Pacquiao commends McGregor, Mayweather

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Mayweather scored a technical knockout victory over McGregor to take hold of a perfect 50-0 record, boxing’s greatest win-loss record ever.Heavyweight icon Rocky Marciano was once the owner of the sport’s best record at 49-0, a feat Mayweather replicated in 2015 when he defeated an overmatched Andre Berto in lopsided fashion.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 shutoutAs for McGregor, this was his first fight in a boxing ring after emerging as the UFC’s poster boy when he held the lightweight and featherweight belts consecutively.RELATED VIDEO Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES McGregor awed by clinical Mayweather1.8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gamescenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Jack pummels Cleverly to take light-heavy crown SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, embraces Conor McGregor after a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao gave praise to both Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor after the two matched up against each other Sunday (Manila time) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.“Respect to McGregor for taking a chance but congrats to Floyd on #50!” Pacquiao posted on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Gameslast_img read more

Hamilton wins Belgian GP to trim Vettel’s lead to 7 points

first_imgDrivers worry that their tires lose heat if they stay behind the car too long.But Vettel failed to capitalize.“Maybe that was the problem, my restart was too good,” Vettel said. “I was too close.” SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief On a track more suited to Mercedes than Ferrari, Hamilton felt Vettel got “way too close” for comfort.“This weekend we definitely didn’t have the race pace. The car is not quite where we need it,” Hamilton said. “It was only just enough to stay ahead.”Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was third — for his sixth podium of the season — finishing ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, with Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas fifth.Ricciardo showed great race intelligence and opportunism to pass Bottas after the safety car incident.After 12 races, four-time F1 champion Vettel has 220 points to three-time champion Hamilton’s 213 heading into next weekend’s Italian GP in Monza.“The positive thing is that we had really good race pace,” Vettel said. “I’m looking forward to next week.”Hamilton made a good start to the race on the long climb up to Eau Rouge, with Vettel on his tail.But Max Verstappen’s hopes of a first win this season ended on lap 8 when his Red Bull lost power.“I can’t believe this,” Verstappen said. His exasperation was understandable — it is the sixth time this season he has failed to finish the race, and some 80,000 Dutch fans had crossed the border to cheer him on.“I’m not happy at all,” Verstappen said. “I am very disappointed for the fans who buy an expensive ticket to watch and I retire after eight laps. No words.” WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Read Next View comments Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program PLAY LIST 02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Although it was a comfortable win for the British driver, it got a bit tense toward the end.“I was waiting for Lewis to make a mistake and he didn’t,” Vettel said.With about 10 laps left, Vettel almost overtook his challenger as they emerged from behind the safety car.Vettel got his Ferrari alongside Hamilton on a long straight, but Hamilton edged his Mercedes into the corner just in time.“I’m not entirely happy,” said Vettel, adding that he got his approach slightly wrong.ADVERTISEMENT Vettel finished second, about 2 seconds behind Hamilton.“Sebastian was very, very close. He was very consistent throughout,” said Hamilton, after his 200th GP. “That’s what racing’s about.”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 shutoutHamilton was in good form all weekend, topping every part of qualifying.“Really brilliant,” Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff said. “Hamilton’s drive was really fantastic.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain (right) raises his trophy in the air on the podium after winning the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany placed second and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia (left) placed third. (Photo by OLIVIER MATTHYS / AP)SPA-FRANORCHAMPS, Belgium — Lewis Hamilton celebrated his record-equaling 68th pole position with victory at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, trimming championship leader Sebastian Vettel’s lead to seven points.Hamilton clinched his fifth win of the season and 58th overall, having equaled Michael Schumacher’s pole record.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Guiao focused on winning, not securing top draft pick LATEST STORIES The 19-year-old Verstappen secured a podium with third place in China but has been hit with reliability issues since.Two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso retired on lap 27 — the latest setback as McLaren continues to struggle with Honda engines. The Spanish driver has completed only three races so far.The Spa track, nestled in the Ardennes forest, is the longest in F1 at 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) and the race is often full of incident, especially when it rains.It stayed dry, but there was one heated clash between Force India drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, prompting the safety car to come out after they made contact with each other on lap 30, sending debris onto the track.Their tense relationship is degrading fast.After bumping on the track at the Azerbaijan GP in June, they did it again when they touched wheels as Ocon moved on the outside of the track shortly after the start, with Perez responding by squeezing the Frenchman against the barrier.Later the pair came into contact again with Ocon’s front wing flying away and a tire dropping off Perez’s car as a result.This prompted a furious, expletive-laced outburst from Ocon, who was already unhappy that his team had pitted Perez for new tires ahead of him. After both cars pitted for repairs, Ocon finished ninth but Perez had to retire just before the end.The safety car stayed out for four laps, which was too long for Hamilton’s liking, and he used an expletive of his own to complain.“There was hardly any debris about,” Hamilton said afterward. “They did a good job cleaning the track.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

Meralco zaps lackluster Star, nears PBA semis sweep

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “We did a good job at sustaining our effort from start to finish. We executed on both ends very well,” Meralco head coach Norman Black told reporters.“Total team effort. Everybody stepped up led by AD (Durham) and JD (Dillinger) also hit some big shots,” Black said.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 shutoutFive players scored in double-digits with Allen Durham, Jared Dillinger and Ranidel de Ocampo tallying 18 points each.Durham, the reigning Best Import, also hauled down 25 rebounds while Dillinger and de Ocampo combined for nine triples. PBA Women’s 3×3 Tournament – February 24, 2016 PLAY LIST 35:57PBA Women’s 3×3 Tournament – February 24, 201635:47PBA Women’s 3×3 – March 18, 201603:49Will Ginebra’s Barangay be a huge factor in the PBA Finals?01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next PBA IMAGESSTA. ROSA — Meralco dominated Star from start to finish, 98-74, to gain a 2-0 lead in their 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series Tuesday night at Santa Rosa Multipurpose Complex here.The Bolts showed no signs of slowing down after racing to splitting start, 36-13, early in the second quarter and even led by as much as 30 points, 78-48, entering the fourth period.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Prince Eze out of the NCAA MVP race View comments Dillinger went 6-of-8 from downtown as he and de Ocampo teamed up with Durham to create a lethal inside and out game that had the Hotshots’ defense guessing.The Bolts go for the sweep on Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We gave to play our best basketball to beat them.”Mark Barroca had 16 points for Star, which blew a big lead late in Game 1.The Hotshots shot just 32% from the field while the Bolts displayed a potent offense, hitting 53% of their attempts with 28 assists.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Pistons stay unbeaten with Griffin, rout Blazers

first_imgView comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Nets trade Zeller to Bucks for Vaughn, 2nd-round pick 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 Games01:29Police 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 LATEST STORIES Read Next Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) reaches in on Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Detroit. APDETROIT — Andre Drummond had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Portland Trail Blazers 111-91 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.Detroit has won three in a row with Blake Griffin in the lineup after acquiring him in a trade last week. The victory on Monday pulled the Pistons back to .500 and even with Philadelphia for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Griffin had 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and did a good bit of his offensive damage from the perimeter, making three 3-pointers. Anthony Tolliver added 15 points for Detroit, and Reggie Bullock and Langston Galloway contributed 13 apiece.Damian Lillard scored 20 points and C.J. McCollum added 14 for the Blazers, who lost again after falling at the buzzer at Boston on Sunday. Portland was without Evan Turner on Monday because of a left calf injury. /kgaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutlast_img read more

Cavs star Love reveals battle with panic attacks

first_imgKevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts to a foul from Ersan Ilyasova #7 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena during their game last November 30, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia. AFP FILELOS ANGELES, United States — Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love revealed on Tuesday he has regularly suffered from panic attacks, breaking his silence on the issue in a bid to encourage more players to talk openly about mental health.In an essay on The Players’ Tribune website, Love said he had suffered his first panic attack on November 5, when he was forced to exit early during a defeat to the Atlanta Hawks.ADVERTISEMENT 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “You’re even more powerful now than ever before @kevinlove!!! Salute and respect brother,” James wrote on Twitter. /cbb Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Read Next LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. That episode left him needing treatment in the Cleveland Clinic. Love also reportedly told team-mates a panic attack forced him to leave a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in January after only three minutes.“For 29 years, I thought about mental health as someone else’s problem,” Love wrote in his essay, titled “Everyone is Going Through Something.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Sure, I knew on some level that some people benefited from asking for help or opening up. I just never thought it was for me.“To me, it was form of weakness that could derail my success in sports or make me seem weird or different. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH First base Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “Then came the panic attack,” the 29-year-old five-time All-Star wrote.Love has not played since January 30 as he nurses his way back to health after suffering a broken bone in his left hand.He decided to speak out in order to “create a better environment for talking about mental health.” “That’s where we need to get to,” Love said.“I want to make it clear that I don’t have things figured out about all of this,” he added. “I’m just starting to do the hard work of getting to know myself. For 29 years, I avoided that. Now, I’m trying to be truthful with myself. I’m trying to be good to the people in my life.”Love’s disclosure won approval from team-mate LeBron James.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico View commentslast_img read more

NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 4

first_imgTeng favored to win D-League MVP plum MOST READ 1. Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights 23.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.0 stealsLast Week: N/AFILE PHOTO by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt took a while before Rey Nambatac got his bearings this season. And when he finally figured things out? Boy, did he roar.Leading Letran’s all-out attack on Tuesday in its 82-75 thriller over Arellano, the senior playmaker made sure he delivered a show in front of his home crowd as he ended the curse for the home teams and lifted the Knights to a 92-78 win over St. Benilde two days after.How did he do it? Help your team nab two convincing victories while posting a season-best 31 points will surely propel you to the top.(2) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 3.0 stealsLast Week: 4ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The 6-foot-5 center rewarded coach Jeff Napa’s trust while also gaining a measure of retribution, playing like a mad man when the Knights knocked off Arellano, the same school he left.Though it’s still too early to make bold predictions, the foundations have been laid out and Ambohot is proving game-by-game that he’s one of the fastest rising big man in the amateur ranks.7. Jaycee Marcelino – G, Lyceum Pirates 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 stealsLast Week: 5Jaycee Marcelino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netOne game wonder? More like “every game wonder.”Jaycee Marcelino has been a willing dancing partner for CJ Perez in Lyceum’s continued ascent this season, aiding the team’s go-to guy with his fearless drives and jaw-dropping dimes.And the results speak for themselves, with the Pirates lording the NCAA with their 6-0 mark.Have we seen the last of the more offensive-minded Marcelino twin? It’s too early to tell, but right now, we beg to disagree. 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 DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantcenter_img NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sun finally shone at NCAA Season 93 this week after the inclement weather wiped out two playdates the week prior.New heroes are emerging for their teams midway through the first round.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 starsTo wit, three new entries, including the pacesetter, finally broke the glass ceiling to barge into our rankings, proving that anyone can shine at any given day in the NCAA.Here’s our list of this week’s best seven players. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSilently racking up double-double in the past weeks, Prince Eze has finally made his way to the list.Consistent in his game, the Nigerian kept the ship afloat for Perpetual on Tuesday before allowing his teammates to hack out a 68-65 stunner over San Sebastian.Unfortunately, the supporting cast couldn’t deliver the same as Eze was the lone bright spot for the Altas in their 76-58 defeat to Lyceum.Still, with the way he’s playing, Eze is making everyone believe that the Las Piñas crew can still compete despite the departure of Bright Akhuetie.5. Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags11.0 points, 10.0 reboundsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEven Michael Calisaan was surprised with how San Sebastian has struggled in the past weeks after being touted as a potential contender.But this week, he made sure that the slump would meet its end as he provided the stabilizing force for the Golden Stags in their 1-1 campaign this past week.Calisaan’s solid play allowed teammates like Allyn Bulanadi and team captain Ryan Costelo shine as San Sebastian bounced back and once again tasted the sweet taste of victory in its 75-66 win over Mapua.6. Jeo Ambohot – C, Letran Knights 13.0 points, 12.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocksLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLetran’s offense may still be generated by their four-some of Nambatac, Bong Quinto, Jerrick Balanza, and JP Calvo, but the Knights have also show that defense wins games and the cornerstone for that is no doubt Jeo Ambohot. With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact on the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the past week.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCJ Perez may be allowing his comrades to shine in the past games, but he doesn’t fail to remind everyone who’s the guy in Lyceum.Scoring, rebounding, playmaking, or defense. You name it, the energetic forward does it.That’s why it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Pirates are still undefeated through six games this season, with Perez showing no signs of stopping.St. Benilde and Perpetual learned that the hard way this past week.3. Clint Doliguez – F, San Beda Red Lions 22 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blockLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWant more proof of San Beda’s depth?With four players playing through sickness on Friday, coach Boyet Fernandez pulled out Clint Doliguez from his bag of tricks and the Ateneo transferee delivered more than enough.The first-year forward was the lone player to log double-digits in scoring in the Red Lions’ 54-48 defensive chessmatch against JRU.If Doliguez keeps this up, San Beda’s frontline might have just gotten even stronger.4. Prince Eze – C, Perpetual Altas 16.5 points, 16.0 reboundsLast Week: N/A View commentslast_img read more

We must convert penalty corners

first_imgThe atmosphere for India’s matches has been unbelievable, and the Indian team needs to make use of it in the gold medal match against Australia. Whatever one says the crowd makes a difference and playing under such conditions can be a daunting prospect.Once India gets on a roll they feed on the crowd’s passion and tend to dominate proceedings. The hosts will also take heart from the fact that they dominated Australia for about 25 minutes of the first half in their league match.The Aussies tend to go for full court press in the first 10 minutes of each half and we need to keep them in check during that period. Another crucial factor will be penalty corner conversions.They played a key role in our victory over Pakistan and we cannot afford to miss out on these opportunities. We matched England in fitness and forced them to play at our own pace, which made them tire towards the end of the match. We need to continue in the same vein in the final.Another source of hope could be that Australia usually has one bad game in the tournament and they are yet to have one here. Luck also seems to be in India’s favour as can be seen from the England penalty corner that hit the frame of the goal when they were ahead 3-1.Also after the 5-2 win over India in the earlier match there may be an element of complacency which the Indians can exploit. Our game has improved as the competition has gone on. India still plays in patches but at least the flow is there.advertisementWe have started to beat opposition players with our stickwork. Sardar Singh has been the most-consistent player so far. A lot of hard work, though, will be needed to put it across Australia that frankly is a better team.The only way the gap can be made up is by raising energy levels and showing superior fitness. That is why the selectors picked just one goalkeeper in the squad to facilitate more rolling substitutions during the game.Chetri has done alright till now, although he was at fault for one of the goals in the match against Australia. The defence is still a cause for concern as we still leave players unmarked inside our own circle.We tend to use man-to-man marking these days while all the other top teams use a zonal-cum-manto-man system.last_img read more

Saina Nehwal regains World no. 3 rank

first_imgThe 21-year-old is currently behind Shixian Wang and Yihan Wang at one and two respectively.Riding on her Swiss Open triumph, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has regained the number three spot in the latest world rankings.Saina, who missed a couple of tournaments early in the year because of a nagging ligament injury and then suffered early exits from the Korean Open and the All England Championships, notched up her first title of the season in Switzerland last week.The 21-year-old now has 69721.2637 points in her kitty and is currently behind Shixian Wang (83506.4) and Yihan Wang (73988.9106) at one and two respectively.The Swiss Open title was her third Grand Prix Gold title win after Chinese Taipei (2008) and the Indian Open (2010).The girl from Hyderabad also won four Super Series finals in Indonesia (twice), Singapore and Hong Kong over the last two years.In men’s singles, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist P Kashyap was at the 21st place with 38415.2559 points, while Ajay Jayaram moved to 28th. Anand Pawar and Arvind Bhat are at 42nd and 45th spot respectively.Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa dropped one place to 19th spot, while Jwala and V Diju slipped two spots to 18th in mixed doubles.In men’s doubles, Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas jumped seven places to be placed just outside the top 20 bracket at 21st place.last_img read more

ICC probes Amir for breach of ban

first_imgPakistan’s Mohammad Amir is being investigated by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after playing in a minor English league match last week despite being banned from the sport for corruption.Mohammad Aamer is serving a five-year ban for spot-fixing.The 19-year-old Aamer took part on Saturday in an official Surrey Cricket League match for Addington 1743, a village team based in a south London suburb that didn’t realise he breached his five- year ban by playing.”The suspension clearly states that he cannot take part in any cricket-related activities,” ICC spokesman Sami-ul Hasan said. “We are aware of the reports and are investigating the matter.” The Surrey Cricket League is under the jurisdiction of the England and Wales Cricket Board, which said it is “investigating and liaising with the ICC as appropriate.”The ICC tribunal that banned Amir in February for “spot-fixing” could impose a further sanction if it is proved he played in a competitive match.”He has been at all times anxious not to violate his ban,” said Gareth Peirce, Amir’s lawyer. “He has seen today’s news reports with alarm. He is making contact directly through his lawyers with the ICC.”He was given the chance of joining in part of a game with a village cricket team as a way of keeping in practice. He was assured by the team that they had asked their league if he was permitted to play with them and had been told that he was. He did not stay for the whole match.”advertisementThe left-arm fast bowler was introduced to Addington, which has less than 20 members, through captain Ijaz Raja and a team sponsor last week. Amir took four wickets and scored 60 runs in the match.”We’ve got a couple of guys who have contacts with people from the Pakistan team. They said it would be good if he could play, and it was a good day out for him and us,” club secretary Raheal Shafi said.”I got the news from our captain on Friday morning and we spoke to the league secretary, Robin Ford, on Friday just to make sure everything was fine … and he was fine about it.”He said there shouldn’t a be a problem. Robin Ford is associated with St. Lukes and he is one of their members. The opposition were St. Lukes and they did not have any objections.” Shafi, who has been a member of Addington since 1991, said he thought Amir was only prohibited from playing professional cricket.”We are nowhere near Test or county standard and there was no money involved,” Shafi said.Aamer and Pakistan teammates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were banned for at least five years by the International Cricket Council in February for accepting money from a businessman to bowl pre-determined no-balls during a Test in England last year.They are also due to face a criminal trial in London in October after being charged with conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments along with their agent, Mazhar Majeed.When he wasn’t playing on Saturday, Amir gave advice about how the Addington players could improve their batting and bowling.Shafi said his teammates watched clips of Amir bowling for Pakistan on the internet in front of him.”He was very down to earth,” Sahfi said. “He was relaxing and sitting on the grass and talking about life in Pakistan, life in England and where he has travelled.”last_img read more

Sudha clinches silver as Tintu wins bronze

first_imgAsian Games gold medallist Sudha Singh settled for a silver while Tintu Luka and Ghamanda Ram won a bronze each on the final day as India finished eighth in the Asian Athletics Championships with 11 medals at Kobe in Japan on Sunday.Indian’s bronze medallist Ghamanda Ram crosses the finish line in men’s 800m on SundaySudha, who was bidding to become the first woman to win both Asian Games and Asian Championships, clocked 10:08.52sec in the 3,000m steeplechase -well below her national record of 09:55.67secs which she clocked at Guangzhou last year.Japan’s 38-year-old Minori Hayakari won the gold with a new championship record of 9: 52.42sec. Thi Phuong Nguyen of Vietnam took bronze in 10:14.94s. It was yet again a case of Tintu failing to win gold in a big international event as she finished third in the 800m with a timing of 2:02.55 secs -slower than her national record of 1:59.17 which she set last year.Luka, who had won a bronze at the Asian Games, presented a strong challenge to eventual gold and silver winners Thanh Hang Truong (2:01.41s) of Vietnam and Margarita Matsko (2:02.46) of Kazakhstan towards the end but it was not enough. Ghamanda Ram gave India a bronze in the men’s 800m as he finally managed to live up to his potential of being among the best in Asia by winning his maiden Asian Championship medal in a personal best timing of 1:46.36s.However, he missed an Olympic berth by just 0.16 secs. The second Indian runner in the event, Sajeesh Joseph finished fifth in 1:48.56. Mohamed Al-Azimi of Kuwait won the gold in 1:46.15 secs to become the only athlete to win both 800 and 1,500m at the same Asian Championships.advertisementHe beat defending champion Sajad Moradi of Iran, who finished in second place with 1: 46.35s. With the silver and two bronze on Sunday, India took their medal haul to 11 (one gold, two silver and eight bronze) in the fourday meet, which equalled their tally in the last edition at Guangzhou two years ago when the country won one gold, three silver and seven bronze.With the likes of Ashwini Ajkkunji, Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose caught for doping, India failed to finish on the podium in the women’s 4x400m relay. The second string quartet of Mrudula Korada, Jhuma Khatun, OP Jaisha and Tintu Luka finished fourth and last with a timing of 3: 44.17. A strong Japanese team annexed the gold in 3:35.00.The men’s 4x100m relay quartet of Ritesh Anand, Krishnakumar Rane, Shameer Mon and Rahamatulla Molla finished eighth and last in 40.38secs. Japan won the gold in 39.18 secs. Japan topped the medals tally with 11 gold, 10 silver and 11 bronze, pushing China to second spot (10-12-5). Bahrain was third.With inputs from PTI.last_img read more