Short-handed Bolts rally to thwart Fuel Masters

first_imgPBA IMAGESShort on personnel but long in determination, Meralco rebounded from its first loss in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday night by pulling off what coach Norman Black feels is as the Bolts’ most satisfying win yet.“It was just an incredible effort from my guys tonight,” Black said after the Bolts—with three aces out of the roster—carved out a come-from-behind 107-104 win over Phoenix Petroleum to creep closer to a playoff berth at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT The next Meralco game will be on Sept. 6 against sister team TNT KaTropa, and that game would mean a seat in the playoffs should the Bolts escape with a win.“Good thing is that all three of them will be back for our next game,” Black said as Allen Durham chipped in his share with 33 points 16 rebounds and seven assists. Chris Newsome and Reynel Hugnatan also finished in twin digits with a combined 33.Phoenix paraded a new import in Brandon Brown and almost hammered out a victory.But the Fuel Masters, who broke in Jeff Chan after acquiring the left-handed gunslinger from Rain or Shine just over a week ago, couldn’t hold on to a 77-62 lead late in the third quarter and went down for the fourth straight game after a 2-0 start.Brown, playing in lieu of the injured Eugene Phelps, finished with 38 points, while Chan wound up with 27 in his biggest offensive game of the season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Game: Active PH Volcanoes ready to erupt Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brown, though, missed the potential game-tying basket as time expired. Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games “We had to deal with a lot of adversities in this game and we really needed to get a win, especially after coming off a loss,” added the multi-titled coach, who didn’t mind playing his remaining players extended minutes with an 18-day break coming their way.Garvo Lanete fired 14 points in the third period and finished with 27, effectively plugging the holes created by the absence of Baser Amer and Mike Tolomia as the Bolts completed a rally from as big as 15 points down to rise to 5-1.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 shutoutAmer, a prime candidate for the Most Improved Player of the year award who has stepped up to become the team’s best point guard, and Tolomia, whom Black described as his second best point guard, are both in Kuala Lumpur playing for Gilas Pilipinas in the Southeast Asian Games.Aside from his two guards, Black also missed his best defender in Cliff Hodge, which meant that the Bolts were “not strong defensively,” allowing Phoenix to nearly get away with a victory. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years agolast_img read more

Napa disappointed with Knights’ lack of ‘team effort’

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘Disappointment’ if no cases filed vs ‘ninja cops’ – Gordon PLAY LIST 01:09‘Disappointment’ if no cases filed vs ‘ninja cops’ – Gordon00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Down at the cellar at one point of the season at 1-3, Letran has went on to rack up four straight victories before Lyceum halted that run, 75-68, on Friday.It was undeniable that Jeo Ambohot’s wrist injury, which he got in the Knights’ last game against San Sebastian, may have had a hand in the recent loss as the team scampered to fill up the hole left in the middle.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“It’s a big factor that we lost Jeo because he’s part of our rotation. We’re losing eight points, eight rebounds, and three blocks from him,” said the multi-titled coach.However, Napa argued that it wasn’t an excuse for Letran to be in disarray, as evidenced in the defeat to the Pirates where big men Daryl Pascual and Irvin Mandreza both fouled out of the game. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter Letran finished the first round with a 5-4 slate, coach Jeff Napas said there was still a lot to be desired with the way his team is playing this NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.“I’m still not satisfied because I feel that we still lack effort. We’re still not giving a total team effort. That’s going to be our focus in the second round,” the Knights mentor said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Calisaan shocked by ejection, rues missed chance to play on home floor SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “We shouldn’t use that as an excuse. It’s a matter of stepping up from whoever I pull from our bench,” he said.As disheartening as the defeat was, Napa said that the Knights’ final game of the first round should serve as a lesson for his bench.“My bench players didn’t step up. We still depend on our main guys to play heavy minutes and that’s where we suffered,” he said. “But the players are still positive. We just have to adjust and check the mindset of our players, especially the ones on the bench, for them to recall their roles.”Napa ended: “Every game, we learn a lot. It’s all a matter of executing our game plan. That’s what we want to achieve, that for our bench players to compliment our main guys.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Villagelast_img read more

Gonzales picks up emotional first win in ONE Championship

first_imgLATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Indians bounce back after win-streak snapped Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I’m so emotional earlier because this is my first win in ONE in my three fights. I’m just so happy,” Gonzales said in Filipino.Exuding confidence from the start, Gonzales (2-2) waited for the perfect opportunity and it came in the second round when he locked Liu (2-3) in a triangle choke to force the tap out at the 1:52 mark and finally taste success at ONE.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“That was our second option, to finish it on the ground. Even if we’re standing, we know that we can match. But I felt I can beat him from the beginning and I just continued being aggressive in the second round until the end of the fight,” he said.With his first victory in ONE Championship in the bag, Gonzales seeks to continue improving his conditioning as he returns to the lair of Hitman MMA a winner as he set his sights for bigger challenges in the future. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments “Whoever ONE gives me, I’ll be sure that I’m ready,” he said. “I’ll continue working on my strength and conditioning because I learned that fights will all depend there. You can’t be out of air.” WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo from ONE ChampionshipJAKARTA — The feeling of victory was so foreign for Ramon Gonzales that he was a bit shocked when members of the media approached him after his fight.But after his impressive showing against Liu De Ri Ge Hu of China on Saturday at ONE: Total Victory here, it won’t take long before he gets the hang of it.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READlast_img read more

World Series patches in place, Dodgers prepare for Astros

first_imgThe Los Angeles Dodgers players celebrate after Game 5 of baseball’s National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Chicago. The Dodgers won 11-1 to win the series and advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers love their analytics, collecting so much data that manager Dave Roberts proudly proclaims: “I don’t see any team that’s more prepared than we are.”All the numbers, video and advanced scouting reports are great. But firsthand looks are nice, too.ADVERTISEMENT Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 “A lot of it is going to be learning as you go,” Granderson said.Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw is set to pitch Game 1 on Tuesday night against Dallas Keuchel at Dodger Stadium. Rich Hill will start Game 2 for the Dodgers vs. AL Championship Series MVP Justin Verlander.Yu Darvish will start Game 3 for the Dodgers when the Series shifts to Houston on Friday night. Acquired from Texas on July 31, he’s the most familiar with the Astros.Darvish is 5-5 in 14 career starts against them, including 1-1 this season.Keuchel has never faced the Dodgers. Verlander beat Los Angeles on Aug. 20 with eight dominant innings, shortly before he got traded from Detroit.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next So Curtis Granderson, what do you know about your World Series opponent, the Houston Astros?“I saw them a couple times in spring training, when I was with the Mets,” the outfielder said.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 shutoutOK, then.Funny, in a way. The Astros and Dodgers have played more than 700 times over the years, but these clubs know very little about each other. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Seager didn’t play in the NL Championship Series against the Cubs because of a back injury. But Roberts said team was “very confident” Seager was ready to return.Seager hit .295 with 22 home runs and 77 RBIs this year. He went 3 for 11 with four walks in the NL Division Series against Arizona, but tweaked his back during a slide in Game 3.Charlie Culberson did well while filling in for Seager during the NLCS. Chris Taylor also saw action at shortstop against the Cubs and was the co-MVP of the series.It is possible Seager could be the designated hitter for the Dodgers when the Series moves to Houston.“In a perfect world, he would play shortstop and hit second,” Roberts said. Del Potro beats Dimitrov to win Stockholm Open “It’s hard to dismiss the two guys at the top of the rotation,” Roberts said, also praising Houston’s “athleticism” and “ability to slug.”The Astros showed off all facets Saturday night, beating the New York Yankees 4-0 in Game 7 of the ALCS.The Dodgers haven’t played the Astros since 2015, when they dropped a three-game series at Houston. The previous time they met was 2012, back when Houston was still in the National League and stuck in the midst of three straight 100-loss seasons.Boosted by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, the Astros are now among the elite teams in the majors.Hill also knows how quickly things can turn around. Wearing a hat that had a World Series emblem on the side, the 37-year-old reflected on where he was fairly recently.In 2015, beset by injuries, no team in the big leagues wanted him and he wound up pitching for the Long Island Ducks.“A couple years ago, I was using a bucket in independent ball as a toilet,” he said.Not anymore.Hill became a valuable member of the Dodgers’ staff, signed a rich contract and has helped them make it back to the World Series for the first time since 1988.Like Hill, All-Star shortstop Corey Seager is expected to make his first World Series appearance. Seager got there a bit faster — at 23, a season after he was the NL Rookie of the Year. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNPlast_img read more

Aces pound Gin Kings

first_imgManuel regaining his old form for streaking Aces Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 “That’s not a team you look forward to playing anymore, because they already have the pieces,” said Compton.In the first game, TNT Ka-Tropa found its rhythm early with Troy Rosario leading the way, pouncing on Meralco’s manpower woes to carve out an easy 99-81 victory that put the Texters back in the upper half.Rosario dropped six triples on the way to 22 points as the Texters pulled away early and never relented on the way to rising to 3-2 overall and dealing the Bolts a third straight defeat after a season-opening victory.Meralco missed power forwards Ranidel de Ocampo and Cliff Hodge, and aside from their size, the Bolts struggled to find people who could pick up the offensive intensity the entire night as they totaled just 36 points for the first half.“We knew that they are undermanned and that was what we really tried to take advantage of,” TNT coach Nash Racela said.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBanking on a big third quarter, the Aces bombarded the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings from inside and out to score a 97-83 victory on Sunday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at Ynares Center in Antipolo, signaling the return to form of the traditional powerhouse that lingered in mediocrity the past two conferences.It was the third straight win after two losses for the Aces, who made the most out of the Gin Kings’ lack in size to book the most impressive win of their run that coach Alex Compton hopes would open the gates for their return to the list of elite teams.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ “There’s a small person in Greg Slaughter who didn’t play and I think he would have had an impact in this game,” Compton said in jest, referring to the absence of the 7-foot center, who suited up but was kept on the bench by coach Tim Cone because of a strained hamstring.“You have to take advantage of the opportunities that come your way.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Kings absorbed a second straight defeat in a 2-2 card, the same record of idle GlobalPort.Next up for Alaska is Blackwater on Saturday and Compton is bracing for an “exciting game.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Froome’s teammate Thomas crashes out of Tour de France

first_imgRobredo: 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 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Valtteri Bottas wins Austrian GP; Sebastian Vettel second El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES Britain’s Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, talks to a team BMC rider during the eighth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 187.5 kilometers (116.5 miles) with start in Dole and finish in Station des Rousses, France, Saturday, July 8, 2017. (Photo by PETER DEJONG / AP)CHAMBERY, France — Geraint Thomas has crashed on a descent and been taken to a local hospital with a suspected broken collarbone, depriving Chris Froome of a key Sky teammate as he seeks a fourth Tour de France title.Thomas went down on a slick road coming off the Col de la Biche with slightly more than 100 kilometers (60 miles) remaining in Stage 9 – which is considered one of the race’s toughest.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Thomas began the stage second overall, 12 seconds behind Froome, despite having crashed in several other stages, including Stage 8 on Saturday, when he tumbled over a barrier on a descent.It’s been an unfortunate year for Thomas, who also exited the Giro d’Italia in May following a crash caused by a police motorbike.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 starsSeveral other riders also crashed in the 181.5-kilometer (113-mile) stage from Nantua to Chambery.Robert Gesink of Team Lotto Jumbo and Manuele Mori of UAE Team Emirates were also forced to abandon. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Canete makes good on promise to help save PH polo

first_imgPH water polo top scorer Roy Canete. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—Teodoro Roy Canete had to make a big decision to leave a lucrative job in Dubai to “help save” Philippine water polo.That started to pay off Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Thailand silences PH to advance to AVC semis Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “In Singapore we didn’t get a medal (and went home without a win) I heard they are going to disband the team if we lose here now,” said Canete. “So I decided to help.”Head coach Rey Galang lavished praise on Canete for taking care of the offense while team captain and goalie Tani Gomez Jr., was in charge of defense.READ: SEA Games special siteAlso scoring for the Philippines were Mico Anota, Reynaldo Salonga Jr., and Mummar Alamara.“I think we are in a much better shape now than when I came back,” said Canete. “We just need to sustain this and remain focused.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Cutting through the water with strong strokes and then rising for accurate shooting, Canete scored six points in the Philippines’ surprising 9-7 win over Thailand.Canete, a single parent with two teenaged boys, was working as a swimming instructor in Dubai for six years.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 openingREAD: PH opens SEAG bid on high note, nips Thailand in water poloBut last year, the team asked him to come back. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The Philippines also had a help from the bench from Hungarian coach Eggidy Gabor.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Nadal, Federer back at the top in 2017

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after beating Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, to win the men’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK — Who would have guessed at the start of 2017 that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer would divvy up the year’s four Grand Slam titles?And who could possibly pretend to know what 2018 will bring for them?ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Nadal’s drought without so much as one appearance in a major semifinal had stretched to about 2½ years.By the end of the Australian Open, though, they were squaring off to decide the title.It was the pair’s ninth Grand Slam final against each other — it’s happened at least twice at each major except the U.S. Open, where they have never met — but first since the 2011 French Open.At the time, Nadal said Sunday, “I was surprised.”But he wasn’t taken aback by what he and Federer were able to do later in the year. It was clear — to Nadal, to everyone — that they were once again capable of being the dominant figures in their sport.“To come back and win all four Grand Slams was quite an achievement, regardless of how good they are. There is a lot of very tough competition,” said Kevin Anderson, the first-time major finalist who failed to put up too much of a fight in a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 loss to the No. 1-ranked Nadal.“When they’re healthy, I think they have so many skills they can rely on. In addition to that is just the amount of experience they have had,” Anderson said. “Playing at this level, I think they feel very comfortable, and obviously they might get nervous, but just like anything, the more you do it, the more used to it you get.”It didn’t hurt that the three men who are next in the pecking order all had down years and injury issues: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka. All missed the U.S. Open. All could return to contention for big prizes next year.Add in that trio’s major totals (Djokovic has 12, Murray and Wawrinka three apiece), and since the start of the 2005 French Open, the top five men have won 49 of the past 51 Grand Slam championships.Still, after all this time, there are still two who stand alone at the top: Rafa and Roger. LA loves the Olympics, even though they’re 11 years away As of Monday, they are ranked 1-2 .Federer began this season at No. 16, having missed the last half while letting his back and left knee heal.Nadal was No. 9, having pulled out after the second round of the French Open and skipped Wimbledon entirely because of an injured left wrist.“When you get (an) injury,” Nadal said, “then (it) seems like the season is a disaster.”Federer began 2017 having gone 4½ years without a Grand Slam title.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side By the time Nadal was biting the handle of the U.S. Open trophy on Sunday night , his usual way of celebrating a tournament victory, he had raised his career Grand Slam championship count to 16: three at Flushing Meadows, an unprecedented 10 at the French Open (including this June, shortly after turning 31), two at Wimbledon and one at the Australian Open.That moved him back within three of Federer, whose 19 is the record among men: an unprecedented eight at the All England Club (including in July, shortly before turning 36), five at the U.S. Open, four at the Australian Open (including in January) and one at Roland Garros.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“Of course, (it’s) something difficult to imagine, eight months ago or nine months ago, that we will be winning two Grand Slams each,” Nadal said. “But here we are.”Indeed, in January, it sure appeared that the two greats of the game had left their best days behind. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul 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 MOST READ “There is just two things that probably we share — that is passion for what we are doing, passion for tennis , passion for the competition,” Nadal said, “and the spirit of improvement all the time.”The question was put to him Sunday night: How important is it for you to catch Federer in the race for most Grand Slam titles?“I really never thought much about that. I just do my way. He does his way,” Nadal responded. “Let’s see when we finish, no?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Sammy replaces Gayle as West Indies captain

first_imgChris Gayle was on Monday dumped from West Indies captaincy and replaced by all-rounder Darren Sammy in a shake-up aimed at rebuilding the side which has been on decline for some years.The West Indies Cricket Board announced the decision to sack Gayle, who has been skipper since 2007, while naming the squad for the three-match Test tour of Sri Lanka next month.Sammy, though, has not been a regular member of the Test side having played just eight matches after making his debut in June 2007.Gayle, who recently refused new central contracts with the WICB last month along with Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, is still in the squad as a batsman.Gayle, Bravo and Pollard had refused central contracts which stipulated that they must make themselves available for the West Indies team at all times.Bravo was also demoted from vice-captaincy with Brendan Nash taking over the job for the Test series in Sri Lanka, though he is still in the squad.The sacking of Gayle, who led West Indies to three wins in 20 Tests as captain, and naming of Sammy and Nash into positions of responsibility was apparently done as WICB wanted stability in leadership from players whose availability was not in question.WICB chief executive Ernest Hilaire thanked Gayle for leading West Indies “during a challenging period” of the game in the country.”Chris Gayle, the former captain, led the West Indies during a challenging period and the board thanks him for stepping up then but it is now time to pass the mantle on as the West Indies rebuilds,” said Hilaire.advertisementWest Indies are seventh in the Test rankings and eighth in the world in the one-day format and the WICB is hoping 26-year-old Sammy can inspire an improvement.”We are at the dawn of a new era in West Indies cricket and the selection committee has entrusted the challenging job of captaincy to Darren Sammy because it is believed that he has demonstrated the attributes of a leader of this diverse group of men,” said selection committee chairman Clyde Butts.Sammy is excited at being handed the captaincy and said he was looking forward to the challenge despite several experienced men, including the now uncontracted Denesh Ramdin, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Jerome Taylor, are missing from Sri Lanka-bound Test squad. Veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul though is in the squad.”Being appointed West Indies captain is an honour which I will treat with the highest regard and dignity. I believe my captaincy of the Windward Islands will stand me in good stead as West Indies captain as we work on building a team for the future,” Sammy said.”I have always given my all when I prepare and play for the West Indies and nothing will change now. I know this will be a difficult challenge and I will take the torch from Chris and hold it high as we forge ahead. I expect to have the full support of the squad.”- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Manipur: Student shot dead allegedly by minister’s son

first_imgA 21-year-old student was shot dead allegedly by the son of a Manipur minister prompting a local committee to demand his immediate resignation over the incident.Irom Roger, a student in a Bangalore institute who had come to Manipur to participate in the holi festival was allegedly shot dead by N Ajai Meitei (27), son of Manipur minister for Irrigation, Flood Control and Sports N Biren, last evening at Kwakeithel area in Imphal West district,Police said.Official sources said that police suspected personal enmity appeared to be the cause.Meitei chased Roger in a vehicle and allegedly shot him from a M-20 pistol, they said, adding that Meitei later surrendered to police with his pistol.A spokesman of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) against the killing of 21-year old student Irom Roger said the JAC has submitted a memorandum to chief minister O Ibobi Singh this morning asking him to sack N Biren Singh for proper investigation into the matter.Senior opposition MLA O Joy (Manipur People’s Party) on Monday raised the issue in the state assembly during zero hour demanding a proper investigation into the incident.Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh said in the Assembly that he would make a statement during the present assembly session.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Gadgets on the go

first_imgCasio Tryx (Ex-TR100)The battery life leaves us wanting a bit more. And there is a high probability that people might just run away with it. Apart from that, there’s nothing not to love about the most strangest of cameras that we have seen in a long time. The Casio Tryx (Ex-TR100) is a swivel camera with a pop-out display and has two buttons for operation. The swivel turns a full 360 degrees and the 12 MP sensor produces good images. Add the (now) standard 1080p HD recording to the talent pool, you’ve got a looker of a camera. Priced at US$ 250 and available in prominent online retail outlets. www.casio.comSanyo eneloop mobile boosterWith considerable certainty, we can assure you that finding a plug point while walking the Kalahari is a big challenge. And with a battery (no pun intended) of gadgets in your pocket, we can understand the anxiety you might experience. Time to add the Sanyo Eneloop Mobile booster to your bag. This 5,000 mAh high capacity Li-Ion battery provides 240 minutes of power and can power up most of your mobile devices and even partially charge an iPad. The battery pack itself takes seven hours to charge from AC power and longer from USB ports. For US$ 80, this is an excellent buy. www.us.sanyo.comCasio G’zone commandoIf your vacation plan involves scaling the Appalachians or taking a dip or two while being on call (what vacation?), take a closer look at Casio’s G’zone Commando. This Android sporting smartphone meets military standards for rain, shock, dust, fog, extreme altitudes and temperatures, and water immersion. Throw in features like compass, thermometers, tide, sun, moon and star info, this is the only gadget you’ll need on that adventure outing. Available in the US from US$ 200 on Verizon. Expect it around the rest of the world anytime now. www.casiogzone.comAltec lansing orbit USB speakerLaptop speakers are seldom adequate in providing a good sense of sound. Most of them are just loud enough if you keep your laptop close to your ears. These Altec Lansing Orbit USB speakers are a welcome addition for travellers. When not in use, fold up the stand and fix the speakers together for portability. A single USB cord connects to your laptop and no batteries required too. Available for US$ 50 from www.alteclnsing.comFossil meta watchCome this month and you’ll be able to snag one of these extremely innovative and funky Fossil Meta Watches. Geekery apart, this can tether itself with your laptop, mobile or tablet and display select bits of information that you choose. The two models are built on Texas Instruments’ CC2560 Bluetooth platform, which allow them to receive push notifications from smartphones and tablets. Available in digital and analogue, these are priced at US$ 200 and pre-orders should begin soon. Head to https://estore.ti.com for more information.Producer and anchor with CNBC-TV18, Ashwin is correspondent for Tech Toyz.advertisementlast_img read more

BCCI chief, secretary to frame plans to arrest India’s slide

first_imgThe BCCI decided to chart out the future course of action of Team India.Stung by India ‘s humiliating defeats in the first three Tests against England , the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday decided that the president and the secretary should chart out the team’s future course of action.The BCCI working committee that met here at the Cricket Centre in Wankhede, discussed India’s performance in the ongoing series, where there were dislodged from the top spot in Tests by England.”The series was discussed extensively at the working committee meeting. The members felt that president (Shashank Manohar) and secretary (N. Srinivasan) should decide the team’s future course of action to arrest the slide,” a top official of the working committee told IANS.This was the last meeting of the working committee chaired by Manohar, who will hand over the reins to president-elect N. Srinivasan.Among other issues discussed, the BCCI decided that a former cricketer can be eligible to become a national selector after five years of retirement instead of 10 years. The BCCI took the decision to increase the pool of probable candidates for selectors.”We have several cricketers who can become good selectors. But we are not able to rope them in because we have to wait for 10 years. Now we will we have a wider pool of eligible candidates to become national selectors,” the official said.It was also decided that subsidies to state associations from television rights should be raised from existing Rs.23 crore to Rs.27 crore.The working committee is also looking into a request by Kochi IPL franchise to shift their base from Kochi to Ahmedabad.BCCI Secretary and President-elect Srinivasan said in a statement: “The Accounts for the year 2010-11 were approved at the meeting. It was also decided that the 83rd Annual General Meeting of the Board will be held on 19th and 20th September 2011 at the Cricket Centre, Mumbai.”advertisementlast_img read more

India gets its own superheroine Rakshasi on DC Comics cover

first_imgThe DC Comics coverIndia has got its own superheroine Rakshasi on a DC Comics cover, titled The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men, in its tenth issue. The blue-bodied character is described as India’s nuclear woman and sports golden headgear straight from Indian mythology. India’s officially sanctioned ‘Firestorm’ also triumphs,The DC Comics coverIndia has got its own superheroine Rakshasi on a DC Comics cover, titled The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men, in its tenth issue. The blue-bodied character is described as India’s nuclear woman and sports golden headgear straight from Indian mythology. India’s officially sanctioned ‘Firestorm’ also triumphs over her opponent in true Indian style-with one foot on his chest, as she stands blazing over him on the cover.last_img read more

London Olympics 2012: Saina will win gold, says Maken

first_imgSports minister Ajay Maken on Thursday lauded India’s badminton ace Saina Nehwal’s performance after she beat Tine Baun of Denmark 21-15, 22-20 to reach the semi-final of the women’s singles badminton event at the London Olympics.Speaking to Headlines Today, Maken said: “Saina will win gold.”Maken added, “The way she played today, she can beat anyone in the world. She is the number one player.”He even thanked his father Harvir Singh for giving India such a great player.He was all praise for her coach Pullella Gopichand, under whose guidance both Siana and P Kashyap have done well at the Olympics.Later Maken even tweeted saying: Padam Shri Gopichand has Khel Ratna, Dronacharya & Arjuna Awards under his belt. Pray that Saina & Kashyap give him the ultimate GURUDAKSHINA! He later tweeted: Both Saina & Kashyap have already created record by entering semis & quarterfinals respectively. Congrats coach Gopichand on your hard work!last_img read more

Vishnu Vardhan eager to cash in on Olympic high

first_imgVishnu Vardhan has taken some big strides at the London Olympics. He held his own while playing alongside Leander Paes and against the likes of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra.Though the Indian pair went down fighting in the second round, it was not before Vishnu impressed one and all, including Tsonga and Paes, who was initially reluctant to pair with the rookie.Tsonga took that extra minute after the match ended to meet the youngster and told him what he thought about him. “Both Tsonga and Llodra spoke to me and they were very impressed with my game. Tsonga told me that you have a huge game and he is looking forward to see me on the international circuit,” Vishnu told Mail Today on Wednesday.”Coming from a top singles player like Tsonga, it was inspiring for me that I can perform against the best on the circuit.”Carrying the confidence of his performance at the London Olympics, Vishnu went to play the Challengers event in Uzbekistan and reached the quarterfinals that took him to his career-best singles rankings of 266.Back in India now, Vishnu is taking a breather before his gruelling schedule ahead that includes the Davis Cup tie against New Zealand in Chandigarh next month.The Hyderabadi said that the experience at the Olympics has given his career an impetus that he was looking for.”It was a huge learning curve for me. It was a big opportunity. I know that I have to consistently play well. It has given me the confidence that I can stand up to the best.”advertisementPaes played a big role in preparing the rookie for the event, and later acknowledged that he was “surprised” with the way Vishnu competed.”Playing alongside Leander was a big motivation. Later he told me that he was impressed with my fighting spirit on the court and that I have much more talent than what he had thought,” added Vishnu.After Vishnu was selected to pair up with Paes, the latter charted out a schedule for Vishnu that included a training stint with Rick Leach in Los Angeles. Leach has coached Paes and taught Vishnu how to adjust on the court with the veteran.”Leander had arranged the training. Rick was impressed with my singles game also. But at that time we prepared for doubles.”Vishnu is now eager to show his mettle in the Davis Cup. “It is a young team. It is a huge opportunity for us and we will give our best,” said Vishnu who will head to Bangkok and Shanghai next before the Davis Cup campaign.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Colombia beats Ivory Coast 2-1

first_imgColombia scored twice in six minutes in a lively second half to beat Ivory Coast 2-1 at the World Cup on Thursday and move to the brink of the knockout stage.Colombia’s James Rodriguez (10) celebrates with teammate Colombia’s Juan Cuadrado after scoring his side’s first goal during the group C World Cup soccer match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Estadio Nacional in Brazil on June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)James Rodriguez’s powerful header from a corner in the 64th minute was quickly followed by a low finish by substitute Juan Quintero, securing the South Americans’ second straight win in Group C in front of a partisan pro-Colombian crowd.Gervinho reduced the deficit in the 73rd minute with a superb run and shot inside the near post, but the Ivory Coast could not find an equalizer despite a strong finish.A point against Japan in its third game will definitely seal qualification for Colombia but it could be secured before that, depending on the result of Japan-Greece later Thursday.last_img read more

World Cup semifinal Brazil vs Germany match preview: How do they compare?

first_imgBrazil’s David LuizBrazil and Germany are two of the most decorated teams in football, with eight World Cup titles between them. Both have their share of players among the all-time greats, and both entered this tournament being touted among the main favorites. So even without the injured Neymar, Tuesday’s semifinal in Belo Horizonte provides an intriguing matchup for any neutral fan, as Germany and Brazil play each other at the World Cup for the first time since the 2002 final. Here is a look at how the teams compare in 2014: GOALKEEPERS Manuel Neuer has been one of Germany’s best players this tournament, especially in the knockout rounds. He bailed out Germany’s erratic defense numerous times by rushing out to clear ball after ball in the second-round win over Algeria, and made key saves to deny Karim Benzema an equalizer for France in the quarterfinals. The Bayern Munich No. 1 has won just about everything at club level and is widely regarded as one of the top keepers in the world. Julio Cesar used to have that reputation as well, but is arguably not quite the player he was during his best years at Inter Milan. He now plays for Toronto in Major League Soccer. He’s been solid at this World Cup, however, where he has yet to concede more than one goal in a game. And the 34-year-old Cesar has come up big when Brazil needed him to, saving two penalties in the shootout against Chile in the second round. Advantage: Germanyadvertisement —- DEFENSE Brazil has always been known for its attacking play, but this World Cup squad arguably has more impressive names in defense – especially now that star forward Neymar is ruled out. However, the team’s best defender – captain Thiago Silva – is suspended for the semifinal, a big blow for the back four. But Brazil has a good replacement in Bayern Munich’s Dante to put in alongside David Luiz, while coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will have to decide whether to put Barcelona’s Dani Alves back in at right back or stick with Maicon, who was a surprise starter in the quarterfinals. Real Madrid’s Marcelo should guard the left wing. Germany’s defense looked downright awful against Algeria, and coach Joachim Loew responded by dropping center back Per Mertesacker for the next game and moving captain Philip Lahm to his favorite position as right back instead of midfield. The changes worked, and Germany looked like its old solid self against France. With Mats Hummels back healthy to anchor the central defense – and even scoring the winning goal against France – the Germans have a reliable foundation in front of Neuer. Advantage: Brazil —- MIDFIELD Germany’s midfield has been given a big boost by Bastian Schweinsteiger returning to full fitness after a knee injury. Playing alongside Sami Khedira, Schweinsteiger can control the pace of the game while also helping out defensively, giving Toni Kroos room to work as the team’s main playmaker. While Mesut Ozil has had a fairly lackluster tournament so far, he’s one of the world’s best passers and could still prove crucial for Germany. Brazil’s midfield will likely have a new look for this game as Scolari is expected to replace Neymar with a midfielder – probably Willian. The Chelsea player has enough speed and skill to cause defenders trouble, but doesn’t have the scoring ability of Neymar. Oscar, another Chelsea player, will also need to step up as a playmaker. Luiz Gustavo is back after a suspension, which should help shore things up defensively. Advantage: Germany —- ATTACK With Neymar in the team, the forward line was always a strength for Brazil. Without him, it’s a glaring weakness. Fred has struggled badly as the team’s center forward at the World Cup, scoring just one goal in five games. Hulk has looked lively throughout but has yet to score, while Jo has failed to make an impact when he’s come on as a substitute. Germany, meanwhile, has Thomas Mueller and Miroslav Klose as its main attacking options. Mueller has four goals so far in Brazil – one short of his tally in South Africa in 2010 – while the 36-year-old Klose has a chance to break the World Cup scoring record. Klose shares the record of 15 career goals with Brazil great Ronaldo, so the Brazilian defenders will probably be extra eager to shut him down. Germany also has better options off the bench, with Lukas Podolski and Mario Goetze to bring on. Advantage: Germany Watch: Neymar speaks in tearful video for Brazil after back injury rules him out of World Cupadvertisementlast_img read more

Netherlands finish third after 3-0 win over Brazil in FIFA World Cup

first_imgArjen Robben and Stefan de Vrij celebrate after Netherlands’ 3-0 win over Brazil Robin van Persie and Daley Blind scored early goals to help give the Netherlands a 3-0 win over host Brazil in the third-place match at the World Cup on Saturday.Fans React | Match PhotosWith the result, the Netherlands finishes a World Cup unbeaten in regular play for the first time, having lost to Argentina on penalties in the semifinals. After finishing runner-up in 2010, the third place is the best position for the Dutch squad since it lost the final in 1974 and 1978.The loss added to Brazil’s frustration at the home tournament following the disastrous 7-1 defeat to Germany. After the final whistle, the team was loudly booed by the nearly 70,000 fans that attended the match at the National Stadium in Brasilia. Many had already left even before the late third goal by the Dutch.”It’s a terrible feeling, I don’t know what to say,” Oscar said. “After a huge loss to Germany, today we tried our best from the beginning to win third place but it wasn’t our day. We have to see what went wrong so we can improve for the future.”Van Persie converted a penalty kick three minutes into the match after Arjen Robben was brought down by Brazil captain Thiago Silva on the edge of the area. Blind added to the lead in the 17th with a shot from near the penalty spot after defender David Luiz made a mistake while trying to clear a cross in front of the goal. Georginio Wijnaldum rounded off the win in injury time with a shot inside the near post.advertisement”The most beautiful was our resilience. We were knocked out but we came back and finished third,” Wijnaldum said. “We wanted to close it out well.”Brazil looked lost from the start, making many of the same defensive mistakes that marked the historic defeat to the Germans four days ago. The Netherlands took advantage with quick passes and speed in the attack.Silva had to foul Robben after being beaten on the run, leading to van Persie’s firm left-foot shot into the right upper corner to put the Dutch ahead.The Dutch wanted a red card for Silva for a professional foul, but Algerian referee Djamel Haimoudi only gave him a yellow. Silva had missed the semifinal against Germany because of a yellow card suspension.Blind added to the lead after Luiz failed to clear a cross, heading the ball right back to the Dutch defender for an easy goal.Wijnaldum closed the scoring in injury time with a goal from inside the area after a cross by Daryl Janmaat.”It is a good end,” Robben said. “You can wipe away the hangover (of the lost semifinal). I’m so proud. Compliments to this team. It’s a party to work with this team. We deserved more.”Brazil’s best chance in the first half came on a free kick taken by Oscar in the 36th, but Silva and Luiz were not able to reach the low cross in front of goal. In the second, Ramires came close with a low right-foot shot from the top of the area in the 60th.Brazil wanted a penalty when Oscar went down in the area in the 68th, but the referee instead gave a yellow card to the Brazilian for diving.”It’s frustrating,” Silva said. “We didn’t deserve to have it end like this. But unfortunately it’s football. I have to apologize to our people. The fans supported us even during the 7-1 loss and again today. They booed in the end, but it was normal. They have feelings too.”It was the fourth time Brazil played in a third-place match. It beat Sweden in 1938 and Italy in 1978, and the only other loss had come against Poland in 1974.The Netherlands had played in the third-place match one other time. It fell to Croatia 2-1 in 1998 after being beaten by Brazil in the semifinals.Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal, in his final match with the Netherlands before joining Manchester United, had to play without midfielder Wesley Sneijder, who was injured while warming up for the game.Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari made six changes from the team that started in the loss against Germany, the national team’s worst defeat in its 100-year history.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar retorts, says his absence from Parliament is due to family emergency

first_imgSachin Tendulkar speaks during a felicitation programme for the Indian contingent for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in New Delhi on Friday, August 8, 2014. Photo: PTI.Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said that his absence from Parliament has been discussed too much and he doesn’t mean to disrespect any institution.Sachin cleared the air and said that his absence in Parliament is due to a family emergency.”My absence in Parliament is discussed. There is an emergency in my family. My absence in Delhi was due to my brother’s surgery,” he said. Sachin Tendulkar’s elder brother Ajit undergoes bypass surgery Speaking at a sports function in Vigyan Bhawan not far away from Parliament, he said when he was back from England he wanted to be in Delhi. In a veiled reference to the raging discussion about him in Parliament and outside by media, he said ” They are discussing everything about you in the media but I think you should be focussed on your job and nothing else”.He was addressing the medal winners of the Commonwealth Games at a function organised by the Sports Ministry.”I feel happy about my presence in Delhi”, the batting legend said.”My father once told me that there will be a lot of arms that will try to pull you down but as long as you stay in the right direction you will see that at one point of time you have gone beyond them. They will join hands to praise you” he said in his address to the athletes.”Not always everyone will like you. There will be obstructions but the energy should always be focussed on doing the right things and not get distracted”, the batting icon said. Tendulkar, Rekha questioned over Rajya Sabha absence advertisement”As sportspersons, your performance will be analysed and criticised. But one thing that outsiders can’t judge is the satisfaction that you will get when you give your 100 per cent. If you give 100 per cent and still the opposition team wins, you should not feel bad about it”, Tendulkar said.”I think it is important to accept everything with humility. Stay humble and stay grounded. Try to achieve more for India and we will all be behind you”Tendulkar and Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal took turns to give away the awards at the felicitation function, organised by the Sports Authority of India.A large contingent of media personnel, who had gathered at the venue were surprised to see Tendulkar on the dais as invitation letter had not mentioned anything about his presence.The batting legend, dressed in a black-and-white check shirt and black trousers was seen exchanging greetings as he handed over the awards to the medal winners, which included stars such as boxer Vijender Singh, shooters Gagan Narang and Jitu Rai and shuttlers P. Kashyap and P.V. Sindhu.Apart from Tendulkar and Sonowal, Minister of State for home affairs, Kiren Rijiju, BJP leader and sports administrator Anurag Thakur, Sports Secretary Ajit Sharan and SAI DG Jiji Thomson were also on the dais.India had finished in the fifth position with a total haul of 64 medals, including 15 gold, at the Glasgow Games.Tendulkar and yesteryears Bollywood star Rekha earlier the day came under attack in the Upper House for attending the House for only three and seven days, respectively, since their nomination two years back.P. Rajeeve of CPI-M raised the issue of long-duration absence of celebrities as he wanted to know whether they have sought permission for it.Responding to this, Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien said Rajeeve and some other members had raised the issue earlier but there was no violation of the rules.”As per Article 104 of the Constitution, if a member is absent from either House of Parliament for a period of 60 days then the seat is considered vacant. In case of Sachin Tendulkar, he has not attended the Parliament for 40 days whereas Rekha’s absence is less than this,” he observed.Kurien said Tendulkar was nominated to the Upper House in April 2012 and has attended the session for three days. “Last time he had come to the House on December 13, 2013,” he said.last_img read more