MANILA, Philippines–University of the Philippines avoided a total collapse down the stretch to escape hard-luck National University, 80-79, in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES Kobe Paras led the Fighting Maroons with 25 points and six rebounds playing in just his second game while Bright Akhuetie had 19 points and 12 rebounds.“The difficult part on trying to rev up your team and go up against a 0-3 team is them thinking that they can just go past that particular team,” UP coach Bo Perasol told reporters after his side chalked up its second consecutive win for a 3-1 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“NU is a lot, lot better than their 0-4 slate.”The Bulldogs showed just that as they fought back from seven points down in the last two minutes, but only to fall short again in the closing seconds. This jewelry designer is also an architect Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending 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 NU, which was left searching for its first victory, suffered its third one-point loss in four games. It also fell to University of Santo Tomas in overtime last Sunday.Dave Ildefonso also fired 25 points, including a contested triple from the top of the key that pulled the Bulldogs within one with 11.6 seconds remaining.David Murrell left the door wide open for NU after muffing two free throws but John Lloyd Clemente missed a baseline jumper that would’ve won it for the Bulldogs.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Top prizes and large crowds in the recently concluded 2019 Thunder Esports Tour MOST READ Becoming his own man
MOST READ But they bounced back quickly to lift the Champions League in June and have shot out of the traps with eight straight league wins to take a commanding lead.Liverpool have not always shone this season. Their past three league wins have come by a solitary goal, but they have shown the tenacity and hunger to get the job done at the same time as an injury-hit City, going for their third title in a row, have lost their edge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manHigh-flying Leicester’s visit to Anfield on Saturday offered City hope they could cut the five-point gap separating the sides heading into the weekend.Deep into stoppage time, the Foxes seemed set to do the champions a favour with the sides locked at 1-1, until Sadio Mane tumbled in the box and James Milner coolly slotted away a 95th-minute penalty. “They didn’t look for a second like a team who won so many games that they don’t have the desire anymore to win another one,” said Klopp.“It looked like they had never won a game before and I love that fact.”City feel Laporte lossA day later, City failed to find the same kind of response as Wolves emerged from the Etihad 2-0 victors after soaking up the hosts’ pressure and hitting relentlessly on the counter-attack.City’s defensive problems without the injured Aymeric Laporte were ruthlessly exposed as Wolves missed three glorious first-half chances before finally landing a blow with two Adama Traore goals in the final 10 minutes.Slack defending also cost Pep Guardiola’s men in a 3-2 defeat at newly promoted Norwich last month and the fear for City is that the gap to Liverpool will only grow over the coming months.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on02:11Makabayan 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own man LATEST STORIES Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (R) celebrates with Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino after scoring their fourth goal during the UEFA Champions league Group E football match between Liverpool and Salzburg at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on October 2, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)Liverpool have lived through enough near misses in 30 years not to take anything for granted in October, but an eight-point lead in the Premier League gives Jurgen Klopp’s men a golden opportunity to end that long wait.The European champions came agonisingly close to fulfilling their title dreams in May, losing out to Manchester City by just one point, despite posting the third-highest points tally in top-flight English football history, with 97.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Bare knuckles to KO record for Myanmar woman breaking MMA mold DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Defender Laporte will not be back until after the New Year and City may have to act quickly in the transfer market in January after failing to fill the void left by former captain Vincent Kompany’s departure at the end of last season.But two seasons of near-perfection have emboldened Guardiola to believe that anything is still possible.“I know these guys, they can still do it,” said the Catalan coach on Sunday. “We are in October and there’s a long way to go.”The sides still have to face each other twice, offering City the chance to eat into that gap.Their clash at Anfield next month is increasingly looking like a must-win for the champions, but even Guardiola has failed to win in his prevous four visits there as City boss and the blue side of Manchester have not won away to Liverpool since 2003.Five times Liverpool have finished second since they last won a top-flight title in 1989/90.Rarely in that time have they ever had a better chance to end the long wait to be crowned champions of England.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect View comments
MOST READ The first overall pick last year out of Arizona, Ayton averaged 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds as a rookie and was hoping to have a jump in production in his second season.He had 18 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks Wednesday night in the Suns’ season-opening home victory over Sacramento. Ayton was especially proud of the blocks, telling media after the game that new coach Monty Williams had put a huge emphasis on defense and rim protection.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceBut the good vibes from that victory have quickly evaporated.“On behalf of the Phoenix Suns organization, Monty Williams and I are disappointed in the actions by Deandre Ayton that led to his testing positive for a banned diuretic and subsequent suspension by the NBA. This does not uphold the standards and principles we have set for the team,” Suns general manager James Jones said in a statement released by the team. This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics “Deandre has expressed his deepest remorse. While he is suspended we remain committed to his growth and development on and off the court. His actions are not taken lightly, and we are committed to ensuring that Deandre understands the profound impact it has had on the team, organization, and Suns community.”Ayton was upbeat after Wednesday’s win, giving no indication that he was about to miss nearly a third of the season.Phoenix had a 19-63 record last season but hoped for a fast rebuild with a roster that was built around Ayton and high-scoring guard Devin Booker.The team hired Williams as coach, signed free-agent point guard Ricky Rubio and re-signed talented forward Kelly Oubre Jr. The Suns also added rookies Cameron Johnson and Ty Jerome and depth in the frontcourt with veterans Aron Baynes, Dario Saric and Frank Kaminsky III.Now they’ll be without Ayton until mid-December unless the suspension is reduced through the arbitration process.ADVERTISEMENT Witness claims NBP medical ward used as drug trade ‘communications center’ PLAY LIST 05:25Witness claims NBP medical ward used as drug trade ‘communications center’01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:10Hong Kong leader: Divisive extradition law will be ‘suspended’02:11Makabayan 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 Now with Clippers, Kawhi Leonard spoils Warriors fun again Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) tries to drive past Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns plans for a big turnaround season hit an unexpected snag.Center Deandre Ayton was suspended 25 games without pay by the NBA on Thursday night for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for a diuretic.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! “I want to apologize to my family, the entire Suns organization, my teammates, partners, our fans and the Phoenix community,” Ayton said in a statement.“This was an unintentional mistake and unfortunately I put something in my body that I was completely unaware of.”“I do understand the unfortunate impact that this has on so many others, and for that I am deeply sorry. I’m extremely disappointed that I’ve let my team down.I will continue to work with the Players’ Union (NBPA) to go through the arbitration process and am hopeful for a positive resolution.”Ayton won’t be eligible to return until a road game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Dec. 17. Phoenix plays at Denver on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?
Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, drives to the basket while Charlotte Hornets forward Cody Zeller defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)LOS ANGELES — Anthony Davis had 29 points and 14 rebounds, and Dwight Howard added 16 points, 10 boards and four blocked shots in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 120-101 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night.LeBron James had 20 points, 12 assists and six rebounds for the Lakers, who took control of their second straight victory with an 18-2 rally starting late in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Hornets: Devonte Graham converted a four-point play in the second quarter. He finished with nine points after scoring 23 and 24 in the Hornets’ first two games. … Nicolas Batum missed his second straight game with a broken finger on his left hand. The big man got hurt in Charlotte’s season opener.Lakers: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finished with 10 points after he ended his 0-for-11 start to the season from the field with three straight baskets in the second quarter. … The backup point guards both played well. Quinn Cook had 12 points and eight assists, and Alex Caruso added five points and two assists.UP NEXTHornets: Stay in town to face the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.Lakers: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Davis was dominant from the start, racking up 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the first quarter while getting around anyone who tried to guard him. But James had a rare scoreless first quarter, and Danny Green went 0 for 7 in the first half.Davis hit three 3-pointers and grabbed six rebounds in his huge first half.He even persevered after Zeller and Davis accidentally elbowed each other in the face while fighting for a rebound with 2:10 to play. Zeller got a loose ball foul after a long video review, but he was in the Hornets’ locker room getting help for a cut.James didn’t score his first points until he hit two free throws 1:40 before halftime, and he got his first field goal with a layup on LA’s next possession.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:46Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post02:11Makabayan 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 Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own man Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Schroder leads OKC Thunder past Golden State Warriors, 120-92 View comments DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES Davis showed off his world-class skill to his new home fans in the first half, scoring 25 points. James and Howard took charge after the break, with James orchestrating the offense and Howard putting in an impressive all-around performance that drew multiple ovations.Howard got wild cheers from the same fan base that booed him relentlessly for the past six years after he left the Lakers in free agency. Now back with LA as a reserve center, Howard has already slid back into fans’ good graces with his energy, defense and overall effort in the team’s first two home games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceJames was mostly a facilitator until the fourth quarter, when he scored his 10th point on a layup with 9:57 left. James hasn’t been held under 10 points in a regular-season game since Jan. 5, 2007, although it also happened twice in the playoffs in the nearly 13 years since.Miles Bridges scored 23 points, while Cody Zeller and Terry Rozier added 19 apiece for the Hornets in the opener of a four-game road trip.
It is one talk show that the whole country talks about. We eagerly await this year after year just like a fun festival. Be it men or women, children or oldies, office goers or housewives, we all just can’t seem to get enough of Koffee with Karan.And now the show is back with a bang with its fifth season. And guess what, this year’s first episode is likely to feature Pakistani actor and current Bollywood heartthrob Fawad Khan who has replaced KJo’s all time favourite Shah Rukh Khan. Speculation is still rife as to who will join Fawad on the couch but some reports have hinted that it will either be Deepika Padukone or Alia Bhatt.Also read: Koffee With Karan Season 5: Not SRK, but Fawad Khan to be KJo’s first guest? Making a comeback after two and a half long years (the last episode aired on April 13, 2014), the show will go on air anytime between September end to October first week this year.While it was Salman and Aamir Khan’s debut on the show that was most talked about in Season 4, here is a list of a few celebrities we’d like KJo to invite while he sips away his cuppa ‘koffee’.Also read: Opening episode of Koffee With Karan 5 has to be with Shah Rukh Khan: Karan JoharKatrina Kaif: Katrina Kaif tops the list as far as female actors go. The lady has much to disclose and we bet only Karan can get her to talk about her personal ups and downs and if Ranbir Kapoor joins her on the couch, we bet the TRPs will create history.advertisementPicture courtesy: Youtube/KatKaifFanClick here to EnlargeVirat Kohli and Anushka Sharma: Virat Kohli is one sportsman we all want to know more about. Of course accompanied by girlfriend and KJo’s lead actress Anushka Sharma, it will be a treat to watch both of them talk about sports, travel and love.Picture courtesy: Instagram/viratanushkasharmaClick here to EnlargeShahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput: Recently promoted to parenthood, Shahid and Mira, we think, will be a good choice to be a part of the show.Picture courtesy: Instagram/ShahidKapoorClick here to EnlargeKareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan: Kareena and Saif, who are expecting their first child in December, is also one couple we want to watch talking their heart out on Karan’s couch.Picture courtesy: Instagram/_saifeena_Click here to EnlargeAjay Devgn and Kajol: Last but not the least, one would love to see Ajay Devgn make his debut on a show that his wife Kajol is a regular on, especially now with constant controversies over Shivaay releasing on the same day as Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, it will be interesting to see both KJo and Devgn together.When it comes to Koffee with Karan, how can we not talk about Shah Rukh Khan? Well, he was conspicuous by his absence in Season 4, but here’s hoping King Khan returns to the couch and charms one and all with his wit. Be it the Rapid Fire Round or the Quiz, we are waiting for this season with bated breath. Bring it on Karan Johar, we already have braced ourselves.
New Delhi, Nov 19 (PTI) Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell today launched a PUMA store at the Select City Walk mall here. “Select City Walk (New Delhi) saw one of the coolest PUMA store launch with the Sub-10 King Asafa Powell today,” a release said. “The #mannequinchallenge video was the hero of the launch,” it added. Powell, a PUMA athlete, is known as Sub-10 King for running 100m dash below 10 seconds for 98 times, the maximum by any sprinter. He has held the 100m world record between 2005 and 2008. His personal best is 9.72 seconds. PUMA has brought him to India to engage with his fans and followers through h them. Yesterday, PUMA hosted the 33-year-old Jamaican sprinter along with Indian sprint legends P T Usha and Milkha Singh at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. Others present were former athletes Ashwini Nachappa and Rachita Mistri, and current runners Amiya Kumar Mallick and Brinston Miranda. Abhishek Ganguly, MD, PUMA India said, “Our motivation behind bringing Asafa Powell to India is two fold — to give the fans an experience of a lifetime and to promote running as a sport in India. We want India to be a country that runs, a country that is more inclined towards fitness. “Our endeavours is to inspire everyone to adopt an active lifestyle and an icon like Asafa can only ignite that thought. It has been an absolute privilege having a champion like him among us.” PTI PDS CM CM
Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Roma have been offered hope in their pursuit of Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek.The 21-year-old is one of several much sought-after assets currently on the books at the Johan Cruyff Arena.Like club colleague Frenkie de Jong, who is being heavily linked with Barcelona, Van de Beek is starting to register on the transfer radar of leading clubs across Europe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A number of Premier League sides are reported to have expressed an interest in acquiring in his potential in the recent past, while Roma would welcome the chance to take Van de Beek to Italy.He has shunned those admiring glances so far, with the exciting talent opting to further his development in the familiar surrounds of his homeland.The Netherlands international is, however, reconsidering his options after starting just two Eredivisie games in 2018-19 and may be ready to open the door to his suitors in the upcoming recruitment windows.Van de Beek’s agent, Guido Alberts, told Voetbal International of the links to United, Liverpool et al: “It is true that this interest has been there for a while.“Last summer it was already concrete, but Donny opted for a longer stay at Ajax.“The past few months have gone differently than we had in mind. “If his situation remains the same way for much longer, a transfer is a better option for all parties.“These agreements have now also been made with [director of football] Marc Overmars.“If the situation remains the same, a transfer can be discussed.”Van de Beek made his Ajax debut during a Europa League clash with Celtic in November 2015.He is now closing in on 100 appearances for the club and has formed part of the senior Dutch national side.A contract through to 2022 was only penned in Amsterdam back in January, but that agreement could be broken if formal approaches are made in the new year or next summer.
Liverpool reclaimed third spot in the Premier League after Roberto Firmino’s header sealed a hard-fought 1-0 victory against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.West Brom created the best chances in a largely uneventful first half before Firmino nodded home Lucas’ flick on to register his 11th league goal of the season just before the break.The visitors could have extended their lead after halftime but James Milner blazed a glorious opportunity over the bar and Divock Origi had a goal ruled out for offside.Simon Mignolet made a crucial late save to deny Matt Phillips but, as West Brom piled on the pressure in the closing stages, Alberto Moreno missed an open goal after Ben Foster had come up for a corner.”If you come away to West Brom you know what to expect and you must deal with it,” Mignolet told Sky Sports.”We are very pleased with the performance and the three points is massive today. You feel the pressure after you see the other teams and their results but we have to look at ourselves and do our jobs.”After Manchester City were impressive 3-0 victors against Southampton on Saturday, Liverpool needed to respond in kind against a West Brom side who are notoriously strong at home.The hosts, however, had failed to score in their previous three league fixtures, but carved out a couple of promising chances through Hal Robson-Kanu and Nacer Chadli.A goalless halftime beckoned at the end of a cagey first half before Firmino rushed in at the back post to convert Lucas’ flick-on past goalkeeper Foster.advertisementLiverpool started the second half brightly but as the match progressed the hosts slowly started to assert themselves with their best chance falling to Phillips, whose attempted chip was blocked by the onrushing Mignolet.Liverpool held on to claim a fifth victory in seven games but could have added a second goal in a bizarre finale after Foster was twice caught horribly out of position.First Moreno shot wide with the goal gaping then Daniel Sturridge dwelled in possession before seeing a wayward pass intercepted.
Male, May 3 (PTI) After narrowly missing out on the I- League title recently, Mohun Bagan now find themselves on the verge of elimination in the AFC Cup following a shock 2-5 defeat against Maziya Sports and Recreation Club of Maldives here today. The crowd at Males National Stadium were treated to a spectacle in the Group E match as Maziya raced opened up early lead through goals from Yasfaadh Habeeb (13th minute) and Mohamed Umair (27th minute). When Alexsander Rakic (45th) added a third from a narrow angle just before the half-time, the game appeared over as a contest. Straight after the restart, Mohun Bagan, who needed a win to stay afloat in the tournament, pulled a goal back through Kingshuk Debnath (48th minute). However, they quickly fell further behind as Abdulla Asadhulla struck from the penalty spot before Rakic (60th) added a second. Jeje Lalpekhlua added a consolation from the spot in the 78th minute, but could not prevent Maziya earning a win which puts them in a commanding position to claim a top two spot in Group E. Mohun Bagan, who missed out on I-League title by a whisker to Aizawl FC, now have just three points from four matches. They have two games in hand — against Bengaluru FC at home on May 17 and against Abahani Limited in Dhaka on May 31. Maziya, on the other hand, are on joint top with Benagluru FC with nine points from four matches. PTI PDS AT AT
As the high-octane ICC Champions Trophy clash against Pakistan draws closer, veteran India all-rounder Irfan Pathan has picked India as the favourites besides counting pacer Mohammed Shami as the key to the prospects of the men-in-blue in the June 1-18 tournament in England and Wales.Irfan, who was part of the victorious India side which lifted the Champions Trophy in 2013, said the mantra of success in English conditions is to hit the seam well, which he felt the in-form Indian pacers, led by Mohammed Shami, are capable of.”What’s important in England is to hit the seam well. If you can keep bowling in the right areas and hit the seam, I think that’s the best way to go for the bowlers,” the 32-year-old told IANS.”With the kind of form our frontline pacers — Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav — are in at the moment, I am sure India can do really well in the Champions Trophy. With the amount of experience they have in the home season and the Indian Premier League (IPL), I think they are up for the challenge in England.”Irfan, who was India’s frontline pacer with his swing bowling in the 2004 tour of Pakistan, said he was impressed by the young duo of Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah in One-day Internationals besides hailing Shami for having one of the best seam positions in world cricket.”I am really impressed with Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah’s bowling in international cricket, especially in one-dayers… as well as, for that matter, Shami and Umesh.”advertisement”Shami has been the bowler who can deliver with both the old and the new ball. He has got the most beautiful seam position I have ever seen in international cricket. He will be key to India’s success in the Champions Trophy,” he said.Asked if head-to-head records count during high-tension encounters, such as those against Pakistan, the Baroda all-rounder said: “Such advantages or disadvantages get an edge only to a certain extent. But it all boils down to how you tackle the situation during the match.””Even during the 2013 Champions Trophy, the Indian team was a far better side and this time around, too, we have a complete team which is much better than the Pakistanis at the moment.”I am pretty confident that India will go in as the favourites and come out with flying colours,” he added.India are placed in Group B along with Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka, and will start their campaign on June 4 against their arch-rivals at Edgbaston.The last time India and Pakistan were engaged in a 50-over game was during the ICC World Cup in 2015. They, however, faced off in the shortest version of the game during last year’s ICC World T20 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. India won both matches.India will play their next two matches at The Oval, against the Lankans on June 8 and then South Africa on June 11.Group A comprises New Zealand, Australia, England and Bangladesh. The top two sides of each group will proceed to the semi-finals.
Team India performed to it’s full potential on Sunday and as a result comfortable defeated South Africa by 8 wickets at The Oval to enter the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 semi-finals.CLICK TO WATCH FULL VIDEOPut into bat South Africa got bundled out for a paltry 191 in 44.3 overs with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah picking up two wickets each, while Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya got one wicket apiece.In reply, Shikhar Dhawan top-scored with 78, while Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh remained not out on 76 and 23 respectively to guide India home with 12 overs to spare.India’s bowling and fielding were the high points in this match with Hardik, Bumrah and Kohli affecting three run outs in the first innings, including that of captain AB de Villiers, which dented South Africa’s progress.Captain Kohli reserved special praise for the bowlers and the fielding effort of his team after the victory.”It was a good toss to win. The wicket didn’t change much. We thought the wicket was really good to bat on. Our bowlers bowled really well and the fielders backed it up as well. I would say we had a complete performance in the field.”We grabbed our opportunities and that helped us restrict such a strong batting line-up to 190. Always good to get him (AB de Villiers) out early. He can really hurt you in the middle overs. It was great breakthrough for us. It was good to see the intensity from the boys,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.advertisementKohli also emphasised on the importance of staying at the wicket till the winning runs were scored and praised Dhawan for his batting effort at the top of the order.”It was important for someone to bat till the end. Luckily I could do the job for the team, but Shikhar’s intent was outstanding – getting the boundaries when required.”I think if you a share a 100 partnership in a 190 chase, more or less you finish games convincingly. Even Yuvi wanted to finish the game along with me to take some confidence to the semis,” he added.India, in all likelihood, will face Bangladesh in the semi-final on June 15 at Edgbaston. They are on top of the table in Group B with four points from three matches and can only be toppled by Sri Lanka if they beat Pakistan by around 294 runs in the final Group B game on Monday or if Pakistan win by around 267 runs.Looking ahead at the match in Birmingham, Kohli said the pitch their suits India’s game.”We played in Birmingham. We really like that stadium and we really like that pitch as well. It suits the kind of cricket we play. Anyone can grab the trophy, but for now our focus is only on Birmingham and bring our “A” game as we did today.”But there’s always room for improvement. You don’t want to sit on your laurels and be complacent. That’s not what we believe in. We’ll look back at where the bowlers went wrong and try to rectify that in our next game. Any game of cricket you play, whether you win or lose, there is always something to learn,” Kohli concluded.
As India is celebrating the entry of the national women’s cricket team into the ICC Women’s World Cup final, courtesy Harmanpreet Kaur’s brilliant knock 171 not out off 115 balls, the cricketer’s mother has urged the nation to empower their daughters.CLICK TO WATCH FULL INTERVIEWExpressing happiness over her daughter’s achievement, Kaur’s mother said the entire family used to enjoy her game and would just stick to the television set to watch her game.”I just want to say that the way my daughter has made us proud, others should also give their daughter a chance to live their dream and shouldn’t kill them in the womb,” Kaur’s mother told ANI.She gave the credit of Kaur’s achievement to her father, saying that he supported her the most and was the one to take her to grounds for practice when she was a kid.Meanwhile, Kaur’s father wished the Indian team luck to bring the World Cup trophy home and to make the nation proud.”I just wish the Indian women team all the luck. I hope Harmanpreet keeps playing the way she has been and bring the World Cup to India and make the nation proud,” he said.A magnificent unbeaten century from star batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur yesterday helped India beat Australia by 36 runs in the semi-final of the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup at the county ground.Chasing a daunting total of 282 in a match that was reduced to 42 overs because of rain, the defending champions were bowled out for 245 in the 40th over.advertisementWinning the toss and electing to bat in derby, which was virtually India’s home ground, Harmanpreet played gem of an innings, scoring 171* to propel India to 281.She smashed the Australian bowlers to all parts of the ground and was absolutely brutal with her power hitting. Her 115-ball knock was studded with 20 fours and seven sixes and was rightly adjudged the player of the match award.Now, India will face host England in what could be expected as a cracker of a final on Sunday at the iconic Lord’s.
Chandigarh, Jul 21 (PTI) Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today congratulated Moga girl Harmanpreet Kaur for her excellent performance that steered India into the final of the ICC Womens World Cup in England. In his congratulatory message, the CM said Kaur has done the state proud by becoming the second highest scorer for India in womens ODI. The Chief Minister said that it was a matter of great honour for all Punjabis that Harmanpreet had carved a niche for herself in international cricket with her sheer hard work and dedication. He hoped that Harmanpreets superb accomplishment would go a long way in inspiring other girls to strive for excellence. Wishing her a bright future and success in her life, the Chief Minister expressed the hope that this daughter of Punjab would bring more laurels to the state in the field of sports. He also congratulated the parents, friends and relatives of Harmanpreet on her rare feat. Celebrations were on at Harmanpreets home in Moga. PTI SUN KHS KHS
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday conducted interviews of 12 candidates for the post of Team India manager.Out of the 12, BCCI has shortlisted five candidates whose resumes will now be sent to BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and Cricket of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai for their views.As per BCCI sources, the cricket board will tomorrow announce the name of the new team manager.As per reports, there were just about 35 applications for the advertisement for the post and the BCCI had shortlisted 13.”We have shortlisted thirteen names for now. We’ll interview them on Tuesday afternoon,” BCCI acting president CK Khanna had told ANI.Earlier this month, the BCCI sought applications for the post, with July 21 set as the last date of submission.
New Delhi, Jul 31 (PTI) Union minister Vijay Goel was today admitted to the AIIMS and being treated for chest infection.His condition is stable, an AIIMS official said.The 63-year-old minister of youth affairs and sports had come with symptoms of high fever and cough and has been diagnosed with chest infection, the official said.He is in a private ward under Dr Randeep Guleria, AIIMS Director and a renowned pulmonologist.”Of late, he has been travelling a lot and the chest infection could be due to overexertion or exposure to infection,” an AIIMS doctor said. PTI PLB ZMN
Sri Lanka pacer Nuwan Pradeep was on Saturday ruled out of the ongoing series against India after suffering a hamstring injury in the second Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club here.According to ESPNCricinfo, Sri Lanka manager Asanka Gurusinha confirmed a grade-one hamstring tear adding that Pradeep will be out of action for a minimum of two weeks.Pradeep was forced to return to the dressing room during the first day of the ongoing second Test on Thursday due to the injury, leaving his 17th over incomplete. Left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara later completed the remaining two balls in the over.Earlier, Sri Lanka lost the services of batting all-rounder Asela Gunaratne, who was ruled out of the series after shattering his thumb during the first Test.
Wayne Rooney’s retirement from the England national team is the best choice for both the player and Everton as it allows the 31-year-old more time to recover his fitness during a busy domestic schedule, his club’s manager Ronald Koeman has said.Rooney, who rejoined Everton from Manchester United in July, ended his 14-year England career when the country’s all-time leading scorer announced his international retirement on Wednesday.Everton hold a 2-0 lead over Hajduk Split from the first leg of their Europa League qualifier and travel to Croatia for the second leg on Thursday. Progression to the group stages, means the Merseyside club will compete in four different competitions.Reuters Photo”He had a talk with the national coach and made his decision, because he thinks it is the best for Everton,” Koeman told reporters. “It is always the player’s decision and, of course, I respect that.”If you reach the group stage of the Europa League and have international duty, then that is a really tough programme.”His fitness is really good at the moment…I think it is a good decision for him and a good decision for Everton. It means when the internationals come, he will have some time at home with his family.”Koeman, who earned 78 caps for the Netherlands as a player, also said that he did not advise Rooney, who scored 53 goals for England, on his decision to retire.Following their Europa League tie, Everton travel to Premier League champions Chelsea on Sunday.
Dubai, Nov 12 (PTI) The ICC today announced the process for the recruitment of an Independent Director with an aim to improve the global governance of the sport.The introduction of an Independent Director, who must be woman, was approved by the ICC Full Council in June this year as part of wide ranging constitutional change.The candidate is expected to have a genuine passion for and interest in the sport combined with recent and relevant experience at a senior level in a commercial, voluntary or public environment.She must be independent of the International Cricket Council and during the term of her appointment must not hold any office or perform any executive or operational duties for any ICC Member or state, association or member of any Member.The ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said that the appointment would be an important step forward in improving the governance.”This is a key appointment to the ICC Board and adding another independent director — particularly a female — is an important step forward in improving our governance. We are open-minded about the expertise the successful candidate might bring to the table but they must be a cricket enthusiast who complements the existing skills and experience already on our Board,” said Manohar.The Independent Director will be appointed for a two-year term, although she may be re-appointed for two further terms with a maximum six year consecutive period of service. PTI CM CM
England took the honour’s for the second successive day in the third Test as they reached 491 for 9 at stumps and a lead of 164 runs with Alastair Cook unbeaten on 244, which is his fifth double hundred in the longest format.The Australian players walked up to Cook to congratulate him for his outstanding effort on Day 3. His innings came from sheer grit, determination and loads of concentration as he batted the whole day and now is on course to carry his bat.Already England’s greatest run-scorer, the 33-year-old opener stonewalled Australia’s bowling attack for more than 10 hours, eclipsing a stack of historical batting records along the way.The former England skipper’s knock included 27 boundaries and he is now joint-13 with Rahul Dravid and Graeme Smith on the list of batsmen with most double centuries.Cook surpassed West Indies legends Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul to grab the 6th spot on the list of batsmen with most runs in Test cricket.He also became the first Englishman since Wally Hammond to score a double hundred at the MCG (in 1928) and his 244 not out is now the highest score made by any player against Australia in Melbourne, breaking the 208 Viv Richards made for the West Indies in 1984.After resuming on 104, Cook reached his 200 after tea when he drove Jackson Bird straight down the ground for four. He was dropped twice by the Australian captain Steve Smith, on 66 then again on 153, but hardly played another false shot during a marathon innings.By the time stumps were drawn, Cook had batted a total of 634 minutes, faced 409 balls and struck 27 boundaries. He walked off to a standing ovation with his team in a great position to salvage a consolation win after losing the first three matches in the five-test series to surrender the Ashes.advertisementCook had managed a meagre total of just 83 runs from the first three Tests but was well supported by England’s lower order, which had also struggled in the previous matches, when he needed their help most.Stuart Board made a swashbuckling 56 batting at 10, and was at the non-striker’s end when Cook passed the major his milestones, while Chris Woakes (26), Jonny Bairstow (22) and Moeen Ali (20) all made important contributions.The England captain Joe Root chipped in with 61 but threw his wicket away before lunch when he holed out at deep square leg but it mattered little as the tourists turned the tables and all but ended Australia’s hopes of a series sweep.The Australians struggled in the absence of key strike bowler Mitch Starc, who was ruled out of the match with a foot injury.His replacement Bird failed to take wicket while pacemen Josh Hazlewood (3/95), Pat Cummins (3/117) and off-spinner Nathan Lyon (3/109) captured three wickets each after toiling hard.
BRUSSELS — European Union nations are rejecting for now the idea of sanctioning Russia’s high-profile sports events, such as its hosting of the 2018 World Cup, as part of a new round of penalties on the country.Diplomats from three member states said that while the 28-nation group is considering sports sanctions against Russia for its involvement in Ukraine, it is unrealistic to think they will target big events.They said ambassadors would more likely seek a deepening of current sanctions on individuals and companies in a round of new penalties they aim to have by the weekend. The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks were ongoing.The EU and the United States have so far imposed penalties against dozens of Russian officials and the financial and arms industry.The bloc’s officials were looking whether a ceasefire agreed between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin would hold, but there was no immediate indication that the fighting would stop.Sporting sanctions against nations have often been fraught with difficulty. A Western boycott of the 1980 Moscow summer Olympics for the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was not fully followed up and athletes and sporting federations appeared to be as hurt from them as the Soviet Union itself.German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, sounded skeptical about any such move for the World Cup. “It is now 2014, the World Cup will happen in 2018, so I don’t think that this is something we have to discuss here today,” he said.Instead, EU nations would seek to toughen the existing measures, which also included an export ban for some high technology and oil exploration equipment, Seibert said.Soccer governing bodies FIFA and UEFA have both declined to punish Russia despite apparent breaches of their rules in recent weeks, including the Russian Football Union’s attempt to integrate clubs from Crimea, which Moscow annexed in March, into its competitions.UEFA was urged by Ukraine’s football federation to act against Russia before high profile matches this month.UEFA’s ruling board is also likely to choose the Russian city of St. Petersburg on Sept. 19 as one of 13 host cities for its Euro 2020 tournament.And even if EU nations decide on some sporting sanctions, for example on soccer, they would face sporting federations that have always insisted on not mixing with national politics.___By Raf Casert. Graham Dunbar contributed from GenevaTweetPinShare0 Shares