Callejon to join Hamsik in China?

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Napoli forward Jose Callejon could reunite with Marek Hamsik and Rafa Benitez at Chinese club Dalian Yifang in January, it is claimed. The Spaniard has been a virtual ever-present at the San Paolo since his move to Napoli from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013. However, his contract expires at the end of the season and President Aurelio De Laurentiis has already made it clear that he will not match the winger’s salary demands.  Now, Il Mattino reports the 32-year-old might follow in Hamsik’s footsteps and join Dalian this winter – providing they come up with a similar bid. If no deal is agreed in January, Callejon could still be on his way once the season concludes in May. Dalian are also managed by Benitez, who was in charge of Napoli between 2013 and 2015.last_img read more

Won’t quit, Games will be best ever: Kalmadi

first_imgCommonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Friday ruled out his resignation in the face of allegations of corruption and said that the 2010 event would be the best ever. Speaking to the media after unveiling the medals for CWG, Kalmadi said that all arrangements for the October event would be ready in time.  CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi”There is no question of quitting. We are doing a great job. We will organise the best Games ever,” said Kalmadi, refusing to take moral responsibility for the corruption allegations that have overshadowed the Games. He said he would quit after the Games only if Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Indian Olympic Association asked him to. Kalmadi admitted that several stadia had problems. “Some of the venues are still to get ready. We and the Commonwealth Games Federation are looking into it. We hope the stadia will be in tip-top condition very soon,” he said. Kalmadi sought to steer clear of the concerns raised in the CVC report. “The CVC report is on the construction (of stadia) and not on the Organising Committee,” he argued. The Organising Committee chief sought the media’s help to make the Games a success. “The Games are a major responsibility and can’t happen without the media’s support,” he pleaded. India, Kalmadi said, had bright prospects in the Games. “Last time, we got 50 medals and came fourth. This time, we are expecting 70 medals and hope to come at least third,” he said. He informed that the prime minister had allocated Rs 700 crore for the training of players and the “results would show in the medals’ tally”. Lalit Bhanot, secretary general of the Organising Committee, said 5,539 gold, 4,818 silver and 4,529 bronze medals had been ordered for the Games.advertisementlast_img read more

Stephen Fleming biography revives Aushim Khetrapal’s match-fixing woes

first_imgEPISODE 2: Fleming has Khetrapal on the backfootAushim Khetrapal protests his innocence a little too loudly. “I am off sports. I am into films and production, which are more exciting. Stephen Fleming has made the charges only to gain publicity for his book.They are rubbish,” he rants. It was pure,EPISODE 2: Fleming has Khetrapal on the backfootAushim Khetrapal protests his innocence a little too loudly. “I am off sports. I am into films and production, which are more exciting. Stephen Fleming has made the charges only to gain publicity for his book.They are rubbish,” he rants. It was pure deja vu for 42-year-old Khetrapal, who in his new avatar as actor-cum producer still cannot shake off allegations of cricket match fixing which had made him more famous than a stuttering Bollywood career ever could.In 1999, former England all-rounder Chris Lewis and New Zealand captain Fleming separately alleged that sports promoter Khetrapal had offered them Pound 300,000 to act as conduits to fix an England-New Zealand Test match in Manchester. At the time, Khetrapal, who ran Radiant Sports Management, had called a press conference and vehemently denied the allegations to clear his name. Five years on, in 2004, it was virtually a repeat performance or as he would probably want it known, Khetrapal: The Sequel. In a story that made international headlines, Richard Boock’s biography of Fleming, Balance of Power, recounts the incident featuring the sports promoter and names names. At a hastily convened press meet in Delhi, Khetrapal stuck to the same tune. Khetrapal maintains he met Fleming in the bar of the Holiday Inn in Leicester and again the next morning and left behind his numbers and visiting card.Fleming’s account of the meeting states that Khetrapal claimed there were people he could call all over the world to give insider information on cricket. He offered to pay the cricketer Pound 200,000 upfront and another Pound 100,000 within a year if he joined the syndicate.”Enough is enough. It is time I brought out my side of the story and I intend to publish my book to counter all these charges,” Khetrapal exclaims.”Khetrapal said he would pay me Euro 200,000 straight up.”Stephen Fleming, in his biography Balance Of PowerWaving a dogeared, spiral bound manuscript titled I Dare, Khetrapal promises that a book is coming, written in record time. “It contains episodes of match-fixing, and the row over sponsorship and telecast rights.”Brushing aside threats of legal action, the publishers of Fleming’s book have said they were okay with what has been published. Publisher Kevin Chapman and managing director Hodder Moa Beckett said that Balance Of Power had undergone the regular legal checks. “We did not think it was particularly problematic from the legal point of view,”Chapman was quoted as saying. “Stephen has been incredibly consistent … He recorded it all at the time and took good advice.”The controversy has its origins in August 1999 when Khetrapal says he went to England to organise a benefit match for Punjab Cricket Association secretary M.P. Pandove and met Fleming as the Kiwis were due to tour India. advertisementDeja vu for Aushim KhetrapalKhetrapal also claims that before this, he had met a news agent called Kamlesh Patel who fixed the meeting with Lewis, whom Khetrapal invited to act as coordinator for a benefit match which would feature either an England XI or a Rest of the World team.Lewis’ story, later sold to tabloid News of the World for Pound 40,000, was, again, different. He alleged that Khetrapal had tried to persuade him to throw the Manchester Test and asked him to offer similar amounts to England cricketers Alec Stewart and Alan Mullaly for dropping catches and bowling wides respectively. When Lewis refused Khetrapal, said the paper, he contacted Fleming. Five years on, other facts have come to light. Travelling on the same flight to London with Khetrapal and staying in the same hotel in Leicester was Mumbai-based film financier Jagdish Sodha. Sodha’s name featured prominently in the recent corruption case involving Kenyan cricket captain Maurice Odumbe, who was then banned. Neither Sodha nor Khetrapal deny knowing each other.”Yes, I was there. But I was on business,” said Sodha from Mumbai. The ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit detectives, who revisited the case, charged Sodha with using Khetrapal as a “front” in his attempts to fix players.Says one, “The material evidence was weak. It was one person’s word against the other … therefore, we did not pursue it.” Scotland Yard had also tried to establish links between betting syndicates that had contacted Lewis and those that had dealt with former South African captain Hansie Cronje. They arrested and questioned three Indians based in London, Kamlesh Patel (the same news agent Khetrapal said he had met), Jayendra Patel and Peter Patel, for their alleged role in recruiting England players to fix matches.Khetrapal will wait for Fleming’s book before deciding on his line of action. Does he believe that match fixing exists in cricket? “Let’s not be hypocritical. You know as much as I do what happens,” he says. That is telling.advertisementlast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar will not boost Congress hopes

first_imgOh, how many times have we heard the boring phrase “don’t mix sports and politics.” Till now, it was only about politicians heading sports federations or leaders using an issue such as Dow Chemicals for pursuing their own agenda.But having witnessed the tumultuous response to Sachin Tendulkar being nominated to the Rajya Sabha, I am convinced we in India specialise in politics itself becoming a sport!Making it to Parliament is a big deal. If you happen to be fighting for a Lok Sabha seat, then money, muscle and political backing play a huge role in the outcome.Obviously, some like Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have been lucky enough not to seek the people’s mandate, having chosen the Rajya Sabha route to secure the top job in the country.But I don’t see Sachin adding any value to the Congress, as the party’s popularity is at its nadir. When the Congress fielded Mohammad Azharuddin from Moradabad in the 2009 general elections, it worked. However, the same Azhar was unable to help the Congress in the state assembly polls earlier this year, with the party facing humiliation.Imagine Sachin in the role of a leader seeking votes for the Congress. Here is a man who did not want to captain Team India, aware as he was of his shortcomings as a leader. Has the same man changed so much that he can serve as a brand ambassador for the Congress?As for the theory doing the rounds of Sachin being compensated for not getting Bharat Ratna, nothing could be more stupid. Fame, money and glory, Sachin has got everything from cricket. If at all he wants to play a positive role in politics, then maybe he should retire from the game.advertisementlast_img read more

Dhiraj Nayyar on Montek Singh Ahluwalia’s offer to make tea a national drink

first_imgDhiraj NayyarPlanning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia wants to make tea India’s national drink. According to some surveys, it already is-83 per cent of Indian households apparently consume tea. The Government’s stamp of approval for this relatively innocuous decision, which involves no commitment of expenditure or issuing of tenders,,Dhiraj NayyarPlanning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia wants to make tea India’s national drink. According to some surveys, it already is-83 per cent of Indian households apparently consume tea. The Government’s stamp of approval for this relatively innocuous decision, which involves no commitment of expenditure or issuing of tenders, will take one whole year. Ahluwalia has an explanation. He says the Government wants to make the announcement to coincide with the 212th birth anniversary of Maniram Dewan, Assam’s first tea planter and a revolutionary against British rule, on April 17, 2013. He may as well have made the announcement on April 17, 2012.But the Government of India works by due process. Ahluwalia says he needs to talk to Commerce Minister Anand Sharma. The commerce minister will no doubt want to talk to his bureaucrats. Cumbersome files will pass up and down. It’s quite possible that milk, not tea, will win eventually the coveted title-Amul began lobbying for it shortly after Ahluwalia’s tea announcement. Expect water to enter as a last, but hardly the least, contestant. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, presumably the final arbiter of all things national, will have to make a judgment call. As an MP from Assam, he should rule in favour of tea rather than milk. But lest he be seen making a firm decision, he may leave the matter to another Government.The popularity of tea will certainly survive the UPA’s indecision. Given the dismal state of some other national symbols-the national animal, the tiger, is battling extinction as is the national sport, hockey-tea may yet welcome its narrow escape from a potential kiss of death. The star status of India’s economy, however, is unlikely to survive UPA’s indecision.advertisementThe Government has been quick to respond to messengers of bad news. Chief Economic Adviser Kaushik Basu was admonished for speaking the bitter truth. Standard and Poor’s downgrade of India’s economic outlook from stable to negative was met by a “do not panic” and “we will overcome” response from the finance minister. Words, whether of admonishment or of reassurance, are no longer enough. The Government needs to change the message. It needs to show real progress on passing reformist legislation, on getting the bureaucracy back to taking decisions, and on reining in its runaway expenditure. That is how India will once again become an attractive destination for investment, so crucial for a growth rate of 8-9 per cent.UPA 2’s track record is discouraging. The few major decisions it has taken in the last three years have been the antithesis of reform. The recent decision to enforce a tax amendment with retrospective effect has spooked all investors, not just Vodafone. Frequent decisions to ban the exports of key agricultural commodities like cotton, wheat and onions have hurt farmers. The decision to demarcate large tracts of forest land as no-go areas for mining has led to a serious coal shortage and a crippling power deficit. Ironically, paralysis, if it means status quo, may be a better state of affairs than retrograde policy action.Would someone please give the UPA’s top brass a few cups of strong tea to awaken it from its slumber?last_img read more

Sania was used without even being consulted: Bhupathi

first_imgAdmitting that his pairing with Sania Mirz a in the mixed doubles category would have been the best bet for India in the London Olympics, Mahesh Bhupathi today said that the Indian star player was used without even being consulted.”Absolutely! We have good record. Recently we won the French Open together,” said Bhupathi when asked if he would have liked to play along side Sania in the mixed doubles during the London Games.”She was used without even being consulted as to what her best options are. But I think let her cut it all,” Bhupathi told ‘a news channel’.Sania , after getting a wildcard for the London Olympics on Tuesday, hit out at AITA for treating her as a ‘bait’ in the selection row. She was also critical of Bhupathi and Leander Paes.But Bhupathi said he could completely understand her outburst and stood by her.”Obviously, she issued a very emotional statement and I totally understand where it is coming from and what transpired into the whole thing.”As far as I am concerned, I stand by Sania and think we are the best mixed doubles pair,” insisted Bhupathi.Sania had earlier said that Bhupathi had “sacrificed” his commitment to play with her at the Olympics after their French Open title early this month.”Mahesh Bhupathi has firmly stood by his commitment to play together with his men’s doubles partner, Rohan Bopanna as he genuinely believed it was good for India. However, in the process, he sacrificed the commitment he made to me to try and win an Olympic medal together for India,” Sania had said in her statement yesterday.Sania, however, made it clear that although she preferred Bhupathi, she is ready to partner Paes in the larger interest of the country.Bhupathi, meanwhile, said that he and all his country mates were trying to put behind the controversies and concentrate on the ongoing Wimbledon, which is also the venue for the upcoming Games.”For us, we are actually trying our best to put everything behind us and try to focus on the Wimbledon,” said Bhupathi.advertisementlast_img read more

La Salle fends off Adamson for 3rd straight win

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next La Salle trailed majority of the game up until the 4:10 mark of the third when center Ben Mbala scored back-to-back baskets that gave the Green Archers a 50-48 lead.Rivero paced La Salle with 17 points while Santillan finished with 16 points, 14 points in the second half, and 10 boards.Mbala struggled from the field, going 3-of-10, but made up for it from the line going 9-of-12 to put up 15 points to go along with 17 rebounds. Papi Sarr led Adamson with 17 points and 12 boards while Jerrick Ahanmisi also had 17 points. ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sol Mercado out for Game 5 of PBA Finals LATEST STORIES MOST READ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges 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’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Adamson was down by four, 69-65, midway through the fourth quarter, but a timely triple from Rob Manalang and two free throws from Jonathan Espeleta put the Soaring Falcons ahead 72-71 with 2:19 left in the game.That slim lead, however, would be the last of the Falcons’ reprieve as Andrei Caracut knocked down a clutch triple that gave the Green Archers a 74-72 lead with 1:48 left in the game.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 openingSanti Santillan then pushed the dagger through Adamson’s heart with a layup giving La Salle a 76-72 lead with 36 seconds remaining in the game. “This game was a test of our character, not just as individuals but as a team, and it really helped our team,” said Ricci Rivero in Filipino. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion De La Salle kept Adamson University at bay to come away with an 80-74 victory in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Green Archers chalked up their third straight win and improved to 8-2 to deny the Soaring Falcons (6-4), who missed a chance to gain a share of second place.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Go moves on from costly miss in Ateneo loss to La Salle

first_imgMalditas save PH from shutout MOST READ “If you hold on to the past, that holds you. You try to think what could I have done, maybe after the game. Yes, it’s nice to review that, but during the course of the game where the next game happens immediately, you can’t allow something to let that hinder you from the way you play and think.”Go added that moments like this should serve as a lesson for him to become a better player.“I’m a young player, but that can’t be the excuse,” he said. “You let emotion overcome you, you don’t think, you just act. That is something that I still have to learn. Those are the things that make great players, because they are able to take the mistakes out of the game, the emotion, the next mistake, the next game. That is how I think I still have to grow as a player.”Go has now his eyes set on the Final Four, where the top-seeded Blue Eagles will take on Far Eastern University on Sunday.“They’re a tough team. Coach Olsen (Racela) knows how we play because a lot of us played for the Philippine team. We have to prepare and that’s what we’re gonna do,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT 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 “I think I just tried to make the best basketball play I could at that time. That’s what I just did,” Go, who was found open by Anton Asistio, said after the Blue Eagles’ 76-79 loss to the Green Archers.That play was reminiscent of Ateneo’s playbook in 2006 designed by then Ateneo mentor Norman Black with Macky Escalona and Doug Kramer conspiring in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 69 Finals. The difference, then, was that Kramer made the shot.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 openingGo hopes to quickly put his costly miss behind him“Coach Tab (Baldwin) has always been preaching to try to play without the emotion, next play mentality. But I think I still have to learn how to take out the emotion in my game,” he admitted. “Veteran players will just shake it off then next game. But I think my emotion overcame and I still held to the past. I wasn’t focusing on the next play or the next game.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads LATEST STORIES 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIsaac Go took the blame for Ateneo’s first loss in UAAP Season 80 when it fell to defending champion La Salle on Sunday night.With the Blue Eagles trailing by one, Go blew a gimme—a short hook—off a sideline inbound play in the final 10 seconds of the game.ADVERTISEMENT This time, Montalbo plays hero for La Salle vs Ateneo For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Champions League: Sevilla draws after Liverpool wastes 3-goal lead

first_imgRobredo: 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 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Spartak, held by last-place Maribor to 1-1 in Russia, remains with a chance of advancing.Sevilla plays its final Group E game at already eliminated Maribor on Dec. 6, when Liverpool hosts Spartak.“The first half scoreline was down to individual errors,” Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo said. “What we had to do was react and rely on our personal pride to turn things around. In the second half Liverpool barely crossed the halfway line.”A home win on Tuesday would have been enough for Sevilla to advance from the group stage for the second consecutive season, but Liverpool shot out of the gate.Only two minutes in, Philippe Coutinho made a corner cross into the near post, Georginio Wijnaldum deflected the ball toward the far post, and Firmino ran behind defenders to drive his shot home.ADVERTISEMENT After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Sevilla recovered from Liverpool’s blitz start by salvaging a 3-3 draw with an injury-time equalizer in theChampions League on Tuesday.Roberto Firmino scored twice and set up Sadio Mane’s goal in the first half-hour. But the hosts rallied with a pair of goals by Wissam Ben Yedder in the second half. Guido Pizarro’s late equalizer came from inside the area after Liverpool’s defense failed to fully clear a corner kick.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“Since I was a kid I’ve always dreamed of playing in an important match which was that dramatic and whichended so well,” Pizarro said.Liverpool could have secured its return to the knockout stage after an eight-year absence, but it heads home for the final round needing not to lose to Spartak Moscow, which was just three points behind. Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren reacts at the end of a Champions League group E soccer match between Sevilla and Liverpool, at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. Sevilla tied the game 3-3 in the last minute. (AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti)SEVILLE, Spain — With their team down 3-0 after only 30 minutes, some Sevilla fans started heading out of Sanchez Pizjuan-Stadium.They left too soon.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Malditas save PH from shutout The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Madrid thrashes APOEL 6-0 to make Champions League last 16 The second goal came after Firmino redirected another Coutinho corner from the right side, and Mane made it to the far post to score with a diving header past Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico.Firmino scored his second on a breakaway spearheaded by Mane down the left side. Mane’s shot from inside the area was stopped by Rico but Firmino was in position to easily tap in the rebound.“We played a very good first half and we stopped playing football in the second half,” Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp said. “We didn’t play until we conceded the second goal. After that we improved and had a couple of chances, but they got the equalizer. You have to stay in the game and close the game out. That was our main mistake, we didn’t play football.”Yedder got on the board with a header in the 51st and a penalty kick in the 60th. His first attempt went in but the referee called it back because players entered the penalty area.Liverpool had its chances to put the game away as Sevilla pressed.“It’s really disappointing, but it’s still in our hands so we need to focus on the positives,” Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said.Liverpool is trying to return to the last 16 for the first time since 2008-09, when its run to the quarterfinals was stopped by Chelsea.The latest result extended Sevilla’s unbeaten streak at home to 26 matches in all competitions, with 17 wins and eight draws.Sevilla hasn’t lost at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in almost a year. MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

FEU alum Santos says Tams should learn from Final 4 loss

first_imgRobredo: 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 Malditas save PH from shutout Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH “There were mistakes on defense and that last offensive sequence in regulation by Arvin,” said Santos. “I wish that he learns from this, this will be one of the things that he’ll look at and this will motivate him to be better.” Arvin Tolentino had a chance to win the game for FEU but he turned the ball over to pave the way for overtime.READ: No regrets for Tolentino after costly error: ‘That’s part of the game’“It was a good game, they fought until the very end, we could’ve won,” said Santos, a one-time PBA MVP and multiple-time champion. “Of course, it hurts to see when they lost.”Santos, who was a No. 2 overall pick in the PBA, said Tolentino should learn from his mistake.Tolentino was isolated twice in the overtime period that allowed Matt Nieto to score five straight points that gave Ateneo an 85-80 lead with 46.9 seconds left in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ No regrets for Tolentino after costly error: ‘That’s part of the game’ MOST READ Arwind Santos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArwind Santos has experienced his fair share of failures, and when he saw his alma mater Far Eastern University falter in the Final Four against Ateneo he wanted the Tamaraws to learn from the heartbreak and go into the future with a better outlook. “I hope the players don’t look at this loss as a reason to lose confidence in themselves or become lazy,” said Santos in Filipino Wednesday after FEU lost, 88-84, in overtime at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads “They should become better after this.”READ: Ateneo escapes FEU, faces DLSU in UAAP Finals rematchFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingFEU held a 67-59 lead midway through the fourth quarter but Ateneo cut the deficit and went on to tie the game at 69 on Mike Nieto’s triple with 3:41 left in the period.Jasper Parker gave FEU a 75-72 buffer with 14.5 seconds left but Isaac Go sent the game to extra time with a booming triple six seconds later, tying the game at 75. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 View commentslast_img read more

Angelique Kerber wins 8th match in a row, into Sydney final

first_imgBeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives In men’s semifinals, Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev booked a spot in the final by upsetting fourth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.Medvedev will meet Australian teenager Alex de Minaur or Benoit Paire of France.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates her win over Camila Giorgi of Italy in their women’s semifinal singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)SYDNEY — Angelique Kerber won her eighth consecutive match of the new season, coming from 3-1 down in the final set to beat qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3 to reach the Sydney International final on Friday.Kerber, a former No. 1 and the 2016 Australian Open champion, won all four singles at the Hopman Cup and now all four in Sydney en route to the final.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims She will face Ashleigh Barty, who beat Australian compatriot Daria Gavrilova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the other semifinal.In a match that included 11 breaks of serve, Barty needed just one in the third set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“It’s nice getting a bit of confidence going into our biggest tournament for us,” Barty said of next week’s Australian Open.Gavrilova’s frustration with her serving were evident in the ninth game of the set when, soon after leveling at 4-4, she double-faulted twice and received a code violation for smashing her racket. Saudi women to enter stadiums for first time to watch football ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Galanza hopes for Final 4 return in her last year with Adamson

first_imgAdamson’s Jema Galanza. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJema Galanza is not one to let past drawbacks get in the way of her dream.After suffering a gruesome right ankle injury in September last year even as Adamson ended Season 79 with a dismal 1-13 record, Galanza immediately set her sights to the big dance of Season 80.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH SBP starts forming best PH team for 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives LATEST STORIES ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte The Lady Falcons showed that they have moved on from their disastrous Season 79 campaign by finishing fourth place in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference last year.Adamson pulled off a surprise streak with six straight wins before bowing out in the semifinals to eventual runner-up Far Eastern University.“The team has been performing well in training because I can already see the intensity and the teamwork,” said Galanza. “Basically I can see that there really is a connection between the players. There’s the willingness to win.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Gamescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Going into her final playing year with the Lady Falcons, Galanza said she wants to end her collegiate career by making it to the Final Four and no less.“I want to get to the Final Four and if the team performs better we want to get to the Finals,” said Galanza in Filipino Thursday during the team’s practice at Adamson. “It’s been so long since I’ve been to the Final Four.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingGalanza’s first and only appearance in the semifinals was in her rookie year in Season 76 back when Bang Pineda still ruled the roost for the Lady Falcons.“That’s my goal in my last playing year, to get to the Final Four.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View commentslast_img read more

Smith, Thompson headline Women’s hoops Hall of Fame class

first_imgConnecticut Assoc. Head Coach Chris Dailey shouts instructions from the bench in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Louisville Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Storrs, Conn. It was announced Monday night that Dailey will be an inductee into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. UConn won 69-58. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)STORRS, Conn. — Katie Smith, Tina Thompson and Chamique Holdsclaw headline the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame class for 2018 announced Monday.The three former WNBA stars were eligible for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT View comments SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais LATEST STORIES ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims 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 Joining them in the seven-member class are former Colorado coach Ceal Barry, longtime assistants Chris Dailey and Mickie DeMoss and longtime New Jersey high school and college coach Rose Marie Battaglia. Dailey and DeMoss are the first two assistant coaches to get into the Hall.The group will be enshrined on June 9 at the Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee.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 openingSmith was a three-time Olympic gold medalist, former Ohio State star, and led the Detroit Shock to two WNBA championships in 2006 and 2008. She’s fifth on the WNBA’s all-time scoring list.“I am humbled and honored to be chosen as a member of such a prestigious group of athletes who have given their all for this game we love,” Smith said. “Basketball has taken me from Logan, Ohio to places I never would have dreamed. I am grateful to everyone who has touched my life through this sport. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img Barry won over 500 games at Colorado and Cincinnati and was Big Eight Coach of the Year four times.Battaglia coached for 38 years in New Jersey and an inductee of the state’s Hall of Fame. She won 702 games.The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame also will honor the Women’s Professional Basketball League, which operated from 1979-81 in the U.S., as part of the “Trailblazers of the Game” display at the Hall of Fame.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Snow Queen: Kim dominates to take gold in women’s halfpipe Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Thompson won four consecutive championships with the Houston Comets after getting drafted first in the inaugural 1997 WNBA draft. She was the league’s No. 1 all-time scorer until being passed by Diana Taurasi last year.“I am extremely honored to be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. It is a true privilege to have my name reside in the home where so many of the greats of our game are housed,” said Thompson, who played at Southern California. “As a young girl, little did I know how good old-fashioned hard work and passion would affect my life in such a grand way. Fabulous indeed.”Holdsclaw was the all-time leading scorer and rebounder at Tennessee and led the Lady Vols to three straight NCAA championships from 1996-98.Dailey has been at UConn since Geno Auriemma took over in 1985. She’s helped the team win 11 national championships and over 1,000 games. DeMoss has won over 800 games as an assistant at Tennessee and LSU.“I think that it’s a reflection just on being able to acknowledge the contributions of everyone, whether it’s a high school coach, a player or a college coach. It’s an honor to be the first (assistant) and to go in with Mickie DeMoss, I think that’s fitting,” Dailey said. “You know we’ve battled each other for a long time and we’re good friend and it just seems like it’s a fitting move.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power gridlast_img read more

Bips, Esha Gupta, Tamanna sport bikinis in Humshakals

first_imgIn Sajid Khan’s “Humshakals”, Bipasha Basu, Esha Gupta and Tamannaah will be seen sporting bikinis.Apart from selecting the right kind of bikini for themselves, the trio has worked really hard to get the perfect body to carry the two-piece ensemble well.Hot bodies! Esha, Tamanna & Bips look colourful in their skimpy bikinis.A source said: “Bipasha, Esha and Tamannaah will be seen sporting bikinis in one sequence in the film. They have carried it effortlessly. Sajid has always had a bikini sequence in his films and ‘Humshakals’ is no exception.””The sequence will surely add an oomph factor to the film,” the source added.The movie also stars Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Ram Kapoor.Produced by Vashu Bhagnani and presented by Fox Star Studios, the movie will release June 20.last_img read more

Celkon launches 6.95 inch XION S CT695 phablet at Rs 7,299

first_imgIt seems phablets are the latest market frenzy these days. Even as smartphone manufacturing majors sweat it out to offer bigger, better screens to customers, home grown manufacturer Celkon Mobiles has now joined the bandwagon with its new XION S CT695 phablet. Celkon’s latest offering boasts of a mammoth 6.95-Inch display and has been aggressively priced at Rs 7,299.The Celkon XION S CT695 phablet as mentioned above features a 6.95-Inch IPS display with a 600×1024 pixels resolution. It is powered by a dual-core Cortex-A7 (MediaTek MT8312) processor clocked at 2GHz and is coupled with 1GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of internal storage expandable up to 32GB via microSD card.The dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) device runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat out-of-the-box. It sports a 5MP rear camera along with a 0.3MP front-facing snapper.Connectivity options include: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Micro-USB, GPRS/ EDGE and A-GPS. It decks in a 2500mAh battery rated to offer up to 30 hours of standby time of up to 30 hours and 3 hours of talk time, according to Celkon. The device comes in a black colour variant alone.last_img read more

Sreenath Arvind replaces injured Milne in RCB squad

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pacer Adam Milne, who is out with an injury, was on Wednesday replaced by Sreenath Arvind.The technical committee of the Indian Premier League (IPL) approved the change on Wednesday.This will be Arvind’s second stint with RCB. The left-handed paceman was part of the RCB squad in the 2011 and 2012 seasons and was their highest wicket-taker in 2011 with 21 scalps in 13 games.The technical committee consists of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur, Sourav Dasgupta, Subir Ganguly, Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri.last_img read more

Dortmund farewell too painful for coach Klopp after German Cup loss

first_imgBorussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp battled to contain his emotions on Saturday after his final game on their bench saw his team lose 3-1 to VfL Wolfsburg in the German Cup final.Klopp, who is leaving after seven years in charge, said he would not be talking about his “painful” departure, adding it could have been a completely different game if Dortmund had enjoyed a bit more luck.”The departure is starting to be painful now. Now there won’t be a Cup party, just a farewell party,” he told reporters.Wolfsburg scored three times in 16 minutes after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Dortmund ahead in the fifth minute.”My emotional state is now below average,” Klopp said, while evidently holding back the tears. “I am working very hard at the moment to process this defeat.”The German, courted by seemingly every top European club, had announced his departure months ago after Dortmund’s bad domestic season.”We could have scored a second goal before the break. We had the chances. Congratulations to Wolfsburg but for us it was completely unnecessary.”We did a lot of things well. We lacked luck. For me, in life, the biggest challenge is to deal with defeats.”The 47-year-old crowd favourite is leaving after having taken over in 2008 and leading Dortmund to the Bundesliga title in 2011. He won a domestic league and Cup double in 2012 while also adding two German Super Cups to the club’s collection.Emotional, passionate and a proponent of attacking football, Klopp’s success coincided with the financial recovery of the club after being on the brink of bankruptcy a decade ago.advertisementHe also led them to the Champions League final in 2013.”I know everyone wants to know about how I feel,” Klopp said, his voice cracking as Dortmund fans unfurled a large banner reading “Thank You Klopp for seven years”.”But if I start with that, then the tears come. We lost a game and I cannot make as if I am the most important person in the world.”I have to process things one after the other. First, this game. I will process the other thing without having TV cameras in my face.”last_img read more