‘We’re here to fight, learn’: Valdez, PH volleybelles unfazed after loss

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines just absorbed a disappointing loss at the hands of Kazakhstan in the Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, 25-23, 25-20, 25-19, but Alyssa Valdez remains unfazed.“We’re here to learn, we’re here to fight, we’re here to win,” said Valdez Friday at Alonte Sports Arena here. “Teamwork will bring us to a good finish, and we’ll give our 101 percent to achieve that.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Read Next “That’s what we want to show to the people, that we will fight.”The Philippines finished the group stage with a 1-1 record and trail the 2-0 Kazakhs in Pool A.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 shutoutValdez, who scored a combined 28 points in the both games, hopes they can bring whatever lessons they learned in their loss to Kazakhstan in the quarterfinals where they are set to face Pool C leaders Korea.“There comes a point where you just tell yourself that we should just accept the challenges and learn the lessons we need to advance,” said Valdez in Filipino. “This is still a long tournament, this isn’t the end.” LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Co rues dwindling number of Mapua players due to injuries UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “This is the first time that this group has been together to represent the country and I hope this continues until we achieve that perfect chemistry.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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Star fends off NLEX late, stays in top four hunt

first_imgE.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The scores:STAR 101 – Simon 16, Lee 15, Acox 14, Ramos 14, Barroca 13, Dela Rosa 8, Melton 6, Pingris 6, Sangalang 4, Jalalon 3, Brondial 2, Reavis 0.MERALCO 93 – Fuller 16, Mallari 13, Fonacier 12, Alas 9, Al-Hussaini 9, Quinahan 9, Lastimosa 8, Taulava 5, Tiongson 5, J. Villanueva 3, Soyud 3, Baguio 1, Rios 0.Quarters: 17-25, 36-44, 72-69, 101-93. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PBA IMAGESStar turned back NLEX, 101-93, Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Hotshots leaned on the trio of Paul Lee, Kristofer Acox and Mark Barroca to keep themselves in the hunt for a top four seat.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:37Protesters 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 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Falcons edge Bulldogs for 2-2 record Lee poured in seven of his 15 points in the payoff period, Acox tallied a double-double with 14 markers and 10 rebounds, while Barroca had 13 points and four rebounds.“We had the proper mindset and it was to win. The only thing we had control of is our game and I’m proud of my players, especially in the second half,” said Star head coach Chito Victolero.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“They stepped up on defense plus we had a better ball movement on offense after that forgettable first half.”The victory improved the Hotshots’ slate to 7-4, to have a shot at a twice-to-beat. Their fate, however, will depend on the result of the Meralco-San Miguel game which is still being played as of posting. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Lee and Barroca found their groove midway in the fourth quarter to trigger Star’s breakaway, 95-83, with 3:20 left.PJ Simon topscored for Star with 16 markers, while Aldrech Ramos got 14 points and four boards.Aaron Fuller led the Road Warriors with 16 points and 17 rebounds, while Alex Mallari got 13 markers, six boards, and four dimes in the loss.The Road Warriors are also in a wait-and-see approach as to what seed they will end up with.Meralco’s win would put NLEX at fifth place, while a San Miguel victory puts them in sixth.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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San Beda racks up 14th straight win, eliminates EAC

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kobe Bryant says he’d kneel for anthem Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The Scores:SAN BEDA 88 – Soberano 17, Mocon 15, Tankoua 12, Abuda 10, Carino 8, Bolick 6, Tongco 6, Bahio 4, Noah 4, Presbitero 2, Adamos 2, Cabanag 2, Doliguez 0, Oftana 0.EAC 51 – Onwubere 22, Tampoc 8, Garcia 6, Pascua 5, Bugarin 5, Bautista 3, I. Mendoza 2, Munsayac 0, Corilla 0, J. Mendoza 0, Neri 0, Diego 0.Quarters: 26-11, 40-28, 60-34, 88-51. View comments AC Soberano. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDisplaying its playoff form, San Beda waylaid Emilio Aguinaldo College, 88-51, to notch its 14th straight win Friday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“We’re happy we got this win and I hope  we’ll be this consistent consistent until the end of the playoffs,” said coach Boyet Fernandez, as the Red Lions moved up to 15-1.ADVERTISEMENT “Credit to the boys for getting this one against EAC and hopefully this prepares against Letran next Friday and Lyceum next next week.”AC Soberano waxed hot as he went 5-of-7 from downtown to nab 17 points, and three rebounds to lead San Beda.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 shutoutJavee Mocon added 15 markers, eight of which coming in the opening frame, to go with 12 boards and three assists, while Donald Tankoua also registered a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.Franz Abuda had 10 markers, while Robert Bolick dished a team-best 12 assists on top of his six points and three boards. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH After EAC started the game on a 5-0 start, San Beda answered back with a killer 26-6 blast behind Mocon, Tankoua, and Abuda to grab a 26-11 lead and blow the game wide open.Though elated with how San Beda played against the Generals, Fernandez continued to preach consistency as the Red Lions brace for the final two elimination games as well as the playoffs.“We’re hoping to be consistent. It’s the first time we led by 37 points at the end of the game. I hope this will be a good start for us,” he said. “But again, I will just preach consistency on our execution and defense. We cannot win against LPU if we won’t be consistent in our execution and our defense.”Sidney Onwubere paced EAC with 22 points, six rebounds, and two assists, but was the lone bright spot for the team in the ouster.The Generals are now out of the playoff race after falling to their fourth straight defeat to drop to 6-10.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

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Kerber first top seed to lose in 1st round of French Open

first_imgBREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Makarova goes on to face either Lesia Tsurenko or Kateryna Kozlova, both of the Ukraine.“It’s unbelievable to win and to do it on my first appearance on Philippe Chatrier court as a singles player after nine years of coming to Paris,” said Makarova, a former semi-finalist at the Australian and US Opens.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“At the end of the match, it was really tough as I knew she wouldn’t give it to me — I had to win it.”It was the second successive first round exit at Roland Garros for world number one Kerber, the reigning US Open champion. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV View comments Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games TNT scrapes past Rain or Shine for 8-3 recordcenter_img Four successive breaks of serve followed before Makarova saved seven break points in the crucial eighth game to cause the upset.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Germany’s Angelique Kerber reacts as she plays Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova during their first round of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Sunday, May 28, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)Germany’s Angelique Kerber became the first top seed in French Open history to lose in the opening round when she was knocked out by Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday.Before this year, the earliest exits suffered by a top seed were in the second round — Justine Henin in 2004 and Serena Williams in 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Last year, she fell to unseeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.It also continued a miserable spell for the German 29-year-old on clay this year.She lost her opener in Stuttgart where she was the defending champion, suffered a thigh injury in the third round in Madrid and lost first time out in Rome.On Sunday, she fell a double break down to trail 5-1 to her Russian opponent who she was facing for the 12th time.Makarova, now ranked 40 after reaching a career high of eight, was a double break ahead again for 3-0 in the second set.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:1355,000 early birds flock at Manila North Cemetery01:35Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

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Joshua Smith on his slow start: I was holding back

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES 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 Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage He did in the second half, where he was unstoppable, exploding for 29 points after scoring only six points in the first two quarters.READ: Gamble on Smith to give TNT better chance at beating top teamsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m just glad we won. It was a tough game, a hard game. They’re a good team and they have the crowd in there. I’m just glad we pulled it out,” he said.“I was holding myself back. One thing is, you know with the refs, I just gotta focus and I gotta play my game. I gotta know going out there that they’re not gonna help me and I can only help myself by playing good.” What ‘missteps’?center_img PBA IMAGESTNT import Joshua Smith said his slow start in Game 1 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals wasn’t because of Barangay Ginebra’s defense.The hefty Smith said he just didn’t want to force anything and only wanted to play his kind of game.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smith finished with a game-high 35 points on 16-of-22 shooting from the field on top of 13 rebounds in less than 29 minutes off the bench.READ: Smith unstoppable as TNT clips Ginebra, takes Game 1 He also had four assists as he found open teammates with Ginebra sending two or threw guys in hopes of containing the 6-foot-8, 300-pound import.“I feel like anytime [I see] the double coverage coming, I just see it in myself to score but it’s all about making the right basketball play. If they triple team me that means somebody else in my team is open so I kick out for the shot.”ADVERTISEMENT Rafael Nadal wins record-breaking 10th French Open Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, firelast_img read more

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Kimura stuns China’s Zou to win WBO flyweight title

first_imgMOST READ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Zou, 36, a two-time Olympic gold medallist who only turned pro in 2013 after a long and brilliant amateur career, drops to 9-2 as a pro. 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 Gavina lashes out at Kia after poor showing in the 4th against TNT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’center_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Things looked grim for Kimura by the sixth round when Zou’s slashing left hook tore a gash next to the Japanese fighter’s right eye, forcing a temporary stoppage as the ring doctor examined the bloody cut.Zou continued over the next few rounds to batter Kimura, who has said he works part-time delivering beer for a restaurant and was quoted this week saying he was fighting in honour of his late mother.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 starsBut Kimura (now 15-1-2) kept piling forward and he sent Zou crumpling to the canvas in the 11th round after unleashing a barrage of punches.The shock defeat was a bitter letdown for Zou, who was promoting the fight himself and chose his homeland for his first title defence as part of his aim to raise boxing’s profile in China. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This photo taken on July 13, 2017 shows Chinese boxer Zou Shiming (L) training at a gym in Shanghai. AFP PHOTO / STR / TO GO WITH Box-CHN-fly-Zou,INTERVIEW by Peter STEBBINGS / Japan’s unheralded Sho Kimura stunned Chinese star Zou Shiming with an 11th-round knockout that saw the part-time restaurant worker snatch the WBO world flyweight title in Shanghai on Friday.Zou, making his first defence of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) crown he won last year, appeared well on his way to victory, using his experience to repeatedly make Kimura miss while peppering the challenger with counter-punches.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

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‘Third is better than nothing:’ Creamline salvages bronze in PVL

first_imgRobredo: 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ PH football squads send strong message to SEA Games foes View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The Cool Smashers may not have made the championship round after getting eliminated by BaliPure in the semifinals, but assistant coach Oliver Almadro said the team is still pleased with how its campaign turned out.“As I’ve said before, I guess it’s not our time to be in the Finals but I’m happy that we ended it in winning fashion,” said Almadro.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“Third is better than nothing. We’re happy with this.”Creamline drew a throwback performance from Jing Balse, who delivered with 10 points, half of which came off blocks. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “She really played. For me, what we’re getting from Jing is not the power, the strength, but the intensity, the leadership,” Almadro praised.The Cool Smashers didn’t have their superstar Alyssa Valdez, who missed the team’s last eight games due to her commitments with the national team.“Bottom line here is Creamline is really a promising team. We miss Alyssa a lot, but we are cheering for her, for national team.”ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline settled for third place after beating Air Force, 18-25, 26-24, 25-17, 25-16, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Francesca Raqraquin showed the way for the Cool Smashers with 18 points while Rizza Mandapat and Rosemarie Vargas added 11 points each.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Worried nations seek information about CWG

first_imgThe ministry of external affairs (MEA) is going to summon the Indian envoys to various nations for a briefing on the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in the national capital. MEA officials told Headlines Today that the ministry is being flooded with queries from the participating nations as they have been concerned about security and other arrangements during the Games next month. The anxious governments of the Commonwealth countries are approaching the respective Indian missions enquiring about the preparations for the Games, particularly security. They are also raising questions on infrastructure and health fronts. The MEA has therefore approached the cabinet secretary to get the CWG organising committee to hold regular briefings for envoys from the Commonwealth countries. It is also planning to call the Indian envoys for a briefing on the Games.last_img read more

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After good show in China, Sania moves up 15 places to 129

first_imgSania Mirza today gained 15 places in the WTA singles rankings to be 129th and jumped 20 positions in the doubles to 67th after a good show at the Guangzhou International Open in China.Sania reached the quarter-finals of the singles event and won the doubles title along with Romania’s Edina Gallovits in China, last week.However, India’s men’s singles star Somdev Devvarman slid to 117, a loss of four places.Rohan Bopanna though marginally improved his singles ranking by reaching 473rd, a gain of six slots. He was static on 19th in the doubles list.Leander Paes (9) and Mahesh Bhupathi (13) also had their doubles rankings unchanged.India’s Davis Cup team yesterday pulled off a dramatic 3-2 win over Brazil in the play-off to retain its place on the elite World Group.last_img read more

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1979: Double delight for West Indies at Cup

first_imgThe second edition of the World Cup has a distinctly different feel as compared to the previous one. And it was due to a development that would, in due course, change the way cricket is played, perceived and financed.West Indies continued their dominance but world cricket was still recovering from the churning that had preceded the tournament due to one man – Australian tycoon Kerry Packer.West Indies captain Clive Lloyd holds up the trophy at Lord’sAfter Packer failed to bag the exclusive rights for cricket in Australia, he set up the World Series Cricket in protest for his network, Channel Nine, in 1977.He signed top Australian, English, Pakistani and West Indian players, including England skipper Tony Greig, West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, Greg and Ian Chappell and fast bowlers like Dennis Lillee, Michael Holding and Imran Khan.Meagre salaries of international players forced them to take the Packer offer. But in the aftermath of the apparent revolt, those Australian players who were part of the series were not considered for the 1979 World Cup in England and thus the Aussies fielded a much weaker side, led by Kim Hughes.West Indies retained all their players and gave the reins of the side to 1975 winning captain Clive Lloyd.Eight teams participated, with Sri Lanka and Canada as the two non-Test playing nations.Still sporting whites in the 60-over format, the teams were divided in two groups. The West Indies, Pakistan, England and New Zealand qualified for the semi- finals. Australia were duly thrashed in the group stages, losing three out of the four matches in the group stage, winning only against Canada.advertisementIn the semis, England and New Zealand played out a humdinger of a match. The Kiwis won the toss and reduced the hosts to 98 for four. But Graham Gooch and Mike Brearley hit half- centuries to take the score to a competitive 221 for eight. John Wright tried to keep his team in the hunt with 69 but fell short by nine runs.In the second semi-final, the batsmen called the shots. Though West Indies won by 43 runs Pakistan gave them a run for their money. The defending champions racked up 293, thanks to an opening partnership of 132 by Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge. In reply, the prolific Zaheer Abbas (93) and Majid Khan (81) added 166 runs for the second wicket but the West Indians kept pegging away, led by Colin Croft who picked three for 29. In the end, Pakistan fell short by 43 runs.Thus the best two teams of the tournament faced off in the final. Clive Lloyd’s team was asked to bat first and was in a spot of bother at 99 for four. But that was all that went the Englishmen’s way. It was the time for some Viv Richards magic as he smashed 138 off 157 balls and remained not out as the defending champions scored 286. The hosts were never in the chase despite a century opening stand as Joel Garner completed the formalities with five for 38 to seal a 92- run win. Lloyd said the win even sweeter than the previous edition, as it had come after the tumultuous Packer series and the ensuing confrontations.Indian angleIt was a disastrous tournament for India. Losing all three group matches, including a humiliating 47-run loss to Sri Lanka. It was preceded by comprehensive losses against West Indies – nine wickets – and New Zealand – eight wickets. India failed to breach the 200- run mark with Gundappa Vishwanath’s 75 against the eventual winners being the best Indian effort. The last defeat against Sri Lanka was played over three days as the first day had a late start. It rained heavily the next day and India began the chase on the third day, falling to the leg- spin of Somachandra de Silva.Highlights of 1979 The fifth game of the 1979 World Cup between West Indies and Sri Lanka at The Oval was abandoned due to rain without a ball being bowled.It was moved to the reserve day, but it rained again. The match was rescheduled for the next day and had to be abandoned too. This was first match which was abandoned for three consecutive days due to rain and is the only such instance in World Cup matches and One- Day Internationals.Sri Lanka beat India in the group stage by 47 runs which helped them gain Test status in a few years.last_img read more

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Actor, top model, TV phenomenon: At 60, Amitabh Bachchan is finally the Grand Old Brand

first_imgAT EASE: Bachchan on a Sandeep Khosla-Abu Jani bed at the Bollywoodat- Selfridges festival in LondonLet’s hit it.” As he steps out of his $5,000-a-day suite at the discreetly expensive Prince Maurice Hotel in Mauritius, Amitabh Bachchan is ready for his close-up. “Chup (be quiet),” he says to a frog,AT EASE: Bachchan on a Sandeep Khosla-Abu Jani bed at the Bollywoodat- Selfridges festival in LondonLet’s hit it.” As he steps out of his $5,000-a-day suite at the discreetly expensive Prince Maurice Hotel in Mauritius, Amitabh Bachchan is ready for his close-up. “Chup (be quiet),” he says to a frog croaking in the pool nearby as he primes himself for the camera.He pats his coloured hair, examines himself in the mirror and puts drops in his tired eyes. “Make me look 22 again,” he says as he offers to change into a violently coloured Versace shirt. Offer not taken, he sulks, rejecting one photograph in a red shirt with pockets big enough to fit in Africa. “I look like a Mumbai taxi driver,” he says scornfully to the photographer. That’s until she shows him a black and white polaroid. “Mind-blowing,” he exclaims.At 60, that pretty much describes the phenomenon that’s Amitabh Bachchan. Like the boy in the bubble, he has built a force field around him. Even if he’s changing his shirt for a shoot in the middle of a hotel lobby or eating a quiet dinner by himself in a noisy restaurant at Port Louis’ Domaine Les Pailles, no one dares to cross the invisible barrier.Not even metaphorically. Ask friend of 29 years Ramesh Sippy, who directed him so memorably in Sholay and Shakti. “Getting too close to him was not possible. He would laugh, joke and party sometimes, but he never gave too much of himself. He has a very sparing nature,” says Sippy.Yet, when imperative, Bachchan can switch on the charm, waving the fly from your face, posing with your child or even discussing the finer points of his favourite sport, table tennis.A Grand Old Brand, he’s in complete control of an image that cuts across several media: films, television, advertising. He’s the face of ICICI, Pepsi and Versa at about Rs 2.5 crore a year each; the essence of Amitabh B, a perfume by Lomani; the actor who’s priced at Rs 2.5 crore in each of the 10 films under production (in his heyday, he didn’t charge more than Rs 30 lakh); and the chatty host who makes Rs 30 lakh with each episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC).advertisementPRIVATE PERSON: Abhishek, Amitabh, Shweta and Jaya at Prateeksha, their Mumbai home since 1976The programme that changed the face of Indian TV, KBC reinvented Bachchan, allowing an adoring audience to forgive him the ghastly Mrityudaata clones. As Star CEO Peter Mukerjea puts it, “After a lean phase, he again represented stature, solidity, flair and style.” At four nights a week over a year, he did the equivalent of 50 movies. The suitable boy who went slumming had become the sophisticate in a suit again.In his 33-year career, Bachchan has traversed emotions and generations. Even when he was supposedly weighed under his angry young man albatross, he played intense lovers and loveable madcaps. Now as he ages, Generation Next is ready to write roles for him.Whether it’s Aditya Chopra, whom he remembers as a two-year-old in a Superman costume at his son’s birthday party, or Farhan Akhtar, whose father Javed co-wrote his iconic roles, he’s responded in the fashion he knows best. Read the script, learn your lines, report to the sets on time. Work if needed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contribute to the script whenever possible. Just don’t mess with his shoes, even if they are white – he brings his own to the party.So how does he keep up with himself ? “Most humans use only 30 per cent of their potential intelligence. I’d like to try to use at least 35-40 per cent,” he says.That’s also about the extent of physical ability he was left with after his accident on the sets of Manmohan Desai’s Coolie. “I’d forgotten how to walk,” he recalls after his three-month stay at the ICU. It took him three months of intensive therapy at the Tania farm in Mehrauli, Delhi, to get back on his feet.A year later, when he was going up the stairs of his hotel room in Mysore, his legs refused to carry him. “I could not swallow liquid. I would comb my hair and my hand would fall off,” he says, a faraway look in the eyes whose irises are now rimmed with grey. “It happens with age.”Later, at Diwali, a firecracker exploded in his left hand, which had to be restructured from the wrist up. “It took a month of exercises before my fingers could touch each other. The blood you see in Sharaabi when the glass breaks in my hand is mine.”advertisementAs if that were not enough, he occasionally sees a bright flash in his right eye. Doctors have diagnosed it as a gap between the retina and the cornea – it can’t be treated.Baby AbyHis battles with ill-health have added to his iconic status, as a man with his back constantly up against a wall. His “younger brother”, Amar Singh, the Samajwadi Party leader, calls it his tremendous capacity to bear pain.”He’s emotional and sensitive. The best thing about him is that he doesn’t disparage his critics,” says the man who first met him 20 years ago with journalist K. Srinivasan (he later became his secretary) at his Gulmohar Park office in Delhi. Bachchan returns the compliment. “People call Amar Singh a power broker. It’s rubbish.”Bachchan’s recent choice of friends has been controversial but he defends it stoutly. Sahara Shree, he says of Sahara Group Managing Worker Subrata Roy, is an exceptional man. “He’s younger to me but I consider him to be my elder brother.” Indicating the stones he wears on his fingers – an opal, two sapphires and an emerald – he says they were suggested to him by Roy’s astrologer.It’s a lifetime away from the preppy days at Nainital’s Sherwood College (his house was called Robin Hood) and Kirori Mal College in Delhi. His group would hang out at Volga, at Cellar, at Tabela and at La Boheme, which was “very dark and very cosy”.They’d bunk and watch movies at Regal and Shiela theatres. That’s where he continued to indulge his passion for theatre under the celebrated teacher Frank Thakurdas. It was a love he inherited from his mother, Tej Kaur Suri. She was very active on stage, even having played Anarkali in Allahabad.But one experience didn’t bode well for his future choice of career: he muffed up a line when playing Zeus in Benn W. Levy’s The Rape of the Belt at Miranda House. His mother was watching. “It was hell,” he groans.His Kolkata days were more of the same. “It’s a very indecisive period in any man’s life. You are not qualified for anything in particular and you are getting to the age where it is expected of you to provide for your parents,” he says.After All India Radio rejected him as an announcer, he joined Bird and Co, a managing agency, at Rs 500 a month, and later moved to Blacker and Co, a freight brokerage firm. He loved it even though he shifted 25 times in five-and-a-half years.STAR ON SCREEN: The ascent of AmitabhClick here to EnlargeHe would act on stage at the Amateurs Club and Dramatic Club. He would sneak into concerts by greats like Bismillah Khan which would go on till six in the morning, go pandal-hopping during Durga Puja, take the tram. He and his friends would eat out at Skyroom, Firpo’s, Blue Fox, Prince’s at Grand. Any girlfriends? “Oh, eight or nine of them. Remember, we were all in a big group.”Younger brother Ajitabh, who worked at Shaw Wallace, took his pictures outside the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata and sent them to the Filmfare Madhuri Talent Contest. He was rejected. Disheartened, he quit and went back to Delhi. Nargis, his mother’s friend (they volunteered together at the United Military Camp), arranged his screen test with actor Mohan Saigal. He never got the result, but his brother’s friend Nina Singh told him about how K.A. Abbas was looking for a new face for Saat Hindustani. That was 1969. Bachchan was past the first hurdle.In Anand, he cleared the second. He left his Andheri home one Friday morning, just another struggling nobody in Mumbai. By evening, on his way back, he was a somebody. Yet he still wasn’t a star. Producer-actor Romesh Sharma remembers playing cricket in the compound of his apartment block.advertisementKabir and Protima Bedi would drop by, so would Tiger and Sharmila Pataudi. Says Sharma: “Every Sunday, we’d play cricket with the drinks trolley at square leg. We’d have potluck, drive to the beach, go water-skiing, see a film. All of us had lots of time.”Real stardom came with Prakash Mehra’s Zanjeer. Bachchan had become a minor constellation. Marriage to co-star Jaya Bachchan followed. Deewar, Sholay and Amar Akbar Anthony established his talent.The busy period took a toll on his family life. He would leave at 6 a.m. and return at 2 in the morning again. Rumours blazed about relationships as he did three shifts a day. Something had to give. It did. In 1982, Puneet Issar knocked him down on the sets of Coolie and Bachchan was out for six months.On August 2, he was declared technically dead. Going against doctor’s orders, he went back to work in January 1983. Despite being afflicted with myasthenia gravis (muscular dystrophy) a year later, he continued working until a phone call from childhood chum Rajiv Gandhi changed his destiny.STAGE PLIGHT: Bachchan (extreme right), playing Zeus in The Rape of the Belt, forgot his lines as his mother watchedHe and Ajitabh hired key Rajiv aide Arun Singh’s farm in Mehrauli, while he worked from 2 Motilal Nehru Marg (Rajiv’s office previously). He denies it, but Bachchan wielded enormous power at the time. The savvy star had become a naive politician-on-the-make.Arun Nehru, who was responsible for the Draft Amitabh strategy – he wanted to tie down Hemvati Nandan Bahugana in Allahabad – says he overstayed his welcome. “We used Bachchan to defeat Bahugana, but expected him to go back to Bollywood. Mrs Gandhi had warned Rajiv when he wanted Nargis’ Rajya Sabha seat to be given to Amitabh: ‘Don’t mix your friendship with politics. Let him stick to acting’.”Power brought enormous complications. He had to send his children, then studying at Modern School, Delhi, to a boarding school. “Each time I went to their school there would be immense security. My children would be embarrassed. I would be embarrassed. My brother was moving to Switzerland. His four girls and my two children had never been apart. They too went to study at Aiglon,” he says.That was the least of his problems. The accusations about the Hindujas stuck and put him squarely in the public eye. Arun Nehru blames the easy access Bachchan had to Rajiv and Sonia: “Anyone with a problem, howsoever small and irrelevant, would go to Bachchan. He would go to Rajiv.”But Bachchan was determined to fight the Bofors allegations by Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter and India Abroad. He won both the cases giving his cinematic streetfighter a kernel of truth. “When I had the accident, I had this stupid notion that though I had come in a stretcher I would walk out on my feet. So every night, while everyone slept, I would walk the 4-5 ft to the door. It would take a lifetime. But I’d do it,” he says.He returned to the movies briefly but not for long. In 1992, he moved from tapori to tycoon, starting TV Asia in the UK with Pakistani film producer Faisal Shajan and family lawyer Sarosh Zaiwala.Ask him how much he invested in the company that was meant to cater to the entertainment needs of the Indian diaspora and he turns evasive. “It was my brother’s. I ran TV Asia in the US,” he says, before adding hastily that he has sold his shares there too. He hasn’t given up his NRI status though.His experiment with Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited (ABCL, later renamed AB Corp) didn’t work either. When he returned to the movies, his cinematic judgement seemed to have been permanently impaired. “I was in dire straits after that. Then one day I woke up and asked myself, ‘what am I doing?’ So I went to Yash Chopra and told him I needed a job.”PERSONAL POLITICS: Bachchan addressing a rally in Allahabad in 1984Aditya Chopra’s Mohabbatein happened and Bachchan was back as a patriarch. While he was shooting for it, Star Plus convinced him to do KBC. For the children, he was Crorepati Uncle, not the man with the funny hairdo and knotted shirt they saw in TV movies. For their parents, he was still Vijay.But if he were master of reinvention alone, we’d call him the desi Madonna. Bachchan wields such a powerful influence because he is essentially a middle-class hero. Despite the stratospheric success, the Mont Blancs he collects, the Longines watches, super-rich friends like Vice-Chairman and MD of Reliance Industries Anil Ambani (“I can talk finance with him for hours”), he remains a thrifty householder.It’s clear in the way he’s taken charge of his personal finances. It’s also obvious in the loyalty of his domestic staff. His first driver, Nagesh, who was employed by him in 1970 still works for him, as does his make-up man of 25 years, Deepak Sawant, and his Man Friday and travelling companion of 20 years, Praveen Jain.It’s obvious in his selection of toys too – his Nikon is a trusty old companion, even if it hasn’t accompanied him for some time. His music system which he maintains himself (“I like it tuned just right”) is a Sony. So is his laptop, on which he communicates with friends and family: “These are destructive habits. There’s a new model every year. You can’t keep pace.”The wilder days are behind him, though he can surprise people with his quirky sense of humour. As on the sets of Honey Irani’s Armaan in Mauritius. Whether it’s virtually stripping its unfortunate assistant director Anshul Pandey who’s got a tattoo of his Kaalia character on his back or flinging down a file and declaring pack-up in mock anger, Bachchan’s temperament often dances ahead of more even natures.Ask London-based film critic Jessica Hines, who has been working on his biography for seven years: “What he has to saysurvives on medication and diet control. Life for him is tenuous. He works out in the gym for an hour every day. “I don’t want to be Mr Samson,” he says, “but I have to keep my body flexible. Otherwise, it won’t bend.” depends entirely on his mood, the other people in the room, what role he is about to play,” she says. Not everyone feels that way, of course. Ambani has known him since 1980. “I grew up watching and enjoying his films,” he says. “And now we share a close bond of respect, love -and affection.”Amitabh Bachchan with Samajwadi Party’s Amar SinghThe object of his affection shows no signs of retiring. Part of it may be insecurity. After the AB Corp debacle, neither BPL nor Mirinda came back to renew their contracts with him. His myasthenia gravis is in remission, and heHe works his mind too. He participates in every script, points out Yash Chopra, who says the history of Indian cinema cannot be written without him. So is he going to be another Dev Anand, cravat, hat and crazy grin? “Well, I’ll work as long as I’m given work,” he replies. If he doesn’t get it, he’s not above hustling for it. That’s Bachchan for you. Professional down to his white pants.last_img read more

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Learn a new skill

first_imgTaken a gap year before starting college? Or have a few months free? Utilise that time efficiently by learning a new skill, exploring your city or simply helping others. Hit the dance floorHave two left feet but still wished you could dance? Now is the time to learn. Sign up,Taken a gap year before starting college? Or have a few months free? Utilise that time efficiently by learning a new skill, exploring your city or simply helping others.Hit the dance floorHave two left feet but still wished you could dance? Now is the time to learn. Sign up with one of the many dance classes in your city and pick up the basics of rythmn and style, be it Jazz, Mambo, Salsa or Ballroom dancing.Places:Dance Sport India, Mumbai www.dancesportindia. comTwists and Turns, Kolkata www.twistnturns.inKaytee’s Salsa India, Delhi www.salsa-india.comLatin Dance India, Bangalore www.latindance.co.inNature and heritage walksIf flora and fauna brings a smile to your face then signing up for a nature walk is just the kind of outing you need. Fun nature and heritage walks are conducted in various cities across India. Just go online to discover one near you.Places:Weekend Walks, Bangalore www.bangalorewalks.com1100 Walks, New Delhi www.1100walks.comWalks of India, Shimla www.walksofindia.comCorbett Hide Away, Nainital www.corbetthideaway.comPuppy loveIf you can’t go so far as to adopt a stray, why not invest your time and energy at a local animal shelter instead. Animal welfare NGOs are always on the look out for reliable volunteers with a heart of gold.Places:Friendicoes SECA, New Delhi www.friendicoes.orgAnimal Angels Foundation, Mumbai www.animalangelsfoundation. comGoa Animal Welfare Trust (GAWT), Goa www.gawt.orgWorld’s your oysterTravel around the country with fellow student backpackers. Lowcost trips are organised frequently by youth groups, giving you the chance to explore new cultures.Places:The Wanderers, www.the wanderers.co.inOktoberfest, www.thebackpackerco. comadvertisementFind yourselfTake time off from the pressures of urban life and sign up for a group meditation or yoga class. Get fit and make an effort to reconnect with your inner self, far away from the noise and distractions of the city.Places:Sivananda Yoga Vedanta centres and Ashrams, Pan India www.sivananda.org/indiaTushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala www.tushita.infoDhrti Yoga, Bangalore www.dhrti.comPatanjali International Yoga Foundation, Rishikesh, www.patanjaliyogafoundation.comCreative workshopsUtilise your time creatively. Join one of the many art classes in your city and let your creative side take over. Not only will these workshops provide you with a set of skills that will last a lifetime, you may even stumble upon a prospective career.Places:Skill Kindle, Delhi/NCR and Mumbai www.skillkindle.comOXL School of Multimedia, Mumbai www.oxlschoolofmultimediaSunshine Crafts, Pune www.sunshine-crafts.comSpread the wordEducation changes lives but everyone is not as fortunate as you are. Do your bit and make a difference by volunteering at an NGO,donating money or setting up your own neighbourhood classroom.Places:Pratham, New Delhi and Mumbai www.pratham.orgDeepalaya, New Delhi and Haryana www.deepalaya.orgUdaan Welfare Foundation, Mumbai, www.udaanwelfare.orgCARE India, PAN India www.careindia.orgExplore your city Get out and get to know your city. Go monument-hopping and curio-shopping with a bunch of friends. Nothing is as much fun as pretending to be a tourist in your own city.Places:Delhi Darshan, Delhi www.dtc.nic.in/hohodelhi.comMumbai Darshan, Mumbai www.msrt.gov.in/redbus.inTour Around Chennai, Tamil Nadu www.tamilnadutourism.orglast_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Argentina

first_imgEven without Carlos Tevez, plenty of goals are expected from Messi, Aguero and HiguainWith a squad packed full of talent from Europe’s top clubs, Argentina is certainly one of the title contenders at this year’s World Cup.Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella is spoiled for choice, particularly up front with Lionel Messi the main scoring threat, so he can afford to leave out top-class players like Carlos Tevez.Even without Tevez, plenty of goals are expected from Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.Here are five players to watch:LIONEL MESSIThough immensely gifted, Lionel Messi was too young to make an impact at the 2006 World Cup. Four years later, he failed, like Argentina overall, to fulfill expectations in South Africa.This year’s World Cup in Brazil is Messi’s chance to make a mark on football’s greatest stage and prove to those who still have doubts about his ability.At 26, the Barcelona maestro will be at a peak age for a footballer and he’ll be surrounded by talent in an Argentine team that won its qualifying group and is considered one of the title favorites.Even if Argentina doesn’t make it all the way, watching Messi weave through opponents promises to be one of the highlights of the World Cup.GONZALO HIGUAINGonzalo Higuain’s transfer from Real Madrid to Napoli appears to have done him good.Even though he scored 121 goals over seven seasons in Madrid, Higuain never established himself as a regular starter. He has done that at Napoli, where he’s become a mainstay in the attack and the team’s top scorer.advertisementA clinical striker, Higuain has also been successful when called up by the national team. With nine goals, he was second only to Messi and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez in South American qualifying.Higuain was Argentina’s top scorer at the 2010 World Cup with four goals, including a hat trick in a group match against South Korea.SERGIO ROMEROIn Argentina’s star-studded lineup, Sergio Romero has a fairly low profile, even though he’s been the team’s first-choice goalkeeper since the 2010 World Cup.Some Argentines worry, however, that Romero may not be at the top of his game in Brazil because he hasn’t been playing regularly for French club Monaco this season.Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella doesn’t have too many options, though. Romero’s backup, Mariano Andujar, has also been struggling to stay in the starting lineup at Italian club Catania.FERNANDO GAGOA key provider for Messi, Fernando Gago is a talented midfielder with a great eye for the game.Real Madrid signed him from Boca Juniors for $27 million in 2006, but he left the Spanish club five years later after spending most of his time on the bench.The shortage of playing time left him out of Argentina’s World Cup squad in 2010. This time, Gago has a better chance of making it, even though he missed many of Argentina’s qualifiers due to injury.SERGIO AGUEROThe speedy and powerful Sergio Aguero made his debut in the Argentine league in 2003, when he was only 15. Since then, “Kun” has won Olympic gold with Argentina in 2008, the Europa League with Atletico Madrid in 2010 and the Premier League in his first season with Manchester City in 2012.Aguero’s memorable injury-time goal against Queen’s Park Rangers in the last game of that season clinched City’s first league title in four decades.As long as he arrives in Brazil injury-free, he’s a given in Argentina’s World Cup squad but may have to battle with Gonzalo Higuain for a place in the starting lineup.last_img read more

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Dennis Schroder scores 18 in 4th to rally Thunder past Magic

first_img“Obviously, Dennis played an incredible second half in every aspect — defensively, offensively — and gave us great separation,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.George scored 31 of his 37 points in the first half and Westbrook had his fourth straight triple-double with 23 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists, but Schroder’s five-minute run in the fourth quarter pushed Oklahoma City to its sixth straight victory Tuesday night.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 starsThe backup point guard scored 18 of his 21 points — including two 3-pointers and a pair of three-point plays — in a stretch when he hit seven consecutive shots. He outscored Orlando 18-8 by himself during that spurt, helping the Thunder rally from a five-point deficit to a 13-point lead in the process.“I do the same every night,” Schroder insisted. “I try to stay aggressive, look for my shot, look for open teammates and just make the right play. It’s not like I’m out there 48 minutes, but it’s working out so far.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “No. 2, we’re fouling them in the backcourt when they’re in the bonus. It’s crazy. It’s stupid, losing basketball. And then we decide in the fourth quarter, we’re not going to pass the ball to each other. We’ve got guys dribbling out the shot clock when you’ve got to move the ball. You’re not going to win doing that.”The Thunder squandered a 15-point lead in the third and were down 101-98 in the fourth before Schroder righted the ship. He had a three-point play, a 3-pointer and a 15-foot jumper as Oklahoma City scored 10 straight points to take a 108-101 lead. He added another three-point play and 3-pointer to make it 116-103.Ross knocked down consecutive 3s to help Orlando cut the deficit to 116-111 with four minutes to play, but that was as close as the Magic got.TIP-INSThunder: George has at least two 3s in 29 straight games. Stephen Curry and James Harden are the only other players in NBA history to do that. … C Steven Adams sat out with a sore ankle.Magic: Gordon had eight points in the first two minutes, then missed his last six shots of the half. … Orlando has lost four straight home games and is 12-15 at home. … Jerian Grant played against his brother, Thunder forward Jerami Grant. Their father, Harvey Grant, had an 11-year NBA career. Jerami outscored Jerian 18-5.UP NEXTThunder: Continue their three-game road trip Friday at Miami.Magic: Continue their three-game homestand Thursday against Indiana. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma City Thunder’s Dennis Schroder, right, looks for a way past Orlando Magic’s Jerian Grant during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Florida — It’s difficult for anyone on the Oklahoma City Thunder roster to steal the spotlight from Paul George and Russell Westbrook.Dennis Schroder managed to do it during a 126-117 comeback win over the Orlando Magic.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ben Simmons, Luka Doncic headline NBA Rising Stars lineup 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The Thunder needed a boost after George cooled off considerably in the second half. He was 11 of 16 in the first two quarters, but only 3 of 8 after halftime.“When you can do that, play with such unselfishness, it opens up things for everybody,” Donovan said.Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Evan Fournier had 17 points and Aaron Gordon added 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Terrence Ross scored 16 off the bench.It was another familiar ending for the Magic, who have lost four straight and seven of eight. They had their chances, rallying from a 15-point third-quarter deficit to lead by five early in the fourth, but couldn’t sustain the comeback.“We lost No. 1 because (Oklahoma City) is good and played well,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “But when you’re not going to run back on every single possession — which takes no talent, by the way — they’re going to make you pay and they made us pay.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Team India need depth in fast bowling, says Brett Lee

first_imgIndian seamers played a crucial role in India’s win over England at LordsAustralia’s once fierce fast bowler Brett Lee for all his battles with Indian batsmen, is a friend of Indian cricket now. A frequent visitor of India, even more so after retirement for business purpose, Lee thinks the Indian team is shaping up well for the Australian tour later in the year.Going by his assessment, the 4-0 mauling Dhoni’s team suffered at the hands of the Aussies in their last outing in 2011 may not mean much any longer. For him, India’s win at Lords changes things dramatically. “They did extremely well to keep their nerve at Lords. India has started to hit the straps now. They have started to show glimpses of what they can be like and there’s no reason they can’t be super competitive against Australia when they come over and put up a good show,” he tells India Today on the sidelines of his Brett Lee Mewsic foundation show.The interview was recorded when proceedings had just begun at Southampton with India getting into the test with the euphoria over the hiding they managed to give England at Lords. England’s batting show in the first innings at the third test has changed things quite a bit. Alistair Cook is no more out of form and has raised hope that it could reflect in his captainship.India doesn’t have the hero of Lords Ishant here and this is a problem area India needs to address, points out Lee. “It’s a shame Ishant isn’t playing in this test match. But teams have to have depth. Australia did well through 2000’s because they had depth in fast bowling. So India has to look for the same,” he says.advertisementBrett would remember Ishant too well. His show against the Aussies, particularly their skipper Ricky Ponting in 2007 was like the coming of age of the Indian fast bowler. Sadly for Ishant, in between his Lords show and that tour to Australia, 6 summers ago, his 57 test matches have only produced 174 wickets at an average of 37.Yet Brett points out if Ishant can use his height well, he will always be a force. “Ishant gets steep bounce and his trajectory off the wicket is something that not a lot of other bowlers have got. They have found him hard because they haven’t expected the bounce he got at Lords,” he points out.”When on song Ishant is a great bowler,” he adds. A compliment Ishant has heard once too often but failed to be ‘on song’ often enough.Following the Lords result Lee did think though that India has a golden chance to beat England. “1-0 is a great lead to have. I think, India have a massive chance to win series,” he reckoned. But going by the way Indian bowlers have found it tough to buy English wickets at Southampton, India will have to show some serious fight back to turn Lee’s prophecy right.last_img read more

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Crucial stretch

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting How close can Pacquiao come to a worthy foe? 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 Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end MOST READ And they will find the Dyip as formidable foes with the franchise in serious contention of finally making the playoffs for the first time.“The road won’t be easy,” Victolero said ahead of the clash with the Dyip. “Hopefully, we pull through. We just have to do it a game at a time and prepare well.”Magnolia is a notable powerhouse that is struggling in this conference, and its last four games after this one will be against sides also chasing playoff berths and not to be taken lightly.The injury-plagued Aces, meanwhile, also try to enhance their playoff bid, colliding with back-to-the-wall NLEX in the 7 p.m. contest.Alaska will be coming off a performance against the Hotshots that it would rather forget and move on.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crashcenter_img “They deserved it. They just handled us,” Aces coach Alex Compton, who with shrugs and head shakes also noted that he’s bracing for a treacherous path ahead as they battle TNT KaTropa and San Miguel Beer in two of their last four games.And while many could see the match against NLEX and coach Yeng Guiao as an easy one, considering that the Road Warriors are at 2-5, Compton sees it in an entirely different light.“[Do I feel] relief playing against the national team coach? I feel none whatsoever,” Compton said.“It’s exactly the opposite. Everybody has toughness, everybody’s a competitor in this league and when teams are down, that’s when they’re particularly dangerous,” he added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMagnolia is now playing with a sense of urgency—as what the Hotshots should do, with playoff positioning in the PBA Philippine Cup entering its crucial stages.“I told them that it was imperative to have a sense of urgency, to switch our mind-set to that of the playoffs,” coach Chito Victolero said as his Hotshots clash with Columbian on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Magnolia will be coming off an ego-boosting win over Alaska last Saturday, a 103-86 ripping of the Aces that got it on track for this crucial push as it tries to creep closer to the playoffs and qualify on a level playing field.“I trust my players that every time they find themselves in situations like this, they step up to the plate and lock in on the things that we need to do,” he added as Magnolia, the reigning Governors’ Cup champion, tries to start climbing out of the bottom half of the 12-team pack and contend like one of the favorites that it is.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHe would have loved playing at Ynares Center in Antipolo again, since it was there that they displayed their sharpest form yet in dispatching the Aces.At 2-4, the Hotshots need to string up victories in a jiffy in order to avoid advancing with a twice-to-win burden against a top two team. LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

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Blackwater gets ‘fresh start’ under new coach Aris Dimaunahan

first_imgBlackwater Elite. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter another uneventful campaign in the Philippine Cup, Blackwater gets to start over under the tutelage of Aris Dimaunahan, who looking to make a good account of himself in his first head coaching stint.The Elite wound up in the bottom of the standings after finishing with a 2-9 record this conference but they remain in high spirits with an opportunity to redeem themselves in the Commissioner’s Cup next month.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “I don’t think we’re losers. I don’t believe that. Regardless of what the result showed in the Philippine Cup, that’s one of three conferences and I feel like we’re going to put in the work to prove our doubters wrong.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Tasked to keep Blackwater’s engine running is DiGregorio, who has been on a steady rise.Also in the fold are promising rookies Abu Tratter and Paul Desiderio and hot-shooting swingman Allein Maliksi.Ray Parks, Blackwater’s second overall pick in the draft four months ago, is also expected to join the team for the next conference.The Elite eyes to finally silence their critics and DiGregorio believes they have a good chance of doing so next conference.“[We want to prove that] number one, we’re not losers,” the 27-year-old DiGregorio said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img “Regardless of what happened last conference, it’s a new start. With coach Aris being here, it feels like a fresh start, a new beginning and that’s always exciting and I think everybody is excited,” said Blackwater captain Mike DiGregorio after the Elite’s first practice with Dimaunahan at the helm.The 41-year-old Dimaunahan, a former PBA veteran who played for Barangay Ginebra in his first three seasons in the league, aims to maximize his team’s fresh legs by playing a quick pace on offense while also putting premium on defense.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“The first thing I looked at was where we at on the defensive end and I saw that were dead last in the league last conference and defense would be our top priority,” said Dimaunahan, who replaced Bong Ramos.“We have young guys here and we’re looking to play a controlled high octane offense. The goal is to use our youth to our advantage.” MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Blackwater draft pick Ray Parks still pondering future Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Krausslast_img read more

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