ONE: Jeremy Miado draws strength from losing compatriots in KO win

first_imgJeremy Miado was the lone Filipino winner at ONE: Age of Dragons. ONE CHAMPIONSHIP PHOTOBEIJING—Jeremy Miado, the third and last to Filipino to step inside the ring in ONE: Age of Dragons Saturday night, watched two of his compatriots fall to China’s hometown bets by unanimous decision.Miado knew it was solely up to him to prevent a winless campaign by Filipinos in the China card. ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ PH women’s baseball cops bronze, earns spot in world championshipcenter_img But rather than seeing it as added pressure, he used it as extra motivation.“I’m happy and sad at the same time because two other Filipinos lost, but I used that as my inspiration to really try and win,” Miado told the Philippine media in Filipino Friday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe 26-year-old Miado did not disappoint, knocking out China’s Miao Li Tao in scintillating fashion in the first round.Miado unleashed a well-timed flying knee that landed right in Miao’s chin that stunned the crowd at Cadillac Arena here. “That flying knee was really part of my game plan. I did that move over and over again during my training. I studied Miao well and I knew I would catch him with a flying knee,”Miado said.“He’s an overly aggressive fighter so I was just looking for the right time to catch him.”Ramon Gonzales and Edward Kelly, however, weren’t as fortunate.Gonzales yielded to Hexigetu in the opening bout while Kelly of Team Lakay bowed to a much-younger foe in Tang Kai.ADVERTISEMENT Rice industry paralysis Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

Sindhu storms into final, wrestler Babita makes early exit

first_imgBy Tapan Mohanta Rio de Janeiro, Aug 18 (PTI) Lanky shuttler P V Sindhu made an epoch-making entry into the final of the womens singles in Olympic Games badminton when she outclassed Japans higher-ranked Nozomi Okuhara and assured herself and the country of a silver medal here today. Sindhu, ranked 10th in the world, went one better than her senior Saina Nehwal, bronze medal winner in London four years ago, by becoming the first ever Indian to enter the summit clash in the shuttle game in the quadrennial sports spectacle. Sindhu defeated her short-statured, third-seeded Japanese rival, the current All England champion and world no. six, 21-19 21-10 in 49 minutes with superb, attacking play to enter tomorrows gold medal clash. The Indian shuttler from Hyderabad, a two-time bronze medalist in world championships, will meet Spains world no. 1 Carolina Marin who ousted defending champion Li Xuerei of China in the first semi-final with a 21-14 21-16 victory. Sindhus heart-warming feat came a day after woman grappler Sakshi Malik had won a bronze in the 58 kg class to end the medal drought for India in the Games on the 12th day of competition. However, another wrestler made a tame exit from the competition today to end the womens campaign here. Babita Kumari lost her opening womens 53 kg category wrestling bout 1-5 against Maria Prevolaraki of Greece and got eliminated from the Games. Much was expected of Babita, winner of two medals in past Commonwealth Games and bronze medalist in the World Championship in 2012, when she got on the mat a day after teammate Sakshi had provided India with their first medal in this Brazilian city. But the 26-year-old grappler could not succeed against the tight defense put up by her Greek rival and lost points in both the periods of their pre-quarter final bout. And when Maria too lost her quarter-final bout against Venezuelas Betzabeth Angelica Arguello Villegas 3-6, it spelt curtains for the Indians slim hopes of replicating Sakshi and win a bronze through the repechage process. In both the three-minute periods, Babita got a leg hold on her rival but the Greek somehow managed to extricate out of the difficult situation and turn the tables on the Indian grappler. Yesterday while Sakshi won bronze in the 58 kg, Babitas cousin Vinesh Phogat suffered a ligament tear during her bout in the 48 kg class against a Chinese rival, got stretchered out and also bowed out of the wrestling competition. PTI TAP SSR ATK SSRadvertisementlast_img read more

US apologises for behaviour of swimmers who claimed they were robbed in Rio

first_imgThe United States Olympic Committee apologized on Thursday to the people of Brazil for the behavior of four American swimmers who were found to have lied about a gunpoint robbery, prompting enormous criticism of the Games host city. (RIO OLYMPICS – FULL COVERAGE) America’s official Olympic body acknowledged that one of its athletes had committed an act of vandalism in a gas station restroom and the swimmers had handed over money to security staff after they’d demanded payment for the damage in the early hours of Sunday.”The behavior of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA,” USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said in a statement released on Thursday night.The USOC’s final account differed wildly from an interview given by gold medallist Ryan Lochte, 32, on NBC, in which he said he and swimmers Jack Conger, 21, Gunnar Bentz, 20, and Jimmy Feigen, 26, had been robbed by men posing as police and that he’d had a gun put to his head.Bentz and Conger flew out of Brazil Thursday night after visiting a police station earlier in the day to revise their statements.The USOC also said on Thursday that Feigen, the only one of the swimmers left in Brazil, had also revised his statement to Brazilian authorities.”Feigen provided a revised statement this evening with the hope of securing the release of his passport as soon as possible,” the USOC said.”On behalf of the United States Olympic Committee, we apologize to our hosts in Rio and the people of Brazil for this distracting ordeal in the midst of what should rightly be a celebration of excellence,” it said.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgThe government also decided to exempt Technetium 99M Generators used for diagnosis of cancer from levy of VAT.The spokesman said Technetium 99M Generator is a radioactive substance used for diagnosis of cancer.In another decision the Cabinet approved the proposal of the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Department to establish Haryana Vimukt Ghumantu Jati Vikas Board to improve the educational and economic status of Nomadic, Vimukt (Denotified Tribes) and Tapriwas.The Cabinet also decided to reduce the fee for grant, renewal and countersignature of permit for Light Motor Vehicles (LMV) and other vehicles between 75 to 50 per cent.It will benefit the transport sector to the tune of about Rs 25 Crore per annum, the spokesman said.He said that now fee for issue and renewal of permit for two/three-wheeled motor vehicles in the state would be Rs 1,000 for five years instead of Rs 2,000 and Rs 250 for a year instead of Rs 500.Similarly, in case of Light Motor Vehicles, the fee would be Rs 3,500 for five years instead of Rs 10,000 and Rs 800 for a year instead of Rs 2,500.In case of other motor vehicles, the fee would be Rs 5,250 for five years instead of Rs 25,000 earlier and Rs 1,200 for a year instead of Rs 6,000 earlier.The fee for countersignature of permits in the entire State for two/three wheeled motor vehicles has been reduced from Rs 500 to Rs 250 for one year. The fee for transfer of permit in case of two/three- wheeled motor vehicles would be Rs 200. For Light Motor Vehicles, it would be Rs 500 and in case of other motor vehicles, it would be Rs 1,000.advertisementIn case of transfer of permit, no fee except the transfer fee will be charged during the validity of the permit.The meeting also approved transfer of 1 acre land of Horticulture Department at Government Garden and Nursery at Fatehpur, Panchkula, to the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, National Centre of Organic Farming, Ghaziabad to establish Regional Centre of Organic Farming.The land would be transferred on lease basis for a period of 99 years at a lease rent rate of Rs 1,000 per acre per annum for promotion of organic farming in the state.The Cabinet also approved the proposal to transfer land measuring six kanal seven Marla belonging to Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department located at village Rampura, District Rewari to Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam to set up a 33 KVA substation.In another decision the Cabinet approved the proposal of the Irrigation and Water Resources Department to transfer eight acres land to Sports Department for construction of a block level stadium at Tohana in district Fatehabad. PTI AKA TIR RT TIRlast_img read more

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first_imgOrganisers bragged about legacy, but failed to deliver on Organisers bragged about legacy, but failed to deliver on a big promise made to secure the bid: the clean-up of Guanabara Bay, an open sewer that receives much of the citys untreated raw waste. Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes acknowledged the clean-up was a “missed opportunity,” one the International Olympic Committee overlooked and often defended. The Olympics endured some rough going, plagued by empty seats, organizational glitches and scandals — one involving American swimmer Ryan Lochte and another in which high-ranking IOC member Patrick Hickey was arrested for scalping tickets. Hickey is still in Brazil awaiting trial and denies any wrongdoing. Bach also skipped the opening of the Paralympics to attend a mourning ceremony for former West Germany president and foreign minister Walter Scheel. His office said he missed Sundays closing ceremony to be in New York to take part in the United Nations Refugee Summit. Police investigators in Brazil want to question Bach about email exchanges he had with Hickey related to Irelands ticket allocation. Hes not accused of wrongdoing, but he could be held if he arrives in Brazil. Against most predictions, the Paralympics were a smoother ride with grassroots support. Arenas were packed with many tickets selling at just $3 apiece, in contrast to the Olympics, where many tickets were sold as part of high-end hospitality packages and often went unused. The Paralympics also topped the Olympics in compelling stories, and in some performances. No story was more moving than that of 37-year-old Belgian Marieke Vervoort, who won a silver medal in wheelchair racing. She has a degenerative spine disease and talked of plans to end her life by euthanasia when she can no longer endure the pain. “For me, I think death is something like they operate on you, you go to sleep and you never wake up,” Vervoort said. “For me, its something peaceful.” The top four finishers in the mens 1,500 — in the T13 class for visually impaired runners — all had better times than the Olympic champion in Rio, American Matthew Centrowitz. Abdellatif Baka of Algeria won in 3 minutes, 48.29 seconds. Centrowitz ran 3:50.00 in an admittedly slow, tactical race. German amputee long-jumper Marcus Rehm, who jumps with a carbon fiber blade and won gold in Rio, also holds the long jump world record of 8.40 meters. This is better than the winning jump in the Rio Olympics at 8.38 meters. There was tragedy, too, when Iranian Bahman Golbarnezhad, 48, died Saturday after crashing in a road-cycling race. China topped the medal table at the Paralympics, which is increasingly driven by nationalism — much like the Olympics. Britain, Ukraine and the United States were next on the table. “The Paralympics are a high-performance sporting event between countries,” IPC spokesman Craig Spence said. “The goal is to win the most gold medals here. Thats what every sport is about. Its about winning.” AP AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Manchester City, Bayern Munich’s winning streaks end in Champions League

first_imgIn a fiercely competitive Champions League round on Wednesday, the 100 percent winning records of Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti with their new clubs finally came to an end.Guardiola’s Manchester City trailed three times at Celtic, leveled each time and finished strongly before having to settle for a 3-3 draw. The coach’s winning streak to start the season ended at 10 matches.Ancelotti, a three-time Champions League winner as a coach, had won his first eight games at Bayern Munich, but his team failed to impress in losing 1-0 at Atletico Madrid. It was a repeat of the result at the Vicente Calderon stadium when the teams met in the semifinals last season.Barcelona played their part on a night of come-from-behind wins, 28 goals in eight matches and three missed penalties.The five-time champion, missing the injured Lionel Messi, trailed at Borussia Moenchengladbach before scoring twice in a nine-minute period midway through the second half to secure a 2-1 win.Here is how Wednesday’s action unfolded:GROUP AArsenal and Paris Saint-Germain, who drew 1-1 in France two weeks ago, both won to take control in the standings.Arsenal were at their slick-passing best in beating Basel 2-0 and threatened a rout after Theo Walcott scored twice in the first 26 minutes.Alexis Sanchez assisted for both goals and began a personal duel with Basel goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik to get his own name on the scoresheet.When Vaclik was beaten by Sanchez, in the 68th minute, the Chile forward sent his shot wide of a gaping goal – and raised his shirt to hide his face in frustration.advertisementBasel’s loss ended an impressive unbeaten Champions League run in England in recent seasons.PSG fell behind in Bulgaria when Ludogorets Razgrad scored in the 16th through Brazilian defender Natanael.Blaise Matuidi and Edinson Cavani gave the visitors the lead before Ludogorets defender Cosmin Moti had a penalty saved by Alphonse Areola. Cavani quickly sealed the outcome, getting his second goal in the 60th for a 3-1 win.Arsenal and PSG have four points, and Basel and Ludogorets each have one.GROUP BNapoli extended their impressive home form, and their lead in the group standings, by beating Benfica 4-2.The Italians raced to a four-goal lead in under an hour, with Marek Hamsik breaking the deadlock, Dries Mertens scoring twice and prolific Poland forward Arkadiusz Milik converting a penalty.Benfica, who gave up a late leveler to Besiktas two weeks ago, scored twice late on through Goncalo Guedes and Salvio.Besiktas got their second straight 1-1 draw after 18-year-old substitute Viktor Tsygankov earned Dynamo Kiev a point in the 65th minute in Istanbul.That canceled out Portugal winger Ricardo Quaresma’s free kick in the 29th.Napoli already have a four-point lead over Besiktas. Benfica and Dynamo each have a point.GROUP CA pulsating Scotland vs. England clash ended up 3-3 as Celtic gave Man City their biggest scare of the flourishing Guardiola era.Moussa Dembele missed a penalty in Celtic’s 7-0 drubbing in Barcelona but took only three minutes to banish that memory and score on Wednesday. That lead lasted only nine minutes until Fernandinho equalized.City winger Raheem Sterling scored at both ends in an eight-minute span to make it 2-2 in the 28th. Dembele scored three minutes into the second half, and again City took nine minute to level through Nolito.The Premier League leaders were denied late on by Celtic ‘keeper Craig Gordon’s save of Ilkay Gundogan’s shot.Barcelona ended Borussia Moenchengladbach’s long winning run at home but only after trailing at halftime. Thorgan Hazard scored in the 34th, finishing off a move after Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets was dispossessed in midfield.Busquets was involved in the equalizer, finding Neymar to deliver a key pass for substitute Arda Turan to score with a shot in the 65th.Defender Gerard Pique scored nine minutes later to seal a 2-1 win for Barcelona, who are seeking their fifth Champions League title in 11 seasons.Barcelona lead the standings by two points from Man City before the teams meet in Spain on Oct. 19.GROUP DAtletico Madrid and Bayern Munich were quickly reunited in the group stage after meeting in last season’s semifinals. Then, Atletico advanced on away goals after winning the first leg at home 1-0.Coach Diego Simeone’s team again needed only one goal on Wednesday but wasted better chances to reflect its superiority.Belgium winger Yannick Carrasco scored in the 35th, aiming a shot on the run past Bayern ‘keeper Manuel Neuer that went in off a post.advertisementEarlier, Fernando Torres headed against a post from close range. In the 84th, Antoine Griezmann struck the crossbar with a hard-hit penalty – just as he did in the final last season, when Atletico lost to city rival Real Madrid for the second time in three seasons.PSV Eindhoven’s penalty miss against Rostov was more costly, coming in the second half of a 2-2 draw in Russia.Just like Celtic, Rostov couldn’t keep their leads for long and goals by Dmitry Poloz were soon cancelled out by Davy Proepper and Luuk De Jong in the first half.Proepper had the chance to end PSV’s dire recent record from the spot, but his kick was saved by Rostov goalkeeper Soslan Dzhanaev.Atletico have six points, three clear of Bayern and with an early advantage in any head-to-head tiebreaker in the group.last_img read more

Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton fastest as Mercedes step up the pace

first_imgLewis Hamilton set the pace in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday as Formula One world champions Mercedes responded to the challenge of Ferrari with aerodynamic upgrades.With the championship finely balanced after four long-haul races, Mercedes turned up at the Circuit de Catalunya with a car whose revised features drew appreciative and apprehensive murmurs around the paddock.It appeared to be to triple champion Hamilton’s liking, with the Briton producing a best lap of one minute 21.521 seconds on the medium tyres.That was a mere 0.029 seconds quicker than Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas, but nearly a second ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in third place on a sunny morning.Championship leader Sebastian Vettel was fourth on the timesheets but 1.079 off the pace, with the German also suffering an early problem that halted his Ferrari at the pitlane exit.”There’s something broken,” the German, who leads Hamilton by 13 points, said over team radio. “There’s an issue with the gearbox”.The car was pushed back to the garage and Vettel reappeared on track just over half an hour later.Spain’s double world champion Fernando Alonso endured far more frustration, with his McLaren again breaking down before he had set a time.McLaren blamed an oil leak from the Honda engine, evident to all with liquid spilling out of the tipping car as it was winched away by a crane.”The engine blew up after one corner. It’s the way it is, we miss the first session. I’m sorry for the fans,” said the Spaniard, who failed to start the previous race in Russia due to a breakdown on the formation lap.advertisement”Hopefully the second session can be better and we recover this time. It’s tough but it’s more tough for McLaren, who brings updates trying to find a millisecond here and there and we cannot even run.”Alonso is due to head straight to Indianapolis after Sunday’s race, missing the Monaco Grand Prix so he can compete in the Indy 500 on the same day.On the team’s current form, it will come as a relief — with paddock jokers already wondering what other sporting events he might want to enter to delay his return. Wimbledon, perhaps?The driver, an active user of social media, posted a photo on Instagram of himself on a tennis court.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, last year’s winner in Spain on his team debut, was fifth fastest ahead of Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo. The team had also been hoping for a big step up with aerodynamic upgrades.Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, using an upgraded floor on his car after the toss of a coin to decide who got it, was seventh with French team mate Romain Grosjean eighth.last_img read more

Arjun Maini creates history, becomes first Indian to win GP3 race

first_imgArjun Maini became the first Indian driver to win a GP3 race when he won the sprint race at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona on Sunday.The 19-year old, who was on Thursday signed by Haas F1 team as development driver, scored his first win in two years, finishing six seconds ahead of Frenchman Dorian Boccolacci and teammate Alessio Lorandi of Italy.The victory was set up at the start, which opened under clear but cool conditions with the grid lying in the shadow of the giant front straight stadium: poleman Raoul Hyman made a poor getaway with Boccolacci in P3 making a strong start but being stuck behind the South African, handing Maini a clear run to the first corner.The Frenchman pushed the Indian – who had a tough race in the feature race on Saturday finishing seventh, started from second in the reverse grid sprint race – hard for the lead but 19-year-old racer from Bengaluru was up for the challenge, while behind them Hyman was looking in his mirrors at the coming menace of the ART threat looming there.Anthoine Hubert soon disposed of Hyman and was looking to get into the mix of the fight for the lead, but in front of him Maini and Boccolacci were running side by side all around the circuit, which was only resolved when a small touch saw the Frenchman stumble, falling back towards his countryman and allowing the Indian to scamper away.Further back and Lorandi was on a charge: the Italian was repeating his impressive speed from yesterday’s race to easily dispatch Hyman before focussing on Hubert, easing by the Frenchman at turn 1 with 5 laps to go and was looking towards Boccolacci, although he was running out of time to make a real challenge.advertisementAt the flag all the applause was for Maini, who celebrated his new alliance with Haas F1 by bringing home Jenzer’s first win since 2012 and easily dominated his rivals all race long.Maini’s fellow Haas development driver, Santino Ferrucci, claimed the final point in eighth.last_img read more

India lose first Champions Trophy game since 2009

first_imgIndia slumped to their first Champions Trophy defeat since 2009 as Virat Kohli’s men lost to Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in their second Group B encounter at The Oval.In the ICC Champions Trophy, India were last beaten by Pakistan by 54 runs in 2009 when MS Dhoni was captain.Sri Lanka displayed excellent determination to complete a record chase of 322 runs – the previous highest target successfully chased at The Oval in ODIs was by India (317 runs) against England in 2007 – as the Indian bowling attack were unable to pick wickets and instead leaked a lot of runs.Another massive feat achieved by Sri Lanka with this win is that for the second time, they chased down a 250+ target against Virat Kohli’s India – the only team to do so.Thanks to an opening stand of over 100 runs by Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan and some composed death batting by MS Dhoni, India were able to put up 321 runs on the board, even as the Sri Lankan bowlers managed to restrict India from firing up late.During the chase, Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis forged a remarkable 159-run second wicket stand to almost bat India out of the match. Even after Gunathilaka was run out by Dhoni, Kusal Perera and Angelo Mathews scored 47 (retired hurt) and 52 not out to comfortably chase down the massive total.Group B split open with Sri Lanka’s victory as all the four teams – India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa – stood at 2 points each and any two teams can make it to the semi-finals as India take on South Africa on June 11 and Sri Lanka face Pakistan on June 12.advertisementMost losses despite scoring 300 batting first:13 England11 INDIA9 Australia7 West Indies5 NZ/ Pak / SL4 South Africa#INDvSL #CT17- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) June 8, 2017Highest successful chases vs India in ODIs:322/6 by Pak (Mohali 2007)322/3 by SL (Tonight)#IndvSL #CT17- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) June 8, 2017last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Could have beaten India with more intensity, says Imad Wasim

first_imgPakistani left-arm spinner Imad Wasim has asserted that if his side had shown the kind of intensity they exhibited in their Champions Trophy match against South Africa in the campaign opener against India as well, then the result could have been quite different.After being walloped by arch-rivals India by 124 runs in a match where they were below par in all aspects of the game, Pakistan came roaring back to form in the match against South Africa.They put in a vastly improved fielding effort while their bowling — both pacers and spinners — put the brakes on the South African scoring while regularly picking up wickets.Although the match was eventually abandoned due to heavy rain, Pakistan were declared the winner according to the Duckworth-Lewis system.”I’ve said this before also, we can do anything on any day. All we need to change is to put up this sort of performance every time. Whether we win or lose is separate. If we had played with such intensity against India, we could have won or lost, but you can see the difference,” Imad Wasim said in an interview with the official website of the International Cricket Council (ICC).”The way the boys bowled and fielded, it was fantastic to see our lads play like that. We are a different unit if we play with this intensity, if we don’t relax or don’t become lazy.”Wednesday’s match also marked the first time in ODIs that South Africa’s captain and star batsman AB De Villiers was dismissed for a golden duck. The bowler who dismissed De Villiers was none other than Imad Wasim.advertisement”Oh, it happens in cricket. Sometimes you get hit, sometimes the other guy gets out. It’s just cricket. You should not be carried away or feel too low by this. He hit a shot and got out, so I think I’m really lucky,” Wasim said.”He is such a big player. I see it from the team’s point of view. If AB de Villiers gets out early and you know what he can do if he stays for a long time, so we were just very happy that he got out. It didn’t matter that he got out on zero or one,” he added.The 28-year-old asserted that the flat and lazy approach which was seen in the match against India won’t be repeated in their last group game against Sri Lanka.The clash with Sri Lanka is a must win affair for both teams as the winner will enter the semi-finals.”There is no chance of that. When you win, the morale that is there is different. If we think too much about having beaten South Africa we might be flat again, but we are aware that it’s a do or die match for us. We’ll treat it like a knockout match and not worry about the result,” Wasim asserted.”Hopefully, Pakistan and the world will get to see a great performance,” he added.last_img read more

BCCI to constitute committee to implement Lodha reforms

first_imgThe Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) will constitute a committee to see how the Supreme Court appointed-Lodha Panel recommendations are implemented by the board in the best possible and swiftest manner.Briefing the media after BCCI’s SGM which was held on Monday, acting secretary of the cricket body Amitabh Chaudhary said, “Today we had an SGM with an eight-point agenda. The most important of which was obviously the implementation of the principal order of the Supreme Court dated 18th of July.””The House deliberated in very detail and with a view to complete the implementation process, constituted a committee which will examine how best quickly they are implemented.””The committee will be constituted tomorrow and should have its first recommendations in a fortnight’s time. BCCI office bearers will decide how many members will constitute this committee, which could be five or six,” he added.He further informed that the Committee of Administrators (CoA) members will not be part of the committee.Speaking about the role of the committee, Choudhary said, “The committee will go into each and every point necessitated by the principal judgment and then only those exceptional and limited areas of difficulty would bring it to the notice of the CoA who will thereafter decide the course of action.”The major issues that the committee will be looking into are ‘one-state, one-vote’, age cap of 70 years, cooling off period after every three years and increasing the number of members in the selection panel to five from current three.advertisementHowever, as per BCCI sources, the board is likely to go to the Supreme Court objecting the above issues.When asked about the future course of action about appointing the next Team India coach, the BCCI acting secretary said, “The process to elect the Indian team coach remains the same. The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will assess all the applicants and based on that the selection will be made.”Choudhary, when asked about former BCCI chief N Srinivasan’s presence in the meeting, replied, “A notice for a meeting is a notice. And the notice says that all member units are requested to attend the meeting.””Who would represent the member unit is a choice made by that unit as long as it doesn’t violate any court order. That is all I need to examine and I did,” he added.Earlier in a landmark judgment on July 18, 2016, the Supreme Court accepted major recommendations of Justice R.M. Lodha-led panel on structural reforms in the BCCI and had given six months deadline to the board implement the recommendations.On October 1, the board had accepted many of the “significant recommendations” of the Lodha Committee, but excluded the important ones which have been a bone of contention between the cricket body and the Lodha Panel.The recommendations, which have still not been accepted by the 30-member committee, include one-state one-vote, age limit of 70 years, cooling-off period of three years which included the tenure of the administrators, continue with the five-selectors and retaining the powers of the president and secretary as per the earlier constitution of the board.last_img read more

HCL Tech powers Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18

first_imgBy Stuti RoyAlicante (Spain), Oct 22 (PTI) Indias fourth largest tech firm HCL Technologies is powering this years edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, which is considered one of the toughest races globally.The race, which has been flagged off today, will see eight teams sailing 45,000 nautical miles (83,000 kilometres on land) across four oceans and culminate in June next year.VOR — the worlds longest professional sporting event — will have 12 stops on its course, including Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne and Hong Kong and finally cross the finish line at The Hague.”Sailing is amongst the most dynamic sports globally. Our association with VOR is another example of our Mode 1-2-3 strategy which meets customers business objectives using next gen technologies,” HCL Technologies Corporate Vice President – ITO and Infrastructure Services Sales (EMEA) Ashish Gupta told reporters here.As VORs partner, HCL Technologies has provided end-to- end infrastructure support as well as connectivity between the Race Village and the Command Centre in Alicante.This command centre further connects 12 pit stops on the race route.”This edition of the race is more digitally focused than before,” Jordi Neves, Chief Digital Officer of VOR, said.The One Design boat — used by all teams — is designed as a mobile production facility, complete with a dedicated media station below decks, fixed HD cameras and microphones, drones and slow-motion, night vision and 360-degree cameras.These are all operated by the Onboard Reporter and can be controlled from the race headquarters in Alicante.advertisement”All boats are given access to the same amount of data — weather and sea conditions. Technology and experience both play an important role in winning the race,” he said.Neves said every day, each team will get a set amount of information from the central station.Any communication they want to have can only be routed through this hub.The 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race comprises of teams, including team AkzoNobel, DongFeng Race Team, MAPFRE and Vestas 11th Hour Racing.While sailing is not as popular a sport in India as it is in some of the European nations, Kochi was among the chosen pit stops in the 2008-09 edition. PTI SR BALlast_img read more

Gender sensitive ISSF brings in new rules

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 18 (PTI) With an aim to bring gender equality in shooting, the ISSF Administrative Council has decided to increase the numbers of shots in all womens events, starting next month.The just-approved rules changes, which will govern all ISSF Championships for 2018 and through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, will come into effect from January 1 next year.”One significant rule change adopted by the Council is an increase in the numbers of shots in womens shooting events so they will now be the same as the mens events,” ISSF said in a release.”This decision reflects the ISSFs commitment to the IOC Agenda 2020 goal of gender equality in sports.”According to the rule changes, womens 10m Air Rifle and Air Pistol events will increase from 40 shots to 60 shots, womens 50m and 300m Rifle 3 Positions events will increase from 3×20 shots to 3×40 shots (60 to 120 shots).”Womens Trap and Skeet events will increase from 75 targets to 125 targets, womens Running Target event will increase from 40 shots to 60 shots,” the release said.All womens junior events will also have the same increases.These changes will be in effect at all 2018 ISSF Championships including World Cups, Junior World Cups, Continental Championships and the World Championship in Changwon, Korea.ISSF also added a new section 6.18 to the general technical rules in 10m Air Rifle and 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team events.”National federations will be allowed to enter a maximum of two Mixed Teams, each with one male athlete and one female athlete. In the Qualification, each team member will shoot 40 shots in a 50-minute time limit,” the release said.advertisement”The top five teams will advance to the Final. The Final begins with each team member shooting three 5-shot series. The Final continues with each team member shooting single shots. During both the 5-shot series and single shots, team members must alternately fire shots.”Eliminations take place after both team members have fired 17, 19 and 21 shots. The remaining two teams continue until each team member has fired 24 shots and the gold and silver medal winners are determined.” PTI ATK SSC ATKlast_img read more

India in South Africa: Murali Vijay in ‘confident state of mind’ ahead of Test series

first_imgIndia Test opener Murali Vijay is all geared up for the three-match Test series against South Africa starting on January 5 in Newlands, Cape Town.Vijay, who struck back-to-back hundreds on his Test return in November 2017, said he wants to stay focused.”I just want to go out there and whatever is thrown at me, I just want to play my ‘A’ game and do well for my country,” Vijay said after the practice session.”I don’t want to think too much about what will happen in a couple days’ time. I just want to prepare myself and be in a confident state of mind, which I am at the moment. We got some pretty good net sessions and some pretty good wickets as well. So, we are used to it. It is more of mind games than physical touch. You have to be mentally prepared to match conditions because in the match it will be entirely different from whatever you replicate outside. We will be up for it,” he added.Even though the pitches in South Africa will assist faster bowlers but the Tamil Nadu batsman believes the role of spinners will also be important.”It is actually a very, very important role because you have to support the fast bowlers as well. If you can bowl the spinners in the game, they can come in big time and get a couple of wickets here and there, so it will be a great help for us,” he said.Vijay has twice toured South Africa before but is yet to impress with the bat. In three matches so far, he has aggregated 176 runs with the best of 97.advertisementHowever, the 33-year-old is hopeful of overcoming the miserable run he has had in South Africa.”I am preparing myself to be a little more open-minded than I was last time. You cannot have a set pattern you cannot go into a Test thinking that you are going to leave so many balls. You also have to be in a frame of mind to score runs,” Vijay said.Commenting on the pitch, Vijay said: “It is quite green. I don’t know how it is going to behave on day one. For an opening batsman, the swing is more difficult to face than bounce. Personally, I think I am able to manage bounce more. If the ball swings around, it is difficult for any batsman to keep his shape.”After the Cape Town Test, India and South Africa will head to Centurion for the second Test from January 13 while the third match of the series will take place in Johannesburg from January 24.The two teams will also play six one day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals.last_img read more

ISL: Bengaluru FC edge past NorthEast United 1-0

first_imgBengaluru FC returned to winning ways and occupied their place at the top of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) table after registering a narrow 1-0 victory over NorthEast United FC on Friday.Venezuelan striker Miku scored the only goal of the match for Bengaluru FC in the 47th minute to take their points tally to nine, the same as Chennaiyin FC but the debutants from Bengaluru will be on top due to their better goal average.There was a goalkeeping crisis at Bengaluru FC with two of their regular goalkeepers unavailable but the man who stepped in, Lalthuammawia Ralte, proved good enough for the visitors.He wasn’t troubled much but whenever called into action, he made no mistake, particularly in the final minute of the match when he stopped a close-range attempt from Danilo Lopes.Instead, it were NorthEast United who were undone by a goalkeeping error from T.P. Rehenesh that led to the only goal of the match, 90 seconds after the second half had kicked off.The NorthEast goalkeeper blundered after receiving a back pass from Nirmal Chhetri.Instead of clearing the ball to safety, Rehenesh looked to play it for defender Jose Goncalves where Udanta Singh intercepted and picked up Miku who made no mistake with only the goalkeeper to beat.NorthEast United never recovered from that setback and Bengaluru FC were experienced enough to shut the door.NorthEast forward Marcinho looked impressive in the first half and came close on two occasions but in the second session, he was not as effective.advertisementInstead, it were Bengaluru FC who had chances to kill the match when their rivals pushed more men forward.Substitute Lenny Rodrigues, who replaced captain Sunil Chhetri just after the half an hour mark, lost his footing with a gaping goal in front of him and another substitute, Braulio Nobrega, saw his attempt being blocked by the defender.In the closing stages of the match, NorthEast got one final chance to get something out of this game.It was also the closest they came to finding the equaliser but Danilo’s well-timed effort from inside the box saw goalkeeper Ralte perfectly positioned to block the attempt.A goalkeeper whose starting place in the team was in doubt eventually proved more than equal to the task.last_img read more

Ramachandra Guha compares Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble fallout to Vinoo Mankad-CK Nayudu tussle of 1952

first_imgThe Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble fallout created quite a stir in the world of cricket in June.It was all a rumour and speculation till Anil Kumble stepped down as the coach of the Indian cricket team after ICC Champions Trophy final on June 18, 2017.India subsequently travelled to West Indies for a bilateral series without a coach after which Ravi Shastri was appointed as the head coach.According to reports, Virat Kohli talked to BCCI officials regarding the entire trouble with Kumble after which the coach stepped down.Former CoA member Ramachandra Guha is of the opinion that the fallout between former coach Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli was similar to what happened between erstwhile captain Vinoo Mankad and chief selector CK Nayudu in 1952.”I resigned from the Committee of Administrators six months ago and this is for the first time that I am commenting in public on cricket. (There is a) story about massive dispute between Col CK Nayudu and Vinoo Mankad,” Guha spoke during a function at the Bombay Gymkhana.”So essentially Nayudu was the chairman of selectors and Mankad was India’s great cricketer. India was touring England in 1952 and Mankad had been offered a contract with Lancashire League,” the eminent historian recollected.”So when Mankad told the BCCI that if you assure me that I will be on the England tour of 1952 I will not take this contract. (To which) Nayudu said we will not give you an assurance. India lost the first Test (and) Mankad played in Lord’s.”advertisementAlthough India lost the Lord’s Test, he scored 72 and 184 along with figures of 5/196 in the England first innings.”My one point on cricket today it struck me is that the relationship between Nayudu and Mankad in 1951-52 was akin between Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli.”On a cheeky note, Mankad said that in 50’s it were the administrators who had upper hand, while nowadays it’s the players, who rule roost.”With this difference, in 1952, the administrators, selectors and managers had an upper hand compared to the players. Abhi ulta hai (now it is opposite).”(Courtesy: PTI)last_img read more

Mets Down Hapless Phils, 6-5

first_imgNEW YORK — After stranding several runners at third, the Phillies stayed stuck in last place.Anthony Recker snapped a sixth-inning tie with a three-run homer in a rare start, and the New York Mets held off Philadelphia 6-5 Aug. 31 to avoid dropping into the NL East basement.“We had some missed opportunities on the offensive side of things,” Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg said. “Men on third base, less than two outs. Second and third, less than two outs. We weren’t able to capitalize on those situations.”Wilmer Flores had three hits and made two sparkling defensive plays at shortstop in the final two innings to help New York hang on. By taking two of three in the series, the Mets kept Philadelphia in the division cellar.Dillon Gee (6-6) pitched effectively into the seventh inning, and New York finished 13-6 against the Phillies this season.Domonic Brown homered and had a career-high four hits for Philadelphia, but grounded out with a runner on to end it. Ryan Howard also went deep.Recker, a backup catcher who had not played since Aug. 19 in Oakland, lined the first pitch he saw from A.J. Burnett in the sixth into the left-field seats to give the Mets a 5-2 lead. The home run was only his third hit since the All-Star break.Burnett (7-15), who has struggled mightily this season against the team that drafted him, looked sharp early on but ended up allowing five runs and nine hits over six inconsistent innings. Recker’s drive was the one that stung the most.“I think it was one pitch. You can pitch out of jams. You can make pitches. You can walk guys,” Burnett said. “That hanging deuce there, man, in the sixth — not a good pitch. Not in that situation.”Gee dodged trouble all afternoon, stranding a runner at third three times.With the bases loaded in the fourth, Wil Nieves grounded into a double play started by Flores. Ben Revere was left at third when Jimmy Rollins struck out in the fifth. And in the sixth, Gee struck out Nieves with runners at the corners before Cody Asche flied out to deep right-center.“We were fortunate there with the Nieves double play. It was a nice turn,” Gee said. “I thought the big one was also the strikeout to end the inning to Rollins. That was a big strikeout. I needed that bad.”Brown drove Jeurys Familia’s third pitch just over the left-center fence leading off the eighth to pull the Phillies to 5-4.Mets rookie Dilson Herrera, who made his major league debut Aug. 29, added an important insurance run in the bottom half with his first career RBI, driving in Kirk Nieuwenhuis with a single.Philadelphia put its first two hitters on in the ninth before Herrera and Flores turned a tough double play against Howard. Grady Sizemore had an RBI single before Jenrry Mejia retired Brown for his 21st save.Flores also helped Familia with a diving play on Revere’s hard-hit grounder to end the eighth.(SCOTT ORGERA)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more