Wawrinka is ready to rumble in Chennai

first_imgStanislas Wawrinka may have slept through the entry deadline for the Aircel Chennai Open starting January 3 and finally got into the draw as a wild card, but the Swiss is all geared up for the first ATP tournament of the year.The runner-up at the last Chennai Open, Wawrinka is now ranked 21th on the ATP computer and hopes to seal the title this time. But he is going to take it one step at a time.”It’s always tough to play the first tournament of the year but at the same time it is great to get back to match play after the off season. Chennai is great preparation for the Australian Open,” Wawrinka told M AIL T ODAY . At a time when people complain about the tennis season being too long, Wawrinka says nothing much can be done about the short break. ” No, it’s ( break) never long enough but that’s the calendar and you have to deal with it and it is the same for all players,” says the man who paired with Roger Federer to win the doubles gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.Talking about the off-season, Wawrinka said he likes to be with his family.”It’s just relaxing with my friends and family and baby daughter. I eat a lot of good food and sleep a lot. There is no better way to unwind than spend time at home in my own bed, which I miss throughout the year,” he says.Looking at the year ahead, Wawrinka says he is not going to put pressure on himself. ” I just want to compete more and better myself from the previous year. I will work on certain areas of my game and just get better results than last year. You can’t put too much pressure on yourself,” is his mantra.advertisementAt a time when people complain about the rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal getting boring, Wawrinka says there can be more variety.” New challengers will always come. Every match is tough and more and more young kids are coming through the challenge for every position. But Roger and Rafael are great for the sport,” says Wawrinka.Wawrinka says he is excited about 2011: “It is very exciting and I am very much looking forward to it. I can’t wait, and hopefully I can do better in Chennai now.” Asked to assess Somdev Devvarman, Wawrinka is frank.”He’s a good player and did well last year. The field is strong every year so each match is tough. And it will be great to see Leander and Mahesh back – so good for India and the tournament. They are dangerous,” is his view.In 2010, Wawrinka had a 36-19 win-loss record as he earned $ 862,678. With Peter Lundgren as his new coach, the year ahead looks exciting for the 25-year-old Swiss.last_img read more

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Carl Lewis and Sir Richard Hadlee on Sports at India Today Conclave 2007

first_img“It takes sacrifice”Carl Lewis, Olympic ChampionCarl Lewis and Sir Richard HadleeBeing a champion is something special. I came from a wonderful family, my parents were both coaches and they always encouraged us. When I was growing up, I never thought I would be a champion athlete. I had two brothers,”It takes sacrifice”Carl Lewis, Olympic ChampionCarl Lewis and Sir Richard HadleeBeing a champion is something special. I came from a wonderful family, my parents were both coaches and they always encouraged us. When I was growing up, I never thought I would be a champion athlete. I had two brothers who were successful athletes. I learned at a young age what it was like to not be successful in sports. My mother told me I would be great in athletics and she always said it with her hands behind her back. And I used to wonder why till I realised her fingers were crossed behind her back. I never won races as a kid. But I always set goals for myself. I learned to focus on being the best you can be.As I got older I continued to study and work hard so I could get a scholarship. In my senior year in high school, I became a national champion and national record holder. I started to think, hey, I could be at the Olympics one day. At Houston University, when I met my coach, I looked him in the eye, and said, I am happy to be here. I want to run and be a great athlete. I want to be a millionaire and never have a real job. He said, if you focus on making money and fame, it is never going to happen. Focus on being the best, and you could be an Olympic champion.advertisementIt took hard work and discipline and focus. In my second year of college, I set my first world record. Then I went to a long jump competition where I was leading after three jumps. Though I wasn’t jumping that well, I was winning the competition. I wasn’t entirely focused because I was winning. The coach called me over and said, you are not jumping well. You do not need me, so take over. And he turned and walked out of the stadium. It hit me strongly because I realised that when you get to the top, it becomes even more difficult. You have to keep your focus. Being a champion means always being your best. When I was down with my next jump-I missed the world record by 1cm-he came running back and said, we have two more jumps, now we can set this record. I didn’t set the record that day, but it prepared me for later competitions. I won the long jump and 100 metres.I wondered what it was like for Jesse Owens-my idol- to win four gold medals. I wondered if I could ever do that, because I was a sprinter and did the same events. In 1981, I asked my coach what he thought about me trying to do all four events in 1984. He said, if you want to do it, we have to plan it out now. We set the plan, according to which I would add one more event each year. I was the world No.1 in 100m and long jump then, and I added the 200m next year. Then I added all three events. I had to focus 100 per cent on what I had to do. The events were totally different and I had different shoes for each. I concentrated all my energy according to whatever shoes I wore. It is important to believe in yourself, and surround yourself with people who have the same kind of motivation, attitude and focus as you.WHEN YOU GET TO THE TOP, IT BECOMES EVEN MORE DIFFICULT. BEING A WORLD CHAMPION MEANS ALWAYS BEING YOUR BEST. In 1983, I competed with nationals and I won all three events, but I didn’t go through the world championship. I didn’t do 200m. People wondered if I could compete in all four events. I had great seasons that year, and then they said, it is possible. The focus of the question shifted from can you do it, to what do you think will happen if you get only three. People asked me, would you be disappointed if you won only three golds? Going to the Olympics is a great thing. But hearing people say you would be disappointed if you won only three gold medals-I didn’t get that. That is how they were able to raise expectations. It was important to map out a plan and focus on winning the competition. One had to really stick to that plan. When I got to the Olympic trials, I realised, for the first time, after one of the events, that I could actually do it.advertisementWhen you go to the Olympic, it is altogether different. I went through the competition and I won the first one. I competed over a period of eight days, with just one day off. On the first day, when I won the 100m, the race ended at 7 p.m., and after drug testing and interviews, I went home at 11 o’clock. I had dinner and went to sleep, because at 10 in the morning, I had the long jump and I had to be up four behours early. I had just won the Olympic gold medal in 100m. and I didn’t have one second to celebrate. The minute the race was over, I was already thinking about tomorrow. This went on for the entire week, throughout which the foremost thing was staying focused, because one little slip could make you lose the race. Thus I went on to win four gold medals.Being a champion involves many elements-staying focused, working hard and having good team mates. People around you can help you succeed by telling you the truth when you are not doing what should do. Without the coaching, it would not have happened for me, and I feel fortunate about that. When I talk to kids I say this one thing: if life was easy everybody would be good at it; it isn’t supposed to be like that. So take on the challenge for being the best you can be. That is how you become successful. Oh, and one last thing-make sure you always look good on TV.”Think about destiny”Sir Richard Hadlee, New Zealand Ex-CricketerI served New Zealand cricket during the 1980s, when we remained undefeated at home in Test Series. When you look at what makes a champion, I believe it goes back to when you are young. I was fortunate to be brought up in a cricketing environment. My father captained New Zealand, my brothers had represented New Zealand. As a youngster, I had the gear, the equipment, the encouragement to play the game. I remember going into the garage at home and putting on my father’s cricket cap. I had a ball on a string and I hit that ball again and again, never got out and always scored a hundred. When I felt I had scored an imaginary Test hundred, I would lift my bat up and wave it to the imaginary crowd. Since my hand was too small to bowl a cricket ball, I bowled a golf ball. That was at the age of five. At 16, I helped operate the giant scoreboard at Lancaster Park. I looked over at the Test match in progress and said to myself, wouldn’t it be wonderful one day to be up there playing a real Test match for my country? Five years later, that dream became a reality. I learnt that talent only gets you so far; it needs to be converted into performance. And to do that you need skills. There is no room for complacency.advertisementMENTAL TOUGHNESS IS AS MUCH ABOUT WINNING AGAINST THE ODDS AS IT IS ABOUT BEING RUTHLESS WHEN IT IS TOO EASY. Now I tell you that I bowled 1,10,000 cricket balls during my first-class international career. I tried to perfect that skill to become clinically efficient, but I also tried to visualise things happening during my career. In 1988, I needed one more wicket to become the world record holder. I had visualised the next opportunity that I would get to bowl my next ball. It was at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. I read up on the venue. I knew that a fellow called Kris Srikkanth was the Indian opening batsman. I knew his technique, I had got him out before and I knew he batted in a blue helmet. On November 12, 1988, things I had visualised were on track, until my dream was totally shattered. Srikkanth came out to bat in a white helmet. The other opening batsman was Arun Lal-I had never heard of him. I was distracted. I had be came too narrow minded. When you visualise, you need to have a wide picture. Arun Lal became a world record wicket and a few balls later, Kris Srikkanth did as well.I kept questioning whether I could go beyond what I thought I was capable of achieving. I was aiming for the English cricket county double-a double is capturing 100 first-class wicket during the season and scoring 1,000 runs in that same season. I had 20 matches to achieve this goal, so I worked out a budgeted calculation. Simply five wickets and 50 runs a game. But if I didn’t get five wickets in a game or didn’t get to bat or got out for naught, the budget and the goal changed, so I had to be flexible. I was on target for the wicket tally but I was always behind on the run tally. Nottinghamshire was to play Middlesex. We had bowled Middlesex out for 168 and when we batted we had lost 4 wickets for 17 runs. Captain Clive Rice said to me, “Go out there and score a double hundred.” I said, we are in trouble, you are out for naught and you are telling me to go there and score a double hundred against one of the best bowling attacks? He said, just go out there and do it. I walked up to bat and came back with 210 not out. Rice had put a thought in my mind that I had never considered before. One should go beyond what one thinks one is capable of achieving.Mental toughness comes when you improve your performance to win against the odds. But it is also about handling the situation when it is all too easy and having the ability to be ruthless and efficient. My job as a bowler was not only to get batsmen out, it was to destroy the opposition to help win games, and sometimes end the playing career of some players. I had a little card in my bag to keep me focused, with four words in it: rhythm, offstump, desire and Lillee. Bowling was about rhythm and coordination. It was about being relaxed. If I was stiff and tense, my body was not going to function. The offstump was my target area. My desire and my job was to get the batsmen out. Dennis Lillee, arguably the greatest fast bowler in the history of the game, was my role model.I was motivated by a number of things and what motivated me wouldn’t necessarily motivate other people. I was motivated by competition. I wanted to be the best. I was motivated by a determination to prove a point. And I have never forgotten what my father once said to me. He said, Richard, whatever you do, take pride in your performance. Do it to the best of your ability. I was also motivated by statistics and records, rewards and recognition. To quote from an unknown source, “We cannot choose to be born, we cannot choose our parents, we cannot choose our country, we cannot choose our history. But in a choiceless society, we can choose to live honourably or dishonourably. We can live courageously or in cowardice. We can live with purpose or drift. But in the end, forming your destiny is what ambition is all about.” DISCUSSIONQ. Carl, should India concentrate on sports that it thinks it can win medals in or is it better to go across the board? Lewis: I think you have enough people. You can do all of the sports. You really need people who set the tone. I refuse to believe that there is not someone who can be a world-class sprinter or marathoner somewhere amongst the billion people. What India would need is people with credibility.Q. Sir Richard, would you say that in a team sport like cricket, the focus is different from that in individual sports? Hadlee: Cricket is a team sport but it is also one of the greatest individual sports, because 11 people are going to take to the field to play. It is a one-on-one battle between the bowler and the batsman, skill against skill, and when you talk about the all-rounder, he has got to bowl and also bat. It is probably the hardest role to play. It takes a special person who will be able to handle the role and the pressure of that particular job. So, cricket is a bit different than many other sports.Q. Both of you said the two key ingredients for success are focus and mental strength. Are these hereditary traits or can they be developed? Hadlee: You can have all the skills and all the talent but it takes preparation, an attitude to do the right thing and sacrifices. If you miss any of those elements, you are a lesser performer. Lewis: When you have confidence- confidence comes from preparation and hard work and being ready-luck is made in lot of cases. Because you have to be ready for what is going to happen.Q. What keeps you motivated after you reach the 400th wicket or get the world record? Hadlee: When you achieve a goal it does not happen in one giant step. You find what goal-setting is all about. Once you have achieved that particular goal, you must look to find something to keep you going. Lewis: I never focused on a world record but only on performance. A lot of young people in sports will think of the end result first and I think there is a process to get to that end result and that is the training and preparation.Q. Carl, you came to the system with talented athletes- Willie Gault, Emmitt King and Calvin Smith. What was the difference between you and them? Lewis: I have always felt that my coach was the best. But I guess at the end of the day, some of it is talent, some of it is drive. I wanted to be the best I could be. I was not afraid of trying things. Most people do not try to compete in four events.Q. Should sportsmen look more towards money than towards sports? Cricket, at least, is now more about money. Hadlee: Money is the end result of performance. When young people burst on the sports scene, they want the cars, the contracts, the endorsements, the fees and all the extras before they have even earned it. And if you perform well over a period of time, the rewards take care of themselves. A lot of youngsters have got it all back to front in their attitude and approach to sports.last_img read more

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Geoff Marsh named Sri Lanka’s cricket coach

first_imgFormer Australian batsman Geoff Marsh was on Friday named Sri Lanka’s head coach, succeeding compatriot Trevor Bayliss who stepped down after the World Cup in April.Marsh, who was previously attached with the Zimbabwean team, has given up his current job with IPL side Pune for the two-year term with Sri Lanka.After Bayliss’ departure, Sri Lanka experimented with his deputy Stuart Law and Rumesh Ratnayake.Marsh was in Sri Lanka to watch his son Shaun score a debut Test hundred earlier this month.Marsh played 50 Tests and 119 ODIs for Australia. He was a member of the World Cup winning side in 1987.He became a level 3 qualified coach after retirement and was incharge of Australia from 1995 to 1999, becoming the first cricketer to win the World Cup both as player and coach.He took over as coach of Zimbabwe from 2000 to 2004 and also worked as a national selector for the Australian team.last_img read more

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Astronaut Sunita Williams and crew reach International Space Station

first_imgRecord-setting Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams along with two other cosmonauts on Tuesday successfully docked their Soyuz spacecraft with the International Space Station (ISS) for a four-month long stay during which they will conduct over 30 scientific missions.46-year-old NASA astronaut Williams, Russian Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency flight engineer Akihiko Hoshide arrived at the ISS after two days in orbit.”Everything is perfect,” Malenchenko radioed Russia’s Mission Control Center in Korolev after docking with the space station.Their Russian spacecraft — Soyuz TMA-05M — docked automatically with the Rassvet module at around 10:21 IST.The crew took off to the ISS successfully from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sunday for a four-month long mission to the space station.This is the second space mission for Williams. She also holds the record of the longest spaceflight — 195 days — for woman space travellers.The crew which will return home in mid-November is expected to conduct over 30 scientific missions during their stay aboard the ISS.In the space, Williams and her team of astronauts also plan an orbital sporting event to mark the Summer Olympics in London.Williams and her crewmates will join the three others already living on the space station: commander Gennady Padalka of Russia, his cosmonaut colleague Sergei Revin, and NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, who have all been in space since May.The six crew members will work together for about two months.Acaba, Padalka and Revin are scheduled to return to Earth on September 17. Before they depart, Padalka will hand over command of the station and Expedition 33 to Williams.advertisementThe launch and docking of Expedition 32 coincides with the 37th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the first docking of an American spacecraft with a Russian spacecraft.An Apollo spacecraft from Kennedy Space Centre and a Soyuz 7K-TM vehicle from Baikonur Cosmodrome launched on July 15, 1975, and docked two days later.Williams and her colleagues will be aboard the station during an exceptionally busy period that includes two spacewalks, the arrival of Japanese, US commercial and Russian re-supply vehicles, and an increasingly faster pace of scientific research.Video cameras on the exterior of the space station captured spectacular views of the Soyuz pulling up to the orbiting lab with the bright blue Earth in the background.Williams lived and worked aboard the International Space Station for six months in 2006.Williams, whose father hails from Gujarat, was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 1998.She was assigned to the International Space Station as a member of Expedition 14 and then joined Expedition 15. She received a master’s degree from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1995.”I’m just looking forward to seeing the full capability of the space station, it’s an experiment, not only the things that we’re doing inside but also all the engineering that has gone into allowing us to dock new vehicles, do space walks, Russian and US. So, it’s a pretty complicated vehicle now and I’m looking forward to being part of it,” Williams said recently.Meanwhile, in orbit high above the Earth, Expedition 32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba focused on cleaning the exhaust and intake ducts of the Starboard Crew Quarters yesterday to prepare them for the arrival of new crewmates, NASA said.Acaba also swapped out batteries on EarthKAM camera in the Window Observational Research Facility inside the Destiny laboratory.EarthKAM is a student-operated photography experiment that allows middle school students to programme a digital camera aboard the station to photograph a variety of geographical targets for study in the classroom.Over the weekend, the station residents, besides continuing preparations for the arrival of their crewmates and performing some regular maintenance duties, will enjoy some off-duty time and have an opportunity to speak with family members, NASA said.last_img read more

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The hottest sets of wheels and hi-tech gizmos

first_imgSimply Mumbai plays gadget guru this month, bringing you the hottest sets of wheels and hi-tech gizmos in the city. Candid shotsNext time you head off on an exotic vacation, don’t forget to carry along the latest Nikon D4. This 3.2 inch TFT LCD monitor is the latest offering by,Simply Mumbai plays gadget guru this month, bringing you the hottest sets of wheels and hi-tech gizmos in the city.Candid shotsNext time you head off on an exotic vacation, don’t forget to carry along the latest Nikon D4. This 3.2 inch TFT LCD monitor is the latest offering by Nikon and is every photographer’s dream come true. At 16.2 mega pixels, the pictures are clear and precise and thanks to its FX image sensor format you will get stunning pictures even if you shoot in pitch dark surroundings. Since it can shoot 10 frames per second continuously, you certainly won’t miss that special moment. Its in-built high definition video recording with stereo sound helps you capture not only still moments, but also ones in motion. You can attach the ME-1 stereo microphone and record high fidelity audio with minimal camera noise. On-screen audio level indicators and a headphone jack lets you monitor and adjust audio to up to 20 incremental notches.Where: Ria Enterprises (D-SLR Zone), 267, Dr. D. N. Road Kumud House, Ground Floor, Near Citi Bank, Fort.Cost: Rs 3,24,950.Tel: 22626531.Power packedJames Bond rides it to save the world. So why can’t you? Inspired by the extraordinary One-77 supercar, Aston Martin Vanquish is the latest edition brought by the British luxury car maker. Cloaked in a suit of carbon fibre, its muscled body has an aura of intense athleticism and measured aggression. Shaped using advanced computer aided engineering, Vanquish embodies a seamless fusion of assertive style, intriguing details and highly effective aerodynamics.Delivering a scintillating 573PS and 620Nm of torque, Vanquish’s new generation 6.0 litre V12 heart beats faster. Advanced technologies such as variable valve timing and knock sensing provide both additional power and greater fueleffciency.The V12 engine and its newly tuned six-speed automatic gearbox provide effortless, accessible performance with a roaring engine sound to match. From the hand-stitched leather upholstery to the all-new infotainment system and sleek touch sensitive glass switches, the interiors of the Vanquish are enough to get that adrenalin pumping.Where: No 3, Crystal Building, Altamount Road.Cost: Rs 3.85 crore.Tel: 65811007.advertisementRight notesThe legendary Gibson guitars of the 1970s were launched in India last year. Taking design and visual cues from the Les Pauls of the ’80s and ’90s, the Les Paul Traditional variation has a black mahogany body on the back and maple body on the top. This combination reminds you of the legendary Les Pauls responsible for bringing rock back to the forefront in the mid’80s.It has nine strategically placed traditional weight-relief holes for a beefy tone that maintains the resonance of modern Les Pauls, while losing a large portion of the weight. With classic tone woods, and two genuine hum bucking pickups, the Les Paul Traditional is a priceless musical instrument that is sure to get you singing along to some great tunes.Where: Subedar House, Ground Floor, Next to Sujay Hospital, Ahead of Tian Restaurant, Gulmohur Road, Juhu Vile Parle Development Scheme, Juhu.Cost: Rs 1,58,000.Tel: 26211801.Class apartThe Vertu Constellation is one of the world’s most expensive luxury touch screen handsets which has a precious diamond trim and black alligator skin. The Vertu Constellation Touch features a 3.5 inch high contrast display protected by Sapphire Crystals. Each screen of a Vertu phone is processed and polished to produce a crystal clear quality.The Constellation offers personal protection services anywhere in the world through their tie-up with Personal Security Group (PSG) with offices in 10 cities globally.One of the benefits of owning a Vertu is the special concierge button which allows the owner to use the concierge service 24 hours a day to book fine dining and travel services whenever needed. Besides the Touch one, other editions of the series such as Touch Candy and Touch Precious are on offer too.Where: Crossroads 2 Mall, Ethos Unit, Cross Road 2, Jeevan Bima Marg, Nariman Point.Cost: Rs 4.7 to Rs 9 lakhs.Tel: 66550351.Gamer’s choiceThe perfect gift for die-hard gaming fans, it can’t get any better than the PlayStation Vita. Delivering great performance and an excellent graphic platform, the Vita is a revolution in portable entertainment.This next generation device packs in countless innovative features into a stylish and compact form to bring you games-on-thego. The 12.7 cm OLED multi touchscreen has an optimized touch menu interface and dual analog sticks to enhance the gaming experience. There are front and rear cameras that allow you to enjoy what Sony calls ‘Augmented Reality’. The device even comes with music, photo, video and web browsing applications. The Vita is light and convenient to carry. You can download games on the device which are stored on a memory stick that comes in various Gigabyte sizes.As an added feature, it even comes with 3 G and Wifi connectivity. PS Vita is equipped with a storage media slot in addition to the PS Vita card slot, so that users can choose their memory capacity based on their use.Where: Sony Center, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel.Cost: Rs 1,62,848.Tel: 24940191.advertisementTock of the townThis new version of the quintessential sports timepiece is for the connoisseurs of top range watches. Completely revised from a technical point of view, the DV One Chrono is a chronograph watch with two sub-dials and an automatic movement. It carries the signature of the celebrated Dubois-Depraz atelier. The split level dial has luminous hands and indices, with the Medusa logo at 6 o’clock and date display at 12.The non-scratch black ceramic watch case with matt finish measures 43.5 mm in diameter; it has a tachometric scale on the bezel, also in ceramic, which like the crown and pushers, is decorated with innovative details in IP blue (or grey) plated stainless steel. A rubber watchstrap completes the composition of this stylish timepiece.Where: Unit 7, 1st Floor Galleria, The Trident Hotel Nariman Point.Cost: Rs 1,11,600.Tel: 30277040.Top speedIf you feel the need to own the road, then the Harley Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special is the ideal bike to do so. Considered to be the ‘evil twin’ of the popular V-Rod family, the bike is an all black marvel with a contrasting color stripe running across the length of the bike. This bike is the only one to have a 1250cc liquid cooled Revolution engine, co-developed with Porsche, that generates a power of 125hp at 8250 rpm and torque ranging to 111 nm of torque at 7000 rpm.Balanced on a 240mm rear tyre with an extra long wheel base makes the Night Rod extremely stable and the advanced ABS Brembo breaking system fitted in the machine facilitates safe and smooth breaking power. Brace yourself for an addiction of a different kind when you mount this speeding beauty.Where: The Point, Plot No 253, 30th Road, TPS III, Bandra.Cost: Rs 19.8 lakhs.Tel: 61557777.Engineered luxuryWith a 6.75-litre V-12 engine that generates a massive 453 bhp, the Phantom surely tops most people’s wish list. It has a large 8.8-inch display which is great for showing off the improved navigation system with the latest map data from BMW Group. Navigation, voice and audio can be accessed via quick touch buttons located in the command console. A large glossy black knob takes care of navigation within the system. The luxury treatment doesn’t stop here.There is a 12-inch rear theatre configuration coloured in chrome-the displays fold out similar to an airplay tray. Content is controlled via a control panel similar to the front command console.Where: Navnit Motors, 48-Atria Mall, Dr. Annie Besent Road, Worli.Cost: Rs 4 crore.Tel: 24813326.Speed thrillsAmong the fastest rides in the country, the ‘Big Boy’ Hyosung GT250R superbike by DSK has the looks and cosmetics of its GT650R cousin. Its dual disc brakes and two-stage projector headlight are also derivatives from the 650 cc predecessor. Touted among the most expensive in its category, the GT250R is all about the size and power usually associated with sports bikes. The easily available spare parts make it an even more worthwhile investment. Among features that set it apart are its fine suspension and a 41 degree leaning angle position that offers amazing maneuverability. It’s got an overall height of 1130 mm and an overall length of 2090mm. The Big Boy is available in three colours-flaming snow, red raven and silver fox.Where: Ronit Motors, Shop 6, Shilpa Tower, Near Deepak Cinema, Lower Parel (West).Cost: Rs 2,76,000.Tel: 24382929.advertisementPicture perfectCanon India’s cinematography imaging domain launched in July this year. Christened as the Cinema EOS range it consists of the EOS C300, EOS C500 and EOS 1D-C. The EOS C300, featuring cinematic 2K video recording with 50Mbps 4:2:2 XF codec, a compact body and a 35mm equivalent CMOS sensor, will be the first to be available in India.Canon has also announced the launch of its new flagship entry-level DSLR, the EOS 650D. This 18 mega pixel camera stands out for its high-speed sensor-based hybrid AF system and 3 inch touch screen viewfinder which can be used to focus as well as shoot priceless pictures. The speed needed for the camera comes from the DIGIC 5 processor, which is six times faster than its predecessor.Where: Canon Image Lounge, Atria Mall, 3rd floor, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli.Cost: Rs 13,90,000.Tel: 24813640.last_img read more

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Don’t worry, Pacquiao says, Broner will make it to fight night in Vegas

first_imgBREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES A win could pave the way for a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr., whom he fought in boxing’s richest fight ever, three years ago.For Broner, a four-division champ, it’s the biggest fight of his career and one that he hopes would define him after a string of lackluster performances the past few years.The fight has the makings of a big payday for both fighters, with tickets selling briskly.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuecenter_img “I believe Broner is a professional. He knows what is at stake in this fight,” Pacquiao was quoted by philboxing.com from his Hollywood training camp on Thursday. “I’m not worried about him. He will show up during the fight.”Broner, training in Florida, has been arrested before for battery and his hard-partying ways.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefBut the 29-year-old Broner vowed he is in his best shape ever and won’t get distracted by the whole incident. He even posted on his social media account on Friday that he “will shock the world on Jan. 19.”A lot is at stake for both fighters as it is going to be Pacquiao’s follow-up fight after his career enjoyed a massive revival following his knockout win over Lucas Matthysse in July. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Leaving a final mark 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manny Pacquiao is confident Adrien Broner will at least make it to their Jan. 19 fight in Las Vegas.The Filipino senator, training in earnest for his first fight in the United States in more than two years, expressed his view in light of the recent arrest of his American challenger over an outstanding warrant.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Watch: Salman Khan and Jacqueline’s love Hangover in Kick

first_imgThe video of Salman Khan’s singing debut track Hangover from Kick is out! It is the second song of the film that is released after Jumme Ki Raat.In the video, Salman Khan and his leading lady Jacqueline Fernandez sizzle together while shaking a leg to the track. Popular choreographer Ahmed Khan has given Salman and Jacqueline their dance moves for the song.Hangover has been composed and sung by Meet Brothers Anjjan.While Salman, sporting an earring, wears a bright red jacket over a regular tee, Jacqueline looks pretty in a cream- gold sleeveless dress.Hangover has been composed and sung by Meet Brothers Anjjan. The trio comprises musicians Harmeet Singh, Manmeet Singh and Anjjan Bhatacharya.Kick brings back Salman Khan to the big screen after the rather disappointing box-office show of his last film, Jai Ho. The industry hopes Kick, a action thriller that marks bigwig producer Sajid Nadiadwala’s directorial debut, will set some records.last_img read more

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Gundappa Vishwanath: A profile of the prolific batsman

first_imgVishwanath in action aganist the English attack: ‘Cricket is a funny game’The little master of Indian cricket, Gundappa Vishwanath made a remarkable comeback last month after almost slipping from the pinnacle of fame into a has been.After a bad patch lasting nearly two years, the five-foot-four-and-a-half-inch vice-captain of the Indian,Vishwanath in action aganist the English attack: ‘Cricket is a funny game’The little master of Indian cricket, Gundappa Vishwanath made a remarkable comeback last month after almost slipping from the pinnacle of fame into a has been.After a bad patch lasting nearly two years, the five-foot-four-and-a-half-inch vice-captain of the Indian team bounced rich harvest of runs in the Test matches held at New Delhi and Madras, silencing his critics who were making strident calls for bis removal from the Indian Test squad. A glorious knock of 107 in New Delhi last December squashed all doubts about his flagging form. Although he followed this knock with a duck in the Calcutta Test, the 32-year-old Vishwanath came into his own with a ferocious double century in Madras last fortnight, the highest ever made by any Indian player against England and also his highest score in Test cricket. Mused a contented Vishwanath: “Cricket is a funny game. Even if you are on top, if you don’t make runs, you come down.”Vishwanath’s cricketing career stretching through 80 Tests, the highest ever by an Indian, has always been one of constant fluctuations. When he made his Test debut on November 15. 1969 at the Kanpur Test against Australia, he was out for a shameful zero in the first innings: “Though it was my first Test, all I had was a zero when I went into bat in the second innings. After a couple of runs I went on playing and in no time I saw 100 on the board,” reminisced Vishwanath modestly. advertisementVishwanath with his wife, Kavitha: ‘He is basically shy and quiet’But for many cricket lovers it was one of the greatest innings ever played by an Indian batsman. “It was simply out of this world,” remarked a sports correspondent. Vishwanath tore apart a genuine Australian pace attack to join the select of Indian cricketers who have scored centuries on their maiden appearance in Test cricket.Undaunted: But in the same manner as he blazed into Indian Test cricket, he was almost snuffed out by Iris own glory. After his marvellous debut, Vishwanath failed miserably when India toured the West Indies and England in 1971. It was only when England toured India, the next year, that Vishwanath regained his true form, ironically in Kanpur again. In the first innings of that Test, after he scored a measly 25 runs, a selector told him that he was being dropped from the team for the next Test. Undaunted Vishwanath went on to make a classic 75 not out. He was immediately reinstated at the next Test in Bombay where he carved out a scintillating century. Vishwanath had. at last, broken the. myth that those who score a century in their debut in Test cricket do not shine again. It had happened to Kripal Singh and Abbas Ali Baig.At the start of the current series against England, the Lilliputian from Karnataka knew that he had to score well in order to salvage his reputation and a place on the team. “The century in New Delhi against England was the greatest innings I have played so far,” he told India Today, “it was my most fluent innings especially at a time when 1 needed runs and was extremely tense in the beginning.”Vishwanath’s rise to cricket’s hall of fame began in humble surroundings. His father, Gundappa Ranganath, was a stenographer at the State Electricity Board in Bangalore. Vishwanath got his inspiration to play cricket from Jagannath, his elder brother, who represented the state’s junior team. Initially, Vishwanath learnt the rudiments of the game in the corridors of his house playing with his neighbour.The ‘little master’ Rankcd by his parents, Ranganath and SavithrarnmaRamakrishna. Imaginary wickets were drawn on the wall and Vishwanath invariably asked Ramakrishna to bat first because his own batting would usually last for hours. Even at such an early age he was already being nicknamed ‘tennis-cricket’s’ Bradman. Vishwanath considers this period of his cricket training as a vital part of his learning process. Says he: “Tennis-cricket played a big role because it had a lot of bounce off the field. I always had to play down as even getting caught on the first ball was out.It taught me to play all along the ground, something which I do till now.” It also helped him perfect the stroke for which Vishwanath is now famous – the square cut. Because of his low stature, he also learnt to play off the backfoot which is the hallmark of most great batsmen because it gives them a split second more to play their strokes.advertisementDisguised Blessing: From here Vishwanath graduated to his school team, where he not only kept wickets but also became the captain. Perhaps his greatest disappointment in life was that he never played tor the state school team, generally considered a prestigious stint for any aspiring cricketer. Vishwanath was not selected for the strangest of reasons: a selector felt he was too short. Six years later Vishwanath had not grown any taller but he had made it to Test cricket.His failure to secure a place in the state school squad would in fact prove to be a blessing in disguise. For he was immediately picked up by a local cricket club called the Spartans and made to play straightaway in the senior division league. Spartans’ Managar, B.N. Chandrashekar. encouraged Vishwanath right from the outset and even presented him with his first bat. Vishwanath fondly recalls how ‘”that was a great moment for me.’For the present, Vishwanath is right in the thick of it all, and withthe kind of panache he has displayed in the current series, he has along way to go before he can hang up his bat.’At last, I had a bat I could call my own and take home with me”. Another incident which left a deep impression on him was his visit to the Chepauk grounds in Madras to watch his first Test match. As he and his brother could afford only gallery seats, they had to go to the stadium at 2.30 in the morning to secure the best vantage point. Jagannath remembers how Vishwanath watched with rapt attention every ball that was bowled in that match. Says Vishwanath: “I don’t think I could get so involved in a Test match now as I did during that match. I thought to myself, I must be in the middle one day.” His premonitions proved right.But if Vishwanath’s ambition was to become a cricketer, his parents” dreams lay elsewhere. Says Ranganath. his father: “I was keen that he finish his degree at least, so that he could get a respectable job.” As if sensing the fame that would descend on him someday, Vishwanath told his mother, Savithramma: “Don’t worry about my studies. even without it, I will be respected one day.”Sure enough, as soon as he passed his intermediate examination. Vishwanath had thrown his books away, grabbed his bat, and played as much cricket as he could. In 1967 he made his memorable Ranji Trophy debut playing against Andhra Pradesh in Vijayawada where he hit a whopping 230, his highest ever. The ‘little master’ had arrived.Wrist-work: If his Test debut was even quicker, he owes it to Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, the former Indian captain. It was Pataudi who first noticed Vishwanath’s talent when he scored 60-odd runs in a Ranji match against Hyderabad. Pataudi had advised him to exercise with dumb-bells. Vishwanath heeded it and today he hits the ball with apparent ease to the boundary with just a delicate flick of his wrist. Though Vishwanath was not selected for the first Test against Australia in 1969, Pataudi insisted on his inclusion for the second Test match.advertisement Vishwanath found himself making his debut when he was 20 years old. The rest is history. In retrospect, the duck in the first innings at Kanpur has had a profound impact on Vishwanath’s attitude to batting. “When I go out to bat, the first thing I think of is that I should not get out for zero. Only when I get it am I relaxed,” he confesses. Does that mean that he is tense when he is out in the middle all the time? “I am always tense before I go into bat for whatever type of match I am playing, but once I get there in the middle I leave my tension behind in the dressing room. I am calm. If you become tense while batting, you can’t move your feet well. For me it does not matter if we are zero for 32 or two for 32,1 just go there and play my cricket. I play my natural game. I don’t know what pressure is.”Vishwanath is considered to be one of the greatest stroke players in the world and even Gavaskar admits that Vishwanath is superior to him in this department. “He is a genius, an absolute genius,” raved well-known cricket critic Rajan Bala, sports editor of Decern Herald, “there has been no batsmen like Vishwanath earlier, he is one batsman who transcends technique. He is the most natural player I have seen in decades. He keeps the basics aside, that is his success. He varies and improvises. He plays blatantly across the line and hits fantastic shots. Even Kallicharan does not have his silent touch. When he gets set, it is a challenge for any captain to place a field for him. Vishy is always finding gaps with the most incredible shots.”It is the ability to improvise his shots and rip apart the best bowling that distinguishes Vishwanath from Gavaskar who is undoubtedly the most scientific player in India.Greatest Knock: One of his greatest innings was in Madras again, against the fiery West Indian pace attack spearheaded by Andy Roberts in 1974-75. While other Indian wickets fell like ninepins, Vishwanath rescued India out of trouble with an exhilarating 97 not out. He was so aggressive that the only way Roberts could prevent him from taking a run was to bowl a bouncer. Vishwanath does not use brute force when he plays but caresses the ball to the boundary. Wrote a sports critic: “Watching him in full flow is like listening to Bach: each note, each stroke part of an overall plan yet somehow distinct.” His childhood hero was that great Australian batsman. Neil Harvery whom Vishwanath only read about but never saw.It is perhaps ironical that the two little masters of Indian cricket, Vishwanath and Gavaskar, should constitute the backbone of the team, and even stranger, be related. It was in March 1978 that Vishwanath married Kavitha Gavaskar, the skipper’s younger sister. They met when Sunil once took Vishwanath to his home in Bombay.For Kavitha, love is not only keeping his cricket bat clean-as a poster drawn by her in their tastefully decorated living room in Bangalore indicates -it is providing the much-needed moral support that Vishwanath craves for, especially when he fails to score. She also does his shopping which he hates to do himself. Vishwanath has this peculiar habit, Kavitha thinks, of buying all the available colours in shirts of a particular design he likes. Explained the Test star nonchalantly: “I find shopping tiring and if I like the design why should I go elsewhere to shop? 1 buy the whole lot.”Greatness, it is said, comes in a cloak of humility. It is the same mantle that drapes Vishwanath. for even to this day, he remains as humble as when he started: a trait he attributes to his upbringing. Says Kavitha: “He is basically shy and quiet. He opens out only when he is with friends. He is an extremelycool person, nothing ruffles him unless I try to get under his skin.” Exudes B.S. Chandrashekhar, India’s former spinning wizatd who has seen Vishwanath right from the start: “He is a fantastic man. In his heart, he is a genuine person.” Gavaskar once observed that Vishwanath was the only player both his team-mates and opponents liked. Asked what he thinks of himself, Vishwanath replied unassumingly: “I am Vishwanath. I play cricket,” and added with a twinkle, “I am an easy-going person.” It is his accommodating nature that makes him perhaps the best vice-captain India has had. But he would never make a good captain. As a sports critic remarked: “He is easier led than leading.”A day in the life of Vishwanath usually begins with a game of badminton. He plays in the same court where Prakash Padukone trained himself to be a champion. After a quick shower and breakfast he goes to the State Bank of India where he works as an officer, a far cry from the clerk’s post he was given 13 years ago. He works in the bank till 3.30 p.m. and then puts in at least two hours at the nets. He spends evenings either with Kavitha or simply visiting friends. Vishwanath hates films and books, likes music but has no favourites and loves watching cricket on video. His favourite food is steak but he is not fussy about his eating habits. Because of his aversion to shopping, he does not buy anything when he goes abroad except tooth brushes, says Kavitha. “I am not a fancy person,” he says with a shrug.Devotee: Religion plays a fairly important role in Vishwanath’s life. He is an ardent devotee of Sai Baba and worships the famous Lord Venkateshwara temple at Tirupati. He visits Tirupati before the start of every season. After his century at Delhi, he had vowed that if he did well in Madras he would pay his respects to the temple again. Immediately after his double century, he rushed to Tirupati to fulfil his vow. In fact he is so religious that he wears a ring having an image of Lord Venkateshwara carved on it and a necklace with two charms attached to it, one given by Sai Baba and the other by his mother-in-law. Before he plays every ball he peers down his shirt at the image of Sai Baba on his chain. Vishwanath’s philsophy of life is not to take success or failure too hard but to just carry on. It is the same with his cricket. If he gets out cheaply, he feels bad for the moment but is soon cheerful again by telling himself that all this is part of the game. Asked what it is he likes about cricket, he replied: “I like getting runs. There is nothing like getting runs in Test cricket.”Traits: Characteristic of a man who has started clear of all controversies in the game. another of Vishwanath’s traits is his sportsmanship. He walks back to the pavilion if he thinks he is out even before the umpire raises his lingers. Asked why he does this, Vishwanath’s surprising answer was: “I don’t know why I do it. It all happens on the spur of the moment. I don’t like to stay in the middle when I think I am out. But when I am halfway back to the pavilion I wonder why I walked out without waiting for the umpire’s decision. Now with so many unfair decisions. I am slowly learning. I don’t think I would be able to walk away like I used to do before.”Vishwanath is also learning to wear a protective helmet which he once scorned saying: “I only wear a helmet when I ride a scooter.” Now he says that if the bowling is really fierce then the helmet gives him confidence.Vishwanath’s recent return to form was preceded by his failure in two consecutive cricket seasons which he attributes to his faulty technique. Moreover, he felt he was slower than before. Last year he got himself toned up, losing eight kg of weight by playing badminton. He now weighs a decent 61 kg with the necessary changes in technique, the vintage Vishwanath with all his grace and aggression was back.But Vishwanath’s critics think he is a spent force. Says one of them: “He is on the decline: age has taken its toll. His reflexes have decreased. The quickness is gone. He can no more play a charismatic and dramatic innings.” But Vishwanath hotly denies that he is facing a downward trend. Said he candidly: “Age has definitely not slowed me down. I am just 32, I am fitter than what I used to be a year ago. I still feel I have a lot of cricket in me. Reaching the peak means getting going all the time and I should be doing this by next season.”At the end of the Madras Test, Vishwanath had. crossed the century mark 14 times in his career and hit 5,672 runs in Test cricket averaging an impressive 43.63 runs. No doubt, for the present Vishwanath is right in the thick of it all and with the kind of panache* he had displayed in the current series, he has a long way to go before he can hang up his bat.last_img read more

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CWG 2014: Watch this stunning 41-shot table tennis rally

first_imgNigeria’s Segun Toriola played out a 41-shot rally against Singapore’s Ning Gao in the men’s team table tennis semi-final at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The Nigerian paddler displayed tremendous defence skills to win the rally, but could not salvage the game.Ning bagged the first two games 11-7, 11-8, but the 39-year-old Toriola fought back to seal the next two games 11-0, 11-7. In the final game, Gao absorbed the pressure and ralllied hard to a 11-9 win.Nigeria had to settle for bronze after losing to Singapore 3-1, but this 41-shot rally became the talking point of the Glasgow games on the social media.last_img read more

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Should you wait for the iPhone 6?

first_imgApple’s revved up audiences in anticipation of the upcoming iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but the market’s got more to offer from Apple’s stable. The iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c are still cousins sauntering about in showcases all over the country. The unofficial price slashes following the announcement of the iPhone 6 have complicated matters even more. For instance, the iPhone 5s (16 GB variant) is still officially listed at Rs. 53, 500, however a cursory glance reveals that the phone can be had for as low as Rs. 36,000 from e-retailers. So should you wait for the newer iPhone 6, or jump the gun for the existing models instead? Let’s weigh the options. Pros:Faster processorsThe newer iPhone 6 packs in Apple’s second-gen 64-bit A8 processor. for comparison, these processors claim 50% faster graphic performance and 25% overall CPU performance. That’s a whole 84 times faster than the original iPhones. High res ‘Retina Display’ screensBoth new devices sport Apple’s ‘Retina HD Display’ screens with improved ppi and viewing angles. the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 has a resolution of 1334 x 750 (326 ppi) and the iPhone 6 Plus rocks 1920 x 1080 (401 ppi) on its 5.5 inch screen.Redesigned bodyThe curvier iPhone 6 is 27% larger and the thinnest (0.27 inches for the iPhone 6 and 0.28 inches for iPhone 6 Plus) yet. Apple incorporates  “a continuous, seamless design” which uses an ion-strengthened cover glass that seamlessly merges into the body. Major tech overhaulApart from structural redesign the iPhone 6 comes with a host of goodies. A barometer, an improved M8 motion coprocessor, Wi-Fi call support and ‘Focus Pixels’ enhanced autofocus. Optical image stabilization is included to boot. advertisementCons:Higher pixels, higher drainageThe A8 processors are great, and so is the bump in screen size. But those pixels need power, and that means the increased output is diverted to the screen, resulting in overall performance which is pretty much the same as the iPhone 5s.Apple Pay is still groundedIncluding NFC is a major security and interface innovation for mobile transactions but as long the system itself is not implemented on the ground there isn’t any logic to shelling for tech that’s a novelty. Apple Watch The Apple watch needs an iPhone but runs perfectly fine on the iPhone 5. Users who’re just interested in the wearable are looking at a much lighter pocket if they go for both the watch and the iPhone 6.last_img read more

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PBA: Columbian breaks out of slump, ekes out win over Meralco

first_imgColumbian snapped its three-game skid at the expense of Meralco, 86-85, in the resumption of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup hostilities Wednesday night at Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town UAAP volleyball: Judith Abil stars as UE picks up 1st win, sends Adamson to 0-3 And it paid dividends as the Dyip now see the this new stretch as “a brand It’s a brand new conference,” he added.Colubmian takes on a struggling Blackwater side this Friday at MOA Arena. Meralco, on the other hand, will try to arrest their losing streak when they face Magnolia in Cagayan de Oro City this Mar. 2.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 The Dyip bucked a lethargic start and crawled their way back into the game during the second period all thanks to a brilliant performance by Rashawn McCarthy.The Bolts had a chance to pull the rug from under Columbian after Chris Newsome hit a triple with 38 ticks left to bring Meralco within one.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBaser Amer and Cliff Hodge squandered the opportunity to put Meralco ahead missing two looks in the final 13 seconds of the game.“I told the guys to forget what happened in the past six games but don’t forget about why we lose,” Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel, whose squad improved to 3-4, said in the post-game presser. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIEScenter_img “We’re lucky we started the second quarter good,” he added. “The first quarter we felt like we didn’t know how to shoot the ball.”Skipper McCarthy posted a new career-best scoring performance with 30 points, eight rebounds, and three assists.The craft guard was held scoreless in the opening salvo and then posted 10 points in each succeeding quarter. Glenn Khobuntin and Eric Camson pumped in 14 and 10 markers respectively.Meralco drew 17 points from Newsome as Cliff Hodge and Ranidel de Ocampo chimed in 14 each. Amer contributed 10 more in the effort.“It’s a good start for us. After the long break, [we are] much better because we had two wins,” Cardel said. “[T]he break has given us an opportunity to give the boys a time off from basketball.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantslast_img read more

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No pushovers: NU Lady Bulldogs prove they’re more than just a bunch of rookies

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. NU showed tremendous fortitude and composure when it stunned heavily favored University of the Philippines, 25-17, 14-25, 17-25, 25-23, 17-15, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday.The Lady Bulldogs have six rookies in their roster but those youngsters are as proven as anyone in the league with five of them having steered Nazareth School of NU to four straight UAAP high school titles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesREAD:UAAP volleyball: Young NU squad pulls off five-set stunner over UP“You just can’t discount them as rookies,” said head coach Norman Miguel in Filipino. “These girls won four straight titles in high school so even though they’re rookies they already have the character to help the team.” And of the five rookies in NU’s lineup, including injured setter Joyme Cagande, one young lady stood out in libero Jennifer Nierva.NU’s defensive ace was an immovable force on the ground tallying 26 excellent digs and 29 successful receptions—three more than what UP as a whole had.Nierva was also unflappable when she described how the NU engine works, showing a confidence ahead of her years.“I think we want to show that we want to prove something that each and every one of us really wants to win,” said Nierva in Filipino. “We’re not complete right now but we want to achieve something.”“We won’t ever say that our team is a pushover, no. We use the negativity as our motivation,” Nierva added.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Paul Lee says Hotshots should be ready for Gin Kingscenter_img Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments MANILA, Philippines—The National University Lady Bulldogs had a simple message to the rest of the league—they’re more than just rookies.ADVERTISEMENT And while Nierva took care of the team’s defense, Princess Robles and Ivy Lacsina handled the offense.Robles and Lacsina, both rookies, had 17 and 16 points, respectively for the Lady Bulldogs who improved to 2-4 for the no.6 spot in the standings.“We played without any doubts,” said Roble. “We really wanted to win earlier.”“We showed our fight and that we can win our fights,” said Lacsina. “No one in our team doubted herself because everyone pushes each other to be better. Your teammate and the coaches will always push you.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Warriors clobber Nuggets, increase lead for top seed in West

first_imgTIP-INSNuggets: The Nuggets shot 7 of 31 from deep. … They are 12-12 vs. the West on the road. … Denver had won at least two games against Golden State in nine of the previous 14 seasons.Warriors: Cousins had his sixth 20-point game. … Curry now has 340 3s, his second-most in a season behind the NBA-record 402 he hit in 2015-16. … Golden State won the season series 3-1 and has won 11 of the last 16 with the Nuggets — including eight of nine at home. … The Warriors also have won five of the last eight season series against Denver.UP NEXTNuggets: Host the Spurs on Wednesday.Warriors: At the Lakers on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Stephen Curry added 17 points, five rebounds and five assists. His 3-pointer with 7:22 left gave him five or more 3s in a career-best nine straight games and moved the two-time MVP (16,236) past Chris Mullin (16,235) for fourth place on the Warriors all-time points list.Murray scored 17 points after he departed the Nuggets’ 95-90 home loss Sunday to Washington in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle and didn’t return. Murray, who missed six games from Jan. 26-Feb. 4 with an injury to the same ankle, was closely monitored and played nearly 29 minutes.Millsap had 11 points shooting 4 of 11 for Denver, which lost for the third time in four games and played the first night of a tough back-to-back with San Antonio visiting the Mile High City on Wednesday.Coach Michael Malone didn’t like his team’s mistakes right after Durant was tossed.“When you’re playing against a team that’s won three of the last four world championships you can’t beat yourself and we did that tonight and that’s disappointing,” Malone said.Durant and Draymond Green had four assists apiece in the opening quarter as Cousins got hot. The big man stole the ball from Nikola Jokic and took it coast-to-coast for a left-handed layup.Denver jumped to a 20-16 lead before Golden State’s 14-4 burst put the Warriors up 30-24 heading into the second. Denver never recovered.CURRY’S MARKCurry teased the PR staff regarding the Mullin mark “because I did not know that was on the horizon.”“It kind of caught me off guard but it was a pretty special night, understanding what Chris Mullin was able to do in his career wearing a Warrior uniform representing the organization, the Bay Area,” Curry said. “His jersey is in the rafters obviously for a reason. Pretty cool moment. I’ll hopefully talk to him or see him at some point and we’ll share a good moment.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Russell Westbrook joins Wilt in NBA history as Thunder thump Lakers “The energy in the crowd at that point was incredible. When he attacked like that and hammered those two dunks down you could feel the power in the arena, you could feel our home crowd, you could feel the energy of our players,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Those two plays kind of broke the game open and gave us a lot of life. I thought Kevin was tremendous tonight. It’s unfortunate he didn’t get to play more.”DeMarcus Cousins had a season-best 28 points, on 12-for-17 shooting, 13 rebounds, five assists and two blocks for the Warriors (53-24), who have a two-game lead and the tiebreaker on Denver (51-26) with five games to go in the chase for the Western Conference’s top seed and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. Golden State lost out on the No. 1 spot to Houston last year, but still went on to capture a repeat title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDurant was ejected with 8:21 left in the third. He became furious wanting a foul call when he airballed a 3-point shot over Paul Millsap, then pointed at and yelled toward official Zach Zarba. Cousins stood between Durant and Zarba, who wasted no time tossing the two-time reigning finals MVP.“I thought he deserved the first technical I didn’t think he deserved the second one. I was very surprised. I watched the whole thing. I didn’t think he deserved to be ejected,” Kerr said. “I think Zach Zarba’s one of the best officials in the game so I’ve got no complaints with Zach, he knows what he’s doing.” LATEST STORIES MOST READ Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after dunking against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, California— Kevin Durant’s brilliant night on both ends got cut short by an ejection.Durant emphatically showed who is still No. 1 in the West, delivering a pair of jarring dunks late in the first half and finishing with 21 points and six assists before being tossed to lead the Golden State Warriors past the Denver Nuggets 116-99 on Tuesday night in a matchup of the top teams in the conference.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 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Those were his 14th and 15th technicals, meaning he is one away from an automatic suspension. Cousins was ejected against Charlotte on Sunday, when the Warriors clinched their fifth straight Pacific Division crown.“I think we can be better at keeping our poise, myself included,” Kerr said.Before that, Durant dazzled.He rebounded Jamal Murray’s missed 3 and drove the court, dribbling with his left hand through the paint before switching hands to deliver a powerful one-handed slam. Durant had another moment before halftime, driving the baseline for a two-handed dunk as the Warriors grabbed a 59-43 halftime lead. He also had a pair of blocked shots.“Kevin attacking the rim got the crowd into it even more,” Klay Thompson said. “That was unbelievable. No one was trying to get in the way of that second dunk he had. That was ridiculous.”ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Man City back on top of EPL after Kompany wonder goal

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Leicester was also relishing the contest and it was the visitors who created the first serious opening when Ricardo Pereira skipped into the area and had his shot blocked by Kompany. Marc Albrighton’s follow-up effort was also charged down.City threatened as Foden chested down and volleyed at Schmeichel, then Youri Tielemans forced a low save from Ederson.Sterling raced behind the defense and flicked the ball onto Jonny Evans’ arm but penalty appeals were half-hearted and dismissed by referee Mike Dean.A sign of City tension came as David Silva was booked for a cynical challenge on Tielemans which prevented a breakaway from inside his own half.But City then started to take control, and Sergio Aguero hit the bar with a thumping header. Schmeichel did brilliantly to claw the ball off the line as it bounced down.City finished the half on top but there was another moment of alarm as Kompany was booked for bringing down James Maddison in full flow.City sent on Leroy Sane and poured all its efforts into attack after the break. City appealed for another penalty as Sterling went down under a Hamza Choudhury challenge but nothing was given and the Foxes almost caught the hosts out as Maddison flashed an effort wide.The tension increased and the anxiety was evident as Aguero was denied at point-blank range by Schmeichel after Evans miskicked.Then Kompany produced his first league goal of the season.“I didn’t score this season, but for me I always feel in big moments, in moments like this, I’m going to do something,” Kompany said. “I don’t know whether it’s a header or anything, I always feel like I’m going to do something. All I’m going to say is I’ve scored goals like that in training.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Rockets overcome Warriors anew, tie playoff series after trailing 0-2 View comments The celebrations from Kompany, Guardiola and almost everyone connected with the home side were exuberant and emotional but the game still had to be closed out.Hearts will have been in mouths when former City striker Kelechi Iheanacho got clear but he missed the target, and City held on.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “One more game,” Guardiola said. “We were seven points behind not long ago from Liverpool but we didn’t give up.“I know now is not (about) saying how good was the season, now is arriving first. We just have to win our game.”It was anything but straightforward against Leicester who, under the guidance of former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, proved tough defensively and a threat on the break.Yet City, knowing the importance of victory, gave it everything. They were again missing the midfield composure of Fernandinho but made their usual high-energy start.Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling tore down the right and left flanks respectively and cut inside menacingly while Phil Foden, again trusted by Guardiola in another key fixture, was also lively.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Few will have expected Kompany to shoot when the ball fell to him 30 yards out but he let fly with a powerful strike.“Vinny, I tell you, ‘No shoot!’” City striker Sergio Aguero was captured on television telling Kompany after the final whistle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLeicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel had no chance as the ball swerved away from him into the top corner.Pep Guardiola’s treble-chasing side needed to win to retain control of their title destiny, and their 13th successive victory took them a point above Liverpool. City should successfully defend the title next Sunday at lowly Brighton. Liverpool hosts Wolverhampton at the same time. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany, second left, celebrates with Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva after scoring his side’s opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City returned to the top of the English Premier League with one round left after captain Vincent Kompany hit a sensational goal to beat Leicester 1-0 in a dramatic and tense match on Monday.The ferocious long-range shot by City’s long-serving and influential captain settled nerves 70 minutes into the nail-biting contest at Etihad Stadium.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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PFL reboot kicks off May 25

first_imgTwo-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Rookie, legend play mentor roles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 The Philippines Football League (PFL) will finally kick off on May 25 with seven clubs in the fold, following the Philippine Football Federation’s (PFF) decision to grant Mendiola FC and Philippine Air Force club licenses that will allow both squads to vie in the competition.PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes said Mendiola and Air Force were granted provisional licenses by the federation just like Green Archers United, which joins pioneer clubs Ceres Negros, Kaya-Iloilo, Global and Stallion Laguna this season.ADVERTISEMENT The PFF had to salvage the competition after the PPL defied the federation’s directive by allowing Mendiola and Air Force to play despite the absence of a club license.The PPL only had five clubs, which was later reduced to four when Ceres decided to also withdraw from the competition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGastanes said the PFF will use the PFL to determine which clubs to nominate for AFC competitions next year. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

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PVL: Motolite posts first win, keeps BaliPure winless

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Pacifictown-Army bounces back for 3-2 record Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines—Motolite finally broke through the win column after blasting BaliPure, 25-16, 25-21, 25-18, Sunday night in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Motolite Spikers got around to use their formidable roster to score their first win in five matches.Middle spiker Maristela Layug found her groove, scoring eight points to help up Motolite’s usual scorers.The Water Defenders dropped to the bottom of the standings with a 0-4 record.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more

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