Korea Open gold confidence-booster for Lopez ahead of SEA Games

first_imgGold medalist Pauline Lopez of the Philippines during the 28th SEA Games womens under 57kg finalheld at the Singapore Expo Hall 2 after defeating Thi Thu Hien Pham of Vietnam.INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMAPauline Lopez has just started her young UAAP career with a the Rookie of the Year award for Season 79, but the 20-year-old jin’s accomplishments goes beyond the collegiate league.Fresh from winning gold in the Korea Open back in July, the Atenean is also set to compete in the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games in the taekwondo kyorugi ender 62kg division.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH 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 crowd View comments Read Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “We’re simulating what we’re going to expect in the ring in training so when the pressure’s there we know what to do,” said Lopez. “We definitely prepared not only physically but also mentally. I think we have a good chance of performing and giving our best.” LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img Lopez said her triumph in the International Taekwondo Championships served as gauge on how she has improved and it also helped her confidence going into the regional games.“The Korea Open was a very hard tournament… and what I did was just give my best and I was able to gauge myself where I am right now,” said Lopez during the athlete send off Friday at Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions.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 definitely gave me the self confidence and just the confidence to know that I can do this.”Lopez, though, fought in the lighter weight class of featherweight in the Korea Open but constant training since January, she said, will help her prepare for Kuala Lumpur. K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Thailand, Korea top respective groups at end of AVC pool stages Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

Pogoy, Rice power TNT

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ PBA IMAGESTNT KaTropa bounced back from a sorry defeat to repulse Phoenix Petroleum, 110-103, for its third win in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Texters moved a game out of .500 and improved to 3-2 as they redeemed themselves after a humiliating 104-73 defeat to Rain or Shine.ADVERTISEMENT Kelly Williams finished with 18 points to complement Rice’s scoring while Ranidel de Ocampo added 14.Pogoy and Jayson Castro also finished in twin digits with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending 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 SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments Roger Pogoy gave TNT a late-game buffer after his inside bank shot put the KaTropa up 107-101 with 1:46 left in the game and import Glen Rice Jr. secured the victory by picking off Brandon Brown’s pass at the 40-second mark.Rice not only willed TNT to victory with his 38-point, 9-rebound, 5-assist line, he also bounced back from his subpar PBA debut.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“We went to this game with the hope of Glen playing a lot better than he played the last game, and today he did,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela.In the second game, San Miguel Beer rallied to a 115-112 victory over GlobalPort. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img LATEST STORIES Read Next Duterte hails PH athletes WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short programlast_img read more

UP seniors leave Diliman with ‘no regrets’

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Injuries to Pingoy, Ahanmisi bad news for Adamson The Fighting Maroons’ win over the Bulldogs saw them finish the eliminations with a 6-8 record—the school’s best record in more than a decade. But later in the day, Far Eastern University capped its schedule with a 71-54 victory over Adamson to complete the Final Four cast with Ateneo and De La Salle.For Ricafort, who was in a legal tangle even before the season started, his three minutes on the floor was already too much of a parting gift for him.READ: Court allows Ricafort to continue playing for UP“Every time we’re on the court, we’re always giving it our best,” said Ricafort in Filipino. “It doesn’t matter how many minutes we played, every time we’re on the court we give everything we can.”“We want to continue playing, we wanted to take any chance that was given to us,” said Harris. who had two points in his final collegiate game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments With Quattara as an exception, UP’s seniors rarely got playing time this UAAP Season 80, but in the Fighting Maroons’ final elimination game, head coach Bo Perasol let his elder statesmen feel the aural embrace of the crowd for one last time.“What I had in mind was I was supposed to cry but I’m not crying,” said Romero Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum after their 106-81 win over National University.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 shutoutREAD: Perasol welcomes solid support from alumni“We’re all happy, we gave it our best, we left everything inside the court. Whatever happens, we know deep inside we don’t have any regrets.”center_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt wasn’t the season-ender University of the Philippines wanted, but four of its seniors are leaving with no regrets.After UP failed to make the Final Four, Paolo Romero and Andrew Harris, who both spent seven years donned in maroon, and Ibrahim Quattara and Rob Ricafort, who combined for just three, played their last game as Fighting Maroon.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201301:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Quattara, the only starter of the seniors, was aware of the position they finished in and the most they could do was give themselves a temporary lease in life.“It was almost a do-or-die game,” said Quattara, who finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. “We have to give ourselves a chance so that’s what we did. Even if it’s going to be our last game, we made sure we would finish in a good way.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

Victolero takes blame for Magnolia loss to San Miguel

first_imgGood news for Magnolia is Paul Lee is likely to return for the Hotshots’ next game against Rain or Shine on Saturday.“I think he’s ready for the next game,” said Victolero. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending 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 Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Grabbing the lead thanks to its gung-ho pace, Magnolia slowed things down which contributed to its detriment in the second half, allowing San Miguel to dictate the tempo and eventually, steal the game.“We slowed our offense down, which is what San Miguel wants,” observed Victolero. “For the first three quarters, we kept on running. And then, we lost the lead in the fourth quarter when we made that adjustment. That’s clear with the players, plus we need to be disciplined towards in our executions in the end.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDespite the tough loss, Victolero shared that the Hotshots are still upbeat going into their last three games of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup elimination round.“We’re still positive because the guys are playing well. I just told them that we need to play together, and we need to experience these kind of games, these character-testing games going into the last phase of eliminations and going to the playoffs,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — After seeing Magnolia’s five-game winning streak snapped, coach Chito Victolero owned up to his mistakes and took responsibility for the Hotshots’ 76-77 defeat to the San Miguel Beermen on Sunday.“I had shortcomings when it comes to our adjustments. It was my fault,” Victolero said as the Hotshots blew a 13-point lead in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Justin Timberlake salutes Prince in Super Bowl halftime dance partylast_img read more

Former Bomber Teodoro comes up with key hits as Batangas trips Parañaque

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Val Acuña finished with 19 points for the Athletics, who also drew solid performances from Lester Alvarez, Jhaymo Eguilos and Paul Varilla.Parañaque, which dropped to 2-3, fought back from a double-digit deficit even after the ejection of Jonathan Belorio for a second unsportsmanlike foul.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Patriots, however, bungled a chance to snatch the win in regulation when Jong Baloria missed a jumper with five seconds remaining.“We had problems because some of the players were showboating instead of playing for the crowd,” said Batangas coach Mac Tan. BATANGAS CITY—Former Jose Rizal U standout Tey Teodoro hit clutch baskets in overtime as Batangas City survived Parañaque, 87-79, in overtime last Thursday night to stay unbeaten in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta Raja Cup here.Teodoro knocked in five straight points, including a dagger triple with 46 seconds remaining as the Tanduay-backed Athletics picked up their fifth win in as many games to solidify their hold of top spot.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico 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 Earlier, Navotas leaned on the hot shooting of Yves Sazon and JP Calvo in the fourth period as it rallied past Valenzuela, 82-77.Struggling for most of the contest, Sazon came alive, making 13 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, while Calvo also had eight of his 17 in the period as the Clutch completed a remarkable comeback from 21 points down.The Clutch snapped a two-game slide to improve to 3-2, the same record as the Classic.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img More hard work ahead for new PH Olympic chief MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View commentslast_img read more

NBA: LeBron expresses gratitude to ex-Cavs’ GM David Griffin on Twitter

first_imgLeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavalier. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James’ annual social media blackout has come to an end, as the “The King” has been more visibly vocal online lately.After lambasting Golden State Warriors’ forward Draymond Green last week for his “Quickie” shirt, James this time addressed the sudden exit of the team’s general manager, David Griifin.ADVERTISEMENT “Thanks for what u did for the team for 3 yrs! We got us 1,” referring to the team’s 2016 NBA Championship trophy.Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck, meanwhile, also said Griifin’s exit left James “disappointed” and “concerned” about the future of the franchise.As of this writing, the Cavaliers organization has yet to announce Griffin’s replacement, but has been actively searching for one. Retired NBA champion and current ESPN broadcaster Chauncey Billups is rumored to be the heavy favorite for the position.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH BPC race far from Castro’s mind with title as his only goal Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 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 READ: LOOK: Green trolls Cavs with ‘Quickie’ shirt, LeBron reactsAfter news broke out that the 47-year-old executive would be relieved from his duties, James took to Twitter to thank him for his efforts for the past three years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Cavs, GM Griffin part after 3 straight NBA Finals tripsIf no one appreciated you Griff I did, and hopefully all the people of Cleveland! Thanks for what u did for the team for 3 yrs! We got us 1🏆— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 20, 2017“If no one appreciated you Griff I did, and hopefully all the people of Cleveland!” James wrote, which has been retweeted over 18,000 times.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img What ‘missteps’? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

UP ‘still adjusting’ to departure of Gaiser, Tiamzon, Bersola

first_img“This is a new team, and some of the players here right now did not play last season and of course we’re still adjusting.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Parks added to Gilas’ Jones Cup roster 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 Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “They really helped the team a lot during their stay and they were the ones who we played with last season,” said Molde at Filoil Flying V Centre. “And we’re still trying to fix our middle blocker position.”UP started the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference on a three-game losing streak.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 starsMolde added that it’s up to her and the other older players to try to patch up the hole the three graduates left in the team.“It’s up to us older players to improve and help the team because we’re now the seniors here,” said Molde who came into the UP program with fellow open hitter Diana Carlos, and skipper Ayel Estrañero Jocemer Tapic of Air Force unleashes a power hit as she defies UP’s triple-team defense made up of Rose Mary Cailing, Jessma Ramos and Isa Molde. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUniversity of the Philippines spiker Isa Molde said Wednesday the Lady Maroons are still adjusting to their life without the triumvirate of leaders who left the team right after Season 79 of the UAAP.Opposite hitter Nicole Tiamzon, middle blocker Kathy Bersola, and libero Pia Gaiser all left the UP program at the same time and Molde, who’s entering her third year, said they’re still trying to fill the void the three left in their team.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Bo battles former team, Olsen eyes rebound

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Far Eastern U and University of the East clash in the first game at 2 p.m. with coach Olsen Racela hoping to bounce back from a loss to La Salle, 95-90.“Of course when you lose, you look at the positives,” said Racela. “The second half was positive for us but if we play that way from the start I think the outcome will be better for us.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol wasn’t at Mall of Asia Arena last Saturday when Ateneo opened UAAP Season 80 with an impressive win over Adamson.But he got to watch Chiz Ikeh throw his weight around and carry Ateneo to a decisive victory.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Historic Ceres-Negros run ends Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES “I actually texted him (Ikeh) that I was really proud of him,” said Perasol, who handled the Eagles for three seasons up until 2015, Ikeh’s first season at Ateneo. “I was really proud of how he performed; not just him, but all those rookie guys when I was there.”Perasol battles his former wards when the Maroons and Eagles dispute the early lead at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.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 openingIkeh had 18 points and 17 rebounds in an 85-65 victory over the Falcons Saturday. Thirdy Ravena, who played under Perasol during his rookie year, added 20 points and 10 rebounds.A day later, the Maroons subdued the University of Santo Tomas, 74-73, thanks to a triple from Paul Desiderio with 1.4 seconds remaining. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

India’s bronze medallists at Commonwealth Games

first_imgIndia has won 38 golds, 27 silvers and 35 bronzes in the Commonwealth Games 2010. In the last Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006, India had scored 22 golds, 17 silvers and 11 bronzes.Shooting (5)1. Gurpreet Singh – Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol (Singles)2. Suma Shirur & Kavita Yadav – Women’s 10 m Air Rifle (Pairs)3. Manavjit Singh Sandhu – Men’s Trap (Single)4. Tejaswini Sawant & Meena Kumari – Women’s 50 Metre Rifle Prone (Pairs)5. Samresh Jung – Men’s 25m Standard Pistol (Singles)Wrestling (4)1. Sunil Kumar – Men’s Greco-Roman 66 kg2. Dharmender Dalal – Men’s Greco-Roman 120 kg3. Suman Kundu – Women’s Freestyle 63kg4. Anil Kumar – Men’s Freestyle 55 kgWeightlifting (4)1. Sandhya Rani Devi – Women’s 48kg2. VS Rao – Men’s 56kg3. Sudhir Kumar – Men’s 77kg4. Laishram Monika Devi – Women’s 75kgBoxing (4)1. Amandeep Singh – Men’s Light Flyweight 49 kg2. Jai Bhagwan – Men’s Lightweight 60 kg3. Dilbagh Singh – Men’s Welterweight 69 kg4. Vijender Singh – Men’s Welterweight 75 kgArchery (4)1. Bheigyabati Chanu, Jhano Hansdah & Gagandeep Kaur – Women’s compound team2. Rahul Banerjee, Tarundeep Rai & Jayanta Talukdar – Men’s recurve team3. Dola Banerjee – Women’s recurve (Singles)4. Jayanta Talukdar – Men’s recurve (Singles)Athletics (7)1. Kavita Raut – Women’s 10,000m2. Harminder Singh – Men’s 20 km walk3. Seema Antil – Women’s Discus Throw4. Geetha Satti, Srabani Nanda, Priya PK & Jyothi Manjunath – Women’s 4?100m (Relay)5. Rahamatulla Molla, Suresh Sathya, Shameer Manzile & Mohd. Abdul Najeeb Qureshi – Men’s 4?100m (Relay)6. Renjith Maheswary – Men’s Triple Jump7. Kashinath Naik – Men’s Javelin ThrowSwimming (1)Prasanta Karmakar – Men’s 50 m freestyle ParaGymnastics (1)Ashish Kumar – Men’s FlooradvertisementTennis (2)Leander Paes & Mahesh Bhupati – Men’s DoubleSania Mirza & Rushmi Chakravarthi – Women’s DoublesBadminton (1)Parupalli Kashyap – Men’s SinglesTable Tennis (2)Achanta Sharath Kamal, Arputharaj Anthony & Abhishek Ravichandran – Men’s teamAchanta Sharath Kamal – Men’s singleslast_img read more

BCCI plans to rest seniors for NZ ODIs

first_imgIn a clear indication of where its priorities lie, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is reportedly planning to leave out some of its top players from the One-Day International series against New Zealand next month and send them to South Africa to prepare for the Test series that follows.India have never won a Test series in South Africa and the BCCI is apparently keen to send the senior cricketers well before the start of the series – on December 16 – to get acclimatised to the conditions.Dhoni and Tendulkar”We are planning to send the key Test players to South Africa early to prepare for the series. The conditions in South Africa are quite different and we want to give our players enough time to come to terms with the conditions,” a BCCI source told PTI. New Zealand are scheduled to play three Tests and five ODIs in India from November 4 to December 10.But with the BCCI drawing up this plan, many of the top players may skip the ODIs. Batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh are likely to be in the batch which will leave for South Africa early.BCCI’s foresight, it seems, is reserved to only the South Africa tour and not for the Asian Games, which starts from November 12. Twenty20 cricket will be part of this year’s Asiad. In June this year, the BCCI had announced that it will not send teams from India in men’s or women’s categories to Guangzhou, China, due to ‘international commitments’.advertisement”We would not be able to send our team, both men and women, for the Asian Games in China because of international commitments,” the BCCI chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty had said.With the latest move, it seems the BCCI is ready to dilute the entire ODI series against New Zealand to increase the team’s chances in South Africa, but is unwilling to string together a Twenty20 team for a prestigious event like the Asian Games, which is being staged from November 12 to 27.And ironically, it was after India put its weight behind the inclusion of cricket in the Asian Games that T20 was included. When the BCCI announced that the Indian team won’t be sent to the Asian Games, the contentious ‘whereabouts’ clause of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), which is in operation at all major international events, was seen as a reason for the board’s reluctance to field a side. The board had said that the anti-doping clause was an infringement on players’ privacy.Aussies depletedIn another setback for the already struggling Australian team, batsman Michael Hussey and fast bowler Doug Bollinger have been ruled out of the third and final ODI against India in Goa. Bollinger reported some minor abdomen discomfort in an area unrelated to the original injury that ruled him out of the second Test and second ODI of the tour.Hussey will return to Australia following the second one-day international game, allowing him to play in West Australia’s Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia.–With inputs from agencies.last_img read more