LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Blue Eagles rallied past University of the Philippines, 96-82, on the day when the Bulldogs saved their season with a stunning come-from-behind 87-84 victory over Far Eastern U.JJay Alejandro accounted for half of the points in a 22-2 run that erased a 15-point deficit for the Bulldogs, who survived the Tamaraws’ torrid outside shooting for only their fifth win of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This is the dream,” said an emotional NU coach Jamike Jarin. “This is what I was expecting from our players. I hope it’s not too late, I hope it’s not too late. We never bowed down. I’m happy right now because I saw the maturity from the players.”The loss was a huge blow for the Tamaraws, who nailed a league record 18 three-point shots. Hitting eight of their first 16 shots from beyond the arc, the Maroons seemed poised for an upset and even led by 12 in the third period, before the Eagles clawed their way back into the contest.With the Tamaraws falling to the Bulldogs in the first game, the last Final Four berth remained up for grabs with FEU, NU and UP all in contention as they play their last elimination round games on Saturday.Unable to sustain their hot start, the Tamaraws dropped to 6-7, while NU improved to 5-8 to tie UP. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Later in the day, Matt Nieto fired 19 points, while Isaac Go hit 13 points, including a pair of triples in the final period, as the Eagles completed a 26-point turnaround in the second half for their 13th straight victory.The Eagles’ focus now shifts to their highly anticipated duel with La Salle, which is hoping to deny Ateneo an automatic finals spot when they collide in the final playdate of the elimination round on Sunday.“It was like a playoff, a Final Four game already, so I think we will expect that also [going] into our next game,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga.“There was certainly a lot of fight in UP in this game, they showed their heart, they came up with a lot of intensity from the very start. But toward the end of the third and the fourth quarter, our players showed a lot of character.”Playing with urgency after their Final Four hopes got a boost with FEU’s loss, the Maroons had the Eagles on the ropes for three quarters with their hot shooting, before Nieto and Go found their groove, combining for 14 points in the final frame.ADVERTISEMENT Batang Pinoy faces possible cancellation Using another late uprising, Ateneo stayed in the hunt for an elimination round season sweep and an outright finals berth on Wednesday, while National U grabbed a lifeline in its playoff push in UAAP Season 80 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday dropped Sunil Gavaskar from the Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council.The decision was made public at the BCCI annual general meeting (AGM) being held in Mumbai. Five members, including two former cricketers, have been appointed in the reconstituted IPL governing council by the AGM.These former cricketers — Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Ravi Shastri — were retained in the reconstituted governing council.All the principal office bearers of the BCCI will be the ex-officio members of IPL governing council.
After dazzling the world with a gala opening to the Commonwealth Games, Delhi is busy creating another breathtaking show for the closing ceremony.The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium will turn into a gigantic discotheque with the iconic aerostat again turning into a showstopper. It will double up as a huge strobe light under which the big music party will jig and jive.India’s historic 1-2-3 in discus | Vijender & Co. settle for bronze | Indian shooters’ golden surprise | Medals’ TallyUnder the theme ‘universal love’, 29 performers, including 12 singers, musicians and DJs, will showcase a vibrant, modern India. They will jam under the arc lights to create a spectacular confluence of Indipop, Sufi and classical music.The bigwigs will all be there – Sukhwinder Singh, Kailash Kher, Shuba Mudgal, Zila Khan, Usha Uthup, Shankar Mahadevan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shaan, Indian Idol winner Shreeram, Sivamani, Taufiq and electric sitarist Niladri Khan.And joining them will be Games mascot Shera followed by the athletes and volunteers.While the opening ceremony was aimed at capturing the essence of India, the closing ceremony will be a celebration of the country’sachievements. Shiamak Davar will choreograph the show with 1,000 performers.A mind-blowing martial arts segment called Agni has been planned. It will be choreographed by Samudra and have 600 performers from Manipur and Punjab showcasing the origin of martial arts in India.While a military band will play the national anthem, schoolchildren will string together Vande Mataram as a tribute to India.Finally, as Glasgow showcases its host status for the next edition, a massive display of fireworks will bring the curtains down on theCommonwealth Games.advertisement
Absence of stars such as Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the Indian team has affected attendance in their first ODI against New Zealand, the last match to be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Guwahati.Being the only stadium in the seven North Eastern states to host international cricket matches, the venue used to draw huge crowd who do not mind spending even chilly nights out to get in due to the early start of the games.However, the scene was different on Sunday for the one-day match between a new-look India under Gautam Gambhir and the Kiwis as attendance was far from satisfactory.Only about 16,000 tickets were sold for the match in the 23,000 capacity stadium, a senior Assam Cricket Association (ACA) official said.”Yes, this time the response was far from satisfactory as the stars preferred to take rest for the opening one-day match,” he said.”The response was less even from the students who get concession on the price of the ticket,” he said.Besides skipper Dhoni, India have rested star players Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh due to injury concerns ahead of the World Cup.The five-match series against Daniel Vettori’s men is India’s last outing in the sub-continent before they begin their campaign in the World Cup to be held in February-March next year to be hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.To make the matter worse for the spectators, New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori had to sit out due to injury.advertisement”Today’s match should have been a memorable one as it is the last match is the stadium, but there is disappointment because of absence of stars”, Rajib Saikia, a student of Cotton College, said.The ACA has decided to host future matches at the Barsapara stadium exclusively built for cricket as the Nehru Stadium is a multi-purpose venue.”Several cultural events and other sports including football is played in the stadium and the curator gets hardly a month to prepare the ground”, the ACA official said.The vendors selling placards, Indian flags, and hats were also dejected as business was dull.”We hardly get an international cricket match in this region and people wait for it. We finish selling the articles within half an hour but today we have to go back with our bags full,” Ranbir Roy, a vendor, said outside the venue.With inputs from PTI
New Zealand openers Jesse Ryder and Martin Guptill are at the crease against South Africa in their quarter-final match of the World Cup in Mirpur on Firday. Earlier, New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori won the toss and elected to bat.South Africa have brought AB de Villiers in place of Morne van Wyk. Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel have also returned to boost the pace attack.For New Zealand, James Franklin made way for Luke Woodcock in the playing eleven.Squads:New Zealand: Daniel Vettori (c), Brendon McCullum (wk), Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Kane Williamson, Nathan McCullum, Daniel Vettori (c), Jacob Oram, Luke Woodcock,Tim Southee.South Africa: Graeme Smith (c), Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers (wk), JP Duminy, Francois du Plessis, Johan Botha, Robin Peterson, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir.
Former India cricket captain Rahul Dravid, who will be retiring from one-day internationals after the fifth ODI here Friday, said hard work in the shorter format of the game helped him to excel in Tests.”It does not feel like I’m finishing. I will still be doing the same things I have been doing in the last two and a half years. But I have had to work harder on my one-day cricket than in Tests,” said Dravid, who will be playing his 344th ODI, on the eve of the match here.Dravid, who will be ending his 15-year-old ODI career, said he does not dread quitting.”After such a long period of playing cricket, you don’t dread the day you will quit. You will recognise that when the time comes, you would have to move on. Retiring wouldn’t make much of a change in my life,” he said.”The Test series against West Indies is coming up. There will be a few days off, then it is back to fitness and practice. Nothing would really change. Nothing is going to be different from tomorrow onwards,” he said.On the feeling of retiring, Dravid said: “When you are away from home, you don’t get a sense how it’s been like. My wife did mention there are very nice things written about me back home. I feel humbled about the things being said and written about me in last few weeks.”Dravid, who is the seventh highest ODI scorer with 10,820 runs, said that when he started playing, he wasn’t considered suitable for ODI cricket but he worked hard to score more than 10,000 runs.advertisement”When I started playing, I wasn’t recognised as a one-day player. There was a lot more learning I had to do. I was dropped in the middle of my career, had to learn some lessons, and it helped free up my Test cricket as well. I ended up playing over 300 games for India,” he said.”It gives me a lot of satisfaction (to reflect) that I had a good Test and one-day career. At one stage, I probably wouldn’t have thought so myself. In many ways, it has been a very pleasing and satisfying career,” he said.Asked whether batting at various positions and keeping wickets helped him to become an all-round cricketer, Dravid said: “I have played in various positions, kept wickets, opened, batted at number three and five. It helped improve my versatility, being challenged to do different things, different positions, learn new skills, batting at 5-6, and facing different bowlers. Keeping and then batting as well as batting and then keeping helped me grow as a person and as a cricketer.”Asked if he was asked to lead the side in his final ODI, Dravid said: “I don’t think I would lead the side. M.S. Dhoni has led the side well. I have got enough respect and recognition for what I have done. It would be lovely to win though (tomorrow), irrespective of what happens.””We were very good at Lord’s, unfortunately, we couldn’t get over the line. Hopefully we can do so here tomorrow,” he said.Dravid said after he was dropped from the ODI side, he found it difficult to adjust to Test cricket.”Initially I found it difficult. I was used to playing continuously all the time. There were gaps as big as six months. When it was the off-season in Indian domestic circuit, I found it difficult. Going straight into Tests with no side games was a challenge for me. I had to learn to adjust to it, get fitter and work harder. It helped, and I was also able to iron out a few flaws in my game, as well as spend time with my family.”Dravid said making the final in the 2003 World Cup was one of the highs of his career and leading the team to a first round exit in the 2007 World Cup was the lowest.”Reaching the 2003 World Cup finals and getting so close was a high. Then watching India win the World Cup this year was extremely satisfying. I watched Kapil Dev lift the trophy as a 10-year-old, and now towards the end of my career, seeing another Indian team do it and realizing you have been a part of that journey has been satisfying,” he said.”Captaining the team in the 2007 World Cup was a big disappointment. I think we had a team which could have done better, but then we lost to Bangladesh and missed out,” he rued.advertisementDravid said that England, who humiliated India in the summer, are yet not ready to be compared along with the great Australian and the West Indies.”There’s no doubt when England comes to India in October, they would find different conditions. That would be a challenge for them. They have proved to be a good side in their home conditions. They have got the potential but it’s not easy,” said Dravid.”It’s unfair to compare them with the Australians and West Indies of the past. They were consistent for a long period of time and in various conditions. West Indies won in India and Australia in 2004. England need to go to various countries and win, in South Africa and in India,” he said.- With inputs from IANS
Russian Natalya Antyukh won the gold medal in women’s 400m hurdles on Wednesday by posting a personal best of 52.70 seconds, holding off Lashinda Demus of the US, who took silver in 52.77. Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic received the bronze for 53.38.”This has been very special. I cannot express the words,” said Antyukh, who took the bronze in Athens in the 400m flat.”I only started the hurdles in 2009. I have done a lot of work, to get a PB is amazing- a world record soon would be great,” she said.Demus, the reigning world champion, said she was “grateful to be on the podium.””Of course I wanted the gold medal. I wanted it so bad I can’t explain how bad. I started crying because I knew how bad I wanted it.”Hejnova said she was shocked by her performance.”It is a fantastic day for me. I didn’t expect it, as I was fourth at the European Championships,” she said, referring to the competition in Helsinki in June.Defending champion Melaine Walker of Jamaica crashed out in the heats.
Dhyan Chand served the army for 55 long years, but the institution as well as the governments of the day did not treat him as well as the best ever hockey player of the country deserved.Even when Dhyan Chand was admitted to the general ward of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi in 1979, a few days before his death, and in a city where the army headquarters and the central government are based, the shabby treatment continued.Dhyan Chand’s son Ashok Kumar, also a former India hockey captain, picks two words to describe the apathy towards his illustrious father – “total neglect”.”My father was a principled man. When some family members would request him to seek government assistance, he would say he did his job of playing hockey well and others in positions too should do their job responsibly,” Ashok Kumar said.”While Dhyan Chand never approached people for assistance, he was totally neglected by the army as well as the Uttar Pradesh and central governments,” he said on Wednesday, the day Olympic silver medallist Subedar Vijay Kumar, who had complained of being ignored for promotion for six years by the army, returned home.Ashok Kumar, an upright person like his father, said when Dhyan Chand was admitted to AIIMS for about 12 days, no one from either the army or the government enquired about his health after the legend complained of stomach ache and also showed signs of dementia.Ashok Kumar said the family wanted to take Dhyan Chand abroad for treatment, but were sceptical of approaching anyone in the army or government for assistance.advertisement”He used to get a paltry amount of Rs 200 as from the army and that too stopped after his death on December 3, 1979. There was no further support from the army or the government. It was because he was a disciplined man and had no strings to pull,” Ashok Kumar, who himself silently watched certain undeserving players in the Indian Airlines get out of turn promotion before retiring, said.While sympathising with Vijay, Ashok Kumar cites his father’s case. “He joined the Army in 1922 during the British Raj. But what did the government do for him in the 32 years he lived in independent India?” he asked.”When my father died, no one from the army came to offer condolences. I rushed from AIIMS to Panchkuian Road crematorium to hire one of those black lorries to take his body to Jhansi, our native place. It was then people woke up and someone said his body would be taken in a helicopter,” Ashok Kumar said.
Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt has lost in the pre-quarterfinals of the 66 kilograms category at the London Olympics. He was outclassed by reignnig world champion Besik Kudukhov of Russia 3-0. Yogeshwar will now keep his fingers crossed for his conquerer to reach the final as it will give him a chance to fight for the bronze medal in the repechage ronuds. Earlier, Yogeshwar had qualified for the men’s 60kg pre-quarterfinals by beating Bulgarian Anatolie Ilarionovitch Guidea in the first round.The Indian made a brilliant comeback after losing the first period to win the bout 3-1. Guidea won the first period 1-0 but Yogeshwar did well in the second period, bagging it 2-0. Yogeshwar then completely dominated the third and the final period to win it 5-2.
Nasser HussainHow far is Mumbai from Malegaon? Roughly 285 km, the distance between London and Sheffield. For the English cricket community, it became the distance between reality and perception.In the controversy over the England team’s tour of India this winter, British newspapers made Malegaon a suburb of Mumbai, and the,Nasser HussainHow far is Mumbai from Malegaon? Roughly 285 km, the distance between London and Sheffield. For the English cricket community, it became the distance between reality and perception.In the controversy over the England team’s tour of India this winter, British newspapers made Malegaon a suburb of Mumbai, and the entire country too close to Afghanistan for cricket’s comfort.The fuss dragged on for as long as the war, ending last week when 14 of the original 16 selected agreed to tour. The controversy played out in the British media distracted the Indian board from shouting at its team in South Africa, and ensured that the image of English cricket slipped back to one of moaning tourists out of touch with the rest of the world.TOURING SCARS: Andy Caddick (left) and Robert Croft’s pullout has led to grumbling, adding to Nasser Hussain’s woesJohn Carr, director of cricket operations, England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Tim O’Gorman, Professional Cricketers’ Association representative, and Peter Holland, first secretary, British High Commission, Delhi, travelled to Kolkata last week seeking reassurances about security.Every cricket team travelling to India has plainclothes Special Branch officers and uniformed policemen, an exclusive protection force of about 30 men, attached to it. When the three Englishmen met BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya, there were indications they talked about higher security-including, sources say, Black Cat commandos.Dalmiya insists security was hardly discussed during the Kolkata meeting but it’s not likely the Englishmen merely indulged in polite chitchat over tea. Specially since the BCCI chief had played a key role in forcing the ECB’s hand.advertisementThe decision to tour was prompted by a round of cricket diplomacy, Dalmiya style. When he heard of English reluctance to tour for fear of being caught in “anti-American riots” and general “civil unrest”, Dalmiya marched into the International Cricket Council meeting in Kuala Lumpur, threatening to “reconsider” India’s reciprocal tour of England next year.The ECB did a U-turn, invited British High Commissioner in India Rob Young to Lord’s to give the team the lowdown about life in the wild east. When five players dragged their feet over a final decision, Dalmiya spelt out a deadline of November 5. The ECB’s letter of confirmation was in the BCCI’s office in Mumbai on October 31.THREE’S COMPANY: (From left) Tim O’Gorman, John Carr and Peter Holland meet Jagmohan Dalmiya in KolkataThe England squad will arrive with some trepidation. It is learnt that coach Duncan Fletcher had “severe reservations” about touring, staying put at home in South Africa and making no attempt to persuade his players to make the trip. He has neither called for his customary pre-tour meeting nor put out his training schedule.Fast bowler Andy Caddick, who pulled out, is a reluctant traveller at best. Robert Croft’s decision not to tour was met with much head-shaking: from Indian batsmen waiting to wade into the Welshman’s brand of off-spin.Croft has played 21 Tests in five years and never bowled at Indian batsmen. It appeared that the only Englishman who was more than eager for the tour to be held was captain Nasser Hussain’s father Jawad. Hussain senior said that it was a family dream to have their son captain an England team in India.