Azkals forge tie with Yemenis, inch closer toward AFC Asian Cup slot

first_imgLATEST STORIES The Azkals struggled to break down the Yemenis for most of the match until Ott, who plays for Angthong United in the Thai second division, got on the end of a clever ball from Paul Mulders and beat Mohammad Ayash at his near post for the equalizer.The result increased the Azkals’ tally to eight points, two ahead of Tajikistan and Yemen, which play against each other in November in Dushanbe.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 Azkals can seal qualification in the continent’s showpiece tournament with a victory over Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14.With only a point to show from its first four matches, the Nepalese are virtually out of the running for an AFC Cup berth. MOST READ FILE  Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netSummoning its old, fighting form, the Philippines moved within a whisker of an AFC Asian Cup spot after salvaging a 1-1 draw with Yemen Tuesday night at Al Wakrah Stadium in Doha, Qatar.For the second straight game, the Azkals needed a late goal to secure a point against the Yemenis as Mike Ott struck in the 89th minute to keep the Filipinos in pole position in Group F, where the top two sides will qualify for the tournament in the United Arab Emirates in 2019.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “We’re going to close the deal in Nepal,” vowed Azkals coach Thomas Dooley. “We came here to win, but at least we didn’t lose. We’re very happy with the point.”“The team didn’t deserve to go home with a loss. The spirit was great, the preparation was great for this game. I’m actually satisfied overall.”Tawfik Ali put Yemen ahead with an opportunistic strike in the 63rd minute after the Azkals failed to clear a corner.The Azkals quickly brought more men forward with little effect until substitute Junior Muñoz showed grit and determination as he marauded down the right and cut the ball back for Phil Younghusband, who took a touch for Mulders.Ott managed to stay onside before showing composure to finish as the Azkals found the equalizer right at the death.ADVERTISEMENT CIMB Classic: Pagunsan assured of P.65 million Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City 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 View comments With four regular starters out due to injuries, Dooley tinkered with his lineup, giving JPV Marikina defender Sean Kane a surprise start at central defense, while Davao Aguilas’ Simone Rota returned from injury and Daisuke Sato regained his leftback spot. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Yeng Guiao, Chris Ross fined for verbal altercation

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:30Possible $5-B Facebook fine for privacy violations01:29Police 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 Go for Gold rallies to beat Gamboa Coffee for breakthrough win in PBA D-League John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Guiao has been meted with a P11,000 fine for his obscene gesture, use of profane language, and engaging in verbal exchange, while Ross was penalized P2,600 for incurring two technical fouls, both for verbal altercation in the game.Tensions got heated at the 1:46 mark of the fourth quarter when Guiao and Ross got into a commotion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRoss claimed Guiao hurled a racial slur at him, which was later denied by the fiery mentor.READ: Ross: Racism is never justifiable Upon further review, the PBA found no sufficient evidence of Ross’ allegation, but Marcial clarified that such remarks will not be tolerated.READ: Austria says ‘racial slur’ provoked Ross; Guiao denies using N-word“Let me reiterate that racism has no place in the PBA. It is totally unacceptable in our society and in sports in general. The PBA will not hesitate to act if the evidence so warrants,” he said in a release.“The PBA, its players and its officials are called upon to uphold the highest standard of respect that our youth can look upon as an example. Rest assured that any act that is racially derogatory and pejorative in nature will be dealt with sternly by the league.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentscenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNLEX coach Yeng Guiao and San Miguel guard Chris Ross were penalized for their verbal altercation in the fourth quarter of the Beermen’s 109-98 win over the Road Warriors on Friday.PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial released the sanctions on Monday after meeting with the two parties over the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Nextlast_img read more

PVL: Pocari drops BanKo Perlas for 2nd straight win

first_imgLOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Myla Pablo and Desiree Dadang eventually weathered the storm for Pocari putting the Lady Warriors at 26-25.Pablo unleashed 23 points to lead the Lady Warriors while getting ample support from Kai Nepomuceno who had 14 points, and Panaga and Elaine Kasilag who finished with 13 and 11, respectively.De Jesus led BanKo Perlas with 14 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Pocari Sweat improved to 2-0 while the Perlas Spikers are now at 0-2.Pocari’s win exposed head coach Rico De Guzman’s worry of his team’s habit of lagging and allowing opponents to catch up.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 Lady Warriors held a 22-20 lead in the fourth set, but the Perlas Spikers managed to take a momentary 23-22 lead due to Jeanette Panaga’s error.“That’s what I told them, we will go up by three or four but we will commit those errors,” said De Guzman. “I said that we’re allowing ourselves to play the same pace as the opponents.” Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendcenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NCAA Season 93 Preview: Young Letran Knights out to turn heads Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPocari Sweat turned back BanKo Perlas, 25-21, 22-25, 25-19, 27-25, for its second straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Perlas Spiker Ella De Jesus had the unfortunate mistake of awarding the Lady Warriors the victory when her final attack went awry.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Australian tennis star Tomic says he has no love for the game

first_imgLATEST STORIES “Don’t come,” Tomic said late Sunday. “Just watch on TV, you don’t have to pay anything.”Tomic, who was slugged with a US$15,000 fine after he claimed he was “bored” during his lacklustre first round defeat at Wimbledon last month, said he oscillates between full commitment and apathy on court.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“Throughout my career I’ve given 100 percent. I’ve given also 30 percent. But if you balance it out, I think all my career’s been around 50 percent,” Tomic, who has slid down the rankings to 73 from a career-high 17, said in the interview.“I haven’t really tried, and (still) achieved all this. So it’s just amazing what I’ve done.” Australia’s Bernard Tomic. AFP FILE PHOTOAustralian star Bernard Tomic admits he is playing tennis just for the money and says he has no love for a game that has earned him millions.In a frank Australian television interview, the 24-year-old told his fans to stay at home rather than paying to watch him play if they were opposed to his polarising on-court antics.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: ‘Greek Freak Invades Manila’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “I didn’t come from a rich family. We had no money.“And now living in all these lavish houses and property around the world, it’s my choice. It’s something that I’ve worked for.”Tomic was axed by his racquet sponsor just hours after his Wimbledon fine, deeming his behavior unacceptable.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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantcenter_img FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Asked to provide advice to aspiring tennis players he was blunt.“Don’t play tennis. Do something you love and enjoy, because it’s a grind, and it’s a tough, tough, tough life. My position, I’m trapped. I have to do it,” he said.“Tennis chose me. It’s something I never fell in love with. You know, I like it.”Tomic also stood by his inflammatory comments after being controversially eliminated at Wimbledon by German Mischa Zverev.“I don’t regret what I said. That’s why I said it — to piss a few people off,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresslast_img read more

Celebrating with Ceres

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next More than the resources he has poured into the club, Yanson kept the door open for Stephan Schrock to return to Ceres after a loan spell last season. Schrock repaid his faith with a performance for the ages in the second leg of the finals.The Filipino international’s work rate and vision sparked the Busmen to life, while goals from OJ Porteria and Manny Ott ensured they got the result. Porteria endured a difficult start to his career at Ceres, before the club owner went out of his way to advise him not to do “too much.” That talk allowed Porteria to settle nicely into the club, and the Busmen are slowly reaping the benefits of his rejuvenated play.The tactical acumen of Serbian coach Risto Vidakovic was also evident in the zonal finals as he deployed Schrock in midfield in lieu of the hobbling Bienve Marañon. Schrock wreaked havoc and the Busmen could have won convincingly if not for a slew of missed chances in the first half.Captains Martin Steuble and Carlie de Murga have been critical to the club’s success the past few years. And so is Ott, whose delightful free kick left Home goalkeeper Hassan Sunny no chance.“The players gave everything,” says Vidakovic. “It wasn’t easy when you miss so many chances because when that happens, you usually lose. But whoever came on gave their all for the club.”ADVERTISEMENT The Panaad crowd has served as a sanctuary for the Busmen in the continental competition. They remain unbeaten in the AFC Cup at home. “We knew that our strength is at home,” says Ott. “Everybody had a clear focus for the game. Everybody still believed and the team showed strong character.”Schrock says he can’t help but be overwhelmed by the support that the club gets at home. “When you see the crowd here, you just want to give everything because you know how much this means to them,” says the former Bundesliga player who rejoined the team last April.Schrock recalls teammates breaking down in tears at the final whistle. “After the match, players were crying on the pitch because we left it all out there, the heart and the sweat. We put in the performance of our life in this final,” he says. “We have very good support here and we’re very proud to represent this city.”It’s still a long road ahead for Ceres Negros in the AFC Cup with Istiklol standing in its way in the interzone semifinals and North Korean club 4.25 and Bengaluru of India also in the hunt. The West Asia winner, which gets an outright finals spot, is also yet to be known.With performances like this against Home United, it was difficult to bet against the Busmen in their chase for continental glory. Perhaps only then can Yanson truly celebrate the greatness of his own creation. “We had set goals at the start of the season, but it’s still difficult to react when you’re in the moment,” says Yanson. “All we know is that everyone involved in the club worked so hard to reach our goals and give honor to the province and to the country.”The run to the Asean zonal championship wasn’t just historic, but also impressive for the Busmen, who scored 23 goals from 10 matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIn clinching the Asean title on aggregate, 3-2, the Busmen whitewashed Home United, 2-0, in the second leg at Panaad to nullify the Singaporeans’ 2-1 win in the first leg in the Lion City.Yanson shuns the spotlight and rarely takes credit. But it was difficult to overlook his influence as the Busmen took the competition by storm. Ceres methodically broke down and outworked the visitors in the first half, before standing its ground to preserve the clean sheet in the final 45 minutes. 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ceres Negros players and officials savor the moment after besting Home United, 3-2, on aggregate and clinching the AFC Asean Zone club title at Panaad Stadium.The man wearing the black sport shirt with the club’s yellow crest patched on his chest sat at the edge of the media tribune looking stoic as the seconds of second-half injury time ticked away.As the crowd at the jampacked Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City prepared to celebrate Ceres Negros’ historic AFC Cup Asean zone finals victory over Singapore’s Home United, club owner Leorey Yanson hardly showed any emotion. He tried to let the moment sink in, wrapping his head around the idea that the club he built five years ago was on the cusp of becoming the best team in the Southeast Asian region in the AFC Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul University athletes begin medal quest; Jins among PH’s top hopes LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

CWG gold should shut up rumour mongers: Jwala

first_imgCommonwealth Games gold-winning shuttler Jwala Gutta on Monday said she played with a vengeance at the mega-event to shut the mouths of all those critics who were spreading “baseless” stories of her link-up with former Indian cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin.Jwala said she was deeply hurt by the stories about her personal life in the run up to the Commonwealth Games and accused the Andhra Pradesh Badminton Association of starting the rumours.”It was quite painful for me. Initially, I heard that the sources they were getting this, was from Andhra Badminton Association. I was shocked that such baseless things could come out from my own fraternity. I was deeply hurt,” she said in an interview.”I am what I am. I got back. I played with a lot of vengeance. I have shut everyone who was talking shit about me,” she said.Jwala, who won gold in women’s doubles partnering Ashwini Ponnappa, said the link-up stories did not upset her parents as they knew what she was.”I knew what I was and I think my parents knew what I was. I did not give any explanation. That was the most surprising thing. I thought they would be upset. But they knew everything. I did not hide anything from anyone,” she said.Still without a sponsor, Jwala said she hoped she would get one after her gold medal in the CWG.”Me, Ashwini and V Diju, we are looking forward for sponsorships. We don’t have a single sponsorship. I hope after this gold, things will change,” she said.advertisement”After so much hardship I have been through, I think I totally deserve this and the gold medal means the world to me,” she added.She attributed her success to the support from her family members and coaching by Dronacharya awardee S M Arif.”If I am strong mentally, nothing can stop me. My family, my parents, my sister, my friends, they were totally behind me.”My coach Arif, even if I call him at midnight he picks up the phone. He is always there for me. Atiq sir, who came from Indonesia to train us, I think he played a vital role in our victory,” she said.Jwala said she concentrated on her physical fitness and movement on the court to do well in the just-concluded CWG.”I don’t take any pressure to my head. I don’t take any pressures to the court, if you have seen me play. I love the game, I am loving what I am doing. I am happy that my parents are proud that I have won the gold,” she said.”I am totally enjoying my medal. The gold medal in CWG would not put her under pressure for the Asian Games,” she said.”Before every tournament there is a preparation. This (CWG) was like a preparation (for Asian Games). So, I will take a few days rest and I will be back on court.”- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Rosaiah has chosen sycophancy over the law

first_imgCan the chief minister of a state participate in a protest demonstration violating the prohibitory orders imposed by his own government? Well, that was exactly what Andhra Pradesh chief minister K. Rosaiah did last week, kicking up a major political controversy.Rosaiah participated in a dharna at the Basheerbagh cross roads in Hyderabad along with hundreds of party leaders and cadres to protest against the derogatory remarks made by former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh president K. S. Sudarshan against Congress president Sonia Gandhi.What the chief minister and other Congress leaders ignored was that the area has been declared as “Red Zone” as per the police records, since it falls within one kilometre distance from the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, where prohibitory orders under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code are always in force. The place is also adjacent to the Hyderabad City Police Commissionerate and Police Control Room.But the police turned a blind eye towards the protest demonstration for more than two hours. Only after the demonstration ended, the police entered the scene and took into custody some leaders including Congress MPs Anjan Kumar Yadav, V. Hanumantha Rao and a few state Congress leaders and let them off later. They did not dare book any case against Rosaiah and his cabinet colleagues for participating in the dharna violating prohibitory orders.The opposition parties lost no time in raising a hue and cry over Rosaiah’s participation in the demonstration. Telugu Desam Party politburo member K. Yerrannaidu demanded that a case should be registered against the chief minister for violating the law.advertisement”Never in the history of the state had any chief minister participated in a dharna. Rosaiah not only set aside the protocol norms, but also violated the existing rules and regulations violating prohibitory rules,” he said and alleged that the chief minister was only trying to get into the good books of Madam Sonia Gandhi by participating in the dharna.Lok Satta Party president Dr Jayaprakash Narayana said that Rosaiah had set a bad precedent by taking part in the sit-in demonstration in violation of prohibitory orders.”Had it been any other political party’s demonstration, the police would have taken the agitators into custody for causing disruption to public life. But, they did not touch the chief minister. In fact, by not arresting the Chief Minister and others for violating law, the police has in fact lost a golden opportunity to demonstrate that all are equal in the eyes of the law,” he said.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took the issue very seriously.A delegation of BJP leaders lodged a complaint with Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan, demanding dismissal of Rosaiah from the chief minister post for encouraging lawlessness.”The Chief Minister is supposed to safeguard the Constitution and implement the rule of law. If Rosaiah himself violates the law, who will follow the rules hereafter?” BJP state president G. Kishan Reddy said.Interestingly, Rosaiah’s dharna reminded political observers of a similar action by former Telugu Desam Party chief minister N. T. Rama Rao in the 1980s, when Congress workers led by the then Pradesh Congress president Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy were demonstrating at the main gate of the State Secretariat demanding the Chief Minister to provide solutions to problems in the Rayalaseema region.When the Congress workers tried to gherao him, N. T. Rama Rao got down from his car and squatted on the road for a couple of hours braving scorching sun. He did not listen to the officials who told him that it was against the rule of law and as a chief minister he had to respect the law. It was only after the police cleared the Congress workers did he enter the Secretariat.Hyderabad gets a wild visitor One has come across incidents of wild animals like tigers, leopards, bears and elephants entering human habitations; but here is a rare incident of a crocodile entering the residential area in Hyderabad.Last week, some construction workers who were draining out water from a trench dug for construction at Nanakramguda village on the outskirts of Hyderabad were shocked to find a six- foot long crocodile popping up out of the water. They wondered how a crocodile entered the area, where there are no rivers or canals in the vicinity.The workers informed the police and the local municipality officials, who in turn, summoned a poaching squad from the Nehru Zoological Park. But the crocodile played hide and seek with the officials. The area turned into a tourist spot with a large number of onlookers gathering there. It took eight days for the officials to drain out water from the trench and then catch the crocodile by tranquilising it.advertisementIt is still a mystery as to from where and how the crocodile crawled all along the road and entered the water-logged trench. The officials suspect that the crocodile might have crawled its way from Bharatammakunta Lake about a kilometre from the area.Laxman dragged into intra-Congress disputePolitics in sports is not a new phenomenon in our country. And yet another classic example of this “politicisation of sports” is the controversy over naming of stands in the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium at Uppal in Hyderabad, where the second cricket test between India and New Zealand was played.A few days ago, the Hyderabad Cricket Association Board decided to name the Western Stand of the Uppal cricket stadium after stylish Hyderabadi batsman V. V. S. Laxman in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the game, on the lines of Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar stands at the Wankhede cricket stadium, Mumbai.Within a few hours, the Board changed the decision and announced that the Western stand would be named after Bharati Cements, promoted by Congress MP Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy, son of late chief minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy. Apparently, Jagan had offered to buy the stand by paying Rs 2.5 crore. The HCA board could not afford to lose such a big money and ignore a high profile politician like Jagan. So, they dumped Laxman and opted for Jagan.The HCA’s decision irked the sports lovers who raised a hue and cry over its sudden volte face. The Rosaiah government, which is strongly opposing Jagan’s ambitious plans, also entered the scene.Having no other option, the HCA told the government that it would rename the Northern Stand after Laxman, while retaining Bharati Cements’ name for the Western Stand. One can only hope that it will not change its latest decision again!last_img read more

Somdev-Sanam win gold, Sania-Vishnu settle for silver

first_imgSomdev Devvarman on Monday became the first Indian to reach the men’s singles final in the history of the Asian Games before winning the men’s doubles gold with Sanam Singh but Sania Mirza and Vishnu Vardhan had to be content with a silver in the tennis competitions, in Guangzhou on Monday.It was an extremely fruitful day for Somdev as he inched closer to a historic singles gold after pipping Japan’s Tatasuma Ito 6-2 0-6 6-3 in the semifinals to set up the summit-clash with top seed Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.Later, he and Sanam Singh combined superbly to win first gold medal for India in the tennis event in this edition of the Games as the sixth seed pair shocked second seed Chinese Gong Maoxin and Li Zhe 6-3 6-7(4) 10-8 in the final.However, gold eluded Sania yet again as she and Vishnu Vardhan, seeded sixth, lost the mixed doubles final 6-4 1-6 2-10 to second seed Taipei pair of Chan Yung Jan and Yang Tsung Hua.Somdev and Sanam’s gold medal feat assumes significance as India landed here without star doubles pair of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, gold medallists of the last edition at Doha in 2006, who opted to play in World Tour Finals in London.Rohan Bopanna is also missing from the Indian line-up though he had failed to qualify for the World Tour Finals.Sania had on Sunday settled for a bronze medal in the women’s singles. At Doha Games she had won a silver in singles and had won a gold in mixed doubles with Paes.advertisementSomdev, a gold medallist at Commonwealth Games, continued to be India’s flag bearer in the men’s singles.Before him, no Indian had managed to enter men’s singles final and India had won only three bronze medals in men’s singles in Asian Games.Leander Paes had won it in 1994 in Hiroshima Games and Mahesh Bhupathi and Prahlad Srinath had won it during 1998 Games in Bangkok.Earlier, on the day, in the baseline slugfest that lasted almost two hours, second seed Somdev pocketed the opening set against Ito, ranked 195, with a measure of comfort but was then blown off the court by the fourth seed Ito, who clinched the second 6-0.Things were looking difficult for the Indian world no 106 when he and his rival traded service breaks in the first four games. Somdev then staged an excellent rally under pressure by saving two break points in the fifth game.That was the turning point as Somdev regained poise and broke his rival for the third time, this time decisively, before taking the set 6-3.Istomin was too good for third-seeded Japanese opponent Go Soeda and completed a facile 6-1 6-0 victory.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

IPL 4: Top players face auction axe

first_imgWith IPL 4 just a few months away, team managements are gearing up for the players’ auction.The first step for them is to secure the marquee players and keep them off the auction list. While some stars have been retained, many big guns are missing the bus. Among those whose fate hangs in the balance are Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble (Bangalore Royal Challengers), Sourav Ganguly (Kolkata Knight Riders), Yuvraj Singh (Kings XI Punjab) and Gautam Gambhir (Delhi Daredevils).But the team-owners have retained some of their top players. Like the Mumbai Indians have stuck to Sachin Tendulkar, Kieron Pollard and Harbhajan Singh.The Chennai Super Kings will continue with the services of M.S. Dhoni, Suresh Raina, M. Vijay and Albie Morkel.The Royal Challengers haven’t retained many players. Virat Kohli is one exception.The Rajasthan Royals have retained Shane Warne and Shane Watson. For the Delhi Daredevils, Virender Sehwag will continue to play in IPL 4. But the team is undecided on Gambhir.Chris Gayle appears to have kept his place in the Kolkata Knight Riders.last_img read more