Tams rip Eagles, force do-or-die

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Tolentino anchored the Tamaraws’ strong start, while Cani sparkled in the last two quarters as FEU lived to fight another day, while dealing Ateneo its second straight loss of the season, counting the setback to rival La Salle at the end of the second round of the eliminations.“I don’t feel any regret transferring to FEU and wishing I was still with Ateneo, because they (Tamaraws) accepted me wholeheartedly,” said Tolentino in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The FEU mentality, the spirit, I’ve already adopted it at the start of the season.”The rubber match, which will determine La Salle’s opponent in the best-of-three finals, is set this Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. No taming the mighty Red Lions Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:16UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s been two years years since Arvin Tolentino and Hubert Cani left Ateneo for Far Eastern University, but the duo made sure the Blue Eagles felt the impact of their departure with the Tamaraws’ season on the line.Returning to haunt their former team, Tolentino and Cani starred in each half as the Tamaraws dealt the top seed Eagles a stunning 80-67 defeat on Sunday night to forge a do-or-die clash for the second finals seat of UAAP Season 80 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT “I didn’t want my UAAP career to finish today,” said Dennison.“I want to play in the finals. In our last practice, I told the team to give everything and leave our fears behind.”The Tamaraws played with a spring in their step, closing out on Ateneo’s gunners, while beating them to offensive rebounds on the other end, particularly in the second half, where they had 14 second-chance points.Richard Escoto had nine points and grabbed five offensive boards, typifying FEU’s workmanlike display on both ends of the floor.“Definitely, this is our best game,” said Racela. “We were confident that we can finish strong. But what we did was take Ateneo’s twice-to-beat advantage. But we’ll have to play better them again on Wednesday.” Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “It’s a sweet win, of course, but as coach Olsen (Racela) said, this game is finished and we have to focus on the next game,” said Cani, who poured eight of his 11 points in the second half.“We know Ateneo is difficult to beat because they’re a very disciplined team.”Ron Dennison fired 17 points and grabbed eight boards for the Tamaraws, who held the Eagles to a season low output in what FEU Racela described as his team’s best game of the season yet.On his final year for the Tamaraws, Dennison said he was determined to prolong his career to one more game.Dennison’s play rubbed off on his teammates as they seized control early and stopped every Ateneo counter in the second half where the Tamaraws led by as much as 17 points on Cani’s triple with under three minutes remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

Cabagnot named PBA Finals MVP

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHe may have missed out on winning the Best Player award, but Alex Cabagnot still ended the conference as one of San Miguel’s most valuable players.With an outstanding performance in what had been a testy Finals series, Cabagnot was named the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals MVP after the Beermen extinguished TNT in six games Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend San Miguel wins 5th title in 3 years, conquers PBA Comm’s Cup 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? The sly guard averaged 20.3 points, eight rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 1.3 steals through the best-of-seven finals series, capping off his brilliance with 19 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists in the 115-91 Game 6 win.After leading the race for BPC in the elimination round, Cabagnot lost the award to his teammate Chris Ross, who was last conference’s finals MVP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRoss looked ecstatic for Cabagnot, rushing to hug his fellow guard as he was receiving his trophy. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

I quit! Federer, Djokovic benefit from Wimbledon retirements

first_imgChina furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View comments Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection “I feel for the crowd. They’re there to watch good tennis. Proper tennis. At least they see the two of us, who gave it all they had. They saw other players that tried, at least,” Federer said. “It’s unfortunate that it happened.”Two other men also stopped mid-match Tuesday, 19th-seeded Feliciano Lopez (left foot) and Janko Tipsarevic (right leg), bringing the first-round retirement total to seven. That equals 2008 for the most by men in the first round during the 50 editions of Wimbledon in the Open era.It sparked discussion about whether Grand Slam tournaments should change their rules to allow players to still receive prize money if they withdraw before an event. That’s a system being employed on a trial basis this season on the ATP Tour — which doesn’t run majors — and lets someone who lost in qualifying take the spot in the main draw of an injured player.The theory behind that setup: Players who are injured won’t step on court simply to collect their prize money as an entrant, before calling it a day without finishing the match.“Even if I had a torn muscle today, and the doctor says, ‘You shouldn’t go on court, you have serious damage to risk,’ I could have faked it, stayed there for two less games, and still picked up the paycheck,” said Tipsarevic, who stopped while trailing 5-0 after only 12 minutes against Jared Donaldson of the U.S. 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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “We had a little joke about it in the locker room,” Djokovic recounted, “saying we should maybe play a practice set on the Centre Court, have the crowd stay.”The short workdays for the two were quite similar. Djokovic led 6-3, 2-0 when Martin Klizan retired with a left leg problem that has bothered him for about two months; Federer was ahead 6-3, 3-0 when Alexandr Dolgopolov quit because of a painful right ankle he first twisted last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThose still go into the books as wins, allowing Federer to collect his 85th at Wimbledon, breaking a tie with Jimmy Connors for the most in the Open era. Djokovic picked up his 234th match victory at all majors, moving ahead of Connors and alone into second place in history, behind only Federer’s 315.But the way the afternoon went meant Centre Court spectators who paid 56 pounds (more than $70) per ticket, some of them waiting in line for hours, got only brief glimpses of seven-time champion Federer or three-time champion Djokovic. They did, however, have the opportunity to watch a pair of top women, current No. 1 Angelique Kerber and former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, win full-length matches. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, left, embraces Slovakia’s Martin Klizan after winning their Men’s Singles Match on day two at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Tuesday, July 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — Novak Djokovic’s first-round match at Wimbledon lasted all of 40 minutes Tuesday. Roger Federer’s, which was next in the All England Club’s main stadium, went 43.When two of tennis’ biggest stars crossed paths after both advanced when opponents stopped playing because of pre-existing injuries, they kidded each other about a way to try to make it up to the fans.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera A first-round loser at Wimbledon earns 35,000 pounds (about $45,000).“Unless you’re (in the) top 10 … it’s significant money,” said Dolgopolov, who is ranked 84th.Tipsarevic, Dolgopolov, Djokovic and Federer all said they would like to see the majors follow the ATP’s lead.“A player should not go on court if he knows he (can) not finish. The question is: Did they truly believe they were going to finish? If they did, I think it’s OK that they walk on court. Otherwise, I feel they should give up the spot,” Federer said. “The ATP has adjusted its rule, but maybe the Slams should … look at what they could do for the players to make it just a little bit easier.”At Centre Court on Tuesday, Federer and Djokovic had an easy go of things. Kerber, last year’s runner-up to Serena Williams at the All England Club, had more to do to get past Irina Falconi of the U.S. 6-4, 6-4, and Wozniacki, a two-time U.S. Open finalist, needed three full sets to edge Timea Babos 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.But it was the short men’s matches that had everyone talking.“If it’s just excruciating pain, OK, you can’t play. If something is tweaked here or there and you feel like you can give it a decent go without hurting yourself, I think they should stay out there and I think you owe it to the fans,” said 23rd-seeded John Isner, who beat Taylor Fritz 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in an all-American matchup on Court 14. “I know the Wimbledon Centre Court didn’t get their money’s worth today, that’s for sure.”Collette Sherratt, 54, a spectator who traveled from Manchester, England, to attend the tournament for the first time, sure felt that way.“I’ve been watching Wimbledon (on TV) for 42 years, and it’s been on my bucket list to come here,” Sherratt said. “I was absolutely thrilled that (I) was going to be on Centre Court, and then for that to happen, it was like, ‘I might never get to come here again.’” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Tomic can’t ‘find any motivation’ at Wimbledon Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

PH volleybelles net first win in Japan

first_imgPH Women’s National Volleyball team. Photo by Bong LozadaThe Philippine women’s volleyball team is improving. But for coach Francis Vicente, it’s not fast enough.After a series of friendlies with Japanese clubs, the country’s “Dream Team” finally eked out a victory, beating Kobe Shinwa University, 25-21, 23-25, 28-26, 24-26, 17-15, Sunday in Osaka.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kobe Shinwa coach Kiyokazu Yamamoto said they were forced to make various adjustments against the taller Filipinos, including middle blockers Jaja Santiago and Mika Reyes.“They [are] getting better each day,” said Yamamoto. “The services were all heavy and we had difficulty plotting our attacks. Jaja also played very well. She used her height effectively and it gave us many problems defensively.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsYamamoto said the Filipinos, after two weeks in Japan, have already imbibed the fast-paced, defensive-oriented Japanese style of play which was the Nationals’ goal at the start of the training camp.“This is a big win as far as the morale of the team is concerned. At least we now have an idea that we are slowly progressing,” said Vicente. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ 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 LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Who else but Alas as new NLEX ace MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “But the real battle is in the AVC and the SEA Games,” added Vicente, referring to the Asian Championships on Aug. 9 to 17, and the Kuala Lumpur Games on Aug. 19 to 30.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Gameslast_img read more

Alora falls to familiar foe, settles for silver in taekwondo

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo JRU fends off Mapua, finishes first round with 4th win NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony MOST READ The 6-foot Seavmey, who enjoyed a big height advantage over Alora, also beat the Filipino in the Asian Olympic Qualifying Tournament last year.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 opening Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Kirstie Elaine Alora of the Philippines (red) competes against Sorn Seavmey of Cambodia (blue) in the finals of the women’s -73 kg category of the 29th Southeast Asian Games competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Alora lost, 6-13. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLRio Olympian Kirstie Alora ran into a familiar tormentor and suffered the same fate to settle for silver in the women’s +67kg class in taekwondo in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Tuesday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Alora, who was the country’s flag-bearer, fell to Sorn Seavmey of Cambodia, 13-6, in the final.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

Alex Gordon hits MLB’s record-setting 5,694th HR of season

first_imgFILE – In this Tuesday, April 18, 2017 file photo, Kansas City Royals’ Alex Gordon advances to third base on a fly out by Lorenzo Cain during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas City’s Alex Gordon hit Major League Baseball’s record 5,694th home run of 2017 on Tuesday night, Sept. 19, 2017 breaking a season record set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)TORONTO — Kansas City’s Alex Gordon broke Major League Baseball’s season home run record with 12 days to spare, hitting the 5,694th long ball of 2017 on Tuesday night.Gordon’s home run off Toronto’s Ryan Tepera broke a mark set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. The drive, which drove in the last run in the Royals’ 5-2 loss, was his eighth this season and the 159th of his 11-year big league career.ADVERTISEMENT “A pretty cool thing to be a part of,” Gordon said. “I didn’t hit many this year, but I guess I made one count.”It was the 17th home run of the night in the major leagues and came just after Detroit’s Alex Presley tied the record when he connected at home against Oakland’s Daniel Gossett.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 openingGordon said he heard talk of the record on a clubhouse television after Toronto’s Darwin Barney homered in the sixth.“I was kind of aware that we were getting close to it,” he said. “After I walked back to the dugout. I kind of forgot about it.” Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Holding the ball he hit over the right-field wall, Gordon said he didn’t plan to keep the historic memento or anything else from the game.“I’m going to give it to Cooperstown,” Gordon said. “I figured they’d probably have much more reason to have it than I do. I don’t really want to remember too much about this season, so I’ll probably just give it away and let them take care of it.”There were 5,610 homers last year, an average of 2.31 per game, and this year’s average of 2.53 entering Tuesday’s action projects to 6,139. That would be up 47 percent from 4,186 in 2014.“I don’t know what to make of it,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Guys are bigger and guys are stronger. but so are the pitchers. There sure are a lot of home runs being hit.”Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has noticed the surge in homers but doesn’t have an explanation.ADVERTISEMENT No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments 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 Gamescenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Morgan scores twice, US women beat New Zealand 5-0 “It really looks like the ball is flying,” he said.Power subsided after the start of drug testing with penalties in 2004. The home run average dropped in 2014 to its lowest level since 1992, then started rising during the second half of the 2015 season.“My biggest take on it is that players are trying to hit more home runs,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. “Their philosophy overall, a lot of these position players, is to get the ball in the air and also pull the ball and get the ball in the air and hit it as far as you can. So you’re increasing the launch angle, whatever you want to call this, stay away from the groundballs. And so they’re sacrificing a little bit more contact to do a little bit more damage.”When the previous record of 5,693 was set in 2000, Sammy Sosa led the major leagues with 50 home runs and Barry Bonds hit 49.Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton leads the major leagues with 55 home runs this year, followed by New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge with 44.Yost said he doesn’t believe more players are swinging for the fences than in years past.“You’re always looking to elevate,” Yost said. “You’re not going to make a whole lot of money hitting the ball on the ground in this league because the defenders are so quick and athletic. You’ve got to get the ball in the air, I think, if you’re going to be successful.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Bangladesh beat England by 2 wickets

first_imgBangladesh relied on their tail-enders to return from the dead and pull off a sensational two-wicket upset victory over England in a World Cup group B match to keep their quarter-final hopes alive at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Friday. ScoreChasing a modest 226, the hosts were precariously were placed at 169 for eight before Shafiul Islam (24 not out) combined with Mahmudullah (21 not out) to steer their side to a dramatic victory with six balls to spare.It was England’s second upset defeat in the tournament as their experienced bowlers buckled under pressure in the thrilling final moments to make the task easier for the hosts.England had suffered a humiliating three-wicket defeat at the hands of Ireland in an earlier league match.Bangladesh had bowled out England for a modest 225 after electing to bowl as their bowlers, specially the spinners, did a fantastic job.Bangladesh were staring at defeat as they were 169 for eight in the 40th over but Shafiul and Mahmudullah batted with grit under intense pressure with a match-winning 58-run unbeaten partnership for the ninth wicket.With this win Bangladesh have moved to fifth place in the points table with four points and England are standing at third with five points.England now must win their last encounter against the West Indies while Bangladesh have two more match to play against The Netherlands and South Africa. Bangladesh almost messed up the run-chase by slumping to 169 to eight from a comfortable 155 for three, rasing hopes of England, but Shafiul and Mahmudullah ensured that the hard work done by their bowlers does not go waste.advertisementAjmal Shahjad (3/43) and Graeme Swann (2/42) did well for England but could not save their side from defeat. The 33 extra runs, including 23 wides, also cost England dearly.Bangladesh’s chase could not have started better as the openers raised a-run-a-ball 52 stand with Tamim Iqbal playing a quick-fire 38-run knock.Iqbal was cleaned up by Bresnan in the ninth over and his side suffered two more jolts in form of Junaid Siddique (12) and Raqibul Hasan (0) within 30 balls.Imrul Kayes (60) though was rock solid on the other end and was well supported by his skipper Shakib Al Hasan (32) as they raised 82 runs for the fourth wicket.The runs came in singles and twos and there was a time in their partnership when not even a single boundary was scored in nine overs. Yet, importantly for the hosts, the scoreboard was ticking and the asking run-rate was never out of reach.Kayes raised his seventh half-century with a single off James Anderson and then ended the boundary drought with a cover drive off Ravi Bopara. With that boundary he became only the 17th Bangladeshi batsman to score 1000 ODI runs.However, the well-set Kayes ran himself out when he attempted a double, which never was, and that brought a twist in the match, with England now hoping for a turnaround.At that stage, Bangladesh needed 71 runs from 114 balls but wickets fell in a heap after that.Skipper Hasan edged one off Graeme Swann onto this stumps and paceman Ajmal Shahzad bowled Mushfiqur Rahim (6) and Naeem Islam (0) to reduce Bangladesh to 166 for seven.Swann took his second wicket when he had Abdur Razzak caught by Tim Bresnan, much to the shock of the home crowd, but Shafiul hit the same bowler for a four and six to bring back the match alive.Bangladesh took the final powerplay in the 46th over needing 33 from 30 balls. James Anderson leaked 11 runs in the first over of the powerplay which he started by bowling wide.Mahmudullah suppported Shafiul well with his sensible batting and hit the winning boundary four off Bresnan, sparking wild celebration at the packed stadium.Earlier, Jonathan Trott (67) and Eoin Morgan (63) hit fifties and shared a 132-ball 109-run fourth-wicket stand to save England the blushes as they were struggling at 53 for three at one stageThe 24-year-old Morgan, drafted in the team as a replacement for Kevin Pietersen, hit eight fours en route to his 72 ball knock, while Trott’s innings came off 99 balls with two fours.England, however, lost their way, suffering another collapse in the face of a disciplined Bangladeshi bowling and lost their last six wickets for just 63 runs.Naeem Islam, Abdur Razzak and skipper Shakib Al Hasan accounted for two wickets each, while Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam and Mohammad Mahmudullah got one apiece.Sent into bat, wicketkeeper batsman Matt Prior walked out with skipper Andrew Strauss to open the England innings and combined for a 32-run partnership before losing his wicket in a bizarre fashion in the seventh over.advertisementStrauss, too, was dismissed in the 11th over with Junaid Siddique taking a brilliant catch at slip off Naeem Islam. A lot was expected of Ian Bell but the right-handed batsman became Mohammad Mahmudullah’s victim as England slipped to 53-3 in 16.4 overs.However, Trott and Morgan steadied the ship, adding 109 runs to lift England to 162.The duo shrugged extravagance and toiled hard on the field, taking singles and twos to keep the scoreboard ticking.Morgan, who is returning from an injury, picked up his first boundary in the 21st over when he lofted Mahmudullah over mid-wicket, before welcoming skipper Shakib Al Hasan with a boundary over mid-off.The left-handed batsman showed excellent footwork and sent Mahmudullah for another four over midwicket, before pulling him along the carpet for another boundary.Trott picked his first boundary in the 28th over off Rubel Hossain, bisecting the fine leg and deep square boundary. Morgan, meanwhile, swept Islam for another four, before using his feet to good result against Rubel.In the 35th over, Morgan brought up his fifty with a single off Shafiul Islam, while Trott cantered to his individual half-century in the next over.However, Naeem Islam brought Bangladesh back into the game, removing Morgan in the 39th over with Imrul Kayes taking a brilliant diving catch running in from deep fine leg.After the 41st over, England took their batting powerplay but couldn’t utilise the five overs. With pressure mounting, Trott went for a big shot and holed out at long off to trigger another collapse.Graeme Swann and Paul Collingwood took England across the 200-mark but, in pursuit of quick runs, wickets kept tumbling, as Bangladesh held things back in the end.last_img read more

Wimbledon 2011: Local boy Murray faces Nadal test

first_imgIt’s tough for a Briton to be playing on the big stage at Wimbledon. As hosts of The Championships, they have been waiting 75 years for a new champion after Fred Perry. In the Pete Sampras era, Tim Henman kept trying and failing.Andy Murray will face Rafael Nadal in Wimbledon semi-finals. APAnd in this era, where there’s still a debate if it belongs to Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray finds himself tackling all the pressure.Britons are quick to adopt any champion in the making, even if he lives in Scotland or Ireland! And that’s exactly the case with Murray, as he faces Nadal in the men’s singles semi-finals on Friday.The other match features Novak Djokovic against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.Ever since Nadal won the French Open, he has not been a 100 per cent fit. As one who plays such a physical game, he knows whatever be the surface, he is going to play the same brand of hard tennis and not gift the opponent any free points.From people in crowded pubs to travellers in the London tube, the talk is of how Murray can beat Nadal this time. Anyone who follows tennis knows this is again putting needless pressure on the contender.And when you also have mom Murray openly admitting she is a fan of Feliciano Lopez, who lost to her son on Wednesday, this becomes a piquant situation for Andy Murray.Having lost to Nadal last year at the same venue and several times before, Murray knows more than the forehands and the backhands, it’s all about winning the battle in the mind.advertisement”I believe I can win against him,” said Murray. “I had chances last year, but I need to have a better game plan. Sometimes it comes down to strategy and sometimes it comes down to having more experience. I just have to go out there and play well and serve well and believe and I’ll have a chance.”Murray pointed out that he had beaten Nadal at the US Open in 2008 and the Australian Open last year, but has lost both matches to him at Wimbledon (in 2008 and 2010).”That’s something I’d like to try to change on Friday. But it’s still an incredibly difficult task,” says Murray.On Wednesday night, Nadal’s rapid- fire media interaction was a delight. The grammar was all mixed up, but you can pardon him because he more than makes up for it when he is on the court.”My foot is not fine. But you know, we are in quarter- finals of Wimbledon. Is an emergency, so I had to play. So we decided to sleep a little bit the zone of the foot to play the rest of the tournament, and that’s what I gonna do,” said Nadal. In simple terms, what Nadal meant was that his foot was numbed because of local anesthesia.”For me is the last tournament in one month, so I have to try my best. Is always for me a dream play here in Wimbledon. I gonna do for the semi-finals, too,” said Nadal. Again, meaning, treating his foot with painkillers and anaesthetic sprays.Nadal, is the foot hurting you? “When you sleep the foot, you don’t feel nothing!” he said.Hopefully on Friday, Murray will not be under the Nadal ‘anaesthesia effect’ as the Spaniard has been simply brilliant.Meanwhile, Djokovic is aware that if he wins his semi-final against Tsonga, he can become the World No. 1.”I really need to work a little bit on my game and I hope I can perform a little bit better. Tsonga is very dangerous and has been playing really well. I know what to expect,” he said.In a match billed as a battle between the baseliners, Tsonga’s variety could come in handy.”I think a lot will depend on our serves, because that’s something he is going to do for sure. If he starts missing his serves, then I can have some more chances in the rallies,” added Djokovic.Djokovic then took away a bit of the pressure by saying: ” Grass is not my favourite surface, but I still know I can play well on it. I will definitely try to get ready for Friday,” was his assessment.last_img read more

Govt, Opposition strike deal on smooth conduct of Parliament

first_imgThe monsoon session of Parliament will not be a washout like previous sessions. In a major compromise struck between the government and the opposition, both sides have agreed on a way out.  The government has agreed for a debate under rule 184 on price rise. There is a provision for voting under this rule. As a result, Parliament will function normally from Wednesday. The breakthrough was announced by JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav after a series of interactions.  The first two days of the monsoon session have gone the winter session way. The government has a huge number of bills that is awaiting parliamentary clearance, but the House hasn’t been able to conduct any business so far. For the second day in a row, there was turbulence in both Houses, which were adjourned after three disruptions. NDA convenor Sharad Yadav told reporters, “Samjhaauta ho gaya (We have reached a compromise).”   Earlier, a torrent of issues ranging from price rise to demand for dismissal of Mayawati government and immediate execution of Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru on Monday drowned the second day of the monsoon session of Parliament. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned for the day at 1400 hrs after two earlier adjournments with BJP, BSP, SP and Shiv Sena members storming the Well on diverse issues. The Left and the Right raised the issue of price rise with the BJP led by M. Venkaiah Naidu making a strong pitch in the Rajya Sabha for suspension of Question Hour to discuss the matter. Inflation in June stood at 9.44 per cent. Left parties in the Lok Sabha had given a notice for an adjournment motion on the issue of price rise. In the melee, Sports Minister Ajay Maken made a statement on the irregularities in the hosting of Commonwealth Games last year in which he sought to drag in the erstwhile NDA regime. Maken said the then NDA government had bypassed the Delhi government and made the Centre responsible for all financial and infrastructural obligations which was against established norms. It was trouble from the beginning in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha as BJP members in the Upper House and those from the BSP, SP and Shiv Sena in the Lower House raised several issues simultaneously by storming the well. Both the Houses were first adjourned for nearly an hour till noon and then till 2 PM because of the ruckus.  – With inputs from PTIadvertisementlast_img read more