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

Champions League T20 format and match schedule announced

first_imgThe format and match schedule for the 2011 Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) tournament and qualifying event has been announced, with a record 13 teams from around the world a chance to claim the most prestigious prize in domestic cricket.According to a press release, the tournament returns to India this year with matches in Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata, as well as a qualifying event in Hyderabad. The main tournament will run from 23 September-9 October with the qualifier immediately beforehand from 19-21 September. With seven teams already qualified, a six-team qualifying event will be held for the first time to determine the final three participants. The six teams will be divided into two pools and the top team from each pool qualifies for the group stage, with the third team to be the next highest ranked team based on points and then net run rate. The group stage of the tournament follows the same successful format as 2010. The 10 teams have been divided into two groups for a round robin phase before the top two teams from each group progress to the semi-finals. The qualifier will be held in Hyderabad at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, while Kolkata’s iconic Eden Gardens, and Bangalore M. Chinnaswamy Stadium and Chennai’s M. A. Chidambaram Stadium will host group stage matches. Bangalore and Chennai have been awarded a semi-final on Friday 7 October and Saturday 8 October respectively, with Chennai also selected to host the 2011 CLT20 final on Sunday 9 October. Chennai Super Kings, the defending CLT20 Champions, have been drawn in Group A along with Cape Cobras (South Africa’s Pro20 Series Champions), 2009 CLT20 Champions NSW Blues and Mumbai Indians. The fifth team from the group will be the team that finishes top of Pool B in the qualifier. Group B contains Royal Challengers Bangalore (2010 IPL runner-up), Warriors (2010 CLT20 runner-up) and South Australian Redbacks (Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash Champions). The remaining two places will come from the qualifier (the top of Pool A and the next highest qualifier). The tournament starts in Bengalore on Friday 23 September with a Group B clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Warriors at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, the second time that the venue has hosted the CLT20 opener.  Royal Challengers Bangalore is the only team to have qualified for the past three tournaments while their opponent was the surprise of last year’s event, using its home ground advantage in Port Elizabeth to great effect in the group stage on their way to the Final. Group A action gets underway the following day with a double header in Chennai with Cape Cobras and NSW Blues in the early match followed by an IPL battle between MS Dhoni’s all-conquering Super Kings and Sachin Tendulkar’s Mumbai Indians. Teams that emerge from the qualifier won’t start their group stage matches until 25 September, giving them time to regroup and prepare for their campaign. The seven teams already qualified have consistently shown over the past three years that they are the world’s elite. Among them are former CLT20 champions and finalists, as well as teams that have proved their pedigree at home and on the CLT20 stage. The addition of the qualifier adds another dimension to this year’s tournament. While half the teams will go home disappointed before the group stage, the three that qualify will be match-hardened and a legitimate contender after surviving CLT20’s unique pressure. Key featuresadvertisement6 Teams divided into 2 Pools of 3. Three Teams to advance to Group StageTop team from each Pool after round robin matches qualifies for Group StageNext highest ranked Team in terms of points, then run rate, also qualifiesGroup Stage10 Teams divided into 2 Groups of 5Top 2 Teams from each Group advance to the Semi Finals23 Matches in total (same as 2009 and 2010)Group A – Chennai Super Kings, Cape Cobras, NSW Blues, Mumbai Indians, 1st Pool B QualifierGroup B – Royal Challengers Bangalore, Warriors, South Australian Redbacks, 1st Pool A Qualifier, Next Highest Ranked Qualifier7 Double HeadersSemi Finals in Bangalore and ChennaiFinal in ChennaiCompeting TeamsQualifier: Kolkata Knight Riders (India), Trinidad and Tobago (West Indies), Auckland Aces (New Zealand), a club from Sri Lanka, two clubs from England Group StageSouth Australian Redbacks (Australia), NSW Blues (Australia), Warriors (South Africa), Cape Cobras (South Africa), Chennai Super Kings (India), Royal Challengers Bangalore (India), Mumbai Indians (India), 3 x Qualifier (teams to be announced)last_img read more

London Olympics: Sally Pearson wins gold in 100m hurdles

first_imgWorld champion Sally Pearson powered to Olympic gold in the women’s 100m hurdles final on Tuesday, setting a new Olympic record in the process.The Australian exploded out of the blocks but had to fend off a late challenge from defending champion Dawn Harper of the US to clock 12.35 seconds.Harper took the silver in 12.37, a lifetime best, with the bronze going to Kellie Wells, also of the United States, in 12.48.There was drama after the finish as Pearson and Harper stared at the jumbo screen, neither sure of the result.Pearson screamed with delight when her result flashed up, while Harper clapped in a show of sportsmanship.”It’s a dream,” said Pearson, who trained in London for the final few months before the Games.”Relief was the first thing I felt and then shock. I’m just going through the emotions. I really wanted this. I’ve worked so hard for two years. To see my name on the scoreboard, I just can’t believe it.”Harper claimed to be happy to win a silver.”There was so much pressure on me,” she said. “I’m just so happy to be here. I wanted to be here and I wanted to be a part of it.last_img read more

Totally focused

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Fernandez was promoted to chief trainer when Pacquiao clashed with Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse last year, but the rehiring of Roach for the Broner bout has obviously put his best buddy in the back seat again.Pacquiao, though, was quick to dismiss this, saying that his team is stronger than ever.“We know each other very well. Team Pacquiao is strong,” said Pacquiao when somebody asked why he rehired Roach for the Jan. 19 fight despite dropping him following a disastrous loss to Jeff Horn in 2017.Pacquiao said he wanted to give Fernandez a chance to become the head trainer for the fight against Matthysse. And Fernandez passed with flying colors as Pacquiao scored his first knockout win in nine years to revive his career.Roach said he was willing to yield the reins to Fernandez, who was his lieutenant in so many triumphs.ADVERTISEMENT Even his rumored bid for the Philippine presidency is far from his mind at the moment.Buboy Fernandez, Pacquiao’s best friend, sat in the far corner of the crowded Wild Card Gym while Freddie Roach held the mitts for the world’s one and only eight-division champion.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 starsClearly, something is wrong.And when Pacquiao noticed this, he asked Fernandez to join them in the ring, although the Hall-of-Fame trainer Roach continued holding the mitts. PH Azkals, China Dragons coaches put friendship aside MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “Manny told me ‘I want him (Fernandez) to be better known as a trainer and when he (Pacquiao) retires, he will have a future in boxing,” said Roach. “So I said I have no problem with that. We will work on that, we have worked together as a team.”Meanwhile, Pacquiao played down reports linking him to a bid for the presidency, insisting he remained solely focused on the twilight of his boxing career.The 40-year-old, already a member of the Philippine Senate, has been repeatedly linked to a future run for the presidency in his homeland where he remains a national hero.However, Pacquiao told reporters on Wednesday he had put any future political aspirations on hold as he prepares to defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) regular welterweight title against Broner at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.“A lot of people are saying that I can be the next president,” Pacquiao told Agence France-Presse.“But I’m not thinking about that. Whatever path that God gives to me, I will fulfill it.”“I haven’t spoken to him about running for president but he wants to help the people and the best way to help people is to be the boss,” Roach told reporters.For the time being though, Pacquiao insists he is not looking past Broner.Broner on Wednesday put a touch of drama to his upcoming fight with Pacquiao by not showing up for media workout day.Broner, the 29-year-old nicknamed “The Problem,” flew over from South Beach, Florida, where he had his training camp. —WITH A REPORT FROM AFP SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Manny Pacquiao, right, works out with trainer Freddie Roach at a boxing club in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Pacquiao is scheduled to defend his WBA welterweight title against Adrien Broner on Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)HOLLYWOOD—Manny Pacquiao doesn’t want to be distracted by the antics of Adrien Broner.Neither is he paying much attention to a seeming animosity brewing in his corner.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more

‘Gavaskar provided all the oxygen and blood to the Indian cricket edifice’

first_imgThe Run MachineHad there been a Nobel Prize in sports, the committee would not have hesitated in giving it to Sunil Gavaskar (“Making History”, November 30). Statisticians have been amazed more by this ‘Little Master’ than Miss Universe! I for one would rather count the stars than the runs accumulated,The Run MachineHad there been a Nobel Prize in sports, the committee would not have hesitated in giving it to Sunil Gavaskar (“Making History”, November 30). Statisticians have been amazed more by this ‘Little Master’ than Miss Universe! I for one would rather count the stars than the runs accumulated by this run-machine – it is far more easier to do so.Hyderabad N. RameshThe difference between Gavaskar and Bradman is only the difference between super and superb.Gorakhpur Jayant MukherjeeGavaskar provided all the oxygen and blood to the Indian cricket edifice and raised it to the dizzy heights of popularity. Despite being discarded from the captaincy, he remained unruffled. While equalling Sir Don’s record, he underlined the fact that one not only needs skill and talent but determination and the will to reach the top.New Delhi Shashi Kant GuptaAfter breaking so many cricket records, Gavaskar insists that ‘I just go out and play”. This shows his honesty, concentration and dedication to the game. Long live our own Bradman!Bombay Umesh KhugaonkarRaj Kumar Dungarpur has aptly re-christened Sunil Manohar Gavaskar as Sunil Manohar Recordkar. India ought to be proud of the man who has now become the highest scorer of runs in the history of Test cricket.Chandigarh Prem SinghWhen a cricketer is judged by the number of runs scored and centuries made, Sunil Gavaskar’s apex position in the field is unquestionable. However, if it comes to batting under pressure or the number of Tests a batsman has saved, then it is Vishwanath who square-drives Sunny to the (de)fence!advertisementBangalore Ramanand SharmaI appeal to Gavaskar through your columns to think of retiring only after hitting at least 10.000 runs in Tests. I would like him to hit at least 36 centuries. He can do both before he is 38.Madras V.N. NarayanaswamyThe cover story was a real tribute to the Little Master for his magnificent performance.Ahmedabad H.B. AntaniNot CatchingBy publishing eye-catchers like the one on Gauri and Ambar (November 30), you are not giving us the value for our money.Falna Surendra GulzarBig BeefIndian politicians seem to believe that discovering a new controversial issue like beef tallow does more for national unity than coming up with solutions to the Assam and Punjab problems (Comment. November 30). As you’ve pointed out, beef tallow has been in use in India for two decades and most people know about it.The Congress(I) and the Janata Party are blaming each other for it, but what are we supposed to do? It is now up to the politicians to defuse this tallow bomb soon because we can ill-afford a Hindu Bhindranwale. Ahmedabad Ketan YagnikCabinet CapersIt is true that most of the new ministers in Bihar have a sullied image (“‘Expansion Backlash”. November 30). By inducting corrupt people into the Cabinet it seems that the Government is rewarding them for the corruption. Whatever happened to the Government’s recent announcement that all those with tainted reputations will be dismissed from the ministry?Patna Dr K. P. SinghHealth HazardThe only way the Government can stop the so-called health clubs (“Parlour Games”. November 30) from doing a booming business is by restricting flesh trade to one area in Madras, like it is in Bombay’s Falkland Road. Madras M. Haroon RasheedBombay BluesBombay once enjoyed the reputation of being the “Jewel of the East”, but it has lost a II its splendour (“Bombay on the Brink,”November 15). The poor live in wretched slums. The middle class live in murky hovels, eat devitaminised food with no proper place even for relieying.Now that you have brought this to the nation’s notice, maybe somebody will do something about it. Bombay Hasan S. SitabkhanBombay – these days better known as Slumbay – is a nightmare for the rich and the poor alike. Undoubtedly, the Government and the vested interests are responsible for the city’s plight. Decongestion is the only answer. Yet, when the textile mills wanted to shift out, the Government shot down the proposal.Things have come to such a pass that people no longer believe that the authorities are capable of setting things right.Bombay S. E. MeerzaYour cover story has rightly zoomlensed the woes and worries of Bombay. Once a golden city, it has now become a city of slums, sickness and street squatters. Can anybody really save Bombay?Bombay S.G. AgteBombay is a city opposed to all Gandhian ideals. The city’s film industry produces films that depict sex, violence and crime to an alarming degree. Its textile mills produce synthetic cloth which is affecting our village cottage indusries.advertisementIts advertising agencies create ads which show the ideal Indian woman as being one with a fair skin, brown hair and dressed in western clothes. Bombay needs to be saved morally too. But, maybe, it’s too late.New Delhi Aban BanaI have a six-point formula to save Bombay:Stop influx of fresh migrants to the city by enacting suitable laws.Shift all major establishments, like head offices of banks, railways. Life Insurance Corporation, Shipping Corporation of India, the State Trading Corporation of India etc to New Bombay or to the Bandra-Kurla complex.Shift all the worn-out mills out of Bombay and provide accommodation for workers at new locations.Shift rail and truck terminals to Bandra-Kurla-Chembur area.Establish a good railway station and trunk terminal at New Bombay to make it an effective counter magnet. All wholesale markets for cloth vegetables, spices, cereals etc must be shifted to New Bombay.Establish enough schools, colleges, cinemas, shopping centres and recreational amenities.Bombay K. V. SatyamurtyEnragedWas it for lack of something better that “Rage Of The Stage” was featured in the Arts section (November 15)? There is a lot happening in the arts that’s more meaningful than the mundane and gimmick-ridden affair like Amitabh Bahahan’s.You would do well to leave such coverage to magazines of suspect intelligence and give your readers something that has substance. New Delhi Ashish KhokarCardin FantasyJust reading about Pierre Cardin and his creations (November 15) gave me a feeling of elegance. I hope the Cardin fantasy will be a reality in India which has a vast market and resources to be explored. Calcutta Soumitra DeyTreasuring The PastThe Central Government should order an inquiry into why the jewels of Kashmir (November 15) were kept hidden in a vault and remained secret for so many years. There’s no harm in getting them valued by experts but they must not be sold because they represent history and a solid proof of the lifestyle and glory of the days of Indian kings and maharajahs. Bombay Quaid Z. NajmiAesthetic AwarenessYour article on the Belgian Embassy, designed by Satish Gujral (November 15) is a service to society. Public awareness regarding the physical environment, whether it be architecture or its allied fields, is of utmost importance in setting higher standards of excellence.The creation of an awake, opinionated public depends much upon the exposure it receives to such issues as are maligning a large portion of our urban environment. Examples of works contributing to the urban fabric, too, go a long way towards generating a desire to experience a qualitative improvement in the physical setting around oneself.New Delhi Avik RoySatish Gujral’s building is sculpture, not architecture. It is no more than a beautiful piece of jewellery. He says that a building should stand as an image to rejuvenate you. But it is difficult to see what image inspired the design of the Belgian Embassy. Its exterior looks more like a cross between the arches of the Link Road Burning Ghat and the burial tombs of ancient Egypt – buildings to die in rather than sculptures to live in.advertisementThe embassy building represents in all its grossness and vulgarity what a building should not be – an ego trip for the artist and the client. Gujral has very successfully reduced architecture to mere sculpture, an object of art. Devote less space to such frivolous ventures and more to the real issues of architecture.New Delhi Gautam BhatiaRich RewardsThe poverty-stricken countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America have become the hunting grounds for art collectors of the rich countries of Europe and America (“Diamonds Are Forever,” November 15). All the world’s rarest artefacts will inevitably migrate to these countries. The only consolation is that these objects may be better preserved there than in the countries of their origin.Calcutta R. GuhaCourting TroubleApropos the article “Unsettling Precedent”, (November 15) about the transfer of Justice P. Subramaniam Poti to the Gujarat High Court and the boycotting of the court by the lawyers it is very clear that the Congress(I) Government wants a committed judiciary, captive press, yesmen, a spineless bureaucracy, sycophants and politicians loyal only to “her” and her progeny to establish her dynastic rule in the democratic socialist India.Bangalore JayaramFollowing The ChiefYou criticised N.T. Rama Rao for making the party a family concern (“A Crucial Battle,” November 15). But it is nothing new for us. He is just following in the footsteps of the Nehru family who have been making the entire nation and the Congress party a family concern since more than three decades.Why is Rajiv treated as he is… why does the press give the Gandhi family so much unwarranted coverage… why are they telecast on Doordarshan at prime time?The answers to the above questions are in the reply to your criticism of Rama Rao giving room to his family members.Mrs Gandhi defends the monopoly of the Nehru family by saying that they have served India with dedication, sincerity and hard work – as if they are the only people capable of doing this. Why does Mrs Gandhi not put forward into politics any other person (from outside her family) who has the above qualities? Bakhtaran, Iran K. J. ReddiShameless TacticsIn reference to your article “Bidding for Power” (November 15), the shameless and unethical tactics employed to topple any elected government are disgusting and scorn-worthy. Defection is a cancer to democracy. It destabilises the stable government. Hence defection must be banned at any cost and only the people can come to the rescue by forcing the Government to enact legislation to prevent the evil. Mehsana, Gujarat K. K. Chaudharylast_img read more

Rainforest Challenge comes to India for the first time in its 8th Edition

first_imgForce Gurkha RFC2014 The Malaysian Rainforest Challenge is one of the most significant and toughest off-road challenges in the world. Seven editions of this have already been successfully held and the good news here is that India will be part of the eighth challenge, to be held from 8- 14 August 2014. A total of 40 teams in India and abroad will be participating in this adventurous sport, which will be held in Goa.Known as the Force Gurkha Rainforest Challenge, it will be held in the magnificent state of Goa, which has been witness to Goa Fest and India Bike Week in the past. Slurry lovers are now being welcomed by Goa Tourism, in a bid to popularise the destination for adventure tourism. Off-road enthusiasts from different off-road clubs of India, along with international touring adventurers will be taking part in RFC 2014.As the name suggests, the course would be full of wild insects and creatures, along with, of course, blinding rain. This rough terrain has been created away from protected forest land and wildlife sanctuaries and lies across a union of public and private land. This practice will ensure that the fast-paced and gruelling rally does not affect flora and fauna of Goa. To further propagate eco tourism, an “Environment Award” has been planned for the team or individual who displays maximum care for the environment.   Event ManagementRFC 2014 will be organised by Cougar Motorsport over a period of 6 days. It will be categorised into four sections- Prologue, Predator, Terminator and Twilight Zones. While the first two days will be open for the general public, participants will need to cook their own meals, set up camps and take on unexpected hurdles from the rain and others, in order to be victorious. Globally, the series has been organised in countries such as Vietnam, China, Tunisia, Australia, Sri Lanka, Italy, Russia and China.advertisementThe RouteParticipants will be competing in 30 Special Stages (SS) and will need to drive 250 kms from South to North Goa. These stages are validated by experts from RFC International, to test team driving and recovery skills in extreme off-road conditions.Eligibility and Classification of vehiclesAll road registered 4 wheel drive (FWD) vehicles and All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are eligible for RFC 2014. However, the list excludes prototypes, 4×4 commercial vehicles, vans o agricultural vehicles. A total of  seven Classes and two Overall Rankings have been fixed.1. Up to 1600 cc petrol or diesel engines not 1600 cc.2. 1601 to 2600 cc petrol engines over 1600cc not more than 2600 cc3. 1601 to 2600 cc diesel engines over 1600cc not more than 2600 cc4. Above 2601 cc petrol or diesel engines exceeding 2601cc5. ATVs- For these vehicles there are separate rules and regulations.6. Electric Winch for vehicles running a dedicated electric winch.  7. PTO Winch for vehicles running dedicated PTO winch.Classification will take place according to a) Overall Rankings Foreign Entries b) Overall Rankings Indian Entries.last_img read more

Diva dangerous: B-Town beauties Priyanka, Katrina, Rani take to action in style!

first_imgThe new lot of action girls in Bollywood reveals traits different from the vintage prototype that mostly banked on imagining her as a woman in the cop’s uniform. Girl power in Hindi films is literally exploding with varied imagination of filmmakers, interestingly mixing a dash of realism with fantasy.The big bang started off with Rani Mukerji’s Mardaani last week. As the diminutive actress went on the gunfire mode busting a dreaded mafia network that traffics in girls, realism acquired a different tint on Bollywood’s multihued canvas. Rani’s hard-cussing avatar as a plainclothes-clad, special investigative officer who dares to take on such absolute evil came across as a departure from how lady cops are portrayed in Bollywood.There was an element of ruthlessness that Bollywood heroines are normally not supposed to portray. Ruthlessness mixed with resilience becomes the formula driving Priyanka Chopra’s act in Mary Kom, the biopic of India’s Olympic medal-winning boxer. The sports movie is a rare genre in Bollywood, and biopics have so far been the domain of freedom fighters. MC Mary Kom’s life of course lends a reason for the film’s makers to combine both. She struggled to become a sporting champion from an underdog status and her name evokes patriotism for the laurels she won for the country.Realism gets a quirky twist with Richa Chadda’s act in Tamanchey, a film that casts her as a street-smart drug peddler who lands in a bizarre situation. Quirky is also the defining word for Katrina Kaif’s character in Bang Bang, where she plays a regular girl who is caught in a high-stakes espionage case after getting entangled with a spy played by Hrithik Roshan. Katrina’s other big release in the coming months is Kabir Khan’s Phantom, a political thriller co-starring Saif Ali Khan that is being lavishly shot across half a dozen countries. The highoctane film casts both stars as superspies and promises sleek action.advertisementWhile action becomes a departure from regular glam roles for any Bollywood heroine, ex-porn star will try to use the upcoming Tina And Lolo to desperately rid her tag of the past with the film. She tried doing it with the heist dud Jackpot and the horror-sex cocktail Ragini MMS 2, but her porn star label simply won’t go away. The crime thriller Tina And Lolo will see Sunny gearing up for some deadly stunts, in a bid to present herself in a new image.Bipasha Basu in Creature 3DTHE ROLE: Damsel in distress fending against an unknown monster that attacks her tourist lodge in the woods.Bipasha Basu fights with monster in the movie.THE DEAL: More than its human cast, the film has generated interest as India’s first creature feature. The prime attraction is the CGIcreated monster filmed in 3D. The film has no established male star, with Pakistani model Imran Abbas Naqvi debuting opposite Bipasha, and the rather mediocre trailer has focused more on Bipasha training her gun at the fierce monster.THE BUZZ: Knowing Vikram Bhatt’s slant at low-profile female-oriented hits (think Hate Story or 1920 Evil Returns) lately, the film is not a pushover.Rani Mukerji in MardaaniTHE ROLE: Hard-cussing tough cop whose assignment is to bust a child trafficking network in Mumbai.Rani Mukerji plays lady cop in Mardaani.THE DEAL: Rani’s cop avatar retains basics expected of the prototype in Bollywood, with some variations. She chases and beats up goons twice her size – something that Bollywood heroes are normally supposed to do. Moreover, she is seen mouthing cuss liberally, a departure for heroines in Hindi films.THE BUZZ: The role has marked a makeover for Rani, otherwise mainly known for glamour roles riding romance and/or comedy. The film has managed tax-free status in several states all over the country.Katrina Kaif in Bang Bang and PhantomTHE ROLES:Bang Bang casts her as a girl who inadvertently falls into a violent scenario after getting entangled with a spy. In Phantom, she is reportedly a Pakistani secret agent.Katrina goes raw and grungy for Bang Bang and Phantom.THE DEAL: Bang Bang’s stylish promos featuring Hrithik Roshan and Katrina have received overwhelming response and Bollywood’s official remake of the Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz action comedy Knight And Day opens on Gandhi Jayanti as one of the year’s biggest releases. Phantom, slated for April 2015, is a lavish political thriller by Kabir Khan. Both films are shot across half a dozen countries.THE BUZZ: For Katrina, well-defined action in these films would mean a lot. It would help change her glam doll image and also create an impact considering most of her films last year got delayed and she has not had a release in a while.advertisementPriyanka Chopra in Mary KomTHE ROLE: Title role in a biopic on India’s Olympic medal-winning boxer.Priyanka as Mary Kom.THE DEAL: This could be Priyanka’s best and last shot at once again establishing herself as Bollywood’s perfect mix of actress and star. As subject material, the life of Mary Kom draws popular respect and affection. Priyanka may have just bagged the right role at the right time. She has gone out of her way to get into the skin of a boxer.THE BUZZ: Not since her National Award-winning role in Fashion has the actress managed to garner such widespread curiosity with a heroinedominated film.Richa Chadda in TamancheyTHE ROLE: Babu, a street-smart drug peddler who habitually lands in jail.Realism gets a quirky twist with Richa Chadda’s act in Tamanchey.THE DEAL: Raw realism is where Richa scores, irrespective of a film’s genre and that is precisely what Tamanchey gives her. Only, budding director Navneet Behal adds a quirky touch in this crime comedy. The film is about drug peddler Babu and rustic kidnapper Munna (Nikhil Dwivedi) who fall in a bizarre situation.THE BUZZ:With Fukrey, Richa proved she clicks in a whacky negative image. This time, she takes the image to a starring role level.Sunny Leone in Tina And LoloTHE ROLE: Sunny along with Karishma Tanna are in for hardcore stunts in the action thriller.THE DEAL: Sunny is cast a professional con artist who along with her partner engages in daring heists. The PR machinery of the film has claimed neither Sunny nor her co-star Karishma has used stunt artists for the action scenes and that they specially trained for some hardcore combat situations in the crime thriller.THE BUZZ: The idea is to give ex-porn star Sunny yet another chance at an image makeover as a Bollywood star, after Jism 2, Jackpot and Ragini MMS 2 did not quite manage to do so.last_img read more

Spurs extend streak to 9 straight, stun Warriors

first_imgCareer night for Dirk Nowitzki but Pelicans slip past Mavericks in OT “We’re just trying to get wins, man, that’s all,” Spurs forward Rudy Gay said. “We’ve had wins, we’ve had big wins, we’ve had some bad losses, (too). It just feels good to win the games we think we should.”San Antonio won its 11th straight at home and moved into fifth in the Western Conference following the Thunder’s loss to Miami. The Spurs also clinched a winning record for the 22nd straight season.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, logisticsStephen Curry had 25 points after a slow start and Kevin Durant added 24 for the Warriors, who entered the game having won two straight. Golden State dropped into a tie with Denver for first place in the West with matching 47-22 records.“That’s the hottest team in the league and obviously really well-coached,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They were executing and I thought they outexecuted us, outcoached us. They deserved to win.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Curry and Klay Thompson opened the game a combined 0 for 11, but the Warriors’ defense allowed them to tie the game at 25 when Curry threw in a 61-footer to close the first quarter.Curry finished 9 for 25 from the field and Thompson finished with 14 points on 5-for-18 shooting. Thompson said the “Splash Brothers” struggles were their own rather than anything the Spurs did defensively.“Just missed shots,” Thompson said. “That’s all it is. Shots that we normally hit, too. Yeah, they’re a smart disciplined team but it’s not like we weren’t getting to our spots and getting good looks. Just didn’t go in.”After trailing by 11 in the third quarter, the Warriors’ offense awoke to silence the sold-out crowd with a 16-5 run to forge a 75-all tie. The run included a shakedown, step-back 3-pointer by Curry and a pair of quick passes from Curry to Draymond Green to Shaun Livingston for an emphatic dunk. Curry had eight points in the run.“Every time we made a run, they countered and they made a run,” Green said.DeRozan scored 10 points in the final quarter, including a pair of pull-up jumpers over Thompson, to seal the victory.Gay added 17 points for San Antonio and Derrick White had 12.TIP-INSWarriors: Cousins sat the game out with a sore right foot and Iguodala missed the game following dental work. … Andrew Bogut started the game after signing with the team March 6 after playing this season in Australia. Bogut spent four seasons with Golden State before rejoining the team as a free agent. … The Warriors have won at least 23 road games in six straight seasons. They lost for the fifth time in 24 games away from home. … Golden State defeated San Antonio by 39 points in their previous meeting, Feb. 6 at Oracle Arena. It was the largest winning margin over the Spurs in franchise history.Spurs: Aldridge has 18,854 career points, moving past Glen Rice for 69th all-time in league history. Rice had 18,338 career points over 15 seasons beginning in 1989. … DeRozan is the first Spurs guard to make 300 free throws in a season since Manu Ginobili in 2011. .. The Spurs won 13 straight in 2016. WELCOME BACK, MATEBogut picked up a foul on an illegal screen 9 seconds into the game.“That was a welcome to the league, for sure,” Bogut said. “Just like, we know you set some hard screens so we’re just going to blow one early.”Bogut finished with seven points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes as he reunited with Curry, Thompson and Green. His points included an alley-oop dunk from Curry.“It was fun,” Curry said. “It’s been what three years (since he last played with Bogut). I came in transition and besides probably (Damian Jones) early in the year, I haven’t thrown a lob like that to somebody. It just felt like second nature at that point. He went up and finished it.”UP NEXTWarriors: At Minnesota on Tuesday night.Spurs: Host Miami on Wednesday night. View comments Read Next San Antonio Spurs guard Marco Belinelli, third from left, celebrates with teammates DeMar DeRozan (10), Patty Mills (8), LaMarcus Aldridge (12) and Davis Bertans, back right, after scoring against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Monday, March 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs aren’t concerned with making statements. They just want to pile up as many victories as they can late in the season.DeMar DeRozan had 26 points and nine rebounds, LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points and 13 rebounds and Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 111-105 on Monday night for their ninth straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants 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 Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event MOST READ Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Google Philippines names new country director Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES San Antonio’s winning streak is second only to Golden State’s 11 straight wins earlier this season. Remarkably, the Spurs’ longest winning streak since 2016 comes directly after they went 1-7 for their worst Rodeo Road Trip ever.San Antonio has beaten Golden State, Denver, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Portland and Detroit during its streak. All of those clubs are among the top six teams in their conference.“Guys are playing better,” Aldridge said of the turnaround. “We’re trying to be better defensively. Communication has been better and it’s just winning time. I think everyone senses that.”Golden State was without DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Iguodala, who both sat with injuries, but remained within two possessions in the final minute.The Warriors had to rally in the second half after a sluggish start.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparclast_img read more

Jazz wallop Wizards to start crucial road trip in NBA playoff race

first_imgUtah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27), from France, gets away from Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 18, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON — With Utah beginning a four-game trip while jockeying for position in the tight Western Conference playoff race, the objective in its first game was clear — contain Wizards All-Star guard Bradley Beal.Beal had posted back-to-back 40-point games for the Wizards, who are clinging to the slimmest of playoff hopes.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ 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 Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Beal missed his first three shots and managed just five points in the first half.“They did a good job when (Beal) was open, they sent another guy,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “When he was driving the lane they had the big buy down there. That’s how they play. They’re a good defensive team.”Washington shot 42 percent for the game and 30 percent from long distance. Utah shot 54 percent from the field and made 14 3-pointers.TIP-INSJazz: Gobert joined Mitchell on Monday as the second Utah to player to earn Western Conference Player of the Week honors this season. … Gobert had his 55th double-double of the season. … Thabo Sefolosha returned after missing Saturday’s game against the Nets with left hamstring tightness and had six points in 12 minutes. … Dante Exum missed his second straight game after partially tearing his right patellar tendon on March 14.Wizards: Beal earned his second Eastern Conference Player of the Week award on Monday. … Have lost three straight at home to Utah. … Brooks picked up a technical foul in the second quarter.MESSAGE RECEIVEDAfter the Wizards hit 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions — two by Bobby Portis — to trim a 12-point deficit to nine early in the third quarter, Snyder called timeout and yelled at his stars.“We were bad,” Snyder said. “A couple of them Rudy didn’t get back to Portis and he’s been shooting the ball well. We had a couple breakdowns that weren’t acceptable, not just to me but to them, too. I thought Donovan and Rudy really needed to pick it up.”The pair responded and just over three minutes later the lead was up to 19. The Jazz were up to the task on Monday night as Beal managed only 15 points and failed to hit a 3-pointer for the third time this season in Utah’s 116-95 win over Washington.Rudy Gobert had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Donovan Mitchell scored 19 as Utah won its fourth straight game and sixth overall against Washington.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, logisticsGobert, the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week, was perfect from the field (6 of 6) for Utah, which remained seventh in the West, one-half game behind San Antonio and Oklahoma City.“We had some guys that guarded (Beal) that worked and you’re not going to guard a player of his caliber with one guy,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “We had a good awareness.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Nuggets clinch first NBA playoff berth in 6 years after overcoming Celtics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country director HOWARD UNLIKELYAsked if Dwight Howard was being shut down for this season, Brooks said: “Not officially.”Howard (back surgery) has played just nine games this season for Washington and is now dealing with a hamstring issue.“The season is winding down. It’s going to be tough, but you never know,” Brooks said.UP NEXTJazz: Visit New York on Wednesday.Wizards: At Chicago on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Jae Crowder had 18 points and Joe Ingles scored 16 as each spent time trying to frustrate Beal. Kyle Korver added 10 points off the bench, and Ricky Rubio had eight points and 10 assists.Jabari Parker led Washington with 19 points while Beal finished shooting just 4-of-12 as the Wizards wrapped up a five-game homestand at 3-2.Beal said he hadn’t been defended like he was on Monday since high school.“They face guarded me the whole game,” Beal said. “You know I’m not going to score 40 points every night, everybody knows that. I’m not Superman.”Washington fell 4½ games behind eighth-place Miami in the Eastern Conference with 11 games remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantslast_img read more

Philippines bows to Thailand anew in Davis Cup

first_imgThe Philippines non-playing captain Chris Cuarto said that was the only tie for the country this year as the International Tennis Federation began its new rules on Davis Cup.“We still don’t know what happens next as per the ITF referee, we only have one tie this year,” said Cuarto.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, logisticsAlcantara described the new rules as “weird” as they don’t know whether the Philippines slides into relegation tie or stay in Group 2 until next year.Jeson Patrombon and Alberto Lim bowed to their respective opponents Friday. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines dropped its doubles match on Saturday as Thailand posted an insurmountable 3-0 lead and clinched the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group 2 tie in Nonthaburi, Thailand.Seven-time Southeast Asian Games champions Sonchat and Sanchai Ratiwatana routed Francis Casey Alcantara and Jurence Zosimo Mendoza, 6-4, 7-5, giving the Thais the win regardless of the outcome of the reverse singles.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Adamson sends UST to brink of elimination, Ateneo upends UP Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul handily defeated 18-year-old Filipino hotshot Lim, 6-4, 7-6 (4), while Palaphoom Kovapitukted overcame Patrombon, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.Bryan Otico was playing the dead rubber against Kasidit Samrej at presstime.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

F1 practice in Azerbaijan disrupted by loose drain cover

first_imgMOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Championship leader Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas hadn’t left the pits before the session was cancelled.Crews of marshals worked on clearing up the debris and reattaching the drain cover, which was supposed to have been welded down, and laid cement dust to soak up the fluid from the truck. They also had to check other drain covers around the street circuit were secure.The incident could put further strain on Williams’ tight budget. The team was already struggling with a shortage of spare parts.It’s not the first time drains have caused problems, and Williams has been a regular victim.Then-Williams driver Rubens Barrichello crashed at the Monaco GP in 2010 after a cover was dislodged, and Valtteri Bottas damaged his Williams in 2016 in the pitlane in Baku.ADVERTISEMENT PH military destroys thousands of illegal guns, ammo PLAY LIST 01:00PH military destroys thousands of illegal guns, ammo00:50Trending Articles02:25Villar on rant vs DA budget: It’s not against research02:42PH 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 Air Force XI, Green Archers back in action LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Williams driver George Russell of Britain steers his car during the first free practice at the Baku Formula One city circuit, in Baku, Azerbaijan, Friday, April 26, 2019. The Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)BAKU, Azerbaijan — A loose drain cover disrupted the Azerbaijan Grand Prix’s first practice session, which had to be abandoned after only two cars set a time on Friday.Just over 10 minutes into the 90-minute session, George Russell was traveling at high speed when his Williams car hit the loose drain cover. The impact scattered fragments of the car’s floor across the track and forced Russell to stop.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Things got worse for Russell’s car when it was being taken back to the pits. The truck carrying it hit a bridge and fluid from its damaged crane flowed onto Russell’s engine cover.Williams’ deputy team principal, Claire Williams, said Russell would miss the second session because of a cracked chassis.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“I don’t necessarily believe it’s probably anybody’s fault, but still it’s pretty disappointing for us. It just seems like it’s one thing after another for our team at the moment,” she said.Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc set the fastest time of the brief session in 1 minute, 47.497 seconds. View commentslast_img read more