28 Nov

Mohali, Bangalore to host Tests against Australia

first_imgMohali and Bangalore will host the the two Test matches in the high-profile series between India and Australia in October, the Cricket Board said on Thursday.The opening Test of the short rubber would be played from October 2-6 at Mohali while the second Test at Bangalore would be conducted between October 10-14, as per the decision taken by the BCCI’s Tour, Programmes and Fixtures Committee here.The three One-day Internationals during the series would be played at Kochi, Goa and Vishakapatnam, BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a media release.The visitors would open the tour with a three-day match before the first Test at Mohali from September 27-29.Australia were originally scheduled to play seven ODIs during their visit but acceded to India’s request to squeeze in a short Test series following the home country’s elevation to the number one Test spot last year.The Committee also finalised the venues for the three Tests and the five ODIs in the following home series against New Zealand in November-December.The Test matches against the Kiwis are to be held in Ahmedabad, Kanpur and Mumbai while the five ODI venues would be Bangalore, Mohali, Chennai, Guwahati and Hyderabad.last_img read more

28 Nov

India eyeing improved show from batsmen in 2nd ODI

first_imgAfter narrowly escaping defeat in the series opener, India would look to guard against complacency and hope for an improved showing from their batsmen when they take on the West Indies in the second cricket one-dayer here on Friday.The opening match of the five-match series in Cuttack two days ago saw an inexperienced Indian bowling restrict the Caribbean side for a paltry 211 for nine.But chasing the modest total, India’s much-fancied batting line-up faltered and if not for comeback man Rohit Sharma’s 99-ball 72, the home team could have been down 0-1 in the series.India’s inexperienced pace trio of R Vinay Kumar (1/27), Varun Aaron (2/47) and Umesh Yadav (2/33) not only excelled with the ball in Cuttack but also showed amazing calmness while batting to set up the thrilling one-wicket victory for the hosts.Needing 11 runs off 23 balls under tense situation, the last wicket pair of Aaron and Yadav kept their calm and saw India home with seven balls to spare.And the Indian think-tank obviously will not want a repeat of the Cuttack episode, especially on a run-belter at the Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, where the hosts have an all-win record in the three matches they played here.India’s stand-in captain Virender Sehwag, who is leading the side in place of regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has already cautioned the batsmen after the Cuttack match, saying there should not be any excuse for poor show.”There is no excuse for anybody not scoring runs,” he said about India’s batting collapse in the first ODI. We have to back our batting. We have some exciting youngsters playing for last three four years,” Sehwag said.advertisementBut Dhoni, who has been rested for the series keeping in mind the upcoming tour of Australia, will be sorely missed by the spectators here.Hosting a match after more than two years, the venue remains a testimony of Dhoni’s rise to stardom as it is this ground where he scored his maiden ODI sentury, a blistering 148 off 123 balls against Pakistan in 2005.But in the absence of senior players like Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar, the cricket-crazy crowd of the port city would be looking towards Sehwag to produce a gem of an innings on Friday.Sehwag, who was bowled by an incoming Kemar Roach delivery in Cuttack, would also be keen to improve his batting record as captain. He averages a poor 21.50 with 44 being his best score from eight matches as skipper.Wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel also would be eyeing to make amends for his poor show in Cuttack and cash in on yet another oppotunity with both bat and gloves in place of Dhoni.Among other Indian top-order batsmen, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina, who all disappointed in Cuttack, will be desperate to avoid yet another collapse by returning among runs on Friday.Apart from Rohit, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was the other Indian batsmen to provide some resistance in the first ODI with a gritty 62-ball 38, and he would be hoping to convert his starts into big scores.The inexperienced Indian bowlers, on the other hand, impressed all and sundry with their performance in Cuttack.The three-pronged pace attack of Vinay Kumar, Yadav and Aaron stood up and grabbed their chances with both hands so far in the absence of seniors like Zaheer Khan and Praveen Kumar, who are out with injuries.And the trio would once again look to strangle the West Indies batsmen with a tidy performance tomorrow.On the spin department front, R Ashwin, who bowled tightly in the first ODI, would like to continue his dream form.Ashwin will share the responsibility of spin attack with Jadeja and part-timers Raina and Rohit as India are all set to field an unchanged side tomorrow in search of a 2-0 lead.West Indies too have problems galore in their batting department which they need to sort out immediately to stand in with any chance of upsetting the home team in the ODI series after the 2-0 loss in the Test rubber.In the first ODI, all the West Indies top-order batsmen got starts but except Darren Bravo, no one could capitalise on them.Bravo, who scored a 74-ball 60 in the first match, will be the batting mainstay for the Caribbean side, which is full of allrounders.But the need of the hour for captain Darren Sammy is a solid opening foundation and he would bank on Lendl Simmons, who has a good record against the Indians, and Adrian Barath for that.advertisementFor the West Indies, the last match was another so-near-yet-so far story in the series. And it remains to be seen whether they learn from the mistakes, having let India win from a precarious position in the first ODI.With good knowledge of subcontinental conditions, big-hitting all-rounder Kieron Pollard will be the key man for the visitors and the West Indies thinktank may just look to bring him up the order.”We all have seen what he (Pollard) has done here in IPL.Last time he played in the World Cup, he batted well. He has a lot of knowledge about the Indian conditions and Indian players having played here for three seasons,” skipper Sammy had said.”We look forward to his knowledge and experience. We will look to use that into effect,” Sammy added.The Kemar Roach-led West Indies bowling attack, however, showed in the last match that they have what it takes to trouble the famed Indian batsmen on their home ground.In the absence of Ravi Rampaul, who was rested, Roach, who picked up three wickets, and his colleagues dished out lethal performance to make life diffuclt for the Indian batsmen.But the spin department remains a worry for Sammy and the visitors may just look to strengthen the area by handing out a debut to off-spinner Sunil Narine, who was impressive in this year’s Champions League T20 in India.TeamsIndia: Virender Sehwag (captain), Parthiv Patel (wk), Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, R Vinay Kumar, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Abhimanyu Mithun and Rahul Sharma.West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Lendl Simmons, Adrian Barath, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Danza Hyatt, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Andre Russell, Kemar Roach, Anthony Martin, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieran Powell and Ravi Rampaul.Match starts: 2.30 pmlast_img read more

28 Nov

When states trust panchayats with projects their delivery is better: Mani Shankar Aiyar

first_imgEver so candid and outspoken Mani Shankar Aiyar, minister of Panchayati Raj, sports and youth affairs spoke to Editor Prabhu Chawla and Managing Editor Shankkar Aiyar about empowering rural India and winning medals. Excerpts: Q. You are seen as an evangelist, but the perception is that while you are preaching,Ever so candid and outspoken Mani Shankar Aiyar, minister of Panchayati Raj, sports and youth affairs spoke to Editor Prabhu Chawla and Managing Editor Shankkar Aiyar about empowering rural India and winning medals. Excerpts: Q. You are seen as an evangelist, but the perception is that while you are preaching Panchayati Raj the UPA believes in central raj. A. That is an unfair perception. The very fact that they created a ministry of Panchayati Raj and gave me the honour of being the first panchayat minister is the first earnest. The second earnest is that the first conference of chief ministers called by Dr Manmohan Singh was on addressing rural prosperity through Panchayati Raj.Q. But they created the ministry for you because you were uncomfortable somewhere else. A. No. I didn’t have anywhere else. The whole idea was to raise the profile of Panchayati Raj as an institution, as an instrument through which concerns of the aam aadmi were to be served. The third earnest is specific instructions were issued from the PMO through the cabinet secretary that all Central ministries should submit new schemes through our ministry to see how the panchayats could be brought in or monitor and review the existing schemes through panchayats. And we have had a lot of success in that regard.Q. Is the evangelism paying off? A. We have conducted seven round tables with states and we now have a national road map. I have been extensively touring panchayats. I have covered 15 states and two Union territories, visited over 100 panchayats and attended gram sabha meetings besides attending meetings at 30 district panchayats.advertisementThere has been an interaction between elected representatives at the grassroots and the Central ministry. So I don’t think the evangelism has been limited to converting the heathen. It has been a deep involvement at the grassroots in spreading news about best practices.Mani Shankar Aiyar”When the states trust panchayats with projects their delivery is better than that of bureaucracy.”Q. But do panchayats have the manna and has power been devolved? A. There is a substantial increase in spending going to different states. I don’t want to take the credit for it. What is more important is to understand that devolution involves three Fs – function, functionaries and finances. These have to be defined, without which there is only confusion.To get the finances to panchayats you need panchayat sector windows in all the line department budgets in states and we must have district planning. We now have a clear idea of the critical steps that need to be taken. There is progress but it frustrates me because to my mind it is self evident that it can be done in the big-bang mode, but in many states it is a slower evolutionary process. But I can say with pride that across the 15 states of different political complexions we have been well received and have succeeded in signing agreements on the next steps.Q. We have been talking about development for five decades and still villages are where they were. A. No, they are not in the same position but relatively speaking they are worse off than before. There is a huge booming middle class that preoccupies urban India and urban media. I think we made a big mistake, all the way from 1947 till 1989 when Rajiv Gandhi came in and made the suggestion about Panchayati Raj, in thinking that we can deliver development through the bureaucracy instead of making it a participative process.Bringing in the constitutional provision has triggered a revolution and I beg of you to take more interest in this because of the influence that INDIA TODAY has. We today have 2,50,000 elected local bodies, 32 lakh elected representatives (more than the population of Norway) and of this 12 lakh are women.The SC, ST and the OBC are represented in proportion to their population. It is social and political empowerment on a scale without parallel in the world and without precedent in history. Yet it is a silent revolution because the media is not giving it voice.Q. You are talking about an invisible revolution but they are worse off than before. A. It is because they were worse off that we needed to look at the paradigm of development and I believe now that the institutions created are in place the task is to fully empower them. Once it is done you’ll find that the participative development process will enable rural India to catch up.Q. You speak of a super structure but Rs 5,000 crore allocated for backward regions to be implemented by your ministry is stuck at the Centre. A. I think all this would have happened a month back but there was a difference of opinion. But that is all sorted out. I am confident that when we get started, the backward regions development fund will be a reality. It is a question of getting states to devolve the funds to panchayats. In Kerala 40 per cent of budget is devolved to panchayats.Q. Which is the worst state? A. Worst state without doubt is Jharkhand where there have been no elections.Q. Rajiv Gandhi said only 15 paise reaches the poor and 85 paise is lost. A. What the Panchayati Raj system does is to substantially replace the bureaucracy with elected representatives. Even if the administrative expenses get cut by 15 paise, the money spent on villages is doubled.Q. Why are people leaving villages… because they don’t get facilities. A. People leave for various reasons. Urban amenities (or PURA) can best be delivered by the panchayat system. Panchayats cover 29 subjects of economic development and social justice. And wherever the state trusts panchayats with projects, their delivery and performance is superior to that of the bureaucracy.advertisementMani Shankar Aiyar”Medals require talent. India is training 10,000 sportspersons while Cuba is training over 1 lakh.”Q. Politicians don’t inspire sports or sport the most athletic figures yet sports bodies have been ruled by politicians for decades ? A. The inflexible law of international sports movement says sports bodies must be autonomous. The associations express their autonomy by electing pot-bellied politicians. There is nothing the government can do.Q. A country of a billion people can’t get a gold medal… A. Yes, but how can it? The country is of a billion people, but the number of sports people is equal to the population of Defence Colony. We are training 10,000 talented people at the Sports Authority of India. In Cuba – which has a population of less than Delhi – they are training over a lakh sportspersons.Q. India is planning to spend Rs 700 crore a day on the 10-day Commonwealth Games. Is it justified? A. We will be building a huge infrastructure, which will long outlast the Games. I was appalled but there is a commitment made by the previous government. If the expenditure was to be extinguished at the end of 10 days it would not have been justified. But I believe we can use it as an opportunity to provide the additional funds required for yuva khel abhiyan.Q. Are you persuaded that hosting of Commonwealth Games will help the cause of Indian sports? A. No, I am not yet persuaded of that. What I am persuaded of is that India as a venue for mega sports events will certainly get a boost. Whether it will boost the medals tally is a concern. It is the expectation of the organisers that will be achieved. The single big step that we could take to improve our tally is to spread the talent search.Q. Rahul Gandhi is a member of the Games Committee. Is this a sequel? Rajiv Gandhi took charge of Asian Games? is this a launching pad? A. I would be happy to surrender my position as sports and youth minister to Rahul Gandhi if he wants to take it. However I don’t see any evidence at the moment that he intends to play the same role as Rajivji did in the Asian Games of 1982.advertisementlast_img read more

28 Nov

Adamson blasts FEU, takes solo third

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES “We anticipated that [type of physicality],” said Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren. “Every game is important in the second round and we just have to anticipate the physicality.”“Down the stretch, we have to be smarter.”Jerrick Ahanmisi and Jonathan Espeleta both had 17 points to lead Adamson while Papi Sarr put up a 14-point, 14-rebound double-double.It was Jerie Pingoy, however, who orchestrated the Soaring Falcons’ offense when he dished out 10 assists, the highest mark by a single player this season, to go along his 10 points.Jasper Parker had 12 points for FEU.ADVERTISEMENT No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Photo by TristanAdamson humbled Far Eastern University, 95-79, to take sole possession of the third spot in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Soaring Falcons streaked to their fourth straight win for 5-2 record at the end of the first round while the Tamaraws remained at the upper half of the table despite the loss with a 4-3 card.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Adamson took control of the game as early as the first half establishing a 61-40 lead at the break as it shot the lights out with nine of its 10 triples coming in the first two quarters.The Falcons also tallied 17 of its 22 total assists in the first 20 minutes of play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAnd even though the Falcons had a big enough lead that sustained them until the final buzzer, their win did not end on the peachiest of terms.There were several scuffles in the fourth quarter, one of which saw FEU forward Arvin Tolentino get thrown out of the playing floor after kicking Dawn Ochea with 7:20 left in the game. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Mercedes’ Hamilton secures pole position for Japanese GP View commentslast_img read more

28 Nov

Bong Ravena suprised with Kiefer’s all-out effort in Draft Combine

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Inquirer 7: Hopefuls who stood out in the 2017 PBA Draft Combine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims PBA IMAGESBong Ravena admitted that he’s glad that his eldest son Kiefer has finally decided to join the PBA.“As they say, it’s time to work now,” he said with a chuckle as he observed the action in the two-day 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine.ADVERTISEMENT Though he’s well aware of his son’s capability, the elder Ravena was still shocked with how hard the former two-time UAAP MVP went in the pre-draft workouts where Kiefer topped three of the five performance tests on Monday.“I was actually very surprised that he topped three of the five tests. He’s really trained as a competitor and he did not take it slow. He was going at it hard,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSpeaking from experience, the TNT assistant coach is confident that his son can be a game changer in the league, especially with mock drafts placing Kiefer at second with NLEX, which would spruce up the opportunity of a possible partnership with fiery coach Yeng Guiao.“I’ve been with coach Yeng since my amateur days and I know that coach Yeng can teach Kief a lot of things. That’s one good thing with Kief, he’s very coachable,” he said. Still, Ravena said that he’d be fine whatever team picks his 23-year-old.“Any team, I’m OK with it. I just tell him to work harder, that’s it,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

28 Nov

Undermanned Lady Stags clobber Lady Generals in NCAA opener

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Dangie Encarnacion scored on back-to-back check balls that sent San Sebastian to the 24-16 match point before Daurene Santos finished it all off with an ace.San Sebastian head coach Roger Gorayeb emphasized that they should rely on their own in the absence of Soltones.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I always tell them that with Grethcel gone they should be able to stand on their own feet,” said Gorayeb in Filipino.“When Grethcel was still here the offense went through her for like 70 percent of the time so the players would tend to sit back instead of stepping up. Now that Grethcel’s gone maybe they will start performing better.” MOST READ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais San Sebastian started off its campaign in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament with a strong sweep of Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-16, 25-19, 25-16, Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Stags, who began their new life without three-time MVP Grethcel Soltones, played just seven of their eight total players but showed resiliency down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Can Lady Chiefs score title repeat?center_img ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte San Sebastian had its relentless attack going on as it bombarded EAC with 44 scoring spikes and 12 service aces.That constant attack, however, also had a downside as the Lady Stags gave away 25 free points to the Generals due to errors.Captain Joyce Sta. Rita, Encarnacion, Nikka Dalisay, and Santos all had 13 points for San Sebastian.Jaylene Lumbo and Ladeisheen Magbanua each had six points to lead the Generals.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

28 Nov

Federer wins Australian Open for 20th Grand Slam title

first_imgSwitzerland’s Roger Federer holds his trophy aloft after defeating Croatia’s Marin Cilic during the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)Roger Federer powered home to beat Marin Cilic in five sets to win his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title in a riveting final on Sunday.The Swiss defending champion dropped his only sets of the tournament before completing a 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over the sixth seeded Croatian in 3hr 3min.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais LATEST STORIES ‘Motivated’ Nabong has no axe to grind vs Bolts Cilic was break point down in the ninth, but crucially got out of it with a second serve ace down the middle followed by a forehand winner.The Croat had a big moment in the 10th game when two Federer double faults gave him set point but a tentative backhand into the net and a wild backhand cost him his chance.In the tiebreaker, Cilic got to two set points when his forehand clipped the line before a winning smash levelled the match after 84 minutes as Federer dropped his first set of the tournament.But Cilic lost serve on the back of a couple of ground stroke errors and Federer raced 4-2 up in the third set.The defending champion shifted gears with a stunning forehand off his toes and confidently held serve to lead 5-2.Federer closed the door, serving out clinically for the third set in 29 minutes.Cilic was then broken in the opening game of the fourth set with a poor backhand dropshot into the net as Federer closed in for the kill.But the Croat broke back in the sixth game with three break points when Federer netted and fought off a break point in the next game to put his nose in front.Cilic was now more in the flow and broke Federer again with his big forehands starting to find their mark. He served it out to take the absorbing final into a fifth set.Federer was under pressure to keep his opening service but produced quality backhands to hold on amid mounting tension.  MOST READ The Croat was finding it difficult to settle and changed racquets in his second service game, but it had no obvious benefit as he dropped serve again after three break points to trail 0-3.He finally held serve to get on to the board and trail 4-1 with Federer hitting the ball cleanly.The Swiss star served out the first set in just 24 minutes after a double break and a shaky Cilic opening.Federer fought off two break points in his opening service in the second set with pinpoint serves, while Cilic had a tussle before holding in the third game.Cilic worked his way back into the match as both players traded furious forehands to stay on serve.ADVERTISEMENT Federer, playing in his 30th Grand Slam final, joined Novak Djokovic and Australian great Roy Emerson as joint top for the most Australian Open men’s titles.He added to his already imposing win-loss record in Melbourne and is now 94-13. His overall his Grand Slam mark stands at 332-52.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingRoger Federer. AFP PHOTOThe roof was closed over Rod Laver Arena as the tournament’s heat policy was implemented amid evening temperatures of 38 Celsius (100 Fahrenheit).Cilic’s serve came under immediate pressure with a whipping backhand return winner for break point which the Croatian followed with a smash into the net for a break in the opening game. The world No.2 crucially broke to 2-0 when Cilic netted a forehand and held the next service game under pressure to lead 3-0.Federer got the vital double break when Cilic netted a forehand, leaving the Swiss to serve out for the championship.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

27 Nov

Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer dies at 85

first_imgMalcolm Glazer, a reclusive self-made billionaire and patriarch of the family that owns the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Manchester United soccer club, died on Wednesday, the teams said. He was 85.Glazer, who as a teenager sold watch parts from a suitcase before building a wide-ranging business empire, bought the Buccaneers in 1995 for a then-NFL record of $192 million. He later persevered with the purchase of Manchester United, one of England’s most-storied soccer teams in 2005, a deal that fueled controversy because of its debt-driven financing.However, Glazer was largely sidelined in recent years from both the teams’ business dealings by a series of strokes.After his purchase of the Buccaneers, he led what had traditionally been one of the weakest teams in the National Football League to its first Super Bowl championship in 2003.”A dynamic business leader, Glazer helped mold the Buccaneers into a model franchise and one respected league-wide,” the Buccaneers said in a statement on their website.His supporters credited him with spending big to hire players and a coaching staff to turn around a team in one of the NFL’s smallest markets.While the team has struggled on the field recently, Glazer’s investment has proved profitable and the business magazine Forbes estimates it is now worth more than $1 billion.His death is unlikely to lead to any ownership change, according to a statement by the Buccaneers. The family’s “long established estate succession plan” means the team “will remain with the Glazer family for generations to come,” the team said.advertisementManchester United takeoverGlazer raised his profile in 2005 with an aggressive debt-driven $1.47 billion takeover of Manchester United that was widely opposed by many of the club’s fans.Fans, under the banner “loveUnitedhateGlazer,” argued the debt built up in the deal would hurt the club and force supporters to pay higher ticket prices.Glazer went on, however, to preside over one of the most successful eras in the club’s storied history.”The thoughts of everyone at Manchester United are with the family tonight,” the team said in a statement.Under Glazer’s ownership, the team won five Premier League titles in England as well as the 2008 UEFA Champions League championship.Manchester United is widely considered one of the world’s most valuable sports teams, though it recently ended the season in 7th place in the Premier League, the club’s lowest finish in two decades.Glazer no longer had any day-to-day connection to the club and the ownership is in the hands of Glazer’s children, led by the club’s co-chairs, Avram and Joel Glazer.The family retains a 90 percent stake in the club that is split evenly among Glazer’s six children. The remaining 10 percent is listed on the New York Stock ExchangeGlazer, the fifth of seven children born to Jewish Lithuanian immigrants, turned to sports after a successful business career.As a young man, Glazer used the profits from a family watch-parts business he inherited at the age of 15 to make investments in a range of real estate ventures, including mobile homes and nursing homes, many of them in Florida during the 1970s.He first came to prominence in the 1980s when he built up stakes in two big brand names – kitchen surfaces company Formica and motorcycle maker Harley Davidson – before cashing in. He later launched a series of failed bids, including a $7.6 billion attempt to buy the bankrupt freight rail company Conrail.Glazer also founded First Allied, a holding company for the family’s business, which includes dozens of malls and shopping centers in the United States.A decade later, the Glazer family gained a controlling stake in the oil company Zapata, which was founded by former President George H.W. Bush.Forbes estimates the net worth of Glazer and his family at $4 billion.last_img read more

27 Nov

Why doesn’t Sidharth want to fit into his clothes?

first_imgSidharth Malhotra is on a mission. The well-built actor is working on gaining so much weight that he can’t slip into his clothes. All this just for his upcoming film – the remake of American sports drama titled “Warrior”.The well-built actor is working on gaining so much weight that he can’t slip into his clothes.After his recent successful film “Ek Villain”, Sidharth is now tied up with his next.”I am preparing for my next which is a remake of ‘Warrior’. I am required to gain seven to eight kilos and learn martial arts. So, I need to eat and train. I have about five to six weeks to gain weight and then will shoot,” he told IANS in a telephonic interview from Mumbai.The over six-foot actor is trying to weigh 90 kg.”I’ll have lot of fun training for it and gaining weight. My priority is to make my t-shirts and clothes tighter so that I don’t fit into them. The character requires it. He is a mixed martial arts fighter,” said the “Student of the Year” star.”There is more heavy weight lifting. I train less and eat more. Calorie intake is higher. There is more of protein in my diet. I train on alternate days or four times a week. But I also need to keep flexibility in mind,” he added.He is excited about the Endemol production as he wanted to essay the role of a fighter since childhood.”I wanted to play a fighter. Like every boy while growing up wants to do action and be in the ring…though I am not playing a wrestler,” said the actor, who won’t be seen with a female lead in the film.advertisement”I don’t have a female lead in the movie. It’s more about a young fighter. It’s not a love story as such,” said Sidharth, who has wowed the audience with his on screen chemistry with actresses like Alia Bhatt and Parineeti Chopra.As the year ends, he will shape up again for Vikramaditya Motwane’s “Bhavesh Joshi”.last_img read more

27 Nov

Lionel Messi penalty gives Argentina 2-1 friendly win over Croatia

first_imgLionel Messi in action during Argentina’s friendly match.Lionel Messi’s penalty earned Argentina a 2-1 win over Croatia after a fortunate equaliser that stood despite an unintentional handball by Sergio Aguero in a friendly at West Ham United’s Upton Park ground on Wednesday.Messi scored from the spot in the 57th minute after Aguero had been brought down by goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic.Midfielder Anas Sharbini gave the Croatians an early lead which they held until three minutes after half-time when a shot from outside the box by left back Cristian Ansaldi took a deflection off Aguero’s forearm and went in.”They have many world-class players and had many other chances to score,” Croatia coach Niko Kovacs said.Carlos Tevez, who came on for Aguero to roars of approval from fans of his former club West Ham in the 62nd minute for his first Argentina appearance since 2011, sent one chance wide as Argentina looked to turn the screw.But Croatia, resting key players for their upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy, continued to threaten with their quick passing game.Messi hit the post at the end of a brilliant attack down the middle as the match entered the final 10 minutes.”In the second half the team improved, they were more consistent,” Argentina coach Gerardo Martino told reporters.”We still have to improve a lot but there were positive aspects and one of them undoubtedly was Tevez’s involvement.”The victory avenged a 3-2 defeat by Croatia in Basel in a 2006 World Cup warm-up in which youngsters Messi and Tevez scored the Argentina goals. A previously untested Argentina centre-back partnership of Federico Fazio and Santiago Vergini had trouble with the fast-breaking Croatians.advertisementSharbini met a low ball from the right and shot past Romero into the bottom corner to give Croatia the lead.”Their goal was lovely. They put pressure on our left flank and when the ball was crossed were men short on the right,” Martino said.Argentina’s world-class attack, with Messi playing from wide on the right, began to show their individual skills and Aguero went close with three chances, the first a back-heeled effort from Angel Di Maria’s pass.Romerosent a long punt downfield and Aguero took the ball superbly on his instep, turned and fired a stinging drive towards the top corner but Kalinic made a diving save.last_img read more