Taking potshots at the Indian cricketers for objecting to the Decision Review System, Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland has said that “some awful decisions” against them could convince India to use the technology.Indian players and the Cricket Board (BCCI) are not favour of using the DRS as they feel that the technology has many flaws and they were at the receiving end when one component of it was used.Before the ongoing Test series against Australia, there were calls for the use of DRS but the Indian cricket establishment, including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has stuck to their guns of not using the technology.The ICC rules require both countries to agree to the use of DRS.But, Sutherland was adamant that the DRS should be introduced in all international matches.”The technology is here, the viewers are watching it on TV and we’re not using it,” Sutherland said.”Perhaps we need some pretty awful decisions to go against Indian batsmen,” he was quoted as saying by The Age.He said he is hopeful that the Indians will agree to the use of DRS in the near future.”My sense talking to Indian administrators is that there are a couple of players within the Indian team who don’t have a lot of confidence in DRS. I suspect that is perhaps a reason why the BCCI haven’t seen themselves in a position to really approve it at this stage,” Sutherland said.”It’s fact – the number of decisions that were correct have increased with the introduction of DRS and I think the entertainment value of cricket has increased as a result of DRS,” he added.advertisement
Diamond wiseBorn in the mines of the Indian city of Golconda, Beau Sancy has been been owned by royalty in France, England, Prussia and the House of Orange. This pear shaped, double rose cut diamond weighing 34.98 carats has been witness to 400 years of world history. It originated in,Diamond wiseBorn in the mines of the Indian city of Golconda, Beau Sancy has been been owned by royalty in France, England, Prussia and the House of Orange. This pear shaped, double rose cut diamond weighing 34.98 carats has been witness to 400 years of world history. It originated in India’s south central diamond basin where it was purchased by King Henri IV of France for his wife Marie de Medici in 1604 and used it to crown her tiara. After her husband’s assassination she was exiled and escaped to Netherlands where she was forced to part with her possessions and the white rock was acquired by Frederick Hendrick of Orange-Nassau. Hendrick however had to give up the gem soon, using it to seal his son’s wedding to Mary Stuart, daughter of Charles I of England. Stuart used it after her husband’s death to support her brother’s fight to the throne, pawning it to settle her debts. The jewel was now in the hands of Willem III of Orange-Nassau and Mary Stuart II, daughter of the King of England, James II. When the couple ascended to the throne it joined the collection of the Queen of England but went to back to the treasure chest of the House of Orange since the duo died without an heir. It finally came to rest when the newly crowned Prince of Prussia, Friedrich I, purchased it in exchange of all the jewels of his legacy in 1702. The coveted diamond will have a new owner once it is auctioned by Sotheby’s in Geneva on May 14 for an estimated price of $ 2-4 million (Rs 9 to 19 crore).Boat: Water babyLabelled as the ‘F1 on water’ Cigarette Racing is the only brand which has been permitted to use the coveted Mercedes AMG logo. With the performance traits of the luxury car in its DNA the 50 inch Marauder of the Black Series boasts of a maximum output of 510 horsepower. Its smooth efficiency is in step with its speed thanks to the high revving AMG 6.3 litre V8 engine which delivers stunning pulling power and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The speed boat’s striking black and white exterior is matched with a luxurious Alcantara upholstered interior also used in high end and Formula One cars.Auto: Topless speed Upgrade to a new dimension of open top speed driving with the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. The brand kickstarted a new chapter of speed driving by designing the world’s fastest convertible. Succeeding the monstrous Super Sport which holds the current world speed record of 431 km/hr, this 1,200 horse power driven car impresses with its precise driving dynamics, extraordinary acceleration and braking, all of which is made possible with its 16 cylinder engine, four enlarged turbo chargers and intercoolers. To support the enhanced power the Bugatti has modified the chassis, guaranteeing the most powerful roadster.Luggage: Travel toughKnown for introducing a material used in body armour as a luggage fabric over 30 years ago, Tumi now launches Tegra-Lite. It uses advanced nylon ballistics to create carriers that are surprisingly lightweight and unparalleled in protection and durability. It also has a patented high impact X-Brace 45-handle system capable of withstanding extreme external forces while adding structural rigidity. The black exterior sturdy travel piece has wheels which enable the loaded case to be manoeuvred easily and is priced between Rs 37,000 to Rs 52,000.Fashion: Sunny side upCloudless skies and a glaring sun announce the arrival of summer, and if the irresistible cool waters are beckoning don’t forget to pack Louis Vuitton’s transversal summer collection which captures the relaxed spirit of the season. Light and natural cotton emerge victorious over luxurious crepes and warm cashmeres and the line is drenched in casual pastel hues. The silhouettes are short and feminine, and contrast with the glamourous oversized sun shades in vogue. Must have canvas totes come in chequer board patterns and can be teamed with flat sandals and chunky wedges. Complete the look with bright bangles and a yacht and flower charm neckpiece.Jewellery: Glam and curvyThe pairing of circular rings and rounded pearls results in a glittering duo with subtle curves which are ‘twice as feminine’. For the Trinity Pearls collection, Cartier swathed the three tints of gold- pink, grey and yellow, bringing together a stunning array of rare pearls which are shortlisted on the basis of their pale pigments, perfect shapes and a satin finish. The lustrous pearls punctuate the inward coiling spiral motion of the rings. Graceful, deliciously light and diaphanous, this range aims to highlight the calibre of pearls and is available with the Cartier Boutique in DLF Emporio, New Delhi.Watch: Time keeperLuxury watch and jewellery brand Chopard’s latest novelty is the Lunar One Grande complication model. Its perpetual calendar with an orbital moon phase display measures the difference between two lunar cycles to a mere 57.2 seconds, which equals one day in 122 years. Gold toned dauphinestyled hands tell time, pointing at the 1960 styled Roman numerals while three sub dials indicate the small seconds, month and day. The 43 mm diameter case in 18 carat rose gold optimises readability and is backed by a sapphire crystal case engraved with founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard’s initials. A classic worth procuring.CalendarDates that mean something.advertisementadvertisementInternazionale Salone de Mobile, a five day event held in Milan is a one-stop shop for furniture, accessories and bathroom fixtures. It celebrated its golden anniversary last year and promises to get more inventive with age.If fancy wheels and super boats are your thing, the ninth edition of Top Marques Monaco with its glitzy shenanigans is the place to be in.An artistic haven for all self confessed culture vultures The Gallery Weekend in Berlin features 51 of the city’s top art galleries for three days.Model behaviourEye candy you can’t get enough of.Lookers who live in the rarified world of fashion; a look at models of the moment.Kate Upton- This all-American girl stands out from the skinny pack with her famed curves. With a Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover, her own line of designer bikinis, and calls from Hollywood, the 19-year-old blonde seems set to reign.Lara Mullen- This 17-year-old Brit became a permanent fixture on the runways of Milan, Paris and New York over the fashion week season of 2011. The willowy teen was booked to walk for Milanese powerhouse Prada within four weeks of being discovered, and hasn’t looked back since.Laura Catterall- This plus size beauty is on the cover of French Cosmopolitan where she talks about her voluptuous frame and her love of chocolate. The 22-year-old Manchester local who is a UK size 16 is not size shy and is part of a growing new breed of models who are proud of that extra bit of meat on their bones.TalkCool news for a hot summer.Dior dramaHere is one rumour which keeps the grapevine busy; who will be John Galliano’s successor at Dior? The latest name tossed into the ring is Colombia-born Haider Ackermann and glossies including Vogue are abuzz with this latest tidbit. The fashion bible was told by a “source in Paris” that a bouquet of flowers arrived at Dior headquarters addressed to Ackermann. Is it just a case of flowers gone astray? Unlikely say web commentators who are describing it as a perfect match for the avant-garde designer who began as an intern with the couture house.Luxury’s lairThey are among the grand dames of hospitality and now Ottawa’s Fairmont Chateau Laurier and Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza are set to celebrate their 100th birthday. While the Canadian hotel will join the centennial club on June 1, its American counterpart will follow on Aug 19. Opulent celebrations are on the anvil including special offers for patrons, period costume tours and of course plenty of cake.Clash of the TitansTaking a dig at the austere aesthetics of fellow Italian powerhouse Giorgio Armani, the leopard-print loving Roberto Cavalli has compared the design czar’s pet project, the Armani Hotel in Milan, to a “psychiatric hospital”. Cavalli’s damning review was made public during an interview with Italian daily La Repubblica which quoted him as saying, “Between Armani and me there is an abyss. Have you seen that new hotel? It looks like a psychiatric hospital.”Royal connectCharlotte Casiraghi, one of the hottest blue-bloods around town has been snapped up by Gucci. The Princess of Monaco will now have her face splashed across billboards as part of the house’s new Forever Now campaign. Keeping with the brand’s fascination for horses and the fact that Casiraghi is a competitive equestrian, she was clicked in front of a stable by Peter Lindbergh for the brand’s first publicity image. The brand’s creative director Frida Giannini had earlier custommade a line of riding gear for Charlotte, who is the grand daughter of Hollywood icon Grace Kelly.The spice cellar: Viva ItaliaadvertisementSumedh SinghUp until the last few decades, almost every winery from the south of Italy was known to supply their grape produce to the north as well as other countries, which in turn would process these grapes and produce wines under their own label. With this widely prevalent practice, southern Italy was soon labelled a bulk wine-producing region.But there were some serious wine producing families who were improving the quality of their wine and growing the brand and presence across the globe. Feudi di San Gregoria is one such fine example. Founded in 1986, the label began to recover valuable authentic productions to identify a quality standard that would stand up to the most rigorous market demands.At a time when so-called international grape varieties flooded Italy, Feudi di San Gregorio bravely bucked the trend and placed all bets on its local viticultural heritage: Aglianico, Fiano di Avellino, Greco di Tufo and Falanghina.While the quality and commitment of Feudi di San Gregorio was enthusiastically recognised by the top authorities in the sector, it was the Gambero Rosso-Slow Food Guide-that gave it the definitive blessing in 1999 by awarding the coveted “tre bicchieri” (three glasses; the most important prize from Gambero Rosso) to a splendid 1994 Taurasi.Over a short period of time, Feudi received 21 ‘three glasses’ and became the most reputed winery in Southern Italy. Feudi di San Gregorio’s Greco di Tufo is the most noble of southern Italian grapes, with origins in ancient Greece. Greco is grabbing eyeballs of some of the most avid connoisseurs for its great structure, well balanced acidity, fine aroma and balance. To the discerning nose, distinct fruity essences- from the sweet notes of French green plums to the crunchy freshness of the pear-are practically unmistakable. The taste has a mineral structure that is distinctive of the Tufo grape.Another top favourite is the Aglianico grape, from the Aglianico vineyards at Feudi di San Gregorio that produce Taurasi, one of the most established, and powerful wine made from the Aglianico grape. Aged for at least 18 months, Taurasi has a lovely fragrance with the aroma of wild cherries, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and anise. The taste is rounded and wellbalanced with sweet, smooth tannins that lend a lingering aromatic finale.While Taurasi has won accolades time and again, it’s not just fine wine but great cuisine that Feudi can boast of. They’ve also established a top restaurant, Marenn, as the ultimate expression of hospitality; the perfect venue to discover and explore the Irpinian and Campanian gastronomic traditions. Marenn received its first Michelin star in 2009. Their passion and belief in native varietals (Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino, Falanghina, Aglianico) has helped them secure a place among the top 10 wineries in Italy. Salut to the spirit of Campania.-Sumedh SinghThe author is a wine connoisseur and CEO, wine division, Aspri Spirits.
India silver age: Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore wins laurels and the medalGo wrestle an alligator. Try drop kicking a giraffe. Or better still step into anouzo-soaked tavern on the Piraeus port side and announce that the Olympiakos football team sucks.Duel with death however you like. But do not, do not,India silver age: Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore wins laurels and the medalGo wrestle an alligator. Try drop kicking a giraffe. Or better still step into anouzo-soaked tavern on the Piraeus port side and announce that the Olympiakos football team sucks.Duel with death however you like. But do not, do not ever, tell the man with the old-fashioned moustache and a Perazzi shotgun, that Indians have no killer instinct.Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, trap shooter and one-time terrorist hunter, has tested out that theory in ways that we will never comprehend. Today as he stands on a hillside outside Athens, a silver disc in his pocket, the Meltemi wind blowing the flags of the world above his head, he has become the answer to the perennial question from a country haunted by sporting self-doubt. He is reassurance and redemption on two legs.THE MEDAL HUNTERMajor Rajyavardhan Singh RathoreNickname: Chilly Born: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, January 29, 1970 Height: 6 ft Weight: 80 kg World ranking: 3 ARMS’ MAN: He is the quintessential soldierEvent: Men’s Double TrapYear he began shooting:1998 Major achievements: 2002:Gold Medal, Commonwealth Games, Manchester. 2003:Bronze Medal, World Shotgun Championships, Nicosia, Cyprus.Gold Medal, Afro-Asian Games, Hyderabad. 2004:Gold Medal, World Cup, Sydney.Gold Medal, Asian Clay Shooting Championships, Bangkok.Gold Medal, Masters Meet, Czech Republic.Silver Medal, Athens Olympics. On a sweet Tuesday at the Olympic Games, Rathore had to call for his last two shots in the final of the men’s double trap. He did not look at the scoreboard but sensed the chasing pack was close. “I knew that we would get hurt if I missed,” he says. “We” is just one billion people whose ghosts had begun to gather in the usual foury early formation. Standing on the shooting station, Rathore thought of them too-the apocryphal stories of how Milkha looked back, how Sriram went too quickly and how Usha was just that lunge too slow. He should have had the shivers but he was too far gone.advertisementAs the announcer called out the names of the finalists, he stood unresponsive, head bowed, field of vision shrunk to the rim of the trap at his feet, noise blocked out by plugs stuffed in his ears. He was in a place without memory or emotion. “Because emotions make you weak,” he says.There was one memory, though, hardwired into his brain, when as a boy he would go hunting with the men in his family and was given one, maybe two bullets. His father’s words stayed with him. Make every shot count. Rathore’s gun barked twice and it was done.India won its first individual silver medal at the Olympics and its first in Athens. No killer instinct? Hey, go find someone else to pick on.War metaphors are ugly misfits in sport, but with Rathore, 34, they are impossible to ignore and actually form a part of his story. By the time he was 24, he, the only son of an army family, led 120 men in tracking militants in Kashmir with 9 Grenadiers. By 26, the unit he belonged to had killed 300 terrorists, he had been shot at several times and had collected four bullet holes in his rain cape. It should be the story of every crack Olympic shooter but it is not, for the sport is desperate to be seen as a gentle, middle-class pursuit. So Rathore’s past life makes officials jittery. The day after the medal, national coach Sunny Thomas flitted around anxiously as the questions came thick and fast.”Have you… killed a man? What is the difference between shooting and… shooting?” Arms crossed, Rathore explained calmly, “Target vs precision, minding life vs the life of the mind.” Rathore has turned the silver over to India. Whenever an Indian grasps his hand in Athens to congratulate him, he replies, “Congratulations to you.” He first stepped onto a range as recently as 1998, when the army decided to put up a shooting team. The sport and its discipline have sucked him in since.From the sportsman who loved hearing the cheers of the crowd when he competed as a young officer, now all he seeks is the clarity that comes upon the athlete in the pure silence of competition.Rathore says, “Your performance is a mirror image of yourself, how you feel inside. You are a champion one day and a loser the next.” Controlling who shows up when is the trick.The Indian public met Rathore the champion at the threshold of history on the Olympics finals day. He was the third Indian shooter to make to an Athens final in four days. There was nothing to him but an unknown face hidden by a visor and glasses and a voice calling “Pull” and that big gun.advertisementMinus the tools of his trade, Rathore is the quintessential Indian fauji, a term that does not quite translate into plain old soldier nor look half-way real when encountered in Hindi films. Champion act: Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in the finalHe is the onewholooks a little askance at us wild, clueless civilians but remains well-spoken and thoughtful, remembering to open doors for women and ask incisive questions of men, whose attachment to blood and nation runs a little closer to the bone and leaves the rest feeling like inadequate, ungrateful cynics. In this jaded day and age, who else but a fauji would want to send his precious Olympic medal around the country so children can look at it, touch it and be moved to seek more than silver? Yet this is a conditional sentimentality, detached from the mission, the job.When asked about the pressure of the Olympics, Rathore said he told himself that unlike the World Championships, only 24 countries would be shooting. He also told himself, “While it may be a big event for the media it is just another event for you.”Coming from anyone else, it would have sounded boastful but not, as it turns out, from a man who has made it to the finals of all major championships in the past 18 months.”I knew that we all would get hurt if I lost in the finals at the Olympic Games.” MAJOR RAJYAVARDHAN SINGH RATHORE, OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALLIST Rathore’s self-analysis is brutal. “When you pull the trigger it should be with courage, not weakness. If you miss a target for reasons other than technical ones, it means the pressure is getting to you, and you are being weak-hearted.”Rathore’s Olympics were a campaign planned with the expertise expected of this NDA graduate who took his master’s in strategic studies. He trained on his own until January this year and in April went west to work with the greats. Based in Lonato, Italy, he found a group to help him. Gunmaker Mauro Perazzi is one of them and after the final he rushed up shouting, “Rathoray!” Along with former world champion Luca Marini, he was coached by Australia’s former Olympic champ Russell Mark who was at hand to congratulate his student in Athens. “I am very proud of him. He showed character,” says Mark. Rathore’s mission in the past two years was to discover a simple truth: “Whether I was good enough or not.” In between competitions, he spent three hours at a time working with Perazzi to fine-tune the setting of the walnut-wood stock that jackhammers into a shooter’s shoulder every time a shot is fired. He alternated between shooting 70-80 shots a day and scaling down to stay fresh. Between April and August, he charted out the work to be done, the number of shots to be fired, events to be attended, to be missed. He has spent only four months in the past two years with family, his doctor-wife Gayatri and two children. As Athens drew close, he even knew what he would wear on competition day. advertisementFamily shot: Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore son Manavaditya, wife Gayatri and mother ManjuHe wore an army-style bandana like the soldiers do on night-time missions in Kashmir, but not black nor tricolour. He couldn’t have the flag on his head and not win. The Indian flag was sewn onto his special shooting jacket. Even when friends scolded him for bad PR, Rathore thought competition and not column inches in newspapers. He won’t talk about it but word is that when he went looking for corporate sponsorship, the response from the big wigs was at best farcical. Today the number of redfaced suits going “hell and damnation” will probably make up a handy new infantry regiment. This individual may have worked so hard, so alone and for so long, but he has already turned the medal over to the collective he represents-Indian shooting and India.Whenever an Indian shakes his hand in Athens and congratulates him, he replies, “Congratulations to you.” After the men’s 10 m rifle final, a group of shooters had stood around commiserating with Abhinav Bindra’s family. Veteran Mansher Singh said, “Shooting is going to take off the day an Indian wins an Olympic medal.You just watch the day it happens.”With disappointment at being hexed at the final hurdle yet again, Mansher’s dream had seemed like a very long way away.Twenty-four hours later, trapshooter Manavjit Singh got near Rathore, shouting, “Chilly… buddy!”, and hugged him for an eternity. The winner stayed composed and crushed, and for the younger man it wasn’t just the sun shining in his eyes. In the background, there was Mansher through with gabbling to Indian TV stations. He bellowed to no one in particular and the world at large, “The day is here!” Indian shooting must now seize it.
An unbelievable victory for Mumbai Indians, who looked out of the game for most parts at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Score | PhotosRCB were on fire in the first half of the game and carried all the momentum into the second half. Sachin Tendulkar fell for a first ball duck and the top order did almost nothing. Pollard and Rayudu were left with an almost impossible task, but managed to pull it off. Rayudu struggled early on but even he won’t remember it, given the way he finished things. Pollard played second fiddle for most parts but shifted gears when it mattered the most – in the final over.IPL 2012 – RCB vs MI – MI win by 5 wicketsRCB 171/6 in 20 overs lost MI 173/5 in 19.4 overs (Rayudu 81 n.o. , Pollard 52 n.o.) But one man, who took MI from the depths of despair to the delights of victory was Ambati Rayudu. No wonder, he was the Man of the Match award. Rayudu scored an unbeaten 81 off 54 balls, decorating his innings with 6 fours and 4 sixes.8:50 pm | 19.4 Gayle to Pollard, FOUR, that’s the game! And FIFTY for Pollard as well! Flat and straight, Pollard backs away and slaps it across the line to the deep mid wicket fence, the fielder dives in the deep but can’t stop it. What a game this has been. An absolutely stunning comeback win from Mumbai Indians, who are on a roll here. RCB have been stunned by this Pollard- Rayudu stand, who would have expected that?advertisement19.3 Gayle to Pollard, FOUR, unlucky for RCB but the game is heading towards MI now! A thick edge to the third man fence, it was a low full toss and Pollard looks to play across to the on side, instead gets a thick edge that goes past short third man19.2 Gayle to Pollard, SIX, a flick over deep square leg! Boy these grounds are small and these bats are too good! Fired in down the leg side, Pollard just flicks it and the ball sails over deep square leg19.1 Gayle to Rayudu, leg byes, 1 run, Gayle is lucky to get away with that! Fires it in down the leg side, Rayudu was down the track and got some boot on it to the on side, a leg bye there20:04 Better news. Looks like we will have a resumption soon..20:00 If the flood light doesn’t start working again, RCB will win by D/L method. They’re ahead by 26 runs. MI fans will outrage big time if that happens.97 from 53 is tough, but still possible!RCB are indeed going go-green. We’re still waiting for the flood light to start working again!One of the flood lights has stopped working now. There is more delay in play! Looks like this game will end only after the CSK vs KKR game at this rate. #frustratingKieron Pollard, right handed bat, comes to the crease7:44 pm | 8.5 overs: WICKET! Harshal Patel to Dwayne Smith, out Caught by Dilshan!! And the cheers are back in the Bangalore camp. Length ball and wide outside off, Smith reaches out and steers it straight to backward point. Dilshan doesn’t miss those, and MI need a miracle to get back into this game. Dwayne Smith c Dilshan b Harshal Patel 6(5) [4s-1] (MI 51/5 in 8.5 overs)Dwayne Smith, right handed bat, comes to the crease7:38 pm | 7.5 overs: WICKET! Muralitharan to Dinesh Karthik, out Caught by Harshal Patel!! Good catch that and Muralitharan strikes in his first over! Dinesh Karthik is furious with himself, he was the man looing in good form. Flighted up on middle stump line, Karthik sweeps and actually hits it well but doesn’t clear the ropes, Patel runs across to his right from deep square leg and holds on to it in the run. Yet another wicket after a strategy break! Dinesh Karthik c Harshal Patel b Muralitharan 16(14) [4s-3] (MI 44/4 in 7.5 overs)Ambati Rayudu, right handed bat, comes to the crease7:15 pm | 3.4 overs: WICKET! Another one walks back. MI start is as same as RCB’s – they too lost early wickets! Vinay Kumar to Rohit Sharma, out Caught&Bowled!! Vinay Kumar has his revenge and he is absolutely pumped up! Soft dismissal that – this pitched back of a length and grew big on the batsman, he was looking to work it across but got a slight leading edge back to the bowler. Simple catch, big wicket. Mumbai are in deep deep trouble. Rohit Sharma c and b Vinay Kumar 5(7) [4s-1] (MI 19/3 in 3.4 overs)Dinesh Karthik, right handed bat, comes to the creaseadvertisement7:03 pm | 1.2 overs: WICKET! Gibbs too fails to stay in the middle for long! Vinay Kumar to Gibbs, out Gibbs Run Out!! 2 runs completed. And this pair separates itself with some crazy bit of running. Gibbs flicks this short one over mid wicket, they got an easy 2 but Gibbs wanted to make it 3, he hesitated for it for a second and that cost him. Appanna chased, slided near the ropes and fired in a superb throw at the bowler’s end where Tiwary did the rest. RCB are on fire here, they have all the momentum with them. Gibbs run out (Appanna/Tiwary) 2(6) (MI 4/2 in 1.2 overs)Rohit Sharma, right handed bat, comes to the crease6:59 pm | 0.5 overs: WICKET! Okay, Sachin departs in the very first over! Zaheer to Tendulkar, out Caught by Virat Kohli!! A first ball duck for Sachin Tendulkar and I’m not sure if the crowd is happy or not, mixed emotions I suppose! Well planned too – they had a man at short cover-point and Tendulkar has hit is straight to him. Full and angled across, Tendulkar leans and drives it STRAIGHT to Kohli at that position. Zaheer is pumped up, who wouldn’t be if they get Sachin Tendulkar for a first ball duck? Tendulkar c Virat Kohli b Zaheer 0(1) (MI 2/1 in 0.5 overs)MUMBAI INDIANS: Target 172 in 20 oversROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE: 171/6 in 20 overs (Dilshan 47, Agarwal 64 not out)Mayank Agarwal: Anil (Kumble) bhai just asked me to go there and express myself. I hit Murali for a six off my first IPL ball and I feel honoured that I did that. I need to keep putting in such performances. It is still green out there and there is some moisture so hopefully the bowlers can extract something from that.6:40 pm | 20 overs: INNINGS! Mayank Agarwal’s late heist takes Royal Challengers Bangalore to a respectable total. He scored 24 runs off Munaf in the 20th over. Here’s a break-up – 6-4-4-2-6-2. RCB score 171/6, thanks to Mayank’s superlative batting.19.5 Munaf Patel to Agarwal, SIX, this bloke has some strong fore arms! Full on middle and leg, Agarwal walks across his stumps and whips it away over long on for a maximum 19.4 Munaf Patel to Agarwal, 2 runs, slower delivery on middle, Agarwal whacks it straight down the ground. Rohit Sharma puts in a big dive at the boundary to prevent the ball from getting past him 19.3 Munaf Patel to Agarwal, FOUR, pretty pathetic bowling from Munaf Patel! Full toss on the off stump, Agarwal gets under it and drives it powerfully to long off for a boundary. That brings up his half century 19.2 Munaf Patel to Agarwal, FOUR, poor again from Munaf Patel! Full outside the off stump, Agarwal opens the face of the bat and drives it to deep backward point for a boundary – FIFTY up for Agarwal 19.1 Munaf Patel to Agarwal, SIX, massive! Poor bowling, full toss on the off stump, Agarwal steps out and employs a lofted drive to send it into the stands at long off advertisement18.5 Malinga to Agarwal, SIX, beautiful stuff from Agarwal! Slower delivery outside the off stump, Agarwal backs away and lofts it over the ropes at extra cover for a maximum 18.4 Malinga to Agarwal, FOUR, superb timing! Full on leg stump, Agarwal flicks it away quite effortlessly to deep square leg for a boundaryZaheer Khan, right handed bat, comes to the crease 6:28 pm | 17.5 overs: WICKET! Vinay Kumar walked out the way he got it – quick! RP Singh to Vinay Kumar, out Vinay Kumar Run Out!! 1 run completed. Suicidal stuff that from Vinay Kumar! Short outside the off stump, Vinay Kumar gets on top of the bounce and dabs it to deep point. Vinay Kumar completes a single and charges back for the second. Smith in the deep fires in a throw at the striker’s end. Karthik takes it well and demolishes all three stumps to catch Vinay Kumar short of the crease. Vinay Kumar run out (Dwayne Smith/Dinesh Karthik) 1(2) (RCB 134/6 in 17.5 overs)Vinay Kumar, right handed bat, comes to the crease 6:25 pm | 17.3 overs: WICKET! Dilshan falls after a sturdy 47. RP Singh to Dilshan, out Bowled!! Would you beleive it, Dilshan has missed a full toss! Full toss on the off stump, Dilshan backs away and tries to give it a real whack but misses it completely. The ball cannons into the off stump and leaves Dilshan looking rather embarrased. RP Singh gets away with a poor ball, Dilshan should have done better and he knows it. Dilshan b RP Singh 47(50) [4s-4 6s-1] (RCB 133/5 in 17.3 overs) 6:16 pm | 16 overs: RCB are 122/4 at the stage with Tillakaratne Dilshan (45*) and Mayank Agarwal (21*) in the middle. The run rate has risen to 7.62 after intital setback that saw as many as four batsmen, including Chirs Gayle fall early.Mayank Agarwal, right handed bat, comes to the crease 5:52 pm | 11.3 overs: WICKET! Another one bites dust! Pollard to de Villiers, out Caught by Malinga!! Slower one does the trick! Off cutter angled in to middle, de Villiers backs away and drives it uppishly towards cover. Malinga does well to take it, that ball was really travelling. Big wicket this for Mumbai. de Villiers c Malinga b Pollard 14(13) [4s-1] (RCB 87/4 in 11.3 overs)AB de Villiers, right handed bat, comes to the crease 5:33 pm | 6.3 overs: WICKET! Tiwary takes a walk! Harbhajan to Saurabh Tiwary, out Hit Wicket!! Disastrous way to get out! Flatter on middle and leg, Saurabh Tiwary looks to flicks it away to the leg side. Unfortunately in the process the left hander’s back foot goes into the middle stump. Saurabh Tiwary is absoulutely furious with himself and he charges off to the dug out. Saurabh Tiwary hit wkt b Harbhajan 21(16) [4s-1 6s-2] (RCB 47/3 in 6.3 overs)Saurabh Tiwary, left handed bat, comes to the crease 5:06 pm | 2.4 overs: WICKET! Munaf Patel to Dilshan, out Virat Kohli Run Out!! Confusion in the middle maybe, more like chaos actually! Length delivery on the off stump, Dilshan opens the face of the bat and drives it to backward point. Gibbs dives to his left and stops the ball from getting past him. Kohli is already half way down the track and Dilshan sends him back. Gibbs hurls in the throw at the non striker’s end and Munaf takes an age but manages to whip the bails off. Kohil is caught a long way short of his ground. Kohli slipped on his way back and after that he had no chance. Virat Kohli run out (Gibbs/Munaf Patel) 3(1) (RCB 11/2 in 1.2 overs)Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease 5:03 pm | 2.2 overs: WICKET! Oops MI have got rid of Gayle; have the battle is won! Munaf Patel to Gayle, out Bowled!! Trying to force the issue but gets knocked over! Short and outside the off stump, Gayle steps away early and tries to slap it away. The ball gets a thick inside edge and goes back to knock out the middle stump. Gayle trying to be a little too aggressive on that occasion, very uncharacteristic of him compared to how he has played this season. Gayle b Munaf Patel 6(8) [6s-1] (RCB 8/1 in 2.2 overs)So finally the players have made their way to the middle. Bangalore has already witnessed one storm. Pretty sure the crowd will want another one, and I’m not talking about the rain. Harbhajan bowled just one over in the game against Kolkata, it will be interesting to see how many he bowls on a green and damp wicket todayTeams Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Herschelle Gibbs, Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik(w), Ambati Rayudu, Dwayne Smith, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh(c), Lasith Malinga, RP Singh, Munaf PatelRoyal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(w), Saurabh Tiwary, Mayank Agarwal, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Harshal Patel, KP Appanna, Muttiah MuralitharanKohli: We didn’t really pay attention to the fact that we hadn’t beaten Mumbai at home. Today is the day we wear our green jersey to support our green initiative and we hope it brings us some luck. I would have bowled first as well since the covers were on for quite some time. The grass isn’t binded well enough, but it is only 20 overs a side so it should stay the same through the game.Harbhajan: Last time they played better than us, we have come here with a win and some confidence. Hopefully we can repeat what we did in Kolkata. We are still going to play a 20 over game, so I don’t think things will change much. The wicket is green and damp, it is a good toss to win and hopefully we can bowl well and get some early wickets.4:35 pm | Toss – Mumbai Indians have won the toss and elected to field 4:18 pm | The umpires are inspecting the outfield. Some of the covers have been peeled off although the main cover is in place.4:10 pm | The rain has stopped now and the clouds are clearing. The super-soppers are in action and there is not much water on the ground to clear. Hopefully if the rain does not start again, we might see some action in an hours time.Live visuals from the stadium show that the covers are firmly in place and it is drizzling at the moment.
Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges With the match-ups now set, Pingris’ focus is on Star’s cohesion as it seeks to further develop its teamwork in the quarters with reinforcement Kristofer Acox in tow.“What’s important here is the chemistry we’re building. We changed imports so he needs to understand our games and know that it’s always going to be our defense which will help us win games,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Even if we’re twice-to-win, I want Ginebra,” said the energetic forward.Pingris has no problems even if the odds will be stacked against the Hotshots knowing that their team will be tested early, and what better opponent to have than the reigning Governors’ Cup champion to gauge themselves.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“It’s a great feeling to play because you’ll be facing a strong team. If you can’t beat them, how can you be a champion? It’s better to face a strong team early,” he said.Since coach Tim Cone left for the Gin Kings, the Purefoods franchise are 4-10 against its fierce rival and has lost its last four duels. Fajardo takes blame for SMB loss to Bolts View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGES“To be the best, you have to beat the best.”And that’s exactly what Marc Pingris wants Star to do as he wishes for a collision course with defending champion Barangay Ginebra in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans MOST READ Pingris went to as far as comparing the meeting to a championship series.“Every time we face Ginebra, we feel like we’re in the Finals. The history is there with Manila Clasico and a lot of fans are watching.”Pingris, though, will have to wait until the finals for his dream matchup to come true and given that both teams survive their respective quarterfinals and semifinals duels.Meralco’s 104-101 victory over San Miguel in the final eliminations game on Sunday propelled Ginebra to the No. 3 spot and Star to four.The Gin Kings will face the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen in the playoffs, while the Hotshots will have an early rematch with the NLEX Road Warriors, whom they beat 101-93 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKiefer Ravena showed up for practice on Monday, making a total of four point guards vying for spots in the Gilas Pilipinas roster that will play Japan and Chinese Taipei later this month at the start of the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers.Terrence Romeo also reported for work earlier. Together with Jayson Castro and the improved Kevin Alas in the pool, there will be four point guards that Reyes would have to choose from in time for the clash with the Japanese slated Nov. 24 in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ceres-Negros closes in on top spot Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ But having so many point guards in his squad is not new to Reyes, who took four with him to Seville, Spain, in 2014—Castro, Romeo, Paul Lee and Jimmy Alapag—in the World Cup where the Filipinos won a round robin game for the first time in 40 years, an 81-79 overtime decision of Senegal.Reyes would have had a fifth guard in the pool in Jio Jalalon, who has been out because of a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) injury.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 openingThe Filipinos will tangle with the Taiwanese at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao on Nov. 27, which naturalized player Quincy Davis III was reportedly ruled out to play for Chinese Taipei because of an injury.Andray Blatche, Gilas’ naturalized center, will arrive Nov. 12 to join the Nationals in practice. Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ The first round of the hectic qualifying process will end in February for the Filipinos when they travel to Australia to play the world-power Aussies who, in turn, will also play here.Ira Brown is vying for a spot in the Japanese national side as its naturalized player, but unlike the Philippines and Taipei which enlisted big men in the 6-foot-11 Blatche and the 6-foot-10 Davis III, respectively, Brown is a 6-foot-4 guard.Joji Takeuchi remains to be one of the big guns for the Japanese. A 6-foot-10 center with soft hands and quick feet Takeuchi has seen his share of battles with Gilas.Reigning four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Castro, Calvin Abueva, Gabe Norwood and Matthew Wright are considered shoo-ins by most.ADVERTISEMENT Malditas save PH from shutout The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads View comments
LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Foton faces stern test vs F2 Logistics Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH University of the Philippines took the second spot after finishing the tournament with a 4-2 win-loss slate while UST salvaged the bronze medal.NU also clinched back-to-back in the the women’s division with a 6-0 sweep.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 openingNU’s Arven Alcantara and Rheza Aragon were named the men’s and women’s MVP, respectively. 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 Malditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims National University secured a double championship in the UAAP Season 80 taekwondo, dominating the three-day competition.The Bulldogs bagged their first men’s title after going undefeated in all their six outings including an identical 6-1 wins over University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern U Friday at Blue Eagle Gym.ADVERTISEMENT
“This one was a lot better,” Ball said. “I actually like this one. Just keep building on it.”Ball and Magic Johnson are the only Lakers with multiple triple-doubles in their rookie seasons. Johnson had seven, and his new point guard has two in his first 17 games.“You should always play better in front of your fans, so I’m just trying to put on a good show for them and win at the same time,” Ball said.Ball had another big game at another turbulent moment in his family life. With his father beefing with Donald Trumpover the president’s role in resolving brother LiAngelo’s legal issues during a UCLA basketball trip to China, Lonzo Ball put together an outstanding floor game to boost the Lakers to just their second win in seven games.“Never with a young man like this, his age, have I seen it,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said of the circus surrounding Ball’s every move.ADVERTISEMENT He broke through the distractions with another beautiful game against Denver.Ball had his second career triple-double and Julius Randle scored 24 points in the Lakers’ 127-109 victory over the short-handed Nuggets on Sunday night.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 openingWith 11 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and 11 assists, Ball reached the milestone at 20 years and 23 days — the exact age at which LeBron James became the youngest player to record his second triple-double in 2005.Ball became the youngest player in NBA history with a first triple-double eight days earlier in a loss at Milwaukee. Malditas save PH from shutout “I mean, he got a haircut and fielded three questions on game day about his haircut. One, it’s impressive how he is able to maintain and handle it, and two, I think it’s a little bit nuts. But that’s the way it’s going to be.”Brook Lopez scored 21 points and Jordan Clarkson added 18 for the Lakers, who surged to a 24-point lead in the first half and won easily.Denver coach Mike Malone and top scorer Nikola Jokic were ejected in the second quarter after Malone stepped onto the court during play to argue a no-call on a play by Jokic around the basket. Malone furiously confronted referee Rodney Mott, who swiftly ejected the coach and his best player when Jokic joined in the argument.“I’ll be honest, I deserved to get tossed, but Nikola Jokic did nothing to warrant an ejection,” Malone said. “That’s something that we’ll try to look into if we can.”TIP-INSNuggets: Jamal Murray got a technical foul for gesturing at Mott after a no-call shortly after the two ejections. … Two nights after Denver scored 146 points in a win over New Orleans, the Nuggets mustered just 48 points in the first half while committing 13 turnovers.Lakers: The 6-foot-6 Ball’s 16 rebounds are the most in the NBA by a rookie this season. … Los Angeles had a season-high 36 assists. … Randle scored 17 points before halftime. … Josh Hart and Ivica Zubac were recalled from the South Bay Lakers before the game. Hart scored three points, and Zubac played two minutes.TOSSEDMalone was infuriated when Mott didn’t call a foul on the Lakers for contact while Jokic battled underneath the basket. When the teams headed upcourt, Malone took two steps onto the hardwood and blocked Mott’s path.Jokic had barely joined the argument when Mott tossed him as well, prompting a profane response. Malone’s assistants had to calm him down. The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alapag on Alab’s poor first half: ‘It needs to be a 40-minute effort’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES “I just want to apologize to the Denver Nuggets,” Jokic said. “I feel bad. I left my teammates alone there.”JULIUS EARNINGRandle went 11 of 18 from the field and added seven points and five assists in a stellar game off the bench. Walton would love to see a similar effort from Randle every night.“I’m trying to figure that out,” Walton said. “Because when he plays like he did tonight, he’s as good as anyone in this league.”HURTINGDenver forward Paul Millsap left with a sprained left wrist in the second quarter of a miserable night for the Nuggets, who lost for just the second time in six games. Millsap had X-rays, but Malone didn’t yet know the results.UP NEXTNuggets: At Sacramento Kings on Monday night.Lakers: Host the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night. Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, center, grabs a rebound against Denver Nuggets forwards Trey Lyles, left, and Juancho Hernangomez of Spain, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 127-109. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)LOS ANGELES — Lonzo Ball’s haircuts are headline news around LA and the NBA. His father already draws more attention than most politicians, and LaVar Ball is even currently engaged in a public argument with the president.Through all of this extraordinary attention on a 20-year-old point guard and his family, Lonzo has managed to remain focused on his rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 25 points. Domantas Sabonis added 15 points and 14 rebounds.Only three other Lakers scored in double figures besides Clarkson. Julius Randle had 14 points, Kyle Kuzma added 13 and Larry Nance Jr. 10.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening MOST READ SPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Pacers, the NBA’s third-best shooting team, shot 39.6 percent the previous night in Portland and then opened Friday’s game by missing 13 of their first 17 attempts.They shot 38.1 percent on the night, including 2 for 25 from 3-point range. It was the first time this season they shot less than 40 percent in consecutive games. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives 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 PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Hardaway scores 31, Knicks topple Jazz Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Pacers had won five of seven.TIP-INSPacers: Three former UCLA players returned to Los Angeles with Indiana, including two rookies making their first appearances as pros: forward TJ Leaf (18th overall draft pick) and C Ike Anigbogu (47th). Both have struggled to earn playing time, while G Darren Collison has become a fixture at point guard. … C Myles Turner missed his sixth consecutive game with a strained right elbow.Lakers: Maybe it’s Staples Center. The Lakers played without three regulars: G Lonzo Ball (knee), F Brandon Ingram (ankle) and G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (strained Achilles). So all five players on the court for the opening tip were not typically starters. Their arena-mates, the Clippers, have been playing down at least three starters for most of the season.UP NEXTPacers: Travel to San Antonio, where they have lost their last three, to face the Spurs on Sunday.Lakers: Host the Knicks on Sunday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, front, drives toward the basket past Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)LOS ANGELES — Reserve guard Jordan Clarkson sparked an undermanned Lakers team with 33 points to lead Los Angeles to a 99-86 victory Friday night over the Indiana Pacers.The Lakers, missing three injured starters, snapped a two-game skid despite making just two of 14 free throws. They shot 14.3 percent from the line, a franchise low.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pacquiao, the eight-division boxing champion, believes that the MPBL do for boxing what weekly prizefights did for his boxing career.“I got into boxing when I was young because weekly, there were fights staged in our place. I see it the same way here, that we can do that in basketball,” said the 39-year-old Pacquiao. “In time, we can discover good basketball players because anybody can play here.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Recognizing also the forgotten and obscure 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 MPBL founder Manny Pacquiao. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonSen. Manny Pacquiao finally unveiled his Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Thursday evening, raffling off cars and motorcycles to patron ticket holders and watching Aric del Rosario return to coaching on the saddle of victory.The turnout was enough to embolden Pacquiao to go after even bigger goals—like turning the MPBL into the country’s version of the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “Once [the league] grows, it will be like the NBA,” Pacquiao said in Filipino. “If they have East and West, here we can have North and South.”“There are lots of cities that wanted to join,” he added. Pacquiao said the queue of teams knocking on the MPBL door was enough for a 20-squad roster but league organizers opted to limit the participating teams to just 10. “Unfortunately, we already had a program set. But they’re welcome to join the next conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe MPBL Anta Rajah Cup tipped off at the Big Dome with Daniel de Guzman of Parañaque scoring the league’s first basket. The Patriots went on to score the inaugural victory, 70-60, over the Caloocan Supremos.Gab Dagangon led the way with 20 points and nine rebounds as Parañaque gifted the well-loved Del Rosario a win to mark his return to coaching. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives View comments
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England will be eager to turn things around after their defeat against Australia earlierThe reckoning has come early for England at the Cricket World Cup. Out of form and down on confidence, Eoin Morgan’s England squad needs a strong showing in Friday’s Pool A match against New Zealand to restore some belief in its campaign.A 111-run loss to Australia in its opening match delivered a blow to team morale which was already low after its heavy loss to the Australians in the preceding limited-overs tri-series.It now faces co-host New Zealand, which has won its first two matches and which is buoyant if a little chastened after a narrow win over Scotland.Another win – its third in seven days – would put New Zealand in a powerful in the group with an eight-day break before its subsequent match against Afghanistan.A loss to New Zealand wouldn’t be an irreversible setback for England: with matches remaining against Afghanistan, Scotland and Bangladesh it should still progress comfortably to the next round. But the effect of another defeat on already brittle confidence might be more severe.Morgan has inherited the captaincy after Alastair Cook was fired amid the team’s inconsistent form. His tenure hasn’t yet been transformative: while England has won individual one-day internationals against India and Sri Lanka, it struggles to win series or consistently beat top sides.One reason is that is, in the absence of Kevin Pietersen, it appears to lack an x-factor player, one of the proven match-winners New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum says will shape the outcome of matches at this tournament.advertisementMcCullum insists England does have players of that caliber and lists Morgan among them.”They’ve got match-winners and I’ve said right from the start of this tournament that the wickets we play on allow match winners to come into play,” McCullum said Thursday. “So, even though the England team may not have been firing of late they’re still a dangerous proposition and we’re respectful of that.”Morgan “is a definite match-winner with his uncanny ability to hit different areas and seize opportunities. I think Jos Buttler is a very dangerous player.”Morgan is out of form, making four ducks in his last five innings and averaging only 18 over his last 22 turns at bat. His run drought has impacted directly on England’s overall performance but not yet on his self-belief.”I’d love you to explain it to me because I don’t understand it,” he said of his recent batting slump. “You don’t look any further than what’s in front of you and I’ve done that but it hasn’t worked. I believe it will work and when it does hopefully I can cash in on it and either make a match-winning performance or build on somebody else’s.”McCullum believes Morgan’s slump won’t last.Morgan “is a champion player and he’s probably one of my better mates from around the world,” McCullum said. “He’s obviously going through a bit of a tough time at the moment but tough times don’t last, tough blokes do. So hopefully at some point he’ll come out of it but hopefully tomorrow we’re able to keep him quiet.”England batting coach Mark Ramprakash also voted confidence in Morgan’s ability.”He’s aware of the fact that he wants more runs and it’s important for the team that he plays his part,” Ramprakash said. “But in terms of handling the tournament, the pressures of it, you couldn’t really ask for better character to be able to handle that.”New Zealand will take an unchanged lineup into the match at Wellington’s Regional Stadium, where it has won nine of its last 11 ODIs.”We’ve played a bit of cricket on this wicket recently and we expect it to be the same,” McCullum said. “The guys have performed well so far and we want to give them that same opportunity again and we think the balance of the team will suit us well on this ground.”
The Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, located in Delhi, is one of the 12 IPL venues this seasonEstablished in 1883, Feroz Shah Kotla is the second oldest international cricket stadium still functioning in India, the first being Kolkata’s Eden Gardens. Located in New Delhi, the stadium is the home ground of IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils.With a capacity of 40,000 spectators, the stadium is famed for its cauldron-like atmosphere. The stadium has been Indian national team’s most successful Test ground with only six losses out of 24 games at Kotla. The stadium hosted its first Test match when India clashed with West Indies on November 10, 1948. Kotla has also witnessed a number of feats, most notably Anil Kumble’s 10 wickets in an innings against Pakistan in 1999.Total ODIs Hosted: 23First ODI: India vs Sri Lanka on September 15, 1982.Highest Total(ODIs): West Indies’ 330/8 against Netherlands on February 28, 2011.Lowest Total(ODIs): Netherlands’ 115 against West Indies on February 28, 2011.Best Bowling figures: West Indies seamer Kemar Roach’s 6/27 against Netherlands on February 28, 2011.
Earlier this year, we reported that LG G2 will be gettingthe Lollipop update in India. The company has finally started rolling out theupdate a two months later. The update will bring the much awaited materialdesign to the outdated but capable device. The LG G2 was launched in 2013 andsported the Snapdragon 800 processor which is clocked at 2.3GHz.The update weighs in at 750MB and has started hittingdevices in India. The LRX22G build will be based on Android Lollipop 5.0.2. Thecompany has not specified any details about the Lollipop 5.1 update. There arequite a few bugs existing on the Lollipop 5.0.1 and the users can expect theLollipop 5.1 update later this year.Google just released Android M in the Google I/O which hasintroduced some major tweaks in the operating system. One of the major featuresincluded in the build will be a power saving mode that will extend the stand-byduration by 2.7 times.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday confirmed that the sanctions against tainted Pakistani cricketers Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt will expire on September 1 and they will be eligible to return to competitive cricket the next day after fulfilling the specific conditions laid down by the independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal.Further, Mohammad Amir will be eligible to return to cricket at international level at the same time, following permission being granted to him to return to play domestic cricket in Pakistan earlier this year.The three were found guilty of various offences of corrupt behaviour relating to the Lord’s Test between England and Pakistan in August 2010 by the independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal on February 5, 2011, with their sanctions back-dated to commence on September 2, 2010, (the date on which they were initially charged and provisionally suspended).Also read: Ban on Sreesanth will stay despite court’s decision, says BCCI The tribunal, headed by Michael Beloff, following a six-day hearing in Qatar, had imposed a sanction of five years on Amir, seven years on Asif (of which the final two years were suspended on specified conditions) and 10 years on Butt (of which the final five years were suspended on specified conditions).”As with all players and other participants in cricket, all three remain bound to comply with the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and the anti-corruption rules of all National Cricket Federations,” said an ICC statement.”Consequently, if they should commit any further act of corrupt conduct they are liable to (i) further separate disciplinary proceedings for breaches of the relevant code or rules and (ii) in the case of Asif and Butt and where such breach occurs during the suspended part of their original period of ineligibility, the activation of that suspended period of ineligibility.”advertisement
India’s football team coach Stephen Constantine on Wednesday called up 22 players, currently busy training for their respective Indian Super League (ISL) franchises, for the two upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers.The players are expected to report to Mumbai on October 4, an All India Football Federation (AIFF) statement said on Wednesday.This follows a controversy after the ISL organisers initially refused to release the Indian players for the two away qualifying games, on October 8 and 13, against Turkmenistan and Oman, respectively, leaving the national team with the possibility of playing those matches without any preparation.Also read: Mumbai City FC announce final squad A preparatory camp scheduled to start on September 29 didn’t materialise because of it. The AIFF later said an agreement to release players has been reached.ISL begins on October 3 with defending champions Atletico de Kolkata playing Chennaiyin FC in Chennai.The squad: Subrata Paul, Karanjit Singh, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Arnab Mondal, Sandesh Jhingan, Aiborlang Khongjee, Dhanachandra Singh, Lalchhuanmawia, Narayan Das, Rino Anto, Pritam Kotal, Eugenson Lyngdoh, Cavin Lobo, Sehnaj Singh, Jackichand Singh, Pronoy Halder, Francis Fernandes, Rowlin Borges, Bikash Jairu, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Robin Singh, Sunil Chhetri.
French Open champion Stan Wawrinka has become the fourth player to qualify for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London.The world number five joins top ranked Novak Djokovic, fellow Swiss Roger Federer and British hope Andy Murray in the elite eight-man field for the November 15-22 tournament.Also read: Federer, Wawrinka set up all-Swiss semifinal at US Open “I can’t wait to return to The O2. I reached the semi-finals the last two years and love playing there. The competition will be very tough as usual but I hope to go further this year,” Wawrinka said after setting up a U.S. Open semi-final with Federer.The 30-year-old has won three titles this year, including a second grand slam trophy with victory over Djokovic in the Roland Garros final.The chasing pack for the remaining four singles spots in the season ender include Kei Nishikori, Tomas Berdych, 14-times grand slam winner Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer.
Manchester United striker James Wilson has joined Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion on loan for the rest of the season, the second division club said.The 19-year-old has made only two appearances for United this season, coming on as a substitute in the 3-0 defeat by Arsenal on October 4 and starting in the Capital One (League) Cup loss to Middlesbrough on October 28.Wilson joins a Brighton team that are unbeaten in the Championship this season and lie second in the table, behind Hull City on goal difference.”We have been keen to add a striker, and James has been our number one target for some time, so we are absolutely delighted to have completed the deal,” Brighton manager Chris Hughton told the club’s website.”He is an exciting young striker, and we hope that this move will prove to be very good for all parties involved.”He is very highly thought of at Old Trafford and he has been in and around the first-team picture at Manchester United since Ryan Giggs gave him his debut the season before last.”I now hope he will help us maintain our excellent start to the season, and bring additional goals to the squad.”Wilson is contracted to United until 2019.