UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next Jose gives it all for Cignal before flying for SEA Games LATEST STORIES KUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines U22 team dismantled Cambodia, 2-0, on strong second-half goals by Reymart Cubon and Filipino-Japanese Kou-Ichi Belgira late Tuesday night in the Southeast Asian Games.Cubon, of Far Eastern University, broke the ice in the 52nd minute as the Filipinos shook off a lethargic start.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Then Belgira booted home a free kick with exciting striker Javier Gayoso acting as decoy in the 81st.The win gave the Philippines three points in the tournament and bolstered its hopes to make the podium.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 shutoutCambodia started off hot, fueled by the promise of its prime minister to give team members $1,000 each per won game.But the Filipinos buckled down to work and put up a punishing string of attacks in the second half. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief
A win in Suzuka would move Hamilton a step closer to a third F1 title in four years with Mercedes and his fourth overall.Vettel, who had a new engine for the previous race in Malaysia, is a four-time winner in Japan.Rain is also forecast for Saturday’s qualifying but clear skies are expected for Sunday’s GP.ADVERTISEMENT Mavs rookie shows growth in 112-89 loss to Magic Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany waits for the start of the rain delayed second practice session for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka, Japan, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)SUZUKA, Japan — Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest lap in a rain-hit second practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix on Friday, when only five drivers set a timed lap.After a lengthy delay, Mercedes driver Hamilton went quickest in the afternoon practice with a lap of 1 minute, 48.719 seconds, .799 seconds ahead of Esteban Ocon for Force India.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Ocon’s teammate Sergio Perez and the Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll were the only other drivers to get in a timed lap in the abbreviated afternoon session.Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the morning practice, which was dry until a light rain started to fall near the end of the session.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 shutoutWith five GP races remaining, Hamilton leads Vettel by 34 points in the driver championship.Hamilton has won twice before in Suzuka, in 2014 and 2015, and was runner-up to former Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in last year’s race. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA suspends Portland’s CJ McCollum for a game Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending 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 Jaja Santiago, who was officially named conference MVP, led the Lady Bulldogs with 22 points while Jasmine Nabor controlled the game and tempo with 45 excellent sets.Nabor wound up winning the Finals MVP award.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 shutoutPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Not only did National University sweep Far Eastern University to win the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference title, the Lady Bulldogs also completed a perfect run.NU disposed of FEU in four sets, 25-22, 25-19, 19-25, 25-16, in Game 2 on Saturday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next View comments
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ .@matthewdelly talks about fulfilling his Olympic dream. pic.twitter.com/62dslYmB2l— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) July 21, 2017 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “We played against the Philippines in a tournament in France a couple years ago. They’re very quick, a lot of dribble penetration, a lot of three-point shooting, so you really have to guard your man one-on-one,” he said.But with the game still over a year in the making, Dellavedova would rather enjoy the scenery in his first visit, knowing that the next time he sets foot in the Philippines, fans will be out to intimidate him and the rest of the Boomers.“I’m looking forward to traveling around different countries and playing. It’s gonna make it tough because in the two (competition) windows, the NBA guys won’t be able to play. But I’m looking forward to coming back here in July,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet 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 One and done: Trawick plays first and last game for GlobalPort Matthew Dellavedova. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netRepresenting his country has always been the greatest goal in the mind of Matthew Dellavedova.That’s why he couldn’t help but feel that overwhelming sense of pride whenever he suits up for the Australian Boomers in the international tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “My dream growing up was to represent Australia in the Olympic Games,” Dellavedova said Friday at the opening of the Peak Store at Robinson’s Place Manila in Ermita.“Ever since I watched my first Olympics in 1996 in Atlanta on TV, just to pull on the green and gold for me is always been a dream. To hear our national anthem play in the Olympic Games is a moment I’ll never forget.”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 stars LATEST STORIES MOST READ “Delly,” as he is fondly called, is visiting the Philippines for the first time for the launch of his shoe line Delly 1 with Peak.This, though, won’t be Dellavedova’s last as he is expected to suit up for Australia for the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers.Australia is slotted in Group B, together with the Philippines, in the Asia-Pacific qualification and Gilas is set to host the Boomers in the home-and-away series on July 2 next year.Dellavedova shared that he already has an idea on how our national team plays, having faced the Philippines back in the 2014 Bleu Blanc Tour in France in the lead up to the 2014 Fiba World Cup in Spain.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Jaja Santiago had the unfortunate mishap of ending the match when her final hoorah straight went to the net awarding the Kazakhs an unblemished slate.Despite the loss, Philippine head coach Francis Vicente was still pleased with the fight his squad brought against the Kazakhs.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 stars“I can say that I’m still proud of them and they really played with heart,” said Vicente in Filipino. “Of course there were lapses but that can’t be helped. The Kazakhs are really tall players, what we could’ve done was just to keep moving.”The Kazakhs have an average height of 181 centimeters, seven more than the Filipinos’ mean standing of 174 cm., and that distinct disparity worked wonders in the blocking department as the visitors scored on 17 of its blocks. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago were once again the Philippines’ leading scorers putting up 14 and 13 points respectively, the same marks they had in the Hong Kong win.Katerina Tatko had a game-high 20 points to lead Kazakhstan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Korea Open gold confidence-booster for Lopez ahead of SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Host Philippines absorbed a 25-23, 25-20, 25-19 beating in the hands of Kazakhstan, which remained undefeated in the Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Friday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The Kazakhs topped Pool A with a 2-0 record while the Filipinos settled for 1-1, but both teams will advance to the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments
Rod Ebondo. PBA IMAGESRefusing to go home, Centro Escolar University came out like a house on fire and burned Flying V’s dream of a perfect conference down with a 93-72 blowout Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig in their 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals series.The Scorpions held the Thunder scoreless in the final 5:15 of the first quarter to turn a 14-12 deficit into a commanding 31-14 advantage.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Macandili on facing powerhouse teams in AVC: ‘This is anybody’s game’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ That choking defense continued in the second quarter, where CEU locked Flying V down to grab a lead as high as 23, 58-35, at halftime.Making true of his vow to force the equalizer, Rod Ebondo scattered 18 points, 26 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks to carry the mantle for the Scorpions.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 openingArt Aquino was also flawless from the field as he made all of his seven shots to pour 18 markers and seven boards, while Christian Uri had 15 points and four rebounds in the victory.“We didn’t focus much of our defense on Teng, but rather, our team defense. We followed our gameplan on defense and that made things easy on us on offense,” said coach Yong Garcia. 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul CEU shot 10-of-22 from threewh ile also limiting Flying V to just 31-percent shooting from the field.The win kept the fourth-ranked Scorpions alive and forced a winner-take-all Game 3 slated on Thursday for the right to face Cignal HD in the Finals.“The pressure is on them,” said Garcia. “We didn’t really expect to make it here, but since we’re here, it’s not bad that we try to go for it.”It was a forgettable outing for leading MVP contender Jeron Teng, who played through a sprained left ankle in the first half before fouling out at the 7:21 mark of the fourth quarter.He finished with 13 points, on a 5-of-13 shooting from the field, on top of three rebounds, and two assists in the defeat to lead the Thunder.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Gab Banal, Aris Dionisio, and Eric Salamat all churned out 11 markers in the defeat.The Scores:CEU 93 – Ebondo 18, Aquino 18, Uri 15, Casiño 13, Jeruta 10, Manlangit 8, Wamar 7, Cruz 4, Arim 0, Baconcon 0.FLYING V 72 – Teng 13, Banal 11, Dionisio 11, Salamat 11, Torres 10, Cañada 8, Paredes 4, Tampus 3, Thiele 1, Austria 0, Koga 0.Quarters: 31-14, 58-35, 79-61, 93-72.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ
Inspired by former West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards’ complimentary words, Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh reacted that he would like to follow the traits of the legendary cricketer in Tests.Richards had on Thursday told Headlines Today that Yuvraj was still one of the most talented cricketers around. He said in modern day cricket it was Yuvraj who evoked fear in bowlers like he (Richards) did during his playing days.”…I’ve mentioned three from the beginning. I would like to say just may be two, Shiva and Yuvraj Singh. These two individuals I believe are destructive enough to destroy or dismantle any attack,” Richards had said.Yuvraj, after watching the interview on Headlines Today, reacted on micro-blogging site Twitter.”Thank you Sir Viv Richards! This is the biggest compliment I’ve ever received! Hopefully one day I can bat like you in Test cricket,” he tweeted.
Terming Sachin Tendulkar “all time greatest cricketer”, West Indies cricketing great Viv Richards on Tuesday said the Mumbai maestro would create many more records in future.In Kolkata to inaugurate a Durga Puja pandal, the former West Indies captain said, “Tendulkar is the all time greatest cricketer. I am sure he will have more records to his credit.”Tendulkar became the first batsman to touch the 14,000 Test runs mark during the second Test against Australia.Richards though said Tendulkar does not bat he way he use to, a fews years ago.On Tendulkar’s recent conquest of the 14,000 Test run summit, said, “Only Sachin can achieve the kind of feat that he already has. Time has, however, seen a change in his willow wielding techniques and he has become more restrained in his batting style.”Richards, whose fearless batting made him a top batsman in both Test and ODI formats, finds a shade of himself in Yuvraj Singh.”I see a lot of myself in Yuvraj Singh. His style of batting is distinctly ‘Carribean’ and similar to that of mine during my playing years,” the 58-year-old Antiguan said.Richards also picked India as one of the favourites to win the upcoming ICC World Cup early next year.”Firstly, as host nation, India have a strong chance. This is not to discount the fact that they have a great batting line-up and have performed well over the last five years.”About his visit during the ongoing Durga Puja festival season, the West Indies great said, “I have a lot of memories attached with the city. Being here during the pujas only makes all the more special.”advertisementWith inputs from PTI
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said chasing 290 on the bouncy Kingsmead track was always going to be a tough task. He was reacting to India’s humiliating 135-run loss to South Africa in the first ODI but insisted that the target was gettable had the visitors not lost early wickets.”We could have done better. When you are playing with four bowlers, you are under a bit of pressure, that if one of the bowler don’t bowl well then you have to make those overs with the part timers. Fortunately in this game our part timers bowled really well and they brought us back into the game,” Dhoni said on Wednesday night.”But still chasing 290 runs was a stiff target especially on the Kingsmead track. If we would have got a good start then we could have fancied our chances,” he added.India lost four wickets for a mere 43 runs and Dhoni said the poor start put a lot of pressure on the lower half of the batting order.”Playing well against quality fast bowlers on new white ball is going to be a huge challenge. This wicket had a bit of bounce but it was not that quick a wicket. We could have negotiated the first 8-10 overs and then could have gone for runs.”But we lost couple of wickets earlier on and then again we lost few in the middle overs. That put pressure on our lower middle order,” he said.Asked whether going in with six batsmen was a gamble that didn’t pay off, Dhoni said, “we picked Rohit keeping in mind the Kingsmead wicket. He played reasonably well…got bad decision but it is just part and parcel of the game.advertisement”He bowled and fielded well too. So you can always debate about whether to go in with 6 specialised batters or 5 specialised bowlers,” he added.Dhoni also defended the inclusion of Ashish Nehra in the squad despite the pacer being short of match practice.”Honestly speaking these are the four-five fast bowlers we have got. We do not have many options to play with. So we have to back them to do well. Whether they are in match practice or not what is important is that we take care of these bowlers and they should go in the World Cup without any injuries,” he explained.- With PTI Inputs
The government has made it clear that it will strongly push to end Suresh Kalmadi’s reign as president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).Soon after Kalmadi’s arrest on Monday, the sports ministry wrote a letter to the IOA, asking it to find a replacement for him.”In keeping and maintaining the fair image of sports in India, the government would like the IOA to consider appointing an alternate president in place of the present incumbent for managing the affairs of the IOA,” the letter said.Sports minister Ajay Maken also said the government was not in favour of having Kalmadi.”What we have decided here in the sports ministry is that as soon as the official arrest of Suresh Kalmadi is announced by the CBI, we are going to write to the IOA that they should elect a new president,” Maken said.”When a person is in jail or has been chargesheeted, it would not be in the national interest that he should represent the country anymore,” he noted.Kalmadi has been heading the IOA since 1996. While most of the national sports associations have agreed to abide by the sports ministry’s guidelines that put a cap on the age and tenures of the sports association bosses, Kalmadi has refused to step down.Maken also warned the IOA of stern action if it did not adhere to the instructions. “We would also be writing to the attorney-general seeking his legal advice. The government can also take action on its own if the IOA fails to take any action against him,” he said.”advertisement”We will first write to the IOA to remove him and elect a president.Simultaneously, we will also write to the A-G seeking advice on the issue,” the minister added.
While it may be a fact that Sania Mirza’s biggest success so far this year have come in doubles, her singles career has also come back on the rails in a big way, and the Indian ace believes both aspects are feeding off each other very well.The WTA rankings bear testimony to that – having spent a major part of the last couple of years outside the top 100, Sania is now 60th in the world in singles and 14th in doubles.”It probably works both ways. The doubles helps your singles by adding to your confidence and improving certain aspects of your game and wins in singles help you in your doubles as well,” Sania told MAIL TODAY.It has been more than a week since she lost the opportunity to become the first Indian to win a women’s doubles Grand Slam when she and her partner Elena Vesnina lost to Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the French Open final. But Sania is still thanking her stars that she is playing at all.”I’ve had a wonderful half year in 2011, moving up more than a 100 spots in singles and I’ve been fortunate to do well in doubles as well. I feel blessed that I was able to come back from a career threatening injury — I have always maintained that if I could stay away from injuries for a prolonged period of time, everything else would fall into place and by the grace of the Almighty I have managed to play without a break for one full year,” she said.advertisementThere are a few milestones that Sania considers most memorable as she strives to make it back into the top-50 in the world.”I played the quarter-finals in Guangzhou (International Women’s Open) in September 2010, a few months before I won through the qualifying and reached the last- eight stage in Charleston in April.”Before that I played the semi-finals in Osaka (October 2009), semis in Birmingham (June 2009) and was runner-up in Pattaya (Feb 2009). I also played the quarter-finals in Hobart in 2008.”I think I am getting back to playing at my best now after my most recent comeback. I feel privileged to be currently the highest ranked Asian in doubles. I had achieved the honour of being the highest ranked Asian in singles a couple of years back and these are personal milestones that inspire me to work harder,” Sania said.Talking about her preparations for the women’s doubles at Wimbledon, which begins next week, Sania said: “Vesnina and I have had a phenomenal half year on hard courts as well as clay and if we continue to do well and both stay away from injuries, we could keep playing together for a while.”But nothing comes easy in a truly global professional sport and past records don’t count for much once you enter the court, particularly in a Grand Slam. But I think we are good enough to have at least an even chance against any doubles team in the world.” Asked about her expectations from the singles, Sania downplayed her chances.”My expectations for every tournament have constantly remained the same over the years! I expect myself to give my best and leave the rest to God,” she said.Wimbledon is also going to be the venue for tennis at the London Olympics next year, where mixed doubles makes a return.And in preparation, she will team up with Rohan Bopanna for the mixed doubles this year. “I am a Grand Slam winner in mixed doubles and I love to play in the event whenever my ranking is good enough and when I’m feeling fit enough to compete in three events,” she said.
US President Barack Obama’s $ 450 billion job stimulus did not have the desired effect on the global stock exchanges over the weekend, but if one talks of money being mopped up by ‘international sport’ in India, there seems to be no crunch at all.This has been a season of huge spending on sport in India, which is either taking place or going to take place. From football to Formula One and NBA stars and coaches coming for plenty of commercial reasons, there is no dearth of funds.For those who made a dash to Kolkata last week to watch Lionel Messi in action against Venezuela, it seemed like a life-long dream come true. Such was the craze to see Messi in action in flesh and blood that many people busted their credit cards to buy air tickets and also the high-priced ticket to enter the Salt Lake Stadium.Sadly, if you gift the same football fan a complimentary ticket and ask him or her to go to the Ambedkar Stadium to watch a domestic football match, that person would most likely refuse.While you can say this is the beauty of the fans’ connect with a global sport and how they are ready to pay for it, the reality is that the sport of football in India is not going to gain in any way from this. Messi has come and gone, his popularity soars, and those marketing the T-shirts, shorts and shoes with his branding are making a killing. What this simply proves is how, in India, people are willing to spend on a star and the associated merchandise.advertisementThis is not the first time the Indian market has been used for making profits. I still remember how the marketing agents played on Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn’s retirement.It was as if the German was keen to play his last match in Kolkata before walking into the sunset.Just imagine, a player who has never been to India becomes a hero and the public pays a price to go and watch this drama! And all this is happening at a time when Indian football is at an all-time low. But the tamasha does not end here. Week after week, international clubs are coming to India and setting up shop. Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United are all here to announce how they are going to set up football academies.I refuse to believe this is going to improve the standard of Indian football in a huge way. While the popularity of these clubs in India will improve further, as also their TV ratings, perhaps they may end up raking in more moolah through their merchandise sales.Mind you, all this is happening at home when around the globe, there is fear of yet another recession.Liverpool have started a football academy in Noida under the helmsmanship of former player Steve McMahon (extreme left).Last week, when international hockey federation (FIH) president Leandro Negre took away the Champions Trophy from India, there was shock and indignation at home. Yet, Negre was smart enough not to name the next host city right away as he knows there is no better country than India to cough up the sponsorship and guarantee money.One of the stories doing the rounds is how the FIH got into a tricky situation last year when some money owed to them from India for the World Cup got caught in government tangles.The inside story is that when Negre comes to India next week, he may be able to strike a deal with the sports ministry.It could also mean the Champions Trophy being restored.All this conveys one common message – while we may be reluctant to spend on our own athletes, there is enough money to be splurged on big- ticket events, unmindful of how there really are no tangible returns.Add to this the drama of the arrival and departure of NBA coaches as well as former and present stars, and we are being made to believe as if our basketball will improve by leaps and bounds. A big corporate house like the Mahindras has tied up for a basketball academy, hoping that our hoopsters will benefit.However, my belief is that this will only contribute more to the popularity of NBA and increase the Indian TV viewership. As it were, the young Indian basketball fan knows who a LeBron James or a Kobe Bryant is. But if you ask him to tell you something about our own Ajmer Singh, the fan would draw a blank.advertisementBut the biggest circus of them all, owned by Bernie Ecclestone, takes place in Greater Noida on October 30. Even as economically stronger countries see Formula One races being taken away from them, money is no worry for the Indian Grand Prix.There is a $ 35 million guarantee which is being given to Bernie by track owners JP Sports for the Indian GP. Add to it the huge sum which Airtel pays up as title sponsor, and the figures are mind boggling.With the track homologation cleared, it is now time for the big car companies like Mercedes and Mahindra to announce their association with the Indian GP in various capacities.If the Indian F1 fan is lucky, he or she may get to see a Narain Karthikeyan or a Karun Chandhok behind the wheel of a racing beast which belongs to the back of the grid.Folks, all this is happening in India with less than 11 months for the London Olympics. The athlete who could bring us Olympic glory languishes even as more ‘East India’ companies are being set up on our soil.Ironic, isn’t it?s. email@example.com
A stricter Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) doesn’t want to leave any loophole to be exploited during its 82nd annual general body meeting in Mumbai on September 19 and 20, especially if an election to any post takes place.It is for this reason that the president-elect N Srinivasan, who succeeds Shashank Manohar, is keen to know who all will be attending the meeting.The BCCI has asked its constituent units to authorise a representative for the meeting and the names in writing should reach its headquarters in Mumbai ” not later than 4pm on September 17″, two full days before the AGM, as no change will be allowed after that.”The BCCI has asked all its members to send a copy of the associations’ constitution along with the names of the persons being authorised,” an association official told MAIL TODAY .The Board has also told all the members – 30 full, four associate and three affiliate units – that the officials’ authorisation should be in ” accordance with the constitution of the member association”.”According to the Board’s intimation, the names will then be scrutinised and the final list of valid authorised representatives of the associations would be put up in the conference room of the BCCI headquarters at 6 pm the same day, September 17,” the official said.A strict procedure for elections has also been put in place. The filing of nominations for the posts of five vice-presidents, one secretary, one joint secretary and one treasurer should be made between 10 am and 3 pm on September 18.advertisementThe valid nominations, following scrutiny of the names, will be displayed at 4 pm the same day and the candidates can withdraw their names by 6 pm. The final list of candidates will be published at 7 pm.A candidate will have to fill a form and he should have a proposer and a seconder, both of whom should be eligible to attend the AGM and vote. A person can contest more than one post. The term of all the posts is two years, with a provision for a year’s extension if no one opposes the incumbent.”If no election takes place, it means the election form is redundant. But election takes place, then several people would use this form,” said a Board source, referring to the ongoing behind-the-scenes parleys.However, sources say elections to any post are highly unlikely this time as all posts are expected to be filled unopposed.Current secretary Srinivasan was chosen president unopposed at last year’s AGM, as per the established practice.
LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Not a lot of good to take from that, other than the lesson of: You don’t show up to play in the NBA, you will not win,” LA coach Luke Walton said.His club wraps up a four-game road swing at the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.Consider what went on over the past week.On Monday, James and former teammate Dwyane Wade met for what was almost certainly the final time in their NBA careers, with the Lakers topping Wade’s Miami Heat 108-105.In Los Angeles’ next game, a 126-111 loss at Houston on Thursday, James and other Lakers occasionally kept their hands behind their backs at the defensive end, an indication of what they thought about the way the referees were making many foul calls when James Harden — who had a 50-point triple-double — and the Rockets had the ball.ADVERTISEMENT And on Saturday, James and point guard Lonzo Ball each had a triple-double — a double triple-double that only one other pair of Lakers teammates ever accomplished, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar way back in 1982 — in a 128-100 win at the Charlotte Hornets.If that appeared to be a sign that the Lakers were coming together as a group, and specifically that James and Ball could coexist successfully, Sunday’s setback raised a few questions.Not, though, among the Lakers themselves.“Nights like this happen. It’s a long season. … But it’s just a process,” said Ball, who had 10 points and four assists against the Wizards.One surprising aspect of Sunday was that the Lakers had not previously been troubled by playing on consecutive days this season: They entered this one with a 5-1 record in the second game of back-to-back sets.Perhaps that’s why Walton sounded so optimistic about where his team that’s fourth in the West stood — and where it was headed — before tipping off against the Wizards.“Well, we’re moving in the right direction. We have been for a while. The more we can get on road trips together, get practice time together, go through adversity together, the stronger our team’s going get,” the coach said during his pregame session with the media. “As of right now, I’m very happy where we’re at. But we’ve still got a long way to go.”The way his team played later in the evening showed just how accurate that final sentence was. Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and head coach Luke Walton dispute a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Al Drago)WASHINGTON— This was hardly the ideal way for LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers to cap what amounted to an eventful week of highs and lows.And arriving one night after what seemed to be a breakthrough performance, this dud demonstrated just how much more room for improvement four-time NBA MVP James and his new teammates have.ADVERTISEMENT 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 LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? James shot just 5 for 16, managing merely a season-worst 13 points. He and the rest of the Lakers put up barely any resistance at the defensive end and trailed by as many as 27 points while stumbling their way to a 128-110 loss to the Washington Wizards on Sunday night.“We’re a good team,” James insisted afterward. “Tonight was just one of those instances where we didn’t play well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefThat’s certainly true, at both ends of the court and in various ways.The 22 turnovers. The 51-43 rebounding deficit. The 0-for-8 start on 3-point attempts. The way they allowed Wizards point guard John Wall to dominate en route to a 40-point, 14-assist performance. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Daughter tells of dad’s unlikely bond with Charles Barkley Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue
The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill making enforcing dress code and banning entry of persons wearing ‘dhoti’ in public places a cognisable offence punishable with jail term.The House adopted the Tamil Nadu Entry into Public Places (Removal of Restriction on Dress) Act 2014 after Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa moved it for consideration and passing.It empowers the state to cancel the licences of such clubs, recreation associations, trusts and company or society denying entry to any person wearing a ‘vesthi’ (dhoti), traditional attire of men in the state.The legislation, enacted against the backdrop of denial of entry to a Madras High Court Judge and two advocates recently by a prominent cricket club here, also seeks to declare any regulation or by-law made by any organisation imposing a dress code as null and void.The violators of the act will attract penal action, including cancellation of licence after notice, besides punishment with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year and with a fine upto Rs 25,000.No dress code restrictions can be imposed for entry into public places– recreation clubs, hotels, theatres, malls, halls, auditoriums, stadiums and such other places as may be notified by the government, where people including members congregate in connection with any function, event, entertainment, sports or other activity.The imposition of restriction on persons for entry into public places on the ground that their dress does not conform to Western culture would amount to continuation of the Colonial imperialistic attitude, one of the provision of the bill stated. At the height of the controversy over denial of entry to the Judge last month, Jayalalithaa had asserted that a bill banning such dress code would be introduced and passed in the current budget session of the assembly itself. advertisement
G-Watch RApart from the Samsung Gear S, on Thursday, LG officially unveiled its new smartwatch. It unveiled the G-Watch R, which it teased last week. Unlike, its earlier attempt, the G-Watch, its latest smartwatch is round and has the timeless vibe of a retro analog wristwatch. In other words, it’s a beautiful looking smartwatch. Arguably, its prettier than Motorola’s Moto 360.It runs on Google’s Android Wear platform and it has a 1.3-inch plastic OLED screen, which is the same type of screen LG used in the G-Flex smartphone. LG claims, under direct sunlight, the watch offers great visibility and because the screen is made out of plastic it can stay submerged under a meter of water for up to 30 minutes.Unlike the G-Watch, there’s also a button which masquerades as the crown rotary nob of the watch. It can make things easier as the user does not need to rely on the swipe gestures of the OS to navigate everything.In terms of hardware, it retains the same internals as the G-Watch. This means there’s a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. There’s also a heart-rate monitor, which was not present in the G-Watch.Part of the charm that the G-watch R brings to the table is the stock watch face, which adds the vibe of a retro analog watch, which include a hand for seconds and internal dials, that are often found in sports watches.LG says that it will come in the fourth quarter of the year, and there is no word on price or India availability.advertisementAgain, it appears that all the major tech companies are rushing out and showing off their smartwatches, before Apple shows off its iWatch, which is rumoured to launch on September 8 alongside two new iPhones.Follow writer on Twitter @DigitallyBones
Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Playing on enemy ground, the Busmen also needed a stellar performance from goalkeeper Roland Muller, who produced a string of impressive saves to keep the Philippine champions ahead in the second half. The win increases Ceres’ tally to six points from two matches, ahead of Persija Jakarta of Indonesia, which has four points after a similar 3-1 win over Shan United of Myanmar early Tuesday. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesOnly the top team in the group is guaranteed to make the knockout phase of Asia’s second-tier club football competition. The Busmen got the better chances early on with OJ Porteria, fresh off a brace against Shan United two weeks ago, finding Maranon unmarked in the area. The Spanish striker, however, could only head the ball straight at Bui Tan Truong. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Moments later, Stephan Schrock’s cross field ball was collected by Porteria, but Truong was alert to the danger once again. Ceres took the lead in bizarre fashion in the 26th minute. With Ceres still protesting an offside call, Truong dropped the ball to the ground only for Maranon to nick it past him and fire into an empty net. The home side came alive late in the first half with To Van Vu nearly equalising in the 41st minute when he lashed a shot wide from the edge of the area. Truong had one more save to make against the ever dangerous Maranon, who couldn’t find the back of the net from a tight angle. Showing some urgency, Becamex piled up the pressure in the second half but Maranon once again nearly had his way against the Vietnamese defense when he shot straight at Truong in the 53rd minute. ADVERTISEMENT Colombia’s female football players fight for level field Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Bienvenido Maranon. Photo from AFC Cup TwitterTHU DAU MOT – Spanish striker Bienvenido Maranon bagged a hattrick as Philippine champion Ceres Negros subdued Vietnamese side Becamex Binh Duong, 3-1, to regain top spot in Group G of the AFC Cup. Maranon struck in the first half, before firing two quickfire goals late in the second half as the Busmen showed grit and character to survive a huge scare for their second straight victory at Gu Dau Stadium. ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash 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 Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Muller was called into action in the 65th minute, denying Brazilian striker Wander Luiz from close range. Nguyen Anh Duc also tested Muller from distance in the 69th minute. Becamex got its equalizer four minutes later when Luiz produced an acrobatic finish from close range after the Busmen failed to clear their lines. Ceres’ response however proved impressive a minute later as Schrock’s cross was flicked by substitute Maher Karic to the path of Maranon, who bundled the ball home from close range. The Spanish striker made it 3-1 in the 78th minute, getting on the end of Porteria’s deflected cutback to secure maximum points for Ceres.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director LATEST STORIES Ivana Agudo stepped up in the absence of injured star rookie Lycha Ebon to score four of her 12 points in the crucial part of the fifth set as the Lady Tamaraws posted their sixth win in nine games.Jerilli Malabanan also played a pivotal role for FEU in the scrambling win, scoring back-to-back points and finishing with 11.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, logisticsIt was a stinging defeat for the Lady Warriors who erased two match points to come 15-14 in the deciding set until the pressure tolled on them forcing them to commit an error prior to Malabanan’s consecutive hits.UE recovered from a lethargic first set to go up two sets to one through the efforts of Me-Anne Mendez who poured in 22 points. and Zilfa Olarve’s 13 points. The Lady Warriors fell to 2-7. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 MANILA, Philippines–Far Eastern University found aces in its sleeves in beating hard-fighting University of the East, 25-15, 16-25, 12-25, 25-22, 17-15, Saturday in the UAAP women’s volleyball at SM Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT James, Caldwell-Pope star as Lakers snap Hornets’ winning run Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles
Many of the accusers who have spoken publicly said they were groped and inappropriately touched during physical exams. Some also said they were ogled in locker rooms where athletes joked about Strauss’ behavior, referring to him with nicknames like “Dr. Jelly Paws.”The law firm hired to conduct the investigation for the school interviewed hundreds of former students and university employees.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, logisticsIn releasing the report, President Michael Drake offered “profound regret and sincere apologies to each person who endured Strauss’ abuse.” He called it a “fundamental failure” of the institution and thanked survivors for their courage.The university said it has begun the process of revoking Strauss’ emeritus status. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess NLEX signs up import Curtis Washington as Tony Mitchell fails to report for duty DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew FILE – This undated file photo shows a photo of Dr. Richard Strauss, an Ohio State University team doctor employed by the school from 1978 until his 1998 retirement. Investigators say over 100 male students were sexually abused by Strauss who died in 2005. The university released findings Friday, May 17, 2019, from a law firm that investigated claims about Richard Strauss for the school. (Ohio State University via AP, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio — At least 177 men were sexually abused by an Ohio State team doctor who died years ago, the university said Friday as it released findings from a law firm that investigated the accusations, concluding that school leaders knew at the time.The claims about Richard Strauss span from 1979 to 1997 — nearly his entire time at Ohio State — and involve athletes from at least 16 sports, plus his work at the student health center and his off-campus clinic.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too 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 His accusers allege more than 20 school officials and staff members, including two athletic directors and a coach who is now a congressman, were aware of concerns about Strauss but didn’t stop him. Most of those claims are part of two related lawsuits against Ohio State that are headed to mediation.The university has said the law firm’s work included determining what Ohio State and its leaders knew during Strauss’ tenure.But the independence of the investigation has been questioned by some of Strauss’ accusers, including some of the lawsuit plaintiffs, their attorneys and the whistleblower who helped to spur the investigation last spring.Ohio State has sought to have the lawsuits thrown out as being time-barred by law, but university leaders have insisted they’re not ignoring the men’s stories.The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights also is examining whether Ohio State responded “promptly and equitably” to students’ complaints.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Strauss, a well-regarded physician and sports-medicine researcher, killed himself in 2005.No one has publicly defended him, though his family has said they were shocked at the allegations. Like the school, they said they were seeking the truth about him.Employment records shared by Ohio State reflect no major concerns about Strauss before he retired in 1998. But alumni said they complained as early as the late 1970s, and Ohio State has at least one documented complaint from 1995.The State Medical Board of Ohio said it never disciplined Strauss but acknowledged having confidential records about the investigation of a complaint involving him. Records of board communications indicate Ohio State reported Strauss to the medical board at some point but include no details.Strauss’ personnel records indicate he previously worked at five other schools. None of those has said any concerns were raised about him.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments