View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa National Univesity put on a strong start in its campaign to retain the the women’s division title, dismantling De La Salle, 5-2, in the UAAP Season 80 taekwondo tournament at Blue Eagle Gym.Sisters Rhezie and Rheza Aragon led the way for the Lady Bulldogs.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding University of the Philippines, meanwhile, took the top seed in the men’s division after scoring a close 4-3 victory over University of Santo Tomas and a 6-1 domination of Ateneo.UST and Ateneo also chalked up early victories in the women’s division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Golden Tigresses ran rampant against University of the East, 6-1, while last year’s Rookie of the Year Pauline Lopez led the Lady Eagles to a 4-3 win over UP.In the juniors division, UST snapped UE’s four-year reign and became the new rulers of the high school tournament behind MVP Israel Cantos. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort The Bullpups, which lost to the Tiger Cubs via tiebreak, settled for second while De La Salle-Zobel completed the podium after edging out UE for third place. Blackwater owner hoping for the best amid lockout fears
PHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netWhether it was a defending champion brought back to earth or a perennial finalist finally steadying itself after a shaky start, flight was an operative word in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday.La Salle rocketed back in orbit, while Ateneo sustained its rise after the rival schools bested their opponents at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Muntinlupa thwarts QC “We tried to show that we can deliver in a tight situation like a five-set match,” said Madayag, who preserved the win with a kill block off Adamson’s Chiara Permentilla.“I think we really showed that we are capable of outing up a fight, compared to the other games we played,” added Madayag. “The scores were really close and the young players really stepped up today.”More importantly, it put the Lady Eagles back on course after opening the season on back-to-back losses.“We’re slowly improving and slowly getting our game back,” said Madayag.The Lady Spikers didn’t need to go through much of a wringer, dusting off their loss to National U by crushing University of the East, 25-18, 25-17, 25-20—with Aduke Ogunsanya typifying La Salle’s aggressiveness from start to finish.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting She wound up with 12 points, including nine attacks, while team captain Majoy Baron added 10 points for the defending champions.“We really wanted to come back after that loss (to National University) and we had tough training and practice and really pushed ourselves,” added the Filipino-Nigerian middle blocker, who was raised in Iloilo.But even the rousing performance failed to calm the alarm in coach Ramil de Jesus.“The result is important but as for the performance, I’m quite dissatisfied because I couldn’t see the aggressiveness on the court,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “When they saw that we had a big lead and the win was within reach they became quite complacent.”Newly appointed starting setter Michelle Cobb cleared the path for Ogunsanya and Baron by tossing 35 excellent sets which kept the Lady Spikers’ offence on full tilt.It was La Salle’s fourth win in five matches as it handed UE’s fifth defeat in as many outings.Me-Ann Mendrez and Shaya Adorador accounted for 19 points total for UE which failed to get support from the rest of the team. —WITH A REPORT FROM BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NET Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Ateneo hacked out a thrilling 25-18, 14-25, 25-18, 15-25, 15-10 victory over Adamson for its third win in a row after losing its first two games of the season.Jho Maraguinot totaled 15 points, while Maddie Madayag and last year’s Rookie of the Year Jules Samonte accounted for 14 points each for the Lady Eagles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSamonte punished Adamson skipper Jema Galanza with a through-the-block kill for Ateneo’s 11-8 lead in the deciding set then followed it up with another kill this time on Lea Perez for a 12-9 margin.The Lady Falcons suffered their second straight defeat for a 2-3 record. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next View comments
View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend 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 WBO review rules Horn beat Pacquiao Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jose Calderon. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOCLEVELAND—The Cavaliers have signed free agent guard Jose Calderon to a one-year contract.The 35-year-old Calderon, who is entering his 13th season in the NBA, will back up All-Star Kyrie Irving. Cleveland never found a good solution at that position last season after Matthew Dellavedova left as a free agent. Rookie Kay Felder wasn’t ready to make a contribution, and veteran Deron Williams never found his groove, struggling in the Finals against Golden State.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Cleveland reached an agreement with Calderon on July 1.Calderon split last season between the Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta, averaging 3.4 points and 2.1 assists in 41 games. He appeared in six playoff games with the Hawks.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 starsHe’ll make the veteran’s minimum — roughly $2.3 million — next season.A four-time Olympian for Spain, Calderon has also played for Toronto, Detroit, Dallas and New York. He has appeared in 24 career postseason games.
SEPANG—The Philippines and Myanmar Under-23 football teams have arrived with similar targets – to reach the semi-finals of the KL SEA Games.Myanmar head coach Gerd Zeise believes his team can achieve the target based on their silver-medal finish at Singapore 2015, when they lost 3-0 to Thailand in the final.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Our main objective is to reach the semi-finals,” said Maro.The Philippines, who failed to advance to the knockout stage in 2015, are in Group B with Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Timor Leste.They will open their campaign against Cambodia at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium on Aug 15.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Myla Pablo earns PVL MVP MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments LATEST STORIES “We must first clear the preliminary hurdles before thinking about the semi-finals. I’m confident my boys will be ready for the challenge,” Zeise told reporters after the team’s arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) here Saturday.The 64-year-old German, however, warned his men not to underestimate the other teams in Group A, including hosts Malaysia, Singapore, Laos and Brunei.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 stars“Malaysia are certainly the favourites to reach the semi-finals as hosts,” said Zeise, who was previously in charge of Myanmar’s senior team.Myanmar will kick off their campaign against Singapore at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium on Monday. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The Philippines head coach, Marlon Maro, boldly predicted that Malaysia would win the gold medal.Thailand are the favourites to retain the gold after winning the last two editions but Maro, 52, feels that Malaysia could nick it based on the improvement shown by Datuk Ong Kim Swee’s charges.“Thailand are a good team, but I pick Malaysia as favourites for the gold medal. If you look back at history, Malaysia have a good record as hosts, having reached won gold in 1989 and silver in 2001,” said Maro.He also said that his players were better prepared this time compared to Singapore 2015 as “we have played a series of friendlies in Japan and Cambodia”.“We all know that we have two strong teams in our group – Thailand and Vietnam. So, we will take it one game at a time.ADVERTISEMENT NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo
Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters 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 Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Vietnam averted disaster and stopped Kazakhstan in five sets, 25-22, 25-18, 21-25, 20-25, 15-5, to vie for a fifth place finish in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Wednesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.Tran Thi Thanh Thuy put up a game-high 26 points as she led the Vietnamese’s upset of the 21st-ranked team in the world.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Cignal wins PVL men’s crown anew Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa added 22 points for the Vietnamese, who will face Chinese-Taipei in the match for the fifth place. The no. 44 team in the world lit up on the offensive end, converting 68 of its 197 spike attempts while limiting its errors to just 19.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 openingYekaterina Zhdanova led the Kazakhs with 23 points while Alessya Safronova added 14. MOST READ
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul PH women’s squash duo cop bronze Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Photo from Fiba.comPerlas Pilipinas made its way out of what looked like the end of the road to shock Thailand, 69-67, in the 29th Southeast Asian Games women’s basketball tournament Wednesday night at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The gutsy Filipinos pulled off a houdini act late after finishing the game with a 16-2 run capped by the game-winning basket by Allana Lim off a nice assist by Frances Mae Cabinbin with less than 20 seconds to go.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The Philippines was on its way to seeing its gold medal hopes go down the drain after trailing, 65-53, with 5:19 remaining.But the seemingly insurmountable lead only paved the way for Perlas’ character to show up and heroes to stand out.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 openingBack-to-back baskets by Lim and Pontejos, who also shone on the defensive end with a couple of crucial steals down the stretch, tied it at 65 with 1:47 left.The Thais momentarily stopped the bleeding to regain the lead, but Analyn Almazan knotted the count again at 67 with 42.4 seconds remaining before Lim and Cabinbin conspired for the clutch play. The Philippines redeemed itself from a 78-68 loss to Indonesia to improve to 3-1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
MOST READ San Miguel overcomes Globalport behind Santos’ heroics “All they’re asking me is to do defense and pressure on the backcourt. Our offense will come. We’re not rushing things, but today, I think I was a little more aggressive because I was confident with the work I’m putting in after our practices,” he said.Dela Cruz has thrived in Codiñera’s frantic system with the Chiefs’ speedy backcourt that include Salado and Marwin Taywan able to terrorize the opposing team’s guards may it be on offense or defense.“I’m used to running teams like this, playing in transition so I believe I fitted quickly to the system,” he said, looking back at his previous stops in NU and UST before arriving in Arellano last year.Dela Cruz relishes his time with Salado the most, noting that the lead Chief has undoubtedly been “a role model” for him.“It’s really all Kent. He’s our senior. All I want is to do my role whenever I’m on the floor,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But one good game isn’t enough, and Dela Cruz knows that he has to sustain this good showing if he wants to find his niche in Codiñera’s rotation moving forward.But more importantly, he and the Chiefs must exhibit poise in their drive to the Final Four in the second round.“We’re all positive. Coach Jerry encourages us to not be down, not get caught up by the losses and criticisms, and to stay positive,” he said.Arellano finishes its first round schedule in a Finals rematch against San Beda on Tuesday. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Enter 22-year-old Levi dela Cruz.The diminutive Davaoeño playmaker has bid his time playing behind the spitfire guard all season long but he stepped out of the shadows on Friday to help Arellano nab the 87-81 come-from-behind win against St. Benilde.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 openingDela Cruz exploded for 24 points, 12 coming in the fourth quarter in the Chiefs’ huge fightback against the Blazers, on top of four assists, three rebounds, and a block.But the transferee credited his breakout performance to coach Jerry Codiñera, who has put a premium on team defense. 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 Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Levi Dela Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt’s no secret that Arellano will live and die by Kent Salado this NCAA Season 93.But it doesn’t mean that there’s no contingency plan for the Chiefs.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES
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It was a home run that went frighteningly awry. On the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, a DTC bus ferrying around 50 performers rehearsing for the Commonwealth Games ran into a series of untoward incidents. First the vehicle, which was headed from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to the participants’ west Delhi residences, met with a minor accident.Then it was tailed by a bikers’ gang whose members allegedly teased and assaulted some of the passengers. The jinxed journey took yet another ugly turn when a performer was hit by a car believed to be driven by the bikers’ accomplice. The performers are slated to give a spectacular yoga display during the CWG kick-off gala on Sunday. Their ordeal began around 10.30 pm on Friday.Soon after starting, the bus driver had to slam the brakes suddenly as the vehicle in front made an abrupt halt, the police said. The jerk threw many of the passengers from their seats to the floor of the bus. According to the police, six to seven of them suffered injuries and had to be taken to the AIIMS Trauma Centre from where they were discharged after first-aid.The journey resumed and the bus reached the Mayapuri flyover at 2.45 am on Saturday when several bikers, allegedly hell-bent on creating trouble, intercepted it. The motorcyclists are understood to have teased some of the girls in the bus and refused to give way to it. “The men on the bikes started teasing some of the girls in our group. They tailed us for quite a long time. One of them even threw an electric tube at the bus which injured a participant.advertisementWhen things got out of hand, a few of us asked the bus driver to stop and tried to sort out the matter with the bikers,” a performer said in his statement to the police. Devender Kumar, a teacher accompanying the performers, said: “We met with accidents twice. After the first mishap, our students were rushed to the hospital. Later, the electric tube thrown by the goons on the bikes hit one of the students.”Tarun had been practicing for the last two months but will not be able to perform on the D-Day because of a fracture he has sustained. The police said one of the performers, identified as Tarun of Tikri border, was engaged in a heated discussion with the bikers when an Alto rammed him from behind. In the ensuing chaos, all the bus passengers got down and the bikers as well as the Alto driver fled from the spot.According to the police, the performers – all in their 20s – alleged that the Alto driver was in cahoots with the bikers. The police said Tarun was hit by the car after which he injured his right leg. He was rushed to the nearby Maharaja Agrasen Hospital and then referred to the AIIMS Trauma Centre.Deputy commissioner of police (West) Sharad Agarwal said the police had registered a case of accident under Section 279 (rash and negligent driving). “We have got five different numbers from the performers and are verifying each of them. They have alleged that they were attacked by the bikers, but there is no damage to the bus. We are verifying the claims and are investigating the case,” Agarwal added.Police sources claimed the performers were giving contradictory statements. While some claimed the car was an Alto, others said it was a Swift.
While the cricket on display on Day One of the Ranji Trophy Super League Group A match at the Karnail Singh Stadium in New Delhi could hardly be called ‘exciting’, there was enough action to suggest a closely-fought low-scoring match was on the cards.Murali Karthik in action at the Karnail Singh Stadium on Wednesday.At stumps, Railways were on top with captain Murali Kartik’s four wickets helping reduce Assam to 174 for seven in 92 overs.Assam skipper Amol Muzumdar’s decision to bat first upon winning the toss was no doubt influenced by the spinnerfriendly look of the track. But the decision backfired soon when, in the fifth over of the day, opener Parvez Aziz was caught behind off experienced medium pacer Jai Prakash Yadav for two.The other opener, former Maharashtra batsman Dheeraj Jadhav, stonewalled for one hour, playing 44 balls for his nine, before being gobbled up by an inswinging delivery from Sanjay Bangar that struck his pads.This brought Assam’s other two ‘professional’ mainstays — Sridharan Sriram and Muzumdar — together and they didn’t disappoint, batting out the rest of the morning session to take the team to lunch at 60 for two off 36 overs.The scoring rate slowed down further after the break when Kartik introduced spin from both ends. Joining him in the attack was veteran Kulamani Parida, who is playing his first match in more than a year after being called for chucking in a match against Tamil Nadu. However, the off-spinner proved virtually toothless and looked to be bowling in a very restricted way.advertisementSriram and Muzumdar showed tremendous patience in stitching together a 54-run stand in nearly 27 overs. But Kartik’s trademark guile, combined with sustained aggressive field-placing, paid dividends when the left-arm spinner got one to turn sharply into Sriram, whose poke resulted in a bat-pad catch to Yere Goud at silly point.Shortly thereafter the umpires had to step in and stop a small argument between the two captains regarding the amount of time Muzumdar was taking to get ready to face deliveries. The match referee Manu Nayyar summoned both of them after the day’s play, though the captains dismissed it as “no big deal’. Kartik brought in Marripuri Suresh from the other end and the leg- spinner exploited the uneven bounce on the pitch to dismiss Muzumdar — the highest run-getter in Ranji history — caught at short cover by TP Singh. Assam at that stage were struggling at 106 for four.Deepak Sharma and Tarjinder Singh saw out the 10 overs till tea, but just two balls into the final session, Kartik ended the former’s stubborn 92-ball 21 with a beautifully flighted delivery that took pad first and was ruled leg-before by umpire Shavir Tarapore.Wicketkeeper Kunal Saikia finally gave the meandering innings some momentum with a couple of lusty blows, including the only six off the innings, as he and Tarjinder put on 43 at a relatively brisk 2.9 runs an over. But Kartik, now bowling from the pavilion end, got Saikia caught by V Cheluvaraj at bat-pad and, in his very next over, Mahesh Rawat effected a swift stumping to push Assam on the back foot.The decision, which was referred to the third umpire, was signalled by holding up a red piece of cloth in the pavilion in the absence of lights.After the day’s play, Kartik told reporters that the attacking field he kept in place all day was preplanned.”On this pitch, you have to play the waiting game, and that’s why I didn’t push the fielders back. Most of the wickets in my career have come through close-in fielders, and that was the plan,” he said.Muzumdar admitted that the going had been tough. “Obviously, it’s a tough wicket to bat on and, also, a tough ground to score on because the outfield is heavy. We would’ve been happy if we had lost two wickets less,” he said.BRIEF SCORES: Assam 174/7 (A Muzumdar 44, T Singh batting 34, M Kartik 4/47) In Kolkata, Mumbai’s Ajinkya Rahane struck a century against Bengal. Scores: Mumbai 287/4 (A Rahane 110, W Jaffer 73; M Tiwary 2-23) In Mohali, Karnataka pacers Vinay Kumar and Sreenath Aravind shot out Punjab for 249.Scores: Punjab 249 (U Kaul 94, Vinay Kumar 5/61, S Aravind 4/63) In Rohtak, Munaf Patel took four wickets and Yusuf Pathan blasted an unbeaten 65 to help Baroda gain the upper hand against Haryana. Scores: Haryana 127 (D Singh 35; M Patel 4/34, B Bhatt 3/25); Baroda 175/2 (Y Pathan batting 65, C Williams batting 49) In Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh reached 174 for four against Orissa. Scores: UP 174/4 (E Dwivedi 83, M Kaif 51; A Sahoo 2/40) In Surat, the match between Gujarat and Saurashtra couldn’t start due to overnight rain.advertisement
Abdul Razzaq smashed 34 from 11 balls before taking three wickets to lead Pakistan to a 103-run win over New Zealand in a Twenty20 international on Thursday, the largest ever victory in a match played between two Test-playing nations.New Zealand still won 2-1 in the three-match series, but only Kenya, Scotland and Canada have been beaten by larger margins in cricket’s shortest format.After Pakistan had totalled 183-6, New Zealand lost its first four batsmen for ducks to slump to 3-4 as Razzaq crashed through its top order.At 11-5 after 4.4 overs, New Zealand had the lowest score for the loss of five wickets by any team in the history of Twenty20 internationals and was headed for a record low score.Scott Styris revived the innings slightly with a top score of 45 and was New Zealand’s only batsman to reach double figures.Razzaq finished with 3-13 while Shahid Afridi claimed 4-14.Earlier, Ahmed Shehzad made 54 and shared an 81-run opening partnership with Mohammad Hafeez (34) in 8.4 overs to lay the foundation for Pakistan.Shehzad set the tone for Pakistan’s best batting performance of the series, bringing up his team’s 50 from 4.5 overs. He dashed to his own half-century from 32 balls before he was out two deliveries later after having 10 fours.Pakistan faltered briefly when he and Hafeez were out in quick succession, and as Asad Shafiq fell for 8 and Younis Khan for 5.Umar Akmal restored momentum with an innings of 30 and Razzaq, the man of the match, guaranteed a competitive total when he smashed three fours and three sixes.advertisementRazzaq then destroyed the New Zealand innings, dismissing Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor for ducks and James Franklin for 3 to claim three wickets for three runs. Tanvir Ahmed removed Jesse Ryder, also for a duck, as New Zealand went from 1-1 to 2-2, 2-3, 3-4 and finally 11-5.Styris steered his team away from complete disaster but had little support. Peter McGlashan was out for 7, Nathan McCullum for 8 and Kyle Mills for 8 as Afridi stripped the lower order.Afridi produced a superb short spell of spin bowling, varying his pace, turn and flight, to remove Styris and McCullum, then Mills and Tim Southee with successive balls.He will now return home as his team prepares for the first of two tests against New Zealand, starting on Jan. 7 in Hamilton.”I think now when I go home I will go happy and it will be a good journey,” Afridi said. “Abdul Razzaq is the match-winner, and we always see him winning a match. Sometimes it doesn’t look as if we will win, then he makes the difference.”This is the real talent of Pakistan but we now have to start to be consistent.”New Zealand came into the match with a 2-0 lead, regaining confidence after its demoralizing series of 11 straight losses in one-day internationals. Its performance on Thursday was a huge setback ahead of the test series.”It was a disappointing way to end a series,” Taylor said. “Pakistan batted very well and put up a very competitive total,and when your top four batsmen get out for nothing, it’s hard to chase a total like that.”
1) They can’t hope to beat the Sri Lankans, the smiling assassins, who go about their business without any exertion.2) Pakistan deserves a chance at forging national renaissance. Nothing unites Pakistan like cricket.3) The trauma of media coverage. Have we not read, seen or heard enough of the boys in blue and their guru through the tournament?4) Imagine three more days of the same bilge on TV with repeats of “how we beat Pak”, if we beat Pak and make it to the finals on Saturday.5) Imagine more ads of Dhoni. Dhoni in joy, in rapture. Wait, haven’t we seen that already in the 10,000 Dhoni ads out already?6) It’s a cricket match. There are a 100 other things happening in our country and the world.7) Did someone say Fukushima again?8) What if India wins the World Cup? The same footage will be flashed for aeons until we all age and our teeth fall out. Dhoni would be brushing his teeth with diamond-laden toothbrushes, while we set our dentures.9) India Shining will be dusted up as India Winning. Sigh, the same cricketers will figure in public memory. Victory cheques can be encashed at the ballot and elsewhere. Imagine immortal captain as PM some 15 years down.10) Please let cricket be a game that generations can play and not have it turned into an episode of great vedic conquest of the rainbow Indian team.PS: A friend had been plugging for Pakistan since the tournament began. Now, I join him in praying for Pak in defence of our collective sanity. advertisement
Salahuddin’s photo is missing on CBI website though he has appeared in many television interviews.The Central Bureau of Investigation has embarrassed the country again. The list of red corner notice subjects, wanted by the CBI, has many more discrepancies. The name of Syed Salahuddin, the dreaded Kashmiri terrorist and chief of United Jehad Council, is on its website. But the web page says his ‘Photo is not available’. Apart from his picture being all over the internet, Salahuddin has also appeared in many television interviews. The web page also says that Salahuddin’s place and date of birth are not known, when it is an established fact that he is from Budgam district of Kashmir. The updated list of fugitives does not have the name of Major Avtar Singh, against whom a warrant has been issued by the chief judicial magistrate in Srinagar in a human rights violation case. His name still figures on the Interpol’s website. For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
A vertical collection of Chateau Mouton Rothschild Vintages 1945 to 2005 in MagnumWhy collect wine? Many wine lovers look no further than this evening’s dinner. Consumer studies show that almost 90 per cent of the wine purchased is consumed on the same day. However, there are dedicated oenophiliacs to whom,A vertical collection of Chateau Mouton Rothschild Vintages 1945 to 2005 in MagnumWhy collect wine? Many wine lovers look no further than this evening’s dinner. Consumer studies show that almost 90 per cent of the wine purchased is consumed on the same day. However, there are dedicated oenophiliacs to whom building a well-stocked wine cellar is a labour of love. One that very often yields good returns.A good reason to begin collecting wine is that fine wine improves with age, and a stint in the cellar will only add value. As wine ages, the aromas and flavours combine and change from the exuberant fruitiness of youth to the more complex and earthy pleasures of maturity. The mark of the connoisseur is to have an idea when each wine will be at its finest-a knowledge honed simply by extensive tasting and appreciating. After all a well-aged wine tastes finer.The dedicated collector will often find that apart from the taste, the price of the wine improves as appreciably over time. Though it cannot be guaranteed, it is often enough the case that savvy savourers of the spirit have learned to finance their own wine consumption by judiciously selling off a selection that has increased in value. The golden rule: buy what you know you will really like.Over the last 20 years, the weighted average price of fine wine has increased 14 per cent each year. The definition of “fine and rare wine” is that it not only improves with age, but with time, appreciates in value as well.The liquid gold collection: three centuries of Chateau D’yquemThe basics of collectingThe factors that influence appreciation are similar to those in other fields of collection: quality, condition, provenance and rarity. Of course, only high quality wine will be traded. Simply being the product of a famous vineyard, however, is not by itself sufficient. To be valuable, a bottle of wine must be in good condition, and must have been stored in the right conditions. The best conditions for storing wine are in cool, dark, and damp places. If your house does not quite fit the bill, despair not. There are warehouses in most major cities that will store wine under ideal conditions, helping to assure its quality and value. The perfect cellar should be maintained between 55 Degree and 60 Degree F (13-16 Degree C) and at a relative humidity of between 70 and 80 per cent, sheltered from light and vibration.Even with perfect storage, though, the value of wine can change over time. For example the 1971 vintage of the Burgundy Romanee-Conti has roughly doubled in price since 2005, trading recently at $10,980 (Rs 5 lakh) per bottle. During these six years, however, the wine has sold for as much as $13,420 (Rs 6.1 lakh) per bottle, and as little as $3,884 (Rs 1.8 lakh), demonstrating the difference information can make when buying and selling.advertisementAn assortment of vintage corksOver time the appreciation can be startling. The landmark 1989 vintage of Bordeaux wine Chteau Haut-Brion sold for $1,267 (Rs 57,530) per dozen in 1995, and a case sold in Hong Kong for $24,653 (Rs 11.2 lakh).Fortunately for those starting out, it’s not always necessary to buy a wine as it is released, to profit from it. One of the most actively traded Italian wines is Sassicaia, from the Bolgheri region of Tuscany. The year 1985 has long been considered a very fine year from this producer, and as recently as May 2010, a case of 12 in good condition could be had in a New York sale for $13,309 (Rs 6 lakh). Later that same week, another case traded hands for $27,449 (Rs 12.5 lakh).Ultimately, the best way to buy wine is to buy what you like and build expertise. This will allow a new collector to concentrate on a relatively narrow selection of wines. It then becomes easy to decide “Which producer?”, “What year?”, and most importantly, “How much should I pay?”Start with BordeauxThe foundation of any solid collection is the wine from the Bordeaux region. At auction house Christie’s, Bordeaux wines represent between 70 and 80 per cent of the turnover in most sales. Bordeaux is an easy choice since the wines are widely collected and traded, for two basic reasons. First, they improve with time in the bottle, and second, the level of quality is consistent. Terrantez-Vintage 1795 colourBordeaux, however, is a rather broad category; there are thousands of producers in the region. Luckily for the new collector, the wines were classified back in 1855 into a number of groups, enabling easy differentiation.Appreciation is strongest for the wines I refer to as the Bordeaux Big Ten, which include those classified back in 1855 as Premiers Crus, or First Growths. These chateaux are Lafite-Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton-Rothschild from the village of Pauillac, Chateau Margaux from the village of the same name, and Haut-Brion from the outskirts of the city of Bordeaux. This hallowed group is joined by another group of five properties from the other side of the Gironde river that are essentially their equivalents in quality, although they were not really classified in 1855. These include Cheval Blanc and Ausone in St.-Emilion and Petrus, Le Pin and Lafleur in Pomerol.These wines appreciate most quickly, but are also, deservedly, the most expensive. Prices vary with vintage and time. Expect to pay an average of $1,500 (Rs 68,100) per bottle for a good vintage, and much more for desirable ones. Prices can range from $5,000 to $10,000 (Rs 2.3 lakh to 4.6 lakh) per bottle at the top end.To keep this in perspective, decide upon your goals. For many, the idea of drinking $5,000 bottles of wine seems unattainable. If one is buying for investment, however, it is easier to accept the premise as one doesn’t invest in the stock market based on the price per share, but rather on the rate of return. It is certainly true of these wines since they provide the best return over an extended period.There is another level of Bordeaux that still appreciates in value and quality over time but is not quite as expensive. These wines, known as Super Seconds are second growth producers that can in a good year make a wine that is close to first growth quality. Because of their somewhat lower prestige and slightly less robust rate of return in the market, however, they sell for considerably less. The list of the top Super Seconds in the Medoc includes Chateau Leoville-Las-Cases (first of the seconds) and Leoville-Poyferre and Leoville-Barton, all from the commune of St.-Julien, as well as Montrose and Cos d’Estournel from St.-Estephe, and Pichon-Lalande and Pichon-Baron from Pauillac. Here one can sometimes find a good bottle of vintage priced between $200 and $500 (Rs 9,080 and 22,700).Charles Curtis, head of wine, Asia, at the Hong Kong Latour Sale, that gently hints at youthful greenThe world of BurgundyAdding some Burgundy wines to the collection is the next logical step though the classification is less straightforward, and vintage variation is greater. The quantities produced are much smaller than those in Bordeaux, and prices are correspondingly higher. The best strategy remains the same: choose a producer or two and focus on a more limited group of wines to begin with.Here, the gold standard is the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. Collecting Romanee-Conti is the sport of billionaires and kings, with prices averaging $10,000 (Rs 4.6 lakh) per bottle in a good vintage and soaring to $100,000 (Rs 46 lakh) and beyond for the greatest years. Echezeaux and Grands Echezeaux are the least expensive, followed by Romanee-St.-Vivant, Richebourg, La Tache, and their white wine Montrachet. Others in collectible Burgundy include Henri Jayer, Armand Rousseau and Domaine Leroy. Wine prices here can range from $500 to $2,000 (Rs 22,700 to Rs 90,800) per bottle.Bordeaux and Burgundy are the classic regions for wine collecting, and together make up 95 per cent of the auction market for wines. What of the rest of the world? Champagne is a good addition to any cellar, and the names to look for include Krug, Cristal, and Dom Perignon. The wines of the Rhone valley in France are also gaining popularity, and those of Etienne Guigal, especially the Cote Rotie wines, namely, La Landonne, La Mouline, and La Turque are highly desirable. In Italy, Sassicaia is popular, as are Ornellaia and Masseto from the same region and the Barolos from Giacomo Conterno and Barbarescos from Angelo Gaja. Expect to pay $500-$2,000 bottle for a top vintage from any of these producers.While there are less expensive wines than this that will improve in quality with time in the bottle, they will seldom appreciate in value, and often it is impossible to sell them at all. The best strategy when collecting vintage wines is to buy the best that you can afford and hold onto them. After a suitable interval in the cellar you can reap your rewards, whether you choose to drink or sell.The author is head of wine for Asia at Christie’s.advertisementadvertisement
The 7,000 sq.ft Marks and Spencer store at Ansal Plaza in DelhiThe Indian retail industry has competition. UK clothing major Marks and Spencer is now in India, at Ansal Plaza in Delhi and at Crossroads in Mumbai.For starters, the stores will sell a range of adult clothing – womenswear (suits,,The 7,000 sq.ft Marks and Spencer store at Ansal Plaza in DelhiThe Indian retail industry has competition. UK clothing major Marks and Spencer is now in India, at Ansal Plaza in Delhi and at Crossroads in Mumbai.For starters, the stores will sell a range of adult clothing – womenswear (suits, lingerie), menswear (classic suits, jackets, trousers) and toiletries. Richard Sweet, head of the international franchise group for Marks and Spencer, says the clothes, as in the parent store, will be sourced from around the world.An understated fashion show – which began fashionably late – at the residence of the British high commissioner last week marked the Delhi launch. Marks and Spencer, along with its India partner Planet Sports, have the task of understanding the Indian market and competitive pricing.Check the price tags: a pair of dark indigo jeans with white stretch lycra comes for Rs 2,350, a perfect stretch white cotton shirt costs Rs 2,758.The lingerie looks promising: satin nightwear, Gabriella lace lingerie bras and knickers. Call (011) 628-1476/84/85.
With an aim to give back something to the sport that brought her fame and wealth, Sania Mirza is now all set to start her own tennis academy in Hyderabad, where youngsters will get quality training at an affordable price.The academy is under construction near the outskirts of the city and is expected to be launched in March next year.”I had been thinking about it for past few years now. I always wanted to give something back to sport and to India in whatever way. Sharing experience and trying to provide players a platform to perform at the highest level is the best way to give something back to the game,” Sania said during an exclusive interview.”Hopefully, if not in the next 5 years, may be in 10 years, 12 years, we will have players coming out of that academy,” she added.The academy is being constructed on a four acre land and will have nine hard courts to start with. Gradually, there will be nine more hard courts along with three clay courts.Sania’s father Imran Mirza who is writing a book on the journey of her star daughter informed that they are planning to rope in a few sponsors so that the trainees at the academy find it easy to train.”We want to make it affordable for them,” he said.Sania’s former mixed doubles partner Mahesh Bhupathi had also opened an academy in Bangalore in the past.Talking about the season, nearing end, Sania said she was satisfied with her performance.advertisementSania Mirza with Leander Paes.”It’s been great. As tennis players you are never satisfied. We are greedy as players, always want better result. I played six finals, won a Grand Slam and made the final of China open which is the biggest tournament after Slam. So, it’s been a great year,” she said.”I achieve my best ranking this year (No 7 in doubles) and next year, I would like to better that.”Sania had to change a lot of doubles partners this year due to various reasons. She played with Russian Elena Vesnina, American Bethanie Mattek Sands, Australian Anastasia Rodionova, Yaroslav Shvedova and now with Spanish Nuria Llagostera Vives.Asked about her choice of doubles partner in 2013 season, she said, “It depends whether I play singles or not. Things will be clear when I stop and take some time off. I am talking to a few players. Still a couple months away. At Moscow, we will sit down and with a clear mind take a decision.”The news of her pairing with American doubles great Bob Bryan has been there for some time but India’s No. 1 player refused to comment on the possible pairing.Sania also denied that she and her cricketer husband Shoaib Malik are participating in any reality dance show.She will be leaving for Moscow to play in her last WTA event of the season.Earlier, she had decided against participating in this tournament but get some ranking points ahead of the new season she changed the decision.
For the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) trouble now comes, like it does from a loaded deck of cards, in spades.Just when it thought it safe to lift its head after being mauled by match-fixing, the BCCI ran up against the Government’s policy on playing Pakistan and,For the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) trouble now comes, like it does from a loaded deck of cards, in spades. Just when it thought it safe to lift its head after being mauled by match-fixing, the BCCI ran up against the Government’s policy on playing Pakistan and tried to bluff its way out of that one by threatening not to play in the World Cup. Even as it recovered from a ministerial rebuke, a preliminary assessment report from the Income-Tax Department in Mumbai, citing instances of lavish spending by officials, was unearthed. The most glaring examples of extravagance, according to the income-tax report, took place when:JAYWANT LELE: According to the IT report, the BCCI secretary had telephone bills totalling more than Rs 2.1 lakhJagmohan Dalmiya was given $5,000 (around Rs 2 lakh) towards entertainment expenses. The report does not specify the year this sum was handed out but indications point to 1997 when Dalmiya launched a campaign to be elected president of the International Cricket Council (ICC).Former board chief Raj Singh Dungarpur was given $350 (around Rs 15,000) per day for 45 days and an entertainment allowance of $3,000 for an ICC meeting which was scheduled for one week.P.M. Rungta was paid Rs 89,800 and Rs 1,58,865 for expenses incurred during Diwali to buy “dry fruits and liquor for presentation to various officials and entertainment”.Board Secretary J.Y. Lele ran up phone bills of Rs 1,75,505 for his residential phone and Rs35,737 on his cell.Former BCCI secretary Dalmiya also comes under fire in another instance. The report asks for an explanation from the board in regard to the bank statement of Indian Overseas Bank, Calcutta (A/c No. 1223) which was opened in the name of INDCOM.advertisementJAGMOHAN DALMIYA: The IT report says a dollar 5,000 allowance was not accounted for and a bank statement was not providedOn January 1, 1998 the name of the account was changed to World Cup 1998.The report further states that, “the bank statement was called for with complete narration of receipts and withdrawal from the said account to see the extent of personal benefit enjoyed by Shri J. Dalmiya who operates the account.However the assesses has failed to produce details called for”.There are also question marks on the amounts paid to U.N. Banerjee, lawyer for Dalmiya and the board, which the BCCI has categorised as legal charges.The report states that the Rs 47,900, Rs 89,000, Rs 18,470, Rs 59,110 and Rs 13,729 were paid as travelling charges and Rs 10,148 and Rs 10,190 for his accommodation. According to the report, there were no details of the places travelled and the nature of the work done.The upshot of the report is that the IT Department has now sought to withdraw its tax exemption from the BCCI, given usually to educational and sports bodies for conducting their noble works.According to the report, the income of the BCCI should be treated as business income and it recommends that the “maximum marginal rate” of tax, i.e. 35 per cent, be charged. On the BCCI’s computed taxable income of Rs 21.29 crore, it works out to Rs 7.45 crore.P.M. RUNGTA: The report says he was given expenses of close to Rs 2.5 lakh for gifts to officials during DiwaliSays Lele: “We are not going to pay and will go into appeal against this report. So far we have been granted exemption. What has suddenly changed?”Board Treasurer Kishore Rungta says the merits of the case are sub-judice but explained the “factual situation” to INDIA TODAY: “What kind of money are we talking about in this report? It is not even 0.1 percent of the total revenue accrued to the board.”Rungta maintains the board’s expenses have been scrutinised by its internal committees. “There is nothing fishy about these expenses. Some of the points in the report were in fact questions put up by our own auditors for clarifications.”Former board president Dungarpur points out that the instance cited in the income-tax report about his claiming allowance for 45 days for “an ICC meeting which was for one week” is factually incorrect.RAJ SINGH DUNGARPUR: The IT report says the former board chief was given 45 days’ allowance for a trip that lasted a week”This was during the 1999 World Cup where, as a member of the ICC Executive Board, I attended more than one ICC meeting. I also worked with the team’s consultant and coach and travelled to the Indian team’s practice matches. All these expenses were ratified by the board.”But it cannot be denied that the board’s fairly generous allowances have kept the grapevine buzzing with tales of financial misuse.The most popular one involves a former national selector claiming air fare from his zonal cricket association’s headquarters to the venues of selection meetings long after he had moved residence from his zonal home to a metro (where selection meetings were usually held) for professional reasons.advertisementLast year the board’s spending also came under fire due to a public-interest litigation (PIL) initiated by two Delhi lawyers which said that the board spent only 2 per cent of its earnings on coaching.Click here to EnlargeThe PIL, whose admissibility hearing comes up in the Delhi High Court on May 23, dented the board’s image and also provided the CBI and the taxmen with leads that led last July to “Operation Gentlemen”, the highly-publicised tax raids on officials and players.Rungta clarifies that the PIL had brought home the realisation that by not categorising its expenses precisely, the board could get into legal trouble. “We put the subsidies handed out to state associations under the category of direct coaching expenses. Conducting domestic tournaments alone amount to Rs 7-8 crore.Is that not a cricketing expense? It is all a question of seeing the glass half-full or half-empty.” However, this is not a story of two halves. It is, if anything, a tale of a cup of woe running over.