching attention from stars including Reese Witherspoon and Elmo.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Black athletes in 1980s, 90s not outspoken, but not silent Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting How does he feel about that?“Well, you know, on the spectrum from Reese Witherspoon to Elmo, I’m like excited at about, like, a Meryl Streep,” he told NBC this week. “Does that make sense?”Those around him say the buzzy one-liners aren’t an act. Fellow American skater Ashley Wagner said this week that “he’s like this 24/7. It’s exhausting.”A taste of Rippon’s best work just from Saturday:—On his plans for the rest of the Olympics: “I’m probably going to have like a stiff drink later.”—On the Olympic spotlight: “Sometimes I just get attention, and I really don’t know how it happens.”—On his legacy: “You know, I’m not like a gay icon, or America’s gay sweetheart. I’m just America’s sweetheart and I’m just an icon.”Certainly, this month has opened doors for Rippon. He wouldn’t say for sure Saturday that he’s ready to retire from competition, but at 28, he seems unlikely to keep going much longer.He’d be a hit on television — perhaps following in the footsteps of fellow American skating star Johnny Weir, now a personality on NBC who helps host figure skating and Kentucky Derby coverage. There’s no doubt that if Rippon wants, he can parlay his celebrity into some sort of public post-skating career.With what he showed in South Korea, it’d be surprising if he doesn’t want that. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ The self-proclaimed “icon” didn’t need that hardware to leave his mark on these games.Or for the Olympics to leave its mark on him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They usually say that like, after the Olympic Games, somebody’s life changes forever,” Rippon said. “A lot of times it’s the gold medalist, but I have a feeling that my life has changed forever.”Rippon has been the headline-grabbing darling of the Pyeongchang Games, a status earned in part with his near-flawless skating, but even more with his efforts off the ice. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments LATEST STORIES He’s given the world a taste of himself, and even after he’s done skating, it’s going to want more.“I think I’ve shown the world that I’m a fierce competitor,” he said. “But I think I’ve shown them that I’m also a fierce human being.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises
Passing of the torch from one team captain to another. MARC REYESUST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan — Rachel Anne Daquis conceded the fact that everything will be uphill once the tournament starts, especially when Rebisco-PSL Manila goes up against former champion Hisamitsu Springs at the start of the Asian Women’s Club Championships Thursday here.But she’s very clear they will put up a big fight.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans View comments Filoil: Dario’s ‘lucky shot’ keeps UP unscathed LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Head coach Francis Vicente told the international media they will use the experience for the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in August.“We are taller than Japan. But we need speed. And Japan has that; we should learn from the match,” said Vicente, who was also accompanied in the press conference by team manager Anna Tomas.The all-Filipino team, made up of some of the best players in the country, trained all of Wednesday morning to work on their game plan.“That’s what we are talking about earlier with Rachel,” said Reyes. “The team has solid camaraderie. There is no seniority. No superstars. Everybody is on the same level and communicates with one another.”The Philippines will face Vientin Bank of Vietnam on Friday before rounding up its Group B games against Tianjin Bohai Bank of China on Saturday. In Group A are Taiwan Power of Chinese Taipei, Sarmayeh Bank of Iran, Supreme of Thailand and Altay of host Kazakhstan.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes “I know that we are the underdogs here against the best clubs, but the Philippines is known for having a big fighting heart so please don’t count us out,” said the 29-year team captain.Rebisco PSL-Manila and 2002 champion Hisamitsu open tournament hostilities at 10:30 a.m. here (12:30 p.m. in Manila)at the famed Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace which now occupies a prime spot in the city center that used to serve as a vital station during the Cold War.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We’d like to take this opportunity to have a great experience playing with top caliber teams and we’ll make sure we compete well,” added Daquis.Southeast Asian Games team captain Mika Reyes, was asked by team officials to join the press conference held at Shiny River Hotel “to observe and learn” from Daquis. SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
With just 25 days to go for the Commonwealth Games (CWG), the Delhi government is again set to miss its deadline for the completion of various projects. This time, the government is blaming the slow progress on the rains. The latest deadline set by the state government expires on September 15, but the works seem far from completion. However the state government defended itself blaming rains in the capital and again refused to take responsibility for the debacle in the making. When Headlines Today posed some blunt questions to Delhi PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chouhan, he hinted at the deadline being missed once again. “Normally it doesn’t rain so heavily in September. We should have completed the work by now, but we are facing difficulties because of rain,” Chouhan said. “Rain doesn’t see any deadline, be it September 10 or 15. It is difficult to do construction when it is raining,” the minister added. On the other side, CWG organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi termed the rain as a challenge. He however was confident about the success of the Games. “There were many challenges for the Commonwealth Games. Rain is also a challenge. It has been raining heavily. But we are confident that we will meet this challenge also. Everything will be fine,” Kalmadi said.
You will not find legendary cricketers like Imran Khan, Kapil Dev, Sir Vivian Richards and Arjuna Ranatunga under one roof often.One such confluence took place on Thursday when ICC’s broadcast partner for the 2011 Cricket World Cup, ESPN Star Sports, brought them together to relive their moments of World Cup glory.Fromer cricketers Kapil Dev, Vivan Richards, Imran Khan and Arjuna Ranatunga with Manu Sawhney of ESPN Star Sports. ITGDIt began with Richards, who started his ODI career during the 1975 Prudential World Cup. One can see the video clip of saw a lean and mean-looking Viv careening in a throw for a direct hit against an Aussie, who turned out to be none other than Greg Chappell and the match was the final, which Clive Lloyd’s men won, thanks to two important run outs.”We felt at that time that the Aussies were the worst runners between the wickets. In fact, both Chappells (Greg and Ian) got run out in that match,” said the West Indian. But the best part was that it was Richards who had accounted for both those wickets.Though West Indies, did not win the World Cup under him, as Kapil Dev’s India took the match away from Lloyd’s men in the finals at Lord’s in 1983, West Indies were the best team to reckon with during the period.Describing the West Indians, Khan said, “In those days, teams going to the West Indies didn’t even think about winning. A defeat with dignity was what they would aim for.”Speaking on methods he used to distract Richards, Khan said, “It was the other way round for him. Instead of thinking of attacking, a fast bowler would think of saving himself from his attacks.”advertisementRichards added, “People thought that I was arrogant. But, I belonged to the same house.”Spelling out the ploy that he used to adopt during his time, Khan said, “I always looked into the batsman’s eyes (to unnerve him). But, he never gave an impression of being scared. ‘I am not scared, I am out to get you’ was the impression he would give.”Kapil Dev recollected the event from the 1983 final, when his catch off Madan Lal sent the West Indian packing. “My heart must have been in my mouth at that time. But I just went on running towards it saying, ‘mine, mine, mine’. I did not know then that Yashpal Sharma too was running in for the catch.”Richards on his part too knew that it was a “magnificent catch”. “When he (Kapil) was under it I knew my time had come. And I have not forgiven him that.”But for Kapil Dev, his finest moment was when he hit the unbeaten 175 against Zimbabwe during the 1983 edition, bailing the team out from 17/5. “I think after that match, the players started believing in me.”Khan summed up saying, “No captain can inspire a team unless he leads by example. When the captain is performing, he has self-belief and he takes the right decisions. That’s what matters.”Recounting his experiences of the 1992 World Cup victory, Khan said, “I had seen Inzamam play in April a year before the event. I put him on against Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram. It was then I told him that he would play in the World Cup.””But by the time the World Cup approached, the selectors wanted him out. They said he is too fat. One of them even resigned. Still I pushed him in and he proved to be the finest player of fast bowling.”On Javed Miandad, who was a pivotal figure then, often indulging in factionalism, he said, “I have known Javed since he was 18 and he is still the same. The process of evolution has passed him by. But he was a fighter and I never had a problem with him. When the chips were down, he would always perform.”On the 1992 final against England, Khan simply said, “They did not go for specialists. They did not have a wicket-taking bowler and were a bits-and-pieces team.””We did not succeed in batting, but did well in bowling. We did not contain, but went for the wickets. Sadly, we did not have Waqar (Younis) and Saaed Anwar with us then.”Ranatunga, who had led Sri Lanka to win in 1996, said, “We were not really bothered till the knock-outs as we had to beat Kenya and Zimbabwe to reach the quarters.”When the final approached, I just said during a press conference that Shane Warne and both the Waugh brothers (Steve and Mark) were overrated cricketers. So while they fretted over it, we concentrated on cricket.”advertisement
Duncan Fletcher on Thursday etched his name into the record books by becoming the first cricket coach to complete a century of matches at the helm of affairs of a national team during the first Test between India and England at Lord’s in London.The Zimbabwean, who took the reins of Indian cricket team after Gary Kirsten, rose to fame following English side’s 2005 Ashes victory at home after a gap of 18 years.In his eight year association with England, Fletcher saw the team beat Sri Lanka in their own den and also helped them clinch victories against the West Indies and New Zealand, apart from their Ashes heroics.In 2004, England won record eight consecutive Tests, beating New Zealand 3-0 and West Indies 4-0 at home, before winning the first Test in South Africa.The 62-year-old, who became England’s first foreign coach in 1999, led English team in 96 matches before guiding Team India to a successful Caribbean tour.Believed to be hard task master, Fletcher comes as a rare breed. “We are still getting used to his well disguised humour,” quips Rahul Dravid.”He is a good, calm presence in the dressing room. He is technically very knowledgeable and you can make out that he’s worked with many batsmen in many situations,” Dravid revealed.”We are very lucky to have someone like Duncan with us because he is a very experienced and very mature person. I feel I can learn from him. There is always scope for improving and having discussions with someone like Duncan can only make you a better cricketer,” said Laxman.advertisement”The Lord’s Test is going to be his 100th as a coach, which is a great achievement in itself, and he will be the first coach to achieve it,” he added.- With inputs from PTI
Buckling under the relentless pressure applied by Pakistan, India has finally decided to de-hyphenate cricket from terror and get on with the game. On Monday, the BCCI agreed to host three ODIs and two T20s between the two archrivals. The short bilateral series – the first in almost five years – will begin towards the end of December and be over in January 2013.But the decision, taken by the BCCI’s powerful working committee, has driven a deep wedge between the heavyweights associated with the gentleman’s game including ex-cricketers and politicians. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar for one did not mince his words.”Recently, we had an extradition from Saudi Arabia which has confirmed their (Pakistan’s) role in 26/ 11. Yet you want to play cricket with them,” he said acerbically. India had snapped cricketing links with Pakistan after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.”Being a Mumbaikar, I feel what is the urgency when there is no cooperation from the other side?” the original Little Master of the game remarked, though adding in the same breath: “I respect the BCCI’s decision, though I may not agree with it.”Former Team India member and MP Kirti Azad also slammed the move. “I’m opposed to the series. Mutual trust is lacking between the countries. They should not play even at neutral venues,” Azad pointed out.Mixed reactionsFor their part, political parties appeared to be caught on the back foot. Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said: “We maintain that politics and cricket should not be mixed.” AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh was more unequivocal: “The match(es) should be held. Cricket match(es) will help improve Indo-Pak relations.”advertisementHowever, the party’s Maharashtra unit took a diametrically opposite stand. “The BCCI must consider the people’s sentiments,” state Congress president Manikrao Thakre said in Mumbai. The Samajwadi Party’s unit in the state concurred. The Shiv Sena, always vociferously opposed to Indo- Pak cricket matches, stuck to its guns.Back in Delhi, the BJP’s response was lukewarm. Party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said: “The Pakistan cricket team had come to India earlier for the World Cup. The team of terrorists involved in the 26/ 11 attack should also be brought to India.”But Union minister and IPL governing council chairman Rajeev Shukla justified the move, observing: “The PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) has been very persistent about resuming cricketing ties. We have played against Pakistan after the 1971 war. In fact, (even subsequent to) the Kargil war in 1999… we played a series in Pakistan.”Indeed there have been several attempts by the PCB in recent months to convince the BCCI because the contests featuring the two teams are a huge hit with fans and set the cash registers ringing. The question now is has the BCCI given in to the power of pelf, overwriting public sentiment?Furthermore, the board’s conciliatory approach appears to be in stark contrast to the aggressive tone in which Pakistan high commissioner Salman Bashir spoke on Sunday. He described as “incredible” and unbelievable” allegations that any Pakistani state agency was involved in the Mumbai attacks.Divulging more details, Shukla revealed that he had spoken to Union Home minister P. Chidambaram who said his ministry had no objection to the resumption of cricket. He further disclosed said that the ministry of external affairs, too, had given the green light.Too much cricket Unlike Gavaskar, another India ex-captain Bishan Singh Bedi welcomed the proposed series, saying: “It will generate a lot of interest and goodwill.”All the same, the spin legend expressed concern about the timing of the matches. Gavaskar, whose millions of fans included the late Pakistan President Zia-ul-Haq, felt India were playing a lot of cricket in the upcoming season and a new series would only put more pressure on the players. England are scheduled to arrive in India for a Test and T20 series before going home for Christmas.They would be back to play five ODIs, scheduled to take place from January 11. The India-Pakistan series will be squeezed into the Christmas break.The BCCI thumbs up for the bilateral series was widely welcomed across the border. PCB chairman Muhammad Zaka Ashraf, who calls Indian board president N. Srinivasan his “bada bhai”, told the media in Lahore: “We are delighted with this invitation and see it as a big ice-breaker in revival of bilateral ties.”Pakistan ex-skipper Javed Miandad, too, struck an optimistic note: “I am really happy because the PCB chairman has been making hectic efforts. This will not only be great for India and Pakistan, but for world cricket as well.”advertisementFormer Pakistan batsman Zaheer Abbas was also upbeat: “This should have happened earlier because when these two teams play the world watches.”Aamir Sohail, who used to open the batting for Pakistan, said: “You have to move on. I’m a huge fan of Indian cricket.”The proposed five matches – three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals – are likely to be played in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi, though both the venues and dates have still not been finalised.
Indian rowers Sandeep Kumar and Manjeet Singh finished fourth in the first heat of the men’s lightweight double scull at the Eton Dorney but qualified for the repechage round in the Olympics here on Sunday.The Indian pair finished 6:56.60 at the Eton Dorney and will have another chance through the repechage to qualify for the knock-out round.Another Indian rower, Sawarn Singh Virk, made the best of the repechage to enter the men’s single sculls quarterfinals after clocking 7:00.49 to finish first amongst five contestants.The Indian was 3.42 seconds faster than the second-placed South Korean Dongyong Kim, who also entered the quarterfinals.
Abhinav Bindra would be aiming for a second-successive medal, while Gagan Narang would hope to be third-time lucky after past disappointments when the hyped duo takes aim in the 10m Air Rifle event of the London Olympics on Monday. Bindra, India’s first individual Olympic gold-medallist who got the yellow metal in 2008 Beijing Olympics, claims to have all but forgotten about the glory that he brought four years ago.”Looking at the past has no bearing, I don’t want to soak myself with the thoughts of Beijing performance. I won a gold four years ago in two hours of shooting. That is over and done with,” Bindra has stated.This would be Bindra’s fourth Olympic appearance and perhaps never before would he have endured the immense burden of expectations that has followed him to the British capital.Narang, on the other hand, has had to face disappointments in his two previous appearances at the big event.Narang has gone on to win numerous medals in the ISSF World Cups, World Championship, Commonwealth Games and the Asiad, besides creating a new world record in 2008, but Olympic glory has always eluded the ever-smiling shooter from Hyderabad.But given the good form he was in going into the Games here, the Olympic medal jinx could well be broken this time around.”I have been unlucky twice (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008), hope I get third time lucky,” Narang has said.Besides competing against each other, the duo will also face a stiff challenge from China’s Zhu Qinan, who was incidentally beaten by Bindra in Beijing.advertisementBesides 10-metre, Narang is also competing in 50-m Rifle Prone (August 3) and 50-m Rifle 3 Position (August 6), giving himself enough chances of winning a medal at the Royal Artillery Barracks.For the first time ever, India will have 11 shooters, three more than the eight participants in the Beijing Games.
The noose is gradually tightening around debt-ridden Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited (DCHL), the Hyderabad-based media house which owns IPL team Deccan Chargers, as bankers have begun the forensic auditing of its accounts to expose chinks, if any.This was stated by DK Mittal, secretary, department of financial services in the Union finance ministry, in New Delhi on Tuesday. He said Canara Bank, the lead banker of the lenders’ consortium for DCHL, had begun the auditing process.Putting DCHL in further trouble, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed that proceeds of the sale of the Chargers be deposited with ICICI Bank after paying five per cent to the Indian cricket board. The order was passed by Justice SJ Kathawalla while hearing an application filed by Tata Capital against DCHL for recovery of a Rs 101 crore loan.According to sources, forensic audit involves a thorough examination of the company’s financial position, especially for using the data in a court of law. “It would dig out the accounting frauds, if any, and enumerate total assets, as was done in the case of erstwhile Satyam Computers, in which a massive accounting fraud was unearthed,” an analyst said.Mittal added: “We are aware of the situation in DCHL. We want to study systemic failure in the company,” he said.Mittal’s statement came as a big embarrassment for the DCHL management, which is hoping to wriggle out of the financial mess by raising a few hundred crore rupees through the auctioning of the Chargers in Chennai on Thursday.The move is set to derail the proposal of DCHL to go in for corporate debt restructuring (CDR) of its outstanding loans with the bankers. DCHL’s board has passed a resolution on asking the CDR cell to rejig its existing debt.”The board of directors of the company, at its meeting held on September 7, 2012, has passed a resolution to restructure the existing debt of company by an application to Corporate Debt Restructuring (CDR) cell under CDR mechanism as envisaged under the Reserve Bank of India guidelines,” DCHL said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.Hitherto, the outstanding debts of the DCHL were projected at Rs 3,200 crore, but Mittal on Tuesday declared that the total exposure of banks to DCHL stands at around Rs 5,000 crore, including Rs 3,800 crore to nationalised banks.”These are just secured loans. There are even unsecured loans raised by DCHL from various financial institutions,” a company source said.Efforts to reach the Canara Bank authorities in Hyderabad did not succeed. When contacted, Andhra Bank chairman and managing director BA Prabhakar said the forensic audit would expose a comprehensive picture of the company’s financial position.”It is a thorough investigation into the company’s assets, liabilities, cash flow and sources of income. The bankers would study the cash flow and cash transactions,” he told Mail Today.Adding to the woes of DCHL, the Registrar of Companies (RoC) is also understood to have initiated a preliminary scrutiny of the books of accounts to find out accounting irregularities, if any, in the media group.(With inputs from PTI)advertisement
Saina Nehwal defeated Japanese 13th seed Sayaka Takahashi 14-21, 21-18, 21-12Saina Nehwal survived a scare to eventually make her way into the women’s singles quarter-finals of the World Badminton Championships at the Ballerup Super Arena here Thursday.Japanese 13th seed Sayaka Takahashi gave a tough fight to the Indian seventh seed and was almost on her way to the last eight before Saina found her legs just in time to recover from a game down and win the three-game one hour five-minute marathon third round match 14-21, 21-18, 21-12.Sayaka looked in sublime touch as she easily clinched the first game, leading right from the start. World No.7 Saina looked down and out trailing 8-13 in the second but slowly started getting back into rhythm when the reality of being ousted from the tournament hit her.The 24-year-old finally levelled the game at 18-all and held on to the next three points to push the match into the decider.It was quite equal till 7-all in the third game after which the Olympic bronze medallist found the right footing and form to crush her opponent in a matter of minutes and take a 2-0 lead in career meetings over the Japanese.Saina will be up against World No.1 and top seed Li Xuerui of China next and the reigning Olympic champion has a 7-2 career advantage over the Hyderbadi.Saina’s compatriots P.V. Sindhu (women’s singles), Kidambi Srikanth (men’s singles) and the men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy will play their respective matches later in the day.advertisement
Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Mintah hattrick carries Kaya Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Donaire, 36, said he’s giving Inoue the edge.Inoue, called the Monster, is a very dangerous opponent.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, logistics“We’ve an unwritten respect that we’ll be facing each other in the final fight,” Donaire said.Donaire, a four-division world champion and 2012 Fighter of the Year, was quick to state that his projected championship fight against Inoue would be “the best against the best.” Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles There are more than a couple of reasons why Donaire is seeking a difficult and dangerous test while trying to come back as a boxing superstar and pound-for-pound top contender.For one, Donaire made it to the WBSS bantamweight final via an irregular route.He scored risk-free win in the quarterfinals after the previously unbeaten Ryan Burnett surrendered in the fourth round, victim of a freak back injury. It was Donaire’s first bout as a bantamweight since 2011.In Donaire’s WBSS semifinal outing over the weekend, he scored an expected stoppage over the defenseless Stephon Young, a last-minute substitute for Zolani Tete, who quit ahead allegedly due to shoulder tendinitis.After his trouble-free trip to the final, nothing less than a crucial clash against a top-rated opponent would help bring Donaire back to the top of the boxing world.ADVERTISEMENT 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 MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments (L-R) Nonito Donaire of the Philippines and Jessie Magdaleno exchange punches during their WBO junior featherweight championship fight at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP FILE PHOTOAfter securing a slot in the final of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS), Nonito Donaire said he would be at ringside on May 18 to scout his next opponent. Japanese star Naoya Inoue and Emmanuel Rodriguez of Puerto Rico, both unbeaten, clash in the world bantamweight semifinal in Glasgow, Scotland.The Inoue-Rodriguez fight promises to be terribly tough, an ultimate test, for both warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Both Inoue and Rodriguez are amazing warriors.But Inoue, Donaire’s main choice for a title foe, is 17-0, with 15 knockouts. He barged into the elite bantamweight bracket with a first-round stoppage of former 118-lb titlist Jamie McDonald. He followed this scintillating win with a 1st round KO over ex-champ Juan Carlos Payano.Inoue, with his power and skillset, is being given the big edge to rule the WBSS bantamweight championship.As the underdog, Donaire could redeem himself from the forgettable slips in his career, when he got crushed silly by Jamaica’s Nicolas Walters, before being humiliated by Cuba’s Guillermo Rigondeaux.The twin defeats practically dropped Donaire into the world boxing dustbin.Surviving the great dangers and topping the WBSS championship series should help firm up Donaire’s badly shaken Hall of Fame career.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
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 Miami Dolphins running back Mark Walton (17) sprays his face with water during NFL football rookie minicamp, Saturday, May 11, 2019, in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Running back Mark Walton, arrested three times this offseason by police in Miami, has signed with his hometown Dolphins.Walton tried out this week, when coach Brian Flores said he was aware of the legal issues.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “I think people deserve a second chance,” Flores said Saturday. “I don’t want to judge people based on one incident, two incidents.”Walton was drafted in the fourth round a year ago by the Cincinnati Bengals and played mostly on special teams in 2018. They released him in April shortly after he was arrested on charges of reckless driving, marijuana possession and carrying a concealed weapon.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, logisticsWalton also was arrested in February on a battery charge after police say he got into an argument about a parking situation. He was charged with marijuana possession in January. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Young cagers strut stuff in 3×3 Challenge Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH 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 Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) drives on Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) as Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) helps on defense during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Pascal Siakam has 26 points in 28 minutes, and the Toronto Raptors lead the Golden State Warriors 88-81 after three quarters of Game 1 of the NBA Finals.Siakam is 11 for 13 from the floor in his first finals game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Kawhi Leonard has 18 points and Marc Gasol has 16 for the Raptors. Former Golden State guard Patrick McCaw hit a big 3-pointer late in the third for the Raptors, putting them up by seven going into the final period.Siakam heats up for 14 3rd quarter PTS in Game 1! #WeTheNorth 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, logistics: ABC : Sportsnet pic.twitter.com/wYGi8ZCTis— NBA (@NBA) May 31, 2019 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting NBA Finals: Fouls continue to pile up in Game 1 as Green picks up his 4th Draymond Green has 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors. Golden State is 29-1 when he records a triple-double.Stephen Curry leads the Warriors with 26 points, and Klay Thompson has scored 15.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP