NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 5

first_imgWith the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact on the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the past week.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Oh, how fast time flies.We’re past the halfway point of the first round and it seems that Lyceum and San Beda have pulled away from the field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut beyond them is where the action is, with only a win separating the third and the ninth seeds, showing how important every game is for every team aspiring to be in the Final Four.But those wins wouldn’t come to be if not for the players themselves, and this is our list of this week’s top performers.1. Jaycee Marcelino – G, Lyceum Pirates20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 1 blockLast Week: 7 LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 5. Donald Tankoua – C, San Beda Red Lions 11 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 blockLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdmittedly inconsistent through the first six games, Donald Tankoua has finally had his best game to date for San Beda as he took a page out of his old self in the team’s 66-55 win over Mapua.With only Christian Bunag challenging him on the inside, the Nigerian center may have just gotten the shot of confidence he needs as the Red Lions gear for the tougher wars ahead.Couple that with the good showing of young prospects like Clint Doliguez and San Beda may just very well be building up a solid team ready to defend its throne.6. Juju Bautista – F, EAC Generals 12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 blocksLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSidney Onwubere starred in EAC’s 85-79 win over Arellano, but largely was absent in its home game on Thursday.Francis Munsayac, meanwhile, corralled a career-best 26 points, but committed the heartbreaking turnover which took the fight out of the Generals in their 97-93 loss to Lyceum.Despite the up-and-down week, the lone consistent force for coach Ariel Sison has been Juju Bautista, who refused to let his team down in those two close games.The Fil-Samoan’s role, though, is expected to get bigger with Hamadou Laminou being ruled out of the season after tearing his ACL in his right knee.7. Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags 20 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assistLast Week: 5 View commentscenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHas San Sebastian finally figured things out after a shocking slump early in the season?It’s still too early to tell, but for Michael Calisaan, this past week’s dominating 101-71 victory over lowly St. Benilde should be a good indication on how far the team can go.Known as a heady defensive crew, the Golden Stags put their offensive prowess in full display, with Calisaan dominating a stretch in the fourth quarter and racking 12 straight points.If San Sebastian keeps this up, there shouldn’t be any hitches for it to realize the preseason predictions placed on its head. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief As promising as this stretch is, the road is about to get bumpier for the Knights, with San Sebastian and Lyceum next in their schedule.3. CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates20 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assistsLast Week: 2A staple of this list from the start, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that CJ Perez is still flying high in these rankings.Just as the past weeks, the energetic forward has embraced the team concept coach Topex Robinson has been preaching and seven games in and Lyceum has still yet to fall.The test, however, will be in this coming week as the Pirates’ discipline will be put to the test with Robinson serving his one-game suspension following his ejection in the EAC win.4. Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights12 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assistsLast Week: 1FILE PHOTO by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week’s top performer took a bit of a bump down the rankings, but that shouldn’t take away his contributions for Letran in its game against Perpetual.Rey Nambatac did all he could to tow the Knights to the victory, even if that meant crashing the boards against the towering Prince Eze, as he became the engine that made the team work.Showing the leadership qualities Letran has been looking for since last season, Nambatac has indeed established himself as one of the best young prospects in the amateur ranks today.But just like Quinto, he and the rest of the Knights will be put into the test this coming week with a tough two-game grind coming up. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Creamline gets headway for bronze medal, trumps Air Force Jaycee Marcelino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAdamson’s loss is Lyceum’s gain. And Jaycee Marcelino has no qualms on making that fact known.With the past week his coming out party, the offensive-minded half of the Marcelino twins is proving that he might just be the next great NCAA playmaker, coming out of nowhere to follow the footsteps of stars like Scottie Thompson and Jio Jalalon.This week, Marcelino hushed the boisterous crowd in EAC with his stupendous showing including the game-sealing steal on Francis Munsayac as the Pirates bucked the absence of coach Topex Robinson to stay unscathed at 7-0.2. Bong Quinto – F, Letran Knights14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assistsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKnown as a gunner throughout his career, Bong Quinto shared that it took time for him giving the steering wheel to Rey Nambatac.But with this selfless act, the 20-year-old seems to be thriving, as the duos’ trust with each other have helped Letran nab three straight wins to pull it out of the muck and grab solo third place.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Petecio leads Pinoy pugs

first_imgNesthy Petecio (red)  INQUIRER FILE PHOTOTeam Philippines is fielding veteran Nesthy Petecio and two others in its search for the gold in the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships slated to begin Thursday in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.Accompanying Petecio, who settled for the bantamweight silver medal in the 2015 edition held in Wulanchabu, China, are light flyweight Judelyn Casin and flyweight Aira Villegas.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH More learning, more success Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 25-year-old Petecio of Davao is aching to get back at Thai Peamwilai Laopean, who ruled the 54kg division of the biennial event, which will run up to Nov. 8.Accompanying the boxers sent by the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines are coaches Roel Velasco and Violito Payla and team manager Patricio Gaspi, also the national head coach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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Harden lifts Rockets in victory over Grizzlies

first_imgHouston Rockets guard James Harden (13) regains control of the ball under pressure from Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24). APHOUSTON — James Harden scored 38 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 111-96 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).After suffering two losses to Memphis in the first two weeks of the season, the Rockets finally solved their shooting woes against the Grizzlies.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Beal, defense lead Wizards to win over Hawks LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion In their previous two meetings, Memphis held the Rockets to 90 and 89 points, the only two times the Rockets have been held under 100 points this season, and Houston’s lowest two scoring efforts ever under head coach Mike D’Antoni.On Saturday night, however, Houston jumped out to a 9-0 lead by draining three 3s and never let Memphis go ahead, leading by as many as 25 points. The Rockets outdid their previous scoring against Memphis by the end of the third quarter, entering the fourth with a 93-70 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHouston hit 16 of 45 (35.6 percent) from beyond the arc, including 6 of 14 from Harden, who added eight assists and four rebounds. Eric Gordon added 26 points on 6 of 11 3-point shooting for Houston.Tyreke Evans led Memphis with 22 points in 29 minutes off the bench. Marc Gasol and Mike Conley struggled from the floor, scoring 15 and 12, respectively. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ben McLemore made his season debut and Grizzlies debut, returning from an Aug. 8 surgery to repair a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. McLemore had four points and two rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench in his first game since joining the Grizzlies after four seasons in Sacramento.The Rockets led 62-50 at halftime behind 22 first-half points from Harden.Houston won its fifth straight game and improved to 10-3, the team’s best 13-game start since opening the 1996-97 season at 12-1.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Memphis’ bench outscored Houston’s bench 50-19, led by Evans’ 22 points and Chandler Parsons, who had 10. Memphis’ bench entered Saturday outscoring opposing second units 483-281. The Grizzlies reserves have outscored their opposing counterparts in every game but one this season.ADVERTISEMENT Rockets: Nene played seven minutes but sat out in the second half with ankle soreness. . Luc Mbah a Moute, who entered the game questionable with a left knee contusion, played 28 minutes. . Clint Capela had seven points, 14 rebounds and three blocks. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Nextlast_img read more

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Bittersweet as Cousins injures Achilles in Pelicans’ victory over Rockets

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City D’Antoni to coach Team Stephen in NBA All-Star Game LATEST STORIES “We’ve got enough guys in here who are professionals who are always ready when their number’s called, so we’ve got to make sure that we stay locked in.”Jrue Holiday scored 21 points and unconventionally sealed the victory by purposefully missing a free throw with 1.8 seconds left, causing time to run out as players fought for the rebound.“Right now, just praying everything’s OK,” with Cousins, Holiday said, adding that it made the win victory “bitter-sweet.”“Just unfortunate, really. I think we’ve been doing really well, got in a great groove,” Holiday added, noting that Cousins’ triple-double against Houston was his second in three games. “The way we’ve been playing, and him in particular, has been awesome.”Darius Miller hit six 3-pointers, including one with 1:52 left to give the Pelicans a five-point lead, and finished with 20 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Rockets: Harden moved into second in Rockets history in assists with 3,347, passing Allen Leavell’s 3,339. … Harden missed eight of nine 3-point attempts, although six of his free throws came after he was fouled on 3s. … Former Pelican Ryan Anderson, who came in averaging 10.1 points, did not score, missing all three of his shots.Pelicans: Piled up 24 assists on 27 field goals in the first half and finished with 36 assists on 44 made shots. … Recently acquired guard DeAndre Liggins contributed a pair of timely 3s in the second half. … Improved to 14-9 at home.UP NEXTRockets: Host Phoenix on Sunday.Pelicans: Host Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img Read Next New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins lies on the court while being tended to after injuring his left Achilles tendon, according to the team, during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. The Pelicans won 115-113. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis scored 27 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists before seriously injuring his left Achilles, and New Orleans survived a furious Houston rally for a 115-113 victory over the Rockets on Friday night.A person familiar with the situation said Pelicans team physicians have provided a preliminary diagnosis of an Achilles tear, which would end Cousins’ season little more than a week after he was named an All-Star starter.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because, officially, the team said an MRI will determine the severity of the injury.Yahoo! first reported the initial diagnosis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe injury, which occurred as Cousins pursued a missed free throw with 12 second left in the game, all but squelched the jubilation from a team and its fans, who otherwise would have been celebrating a fourth straight victory and seventh in eight games.“We were just figuring everything out. That’s the tough part,” Davis said, adding that he hadn’t spoken to Cousins and wasn’t yet certain if the injury was season-ending. “We’ve got to keep going and just keep finding a way to win. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Chris Paul scored a season-high 38 points before fouling out in the final seconds and nearly led Houston back from a 21-point, third-quarter deficit. James Harden had 23 points and 11 assists, and Eric Gordon scored 27 points.Houston tied it at 104 on Luc Mbah a Moute’s layup with 2:34 to go. And the game was tied once more at 109 on Trevor Ariza’s 3 with 1:17 to go before Holiday’s driving floater and Cousins’ put-back gave New Orleans the lead for good.The Rockets’ comeback bid began after Miller’s 3 gave the Pelicans an 81-60 lead with 5:54 left in the quarter.Houston turned the tide with a 20-6 run, during which Paul scored 10 on two 3s, a layup and two free throws.Early in the fourth quarter, Paul sneaked in behind Cousins to steal an inbound pass to set up his breakaway layup as he was fouled, trimming New Orleans lead to 96-92.However, Paul committed his fifth foul with 7:29 left, and went to the bench for more than three minutes, during which the Pelicans’ lead crept back to eight.Paul returned with four minutes left and the Rockets scored the next eight points to tie it.Davis dominated early, scoring 16 points in the first quarter, and the Pelicans pushed ahead in a lopsided second quarter in which they hit 14 of 20 shots.New Orleans took its first double-digit lead when Miller’s 3 made it 51-40. Davis’ third alley-oop dunk of the game put the Pelicans up 13 and his free throws one possession later gave the Pelicans a 15-point lead.Harden’s short jumper cut it to 66-53 at halftime.TIP-INS NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Alvarez promises fireworks for Golovkin bout

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? “Canelo is ready, 100 per cent. I know him, he’s the best. I have a plan, my coach Abel Sanchez has a new idea.“His power, his timing, he has a good team, he lives well, he has everything. He’s tough.”‘Fighting the very best’It was all very respectful and the most interesting point of the press conference came when British pugilist Billy Joe Saunders, the WBO world middleweight champion who was sitting among journalists, asked Alvarez why he had relinquished the WBC title and not fought Golovkin sooner.“There were a lot of conditions from the WBC and a timeline, they put conditions in the purse split,” said Alvarez through a translator. “I had a court case in Miami and they wanted to negotiate with them (Golovkin’s management team) within 15 days. I couldn’t do it.”Saunders asked if he could fight the winner, but Golovkin was non committal. “You talk too much, you are a boxer, not a promoter,” said Golovkin addressing Saunders. The lack of trash-talking between Golovkin and Alvarez will contrast to the build up of the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and UFC star Conor McGregor who clash in the same Las Vegas venue on August 26. Mayweather is returning from two years ‘retired’ to face Irishman McGregor and, despite the questionable competitiveness of the contest it is expected to generate more global interest and revenue. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ambulodto sinks game-winner as Wangs snaps skid vs Gamboa Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs), 26, came face-to-face with WBC-IBF-WBA champion Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) at a press conference in London, the first leg of a global media tour to promote their fight.Both boxers have a high knockout ratio and Golovkin’s last fight, against American Daniel Jacobs in March, was the first time he had been taken the distance since 2008. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I have to be careful with everything when facing him because he’s good all around,” said Alvarez.“There’s a lot of probability there will be knockout, as we can both punch. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage In this file photo, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin pose in Las Vegas. The much anticipated Sept. 16 middleweight title fight between Golovkin and Alvarez will take place on the Las Vegas Strip. Promoter Oscar De La Hoya said Monday, June 5, 2017, the T-Mobile Arena on the Strip won out in bidding over AT&T Stadium in Texas. APMexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez believes there is likely to be a knockout when he challenges Kazakhstan legend Gennady Golovkin on September 16th for three versions of the world middleweight title in Las Vegas.Their bout is regarded as boxing’s biggest world title fight since Floyd Mayweather Jr fought Manny Pacquiao in 2014.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Mayweather-McGregor could make more than the record $623.5 million made when Mayweather beat Pacquiao in a world welterweight title unification fight.Oscar De La Hoya, Alvarez’s promoter, made a thinly-veiled dig at Mayweather-McGregor.“Both fighters have the type of action packed style that the fans clamour for and something fans will not see in any other fight this summer,” said De La Hoya. “You have two fighters here who are stepping up and fighting the very best.“I know for a fact that what you have seen from Gennady has been amazing and what you have seen from Canelo has been incredible.“But they are going to step up their game and move on to a new level.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m Mexican and he’s trained by a Mexican (Abel Sanchez) and the fans are in for a treat. There’s a high probability there will be a knockout.“I’m going to have to be smart and elusive to avoid his punches. He’s very powerful if you stand in front of him.”Golovkin, 35, has made 18 consecutive world middleweight title defences but was given his toughest test yet in his last outing against Jacobs.The Kazakh admits Alvarez will be an even more difficult opponent.“This is the most difficult,” said Golovkin.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire 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 Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View commentslast_img read more

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Kotla will rise to the occasion says ICC

first_imgCritics believe the present state of the pitchsquare at the Ferozeshah Kotla is far from ideal despite the International Cricket Council (ICC) reinstating it as an international venue with effect from January 1.Even after the announcement, questions are still being raised with detractors going to the extent of calling ICC’s remedial instruction of planting fresh grass on three pitches and a few patches on the square as a new twist to the murky Kotla tale.With various sources in the Delhi District and Cricket Association (DDCA) coming up with different versions behind the remedial suggestions of the ICC inspection team, Mail Today contacted ICC pitch curator Andy Atkinson to get a clear picture.Although he failed to throw much light on the issue owing to his contract with the ICC which allows him to comment on such matters only after the board’s permission – not granted in this case, James Fitzgerald – the media liaison officer on the ICC team’s recent visit and also the media and communication manager of the world body – commented on the issue and cleared the picture to an extent.Fitzgerald said that ICC was happy with the way things have progressed since the fateful day – December 27 – when the Kotla was deemed unfit to hold international matches and banned for a year.He also said that the remedies suggested by ICC will be explained in detail to the local association – DDCA in this case – and the suggestions given did not mean that there was any problem with DDCA’s remedial work under pitch and grounds committee chairman Venkat Sundaram.advertisementAccording to Fitzgerald, the suggestions were given so that Kotla can provide top- class pitches for the 2011 World Cup.”Unfortunately, the contents of Andy Atkinson’s reports following the venue inspections are confidential. The reports will be forwarded to the venues themselves so that any recommendations he may have can be implemented.At this stage, we are confident that the Ferozeshah Kotla pitch in New Delhi will provide excellent surfaces for the matches that are scheduled for that ground during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011,” he told Mail Today.Sundaram, on his part, said that he had no issues with the suggestions of the ICC inspection team as they were all working towards ensuring that the World Cup matches are not only a treat for the spectators, but also enjoyable for the players.” The media has had a lot to say over the last week and I believe they are all doing their duty. ICC and the DDCA has been working hand in hand to ensure that the four matches allotted to the Kotla are all a success.” It has been a tough time since taking over from former committee chairman Daljit Singh. Not only did we need to work on the square, but also the outfield.” Since we didn’t get much time before the third edition of the IPL, we were once again criticised but even then I had said it is not an overnight task and will take time. With the ICC reinstating the Kotla, I feel I have been able to live up to the faith put in me by the DDCA,” Sundaram told Mail Today.” Also, the ICC praised our outfield and said that it is one of the best in the country. I feel privileged.” Commenting on the decision to shift the next set of Ranji matches to the Roshanara Club, Sundaram said: ” The wickets have undergone a lot of wear and tear and after thorough discussion with ICC, it was decided that not only would grass be planted, but also the wickets would be given rest so that they stay fresh for the World Cup. We are looking to hold some friendly matches in February so that the wickets aren’t under- used going into the showpiece event.” Meanwhile, SP Bansal, general secretary of DDCA, said that the association was in talks with BCCI’s national broadcasters Neo to ensure that the last home match against Mumbai is also played at Roshanara and not the Kotla.” Since grass will be planted at the Kotla, we are in talks with Neo so that the match is held at Roshanara. Actually, they have to move their equipment anyway as the centre pitch won’t be in a position to hold the match.So we might as well play at Roshanara as there will be a chance that the players’ spikes might uproot the newly laid grass at the Kotla,” Bansal told Mail Today.advertisementDDCA sports secretary Sunil Dev said that ICC’s decision to re- instate the Kotla came as a huge relief. ” We have undergone a lot in the past 11 months and I am really happy that our efforts have borne fruit.Although I believe it wasn’t our fault in the first place and Daljit was to be blamed, let’s forget the past and move on. We hope to host top- class matches in the World Cup,” he said.last_img read more

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Hair and make-up tips for party season

first_imgAs the year draws to an end, the temperatures dip, champagne tastes better and the mood gets merrier. Partying means looking your best, but you don’t want to stand brooding about what colours, shades, styles and textures to use this season. Here are a few tips from make-up and hair,As the year draws to an end, the temperatures dip, champagne tastes better and the mood gets merrier. Partying means looking your best, but you don’t want to stand brooding about what colours, shades, styles and textures to use this season. Here are a few tips from make-up and hair experts to beat the gloom of the dull skies. Try these for a day party, an evening cocktail or a wedding.Day party lookGetting ready for a day party during the cold months can be really challenging if you haven’t been paying attention to your skin, because harsh weather conditions easily damage your skin.A well-moisturised, radiant skin is the key to a fresh winter face. Day parties mostly use natural light and thus the glow that lies beneath is of utmost importance here. Opt for a liquid based foundation, only if required.The eyes should not be overloaded with make-up either. “It’s best not to use too much eye shadow as it may make the face look harsh,” says Lakme studio makeup expert Sushma Khan. Use coloured eyeliner along with a couple of coats of mascara instead to accentuate the eyes. One can choose citric colours for the eyes like lime green, orange, and aqua colours such as blue and green.As against the powder-based blush of the summers, it is best to opt for a cream-based blush for the cheeks in shades of peach and pink in this season on order to give them a natural glow. Also, a dewy look for the lips is the thing to go for this season. The lips should be given a subtle look in shades of pale pink. Make sure that you use a lip liner and blot the lips with a balm to give them the moist look.”Ponytails are very much back in fashion this season. Straighten your hair with a flat iron and tie it up into a high ponytail,” says Lakme Studio hair expert Sudeep Grover. Other options include making a braid or any other style of long hair dressing. The basic idea is to keep the look of the hair simple, so that it does not distract any attention from the natural glow of your winter skin.Wedding bash lookLuminescent make-up and shimmer has always been a favourite with Indian women as it highlights their features. The glitter is especially essential for a wedding guest’s look to add to the festive mood.Use glitter on the corner of the eyes or the highest point of the brow line. You can choose silver eye shadow along with kohl-defined eyes to complete the look. Black glitter eye liner is popular and can be used to contour the eyes.Accentuate your cheeks by using shades of reddish brown to give them a hint of blush. The colours applied on the lips can range from rust colours for darker skin to pale pinks and reds for fair skin tones.Style the hair with loose curls at the ends. This gives a classic Victorian look. “Backcomb the hair and create a bouffant to add volume,” says Grover.Pick from the palette1. Eyes: If your eyes are brown, wear green or bronze eye colour. To give your eyes dimension, use a combination of two to three colours.2. Lips: To make lips look naturally beautiful, use a nude or pink lip colour, and complete the look with lip gloss. Use a bold red or dark pink to make a statement with a simple black or white dress.3. Cheeks: Take a big blusher brush, rub it onto the apples of your cheeks by smiling in the mirror and rubbing upwards till you have blended it. The shading can be highlighted by adding a little shimmer over the blusher. It will completely change your look from that of a girl-next-door to that of a stunning style diva.Cocktail lookCocktail parties make formidable winter evenings fun. But most people forget that the make-up should add to the mood of a cocktail. The trick is to achieve the thin borderline between a fun look and a mysterious, sensuous look. “Since cocktail parties in the evening use a lot of artificial light, the make-up should use lightreflecting particles,” says Khan. Metallic shades are great for this. Concentrate on shades of gold, silver, bronze and copper. They will give you that desired oriental look, the perfect blend of adventure and sensuality that is needed.Generally people tend to look paler during winters, so your makeup should add vitality and a subtle tint to your skin tone. A basic foundation should be a shade lighter in order to make the skin look brighter. Your look for the cocktail should accentuate your eyes. Highlight the eyes through a smoky look created by using a kohl pencil, some eye shadow and bold brows. Use a soft brown to highlight the eyebrows to give them a more natural look. One can use eye shadow with a brownish or golden tinge to accentuate the eyes. Heavy eye make-up with golden/silver shimmer at the corners of the eyes can be one way to enhance the evening look for your eyes. False eyelashes also make a bold statement. Just make sure that there is negligible gap between your real eyelashes and the fake ones. The lashes should differ in length very slightly.Highlight the cheeks in shades of plum and reddish brown to showcase your metallic look and to add a little shimmer as you get ready for a delightful evening.Saturated colours, such as reds for the lips are back in fashion and these tones suit the Indian skin beautifully. Define your lips by lining them, but make sure you condition them first. Then use the pencil before adding glitter or shine.”Sleek and straight hair is back on the style radar,” says Lakme Studio’s Grover. Whether one dresses in Indian or western attire at a cocktail party, sporting shiny, straight hair is the way to go.Dark smoky eyes never fall out of favour1. Start the make-up by applying a light shade of concealer to the under eye area, and all over the top lid. Outline the rims with an eye pencil. If you have small eyes, apply liner starting from the middle of the under eye to the outside of the eye. If your eyes are large, feel free to line from corner to corner.2. With a small eye shadow brush, soften the edges of the pencil line. Apply a dark shadow directly over the penciled area and smudge. Brush away any shadow that has fallen below the eye and clean up any areas that have smeared.3. For a more dramatic look, just add more shadow; curl those lashes; and apply two-three coats of black mascara.Show your metal1. Silver metallic make-up should always be worn as the base to your regular shadows. You can then layer and blend your regular colours on top. You will quickly see that a layer of silver underneath adds depth and highlights the upper eyes.2. Use copper, bronze or gold for a glamorous way to add sparkle to your eyes. Whether you are playing it cool and using natural tones or going bold, applying metallic makeup will add style to your look. Silver eyeliners are perfect for blue and purple shadows, while gold is great for greens, reds and natural tones.3. For the ultimate luscious lips, add a touch of your metallic eyeshadow to the centre of your lips after applying the liner and lipstick.With inputs from Sushma Khan, Lakme Studio Make-up Expert; Sudeep Grover, Lakm Studio Hair Expert; and Reshma Lekha, Head Tainer, Beauty, VLCCadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Easy win for Nadal at the Australian Open

first_imgTo get an assessment of how much better Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are than most of the competition in men’s tennis, look no further than Marcos Daniel.At the Australian Open on Tuesday, Daniel was on the other side of the net from Nadal, who is attempting to win his fourth major title in a row – the “Rafa Slam.” Daniel saw, ever so briefly, why the top-seeded Nadal is among the best ever in the game.Rafael Nadal returns to Marcos Daniel during their first round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Tuesday. APOnly briefly, because the Brazilian’s left knee gave out, forcing him to retire from the first-round match while trailing 6-0, 5-0.”If you see all the top five guys, they improve so much,” said Daniel, who has also lost to Federer. “They are one step forward, faster than the others, they hit the ball harder than the others, they can stay very focused for four hours, different than the others. Imagine Federer and Nadal, they are the same.”Nadal’s limited court time should hold him in good stead for the rest of the tournament, but he wasn’t counting his blessings as the result of another player’s misfortune.”I am a professional and I try my best on every point,” Nadal said, explaining why he didn’t hold back in the match. “That’s the best thing, to respect the opponent in that situation. If you do something and you let him win a game, it is worse.”advertisementNadal will play American qualifier Ryan Sweeting, who beat Daniel Gimeno 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.Another one of those top five that Daniel mentioned was Andy Murray, the 2010 finalist who also advanced when Karol Beck retired with a shoulder injury in the third set of their first-round match. The fifth-seeded Murray, who was leading 6-3, 6-1, 4-2, was the only man to beat Nadal in a Grand Slam tournament last year, the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park.”You’d rather finish the match off without your opponent being hurt,” Murray said, “but it does happen quite a lot. So you just have to move on and get yourself ready for the next round.”Fourth-seeded Robin Soderling had to go the distance but was rarely challenged, completing a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win over Potito Starace of Italy. Australian wild-card entry Bernard Tomic advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (5) win over Jeremy Chardy of France. Tomic could meet Nadal in the third round.Another winner was 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, who played only three matches last year due to a right wrist injury. He beat Dudi Sela of Israel, 7-6 (13), 6-4, 6-4.”I don’t want to think in the past,” del Potro said. “I won a Grand Slam, but I’m working to improve my game. I don’t know if I can play like two years ago or not, but I will try.”Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who lost in the final here to Novak Djokovic in 2008, came back from two sets down to beat Philipp Petzschner of Germany 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. Andreas Seppi of Italy beat Arnaud Clement of France 3-6, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 in another late match.On the women’s side, U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters did nothing to dent her growing status as favorite by routing fellow former No. 1 Dinara Safina 6-0, 6-0.The U.S. Open champion never allowed the 2009 Australian Open finalist to get into the match, placing pinpoint forehands to all areas of the court. When Safina did have an opportunity to return, her many unforced errors gave away the point to Clijsters.”I expect my opponent to come out and play their best tennis,” said Clijsters. “She obviously didn’t do that today.”Safina was less polite.”I was sitting in the changeover, and I was like, OK, at least how can I get a chance to hurt her?,” Safina said. “There was nothing that I could do to hurt her. Embarrassing.”Elsewhere, No. 15 Marin Cilic of Croatia beat American qualifier Donald Young 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 to advance along with No. 7 David Ferrer, No. 10 Mikhail Youzhny, No. 11 Jurgen Melzer, No. 20 John Isner, No. 31 Feliciano Lopez and No. 32 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.Former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt and David Nalbandian of Argentina were scheduled to meet in a later first-round match in a replay of their 2002 Wimbledon final won by the Australian.Hewitt leads the series 3-2 but has not beaten Nalbandian since their controversial 2005 Australian Open quarterfinal in which the pair bumped into each other purposely on a changeover. The video clips of that altercation have featured prominently on television promotions of the night Rod Laver Arena match.advertisementAfter the 2005 match, won in five sets by the Australian, Nalbandian said Hewitt was “not a gentleman'” and “nobody is friends” with the Australian. Hewitt said Nalbandian was “not the cleanest guy.”No. 2-ranked Vera Zvonareva began her bid to reach a third consecutive Grand Slam women’s final with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Sybille Bammer. Zvonareva lost to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final and to Kim Clijsters in the U.S. Open final last year.She dominated the first set against the 30-year-old Bammer, conceded only four points in the first four games of the second set and didn’t allow the Austrian to hold until the sixth game.Ana Ivanovic, the 2007 French Open champion and 2008 Australian Open finalist, slumped to her worst result in seven years at Melbourne when she lost 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 to Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova. The 19th-seeded Ivanovic saved five match points before finally going out.Also advancing were French Open finalist Sam Stosur, the fifth-seeded Australian who beat American wild-card entry Lauren Davis 6-1, 6-1; No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska, who took six of the last seven games after a medical timeout in the third set to hold off Japanese veteran Kimiko Date Krumm 6-4, 4-6, 7-5; No. 7 Jelena Jankovic; No. 10 Shahar Peer; No. 13 Nadia Petrova; No. 18 Nadia Petrova, No. 22 Flavia Pennetta; No. 25 Petra Kvitova and China’s Peng Shuai.last_img read more

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Match moments in South Africa vs Netherlands World Cup tie

first_imgThe record 221-run third wicket partnership between Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers took the match away from the Dutch.Though the Netherlands bowlers had scalped skipper Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis early, Amla and de Villiers more than made up for that loss with that partnership during the World Cup Group B match at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.Man-of-the-Match AB de Villiers’s impressive 134 off just 126 balls earned him the MoM award. And rightly so as it his hit batting that dented all hopes that the Dutch had the match.last_img

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IPL 2011: Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings- KXIP win by 6 wkts

first_imgPunjab opener Paul Valthaty scored the first ton of IPL-4 as Punjab cashed down the highest total of the season to beat Chennai by a convincing six-wicket margin. Score | PhotosChasing 189, Valthaty carried his bat through scoring an unbeaten 120 helping his to victory at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday.Punjab openers Adam Gilchrist and Paul Valthaty got off to a flyer keeping in mind the massive target. The duo dealt in boundaries and over the fence shots and by the time the fifth over got over Punjab total was a good 49. But, the inevitable happened as skipper Adam Gilchrist departed to a Morne Morkel delivery that took the edge of his bat and Chennai’s Sri Lankan import Suraj Randiv took a fine catch in the deep. He fell to 19 and Punjab lost their opener on 61/1 in the sixth over.Then opener Paul Valthaty and Shaun Marsh helped Punjab score past the 100 run mark but as soon as they reached the figure Marsh got run out on the first ball of the 11th over and Punjab fell to 110/2. The pace of the scoring rate continued despite the fall of wickets as one man who was doing major damage was still at the crease. He was Paul Valthaty, who kept dealing in boundaires and he even got a life when Morne Morkel dropped him off Suraj Randiv.Randiv didn’t get his wicket but accounted to the other batsman Sunny Singh four ball later to reduce Punjab to 136/3 in the 14th over. The first ball of the next over saw Kiwi Tim Southee claim Abhishek Nayar cheaply and Punjab were down to 136/4.advertisementValthaty went on to score the first century of this edition of the IPL hitting a four off Morkel in the 17th over. Soon the mammoth target looked well within reach and Chennai had clearly lost the plot and there was moer to come as skipper Dhoni dropped a catch of Dinesh Karthik in the 19th over to help Punjab’s cause.Minutes later, Valthaty (120 n.o.) and Karthik (21 n.o.) were seen hugging each other with Punjab win by 6 wickets written on the large scoreboard. And they did it in good time with five balls remaining.Chennai innings Murali Vijay (74) and Subramaniam Badrinath (66 n.o.) put on 124 for the third wicket as Chennai scored a mammoth 188/4 against Punjab.Earlier, Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist won the toss and put the opposition batsmen in the middle — a decision keeping in mind the PCA pitch. And Punjab paceman Praveen Kumar did justice to his skipper’s decision by scalping opener Srikkanth Anirudha and then following it up with Suresh Raina’s wicket on the next one. Praveen missed the hat-trick but Chennai were reduced to 0/2 in the first two balls.After those two wickets, opener Murali Vijay and S Badrinath attempted a revival of innings batting steadily at the PCA pitch. Gradually the two upped the tempo and started milking the opposition bowlers. Soon Chennai, who were tottering on 0/2 were way past the 100-run mark in good time.Finally, Murali Vijay departed after scoring 74. A Piyush Chawla turner that landed on Vijay’s toes failed to give him enough room to play. He missed and skipper Adam Gilchrist stumped him. But Vijay played his part well falling after a fine 124-run stand with Badrinath.Soon Punjab were the ones facing the music as Chennai skipper MS Dhoni and S Badrinath charged away at the opposition bowlers. Praveen Kumar, who had caused early destruction, too was not spared. A four in the18th over was followed by two over the fence shots and then the last ball was sent away again by skipper Dhoni to finish the over with 22 runs.At death Dhoni and Badrinath went hammer and tongs. The duo put on 64 runs off just 31 balls to post the highest score in the tournament so far — 188/4 in their stipulated 20 overs. Dhoni was especially brutal scoring 43 off just 20 balls. Eventually he fell to Ryan Harris on the last ball of the innings, but the damage was done. Badrinath remained unbeaten on 66.last_img read more

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SlutWalk in Delhi will be called ‘Besharmi Morcha’

first_imgThe slutwalk will be Indianised, now. The desi version of the walk will now be called ‘SlutWalk 2011 arthart Besharmi Morcha’. Nineteen-year-old Umang Sabharwal, who is organising the walk in Delhi, told Mail Today that the name had been changed to make the SlutWalk-event more inclusive.”We changed the name after a group meeting. Not all people in Delhi will understand the meaning of ‘slut’. So after a lot of debate and discussion, we have finally zeroed in on Besharmi Morcha. This way, more people in India will understand the real concept,” Sabharwal, a student of Kamla Nehru College, said.The walk, which was originally scheduled for June 25, has been postponed to the last week of July.”We are yet to finalise the date and the venue,” Sabharwal said. The organisers are expecting more participation as the colleges will re-open by the end of July.The Facebook page for the event – SLUT WALK DELHI – will soon be updated with the new name and the exact date of the event. Till now, about 17,000 people have confirmed their participation.This walk, the organisers hope, can bring about a change in the patriarchal mindset of the people in Delhi.The SlutWalk was originally started by a group of women in Toronto in reaction to a Toronto Police-constable’s statement: “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised.” The movement spread like wildfire to the rest of the world and now Delhi is gearing up for the same.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

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Indian players are suffering from mental fatigue, says Upton

first_imgIf a team indulges in playing relentlessly, the players start suffering from “mental fatigue” and that’s exactly what has happened with the Indian players, feels former mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton.Upton said if a player is on the conveyor belt all the time, it create situations like those experienced by the Indian cricketers during the World Cup, where they fought hard to keep their food down, while Yuvraj Singh became physically sick due to anxiety.”The current schedules ask players to be machines. We can guess the physical impact on players but what is very little understood is the mental fatigue the players experience when crossing the ropes in every single game where there is that much amount of pressure,” Upton told a cricket website from South Africa.The Indian players will go straight into an ODI series against England at home after the current tour. It will be followed by full fledged series against West Indies at home and then head Down Under for a tough battle against Australia.Some of the players like M.S. Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli will also have Champions League assignment. Upton didn’t mince words stating that World Cup had taken its toll on players.”That World Cup was a monumental process, both preparing for the tournament and enduring it for seven weeks. It was a very, very long tournament. The physical drain on the players, I don’t think even the players realise the extent to which they were absolutely stuffed.”advertisement”I spoke to Yuvraj Singh who said he was sick for nearly two weeks after the World Cup and I know there were a lot of players who were mentally down after the World Cup,” he said.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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All out at Lord’s

first_imgSachin failed to fire during the inningsIt must have been pretty cool being Mahendra Singh Dhoni this last year or so. His Indian team have throughout sat on top of the world Test rankings. In April, his breathtaking innings led them to their first World Cup victory in a generation.,Sachin failed to fire during the inningsIt must have been pretty cool being Mahendra Singh Dhoni this last year or so. His Indian team have throughout sat on top of the world Test rankings. In April, his breathtaking innings led them to their first World Cup victory in a generation. And in May he captained Chennai Super Kings to a second successive ipl title.Here in England, we think we are inured to celebrity, but still find it hard not to be seduced by Dhoni’s obvious substance and very evident style. This aura of near-infallibility has only made India’s disastrous start to their England tour all the more unexpected.All of a sudden the man with the Midas touch could do nothing right. Hindsight showed that he was party to the picking of the wrong team for Lord’s, and did the wrong thing on winning the toss (he finished as the first India Test captain in five years to lose after opting to field), and afterwards he trotted out a string of limp excuses as to why his side had been outplayed.None addressed the fact that mentally, several of his players did not have the stomach for the fight against a disciplined and well prepared England team that made them work hard for all 30 hours of the game. Perhaps Dhoni was reluctant to highlight these shortcomings given his own feckless dismissal on the final afternoon-an incident that signalled the hoisting of the white flag of surrender, the first of five wickets to tumble in 67 balls to conclude the rout.advertisementPossibly only Dhoni’s reputation as a cricketing demi-god persuaded match referee Ranjan Madugalle not to inflict further indignity by slapping him with a suspension for yet another instance of a tardy Indian over-rate.Before the opening Test, comparisons had been drawn between this hoped-for gladiatorial battle and the one for the Ashes in 2005, but the only way in which these still seemed apt afterwards was that Ricky Ponting’s Australians had also swiftly shot themselves in the foot, going down to an early defeat to Bangladesh in Cardiff while Andrew Symonds nursed the after-effects of an all-night bender.England Captain Andrew StraussThe reason why India-who arrived in England with an unbeaten record spanning 11 series-came so badly unstuck appears complex, but everyone has their theory. Not that their defeat came as a surprise to everyone. India’s reputation for tentative batting in the fourth innings is well known and has not been scotched by their famous wins over England in Chennai and Australia in Mohali; just as relevant is how painstakingly they held out for draws this year in Cape Town and Dominica. Rahul Dravid may be The Wall at earlier stages of the game but he again showed at Lord’s how he can crumble under pressure in the denouement (his most recent fourth-innings 50 dates from 2006).Then there is India’s schedule, which to English eyes looks extraordinarily onerous, and we know a thing or two here about burnout. Those players who did not miss parts of the tour of West Indies have been playing for months on end and must be exhausted. Those who did sit out the Caribbean ended up being thrust into a massive Test match with only one warm-up against a Somerset side for preparation.As most observers have not failed to notice, all those who did not play in the Caribbean-Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan-contributed little at Lord’s. Was Zaheer’s breakdown bad luck? Not if you were watching at Taunton, where he looked leaden-footed, overweight and opted out of bowling in the second innings. If Zaheer was an England player, he would have been put on a strength and conditioning course to make sure he came back better prepared, not worse. Dhoni and Duncan Fletcher, the coach, should have spotted the signs with a bowler who has a history of injury.The IPL has never been popular as a concept in England because it clashes with our domestic season and seems like just another financial stick with which the Indian board can beat their counterparts at the England and Wales Cricket Board. But it is time Indians drank some unpalatable medicine: the ipl is ruining their best cricketers.Indian Captain MS DhoniThere is a direct correlation between the emergence of the ipl in 2008 and the rise in injuries of India’s top stars, especially fast bowlers. And in this instance, the England team cannot believe their luck that Virender Sehwag has not yet arrived because he is still recovering from a shoulder operation that he might have had straight after the World Cup but which instead was put back, apparently at the insistence of the Indian board, so that he could turn out in the IPL.At his opening press conference in Somerset, Dhoni conceded just how dependent India’s mighty middle order are on their opening batsmen giving the side good starts. But not only is Sehwag missing but Gambhir, his regular opening partner, similarly played in the ipl only to rest during the West Indies tour, meaning that Gambhir arrived in Taunton not having played a first-class match since January 6.advertisementDo India want to be world Test champions or not? India also did not cope well with the fuss surrounding Tendulkar’s search for his hundredth international century on a ground at which he had never done well for his country. Tendulkar is rightly saluted for his capacity to absorb pressure but in such situations as these-where personal targets receive more publicity than collective ones-even he looks vulnerable. The same thing happened around the times he became Test cricket’s leading century-scorer and run-maker.It was unfortunate that Tendulkar was not in the best of health but England rose magnificently to the challenge of bowling at this immense sportsman. In each innings they dried up his runs in the build-up to getting him out, and in fact they effectively had to get him out three times in the second innings because he was dropped by Andrew Strauss and inexplicably spared by umpire Billy Bowden.Would so many Indians have turned up on the last day had it not been for the possibility of seeing a century from Tendulkar? And is it really good for the team that such a cult of personality surrounds one player? England have no such problem. In spirit and in tactical execution, they are now a team working together. Even Kevin Pietersen, once the superstar apart, has been assimilated by the whole.India, who are notoriously slow starters, may yet recover. But they look like a team whose best has been seen, rather than from whom the best is yet to come. As the dust settled on Lord’s, it was possible to believe that we had been watching the world’s No. 1 Test team. But that team was not India.- Simon Wilde is cricket correspondent of The Sunday Times, Londonlast_img read more

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India team for Sri Lanka to be picked on July 4

first_imgThe Indian cricket team for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, to play five ODIs and a lone Twenty20 International against the hosts, will be picked on July 4.”The all-India senior selection committee will meet at the cricket centre in Mumbai on July 4 to pick the Indian teams for the ODI and T20 International series in Sri Lanka in July-August,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement on Wednesday.India will be playing against Sri Lanka in five one-dayers to be held between July 22 to August 4 followed by a T20 International on August 7 at the Pallekele stadium.This will be India’s first international assignment since the conclusion of the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in March.last_img

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In and around your city

first_imgA checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.Event Saputara Monsoon FestivalWhile the rest of the country is steeped in drought, Saputara has been flourishing, having received its fair share of rainfall. To celebrate the rains, the monsoon festival will be held this season. An expansive tent is,A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.EventSaputara Monsoon FestivalWhile the rest of the country is steeped in drought, Saputara has been flourishing, having received its fair share of rainfall. To celebrate the rains, the monsoon festival will be held this season. An expansive tent is to be set up to display tribal art, photography from the region and also host a Warli painting competition. Apart from this, a range of adventure sports activities will also be organized. The event is being put together by Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd (TCGL) and visitors heading to Saputara can avail a TCGL tourist package. The package is all inclusive and apart from monsoon festival related events, it will also include visits to the Mahal forest, Shabri Dham, Vaghai botanical garden, Girmal falls and Vansada. Visit gujarattourism.com for more details about the monsoon festival.Ongoing till: September 1.Price: Rs 450 for a one day tour; Rs 3500 for three day long tour packages.Where: Valsad Railway station which is about 384 kms from Ahmedabad.ArtArt on EMIThe Marvel Art Gallery will now be selling works by legendary artists on a payment model of EMIs (Every Month Instalment), thus making it much easier for the common man to get his hands on great art. Among their collection are masterpieces by the likes of MF Husain, Akbar Padamsee and SH Raza apart from works by various artists including Haku Shah, Shanti Dave, Manoj Kachangal, Bansi Khatri and Harshil Patel.Where: Marvel Art GalleryPvt.Ltd, Shapath I and II SG Road.Tel: 079 26870256.RestaurantadvertisementGlobal PlatterSoftly lit interiors with groovy jazz playing in the background set the mood at this latest entrant to the cafe scene in Ahmedabad, Turquoise Villa. This cafe opened in May and since then has been slowly yet surely becoming a favourite evening haunt for many Amdavadis. The cafe is designed to please with its turquoise blue and pearl white theme that might remind you of a villa you saw on a Greek isle. The seating space here is tastefully done with a mix of king size sofas and low rise chairs. The outdoor seating area is highly recommended on a pleasant day and is sure to set the scene for many lovely dinner dates.Their menu, despite being vegetarian, is a mishmash of global influences fusing many diverse tastes into one. Here you’ll find street food ranging from Delhi’s Chandni Chowk chaat specialities to New York style pizzas, from Latin American street food delights such as empanadas and tacos to Indonesian nasi goreng, or from a French creme brule to our very own Mumbaiya gola. A perfect example of fusion food can also be seen in the pav-bhaji fondue which is a hot seller here. Have the local Manek Chowk chilla chaat or perfectly done mezze and egg crepes. The jasmine iced tea is a great thirst quencher that goes well with any of their dishes.Average meal for two: Rs 300 to Rs 500.Where: Center Point, Panchvati, Ahmedabad.Tel: 079 40373000.last_img read more

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Abhinav Mukund half century steers India A fightback after early wickets in warm-up game against England

first_imgOpener Abhinav Mukund scored an attacking half century after an unconvincing start to pilot India A to 113 for three at lunch on Day One of their three-day match against England here on Tuesday.The left-handed opener played a few streaky shots, including a boundary through the slip cordon off the first ball of the match from James Anderson, before growing in confidence as the Brabourne Stadium wicket eased out a bit.After the initial sluggishness, Mukund dished out more authentic shots before getting out on the stroke of lunch to Graeme Swann for 73 that included 16 hits to the fence.The other two batsmen out in the pre-lunch session were Murali Vijay for seven and one-drop Ajinkya Rahane for four. Both faced 19 balls apiece. Vijay was run out going for a sharp single while Rahane was dismissed by a short, rising ball to his rib cage.At lunch Yuvraj Singh, lucky to be dropped off the first ball he faced, was not out on 27 off 28 balls. He had struck five fours, most of them to the straight field, and a six over long off off Samit Patel just before the break.Mukund, who had survived a confident shout for leg before off Anderson in the first over, was out in the last over before the break when he flicked off spinner Swann off the back foot only to find Ian Bell at short-leg who took a smart catch.Opting to bat after skipper Suresh Raina won the toss, India A lost Vijay (7 in 19 balls) early, paying the penalty for trying to steal a run right under the nose of Tim Bresnan. The opening pair put on 25 runs against the three-pronged English pace attack of Anderson, Steven Finn and Bresnan.advertisementAfter Vijay’s departure, Mukund was joined by Rahane, who too was circumspect. Rahane struck an off-driven four off Bresnan, who got his revenge on the batsman in the next over with a short ball which the batsman fended to the slip cordon, where Kevin Pietersen ran backwards a few steps to take the dolly.Prior to Rahane’s dismissal, Mukund slashed the tall Finn for successive fours and then on-drove the bowler for another boundary in the same over.After Yuvraj Singh joined Mukund, the opener clipped Bresnan off his toes for two fours in successive balls and then drove him to the straight boundary on the third. Yuvraj had off driven the bowler for a four before Mukund’s all-out attack that also helped the batsman reach his 50 in 57 balls with 12 hits to the fence.Anderson was used in three spells while Finn bowled two before the interval. Off spinner Graeme Swann, expected to play a major role for his side in the series, bowled 4.5 overs after coming on to bowl in the second hour of play and got rid off Mukund.Just before lunch, left-arm spinner Patel was brought on but conceded two fours to Yuvraj in his first two balls and then a six off the last.last_img read more

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The end of the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo era? Football rings the changes in 2018

first_imgHowever, the main international events in 2019 are elsewhere.The first 24-team Asian Cup takes place in the UAE in January and February, before Brazil hosts the Copa America and the United States defend the CONCACAF Gold Cup.France are hoping to win another World Cup, as they host the 24-team women’s tournament in June and July, with the USA the defending champions.And a decision is expected soon on whether Egypt or South Africa host the 24-nation Africa Cup of Nations in June and July after the Confederation of African Football stripped Cameroon of the tournament due to delays in their preparations. Paris, France | AFP | Monday 12/24/2018 – 19:42 UTC+8 | 668 wordsby Andy SCOTTADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Both enjoyed prolific years, with the Argentine driving Barcelona to a Spanish league and cup double and Ronaldo winning another Champions League with Real Madrid before moving to Juventus in the transfer of the year.Modric takes Ballon d’OrHowever, their numbers are down on the phenomenal figures of past years, and instead it was the impish playmaker Modric who won the Ballon d’Or, and FIFA’s best player award, on the strength of his role in Madrid’s Champions League triumph and Croatia’s World Cup run. He was also the best player in Russia.Ronaldo and Messi had shared the Ballon d’Or between them for the last decade, winning five each. Ronaldo was second this time, while Messi was fifth, behind Antoine Griezmann and Mbappe.“Nobody has the right to compare themselves to them. They are among the best in the history of the sport,” Modric told France Football. “To follow on from them is incredible, and I am proud of it.”Crowned the best young player, Mbappe will hope the future belongs to him.At club level, his PSG side are among the teams desperate to end Real’s run of three straight Champions League titles.The Spaniards beat Liverpool in this year’s final in Kiev with Gareth Bale scoring twice, and will hope to retain the trophy next year with the final in Madrid.Meanwhile, there is lots to look forward to at international level in 2019.Nations League finalsThe new UEFA Nations League has been an instant hit. It will conclude with the four-team finals in Portugal in June, with the hosts facing Switzerland and England playing the Netherlands in the last four.“We want to go beyond where we went last summer, and we’re in the mix for what is a really important staging post in our development,” said England manager Gareth Southgate of that competition. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Kylian Mbappe stars, ball-tampering scandal, Serena Williams outburst: 2018 sporting highlights Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. From Spain’s 3-3 draw with Portugal in the group stage, featuring a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick, to Belgium’s 2-1 quarter-final win over Brazil and Croatia’s epic semi-final defeat of England in extra time, it was studded with memorable matches.But it was much more than that. “Maybe this is one of the weirdest World Cups,” said Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic.His team’s remarkable run to the final and the premature exits of Germany, Spain and Argentina showed that international football can still be unpredictable.It will also probably be remembered as the tournament that marked the end of Messi and Ronaldo’s dreams of lifting the World Cup.They were eliminated on the same day in the last 16, and 2018 could be remembered as the year when the Messi-Ronaldo era ended.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 FILE – In this Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 file photo, Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, second from right, and son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., right, sit beside Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi, left, and wife Antonella during the The Best FIFA 2017 Awards at the Palladium Theatre in London. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi put up impressive numbers, in life and on the field, going into a fourth World Cup for each. So much has happened for football’s standout stars since the 2014 tournament left both still lacking the game’s most coveted prize. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File) SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion One of the enduring images from 2018 will remain Kylian Mbappe consoling Lionel Messi in the Russian city of Kazan, just after the final whistle in France’s 4-3 win over Argentina in the last 16 of the World Cup.This was to a large extent Mbappe’s year, as the teenage superstar exploded on the world stage by scoring twice in that game, the first World Cup brace by a teenager since Pele in 1958.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefStill just 19 at the time, Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe also became the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Pele as France won the trophy for the second time by beating Luka Modric’s Croatia 4-2 in the final on a dark and damp Sunday in Moscow.The World Cup itself was a joy to watch, a richly entertaining tournament full of memorable games and concluding with the highest-scoring final since 1966. 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Haryana gives Rs.53 crore cash awards to sportspersons

first_imgMedal-winning sportspersons from Haryana were on Tuesday given cash awards of Rs.53 crore by the Haryana government.Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar gave away the cash awards to 158 outstanding sportspersons of the state who excelled in various international events and won medals for the country in events like boxing, wrestling and athletics.”A sum of Rs.40 crore was given to 36 medal winners of the 17th Asian Games held in South Korea during 2014, and 33 participating players were awarded cash prizes of Rs.1.65 crore,” a state government spokesman said.”Cash prizes of Rs.8.5 crore were given to eight medal winners in Para-Asian Games and Rs.55 lakh to 11 participants. Also, cash prizes of Rs.90 lakh were given to 28 medal winners at the international level during 2013-14, and over Rs.1.5 crore to 42 participants in sports competitions at the international level during 2014-15,” he said.last_img read more

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