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

Generika snaps 6-game skid, nips Foton in 5 sets

first_imgThe Generika-Ayala Lifesavers celebrate their first victory in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix after edging out the Foton Tornadoes at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan on Thursday, March 7. Photo by Tristan Tamayo / INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines – Generika-Ayala applied the brakes on its six-gamer skid and edged out Foton in five sets, 25-21, 25-22, 19-25, 20-25, 15-11, in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Center on Thursday.The Lifesavers, who failed to score a victory  in their first six outings, improve to a 1-6 card, tying the Tornadoes who have racked up six straight losses after their opening game win.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James passes Jordan for fourth in NBA career points SPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesLifesavers head coach Sherwin Meneses said he hopes the win could be a start of a string of victories heading into the second round of the eliminations.“I hope we can rack up a winning streak,” said Meneses in Filipino. “The most important thing for us is our conditioning because right now my players are in top shape,” he added.“They don’t get tired even in this kind of game where it’s really close.”Kanjana Kuthaisong finished with a game-high 25 points to lead Generika-Ayala while Ceballos put up 20 points while Kseniya Kocyigit added 11.Courtney Felinski led the Tornadoes with 24 points while Geneveve Casugod and Carmina Aganon combined for 30. / gsgADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem 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 Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Foton held a 4-0 lead at the start of the fifth set when the Lifesavers went on a scoring surge to take a 10-5 lead.Although the Tornadoes were able to hang on, Fiola Ceballos towed Generika to match point and completed her heroics with a service ace.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Manny Pacquiao presence in ‘Rising Stars’ card inspires young boxers

first_imgMiguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Pacquiao ready to go with week left before Thurman fight PLAY LIST 02:40Pacquiao ready to go with week left before Thurman fight00:50Trending Articles01:05Amir Khan claims Manny Pacquiao has agreed to Saudi Arabia bout02:42PH 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Pacquiao is the only boxer in history to have won World titles in eight weight classes.Ringstar Asia CEO Scott Farrell, who’s working with Pacquiao’s MP Promotions for the Rising Stars fight card, said that Pacman’s achievement is not an impediment for other boxers.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“I won’t say it’s a shadow, it’s more of inspiration because he’s there as the ultimate goal whom you want to reach.  And with him here tomorrow and getting involved in the promotion and with the way he is, I think that’s going to be fantastic.”“It’s going to inspire these young boxers to try to emulate what Manny Pacquiao achieved, and he’s giving them all the support they need to go further in this sport and hopefully, one day, become multiple World champions themselves.” “Most of the boxers here are as good as anyone in the world and the challenge I should say is there’s never been a real platform over in Asia where you could showcase their talents,” said Farrell.“We will have big fights here in Manila and around Asia to really grow the boxing scene as good as, if not better, than the west.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James misses NBA playoffs for first time in 14 yearscenter_img MOST READ Boxers in the Rising Stars card. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—The Philippines’s boxing history is as illustrious as anything in the world with the likes of Pancho Villa, Gabriel Elorde, Gerry Peñalosa, Dodie Peñalosa, Dado Marino, and of course Manny Pacquiao representing the country in prime athletic greatness.This type of history also creates an insurmountable mountain to climb for the other up and coming boxers from the Philippines,  especially with Pacquiao dominating sport during his prime in the 200s and early 2010s.ADVERTISEMENT Farrell has been working hand-in-hand with Pacquiao in promoting the fight card that features a couple of IBF World title eliminators.Michael Dasmariñas will face Kenny Demecillo in an IBF World bantamweight title eliminator with the victor getting a shot at champion Emmanuel Rodriguez of Puerto Rico.A similar stipulation is placed for the fight between Rene Cuarto and Samuel Salva with the winner getting a chance to fight IBF World minimumweight champion DeeJay Kriel of South Africa.Farrell said that he and Pacquiao are giving the otherwise lesser-known Filipino boxers the platform to build up their brand in a wider audience.Rising Stars is set to air live on ABS-CBN while also getting broadcast live to almost 40 countries including a delayed telecast in the United Kingdom and Canada.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director LATEST STORIES View comments Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Fatherly instinct kicks in as Oliver Almadro rushes to Isa Molde’s side after injury

first_img“I really try to take care of my players and I act as a father to them and I’d be the first to suffer any pain if anything bad happens to them,” said Almadro in Filipino after the Lady Eagles’ 25-23, 25-16, 25-23 win. “We all know these kids and I always pray for their safety and of course for all the players here in the UAAP.”READ: Sigh of relief: No serious injury for UP hitter Isa Molde“I said a short prayer for her and it will ease up the negative vibes. I want to help even in the smallest way possible.”Almadro, whose Lady Eagles improved to a league-best 8-1 record, added that he wants nothing but a quick recovery for Molde who was rushed to Philippine General Hospital after the game.“We always pray for the safety of everyone, the safety of the team, and the recovery of Isa and of course the safety of all UAAP players.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—Oliver Almadro is popularly known as Ateneo’s head coach who is trying to bring the success of the men’s program to the women’s team that’s searching for its first championship since 2015.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Xiong Jin Nan delivers Angela Lee’s 1st loss, retains ONE women’s strawweight strap Google Philippines names new country directorcenter_img Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MOST READ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants 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 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Constantly barking orders from the sidelines, it might look like Almadro is all business but that is now always the case.Almadro, who has three children, showed his fatherly side when University of the Philippines star Isa Molde injured her left ankle on Saturday while playing against his Lady Eagles in UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.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, logisticsREAD: Lady Maroons’ top hitter Isa Molde injures kneeAs Molde laid down on the mat early in the second set, Almadro was one of the first people to rush to her aid and the Ateneo mentor said it was just his paternal instinct that kicked in when he cared for the Lady Maroon. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

ONE: After string of defeats, Richard Corminal more than determined to get on track

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Corminal has made a lot of efforts and sacrifices ahead of what could be a make or break fight for him in the promotion and one of which is leaving and moving to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to focus on his training and martial arts career.“I want to show to everyone that I continuously improve each time I fight,” he said.“I want my family to be proud of me because all these sacrifices are for them. I will do everything to get that win in Singapore.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next La Salle misses UAAP top 2 for first time in more than a decade Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments LATEST STORIES The string of awful setbacks would’ve been a reason for most fighters to just turn their backs and walk away.But the determined Filipino sees his situation differently as he eyes to snap out of his funk against Rahul Raju in the preliminary card of ONE: Enter the Dragon on May 17 at Singapore Indoor Stadium.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“I am so hungry for a win. In 2018, I tried hard, but I didn’t get a win. Now, I’ll do everything to finally get that breakthrough,” Corminal, who owns an MMA record of 4-4, said.“I have learned a lot in those losses. I know I have to work extra hard and be more determined so I can further improve.” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’03:02Albayalde endorsed award, promotion for self and 13 Pampanga cops02:42PH 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 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—Richard “Notorious” Corminal got knocked out in first round in his ONE Championship debut in March of 2017 then, suffered an opening round submission eight months later before taking another stoppage loss last year.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

Column: Heavyweights step up, just not against each other

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “I am ready for Wilder, I’ve been ready for Wilder,” Joshua said last week after arriving in New York and inspecting Madison Square Garden for his American debut June 1 against Ruiz, who got his shot at Joshua’s titles after Jarrell Miller tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. “I’ve done a good job maintaining my place and he is the guy I want. He has a lot to live up to. I’ve got confidence flowing now.”That confidence could get another boost against Ruiz, a roly-poly fighter out of Southern California who doesn’t look like a world beater but has lost only once in 33 fights. Ruiz fought just last month, and was eager to get the call to replace Miller.Perhaps just as important for Joshua’s confidence is a big performance while venturing outside his native Britain for the first time. Joshua drew 90,000 for his fight last year with Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium and is wildly popular at home, but largely unknown in the U.S. and is looking to make a dramatic debut.“I know the history that has been here and the sports that have been here,” he said at his Garden visit. “When I come in here to fight June 1, it will be very special.”In a perfect world, Joshua, Wilder and Fury would be fighting each other, of course. Any thoughts of a quick rematch after the draw between Wilder and Fury went out the window when Fury signed with Top Rank, which has a deal for fights with ESPN.Wilder, meanwhile, is sticking for now with Showtime for his fight Saturday night. And Joshua has a contract with DAZN, a streaming service that touts access to big fights for $100 a year.Between the competing broadcasting interests and promoters, that means the top fights will be difficult to make. Each fighter has his own interests to protect, and each fighter has his own story to tell.“Go back and study it. Go back and see, who really is the king of the division?” Wilder said. “Who really tried to make these fights?”Boxing fans really don’t care, because all they want is to see the fights.Until that happens, the next month is about as good as it gets in the heavyweight division. 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(Dave Thompson/PA via AP)Tyson Fury, the big British heavyweight who breaks into song at the most unexpected moments and would be fun to meet for a beer, will be fighting next month. So will his countryman, Anthony Joshua, who will venture across the pond to make his Garden debut.And then there’s Deontay Wilder, who kicks things off Saturday night with another chance to press his case that he is, like Mike Tyson liked to say, the baddest man on the planet.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP No, they’re not fighting each other, for reasons both as old as boxing itself and as new as the DAZN streaming service. Still, the three top heavyweights in the world — all of whom can legitimately claim the title of champ — will be in action in New York and Las Vegas within a four-week stretch.And should things go as planned, that’s just enough time to bring some clarity to a heavyweight division that is suddenly must-see TV once again.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“The excitement is back in the heavyweight division,” Wilder said. “The fire is lit.”That’s somewhat true, even if Fury is fighting a relatively unknown German named Tom Schwarz instead of a rematch with Wilder while Joshua is defending his titles against a late substitute in Andy Ruiz Jr. Wilder might be taking the biggest risk in his title defense against Dominic Braezeale, whose loss to Joshua is the only blemish on his pro record. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Just how long the fire is expected to smolder, though, may be of most concern to boxing fans.Joshua and Wilder should have been made by now, even if it might be even bigger next year because of the wait. Wilder and Fury should be fighting a rematch this summer, but money and boxing politics put a quick end to those plans.So the three fight on, and the wait goes on.Wilder says Joshua is ducking him and that Fury wants no part of a rematch after almost being knocked silly only to get back up in the final round of their fight in December that ended in a draw.Fury and Joshua say that’s nonsense and that Wilder shouldn’t talk so much.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

We Have to Play Together and Fearless to Beat Oman: Gurpreet Singh Sadhu

first_img 🗣 @GurpreetGK: “We will play to our strengths and try to get the win” 💪#INDOMA ⚔ #WCQ 🌏🏆 #BackTheBlue 💙 #BlueTigers 🐯 #IndianFootball ⚽ pic.twitter.com/qiYH1aQIiw— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 4, 2019The last time the two teams faced off was in a friendly game in 2018, the match ending in a goalless draw in Abu Dhabi.Gurpreet said the team draws a lot of positives from that result, but at the same time, it is vital for it to “focus on the job ahead.””Of course, it is good to keep in mind what happened when we last faced Oman. We need to make sure we put on a good show in front of our home crowd in Guwahati,” he said.The Indians underwent a preparatory camp in Goa, which kicked off on August 20. The team has also played five international matches as a build-up to the tournament since head coach Igor Stimac took over.”A lot has changed, we have a new squad, new set of players and a different coach. On the pitch, we are trying to implement the style of play asked by the coach and put our best foot forward.”Off the pitch, it has been pretty much the same, which is a good thing as you want to continue the good things that have been happening off the field,” he said.India will play Qatar in their second match in Group E on September 10. Afghanistan and Bangladesh are the other two teams in the group.The match against Oman will be broadcast live on Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 Bangla and Asianet Plus. It will also be streamed online on Hotstar and Jio TV. Guwahati: The Indian football team’s goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu says his team has a good chance of upstaging Oman in Thursday’s World Cup qualifying opener here if it plays with a fearless approach.India are all set to take on Oman here for their first encounter of the qualifying campaign for the FIFA World Cup, Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup, China 2023. The hosts have never won against the visitors in a FIFA-recognised match. “We play to win. We will play to our strengths, and look to keep the opposition at bay. Hopefully, we can get off to a good start and pick up the maximum points to start off the qualifiers,” said the Arjuna awardee.”We have to play together as a team, and without fear. Getting off to a good start will be really important,” he added. 2022 fifa world cupFIFA world cupGurpreet Singh SadhuIgor Stimac First Published: September 4, 2019, 4:27 PM ISTcenter_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Champions League 2019, Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Live Telecast

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. champions leagueChampions League 2019-20Champions League live streamfootball First Published: September 18, 2019, 10:03 PM IST Manchester City, who had recorded two victories against Shakhtar Donetsk in Champions League group stage last year, will look to repeat the same on Thursday, September 19 as the two sides face each other in their Champions League encounter. The Ukrainian side, on the other hand, will eye a promising start to their Champions League Group C opener.City will be without centre back John Stones, who was ruled out due to muscle injury. City manager Pep Guardiola broke the news at a press conference and confirmed that Stones got injured during Tuesday’s training session. “He made a pass and was injured,” Guardiola said. “No problems, he (Fernandinho) can deal with it and he will do well because my players are well.” Guardiola, who is wary of the hosts, said “They are incredible on the counter attack and playing short. Hopefully we can play in good rhythm. The first game in Champions League is important.”“Every time I play against Shakhtar the way they play is very similar. It’s really tough, especially the first one, that team was incredibly good. Always it is tough.”The Champions League 2019 Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City will be played at the OSK Metalist Stadion, Kharkiv. For the third time in a row, Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk have been drawn together in UEFA Champions League group.The UEFA Champions League 2019 Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City match is scheduled to start at 12.30AM.Where to watch UEFA Champions League 2019-20 Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City live in India?Shakhtar Donetsk will host Manchester City at 12.30AM on Thursday. The UEFA 2019-20 Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City match will be played at the OSK Metalist Stadion, Kharkiv. The UEFA Champions League, will be telecast live on Sony Ten 2 in India.How and where to watch online Champions League 2019 Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City Hotspur?The Champions League Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City live stream will be available on Sony LIV app in India for premium users. last_img read more

IPL 11: Delhi Daredevils appoints Ponting as head coach

first_imgRELATED File photo of former Australian captain Ricky Ponting.   –  PTI File photo of former Australian captain Ricky Ponting.   –  PTI cricket IPL retention: Dhoni goes back to CSK, MI keeps Rohit, Virat stays with RCB COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on January 05, 2018 IPL 11: Gary Kirsten, Nehra to coach RCB Replaces South African coach Paddy Upton, with whom the franchise parted ways last year at the end of his two-year contract. null × Indian Premier League (IPL) side Delhi Daredevils have appointed former Australian captain Ricky Ponting as their new head coach for the 2018 season, the franchise said. Ponting replaces South African coach Paddy Upton, with whom the franchise parted ways last year at the end of his two-year contract.Delhi failed to qualify for the playoffs last season after finishing sixth in the eight-team event, with six wins from 14 matches. They have yet to win the title in 10 attempts.Ponting, who announced his retirement from international cricket in 2012, guided Mumbai Indians to their second IPL title in 2015 during his two-year coaching stint with the franchise. The 43-year-old was also named the assistant coach of Australia for the Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka last year.The IPL announced on Thursday the list of players who have been retained by their teams ahead of the auction later this month for the April 4-May 27 tournament. Australia skipper Steve Smith and his vice captain David Warner were each retained for Rs 12 crore each by Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively. Indian captain Virat Kohli was retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 17 crore, while South Africa’s AB de Villiers will be paid Rs 11 crore. IPL 2018 SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

AFI Throws 2 Junior Athletes Out of National Championships for Possessing Syringes

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Athletics Federation of IndiaNational Junior Athletics Championshipsno needle policy First Published: November 3, 2019, 8:00 AM IST Guntur (Andhra Pradesh): In keeping with its no-needle policy, the Athletics Federation of India on Saturday barred two athletes from taking part in the National Junior Championships here for possessing syringes.Chandigarh’s Parkash Singh and Rajasthan’s Dhananjay were found to have syringes and vials in their bags in the Call Room, the AFI said in a release. On the first day of the competitions, Haryana’s Gurpreet and Himachal Pradesh’s Seema clocked personal best times to win the boys under-20 10000m and girls under-20 5000m crowns at the Acharya Nagarjuna University grounds here.In the field events, Kerala long jumper Sandra Babu caught the eye with a personal best of 6.16m.Delhi’s Arvind Sharma, silver medallist last year, won the boys under-16 discus throw with a 50.16m effort.AFI also became the first National Sports Federation to issue biometrics card to athletes so that they do not have to undergo long age-verification process at each meet.AFI President Adille J Sumariwalla said, With this competition, AFI has implemented biometric unique identification process that will prove to be a game changer in tackling age fraud and cheating. We want to promote fair play and keep the sport clean.”We want to save the genuine athletes who suffer at the hands of age frauds. Same is with doping, we are keeping a close eye during meets and follow no needle policy. Anyone caught with syringes will be suspended with immediate effect. last_img read more

Cricket: NCA receiving negative feedback from senior players

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementImage Courtesy: CricFItThe National Cricket Academy, once considered the point for rejuvenating the players from injury has turned into shambles after receiving poor feedback from several players.Latest reports indicate that a number of senior players are unwilling to travel to the academy in Bangalore for recovery.A BCCI Official stated to Times Of India that, “It’s not Bhuvneshwar alone. There are no good reports coming from the senior players. They have become reluctant to travel to NCA because they feel the fitness regime at the NCA doesn’t help their cricketing skills.”The official also went on to claim that, The players don’t want to train at NCA these days. A lot of senior players go there just to take fitness tests. They prefer training at their home bases.Read Also:Cricket: Aussie quick clears the air on prediction about Virat KohliCricket: Is MS Dhoni considering retirement from ODI cricket?last_img read more

This is how ‘heartbroken’ Virat Kohli is spending time away from cricket

first_imgVirat Kohli turned on the heat during India’s limited-overs tour of Australia, slamming 381 runs in the five-match ODI series and 199 runs from three T20 Internationals. The 27-year-old was given a well-deserved break from the three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka and he has so far made good use of the time away from cricket. (Also read: Top-ranked India look to dominate Sri Lanka )The calmness of your home and a double espresso shot. Have a blessed day ahead people #PerfectMorning #Grateful ??? pic.twitter.com/ka5bEVPH7m Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 9, 2016Kohli, India’s Test captain, has been one of the most busiest cricketers in the world over the last to years. Besides, he is India’s best batsman across all formats and the pressure of expectations can sometimes be telling. (Also read: Virat Kohli named BCCI’s cricketer of the year | Kohi’s secret behind run-scoring spree )The Delhi dasher posted a picture on Twitter with a coffee glass at home and seemed relaxed despite all the talk of a heartbreak. Kohli is understood to have broken up with Bollywood superstar Anushka Sharma after she turned down his proposal of marriage. But far from sulking, the star cricketer has kept himself busy off the cricket field. (Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma genuine superstars: Kevin Pietersen )Last week, Kohli was seen at the Auto Expo and posed alongside some cool cars. Back home from Greater Noida, the aggressive batsman donned his reading glasses to rediscover the nerd in him.Back home. Got my reading glasses on. The nerd in me is happy ??? pic.twitter.com/O4Lii0SWKTadvertisement Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 3, 2016 Kohli will be back in action later this month when the Asia Cup starts in Bangladesh. He will then gear up for the ICC World T20 which starts in India in March. Given his sensational run of form, Kohli will be expected to steer India’s powerful batting line-up through the next few months.And once the World T20 comes to an end, Kohli would have little time to wind off – the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League starts in April and he will be at the helm of a star-studded Rooyal Challengers Bangalore trying to win them the tournament for the first time.Watch out for #AudiAtAutoExpo @AudiIn pic.twitter.com/rI2lISfCZz Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 3, 2016last_img read more