Gilas nearly pays price for playing ‘bad game’ vs Thais

first_imgRay Parks of the Philippines soars for an easy layup during their match against Thailand in the men’s basketball competition of the 29th Southeast Games late Sunday at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. The Filipinos won, 81-74. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — It was a close call for Gilas Pilipinas as it barely escaped hard-fighting Thailand late Sunday night.Even the big Filipino crowd was shellshocked as the Thais made the Filipinos work doubly hard for the victory in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games basketball opener.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The nailbiter, according to Gilas cadets coach Jong Uichico, “was a bad game for us.”The Philippines, still brimming with talent despite being a watered down version of the Fiba Asia Gilas squad simultaneously playing in Lebanon, made just 6-of-30 three-point shot attempts, and gave away 19 offensive rebounds which the Thais gamely took advantage.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 shutoutIn the most trying times — the final four minutes of the match that saw a capacity crowd at MABA Stadium — Uichico was telling his team “make some adjustments, try not to give second chance points and make the basket.”He cited first-game jitters for the weak stand against a team that the Philippines would normally bury in double-digit leads from the opening buzzer to the end. Filipino basketball officials said there is little chance Belo will be allowed to play at all, although he showed up in plain clothes and sat on the Philippine bench.RELATED VIDEORavena on scare vs Thais: ‘We didn’t expect we would play that bad’6.1K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games No break for Huelgas, Mangrobang with their eyes set on Tokyo 2020 The absence of Mac Belo and that Christian Standhardinger, who just arrived from Beirut, Lebanon after playing in the Fiba Asia Cup, wasn’t able to practice with the team also didn’t help the Cadets.“And for one, Mac Belo wasn’t able to play,” added Uichico. “And here comes the guy (Standhardinger) who came from Lebanon, never practiced with the team.”He lauded the Fil-German naturalized player for scoring 15 points and providing a power in the paint.“But the guy came from Fiba Asia and he’s playing 20 minutes and we have Belo practicing with the team for last nine days and all of the sudden he can’t play,” said Uichico. “That just mixed up my rotation.”Belo wasn’t included in the initial lineup due to an injury, but when he was given the green light to play, SEAG organizers refused to allow him, demanding proof that he indeed got injured.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Chinese tennis needs to ‘grow up,’ says Li Na

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Hopes were high when Peng Shuai reached the 2014 US Open semi-finals, shortly after Li’s retirement, and Zhang Shuai won her second Guangzhou Open title this year.Wu Yibing also became China’s first boys Grand Slam singles champion at last month’s US Open. But nobody has consistently challenged at the highest levels.In Wuhan, five Chinese women were in the main draw but Wang Qiang was the only one to reach the third round — the best ever performance by a home player in the tournament.Peter McNamara, Wang’s Australian coach, said the high expectations created by Li’s career were a problem for Chinese players.“I think it’s very intimidating having such a great player and champion who did raise the bar to a level that’s pretty hard to get to,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I never bring it up, about trying to reach her heights.”Maverick or modest?Li was always a special case for Chinese tennis, as she took the maverick step of breaking away from state control to forge her career on her own terms.The 35-year-old said that modesty, a typical trait of Chinese culture, could be holding players back. Peng is currently the top ranked Chinese player at 24, with Zhang at 26.“They always say ‘Oh, I’m not so good’ but for the sport you have to show all of the world (you are good),” Li said.World number one Garbine Muguruza also said she found Chinese players “very respectful on the court… very quiet”, in contrast to Li, who she described as having great “intensity”.Fabrice Chouquet, Wuhan co-tournament director, told AFP that tennis in China was in the middle of a transition between two generations.“We have a solid number one and two here,” he said, referring to Peng and Zhang. “And behind them a younger generation of players that is really going to come up.”Wang Qiang is part of that new crop, says McNamara, and has yet to reach her full potential.“My girl is a baby. She’s 25 but she’s 20 as a tennis player,” he said. “This is the thing about Chinese players, they mature late.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Move over Neymar: how rugby players hope to change Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Li Na. AFP FILE PHOTOLi Na said she’s sorry Chinese tennis has not moved on more since her retirement, as the country’s fruitless search for a new champion continues.Li’s two Grand Slam titles set the bar extremely high for her fellow Chinese, who have laboured in vain to match her trail-blazing achievements.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese tennis success has mainly come from women, with Wu’s victory in New York an anomaly. While there are five Chinese women in the top 100 and 11 in the top 200, the top Chinese man is 220-ranked Wu Di.McNamara said the divide could also be explained by culture in the country of the one-child policy, where sons are highly prized.“Boys get it fairly easy. Girls don’t,” he said, adding: “They fight very hard, the girls.“You can see their mentality on the court. They will go to untold lengths to improve.”center_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ The contrast was laid bare at last week’s Wuhan Open, where Li received a rock-star welcome during a brief appearance, but none of the Chinese players went beyond the third round.Following her rapturous reception in Wuhan, her home city, Li said she was disappointed that China hadn’t found a new star to love since she stepped off tour in 2014.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“Actually, I didn’t like (that) people always remember me,” said Li, who won the French Open in 2011 and the Australian Open in 2014. “That means Chinese tennis didn’t grow up.”“(When) I decided to retire, I was thinking next day (new Chinese winners) would come,” she added. View commentslast_img read more

LaVar Ball pulling son LaMelo out of SoCal high school

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ (L-R) Lavar Ball and LaMelo Ball look on from the audience during week eight of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Staples Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — LaVar Ball is pulling his 16-year-old son LaMelo out of his Southern California high school to be home schooled and so he can be made into “the best basketball player ever.”LaVar told The Los Angeles Times that LaMelo, a junior, will leave Chino Hills High School on Tuesday so he will have fewer distractions and better focus.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cavaliers moving Love to center, Thompson to reserve role LaMelo is considered one of the nation’s top high school recruits and has committed to play at UCLA, where his brother Lonzo played last season. Lonzo is now a rookie with the Los Angeles Lakers and their brother, LiAngelo, will be a freshman at UCLA.LaMelo, who scored 92 points in a game for Chino Hills, will focus on playing for his father’s travel team, Big Baller Brand.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 shutoutLaVar has grabbed attention over the past year with exaggerated claims and headline-grabbing antics. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds PLAY LIST 01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self00:54Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas01:37Protesters 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 Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

San Beda barges into 12th straight Finals, ousts San Sebastian

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Volleyball star Denden Lazaro declines fan who attempts ‘akbay,’ stands up to ‘suplada’ comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next The best-of-three championship series between Lyceum and San Beda begins on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.David paced San Sebastian with 16 points and seven rebounds, Ryan Costelo got 15 markers, three boards, and three assists, and Calisaan had 10 points and nine rebounds in the losing effort.The Golden Stags may have gone down but not without a fight, slicing the lead down to five, 67-62 with 5:02 remaining.Unfortunately, Justine Mercado and Costelo were both meted with unsportsmanlike fouls in a span of a minute and the momentum went back the Red Lions’ way, allowing them to bring the lead back to 10, 72-62, with 3:41 left to play.San Beda also made a living from the charity stripe, going 25-of-36 from the free throw line against San Sebastian’s 3-of-6.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The Scores:SAN BEDA 76 – Mocon 23, Bolick 21, Tankoua 13, Soberano 9, Potts 6, Presbitero 4, Abuda 0, Cariño 0, Doliguez 0, Noah 0, Tongco 0.SAN SEBASTIAN 71 – David 16, Costelo 15, Calisaan 10, Capobres 7, Calma 6, Gayosa 6, Bulanadi 4, Navarro 3, Ilagan 2, Mercado 2, Baetiong 0, Valdez 0.Quarters: 26-11, 44-31, 57-51, 76-71. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending 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 Gamescenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda powered its way to the NCAA Season 93 Finals with a 76-71 victory over San Sebastian in the stepladder semis Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena and book its ticket to its 12th straight Finals appearance.Javee Mocon pumped in 23 points, 22 rebounds, and five blocks, while Robert Bolick drained 21 points on a 5-of-8 shooting from threw, on top of four boards and four assists as the two carried the Red Lions to the championship series once again.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Showing no signs of rust from their 19-day layoff, the Red Lions started the game like a house on fire with a 10-2 opening blast and went on to establish an 18-point lead, 32-14, after Bolick and AC Soberano drilled back-to-back threes with 8:51 remaining in the second quarter.But the Golden Stags bounced back, relying on the duo of Michael Calisaan and Jayson David to inch closer and cut the deficit to as low as four, 52-48, late in the third.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 shutoutHowever, San Beda’s poise prevailed in the end as Mocon and Bolick put on the finishing touches to claim the win.“19 days off is really tough. But I give full credit to my players. They sacrificed a lot in preparation for this game,” said coach Boyet Fernandez. “We lost against Lyceum and I know people have been doubting us, but the players believed in themselves. I gave them my trust and they gave me this day.” MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Bucks’ Sterling Brown arrested, tased over parking spat

first_imgMOST READ Brown, who is averaging 3.5 points per game and 1.8 rebounds this season, has received more minutes over the last couple weeks including two straight starts.“That’s working hard and the results are going to show. I’ve been getting more minutes and I’ve been taking advantage of that,” Brown said. “I don’t expect (anything) to change.” LeBron won’t tell All-Star order, jokes Westbrook last pick Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Milwaukee Bucks’ Sterling Brown (23) chases down a loose ball during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)MILWAUKEE — Police officers used a stun gun on Milwaukee Bucks rookie guard Sterling Brown and arrested the 22-year-old Friday after a confrontation at a Walgreens parking lot.Police Sgt. Timothy Gauerke says the department is investigating what happened and the officers’ use of force.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 Read Nextcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gauerke says officers contacted a man after seeing a vehicle parked across two handicapped parking spots while doing a business check at about 2 a.m. Gauerke did not say what led to the officers’ use of force and it wasn’t immediately known whether Brown was cited for anything.“It’s a personal issue I’m dealing with right now. I know it’s being handled. I’d appreciate it if you all respect that right now,” Brown told reporters before the Bucks’ home game Friday night against Brooklyn.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBrown had what appeared to be a bruise and scratches on the right side of his face.Asked if there could be any discipline for Brown from the team or NBA, coach Joe Prunty said “I truly believe. We support him in this. We believe it will be resolved quickly. We’ll move forward from it.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

TNT draws first blood

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ With a 1-0 lead after a 109-105 win on Saturday, Victolero wants his Hotshots to stay the course knowing that the Beermen will do everything to bounce back in their 7 p.m. clash at MoA Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 What ‘missteps’? View comments Alcantara, pal sweep futures WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagecenter_img 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire PBA IMAGESTNT KaTropa maximized the advantage it has—a 6-foot-10 behemoth in Joshua Smith—and reversed all pre-series predictions that it was the underdog against Barangay Ginebra.Smith came off the bench and threw his weight around all night long, keying a 100-94 decision of the top-seeded Gin Kings as the Texters broke the ice in their best-of-five Final Four match-up in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup before a stunned pro-Ginebra crowd at Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Scoring at will and changing every Ginebra shot inside, Smith was the immovable force in the middle for the Texters that the Gin Kings didn’t have an answer to as TNT goes into Game 2 knowing that it put a dent on the psyche of the enemy—critical in a short series.“We hope that Joshua continues to play the same,” TNT coach Nash Racela, who was brilliant in drawing the game plan that had Smith scoring in the 30s for the second straight night. “But the locals will still be crucial.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was clear that Racela would ride Smith all the way, as he managed his import’s minutes splendidly by, first, not starting him and then pulling him in and out of the floor to keep Smith fresh for the stretch.Smith, who came in as TNT’s third import here, finished with 35 points and 13 rebounds in less than 29 minutes. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games The locals backed Smith up with aplomb, with RR Pogoy shooting 17 and Ranidel de Ocampo firing 12. But the biggest shot among locals came from Jason Castro, who sealed the outcome with a triple with 12.2 seconds left for what turned out to be the final score.That was the only field goal for Asia’s best point guard, as he struggled to get into a rhythm all night but saved his only basket when it truly mattered.Justin Brownlee paced the Kings with 24 points, with LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar shooting 15 apiece.Game 2 is slated Tuesday night also at MoA Arena.Meawnhile, Chito Victolero has described Star’s Final Four with powerhouse San Miguel Beer in just one word: Grinding.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Lesser lights deliver for Gilas in rout of India

first_imgTAIPEI – In his warm up pants and a Gilas Pilipinas shirt, RR Pogoy was one interested man in a place he really doesn’t belong: inside the press room.ADVERTISEMENT After sitting out his first game in the Jones Cup Invitational, Pogoy went with Almond Vosotros and Von Pessumal and coach Chot Reyes for the interview, filming his teammates after a job well done that saw the Filipinos manhandle India, 101-70 on Saturday afternoon at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here.Pessumal and Vosotros made not only Pogoy, but the entire team proud after shooting 14 points each and delivering when called upon for the first time.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’m just so happy for them,” Pogoy said in Filipino while shooting Vosotros during the interview. “They both played very well.”Bitter rivals in the UAAP with La Salle and Ateneo, Vosotros and Pessumal made sure that Reyes wouldn’t miss Pogoy’s outside sniping after hitting four triples each in a combined 17 attempts that helped the Filipinos break away. View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES Tolomia played 25 minutes and finished with eight points and five assists, ably taking the place of Kiefer Ravena and Jio Jalalon as both played just a combined 21 minutes at the point.“We have very able players to step in.”It turned out that one of the reasons why Pogoy made his way to the press room was to find out whom between Pessumal and Vosotros was going to talk longer during the interview.Reyes himself bared that Pogoy won the bet, having put a wager on Pessumal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It was the fifth win in eight games for Gilas, which closes it out against Iran Sunday at 5 p.m., a game which Reyes said that team will be taking very seriously.“We wanted to give a lot of minutes to the guys (young players),” Reyes said. “One of our objectives for participating here was to prepare our SEAG (Southeast Asian Games lineup) and Von and Almond are integral parts of that lineup.”“We’re just thankful for the opportunity to play,” Pessumal, the former Eagle in the UAAP, said. “We knew our teammates were tired after seven straight games and we had the mindset of helping the team. We just stayed ready while waiting for the opportunity.”Mike Tolomia, Ed Daquioag and Fonzo Gotladera also saw major minutes, with Carl Cruz giving out his usual contributions. All of them will be in Kuala Lumpur eyeing the Philippines’ 18th gold medal in the biennial meet.“It was just a great testament to our players that they are ready despite not getting the minutes (in the past games),” Reyes said with pride. “That’s why we brought the kind of players we brought here – for depth.”ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Gilas Pilipinas whips India by 31 points FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Flying V shrugs off elims sweep with bigger task at hand in semis

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Thunder became only the fourth team in league history to have swept the eliminations after NLEX, which did it twice, and Cagayan Valley.But for Altamirano, the 10-game sweep won’t mean anything if they don’t close the deal and finish the conference with a championship.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 starsThat title drive begins on Thursday as Flying V faces four-seed Centro Escolar University in a best-of-three semifinals series.Altamirano noted that his team is well aware of how stronger the opposition has gotten, and he is keeping the Thunder’s feet on the ground as they take things one game at a time. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Pocari thwarts Air Force, returns to PVL Finals MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games “Other teams are getting stronger as the playoffs get deeper. But we’re not looking beyond that. CEU is also a team-to-beat because they’ve been there lots of times. (Rod) Ebondo has been in the D-League for so long and he has been in Finals. Their core, although school-based, are still very experienced. So we’re just focused on the task at hand,” he said.Luckily, Altamirano will have Conference MVP pacesetter Jeron Teng at his disposal, as he will count on the La Salle prodigy to lead Flying V to the promised land.“Jeron is an achiever. When he puts his mind to it, he will not stop until he gets it. Before, he’s been known as a scorer. But now, he’s trying to evolve the other aspects of his game,” the coach said.But for all of Teng’s magnificence, the veteran mentor reiterated that the 23-year-old swingman can’t do it all alone. That’s why he’s relying equally on his core of Gab Banal, Eric Salamat, Hans Thiele, and Thomas Torres to get the job done.“What I like about Jeron is his ability to involve his teammates. That’s a very good sign of a good player. But of course, he can’t do all of that if not for his teammates so I think Jeron is very blessed to have teammates like Eric, Gab, and Thomas,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT 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 View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFlying V coach Eric Altamirano wants his players to forget the elimination round sweep and focus on the new challenge ahead of the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals. “In our team, we already forgot about the 10-0. We’re back to square one and our focus is what’s in front of us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Actually, I’m just blessed to have these type of players that we got. We just remind them to focus on the process and the result will take care of itself.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

NLEX gets Baguio in 3-team deal

first_imgView comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCyrus Baguio is reuniting with Yeng Guiao at NLEX, and the 6-foot-1 swingman could very well be ending his pro career as an integral part of the Road Warriors’ resurgence.Baguio was the biggest piece moved in a three-team, four-player deal which also saw GlobalPort give up Dylan Ababou to get Mac Baracael from NLEX and Phoenix Petroleum getting Ababou and NLEX’s 2020 second round Draft rights.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Can Horn beat a revitalized Pacquiao? LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers MOST READ The 37-year-old Baguio had said he wanted to “reunite and hopefully end his career with coach Yeng.”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 starslast_img read more

Two bronze medals for PH swimming star Alkhaldi

first_imgView comments KUALA LUMPUR—Jasmine Alkhaldi, the country’s brightest hope in swimming, could only come up with two bronze medals Wednesday night in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.She finished third in women’s 100-meter freestyle, before coming up with the same performance in 50m butterfly event.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Elite fan playoff hopes with 2OT win Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Alkhaldi, 24, fought hard in the thrilling dash to the final 10 meters of her favorite 100m free but Ting Wen Quah of Singapore edged her for a record-setting time.Quah clocked 55.76 seconds erasing the 55.93 standard of the event.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 openingThi An Vien Nguyen of Vietnam was second with a time that also surpassed the record, coming in at 55.70 seconds.The two-time Olympian, who is finishing business administration in marketing and management at University of Hawaii, finished in 55.90. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Decision on IPL Kochi franchisee likely to be taken today

first_imgSuspense over the fate of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchisee, Kochi, will finally end as the Governing Council meets on Sunday to take a decision on the issue amidst legal hurdles being faced by the BCCI.”A final decision on the Kochi franchisee will be taken on Sunday,” a senior Governing Council member told PTI.The Governing Council had last week deferred its decision on the franchisee for the third time last week in Nagpur, after the investors reached a last-minute shareholding agreement.Barely seven months after becoming the second most costliest team in the IPL, Kochi was on the verge of being thrown out of the event due to the shareholding dispute between the consortium’s investors.The investors — Anchor Earth, Parinee Developers, Rosy Blue and Film Wave — hold 74 per cent of the equity.The remaining 26 per cent lies with the Gaikwad family –Shailendra, his brother Ravi and their parents all part of Rendezvous Sports World — as free equity for services rendered while bidding.It is this 26 per cent, which became a bone of contention among the stakeholders, as the investors were in no mood to give free equity to the Gaikwad family.The Gaikwads, on their part, initially refused to part with the equity but have now agreed to forego at least 15 per cent of it after the investors-group threatened to withdraw from the IPL, threatening the very existence of the franchisee, which was bought for a staggering sum of Rs 1533.33 crore, a franchisee source said.advertisement- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Sammy wins toss, elects to bat against India in 1st ODI

first_imgWest Indies skipper Darren Sammy won the toss and opted to bat against India in the first One-day International at Queen’s Park Oval here today.India have not included off-spinner R Ashwin, opting to go with leg-spinner Amit Mishra.West Indies have left out big-hitting Kieron Pollard and all-rounder Andre Russell.Teams:India: Suresh Raina (c), S Badrinath, Parthiv Patel, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Munaf Patel and Yusuf Pathan.West Indies: Darren Sammy (c), Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Marlon Samuels, Carlton Baugh, Devedra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Anthony Martin, and Ravi Rampaul.– With PTI inputslast_img

IHF, HI resolve differences, decide to merge

first_imgThe warring factions of Indian hockey — Hockey India (HI) and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) — on Monday resolved their differences and decided to merge into one unit. The decision to merge the two bodies was taken hours before the Union sports ministry’s final deadline was to expire. Sports Minister Ajay Maken had set July 25 deadline for the two groups to settle their differences after they failed to reconcile in the previous attempts. Good sense finally prevailed and the rumbling row that had crippled the administration of the game got over. It should help India’s quest for glory ahead of the London Olympics. The move comes as a big boost for the national sport as the HI headed by Narendra Batra and the IHF led by K.P.S. Gill would now work together to help power the game in the country. The merger would ensure that the much-awaited World Series Hockey League, to be held later this year, gets the necessary go-ahead from the Federation of International Hockey.last_img read more

10 hottest women athletes who will spice up London Olympics 2012

first_imgThe London Olympics would be graced by the best athletes of the era. Some of them would be turning heads not only with their awesome sporting displays, but also with their stunning looks.Headlines Today takes a look at the 10 hottest women athletes who are all set to leave a lasting impression at London 2012.Stephanie RiceAustralian swimming sensation Stephanie Rice has made the headlines as much for her skills in the swimming pool as for her drop dead gorgeous looks. The 2008 triple gold medallist would once again hope to set the pool on fire at the London Games.Leryn FrancoThis Paraguayan javelin thrower is also a model and the 29-year-old Leryn Franco is good at both. She is a former Miss Paraguay runner up.Yelena IsinbayevaThe Russian pole-vaulter is already a legend. Gold medallist in 2004 and 2008 Olympics, she would be looking for a hat-trick at London 2012. And, her stunning good looks make her one of the hottest athletes in the business.Melanie AdamsIn fact, the discipline draws some of the hottest sportswomen. Another hot pole-vaulter is Australian Melanie Adams, who is bound to set the mercury soaring even in the cold conditions of London.Maria SharapovaRussia has certainly something to do about its stunning sportswomen. Its tennis sensation Maria Sharapova has made heads turn not only with her racquet skills, but also with her supermodel looks for many years now.Ana IvanovicGiving Sharapova competition both on and off the court is Serbian tennis queen Ana Ivanovic. The glamour girl has made a million hearts flutter on and off the court. Expect more of the same at the Olympics.advertisementVictoria PendletonBritish cyclist Victoria Pendleton is yet another athlete who can make many go weak in the knees. However, Pendleton is never far from controversies and claimed that the saddest day of her life was when she won gold at Beijing as details of her romance with her coach came out in the open leading to her team-mates giving her the cold shoulder.Hope SoloThe American goalkeeper, Hope Solo, is one of the most capped international footballers. A winner of the Golden Glove Award at the last Women’s World Cup, she is sure to light up London with her stunning presence.Francesca PiccininiItalian volleyball player Francesca Piccinini could have an alternate career as a supermodel if she decided so. Piccinini created quite a storm when she appeared nude in a men’s magazine recently.Aly RaismanTeenager Aly Raisman is one of the most beautiful athletes in the world. Part of the USA gymnastic team, Raisman is set to catch the public imagination in her first Olympic appearance.last_img read more

Ask prevention

first_imgI have dark circles around my eyes. How can I get rid of them?Dark circles are usually linked to lack of sleep, stress and depression. However, other conditions such as Vitamin B12 deficiency, liver ailments, obesity and a genetic predisposition could be the cause??, says Dr Shubhra Goel, associate consultant, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai. Rule out the medical conditions first and then make small lifestyle changes. Get seven to eight hours of sleep every night and reduce your stress levels. Consume a balanced diet rich in anti-oxidants, calcium, magnesium and Vitamins B12 and K, she adds. Home remedies such as covering your eyes with cucumber slices may also help. If these dont work, consult a doc. She may suggest chemical peels or topical ointments containing any or a few of these: Vitamins C, K, kojic acid and retinoids. In extreme conditions, you may need to opt for laser therapy, adds Goel.My 16-year-old son is addicted to the television and gaming consoles. It is affecting his academic performance. What should I do?A: Boys find it intoxicating to be immersed in the virtual world because it is completely under their control. When theyre engaged in these activities, their brain produces endorphins giving them a high, says Delhi-based clinical psychiatrist Dr Jitendra Nagpal. Instead of taking any extreme step like cutting off the TV connection or seizing his gaming consoles, talk to him to figure out if there is any hidden stress that hes trying to overcome. Also give him interesting alternatives to gaming or watching TV. Encourage him to take up a sport, take him for a swim and plan outings to help him develop other engaging habits.My nails are brittle. How do I make them healthy again?Brittle nails are a natural sign of ageing. They may also be the result of long-term exposure to harsh solvents (those in nail polish removers) and detergents, constant contact with water and a wide variety of medical conditions. Another common cause behind chipping nails could be biotin (Vitamin B7) deficiency. Take supplements if needed, suggests Dr Hema Pant, consultant dermatologist with Kaya Skin Clinic, Delhi. A few home remedies you may try: soak a cotton ball in olive or castor oil and gently swab it on your brittle fingernails; dip your fingers in lukewarm salt water for some time every day, wipe them dry and moisturise. A nail hardener could also be a potential protector for your nails.I frequently get painful leg cramps at bedtime. What should I do to stop them?Night-time leg cramps are triggered by involuntary muscle contractions in the calves or soles of the feet. There might be soreness of muscles even after the cramp goes away. Though the underlying cause is not clear, the probable reasons could be long hours at the desk, dehydration, overworking of muscles and improper posture,?? says Dr Sandeep Budhiraja, director, Max Institute of Internal Medicine, New Delhi. In rare cases, it may be a symptom of Parkinsons disease and endocrine disorders. Stay hydrated (drink six to eight glasses of water each day) and stretch your calf muscles before you go to bed. This may reduce the frequency of nocturnal cramps,?? he suggests.The Colour GreenNeed some inspiration? Look at something green. A quick glimpse at the colour is enough to get your creative juices flowing, finds a new study from the University of Munich. Our brains associate the colour green with growth and development that seems to spur our desire for self-improvement, says study author Stephanie Lichtenfeld. Keep a green plant in your office, paint your study green or change your screen saver to greenand nail any creativity challenge that comes your way!advertisementlast_img read more

Sourav Ganguly’s method and madness make him India’s most colourful skipper ever

first_imgIf Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy was turned into a musical production, what form would it take? The Sound of Music, if only because of a set of song lyrics that seem to define his personality – the ones about out-pestering pests and driving hornets from nests? How about Swan Lake with,If Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy was turned into a musical production, what form would it take? The Sound of Music, if only because of a set of song lyrics that seem to define his personality – the ones about out-pestering pests and driving hornets from nests? How about Swan Lake with initial lyricism and grace followed by conspiracies against the Prince? Or perhaps Jesus Christ, Superstar, as an acknowledgement of the man’s overwhelming sense of self? Those are tame choices.The Indian captain’s saga most closely resembles a jatra, a morality play rooted in Bengali tradition, loaded with melodrama and histrionics. Except in Ganguly’s case everyone, exasperated selectors, chattering commentators and a billion armchair critics, wonder whether he understands the morals of his stories.In his 17 months as full-time captain, Ganguly has not courted trouble, he has married it and sprayed controversy all over Indian cricket like confetti. The euphoric series win over Australia is long past, and without warning his team now goes from magic to tragic and back again. They threw away a Test series win in Zimbabwe with an epidemic of kamikaze batting.Four straight one-day wins were followed by four straight losses setting off the murmurs: the Indian captain was too headstrong, he supported unsupportable players, annoyed the selectors with his contrarian ways (see box) and Sachin Tendulkar was talking elliptically about the job again. With the runs off his bat drying to a trickle, and 15 Test matches lined up in the next 12 months in South Africa, the West Indies and England, it’s open season on Sourav Ganguly, captain and batsman.advertisementThose Who RaveArun Lal”He could either be criticised to hell or go on to become our best captain.” Arun Lal, Former PlayerKiran More”He’s doing a great job. This is a team game. It is our batting that is failing.” Kiran More, Former PlayerB.S. Bedi”A captain’s place should be a certainty on the team. Ganguly’s is not.” B.S. Bedi, Former CaptainK. Srikkanth”Ganguly and the team look confused and woefully short in planning.” K. Srikkanth, Former CaptainA telephone poll carried out by a Mumbai newspaper asked whether Ganguly should be summarily sacked as skipper, and of 3,180 callers in a seven-hour period 2,328 said he should be. Those figures would be turned on their head in Kolkata but that’s just the job.Captaincy is a lofty profession, intended for men above the ordinary who, like stars from 1950s movie posters, gaze out into the future, eyes shining into the long term. Skippers are supposed to have a gravitas, a quiet wisdom and an iron-fisted control over their feelings-all distinctly non-Gangulian character traits.Last week, he became the first captain to be suspended for a match for showing dissent twice. His crime hardly matched the punishment-twitching in the umpire’s direction for about four seconds-but the day he came off suspension, Ganguly had to be dragged away from raining profanities on Sri Lankan batsmen. He was fined 75 per cent of his match fee.There isn’t another skipper in the world with such a quick lip or such a short fuse, and what’s more he’s Indian, that tribe which usually turns the other cheek. Ganguly, not into Gandhism, probably thinks that means being even more cheeky.A couple of weeks ago, with memories of the sudden capitulations in Zimbabwe still fresh, he asked the chairman of selectors, Chandu Borde, why they didn’t consider appointing him for a year and dispense with the series-by-series appointments.Borde brushes this off as a casual remark, describing Ganguly as a “nice boy”. Many think not. Bishan Singh Bedi, a former captain as fiery as the current one, is unimpressed. He says Ganguly’s behaviour has set a bad example and his poor batting has diluted his authority.A board official calls the man’s captaincy “third-rate”. Australian Ian Chappell once even called him “a pretty stupid captain” on air. Throw a stone anywhere and a Ganguly critic will emerge, rubbing his head, asking for Ganguly’s.Arun Lal, a former captain who led Bengal and Ganguly, holds firm, “As captain he will either go down as the best India has seen or end up being criticised to hell and back.” Like the opinions about him, Ganguly swings between two uncomplicated extremes: face to face he is reasonable and urbane, at the head of his team he is instantly inflammable.When he is happy, he dances around his fielders, when he is angry, he hollers. He doesn’t eat meat on Tuesday, supports East Bengal football club, and is currently an Adnan Sami maniac. His thumb rule: Shoot first, worry about casualties later.advertisementA selector who has sat in meetings with India’s past three captains says their operating procedures were as varied as their batting styles. Mohammed Azharuddin was the most “polished”, Tendulkar “not pushy” and Ganguly would never die wondering.The selector says, “Sourav doesn’t mince his words. What he feels, he says. Azhar would accept what you said, Sachin would ask you for a reason and never broach the topic again. Sourav will try to convince selectors again and again. He doesn’t sulk, but he doesn’t give up easily.”Nothing like the Ganguly of 1992 or even 1996 when he made his famous comeback. That one was withdrawn and quiet to the point of being invisible. Captaincy has come to the Kolkatan like a pat on his back. It has squared his shoulders, set his jaw and over-ridden that seriously uncool moustache.Some believe that leadership has only given the already lordly left-hander an arrogance above his abilities, but there are others who say he brings some missing spice to the job. “For how much longer are we going to be the good boys of cricket?” says a former player.India’s most venerated leader M.A.K. Pataudi thinks Ganguly settled into the India captaincy well because “he is not overawed by the job”. Going by his ICC match referee rap sheet, some would say he’s somewhat “underwhelmed”. Here is where the Ganguly jatra takes a surprising turn: his team doesn’t care what the world thinks.As a young player he was accused of being aloof and obsessed with his own batting. Today his teammates single out communication as his most outstanding quality. When opener Sadagopan Ramesh was being roasted by the TV experts, Ganguly told him he was sure Ramesh would finish with a better average than “those guys”.Nervous first-timers are reassured with constant peptalk. The ritual of debutants receiving their Test caps, as celebration and welcome, is now performed outdoors in front of the cameras on Ganguly’s insistence.Players don’t mind being pulled up for misfielding from a captain not quite Jonty Rhodes himself. “It looks worse on TV than it actually is,” says one. “It’s just his way of telling us to do the right thing. It starts and finishes on the ground,” says another.They are loyal to their cowboy captain because he believes in being liberal with chances. When they let him down, like in Sri Lanka he’s equally liberal with criticism. “It’s unfortunate but true-these guys lack the temperament to play in the international arena. They have this problem of attitude,” he let rip at the young batsmen.Ganguly versus the selectorsHIS BOYS: Yuvraj Singh (left) and Agarkar are Ganguly’s pet candidatesAs captain Ganguly has often driven the selectors crazy. The five-man committee has found itself paying heed to the captain and then wondering why it even bothered.For the Sri Lanka tri-series, Ganguly specifically singled out Madhya Pradesh hard-hitter Amay Khurasia to replace the injured Tendulkar. He was pulled out of English league cricket but played in only two matches.advertisementYuvraj Singh, rated highly by the captain, was instead given plenty of chances to play himself into form.Despite nothing to show from Zimbabwe, Ajit Agarkar made the Lanka tour where he was a tourist, suffering from sunstroke while sitting in the window seat of the aircraft to Colombo.”Sourav has left us in the dark and without answers,” says a selector. His captaincy though seems alittle more secure than his popularity.”This is no time to change captains. What can he do if the batting lets the team down?” says one selector.Another wants to give the Kolkatan the long rope to see how he will fare on tougher overseas tours.But captaincy is not all about sound and fury, no matter if it’s entertaining. Mike Brearley, who led England in 31 Tests despite a career batting average of just 22, listed what a modern captain should be: “Loving and tough, straightforward and crafty, ready to gamble everything and wishing to have everything, generous and greedy, trusting and suspicious.” The greatest of captains manage to be all of those things at the same time. The apprentices, Ganguly included, embrace them sporadically.Anshuman Gaekwad, who has played under five India captains and been coach to three, says Ganguly’s biggest strength is his aggression but would like him to be a little more tactically flexible.Last year in the ICC Knock Out Trophy final, Gaekwad wanted Ganguly to bowl Yuvraj Singh at Chris Cairns to make the tall New Zealander stretch and put his weight on an injured knee. “Sourav thought that because he played left-arm spinners so well so could Cairns and he didn’t want to try.” Cairns won the title for New Zealand.Maninder Singh thinks his handling of his second-string bowlers needs to be more thoughtful. Bowlers define captains in two groups: those who give them fields they want and those who don’t. Azharuddin belonged to the former, particularly with his favourite spinners, Tendulkar gave bowlers a couple of overs headstart before setting his own positions and Ganguly is a fifty-fifty man.He will go halfway but no more if it does not suit the strategy he has in mind. He remains a leader driven largely by instinct-whether it means changing tactics in the five minutes it takes to walk from dressing room to the middle or a surprise declaration, like the one that caught Zimbabwe off guard in the Delhi Test last year, when India were only 30-odd ahead.A captain’s skill lies in knowing when to trust common sense and strategy and when to go by gut feel. “You either win or lose; I don’t believe in draws,” he says but victories, specially overseas, are carved out by predictable things like long hours of occupying the crease and being patient during bad sessions in the field.Ganguly’s supporters-and they do exist-believe a longer spell and some maturity will take care of that. If Ganguly the Test batsman survives till then. Going by his form, a minefield of trouble awaits him in the middle. The slump is not a recent byproduct of Steve Waugh’s “disintegration” campaign. It has come over a two season period: in his past 10 Tests he has averaged 23.31, and hasn’t scored a 50 in his last five (ave.13.33). Bedi believes, “His fallibility as a batsman has been detected and he has not made much effort to rectify his batting technique.After a few years, it happens to all batsmen and then the strength of character takes you to the next stage.” Ex-India player Ashok Malhotra, who counts himself more a friend than a selector, says, “He’s too good a batsmen for us to be worried. He will find a way.”It’s been an adrenaline-charged first year and today captain Ganguly has proved that he can go eyeball to eyeball with any opposition and not take a backward step. To mature as a leader now he must seek the middle ground between power and responsibility.He clearly enjoys and is at ease with power. But in the Tests against Sri Lanka, Sourav Ganguly, a central figure in a batting line-up with more reputations than runs nowadays, must take on greater responsibility.last_img read more

BCCI’s payout has ex-players in tears of joy

first_imgWhen the news of a one-time BCCI benefit purse of Rs 20 lakh, to be distributed to retired cricketers, was broken to former Punjab and Uttar Pradesh fast bowler Ubaid Kamal on Thursday, he broke down and disconnected the line. The tears were of joy.Kamal, who bagged 178 wickets between 1990 and 2000, was only doing a Nirupama Mankad, wife of ex-Test batsman Ashok. She had disclosed to MAILTODAY in May 2012 that she wept on hearing the news that the BCCI would extend the benefit purse to widows. Ubaid, now 41, soon recovered and returned the call. “I was expecting that the Board would give us Rs 10 lakh each. So when I heard that the amount was Rs  20 lakh, I couldn’t hold back my tears. I thank the Board for thinking about players who retired before good money, and the IPL, came in,” the Allahabad bowler-turnedcoach told MAIL TODAY. Ubaid said he would invest all the money – it’s expected that players would only receive Rs 14 lakh after tax deduction – on an academy he’s setting up in Barabanki, a few kilometres from the ancestral home of hockey legend KD Singh ‘Babu’. “I want to produce fast bowlers for India,” he said.The BCCI’s finance committee on Wednesday approved the proposal for this one-time benefit purse, having given in 2012 heftier purses to all Test players and also to those who had played 75 or more firstclass matches. The present slab is between 50 and 74 matches, the only condition being they should have retired by the 2033-04 home season. The finance committee’s recommendation will now go to the working committee for final approval. “About 50-60 players will benefit under this scheme,” said a source.advertisementAmong those who qualified include Madhya Pradesh players Sanjay Jagdale, who as BCCI secretary had suggested to president N. Srinivasan to include Ranji players too in the one-time benefit scheme, and late Syed Mushtaq Ali’s son Gulrez Ali, Haryana all-rounder Dhanraj Singh, Narendra Menon, and Punjab wicketkeeper Arun Sharma.Dhanraj, too, got emotional, but is clear where he would use the money. “I got my daughter married recently. I had taken some loan for her wedding, and this amount would help me pay back the loan,” Dhanraj, who was part of Haryana’s only Ranji Trophy title triumph in 1990-91, told MAIL TODAY. “I’m grateful to the BCCI for this gesture. At the same time, I’d request them to slightly enhance our monthly gratis,” said the man who played 51 matches from 1990-1999. Gulrez, who played 74 matches, said: “We played tough cricket in the days when remuneration was very small. The number of matches was also less in those days, so playing 74 game is no joke.”last_img read more

Timberwolves fire coach, president Tom Thibodeau

first_imgMinnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau directs his team against the Orlando Magic in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves fired coach Tom Thibodeau on Sunday, halfway into his third season with the team that began with the turmoil surrounding the eventual trade of All-Star Jimmy Butler.Thibodeau was dismissed about an hour after the 108-86 victory over the LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers .ADVERTISEMENT Scott Layden will remain the general manager overseeing the basketball operations and assistant coach Ryan Saunders will be the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.“We would like to thank Tom for his efforts and wish him all the best,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. “These decisions are never easy to make, but we felt them necessary to move our organization forward.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe Athletic first reported that Thibodeau, who was also the president of basketball operations with full authority over the roster, had been let go. Saunders is the son of the late Flip Saunders, who’s the winningest coach in club history.Thibodeau finished 97-107 with the Wolves, who returned to the NBA playoffs last spring after a 13-year absence. As Butler, Thibodeau’s prized acquisition who played for him in Chicago, forced his way out of Minnesota, however, he found himself in a tenuous spot. The Wolves barely reached the postseason, needing to beat Denver in overtime at home in the final game of the regular season, and were beaten by Houston in five games in the first round. Butler pushed the organization into a corner when his stance that he wouldn’t sign a new contract with the team became public two weeks before training camp began.The insistence of Thibodeau and Layden to hang on to Butler as long as possible, shrugging off the distraction as simply part of life in the league, backfired as Butler protected his health by playing in only select games. The Wolves started 4-9, and after a winless five-game road trip, the awkwardness was too much for even Thibodeau and Layden to ignore. Butler was sent to Philadelphia in a package that brought Robert Covington and Dario Saric, two promising players who’ve fit relatively well in the rotation.The Wolves are only 15-12 since the Butler deal, though, in a Western Conference that is as stacked as ever. With Taylor’s commitment to maximum-salary contracts for both Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, there’s no more room for patience with a franchise that has had to start over so many times since Kevin Garnett led the Wolves to the Western Conference finals in 2004. The most recent setback was the death of the beloved Saunders, who served as coach and president of basketball operations in the 2014-15 season before his death from cancer. ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ 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 Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Azkals take first steps View commentslast_img read more

Michael Ferreira wins World Amateur Billiards title for third time in six years

first_imgThree times champion Michael Ferreira: DisgruntledThere is now no disputing who the title ‘monarch of the green baize’ belongs to – Michael Ferreira, the stocky Bombay-based Indian. At Valletta in Malta last fortnight, Ferreira made history by winning the World Amateur Billiards title for the third time in six years.For,Three times champion Michael Ferreira: DisgruntledThere is now no disputing who the title ‘monarch of the green baize’ belongs to – Michael Ferreira, the stocky Bombay-based Indian. At Valletta in Malta last fortnight, Ferreira made history by winning the World Amateur Billiards title for the third time in six years.For India, Ferreira’s feat was occasion for special celebration since his opponent in the final was Subhas Agarwal which made it the first time that two Indians have figured in the final of an international sporting event.For Ferreira, however, victory almost eluded his outstretched cue. When the last session of the semi-final against England’s Norman Dagley, former title-holder and Ferreira’s arch-rival, started, Ferreira was trailing by 735 points, an almost unbeatable margin.But in what he himself described later as a “miracle”, Mike as he is fondly known, pulled off a sensational wafer-thin victory to march into the all-Indian finals. Exulted Ferreira after defeating Dagley: “For anyone who believes there is no God and the age of miracles is over, I’ve got news for you baby. Miracles do happen, there is a God above and at the moment he is showering blessings on the Indians.”Disappointing Response: Tragically, the limited following that the game attracts in this country ensured that what should have been hailed as a historic occasion was sidelined by the vicissitudes of the Indian cricket team against the West Indies. Undoubtedly, Ferreira deserved much more.Ferreira first won the title at Melbourne in 1977, lost it to Paul Mifsud of Malta in Sri Lanka in 1979 and regained it at New Delhi in 1981 defeating Dagley, a London bus-driver. Ferreira’s feat is only rivalled somewhat by Australia’s Bob Marshall, who managed to bag the title four times – but over a period of 26 years.advertisementIncidentally, the list of two-time title-holders includes another Indian, Wilson Jones. Ironically enough, the second time that Jones won the title in 1964 was the year Ferreira started competing at the international level.But even then, he had all the makings of a champion. In his first bid in 1964, he finished third and only lost to Jones and runner-up Jack Karneham by very slim margins. His next bid was at Colombo in 1967, where a painful leg injury forced him out of the tournament but not before he had dazzled the billiards world with the highest tournament break of 507.He topped that in his next international appearance in the 1969 World Amateur Championships in London by becoming the first Indian to chalk up an official break of 600. His 629 in that tournament stood as a world record till it was eclipsed by Sri Lanka’s Mohammed Lafir in Bombay in 1973.Ferreira finished second in that tournament and at that stage it appeared that he lacked the final championship edge to make it to the top. After London, Ferreira went into a slump and it looked like India’s hopes of a second world billiards champion had faded. Ferreira had been chasing the title for over a decade without success but most people underestimated his tremendous fighting spirit.Steady Improvement: Billiards players, like good wine, usually mature with age and Ferreira was showing signs of doing just that, practising for long hours and getting more consistency into his game. In Melbourne, in the 1977 championships, he dramatically dispelled any doubts about his big match temperament and became the second Indian to win the title.If any further doubts about his lack of the killer instinct remained, they received the same treatment in 1981 in New Delhi: he demolished record after record with the brilliance of his table craft.Billiards’s gain, however, has been badminton’s loss. Ferreira was one of the top schoolboy badminton players at St Joseph’s, Darjeeling, and would probably have taken seriously to the game had not an injured elbow ended his badminton career at an early age. He switched to billiards and continued to play after his arrival in Bombay to study law and eventually join his father, a well-known barrister, in the family profession. His work, however, gave him little time for practice and less so when he decided to join Voltas as a law officer.The other Tata company, TOMCO, always on the lookout for sporting talent, quickly absorbed him and gave him facilities where he could spend long hours at practice and play. The results were immediate and spectacular. In 1966, he became the first Indian to defeat the indomitable Wilson Jones. He was then a mere 27, a relative babe by billiards standards. The rest, as they say, is history.advertisementDisillusionment: Unfortunately, the world champion is still a frustrated man. His success has been rudely ignored by the Government. Even after winning his second world title in 1981, Ferreira says he received not one word of congratulations from the state or the Union Government.The only grudging acknowledgement of his existence has been the Shivaji Chhatrapati Award and Arjuna Award. Says he bitterly: “Our cricketers are feted and rewarded for their moderate successes. What will I have to do to deserve similar treatment?”That bitterness comes through eloquently in his writing whenever he takes on reporting assignments for Indian dailies. In his dispatch from Malta after beating Dagley, he wrote: “I was alarmed by the fact that my play had been deteriorating steadily for reasons I could not analyse other than an intense desire to win and prove to the honourable Mr N.K.P. Salve and others of his like that India has more than just Prudential World Cup winners.”It is precisely for that reason that Ferreira has dissuaded his two sons from following in his footsteps. One son, Mark, took to tennis instead and seems to have inherited some of the famous Ferreira talent. He is now in California on a tennis scholarship and has already registered quite a few creditable victories.But Ferreira’s real inspiration is his wife, Fay. She accompanies him on every world tournament since 1977 and according to Ferreira, was responsible for his win last fortnight. “When I was trailing just before the last session, she told me that I had as good as lost so why not relax and enjoy my game. She then slipped a picture of St Jude, the patron saint of desperate cases, into my hand,” he says, adding with a twinkle in his eye, “in fact, St Jude is the joint holder of the title with me.”last_img read more