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Backed by Sharad Pawar, Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Friday pipped former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar in a fiercely fought contest to become the new president of the Mumbai Cricket Association.Deshmukh defeated Vengsarkar by 181 votes to 136 to emerge triumphant in the biennial elections. Both Desmukh and Vengsarkar were vice-presidents in the outgoing committee which was headed by Pawar.Pawar had become ineligible to contest the polls as per a clause in the MCA’s constitution following a change of his permanent residence status from Mumbai to Baramati.Pawar’s panel members – Prof Ratnakar Shetty and Ravi Savant – were elected as vice-president and treasurer respectively while D Y Patil Sports Academy’s chairman Vijay Patil, who contested as an independent, became the other vice-president.Two other members of the Pawar panel – Dr P V Shetty and Nitin Dalal – also emerged victorious to become the two new joint secretaries.Deshmukh, a former state Chief Minister, followed the footsteps of Manohar Joshi (1992-2001) and Pawar (2001-2011) to become the 13th MCA president since it was founded in 1930-31.– With PTI inputs
Parliament is set to witness a full-blooded spectre on Wednesday when Manmohan Singh’s government would try and defend – what the Opposition has successfully portrayed as – the “indefensible”. The blip from sports minister Ajay Maken, blaming the NDA regime for appointing Suresh Kalmadi as the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) chairman, has snowballed into a no- holds- barred debate in both Houses.A visibly cornered government was continually at the receiving end on Tuesday.Not merely because a disgraced Kalmadi is already cooling his heels in Tihar Jail, but also since the Opposition’s onslaught, backed by the CAG report and other documentary evidences, looked scathingly credible.In the Rajya Sabha, BJP veteran Arun Jaitley went for the kill and said the entire government brass, including the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), looked the other way as Kalmadi hijacked the conduct of the Games.The OC, Jaitley said, was intended to be a government entity, or at least a government- supported body, but Kalmadi got it registered as a private society.”This completed the hijack and the objections of sports ministers (Sunil Dutt, Mani Shankar Aiyar and M. S. Gill) were ignored. The Prime Minister overruled everyone, even a recommendation of the GoM, and allowed the OC to become Kalmadi’s personal fiefdom,” he said.The BJP leader demanded that the government must identify the source from where Kalmadi drew his immense powers, and pointed out that the Pune MP had claimed to be appointed as the OC chief after a series of meetings with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.advertisement”The political heads of the government of India and Delhi are accountable to the country through Parliament. The government never took the House into confidence and presented a twisted version of the facts on this monumental fraud,” Jaitley added.Speaking for the government, Rashid Alvi (Congress) presented a feeble defence and blamed the CAG for exceeding its brief by commenting on policy matters and the appointment of Kalmadi. This led to an uproar in the House with CPM’s Prasanta Chatterjee regretting the practice of constantly attacking the CAG.The CPI’s D. Raja wouldn’t settle for describing the conduct of the Games as anything less than a “financial loot” of taxpayers’ money. “If there are skeletons in the cupboards, all should come out. The PMO had a crucial role in appointing Kalmadi and, therefore, the PM should personally respond to all this,” he said.Raja said the estimates of organising the CWG went up from Rs 1,200 crore to Rs 18,532 by 2010. “The then finance minister (P. Chidambaram) should explain this financial loot,” he added.The Opposition said heads must roll, and identified Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit as the one who must instantly go. Their other demand was that nothing less than a Supreme Court- monitored CBI probe can take the lid off the wrongdoings.In the Lok Sabha, the BJP’s Yashwant Sinha said the PM failed to act against Kalmadi despite complaints by at least two sports ministers and senior officials. ” Kalmadi could have been removed any time over the years ( from 2004 to 2010),” he said.More trouble seems to be in store for Sheila DikshitDelhi Lokayukta, Justice Manmohan Sarin, has sought the latest CAG report to explore if a case can be made out on the basis of the report, which indicted the CM. The move gains significance since the Opposition has been demanding Dikshit’s resignation on corruption charges related to the Commonwealth Games.
India suffered a humiliating whitewash in both Test and One-Day series in their disastrous England tour but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that injury to several key team members played a huge part in the debacle.”I have not seen so many injuries in the last five years. To see 9-11 players get injured in one series has been shocking. In the ODI series we also did not have luck,” he said at the press conference after India lost the fifth and final ODI by six wickets here.”If you look at the first two Tests, we were left with three bowlers. If your bowling starts looking weak, the pressure piles up on batsmen. You cannot carry a team consistently on just one department.”If Zaheer was there in the first Test and we could have pressed advantage in the second innings instead of relying on part-timers. It could have looked different. But it’s important what we did. There is no point in sulking,” Dhoni said.Dhoni, however, said that his side would not be thinking for revenge when England tour India next month to play five one-day matches.”You should not have such a feeling. If you have revenge in your mind, you become desperate and start putting pressure on the whole side. It’s better to stick to basics,” he said.”We also would have to see how many of the 9-11 players who are injured are now fit and have played some matches. We have to see who all are available for selection.”advertisementAsked if he thought injured players should straightaway be allowed to get back into the side without having a few matches under their belt, he said, “It’s tough. We have to exactly see what kind of injury it is.”It is good if someone has some matches under his belt. But it’s difficult because you need experience in a line-up. You try to balance it. You don?t want your bowling department to look completely fresh.”Dhoni blamed the conditions and injury to Munaf Patel as the reason for India’s six-wicket defeat in the fifth and final match here.”To have Munaf injured after four overs, broke the rhythm of our bowling. The ball was also getting very wet. This was the fifth time we lost the toss and it became very difficult for spinners,” he reasoned.The Indian captain underlined the point that the practice games should not be an official fixture where only 11 players can play. Flexibility with numbers of players who can play is important for practice games.”We were not able to use practice games in best possible manner. The first game was official and we could not play more than 11 players. Just before a Test match, the players had to be on the field for 90 overs. The second practice game was the same,” he said.”We will make sure there is an MoU in place that practice games should be just practice games. You should be able to play more than 12 players. If I am asked to play an official game, I would prefer playing a Test match than these practice games,” he added.Dhoni held a high view of the present England side but was not prepared to concede they were the current best side in the world.”England are a very good side, irrespective of the format they are playing. As they play more and more cricket, they would get only better. But it’s difficult to say if they are the best side. The top 3-4 sides are all good. They are among the best sides.”In sub-continent, it might be different but they can still get the reverse swing to control the batsmen. England’s batting line up also looks settled. Broad and Bresnan can not only bowl fast and quick but they can also bat which means England bats very deep,” he said. .Despite playing without a break for a long time, Dhoni gave the hint that he could be turning out in the Champions League Twenty20 rather than take a break.”There are four games to be played at the league stage in 10 days. We will see how I stand before the start of the Champions League Twenty20. Next 3-4 days will be complete rest. Our first game is on 24th. I am hoping my fitness does not get worse.”Asked about the Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Aamir admitting to spot-fixing, Dhoni said, “It’s something seriously wrong. People might talk about forgiveness but for me match-fixing and spot-fixing is going against the nation. It’s my personal view.”advertisement-With PTI inputs
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s a big win for us,” said Alapag, whose team is now at 3-0 (win-loss) with a game against the tough Singapore Slingers on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Palami gives Etheridge a pass: He has to secure Cardiff position, too SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion 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 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? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “I felt like tonight was a great early season test for us considering we started a bit behind from the other teams and Formosa’s been off and running from the start,” said Alapag.But the battle of two of the top teams in the current Asean Basketball League season eventually ended in an 86-72 rout as Renaldo Balkman fired 19 points and grabbed 20 rebounds, while PJ Ramos added 16 points for the Philippine club, which got significant contributions from its bench, particularly from Pao Javelona’s 11 points built around two treys.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“I think our bench played great tonight,” Alapag said. “Their energy, you know, Pao (Javelona), Josh (Urbiztondo) came in and hit shots, Brandon (Rosser) and Lo (Domingo) were great grabbing rebounds just with their energy, and I think they bought our starters enough time to finish the game.”And it bought the team’s top guns added rest minutes as Alab tries to end the year with a victory. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Photo from ABLThe last thing San Miguel Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag wanted—especially with just a day’s break sandwiched between two tough outings—was to get dragged into a dogfight in the first of those two matches.But that was what Alab got for three and a half periods from the Formosa Dreamers Friday night at Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Santa Rosa, Laguna.ADVERTISEMENT
“We still have to make a little bit of adjustment because we didn’t look like a team in that game,” said Erram in Filipino. “But we’re okay, it’s just that we didn’t look like a team out there when we’re playing.”Rain or Shine took a 35-26 lead off a 15-1 run in the second quarter and it never looked back throughout the remainder of the game.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“We didn’t have the chemistry but the good thing about it is it’s just the first game and we still have a lot of games to make the adjustments. We learned from our mistakes today and it’s time to move on,” added Erram who had 10 points and five rebounds.Erram was dealt to NLEX on Dec. 28 in exchange for Paul Desiderio, the no. 4 overall pick of the 2018 Rookie Draft, and no.7 pick Abu Tratter. It wasn’t just Erram, though, that struggled in the Road Warriors’ season opener with the returning Kevin Alas also finding a hard time in his first game after nearly a year of absence.Both Erram and Alas were expected to produce for the Road Warriors but it just so happened that the two were still finding their places in NLEX’ system,Alas injured tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in last year’s Philippine Cup and he was able to put up 12 points and dish out four assists in his first game back.“I think we have to improve on the chemistry of the team, that’s what I think we should work on,” said Alas in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Meralco’s Trevis Jackson joins parade of big rookie games LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting JP Erram debuts for NLEX. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Poy Erram’s debut with NLEX hit a little bit of a roadblock as his new team lost to Rain or Shine, 96-87, Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.The Elasto Painters completely stifled the Road Warriors from the midway the second quarter, never relinquishing the lead all the way to the end and Erram said it could’ve been the lack of familiarity factored in the loss.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments
President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday addressed the joint sitting of Parliament, elaborating on the agendas of the new government. While saying that poverty had no religion, creed and region, he informed the house about government’s commitment to poverty alleviation.Terming the current economic situation as “extremely difficult”, President Pranab Mukherjee today expressed the government’s commitment to put India back on high growth path, while containing inflation and making tax regime non-adversarial.”…putting the Indian economy back on track is paramount for my government. We will work together to usher our economy into high growth path, rein in inflation, reignite the investment cycle, accelerate job creation and restore the confidence of domestic as well as international community in our economy,” he said.The President in his address to the joint sitting of Parliament unveiled the policies and priorities of the BJP – led NDA government which assumed power last month after elections to the 16th Lok Sabha.Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President Pranab MukherjeeThe economy, Mukherjee said is “passing through an extremely difficult phase. For the two consecutive years, our GDP growth has been less than 5 per cent. Tax collection has declined. Inflation continues to be an at unacceptable level”.Referring to the high food inflation, he said the new government will give “top most priority” to contain it.The government, he added, will take effective steps to prevent hoarding and black marketing and reform the public distribution system, incorporating best practices from the states.The President further said the government is alert about the possibility of a subnormal monsoon this year and is in the process of preparing contingency plan to deal with the situation. advertisementThe government announced Monday that it will liberalise foreign equity in defence production and will also encourage private investment in defence.”Government to encourage private investments in defence production,” President Pranab Mukherjee said. (Must read: Full text of President Pranab Mukherjee’s speech ) He added that the government will also liberalise FDI (foreign direct investment) in defence production.”With available human resources, India can emerge as global platform for defence,” he said.Mukherjee also said the armed forces will be modernised and manpower shortages addressed on priority.A national maritime authority will also be set up.President Pranab Mukherjee addresses Parliament’s joint session: Highlights- It’s a matter of great satisfaction that general elections were smooth and largely peaceful.- This has been an election of hope.- A party has got absolute majority after almost 30 years.- My govt will function with the mantra of “minimum government, maximum governance”.- I congratulate fellow citizens for voting for stability and development.- The greatest challenge before us is to end the curse of poverty in India.- My govt will take steps to curb hoarding and black marketing.- My govt is alerted to a sub-normal monsoon this year, contingency plans are being made.- My govt is committed to improving quality of life in villages through empowered panchayati raj system.- We will not settle for only poverty alleviation, we are aiming for poverty elimination.- Each drop of water is precious, my govt is committed to giving high priority to water security.- My govt will launch national sports search system; sports will be made integral part of school curriculum.- Swachch Bharat Mission to be launched.- The govt will set up IITs and IIMs in every state.- National Madarssa modernisation programme will be initiated.- ‘Beti Bachao and Beti Padhao’ mass programmes to be launched.- Govt will formulate a new health policy and roll out a national health insurance mission.- Govt will have zero tolerance towards violence against women.- It’s govt’s commitment to have 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament.- Issue of infiltration in the North-East will be tackled on priority.- Efforts will be made to ensure that Kashmiri Pandits return to their homeland.- National e-governance plan to be launched, Wi-Fi zones to be provided in critical public areas in the next 5 years.- Social media will be used for participatory governance.- Tax regime will be made non-adversarial and investment friendly.- Govt will launch a diamond quadrilateral project of high-speed trains.- India can emerge as a global platform for defence. My govt will address manpower shortage on priority in the defence services.
For the developed world, rubbishing underdeveloped and developing countries is nothing new. Yet, in four days’ time, when the brand new Adidas Brazuca ball is kicked when Brazil meet Croatia in Sao Paulo, the FIFA World Cup will roar to life.The hype over Brazil as host has been very high but in recent months, a lot of negative stuff has been written about some venues still not being ready and security being a concern.Today, when most of the top football leagues are in Europe and offer ridiculous salaries to professionals, one tends to forget the nationalities of players. It’s the star value which matters if your favourite club wins or loses.There is no club football for the time being and it will be a matter of pride as the best 32 teams in the world strive to win the world’s most coveted trophy.There could not have been a better venue for football as Brazil symbolises the romanticism of the beautiful game. To borrow a famous line from a former player, after kicking around for 90 minutes in the field, only one team wins. Likewise, for the champion to emerge on July 13, it will require skill, style, guts and immense energy.For romantic relics like me who grew up first hearing about Brazilian football and then seeing it on television, this is a wonderful chance for the hosts to win the World Cup.The last time the World Cup was held in Brazil in 1950, they lost the decider 1- 2 to Uruguay. The entire nation went into mourning and till date they have not been able to come to terms with the loss on home turf.advertisementThere are any number of books which have been written on Brazilian football, yet the ones written in the local language after the 1950 loss vilifying goalkeeper Moacir Barbosa define what passion is all about, even in a negative sense.Today’s young generation of fans who watch satellite TV channels may need to do a Google search on Barbosa, but Brazilians know how the innocent goalkeeper was riled till death.This is indeed a good chance for Brazil to exorcise the ghosts of 1950 as they have a good team.The Samba flavour is essentially about fast pace, attacking style and excitement.Just to jog the readers’ memory, in 1982 when Brazil had giants like Zico and Socrates, they failed to defend against the Italians. A 2- 2 draw would have sufficed but they chose to attack and messed it up. That Brazilian side was probably the best one not to win the World Cup.In 1994, when the World Cup was played in the United States, again Brazil discarded the aggressive style and chose a mixed strategy where players like Romario and Bebeto caught the eye.The fifth World Cup win came in 2002 when they showed what Brazilian flair was all about with Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho hogging the limelight.Nothing can be more special for Brazil than winning at home. Agreed, Spain is the team to beat and their style has been very successful in the last World Cup as well as in two European championships.But if one flips through the annals of history, the strong European teams have struggled when they are playing outside their continent. To discount the chances of Spain or a solid German team would be stupid but you could be sure England does not have the class to go the full distance.Apart from Brazil, another Latin American team to watch out would be Argentina. Playing in familiar conditions, the Argentine side has a fine line- up which boasts of Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel di Maria.Messi has looked low key in club football recently but who knows, he may be preserving the best for the most vital burst in Brazil.At home, even though our own football languishes deep down in the FIFA rankings, the interest level is very high. The World Cup will give many homes from Jammu to Kanyakumari sleepless nights as high voltage football awaits us.Today, you can even pick up World Cup merchandise of various teams through online shopping and not wait for some friend to get you jerseys from abroad.One aspect which cannot be ignored in this World Cup is how many star players are not fully fit. From Franck Ribery to Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi to Neymar, injuries have taken their toll with Ribery ruled out.And lastly, when one talks of who will win the Golden Boot award this year, some of the names which come readily to the mind still include Messi, Neymar, Arjen Robben, Luis Suarez, Ronaldo and Mario Balotelli.advertisementUnlike a sport like hockey, football is very easy to follow. Even if you are not a regular junkie who watches the EPL, Serie A, La Liga or Bundesliga, you can fall in love with the FIFA World Cup. It sure gives you a kick.s.kannan@ mailtoday.in
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 Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MANILA, Philippines—Rain or Shine was just a quarter away from taking a commanding 3-0 series lead against Magnolia in the Philippine Cup semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Rain or Shine was only down by two, 76-74, after rookie Javee Mocon completed a three-point play with 4:03 remaining.But that was it for the Painters, who went scoreless the rest of the way.The Painters got outscored, 28-11, in the fourth period with Hotshots big man Ian Sangalang firing 12 of his 16 points in the final frame alone.“I think they went to Sangalang in the end and we had no answer to stop him in the fourth. He scored 12 points in the fourth quarter. I think that was the game when they went to Sangalang. We couldn’t contain him. Probably, we’ll find ways to at least limit Sangalang,” Garcia said.Game 4 is on Monday, 7 p.m., at Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT After 7 games in 14 nights, exhausted Magnolia relishes Holy week break Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Elasto Painters entered the fourth period with a six-point lead and even though, the Hotshots pulled ahead, the game was still very much up for grabs with four minutes left.It’s just that Rain or Shine couldn’t get anything going when it mattered most.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We’re still up in the series 2-1. I think we just have to learn from this loss, especially in the 4th quarter, we scored only 11 points. I think we have to be more aggressive in attacking the basket,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia after his team’s 85-74 loss Tuesday night.“Magnolia became more physical than us. There are some calls that I feel didn’t go our way but we can’t blame that to the referees. I think it’s just about us stepping up in that position and being a little bit stronger.” Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid 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 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Tiger Woods hopeful a 5th Masters leads to more majors Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates after scoring against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Russell Westbrook hit back at critics on Thursday as the Oklahoma City Thunder licked their wounds after another playoff failure.Westbrook and the Thunder bowed out of the postseason on Tuesday, beaten in five games by the Portland Trail Blazers to exit in the first round for a third straight season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Oklahoma City’s latest postseason disappointment left some observers questioning Westbrook’s credentials despite another dazzling season which saw him average a triple-double once more.The 2017 NBA Most Valuable Player shrugged off the criticism of his role in the Thunder’s playoff campaign.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“If you want to determine my career and what I’ve done over two, three games, you go ahead,” Westbrook told reporters during his end-of-season exit interview.“That don’t mean shit to me. It doesn’t. I’m going to wake up with three beautiful kids, smile, be happy, enjoy my life. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I know who I am as a person, and that’s the biggest thing I can say about myself… I don’t even know what talk you’re talking about, but whatever that is, you guys can keep talking about it. I’m going to keep living my life.”Westbrook meanwhile bristled at questions over his shooting percentage during the playoffs.“There used to be conversations if I was a ball hog, but now I lead the league in assists that’s getting squashed out,” he said.“So now the conversation is about shooting. Next year I’m going to become a better shooter. After that it’ll be probably, my left foot is bigger than my right one. Who knows.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles
Sri Lanka batting great Mahela Jayawardene has joined the England squad as batting consultant for the series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates starting in October.The Lankan batsman had discussed with coaches Paul Farbrace and Trevor Bayliss before taking up the job.Also read: ICC clears Sachin-Warne T20 series England have also roped in former all rounder Paul Collingwood as consultant for the limited overs squad. Collingwood will be with the team in India for 2016 ICC T20 World Cup.”We are delighted that Mahela and Paul will be joining the England management team, supporting our existing specialist coaches in this area. Both will bring a vast wealth of cricketing knowledge and expertise to the team, and in Mahela’s case, extensive experience of batting in the sub-continent which will be invaluable as part of our wider preparations for the UAE tour,” Andrew Strauss, the Director of Cricket for the ECB, was quoted as saying by NDTV.Notably, Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed has been working with the team as spin-bowling consultant.
Andy Murray has pledged 50 pounds ($77.59) to children’s charity UNICEF for every ace he hits for the rest of the year after being moved by television images of refugees fleeing to Europe.His sponsors Standard Life, along with tennis bodies the LTA and ATP, have pledged to match the world number three’s donations so that every ace will be worth 200 pounds.”Having seen the images broadcast on the news in recent weeks I felt I had to do something to help the millions of children and their families who have been forced to flee their homes and had their lives turned upside down,” the Scot said in a statement.”I’ll get that little bit more satisfaction from each ace I hit knowing that it will be helping UNICEF keep children safe.”Murray is playing for Britain in their Davis Cup semi-final against Australia in Glasgow this weekend, and is due to compete in Shanghai, Paris and the ATP World Tour finals in London in November.The British number one hit 64 aces in his four matches at the US Open earlier this month.
lb August 14, 2016 Published on lb Rio 2016: Faster, Higher, Stronger × SHARE SHARE EMAIL tennis India were left to rue a missed opportunity in tennis with Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna’s mixed doubles semifinal loss after Lalita Babar became the first woman in three decades to enter the final of a track event at an Olympic Games, here today.A historic Olympic silver medal was well within reach before Sania and Bopanna suffered a sudden mid-match slump and frittered away an advantageous position to lose their last-four clash from a position of strength to Americans Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram.After dominating the first set, Sania and Bopanna lost 6-2 2-6 3-10 to the Americans and will now fight for the bronze medal.The Indians were cruising at one stage but once Sania’s serve was broken in the fourth game of the second set, the tide turned in the favour of the Americans.Leander Paes remains the only player to win a tennis medal in India’s Olympic history.“We have to try and recover as quick as possible, mentally and physically. Probably more mentally. We have to go back, try and get some sleep, put some food in our body and recover for tomorrow,” Sania said after the defeat.The duo of Sania and Bopanna stumbled after Lalita revived India’s fortunes in the track and field events. Lalita scripted a new chapter in the country’s athletics history in the Olympic Games by becoming the first woman in three decades to enter the final of a track event when she shattered the national mark to reach the 3000M steeplechase medal round.Lalita, hailing from Satara district of Maharashtra, qualified for the women’s 3000m steeplechase final after finishing fourth in the qualifying heat 2 with a new national record time of 9 minutes, 19.76 seconds while the holder of that mark, compatriot Sudha Singh, was eliminated after a poor run in heat 3.The 27-year-old Lalita, who had won the bronze medal in the event in the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, two years ago, emulated ‘Payyoli Express’ P T Usha by entering the final.Usha, who runs a running academy now, was the first Indian woman to achieve the distinction when she made the finals of the women’s 400m hurdles in 1984 at Los Angeles before missing the bronze by a fraction of a second.Lalita, in fact, finished with the seventh-best time in the heats by clipping nearly seven seconds off the existing national mark standing in the name of Sudha (9:26.55), clocked in Shanghai in May.The top three in the three heats gained automatic qualification while Lalita made the grade as one of the six fastest from among the rest. Had she ran in the third heat she would have qualified as the winner of that race.After qualifying for the final, an elated Lalita said that she was looking to give her best in the final on Independence Day. SHARE COMMENT athletics 1 COMMENTS
Chennaiyin, on the other hand, have undergone a rebuild after the shambles of last season. John Gregory has completely revamped his foreign contingent barring Eli Sabia and has brought in six players from abroad. Even the Indian contingent has seen some changes, with the likes of Vishal Kaith, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Edwin Vanspaul and Rahim Ali coming into the side. Interestingly, both managers — Sergio Lobera and John Gregory — are into their third seasons with FC Goa and Chennaiyin.Goa will be favourites at home but fortunately for Chennaiyin, the hosts will miss the services of Ahmed Jahouh who controls the tempo for the team, after the red card he picked up in last year’s final against Bengaluru FC.Gregory will hope that his re-jigged team can summon the spirit of the 2017-18 season and start on a positive note.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Andreas PereiraBrighton & Hove AlbionManchester UnitedMarcus Rashford First Published: November 11, 2019, 12:58 PM IST Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said his players produced their best all-round display of the season as they powered past Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 to move up to seventh in the Premier League.Midfielder Andreas Pereira and striker Marcus Rashford scored either side of a Davy Propper own goal on Sunday to hand United their biggest home league win since the opening weekend of the campaign in August. There was a sense of optimism at Old Trafford as United continued to attack late in the second half to extend their lead, with Fred, Anthony Martial and Rashford testing Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan.”I think it’s our best performance of the season,” Solskjaer told reporters. “How we didn’t end up with five, six, or seven we don’t know, but exhilarating and entertaining and great to see the boys enjoy themselves.”United’s front three of Rashford, Martial and Daniel James showed electric pace on counter-attacks but Solskjaer reserved special praise for 19-year-old left back Brandon Williams, who was impressive in his first league start.Solskjaer selected Williams ahead of experienced Argentine international Marcos Rojo in the starting lineup, and said that it will be difficult not to pick him again.”Brandon was excellent. He’s played well before, but first start at Old Trafford in a Premier League game, you don’t know how he’s going to react,” Solskjaer added.”He’s done nothing wrong since he’s come in and making it hard for me (to leave him out), definitely.”
Madrid: Eighteen nations will gather in Madrid’s La Caja Magica on Monday as the men’s tennis season culminates with a revamped Davis Cup format dreamt up by a man who earns his living playing football for Barcelona.The week-long football World Cup-style Davis Cup Finals will be the biggest shake-up the 119-year-old team event has ever had and is being bankrolled by Barca defender Gerard Pique’s investment firm Kosmos to the tune of $3 billion over 25 years. It has not been smooth sailing for the International Tennis Federation (ITF) since it announced the radical revamp with some accusing the organisation of selling the soul of a competition loved by tennis diehards, but which had slowly lost its lustre.There is also the small matter of the ATP Cup – seen as a rival competition – launching in January.As for any large sporting event the key ingredient will be the quality of the entertainment and the atmosphere.Nineteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will lead the Spanish team, while Novak Djokovic will play for Serbia, Andy Murray for Britain and Nick Kyrgios will surely spice things up as he turns out for Davis Cup heavyweights Australia.But there will be notable absentees. Roger Federer’s Switzerland failed to qualify, world number five Dominic Thiem’s Austria also missed out while Germany will be without Alexander Zverev who has shunned the event.Fast-rising Russian Daniil Medvedev withdrew this week to recover after a long season while other big names such as Canada’s Milos Raonic are injured.The format will involve the 18 nations, which include two wildcards, split into six groups of three with the winners and best two runners-up moving on to the knockout phase.Group ties will involve two singles and a doubles with rubbers played over best of three sets tiebreak sets.The final will be contested next Sunday.As well as the main arena at La Caja Majica (The Magic Box), matches will also be played on two smaller courts to enable the jam-packed schedule to be completed in a week.Critics of the new venture cited the loss of the uniquely partisan Davis Cup atmospheres.While Spain will be vocally backed and Britain has sold 1,000 tickets, the prospect of matches taking place in front of banks of empty seats will worry organisers.Murray, who famously won the Davis Cup for Britain in Ghent in 2015, roared on by deafening crowds, said while he is intrigued by the new format, he is concerned that the Magic Box might be lacking the magic created by the fans.”I’m going to miss that but I love being around the team and I’m excited to see what the new format looks like and I hope the atmosphere is brilliant,” he said. “That’s my one concern.”Croatia will arrive as defending champions having won the last traditional final last year against France in Lille and will face a tough task in Group B where they take on Spain and Russia without top player Marin Cilic.Nadal, despite some abdominal issues, is expected to line up for Spain, although whether or not he would last a potential five singles matches in six days is doubtful.The 33-year-old said fans should expect the unexpected.”Of course is something special, something new, and when it’s something new, you need to be ready for something unexpected,” he said. “Let’s see how the things works.” barcelonadavis cupDavis Cup Finalsfinals First Published: November 18, 2019, 12:00 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Panaji, Feb 16 (PTI) India Bike Week (IBW), touted as the countrys largest biking festival, will be held in Goa on February 19 and 20.Conceptualised and initiated by Seventy Event Media Group and Fox Life, this years event will be held in association with Shell Advance at Arpora Sporting Ground in Arpora village in North Goa.”IBW 2016 is set to be bigger and better at a new and exciting venue being the Arpora Sporting Ground. The venue will be ready to host over 12,000 hardcore club-members and independent riders,” Martin Da Costa, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Seventy EMG told PTI today.”With India Bike Week 2016 set to be our biggest yet, we are thrilled to be back in Goa who have been great hosts to Asias biggest biking festival. We feel this year with our efforts in bringing in an ensemble of new attractions coupled with rider support systems to bikers across India, we are taking a step closer to identifying Goa and India Bike Week as a global biking experience,” Costa said.Swati Mohan, Business Head of Fox Networks Group, said, “IBW has grown over the years and has become a celebration of not just biking, but also a mecca for experience seekers and travellers.””Its a meeting ground for passionate bikers, collectors, riders, tourists and their friends. The fact that IBW has only grown over the years, assures us that we are striking a pretty special chord with this event and the people, passion and fervour that come with it,” she said. PTI CORNP TIR SREadvertisement
Los Angeles, Feb 17 (PTI) Space thriller “God Particle” produced by filmmaker JJ Abrams is set for February 24, 2017 release.The sci-fi centres around a team of astronauts on a space station making a terrifying discovery that challenges all they know about the fabric of reality, as they desperately fight for their survival, said The Hollywood Reporter. Nigerian-American filmmaker Julius Onah is attach to helm the project from a script by Oren Uziel.Paramount studios and Abrams Bad Robot Productions have been developing the project since 2012. PTI SHD SHD
In Rajya Sabha, the Chairman told the protesting AIADMK In Rajya Sabha, the Chairman told the protesting AIADMK members: “The Chair gets the impression that some members are in the business of promoting a specific newspaper. This is very improper. You will not bring newspapers” He asked them not to come into the well, saying, “dont come here. All I can say is this is unbecomming of you.” The Question Hour also saw disruption and then the House was repeatedly adjourned over the issue. With regard to the Calling Attention Motion, Azad said, “There has to be an order in the House to discuss this”. Azad, who was to move the motion, also said that the disruption was “organised by the ruling party” so that the calling attention on the “serious” issue, listed in the agenda today, is not taken up. “A serious issue is not discussed like this. This is a deliberate attempt by the AIADMK. Otherwise, never before has AIADMK behaved like this,” the Congress leader said. Kurien, who was in the Chair, kept slamming the noisy protests, saying the behaviour of the AIADMK MPs was “very bad”. “You can approach the government for appropriate action. Why are you disrupting the proceedings of the House? This is irresponsible behaviour. This is murder of democracy,”he said. Kurien kept telling them to approach the government if they wanted action against a private person. “Why do you trouble me? I am not the government,” he said trying to restore order in the House, but to no avail. Earlier papers were laid amid sloganeering. When AIADMK members continued demanding action against Chidambarm, Kurien said, “What can I do, you ask the government” and adjourned the House till 3.45 pm. When the House re-assembled at 3.45 pm, Kurien asked minister and BJP leader J P Nadda (BJP) to move the Motion of Thanks for the Presidents address. To this, Naqvi questioned how it can be initiated when the House is not in order and appealed AIADMK members for cooperation. Kurien too sought AIADMK members cooperation but as they continued their protest, he adjourned the House for the day. PTI PTI RNK NKD NAB CS SAP NAM SKC AKK AKKadvertisement