RoS import vows to play better after lack of aggressive play vs Kia

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Though Bullock’s statline was still decent compared to his counterparts, coach Caloy Garcia expressed his displeasure for what he felt was lack of aggressiveness from his new reinforcement, as he only earned six free throws for the game.READ: Bullock ends Rain or Shine skid in nipping of KiaFEATURED 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“Our import took too much outside shots. He only started attacking the basket in the last six minutes of the game and that’s the only time we started getting to the line. I was surprised that he was not able to get to the stripe during the first half, so I just told him in the fourth quarter to head to the line,” said the youthful mentor.The 30-year-old Bullock understand his coach’s concenr and vowed to adjust better for Rain or Shine’s next game. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The style of play here is what I got to be able to adjust to. I was fortunate to have this game right now so I can adjust and make the adjustments this week,” he said, as the Elasto Painters gear up for TNT next Sunday. “Life’s a challenge. I accept all challenges and we’ll just see what happens.”What Bullock’s glad about, though, is helping Rain or Shine finally break out of its slump and level its standing at 2-2, even if it came against a lowly foe like the Picanto.“Even though it wasn’t the best team in the league, it’s still a win,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Facing KYK huge challenge, morale-booster for PH volleybelles J’Nathan Bullock. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEven J’Nathan Bullock admitted his debut game for Rain or Shine on Sunday was far from advertised.“It wasn’t my best performance, but we were able to still get the win,” he said after posting 20 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks in the Elasto Painters’ 94-86 win over Kia.ADVERTISEMENT K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:37Protesters 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 Gameslast_img read more

Mayweather-McGregor winner to get gaudy Money Belt from WBC

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor pose for photographers during a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS, Nevada—Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor aren’t just fighting for money in the boxing spectacle of the summer.The winner also gets The Money Belt.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Perlas’ bid for gold ends in loss to Malaysia LATEST STORIES Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters 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 Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games The World Boxing Council has created a special prize for this weekend’s 154-pound showdown, which isn’t actually for any real WBC championship.Instead, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman on Wednesday revealed the gloriously blingy Money Belt, which is studded with 3,360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, 300 emeralds and 1 1/2 kilograms of 24-karat gold on green Italian alligator leather.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 shutoutSulaiman grinningly showed off the Money Belt and Mayweather posed for photos with it after a news conference for Saturday’s show.The WBC also created a similarly shiny monstrosity for Mayweather’s 2015 bout with Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather was a longtime WBC champion before his retirement. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Video games in the Olympics? Here’s how it might work

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Deciding which games to pick is fraught, too. The IOC has a sponsorship deal with Chinese company Alibaba, which has major esports interests, but rival firms have their own popular brands.The IOC also fears violent games would hurt the Olympics’ image.IOC president Thomas Bach told the South China Morning Post, an Alibaba-owned newspaper, earlier this month that he’d prefer sports simulations.“We want to promote non-discrimination, non-violence, and peace among people. This doesn’t match with video games, which are about violence, explosions and killing. And there we have to draw a clear line,” he said.All four of the games on the program this week in Turkmenistan featured some form of combat, though in fantasy settings with cartoon-style animation techniques. There weren’t any realistic military-themed shooting games on the program.Bach also said esports needs a firmer structure. The IOC is used to dealing with a single governing body for each sport, like FIFA for soccer or the International Gymnastics Federation. Esports has its own international federation, but with limited influence over a web of private interests including games publishers, competition organizers and players’ teams.The event in Turkmenistan showed how that system doesn’t yet fit smoothly with the Olympic movement.IOC sponsor Alibaba’s Alisports division was in charge of the event, and used an open online qualifying system. That prompted federations from Australia and South Korea to boycott, saying athletes should have been picked by their national Olympic committees in the manner of a traditional sport.If esports make it to the Olympics, other potential problems for the IOC include criticism it’s moving away from promoting a healthy lifestyle, and that it’s ignoring poorer countries where fast computers and brand-new games are unaffordable.Esports would also mean the IOC allowing private companies to set the rules of its competitions. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Including esports could give the Olympics a younger audience and a huge revenue boost from a rapidly growing market, but would be deeply controversial.The Olympic Council of Asia included esports as an official demonstration event at its Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this week, with teams from China and nine other nations battling in four games ranging from space combat in “StarCraft II” to card-game strategy in “Hearthstone.”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 shutoutSupporters of esports in the Olympics say their event is a real sporting contest, one which prizes strategy and lightning reactions over physical agility.“It needs different skillsets from different people,” competitor Jess Joaustine Tamboboy from the Philippines told The Associated Press. “It doesn’t really have a physical requirement because you can see around us the players are short and tall, maybe a little bit thin, maybe a little bit fat. But all they have in order to qualify to play for these types of titles are just their cognitive or mind skills.” Most traditional sports treat the rules with reverence, only occasionally tinkering around the edges. Not so for games publishers, who routinely mix things up to attract new players and keep things fresh.Adding just one new character can reshape the whole “meta” — the game’s constantly evolving web of tactics and counter-tactics.Senior figures in the IOC and the esports world have publicly doubted esports will be ready for an Olympic debut in seven years’ time.“We are still some way away from our vision and we need to start on the right foot,” Asian Esports Federation president Kenneth Fok said last week. “For esports to develop in a positive banner, we need the full support of each and every NOC, their government, and more importantly the general public to have a positive perception of electronic sports.” Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Esports aren’t a natural fit for Turkmenistan, one of the poorer ex-Soviet nations, though one where internet access is growing rapidly.The rules weren’t explained in the local language, but that didn’t turn off the crowd of up to 200 in the windowless basement of a sports arena from cheering and whooping at a particularly spectacular kill or skillful strategy.Still, the attendance was tiny compared to big pro esports events, which can pack thousands into traditional sports arenas, and it didn’t make much of a splash online. Fewer than 50 viewers at a time watched some opening-round matches Monday on Twitch, a leading game streaming service that regularly attracts tens of thousands of concurrent viewers to its more popular streams.If esports make it to the Paris Olympics, it would redefine what Olympic sport is meant to be.The International Olympic Committee has previously resisted calls to add “mind sports” like chess that don’t involve physical exertion, or events where machines are key, like auto racing.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in 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 university02:49Robredo: 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 Warriors lose preseason opener to Nuggets In this photo taken by LAUREL Photo Services on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, an esports competitor takes part in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Including competitive computer games, known as esports, could give the Olympics a younger audience and a huge revenue boost from a rapidly growing market, but would be deeply controversial. (David Aliaga/LAUREL Photo Services via AP)ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan — The future of the Olympics may just be in a basement in Turkmenistan.With leading Olympic figures considering a possible role for competitive computer games — known as esports — at the 2024 Games in Paris, a pan-Asian competition in the ex-Soviet state offers a possible vision of the future.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Astros win 1st World Series crown, top Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’re coming home a champion, Houston,” Springer said after accepting the World Series MVP trophy named this year after Willie Mays for the first time.Altuve, one of four carry-overs from a club that lost an embarrassing 111 times in 2013 after switching from the NL to the AL, and this collection of young stars silenced Dodger Stadium from the get-go.Normally a starter, Charlie Morton finished up with four stellar innings of relief for the win.“We held down a really tough lineup,” Morton said. “For my teammates, for the city of Houston, it’s just unbelievable.”Springer led off the evening with a double against Darvish, and soon it was 2-0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Irving, Celtics beat skidding Kings for 6th straight Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending 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 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101center_img Playing for a city still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, and wearing an H Strong logo on their jerseys, the Astros brought home the prize that had eluded them since they started out in 1962 as the Colt .45s.“I always believed that we could make it,” All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve said. “We did this for them.”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 shutoutFor a Series that was shaping up as an October classic, Game 7 quickly became a November clunker as Houston scored five runs in the first two innings off an ineffective Yu Darvish. Hardly the excitement fans felt during the Cubs’ 10-inning thriller in Cleveland last fall.Well, except for everyone wearing bright orange. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Houston Astros celebrate after Game 7 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Astros won 5-1 to win the series 4-3. APLOS ANGELES — From laughingstock to lift off.George Springer and the Houston Astros rocketed to the top of the baseball galaxy Wednesday (Thursday Manila time), winning the first World Series championship in franchise history by romping past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7.ADVERTISEMENT Springer hit his fifth homer — tying the Series mark set by Reggie Jackson and matched by Chase Utley — when he connected for a record fourth game in a row, making it 5-0 in the second.That was plenty for Houston manager A.J. Hinch. He pulled starter Lance McCullers Jr. soon after the curveballer crazily plunked his fourth batter of the game, and began a bullpen parade of four relievers that kept the lead as the Astros overcame a shaky postseason bullpen .“I knew yesterday I didn’t have much,” McCullers said. “I knew I didn’t have much to give other than to gut it out as long as I could.”Forever known for their space-age Astrodome, outlandish rainbow jerseys and a handful of heartbreaking playoff losses, these Astros will be remembered as champions, finally, in their 56th season.The club that wears a star on its hat also filled out the Texas trophy case. Teams from the Lone Star State had won most every major crown — Super Bowl, NBA and NHL titles, championships in college football, and men’s and women’s hoops — except the World Series.Built on the skills of homegrown All-Stars Carlos Correa, Dallas Keuchel and more, and boosted by the slick trade for Justin Verlander, general manager Jeff Luhnow completed the ascent that some predicted.Famously, now, there was the Sports Illustrated cover in 2014 — after Houston had lost more than 100 games for three straight years — that proclaimed: “Your 2017 World Series Champs” and featured a picture of Springer in a bright Astros jersey.Houston won 101 times this year to take the AL West, then won Games 6 and 7 at home in the AL Championship Series. The Astros joined the 1985 Royals as the only clubs to win a pair of Game 7s in the same year.For the Dodgers, the quest to win a Series for the first time since 1988 fell short. They led the majors with 104 wins and a $240 million payroll, yet it didn’t pay off for part-owner Magic Johnson or manager Dave Roberts.Longtime ace Clayton Kershaw provided four shutout innings of relief for Los Angeles, but it was too late. What the Dodgers really needed was a better starter than Darvish, someone more like the lefty who tossed out a ceremonial first ball: the great Sandy Koufax. After Springer lined a leadoff double, Alex Bregman hit a bouncer that first baseman Cody Bellinger threw past Darvish for an error, allowing a run to score. Bregman aggressively stole third and scored on Altuve’s grounder, and it was 2-0 after eight pitches.A double by Marwin Gonzalez helped set up perhaps McCullers’ biggest contribution, a slow grounder for his first pro RBI. Springer followed with a no-doubt, two-run drive into the left-center field bleachers.That was the Series-most 25th homer in a Major League Baseball season that set a record for home runs. It was easily enough for the Astros to offset pinch-hitter Andre Ethier’s RBI single in the Los Angeles sixth.Only once have the Dodgers clinched a crown at home, that coming in 1963 when Koufax outpitched Yankees star Whitey Ford to finish a sweep. They’ve never won Game 7 of the Fall Classic at their own park, dating more than a century ago to their days on the streets of Brooklyn as the Trolley Dodgers.As pockets of Houston fans got louder and louder in the later innings, the crowd at Dodger Stadium was left to repeat the sad, but hopeful cry that used to echo in Brooklyn: Wait till next year.Just 106 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Joint Olympic flag deal angers conservatives in South Korea

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Beermen on guard View comments 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:29Police 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 BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The survey by the private polling group Realmeter indicated how much South Koreans’ view of their northern neighbor has changed because of its expanding nuclear and missile programs since the two countries’ athletes marched together at sporting events during the era of cooperation in the 2000s.At those events, North and South Korean athletes in the same uniforms entered stadiums behind a “unification flag,” a blue image of the Korean Peninsula on a white background, to the tune of the Korean traditional folk song “Arirang” instead of their individual national anthems. The name displayed during the marches was “Korea,” although the North and South competed separately for medals. Their march at the Sydney Olympics drew a standing ovation, with many spectators shedding tears and the applause continuing until the Koreans finished circling the track.This week’s agreements require approval from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which is set to meet officials from the two Koreas and the Pyeongchang organizing committee at its headquarters in Switzerland on Saturday.If approved, the two Koreas are expected to decide whether they will use the same “unification flag” as in the past, who will carry the flag, what uniforms their athletes will wear, and whether they will use the same folk song.Despite conservative skepticism, South Korea’s government led by liberal President Moon Jae-in said it hopes the Olympics will provide the two Koreas with a chance to improve their frosty relations.ADVERTISEMENT “We are turning the Pyeongchang Olympics that we’ve got into the Pyongyang Olympics,” said Hong Joon-pyo, leader of South Korea’s main conservative opposition party, referring to North Korea’s capital. “We are dancing to the tune of (North Korean leader) Kim Jong Un’s disguised peace offensive.”The two Koreas reached a package of Olympics-related rapprochement deals on Wednesday, including marching together at the opening ceremony and fielding their first joint Olympic team in women’s ice hockey. The agreements came after three rounds of talks which began after Kim said in a New Year’s speech that he was willing to send a delegation to the February 9 to 25 Pyeongchang Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMany critics are skeptical of Kim’s abrupt overture, believing he may be trying to use the Olympics to weaken United States-led international pressure and sanctions that were toughened after North Korea’s sixth and biggest nuclear test and a series of missile launches in 2017.Public surveys showed most South Koreans support North Korea’s participation in the Olympics, a chance to create a tentative thaw in the two Koreas’ long-strained relations. But a poll released on Thursday suggests that half of South Koreans oppose a joint flag. Government officials said the South Korean national flag will appear at the start of the opening ceremony, regardless of the joint march, and will appear again whenever South Korean athletes win medals.North Korean Olympic participation “will serve as a chance to warm solidly frozen South-North ties,” Moon said during a visit with South Korean Olympic athletes on Wednesday. “But if we march together or field a single team, I think that can be a further step in developing South-North relations.”      /kga In this February 10, 2006 photo, Korea’s flag-bearers Bora Lee and Jong-In Lee are carrying a unification flag as they lead their teams into the stadium during the 2006 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Turin, Italy. When athletes of the rival Koreas walked together behind a single flag for the first time since their 1945 division at the start of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, it was a highly emotional event that came on the wave of reconciliation mood following their leaders’ first-ever summit talks. Eighteen years later, the two Koreas are pushing to produce a similar drama during the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics. But they have not generated as much enthusiastic supports as they had both at home and abroad. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)SEOUL, South Korea – When athletes from the rival Koreas paraded together behind a single flag for the first time at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, it was a highly emotional event that came on a wave of hope for reconciliation following their leaders’ first-ever summit talks.But the two Koreas’ plan to do so again at the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics this February has not generated much enthusiasm among South Koreans, with many conservatives asking why their athletes cannot carry their own national flag during the first Winter Olympics on their soil.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Ancajas impresses in US debut, stops Gonzalez to retain IBF title

first_imgView comments Warriors ‘mentally fried’; seek All-Star break respite – Kerr 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The 26-year-old Ancajas (29-1-1, 20 KOs), who successfully defended his belt in TKO fashion for the fourth straight time, dropped Gonzalez (20-2, 8 KOs) three times.A well-timed left hook by Ancajas decked Gonzalez a minute into the first round before a couple more left blows, resulting into a pair of knock downs, prompted the referee to stop the fight at the 1:50 mark of the 10th.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJerwin Ancajas of the Philippines watches after dropping Israel Gonzalez of Mexico in their junior bantamweight fight Sunday (Manila time) at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. Photo taken from Top Rank Boxing’s Twitter account (@trboxing)Ancajas has been drawing comparisons to Manny Pacquiao and he showed flashes of the eight-division champion with his crushing left straight, movement and footwork.But unlike Pacquiao, who is known for his relentlessness inside the ring, Ancajas was more of a scientific fighter like former Filipino champion Gerry Peñalosa. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:39Ancajas willing to fight Chocolatito if given a chance01:29Police 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 LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC It was a lopsided bout with Ancajas dominating from the opening bell, setting up his power shots with crisp jabs that left Gonzalez searching for answers. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jerwin Ancajas of the Philippines lands a left straight to the face of Israel Gonzalez of Mexico during their junior bantamweight fight at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. Ancajas retained his IBF title after scoring a TKO victory in the 10th round. Photo taken from Top Rank Boxing’s Twitter account (@trboxing)The much-anticipated US debut by Jerwin Ancajas was worth the wait.Ancajas retained his IBF junior bantamweight title after stopping Israel Gonzalez of Mexico in the 10 round at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

One-handed prospect posts 20-rep bench press

first_imgNot after becoming the talk of this combine.“It was amazing, hearing the crowd and having the juices flowing, I mean I felt it,” Griffin said. “I didn’t know I had it in me.”Griffin said he’s mind-set is he always has to do more than those around him to impress coaches.“I always hold myself to a higher standard than a lot of people just because if we’re running drills, if I drop a ball, they’re going to like, ‘Well, he dropped the ball because he has one hand.’ If anybody else drops a ball, they’re going to be like, ‘Well, maybe it was a bad ball.’”As a freshman, he couldn’t even lift the 45-pound bar, but then he was fitted with the pros ethic and his mom cried when he did his first pull-up.“It’s amazing to see how far I’ve come from not being able to bench the bar to throwing up 20 reps of 225 and being able to compete with the best here,” said Griffin, the 2017 American Athletic Conference defensive player of the year.Griffin, who played D-line, linebacker and safety at the Senior Bowl, said he’s going to try to join the defensive back drills Saturday after running his 40-yard dash and working with the linebackers at Lucas Oil Stadium.“I feel like I could just start curling 225 right now and I’m pretty sure come tomorrow, it’s going to be adrenalin just going crazy. I’m excited about tomorrow. If I feel this good doing the bench press, I can’t wait to see how I am tomorrow.” This wasn’t his brother spotting him — the one who he was sure used to surreptitiously help him — but this new spotter was hyping him up and the crowd joined in, and his fellow linebacker prospects.“Everybody in the stand was hyping me up. I got the guys I’m here with hyping me up. It felt amazing,” Griffin said. “I was ready to go. I was ready to attack it.”His chest heaved.And the counting began.One, two, three.ADVERTISEMENT “I said, this thing feels like 135. Let’s go!” Griffin recounted. “And I just started cranking them out.”Four, five, six.That was easy.Seven, eight, nine.The crowd was hollering by now.Ten, 11 — this was his personal best.Twelve.A new high.Thirteen … 14 … 15 … 16.The crowd was roaring is disbelief. Coleman wins 60m in world indoors record time Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico FILE – In this Jan. 27, 2018, file photo, South Squad outside linebacker Shaquem Griffin, of Central Florida, gestures during the first half of the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game in Mobile, Ala,. Griffin was 4 years old when doctors amputated his left hand a day after his mother found him in the kitchen attempting to cut off his jelly-like fingers, which were in scoring pain whenever he touched anything, the result of amniotic band syndrome, a congenital birth defect. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)INDIANAPOLIS — There’s always energy in the bench press room at the NFL scouting combine when players grip the crossbar and begin pumping the 225 pounds of free weights.But never like this.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Even Shaquem Griffin, the one-handed do-it-all defender from Central Florida and a late invitee to the combine, didn’t expect to do what he did Saturday with his prosthetic left hand .His personal max was 11, but he had a much more modest benchmark here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“My goal was six ,” Griffin acknowledged afterward.Griffin clipped his prosthetic hand onto the bar, then leaned back. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Seventeen.Can this really be happening?Eighteen!That’s one more than his twin brother, Shaquille, managed at last year’s combine before the Seattle Seahawks selected him in the third round of the NFL draft.Nineteen!One more …. 20!“I got chill bumps watching him do 20 reps,” said NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock. “I literally choked up a little bit watching him do that and I can’t wait to watch him tomorrow.”Griffin was 4 years old when doctors amputated his left hand a day after his mother found him in the kitchen attempting to cut off his jelly-like fingers, which were in scoring pain whenever he touched anything, the result of amniotic band syndrome, a congenital birth defect.Despite having just one hand, he kept up with his twin brother on and off the field.As dozens of reporters and photographers gathered around him Saturday, Griffin said, “I thought I was going to walk over here and it was going to be like three people.” Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

Tanduay blasts CEU for breakthrough victory

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kevin Durant’s menacing defense leads the way for Warriors 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 Rod Ebondo paced the still-winless CEU (0-2) with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while JK Casiño had 11 markers and three assists in the defeat.The Scores:TANDUAY 75 – Alvarez 16, Santos 16, Varilla 11, Taganas 8, Vigil 6, Palma 6, Terso 5, Eguilos 3, Sollano 2, Tambeling 2.CEU 60 – Ebondo 20, Casiño 11, Manlangit 8, Wamar 7, Cruz 5, Aquino 4, Uri 3, Guinitaran 2, Jeruta 0, Intic 0, Arim 0, Saber 0, Baconcon 0.Quarters: 13-12, 30-28, 60-42, 75-60.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Paul Varilla also got 11 points and five boards in the victory.Coach Lawrence Chongson was happy after his veterans finally stepped up to the plate after Tanduay’s humiliating 89-63 defeat to Cignal HD last Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I got a team full of veterans so they need to really step up. I felt that it’s where we lacked last game, where our veterans didn’t deliver. That game really humiliated us,” he said. “Hopefully, that will be our battlecry. We’re slowly getting to where we want to be.”The Rhum Masters used a 30-point third quarter explosion to break away, 60-42, before fending off a belated rally from the Scorpions in the final three minutes of the game to secure their breakthrough victory. Lester Alvarez. PBA IMAGESBanking on its experience, Tanduay whipped the youthful Centro Escolar University squad, 75-60, to chalk one in the win column Tuesday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Lester Alvarez commandeered the Rhum Masters with 16 points and five assists, while Adrian Santos missed out on a double-double with 16 markers and nine rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARcenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds View commentslast_img read more

GALLERY: Ateneo tops La Salle in Battle of the Rivals

first_imgAteneo edged La Salle, 17-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 15-13, in the Battle of the Rivals charity game on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.Jia Morado of Ateneo and Aby Maraño of La Salle earned Player of the Game honors for their respective squads. Morado had 58 excellent sets while Maraño scored 16 points with three blocks and three service aces.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ 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 LATEST STORIES El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 plantcenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Battle of the Rivals: Valdez, Ateneo best La Salle in 5 sets FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet ADVERTISEMENT READ: Battle of the Rivals: Valdez, Ateneo best La Salle in 5 setsAll photos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEATURED 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

Bolick, Perez headline ‘Saints vs Heroes’ clash

first_imgView comments Two of the NCAA’s top players—Lyceum hotshot CJ Perez and Robert Bolick of San Beda—banner the squads that will square off in the NCAA All-Star Game on Friday, while San Beda marksman AC Soberano defends his Three-Point Shootout crown in the side events at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Perez will be joined by fellow Pirates MJ Ayaay and Mike Nzeusseu in Team Heroes, which will be coached by Topex Robinson. Also part of the squad are Allen Enriquez, Lervin Flores, and Kent Salado of Arellano; Jerome Garcia, Francis Munsayac, and Onwubere of EAC; Ervin Grospe, Jed Mendoza, and Teytey Teodoro of JRU; and Christian Bunag, JB Raflores and Laurenz Victoria of Mapua.St. Benilde standouts Edward Dixon, JJ Domingo, and Gerard Castor are also part of Team Saints, along with Letran’s JP Calvo, Rey Nambatac, and Bong Quinto, Perpetual Help’s Gab Dagangon, Prince Eze, and GJ Ylagan, and San Sebastian’s Alvin Baetiong, Kevin Baytan, and Ian Valdez. San Beda’s Boyet Fernandez will coach Team Saints.Leading the cast in the slam dunk contest are Lervin Flores of Arellano, Arnaud Noah of San Beda, Renato Ular of Letran, Allyn Bulanadi of San Sebastian and many more.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Perez, who has been instrumental to the Pirates’ impressive 9-0 start to the season, will spearhead Team Heroes, whose players will also be composed of standouts from Arellano, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Jose Rizal U and Mapua.Team Saints, which features Bolick and San Beda teammates Jayvee Mocon and Davon Patts, will also be made up of stars from Letran, San Sebastian, St. Benilde and Perpetual Help.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 openingThe midseason showcase will also feature a skills challenge, the shooting stars event and a slam dunk contest, where PBA great Jimmy Alapag and Gilas cadet standout Ray Parks will be among the judges.Soberano will defend his title against the league’s top marksmen, including Sidney Onwubere of EAC. Also in the contest are Letran’s Jerrick Balanza, Wilson Baltazar of Lyceum, RK Ilagan of San Sebastian, Brylle Meca of Arellano, Matt Johnson of St. Benilde, MJ Dela Virgen of JRU, Almel Orquina of Mapua and Jack Hao of Perpetual Help. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Highlands pulls away in overall race Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion 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 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

Paul Lee shrugs off Star’s struggles

first_imgAguilar, Ginebra escape Star despite costly foul and poor FT shooting MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Paul Lee. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Lee isn’t putting too much thought on Star’s recent struggles in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.The Hotshots have now lost back-to-back games after a strong 4-0 start.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments 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 Gamescenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “We faced two strong teams in that stretch,” Lee said after Star’s 105-101 loss to Barangay Ginebra on Sunday night.“Coach told us earlier that it was a good game. We just didn’t get the win.”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 openingThe Hotshots’ immaturity showed late in the game with import Malcolm Hill, who is only 21, fouled out with still 54.9 seconds left.Lee thinks that it’s understandable for Star to make such mistakes considering that the team is still in the stage of learning how to play as a cohesive unit after undergoing major changes in the offseason. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The important thing for the Hotshots, according to Lee, is to learn valuable lessons from those tough situations.“We’re still a relatively new team. I think it’s unavoidable that some of these issues will come up and we’re working on it. Hopefully, if we encounter these situations again, we’ll be able to get good things from it,” he said.“We have to move on. This game is done, so we have to bounce back on our next game. Our game against Meralco is very important. They’re a strong team so it’s another test for us. We need to be ready,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

PCB lifts ban on Rana

first_imgPakistan Cricket Board on Saturday lifted a one-year ban imposed on all-rounder Rana Naved ul Hasan, paving the way for his return to the national team.The cricket board also reduced the fine to rupees 10 lakh from 20 lakh.Hasan was one of the seven Pakistani cricketers, who were banned by the PCB after their disastrous Australian tour early this year.Except for Hasan, PCB had lifted bans imposed on all other players.Hasan had appealed against the ban appeared before an appellate tribunal, to hear his appeal.”I take everything positively and I consider myself very lucky. I will make every effort to return to the Pakistani side,” Hasan said.He met with the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt last month in which he apologised for his conduct and behaviour on the Australian tour that eventually led to his ban and fine of two million Pakistani rupees.The all-rounder, who has not played cricket in the last six months sue to ban, said he played in domestic cricket to get back to the national side.”There is a crisis in the Pakistani team and I will make every effort when the selectors choose players again. I hope they will select me. The board accepted my plea. and I hope to play in a domestic T20 tournament coming up,” he said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Firm supplied old ACs and dodgy fittings for Commonwealth Games

first_imgAn air-conditioner and a poor quality pedestal fan reveal the Games’ underbelly.Headlines Today has dug out damning proof of the CWG Organising Committee’s (OC) oversight in approving overlays for the Games venues.Highly confidential internal emails accessed by Headlines Today and copied to Swiss-based company M/s Nussli and the Organising Committee detail a litany of problems with the overlays.In the emails also marked to A.K. Saxena, joint director, overlays and venue operations, exasperated venue employees have expressed disgust at the substandard items being installed at the venues allotted to Nussli.The venues included the Major Dhyan Chand National hockey stadium, the Indira Gandhi stadium, the SP Mukherjee stadium and the Talkatora stadium.While the OC and Nussli maintained they were providing top-class equipment, India cut a sorry figure before the world.According to the contract signed between the OC and Nussli, the work was supposed to have been finished by September 10.But in an email dated September 15 an angry venue manager writes: “M/s Nussli has diluted the standards much lower than Indian, forget international M/s Nussli has delayed work to force us into a situation where we have no option but to accept poor standard of workmanshi as intimated through earlier emails, M/s Nussli has installed very old window-type air-conditioners.” In another email, the complaints gets worse.A venue managers writes: “I inspected each machine (air-conditioner) by removing the front grill and found they were very old. The two defective machines were lying outside the cabins and close inspection showed they were old locally assembled machines. Do you still maintain that you were providing world class international quality work?”advertisementAir-conditioners were not the only items found faulty and substandard. Take the case of pedestal fans. According to the contract, the fans were rented at Rs 4,500. They, too, turned out to be substandard.A branded pedestal fan would cost between  Rs 1,800 and Rs 2,500. Why then was the OC ready to rent them for double the price? Why were switches and plugs allowed to be rented between Rs 396 and Rs 2,700?The proof of this is contained in an email which states: “The pedestal fans are of Chinese make which are poor in quality. We are not aware how much long they will last during the Games. The base of these fans is so poor they are not able to withstand little more than normal winds.”The CWG organising committee divided the 17 venues into 7 clusters. Nussli got the contract for Cluster 2 and 4. HEADLINES TODAY has also accessed the price list offered by different contractors for the very same items.While one contractor quoted Rs 396 as the rate for ONE-PHASE plug point, another charged ` 2,700 for the same plug. Similarly, the rent on a 1 KVA diesel generator set varied between Rs 53,738 and Rs 2,01,067.When HEADLINES TODAY sought a reaction from M/s Nussli, the head of marketing and communications Karin Ruhland stated: “I regret to tell you that due to our contract we are not allowed to handle media requests in a direct way and without the prior approval of our client. Consequently, I am not able to answer your questions.”The income tax authorities have already started raiding overlay companies and the contracts awarded by the OC will no doubt come under the scanner.last_img

SAI deserves some credit for athletes’ success

first_imgFrom today, exactly 566 days are left for the 2012 Olympics to begin in London. But not surprisingly the preparation of Indian athletes is yet to begin in the strict sense of the term.Some Quixotic policies pertaining to the London Olympics being mulled by a few top sports, officials can hardly be termed forward-looking and this is partly responsible for the delay.There are several other reasons are being cited by various officials in the sports ministry and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for the delay in preparing the Olympic blueprint. One is the ongoing audit of the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games (CWG).It is a strange coincidence that the delay in starting the Olympic preparations has coincided with the SAI – the main organisation responsible for preparing athletes for all international competitions besides spotting and nurturing budding athletes – is without a head. With less than 16 months left for the Olympics, the SAI headquarters should have been buzzing with activity.But sadly, the successor to SAI director general Sayan Chatterjee, who completed his tenure in the middle of last month, has not been appointed or, as some say, is deliberately not being appointed.Sindhushree Khullar, secretary (sports), is officiating as SAI DG, and she is expected to continue in the double role for a few months as, according to sources, no names have been shortlisted for the position so far.Interestingly, the delay in appointing the SAI DG is being linked to the probable reshuffle of the union cabinet of ministers.advertisementAnd people in the know say that Chatterjee’s replacement is unlikely to be named in the next few months.”The appointment is not expected in two- three months because a cabinet reshuffle is on the cards. If sports minister MS Gill happens to among those juggled, the new minister would like to have his man as SAI DG,” said an official. “And if Gill, a former chief election commissioner, stays, he would like someone of his choice to be appointed.” After all, Chatterjee, a 1976 cadre IAS officer was a deputy election commissioner with Gill before being brought to the SAI in May 2008.Irrespective of who takes over as SAI DG, the fact remains that the apex sports body hardly ever gets credit for the humongous work that it does round the year since its formation in 1984, especially before important events like the Olympics and the Asian Games, and running several schemes at the grassroots level and so on.Everyone, including the sports ministry, of which SAI is an extension, appreciates its contribution to Indian sports.For example, almost 90 per cent of the total number of camps held for the Delhi CWG were conducted at the many SAI centres across the country.A top SAI official proudly, and rightfully, pointed out the role it played in preparing athletes for the CWG and the Guangzhou Asian Games. ” As many as 38 of the 101 medals at the CWG were won by 36 SAI trainees and most of them are still training with us at our Manipur, Guwahati, Bangalore, Gandhinagar, Bhopal, Patiala, Kolkata, Lucknow, and Sonepat centres,” he pointed out.” Jwala Gutta, who won the CWG badminton doubles gold, is a former trainee of our southern centre – VPS, Vijayawada – while boxer Vijender Kumar and shooter Samresh Jung are products of the Sonepat centre. But unfortunately SAI’s good work doesn’t get a mention anywhere,” he rued.All top SAI officials are unanimous in the view that there is no recognition even internally – implying the sports ministry.One of them wondered why SAI can’t qualify for the Dhyan Chand Award that is presented for contribution to sports. “If the Madhya Pradesh sports department can win the Rashtriya Protsahan Puraskar, why can’t SAI can be a contender for the Dhyan Chand Award? he asked.Ace shooter Narang’s mysterious new targetOn Thursday, shooter Gagan Narang sent an unusual e-mail, which was actually a teaser.While wishing a joyous New Year, he slipped in a line that made me wonder what he was up to. The key paragraph in the 246-word mail was this: “As a leader in the field of shooting, I owe a lot to the nation and to the many budding shooters. Thus I have made plans that will be unveiled soon. This will be a humble step to change the scenario of shooting in India.” I called up the Hyderabad- based Gagan, but he would not reveal anything now. “I will tell soon. Let it formalise and I will tell you all about it,” he said.advertisement”I’m looking forward to the same support that you lent me for all these years.I sincerely hope that you will contribute in your own way to help promote this noble cause and keep guiding me towards the path of success.Let us all take a vow to join hands to see our country, our players achieve glory on the world stage,” he further wrote. The mail was clearly sent to many people.Sports philanthropyMost people only know that the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) has, in the last three years, donated a huge sum (Rs 50 lakh between 2007 and 2009) to the sports ministry to help train promising athletes. But not many would know that even Kapil Dev made a handsome contribution in 2000- 01.It is, however, not clear whether the Rs 121 lakhs that he donated to the ministry was from his personal account or that of his company, though the ministry has listed the amount against the name of the former India cricket captain. Amongst the other significant donors are Jindal Steel & Power Ltd. and Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO), who gave Rs 25 lakh each.Rest can be hectic tooAll- rounder Irfan Pathan may not be playing international and domestic cricket due to an injury but he remains as busy.After returning from Sydney, where he consulted a specialist, he has been shuttling between Bangalore, where he is undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Association (NCA), his home town Vadodara and other cities.He is following a rehabilitation schedule designed by a team of physiotherapists and doctors at the NCA. It involves two successive weeks of training followed by a week’s rest.During the week he is off, he dashes to Vadodara where he is overseeing a new house being built jointly with his elder brother Yusuf. Since Yusuf is now a regular with the Indian team and is constantly travelling, it is Irfan who is supervising the construction. But juggling his schedule seems to be a challenge.”The week I am off passes quickly. The house will take some more time to complete. I also give time to my personal sponsors when they need me besides spending time with my family and friends. So I’m busy, not that I run around too much,” he told Mail Today. “My parents have been praying for me and pushing me. Even if they don’t say it, family members are always with you, and that is more than enough.”last_img read more

Barbados Test: Dhoni adjudged out off no ball

first_imgIn what could erupt into a huge controversy, reports claim that captain M.S. Dhoni was adjudged out off a no ball in the first innings at Barbados. The broadcaster allegedly showed the wrong replay when the umpire was confirming the no ball. Dhoni was judged caught off Fidel Edwards with India struggling at 167 for 5. But a closer look at the pictures shows how umpire Ian Gould had stretched his arm to call a no ball. It did seem as Edwards had stepped over the line as Gould had originally suspected, but according to reports, the broadcasters played out a replay off a previous legitimate delivery, thereby robbing Dhoni of a chance of extending his innings.  At a time when technology and the DRS are the subjects of controversy, the latest faux-pas from the broadcasters further highlights why camera outputs can’t be blindly trusted. The BCCI, though, has left the decision on any action over Dhoni’s dubious decision on the team management.last_img read more

London Olympics 2012: Shot put winner Ostapchuk stripped of gold for doping

first_imgBelarus’ Nadzeya Ostapchuk was stripped of the women’s shot put gold medal at the London Games after she failed a drug test, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Monday.The IOC said in the statement that Ostapchuk was tested positive on both urine samples, indicating the presence of metenolone, which is classified as anabolic agent under the 2012 Prohibited List, Xinhua reports.Metenolone is used to build muscle mass and help reduce fatigue, among other potentially performance-enhancing effects.Valerie Adams of New Zealand, who finished second to Ostapchuk, was promoted to gold, while Yevgeniya Kolodko of Russia and Gong Lijiao of China took silver and bronze respectively.Ostapchuk, 31, won the shot put by 21.36 metres, 66 centimetres better than Adams’ best mark.The results raised speculation of doping as Britain’s men’s shot put competitor Brett Morse hinted on Twitter that Ostapchuk was using illegal drugs. The tweet was deleted soon after.In the past few years, Adams was dominating in the discipline, beating Ostapchuk several times.Ostapchuk won the World Championship in 2005, but finished runner-up behind Adams in both 2009 and 2011 and took bronze at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.last_img read more

Jayalalithaa suspends official for allowing Sri Lankan soccer team to play in Chennai

first_imgTamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Sunday suspended a stadium officer here for allowing a Sri Lankan football team to play a friendly tie, terming it as an insult to Tamils and directed that the team be sent back home.”The (Nehru) Stadium Officer has no authority to allow matches there and only the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu is authorised to do so. By using an authority that did not exist, the official had demeaned the sentiments of Tamil people,” she said.Jayalalithaa directed Chief Secretary Debendranath Sarangi to place the Nehru Stadium Official under suspension and initiate department-level proceedings against him.”I have also instructed that no competitions must be held for the Sri Lankan team besides directing that they be sent back,” she said in a statement here.The team from Royal College, Colombo, had played a match against Chennai Customs Department in the friendly tie organised by a former city league football player on Friday.Jayalalithaa’s action comes against the backdrop of her vociferous opposition to India training Sri Lankan military personnel not only in Tamil Nadu but also anywhere else in the country, saying the Lankan forces had committed war crimes against Tamils in the island nation.The AIADMK chief also slammed the Centre for allowing the Sri Lankan football team play matches in Tamil Nadu.Jayalalithaa said she had received information that an official of Royal College of Colombo had called up an officer at Reserve Bank of India in Chennai seeking to make arrangements for some Sri Lankan football players to play friendly ties here.Accordingly, they played the match with Customs Department on August 31 and coming to know this, she said, she had directed a complete probe.”It came to be known that the RBI officer approached the (said) Stadium Officer who gave oral approval for the match,” she said.Jayalalithaa said she had also directed eight students of a Sri Lankan school who had come for a tournament with a city-based school and their coach to be sent back.The Chief Minister criticised the Centre for allowing the Sri Lankan football team to land in India despite paying no heed to her earlier pleas including imposing sanctions on Sri Lanka till Tamils in the camps were rehabilitated on par majority Sinhalas.She recalled the Tamil Nadu Assembly had passed a resolution in this regard.Ruling AIADMK and other political parties in Tamil Nadu, including key UPA ally DMK, have been strongly voicing their opposition to Lankan military men being trained in India.Speaking in unison last week, they had condemned the Centre’s stand on continued training of Sri Lankan military, after Minister of State for Defence Pallam Raju said the training would go on.advertisementlast_img read more