Co rues dwindling number of Mapua players due to injuries

first_imgMapua takes a 12-day breather before facing JRU on August 22. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games LATEST STORIES View comments Andoy Estrella. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAs if Mapua’s roster couldn’t get any more depleted, coach Atoy Co had to face another wave of bad news as top guys Andoy Estrella and Leo Gabo fell to injuries prior to the Cardinals’ game against San Beda on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ebondo, Scorpions move on from tough semis Game 1 loss Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Unfortunately, they got injured in our practice. Wala na nga akong players, nai-injure pa (I no longer have any players, and even the ones I have still get injured),” the PBA legend rued as his rotation dwindled down to just eight men.Estrella has been the Cardinals’ leading scorer, averaging 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.5 assists, while Gabo, who was still able to play minimal minutes in the game, has been netting 10.8 markers, 3.2 boards, and 3.4 dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsStill in disbelief with the turn of events, Co shared that it was disastrous practice session on Thursday for his Mapua squad.“Gabo got (his ankle) sprained when he landed in our scrimmage. Andoy inadvertently pushed one of his teammates and (Almel) Orquina landed on his knee. He didn’t hear any pop, but after that, he had a hard time walking,” he said. MOST READ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Co suspected that Estrella suffered an MCL injury, as he kept his team’s leading scorer off of Mapua’s game on Friday. Gabo, meanwhile, fought through the pain but could only muster two points in the four minutes he played in the game.Their absence were truly felt in the Cardinals’ 66-55 loss to the Red Lions, which sent them to their fifth straight defeat and further down the cellar at 1-6.Though Co got a huge boost in the emergence of Christian Bunag, who racked an eye-popping 20 points and 18 rebounds, the mentor knows that won’t be enough as he hopes to get more surprises from his line-up.“From the start of the season, all I wanted is to have a good showing, not necessarily winning. Winning is a bonus. But I always tell them that we will play good basketball,” he said.“We have to play good basketball, disciplined basketball, take the open shot and not the hurried shot. There are losses that are still good shows. It’s basketball, there will be winners and there will be losers. It’s just that we lack the manpower.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Aces sustain resurgence, rally past Picanto behind Abueva

first_imgALASKA 102 – Abueva 26, Henton 20, Casio 20, Exciminiano 14, Banchero 11, Thoss 4, Racal 3, Baclao 2, Cruz 2, Mendoza 0, Magat 0, Pascual 0, Galliguez 0, Enciso 0.KIA 94 – Johnson 39, Paniamogan 12, Elorde 11, Yee 11, Khobuntin 10, Ballesteros 4, Celda 3, Jaime 2, Corpuz 2, Revilla 0, Camson 0, Salva 0.Quarters: 23-27, 46-51, 67-77, 102-94. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “(Kia) was playing great, but we just had a lot of bounces that went our way and we made a couple of shots,” said Compton.Down 10, 77-67, at the start the fourth period, Alaska leaned on Ping Exciminiano, who had 14 markers, four boards, and three dimes off the bench. Casio knotted the game at 84 with a triple with 5:36 left to set up the frantic finish.Johnson fired 39 points that went with nine rebounds, and seven assists, but committed eight turnovers for still winless Kia (0-9).Philip Paniamogan added 12 markers, while Nico Elorde and Mark Yee both had 11.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT Buck Henton contributed 20 markers, including the go-ahead triple with 1:26 to play that gave Alaska a 97-94 lead. Henton also collected 13 boards, seven assists, and three blocks, JVee Casio added four triples and wound up with 20 points and seven dimes as the Aces, who started the conference at 0-6, stayed alive for a playoff spot.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 opening“It’s a character-building win for us,” he said.After Henton’s go-ahead trey in the final minute, the Picanto had a chance to tie the game, but LA Revilla threw an errant pass to Johnson that led to Casio’s dagger short stab on the other end with 36.6 ticks remaining. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side La Salle survives FEU to start UAAP title defense LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ PBA IMAGESCalvin Abueva willed Alaska to a come-from-behind win over Kia, 102-94, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Abueva unfurled a conference-best 26 points, 15 rebounds, and three assists to lead the Aces. He frustrated high-scoring Picanto reinforcement Geron Johnson in the last five minutes as Alaska stretched its winning streak to three games.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

Somdev, Sania storm into singles final

first_imgTop seed Somdev Devvarman and Sania Mirza ensured India will grab at least two silver medals in tennis in the Commonwealth Games, after both of them progressed to their respective singles finals, although in contrasting fashion.Today’s medal hunt: 141 |  Stomach bug hits Aus, UK swimmers | CWG OC to give 30 % free tickets Somdev Devvarman, ranked 97th, outplayed third seed and world number 165 Matthew Ebden 6-3 6-1, while second seed Sania had to beat some demons of her own before prevailing 1-6 6-4 6-4 against Australia’s sixth seed Olivia Rogowska.Somdev will fight for the gold medal with Australia’s fifth seed Greg Jones, who upset his opponent and second seed Peter Luczak 6-7 6-4 6-2 in the other semifinal.Watched by her husband Shoaib Malik and egged on by a boisterous 2000-strong home crowd, Sania erased an opening set deficit to pull off an amazing win after striving for one hour and 55 minutes at the Centre Court of the R K Khanna Tennis stadium.There was little to separate the two players since both were erratic with their serves and hardly had control over their strokes as unforced errors outnumbered the winners.Sania could not held her serve in the entire first set, which was over in favour of Rogowska in just 26 minutes. Holding serve was key but she dropped her serve again in the fourth game of the second set with a double fault.However, Sania, ranked 131, shrugged off the poor start to make a spirited comeback by breaking 192nd ranked Rogowska in the fifth and ninth game and to move ahead 5-4. She then served out the set in the next game. .advertisementUnforced errors though continued to flow from both sides of the courts and it all boiled down to who will put more balls in the court.The decisive third set belonged to the Indian as she broke her opponent in the first and fifth game to put herself ahead 4-1. Although she too dropped her serve twice but eventually pocketed the match by breaking Rgowska for one last time.”When you are not timing the ball well, you have to do something different. I am happy I could fight back. My game is aggressive but I had to run,” she said.”I knew she would not be able to beat me otherwise she would have been in top 50. But she played a great match,” Sania added.Earlier in the Somdev match, unlike the previous contests, the semifinal featured a long rallies but Somdev had strong enough legs and stamina to outlast his opponent.Ebden was coming into this match after playing a energy-sapping three-setter against British Joshua Goodall and perhaps had not recovered from the gruelling encounter.Nevertheless, he did pose some questions for Somdev but the Indian was equipped with enough answers.The match never rose to expected highs ever since Ebden dropped his serve in the first game. The Australian slowly picked up but Somdev gradually tightened his grip over the match. The Indian broke Ebden twice in both the sets.Somdev is also in contention in the men’s doubles and is scheduled to play semifinals with partner Rohan Bopanna later in the day.last_img read more

Temple jewellery returns

first_imgModel Shruti Hari flaunts some antique temple jewelleryTraditional antique jewellery has made its way to the style charts with a bang, quite literally, this festive season.Apart from the typically north Indian Kundan and Jadau styles which Aishwarya Rai made so popular through the movie Jodhaa Akbar, the very South Indian,Model Shruti Hari flaunts some antique temple jewelleryTraditional antique jewellery has made its way to the style charts with a bang, quite literally, this festive season.Apart from the typically north Indian Kundan and Jadau styles which Aishwarya Rai made so popular through the movie Jodhaa Akbar, the very South Indian ‘temple’ jewellery is also becoming a rage among the discerning jewellery enthusiasts. Interestingly, people are quite wanting to go back to the roots and are quite eager to sport antique jewllery depicting the ancient era.”Temple jewellery mainly consists of designs in kemp, uncut ruby and uncut diamond, although kemp is our best seller,” says Anwar Nissar, the store manager at Prince Jewellery, which was one of the first establishments to have introduced Chennai to antique jewellery with their dedicated line, Ancient Secrets. “There was always a demand. But over the last few years, it has increased and our customers are mostly young women,” he grins.Typically, the range begins at Rs 80,000 and can go up to anything. “It depends on the piece,” explains Anwar. “The older they are, the more expensive. We’ve sold necklaces for Rs 15-16 lakhs each,” he shrugs as he takes one out of the display counter. “This is one of our most popular pieces, the maanga maalai. Since it’s authentic, it would sell at roughly Rs 6 lakh.” The paisleys are exquisitely formed, studded with kemp and the rough sparkle of uncut diamonds. “The quality of workmanship is outstanding,” he adds and there really is no argument. Each piece in their collection can only be termed a work of art, an heirloom, a masterpiece.advertisement”It’s not like all these pieces have been previously owned by royalty,” he says, when questioned about the source. “Many middle class people back in the day would have sold jewellery like this without knowing its actual value. Even today, most people don’t understand the concept of antique jewellery,” he rues.”There was much more honesty and integrity back then. You’ll notice that in the quality of the stone, the gold and the design. There were no cost cuts or compromises – artisans just wanted to make a good product. You don’t get stuff like this anymore, which one of the reasons it’s priced the way it is.””I really love temple jewellery,” says Shruti Hari, one of the more popular faces in Chennai’s modelling circuit. “I learned dance when I was young, so I’ve grown up wearing it.” However, the market for the kemp studded earrings and the paisley shaped necklace isn’t restricted to the dancers anymore. There has been a visible metamorphosis not just in demand, but in design as well, particularly where the artificial variety is concerned.Artificial temple jewellery, which had once been regarded as nothing more than cheap imitation, has garnered a massive fan base of late, especially among young women.Apart from the more ostentatious pieces that are used purely for performances, there is a new hybrid collection that combines specific traditional features, such as the maanga with contemporary settings, and is quite a rage today.The design is modern but still manages to retain old world charm. Add to the fact that artificial jewellery doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket the way authentic jewellery does, and you’ve got a winner.There really are no limits when it comes to styling possibilities, either. It complements any skin colour, and can be paired with most outfits.”I’m wearing a piece right now” laughs Shruti. “It goes with anything. It’s subtle, but grand. I love it.”Elegant, beautiful and timeless, temple jewellery transcends fashion trends, making it the one must-flaunt not just this festive season, but any season. “It can never go out of fashion” she declares. We agree to that for sure. Shoppers stopPrince jewellery Address: No.13, Nageswara Raa Road, Panagal Park, T.Nagar, Chennai – 600 017 Phone No : 044 4266 8181 Nathella’s Arcade 37, Tel: 2831111Narayana pearls No 75, Pondy Bazzaar, Next to Univercell, T.Nagar, Chennai -600 0017 Phone: 4212 3226Anokhi 85, “Chamiers”, Chamiers Road, Ra Puram Chennai, Tamilnadu 600028 42030734last_img read more

Letters to the Editor April 16, 2007

first_imgBob Woolmer with Pakistan Cricket TeamDeath of the Game The grand celebrations of the World Cup have now paved the way for a series of upsets in the form of a death and match-fixing allegations (“Tragedy, Mystery and a Cup of Woe”, April 2). This ninth edition of cricket’s most-celebrated,Bob Woolmer with Pakistan Cricket TeamDeath of the GameThe grand celebrations of the World Cup have now paved the way for a series of upsets in the form of a death and match-fixing allegations (“Tragedy, Mystery and a Cup of Woe”, April 2). This ninth edition of cricket’s most-celebrated tournament will forever remain etched in history.-C.K. SUBRAMANIAM, on e-mailFor cricket lovers, Woolmer’s murder is a matter of shame and has cast a pall of gloom on the World Cup.-BIDYUT KUMAR CHATTERJEE, FaridabadWhen commercialisation of this erstwhile gent-leman’s game had reached its zenith, could crime have remained far behind?-NAVNEET DHAWAN, DelhiWhat led to Woolmer’s death may soon come to light, yet the game’s real disease is its “overmonetisation”. When any creative pursuit becomes infested with too much lucre, it tends to degenerate, and instead of a “play” it changes into a “question of life and death”.-VIRENDRA KUMAR TANGRI, DehradunAll facets of the gentleman’s game now lie open in front of us. Woolmer’s death and the subsequent investigations pointing towards match-fixing, are enough reasons for one to give up on the game. But the love for cricket just refuses to die.-LALIT VERMA, Delhi And They all Fell Down…The performance of the Indian cricket team gives rise to a range of emotions, from ecstasy to happiness to doubt and finally to alarm (“It’s all Mathematics Now”, April 2). These men in blue take us through such an unwelcome rollercoaster rides that I wonder sometimes if it is really time to switch from cricket to kabaddi. At least then the pain of loss would not be ours and the panic attacks would not make a billion lives shorter by the ball.-J. AKSHAY, SecunderabadadvertisementThe build-up was exemplary, the expectations were scary, the hype was exponential and as usual the papered team was at its best (losing of course!). The bubble has burst. Team India of the World Cup is not about crushing the minnows, but putting a commendable performance against A-class opponents, and not being tamed by the tame.-CARLITO MONTEIRO, on e-mailThe Centre should enact a law curbing the cricketers’ commercial contracts as long as they are of playing for the country to assuage the feelings of millions of fans who are taken for a ride by our so-called champions who are actually minnows.-V.S. GANESHAN, BangaloreThe shock and grief at our performance in the World Cup cricket is immature and uncalled-for. The media hyped the Indian team as pretenders to the world crown for monetary reasons. India was knocking at the door of minnows club before the start of the World Cup. Hence there is no point in the blame game and further research on the nonexistent “debacle”.-DILIP GULWADI, on e-mailFutile ConjecturesGoing by Rahul Gandhi’s claim, 30 years from now his progeny may well say that “my father always told my mother that if he and not the other Rahul had been captain of the cricket team, India would have won the 2007 World Cup” (“Baptism by Fire”, April 2). K.R. RAVI, Maryland, USA Little history, like little knowledge, is a dangerous thing, particularly when a little politician like Rahul Gandhi unleashes it in a little town in Uttar Pradesh. Now that the “Gandhis” are in power, what about rebuilding the masjid? The taste of the pudding lies in its eating.-J. AKSHOBHYA, MysoreVote-catching is an essential feature of any democracy, but digging up an unsavoury piece of history to bolster up the sagging fortunes of one’s party may turn out to be a futile exercise. It would be a tragedy for the entire nation, if the fall of Babri Masjid continues to be viewed only through narrow political angles.-T.S. PATTABHI RAMAN, CoimbatureCost of DevelopmentWest Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya’s struggle is the struggle of the Communist party in West Bengal (“The Struggle of Buddha”, April 2). Perhaps for the first time they are tasting their own bitter pill. He didn’t realise that this is not China and took it as easy as winning an election. Nandigram is a lesson for all but at the cost of 14 lives.-A. JACOB SAHAYAM, ThiruvananthapuramThe killings have taken place in a state governed by the “champions of poor”. The murder of innocent people has exposed that the difference between the Leftists and the agents of globalisation has vanished.-ARVIND K, PANDEY, AllahabadThe Watchdog’s Role I hope the media takes the Uttar Pradesh elections seriously and guides the electorate (“Three Horses and a Pony”, April 2). The voters are looking forward to a detailed analysis of the election strategies of all political parties.-SHIV SHANKER ALMAL, KolkataadvertisementCredit DeniedThe real architect of Karnataka Common Entrance Test was late Ramakrishna Hegde, whose vision had put the state on the world map and not Veerappa Moily (“Tale of Two Worlds”, April 2).-VATSALA VEDANTAM, on e-mailFashion ContoursFashion is unfair for commonman as it is beyond his reach (“Fair is Lovely”, April 2). Models are happy to expose their bodies, which onlookers are only too happy to see.-M. KUMAR, DelhiCorrectionIn the Power List (“Power Pyramid”, March 26), we erroneously mentioned that Videocon had acquired Whirlpool. The error is regretted.-EDITOR  POWER PLAY        Dirubhai AmbaniMukesh AmbaniSunil Bharti MittalAmitabh Bachchan        Kumar Mangalam BirlaAnil AmbaniAnand MahindraNandan M. Nilekani                 In your list there are a number of tax-dodgers and blackmoney holders (“Power Pyramid”, March 26). The day their number decreases, the nation will prosper.S.S. RAJAGOPALAN, ChennaiFor too long you have been depriving me of the regular day-to-day current event stories. For example, your recent Power List special took away so many pages that very little space was left for other stories. Please do not deprive me of my weekly reading.H.P. SHUKLA, on e-mailArvind Kejriwal and Vikram Akula deserve a standing ovation for the work they have done and for having made it to this Power List.ANIKA MOHLA, Delhilast_img read more

Bollywood macho man Akshay Kumar stretches his acting muscles, dons thinking actor part

first_imgNew move: Akshay Kumar has a total makeoverIt’s probably symptomatic of an industry starved of stars that Akshay Kumar, once dismissed as a macho man with a Mickey Mouse voice, has become one of Mumbai’s busiest actors.He has replaced the luckless Salman Khan in the new Thums Up ad, signing,New move: Akshay Kumar has a total makeoverIt’s probably symptomatic of an industry starved of stars that Akshay Kumar, once dismissed as a macho man with a Mickey Mouse voice, has become one of Mumbai’s busiest actors.He has replaced the luckless Salman Khan in the new Thums Up ad, signing a year’s contract worth Rs 1.5 crore. He’s acting in the new Madhur Bhandarkar film, considered by many to be the isi mark of an actor. And he has as many as six films in the kitty, each at a fee of Rs 1.5 crore, with directors ranging from Raj Kumar Santoshi to Vipul Shah.It has made him more venturesome. He now calls his secretary his manager/agent, he has hired a PR-firm to stoke his image and taking a leaf from the books of actors like Ajay Devgan and Akshaye Khanna, he has decided to give himself a new look for every film. Never mind that his eyes swim if he reads more than half a page of print, that he’s not the most scintillating conversationalist and that he cheerfully con- fesses to borrowing stunts from Hollywood movies.Meet the new, improved Akshay Kumar, who has decided not to let his muscles do all the talking. He has worked on his voice with a teacher at home. His clothes are the collective efforts of designers Manish Malhotra, Aki Narula and Anna Singh. And the image as a serial philanderer is now consigned to glossy newsprint that lines bookshelves, thanks to his marriage to former actor Twinkle Khanna. Which explains the actor’s latest passion: playing with his month-old son Aarav.advertisementAs he steps out of his silver Mit-subishi Pajero and waits to go out to lunch with his mother-in-law,’ Dimple Kapadia, he seems to have re-invented himself. After over 12 years ‘ in Bollywood, he’s actually thinking about what he is doing.In Bhandarkar’s new film, Police Force, his name is Hari Om Patnaik (“I don’t want to have a regular name like Ajay Singhania”) and his clothes are a replica of a dcp’s wardrobe. For the new cola ad, he experimented with his hairstyle and tried a different, bronze make-up. “Now that I’m financially secure I like to challenge myself. I want to be an actor,” he says.PLAN OF ACTIONROLES: Mixes an action film with a more “authentic” part.APPEARANCE: Three designers fashion his clothes. Wants a new look in every film. Will sport a new hairstyle in Police Force.NEW MOVIES: With Raj Kumar Santoshi and Dharmesh Darshan.The turning point came in 1999 after three years of flops, when he did Sangharsh with Tanuja Chandra and Jaanwar with Suneel Darshan. Mahesh Bhatt remembers him from Angaarey, a 1998 film he directed him in: “He was always defensive about his acting. He would always say, ‘I’m a fighter, not an actor’.”Now, every Friday, he goes to his neighbourhood theatre, with a cap pulled low over his face, to watch the new releases. “I like to watch with the audience. They laugh where I would not laugh, cry where I wouldn’t. They can tell when you are faking an emotion,” he says. Which is why he likes to mix it up. “I do certain movies for A-list centres and others for B and C,” he says.This year, he played an action hero in Awaara Paagal Deewana and a blind robber in Aankhen. Later in the year, Talaash with Kareena Kapoor will be released, to be followed by the love triangle Andaz, where he’s an air force pilot, with Priyanka Chopra and Lara Dutta. Bhandarkar was impressed by his preparation for the film, whether it was working on his look or his lines. “His sincerity and hard work are his biggest qualities,” he says.Like his almost-director Deepa Mehta, he is convinced that Water will be made and he’ll get to play Narayan, Mahatma Gandhi’s follower. He still remembers the dialogue and rattles it off for your benefit: “Aadmi ke mar jane par naa hi uske kurte ko jalate hai naa hi uske jooton ko, par uski aurat ko (When a man dies they don’t burn his kurta or his shoes, only his wife).”His grandparents, who still live in Delhi’s Paranthewali Gali, would be proud of his makeover. So would the uncle at whose no-name restaurant in Bangkok’s Phurat Street he spent six years cooking chole-bhature and aloo subzi. The Khiladi has finally learnt how to play the game.last_img read more

Mandira Bedi poses for pro-faux leather ad

first_imgActress-anchor Mandira Bedi looks a killer in a pro-fake leather ad for animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India.The caption for the ad is “Sometimes It’s Cool to Be SoFake”. In the ad, Mandira sports a flashy spiked faux leather jacket by Sukriti Grover and celebrity hairstylist Sapna Bhavnani’s collection SoFake.”Sapna has shown us through her designs that it’s cool to be SoFake. Through her clothes, she has shown that you can have looks that can kill without killing anybody,” Mandira said in a statement.Known for its unique structured shapes and striking black, white and grey tones, SoFake will soon be on display at the upcoming Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai.last_img read more

Kyrie Irving, Al Horford rally Celtics past Grizzlies

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TIP-INSCeltics: Rookie F Robert Williams missed his second straight game with a left groin strain. … Horford’s five 3-pointers matched his career high set against Houston on Dec. 29, 2015. . Irving’s 13 assists matched his season best and was one short of his career high.Grizzlies: Gasol has made a 3-pointer in 12 straight games, one short of his career-best 13 in December 2017. … Brooks was 4 of 5 from outside the arc. … Gasol had 10 assists, marking the center’s 13th double-double of the season. . Memphis was 24 for 37 in the first half (64.9 percent), a season-best shooting percentage for a half.DEFENDING CONLEYBickerstaff doesn’t think Conley gets the respect from officials that his point guard deserves. Bickerstaff pointed to a play where he believed Conley was slapped on the arm on a drive to the basket. Bickerstaff said it was a game-changer, calling it a “huge missed call.”“I think it’s been a running theme in the conversations that we’ve had about the fouls that Mike Conley gets that aren’t blown. Mike Conley is one of the class acts in the NBA. He serves the respect of the officials. Time and time again, he drives to the basket, there’s contact made, but there’s no whistle. . He doesn’t get the respect that I feel that some of these other guys at his level do.”FATIGUE SETS INCeltics second-year forward Guerschon Yabusele played a season-high 16 minutes, including significant minutes in the fourth before Horford returned with 4:47 left in the game. “I’m not going to lie, I’m really, really tired,” he said.UP NEXTCeltics: Visit San Antonio on Monday. “At the half, Kyrie just challenged all of us to be better,” Horford said of the difference after Boston trailed 64-47 at intermission. “The coach as well. I felt like we came out with better energy, played much harder.”Irving’s halftime talk had to deal with his own game as well. He was limited to four shots in the first half and four points. That approach changed in the second half as Irving became more aggressive and got to the basket more often.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“Offensively, I felt like they were trying to take the ball out of my hands,” Irving said, adding the Celtics were more active off the ball in the second half. “You don’t have to touch the basketball every single play down to be effective. You can be effective doing the little things. That’s what we did in the second half.”But there still was the matter of overcoming the 19-point deficit in the third quarter. Boston started it with an 11-2 run in the closing minutes of the third. Then, Memphis opened the fourth missing 15 of its first 16 shots. By that point, Boston had overtaken the Grizzlies. Memphis would hold a 97-96 lead before the Celtics rattled off a 12-4 rally that included a pair of 3-pointers from Horford to collect the win. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “We didn’t do a good job of defending the 3-point line,” Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said after Boston was 9 of 18 behind the arc in the second half.“We allowed them to shoot 44 percent from the 3-point line (for the game), and that was the difference.”Marcus Morris scored 22 points for Boston, and Gordon Hayward had 14 off the bench.Mike Conley led Memphis with 26 points, while Dillon Brooks added 19. Jaren Jackson Jr. and Marc Gasol finished with 15 points apiece.“We couldn’t get stops,” Gasol said. “Normally, the way you stop the bleeding is by getting stops, and we couldn’t get stops. .And it felt like they made every shot down the stretch.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Grizzlies: Visit Houston on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Warriors beat Blazers to avenge earlier loss this week LATEST STORIES View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives between Memphis Grizzlies guards Shelvin Mack, left, and Garrett Temple, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tennesee — Kyrie Irving didn’t get off to a very good start, so he and the Boston Celtics made sure to finish with a flurry.Irving scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half, Al Horford converted a pair of late 3-pointers to finish with 18 points and the Celtics erased a 19-point, second-half deficit to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 112-103 on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Evan Fournier’s buzzer beater lifts Magic past Pistons

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Two days later, he downplayed the impact of the 20-minute team meeting he had with players after the game.“Nothing came out of the meeting that hasn’t been said before,” Casey said before Sunday’s game. “When you walk across the black lines, if you have your hard hat on and your boots tied, that is what this game is about. We haven’t exemplified that enough consistently and until we do, we’re going to be on a roller coaster.”UP NEXTPistons: Continue a four-game road trip Tuesday night at Milwaukee.Magic: Start a six-game road trip in Charlotte on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “Evan wants the ball at the end, he has courage,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “That was not an easy shot, but if he can get a shot like that, you’re comfortable he’s going to make it.”D.J. Augustin had 26 points and eight assists, and Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon each scored 22 points to help the Magic win their second straight. Fournier finished with 13.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionWith the clock winding down, Fournier was the easy call for the potential winning shot attempt. He had a 3-pointer to beat Cleveland at the buzzer earlier this season.“I really embrace those moments,” Fournier said. “It’s everyone’s dream to have one buzzer beater in the NBA so having two is even better.” BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Fournier’s winning basket ended a wild finish in which Detroit wiped out an eight-point deficit in the final three minutes only to lose for the 11th time in their last 14 games.Luke Kennard scored 16 points to lead the Pistons. Reggie Bullock and Blake Griffin had 15 apiece and Andre Drummond had 14 points and 15 rebounds.Detroit thought it had pushed the game into overtime when Bullock was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 2.5 seconds to go and made all three free throws to tie the score at 107.However, the Pistons couldn’t come up with a stop when they needed one.“Games don’t come down to just one play,” Detroit coach Dwane Casey said. “There were way too many possessions before that when we did things that get you beat. We just have to learn to do the simple things.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Return to sender: Roger Federer looking forward to Serena Williams’ serve SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion From left to right, Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier, Wes Iwundu, Jonathan Isaac and Isaiah Briscoe celebrate after Foruneir made the winning basket at the buzzer to defeat the Detroit Pistons in an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Florida — Even when he’s not having a big game, Evan Fournier is still the Orlando Magic’s best option at the end of games.Fournier took an inbounds pass outside the 3-point arc, dribbled to the free throw line and shot a floating jumper that dropped through the nets as the buzzer sounded on Orlando’s 109-107 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Neither team led by more than six points in the second half until Augustin sparked an 8-0 run with back-to-back 3-pointers and fed Jonathan Isaac for a fastbreak layup that gave Orlando a 95-87 lead with 7:07 left in the game.Later in the quarter, Augustin stole a rebound from Drummond, drove the lane and whipped a wraparound pass to Vucevic for an uncontested layup that made it 104-95 with 3 1/2 minutes to go.Detroit rallied quickly. A layup by Reggie Jackson cut the deficit to 105-104 with 8.9 seconds remaining.Orlando’s Terrence Ross got loose for a breakaway dunk with 5.4 seconds to go but Bullock’s free throws tied it.Fournier took the inbounds pass and immediately drove into the lane, lofting his shot just before the buzzer sound to give Orlando the win.TIP-INSPistons: Detroit came into the game off a season-worst 37-point loss to Indiana. … Detroit is No. 1 in offensive rebounding advantage over opponents with a plus-110 margin coming in. The Pistons added to that, grabbing 17 rebounds to 10 for the Magic. … Griffin took a nasty fall when he slipped on a wet floor while trying to inbound the ball after a turnover. Griffin lay on the floor for 15 seconds before getting up and continuing play.Magic: PG D.J. Augustin badly sprained his ankle after stepping on Griffin’s foot with 1:44 left in the game, but stayed in the game. … Orlando came in off as season-best 29-point win over Toronto. … F Jonathon Simmons left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. … The Magic outscored the Pistons 22-8 in points in the paint in the first quarter.MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING?Casey was upset enough with Detroit’s performance in a 125-88 loss at Indiana on Friday to apologize to fans for “one of the worst exhibitions we’ve put on the floor.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski makes 2 key caches in what could be his last game

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Was it his biggest catch ever?“You tell me,” Gronkowski said after New England’s 13-3 Super Bowl victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night. “It’s up there. I like making big catches like that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThat, of course, is what he has done his entire nine-year NFL career.The 29-year-old Gronkowski is a three-time Super Bowl champion who has been one of the most dominant players at his position. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READ Ever.But, whether the end is near — or, next — has been a question all season as back, knee, ankle and arm ailments have sapped him of his ability to stay on the field. And, when he did play this season, he looked mostly like a shell of his All-Pro self.“Tonight, it’s about celebrating with my teammates and that decision will be made a week or two down the future,” Gronkowski said. “Because tonight, that’s what it’s about, is celebrating with my teammates. That’s what I’m worried about tonight.”Gronkowski was seen limping out of Mercedes-Benz Stadium after the game after injuring a quadriceps muscle on a hit in the third quarter.“Yeah, my quad, it hurts a lot,” he said. “I can barely walk right now.”ADVERTISEMENT But, for how much longer?Gronkowski has danced around the question of retirement whenever the question has come up, but he’s due $9 million in base salary next season — a hefty amount for an aging player whose health will always be a concern.Even if he wants to keep playing, the Patriots could very well say goodbye to one of their best and most popular players in the next few months.And, if that’s the case, Gronkowski and the Patriots went out a winner. As they have so often done.“I’ll tell you this: It was the most satisfying year I’ve ever been a part of,” Gronkowski said. “How we came together, the obstacles we had to overcome, the grind from the beginning of training camp to now, it’s just surreal.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski (87) runs from Los Angeles Rams’ Samson Ebukam (50) after catching a pass during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — Rob Gronkowski rumbled down the field, got past two defenders and hauled in the football to set up New England’s go-ahead touchdown.If this was the farewell performance for the Patriots tight end, he went out in playmaking style.ADVERTISEMENT View comments He was plenty mobile when it mattered most, though. His two biggest catches came after the painful hit.Gronkowski finished with six catches for 87 yards, including two receptions on New England’s only touchdown drive. With the score tied at 3, Tom Brady found his tight end for an 18-yard gain on first down . Two plays later, the Patriots had second-and-3 from the Rams 31 when Brady saw Gronkowski get free down the left sideline.He launched the ball and Gronkowski reached out to catch the ball and put New England at the 2.“When it comes to crunch time,” Gronkowski said, “I always find a way.”For a few moments, it was just like old times.Brady to Gronk.“Incredible catch,” Brady said. “He’s an awesome teammate, friend, and I’m just so proud of everything that he’s done for our team. He just had an incredible game.”Added center David Andrews: “It was a hell of a catch. The best players show up at the best time.”On the next play, Sony Michel ran it up the middle for a touchdown that put the Patriots ahead for good.“Tom threw it to me and I had to make a play,” Gronkowski said. “I just come through where it needs to be that time. He knows to trust in me and throw that ball and I’m going to go grab it.” Mike Conley, Marc Gasol help Grizzlies top Knicks to end road skid LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Phoenix Pulse, Columbian set sights on playoff berth

first_imgView comments Phoenix (6-1) faces Alaska at 7 p.m. at MOA Arena with a victory, Alas said, allowing the Fuel Masters to plant “a foot into the next round,” aside from allowing them to share the top spot with Rain or Shine—the only team that has defeated Phoenix so far.Columbian has a longer path to the next round but that hasn’t dampened the optimism of Dyip mentor Johnedel Cardel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We have four more games,” said Cardel after his team’s 86-85 win over the Meralco Bolts. “[We are taking it] one game at a time.”The Dyip’s first test will be the Blackwater Elite, who now sits at the bottom of the conference with a 1-6 card. After picking up wins on Wednesday night, Phoenix Pulse and Columbian are setting their sights on the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs—and the road won’t be easy.“This was hard,” FuelMasters coach Louie Alas said of the match against NothPort which they narrowly captured, 98-96. “But Friday is going to be harder—that’s for sure.”ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a winnable game,” Dyip skipper Rashawn McCarthy said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Read Next LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants National sports complex site not a lock Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

‘India’s pride and a Champion’: PM Modi Meets Golden Girl PV Sindhu After Historic Win

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. badmintonbadminton world championshipBWFbwf full form First Published: August 27, 2019, 1:54 PM IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi met ace shuttler PV Sindhu on Tuesday, two days after she clinched India’s maiden gold in the World Championships to congratulate her and to wish her luck for future tournaments. Calling her India’s pride, the PM tweeted photos of himself with Sindhu in which he was seen presenting her the gold medal she won at the BWF World Championships in Basel, Switzerland on Sunday. “India’s pride, a champion who has brought home a Gold and lots of glory! Happy to have met @Pvsindhu1. Congratulated her and wished her the very best for her future endeavours,” Modi tweeted. India’s pride, a champion who has brought home a Gold and lots of glory! Happy to have met @Pvsindhu1. Congratulated her and wished her the very best for her future endeavours. pic.twitter.com/4WvwXuAPqr— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 27, 2019 Sindhu had scripted history with her victory as she became the first Indian to win badminton World Championships gold by beating familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a lop-sided final. It was sheer dominance by the Indian as she romped home 21-7 21-7 in the summit clash that lasted just 38 minutes.Modi had also congratulated Sindhu after the final. “The stupendously talented @Pvsindhu1 makes India proud again! Congratulations to her for winning the Gold at the BWF World Championships. The passion and dedication with which she’s pursued badminton is inspiring. PV Sindhu’s success will inspire generations of players,” he had said. Other ministers, sportspersons and Bollywood stars had also congratulated her, along with several others. She returned to India on Monday to a rousing welcome. She said the feeling is yet to sink in given her hectic schedule since the triumph.She was mobbed at the airport after she touched down with national coach Pullela Gopichand by her side on Monday night here. Despite the hectic schedule, the 24-year-old had a smile on her face as she acknowledged supporters and the media at the airport.”I am really happy, I am very proud of my country. It’s a much-awaited win and I am very happy about it,” she said in response to a barrage of questions that were thrown at her. Earlier in the day, she also met union sports minister Kiren Rijiju.Honoured @Pvsindhu1 who created history and made India proud by winning the World Badminton Championship for the first time! My best wishes to her in her pursuit to bring more glory to India🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/2iwtfmlVIb— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 27, 2019 last_img read more

VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season 5 records an unprecedented rise in viewership

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE sport Published on The opening day Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 5 has registered a cumulative reach of over 50 million registering a jump of over 59 per cent over the inaugural day of Season 4 of the tournament.This has been a season of many firsts for Pro Kabaddi as four new franchises joined the existing eight this season widening the geographical representation of the league to reach across 11 states.More than 130 matches spread across 13 weeks, strengthen Vivo Pro Kabaddi’s status as India’s biggest non-cricketing sports league.With the introduction of Star Sports First, India’s first free-to-air (FTA) private sports channel, and SS1 Tamil, a first of its kind dedicated regional sports channel in India, Star Sports has allowed for India’s own sport to reach out to the growing number of Kabaddi enthusiasts across the nation.Sanjay Gupta, MD, Star India said, “I believe this is the first big year for sports beyond cricket. The spectacular growth in viewership for Kabaddi is testament to this journey. It is heartening to see the response VIVO Pro Kabaddi has evoked from millions of fans across the country, cutting across geographies and demographics and I am truly overwhelmed by its success and rapid rise.”The state of Karnataka has contributed significantly with a viewership growth of 137 per cent for Season 5 as compared to Season 4.The average rating for day 1 showed an increase in other key markets as well with Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra registering a growth of 48 per cent and 22 per cent respectively. COMMENT August 03, 2017 advertising and marketing COMMENTSlast_img read more

Chandimal ruled out of remainder of India-Sri Lanka ODI series

first_imgSrilanka’s Dinesh Chandimal reacts after injury in his thumb during the 3rd ODI match at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka.   –  Reuters August 28, 2017 COMMENTS India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets to seal ODI series Sri Lankan batsman Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the remaining two matches in the one-day international series against India after fracturing his thumb in game three.Chandimal sustained the injury when he was caught on the hand by a Hardik Pandya bouncer in Sunday’s match at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, which India won by six wickets to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.“SLC confirms that test captain Dinesh Chandimal will be out of action for the rest of the series after sustaining a hairline fracture to his right thumb,” Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement. “We will have a better idea of timeline of his recovery after consulting a specialist in Colombo tomorrow.”The teams move to Colombo for the fourth one-dayer on Thursday with the fifth to follow in the capital on Sunday. They will also face off in a Twenty20 international on Sept 6. Published on Dinesh Chandimal sustained the injury when he was caught on the hand by a Hardik Pandya bouncer SHAREcenter_img RELATED × Srilanka’s Dinesh Chandimal reacts after injury in his thumb during the 3rd ODI match at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka.   –  Reuters cricket SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTlast_img read more

French Open: Satwik-Chirag Settle for Silver After Final Loss to World No.1

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s top men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty failed to clear the final hurdle at French Open and settled for silver after a 18-21, 16-21 loss to world No.1 pair Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon in Paris on Sunday.Satwik-Chirag were not as sharp as they have been all through the tournament and looked a but nervous during the final while the world No.1s were simply stunning and looked in no real trouble at any given point in the match. However, it was still a brilliant tournament for Satwik and Chirag, who beat the world No.2 and world No.6 pairs en route to the final. Satwik-Chirag, who are currently ranked 11th in the world, are expected to rise up well in the rankings after reaching the final and raking up wins against two higher-ranked pairs.Gideon and Sukamuljo began the match brilliantly executing a perfect flat game while a nervous-looking Chirag leaked too many errors to let the Indonesians get a 8-2 lead.However, the Indians settled into the match gradually and especially Satwik began to play well as the Indians came back in the contest. Chirag took control from the net while Satwik started firing with his steep smashes and cross court clears as the Indian reduced the deficit to 8-10. However, Sukamuljo produced an exemplary exchange at the net with Satwik as the Indonesians went into the break with an 11-8 lead.The Indonesians became assertive once more after the break and went into a 16-12 lead before the Indians started firing again.Chirag first smashed a flick serve from the Indonesians and then executed a triple-smash from the front court to make it 15-16. Chirag and Satwik were looking to play into the centre as much as possible to cut down the angles for Sukamuljo to work with and that was working pretty well for them.The Indians drew level at 17-17 after a backhand defensive cross from Chirag aimed at Gideon was returned wide.But soon three game points arrived for the Indians courtesy a heart play from Gideon. He fell on the floor while saving a shuttle and Satwik played a clear directed towards him in reply. But Gideon was immediately up again to return after which Satwik smashed wide.The Indians saved one game point but Sukamuljo smashed right into Chirag’s body to take the first game 21-18.The second game began in a similar manner with the world No.1s racing off to a 6-2 lead. But the Indians fought their way back and drew level at 6-6 courtesy a brilliant challenge from Satwik when the line judge called a Gideon clear in.The pairs exchanged a couple of points from there Satwik’s errors gave the Indonesians an 11-10 lead at the break.Trailing 11-12, Satwik smashed hard from the back followed by a couple from Chirag from the front court as the Indians took the point.But Gideon and Sukamuljo never let the initiative slip from thereon as Gideon took full control of the proceedings. The Indians kept fighting for every point but the world No.1s proved to be too good in the end. badmintonChirag Shettyfrench openFrench Open 2019 First Published: October 28, 2019, 12:20 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin odds: why it goes 12 rounds

first_imgAdvertisementOur Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin odds have the Briton as 1/9 favorite for victory and just 4/11 to win by stoppage, but the latter price underestimates both his opponent’s durability and craft.Joshua boxed shrewdly if unspectacularly to beat Joseph Parker on points in his last fight and the Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin odds on it going the distance at Wembley are 5/2.Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin odds | record and historyThe Russian’s professional record stands at 34-1, with that sole reverse coming on points at the hands of a peak-period Wladimir Klitshcko back in 2013.Povetkin, who counts ‘White Lion’ among his pseudonyms, was knocked down in the second that night and three times more in the seventh, yet still survived the full 12 threes, despite losing every round.However, poor refereeing from Luis Pabon, who allowed Klitschko to repeatedly lean on the smaller man between exchanges without any punishment, undoubtedly played a part in the one-sided nature of the fight.Aside from the survival skills evident in reaching the final bell on that occasion, 2004 Olympic Super Heavyweight gold medalist Povetkin also has a lauded technique, which makes him a knockout threat.For example, whereas revered puncher Joshua’s win over Carlos Takam saw the show stopped with the Frenchman still on his feet and compos mentis, the Russian KO’d him cold with a punch he didn’t even see.David Price, who Povetkin polished off in five rounds on the Joshua v Parker undercard back in March, reflected on his own downfall against the 38 year old as follows: “I can tell you from first-hand experience that he’s a very accurate puncher.”Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin odds | bout bettingAnthony Joshua 1/9, Alexander Povetkin 11/2, the draw 25/1.The Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin odds rate the latter more likely to win by KO, TKO or DQ (9/1) than by decision or technical decision (22/1).Concerns over the Russian’s power could contribute to a relatively circumspect showing from Joshua, who is 11/4 to prevail on points.William Hill announced the signing of Anthony Joshua on a one-year-deal earlier this month. The 28-year-old will be looking to become the be the first undisputed world heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 2000.With Permission from William HillOriginal Article: https://news.williamhill.com/boxing/golovkin-vs-alvarez-predictions-free-betting-tips-middleweight-boxing-betting/Author: Thomas ReynoldsAdvertisementlast_img read more

Finally, it looks like Shawn Michaels is making a return to WWE singles competition!

first_imgAdvertisementFormer WWE wrestler Shawn Michaels might finally return to in-ring singles competition. The rumors of his return have been swirling since his confrontation with the Undertaker on the 3rd September episode of Raw. And now, it looks as if it will finally come to fruition.Shawn Michaels’ glaring look made the fans wonder if he would come out of retirementIn case you don’t know, the Undertaker defeated Shawn Michaels in a Streak vs. Career Match at WrestleMania 26. As a result, the Heart Break Kid was forced to retire and hasn’t competed in the ring again.On the 3rd September episode of Raw, the Undertaker confronted the Shawn Michaels only for the latter to claim that he hadn’t come out of retirement because he respected him. The Deadman replied that he wasn’t coming out of the retirement because of respect, but because of his fear to face him. Shawn Michaels had given a perplexed but glaring look which ignited the rumors of his return.WrestleVotes has now added fuel to the fire by tweeting that he will not only return for a tag team match at the Crown Jewel event but also for a singles match against the Undertaker at the Survivor Series or Royal Rumble.Hearing that Shawn Michaels will indeed wrestle more than just the upcoming Saudi Tag bout. A one on one match vs. The Undertaker is planned. While some want it at Chase Field for the Rumble, I’m told the discussion is centered around Survivor Series in LA.— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) September 26, 2018WrestleVotes is a very reliable source when it comes to breaking WWE management’s plans. They were the first ones who had broken the news that the Shield would take on the team of Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler, and Braun Strowman at the SuperShow Down before WWE had announced it officially. Let’s hope that this rumor also comes true.Advertisementlast_img read more

Arjuna Ranatunga accused of sexual assault by Indian flight attendant

first_imgAdvertisementThe cricket fraternity was taken by a shock today when an Indian flight attendant alleged Arjuna Ranatunga of sexual assault through her Facebook account. The former World cup winning Sri Lankan captain is yet to speak on this matter.Arjuna Ranatunga is accused of sexual assault by an Indian flight attendantThe original Facebook post where the woman had accused the current Sri Lankan cabinet minister of Ports & Shipping has been deleted. However, a screenshot of it is being circulated widely on various news websites and social media platforms.Arjuna Ranatunga isn’t the only Sri Lankan cricketer who had been accused of sexual misconduct lately, as singer Chinmayi Sripaada has held Lasith Malinga accountable for sexually assaulting a woman at a hotel during an IPL season in MumbaiThe concerned screenshot doing the rounds latelySince Tanushree Dutta’s serious accusations on Nana Patekar, a lot of Indian women from all walks of lives have begun narrating incidents of sexual misconduct they had encountered previously on social networking platforms. Jwala Gutta, a day earlier, took to Twitter to share her story of mental harassment she had faced which led to her eventual quitting of the sport.While it would be unreasonable to jump into conclusions quickly without hearing both the sides of the coins, we hope that proper investigation is carried on and justice would ultimately prevail.Advertisementlast_img read more

Manish Pandey shouldn’t be sad about World T20 snub: Sourav Ganguly

first_imgManish Pandey had every reason to be disappointed after he was snubbed for the World T20 despite a sensational hundred against Australia in the final ODI of the five-match series Down Under last month.However, former India captain Sourav Ganguly urged the stylish Karnataka batsman to not lose heart and focus on the future.Pandey, who replaced Virat Kohli for the three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka in February, was also overlooked for the Asia Cup. The selectors, who retained Ajinkya Rahane, stuck with the same squad for both tournaments.”Pandey should not be too sad. He has to take it in his stride. Rahane deserves it more than he does. It’s only a matter of time before Pandey gets his chance. The Asia Cup and World T20 is not the only cricket he will play. He has already made a name for himself and he will get his chance soon,” Ganguly told Sports Today.The selectors sprang a surprise by naming Mohammed Shami in the squads but Ganguly insisted it was a good risk. The Bengal pacer had last played for India in the World Cup semifinal in March and even though he was included in the Indian team for the ODI series against Australia, Shami had to fly back before the first match after injuring his hamstring again.Ganguly said India needed extra pace and since they did not have any confidence in Umesh Yadav after his disappointing tour of Australia, picking Shami made sense.”I’m not surprised with Shami’s inclusion. India needed pace and they would not have gone for Bhuvneshwar Kumar; they did not have confidence in Umesh. India have taken a chance with Shami. He was out for nine months and then had a hamstring injury in Australia.advertisement”It seems Shami is a better option than the others. It all depends on whether he’s fit (in time) or not. In case they don’t find him fit before the start of the tournament, the selectors will find a replacement. That’s the reason they have gone ahead with Shami. He’s a good risk if he works out”There were no major other changes to the team that won the T20 series against the Aussies. Delhi spinner Pawan Negi, who replaced Axar Patel for the Sri Lanka series, has also been named for the Asia Cup and the World T20.Young seamer Jasprit Bumrah, who made a good first impression Down Under also figures in the World T20 as does Hardik Pandya. Ganguly also hailed the selectors for showing faith in senior left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra.last_img read more