Cray wins 400m hurdles by a nose with focus on century dash

first_imgThe 28-year-old Cray, who is regarded as a rock star here even by foreign media, was even looking at the giant screen of Bukit Jalil Sports Stadium after the last hurdle.READ: SEA Games: Cray strikes gold in 400m hurdles 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 shutoutAnd as he eased up on the way to the finish, muscle-bound Vietnamese Quach Cong Lich made things interesting by mounting a last-ditch chase and was soon breathing down the Filipino-American’s neck.They ended the race in a photo finish—and Cray needed to crane his neck forward to gain whatever edge he could. But even then, both runners needed to wait for more than five minutes before the judges officially declared that Cray had successfully defended his title. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding His stint in the Worlds was because of his recent triumph in the Asian Championships in India. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Cray, though, seemed to already know what the result would be. While Lich was listless throughout the wait for the official result, Cray was lying down on the track.READ: Cray not concerned with tight schedule aheadFrom lane No. 5, Cray led most of the way until the final turn to finish the race in 50.03 seconds, while the Vietnamese turned in an official time of 50.05 seconds.The Texas-based Cray could have been refocusing as he would need it in an hour when he competes in the 100m dash—where he is also the defending champion.Cray just came from the World Championships in England, where he was disqualified in the 400m hurdles for a false start.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Eric Cray of the Philippines competes in the men’s 400-meter hurdles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games. Cray clocked 50.03 seconds to win the gold medal. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR—It could have been out of sheer confidence or an act of self-preservation. But Eric Cray noticeably, inexplicably decided to slow down after making the final leap in the men’s 400-meter hurdles final Tuesday night.“I can’t be bothered right now, I was focusing on the 100 meter dash,” Cray later told reporters after the race, referring to the century dash final he needed to run an hour later.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd Yu ends medal drought for PH swimmers with bronze Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

Rose talks fame, fatherhood, Cavs and redemption

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Rose is past his latest surgery, one that repaired his meniscus and, probably mercifully, ended his season with the Knicks. He isn’t worried about how the now-tenuous trade between Boston and Cleveland with the principals being star point guards Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas works out; Rose is willing to play with either one.Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman said when signing the 6-foot-2 Rose that he would be a good fit. Altman added he knew Rose could have signed with a number of teams, but he signed with Cleveland because of “his specific mindset, goals and total focus and commitment to winning.”Rose, 28, has no doubt he’ll be ready for the season.He has been working out at least five days a week, strength work some days, agility work other days, along with on-court work.Last year fuels him, in many ways. It started with him facing a civil trial in Los Angeles over a rape allegation that a jury did not believe. It ended with him playing for a bad team in New York, the Knicks season dominated by drama off the floor — the Jim Dolan-Charles Oakley mess, the eventual departure of Phil Jackson and the still-going talk of Carmelo Anthony getting traded someplace.“On the court was when it was the craziest to me,” Rose said. “Some of the strategies and all that, I didn’t understand. It was confusing. It was just a learning experience.”Rose’s rise was meteoric: Grew up amid poverty in Chicago, then saw basketball as an escape route and way to take care of his mother and family. In 2006, he hit a shot to win an Illinois state high school championship. Only five years later, he was MVP of the NBA.Then came the injuries : the ACL tear in 2012 and three meniscus surgeries since, along with back, hamstring, ankle and foot issues as well. Out of a possible 164 games in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, Rose appeared in 10. The love affair in Chicago between a native son and the Bulls was clearly waning. He finally got traded to New York in June 2016.The lowest of the low points in Chicago, on the injury front, may have been when he made the statement about how he didn’t want to be sore at his son’s graduation. He doesn’t regret saying it, or the fallout that it caused.What Rose was trying to do was illustrate how being active in his son’s life matters to him. It just came out less than perfectly, and he believes the message got twisted. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “He’s the only reason that I’m playing this game,” Rose said of his son. “My dad wasn’t around. So my mom was that figure for me. I want to be the example to my son, the dad that I didn’t have. He’s going to do what he wants to do, but sometimes he’s going to be like, ‘Damn, Pops was right all these times.’ It’s going to hit him one day.”Thing is, Derrick Rose’s son will never grow up poor like the way Derrick Rose did. His father has earned somewhere around $300 million in contracts and endorsements.“He gets joy just being around immediate family and reminiscing about how things used to be financially before now,” Reggie Rose said. “You can see the glow in his face when he talks about the old times.”He gets the same glow when he talks about what’s coming next.Rose knows people doubt whether he can still play. He doesn’t share those doubts. And though he won’t say so, he wouldn’t mind proving some wrong.“When I get on a good team and I’m still hooping the same way, what are you going to say then?” Rose said. “The only thing that you’ll can say is that I can still play.” Most people don’t know these things. Rose doesn’t care if people know these things.Here’s what Rose hopes people know, or at least soon know: He believes he’s still among the NBA elite. So for Rose, this season alongside LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers is a reset, maybe a redemption, maybe even a reinvention. He made $21 million last season; he’ll make about $2 million this season after signing for the minimum, even after averaging 18 points with the dysfunctional New York Knicks a year ago.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 shutoutNow — recovered from a fourth knee surgery — Rose is set to start anew and resume chasing what would be his first NBA title.“I’ve always been into movies,” Rose said. “And I’ve always asked why you don’t see famous actors all the time. Why don’t you see George Clooney? For real, why don’t you see him? It always comes back to how they don’t want the fame. So when I got into the NBA, I never wanted to tap into that. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In this Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, photo, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard, Derrick Rose poses for a photo at his agent’s Wasserman Media Group offices in Los Angeles. Rose, 28, the former MVP is coming off a fourth knee surgery, though now will be pairing with LeBron James and joining a team that has made three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES — Derrick Rose has some secrets.He often plays chess online against random people who have no idea that their king is being attacked by the 2011 NBA MVP. He was a decent tennis and baseball player in high school. He’s spent a good amount of time this summer studying the life of Albert Einstein. He watches documentaries.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Philippines pitiful as usual Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “Personally, that’s just not me.”In an interview with The Associated Press about his offseason and his future, Rose said he believes he’s misunderstood by many, but realized long ago that he’s not interested in changing those misconceptions.“I’m stubborn,” Rose said. “I like moving at my own pace. So as long as I’m not harming anybody, I feel like I’ve got the right to do that. People think that I’m cocky, reckless, unruly. That’s not me. That’s not who I portray myself as. But it’s not up to me to care or worry about that. My family and friends know the person that I really am.”Rose is a self-described introvert, someone who rarely posts on social media. He does his own thing, without apologies. He arrives in China this week to promote his latest adidas shoe, is hopeful to have a place to live in Cleveland picked out by the time he gets back to the U.S. from that trip, and has been so busy this summer with on-court work that there’s been little time for much else — not even a haircut or shave, both of which he thinks are desperately needed.“I’m not going to lie to you; the last two or three years, Derrick has been through a lot mentally,” said his older brother, Reggie Rose. “When you’re losing more than you’re winning, it can get difficult. So with him going to be in a winning environment again now, able to see how LeBron prepares himself, the things LeBron does with his body, Derrick can incorporate that into his own game.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Bolts defuse Hotshots

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Dillinger scored eight of his 15 points in the last three minutes, including the game-tying triple with one minute and 42 seconds left. He followed it up with a barreling drive to hand Meralco the lead for good.“Well you know in the playoffs it’s about taking those big shots,” said Dillinger, who also had five assists for the Bolts who were behind, 7-21, after the first quarter.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 shutoutThe Bolts clamped down on the Hotshots, denying them a basket in the final four minutes to score the win and have a morale-boosting lead in the series which will resume on Tuesday in Santa Rosa, Laguna.But until the final three minutes, Meralco was groping in the dark against Star’s defense that limited the Bolts’ scoring opportunities. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Competitive UP good for UAAP It also helped that Meralco import Allen Durham came back from ankle injury to score 23 points and grab 23 rebounds.Ginebra San Miguel and Talk ‘N Text begin their own series at 7 p.m. on Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.MERALCO 72—Durham 23, Dillinger 15, Amer 10, Newsome 7, De Ocampo 5, Hodge 5, Lanete 4, Hugnatan 3, Caram 0, Nabong 0, Tolomia 0.STAR 66—Jalalon 15, Barroca 11, Lee 11, Sangalang 9, Acox 7, Simon 6, Pingris 4, Brondial 2, Reavis 1, Dela Rosa 0, Melton 0, Ramos 0.Quarters: 7-21, 32-36, 47-53, 72-66 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next “We got banged up a little because it’s our fifth game in a week,” said Dillinger.That busy schedule helped the Bolts keep the momentum going, especially after a scrambling win over Blackwater in the quarterfinals.“We put that D (defense) on them tonight,” added Dillinger. “The ability to give out the D was the key for us.”After Lee hit a twinner for a 66-57 lead, that “D” held up until the end.Star, despite its array of shooters, failed to take a single shot except for Mark Barocca’s miss in the last 1:16.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Meralco’s Ranidel De Ocampo eyes the basket off the double team of Star’s PJ Simon and Marc Pingris at the start of their semifinal duel on Sunday in Biñan, Laguna. —PBA IMAGESBIÑAN, Laguna—Jared Dillinger knew that winning the big games means taking the big shots.On Sunday night, the Filipino-American walked the talk as he steered Meralco to a 72-66 win over Star in Game 1 of their PBA Governors Cup best-of-five semifinals series at Alonte Sports Complex here.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Adamson stops UE’s win streak

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pole dancing eyes Olympics after recognition by sports body Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES “But my team stayed within the course, and we just had to slow [Alvin] Pasaol down a bit.”Pasaol was averaging 30.67 points the past three games but the Soaring Falcons managed to slow him down to 22 points and 12 boards.Papi Sarr powered Adamson with 12 points and 15 boards while Jerrick Ahanmisi led the team in scoring with 14 points.Mark Olayon added 16 points for the Red Warriors who lost Nick Abanto and JC Cullar to injuries in the fourth quarter.Abanto hurt his knee late in the final quarter a few minutes after Cullar fell awkwardly on his left ankle with 6:35 left in the game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The Soaring Falcons held fort at the third place with a 6-3 record while the Red Warriors saw their two-game win streak snapped and slipped to 2-7.Jerrick Ahanmisi capped off Adamson’s 19-7 run that spanned the last two quarters with a fade-away bank shot with 2:22 left in the game that gave the Soaring Falcons a 64-55 lead.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 shutoutAdamson head coach Franz Pumaren knew facing a UE team that had won two straight games would be a different task compared to their meeting in the first round which ended in a blowout, 79-60 .“It was not an easy game for us, we struggled because UE is on a streak and they really played well,” said Pumaren. “They’re not the UE team that we played during the first round.” Adamson U won its fifth game in six outings in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament after swopping down on University of the East, 66-57, Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Gameslast_img read more

UN urges countries to stop conflicts during 2018 Winter Olympics

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH He recalled the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, where delegations from both Koreas walked into the opening ceremony “marching together, hand in hand under the same flag.” It simply said “Korea.”“We hope our joint action today will lead to a chain reaction for the promotion of peace within the region and beyond,” Lee noted. “Together we are more powerful than any of us working alone.”South Korean Olympic gold medalist Yuna Kim, who is a goodwill ambassador for the Winter Games, expressed hope that the competition “will spread the message of peace through one of the few languages that has the power to unite people around the world — the graceful and universal language of sport.”“Indeed, Pyeongchang represents perhaps the most sincere efforts to cross frozen borders between South and North Korea and foster a peaceful environment,” she said.The resolution recalls the ancient Greek tradition of “ekecheiria,” which called for a cessation of hostilities to encourage a peaceful environment, ensure safe passage and participation of athletes in the ancient Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort The UNGA revived the tradition in 1993 and has adopted resolutions before all Olympics since then, but member states involved in conflicts have often ignored the call for a truce.The Pyeongchang games “will give us hope in our troubled times for a better future,” Bach said. “The Olympic Games demonstrate that our values of a shared humanity are stronger than all the forces that want to divide us.”   /kga Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Second straight MVP for Mbala U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel PLAY LIST 01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles01:53Gov’t, MNLF creating panels to ‘move forward’ in peace talks01:37Protesters 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 UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) approved on Monday a resolution by acclamation urging all countries to stop hostilities and observe a truce during the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea — a message especially aimed at North Korea.ADVERTISEMENT South Korea’s 2010 Olympic gold medalist figure skater Yuna Kim (right) speaks during a press conference on Monday, November 13, 2017, at the United Nations Headquarters. The UN General Assembly adopted a South Korea-sponsored resolution that 2018 Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics build a peaceful and better world through sport and Olympic ideal. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) MOST READcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The resolution, which was adopted at the bang of the gavel by Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak to loud applause, urges UN member states to observe the truce from seven days before the games begin on February 9, 2018 until seven days after the Paralympic Winter Games end on March 18, 2018.Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, told the 193-member world body that with the resolution, the UNGA is “creating the conditions for all athletes to compete in peace.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Only the UN member states can guarantee the athletes the safe passage to the Olympic Games,” he said. “They make it possible for all the Olympic athletes to realize their dream of a lifetime.”Lee Hee Beom, president of the South Korean organizing committee, said the resolution signifies the UNGA’s “strong wish that Pyeongchang will provide the window of opportunity to foster an environment conducive to building and sustaining peace on the Korean peninsula, and in northeast Asia.” LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Read Nextlast_img read more

Escoto returns from ACL injury, admits conditioning not at peak

first_imgWith Alvarez, Versoza leading the charge, JRU coach confident of Final 4 chances LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kia’s Russel Escoto. PBA IMAGESIt took more than a year but Russel Escoto is back and running for Kia.It wasn’t, however, the best of comebacks.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Escoto played just 24 minutes in the Picanto’s 90-85 loss to TNT Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena, and the loss wasn’t the only thing that bothered him.“I’m happy that I’m back and playing again, but of course I’m yet to get into tiptop shape,” said Escoto, who tore his ACL in January 27, 2017, in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I tire easily, I think my conditioning is still lacking but I’m working on it day by day.”Escoto scored five points and grabbed five rebounds on his return, and in his first game back he already saw both the positives and negatives in the way the Picanto plays. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img MOST READ “We play as a team now, there aren’t that much isolation sets,” said Escoto of his team which had 19 assists, four more than what TNT did. “But in the end some players still played individualistic. I hope we can continue playing as a team.” Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of 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 View commentslast_img read more

JPV finally plays on Marikina home pitch, hosts Global; Davao opens season bid vs Kaya

first_imgView comments It will mark the first time that JPV is actually playing at MSC, whose pitch underwent repair last year to comply with league standards.“We’re excited to finally play a match on our home pitch,” said JPV coach Dan Padernal. “We want to promote football in Marikina and hopefully we can do that through good performances in the PFL.”Padernal lost some of his key cogs from last season like Takumi Uesato and Takashi Odawara, who moved to Ceres and Davao, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Davao Aguilas host Kaya Iloilo at Davao del Norte Sports Complex at 4 p.m. on Sunday, capping opening weekend for the league which will be reduced to six teams this season following the pullout of Ilocos United and Meralco Manila.Ceres-Negros and Stallion Laguna were supposed to play at Panaad Stadium on Saturday, but the league decided to move the match to June.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe six clubs will play against each other five times in the league competition to comply with the minimum number of games set by the AFC.A Cup competition will be introduced this year, which will be held in the middle of the year. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosacenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving After a cloud of uncertainty following the pullout of two clubs early this year, the second season of the Philippines Football League finally takes off on Saturday when JPV Marikina makes its home debut against Global Cebu at Marikina Sports Center.Kickoff is at 7 p.m. with JPV hoping for a positive start to its league campaign after limping to a disappointing fifth place finish last season.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Weather draws attention to capital’s twin sports bids Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

As Serena Williams returns, Venus says her game hasn’t left

first_imgLOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico SPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSerena won her first match but lost in the semifinals. Elina Svitolina of Ukraine dominated the event, winning 17 straight points during victories over Venus and CoCo Vandeweghe before defeating China’s Zhang Shuai 10-3 to win $250,000.Serena was playing singles for the first time this year as she prepares to return to the WTA Tour for the first time since giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., on Sept. 1. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion would later tell Vogue Magazine in an interview that she developed several small blood clots in her lungs after giving birth. She had played just once this year, losing a Fed Cup doubles match with Venus last month, and hasn’t played a singles match on tour since winning the 2017 Australian Open, where she beat Venus in the final.Serena won her first match against Marion Bartoli of France, the former Wimbledon champion who is ending a 4 1/2-year retirement, but lost 13-11 to Zhang in the semifinals. She said she was having fun playing again and was excited for the future.“I think everyone should have high expectations,” Williams said in an on-court interview after her loss. “You should always believe in yourself even if no one else does.”Her coach certainly does. With Serena returning this week in Indian Wells, California, Patrick Mouratoglou told WTATennis.com he had high expectations for the three remaining Grand Slam tournaments this season. He said he sees the same determination in practice, but wouldn’t know if being a mother had changed her until he saw her competing.Venus already knows what to expect.ADVERTISEMENT Larry Legend: Nance gets career game as Cavs power past Pistons LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Serena Williams, of the United States, applauds her opponent Marion Bartoli during the first round of the Tie Break Tens tennis tournament at Madison Square Garden, Monday, March 5, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — Venus Williams gave a scouting report on her warmup partner that sounded the same as always.Serena Williams is back, and her game hasn’t left.ADVERTISEMENT “She’s got power, depth. She knows how to play,” Venus said. “Yeah, awesome game.”The Williams sisters were the headliners Monday night in the Tie Break Tens tournament in Madison Square Garden, an eight-woman event in which all matches were 10-point tiebreakers, instead of the usual games and sets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch run Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games “I mean, the matches are definitely a good way to know where you are, but obviously she knows how to play,” the 37-year-old Venus said. “She’s going to bring that instinct on the court with her, so I don’t think she’s too worried about that.”Tie Break Tens held its first tournament in the U.S. after five events in Europe and Australia. The remainder of the field included Sorana Cirstea of Romania and Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, who retired last year.Svitolina, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 4, continued her strong play to start the season after a winning a tour-high five titles in 2017. The winner of two tournaments already this year, she won the last seven points to break away from a 3-3 tie against Venus, then swept Vandeweghe 10-0.“Of course, winning the first tournament of the year was a great start for me,” Svitolina said. “It’s always tough to transfer the work we do in the offseason, so this was a good sign that I’m moving the right way and I’m very, very happy that I played good tennis throughout the beginning of the year and just from here I can go only up.”Vandeweghe, a New York native, jumped at the chance to play at MSG. Her grandfather, Ernie, and uncle Kiki, now an NBA executive, both played for the New York Knicks.“I didn’t have to think too long,” he said. “Once I was asked by my coach, Pat (Cash), if I was going to be available around that time, I said, ‘Yeah, I’ll make myself available.’ So it didn’t take much thinking.”She was on the U.S. team in last month’s victory over the Netherlands in North Carolina and enjoys seeing both Williams sisters still playing well. Venus reached two Grand Slam finals in 2017 and returned to the top five of the rankings.She competed Monday night just a few days after the 20th anniversary of her first WTA Tour title in Oklahoma City as a 17-year-old. Many players have taken up the sport in years since because of the Williams sisters, and Venus hoped more might be interested in this format since they were.“If that’s the result, yeah, that would be great,” she said. “I hope that is the result, that this is a lot of excitement and more people start playing. It’s a great sport. The sport is great for everyone of all ages.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Pacquiao faces Matthysse

first_imgFamilies in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving The bout will be jointly staged by Pacquiao’s MP Promotions and Oscar Dela Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.“I like his aggressive fighting style. That’s what I want to entertain the boxing fans. Besides, Matthysse is not a dirty fighter and I highly respect him for that,” Pacquiao said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPacquiao will go to KL   on March 22 for the official launching of the fight. LATEST STORIES MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next View comments Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa PSL: Sta. Lucia blanks Cignal to gain share of third place Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s a go for Pacquiao-Matthysse on June 24 in Kuala Lumpur.Sen. Manny Pacquiao confirmed on Thursday that he will tangle with Argentine champion Lucas Matthysse for the World Boxing Association welterweight title at the Malaysian capital.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Gameslast_img read more

Morado: We rely on every spiker who comes to the floor

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “We’re not that dependent on Ate Ly even when she was here,” said Morado in Filipino at Filoil Flying V Centre. “We rely on every spiker that comes to the floor.”And Morado’s aren’t just words on wind as statistics back up her claims.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 starsCreamline boasts the league’s most potent offense with three of the top 10 scorers wearing its pink-and-white colors.Valdez is the league’s top scorer putting up an average of 27 points across four games with Rosemarie Vargas and Pau Soriano at sixth and ninth spots, respectively. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES Vargas scores 14.6 points a game across the Power Smashers five games and Soriano is at a close 13 points per game.And it was Vargas and Soriano who provided the principal firepower for the Cool Smashers in their win against the Power Smashers as they finished with 15 points apiece.Morado said Valdez’ absence is not a reason for them to lose hope and that they have to try to fill in their skipper’s offensive production the best they can.“The coaches told us that we have to believe in ourselves that we can score,” said Morado who recorded 62 excellent sets. “And I’m really happy that we fought for every point we got.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant 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 Alapag says missed shots part of ‘growing pains’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline setter Jia Morado said Wednesday their offense does not necessarily revolve around skipper Alyysa Valdez after the Cool Smashers stopped the Power Smashers in straight sets in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.Valdez was absent during the Cool Smashers’ 25-22, 25-21, 25-22, win over the Power Smashers due to her commitment to the national team, which is in Japan for a training camp.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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

Japan, Thailand to dispute AVC title

first_imgLATEST STORIES Korean superstar Kim Yeon-koung had 21 points but labored for her numbers going 18-of-48 on her spike attempts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japan displayed an offense so potent five of its players put up double digits in the scoring department.Risa Shinnabe and Rika Nomoto had 13 points apiece while captain Nana Iwasaka had a dozen.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 openingMami Uchiseto and Mai Okumura then added 11 and 10 points apiece.Jin Ye led world no.1 China with 15 points, though this Chinese team isn’t the country’s main squad. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters In the second game, Thailand put a stranglehold on Korea 25-20, 25-20, 25-21 in a matchup of two top 15 teams in the FIVB rankings.Thailand, the reigning Southeast Asian Games gold medalists, are ranked no. 14 in the FIVB while Korea is at no. 10 but the Thais had the Koreans cowering under their relentless offense.The Thais converted on 50-of-119 spikes while neutralizing the Koreans who scored on 35 of their 120 kill attempts.Ajcharaporn Kongyot had 17 points to lead Thailand while 17-year-old phenom added 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View commentscenter_img Coordination and cohesion: Getting to know chinlone MOST READ 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Japan and Thailand are set to duke it out for the crown in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship after both powerhouses locked up spots in the finals Wednesday at Alonte Sports Arena.World no. 6 Japan was the first to advance to the finals after thrashing defending champions China in straight sets, 25-17, 25-18, 25-18, in the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

Hockey: Semi-final berth our first goal

first_imgThe Indian men’s hockey team needs a solid start to its campaign in the Commonwealth Games as there will be very little time to recover lost ground. A win in the first match against Malaysia is vital for the players’ confidence as Indian teams tend to get demoralised after an adverse result.The hosts need to play to their potential in all the matches to get a medal. Lack of consistency has always been a problem with India.Going by the teams in our group, such as Australia and Pakistan, we have an uphill task. It seems difficult for India to finish on the podium.Our first goal should be to get into the semi- finals. If we make it, then our chances of getting a medal are bright.Australia will be a difficult proposition. They may have come with some young and inexperienced players, but Australia is still Australia.We have to devise a good plan and execute it. Also we should adopt different tactics for different opponents.The concept of home advantage seems a bit overrated, as whoever plays better on the day wins. I don’t think we are professional enough to make use of the home conditions. Crowd support can be useful but it is the men on the field who need to lift their game.It is important that India learns the lessons from their World Cup campaign. We have to realise that one swallow doesn’t make a summer. We beat Pakistan in our first match – which was a good start – but did not realise that the tough job was just starting.advertisementThat is why I think it is better to face stronger teams in the beginning of a tournament.They sometimes take a while to get into a rhythm and one can catch them cold. If we face them later, it could be a different proposition.I am not happy with the composition of the squad as well. We are picking from a very small pool. We need to look at a wider field. There is no dearth of talent on the ground, but we lack planning and patience. We are content to go with the tried and tested players.But the youngsters who have been tried have also not shown any visible results. It shows that something is wrong – be it the selection policy or the coaching.Hockey seems to be making more headlines off the field than on it.Coming to the women, they have been playing as a team and performed admirably at the World Cup despite the odds. They have a chance for a medal as there are not too many top sides in the women’s draw. If they manage to do that, it will be a big boost for the game.As chief coach, Sandeep Somesh did a good job. He knows modern hockey, reads the game well and is an excellent communicator.He can strategise and, most importantly, the girls trust him. If the relationship is based on mutual confidence, it can go a long way. I think Sandeep is an ideal coach for the women’s team.(The writer is a former India hockey coach)last_img read more

MI retain Tendulkar, Harbhajan, Pollard and Malinga

first_imgMumbai Indians have informed the BCCI-owned Indian Premier League that they were retaining four players Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, West Indian Kieron Pollard and Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga for the next two seasons. “Mumbai Indians have confirmed that we are retaining two players — Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh — among Indians and two foreign players — Kieron Pollard and Lasith Malinga,” a MI spokesperson told PTI today. The MI official also claimed that the franchisees have the option of retaining more than one foreigner in their squad as per the decision of the IPL governing council on retention of players. A media release issued by the BCCI over player retention after the meeting of the IPL GC on September 5 stated: “Up to including four players per franchise may be signed for retention of which only up to three shall be Indian players. The Player must have been included in the franchise’s registered squad for the 2010 season. “The franchise and player must mutually agree to be retained and the player fee to be paid by the franchise to the player for the 2011 and 2012 Seasons.” As a result of MI’s decision to retain all four players as permitted, the franchise will have only USD 4.5 million at their disposal for buying the remaining members for 2011 and 2012 at next month’s player auction as its salary cap has been halved. The player contract will be for a period of two years plus one year right of extension by franchise, as per the decision of the IPL’s governing council. advertisementlast_img read more

Harbhajan promises to strike back

first_imgIndia are reeling at 136 for nine after the first day of the opening Test, but spinner Harbhajan Singh said the match is still not over and they had enough ammunition to strike back.The senior off-spinner said toss played a crucial role in the opening Test, which was delayed by more than four hours because of overnight and early rain at the Super-Sport Park.”It was a bad day for us. Losing the toss was the most crucial blow as the wicket was clearly damp. The ball was doing quite a bit. It was swinging and cutting too,” Harbhajan said after the match.”But I would like to say that the match is not over. We need to collect as many runs as possible and then try and bowl well to restrict them in the first innings. We have very good and experienced batting line up.They will score good amount of runs in the second innings. I only hope that this wicket will keep on assisting the bowlers,” he added.The 30-year-old tweaker also heaped praise on South African bowlers for exploiting the seaming conditions well.Meanwhile, South African pacer Morne Morkel said his and Dale Steyn’s exploits with the new bowl on the first day of the opening Test would have repercussions on the rest of the three match series and also send a message to the Indian camp.”We caused huge damage for the rest of the series. We dealt the first blow, the first punch after winning the toss. It sends a good message that we are here and we’re not going to step back,” said Morkel.advertisement”We have been bowling together for some time and so there was a bit of pressure on us to deliver. The main thing was not to get caught in there and get carried away as the game can change very quickly,” he said.last_img read more

‘Nilgiri Tahr’ conserved by first of its kind public-private cooperation

first_imgHOME, SWEET HOME: Western Ghat grasslands are tahr’s natural habitatAmidst news of spiralling conservation crises, the endangered Nilgiri tahr, a species of mountain goats, is today the bearer of good news. Found along the 400-km range of the southern end of the Western Ghats in Kerala and the grasslands of,HOME, SWEET HOME: Western Ghat grasslands are tahr’s natural habitatAmidst news of spiralling conservation crises, the endangered Nilgiri tahr, a species of mountain goats, is today the bearer of good news. Found along the 400-km range of the southern end of the Western Ghats in Kerala and the grasslands of Tamil Nadu, tahr numbers now touch 2,000. This is a significant improvement from a low of 1,200-the tahr count in early 1970s. It has taken 30 years and a unique participatory management conservation programme in the 97-sq-km Eravikulam National Park (ENP) near Munnar, Kerala to push numbers up from 500 to 800 in this single park.In a first of its kind public-private cooperation in wildlife conservation, the watershed programme was run by the High Range Wildlife and Environment Preservation Association (HRWEPA), made up mostly of nature buffs from the Tata Tea plantations that dominate the Kannan Devan Hills (KDH), and the Forest Department of Kerala. Under the programme, tea planters informally doubled as wildlife wardens keeping extra vigil even as concepts like nature education and participatory management of wildlife gained currency amongst the local people.”Conservation of the tahr must include the ecosystems and the protection of its habitats as also participation from local people,” says Mohan Alembath, president, Nilgiri Tahr Trust, Kochi. Alembath is a former wildlife warden of Kerala who oversaw conservation measures launched at the ENP. This private-public partnership is a dramatic turnaround from the days when shooting the tahrs was a favoured sport among planters and hunters. At that time, the planting of eucalyptus on the grasslands too had adversely affected the tahr as it led to the erosion of its habitat.advertisementA key group involved in the conservation programme were the Muthuvans group of tribals, the original inhabitants of Munnar. Some of them are enlisted as watchers by the state forest department. “People’s participation in environmental preservation and their interest in the tahr have contributed significantly to its conservation,” says M.K.Prasad, environmental activist of the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad.When the Kerela Goverment declared the ENP as a protected sanctuary in 1972, it set in motion a chain of events that have led to healthier tahr numbers today. The expanse of the tea gardens in the region have inadvertently aided the conservation effort. The agro-ecological system, where tea was the prime produce with a large expanse of interspersed wilderness, provided ample space for the tahr and other fauna.”Conservation of the tahr must include the ecosystems and the protection of its habitats.”MOHAN ALEMBATH, PRESIDENT, NILGIRI TAHR TRUST, KOCHI The tahr is among the few species of mountain goats that have adapted to a cold and wet tropical environment of the kind that is confined to an area not bigger than 5 per cent of the Western Ghats. The tahr prefers a habitat that is predominantly of grasslands adequately sheltered by rocky cliffs, enjoys a short dry season and receives over 1,500 mm of rainfall a year. Such a unique tropical habitat is restricted to just seven of the high altitude landscapes (1,200 m to 2,600 m above sea level) in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, particularly the one found in the southern Western Ghats between the Nilgiri Hills and Kanyakumari Hills.Yet, in spite of the increase in numbers, the tahr still faces many threats to its survival: habitat destruction, competition and disease transmission from domestic livestock and poaching for meat or commercial products. In order to protect the species, experts believe other issues too need attention. Some of these include institutionalisation of the management system, increasing the size of the tropical grassland ecosystem and developing the landscape approach as also the preparation of a comprehensive ecosystem plan still needs to be put in place.Experts on the tahr and other hoofed grazers, who had gathered for the fourth World Congress of Mountain Ungulates at Munnar, have recommended the extension of the ENP to the ecological boundary of the Nilgiri tahr population. This is easier said than done. It will mean establishing protected corridors in the Western Ghats and ensure that forest tourism and other activities respect conservation measures. There is also a plan to extend the ENP by 30 sq km and reintroduce the tahr in some areas from where it had disappeared. Further, a protocol for monitoring the tahr population and its habitat has to be developed to evaluate the economic impact of tourism and put in place a preventive action plan against accidents such as an outbreak of fire in the ENP.Call of the WildThe Nilgiri tahr, Nilgiritragus hylocrius or goat antelope to biologists, is red-listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. A full grown male stands 100 cm tall at the shoulder and weighs about 100 kg. Females are slightly smaller in size and weight. Both sexes have curved horns, which are larger in the males, reaching up to 40 cm for males and 30 cm for females. Grey in colour, the animal is paler on the under-surface. Older males are known as saddlebacks due to the whitish hair that develop on the rump in the shape of a saddle as they age. The Nilgiri tahr live in herds ranging from six to 104 animals, with average group sizes of nine for all-female groups and 27 for mixed herds. Nearly half the population is in the Eravikulam National Park near Munnar. There is also the fear that any disease of epidemic proportions could wipe out the animal. That is why experts are against the tahr tracts being opened for tourists except the Rajamalai fringe of the ENP where visitors are taken up the slopes in the park’s vans. The tahr in this area of the park is not alarmed by the presence of human beings, which is also a grim pointer of its vulnerability to hunting and poaching. Also, the staff strength of the national park is very poor considering its remoteness and rugged terrain. “Protected areas have become the only beacons of hope for the long-term survival of the Niligiri tahr as with all wild animals of Asia,” says M.K. Ranjitsinh of the Wildlife Trust of India.A DNA profile of the tahr and a stock-taking of its scattered population outside the ENP is critical to guard against what Alembath calls “genetic erosion”. In order to obtain DNA samples of the tahr, researchers from the Centre for Ecological Sciences of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, have begun non-invasive sampling by collecting the tahr’s dung from locations across the Western Ghats.advertisementThe state governments too have begun to show greater interest. R.J. Ranjit Daniels, director, Care Earth, Chennai, points out that Kerala has set up the Nilgiri Tahr Trust and Tamil Nadu has put the animal on the cover of a book on the state’s biodiversity suggesting that the tahr occupies a significant position in the state’s wildlife conservation plan.However, the pioneers in protecting the tahr, Tata Tea and HRWEPA favour conservation through better management of the flora and fauna. “The tahr has contributed to tourism and generating funds for management through regulated eco-tourism is the only way,” says T. Damu, vice-president, Taj Group of Hotels. They are keen to promote private ownership and management of the tahr tracts and going by their track record in this project, few would bet against their success.last_img read more

RCA to file criminal complaint against Warne over ‘abuse’

first_imgDespite Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne tendering an apology to Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) secretary Sanjay Dixit for publicly abusing the latter after an IPL match, the RCA has decided to lodge a criminal complaint against Warne in Jaipur. VideoMail Today had reported on Saturday that without any proof of action by the Royals against Warne, the RCA would file a criminal complaint.RCA’s legal affairs committee met on Sunday and considered the apology letter sent by Royals CEO Sean Morris and decided to proceed with legal action in the absence of any details regarding the disciplinary action against Warne that the Royals management had announced.”Accordingly, the committee decided to file a criminal complaint under IPC sections against Warne and others at the earliest,” the association said in a statement.”It is an aggravated offence and it needs to be dealt with like that. Some kind of disciplinary action has to be taken. I don’t know what kind of disciplinary action has been taken. A mere statement was being made and nothing more has been done, just proverbial red- herring,” Dixit said.The incident in question occurred on May 11 when Warne allegedly called Dixit a liar and egoistic after the award ceremony of the IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Bangalore Royal Challengers at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur.Warne was miffed at Dixit for not agreeing to prepare a ‘favourable pitch’ for the match and allegedly abused Dixit for not replying to his text messages. Rajasthan Royals owner Shilpa Shetty had to intervene and apologise for the incident.advertisementIn a related development, the RCA also formed a committee consisting of Rajkumar Mathur, Ashok Joshi and Akhilesh Mittal to probe Rajasthan Royals’ claim that they got the pitches they wished for till now in the tournament. The committee will also go into all aspects regarding the pitch preparation in the first edition of IPL.RCA should lick Shane Warne’s feet: Dean JonesAnother Australian who seems to have rubbed the RCA the wrong way is commentator Dean Jones who had made some derogatory remarks against the RCA.”The matter of Dean Jones who stated on a TV channel that ‘RCA should lick Shane Warne’s feet’ was considered and his remarks were taken to be a direct insult to RCA as an institution.Rajasthan is the current national champion of a country which is not only the world champion but is also the Number One Test team. A team of lawyers would examine any other implication of this obnoxious statement and take appropriate action, a criminal complaint under IPC sections and would also go for civil action,” Rajkumar Mathur, vice president of the RCA, said in a statement.With Agency inputslast_img read more

BCCI agrees to modified DRS without ball-tracker

first_imgAbandoning its rigid stand on technology, the BCCI on Monday agreed to the mandatory use of the controversial Decision Review System (DRS) in a modified version in all international matches at the ongoing ICC Annual Conference.The modified version would have Hot-Spot technology but without the Hawk Eye ball-tracker, which would mean that the LBW decisions would not be within the purview of the DRS.The mandatory terms and conditions for the DRS that have now been recommended by ICC’s chief executives’ committee to the Executive Board for approval tomorrow will now consist of “thermal imaging” and “sound technology”. It has been agreed to remove the “ball tracker” from the ICC’s original compulsory list of DRS technologies.Hot Spot, the ‘thermal imaging’ technology now available and made mandatory in the DRS, will mostly be made use of for close catches and edges.This means that India will, for the first time since 2008, be agreeable to using the DRS in a bilateral series when it tours England starting next month.However, the DRS to be used in the England-India series will be without the Hawk-Eye ball-tracker and therefore not include leg before decisions.The BCCI said it has agreed to the modified DRS which will have Hot-Spot but without the ball tracker. It said the ICC CEC has agreed that the use of ‘ball-tracker’ technology in bilateral series be left to the two Boards.”The BCCI is agreeable to the use of technology in decision-making, which will include infra-red cameras and audio-tracking devices”, it said in a statement.advertisement”The BCCI has always expressed its willingness to embrace technology, for the betterment of the game. However, the current ball-tracking technology, on which the DRS system is based, is not acceptable to the Board. This position has not changed,” the statement said.”The BCCI’s view was supported at the ongoing ICC CEC meeting in Hong Kong. The CEC also decided that the continued use of the ball-tracking technology as a decision-making aid, will depend on the bilateral arrangement between the participating teams,” it said.Indian Cricket Board had been opposing the DRS on the ground that it is not 100 per cent accurate. Senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar had said that DRS would be more acceptable if it has Hot-Spot technology.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Swann promises there will be no let-up

first_imgWhile praising Rahul Dravid for his resolute batting, England off-spinner Graeme Swann today said that there will be no let-up from their side when the fourth and final Test against India starts here on Thursday.”We are not thinking (the) series is over. Any backslapping and pat on the back can save itself for November,” Swann, whose side has already taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series and the world No. 1 ranking, said.Swann cited the example of last Ashes series in Australia where England entered the final Test in Sydney with the 2-1 advantage in the series, but showed no signs of complacency, winning the game by an innings and 83 runs.”After Melbourne Test, everyone said the hard work had been done and wouldn’t blame England for taking their foot off the pedal. But we reserved our best in Sydney.”If we are at the halfway mark in this Test, we would be doing very well. Besides, nobody would like to be in the room with (coach Andy) Flower if we did take our foot off.”As far as Dravid was concerned, the offie was full of praise. “He has been exceptional. He has challenged our bowlers the most. He has used his feet and crease very well. He’s looked in real good form. He’s the wicket which is cherished the most. Once you get him, you sense it should send shockwave through the Indian batting. The wall or rock or whatever you call him is gone. You sense you’re a little further into their batting,” Swann said.advertisementEngland’s pace bowling has been devastating in the series but they were dealt a blow after James Anderson was reported unfit for the Oval Test.”He’s fine. I didn’t know he was injured. He didn’t seem to be limping when out of car. He said it was just stiffness.When he’s doing well, he is hungry to keep it going. If not, he doesn’t mind a week’s off.”Despite the Anderson blow, England are not worried as they have a strong bench strength.”When we missed Chris Tremlett, we thought it as a big loss but (Chris Bresnan) Bressi has been unbelievable over the last two Tests. We have a vast stock of fast bowling ? I don’t know from where they all are coming but they all are around at the same time.”While his side has dominated India in all the three Tests, Swann himself hasn’t had a very good series, picking up four wickets at 80.25.”It would be nice to play a bit more role. I did bowl well at Edgbaston but was disgusted with my bowling at Trent Bridge. It’s my home ground but you feel like taking leave when Tests come around at that venue.”It hasn’t been a hot and dry summer. Someone up there looked after us by giving cloudy and moisture conditions. I hope it’s dry out there but there are 3-4 guys hoping it’s a bit damp.”Despite the Indian batting’s failure to reach the 300-mark in six innings here, Swann felt the visitors could give a better account of themselves at the Oval.”The break India had from Test cricket worked in our favour. India went to West Indies which is 100 degrees and not swinging. Conditions are completely different here. I certainly wouldn’t write off Indians. We need to be on top of our games to keep them under 300.”Swann also found it hard to believe that the series has panned out in a way he had wanted, but added that the real test would be the tour of the sub-continent where they play against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India later this year.”When we went to Loughbrough (cricket academy), if anyone had looked how we plotted, he would have found it incredibly implausible given the results we have had. Anyone would’ve seemed sensationalist what we had on the board but it has panned out exactly so.”The litmus test though would be where we are as a team if we do well in those very hostile conditions.”- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more