The two all-woman booths set up in Gurgaon constituency for the Haryana Assembly polls on Monday had a mixed staff with male presiding officers. The two all-woman booths set up in Badshahpur Assembly constituency also had both male and female election workers. The Election Commission of India had started setting up all-woman booths, ‘also called pink booths’, to encourage female voters to exercise their franchise.Booth No. 71 presiding officer Lakshmi Chand in Gurgaon told The Hindu that it was a designated ‘pink booth’, but two of the four staff were male. “I was told that my booth is an all-woman booth, but there are only two women staff members,” said Mr. Chand. The booth was located in Dronacharya government college on Old Railway Road. Similarly, the all-woman booth at DAV Public School was presided over by Satpal. He denied having any information about his booth, numbered as 62, being all-woman. It had only one woman staff member, Kanta Devi.In Badshahpur Assembly constituency, the two all-woman booths — 234 and 235 — at a government primary school in Sector 15 Part-I had male staff for “assistance”. Booth no. 235 presiding officer Manisha said that there were two male staff members to assist them. Seema Wadhawan, presiding officer of booth no. 234, said the male staff was required to stay overnight at the polling booth with the election material. “Since it is not possible for the women staff to stay overnight at the poorly-lit and unsafe polling stations, the male staff is attached with them. The polling is being conducted by the female staff only,” said Ms. Wadhawan. The security staff at all the four pink booths was female.Many of the polling booths also did not have wheelchairs. At least eight booths at two polling stations in Rajiv Nagar in Gurgaon constituency did not have wheelchairs for the elderly and physically-challenged voters. District Election Officer and Gurugram Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri said it was mandatory to have wheelchairs at all polling stations and claimed that the over 100 stations visited by him had the facility. He expressed ignorance about the wheelchairs not being available at Rajiv Nagar polling stations.
Kirstie Elaine Alora of the Philippines (red) competes against Sorn Seavmey of Cambodia (blue) in the finals of the women’s -73 kg category of the 29th Southeast Asian Games competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Alora lost, 6-13. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR—Kirstie Elaine Alora has one more passion outside of taekwondo: Playing the popular video game Dota or Defense of the Ancient.An all-time favorite among Filipino youth, the computer game has been added as a demonstration sport in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (Aimag) next month in Turkmenistan.ADVERTISEMENT Alora, if her schedule permits, just might wear two hats for Team Philippines in the Aimag, fighting in the taekwondo mat and at the same time slugging it out on the keyboard.The 27-year-old-old Alora said playing Dota relaxes her from the grind of taekwondo training.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I enjoy playing it,” said Alora, who, in 2005 as a 15-year-old SEA Games rookie, rocked the competition after she captured the gold medal. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino 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 Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Perez leads Heroes side, Bolick heads Saints roster in NCAA All-Stars Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ View comments
Read Next Fernando Rodriguez struck deep in injury time as 10-man Ceres-Negros survived Kaya Makati,3-2, to close the gap at the top of the Philippines Football League at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City on Saturday.The Spanish striker pounced on a cross from Stephan Schrock at the far post in the 94th minute as the Busmen prevailed in a duel filled with controversial calls and marred by the sending off of Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic and the red card of left-back Jeffrey Christiaens.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kings steal thunder from Bolts LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “The field was so wet and we adapted well to the conditions,” said Ceres assistant coach Pepe Losada, who minced no words about the officiating.“With these kind of referees, it’s very dangerous. Super Herrera had a broken lip and you see the yellow cards? Ceres had six yellow cards, one red, and Kaya had zero [cards],” added LosadaFEATURED 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 shutoutCeres moved within seven points off Meralco Manila, which is two wins away from clinching a playoff berth. —CEDELF P. TUPAS LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “Hats off to Eduard, he showed relentlessness,” said Nguyen after becoming the promotion’s only two-division World champion after adding the lightweight belt to his featherweight strap.Nguyen, however, was initially on the receiving end of Folayang’s early offense with the Filipino landing head kicks at will.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 shutoutFolayang (8-6) was also the first to assert his offense landing a spinning back fist at the start of the first round.And although Nguyen walked away with Folayang’s belt, the 28-year-old Aussie couldn’t help but feel hurt seeing his friend get knocked out. “Honestly I’m really hurt, I never wanted someone I know get through that,” said Nguyen. “We put our friendship aside but I couldn’t help but feel hurt after what happened to him.”Folayang had his four-fight winning streak snapped exactly a year after he won his first world title in Singapore. He did not appear at the post-fight press conference. ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMartin Nguyen pulled off the night’s biggest stunner after knocking out Eduard Folayang for the ONE lightweight championship Friday in the Legends of the World card at Mall of Asia Arena.Nguyen (10-1) found the sweet spot with 2:20 into the second round, ducking under Folayang’s spinning heel kick and connecting on a right straight that put the Filipino fighter to sleep.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Kingad fails to take ONE flyweight title as Moraes retains belt Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:50Trending Articles02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week01:37Protesters 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 View comments
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “Our team performed well, but for me I know that this isn’t still the best that we can play,” said Santiago in Filipino. “We still need to work out so many things with coach Babes [Castillo] especially on our conditioning.”The Lady Bulldogs were visibly gasping for air in the third set and the Lady Falcons took advantage of the situation to score a set win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSantiago said their reception suffered with their lack of conditioning as they recorded just 19 successful receives.“We lacked the energy in the third set because our conditioning was really low,” said Santiago who finished with 16 points. “We slowed down, and I think we also relaxed a bit.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “Coach just told us to just increase our intensity and work harder on the court.” AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMake no mistake, Jaja Santiago was proud with the victory National University pulled off in the opening match of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.Santiago, however, knows the Lady Bulldogs can do better after they grounded Adamson University in four sets, 25-15, 25-23, 16-25, 25-13, Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments NLEX snaps skid, rallies past Ginebra Read Next
LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Austria couldn’t hold back his tears after revealing that his wife Nanette underwent a successful kidney transplant just this afternoon.“First of all I want to praise God. I never had sleep last night because of my wife, she’s undergone a kidney transplant but [it was a] very successful operation for her and I know she’s watching right now. So Ma, I love you,” said Austria as he fought back tears.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria turned emotional during the post-game press conference after the Beermen advanced to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals following a win over TNT Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next “I’m worried in this game, but I have to be credit to the boys especially JMF (Fajardo). He was so focused in this game. All of them. We followed our game plan to the letter. Thank you SMB, especially my players for giving this win.”Fajardo played like the reigning four-time MVP that he is, finishing with 35 points on 15-of-19 shooting from the field, 11 rebounds and two blocks. View comments Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAn emotional Leo Austria during the post-game interview. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“This afternoon I was called by the doctor that everything is okay and now she’s in the recovery room. Very successful,” he said. “Thank you to the doctor who helped us a lot in this kidney transplant. I never had a problem for so long but this time, so thankful to God because he still gave us the win and the players really played well.”The Beermen won by double digits, 106-93, but Austria said it was “the hardest game” they ever played against the KaTropa, who are still a powerhouse team despite being the eighth-seed. Fajardo wreaks havoc as San Miguel ousts TNT, advances to semis
View comments What ‘missteps’? With no chance for revenge, Dillinger tells TNT: Beat Ginebra Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 “They’re playing happy, they’re playing inspired and everyone is playing with a jigh intensity,” said Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro.Valdez unleashed a game-high 21 points while Kaewpin and Schaudt scored 13 and 11 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCreamline was relegated to the battle for third tiff after losing to Bali Pure in three sets in a deciding Game 3 of the semifinals on Thursday.The two teams meet again on Tuesday with the Power Smashers looking to even the duel in Game 2. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline moved a game away from a third place finish after sweeping the Power Smashers, 25-20 25-18 25-15, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Saturday at Philsports Arena in Pasig City.The Cool Smashers leaned on Alyssa Valdez, Thai Kuttika Kaewpin and American import Laura Schaudt, whose kill clinched the game a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three duel.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire The Power Smashers just simply couldn’t match the Cool Smashers’ firepower with Kannila Thipachot their lone player hitting in double-digit scoring.A kill by Pau Soriano made it, 16-8, and Creamline never looked back as it rolled in the third set while the Power Smashers had the hard time figuring out the Cool Smashers’ unpredictable offense.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Magic Johnson, president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers, general manager Rob Pelinka and draft pick Lonzo Ball talk to the media during a press conference on June 23, 2017 at the team training faculity in Los Angeles, California. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images/AFPEL SEGUNDO, CALIFORNIA—Magic Johnson pointed a long index finger at the wall of the Los Angeles Lakers’ training complex, where the 16-time NBA champions’ nine retired numbers hang over the practice court.“I’m going to put a little pressure on you right now,” Johnson said to Lonzo Ball. “You look to your right, there’s some jerseys hanging on that wall. We expect a Ball jersey hanging up there one day, all right? Good.”ADVERTISEMENT Somebody not wearing Big Baller Brand sneakers might be a bit intimidated by Magic’s bold pronouncements. After all, the Lakers’ president of basketball operations immediately dubbed his 19-year-old point guard “the new face of the Lakers, the guy who I think will lead us back to where we want to get to.”But after a short lifetime spent preparing for this moment, Ball already knows exactly what’s expected from a superstar on his favorite team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m happy to be home, and I’m ready to get to work,” Ball said as he formally joined the Lakers on Friday after getting chosen with the No. 2 overall pick.Ball is facing sky-high expectations, but he’s also just one part of Johnson’s plan to transform the Lakers into a championship contender after the worst four-season stretch in franchise history. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Magic made his intentions known a few days before the draft when he traded D’Angelo Russell to Brooklyn, giving up on the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft after just two mostly promising seasons. Magic made the deal partly to clear the way for Ball, whose passing talent and leadership enraptured the Lakers’ Hall of Fame point guard in a way that Russell never did.“I’m going to do what it takes to get the right players in here with the right mindset,” Johnson said. “D’Angelo is an excellent player. He has the talent to be an All-Star. We want to thank him for what he did for us, but what I needed was a leader. I needed somebody also that can make the other players better, and also that players want to play with.”Johnson also echoed general manager Rob Pelinka’s comments one day earlier about the Lakers’ long-term plans when he cited 2018 salary cap relief as the second reason for trading Russell.The Lakers got rid of the final three seasons of center Timofey Mozgov’s $64 million contract in the deal, acquiring mobile center Brook Lopez – who has one year left on his deal – and the 27th overall pick used to get Utah forward Kyle Kuzma.With Mozgov’s contract off the books and additional moves planned in the ensuing months, Johnson and Pelinka intend to clear enough cap room for the Lakers to add two free agents on maximum contracts next summer. Paul George, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, DeMarcus Cousins and other big-name veterans could be available – and Magic is indefatigably optimistic they’ll be interested.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments 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 “When you have this much cap space, we’re going to be major players next summer,” Johnson said. “The tide has turned. People want to play here again. It’s exciting times for the LA Lakers. I wouldn’t have made that move if I didn’t think I could use that money. Enough said.”Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak had a similar plan several times in recent seasons, believing they could build another super-team around Kobe Bryant. They were repeatedly surprised and disappointed when free agents didn’t line up to wear the Lakers’ hallowed gold uniforms, leaving Los Angeles to struggle to four consecutive losing seasons.But Magic and Pelinka believe they will succeed where Buss and Kupchak failed, thanks to what they see as an intriguing young core headlined by Ball and wing Brandon Ingram, last season’s No. 2 overall pick.Pelinka also believes Magic himself is an irresistible asset.“There’s just a renewed energy around here,” Pelinka said Thursday night. “With Earvin’s vision and his persona, I think the organization is really taking on that positive joy that he seems to live with every day. I think players around the NBA feel that as well and are going to be attracted to that energy here. With the leading teams in the league today, we felt like to be able to look them in the eye and challenge them, we need two superstar players to come here and join this platform and join our core group of great players that we now have.”But if the Lakers are disappointed in free agency again, they’ll still have Ball – and his father, LaVar, who had promised for years that his son would end up with the Lakers.Magic and LaVar appear to believe in Lonzo with equal fervor, if such a thing is possible.“Just leave me one or two records, OK?” Magic told Lonzo with a grin. “Don’t break all my records. I asked your grandfather, ‘Just let him leave me one.’” Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Clippers stars Griffin, Paul opt for free agency
Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena View comments World number two Nadal converted just two of 16 break points, while Muller fired 30 aces and 95 winners.Muller, seeded 16th, will make his first Wimbledon quarter-final appearance against former US Open champion Marin Cilic.In a pulsating final set, which stretched to 95 minutes, Nadal saved two match points in 10th game and two more in the 20th.In between, Muller had to fight off a break point in the 13th game and four more in the 19th.Amidst relentless tension, even a mundane women’s scarf played a part when it was used to block out the evening sunlight reflecting off the stands into Nadal’s eyes.ADVERTISEMENT “It was not my best match against a very uncomfortable opponent,” said Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion.“Well done to him. He played great, especially in the fifth set but I fought to the last ball.”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 starsThe 31-year-old Spaniard, finally worn down by Muller after four hours and 48 minutes on Court One, hasn’t made the quarter-finals since 2011.“Tired,” was 34-year-old Muller’s response after the thrilling encounter, which had the knock-on effect of pushing Novak Djokovic’s last 16 match against Adrian Mannarino back to Tuesday. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Gilles Muller of Luxembourg (left) defeated French Open champion Rafael Nadal (right) in five sets in Wimbledon on Monday, July 11, 2017. AFPLONDON, United Kingdom — Rafael Nadal suffered fresh Wimbledon misery on Monday as the two-time champion crashed to a stunning 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13 fourth round defeat against Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller.Just weeks after winning his 10th French Open title, Nadal was condemned to his fifth exit before the quarter-finals in his last five visits to Wimbledon.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Cadets for Asia tilt Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Nadal was always chasing the score and he finally cracked in the 18th game of the decider when he went long with a return.Great feeling“It was a long match. I did really well in the first two sets then Rafa stepped it up and in the end it was just a big battle. I had match points and didn’t make them so it was getting really tough,” said Muller after a second career win over Nadal, 12 years after his first which also came at Wimbledon.“I was kind of feeling that it was going to be over pretty soon. I said just give it a shot, go 100 percent and a great feeling to be winning that match.“I didn’t feel like was playing bad in the third and fourth sets. I just told myself keep it up and if it’s not happening, he’s just too good.“I started serving a bit better and then at the end, it’s just a matter of a few points here and there. It’s tough to say exactly what made the difference.“I haven’t really realized what just happened. It’s a great feeling. I was worried it was going to be over pretty soon.“I was already thinking about coming back the next day and finishing the match. I’m just glad it’s over and I’m in the quarter-finals.”Muller was watched by a VIP fan in the shape of Prince Felix of Luxembourg, second in line to the country’s throne.“I heard he was going to come. We know each other. He’s a big tennis fan. The whole family likes tennis,” said Muller. CBB/rga Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’
Ernest Obiena resets PH pole vault record in Germany tilt “Coach (Roger Gorayeb) always tells us that it’s good we’re enjoying but we have to stay calm and focused.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Our performance this conference has been inconsistent going up and down so this will give us confidence going into the semifinals,” said Malabanan after their game at Filoil Flying V Centre.Bali Pure finished the preliminaries with a 4-3 record and closed the seven-game span with back-to-back wins with Malabanan taking center stage in the two victories.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 starsMalabanan led the team in scoring in both wins and averaged 15 a game in the two closeout matches.“We’re confident but I don’t want to say we’re overconfident,” said Malabanan who had 16 points against the Lady Warriors. “Sometimes we over-enjoy and we relax a bit and when we do that we’re not that focused.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBali Pure utility Jerrili Malabanan knows her team has suffered a bit of a funk but after a convincing win over Pocari Sweat in their final game in elimination round, she’s confident they’ll make a splash come the semifinals.The Water Defenders trounced the Lady Warriors in straight sets 25-21, 25-16, 25-23, to take the fourth seed in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet
Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ 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 View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “That’s where she won gold medals in the States,” said the proud mother. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Kaitlin de Guzman of the Philippines competes in uneven bars category of women’s artistic gymnastics competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at the Malaysia Trade and Exhibition Center in Kuala Lumpur. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR—Cintamoni dela Cruz-De Guzman knew her daughter Kaitlin had what it takes to become a champion when the latter was just four.A former preschool teacher who often towed Kaitlin to her class, the ex-Southeast Asian Games gold medalist said she marveled at the ease with which Kaitlin performed gymnastics stunts.ADVERTISEMENT Perlas rebounds, routs Myanmar by 90 points Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ READ: Young gymnast captures PH’s fifth gold medal“She can do straight cartwheels. One time she made a pull-up in a bar and hold, and I never taught anything her yet at that point. I was like, ‘you want to take up gymnastics?’” recalled Cintamoni.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 openingNow her daughter, at 17, is a newly minted SEA Games uneven bar champion right on her first try. It was the same event Cintamoni scored gold back in 1995 and bronze in 1997.Cintamoni dela Cruz-De Guzman and gold medalist daughter Kaitlin. Photo from Marc ReyesThe De Guzmans relocated to Rockwall, Texas, when Kaitlin was eight and there, she continued her training and eventually competed with Metroplex Gymnastics. “She knows that she’s good at it and it’s a means to an end,” said Cintamoni who bared that Kaitlin is committed to University of Oklahoma for her athletic scholarship.READ: Gymnast captures Philippines’ 4th gold in SEA GamesCintamoni, who is now project director for Infinite Bounds Gymnastics, said her elder son took up swimming and it was Kaitlin who dabbled in gymnastics.“She also took up dancing and swimming,” said Cintamoni. “It was only last April when we learned that she can compete for the Philippines.”Kaitlin is entered in beam and floor events. Of the three events Kaitlin is competing in, Cintamoni said her daughters favorite is the beam.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim
My favourites for this edition of the World Cup? Clearly India and Sri Lanka, considering their obvious home advantage. But given that the World Cup has eluded every home side for the past 36 years, I will have to be a bit more pragmatic in my decision and look deeper into the strengths and weaknesses that each likely winner may have.India must get over SachinMahender Singh DhoniStrength: Their greatest strength is playing in home conditions where they know the stadiums, the dressing rooms, the pitches, the hotels, and the overall chaos that is associated with playing in front of a billion cricket-crazy loyalists who worship the team. They have great players in Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan and proven talents in Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, S. Sreesanth, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan and Virat Kohli. These are all big match players who can make a big difference in crucial matches. They have quality spinners in Harbhajan Singh, R. Ashwin and Piyush Chawla and part-timers such as Raina, Sehwag and Pathan. I like the way Dhoni leads from the front in his calm and assured manner.Weakness: India’s major weakness is going to be fitness. Their fielding is also not top notch and I see them losing 20 runs or so in crucial matches. It will put the pressure on the batsmen and bowlers. Home pressure is always tough to cope with. They simply must win each game to keep their fans happy. Tendulkar goes into the World Cup three centuries short of a century of hundreds in international cricket and he will be expected to achieve this incredible milestone. But the World Cup must not become about Tendulkar. It must be about India.advertisementCalm Down Sri LankaAngelo MatthewsStrengths: One of the most talented sides, they have a phenomenal record at home. They have an intelligent leader in Kumar Sangakkara. Their fitness and fielding is up to the mark. Their batting has depth right up to the tail. Angelo Mathews, as their main all-rounder, will be a key player. The team is a blend of experience and youth. Their spinners-Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Chamara Silva-are real threats. They have Lasith Malinga, Mathews and Dilhara Fernando bowling in the death overs. Malinga, with his yorkers, is deadly and capable of defending 10 runs off his last over.Weaknesses: Their opening bowling attack needs to be tempered. I’d like to see Malinga and Fernando bowling tight in the opening overs, rather than attacking from the first ball. The team is excitable and needs some calming down during the World Cup.Australia in a TailspinShane WatsonStrength: They have won the last three World Cups on the trot and four of the nine editions of the tournament. They have nothing to prove except their hunger for a record fifth title. Their fitness is of the highest standard and so is their fielding. While Ricky Ponting may still be their best batsman, I expect Shane Watson to make his mark in this tournament. Watson is a solid player who can be destructive and win matches on his own. Australia have Michael Clarke who is a superb finisher and can play pace and spin alike. In Brett Lee, Shaun Tait, Mitchell Johnson and Doug Bollinger, they have a dangerous and proven pace attack. John Hastings, as a change bowler, has good variation, a deceptive slower ball and will be an advantage in the middle overs.Weakness: Australia will struggle against genuine spin bowlers. Their batting has been a bit wobbly of late and they will miss Michael Hussey in the middle overs. They have picked off-spinner Jason Krejza out of nowhere. He will not trouble the batsmen of the subcontinent. He is a genuine wicket-taker but can also get very expensive.Fatigue a Factor for EnglandKevin PietersenStrength: They have a fantastic captain-coach combination, which has worked wonders so far. This is a highly motivated and disciplined team. The team’s confidence is at an all-time high. England is the fittest side in the tournament and this will give them a huge advantage. They have a long batting order which will help them in death overs. England is the dark horse of the tournament.Weakness: Conditions in the subcontinent are completely different from what they have experienced in the last few months. The ball will not come on to the bat easily. Eoin Morgan’s absence will be a big blow as he was one of the reasons behind the recent success. Andrew Strauss and Matt Prior have not clicked as an opening pair. The mental fatigue factor may well slip in as England had a tough three months playing against Australia. Some of the players will be staying on to play in the ipl, which will weigh heavily on their minds. The form of Paul Collingwood and Kevin Pietersen is a cause of worry.advertisementProteas Peak EarlyDale SteynStrength: A supremely fit fielding side. In the new ball department, they have the world’s best fast bowler Dale Steyn, who, along with Morne Morkel and Lonwabo Tsotsobe, can get early breakthroughs. Graeme Smith is a good leader and will want a final hurrah in what will probably be his last World Cup as captain. They have a strong batting line-up. Smith, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, and AB de Villiers can win matches on their own. Imran Tahir, Johan Botha and J.P. Duminy, as the spin bowlers, provide the much needed impetus to a multidimensional side.Weakness: I wouldn’t call them chokers. It’s just that they have peaked at the wrong time. They need to address that in this World Cup. They have never made it to a final, so there is a lot of pressure on them. They don’t have finishers and need somebody to fill Mark Boucher’s shoes very quickly.Pakistan to Pick up the PiecesAhmed SehzadStrength: There is no Pakistani side that does not have raw talent. Look at newcomer Ahmed Shehzad’s brilliant century against Bangladesh in their warm-up game. Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan lend solidity to the middle order while Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq are capable of scoring 100 runs in the last 10 overs. The pacers-Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul and Razzaq-can do serious damage to any top order. Their spinners Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez are capable of bowling to a plan.Weakness: Fielding will cost them most matches. When it comes to fielding, their players get lazy and need to rise to the occasion. Infighting is another big weakness. Pakistan announced their captain for the World Cup just a few days before the start of the tournament which is obviously not ideal.This is a tough World Cup to predict. We haven’t discussed the West Indies side who have been world beaters and Bangladesh who are playing at home. I think it will be an India vs Sri Lanka final, but there could be a surprise or two on the way.- Nasser Hussain is a former captain of the England cricket team. Syndicated by Sporting Excellence
Imran Khan, Shoaib Akhtar’s 17-year-old cousin, takes a break after a tiring match at the Railway cricket ground close to the home of the town’s most famous cricketer. Khan and other boys play cricket only when Pakistan plays a match in the World Cup. That is their way of expressing solidarity with Shahid Afridi and the men in green. And whenever 36-year-old Akhtar, nicknamed Rawalpindi Express, takes a wicket, someone screams to convey the news from an adjacent building. An instant roar goes up on the ground.Khan rushes home to switch from live cricket to watch a match he loves: Akhtar’s fearsome spell of five for 21 against Australia in Colombo in 2002. “The world will miss one of its best fastestbowlers,” says Khan, in shock over Akhtar’s decision to retire from first-class cricket.Akhtar announced his decision on March 17 at an emotional gathering in Colombo where he delivered an impromptu farewell speech. He was instantly hugged by his teammates. The news spread fast, prompting many to react. Among them was Australian skipper Ricky Ponting who called him the fastest he has faced in international cricket. “I had some great duels over the years. He was express pace, a very very good bowler,” Ponting told a press conference in Colombo. Former Pakistan captain, Rashid Latif, agrees: “He was among the most glamourous cricketers of all time. The only worry for me was his pace.” Pakistani cricketer, Aamer Sohail, simply says it would be “difficult for Pakistan to find a replacement.”The Railway cricket ground is Akhtar’s breeding ground. He played cricket here as a schoolboy and impressed many with his incredible swinging yorkers at high speed. He routinely practised here even after becoming a superstar. “We are honoured to play at this ground,” says Akram, 16, whose house is a yard away from Akhtar’s home. He is not interested in any debate on whether Akhtar is actually the world’s fastest bowler. “He is, for me.” He reminds everyone that the cricketer still holds the world record of bowling at 100 miles per hour. Akhtar has taken 178 test and 241 ODI wickets, his average in both forms is the fourth-best for any Pakistani bowler who has taken more than 150 wickets. But his Test strike rate of 45.7 is second only to Waqar Younis’s 43.4. In this town, he has the unflinching loyalty of both the young and the old. Eleven-yearold Hamza, an aspiring fast bowler, is sure of Pakistan winning the World Cup only because they have Akhtar on their side.advertisementA pall of gloom hangs over his home where uncle Mohammad Bashir, a retired Army officer, smells a conspiracy against his nephew. “He is not even married. He could have easily served Pakistan for another five years. I do not think he can make such a stupid decision unless, of course, he was forced to do it,” Bashir told INDIA TODAY. Standing nearby is Mohammad Tahir, who coached Akhtar for five years when he started playing cricket at the national level. He also believes that some hidden forces are coercing Akhtar to retire from international cricket. “See his fitness levels, he is fit. So please do not push him out of the side,” says Tahir who blames the “mafia” in the Pakistan Cricket Board for destroying Akhtar’s life. Raja Mohammad Ali and Raja Majid Hussein, who have played club cricket with Akhtar for years, were surprised to hear about Akhtar’s retirement from international cricket. “Akhtar wished to serve Pakistan cricket for three more years even after the World Cup. We talked a week before he left for Dhaka. What made him change his mind,” wonders Hussein.Peer Mohi-ud-Deen, imam of a mosque situated in the neighbourhood, joins the discussion. He also wants Akhtar to change his decision. “We want to see you in hot pursuit of wickets,” says the imam, a die-hard Akhtar fan. Thirty-six is no age to retire. “The Indian team is struggling with fitness. They have not sacked the whole team,” argues Mohi-ud-Deen. Now that’s a thought.
Chennai opener Michael Hussey scored 61 and then Albie Morkel scalped three wickets as Chennai beat Pune by 25 runs during their IPL match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, Chennai, on Monday. Score | PhotosChennai batsmen were slow starters, but the bowlers were not as Albie Morkel struck in the third over of the match to send back opener Mohnish Mishra when the Pune score was 19. A short of length ball from him took the inside edge of Mishra’s bat and crashed into his stumps on 9.Then a round the wicket ball from Chennai offie R Ashwin saw big-hitter Kiwi Jesse Ryder depart in the fifth over of the innings 15 runs against his initials. Pune were 27/2 at the stage.Pandey too could not survive for long became a victim to Albie Morkel’s pace. A fiery ball from Morkel took the inside edge of Pandey’s bat and crashed into his stumps when he was batting on 12. And Pune fell to 40/3.The change of pace seemed to be working well for Chennai bowlers as after paceman Morkel had finished with his job in the fifth over, offie R Ashwin got another head to roll. And he clean bowled Robin Uthappa on a duck to reduce Pune to 40/4.Ultimately it was left for Pune skipper Yuvraj Singh and Ranji Trophy veteran Mithun Manhas to come to the rescue. The two batted with confidence to salvage the Pune innings which was in tatters earlier.But the two had put 38 runs for the fifth wicket when Doug Bollinger broke their stand in the 13th over by scalping Manhas on 20 when the team total was 78.advertisementCaptain Yuvraj Singh tried hard to bail the team out from doledrums, but after putting 34 runs on the board he too was shown the door as Chennai bowlers went for the kill and the fielders stopped every run that came their way.In the penultimate over of the innings, Yuvraj holed out off Albie Morkel and Shadab Jakati took a diving catch in the extra cover region and the Pune captain was walking back with the team total reading 109. The same over also saw Rahul Sharma walk back run out and things were gradually getting tougher for Pune.Soon it was all over for the visitors with Pune going down by 25 runs. They could manage just manage 117/9 in 20 oversChennai innings Michael Hussey scored 61 to help Chennai post 142/6 on board against Pune in this 29th IPL match. Pune captain Yuvraj Singh won the toss and elected to field. And Chennai got off to a rather shaky start with opener Murali Vijay surviving two run outs in two balls in the second over. Gradually the two openers Vijay and Michael Hussey settled down and upped the tempo a bit.But just when the two decided to increase the run rate a notch higher, Chennai lost a wicket. An Alfonso Thomas bouncer that climbed on to Vijay took the top edge of his bat to settle in the safe hands of Nathan McCullum at mid-wicket on 64/1 in 9.2 overs. Vijay scored 31.There was another reason to cheer for the Pune team as next man in the middle Suresh Raina walked back as soon as he came with Thomas scalping him on last ball of the 10th over to reduce Chennai to 66/2.Post those dismissals, Chennai skipper MS Dhoni and opener Michael Hussey batted, but their batting lacked the momentum needed to put up a challenging total on board. In 15 overs Chennai were 99/2 – an average of 6.60 per over.At death, more wickets fell with skipper Dhoni going down to a Rahul Sharma ball in the 17th over and Aussie Michael Hussey falling to Jerome Taylor on 61 on the first ball of the 18th over. Albie Morkel to departed in the same over when the team total was 123/5.Finally, a late charge by S Badrinath and Srikkanth Anirudha helped Chennai post 142/6 on board. Anirudha was the last wicket to fall from the Chennai camp. He fell on the last ball of the innings to a Taylor delivery that was easily caught by keeper Robin Uthappa. Taylor finished with 3-30 on board.
India’s batting maestro great Sachin Tendulkar, who missed out on his 100th international Test century at Lord’s on Saturday missed the first two sessions on Sunday.He has been diagnosed with a viral infection. A Team India statement issued on Sunday said: “Mr Sachin Tendulkar has a viral infection and is resting under medical advice and would take the field later in the day after further medical assessment.”Tendulkar took the field only at the final session. Because of his long absence from the field, he will not be able to bat in his usual number four slot. He will bat at only number seven, that is after the fall of the fifth wicket.On Sunday, he batted with a running fever in India’s first innings and left the ground for team hotel soon after he was out for 34. It was learnt that he took antibiotics because of the viral infection.Tendulkar’s latest bid to score his 100th international hundred ended in disappointment as England maintained their grip on the opening match of a four-Test series.The 38-year-old batting star had played some trademark classic shots before he was caught at second slip by Graeme Swann off Stuart Broad, who led England’s attack with four wickets for 37 runs. India were bowled out for 286, featuring Rahul Dravid’s unbeaten 103, in reply to England’s first innings 474 for eight declared – a deficit of 188.
How many runs will Sachin Tendulkar end up with by the time his extraordinary career is over? As he completed his 100th Test this week all conventional modes of comparison went out of the window. It’s easy to say that had Don Bradman (29 tons in 52 Tests) played the,How many runs will Sachin Tendulkar end up with by the time his extraordinary career is over? As he completed his 100th Test this week all conventional modes of comparison went out of the window. It’s easy to say that had Don Bradman (29 tons in 52 Tests) played the number of Tests that Tendulkar has, the Australian would have easily scored 50 Test centuries. But the fact is Bradman will not play another 50 Tests. Tendulkar, barring injury, almost certainly will. Let us assume that the Indian will be around till at least the 2007 World Cup – a 34-year-old with an 18-year career. Using the ICC ‘S tentative 10-year calendar and taking into account the cancellation of a few tours to Pakistan – he should play 49 Tests and 120 one-day matches more in that period. Click here to EnlargeTo make a straight extrapolation of his Test match figures – calculated through simple mathematics and his current average – he would end up with about 12,500 Test runs and 45 Test centuries. But to make a more realistic estimate, one should extrapolate the figures from a crucial year in his career, 1994; this was when Tendulkar became the “go-to guy”, the No. 1 batsman in the Indian team.The fading away of Vinod Kambli and the loss of form of Sanjay Manjrekar at the time the West Indies toured India meant that the batting finally revolved around Tendulkar If he scores at the same rate as he has since then, he will reach the staggering figure of 12,979 runs and a total of 47 Test centuries – what are the odds then that he will not stick around to reach a perfect 50?advertisementGoing by his current average, another 120 one-dayers could net him about 16,200 runs and 46 centuries. But, Tendulkar’s one-day career will always be judged pre- and post-Auckland 1994, when he first opened the batting for India. In 69 previous matches he scored no centuries; in 226 matches since he has scored 33. At that post-Auckland clip, his projected total is 16,680 runs and 51 centuries.There is no other man playing today who can surpass those figures. Only one other cricketer could touch as astounding numbers – Sri Lankan off-spinner Muthiah Muralitharan. His extrapolated figures up to 2007 add up to 475 ODI wickets and 725 Test wickets. Post-1994, Tendulkar has scored a century every 2.9 Test matches. Closest to him is Australian Matthew Hayden (a 100 every 3.75 Tests).Brian Lara scores a ton every 5 Tests, Inzamam-ul-Haq one in 5.06 and Steve Waugh one in 5.4. Bradman remains unbeatable here with a century every 1.8 Tests.The writer, an IT applications specialist, is senior producer, ESPN-Star Sports.
Sunil Chhetri has fond memories of the Nehru Cup. The 2007 edition helped him establish himself as the lead striker and this time, he will be leading India into the tournament against Syria, the finalists in the last two editions.Chhetri was his usual vibrant self in the pre-match press conference and with coach Wim Koevermans besides him, seemed to reflect the mood of the team.”We have been training for one week and I can’t wait for the tournament to begin. We have a new coach and are all trying to imbibe his style but it is going to take time and it won’t happen overnight,” the 28-year-old said.Cameroon, Nepal and Maldives are the other teams in the tournament and the African powerhouses are likely to be the biggest obstacle in India’s path. A win in the tournament won’t get India any FIFA points but it certainly means a lot to them as they are the defending champions.Maldives would also be no pushovers and Nepal also have the ability to give the other teams a fight.Although the hosts will be going into the match with history in their favour, the fact that their opponents are ranked higher than them will weigh on Indian minds.The senior team’s last tournament (AFC Challenge Cup in March) was a disaster in all aspects. Failing to score a single goal, they lost all three matches and coach Savio Medeira also questioned the commitment of some players.However, the emergence of some of the players in the U-22 championship in Oman in June does give some hope for the future.advertisementThe Nehru Cup would also be Wim Koevermans’s first assignment as head coach and this would be the Dutchman’s first competitive match. The strikers failed to score a single goal in the practice match against Pailan Arrows but Koevermans wore a positive look on the eve of the tournament opener.”I’m pleased with my preparation for the Nehru Cup. The atmosphere has been good and I have confidence in the ability of my players,” Koevermans said.Much has been said about the importance of possession and Koevermans also mentioned that they have put a lot of emphasis on that aspect.”Keeping possession of the ball stays the priority. At the same time, we need to create chances and convert them as they come our way. We have worked hard in the camp and hopefully the results will be positive,” he said.Koevermans, however, did not specify the formation he would employ and said that it would vary in every match.Alwyn George is expected to make his senior team debut and will play behind Chhetri in the role of an attacking midfielder.But Koevermans also realises that lack of firepower upfront might prove costly. The onus will be on Chhetri to deliver but Manandeep Singh and Co. will also have to provide support.Gouramangi Singh and Raju Gaikwad will be at the heart of the defence while Syed Rahim Nabi and Nirmal Chhetri are likely to be the full-backs.The midfield will also see box-tobox midfielders Mehtab Hossain and Jewel Raja trying to get hold of the ball while Clifford Miranda and Anthony Pereira will be on the flanks.The Syrians, on the other hand, will look to avenge their loss in the finals in 2007 and 2009.They will be coming here with an inexperienced team but would be looking to play party poopers.
“I hate them, they’re awful,” Popovich said. “We have six of them this year; some teams have one or two.”Why such disdain?“I hate them. I just hate them. I can hate them for whatever reason. You do that in the playoffs, you don’t do that now,” he said.TROJAN MASTERDeRozan became the NBA’s leading scorer among players out of USC, moving past Gus Williams for the top spot. DeRozan has 14,112 career points in 10 seasons and Williams had 14,093 in 11 seasons with Golden State, Seattle, Washington and Atlanta. The others in the top five are Paul Westphal (12,809), Bill Sharman (12,653) and Cliff Robinson (10,823).“Really? Hell, yeah,” DeRozan said. “Aw man, I’m in there. Cool. I didn’t know that. Damn, OK. See if somebody beats that record.”UP NEXTThe teams meet again Friday night in Denver. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bryn Forbes added 15 points for the resurgent Spurs (19-16), who have won eight of 10 to move within two percentage points of first-place Houston in the Southwest Division.“It just shows you that we can go out there and compete with the best and why we should look at ourselves as one of the best teams in this league as well,” DeRozan said. “Because when we go up against the best, we perform and come out like we did tonight. It’s definitely a confidence builder for all of us to understand we can do this.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefThe Nuggets (21-11) lost their second consecutive game and fell just behind Golden State for the best record in the Western Conference. Denver, which leads the Northwest Division by a half-game over Oklahoma City, is 13-3 at home but 8-8 on the road.The Nuggets were without injured starters Gary Harris, Will Barton and Paul Millsap but still had an 80-79 lead with 10 minutes remaining before they were outscored 23-4. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View comments The Spurs went on a 15-0 run after falling behind 80-79 and won for the eighth time in 10 home games.“We showed that we can play great team defense with a lot of effort, playing together, especially in that second half,” said center Jakob Poeltl, who had six points and 11 rebounds.Spurs guard Derrick White blocked Jamal Murray’s layup attempt on a fast break, which led to a driving dunk by White for a 91-80 lead with 7:28 remaining.Murray was held to nine points and fellow backcourt starter Torrey Craig had 10.The Spurs, who led by as many as 18, were ahead at the end of every quarter despite a drought in the second period. Denver held San Antonio scoreless for 2:42 beginning midway through the second, but the Spurs closed the half on a 10-3 run to claim a 55-53 lead.TIP-INSNuggets: Barton (right hip), Millsap (broken right toe), Harris (right hip), Isaiah Thomas (right hip surgery), Michael Porter Jr. (lower back surgery) and Jarred Vanderbilt (right foot surgery) all missed the game due to injury. … The team’s previous win in San Antonio came on March 4, 2012. Denver is 19-74 in San Antonio, but holds a winning record over the Spurs at home (48-43).Spurs: Rookie guard Lonnie Walker IV was active for the first time this season after injuring his right knee during the preseason, but did not play. Walker missed the first 20 games and spent the past 14 assigned to the team’s G League affiliate. … Aldridge failed to hit the rim on his only 3-point attempt. … DeRozan rolled his ankle late in the first half but quickly got up and remained in the game following a timeout.JUST BECAUSEPopovich is not a fan of playing the same opponent in back-to-back games, as the Spurs will do in facing the Nuggets again Friday in Denver. San Antonio Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan (10) drives around Denver Nuggets’ Torrey Craig during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 111-103. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs got a big win and an even bigger boost in confidence.DeMar DeRozan had 30 points, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 and San Antonio defeated the Denver Nuggets 111-103 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Luka Doncic helps Mavs top Pelicans to end 6-game skid “They’re a hell of a team,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Really well-coached, really active, really execute well. So, it’s a fine win for us. We feel really good about it, but realize we’ve still got a long way to go.”Juancho Hernangomez tied a career high with 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Denver. Malik Beasley added 22 points and Monte Morris had 15, both off the bench, for the Nuggets. Denver center Nikola Jokic was held to four points on 1-for-5 shooting in 31 minutes.“They played really good defense on Joker,” Hernangomez said. “They tried to keep him out of the game. They doubled every time, so I was open most of the time. I’ve been struggling. … I’m happy right now to make some shots.”The Nuggets entered shooting 46 percent from the field this season but were limited to 39 percent by the Spurs. San Antonio also blocked four shots, all in the second half.“It was us turning the ball over, careless passing, missing a lot of open shots,” Denver coach Michael Malone said. “You also have to give them credit. They’ve been playing at a high level on both ends of the floor.”ADVERTISEMENT
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