Boston Celtics to retire Paul Pierce’s No. 34

first_imgWATCH: 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.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Perkins, Cignal missing Jose but determined to end series early

first_imgTwo 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 chiefcenter_img 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. last_img read more

USOC leader: Athletes have right to express themselves

first_imgRead 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 commentslast_img read more

Inquirer 7: Hopefuls who stood out in the 2017 PBA Draft Combine

first_imgKin 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 — Pagasacenter_img 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.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Uproar after darts ‘walk-on’ girls axed

first_imgEnglish 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 stingcenter_img 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.last_img read more

Self-proclaimed ‘icon’ Adam Rippon takes final Olympic skate

first_imgBrace 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 stingcenter_img 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 tortoiseslast_img read more

Don’t count us out yet, skipper Daquis says as PSL squad battles Hisamitsu

first_imgPassing 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 pollutioncenter_img 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 Nextlast_img read more

Delhi govt blames rain for delay in CWG projects

first_imgWith 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.last_img read more

Cricket legends relive their moments of glory

first_imgYou 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.”advertisementlast_img read more