Gathering steam

first_imgSanta Rosa, Laguna —Coach Yeng Guiao got the thing he wished for as his NLEX crew departs for a tough grind in the United Arab Emirates this weekend.The Road Warriors scooted to their third straight win in the young PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations, a 115-109 conquest of Blackwater at Santa Rosa Multipurpose Complex here, for the momentum they need going to the oil-rich territory where they play two tough teams.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical “I realized how important three-point shooting is one year from the Asian Games to the World Cup,” said Guiao.“It’s an acquired skill and the harder you work, the better you get. It’s just an investment in hours and in hard work,” he added.Ravena shared the same view, saying that the Road Warriors’ showing thus far, is the result of longer hours in the gym and dedication.He said he hoped to be consistent with their new-found edge, one they hope to wield against the league’s best.NLEX gets that opportunity this week when they go up against powerhouse San Miguel Beer and then crowd darling Barangay Ginebra in Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena in just a matter of hours.“We’re done with our short-term goal. Now it’s the mid-term goal of beating the giants,” Ravena said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “This is our best start in a long time. Guys are contributing, we’re deep with our bench,” said the fiery Guiao, who drew production from all but two of 13 men he utilized.Olu Ashaoulu and Kiefer Ravena reprised their roles as NLEX’s 1-2 punch.Ashaoulu accounted for 31 points while Ravena sustained his magnificent return from an 18-month international suspension by shooting 25.The Elite, who dropped to 0-2, got the goods from rookies Ray Parks Jr., who scored 28 points, and Paul Desiderio, who added a career-best 24 in a match that saw both teams opt for the three-pointer most of the night.The Road Warriors drilled 18-of-31 attempts from beyond the arc, while the Elite were 19-of-41. Their combined output set a new PBA record for made threes.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’center_img Becoming his own man MOST READ View comments Petron, Generika eye share of lead DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “I’m glad that we’re bringing three wins before going to Dubai. It was really our objective,” Guiao told reporters minutes after the win that gave them the solo lead.San Miguel Beer also has some momentum going. The Grand Slam-seeking Beermen cruised to their second straight win, a 109-83 thumping of Alaska in the nightcap.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Import Dez Wells had 25 points and big men June Mar Fajardo and Kelly Nabong completed double-doubles in the authoritative win as the Beermen dealt the Aces a third straight defeat.JV Casio scored 11 points for the Aces. LATEST STORIES This jewelry designer is also an architectlast_img read more

SPORT-OLY-IND 2 LAST

first_imgIn the semifinal clash, Sindhu had a 1-3 head-to-head In the semifinal clash, Sindhu had a 1-3 head-to-head record against Okuhara but all that went for a toss as the Indian came out with a well-thought strategy, engaging the Japanese in long-rallies with her angled returns and deft drops. In the opening game which lasted 29 minutes, Sindhu opened up a 4-1 lead early on and rode on Okuharas unforced errors to extend the advantage to 8-4. The Indian engaged her rival in long rallies and tried to vary the pace and finish them with well-executed drops. A cross court forehand return after a long rally which consisted of 32 strokes helped Sindhu reach 9-6 before the Indian reached the interval with a 11-6 advantage after Okuhara hit long. The Hyderabadi pushed the Japanese to the corners by playing half smashes and drops, while Okuhara continued to find the net while trying to play the cross court drops from the baseline. Leading 14-10, Sindhu hit wide and long before coming up with a superb drop even as Okuhara forehand returns. At 16-18, Sindhu failed to negotiate a body return but she again caught hold of the shuttle early using her height and sent it sailing out of the Japanese reach. A missed net shot by Okuhara saw Sindhu reach the game point. What ensued next was a long rally with Okuhara hitting across as the Indian grabbed the opening game after the Japanese found the net. Sindhu once again opened up a 3-0 lead but the Japanese soon clawed back and grabbed a slender 5-3 lead with the Indian finding it difficult to keep the shuttle inside the court. The duo moved neck-and-neck from 5-5 to 8-8. A forecourt deception gave a point to Sindhu but she hit wide again. Sindhu retrieved everything that was thrown at her but she rushed on to a stroke to hit the net. At the interval, Sindhu managed a slender 11-10 lead after her return landed at the corner of the court. Sindhu came out all cylinders blazing after the change of sides and reeled off 11 straight points with the help of her array of strokes, which included some brilliant backhand flick and drops, to completely demolish the third seeded Japanese. It was a deceptive return which helped Sindhu reach a massive 10-point match point and then eked her name into the history books with a smash that caught Okuhara at the forecourt. For the record, Marin also entered her maiden Olympic final beating London Olympic champion Li Xuerui 21-14 21-16. PTI ATK SSRadvertisementlast_img read more

India Today Exclusive: I’ve done it, says PV Sindhu after Rio Silver

first_imgPV Sindhu on Friday became the first Indian woman ever to win an individual Silver medal in the Olympics history. Sindhu put up a spirited show as she lost to world No. 1 Carolina Marin in the final of the women’s badminton singles event at the Rio Games on Friday.Proud of her achievement, Sindhu was gracious in her defeat as she went down fighting 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 to her top-ranked opponent.WATCH: PV SINDHU’S FIRST INTERVIEW AFTER RIO SILVER”It is definitely time to celebrate now. There was a Bronze by Saina (Nehwal) earlier and now I got Silver. It has been a great week for me. I am very proud of the medal,” Sindhu told India Today Television. (BAI announces cash reward for Sindhu, Gopichand)”Overall, I am on cloud nine. It was amazing, I was very well prepared. In a match one wins and one loses. Today she (Marin) won,” she added.Sindhu is now the fourth Indian individual Olympic Silver medallist, joining shooters Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (2004 Athens), Vijay Kumar (2012 London) and wrestler Sushil Kumar (2012 London).”When I made the final I thought I could get Gold. But I thought it was a great match. I am really happy because an Olympic medal is something I am proud of. I congratulate her (Marin) but in the third game I tried to take it,” she further said.’PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN'”It was my aim to get a medal and I did it. It has made me really happy. Very proud to be an Indian. I am the first Indian woman to get a Silver and am very happy about it.”advertisement’GRATEFUL TO PARENTS'”I am very grateful to my parents, coach, the Indian government and the Indian president.””It is a first for an Indian girl so I think it’s great.””When I played the semi-final, I kept telling myself I don’t want Bronze, I want Gold. I did not, I got Silver but I am really happy.”last_img read more

Sam Allardyce open to selecting foreign-born players for England

first_imgEngland manager Sam Allardyce is keen to the leave the door open for foreign-born players to enter the national team set-up and has told British media he would have no problem picking a player who qualified only through residency. (Latest Sports stories)Allardyce had earlier revealed he had hoped to call up Steven N’Zonzi, who has lived in England for six years, but his attempts were thwarted by FIFA because the Sevilla midfielder is ineligible after featuring for the France under-21 side.The Football Association has previously held discussions over possible call-ups for several players including goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, midfielder Mikel Arteta and winger Adnan Januzaj on residency grounds.”Do you pick the best squad to win the World Cup, and if one or two of those are like N’Zonzi, do you do it? Or don’t you and then suffer the consequences of not getting to the quarter-final and failure?” Allardyce said.”The percentage of English players in the Premier League is 31 percent. Surely if you’re going to win something and that player is of the calibre to force his way into that side then you give him an opportunity?”If he goes out and scores the winner will it be quite that bad?… It’s not my department to find those. We have a department to look at the whole situation at all areas for every international team.”Former Sunderland and Newcastle United manager Allardyce, who will lead England for the first time in their World Cup qualifier in Slovakia on Sunday, also said taking up the England job was likely to be “the final challenge of a long career”.advertisementlast_img read more

Note 7 is history, Samsung to launch Galaxy S8 on Feb 26

first_imgSamsung has temporarily halted Galaxy Note 7 production. The Note 7 has been, without a doubt, a major cause of concern and embarrassment for the South Korean giant. Clearly, it’s in a hot mess, and a quick comeback is a must for the sake of reputation. Samsung’s comeback phone could be the next flagship Galaxy S, or more precisely the Galaxy S8.Rumours around the Galaxy S8 have been going around for some time now. Only now, we have reports citing possible launching date for Samsung’s next flagship phone. Samsung will reportedly unveil the Galaxy S8 on February 26 at its next Galaxy Unpacked event in Barcelona, ahead of MWC. To recall, Samsung, this year launched the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge around the same time period. That being said, things will be very different in 2017. Despite #Note7 #disaster,(ATM) i have been confirmed ,no early announcement…#GalaxyS8 SEe you 2+6 😉 Feb at 7PM #samsung #BeCareful ! pic.twitter.com/Rsh196dmBk Ricciolo (@Ricciolo1) October 8, 2016Not much is known about the Galaxy S8 for now, apart from the fact that it would sport a bezel-less screen and no physical home button. The phone in question would likely come with a fingerprint sensing display and dual cameras on the rear.It would likely be powered by Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon 830 and/or Samsung’s next-generation Exynos processor.Both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge boast of almost similar design aesthetics as their predecessors. This means, much like the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, the new phones also come with glass and metal design. Samsung has employed curved 2.5D glass on the new Galaxy S7, while the Galaxy S7 Edge has a screen that curves on two sides giving you quick access to notifications et al (via Edge panel).advertisementBoth the phones come with a microSD card slot for expandable storage and IP68 certification which makes them dust and water-resistant over 1.5 metres and up to 30 minutes.Both the phones come with QuadHD Super AMOLED display with a 1440×2560 pixels resolution. The display also comes with an always on functionality.They are powered by the same Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8890 processor clubbed with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The dualSIM phones run Android 6.0 Marshmallow based TouchWiz UI and support 4G LTE connectivity option.On the camera front, both the phones come with a 12-megapixel rear (with f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilisation) and 5-megapixel front shooter combo.While the Galaxy S7 uses a 3,000mAh battery, the Galaxy S7 Edge houses a bigger 3,600mAh battery. Both the phones support wireless and quick charging technologies.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge launched in India, price starts at Rs 48,900last_img read more

Faf du Plessis found guilty of ball-tampering but free to play Adelaide Test

first_imgSouth Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been found guilty of ball-tampering and fined his entire match fee from the second Test against Australia in Hobart but he has been cleared to play in the third and final match of the series.Du Plessis received the punishment following an International Cricket Council (ICC) hearing in Adelaide on Tuesday, two days ahead of South Africa’s first day-night Test match at the Adelaide Oval.The charge, of breaching cricket’s law 42.3, which relates toaltering the condition of the ball, was brought by ICC chief executiveDave Richardson after the second Test between South Africa and Australia in Hobart. (Did Faf du Plessis apply saliva to ball during Hobart Test?)Richardson responded to television replays which showed du Plessis applying saliva to the ball with a mint in his mouth. Du Plessis has not spokenpublicly since the charge was laid but South African players havedenounced the tampering allegation.The decision to hold the hearing on Tuesday followed a preliminaryhearing on Monday conducted by ICC match referee Andy Pycroft.Pycroft heard submissions on when the hearing should take place anddecided it should be held before the third Test match begins in Adelaide on Thursday “in the interests of expediency and in order to protect the integrity of the Adelaide Test”. After hearing representations from both parties and evidence from the umpires in the second Test as well as MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson, Pycroft found du Plessis guilty of the offence. The decision was based on the evidence given from the umpires, who confirmed that had they seen the incident they would have taken action immediately, and from Stephenson, who confirmed the view of MCC that the television footage showed an artificial substance being transferred to the ball. In summing up his decision Pycroft referred to his role as requiring him to make a determination based on the ICC Code of Conduct, the Laws of Cricket and, in particular, the preamble to the Laws of Cricket and the role of the umpires as the sole judges of fair and unfair play.advertisementUnder the version of the Code that came into force on 22 September 2016, the offence was treated as a first offence. Du Plessis was fined 100 per cent of his match fee and is free to play in the third Test in Adelaide on Thursday.In addition to the sanction imposed for his breach of Article 2.2.9, three demerit points have been added to du Plessiss disciplinary record. If du Plessis reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they will be converted into suspension points and he will be banned. Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.last_img read more

SPORT-BAD-VIMAL 3 LT(SPB3)

first_img“She took the flight lasting 15 hours from Dubai. And “She took the flight lasting 15 hours from Dubai. And over there (Rio) we went to the gymnasium, did treadmill run. She said that stiffness was still there the next day morning after the first practice session. She said it was really paining and asked can I take a painkilling injection and play. “She was looking at the quarter-finals. Then physio and Games village doctor all advised against it. Next day she played and felt pain. In that first match she literally struggled. After that she came out and said she was defying everyone. With pain-killer the pain can be masked and she could play.”She took the injection before the second match, played it with pain as she could not put her foot down. It was really bad but she played with a lot of pain (and lost). We left that night itself from Rio,” Vimal revealed. “After coming over here it was found through scan that the bone, protruding into fat pad, had chipped off. It was floating inside. All the pain killing injections were a waste. Then she was operated. The main thing was all her ligaments were intact and that made her, to some extent, recover fast.” Vimal said talks of Saina appearing in the Games despite carrying an injury did hurt her feelings.”Talks that she had gone there with injury did hurt her. She is someone who is constantly playing for the last seven years. When she plays she wants to win. She could not digest the fact that it happened there, either during the long flight or during one of our training sessions. “There was no pressure of expectations. All those things never affected her. When the cricketers play there are so many opinions about how they should have played. Compared to that pressure in badminton is nothing. You cannot blame anyone, it just happened to you, and you just accept it. She is just 26, quite young and she is an athlete who wants to win. She is not a politician. Sports people are sensitive,” Vimal said. PTI SSR RSY CM CM BASadvertisementlast_img read more

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino defends 48-team World Cup

first_imgFIFA President Gianni Infantino has defended his latest proposal for a 48-team World Cup, saying it would not extend the tournament beyond the existing length nor require any more venues.A source in FIFA said on Wednesday that Infantino had changed his mind over his plans for the future of the World Cup and has now recommended a 48-team tournament with 16 groups of three. (Also read: FIFA chief Gianni Infantino said to favour World Cup with 16 groups of three)Infantino’s latest suggestion, the source said, was among four proposals which have been sent to FIFA Council members who will decide in January on the format and number of teams for the 2026 World Cup.  The Swiss, speaking at a FIFA summit in Singapore on Thursday, said changes from the existing 32-team format did not mean a longer tournament or more stadiums.”What I can say already now just to be very clear is that all these formats can be played in the same number of days as currently, 32 days, with the same number of stadiums then currently, 12 stadiums, and that the team qualifying or the two teams qualifying for the final of the tournament will play seven games,” he told reporters.”This means that there is no additional burden for the players because if you play the final, you play seven games in 32 days exactly as it is the case now so there is no downside for the player.”There is no downside for the clubs because the calendar is not impacted but there is a big upside for football, because it allows eight or 16 more teams, more countries and more regions in the world, to participate in the top competition of the world which is the World Cup.”advertisementInfantino had previously suggested a 48-team tournament but with a one-off preliminary round involving 32 teams, with the 16 winners going into a 32-team group stage and joining 16 teams who would receive a bye. (Also read: FIFA’s Infantino urges zero tolerance for child abuse)This remained an option but was no longer the favoured one, the source said.When he was elected in February, Infantino had promised to expand the tournament from the current 32 teams to 40.This was also among the proposals, with either eight groups of five or 10 groups of four, while the fourth suggestion is to maintain the 32-team format.Critics, including Germany coach Joachim Loew, have said that adding another 16 teams would dilute the quality of global soccer’s showpiece event but Infantino disagreed.”I think that the value and the quality of football has grown incredibly all over the world,” he said.”Let’s not forget in the last World Cup, for example, two of the historic big countries like England and Italy have been eliminated by Costa Rica, which is not really known as a powerhouse of world football.”This shows that the quality is certainly wider than many people say or think.”last_img read more

FIFA plans women’s Club World Cup to increase players

first_imgFIFA wants to double worldwide participation in women’s soccer to 60 million by 2026, the governing body announced in its inaugural ‘global strategy’ for the women’s game.As part of the goals which were revealed by Fatma Samoura, FIFA’s first female Secretary General, the global organisation has also set out plans to introduce a women’s equivalent to the men’s Club World Cup.The men’s competition, which has existed since 2000 and brings together the winners of each region’s continental tournament, was won by Real Madrid in 2017. One such suggestion put forward by the new strategy has been described as a ‘FIFA Women’s World League’. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Other competition proposals presented include an increase in the number of youth development tournaments, as well as a women’s FIFA futsal event.The governing body has also set further targets in terms of participation, with a desire to double the number of member associations that have organised youth leagues for women in place by 2026.In addition, the strategy seeks to grow the influence of female executives, with every member association expected to have at least one woman on their respective executive committees by 2026, while FIFA itself is to ensure that at least one third of its own committee members are female.Samoura said: “We will work hand-in-hand with our 211 member associations around the world to increase grassroots participation, enhance the commercial value of the women’s game and strengthen the structures surrounding women’s football.“Most importantly it will make football more accessible to girls and women and encourage female empowerment, a subject of great importance, now more than ever before.”The announcement of the plans comes just days after the shortlist for women’s soccer’s first ever Ballon d’Or was revealed. England pair Lucy Bronze and Fran Kirby have both been nominated.last_img read more

Crew’s Higuain gamble pays off in playoff win

first_imgWhen the starting lineups were unveiled an hour before the Columbus Crew’s Eastern Conference semifinal opener against the New York Red Bulls, the initial thought was that Gregg Berhalter was limiting his losses in a thankless position.With just three days rest after a dramatic penalty shootout win against D.C.United, Berhalter left Federico Higuain and Pedro Santos on the bench to start out, hoping replacements Patrick Muillins and Luis Argudo could provide the energy and influence to make up for the absence of two of the team’s most dangerous attacking players. More importantly, Berhalter set out a lineup to neutralize the Red Bulls midfield, and hold things down until he could bring on Higuain to work some magic off the bench.The plan worked to perfection. The Red Bulls were unable to take advantage of Higuain’s absence in the first half, playing the Crew to a frustrating stalemate. Higuain entered the match at halftime and immediately rejuvenated the Crew attack, delivering the winning assist on Gyasi Zardes’ goal in the 1-0 victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Perfection from Pipa on the assist. Fantastic finish by @gyasinho. #CLBvRBNY // @Audi #MLSCupPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/iDQLyeL0Ce— Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 4, 2018″I spoke to Pipa [Higuain] at length and got a feeling [of] where he was at,” Berhalter said. “I think he actually recovered really well and was in a position to potentially start the game, but we felt we needed something else in the first half. We needed power. We needed to stretch them. We need to open them up. We needed to really get after them in the first half, and then thinking about will he be able to maintain that for 90 minutes.”We took a gamble, and we don’t normally do that,” Berhalter said. “This time, I think Patrick came in and gave us exactly what we were looking for, and then Pipa came in and gave us the match-winner with a nice assist.”The Crew deserve credit for their defensive performance, which frustrated the Red Bulls in much the same way it frustrated D.C. United on Thursday. The Red Bulls midfield offered little in the way of attacking contributions, in much the same way D.C. United’s normally-dangerous midfield struggled to generate chances. The tandem of Wil Trapp and Artur were once again front and center in cutting off passing lanes and maintaining positional discipline while Jonathan Mensah and Josh Williams did well to keep Bradley Wright-Phillips occupied for the most part.The Red Bulls did have their chances, but the three biggest plays that could have led to Red Bulls goals all went against them. The first, a free header by Tim Parker, went off the post. The second, an incredible long pass from Kaku, threatened to spring a wide-open Daniel Royer downfield only to have an alert Zack Steffen race 40 yards off his line to beat Royer to the ball and snuff out the threat.The third involved Steffen again, with the U.S. national team goalkeeper diving to his left to pull off a fingertip save of a goal-bound Wright-Phillips header in the final seconds. If Steffen doesn’t make that save then the Red Bulls would be returning to Red Bull Arena with a precious away goal and the confidence of knowing a win or 0-0 draw would send them through.Now, the Red Bulls head into the second leg trailing, and knowing they’re going up against arguably the league’s best goalkeeper, who also happens to be in top form.”The mark of a goalie who is worth his weight in gold is a goalie that can come up with a big save even though he doesn’t have a lot to do, and that was exactly what Zack did tonight,” Berhalter said. “To me, that was a different level that he showed he has.”ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? ⚡️#CrewSC | #ClaimGlory pic.twitter.com/4VIUZoJjV3— Columbus Crew SC #ClaimGlory (@ColumbusCrewSC) November 4, 2018Thanks to the heroics of Higuain and Steffen, the Red Bulls are once again facing the prospect of seeing another Supporters’ Shield-winning season end in disappointment. The remaining task isn’t an impossible one — a 2-0 win or any multi-goal win would do the trick, but given how well Steffen and the Crew defense are playing, a goal-fest is far from a sure bet in the second leg. Keeping the Crew from finding an away goal also won’t be easy with Higuain in such good form.The pressure is now squarely on the Red Bulls to not only erase the first-leg deficit, but to avoid subjecting their fans to another playoff nightmare. Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas insists that the team’s history of playoff letdowns isn’t going to affect his team.”We haven’t talked about pressure, expectations, and we won’t start that dialogue now,” Armas said. “We know we defend well, We did again tonight. We really limited their chances, their big chances, so in many ways we felt in control.”So the week is going to be about preparing physically, tactically, technically and just getting sharp,” Armas said. “Go home and we’ll get ready for the next game with a lot of excitement in front of our home fans. Again, we’ve been very, very good (at home).”It hurts a little that we don’t get the perfect result here, but certainly, 90 minutes to get the job done at home, we feel good about that.”The Crew also feel good heading into next week’s second leg, knowing that a win or draw sends them to the Eastern Conference final for the third time in four years.”Our message to the group was, ‘We’re halfway through a 180-minute game, potentially more with extra time.’ We’re happy, but we’re not done,” Berhalter said. “That’s the important message. I guarantee you in New York, it’s going to be a difficult game, as it was tonight.”last_img read more

Andy Murray back from layoff to reach Monte Carlo round three

first_imgWorld number one Andy Murray beat Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller 7-5, 7-5 to reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters as he made his return from a five-week injury layoff on Wednesday.The Briton, who had a first-round bye, had not played competitive tennis since injuring his elbow in March.The 29-year-old Murray dropped serve twice but was still a cut above in the first European clay court tournament of the season, with the May 28-June 11 French Open already looming.Three-time grand slam champion Murray next takes on 15th seed Albert Ramos.Sixth seed Dominic Thiem of Austria lost only four first service points as he beat Robin Haase 6-3, 6-2 to set up a meeting with Belgian 10th seed David Goffin.Fifth seed Marin Cilic of Croatia destroyed France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-0 and Swiss third seed Stan Wawrinka survived a second-set blip to defeat Czech Jiri Vesely 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.last_img read more

French Open: Rohan Bopanna, Leander Paes advance; Sania Mirza bows out

first_imgThe Indo-Uruguayan duo of Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas made it to the second round of the French Open after posting a straight-sets triumph over French pair of Mathias Bourgue and Paul-Henri Mathieu.The ninth seeds clinched a comfortable 6-1, 6-1 win over Bourgue and Mathieu. They will next lock horns with Filipino Treat Huey and Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin.In another men’s doubles match, Indian tennis ace Leander Paes and his American partner Scott Lipsky produced a spirited performance as they bounced back from a set down to book their place in second round of the tournament on Wednesday.After comfortably winning the first set, the Indo-American duo went down in the second before they rebounded strongly to register a 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-2 win over Moldovan-Korean team of Radu Albot and Hyeon Chung in an opening round clash that lasted one hour and 55 minutes.Paes and Lipsky will now take on Spanish pairing of Tommy Robredo and David Marrero, who outplayed top seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 to storm into the next round.Meanwhile, India’s Sania Mirza and her Kazakhstani partner Yaroslava Shvedova suffered a major blow as they slumped to a first round defeat against Russian pair of Daria Gavrilova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-7 (5), 6-1, 2-6 in the women’s doubles category of the tournament.last_img read more

May unveils talented new Cabinet, Patel holds on to Cabinet

first_imgpostBy Aditi KhannaLondon, Jun 11 (PTI) Theresa May today appointed her close ally Damian Green as her first secretary of state while Priti Patel remained the senior-most Indian-origin Cabinet minister as the embattled British premier unveiled her new Cabinet after shock election results forced her to form a minority government.Patel holds on to her position as the senior-most Indian-origin Cabinet minister and will remain in charge as the secretary of state for international development in the new government, which May said will focus on delivering a successful Brexit.The Prime Minister said the new line-up brought in “talent from across the whole of the Conservative party”.Her statement came after Michael Gove, one of the driving forces behind Brexit who had been relegated to the back benches after he vied for Tory leadership against May last July, returned to the front bench as environment secretary and one of May?s close allies Green takes charge as first secretary of state, effectively her deputy prime minister.”Crucially Ive brought in talent from across the whole of the Conservative party. We want a country that works for everyone,” she said in Downing Street.May said she had appointed “a Cabinet that will get on with the job of government, which is about delivering successful Brexit negotiations. And those negotiations start in a weeks time?.The prime minister had already confirmed on Friday, soon after the general election results were confirmed, that five of her top-most Cabinet posts will remain unchanged ? including Philip Hammond as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Amber Rudd as home secretary, Boris Johnson as foreign secretary, David Davis as Brexit secretary, and Michael Fallon in charge of the ministry of defence.advertisementThe remaining Cabinet posts are set for a reshuffle from her previous administration, with todays key announcements.Greg Clark holds on to his job as secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy and David Gauke takes over as work and pensions minister.Liam Fox stays in his post as Secretary of State for international trade, while Justine Greening has been re- confirmed as Secretary of State for Education. She additionally gets the portfolio as minister for women and equalities.Liz Truss appointed chief secretary to the treasury, with right to attend Cabinet and Pakistani-origin Sajid Javid keeps hold of his post as secretary of state for communities and local government.David Lidington takes charge as Lord Chancellor and justice minister and Alun Cairns as the new Secretary of State for Wales.She has also kept Jeremy Hunt in his post as health secretary, Gavin Williamson is the new party Chief Whip or parliamentary secretary to the Treasury and Chris Grayling has been appointed transport minister.The other key Cabinet members include James Brokenshire as Northern Ireland minister, Karen Bradley as culture, media and sports minister and Andrea Leadsom as the Leader of the House of Commons.The new Cabinet appointments will be seen as Mays attempt at surrounding herself with as many allies as possible against the backdrop of a brewing rebellion within party ranks after the Conservatives suffered heavy losses in the June 8 general election.Far from a forecast landslide majority, May has been left holding on to 10 Downing Street with diminished authority ? having lost her party its majority. PTI AK PMSlast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Pakistan fined for slow over-rate, Sarfraz escapes one-match ban

first_imgPakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has been fined but luckily not suspended, for slow over-rate following their victory over Sri Lanka that propelled them into semi finals of the Champions Trophy.Pakistan cricket team has been fined for a slow over-rate following their win over Sri Lanka in Cardiff.The fine was imposed for Pakistan being one over short of completing their bowling innings within the scheduled period, following which captain Ahmed was docked 20 per cent of his match fee, while the rest of the team docked 10 per cent, reports cricket.com.au.This means, Sarfraz will be available for Wednesday’s crucial semi-final clash with England.However, Sarfraz will be on notice for the semi-final and if Pakistan exceed their allotted time period in that match and win, he could be suspended for the tournament decider.The Pakistani pace attack got through 36.2 of the 49.2 overs, taking all 10 wickets between them for just the fifth time in the country’s ODI history.Sarfraz led from the front as he smashed an unbeaten half-century to guide Pakistan to a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their do-or-die Champions Trophy fixture at the Sophia Gardens on Monday.Chasing a target of 237 runs to win in the virtual quarterfinal clash, Pakistan held their nerve to come out victorious in this knockout encounter.last_img read more

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first_imgGovt. open to possibility of bidding for 2032 Olympics: IOA Chennai, Jun 16 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association President N Ramachandran today claimed that the government has agreed to consider the possibility of India bidding for the 2032 Olympics hosting rights. Speaking to reporters here after being elected as President of the Tamil Nadu Olympic Association (TNOA), he said, “the government in principle has agreed to look into the possibility of bidding for the Olympics in 2032. It is at a very preliminary stage. We need to get all the approvals.” Ramachandran said bidding for the mega-event would involve an elaborate process. “IOA has to make a proposal and give it to the government. That has to be agreed to by the government. Then the government has to give a sovereign guarantee. Not only from the incumbent government but also from the Leader of the Opposition,” he explained. “And, the Chief Minister of the State in which the chosen city is located apart from the leader of the opposition have to say yes,” he said. Ramachandran played down the cost factor in bidding for the Games, which are next scheduled in 2020 in the Japanese capital of Tokyo.”It (the process) will take at least anywhere between six to eight years. It can be done easily. If you look at todays cost, it roughly comes to about USD 12 billion, out of which roughly 50 per cent you get by way of revenue and funding from the IOC. “The balance, for a country of Indias size, it is not great money. (Roughly) six billion over eight years, shouldnt be difficult,” he said.advertisementRamachandran also said there was no problem in his holding the post of IOA president while being the head of TN Olympic Association.”(The late) B Sivanthi Adityan was president of IOA and TNOA. There is no bar on that,” he said.The elections to the TNOA were held on May 27 but because of a High Court order, the results were withheld. The Returning Officer S Sambandham, District and Sessions Judge (retired) announced the results this afternoon after the petitioner, A K Chitrapandian, who had been sacked as TN Volleyball Association secretary, withdrew his case seeking to stay the elections.Ramachandran said the aim would be to work together and take sports forward in Tamil Nadu.”We have a huge task ahead of us, in the sense that we have to do more. It will be important to help various sports associations build infrastructure,” he said.The other office-bearers elected are: Vice-presidents: Ishari K Ganesh, S Vasudevan, Solai M Raja, M Ramasubramani, T R Narayanaswamy, D V Seetharama Rao; General Secretary: J M Fernando and Treasurer: K Rajendiran apart from two joint secretaries and nine executive committee members. PTI SS PM PDSlast_img read more

Romelu Lukaku praised on debut as Manchester United F.C. thrash LA Galaxy

first_imgNew Manchester United signing Romelu Lukaku was unable to score a debut goal in the side’s 5-2 friendly win over LA Galaxy on Saturday but the Belgian striker earned high praise for a solid all-round performance.”He is a team player. He is not selfish and not obsessed with goals,” manager Jose Mourinho told reporters of a player who moved to Old Trafford from Premier League rivals Everton last week.”He was not worried about himself, he was worried about the improvement of the team. So that’s all good.”The Portuguese manager added that it was impossible to compare Lukaku, who cost a reported 75 million pounds ($98.27 million) to Wayne Rooney, Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer, who recently returned to boyhood club Everton.”Comparing Rooney with Lukaku is comparing the incomparable,” Mourinho said, adding that the 24-year-old Belgian serves as a focal point of the team’s attack.The match, played at the intimate 27,000-seat Stubhub Center in Los Angeles, also saw Mourinho hand a debut to Swedish defender Victor Lindelof, a 35 million euro ($40.13 million) acquisition who came on as a second-half substitute.United wasted little time taking control of the contest, scoring early and often to the delight of a partisan crowd that favoured the Red Devils despite their status as the visiting team.The home side are halfway through the domestic campaign and opted to rest several players, their replacements looking sloppy and uninspired in a match that was effectively over once Marcus Rashford had bagged two goals in the first 20 minutes.advertisementMarouane Fellaini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Matrial added the other goals for the visitors, before Galaxy replied with two consolation strikes through Giovani dos Santos and Dave Romney in the closing stages.Manchester United made 11 changes to the side that led 3-0 at halftime as the home side improved after the break in a match watched by former Red Devils and Galaxy star David Beckham, whose appearance on a video screen was greeted with a loud roar.Manchester United continue their North American tour against Real Salt Lake in Utah on Monday, followed by high-profile friendlies against Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona before the side heads back to Europe.last_img read more

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first_imgAction hero VijayanThe fall of Malayali superstar Dileep has led to the rise of another star in Kerala: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. His popularity has really shot up among women in the state even as the film industry’s image has taken a beating over Dileep’s alleged role in the February,Action hero VijayanThe fall of Malayali superstarDileep has led to the rise of another star in Kerala: Chief MinisterPinarayi Vijayan. His popularity has really shot up among women in thestate even as the film industry’s image has taken a beating overDileep’s alleged role in the February 17 kidnapping and molestation ofan actress. It was Pinarayi who green- lighted the actor’s arrest,asking the police to go ahead if they had sufficient evidence. It tookeven the opposition Congress-which had been hoping to target the ChiefMinister over a go-slow in the case-by surprise. Politics, after all, is all about timing, and Pinarayi is a past master at the game.Wanted, Sports StarsAndhra Pradesh didn’t lose just territory to Telangana in 2014, it lost its sporting superstars too. Badminton stars P.V. Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth both live and train in Telangana capital Hyderabad. To make amends, Andhra chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is trying to rope in top athletes from the Indian Railways and India Post. They are being offered postings in Andhra should they agree to sport the state’s colours and represent it in competitions.Midnight knockersFormer Karnataka CM B.S. Yeddyurappa was shocked when the Bengaluru police came knocking on his door at midnight looking for his private secretary N.R. Santhosh, accused of conspiring to kidnap BJP leader K.S. Eshwarappa’s media advisor Vinay. Santhosh is alleged to have instigated a group for the May 11 kidnap attempt. Santhosh is still missing while Yeddyurappa has dashed off an angry letter to the police commissioner.advertisementThe no-comment CMMadhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is not one to let a barb slip past. Curiously, however, he is not reacting to attacks by Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, who has been touring the state for a month now, and taking the CM to task over the June 6 firing in Mandsaur in which five farmers were killed. The CM, say BJP insiders, does not want to dignify the allegations with a response. Two prominent members of the state BJP-Rajya Sabha MP Prabhat Jha and state minister Jaibhan Singh Pawaiyya-seem to be doing the task instead.Kissa Kursi KaThe cracks in the Bihar mahagathbandhan are beginning to show. At a recent function in Patna, Nitish Kumar found himself seated next to RJD’s labour minister Vijay Prakash on the dais. The Bihar chief minister swapped chairs with another JD(U) minister, two seats away. Incidentally, the chair he opted for was originally earmarked for deputy chief minister, Lalu’s scam-tainted son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, who simply skipped the function.(Sandeep Unnithan with Jeemon Jacob, Amarnath K. Menon, Rahul Noronha, Amitabh Srivastava, Aravind Gowda)last_img read more

Chief selector hails Dhonis dedication

first_imgChennai, Aug 28 (PTI) M S Dhoni was almost ruled out for a crunch India-Pakistan match in the Asia Cup last year after he suffered an injury but the then Captains determination saw him not only turning up for the game but also winning it, according to national chief Selector M S K Prasad. Revealing this at a function here, the Chairman of the cricket boards selection committee said though he had even kept ready a replacement, Dhoni told him not to worry and that he would play against Pakistan even “if my one leg is not there.” Prasad, speaking at the Tamil Nadu Sports Journalists Association (TNSJA) annual awards function here last night, recalled the incident that happened during the Asia Cup in Dhaka in Bangladesh in February, 2016 to highlight the determination and dedication of Dhoni to cricket. He said Dhoni had picked up an injury during training two days ahead of the tie but he went on to lead India to a win, adding, “this is what Dhoni is made of.” Narrating the incident, he said, “While training at the gym late in the night, Dhoni picked up weights and suddenly there was a catch in his back and he fell with the weight. “Thankfully, the weight did not fall on him. He could not walk, he was literally crawling. He was taken on stretcher.” Prasad said he was not sure how to deal with the situation. “So, I went to Dhoni?s room to know what the issue was. He said, don?t worry MSK bhai. I even asked him what should I tell the scribes, and the answer again was dont worry MSK bhai,? the Chief Selector said. Prasad also said he didnt want to take chances and summoned Parthiv Patel as a replacement. But, Dhonis resolve came to the fore and he was ready for the crunch game against the neighbours. “Before the team was announced in the afternoon, Dhoni was dressed up for the game. He called me to his room and asked me why was I worrying so much? Then he said, even if my one leg is not there,I will still play against Pakistan,” Prasad said. He also had a piece of advice for youngsters with regard to lack of facilities. “Dhoni comes from a area, where there is no facility. Even T Natarajan didn?t get recognition before. So, there will be no facility, it is your inner power that will take you to the next level.” On the occasion, Indias first chess International Master Mauel Aaron and 1975 hockey Word cup winner V J Philips were honoured with Lifetime Achievement awards at the Arise Steel-TNSJA awards function. “I can proudly say that TNSJA is the only organisation to have properly recognised me for my achievement, that too, after 42 years,” said Philips in his acceptance speech. India cricketer Dinesh Karthik and athlete G Lakshmanan were named the Players of the Year. “This is a big motivation. I believe Im a hard worker. I still have to improve a lot. My aim is to compete in the Olympics,” said Lakshmanan. The Lifetime Achievement award for Journalists was awarded, posthumously to Nirmal Shekar, former sports editor of The Hindu, and to R Mohan, resident editor of Deccan Chronicle. S Loganathan, who coached Lakshmanan to the 5000m gold in the Asian athletic championships in July, was named Coach of the Year?. The Tamil Nadu limited overs cricket team which won the Vijay Hazare trophy was the Team of the Year. S Nandakumar (football) and S Selena Deepthi (table tennis) were named Young Achievers. PTI SS VSadvertisementlast_img read more

India is messenger of world peace, contributes through UN: PM

first_img(Eds: Updates with more quotes)New Delhi, Oct 29 (PTI) Describing India as a “messenger of peace”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the country has always contributed towards global peace, unity and harmony through UN missions across the world.He said India is the third highest contributor to UN peacekeeping missions, with around 7,000 of its security personnel deployed on various missions across the world.Besides, the Indian forces have imparted peacekeeping training to their counterparts from 85 countries and have been providing medical services to people of a number of countries, Modi said in his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat.In his 30-minute broadcast, he also talked about Indias tradition of respecting the nature through festivals like Chhat and referred to the ongoing cleanliness campaign.He mentioned the role played by Sardar Vallabhai Patel in laying the foundation of the countrys unity and urged people to participate in the Run for Unity to be organised on the late leaders birth anniversary on October 31, which also happens to be the death anniversary of Indira Gandhi.Talking about the upcoming Childrens Day which is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru on November 14, Modi expressed concern that children are nowadays getting afflicted by diabetes.He said ailments like diabetes occur mainly due to lifestyle and exhorted the children to play outdoors more to be healthy and escape such ailments.He also referred to the just-concluded FIFA Under-17 World Cup held in India for the first time and expressed happiness over the host teams performance, saying it had won hearts, if not medals.advertisementHe also spoke about the upcoming Guru Nanak Jayanti which falls on November 4 and hailed the first Sikh Guru, describing him as a “world guru” who thought about the welfare of the entire humanity.Hailing the Indian armed forces, the prime minister mentioned his recent visit to Gurez near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu Kashmir to spend Diwali with the brave security perosnnel.Describing it as an “unforgettable” experience, he lauded the “struggle, dedication and sacrifices” of the armed forces personnel who work in extremely difficult conditions at the borders to protect the country.He said the Indian forces are deployed not only on the Indian borders but play a role to establish peace across the world in the form of UN peacekeeper and make the country proud.Referring to the UN Day celebrated on October 24, he said it is an occasion to remember the efforts of the UN to establish peace in the world.”We are believers of vasudev kutumbakam, which means the whole world is one. And because of this belief, India has been an active participant in the UNs key initiatives,” Modi said.”India, as a messenger of peace, has always vouched for peace, unity and harmony in the world. It is our belief that everyone should live in peace and harmony and move towards a better and peaceful tomorrow,” the prime minister said.He said as of August 2017, India has participated in about 50 out of 71 UN peacekeeping operations undertaken in countries like Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Congo, Cyprus, Liberia, Lebanon and Sudan. Indian women personnel too have contributed in this endeavour in an active manner.In Congo and South Sudan, hospitals run by Indian armed forces have treated over 20,000 people and saved most of them.Not only have the Indian troops saved the people of those countries but also conducted people-friendly operations.”The brave soldiers from the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Gautam Buddha have spread the message of peace and harmony across the world,” Modi said.He said the peacekeeping operations are not easy and the Indian soldiers have to work in diverse nations and adapt to local conditions, requirements and culture.While talking about Indias association with the UN, he noted that both the Indian Constitution and the UN Charter begin with the words “we the people.He added that the UN Declaration of Human Rights had initially the wording all men are born free and equal but it was changed to all human beings are born free and equal after efforts by Indian representative Hansa Mehta.This, he said, was to ensure respect for women.During the programme, Modi also talked about Sister Nivedita, an Irish lady whose original name was Margaret Elizabeth Nobel, and recounted her service to the Indian people during the British rule.”Sister Nivedita was deeply hurt by the atrocities committed during the British rule. The British had not only made us a colony but also tried to enslave us mentally. They continuously tried to deride our culture to create an inferiority complex among us,” he said.advertisementHe also said that khadi sale at just one outlet in Delhi on the last Dhanteras on October 17 was a record Rs 1.2 crore.”The Mann Ki Baat (programme) is praised and sometimes it is criticised. But when I see the impact of Mann Ki Baat, my belief becomes a conviction that the programme has forged an unbreakable bonding with the people,” Modi said.He said an example in this regard was the sale of khadi and handloom, which he had been advocating strongly through the “Mann Ki Baat programme.The sale of khadi and handloom witnessed 90 per cent increase during this Diwali against the previous years figure, the prime minister said.”Earlier, it was khadi for nation and we talked about khadi for fashion. But lately we realised that khadi for transformation is taking the place of khadi for nation and khadi for fashion.The prime minister also referred to some recent sports events like the Asia Cup Hockey and Denmark Open Tennis tournament. He hailed Indias victory in the Asia Cup after 10 years and lauded K Srikanth for winning the Denmark Open after Indonesia Open and Australia Open. PTI AKK AKKlast_img read more