Nike Football launches The Last Game: The stars or the clones?

first_imgIt has already got more than 4 million page views in slightly under 24 hours on YouTubeIt’s not even been one day since it was posted on YouTube and it has already got more than 4 million page views in slightly under 24 hours.Nike, known for its quirky football focussed adverts, has come out with another brilliant advert titled Nike Football: The Last Game.The five-minute advert has the star players of the football world Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Neymar Junior, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andres Iniesta, David Luiz, Franck Ribery, Tim Howard and Ronaldo Fenomeno are battling it out with the ‘perfect’ clones.A story about risky football versus safe football, the advert shows how scientists and clones want to prove that riskless football is more effective while Ronaldo Fenomeno and the original players disagree, and are willing to risk everything to prove the scientist wrong.The advert shows you how risking everything is the only way to make this sport so awesome.There is only one way to know who is right: the Last Game.So who wins? The star players or the clones?last_img read more

Beau Belga repeats as PBA Obstacle Course champion

first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director MANILA, Philippines—Beau Belga really does love the dramatic.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Faundo, though, wasn’t able to take advantage of Belga’s gaffe.“I stepped on the marker and my momentum was going forward and my shoes at the back slipped,” said Belga in Filipino.“When I got down I knew that I’d lose, but when I got up I saw Bryan was still on the passing area.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Rain or Shine’s big man got up from one epic slide and repeated as the PBA’s Obstacle Course champion during the 2019 All-Star Weekend in Calasiao, Pangasinan Friday.Belga clocked in at 21.0 seconds in the final run, where his only mistake was a missed free throw to finish just 0.3 seconds faster than first runner-up Russell Escoto of Columbian.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThat, however, wasn’t the most dramatic rise for Belga in the big man challenge.Belga was well ahead of Meralco’s Bryan Faundo in the semifinals before slipping in the course’s chest pass area. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Heavy favorite Demetrious Johnson not taking Japanese foe lightly in 1st ONE fight View commentslast_img read more

Eduard Folayang thinks Shinya Aoki hardly improved ahead of ONE title rematch

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Folayang and Aoki have contrasting styles. The Filipino superstar is at his most dangerous when he’s on his feet while the Japanese legend made a name for himself as a grappling wizard.In their first bout, however, Folayang showed he can hang with Aoki’s vaunted ground game and pull off the big time upset with a third-round TKO victory to claim the lightweight crown for the first time in 2016.The 34-year-old Folayang, who is also on a three-match run, is determined to repeat over Aoki and put on a sterling show before the pre-dominantly Japanese crowd.“Of course I need to give a convincing victory — a different, creative, and innovative way to win the fight,” Folayang said.“If I pull that off, I think that is one of the best ways to capture the Japanese fanbase.”ADVERTISEMENT 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’02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan02:42PH 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 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Aoki’s resurgence following two straight knockout losses to Folayang and Ben Askren has not gone unnoticed with many of his fellow ONE fighters convinced that he’s taken his game to a higher level after the pair of setbacks.But Folayang, the reigning lightweight champion, thinks otherwise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I think Shinya Aoki will use the same old approach inside the cage,” Folayang said.“Those who are commenting that his striking has improved may have not watched his previous fights carefully. If you would look at it, he clearly wants the fight to hit the ground as early as possible.” Ivana Agudo rises to the challenge for Lady Tamaraws ONE ChampionshipTOKYO, Japan—Shinya Aoki has been on a tear heading into his title rematch against Eduard Folayang in the main event of ONE: A New Era on Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan here.Aoki is riding on a three-fight streak with all of his wins by stoppage in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country director View commentslast_img read more

Man City 3 wins from retaining Premier League title

first_imgView comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting A 2-0 win over fierce rival Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday allowed City to climb over the biggest obstacle on its way to retaining the title, a feat no team has achieved in a decade. Beat Burnley away, Leicester at home and Brighton away, and Guardiola’s team will make yet more history.City moved a point ahead of Liverpool in an oscillating title race in which neither of the two protagonists is backing down. Neither side has dropped points since Liverpool drew 0-0 at Everton on March 3, and City is on an 11-match winning streak in the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCity’s class of 2018-19 has reached new levels of scoring, too. Thanks to second-half strikes by Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane, City has now scored 157 goals in all competitions for the season — beating the English record for a single top-flight campaign that the team held from the pre-Guardiola era in 2013-14.While City is arguably getting better, United is seemingly regressing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. This was a seventh loss in United’s last nine games, with five of them coming in the six matches since Solskjaer was given the full-time job at Old Trafford following an impressive spell in interim manager. Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane, right, celebrate at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday April 24, 2019. Manchester City won 2-0. (AP Photo/Jon Super)MANCHESTER, England— As an excitable Pep Guardiola congratulated his players one by one in the center of the field, a chant of “Champions” rang out from the Manchester City fans in one corner of an otherwise-deserted Old Trafford.Three more victories and City will indeed be a Premier League winner once again.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles With doubts emerging about the desire and attitude of some of its players, United is set to end the season without qualifying for the Champions League, potentially making Solskjaer’s attempts to rebuild the team this offseason even harder.United is in sixth place — two points behind Arsenal, three behind Chelsea and six adrift of third-place Tottenham — and would drop out of top-four contention with a loss to Chelsea on Sunday.Arsenal gave United some hope by losing 3-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers in Wednesday’s other match. It is the first time Arsenal has lost back-to-back matches in the league since the opening two games of the season.DE GEA CULPABLEDavid De Gea has won plenty of games for United almost single-handedly in recent years but the goalkeeper was possibly at fault for both of City’s goals in a derby that became one-sided after a tight first 30 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Wolves took advantage of several defensive mistakes by Arsenal to score first-half goals through Ruben Neves, Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota and earn a first league win over Arsenal in 40 years.Sokratis Papastathopoulos headed in a late consolation goal for Arsenal but Unai Emery’s side has won just six times on the road this season and is now one point behind Chelsea in fifth ahead of another tough away game at Leicester on Sunday.Arsenal’s best chance of qualifying for the Champions League might be through winning the Europa League, where the team is through to the semifinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The Spain international was slow to get down to Bernardo Silva’s 54th-minute shot that crept inside the near post and then failed to keep out Sane’s powerful shot that virtually went straight at the legs of De Gea. Last week, De Gea let a shot from Lionel Messi slip through his grasp in a heavy Champions League loss at Barcelona.“In times like this, it’s not time to point fingers or blame anyone,” Solskjaer said. “We have to stick together.”Solskjaer did, though, make it abundantly clear that United’s performances aren’t good enough for a club of its stature.“You can’t linger along,” he said, “because the Premier League is so competitive that suddenly you’ll be caught up by other teams as well.”City saw Fernandinho hobble off with a muscle injury early in the second half, while Ilkay Gundogan battled through the second half after getting hurt by a fierce challenge by Jesse Lingard.Next up for City, which is on a punishing run of a game every three or four days, is one of the most physical teams in the Premier League.“I know people are going to say how pretty we are, how handsome we are,” Guardiola said. “But now we have to go to Burnley!”HUNGRY WOLVESChelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and now Arsenal have all been beaten at Molineux this season. Man City only left the stadium with a point.It has been some return to the Premier League for Wolves, which is on target to finish the so-called “best of the rest” in seventh place. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Blake Griffin has arthroscopic surgery on left kneelast_img read more

‘Do it again’: Djokovic confident of historic second Slam sweep

first_imgNovak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after winning a point against Rafael Nadal of Spain during their ATP Masters tournament final tennis match at the Foro Italico in Rome on May 19, 2019. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)Novak Djokovic believes that his 2016 achievement of holding all four Grand Slam titles at the same time is the perfect playbook for a repeat performance at Roland Garros as he tries to become just the second man to complete the feat.The world number one heads into the French Open with Wimbledon, the US Open and Australian Open titles already under his belt.ADVERTISEMENT However, Djokovic’s potential date with destiny would have appeared to be fantasy 12 months ago.In Paris in 2018, Djokovic, still recovering from elbow surgery, crashed to a shock quarter-final loss to world number 72 Marco Cecchinato from Italy.The defeat saw him slip out of the top 20 for the first time in over a decade and briefly had him contemplating skipping Wimbledon.That threat was soon retracted and he went on to win the next three majors, a performance which has put him on the brink of history.Victory in two weeks’ time would also move him halfway to emulating Laver’s feat of calendar Grand Slams in 1962 and 1969.ADVERTISEMENT Victory in the June 9 final in Paris would allow him to join Rod Laver as the only other man to hold all the four majors at the same time twice.“There is an extra motivation and incentive to win Roland Garros because of the opportunity to hold all four Slams, something I did three years ago,” said the 32-year-old on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“That gives me obviously enough reason to believe I can do it again.”Old rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal may have more career majors — 20 and 17 respectively to Djokovic’s 15 — but neither of them has managed even one private sweep, let alone two. View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport GALLERY: Ateneo lights up another bonfire for UAAP Season 81 ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPcenter_img MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “I hold three Slams, am world number one. Obviously, it’s quite a different feeling approaching the tournament, with more confidence, and hopefully I can have a good two weeks,” he said.Despite his optimism, however, Djokovic prefers to pile the pressure of expectation onto the shoulders of 11-time Roland Garros champion Nadal.Nadal defeated the Serb in the Italian Open final last weekend, a performance which led Djokovic to anoint the Spaniard as the man to beat in Paris.“He’s the main favorite to win the title,” said Djokovic who remains just one of two men to have beaten the Spaniard on the Roland Garros clay in 14 years.“It wouldn’t be fair to pick anybody else but him as the main favorite, because he has won this tournament so many times.“He has lost two times in his career on Parisian clay. So lots of respect for him, obviously, as always.”Djokovic starts his bid for a second Roland Garros title and 16th major against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, the world number 43.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

PBA D-League: San Sebastian books semis seat, outlasts Che’lu in OT

first_img“My team is preparing for the NCAA, it still needs more experience,” said San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya in Filipino.Jessie Sumoda and Allyn Bulanadi put the finishing touches at the free throw line for San Sebastian.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJM Calma led the Golden Harvest with 19 points and 11 rebounds while Bulanadi had 15 points, six rebounds, and five assists.Alex Desoyo also stepped up with 15 as he filled in for RK Ilagan, who fouled out late in regulation. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Valencia City Bukidnon-San Sebastian survived Che’lu Bar and Grill, 93-87, in overtime Monday to barge into the 2019 PBA D-League semifinals at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.Mario Bonleon made the game-winning basket with 38.6 ticks to go as the Golden Harvest recovered after blowing a 14-point lead.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Filoil: UP, Adamson roll past foes Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rey Suerte had a near double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds while Gab Dagangon had 16 points and six rebounds for Che’lu.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

India vs Ireland: First T20I Review- Men In Blue begin tour on an emphatic…

first_imgAdvertisement Image Courtesy: BCCIIndia’s tour to Ireland embarked with a dominating 76 run victory over Ireland, as the visitors proceeded to take a 1-0 lead in the series.Opening batsmen Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were on song after the Irish asked the Men In Blue to bat first after winning the toss at Dublin. The long-time openers strung a spectacular 160 run opening stand. Sharma missed out on a well deserving ton by 3 runs as he was dismissed in the final over.Few lusty blows by MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya in the final overs helped India steer towards a mammoth total of 208-5.Innings Break!#TeamIndia 208/5 in 20 overs (Rohit 97, Dhawan 74)Follow the game here – https://t.co/Qr2pRPJyur #IREvIND pic.twitter.com/wsYfaLESHy— BCCI (@BCCI) June 27, 2018Ireland’s chase began on a sour note as in-form batsman Paul Stirling was dismissed for 1 by Jasprit Bumrah. The powerplay did not go smoothly for the Irish as they were often troubled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s impeccable line and length.Fellow opener James Shannon was the only batsman to offer resistance as he waltzed his way to 60 off just 35 deliveries. Spinners Chahal and Yadav shared 7 wickets amongst them as the Men In Green failed to build partnerships before ultimately finishing with 132 for the loss of 9 wickets..@imkuldeep18 takes a four for.He has also attained his best T20I bowling figures of 4/21 in this game.#IREvIND pic.twitter.com/I43E8T6MeF— BCCI (@BCCI) June 27, 2018 Read Also:FIFA World Cup 2018: Champions Curse Prevails As Germany Are Knocked Out From The Group StagesIndia vs Ireland: Preview for the first T20I – Will the Indian Tigers set a marker for what is about to come? Advertisementlast_img read more

NBA: Channing Frye signs 1-Year $2.4 million deal with Cleveland Cavaliers

first_imgAdvertisementChanning Frye agreed to a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Cavaliers, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.Frye was traded to the Lakers just this February, along with Isaiah Thomas, after three seasons with the Cavs between 2016 and 2018. During the first season, he won a championship, the Associated Press reports. He also spent his first run with the Cavs co-hosting the Road Trippin’ podcast with his teammate Richard Jefferson, according to Cavaliers Nation. In total, he’s played for six NBA teams.Free agent Channing Frye has agreed to a one-year, $2.4M deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell Yahoo.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 14, 2018In 44 games with the Cavaliers last season, Frye put together averages of 4.8 points and 2.5 rebounds while shooting 49.7 percent from the field. Frye only logged 12.4 minutes per contest and only scored in double figures in four games. It seems unlikely he’ll garner a bigger role this season, as he just turned 35 years old.Frye posted a photo of himself in a Cavaliers uniform on Instagram on Saturday and captioned it, “Well I guess this is hello again.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Afternoon Newswrap March 1

first_imgIshrat Jahan case: Plea in Supreme Court seeks quashing of murder charges against Gujarat cops A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking the quashing of criminal cases against Gujarat policemen in the alleged encounter killing of Ishrat Jahan, who, the plea claims, was a terrorist plotting to kill the then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.Donald Trump misquotes Mahatma GandhiRepublican presidential front runner Donald Trump today posted a quoteon Instagram attributing it to Mahatma Gandhi, but the American mediasaid there is no evidence that the Indian leader had ever used thesewords. Sarbjit first poster out: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s de-glam avatar as Dalbir KaurAishwarya sports a de-glam avatar with spectacles and slight grey hair in the first poster of Sarbjit.Pakistan star Shoaib Malik gunning for revenge against IndiaPakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik said his team wanted to play India in the final of the Asia Cup. MS Dhoni’s men thumped Pakistan when the two teams met in the round robin clash earlier on Saturday. With Sri Lanka performing poorly, Pakistan are expected to join in-form India in the final of this year’s tournament.last_img read more

World T20: Peaking England take on formidable New Zealand in battle for final

first_imgEngland skipper Eoin Morgan would like to believe his team peaked at the right time at the ongoing World Twenty20 while New Zealand were slightly premature going into Wednesday’s semi-final at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. (Full World T20 coverage )Kane Williamson and his Kiwi team -mates have not put a foot wrong since landing in India, winning all four group matches without really breaking a sweat to qualify for the semi-finals as the tournament’s only unbeaten team.For a side boasting an explosive batting order and a balanced attack to go with, England’s passage proved bumpier.Even before they could soak in the atmosphere, England were blown away by a Chris Gayle century in their tournament opener against West Indies in Mumbai.Joe Root sparked their recovery in the 230-run chase against South Africa but the narrow victory against Afghanistan’s modest resources exposed their frailties against spin bowling. (Eoin Morgan urges team-mates to lift their game vs New Zealand )They looked a significantly better side, however, in Saturday’s 10-run win against champions Sri Lanka.Jos Buttler underlined his limited overs worth with a belligerent fifty, the pacemen made regular inroads, Ben Stokes delivered a tidy final over and the team held their nerve to secure a victory that seemed to tick most of the boxes.”In these tight tournaments you can’t get through to the semis unless you are playing good cricket, and that’s what we set out to do to give ourselves a chance,” coach Trevor Bayliss said.advertisement”But it’s about peaking at the right time. I wouldn’t say we’ve played the perfect game yet — coaches are always looking for that absolutely perfect game, I don’t think it’s ever been played – but it’s what any team is striving to do.”Having played their last two games at Kotla, England would also hope to cash in on their familiarity with the venue in contrast to their opponents who were on a mini-tour of India playing each of their four group games at different venues.The trouble for England, however, is that New Zealand won all of them as the team, finalists in last year’s 50-over World Cup, strive to shed the tag of being cricket’s perennial bridesmaid.Leading from the front, Williamson has also displayed the tactical flexibility needed to win a tournament like this. New Zealand sprang a surprise in their tournament opener, picking three spinners in a gutsy gamble and went on to beat India, renowned for their batsmen’s comfort against the turning ball, in their own game.Williamson repeated the ploy against Bangladesh in their final group match for a similar result, his immaculate pitch assessment in stark contrast to most of the visiting captains who struggled to read the track as if it was in Braille.Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi have already forged a formidable partnership for the Kiwis, claiming 17 wickets between them in four matches. And if Williamson has noticed England’s struggle against Afghanistan’s slow bowlers, the Kiwi captain will be tempted to harness Nathan McCullum’s control and accuracy in a three-pronged spin attack.As demonstrated by Martin Guptill, the Kiwi batting does not lack firepower but what was more heart-warming for the fans is how batsmen like Colin Munro have tempered strokes according to situations.”It hasn’t been the wham, bam… sort of way that T20 cricket has been,” batting coach Craig McMillan said after the victory against Bangladesh in their last group match.”They have had to assess it… and have done a really good job of putting the runs on the board to give the bowlers something to work with.”last_img read more

SPORT-GILCHRIST-DHONI 2 LAST

first_img“The pace of the game has changed. The 50-over game “The pace of the game has changed. The 50-over game contributed to that in the 90s and its probably been fast-tracked again. But, I dont think its a bad thing. People in this day and age want to be entertained,” Gilchrist said. “Occasionally, we get wickets that are so batsman-friendly that bowlers hardly have a chance but there are other extremes as well. A middle path has to be found,” said the former Deccan Chargers player. Gilchrist feels that different challenges are good for the game and he is not of the opinion that T20 cricket is diminishing the following of Test cricket. “You might not see huge crowds in Test cricket but that has been the case the world over for sometime. I still feel that Test cricket continues to enjoy a loyal following. These days, its often difficult for viewers to dedicate five days or even a day to a cricket match. “But, they continue to follow a Test match on their phones, tablets, computers, radio, TV theres still a massive love for the game. Empty stands are obviously a big issue but a cricketer, even after winning the T20 world cup, would like to be remembered as a Test player,” he added. Gilly was all praise for the West Indies team that won the ICC World T20 in spite of differences over financial issues with the administrators back home. “Its not an ideal situation. I dont think anyone wanted it to be that way — players or administrators. But, it seems that the players used it as some sort of a motivating factor. I would suspect that it was not the driving force. They played good cricket, enjoyed themselves and wanted to win,” he said, adding that the ICC “can” step in to solve the problem. Another cricketer that received accolades from the former Aussie superstar was Virat Kohli. Asked about Indias dependence on the Delhi batsman, Gilchrist said, “I think, its a bit of a reverse. Hes (Kohli) been so good that he often doesnt give others a chance to bat. You cant really question a team or a player that is producing phenomenal results. Hes batting the full 20 overs,” said the veteran of 96 Test matches and 286 ODIs who does not have a problem with pink ball Test cricket anymore. “The purist in me was saying that no, thats not Test cricket. But, I had to argue with the spectacle it produced, the interest it generated. There are many positives,” Gilchrist signed off. PTI RC AH KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Australia womens cricket captain to promote cricket in China

first_imgMumbai, Apr 11 (PTI) Meg Lanning, captain of the Australian womens cricket team that finished runner-up to the West Indies in the ICC World T20 Championship, is off to China to train with the countrys national team in Shanghai. Lannings visit is part of a joint Cricket Australia and International Cricket Council delegation to the April Australia Week in China, a Cricket Australia media release said today. “Lanning will join the Chinese national womens cricket team training camp in Shanghai, take part in a cricket clinic for Shanghai students, and attend the Australia Week in China gala lunch hosted by the Australian Government,” it said. Having narrowly missed out on qualifying for the recent ICC Womens World T20 held in India, China is considered a rising cricket-playing nation having a realistic chance to qualify for the Womens World T20 in 2018 and 2020. There are currently 80,000 cricket participants in China, approximately half of whom are female. In Shanghai ? where Meg will assist the national Chinese womens team training camp ? cricket is played in 18 of the citys 40 universities, the CA release stated. As recent evidence of the progress being made in the region, Chinese national player Wu Juan received a rookie contract with the Melbourne Stars in the inaugural Womens Big Bash T20 League (WBBL) organised in Australia, it added. “Im looking forward to visiting China and seeing the development of cricket there first-hand. Weve seen how quickly womens cricket has grown across the world ? and in particular Australia ? recently so its exciting to know the game is growing in China. “Hopefully well be facing up to the Chinese women at the 2018 or 2020 ICC World T20, which would be a massive boost for women?s cricket,” said Lanning who will be in China from April 13-17. ICCs Head of Global Development Tim Anderson, who will accompany Lanning on the trip, said, “China is one of the ICCs target markets in our vision to become the worlds favourite sport. In particular, we see the development of womens cricket and the engagement of government as two important elements to crickets growth in China.” PTI SSR GK SSC SSC BASadvertisementlast_img read more

President honours talent at Bollywood-heavy National Awards

first_imgNew Delhi, May 3 (PTI) President Pranab Mukherjee today presented the 63rd National Awards, including best actor trophy to Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, best actress to Kangana Ranaut and Dadasaheb Phalke award to Hindi film veteran Manoj Kumar.78-year-old Kumar, best known for his patriotic films “Purab Aur Paschim”, “Upkar” and “Kranti”, became the 47th recipient of the award, the highest recognition in Indian cinema, which consists of a golden lotus, a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh and a shawl.The wheelchair-bound actor, who was sporting an orange bandana of Sai Baba, also presented the President with a crystal statue of the deity as he received the honour.Bachchan, accompanied by son Abhishek, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai, wife Jaya and daughter Shweta Nanda to the ceremony, won the award for his delightful performance as a hypochondriac father in Shoojit Sircars family drama “Piku”.He received the Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000. This is the 73-year-old actors fourth National award. He previously won in 1990 (“Agneepath”), 2005 (“Black”) and 2009 (“Paa”).Ranaut, 29, currently engaged in a bitter legal fued with actor Hrithik Roshan, won the award for her double role in Anand L Rais romantic comedy drama “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” of a troublesome wife Tanu and Haryanvi sportsperson Datto.She also received Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000.It is her third trophy at the National Awards, having earlier won best supporting actress for “Fashion” and best actress for “Queen” last year.SS Rajamouli and producers Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni received Swarna Kamal, cash prize and a certificate for their magnum opus “Baahubali”, which was the best feature film this year.advertisementSanjay Leela Bhansalis historical romance “Bajirao Mastani”, starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, earned him the best director honour besides the film bagging five more awards.”It is so special. It is the acknowledgment of the government. You are being compared with the best of the nation. And there is a great jury comrpsing of talented people. It means a lot. It is a very proud moment for me. It is a reward for the twenty years of my hard work,” Bhansali told PTI.The award comprises a Swarna Kamal medallion, a cash prize of Rs 2,50,000 and a certificate.Superstar Salman Khan-starrer cross-border drama “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” won the best popular film providing wholesome entertainment.”The film is very special to me. The kind of love that the film has got has made the journey so special. And on top of that to get a National Award is amazing. It makes it all more sweeter,” director Kabir Khan said. PTI JCH PSH BK ZMNlast_img read more

Irani rejects demand for waiving off punishment to students

first_imgNew Delhi, May 6 (PTI) HRD minister Smriti Irani today rejected a demand for waiving off rustication and other punishments meted out to students in universities, terming it a “Pandoras Box” and saying that these institutions have been granted autonomy to handle administrative matters. Iranis comments in Rajya Sabha came in the backdrop of recent action by JNU authorities imposing fine on student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and rustication of some other students in connection with the controversial February 9 campus event against Afzal Gurus hanging. Her reaction came during a debate on the functioning of her ministry when Congress member Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu said the students were looking at Iranis “magnanimity” to waive off punishments and rustication of students in various universities. In her response, Irani said “this minister is a mere mortal who is tied to this very Parliament and this Parliament does not allow intervention in the administrative matter of any University. “My request is only this. This is a pandoras box, I am sure you dont want to open that….Let the University be autonomous enough.” Earlier in the day, members in Rajya Sabha had sought the governments intervention in resolving the protests by JNU students by advising the authorities to reconsider their decision to severely penalise some of them. Deputy Chairman P J Kurien had also said the government should resolve the issue and had asked Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to convey the feeling of the House to the concerned Ministers. Irani, in her 70-minute long reply, also lamented that there appeared to be a “Sanskrit phobia” and said the Government or NCERT have not carried out any change in the curriculum. Referring to Rapolu who she said had called her Sanskrit Irani, she said a recent circular to IITs only asked them to pick up those parts of work in Sanskrit language which contained scientific knowledge. She said a US university academic came to Tamil Nadu to do research on the oldest treatise in Geometry but not many in India know about the contributions made by the country. “The challenge is where do you bridge the gap. Where do you introduce the subject or for that matter, give the freedom to academicians to absorb it, without being called communal or saffron,” Irani said. (More) PTI ADS ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

SPORT-FOOT-LEICESTER 3LAST

first_imgLeicesters ownership was ridiculed for hiring the Leicesters ownership was ridiculed for hiring the 64-year-old Ranieri last July. Hed been out of work since the previous year after being fired by Greece. And his only job in the Premier League at Chelsea ended 11 years earlier. Ranieris prospects of avoiding relegation were written off. How he has proved his critics wrong and beguiled even non-Leicester fans with his command of the team and entertaining asides that shifted the focus away from players chasing history. Above the Cank Street Gallery in central Leicester was written one such sound-bite. “Dilly ding, dilly dong” was uttered by a giddy Ranieri last month as he conveyed his excitement that a first career title was looming. The nonsensical but endearing one-liner has been turned into a fans song and also featured on ticker-tape that covered fans in the stadium. “I want to say to you we are champions because you pushed us,” Ranieri told 32,000 fans in the stadium. Leicester has lost only three times in 37 games in the title bid. Not bad for a season when survival was the objective. “We are staying up,” Leicester fans sang before bellowing out the words they will never tire of chanting: “Champions of England we know what we are.” Ranieri is already thinking about next season and the teams first foray into the Champions League, where Leicester will be top seed in the group stage as a domestic title winner. Leicesters previous highpoints have come by winning the second-tier League Cup three times. “This is a magical season,” Ranieri said. “Let me go to the sea and recharge my batteries. Lets start next season with the same ambition, same humility.” Domestically, its anticipated the faded Premier League powers from deposed champion Chelsea to record 20-time Premier League winner Manchester United will be far stronger. “Well show this wasnt a fluke,” fan Alan Sewell said. “I dont think it was a fluke but the rest of the world does.” AP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Hillary gave Bill Clinton a black eye in White House: book

first_imgWashington, Jun 7 (PTI) Hillary Clinton has a “volcanic” temper and a loud fight she had with Bill Clinton in 1995 left the then US President with a black eye, an ex-Secret Service officer has claimed in a tell-all book.The forthcoming book – Crisis of Character by former Secret Service officer Gary J Byrne who was assigned to the White House during Bill Clintons presidency – alleges that 2016 Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary “lacks the integrity and temperament to serve in the office.”The book is due to be released June 28 – a month before Hillary is likely to take the stage to accept the Democratic presidential nomination in Philadelphia.The 285-page book describes Hillary Clintons “appalling leadership style” as being “volcanic, impulsive, enabled by sycophants and disdainful of the rules set for everyone else”, Fox News reported citing excerpts from the book.While most of the books contents have remained under wraps so far, a preview on Amazon features large sections from the introduction, first two chapters and afterward. It also shows the title page, featuring a Chapter 11 titled Wild Bill.In the introduction, Byrne says he “personally observed” President Clintons infidelities and was complicit in covering them up.”I even secretly disposed of sordid physical evidence that might later have been used to convict the president,” Byrne writes.Byrne recalls an alleged fight between the first couple during the summer of 1995 in Chapter 1, The Vase. Byrne is quoted as saying that a vase was smashed during the loud argument and the next morning President Clinton sported “a shiner, a real, put-a-steak-on-it black eye”.advertisementClintons personal scheduler Nancy Hernreich allegedly told Byrne the eye condition was a result of Clintons allergy to coffee.The book, however, is not solely about the Clintons.”While books about the Clintons written by supposed insiders are plentiful, Byrnes credibility is bolstered by reporting at the time of the Monica Lewinsky-Bill Clinton sex scandal,” the media report said.A New York Times article from April 1998 reported that Byrne, “a uniformed member of the Secret Service assigned to the White House”, told the deputy chief of staff in 1996 about concerns he had regarding Lewinskys visits to the West Wing of the White House.Byrne says in the introduction to “Crisis” that what he saw in the 1990s “sickened me”.”We were supposed to lay our lives – not our consciences – on the line,” he writes. PTI ASK AKJ MRJlast_img read more

Auto industry leaders meet PMO officials over diesel ban

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 29 (PTI) Auto industry leaders today took up the issue of ban on big diesel cars and SUVs in Delhi-NCR with the PMO while seeking a solution on how to replace old polluting vehicles.Representatives of Society of Indian Automobile Industry (SIAM) and heads of automobile companies, including Maruti Suzuki India, Ford India and Toyota Kirloskar Motor met PMO officials, including Principal Secretary to PM,Nripendra Misra. “The primary agenda of the meeting was the ban on diesel cars and SUVs with engine capacity of 2,000cc and above in Delhi-NCR by the Supreme Court and to find a way forward,” an industry source said. When contacted, Maruti Suzuki India Chairman R C Bhargava, who was present at the meeting declined to comment. SIAM Secretary General Vishnu Mathur, also present in the meeting, was not available for comments.Another source said while the diesel ban was the top of the agenda, the meeting also discussed as to how government and the auto industry must work together to address pollution due to ageing vehicles.”Fleet replacement and scrapping of old vehicles were also discussed,” the source added.In December last year, the Supreme Court had banned sale of diesel cars and sport utility vehicles with engines of 2,000 cc and above in the wake of rising pollution in the city. It is likely to take up the matter next month.The National Green Tribunal had also imposed a similar ban in Kerala but has been stayed by the state high court.advertisementThe developments led to some automakers reworking their plans and introducing models with petrol options or smaller diesel engines.Earlier this month Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar had said the ban on diesel cars and SUVs with engines above 2,000 cc in Delhi-NCR by courts “is not the right way”.Calling it “unfortunate”, he said the government is already taking measures to curb pollution, and the ban has resulted in vehicles with latest technologies not being allowed while old polluting vehicles continue plying on the roads.Earlier, Bhargava had termed the ban as “totally arbitrary”. Stating that cars are universally targeted for causing pollution as they represent “the well-off section of society”, he had reasoned that cars contributed to only around 2 per cent of pollution in the capital.Toyota, which is one of the companies hit hard by the ban, had termed restrictions as the “worst advertisement of India”. Mercedes Benz India had stated that it has put on hold its investments in India in the wake of the diesel ban. PTI MSS RKL BAL MRlast_img read more

SPORTS RESULTS FOUR

first_img4Th Race: The Brown Wolf Handicap . Dist about 1200 Mts. 4Th Race: The Brown Wolf Handicap . Dist about 1200 Mts. Bucharest ( Mrs.Sudhir D.Ahuja) 56.5 Jorawar Singh First. Annie Oakley 53 Shailesh Shinde Second. Hudson Hawk 59 Ranidan Sigh Third. Monsieur Strauss 55.5 Vinay Jaiswal Fourth. All Ran. Won by:Neek 7-4-3 Time: 1 Min 15.793 Sec. Win Rs 39/- Tote: Rs. 17/- for win, Rs. 19/- for places. Quinella: Rs 90/-. Shp:. Rs 37/-. Tanala: Rs 423 on 126 tkts. Favourite:Fire Song . Winner Trained by: Javed Khan. — More PTI COR PS PDSlast_img read more

UP falls short in first game minus ‘leader’ Bo Perasol

first_imgWithout Perasol, UP fizzled out in the overtime period against the Tamaraws who squandered a commanding lead.FEU held a 60-43 lead heading into the fourth but only to get outscored, 26-9, in the final 10 minutes of regulation.A couple of big shots from Ken Tuffin and Wendell Comboy’s pull-up jumper with 18.3 seconds saved the day for the Tamaraws.“We were really sloppy on defense,” said center Bright Akhuetie. “We wanted it for coach Bo, but you know how it is, we didn’t do a good job defensively. But we still Bo-lieve.”ADVERTISEMENT Momentarily taking Perasol’s spot is head assistant Ricky Dandan, a former head coach of the Fighting Maroons.“Of course it’s different just because he’s the leader of the team as the head coach,” said swingman Kobe Paras Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “We don’t really want to focus on that though because we have coach Ricky for the next two games so we’re just blessed even though coach Bo is not here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manPerasol was suspended at the end of UP’s first round campaign when he shouted profanities and took an offensive stance against referee Jaime Rivano in the Fighting Maroons’ 89-63 loss to defending champion Ateneo in a game where he was also ejected.The league slaps an automatic one-game suspension for anyone who’s thrown out of the game but basketball commissioner Jensen Ilagan deemed that Perasol’s actions toward Rivano went overboard thus, meriting him an additional two games. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:29Attacks vs UP Visayas students a ‘natural reaction’ from Duterte supporters – Palace00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Worth the trip for Racela after FEU win over UP View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines looked to have Far Eastern University beat to start its second round campaign but it needed just one piece to complete the puzzle, and that was head coach Bo Perasol.Despite the spirited late-game run, the Fighting Maroons came up shoet in the end, falling, 82-79, to start their three-game stretch without Perasol on a sour note in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architectlast_img read more

Australian men, women football players close gender pay gap

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Critics say the women will still end up with a much smaller share and that the teams should share the same percentage of a total prize money pool.Players in the United States, including stars Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, filed a lawsuit in March against the U.S. Soccer Federation alleging gender and pay discrimination between the men’s and women’s national teams.The U.S. has won the last two Women’s World Cup titles. A May 5 trial date has been set in Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Rice industry paralysis Under the agreement, players are entitled to 40% of prize money on qualifying for a FIFA World Cup, representing an increase from 30%. That share of prize money increases to 50% if they progress to the knockout stage of the competition.“The new agreement reflects football’s determination to address issues of gender equity in all facets of the game and build a sustainable financial model that rewards players as national team revenues increase,” a joint statement said. “Significantly for the Matildas, a new three-tiered centralized contract system will see Australia’s finest women’s footballers provided with increased annual remuneration with the tier 1 players earning the same amount as the top Socceroos.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe agreement still doesn’t reflect equal remuneration: the Socceroos’ prize money is exponentially greater than the Matildas at the World Cup.At the 2018 men’s World Cup in Russia, the Socceroos earned $8 million in prize money for exiting in the group stage without winning a game. The Matildas earned $1 million in prize money for making the round of 16 at the Women’s World Cup in France this year. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?center_img NBA fines Clippers $50,000 for statements about Leonard MOST READ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ LATEST STORIES FILE – Australia huddles before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between Australia and Peru at Fisht Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Sochi, Russia. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPSYDNEY — Australia’s football federation and players’ union say they have agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement that closes the pay gap between the men’s and women’s national teams.The new four-year CBA announced on Wednesday ensures the Socceroos and Matildas receive a 24% share of an agreed aggregate of generated revenues in 2019-20, rising by 1% each year.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:45Australian student detained in N. Korea ‘released, safe’02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View commentslast_img read more