Month: November 2019

NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 13

first_imgView comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES For the second straight week, and fourth time overall, the energetic Lyceum forward tops this week’s rankings.Though the Pirates are facing what could be their toughest stretch yet, Perez is still keeping his numbers up as he leads his team’s bid to sweep the elimination round.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(2) Jed Mendoza – G, JRU Heavy Bombers16.5 points (4/10 3PT), 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assistsLast Week: N/AChurning out consistent numbers in JRU’s Final Four drive, Jed Mendoza takes the cake in the team’s 2-0 week.The playmaker’s poise, coupled with his stupendous sniping from downtown was really a big shot in the arm for the Heavy Bombers as they move a win away from clinching a seat in the Final Four.Mendoza has shown that he can be the perfect compliment to Tey Teodoro all season long, but his biggest test will be in its next two games as JRU seeks to formalize its entry to the postseason.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(3) Andoy Estrella – G, Mapua Cardinals22 points (2-4 3PT), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It’s not for the lack of effort, though, as the Golden Stags lost a heartbreaking 60-58 thriller to JRU on Friday.With three games left in its schedule, San Sebastian should have the heightened sense of urgency in the coming weeks if they want to advance to the big dance.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(7) Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights12 points, 15 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 blockLast Week: N/AAlso on the losing end this week was Rey Nambatac.The senior guard tried his hardest to help Letran dent Lyceum’s armor, but in the end, the Pirates were just too much as the Knights fell, 81-69.Though defeated, Letran’s showing was respectable to say the least, with Nambatac being the engine that keeps the team going.But the 23-year-old vowed to not just churn out solid numbers, but also deliver victories, especially with games against San Beda and St. Benilde next in the Knights’ schedule. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(5) Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs16 points, 11 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 blockLast Week: N/AKent Salado just brought Arellano out of the depths of elimination, doing it all in the team’s 95-65 beatdown of College of St. Benilde.Fighting for survival, the speedy playmaker’s double-double night against the Blazers kept the Chiefs’ flailing hopes alive as they seek to make a late rally to the Final Four.But the job won’t be easy, as Arellano will have no other choice but to win its next games, starting on Tuesday against San Sebastian.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(6) Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags15 points, 13 rebounds, 1 blockLast Week: N/AAnother solid showing went down the drain for Michael Calisaan as San Sebastian suffered another loss to drop to 7-8. Finally, we get some sense of clarity two weeks away from the end of the eliminations.Lyceum and San Beda have already punched their tickets to the playoffs and JRU seems to be following suit after moving a win away from nabbing the third spot.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 shutoutThree more teams are duking it out for the last Final Four spot, making every game for Letran, San Sebastian, and Arellano do-or-die duels.Individually, players are also doing last-ditch efforts on not just helping their respective teams progress, but also put themselves in the conversation for the end of season awards. But as for this past three game days, here are the week’s best performers.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(1) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates24 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 stealsLast Week: 1CJ Perez continues to prove that he is one of the best, if not the best collegiate player in the country today.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Ginebra ousts TNT, faces Meralco in PBA Finals rematch Last Week: N/AHope may be lost, but that won’t stop Andoy Estrella from giving Mapua its first winning streak of the season.The senior guard was clutch once again as he lifted the Cardinals to a gutsy 76-71 win over Perpetual on Thursday.Mapua may already be out of the running for the Final Four, but that doesn’t mean that Estrella couldn’t get the graceful exit he’s pining for.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(4) AC Soberano – G, San Beda Red Lions13 points (7-12 3PT), 2.5 reboundsLast Week: N/AAnother sharp-shooter enters this week’s list as AC Soberano unfurled a pair of standout outings in a 2-0 week for San Beda.Already considered as one of the deadliest snipers in the amateurs, the stocky guard showed how lethal he could be as he fired 5-of-7 threes to pour in 17 points in the Red Lions’ 88-51 rout of EAC.That’s exactly the performance coach Boyet Fernandez was looking for as San Beda gears towards its final elimination game against league-leader Lyceum. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president With 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 in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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De Jesus says DLSU setter Cobb still lacks maturity

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Just as Michelle Cobb was making a name for herself as a capable playmaker for De La Salle, she went on a slump that not only affected her, but her whole team as well.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding First it was Jasmine Nabor’s dominance in National University’s five-set win over La Salle wherein the Lady Bulldog tallied 53 excellent sets to Cobb’s 27.And Cobb was once again in the middle of La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus’ post-game talk wherein the 10-time champion mentor said his setter needs to play better.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLa Salle lost in four sets to Adamson University, 25-18, 15-25, 25-19, 25-22, in a match where Lady Falcon setter Fhen Emnas, who dished out 43 excellent sets, outplayed Cobb.“Our setter needs to experience this kind of a big game so she can overcome the pressure that is brought upon her shoulders,” said De Jesus in Filipino Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Read Next Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa 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 Citycenter_img AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “This is for her own good and for the improvement of the whole team as well. She has to see what adjustments she needs to make and how she can handle these types of situations.”Cobb’s lackluster play has coincided with La Salle’s subpar performance and the Lady Spikers have slipped to 4-2 and their loss was their first at the hands of Lady Falcons since dropping a 23-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-16 decision in Season 70.The sophomore setter has proven herself as La Salle’s main distributor most notably in the Lady Spikers’ 25-21, 25-22, 26-24 win over University of the Philippines.Cobb finished with 10 points and 32 excellent sets for La Salle against the Lady Maroons that saw the 19-year-old score three straight aces to cap off the victory.“I think Cobb’s maturity as a setter is still lacking because there were times where her decision-making wasn’t apt to what was happening on the floor,” said De Jesus. “She’ll eventually get this experience along the way.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Roque says Vicente left UE for ‘personal reasons’last_img read more

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Lassiter shows he’s more than a sniper

first_imgAfter their win over the Elite, Lassiter now averages two swipes a game.“Sometimes my offense doesn’t show up,” said Lassiter who went 2-of-9 from deep. “And [playing defense] is one of the first things they know about me, but it’s always good to do both.”And Lassiter is also willing to bring his three-and-D style of play to the national team once the officials start calling.Lassiter has worn the tricolor several times in his career and he’s willing to do it again if given the chance.“Being a three-and-D player, and having multiple dimensions to your game, it helps a lot,” said Lassiter. “If they ever call again, I’m always available.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel swingman Marcio Lassiter has long proven his shooter label, with a 39.9 percent shooting clip from deep his first five seasons, but on Wednesday he showed that he is more than that.Lassiter filled up the stat sheets with 21 points, six rebounds, four assists, and eight steals, which was the best way to tell people that he is as a two-way player.ADVERTISEMENT French Open: One and done for home hope Tsonga BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP MOST READcenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games 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 BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’ve always known I can play defense, it’s one of my calling cards and I’ve been doing it my whole career,” said Lassiter after the Beermen’s 124-113 victory over Blackwater in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Cuneta Astrodome.READ: San Miguel gets back-to-back wins ahead of final elims gameFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I’m just playing the passing lanes, and I was just being active, and just reading what the defense was giving,”Lassiter, prior to their game against the Elite, was averaging 1.40 steals a game and had a streak of two games with at least two steals a game.last_img read more

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Pacquiao eyeing Mayweather rematch, says Roach

first_imgCayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games A rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao could be on the cards if the legendary Filipino boxer wins his bout against Australian challenger Jeff Horn this weekend, his trainer said Tuesday.Pacquiao, who was outpointed by Mayweather in the “Fight of the Century” two years ago, will be the strong favorite when he defends his world title against the unbeaten Horn in Brisbane.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 Boxer Manny Pacquiao (L) and coach Freddie Roach. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netPacquiao was coy about a possible rematch, stressing that his focus was on the World Boxing Organization welterweight title fight against 29-year-old former schoolteacher Horn at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.“If there’s a chance, why not. I’m willing, but let’s focus first for this fight,” the 38-year-old eight-weight world champion told reporters when asked about fighting Mayweather again.“We don’t want to underestimate Horn thinking about another fight, this fight is not done yet.”Pacquiao, 38, briefly retired last year before making a successful comeback against Vargas in November, and is juggling boxing with his duties as a senator in the Philippines.Boxing legend Mayweather, 40, is coming out of retirement to fight mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor in August.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES But the Horn fight could be critical to whether the “Pac-Man” secures another superfight with his American rival, Freddie Roach told reporters in Brisbane.“He (Horn) can derail us really badly. Manny is, I think, in a must-win situation. He wants a rematch with Mayweather,” Roach said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“And I mean to get Mayweather you have to look good against Jeff Horn, he has to look good, he has to be impressive.“I think there is a lot riding on this fight and I feel Manny has to look really good in this fight and the way the training camp went, I think he will.” WATCH: UFC fighter accidentally soils herself mid-fight WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Pacquiao eyeing Mayweather rematch6.8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, firelast_img read more

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Going for the jugular

first_imgLOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Close-out games are usually the hardest ones to win, even for such a talented team like San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentscenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:32Austria: Ginebra is playing like a ‘well-oiled machine’01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:49Robredo: 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 Petron, Foton seal semifinal showdown Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend The 6-foot-10 Beermen cornerstone had a relatively easy night, collecting just nine points and five rebounds.And while Austria and his Beermen are looking to get this thing over and done with—and bag the second jewel of a cherished Triple Crown sweep—TNT’s Nash Racela again sounded off what his goal has been ever since this championship series started.“Again, the goal is to get to a Game 7 and see what [happens in the decider],” Racela said. “Our emotions cannot be dictated by [this Game 5 loss]. We have to be focused on the next game.”That next game happens at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao where the drama has spilled off the Big Dome floor with wives and girlfriends of players getting into the act after Game 5.Racela talked in the subtlest possible way after that loss, saying: “We have to limit San Miguel’s free throws,” as he took a jab at officiating without really saying it.ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t know how we will do it, but it has to be done,” he added.The Beermen were awarded 38 free throws for Game 5, 17 more than what the Texters got as the highly-physical series has gone on to favor San Miguel.“I’d like to say that San Miguel outplayed us tonight, but that just wasn’t the case today,” said Racela.Import Joshua Smith was the one who talked openly about officiating on Friday and got tagged with a P30,000 fine by the Office of the Commissioner after he said that officiating “was terrible.”Smith struggled to just 15 points and seven rebounds in Game 5.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The good thing in San Miguel’s situation, though, is that the Beermen have a two-for-one chance in doing it.“This is not yet over,” coach Leo Austria said as he tried cautioning his wards against complacency versus a TNT KaTropa side that has fought it hard game in and out in the best-of-seven series. “We still have to win one more game, and it will be a very different game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“They will make all the adjustments which they have done [in the series],” Austria said. “The good thing is that they are the ones doing the adjustments.”The Beermen grabbed a 3-2 lead with a 111-102 win on Friday night after getting five players in twin digits while playing reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo less than 25 minutes.last_img read more

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India win men’s doubles gold in tables tennis

first_imgIn a historic first, India’s men’s doubles team won the Commonwealth Games gold, beating Singapore in a hotly contested five-game final.Achanta Sharath Kamal and Subhajit Saha had conceded the first game before rallying hard to win three out of the next four games.Ning Gao and Zi Yang let the match slip in the third game, which they lost 11-4 after being down 7-0 just a few minutes into the game.The Singaporeans fought back, winning the next game 11-5 and taking the match into the decider. It was a closely contested one.India, trailing by two points, levelled up at 8-8 before sealing the win.The two Singaporeans had beaten Sharath and Saha in the men’s singles semis.Yang had beaten Sharath in a see-saw semifinal that was decided in the seventh game.Sharath led 11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7 and needed to win just one more game before Yang bounced back to win two consecutive games.Ning had proved too powerful for Saha, who couldn’t win a single game in the semis, losing 2-11, 2-11, 9-11 and 7-11.last_img read more

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India bag a silver and bronze, shooters flop

first_imgThe cueists continued their good run by providing a silver medal but the fancied shooters came a cropper in windy conditions as India added two more medals to their kitty on the third day of competitions in the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on Monday.The performance of the snooker team comprising Yasin Merchant, Sneh Aditya Mehta and Brijsh Damani, who gave India their fourth silver, was the highpoint of an otherwise disappointing day which saw most of the Indian portpersons failing to make much of an impact.While the snooker team lost to China 1-3 in the final to be content with the silver, the men’s tennis team bagged a bronze medal to take India’s medal tally to one gold, four silver and three bronze.The shooters, who have provided the bulk of the medals so far, were a big disappointment as they drew a blank at the Aoti shooting range with stars like Gagan Narang and Tejaswini Sawant failing to qualify, handicapped by windy conditions.The men’s hockey team began their campaign on a rousing note by thrashing lowly Hong Kong 7-0 in a group-B league match while the paddlers endured a mixed day in the individual competitions with only Kumarsen Shamini making it to the second round of the mixed as well as women’s singles event.In weightlifting, India’s medal hope K Ravi Kumar failed to live up to expectations as he finished fifth with a below-par performance in the men’s 69kg weightlifting.Ravi Kumar would have won a medal had he repeated his 321kg effort which fetched him a gold in the Commonwealth Games but he could only lift 311kg (141+170) to finish fifth.advertisementThe snooker trio of veteran Merchant, Mehta and Damani proved too strong for Pakistan as they demolished their arch rivals 3-0 to set up a gold medal clash against hosts China.But they could not get the better of China in the final.The overcast conditions upset India’s hopes for a medal in the men’s 50m rifle prone event in the Asian Games as the country’s shooting trio, including Gagan Narang, failed to advance to the finals.Narang, who secured two silver medals in the 10m air rifle event on the opening day including the team honours, was second-best among Indians by finishing a lowly 24th with 587 points.But this is not the 27-year-old Commonwealth Games hero’s main event at the distance and he would have a shot at the 50m three position competition to be held on November 18.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Sehwag out of ODI against SA

first_imgThe Indian cricket team has suffered a big blow ahead of its ODI against South Africa.Opener Virender Sehwag has been ruled out of the oly ODI to be played from January 12. Sehwag has been advised rest for his injured shoulder keeping in mind the World Cup in February next year. Rohit Sharma will be replacing Sehwag in the squad. Murali Vijay will stay back in South Africa for the ODI as the 17th member of the squad.  India has only five ODIs in hand to prepare for the World Cup.last_img

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Turning point: Australia vs New Zealand World Cup tie

first_imgThe golden rule in cricket is – always chose to bowl first under overcast conditions and that’s what the Aussies skipper Ricky Pointing did against the Kiwis at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground in Nagpur on Friday.Considering this the toss was the ‘turning point’ in the game. Ponting won the toss and eventually won the match after his pacemen – Mitchell Johnson (4-33) and Shaun Tait (3-35) scalped seven wickets between them.Needing only 207 to win, the openers Shane Watson and Brad Haddin put on 133 runs for the first wicket to spell the doom for the New Zealanders.Man-of-the-MatchWithout doubt it has to be Mitchell Johnson. He ended with impressive figures of 9.1-3-33-4 to rip apart the New Zealand batting line-up.last_img

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Gambhir crisis: KKR captain ignites club vs country debate

first_imgIndian opener Gautam Gambhir may well be ruled out of crucial India tours due to shoulder and groin injuries.  Gambhir, who has been appointed the captain for the West Windies tour, may, in fact, miss the plane after having been advised rest for up to six weeks. Vice-captain Suresh Raina might lead the Indian team in that case. But in such a scenario, Gambhir’s decision to play for Kolkata Knight Riders and risk his Team India role, has stoked the club versus country debate. The injury of Gambhir, advised rest for up to six weeks, will rule him out of the upcoming West Indies tour and possibly the crucial Test and ODI  series against England soon after. Andrew Leipus, KKR physiotherapist, had, in fact, written a letter to N. Srinivasan, secretary of the BCCI, spelling out Gambhir’s injury. Leipus, who was Team India physiotherapist in the past, in fact, said Gambhir injured his shoulder during the World Cup final and has since aggravated it playing in the IPL. Making matters worse is the fact that Gambhir was given the additional charge of leading Team India since M.S. Dhoni, along with other seniors Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan, have been rested. Virender Sehwag, who also played the IPL only, went in for a shoulder surgery after Delhi Daredevils were knocked out. Many seniors opted to play the IPL, very much a domestic tournament run by the BCCI and decided to give international duty in West Indies a miss. While the IPL may be an international event with high standard pressure cricket, the tournament is international only in spirit and domestic in essence. The BCCI will have to set clear guidelines – playing for Team India has to take precedence over all else. The IPL may be a devil in this context, but it’s one created by the BCCI itself. The profits the IPL brings in do force the BCCI to play devil’s advocate rather than prosecutor. Headlines Today spoke to South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs who said that for a player, country should come before the club. However, he felt that the current controversy could be because of some miscommunication between Gambhir and KKR physio. Gambhir, meanwhile, claims he didn’t know the details of the scans he underwent and the reports of the same. Gautam said Leipus didn’t want to discuss the reports before the match against Mumbai Indians. On Wednesday, when KKR lost to Mumbai Indians in a crucial match of the fourth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Gautam said, “I haven’t got the report. I still need to speak to the physio. I will speak to him.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Nirupama Rao may become Indian ambassador to US

first_imgForeign Secretary Nirupama Rao is scheduled to retire on July 3.Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, scheduled to retire next month, is set to become India’s next envoy to the United States, sources told Headlines Today on Tuesday. Sources in the ministry of external affairs (MEA) said Rao, who completes two years in the office on July 31, was all set to take over from the incumbent, Meera Shankar. The government had earlier extended the service of the 1973 batch Indian Foreign Service officer in December, 2010 till July, 2011. Rao’s appointment as the Indian Ambassador to the US attains significance as it happens at a crucial juncture when the ties between the two countries need a fresh impetus.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

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India signs civil nuclear deal with South Korea

first_imgIndia on Monday signed a civil nuclear cooperation deal with South Korea, allowing a framework for Korean companies to participate in atomic power plant projects in the country.The agreement was signed after a meeting between President Pratibha Patil with her South Korean counterpart Lee Myung-Bak.South Korea has become the ninth country which had signed nuclear agreement with India after it got the waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) in 2008.The others are the US, France, Russia, Canada, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Argentina and Namibia, an official said.South Korea operates 20 nuclear plants that generate some 35 per cent of its electricity needs, and is keen to export its technology to fast developing countries like India.”The two countries have just concluded and signed a bilateral agreement on cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy,” said Sanjay Singh, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs.”It is like other civil nuclear agreements signed between India and other countries. We look forward to Republic of Korea for becoming one more partner in the development of civil nuclear energy in India,” the official said without divulging further details on the agreement and its mandate but termed the deal as a “win-win” for both the nations.Both India and South Korea decided to start talks on civil nuclear cooperation during a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and South Korean President Lee on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Hanoi in October last year.The nuclear agreement was signed by Dr Srikumar Banerjee, Secretary Department of Atomic Energy and Kim Sung Hwan, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea.advertisementEarlier, Patil and her South Korean counterpart Lee held a 20-minute restrictive meeting followed by a delegation level talks for over an hour at ‘Blue House’, official residence of Korean President.Patil is on a week-long tour of Korea and Mongolia.Besides the agreement on nuclear cooperation, the two sides also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on media exchanges and another agreement on administrative arrangements to provide social security to people working in India and Korea.The MoU on media was signed by Singh and Choung Byoung-gug, Minister for Culture, Sports and Tourism.The third agreement for administrative arrangements for social security was signed by Skand Ranjan Tayal, Ambassador of India to South Korea and Chin Soo Hea, Minister of Health and Welfare.Briefing the media on the deliberations between the two Presidents, Singh said both the countries also discussed the expansion of defence cooperation.”Increased naval and coast guard cooperation was a possibility that was touched upon in the discussions. They deliberated on issues pertaining to co-production of defence equipment, transfer of technology and joint Research and Development,” the Secretary said.”They also discussed the possibilities of cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. India looks forward to once again launching Korean satellites on Indian rockets,” Singh quoting Patil as saying to the President Lee adding that “our facilities are of high quality and are available at competitive price.”Patil also invited Korean companies to invest in India and explore business opportunities.”Rashtrapatiji conveyed to President Lee that the investment environment in India is improving rapidly and invited more Korean companies to invest in India and make it their base for manufacturing operations including for export to third countries,” Singh said.She pointed out that Indian pharmaceuticals and IT services are of high quality and requested the government of Republic of Korea (ROK) to enhance market access for these Indian products in the Korean market.Both the Presidents agreed to encourage greater people-to-people exchanges and stressed to start more direct flights between India and South Korea.”For this purpose, we have to amend our Civil Aviation Agreement so as to grant each other’s carriers fifth freedom rights. They agreed to do this soon,” the official said.They also talked about India’s proposal of revival of Nalanda University besides discussing regional and national issues.”They decided to increase cooperation and coordination in the East Asia summit process and also the issues pertaining to Asia pacific,” he said.Patil will leave for Mongolia on July 27.The visit to both the east Asian nations is part of the country’s ‘Look East Policy’ to further mutual cooperation.Patil also offered floral tributes to a bust of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore near here on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Cherish hunting trips with my cousin Mansur: Shahryar Khan

first_imgI felt very, very sad today to hear the news of the death of my cousin, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi in New Delhi. I was there in New Delhi for four days and returned to Lahore only on Wednesday night. Had I known that his time was so close, I would have stayed back. But all our relatives have reached Delhi.I talked to him once, on Monday, at the intensive care unit of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital during my stay in Delhi, though I visited the hospital several times. The doctors had advised him not to talk. But I noticed his mind was perfectly alert.When I met him in the hospital, I tried to cheer him up. And when I narrated a few stories of our childhood, he smiled and held my hand. The doctors told us that his condition couldn’t improve.Even I could sense that his condition couldn’t get better. He was suffering from a lung infection. Mansur mian was about seven years younger to me, and as youngsters we used to go hunting in Bhopal, my home town. His mother used to send him to Bhopal often.We spent a lot time together, both in [the undivided] India and in England, where both of us studied and he also played cricket.He attended Lockers Park Prep School in Hertfordshire, Winchester College, and Balliol College, Oxford, while I was at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.Even in Dehradun, we spent a lot of time together. While he was at Welham Boys’ School, I was at Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College. He must have been around five years old at that time and I 11.advertisementWhen the partition of India took place in 1947, and there were riots in Uttar Pradesh, his mother and my khala (mother’s sister) sent him and other children to Bhoapl.In England, he and I lived together with our families in a rented accommodation. I was a Third Secretary in the Pakistani High Commission in London while he went to the university.There are many memorable incidents involving us.The one that I remember fondly involves our trip to Frank Woolly’s famous coaching centre in Kent when we were in England. His father, Iftikhar Ali Khan, was coached by Woolly. In 1954, Mansur’s mother decided to send him too to Woolly for coaching.She asked me to accompany him to Kent County Cricket Club centre in Canterbury. We used to go there by train, twice or thrice a week. I noticed that Woolly wouldn’t speak to Mansur, who was 13 years old then. After observing this a few times, I decided to talk to him.I went to Woolly and said: “Aren’t you giving him tips?” He said: “Young man, I don’t have to coach him. He already is a master of batting. If I teach him, his batting might get worse.” I also knew well that he was a superb batsman and a brilliant fielder.(Shahryar is son of the elder sister of Mansur Ali Khan’s mother. He had been a Pakistani ambassador to several countries, a foreign secretary, and an ex- chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board) As told to Qaiser Mohammad Ali)last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Nigeria

first_imgEmmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses will be crucial for Nigeria at the World CupPowered by forwards Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses, Nigeria won its first African Cup title in nearly two decades last year. The next step is to achieve something at the World Cup.Emenike was one of the African Cup’s top scorers and Moses won the Man of the Match award in the final.Alongside those two, central midfielder John Obi Mikel will likely play a pivotal role in Brazil when the team comes up against Argentina, Bosnia and Iran in Group F.Here are five players to watch:EMMANUEL EMENIKEThe difference between Nigeria with and Nigeria without Emmanuel Emenike is clear.In the latter stages of last year’s African Cup, the Super Eagles powered past Mali 4-1 in the semifinals with him, then sorely missed the injured striker in a tense 1-0 win over Burkina Faso in the final.The 26-year-old Fenerbache forward continued his good form with crucial goals in Nigeria’s World Cup qualifying campaign, scoring twice in Ethiopia for a 2-1 win in the playoffs.VICTOR MOSESStruggling for game time at Liverpool, Victor Moses plays a valuable role for Nigeria.His work out wide or as a second striker was an important factor in the success of Emmanuel Emenike as the pair combined well at the African Cup of Nations.Moses’ lack of action at Liverpool is a cause for concern for Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi, who views the powerful and pacey player as one of his best attacking threats.advertisementJOHN OBI MIKELLike Victor Moses, Jon Obi Mikel’s time on the bench in the Premier League with Chelsea raises worries for his readiness at the World Cup.With Mikel, Nigeria has the stability in central midfield that allows forwards Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses, and midfielders like Ahmed Musa and Sunday Mba, create and score goals.Still only 26, Mikel is one of Nigeria’s most experienced players.SUNDAY MBAFew players had a more successful African Cup than Sunday Mba, the attacking midfielder with a hard shot whose stunning long-range goal gave Nigeria a 2-1 win over favored Ivory Coast in the quarterfinals.Mba also scored the winner in the final with a goal worthy of winning a title. He controlled a bouncing ball, clipped it over a defender and volleyed into the net.His breakthrough tournament earned him a European contract.EFE AMBROSEA right back or central defender, Efe Ambrose gives Nigeria an extra attacking outlet on the right flank as well as defensive solidity in times of trouble.Ambrose was also a regular in the African Cup of Nations-winning team and has Champions League experience with Scottish club Celtic.last_img read more

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Denden Lazaro adds depth to already-stacked Petron roster

first_imgMOST READ View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Collegiate stars, former pros suit up in Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lazaro, who started practicing with Petron on Monday, helped the Asset Managers to several playoff appearances but the team never found the strength to threaten the likes of Petron and F2—two teams who won five combined titles in 2017 and 2018,The former Ateneo Lady Eagle is expected to fill the role of Buding Duremdes, who will now return to Far Eastern University for the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament that will start in February.Lazaro joins a stacked team that features fellow Philippine internationals Mika Reyes, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Ces Molina, and Rhea Dimaculangan with Americans Stephanie Niemer and Katherine Bell serving as Petron’s reinforcements for the conference.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MANILA, Philippines—There’s no stopping Petron from beefing up its defense of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Fresh from winning the All-Filipino Conference, the Blaze Spikers added national team libero Denden Lazaro to their loaded roster ahead of the Grand Prix.According to reports, Petron got hold of Lazaro’s signature after the defensive stalwart finished her two-year contract with former club Cocolife.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 stars“Denden is a person of high character and a consummate pro. She proved that she could still play at a high level after helping us reach the semifinals in the Grand Prix. So with a heavy heart we announce her transfer to a new club,” said Cocolife team manager Joshua Ylaya in a statement.“We wish her well in her quest for her first PSL crown.”last_img read more

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ONE: Adriano Moraes unfazed by Manila crowd, thinks pressure is on Geje Eustaquio

first_imgLacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Adriano Moraes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Having the crowd against him on Friday is not a concern at all for veteran Brazilian fighter Adriano Moraes.If anything, he thinks it could affect hometown best Geje Eustaquio more when they face off in the main event of ONE: Hero’s Ascent at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Heat leader: Erik Spoelstra passes Pat Riley on Miami games list LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments “The [crowd] doesn’t affect me. It’s gonna affect him. The pressure is on him,” said Moraes on Tuesday after the press conference at City of Dreams Manila.Moraes is familiar with the Filipino fans’ intensity, having fought Team Lakay’s Danny Kingad at the same venue in 2017 in the co-main event. He successfully defended the flyweight belt with a submission win.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 starsBut this time, Moraes will be facing Eustaquio for the third straight time to recapture that belt and prove that he’s the real winner of the trilogy—insisting that he had won the first two bouts.While he recognizes that Eustaquio is a deserving competitor, Moraes is nothing but confident of his skills. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 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 MOST READ “Geje is very hungry and he’s a great fight. But I’m hungry too and I’m a very good fighter from the best gym in the world,” he said.They face off for what could be the final time in the main event of ONE’s first fight night in Manila for the year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

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Mike Conley, Marc Gasol help Grizzlies top Knicks to end road skid

first_imgPH 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 ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol, left, drives against New York Knicks’ DeAndre Jordan during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — Marc Gasol was conducting his postgame interviews when his cellphone began buzzing with a call from his agent.Gasol declined to answer. If it was trade news, it could wait until after he was done talking basketball.ADVERTISEMENT “He did say Dennis and I looked at him, I looked at the other players. They’re looking at me. I am like, ‘OK, I guess he called my name,’ and then I got up,” Kanter said. “I just walked in there and they said nope, sit down. The crowd was like, ‘Ugh.’”NOAH IN NEW YORKJoakim Noah was booed nearly every time he touched the ball in his first game at Madison Square Garden since his failed run here that ended with him banished from the team after an argument with former coach Jeff Hornacek. Noah, who had been given a $72 million, four-year deal by Phil Jackson to return to his hometown, was eventually waived and signed with the Grizzlies. Noah, who scored four points, felt the Knicks underachieved while he was here.“I take some blame. I didn’t perform to what I was capable of, even though I had a lot of injures, I had a lot going on outside the court,” Noah said. “So it’s disappointing. It’s definitely something I have to live with.”UP NEXTGrizzlies: Host Minnesota on Tuesday.Knicks: Host Detroit on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “I’m not in the mood right now,” Gasol said, smiling. “I still want to enjoy this.”Especially because his team had just looked like the Memphis Grizzlies of old.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMike Conley scored 25 points, Gasol had 24 and Memphis snapped a nine-game road losing streak with a 96-84 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday.Memphis had lost three in a row and 17 of its last 19 overall but didn’t allow more than 22 points in a quarter Sunday in a performance that used to be the norm when the Grizzlies were a perennial playoff team, not one that could be preparing for a rebuild. Justin Holiday added 19 points and Jaren Jackson Jr. had 16 in the Grizzlies’ first road victory since Dec. 23 at the Lakers.Kevin Knox scored 17 points and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who lost their 13th straight overall and 14th in a row at Madison Square Garden.The Knicks started Dennis Smith Jr. and Jordan in their first game in uniform since coming to New York from Dallas along with Wesley Matthews on Thursday in the Kristaps Porzingis trade. Smith made the first basket of the game, but the Knicks — with the newcomers not having practiced with the team yet — shot just 38 percent against one of the league’s best defensive teams.“They don’t know anything. They don’t know any of our stuff,” coach David Fizdale said. “I thought the new guys came in and did a solid job.”Smith finished with eight points and six assists.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Jackson had also missed the previous game with a right quadriceps injury. … The Grizzlies signed forward Bruno Caboclo to a second 10-day contract Sunday. He started and was scoreless.Knicks: Smith, Jordan and Matthews played their second straight game at MSG but for two different teams. Dallas won here on Wednesday night, when Smith had his second career triple-double. … Matthews was 2 for 8 for five points. … Fizdale split two meetings this season against the team he formerly coached.THAT’S DENNIS, NOT ENESEnes Kanter thought he was getting a chance to play in the second quarter, walking from the bench toward the scorer’s table as fans cheered. Assistant coach Keith Smart actually wanted Smith, so Kanter returned to his seat as the cheers quickly turned to boos. Rickie Fowler overcomes strange triple bogey to win Phoenix Open MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This showed that we still have that, have that core grit-grind kind of mentality regardless of how we’ve been playing,” Conley said.Conley added eight rebounds and seven assists in a strong return to the lineup after missing a game with left knee soreness. Gasol chipped in nine rebounds in what could have been the longtime teammates’ final road game with the Grizzlies.The team has fallen from playoff contention after a strong start and told the players it will listen to offers for both ahead of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. Conley and Gasol both acknowledged it’s been hard not to think about their futures in recent days.“When we play together, we know the things that we can do,” Gasol said.The Grizzlies have one more game before the deadline, at home Tuesday against Minnesota.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View commentslast_img read more

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