Gold 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 illnesses 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 suspension
Brace 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 illnesses 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 program
CPP 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.” 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 101
Good 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 influencers 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 party
Don’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.ADVERTISEMENT 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 comments
LeBron 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.ADVERTISEMENT 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 comments
“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 comments
Celebrity 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 comments
India 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 singles
In 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.
Around 10,000 policemen will guard the Wankhede Stadium on April 2.Security in south Mumbai is being tightened for the April 2 World Cup final to such a level that it is beginning to rival the security given to US President Barack Obama who visited Mumbai last year. Around 10,000 policemen would be deployed in and around the Wankhede Stadium.According to Mumbai police officials, they have given a presentation to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday asking the government to declare a public holiday on April 2. Top Mumbai police officials said that it would serve three purposes.”With the state assembly session going on, we have deployed a huge number of our policemen for security at the State Assembly. If a public holiday is declared, we can deploy these policemen in and around the Wankhede. The other major benefit of declaring a public holiday is that only crowd on that day would be the ones who will come to see the match, which would make crowd and traffic control a lot easier,” said a top police official. He added that since South Mumbai is a business district, it sees a huge number of people coming in daily for work purposes.Mumbai police officials have also asked the Mumbai Air Traffic Control (ATC), to have a ‘no fly zone’ over the Wankhede Stadium not just for the duration of the match but for the entire day.The ‘no fly zone’ request to the ATC comes after intelligence reports that terrorists have undergone training to launch an aerial attack. It remains to be seen whether the ATC allows the same. Mumbai police officials however claim that they are ‘expecting a favourable response soon’.advertisementThere is more. The cops have also decided to have an ‘anti sabotage zone’ of around 1.5 km around the Wankhede. It means only a resident of the area, a fan with a valid ticket or those covering, officiating or organising the match would be allowed within the zone. Even police men on guard would not be allowed a free access everywhere.If a police men is stationed at a specific location, he would not be able to move anywhere else besides his location. This is because police officials do not want anyone to impersonate the men in khakhi.”With so many policemen around, someone could try to sneak in by wearing a police uniform which is why all policemen deployed will be given a specific location to guard and if they want to go anywhere else, it won’t be possible as other cops have been asked to stop anyone who is there without authorisation,” said a police officer.Parking of any outside vehicles in this zone will not be allowed, elaborate check points have been made at different places to check vehicles before letting them in. Not surprisingly, many residents who live near the stadium are exasperated with the security measures.The National Security Guard (NSG) which has been stationed in Mumbai after the 2008 terror attacks have been kept on stand-by. The NSG and the state’s own Force One commandos will be stationed near the Wankhede Stadium. The coast guard and the navy have been told to look out for any suspicious activity.
The mother of all battles might have already taken place in Mohali when India beat Pakistan, but authorities at the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and Maharashtra Police are leaving no stones unturned to ensure that the coveted World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka isn’t marred by any security issues. 12,000 security personnel have been assigned to guard against any mishap on Saturday as 33,000 vociferous fans are expected to cheer the Men in Blue in an effort to help them win the biggest prize of One-Day International cricket.Although around 2,000 personnel were assigned to handle security matters at the Wankhede in the group stages, one of the senior officers in Maharashtra Police said that the number had been increased as the law keepers weren’t ready to take any chance.”We don’t expect such a highsecurity environment like the Indo-Pak match on Tuesday, but that doesn’t give us the liberty to take things lightly. We have beefed up security since March 26, with Maharashtra Police joining hands with the Rapid Action Force, Commandos, State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).”Mumbai has always been a soft target for terrorists and we don’t want to keep anything to chance. Just to make sure that there is no lapse, we have had separate briefing for the senior officers and a different briefing for the sub-ordinates,” he told Mail Today.”While the seniors will take position at the major areas including dressing rooms, ICC lounges, hospitality areas etc, the juniors will be posted at the different gates. Frisking is a must and even the VVIPs won’t be spared. At the end of the day it is for their safety, so they shouldn’t complain. Ifanything, they should come in well in advance to avoid missing the match.”advertisementA junior inspector said that while they were following all the orders being given by the seniors, not getting food was proving to be a hindrance. “While we get all top-class facilities on match days, things get really difficult on other days as food brought in from our homes goes bad by lunch time. But then, anything for the country’s sake. We have been instructed to be at the ground from 8 am in the morning till 8 pm in the evening. After that there is a change in shift,” he said.No Black MarketingAn MCA official told Mail Today that no scope has been left for the touts to have a field day with the final less than 48 hours away.”Firstly, we have kept no option for people to come to the stadium and buy tickets – it’s completely an on-line process – secondly, the tickets will have the name of the ticket holder. So, it won’t be possible for black-marketers to buy online tickets and sell them outside.”The SRPF personnel present at the entry gates will check identity proofs before letting ticket-holders enter the ground. Under no circumstance will there be any exception to that rule. We hope for a fair final with only those with legitimate tickets getting entry,” he said.
The 30-year-old socialite Kim Kardashian married Kris Humphries, 26, in Montecito, California.The couple looked casual and sported sunglasses as they walked through Los Angeles Airport with their arms around each other for their trip to Europe reported sources.The exact destination of the honeymoon isn’t known, but they won’t be away long as Kardashian is due to return to New York later in the week to film the second season of Kim and Kourtney Take New York. The reality TV star also rubbished rumours about her second wedding bash in New York.”There are rumors of a second wedding in NY. This is not true!!,” Kardashian wrote on Twitter.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni lamented the lack of partnerships after the six-wicket defeat at the hands of England in the one-off Twenty20 international in Manchester. India have already lost the Test series 0-4.”Partnership is key, doesn’t matter what format it is. Once you lose quick wickets, like we did after 12 overs, it doesn’t help. You want to have at least five or six wickets in the slog overs,” remarked Dhoni after his side lost nine wickets in the final eight overs as England pulled off a rather easy win.India were 104 for one in the 13th over before being bowled out for 165, with three balls remaining.Dhoni said one of the reasons for his side losing quick wickets was because they wanted to press on for 15-20 runs extra to make up for the lack of fifth bowler. “Since we don’t have the fifth bowler, we wanted to push a bit hard. We wanted to get those extra 15-20 runs and in the process we lost quick wickets.”Once you lose quick wickets it becomes difficult. Virat (Kohli) hasn’t bowled much in Twenty20 format and there were two part-time off-spinners.”Even though India struggled to get through the quota of fifth bowler between Kohli and Rohit Sharma, the four overs cost the visitors 48 runs, and Dhoni doesn’t see the possibility of the team going with six batters and five bowlers in the forthcoming one-day series.”In the last two years, we haven’t played with five bowlers. I don’t see it happening now. We don’t want to play with a batter light (less).” .advertisementTwo bright aspects for India were the batting of young opener Ajinkya Rahane who made 61 and Rahul Dravid who slammed three sixes in his knock of 31 runs.”Rahane expressed himself. He didn’t worry too much about the occasion. Whenever the ball was in his area, he scored most off them. He got over 50 runs which was critical for us.”As for Dravid, he tends to take the leg to the ball in longer formats of the game but here he needed to take the leg out of the line of the ball. That’s what you sometimes need to do in international cricket.”
Manjit DuaBy far the brightest star in an otherwise murky Table Tennis firmament is the recent winner of the Times of India Tournament-Manjit Dua.Soft spoken and painfully modest off court, Dua transforms himself into a compact tornado once he gets behind a table. His attacking game with the accent being,Manjit DuaBy far the brightest star in an otherwise murky Table Tennis firmament is the recent winner of the Times of India Tournament-Manjit Dua.Soft spoken and painfully modest off court, Dua transforms himself into a compact tornado once he gets behind a table. His attacking game with the accent being on spin has earned him an impressive track record in the relatively short time since he made his national debut. Currently ranked No. 2 in the country after Niraj Bajaj, Dua’s present form is bringing him closer to regaining the National title he lost to Bajaj in 1975. After going through an indifferent period last year which reaped him a lean harvest, Dua is once again back among the titles.The current T.T, season has just got off the ground, and already Dua has clinched the major titles so far, including the prestigious Western India Championships and the recently concluded Times of India Tournament, one of the few prize money tournament held in the country. Compactly built ad dedicated to a sport that has unfortunately been kept fairly low down on the priority list, the left-handed Dua has still managed to reach the top of the heap due to his own interests and effort.
Ukraine charged to an Olympic rowing gold in the women’s quadruple sculls on Wednesday, beating the world champion Germans by clear water. Ukraine’s Kateryna Tarasenko, Nataliya Dovgodko, Anastasia Kozhenkova and Yana Dementieva quickly shot into the lead and never gave the rest of the field a chance, crossing the line in six minutes, 35.93 seconds.Germany pipped the United States to the silver three seconds behind, while Beijing Games gold medallists China finished fifth. Australia were placed fourth.
Two Sides to Every Story THE US HAS ALWAYS TRIED TO maintain a moral high ground in world affairs in order to police this unipolar world. President Bill Clinton may be an able administrator, a shrewd politician and an excellent orator but this does not give him the liberty to,Two Sides to Every Story THE US HAS ALWAYS TRIED TO maintain a moral high ground in world affairs in order to police this unipolar world. President Bill Clinton may be an able administrator, a shrewd politician and an excellent orator but this does not give him the liberty to lie under oath (“Beyond the Monica Mess”, September 28). Had the US not always projected itself as a redeemer of mankind, the seamy details of the goings-on in the White House would not have caused such a furore. Clinton may well survive but America has nonetheless emerged a weaker nation. GAURANG JALAN, Calcutta YOUR CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE Clinton-Lewinsky affair is praiseworthy because it refrained from describing the lurid details the international media is doling out to a voyeuristic public. A strict moral code is essential for those holding high office but when a permissive society like that of the US pursues the matter at the cost of becoming the laughing stock, it becomes absurd. If Clinton escapes impeachment, he could try to compensate for his tainted private life by playing the global policeman to the hilt. N. SUDHAKARAN, Thiruvananthapuram THE COMMENT THAT BILL CLINton’s support comes “mainly from blacks, women and the lower middle class” is a reflection not only of the typical “nose in the air” elitism of the Indian upper classes but a profound ignorance of the US electorate. I voted for Bill Clinton to reverse the damage done to the country by 12 years of supply-side (aka Ponzi scheme) economics. Clinton has done this well enough to ensure the Republicans don’t come to the fore with another dose of Reaganomics. That is the real reason for the vitriolic hatred expressed by the Republicans towards the President. Incidentally, I am neither black nor female and, based on the taxes I pay, certainly not lower middle class.advertisement RICK RASHID, on e-mail Unnecessary Critique HURLING REPEATED INVECTIVES at the RSS, a mammoth organisation revered by crores of Indians, shows the report in a bad light (“RSS on the Rampage”, September 28). Cocktail-circuit journalists will not be able to wipe out a body that has survived over 50 years despite governments having been against its ideology. The BJPis backed by the RSS and the checks imposed by the RSS will only help the Government in the long run. People-oriented organisations like the RSS will not be detrimental to the country’s future as indicated in the report but will compel the Centre to do more for its citizens. MUKUND KUTE, on e-mail Save What We Have TECTONIC MOVEMENTS RESULTED in the river Sarasvati vanishing from the face of the earth (“Search for the Sarasvati”, September 28). With it declined a flourishing urban civilisation. We should learn a lesson from this and help preserve our existing rivers. This can only be achieved by removing pollutants, cleaning the rivers and preserving their sources. Otherwise, our own doom is not too far. DHIRAJ KUMAR, Delhi Bang On Target THE SPORTSWATCH COLUMN WAS an informative, well-written piece and came bang on target (“The Real Winners”, September 28). The line that best describes the plight of sports and sportspersons was: “Unless India recognises its heroes, it will have none.” While cricket receives too much attention, other sports are relegated to the background. This lack of appreciation fails to take cognisance of genuine heroes in other sports. It’s time other games were given proper recognition. JOYDEEP GHOSH, on e-mail Too Much Sleaze IT IS DISAPPOINTING TO NOTE THE continuing deterioration in the quality of INDIA TODAY’s coverage. The magazine seems to be on a downward spiral with its titillating stories on sexual preferences, homosexuals, male strippers and now, on teenage sex (“An Early Awakening”, September 21). The photographs accompanying the article were not in the least informative but vulgar and suggestive. Even if some schoolchildren retain their innocence, reading a story like this would probably egg them on into believing that sex is the “in thing”. Agreed, the topic warranted a report but surely did not need to be the cover story. Publishing articles like this will only add to the growing physical, moral and psychological malaise of the nation. FATIMA D’SOUZA, Mapusa, Goa FOR SEVERAL MONTHS YOUR MAGazine has been publishing a number of articles on extramarital relationships, male stripper clubs and sex among college students. Such articles create the impression that these are the new social norms of the urban rich and westernised class. Repeated publication of such stories will only be rationalised as an implicit endorsement of permissive behaviour by the so-called modern society.advertisement SAKET MANSINGH, California, USA Selfish Proponent TAVLEEN SINGH APPEARS TO BE more a proponent of capitalism than an advocate of socialist policies and anti-poverty programmes (“Yesterday’s Men and Ideas”, September 21). What Singh fails to understand is that capitalism brings out only two sets of people-winners and losers. Socialist ideals in a country like ours are indispensable. Their opponents are those who see them as a threat to their affluence-which they enjoy at the expense of the ignorant masses. ANIL B. KALE, on e-mail from Lombard, Illinois, USA Apathy all the Way THE GOVERNMENT’S DISASTROUS management of calamities like the Bhopal gas tragedy is truly deplorable (“The City of Tombs”, September 21). No sooner does the media’s ink on the humanist aspect dry than the politician-bureaucrat nexus feasts on such calamities like so many scavengers. People simply shrug off the responsibility. In this case, crores of rupees meant for disaster management have been siphoned off. The apathy and callousness of the Government are evident as the majority of projects for rehabilitation have never taken off. It is not the lack of funds but their misappropriation that has worsened the plight of the victims. A collective voice needs to be raised against such misuse. ALOK SRIVASTAVA, on e-mail from Ahmedabad No Place Here IF A GROUP LIKE TATA WHICH IS A pioneer in the industrial growth of our country finds it difficult to get its project cleared, one can easily imagine the working pattern of our bureaucratic set-up (“Jettisoned for Nothing”, September 14). Projects like these are not given preference according to their merits. Because of this trend, many eminent doctors and scientists neglected in our country have migrated to other countries and reached high positions there. RAJIV GUGNANI, Faridabad Bad Experience YOUR ARTICLE COULD HAVE BEEN more appropriately titled The Ugly Indian Male (“The Ugly Indian”, August 24). The essay neglects-as Indian society seems to do in general- its female population. The way women are treated in India is absolutely disgusting. As a Canadian tourist visiting India, I was subjected to humiliating treatment from Indian men-from officials in the tourism department to autorickshaw drivers to men on the street. The Indian Government claims it wants to double the number of tourists. How can it do so when tourists are treated so shabbily? I came to India with an open mind and an open pocket book and spent over $8,000. I left in disgust and needless to say my pocket book shall remain closed forever. N. PREFONTAINE, Lyon, France
Istomin had a shocking second-round win over Djokovic here in 2017 on his way to the fourth round, and Federer is wary of the Uzbek veteran after also meeting him in the first round here in ’06.“I know what Denis did to Novak. I watched basically the entire game a couple years ago,” Federer said. “I’ve had some tough ones against him in the past. He can play well in fast courts.“Look, I’m playing good tennis. I’m confident that I think it needs a good performance by my opponent probably to beat me. That’s always a good thought.”Wozniacki has the first of the night matches on Rod Laver against Alison Van Uytvanck after a day session on the main stadium that features Maria Sharapova, Nadal and No. 2-ranked Angelique Kerber.“I think it’s a positive to be here as the defending champion. I’m just taking it as a nice, fun challenge,” the third-seeded Wozniacki said. “I can’t believe it’s already been a year. It doesn’t feel like it to me.”Wozniacki revealed at the season-ending WTA Championships that she’d been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, so she spent much of the off-season resting and recuperating and getting ready for 2019.After her breakthrough here last year, she didn’t get beyond the fourth round at the other majors, but says she feels like she’s hitting the ball well.French Open winner Halep and U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka collected their first major titles last year, and Kerber won at Wimbledon to capture her third in a sequence of eight different women’s winners in eight Slams.Serena Williams was unable to defend her title here last year because she was taking time out after having a baby, and finished the season with back-to-back runner-up finishes at Wimbledon and the U.S. open.Now she’s back, seeded 16th, aiming for an eight Australian title. The 23-time major winner is in the same section as her sister Venus Williams and Halep, who all start action on Day 2. Defending women’s singles champion Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki answers questions during a press conference at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)MELBOURNE, Australia — Caroline Wozniacki is entering new territory at the Australian Open as a defending champion for the first time at a major. For Roger Federer, it’s a well-worn experience.A women’s final last year featuring two players aiming for their first Grand Slam title finished with Wozniacki holding off top-ranked Simona Halep for the championship.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES View comments Federer beat Marin Cilic to win the Australian Open for the sixth time — claiming his 20th major crown — and successfully defend the title he won the previous year in a career comeback of sorts.At 37, he’s still targeting records at his record-equaling 20th Australian Open: to be the first man to win seven Australian Open titles, the first man to win at least seven singles titles at two Grand Slam tournaments (he has eight Wimbledon titles), and the first man to win five major titles after turning 30.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOf course, he’s got strong competition from Novak Djokovic, who has won the last two majors and is also aiming for a seventh Australian title. Then there’s a resurgent Rafael Nadal, the likes of Cilic and Sasha Zverev. But there’s unlikely to be another run to the final for Andy Murray, who wants to start the tournament where he has reached the final five times but is unsure how much longer he can play because of the pain in his surgically repaired right hip. He’s targeting retirement at Wimbledon, if he can go that far.Federer, the sport’s senior statesman, was asked Sunday how he retained such a high level of health despite being about five years older than Nadal, Djokovic and Murray — the other members of the so-called Big Four. He said he understood his body and had a great team around him. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Russell Westbrook, Thunder get back at Spurs “Maybe also the way I play tennis, maybe it’s smoother than the other guys,” said Federer, who is renowned for a style that appears almost effortless, and his stunning, single-handed backhand. “It just maybe looks that way. I work extremely hard in the matches as well — it just maybe doesn’t come across so much.“I don’t know if that’s also something that maybe is part of the equation.”He said he was shocked at Murray’s announcement, at 31, of his pending retirement.“It hits us top guys hard because we know Andy very well. We like him. He’s a good guy, Hall of Famer, legend,” Federer said. “It’s a tough one, but one down the road he can look back on and be incredibly proud of everything he has achieved.”Federer, aiming for his 100th career title, will open against No. 99-ranked Denis Istomin on Rod Laver Arena on Monday night, likely after Murray has taken on No. 22-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut on Melbourne Arena — the third of the three show courts at Melbourne Park.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion 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