Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns a shot against Philipp Kohlschreiber, of Germany, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)NEW YORK — The only bit of trouble for Roger Federer in his fourth-round match at the U.S. Open was when he felt the tightening of a muscle at the back of the top of his left leg.Federer asked for a medical timeout after the second set against No. 33 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, briefly let the court in Arthur Ashe Stadium to get a quick massage from a trainer, and soon was right back at it, finishing off his 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 victory Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:08Palace: No need to release Duterte medical bulletin01:37Protesters 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 In the quarterfinals, he’ll face someone who turns 29 this month and whose presence does not conjure good memories for Federer at the U.S. Open: Juan Martin del Potro.Federer is a combined 44-0 against the first four men he’s played, and he is 16-5 against del Potro. But one of those defeats came in five sets in the 2009 final at Flushing Meadows, when del Potro won his only Grand Slam title and ended Federer’s streak of five consecutive championships in New York.“Probably feels like one of those matches I would like to play over again. Feel like I would probably win it somehow,” Federer said.“I just had all these chances in multiple moments. The only time when he was really better, in my opinion, was the fifth set,” he added. “Obviously that was good enough to beat me that day. It was a good match. A lot of back and forth. Crowd was really into it. Started in the day, finished in the night.”Del Potro has gone through plenty of health problems since then, including three operations on his left wrist that forced him to miss two years’ worth of Grand Slam tournaments until Wimbledon in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “It was more precaution. It’s all good. No problems there,” said Federer, who did not face a break point. “I’m not worried about it.”The state of the 36-year-old Federer’s physical condition has been a talking point throughout the tournament, because he tweaked his back during a match in August, interrupting his preparation for Flushing Meadows. Federer said he was worried about his movement in his first-round match against 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe, then had timing issues in his second-rounder against 35-year-old Russian Mikhail Youzhny — and both of those contests went five sets.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 shutoutOn the bright side, the 19-time major champion also spent some time drawing a crowd by hitting in Central Park and has put together two straight-set wins in a row against opponents in their 30s.“I went from Tiafoe, then to the oldies, so that was good,” Federer joked. “Yeah, back to the ’80s.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension That has had an effect on his two-handed backhand, to be sure, but the righty swing that produces massive forehands and serves is still intact — as Federer himself noted at his news conference and on Twitter.That was clear as del Potro shook off the effects of a fever and erased two set points while coming back from a big deficit to eliminated No. 6 Dominic Thiem 1-6, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-4.When a reporter relayed to del Potro that Federer had spoken glowingly about him, del Potro responded: “Well, of course, I admire him, too. Everybody loves him.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments San Miguel to play Bridgeman vs Rain or Shine, still awaiting arrival of Terrence Watson WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ LATEST STORIES
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lowry big in 4th, scores 24 as Raptors beat Spurs View comments Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net“Racism is never justifiable.”That was the message of Chris Ross hours after the heated duel between San Miguel and NLEX on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities The reigning two-time Defensive Player of the Year refused to talk to the media after the Beermen’s 109-98 victory over the Road Warriors but posted the message on his Instagram stories.Screenshot from Chris Ross’ Instagram account.According to San Miguel coach Leo Austria, Ross was reportedly on the receiving end of a racial slur from NLEX coach Yeng Guiao when the two but heads late in the game. He blew a gasket and was ejected with 1:46 left to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGuiao, though, denied that he used the derogatory word n****r on Ross, but admitted to flashing the dirty finger.READ: Austria says ‘racial slur’ provoked Ross; Guiao denies using N-word Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Teammate Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, meanwhile, leapt to Ross’ defense and related his own experiences regarding race and equality.On Twitter, the Filipino-American forward said that the alleged racist remark from Guiao was nothing new to him.“As a black man who grew up in America, my self and my ancestors strived for our values and worth to be seen through our work ethic. To be criticized for our skin color is demeaning, demoralizing, and should not be tolerated,” he said.“Fil-Am, Fil-foreigner, or local, we are one. For the thousands of Filipinos I’ve met and played with, these remarks don’t define us as people. From a father who only wants the best for his mixed children’s futures, there should be no tolerance on hate and bigotry.”ADVERTISEMENT
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding In small interactions before Olympics, Korean unity emerges Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “We can’t comment on what just happened at the panel. I’ll just say that we came here to defend our good name and we were fully listened to by the CAS panel,” said luge coach Albert Demchenko, who was at the hearing. “All our documents and words were heard.”The Russians are seeking to overturn the International Olympic Committee’s decision not to invite them to the games. If they win, it would force the IOC to accept athletes it considers to be linked to doping offenses.The Russian team is formally banned, so they would have to compete as “Olympic Athletes from Russia” in neutral uniforms under the Olympic flag. With 168 IOC-approved athletes, it’s already one of the biggest teams in Pyeongchang.The IOC won’t comment on individual cases, but says its invitation process was based on evidence from a newly obtained Moscow laboratory database detailing doping in previous years.Other athletes whose cases will be heard include Viktor Ahn, a six-time Olympic gold medalist in short-track speedskating, and Alexander Legkov, a cross-country skiing gold medalist.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ FILE – In this Feb. 15, 2014, file photo, men’s 1,000-meter short track speedskating gold medalist Viktor Ahn, of Russia, gestures while holding his medal during the medals ceremony at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—Forty-five Russian athletes are still waiting to hear if they will be allowed to compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics after their appeal hearing ended Thursday without a decision.The first competitions of the games—including a U.S.-Russia curling match—had already started when the Court of Arbitration for Sport heard the cases at a luxury resort in the mountains near Pyeongchang.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Sergei Parkhomenko, the general secretary of the Russian Bobsled Federation, said athletes from his team were training in Siberia, ready to fly to South Korea at a moment’s notice if CAS gives them the green light.“We’re hoping for a fair and logical decision from the court,” he said. “If there’s a positive ruling, they’ll fly in.”Russian officials and athletes have indicated that not all of those who have filed appeals plan to compete if they win. Some are reportedly no longer in training, while others may not be included on full rosters in sports like hockey.The six athletes who filed an appeal Thursday include two world champion speedskaters, Denis Yuskov and Pavel Kulizhnikov, plus athletes from biathlon and ski jumping.All six were originally refused invitations to compete by the IOC. All have previously served bans of various lengths for failed doping tests. The IOC had said it wouldn’t invite athletes previously banned for doping.CAS had previously said it didn’t plan to hear their case until after the Olympics. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia PLAY LIST 02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia01:37Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “(A ruling is expected) within the next 24 hours,” said Philippe Baertsch, a lawyer for the Russians. “We are hopeful that the panel will follow our argumentation and respect the rights of the athletes.”The total number of appeals hit 60 on Thursday, the day before the opening ceremony. The cases heard Thursday concern 45 Russian athletes and two coaches, but CAS said it will also hear new Russian cases involving six athletes and seven support staff.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn attendance for the hearing were Elena Nikitina, the 2014 bronze medalist in women’s skeleton, and Tatiana Ivanova, a luger who won silver in the team event in 2014.Leaving the hearing, Nikitina said the three arbiters—from Canada, Switzerland and Australia—”were pleasant and we were listened to.” View comments
Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games “When I watched the Kyrie [Irving] shot, I thought ‘wow that’s amazing’ and I wished that the same thing would happen to me,” said Bolick, who was referring to Kyrie Irving’s clutch triple in the Cavaliers’ title run in 2016.“I saw the defensive switch, and I thought for a second if I should drive or if I shoot, thank God it went in.” Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment PLAY LIST 04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ San Beda guard Robert Bolick. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRobert Bolick’s basketball career will certainly have a chapter dedicated to De La Salle University.He was a Green Archer first and a Red Lion second.ADVERTISEMENT Bolick, San Beda edge La Salle for Filoil title 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “Both teams can win the title, and I really like Ben [Mabala] because he’s been talking trash to me the whole game but after the game we’re still friends.”This is basketball, however, and only one team wins and it was Bolick, who made sure that happened.And he had some early morning inspiration before he thrashed the Green Archers in clutch time.Bolick said he watched the replay of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.And one play remained in his mind up until the final minute of his own championship game.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide And on Sunday, he added another entry into that chapter when he punctured La Sallians’ hearts with a dagger of a triple to lead San Beda to a 75-72 win in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup Finals.READ: Bolick, San Beda edge La Salle for Filoil titleFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn a game that got rowdy, noisy, and sure as hell crazy, Bolick remembered to thank La Salle despite crushing its preseason dreams.“The game was competitive and that’s what makes a game great, and I’d like to thank them because they gave us a good fight,” said Bolick after finishing with 24 points, eight rebounds, and six assists. What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Batang Pier battled back from a 14-point halftime deficit and a 79-70 hole early in the fourth quarter.Pringle knotted the count at 96 with two free throws with 1:16 remaining, but GlobalPort failed to keep Rain or Shine’s big men off the boards in the waning seconds that led to Almazan’s winning freebies.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Macaraya on loss to Lyceum: We gave them everything we got Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Raymond Almazan sank the game-winning free throws and Rain or Shine held off GlobalPort, 98-96, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Almazan calmly made a pair of freebies with 5.2 seconds left before Terrence Romeo forced a wild shot against Gabe Norwood and Jericho Cruz, who were all over the Batang Pier guard as time ran out.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES “Our free throws saved us. We were struggling with our free throws but we made them when it counted,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia, whose squad went 18-of-34 from the free throw line.Almazan finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds while import James Weatherspoon also posted a double-double with 25 points and 15 rebounds.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 starsRomeo topscored with 28 points on 27 shots while Stanley Pringle added 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to carry much of the load for GlobalPort, which drew a forgetful PBA debut from Jabril Trawick.Trawick had three points, two assists and two turnovers in 16 minutes of action before fouling out with still 5:46 left.
Lois Go finished as the third best golfer in the Ladies’ Individual Stroke Play in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.Go registered 4-under-par 209 to take the Philippines’ first medal in golf so far in the regional games.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Thai powers Atthaya Titikul (14-under-par 199) and Thitapa Pakdeesettakul (7-under-par 206) took the gold and silver medals, respectively. 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 MOST READ Cignal’s Jose named D-League MVP Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments
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. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “He said that it’s been set for a long time now and he can’t back out. We respect his decision,” said Tan.An Eastern Michigan product, Pennisi burst into the league as one of the players elevated by the Red Bull franchise in its entry to the PBA, establishing himself as one of the league’s deadliest snipers.He has since won five titles in his stops with Red Bull, San Miguel, and Star, while also seeing action in Barako Bull, Phoenix, and finally GlobalPort.Pennisi retires with a career average of 7.6 points on 35 percent shooting from three, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists. He is also seventh in the list of all-time career three-pointers made, trailing legendary marksmen Jimmy Alapag, Allan Caidic, Ronnie Magsanoc, Dondon Hontiveros, James Yap, and Al Solis.With Pennisi ending his PBA run, that leaves Asi Taulava, Jayjay Helterbrand, and Hontiveros as the league’s eldest statesmen.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ PBA IMAGESMick Pennisi has decided to hang up his sneakers for good.The 42-year-old big man has opted to end his 17-year PBA career as he pursues his poultry business overseas.ADVERTISEMENT Road Warriors hold off Batang Pier, bolster Top Four bid GlobalPort team manager Bonnie Tan shared Pennisi bid the team goodbye on Friday as he leaves for Thailand to focus on other matters.“He told us his plans long ago, but we wanted to keep him until the end of this season,” said the affable team executive.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 Batang Pier wanted Pennisi to at least barge into the PBA’s 5,000-point club as he sits 33 points shy from achieving the feat.However, the Fil-Australian center could no longer stay, sharing that his move has long been scheduled.
Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor pose during a news conference after a super welterweight boxing match Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)It’s been over two weeks since Floyd Mayweather Jr. kept his unblemished record intact after turning back the UFC’s Conor McGregor in arguably the biggest boxing match this year.Although the 40-year-old future Hall of Famer cruised to victory en route to a 10-round TKO stoppage, boxing aficionados were amazed that McGregor, a boxing neophyte, managed to land a lot of punches against Mayweather’s seemingly impenetrable defense.ADVERTISEMENT Alyssa Valdez headed to Taipei to play for volley club ‘Attack Line’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo As it turns out, the UFC Lightweight Champion fared better on hitting the evasive fighter than some of the biggest names in boxing—including the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto.In a recent footage from FightHype.com and relayed by MMA Fighting, Mayweather downplayed McGregor’s high striking success rate and said it was a result of him wanting to give fans a show.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“That’s because I wasn’t counter-punching and boxing,” the recently retired fighter explained.“The reason why he probably landed a higher percentage or landed more shots than those guys was because I was coming straight ahead, I was barely moving, knocking his shots down a little bit and just breaking him down.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments “Money” also bared that he played coy in the earlier rounds and went with an aggressive approach in the latter ones, as advised by his team.“That was the game plan, let him shoot everything,” he said. “I know he was gonna shoot shots from awkward positions, but the game plan was to dig into the body with good shots, hit him with left hooks, hit him with straight right hands and keep walking towards him, keep pressing him and pushing him back.”His scheme proved to be effective, as Mayweather got his first finish in six years, after last knocking out Victor Ortiz in 2011.“I could have just stayed on the outside, out-boxed him and counter-punched him, and probably still stop him down the stretch, but that’s not what I wanted to do,” the brash fighter said. “I wanted to press and push him.” Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pacquiao commends McGregor, MayweatherSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday removed Shahid Afridi as captain for the two-match ODI series against Ireland retaining the all-rounder in the squad.PCB chairman Ijaz Butt told media that Misbah-ul-Haq would lead the team to Ireland for the ODIs scheduled on May 28 and 30.The decision comes in the wake of Afridi’s open outburst against coach Waqar Younis accusing him of interfering with the selection of the playing eleven during the West Indies tour. Despite leading Pakistan to a 3-2 win, Afridi was replaced by Misbah as the skipper for the Ireland tour.Afridi’s removal comes as a shock in the cricket circles as he had also led Pakistan to the World Cup semi-finals, before winning the ODI series against the West Indies. On the other side, Misbah got the captaincy despite losing the first Test to the West Indies.The PCB had earlier issued a notice to Afridi for making comments on team’s affairs after returning from the West Indies.Both Afridi and Younis were members of the on-tour selection committee in the West Indies for the playing eleven. It had been reported that Afridi was unhappy with Younis’s interference in the selection of the side ahead of the fourth ODI against the West Indies.A report had earlier claimed that Afridi had almost walked out of a selection meeting and had to be persuaded by team manager, Intikhab Alam, to come back.Team: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Younis Khan, Taufiq Umar, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Salman, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Tanvir Ahmed, Hammad Azam.advertisement- With agency inputs
In a scathing attack on the BCCI, former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga said the Indian Board’s financial might has turned the ICC into a “toothless tiger” and called the IPL a “monster” that will destroy international cricket.Ranatunga, who led Sri Lanka to the 1996 World Cup triumph, said the ICC has become a body which is constantly under the BCCI’s pressure.”The ICC’s job is to protect the game. They don’t have to favour anyone. The game has been nurtured by honourable men of the ICC for decades, but at present, ICC looks to be under the thumb of India,” Ranatunga told ‘The Island.'”Not too long ago we had individuals like Malcolm Speed, Eshan Mani and Malcolm Grey who stood against India. But the current ICC is weak and they simply give in. The ICC is becoming a toothless tiger,” he said.Ranatunga praised former England captain Tony Greig for stating that the ICC needs to shake off India’s influence on it to make right decisions.”Hats off to Tony. Everyone these days fear India and no one wants to antagonise the BCCI. Tony is spot on, except for the fact that he has stated Bangladesh and Zimbabwe Boards do whatever the Indians want. He should have added Sri Lanka Cricket too.”SLC is like a puppet on a string. The job of the ICC is to protect the game rather than any individual country,” Ranatunga said.Ranatunga said he fears for the future of Test cricket due to the IPL as players seem to be gravitating towards the league instead of the traditional format.advertisement”I have seen this IPL and I must say from the first day I didn’t like it. We have created a monster that will go on to destroy international cricket,” Ranatunga said.Ranatunga said calls for creating a window for IPL in the international calendar are “ridiculous”.”It’s absolutely ridiculous. If we are going into that, what about if other countries also ask for windows. If you take football, international matches aren’t the priority except for the World Cup, which comes once in four years. In football the glamour is in club tournaments.”Are these people going to make cricket a club based sport too? I feel very sorry and sad at the state of affairs and I hope and pray sanity will prevail,” Ranatunga said.He blamed the absence of cricketers from the ICC’s top decision-making body for the current scenario.”One fault that I see with the ICC at the moment is that most of the Directors haven’t played the game and the main decisions are taken at the Directors’ meeting.”If you take most of the CEOs of cricket boards, they are past cricketers, but when they come up with suggestions for the well-being of the game, the Directors need to support those decisions rather than rejecting them,” he remarked.-With PTI inputs
Sports minister Ajay Maken has blamed the “obstructionist” role of former sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar for the infrastructural delays in the build-up to last year’s Commonwealth Games (CWG), which eventually led to the escalation of costs.In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh dated July 8 this year, Maken said: “Aiyar kept presenting a rosy picture about the progress in infrastructural preparedness, but he actually did everything to hinder and obstruct work, which eventually led to delays and huge cost escalations.”Aiyar has maliciously opined in the media that he forewarned about escalation of budgetary sanctions of the OC (organising committee) – an issue that not only does not stand subject to factual verification, but also appears frivolous.Even as he wrote about increased financial sanctions to the OC, Aiyar as minister in-charge approved, duly the Cabinet note giving Rs. 767cr to the OC.”In his response, a copy of which was accessed by activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal through a Right To Information application, Maken noted that Aiyar did not operationalise the Apex committee which was to lord over the OC, ” even after holding three of its meetings, decisions taken by which were duly adhered to”.”I also point out that in expressing his inability to head the OC through a communication to you, Aiyar displayed gross irresponsibility of a shirker rather than a leader who could take charge and deliver,” wrote Maken.Quoting a letter from Aiyar to the Prime Minister dated October 25, 2007, Maken said: “Aiyar did an extremely dichotomous, contradictory and self indicting job of dealing with the infrastructure related to the Games.”advertisementIn his letter to the PM, Aiyar wrote that he was “in my humble view, and on the basis of nearly two years of closely monitoring developments, I am persuaded that whereas, thanks to the agencies concerned, the physical infrastructure will go up as scheduled and will substantially meet exacting international quality requirements, the organisation of the Games in an economic, efficient and tasteful manner cannot be assured with the present organisational structure.”Maken quoted the findings of the Shunglu committee which conceded that the credentials of jailed CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi were never in question but it was his conduct of the Games that was in question.He also pointed that the “favourable clique” of the sports minister and sports secretaries during the BJP-led NDA government’s regime in 2003 led to the appointment of Kalmadi as the OC chief.
Women’s boxer MC Mary Kom on Monday secured at least a bronze medal for herself and India by entering the semi-finals of the 51kg category.In one of the first reactions to Mary Kom’s bronze medal win, her sister said she was “happy with the brilliant fight”.
Indian boxer Laishram Devendro Singh narrowly missed out on a medal at the London Olympics Wednesday, putting up a brave fight against Irishman Paddy Barnes in the quarterfinals of the 49 kg category.Devendro’s 18-23 loss to the Beijing Games bronze medallist ended India’s boxing campaign in the mega event.It was a ferocious start to the bout with both boxers trading punches. The boxing on display enthralled the crowd. Barnes got off the block quickly connecting with a great combination.Devendro though stood his ground and connected with some of his own stinging blows but he narrowly went down 5-7 in the first round.The second round started in similar fashion with a flurry of punches from both fighters. There was no respite for either of them.The turning point for the 20-year-old Indian came in the middle of the second round as he was a given a warning, a two-point penalty, for using his head to push his opponent back.The penalty swayed the result in the Irisihman’s favour as he took the round 10-5.Seven points down Devendro came out swinging but left himself open to Barnes attacks. The Irishman, who won gold at the Commonwealth in Delhi, employed clever and defensive tactics, holding the Indian whenever he got close.He was finally pulled up for his actions as the referee warned him as well, docking two points. The decision gave Devendro a sniff of a chance but a right hook towards the end of the bout sent him reeling and took the stuffing out of him.advertisementJust as the Indian seemed to shake off the punch the bell rang to signal the end of the bout. The Indian took the final round 8-6 but that didn’t prove to be enough.
A reality check awaits the Indian cricket team as it gears up to begin life without famed batting duo Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman when it take on New Zealand in the first Test of the two-match series in Hyderabad on Thursday.Sachin Tendulkar is the only one of the ‘Fabulous Four’ left after Sourav Ganguly, Dravid, and most recently, Laxman bid adieu to international cricket.Now the challenge for India is to overcome the transition phase in the upcoming home season, in which the team would play 10 Tests, 13 ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals, apart from the ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka in September.It is no secret that the mighty Australians are still struggling after the fading away of their cricketing greats. Thus, India’s young brigade would be keen to overcome this tough phase with the help of Tendulkar’s experience before their real test starts in 2013 when they take on the current No.1 Test side, South Africa.Moreover, the Indian team is returning to Test action after seven months, which was preceded by two disastrous series.After being drubbed 0-4 in England that stripped India off their No.1 Test status, an identical rout followed in Australia.The aftermath of the debacle was even more disturbing as Dravid and Laxman, two pillars of Indian cricket, retired.Their absence would mean that India would be without their combined total of 22,069 Test runs in 298 matches.Without local hero Laxman, the interest in the first Test is low and, with the team having slipped to No.5 in less than a year’s time, the youngsters would be keen bring the team back on track.advertisementWith stunning performances over the last few years, Virat Kohli looks set to fill in the void at Dravid’s one-drop slot, but filling the No.5 and 6 slots still remains a challenge for the team, with Suresh Raina, Cheteshwar Pujara and S Badrinath in contention.Pujara, who has been included in the squad after a knee surgery, looks set to make the grade, while Raina, after a fine performance in the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka, may get Dhoni’s faith to prove himself again in Tests.The absence of Dravid (a record 210 catches from 164 matches) and Laxman (135 from 134) would mean India would have to fill the void in the slips too.World No. 8 New Zealand, however, are expected to give India a perfect chance to get over the England and Australia blues.Sehwag, after failing in the seaming and bouncy overseas conditions, will look to plunder the weak Kiwi attack, which is without star spinner Daniel Vettori.The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium strip promises to offer something for the spinners. And that should inspire the Indian spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha and Piyush Chawla.Without veteran Vettori, New Zealand’s highest wicket-taker (14) on the last tour, the visitors are hoping to reinvent their spin attack through offie Jeetan Patel and leggie Tarun Nethula.
Caught between the Congress-ruled government, the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) and the Rajasthan State Sports Council (RSSC), the Sawai Mansingh Stadium stadium, which was till recently rated among the top four cricket grounds in India, now lies in a shambles.Adding to the ignominy is the fact that now the ground will not host the Irani Trophy match scheduled to take place between September 21 and 25. BCCI Grounds and Pitches Committee chairman V. Sundaram inspected the ground on September 8 and declared the stadium unfit for the match.The ruling has deprived the home team – which had won the Ranji Trophy twice in a row and were to face the Rest of India in the match – of the benefit of playing on home turf.Last month, the RSSC had taken over the ground and had barred the RCA from carrying out any maintenance work at the stadium. The council is headed by Shiv Charan Mali who enjoys the status and facilities of a minister of state thanks to his proximity to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.Ever since Mali took over two years ago, the council’s questionable decisions, such as locking the gates for cricketers prior to crucial practice sessions, denying entry to trucks bringing repair material etc, have led to the once internationally known stadium to become the laughing stock of the cricketing fraternity.Even though the local media and the RCA had warned that preventing routine repair works from being carried out at the stadium would result in the ground being declared unfit for the Irani Trophy match cut no ice with Gehlot’s men. Incessant rains necessitated that the ground be taken care of in a professional manner. However, that didn’t happen. The ground was handed to the RCA a little before the inspection was to be carried out. By then the “unfit” verdict for the stadium was a foregone conclusion.advertisementThough Mali is being blamed for this fiasco, the RCA, headed by CP Joshi, the union surface transport minister, is not doing any wonders either. Joshi has been unable to decide if he wants to run it professionally or just remain a figurehead. A non-entity, KK Sharma, a junior officer with the state government, is the RCA secretary. Like Mali, he isn’t also known for his vision or professionalism either.While Joshi and Gehlot remain at loggerheads due to state politics, Mali is busy queering the pitch for Joshi. In turn, Joshi’s indecisiveness has added to the RCA and thus cricket’s misfortune.Amid all this, cricket lovers are recalling the times when BJP’s Vasundhara Raje was chief minister and under her patronage Lalit Modi had helped bring the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on par with international standards.With the Irani Trophy cancelled, the biggest losers amid all this is the Rajasthan home team and the cricket lovers.
An LG employee poses with the G3 at a press event in London on May 27, 2014.The recently launched LG G3 smartphone has been selling like hot cakes in its parent country South Korea, where it started selling from May 28.According to a report on the http://www.koreaittimes.com, the LG G3 sold more than 100 thousand units within five days of its launch. It has become the fastest selling LG device ever.According to a different news report, the LG G3 has been selling around 25,000 to 30,000 units per day while its competitor the Samsung Galaxy S5 sold around 7,000 to 8,000 units per day during the launch week. So, the LG G has outperformed its rival the Galaxy S5 in home market.Check out – Samsung Galaxy S5: Ten things to notice Samsung Galaxy S5LG G3 versus Samsung Galaxy S5 is seen as battle between two titans from the same land–South Korea. Launched on May 27, LG G3 is the successor to the company’s well-received LG G2.LG G3 comes with a 5.5-inch Quad HD display with 538ppi with four times the resolution of HD and almost two times higher resolution than a Full HD display.The device sports a 13-megapixel OIS+ (Optical Image Stabiliser Plus) camera with a laser auto focus that can shoot sharp images in a fraction of the time required by conventional phone cameras. It has polished metallic skin on the rear cover that is lightweight and fingerprint-proof.Key Specifications:Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (up to 2.46GHz Quad-Core)Display: 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS (2560 x 1440, 538ppi)advertisement Memory: 16GB eMMC ROM / 2GB DDR3 RAM / microSD slot (128GB max)Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS+ and Laser Auto Focus / Front 2.1MPBattery: 3,000mAh (removable)Operating System: Android 4.4.2 Kit KatSize: 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mmWeight: 149gNetwork: 4G / LTE / HSPA+ 21 Mbps (3G)Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth Smart Ready (Apt-X), NFC, SlimPort, A-GPS/Glonass, USB 2.0Colour: Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold
Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I’ve been through this before. It’s time to get back to the drawing board,” said Eustaquio. “It hurts to smile, but we are people of the mountains and there is no mountain we cannot conquer.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “Moraes’ bread and butter is his jiu-jitsu. I have to admit there were times when I got careless because I wasn’t able to defend a few takedowns,” said Eustaquio.The 29-year-old Eustaquio, however, believes he deserves the judges’ nod.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 stars“But if you saw the fight, I was the one to score even when he’s in the mount position. I throw punches, elbow strikes, my elbow was even in pain from hitting him in the head,” he explained.“His striking is ok, but I think it’s fair to say that my striking is better. That’s the way I look at it. The only thing he did was a near submission.” ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Eustaquio was pertaining to Moraes’ knee bar for a long stretch in the fourth round where other fighters would’ve tapped out.The Baguio City native, though, has learned to accept the result and cleared he respects the judges’ decision.“Regarding the decision, they’re pointing out that I got stuck far too long in a leg lock. In my opinion, of course, I have to study the fight again and learn,” Eustaquio said.“But it is what it is. What hurts more is that there were two Filipino judges. But I have to stay positive, and I respect the judges’ decision at the end of the day.”Eustaquio vows to come back stronger than ever and recapture the belt.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: LeBron James mural on court gets purple-and-gold makeover US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGeje Eustaquio admitted he made mistakes during his failed title defense against Brazilian rival Adriano Moraes last Friday in the headliner of ONE: Hero’s Ascent in Manila.Those lapses ended up costing Eustaquio the flyweight world championship after suffering a unanimous decision loss to Moraes in their third encounter.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
The Tamaraws held on to the top spot of the standings while the Fighting Maroons are in the inverse with a 0-2 card.Richard Solis led FEU with 14 points while John Paul Bugaian added 13 points.John Mark Millette had 19 points to lead the winless Fighting Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jaron Requinton and Jayvee Sumagaysay were also in the scoring groove for UST with 14 and 12 points, respectively.UST’s aerial defense was magnificent in stifling the Blue Eagles with the Tiger Spikers scoring on 14 blocks as compared to Ateneo’s three.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAntony Koyfman led Ateneo with 22 points while Ishmael Rivera added 11 points.In the other match, Far Eastern University had its second straight win trouncing University of the Philippines in four sets, 25-13, 25-18, 23-25, 25-18. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Eduard Folayang’s ’20 year challenge’: From national champ to ONE lightweight king MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas survived a tough five-setter over Ateneo for its first win, 25-18, 25-21, 22-25, 19-25, 15-12, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.Manuel Medina put up a game-high 22 points while Joshua Umandal added 20 for the Tiger Spikers, who tied the Blue Eagles at the fourth spot with identical 1-1 records early in the season.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine football chief View comments