Ancajas KOs Conlan

first_imgView comments Jerwin Ancajas battered Jamie Conlan with body shots, then finished off the Irish with a head punch to retain his International Boxing Federation super flyweight crown at SSE Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila).The Filipino southpaw proved too skillful and powerful for the challenger, scoring knockdowns in the first, third and fourth rounds before forcing stoppage with a right cross and another knockdown in the sixth round.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ His concentration to the midsection cost Ancajas a point in the fifth round after being warned and slapped with a low blow violation by Gray.Ordered by trainer-manager Joven Jimenez to shift his attack to the head, Ancajas responded with that fight-ending shot.Ancajas received a career-high $80,000 (about P4 million) for agreeing to dangle the title he took from McJoe Arroyo in 2016 on hostile territory.Unification fightNext up for Ancajas, according to reports, is a unification championship bout in the 115-pound division with Japanese Naoya Inoue, the World Boxing Organization titlist, as leading candidate. Fighting under the banner of Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions, Ancajas is likely to bring his act to the US. —ROY LUARCA Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Though Conlan was able to beat the count again, referee Steve Gray waved off the lopsided fight with 52 seconds left to save him from further punishment.With his third successful title defense, the 25-year-old Ancajas raised his record to 28-win, 1-loss, 1-draw with 19 knockouts, further enhancing his reputation as a wily, explosive fighter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 31-year-old Conlan suffered his first loss after 19 wins and 11 knockouts.Delayed reaction Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort In-form Blatche finally shows up for training Ancajas, who hails from Panabo, Davao del Norte, but now resides in Kawit, Cavite, hinted of things to come when he brought Conlan to his knees on a delayed reaction after a body shot two minutes into the fight.Conlan’s predicament grew when he sustained a cut above the left eye following a collision of heads in the second round.It was another Ancajas show in the third, when he rocked Conlan with a solid hook followed by more body shots that put him down anew.Just when the bell sounded, Conlan was seen gasping for air, an effect of an accumulation of body blows.The fourth round was no different as Ancajas caught the Belfast native with a flurry of body blows against the ropes.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Top seed Simona Halep eases into last eight

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Berdych dilemma: What to do about Federer Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PLAY LIST 02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss02:31CamNorte Gov faces complaints for violating ease of doing business rules00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Romania’s Simona Halep makes a forehand return to Japan’s Naomi Osaka during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)World number one Simona Halep eased into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open Monday with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over unseeded Naomi Osaka of Japan in 81 minutes.“I’m really happy that I’m back in the quarter-finals,” said the Romanian, who last made it this far in 2015 and has been nursing a troublesome ankle that she rolled in her first-round match. ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img View comments The big-hitting Osaka had her chances, notably in the fifth game of the first set when she squandered five points to break the Halep serve. The Romanian compounded Osaka’s disappointment immediately with a break of her own.She served out to take the set in 42 minutes and immediately broke the Japanese player again to start the second.The players matched each other with 22 winners apiece but Osaka’s 31 unforced errors ultimately proved her downfall against the consistent Halep.The top seed is guaranteed to meet a Czech opponent for a place in the semi-finals, either sixth seed Karolina Pliskova or Barbora Strycova, the 20th seed, who play later.ADVERTISEMENT “The injury is still there. I feel it but I’m trying not to think about it and give it everything.”Halep was delighted to be on court for 143 minutes less than her previous match against Lauren Davis, which at 3hr 44min was the longest of the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Actually, this tournament looks like a marathon for me,” she said, after spending almost nine hours on court so far, more than any other player.  “I’m really proud I could stay focused and make every point very focused and concentrated.”  Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next MOST READlast_img read more

Rosario makes triumphant return in PH win over Japan

first_img“Those things happen, but I’m just happy that my teammates stepped up. Us from the bench made a run and it’s a good thing that though we had a slow start, we were able to sustain our form in the second half,” he said.But the former NU forward argued that anyone from the team is ready to take the baton, whether its the starters or the guys off the bench, making Gilas Pilipinas all the more deadly.“We’re just happy that we’re able to contribute. It doesn’t mean that we’re in the second five that we’ll only be there to give the first group a rest. We’re all trained to play as a team and that’s what we all did,” he said. Rosario was one of the sparks for the Philippines in its 89-84 victory over Japan in a game that propeled the home team into the  second round of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.“I didn’t expect that I’ll play that well, but there’s no miracle. Only hard work,” he said in Filipino after pouring 14 points, on a 2-of-4 shooting from threes, to go with four rebounds in the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlready ruled out to play in the second window, Rosario admitted that his callup came as a shock, but he’s glad to have repaid the faith coach Chot Reyes gave to him with a solid outing.“After what happened to me, I no longer expected to make it to the lineup because I couldn’t get the clearance. But when I found out that I was included in the 12 for this game, I really prepared hard to give back on the trust that the team gave me,” he said. MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Fajardo vows no letup for Gilas AFP official booed out of forum .@troyrosario18 was glad to have been given a chance to play in this second window after his freak accident in early February. #FIBAWC pic.twitter.com/GmJpunWPDG— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) February 25, 2018Rosario, together with Kiefer Ravena, June Mar Fajardo, Calvin Abueva, and Roger Pogoy, provided Gilas a much-needed lift from the second group after the home team fell behind early, 4-20.The group conspired in staging a telling 37-6 blast abridging the first two frames to help the Philippines take control of the game, 41-26, in the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe last time Troy Rosario saw action at Mall of Asia Arena, he found himself being carried out in a gurney after falling face-first in TNT’s game against Phoenix on February 7.Three weeks later, the reed-thin forward came back with a vengeance, making sure he made his mark as he came through for Gilas Pilipinas in his return on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

Pocari Sweat’s Selimovic out for the conference

first_imgHornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lady Warriors team manager Eric Ty confirmed the news with the team now on the lookout for its next import.Selimovic, 25, averaged 23 attack points in the two games she played for Pocari Sweat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingTy said that the Bosnian middle blocker has already been playing through the hamstring injury she incurred back in April, but aggravated it when she finally saw action for the Lady Warriors.Pocari Sweat is at second place with a 6-3 record, with the squad needing a victory over Air Force on Thursday to guarantee a seat in the Final Four. Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo WATCH: Jalen Rose waves ‘walis tambo’ prior to Dubs’ sweep of Spurs Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pocari import Edina Selimovic scores on a tip over BaliPure’s counterparts Jennifer Keddy (8) and Jeng Baulee (7) during their Premier Volleyball League clash.Pocari Sweat’s bid for an outright semis berth is facing a minor bump.Guest player Edina Selimovic tore her right hamstring, ruling her out for the rest of the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

SMB coach Austria’s recipe for success

first_imgDespite limited minutes to three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, the Beermen made sure there would be no winner-take-all in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship with a dominating 115-91 win last Sunday over the equally determined TNT KaTropa, who paraded Joshua Smith, who brought back memories of an equally huge Francois Wise during the exciting 80s.He thanked the Almighty for guiding the team to victory, his family for giving him inspiration, the management headed by SMC President and Chief Executive Officer Ramon Ang, San Miguel Brewery President Roberto ‘‘Bobby’’ Huang, board of Governor Robert Non and sports chief Alfrancis Chua for their support, the players for their sacrifices, the coaching staff, the ballboys and before he got overwhelmed by emotions thanked the fans, who got hoarse encouraging their idols to play defense and go for the win.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 starsJust like in SMB’s past five titles under his coaching tutelage, Austria isn’t in the mood to take credit. He lauded the sacrifices made by his players but rarely mentioned his own sacrifices.‘‘Well, I also sacrificed a lot but those are small compared with what my players did. Sometimes, I have to change my work ethics and sacrifice my ego,’’ said Austria, who will be given a motorcade by his proud kababayans in Sariaya on Monday. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Well-loved by his fellow Quezonians, Austria created a buzz when he got out of his retirement to become playing coach of the Chowking in the PBL. He attained successes coaching Shark Energy Drink and Welcoat Paints. Welcoat (now Rain or Shine)  took him as coach when the Paintmasters entered the PBA in 2006.Alex Cabagnot, who exploded with a rare triple double ( 19 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists) in Game 6 was lost for words after being voted by the elite Philippine Basketball Association Press Corps as Finals MVP. He hugged Austria so tightly like a prodigal son finally returning to his roots.‘‘Thank you coach, thank you for believing in me. I’m 34 years old. I love you coach,’’ said Cabagnot, who narrowly lost the Best Player of the Conference to teammate Chris Ross, who bloosomed under the tutelage of Austria.As expected, Austria talked about Cabagnot’s work ethics. ‘‘He delivered and deserved the playing minutes. There was pressure on his part but I told him just to play. I’ll help him,’’ said Austria.The presence of Fajardo guarding the 6-foot-9 Smith was a big plus for the Beermen.Then there were the high-octane performances of Marcio Lassiter, Arwind Santos and of course the reliable plays of Ross, who contributed not only in offense but in making life harder for Jason ‘‘the Blur’’ Castro.To illustrate Austria’s love for his teammates, he decided to field all his relievers during the dying seconds of the game.‘‘I just want them to get that championship feeling. They are part of the team and I am very grateful,’’ Austria said as the happy hour commenced.With the win, Austria lined himself for joining the ranks of PBA coaches who achieved the grand slam. Baby Dalupan, Tommy Manotoc, Norman Black and Tim Cone separated themselves from the rest by making the Grand Slams possible.League veteran Wendell McKines will saw action for the Beermen in the season-ending Governors’ Cup which will start on July 19. San Miguel Beermen head coach Leo Austria. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEven during the height of triumph, San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria refused to take credit for the Beermen’s glory.The mustachioed, tough-looking Austria, whose unorthodox way of making jumpers didn’t prevent him from becoming Rookie of the Year while playing for the Shell Turbo Chargers in 1985, actually thanked everbody for SMB’s latest conquest Sunday evening at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong 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 Pacquiao wants ‘fair deal for both fighters’ in possible rematch with Horn Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Austria isn’t going to lose sleep thinking of the Grand Slam which San Miguel Beer last achieved in 1989 under Black.‘‘We’ll celebrate the win and relax a little bit before plunging into action,’’ said Austria, who salivates on ‘‘sinigang na baboy and pritong galunggong.’’No wonder, Dayong Mendoza, a member of the coaching staff and son of highly-respected journalist Al, lavished praises on his head coach and long-time friend.‘‘A brilliant coach with all the basketball knowledge and experience that he applies methodically in every game we have. His devotion in studying the game is no match to all other opponents. His chess match approach to a series has resulted in a five for five finals victory!”Let’s drink to that!Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next His laid-back style suited the Beermen, who before his arrival in 2014 after a successful stint as SMC coach a year earlier in the  Asean Basketball League, boasted of big names but failed to nail major trophies.Not new to coaching having handled various teams in the now-defunct Philippine Basketball League and the UAAP where he steered the Adamson Falcons to the Final Four in 2011, Austria’s demeanor hasn’t changed a bit.Even during the most trying times of the game where tempers flared due to the wayward whistles of the referees, Austria’s chill as ever.Just like a captain steering a ship while in rough seas, Austria would not lose his temper. Business as usual as he would sue for time and map plays while encouraging his stalwarts to keep their focus.‘‘It’s not my attitude to lose my temper,’’ said Austria, who saw action for Lyceum (now Lyceum of the Philippines University) during his collegiate years and Masagana 99 in the Philippine Amateur Basketball League. After Shell, he saw action for Pepsi in the pros before retiring in 1993. ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? View commentslast_img read more

Kyle Busch ends winless season with Cup victory at Pocono

first_imgKyle Busch drives down the front stretch during the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway. APLONG POND, Pennsylvania — Kyle Busch watched the number of laps he’s led this season tick, tick, tick as it crossed 1,000, and he only really cared about the lap he hadn’t led: the last one.“We’ve had speed. We’ve been right there,” Busch said. “We’ve been able to do what we should be doing and that’s running up front.”ADVERTISEMENT “I think our stats and our runs and our speed shows for itself,” Busch said.Other items of note at Pocono: Busch won from the pole and gave Toyota its 100th Cup win since its 2007 debut. Busch had Toyota’s first Cup win in March 2008 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.Busch had never gone a full season without winning a race. Charlotte Motor Speedway is now the only track where he’s failed to win a Cup points race.“I wasn’t sure which one was going to be last,” he said.Busch had seven top-five finishes this season and was runner-up to Austin Dillon in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. All the near misses have gnawed at Busch, who won the All-Star race — at Charlotte. But the exhibition race doesn’t count in the season standings and Busch was in a victory slump that dated to the 2016 Brickyard 400.He was racing for the lead last weekend in the Brickyard 400 when he wrecked with Martin Truex Jr., which led to a pit road altercation between members of both teams.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Katie Ledecky moving on after a bit of a letdown at worlds 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 Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ He also won his 176th career NASCAR race over the Cup (39), Xfinity (89) and Truck (48) series.“We’ve all been fighting all year long and just wasn’t sure why,” Busch said. “This is something I’ve been waiting for for a long, long time. It’s been a frustrating year but an awesome day today.”Harvick finished second, followed by Truex, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski. Harvick, who hasn’t won in 34 career races at Pocono, said he had nothing for Busch down the stretch.“There was no battle. He was way faster than we were,” Harvick said.Crew chief Adam Stevens made the right calls a week after his confrontation on pit road with members of Truex’s team. JGR suspended two of Truex’s tire changers because of the profane outburst at the Brickyard. JGR provides the pit crew for Furniture Row Racing as part of a technical alliance, giving them the authority to suspend members of the FRR team.Busch earned a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs, a significant victory that left just three open spots with five races left before the 16-driver field is set. JGR had been winless overall until Hamlin won two weeks ago at New Hampshire.“I didn’t fear we wouldn’t make the Chase with our points position,” Stevens said.Samantha Busch was stressed about her husband’s season, tweeting before the race, “160 laps. We haven’t even started and I’m a ball of nerves. Please let this be the day for the 18!”It was. She was in tears over the final laps and celebrated in victory lane a win that her husband dedicated to his late grandmother.Up next, a run at a second championship.center_img FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ For all that time up front, Busch also had the longest losing streak of his career, a rare recession over his time building a resume even NASCAR Hall of Famers would envy, with the 2015 Cup championship, 176 wins over three series and an elite ride for Joe Gibbs Racing.He can add two more feats to the list — 13 straight years with a Cup win and his first checkered flag at Pocono.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 starsBusch used a bump-and-run on Kevin Harvick to take the lead with 16 laps left and held on to snap a 36-race losing streak and win the NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday.“I never thought this day would happen,” Busch said. MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View commentslast_img read more

9-man Chelsea loses 3-2 to Burnley to open EPL title defense

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Striker Sam Vokes scored two of them by converting crosses, either side of a stunning volleyed goal by left back Stephen Ward.Chelsea improved after halftime. Alvaro Morata, on as a second-half substitute, reduced the deficit in his first league start since a club-record move from Real Madrid for 58 million pounds ($75 million).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 starsAny hope of an unlikely comeback looked to have disappeared when midfielder Cesc Fabregas was red-carded in the 81st after receiving his second booking. However, David Luiz ensured a tense finish when he volleyed home in the 88th after being teed up by the influential Morata.The result will not improve the mood of Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who hasn’t hidden his frustration at failing to significantly bolster his squad in the offseason. With Eden Hazard, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Pedro Rodriguez injured and Victor Moses suspended, Chelsea had a threadbare match-day 18. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “The club is trying to do the best,” Conte said. “I am not worried, I am ready to fight with these players. I repeat: It is important for us to concentrate on our work, to be focused every day in training, and to try to work in our best way. No excuses.”Burnley was expected to struggle this season after losing arguably its best two players in the offseason, defender Michael Keane and striker Andre Gray.“A lot was made of our away form last season,” Vokes said. “So that result is huge.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img LONDON — Chelsea had two players sent off and lost to Burnley 3-2 in the first match of its English Premier League title defense on Saturday, intensifying the concerns surrounding the champions after their frustrating offseason in the transfer market.Captain Gary Cahill was shown a straight red card for a studs-first lunge in the 13th minute, then the champions conceded three goals in a 20-minute period before halftime.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Neymar braced for PSG debut and French culture shock Jeremie Boga, a 20-year-old French forward, was even given a debut. It lasted only 18 minutes, when he was sacrificed as Conte reorganized following Cahill’s sending off.“It was a pity because our fight in the second half was very good,” Conte said. “But our first half, we kept losing our heads. After the red card we lost our heads, conceded two goals and then it’s very difficult to change the final result.”Chelsea, which won 17 of its 19 home games last season, became the second straight team to begin its league title defense with a loss, after Leicester last season.Fabregas and Cahill will be suspended for Chelsea’s tough second match of the season, away to Tottenham at Wembley Stadium next weekend.Conte is desperate for reinforcements in the final three weeks of the transfer window.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Korea ousts Gilas Pilipinas

first_imgPhoto from Fiba.comSouth Korea slapped yet another loss to continental rival Gilas Pilipinas, 118-86, ending what had been a promising Fiba Asia Cup campaign by the Filipinos in Beirut.The Filipinos ran right smack into the deadliest shooting display by any country in the biennial showcase as the Koreans hit 16 triples and shot at a 67-percent clip to silence a huge stunned crowd of OFWs at Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in the game that ended early Thursday morning in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side It was the first loss in four games for the Filipinos, who finished way short of duplicating silver medal finishes in the last two editions of the tournament by bombing out of the quarterfinals.Korea played with flawless precision all game and made the Filipinos look a shade of the team that humbled the Chinese, 96-87, last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Koreans advanced to take on 2013 champion Iran in the Final Four after Hamed Haddadi and Co. scored an 80-70 decision of Lebanon.Terrence Romeo provided the silver lining for the Filipinos with a 22-point effort in the second quarter, where he rallied Gilas to within eight points. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NLEX, Blackwater unveil new faces in clash Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

LeBron James heads to Manila again on September 2

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Cleveland also picked up 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose and Jeff Green in the offseason.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sharapova determined to prove point on Slam return LATEST STORIES The 32-year-old James, who just led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their third straight NBA Finals two months ago, will be in the country on Sept. 2 for his “Strive for Greatness Show” which will be held at Mall of Asia Arena.James was supposed to visit Manila in September 2016 but cancelled the stop due to logistical reasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe two-time Olympic gold medalist is looking to bring another title in Cleveland in the coming season, but with a different-looking squad.The Cavaliers, who yielded the championship to the Golden State Warriors in five games, just swapped its All-Star guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics for another stud in Isaiah Thomas, quality role player in Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and an unprotected 2018 first round pick from the Brooklyn Nets. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts against the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 21, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James is set to return to Manila.James, who is arguably the best basketball player in the world today, is making his third visit to the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Woman gives birth at Manila North Cemetery on All Souls’ Day PLAY LIST 01:18Woman gives birth at Manila North Cemetery on All Souls’ Day01:151.108M crowd estimate at Manila North Cemetery since Oct. 30 to Nov. 201:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax02:49Robredo: 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

PH secures bronze in women’s pairs lawn bowls

first_imgView comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony The Philippines won the gold in the men’s fours, the silver in the women’s fours, women’s triples, and the bronze in the men’s pairs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Philippines captured another piece of hardware in the lawn bowls of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Saturday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Ainie Knight and Asuncion Bruce’s partnership won the Philippines the bronze medal in the women’s pairs events marking the country’s fifth medal in the sport.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Volleyball’s loss is judo’s gainlast_img read more

Adamson makes presence felt, stuns NCAA champion

first_imgJema Galanza, Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe reigning queens of the NCAA bowed to the cellar-dweller of the UAAP.In a stark reversal of roles, Adamson drubbed Arellano, 25-20, 25-22, 25-16, Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Galanza topscored with 18 points, Soyud had nine and Lea-Ann Perez eight for the Lady Falcons, who contained Arellano’s vaunted gunners with tough floor defense.Jovielyn Prado, one of Arellano’s top contributors, could only muster 11 points, while Andrea Marzan added eight. Regina Arocha contributed just two.Adamson created ripples during its opening match, whipping University of the Philippines last Monday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Lady Falcons were nowhere near the team they were in the previous UAAP season when—they could only cough up one win—as they dominated the Lady Chiefs, who didn’t show a trace of being the current NCAA champs.Christine Soyud instigated the Lady Falcons’ raging start as they posted a 19-10 lead in the opening set, taking advantage of the Lady Chiefs’ spotty defense that was so solid the previous two matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIn posting its second straight win and keeping its tournament slate clean, Adamson handed Arellano its first setback in a 2-1 start.Comebacking setter Fen Emnas did an excellent job distributing the ball, making 29 excellent sets for Soyud and Jem Galanza to blast away. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side SEAG debacle aftermath: Young Aklanon’s big splash must not be in vain Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Manila to host four ONE events in 2018

first_imgFILE – ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPouncing on the mixed martial arts boom in the country, ONE Championship is set to stage four events in the Philippines next year.ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong bared the development on Thursday as the Asia’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion announced its full 2018 calendar.ADVERTISEMENT Four of ONE’s 24 fightcards next year will be held in Manila after hosting two events in 2017.“We have 24 massive shows planned for all sports fans in Asia and will continue to showcase the absolute best in martial arts, delivered by our homegrown martial arts superheroes. 2018 is going to be an epic year of action and I can’t wait to get things started,” Sityodtong said in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingONE events in Manila will be on January 26, April 20, July 28, and November 16, with the venues still yet to be announced.The promotion will stage one more event in the country this year, with ONE: Legends of the World set on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena. /je Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups LOOK: Floyd Mayweather flaunts new $26M mansion in Beverly Hills No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors MOST READ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimslast_img read more

Sahara acquires iconic Grosvenor House hotel for Rs 3,250 cr

first_imgEnding the year 2010 on a high note, Sahara India Pariwar on Thursday said it has acquired the iconic Grosvenor House hotel in London for 470 million pounds (around Rs 3,250 crore), which will give it a toehold in the global hospitality business.Sahara bought the hotel, located at Park Lane in Mayfair, London having 420 rooms, 74 suites, 27 meeting rooms, from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).”The valuation of the hotel, three years back was more than one billion pounds. The valuation, even today is quite high but due to highly satisfactory due diligence by the RBS who owned the property and after long and strict negotiations, we have purchased it for 470 million pounds,” Sahara Group Chairman Subrata Roy said in a statement.The acquisition that marks Sahara’s entry into international hospitality market, will also enable the company to launch other business ventures outside India.”This acquisition is a part of the major expansion plans of the group. In addition to the acquisition of Grosvenor House, London will be the gateway for Sahara to introduce some of its new business ventures, internationally,” Roy said.Sahara has plans to make additions to the property including new restaurants, bar, night club, business centre, swimming pool and spa.The hotel is currently being managed by international hospitality brand Marriott and was refurbished by Royal Bank of Scotland two years back.Going ahead, the property will be owned by Sahara Group company Aamby Valley Ltd.The acquisition was brokered by Richard Lewczynski of Blandford Goldsmith, the statement added.advertisementSahara Group has businesses in hospitality, real estate financial services, mutual funds, life insurance, media, film production, sports, information technology, healthcare, commodity sales and services and consumer products.In India the company has two projects in the hospitality sector–Hotel Sahara Star and Aamby Valley City.With PTI inputslast_img read more

India squad

first_imgIndia are the favourites for the World Cup. A major force to reckon with in the shorter version of the game especially keeping the mind the 5-0 drubbing they gave to the touring Kiwis despite the fact that India’s top players were not in it. They lost the series agaisnt South Africa but then again India didnt have their key players in it.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni didn’t lose a single Test series in 2010 and is probably the best captain India has produced till date with maximum number of wins under his belt. Still he will have to do something about his batting which has hit a new low. Dhoni is known to have a good cricketing brain and has the experienced Sachin Tendulkar to fall back upon. He will be heavily relying on his openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir to fire and his new ball bowler Zaheer Khan and off spinner Harbhajan Singh to come good.Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag (vice captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, S Sreesanth, Ashish Nehra, R Ashwin, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawlalast_img read more

Vuvuzela adds noise to Dhaka celebrations

first_imgBangladeshis were celebrating outside the stadium during the 2011 Cricket World Cup opening ceremony at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Thursday.Bangladeshi cricket fans have gone completely crazy.And they are making good use vuvuzela, the very desi version, to make their feelings known. The World Cup has barely begun and the residents of Dhaka, especially the young ones, have started celebrating as if Bangladesh have reached the final or, as some people said, won the title.Wild celebrations were witnessed on many streets of Dhaka on Thursday night after the two-and-a-half opening ceremony was over at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. Youngsters danced on the streets, on the footpaths, and on open trucks, blowing vuvuzela and cheering as loudly as they could.Foreign nationals returning to their hotels from the Bangabandhu National Stadium encountered long traffic jams. Locals cited two reasons for this.”The streets were closed for the duration of the opening ceremony in the evening and, therefore, the traffic that waited in the queue has now been released it is now headed towards its destination – and thus the jam,” offered Syed Mohammad Nahiyan, a local volunteer attached with the World Cup. ” Second, these youngsters were making their presence felt now as they might not have got the tickets to witness the opening from inside the stadium.” The second reason offered seemed to carry more weight.At one spot, a crazy father made his less-than-a-year-old kid sit on the roof of his car even as it made its way in the long traffic jam. He tried to make him happy by showing the bright lights all around him. But the kid didn’t seem to have any idea as to what was happening around him and he looked completely bewildered. The father, in fact, looked more excited than his son. Hope they reached home safely.advertisementNahiyan said he was not surprised with the celebrations that many others thought was a bit too much, and that too without the Bangladeshi team having even started playing. Their first game is on Saturday, against India at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.”You cannot compare a World Cup with any other sports event. But youngsters do celebrate this way during our other cultural events. So, the celebrations seen on Thursday night were not unexpected for me.Well, that is my personal opinion and I personally expected it,” said Nahiyan, a student of bachelor of business administration at East- West University in Dhaka.The most popular instrument being used by cricket fans here in Bangladesh is vuvuzela, which became a global hit during the football World Cup in South Africa last year. The instrument resembling a long pipe makes so much noise that even the footballers felt that it was a distraction for them while playing. “But ours is a bit different, in the sense that it is made of plastic. It is made in Bangladesh and is shorter in length than the original one,” said the articulate youngster.The celebrations don’t seem to be limited to nights. On Friday afternoon, a group of youngsters, wearing similar T-shirts, with the Bangladeshi flag printed on them, carried a large photo of the national team in front and shouted slogans in support of the players even though they were not around to appreciate. They carried music instruments and were encouraged to shout louder as television cameras recorded their act as they passed by the Sher- e- Bangla National Stadium.The local government seems to encouraging the locals in celebrating the arrival of the World Cup tournament in this cricket crazy nation. It put up colourful bulbs on both sides of streets and decorated the poles with fancy lighting. And this stretched for many kilometres, encouraging people to make their feelings known.You can expect thousands of youngsters blowing vuvuzelas and making deafening noise in support of their team on Saturday.The Bangladeshi team may be short on talent and experience when compared to the Indian side, but they won’t lack vociferous support. ===Ireland more professional now The profile of the Ireland national team has changed over the last few years.From part-time players to full- time professionals, they have come a long way since 2007, when the 15- member team comprised only three professional players. The wheel has turned a full circle, so to say, in the four years. Now, the William Porterfield- led team that is here to compete in the World Cup has 13 professionals and only two amateurs, informs team manager Barry Chambers.”When the Ireland team toured the West Indies for the 2007 World Cup, there were 12 part- time players.advertisementThe part-timers came from different walks of life. There were farmers, a clothing salesman, teachers and students,” Chambers told Mail Today at She-e-Bangla National Stadium.”Now, about half of the 15 players who are here, play in English county competitions and the other half are contracted with Cricket Ireland.The contracted players receive a fixed amount besides the appearance fees when they turn out for the country. So, the professionalism has set in in a big way,” he pointed out.Cricket Ireland has four slabs of the contract. ” It’s not a fortune but good enough money that can sustain them and what they would have got working in a normal office,” he said.The two amateurs in the present team are Andrew White and the New Zealandborn Nigel Jones. Interestingly enough, White is a physical education teacher with Grovensor School in Belfast and Jones with a hotel called Premier Inn, also in Belfast. “White’s boss and former player Kyle McCallan, who retired some two years ago, is the most capped Irish player,” said Chambers.===Ready for medical emergency With rapid increase in the frequency of matches globally, players need medical attention more than ever.And, today, almost every team has an extended support staff, including doctors and physiotherapists, to take care of players whenever they fall ill or get tired. The medical room at the Sher-e-Bangla Naitonal Stadium is well equipped with all necessary equipment and medicines for matches played at this premier venue.Azmal Ahmed ‘Mithu’, a physiotherapist and a permanent member of the medical staff of the Bangladesh Cricket Board ( BCB) is proud of the facilities available.”We have a ECG machine, a suction machine, and other necessary equipment that is required for players,” Azmal told Mail Today . A former national team physiotherapist, Azmal is second-in-command to Debashis Chowdhury, the medical in-charge.BCB has signed an agreement with the Japan- Bangladesh Friendship Hospital as well as Apollo Hospitals for the World Cup and under this tie- up, facilities will be provided both to the players and spectators.===STRINGENT security is in place not just at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium and at the hotel where the teams and officials are staying here in Dhaka, but round-the clock security has been given to all the places where journalists are staying. Gun- toting Dhaka Police constables, in their familiar dull green shirts and navy blue trousers, along with fire department members are constantly keeping a close watch at the main gates of the hotels as well as on different floors of the buildings.At the Grand Prince hotel, too, about 10 policemen are posted at night and a few firemen, dressed in the unmistakable bright orange uniform, join them in the evenings for the night duty. The firemen have been given new, crisp uniforms especially for the World Cup. When asked, one of them shyly admitted that the uniform was indeed new.Interestingly, the design of the uniform resembles quite a lot with that of the ball-shaped official 2011 World Cup logo, which contains five different colours.advertisementlast_img read more

Ban vs WI: Benn scalps four as West Indies beat Bangladesh by 9 wickets

first_imgChasing 59, the West Indies reached the target in the 13th over to beat World Cup co-host Bangladesh by nine wickets in the Group B match at the ShereBangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Friday. Score   Earlier, Naeem Islam got the better on West Indies opener Devon Smith on 6 when the Windies total was 29/1. A round the stumps ball drifted in towards leg and middle line and turned and took the outside edge of Smith’s bat to crash into his stumps.Smith’s was the only wicket that Bangladesh managed to take on the day as West Indies reached the target in the 13th over with opener Chris Gayle (37) and Darren Bravo (9) remaining unbeaten at the crease at the West Indies final total read 59/1 in 12.2 overs Bangladesh innings Bangladesh scored a lowly 58 all out against West Indies even as the Windies bowlers attacked in tandem. Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn scalped four as pacemen Kemar Roach and captain Darren Sammy took three each.Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and elected to bat. A decision applauded by the West Indies bowlers for they got on with the job of taking wickets from the word go.Kemar Roach, the man who had claimed a hat-trick against the Netherlands in the last match, struck right away to opener Tamim Iqbal early. Then it was Darren Sammy’s turn to show his prowess and he too struck, claiming the other opener Imrul Kayes.The two then decided to do a repeat and claimed two more batsmen to push Bangladesh to the wall.advertisementBut their misery was far from over as left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn to joined the part and claimed skipper  Shakib Al Hasan in the 11th over even as the Bangladesh team were reeling on 41/5.It looked as if there was some kind of competition going on between the Windies bowlers, who were busy showing their one-upmanship in the game. At one point Roach was better than Sammy in terms of wickets taken, but Sammy wasn’t far behind. he struck again to claim Raqibul Hasan on 4 to increase victims tally to three.And just when you were beginning to think that Benn may fall behind in the race, he claimed Naeem Islam in the 17th over to increase his tally to two scalps. The ball took the edge off Islam’s bat to rest in keep Devon Thomas’s gloves. And Bangladesh were reduced to 56/7. But, Roach wanted to keep the crown to the top striker to himself. He took Mohammad Ashraful in the 18th over and the Bangladesh players were getting ready to take the field. Bangladesh fell to 56/8.Shafiul Islam too could not last long. He fell in the next over to Benn even as the Bangladesh fell to a lowly 58/9 against the Windies. Benn then struck again to send last man Rubel Hossain back on a duck as Bangladesh were all out for 58 in the the 19th over. Finally, Benn won the race for the opposition scalps. He finished with four as against Roach and Sammy who finished with three each.last_img read more

Sandeep Dixit’s St. Stephen’s barb triggers war of words

first_imgA war of words has broken out in one of the most prestigious colleges in India, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. After Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit hit out at his alma mater, alleging that it is being run like a communal institution, another Stephanian and senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar soon contradicted him and claimed that the secular character of the institute has not been compromised. Dikshit lashed out soon after his removal from the governing body of the college and proposal to induct a sitting Delhi High Court judge Justice Sanjay Krishan Kaul.  Sandeep Dikhit’s comments against his own alma mater, which was founded 130 years ago, has done nothing to diminish the popularity of St Stephen’s among admission seekers. Thousands of students have been flocking to the college at the beginning of the admission season in Delhi University. They feel that Dikshit is way off the mark in dubbing the institution as communal. Congress MP and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s son Sandeep Dikshit says, “The leadership in St Stephen’s looks at people with a communal bent of mind. They distinguish and discriminate between people belonging to different communities.” Dikhshit hit out at those at the college’s helm branding them as incompetent. “The leadership is embroiled far more in its own continuity and preservation. Their own qualifications are dodgy to put at best,” Dikshit added. He was on board as the alumni representative to the body since October 28, 2009.  But the administration denies removing him from the post, contending he was never there in the first place. Stephen’s principal Valson Thampu says, “He never accepted this offer. He never became a member, so where does the question of removing him arise? He is trying to mislead the nation.” Thampu further says, “I can’t be silent…because the attack is not on a person but on St Stephen’s, which is a national treasure…Last year, we had 28,000 applications. I see its growing relevance. We must go by facts. It’s treated as the Mecca of education.” “It’s a serious charge: the communalism charge. There’s no doubt that it’s a minority institution. It’s a sad day when a member of Parliament cannot distinguish between minority rights and communalism. I would like him to substantiate his comment in what way we are communal. If he has made statement in public, he’s duty-bound to explain where and how this college is communal,” Thampu added.  But has a rot set in at this premier institute? For sure, the college’s demography has undergone a change in the past. In June 2007, college administrators increased the preferential admissions quota for Christians to 40 per cent. Another 5 per cent was reserved for sports quota, open to Christian candidates as well. The cut-off for Christian students is 15 per cent lower than the general students. But despite all that the students are not ready to buy Dikshit’s version. “There is a quota for students, but it’s a minority institute, so it is their discretion,” says a student, while another says, “I don’t think it is communal in any way.” “Stephen’s has a lot of place in its heart for every community,” says another.  Even ex-Stephanians don’t agree with the Congress MP’s assessment. Aiyar said, “There might be small glitches here and there, but the institutional integrity of St Stephen’s is such that it shall never become a Hindu College.”advertisementlast_img read more