Flying V survives close call, draws first blood in D-League semis

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Nets to play Thunder, Heat in Mexico City this December Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESFlying V survived a testy challenge from Centro Escolar University and hacked out a gritty 65-61 Game 1 victory to draw first blood in their 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.With the Thunder holding a precarious 63-61 lead with 21 seconds left, Gab Banal drew a huge charging foul on the driving Rod Ebondo to halt the Scorpions’ fightback from nine-points down, 59-50, before Jerick Cañada iced the win with two freebies in the final 3.6 ticks.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension 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 FLYING V 65 – Teng 17, Banal 12, Salamat 12, Torres 6, Austria 5, Dionisio 4, Thiele 3, Cañada 2, Paredes 2, Tampus 2, Koga 0.CEU 61 – Ebondo 20, Aquino 17, Wamar 9, Cruz 8, Jeruta 6, Casiño 1, Fuentes 0, Guinitaran 0, Intic 0.Quarters: 14-13, 31-32, 54-46, 65-61. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flying V almost lost the game after Thomas Torres was slapped with a flagrant foul penalty one on Orlan Wamar with 21.0 left, but CEU’s diminutive playmaker uncharacteristically muffed both shots.Altamirano reiterated that for the Thunder to advance to the next level, they should have their A-game on the defensive end for Game 2.“We need to do a better job in controlling the rebounds and blocking out their bigs. We just have to continue doing that because we’re gonna need more of that, especially in the second game,” he said.Rod Ebondo was dominant anew in the glass, scoring 20 points and pulling down 27 rebounds, two boards shy of the record 29 set by Jay-R Taganas in the 2015 Foundation Cup.Art Aquino added 17 markers and four rebounds in the losing effort for the Scorpions.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Read Next K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments “I think when it comes to those situations, you really have to assert yourself defensively,” said coach Eric Altamirano. “I think this game really boiled down to the stops. We were able to make the crucial stops, especially the one Gab had on Ebondo. But overall, we had to grind it out since CEU played a really good game.”Jeron Teng flirted with a triple-double as he tallied 17 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists, while Banal got 12 markers on a 3-of-6 shooting from threes, to go with five boards, and two steals.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 shutoutEric Salamat also chimed in 12 points, three rebounds, and three dimes in the conquest, which stretched the Thunder’s winning run to 11 straight games.Game 2 is on Tuesday, still at the Ynares Sports Arena. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Blazers hand Suns worst loss ever in season opener

first_imgIt was the most one-sided season-opening loss by any team in NBA history and the most one-sided loss by the Suns in any game in their 49 years.Suns coach Earl Watson said he was “embarrassed” by what happened.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“Portland came in here and basically kicked our butts as bad as they could,” Watson said. “They didn’t have no sympathy.”Damian Lillard scored 27 points and Pat Connaughton added a career-high 24 points, making 4 of 6 3-pointers for Portland. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP “It’s going to be hard for me to sleep tonight,” the Suns’ Devon Booker said.The Blazers dominated even though they were without one of their best players, guard C.J. McCollum, who was suspended one game for leaving the bench area during a tussle involving the Suns’ Alex Len and Caleb Swanigan in a preseason game a week ago.“That was a great way to start the season,” Stotts said. “I was really pleased with our defense through the whole night. Offense got off to a slow start but picked up.”Portland led 60-35 at the half and outscored the Suns 64-41 in the second. The Blazers led by as many as 58, for a time flirting with the most one-sided game in NBA history, a 68-point blowout of the Miami Heatby the Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec. 17, 1991.The Suns shot 31.5 percent to Portland’s 49 percent, made 7 of 27 3-pointers to the Blazers’ 14 of 24 and were outrebounded 57-33.Phoenix had the league’s second-worst record last season at 24-58 and looked at least that bad throughout the opener. The Suns have not made the playoffs in seven seasons, the longest drought in franchise history. They are trying to rebuild with youth. That takes time and some painful moments, such as the one Wednesday night.Eric Bledsoe scored 15 points on 5-of-18 shooting. Booker added 12 on 6-of-17 shooting. Bledsoe was 1 for 6 on 3s, Booker 0 for 3.Portland’s bench outscored Phoenix’s 61-26.After Booker’s 13-footer tied it at 17, Lillard sank a layup and the Blazers bolted away from there. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Bledsoe’s three-point play cut the lead to 45-35 with 4:38 left in the third quarter, but Portland scored the final 15 points of the half 60-35 at the break.The Suns shot 29 percent in the first half (14 for 49) to Portland’s 44 percent (22 for 50). Phoenix was 1 for 11 from 3-point range in the first two quarters to the Blazers’ 7 of 13. Most tellingly, the Portland bench outscored its Phoenix counterparts 24-0.It only got worse (or better from Portland’s perspective) after that.The Blazers led a numbing 98-55 entering the final quarter.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: The one-game suspension, for taking a few steps off the bench in a preseason game, cost McCollum $165,000. … Connaughton, a fourth-round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles, had a previous career high of 15 points. … Portland had six players in double figures. … Blazers have won four consecutive season openers. … Trail Blazers don’t play their home opener until next Tuesday against New Orleans.Suns: Len sat out the game with a sprained left ankle. He was injured in Saturday’s practice. … Rookie Josh Jackson started and made a 3-pointer with his first shot, but was 3 for 9 the rest of the way with only two rebounds. … Marquese Chriss made 1 of 5 shots and had one rebound and five fouls in 12:05 minutes.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: At Indiana on Friday night.Suns: Host Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Shabazz Napier of the Portland Trail Blazers high fives Pat Connaughton after scoring against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 18, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Trail Blazers defeated the Suns 124-76. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX — If the Phoenix Suns were a Broadway show, they’d close for good after opening night.The Suns weren’t just bad in their 124-76 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in their season opener on Wednesday night. They were historically awful.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments UFC president calls Jon Jones ‘biggest waste of talent ever’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Trail Blazers outshot, outrebounded and outhustled the Suns from the opening tip.Portland tied the second-largest margin of victory in franchise history. Only a 50-point win against Cleveland (129-79) on Nov. 21, 1982 was larger.“The obvious statement is we played really well,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said.The 48-point rout exceeded Denver’s 139-93 (46-point) victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on opening day in 1987.The blowout also topped Phoenix’s 44-point loss to Seattle (151-107) on April 2, 1988.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READlast_img read more

Afflalo suspended 2 games for fighting with Bjelica

first_imgNEW YORK — Orlando’s Arron Afflalo has been suspended two games without pay by the NBA for fighting with Minnesota’s Nemanja Bjelica.Afflalo punched Bjelica in the head in the fight that took place with 7:28 left in the second quarter of the Magic’s 108-102 victory on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Read Next LeBron, Curry are captains, to draft NBA All-Star Game teams Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Though both players were ejected after Bjelica put Afflalo in a headlock, only Afflalo was punished Thursday by NBA executive vice president of operations Kiki VanDeWeghe.Afflalo will miss Orlando’s games at Cleveland on Thursday and Sunday at Boston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Pacquiao wants Matthysse; Arum picks Alvarado

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Whoever will get his way will likely be known within the week, otherwise Pacquiao’s comeback timetable will be pushed back to May.Matthysse, on the other hand, called out Pacquiao after knocking out Tewa Kiram in the eighth round to clinch the World Boxing Association welterweight crown on Jan. 27 at the Forum in Inglewood, California.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor his part, the 86-year-old Arum had earlier announced that he’s close to forging a doubleheader pitting Horn against Terrence Crawford and Pacquiao against Alvarado on April 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York.On Tuesday, however, Arum changed his mind and said that he’s moving the promotion over to Las Vegas, particularly Mandalay Bay, so as not to deluge New York with boxing cards. LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC While the venue is a non-issue as far as Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 knockouts) is concerned, the Fighting Senator likes Matthysse (39-4, 36 knockouts) over Alvarado (38-4, 26 knockouts) to be his opponent.Arum, of course, prefers Alvarado because the former world champion is, like Pacquiao, with his Top Rank Promotions.—ROY LUARCA View comments Urgent call: Make it Pacquiao vs Matthysse AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Boxer Manny Pacquiao and his coach Freddy Roach chat as boxing promoter Bob Arum (R) looks on at a press conference in Beverly Hills, California on September 8, 2016, announcing the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas on November 5th. / AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWNBoth Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse want to fight each other.But promoter Bob Arum insists it’s not going to happen, leaning on Mike Alvarado to get a crack at Pacquiao when the eight-division world champion returns to the ring in April.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Lady Chiefs keep NCAA volley title

first_imgMOST READ The game was in stark contrast to Friday’s Finals opener where Arellano needed five sets to hold off San Beda.Arellano raced to an 8-0 start in the third set before widening the gap to 14-2 on the way to the big victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the pivotal stretch of the duel came in the second set when Arellano rallied and saved four set points with Arocha scoring three of her team’s last four points for a 2-0 set lead.In the men’s division, Perpetual Help regrouped after a third-set meltdown to beat Arellano, 26-24, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16, and extend their duel to a deciding Game 3 this Thursday. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Abueva vows to make most out of Reyes’ trust AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University overwhelmed San Beda, 25-13, 29-27, 25-15, in Game 2 of their best-of-three Season 93 finals on Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan and retained its title in the NCAA women’ volleyball tournament.Regine Arocha, named Finals Most Valuable Player, led the Lady Chiefs to their third crown in the last four years.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Altas coach Sammy Acaylar said his team’s meltdown was all “psychological” as his players tend to let their guards down when in the lead.“We relax big time whenever we take a huge lead,” Acaylar said in Filipino. “But that’s not to take anything away from Arellano. Arellano plays with heart.”The Altas, who weathered the Chiefs’ rally in the first set, restored order in the fourth behind senior setter Warren Catipay and hard hitters led by rookie MVP Joebert Almodiel.Catipay dished out 40 excellent sets while Almodiel finished with 13 points. Ridzuan Muhali led Perpetual with 15.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View commentslast_img read more

Top Rank deal pushes Ancajas to work harder

first_imgLATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC And for Ancajas, joining Arum’s promotion is one way of making him work harder than ever before.READ: Arum excited for Ancajas’ Top Rank debutFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s rare for a Filipino boxer to join Top Rank and the boxers in that promotion are on a different level,” said Ancajas in Filipino during the PSA Awards Night Tuesday at Manila Hotel.“I’m just so lucky that Sir Bob chose me as one of his fighters, and with this I know I’ll be working even harder.” Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Boxer Jerwin Ancajas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLike appearing out of thin air, Jerwin Ancajas has become undoubtedly one of the biggest Filipino sporting heroes of his generation.The 26-year-old Ancajas went from obscure title-holder to a legitimate boxing star in less than two years and his ethereal rise prompted Bob Arum to include IBF World super flyweight champion in his stable of greats.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa TNT win no giveaway as NLEX simply played ‘terrible’center_img View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Ancajas joins a pantheon of greats in the Top Rank stable that includes former Olympian Mikaela Mayer, Terrence Crawford—who once held all four super lightweight belts—, WBO World super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, and the iconic Manny Pacquiao.Ancajas first owned the IBF strap in September of 2016 when he beat McJoe Arroyo at Philippine Navy Gymnasium in Taguig and earned $3,700 for his efforts.His little-money fights are now history as Ancajas has now got to the six-digit dollar mark after he defended his title against Israel Gonzalez on Feb. 2, 2018.“The first thing that Sir Bob told me was I really put on a great fight and he also told me that I have a bright future ahead of me,” said Ancajas.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgivinglast_img read more

Jarin: Bulldogs will learn from Filoil experience

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University head coach Jamike Jarin said Wednesday they can’t do anything about their early exit from the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier but use it as a lesson months before the UAAP season begins.The Bulldogs had a chance to enter the quarterfinals but fell short against University of the Philippines, 59-56, in their final group stage game.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 “It was very disappointing because we were looking forward to going to the quarterfinals, but hats off to UP because they played really well despite their three key players not playing,” said Jarin as his team finished their run with a 4-4 record.NU played against a depleted UP team that did not include Paul Desiderio, Diego Dario, and Juan Gomez De Liaño.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJarin added the Bulldogs will use their experience in the preseason to help them prepare better for the upcoming UAAP season.“Of course we will learn from this and pick up from what we learned and just keep moving onwards to the UAAP,” said Jarin who is on his first year as NU head coach after leaving San Beda. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “You have to stay confident and the good thing about this is the UAAP will not start tomorrow so we still have two months to work on our team.” LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage What ‘missteps’? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments MOST READ San Beda stays immaculate with beating of JRU Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Colonia fifth in weightlifting

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Filipino weightlifter Nestor Colonia. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — Not even the presence of Rio Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz could carry the Philippine team in weightlifting competitions here Monday.Nestor Colonia failed to make the podium finish during the men’s 56-kilogram division at MITEC.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Diaz flew in to this city to help up with Colonia backstage, harking back to their teamwork that helped the Zamboanga lass end the medal drought for the Philippines ini the Olympics.“We will come back and prepare in the Asian Games, we have five women’s events,” said weightlifting chief Monico Puentevella.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 openingThere was no women’s competitions in this edition of the Games. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Centeno, Biado lead 4-gold haul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

An extra mile to lose flab

first_imgHere’s a quick, easy and safe weightloss programme.A trip to the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium to watch the opening ceremony of the Nineteenth Commonwealth Games (CWG) on Sunday evening turned out to be just that.If the long walk to one’s respective entry gate could not manage to burn a few calories off an average spectator, the thorough frisking at security check points did find one ( reluctantly) relieved of a few – prohibited – possessions and, consequently, a couple of hundred grams.But the intensive and, perhaps, a little- too- strict security couldn’t dampen the average Delhiite’s spirits on Sunday evening.Anticipating a show like they had never seen before, the public had mentally prepared themselves to encounter a much greater degree of inconvenience.”I had imagined the worst as most of the media reports had warned of incessant frisking and bag checks. But this wasn’t that bad. Heck, it was breezy, I say,” said Kamla Choudhury, a first year student of Delhi University, straining her voice to be heard above the Indian Air Force helicopter hovering over the stadium.There were some, however, who found dealing with the walk and queues a tough proposition.Dushyant Aggarwal, CEO of an electronics company in Noida, and six members of his family had boarded a Games park- and- ride bus to reach the opening ceremony venue.”We had tickets for Gate 9 and informed the bus staff. They said they would drop us nearby. We have been walking for an hour and crossed several gates, but Gate 9 is nowhere in sight,” Aggarwal said. He said the long walk had taken a toll on the women.advertisementTo gain access to the opening ceremony venue, which looked nothing short of a fortress, spectators were frisked twice and had their bags subjected to two manual checks and one X- Ray check.The police, in the process, confiscated several items.The entire stadium was enveloped in an impregnable security blanket of 7,500 personnel, including commandos. While the IAF provided air cover to thwart and terror attack, every residential building around the stadium had a sniper atop it keeping an eye out for any possible trouble.”Ticket holders will go inside the stadium, those without will have to go home,” a PCR van blared incessantly.The security check, though more or less smooth, did manage to evoke a few grumbling voices when the Delhi police personnel confiscated coins for it is on the list of 65 items prohibited in the stadium.”I was surprised when they took my money off me! It was strange and a bit ridiculous actually,” said Dunlan McEwan, a photojournalist from Scotland travelling with his country’s team, who had to drop his coins off in a cardboard security box.Coins were on the list of prohibited items even during the hockey World Cup the city hosted in March.The logic was coins can be used as a weapon when thrown from a distance.Mamta Singh ( 33), a housewife, had no intention putting her five rupee coins to any malicious use, but she too ended up throwing them into the all- consuming cardboard box, which had also gobbled cigarettes, matchboxes and chewing gum, among other things.But the cops didn’t seem to evoke any pleasure in confiscating items, either. The unawareness among Delhiites on which items were prohibited was a source of frustration for them.”Why can’t people just travel light these days? It seems no one is aware of what they cannot bring in,” said an irked security personnel as the journalist was found guilty of carrying a ceramic mug in her backpack.As for the mug, it was quickly offered to the all- consuming security box.last_img read more

Owe no money to Gavaskar: BCCI

first_imgThe BCCI on Tuesday refuted former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar’s claim that the board owed him fee for his role as an IPL governing council member. BCCI president Shashank Manohar said no payment was due to Gavaskar.  He said he was ready to meet anyone wanting to see him. Manohar said there had been no request to him from Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar to intervene in the matter. Gavaskar had earlier met Manohar over non-payment of dues during his tenure as IPL governing council member. But he had refused to divulge how much the dues were. Gavaskar had also denied links with the Kochi IPL team, saying he was yet to make up his mind whether to accept the franchise’s offer to head its cricket operations.  Earlier, the BCCI had removed Gavaskar from the IPL governing council at its annual general meeting in September. While the board did not give any reason, there had been reports that it could be a result of a payment dispute.last_img read more

Salman Khan turns music director

first_imgSalman KhanThere was a strong buzz in the industry that Salman Khan was turning music director with the film Ready. He was supposedly composing the music along with Pritam.But Pritam, worried over Salman taking away the credit, clarified: “It is not true that Salman is composing Ready’s music. I have already composed some tracks and he has said that he loved them. Bhushan Kumar liked them very much too. I hope the music will turn out to be a big hit.” The composer says he also feels lucky to be working with Salman Khan.”I am quite excited that I have got an opportunity to work with Salman. This is the first time I am composing music for him. He is a very good human being and he appreciates my work,” Pritam adds.last_img read more

Match moments in England vs South Africa match

first_imgWhen England scored just 171 runs in their allotted 50 overs it seemed as if the South Africans would walk away with a win and become the table-toppers in Group A. But, that was not to be as the England bowlers struck thick and fast beat the Proteas by 6 runs in an edge of the seat encounter.At one stage South Africa were cruising along with 124-3 on board.But, England managed to have their way in the game as South Africa lost 3 wickets in quick succession and from 124-3 at one stage they slumped to 124-6.Stuart Broad was the pick of the England bowlers. He finished with impressive figures of 6.4 -0-15-4.Man-of-the-Match         England batsman Ravi Bopara won the Man-of-the-Match for his sturdy 60 on board.last_img read more

Mumbai: Youth drowns in sea near Nariman Point

first_imgA youth was swept away by strong waves at Mumbai’s Nariman Point on Friday morning. Even as Coast Guard launched a rescue operation, the man could not be saved.Incidents of drowning increase in the choppy sea during monsoon. So an alert Coast Guard was quick in deploying a chopper to rescue the man.The operation ended after about an hour after the man could not be seen on the sea surface. However, the search for his body was on.The deceased was yet to be identified.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.last_img read more

She got her own…

first_imgSeen as the lead of Ekta Kapoor’s horror-thriller Ragini MMS, Kainaz Motivala, 24, has snatched a bit of the limelight with the controversial film. A former journalist who has worked with reputed newspapers in Mumbai, Motivala started her acting career with the film Pathshala in which she played a school,Seen as the lead of Ekta Kapoor’s horror-thriller Ragini MMS, Kainaz Motivala, 24, has snatched a bit of the limelight with the controversial film. A former journalist who has worked with reputed newspapers in Mumbai, Motivala started her acting career with the film Pathshala in which she played a school girl who has a crush on her teacher (played by Shahid Kapoor). Next up we saw her as Ranbir Kapoor’s friend in Wake Up Sid, and it was here that she met the stylist Sheena Satlani who introduced her to comfort styling and made her look glamorous.Personal style: “I look more for comfort in my dressing style. I do not follow any style icon,” she says. She prefers short dresses as they complement the young actor. Sunaina Puri is her favourite designer and she likes to sport the brand Diesel for a more casual look.Closet hues: Motivala likes a melange of colours such as red, blue, pink, white and black, and one can find all these shades in her closet. “I make a conscious effort to keep my wardrobe vibrant by not repeating the colours,” she quips.Stony look: She loves to wear chunky jewels with her short dresses and denim shorts. “You will see me adorned with bracelets, bangles, charms or long earrings all the time,” she says with a smile.On the spotAt the launch party of Divine Thought Production at Grand Hyatt, four upcoming Hindi films were announced. These films include Everybody’s Famous, Maximum, The Hunt and Challan. Celebs present at the event included Arya Babbar, Naseeruddin Shah, Hasleen Kaur, Ankita Shorey and Femina Miss India Divine Thought Surabhi Rao.The touring exhibition called Freedom to Create (FTC) showcased mix media art such as installation art, sculpture and photographs, at Colaba. It covered a diverse range of topics, including acid attacks in Bangladesh to public massacres in Zimbabwe by artists from Afghanistan, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Myanmar, Rwanda, Georgia, Iran and Columbia.Miss Earth 2010 Nicole Faria made her presence felt at the launch of Amy and Farzad Billimoria’s new store at Santacruz. The duo showcased their new collection titled “I, Me, Myself”, created by using eco-friendly fabrics as a tribute to the cause of global warming. Complimenting the collection were the stylish headgear presented by Farzad, which are made out of natural fibers.advertisementlast_img read more

I have never aimed bowling at 160: Umesh Yadav

first_imgAfter a memorable first major full season on the big stage, India’s rookie pacer Umesh Yadav is ready to roar again. As the World Cup champions head to Sri Lanka for the ODI series and a one-off Twenty-20, Yadav looks ready to deliver for his nation again.The aggressive and consistent bowler was undoubtedly the sole positive for Indian cricket of what was otherwise a disastrous season in Australia. Even as Dhoni and his boys succumbed under pressure losing one series after another, this 24 year-old stood tall amidst the ruins.The bowler admits that his focus is not increasing the speed of his bowling, but to be consistent.”I bowl quick because of my skills in tennis ball cricket. I used to bowl quick with tennis bowl. I have never aimed bowling at 160 odd… I just aim to bowl well and be consistent,” Yadav told Headlines Today.Amidst an apparent captaincy controversy in the team, Yadav, who has played under both Virender Sehwag and Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the recent past, heaped rich praise on his seniors, saying they, especially the duo, would be key to the side returning to the top.Speaking about Sehwag’s feedback on his bowling, Yadav said, “Viru Bhai is a very open minded player. He has never pressurised me. He gives you the ball and gives complete support as a captain.”Talking about Dhoni’s attitude, he said, “Dhoni is a very cool captain. He also never pressurises bowlers. If I am not able to keep a check on my bowling, then he guides me.”advertisementTalking about his Test debut, Yadav said, “V.V.S. Laxman gave me my Test cap and wished me the best for future.”He also hailed Sachin Tendulkar as a supportive senior. “Sachin Paaji always gives a lot of support. He even stands at mid on or mid off and keeps motivating me,” Yadav said.last_img read more

Delhi Ansal Plaza shootout: Two terrorists killed, police face barrage of charges

first_imgHARD EVIDENCE: A forensic expert takes pictures at the siteAction movie buffs Rajesh Chandhoke and Nikhilesh Arora had never before heard the sound of gunfire in real life. On the eve of Diwali, at about 7 p.m. on November 3, the two businessmen took the elevator down to the parking,HARD EVIDENCE: A forensic expert takes pictures at the siteAction movie buffs Rajesh Chandhoke and Nikhilesh Arora had never before heard the sound of gunfire in real life. On the eve of Diwali, at about 7 p.m. on November 3, the two businessmen took the elevator down to the parking lot in the basement of the Ansal Plaza shopping complex in south Delhi, only to hear the whiz of a bullet for the first time.GORY END: One of the two terrorists killed by the police on November 3As they headed towards Chandhoke’s black Ford Ikon with Arora clutching the Barbie dolls he had bought for his daughter, the shots froze them. At first they assumed it to be the staccato burst of crackers, but when they spotted a man firing from a revolver and taking cover behind a pillar, they knew something serious was going on.Two Pakistani nationals belonging to the banned Lashkar-e-Toiba, which is backed by the ISI of Pakistan, were engaged in a gun battle with a Delhi Police team. The policemen led by Special Cell ACP Rajbir Singh were firing from behind cars.Counter TerrorismClick here to EnlargeThe two militants initially hid behind the giant columns but later took cover behind the cars parked in the lot. Fifteen minutes later, the terrorists lay dead.Soon, an army of media people, including the ubiquitous TV crews, descended on the scene, frenetically asking questions. Some of the questions raised were controversial, but the police response was measured.”If we hadn’t been able to intercept the militants in time, anything could have happened,” says Joint Commissioner of Police Neeraj Kumar. “They opened fire first, leaving us no option but to retaliate.”advertisementWRONG NUMBER: The stolen car sported fake licence platesThe encounter averted a major tragedy: the terrorists probably planned to massacre Diwali shoppers at one of Delhi’s elite shopping malls which is normally crowded on weekends. On Diwali eve, it was choc-a-bloc.Had the two militants managed to sneak up the elevator, they could have fired indiscriminately in the amphi-theatre at the mall’s centre or within the shopping plaza itself. The evidence suggests they were prepared: an airbag they carried contained an AK-56 assault rifle, a bandolier and 60 rounds of ammunition.ISI CATCHES IN DELHI IN 2002 EMBATTLED: The Parliament attack JANUARY 14: Four LeT and one Hizbul-e-Islami militant arrested along with three hawala operators. Recovery: 13 kg RDX, electronic detonators and other explosive materials. Rs 39 lakh in cash. Target: Republic Day celebrations. MARCH 9: Two Pakistan-trained militants involved in the Red Fort shootout killed in encounter. Three others arrested. Recovery: One AK-47 assault rifle with 30 live rounds, Chinese bore Star pistols with spare ammunition. JULY 2: One LeT militant and two other operatives arrested. Recovery: Rs 7 lakh.AUGUST 28: Two LeT militants and four others arrested. Recovery: 4 kg explosives, live detonators. The following morning Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani announced thatthere were definite intelligence inputs to suggest the two terroristshad been dispatched by their masters in Pakistan to create communaltension in India.Well-placed sources say the Intelligence Bureau (IB) had been trackingthe movements of the two militants –  identified as Ejaz Ahmed ofGujranwala town and Abu Anas of Kasoor, both in the Punjab province ofPakistan – over the past two months.Intercepts suggest the two were initially based in Anantnag, thenvisited contacts in Mumbai, Lucknow and some places in western UttarPradesh. The car used for the mission was stolen from Lucknow, andthough it had a Delhi licence plate (DL 8 CB 3241), the number etched on the window pane confirmed it was registered in Uttar Pradesh. Only last month Advani had asserted that the IB and various state police forces had jointly busted over 200 ISI modules in the country since January 1998 (INDIA TODAY, “Terror’s Hidden Face”, November 11).The handset recovered from one of the terrorists revealed that calls were made to a number in Gujranwala (0092-43-1241742) in Pakistan. On the three occasions that INDIA TODAY dialled this number, three men who identified themselves as Abid, Khalid and Babar took the calls and said Ahmed was unavailable.Another number in the cellular call list (0092-30-7951662) belongs to Azam Cheema alias Baba, the LeT’s “launching commander” for “rest of India outside Jammu and Kashmir”.Cheema is No. 3 in the LeT’s hierarchy, and operates from the outfit’s office in Bahawalpur on the highway to Multan. In the past 10 years, Cheema has trained and sent scores of fidayeen to India. He also provides logistical support.As with every Special Cell operation that is followed by a witch-hunt prompted by the media and civil rights organisations, several questions were raised this time also.advertisementCONTROVERSIAL QUESTIONS ENCOUNTER DOUBTS POLICE COUNTER If the police had exact information about the militants’ plans and knew they were targeting the Ansal Plaza complex, why weren’t the two arrested while on the way?Intelligence inputs said the militants would target Ansal Plaza a day before Diwali. But police did not have exact inputs about their mode of transport or arrival time. If the plan was to cause maximum damage inside the busy, airconditioned mall, why weren’t the militants carrying hand grenades?  The Red Fort attackers also carried no grenades. At Ansal Plaza the terrorists knew that the mall had limited entry and exit points.One of the militants lying face down on the floor was clutching a Chinese pistol. Normally, a man lets go of a weapon when shot.  When death is instant, as in the case of the slain Lashkar militant, the person is likely to die clutching whatever is in his hands.They challenged not only claims that the militants were from Pakistan, but also whether the encounter itself was genuine.Several eyewitnesses that INDIA TODAY spoke to confirmed that the shootout went on for nearly 20 minutes, but one witness, H. Krishna, a doctor,created an avoidable controversy.The press quoted him as saying he had seen the two militants being dragged out of a car and being shot; he also claimed the police later stopped him from speaking to the media. Based on his claims and buttressed by the press reports, Rajya Sabha member Kuldip Nayar filed a petition before the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) which, in turn, promptly issued a notice to the Delhi Police brass to explain their action and also provide security to Krishna.When contacted, the surgeon from south Delhi, curiously enough, had these words to offer, “I will not confirm nor deny whether I was at the spot. But definitely the men killed were genuine terrorists. I have not been harassed by the police in any way. Neither did I ask for any protection from the NHRC.”Nayar himself says he took the matter up with the NHRC only to ascertain whether what was reported in the press about Krishna was correct or not.Krishna’s U-turn isn’t surprising. The man who had accused the police of cold-blooded killing, has a couple of cases registered against him at Agra and Tappal, near Aligarh, for attempt to murder and culpable homicide amounting to murder. “My cases don’t matter in such a case,” Krishna counters.”I wanted to check their identity, but they did not listen. They opened fire.” ACP RAJBIR SINGH”As I came down the lift I saw a man running and firing at the same time.” N. CHOPRA, BUSINESSMAN”I thank the police for saving my life. Death missed me by a whisker.” R. CHANDHOKE, BUSINESSMAN”The terrorists had probably planned to open fire near McDonald’s.” INSPECTOR M.C. SHARMAWhen the Special Cell’s investigators questioned him last week, he made an equally startling, if unrelated, “disclosure” that most of the women on flight IC 814 hijacked to Kandahar in December 1999 had been “raped repeatedly for a week by the hijackers”.It is unlikely that Krishna’s volte-face and disclosures will be taken seriously by the prosecution or the NHRC. What however needs to be taken seriously are the various intelligence reports indicating that many ISI operatives are lying in wait to strike.advertisement”The enemy’s idea is to cause communal tension, disrupt normal life and bleed the state machinery continuously,” says a senior intelligence officer. That is why, human-rights watchdogs notwithstanding, security forces like to settle scores the Ansal Plaza way.last_img read more

London Olympics: Spain lose to Honduras in football, knocked out of Games

first_imgSpain crashed out of the London Olympics after they suffered a shock 0-1 defeat at the hands of Honduras. The Spanish outfit have lost two games from as many played, failing to qualify for the next stage with one more group match remaining. Jerry Bengtson scored a seventh-minute header, the Honduran striker’s third goal in two games, to seal the Spaniards’ fate Sunday, Xinhua reports.In an ill-tempered encounter, Iker Muniain hit the post and substitute Rodrigo the bar amid a second-half Spanish onslaught, but the Central American side battled heroically to keep Luis Milla’s star-studded side at bay.Great Britain moved within a point of qualifying for the last eight after they beat United Arab Emirates 3-1.Two second-half goals from substitutes Scott Sinclair and Daniel Sturridge proved crucial after captain Ryan Giggs had opened the scoring for the host nation early on.Brazil came from behind to beat Belarus 3-1 at Old Trafford thanks to a stunning second half free-kick and last-minute assist from Neymar.Ten-man Senegal blew Group A wide open with a shock 2-0 win over highly-fancied Uruguay at Wembley.Egypt’s hopes of qualifying for the last eight took a blow as they drew 1-1 with New Zealand at Old Trafford after wasting several chances.Giovani dos Santos’ two-goal cameo from off the bench gave Mexico a 2-0 win over Gabon and sent El Tri top of Group B.Kim Bo-Kyung was South Korea’s hero with a second-half winner as they beat Switzerland 2-1 in their Group B encounter at the City of Coventry Stadium.advertisementStriker Kensuke Nagai fired Japan to the brink of the quarter-finals with a late winner against Morocco. The Grampus Eight frontman struck with an instinctive lob six minutes from time to settle a tight Group D encounter with a 1-0 victory.last_img read more

MC Mary Kom gets rousing welcome from crowd on return

first_imgThe mood at the arrival of the Indian male boxers from the London Games on Tuesday was unlike that after the 2008 Olympics when Vijender Kumar clinched bronze and Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar reached the quarter-finals.But in the early morning on Tuesday, it was woman boxer MC Mary Kom, who received a rousing welcome from a sizeable crowd on her arrival after winning a historic bronze medal at the London Olympics.Male boxers, who are used to media attention, were largely ignored by fans and media alike. Other than a small crowd of the boxing fraternity, most of the people at the airport didn’t even notice that the male boxers, too, had arrived.The early morning scene at the Arrival Gate No. 6 was like a rock concert where a highly energetic crowd of more than 500 was about to witness a dazzling show.The flight was scheduled to land at 6:15am. It’s a time when most Delhiites are in slumber, but a glance at the arrival gate at the Indira Gandhi International Airport gave the impression of a place full of people high on adrenaline rush.Ninety per cent of Mary Kom’s fans were from the North-East and their presence was natural as they have found an Olympic medallist heroine in Mary. Confusion prevailed about the gate through which Mary would come out. The crowd shifted from Gate No. 6 to 5 when a rumour spread that Mary was taking a secret detour to avoid the crowd. The process of shifting took place twice more before the fans grouped themselves in two batches and flanked both gates.advertisementBeats of two dhols gave the scene a desi touch. Fans were waving the Tricolour and shouting “Welcome Mary” and “Mary, You Are Great” slogans. The news that Mary’s plane had landed spurred their enthusiasm and the noise level increased by a few decibels.Fifteen minutes later, a sudden commotion confirmed that Mary had come out of the arrival gate. A delirious crowd roared at the top of their lungs and it made the airport feel small.Mary was taken to an open jeep and the procession took some 30 minutes. It was amazing to see that every fan wanted to have a share of Mary’s glory. Each one wanted to have a photograph taken with her.Mary, not used to such fanfare, relished every moment. The fivetime world champion was smiling and acknowledging her fans.Media personnel, too, had to elbow Mary fans in order to get ‘exclusive’ bytes. The jeep went for a procession around the airport, and came back to Gate No. 6 and stopped only when all four tyres got punctured.However, it was an energy-sapping moment for the jet-lagged Mary, but one couldn’t find a trace of fatigue on her face and she was happily entertaining her fans’ requests for autographs.Her twin sons and other family members joined her, and fans arranged a folk dance with Mary too shaking a leg.The ecstatic fans seemed to be unaware of the presence or purposely ignored the male boxers. While there was a lot of buzz before they headed to the London Olympics, the silence on their arrival told the story of their underachievement.Meanwhile, Mary, who had said that she wanted to win an Olympics medal because that is considered the highest achievement in India, was basking in her new-found stardom.last_img read more

China hunts for Marcello Lippi successor after Asian Cup ‘fiasco’

first_imgMOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town 60-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon PLAY LIST 01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon00:50Trending Articles00:54Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas02:42PH 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 Unseeded pair Stosur, Zhang win Australian Open women’s doubles title SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants (FILES) This file picture taken on January 24, 2019 shows China’s coach Marcello Lippi (R) looking on during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup quarter-final football match between China and Iran at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium Stadium in Abu Dhabi. – Wounded Chinese football was searching for a new national coach on January 25 after an angry Marcello Lippi ended his reign with a humiliating exit at the Asian Cup. (Photo by KHALED DESOUKI / AFP)Wounded Chinese football was searching for a new national coach on Friday after an angry Marcello Lippi ended his reign with a humiliating exit at the Asian Cup.The 70-year-old Italian World Cup winner confirmed after Thursday’s 3-0 quarter-final defeat to Iran in Abu Dhabi that he would not extend his contract.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese President Xi Jinping, a known football fan, has vowed to make the country of 1.4 billion people a competitive force in international football.The government is throwing resources at the grassroots game, but the gulf between Iran and China was more glaring evidence that patience is needed.The Chinese Football Association (CFA) appears committed to hiring foreign expertise to fix the shortfall in the medium term.In September, veteran Dutch coach Guus Hiddink was hired to take the Chinese team into the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and all the signs are that the CFA will hire another big name to succeed Lippi.Jorge Sampaoli, who was in charge of his native Argentina when they crashed out in the last 16 of last summer’s World Cup, was linked with the job late last year.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Who will take over? No matter their coaching ability or familiarity with Chinese football, perhaps no successor can be compared to Lippi.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He has since taken over at Santos in Brazil.‘Feel sorry for Lippi’Chinese football fans have long had rock-bottom expectations of their side, who are ranked 76th in the FIFA rankings and reached the World Cup only once, in 2002.Chinese Super League (CSL) teams have splashed out on expensive foreign recruits, such as the 60-million-euro Brazilian Oscar at Shanghai SIPG, but the pool of international-class domestic players remains wafer thin.The national team is regularly lambasted back home as an embarrassment, but there was sympathy for the departing Lippi, who won the CSL three times with Guangzhou Evergrande.In an online poll immediately after he stood down, about 75 percent of supporters were satisfied with his tenure, even though he failed to steer them to last year’s World Cup.On Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, the hashtag #feelsorryforLippi was trending, reflecting the fondness many still hold for the former Italy and Juventus boss.An editorial for Soccer News called the Iran loss “a fiasco” and warned fans to expect more pain over the next decade.“China were defeated by the strongest team in Asia,” the newspaper said, adding it confirmed China were “a second-class team” on the continent.“But to lose in such a way, the team is dishonourable and helpless. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments LATEST STORIES Lippi made no effort to hide his displeasure at the nature of the defeat, which came from some calamitous Chinese defending.“You cannot afford to gift a team like Iran three goals,” an exasperated Lippi, fondly known in China as “Silver Fox” on account of his hair, said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLippi, appointed coach of China in October 2016, won 12 of his 31 games in charge, losing 11 and drawing eight.He was reportedly among the best-paid coaches in world football, but the meek defeat of his ageing side underlined the limited quality of the squad at his disposal.last_img read more

Former Test cricketer Arvind Apte dead

first_imgFormer India opener Arvind Laxman Apte, who was suffering from prostate cancer, died in Pune on Tuesday evening. He was 79.Apte, who would have turned 80 on Oct 24, is survived by a daughter and son-in-law.Apte went on the tour of England in 1959. Incidentally, after that tour, it is only for the second time that India, currently touring England, are playing a five-Test series.The third opener of the team, captained by Dattajirao Gaekwad, Apte opened the innings with Pankaj Roy in the third Test at Leeds, coming in for injured Nari Contractor, and was dismissed in both the innings for 8 and 7 by fast bowler Alan Moss.He played 58 first class matches – 14 for Bombay and 13 for Rajasthan and the rest for various other teams – and scored 2,782 runs with six centuries and 15 half centuries.His elder brother Madhav Apte also played seven Tests for India.A keen follower of cricket, Arvind and Madhav took time off their textile business to go and watch the Lord’s Test with a couple of their friends every year for the last two decades.last_img read more