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  • UP’s Kobe Paras just relishing ‘rare’ fourth chance to play college hoops

    first_imgThis jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sibol athletes ready to make mark in SEA Games esports UP may be his first college in the Philippines, but the 21-year-old Paras bounced around several schools in the United States before settling down with the Maroons.“I’m just really blessed I’m given a fourth chance in college basketball and that’s rare,” said Paras. “For a lot of student-athletes, they know how it feels. Some of them know how it feels to try and try and try and not get a chance.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“Even though this is my plan B, this plan B is everyone’s dream so I’m still grateful for everything.”After graduating from Middlebrooks Academy wherein he was an honor roll student, Paras committed to attend college at University of California in Los Angeles but withdrew from the NCAA Division I school after failing to meet academic requirements. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ The 6-foot-6 wingman then enrolled and played at Creighton where he appeared in 15 games and put up a total of 20 points and 15 rebounds.Paras’ stay with the Bluejays, however, lasted just one season and he then, committed verbally to play Cal State Northridge but pulled out shortly after Maradors head coach Reggie Theus was fired.“I’m just thankful for coach Bo (Perasol) and the whole UP community for giving me basically a fourth chance not just in basketball but in life,” said Paras who joined brother Andrei and father Benjie to have played for the Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Kobe Paras. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—The third time may be a charm but the fourth one was what Kobe Paras dreamt of after he debuted with University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament.Paras was instrumental in leading the Fighting Maroons to their 83-82 victory over Adamson University Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena finishing with 20 points, six rebounds, two blocks, and a steal.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own man Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH02:11Makabayan 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

  • Mayfield and Chubb combine to carry Browns past Ravens 40-25

    first_imgMOST READ Mayfield threw for 342 yards and a touchdown, Nick Chubb ran for a pivotal 88-yard score and the Browns beat the Baltimore Ravens 40-25 Sunday to earn a share of first place in the AFC North.Chubb finished with 165 yards and three touchdowns against the league’s third-ranked rushing defense. Jarvis Landry had eight catches for 167 yards before leaving with a suspected concussion, and Odell Beckham Jr. had two catches for 20 yards in a supporting role.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The addition of Beckham and the maturation of Mayfield, combined with an improved defense, created high expectations for the Browns (2-2) during the offseason. Then Cleveland started 1-2, losing twice at home. Worse, Mayfield threw five interceptions and just three touchdown passes.None of that mattered after the Browns breezed past the Ravens. This jewelry designer is also an architect CHOKE HOLDBeckham and Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey tangled several times during the game and got into a heated scuffle in the third quarter. Beckham threw a punch and Humphrey choked him after they wrestled to the ground. Both players were penalized.“I ran to him after the game, apologized,” Humphrey said. “That’s not really the brand of football I really want to represent. When the whistle blows, it’s got to be over with.”HAIL BRIANThe Ravens inducted former coach Brian Billick into the team’s Ring of Honor, adding his name to the facade on the upper deck. Billick led Baltimore to a Super Bowl victory during the 2000 season and went 85-67 from 1999-2007.INJURIESBrowns: Starting CBs Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams were inactive with hamstring injuries for a second straight week. … LB Willie Harvey left in the first quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return.Ravens: DT Brandon Williams (knee) was placed on the inactive list after struggling during a pregame workout.UP NEXTBrowns: For the second time in three weeks, Cleveland plays in prime time, facing the San Francisco 49ers on the road Monday night. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “We know how good we can be. That’s the frustrating part about how we started,” Mayfield said. “We just need to do our job and that’s what guys did this week.”First-year coach Freddie Kitchens concurred.“You keep your head down and keep working, usually good things happen,” he said. “You turn the corner.”Cleveland kept Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson in check and used a mixture of Mayfield’s passing and Chubb’s physical running to rip the Ravens for 530 yards — the second straight week Baltimore (2-2) yielded more than 500 yards.“We’ve just got to clean it up and guys do their job. Simple as that,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “We’re not doing our assignment the way we’re supposed to, too many times, and it’s costing us big plays.”ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) prepares to cross the goal line after avoiding several tackles from Baltimore Ravens defenders during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Brien Aho)BALTIMORE — Finally, Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns lived up to the hype.Even better, the brash quarterback and the long suffering franchise celebrated their coming out party with a lopsided victory over a longtime nemesis.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label PLAY LIST 01:10Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon01:44Opposition heckles lead Hong Kong leader to abandon policy speech02:11Makabayan 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 Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ravens: In the second of three successive AFC North games, Baltimore travels to Pittsburgh to face the rival Steelers (0-3 entering Monday night game vs. Cincinnati). Mayfield hit Landry for 65 yards and connected with Ricky Seals-Jones for 59. Then, of course, there was that 88-yard run. In all, the Browns had 10 plays of at least 16 yards.As a result, Cleveland finds itself tied atop the division with the Ravens, who won it last year. It’s the first time Cleveland has been in first place after four games since 2013.“We haven’t really won anything,” Kitchens conceded. “Guys, it’s just one game.”Still, it’s worth noting that Cleveland went 1-15 in 2016 and 0-16 just two years ago, and this victory came against a team that owned a 30-10 lead in a series that began in 1999 — three years after Art Modell moved the original Browns to Baltimore.Jackson’s deft passing and elusive running were a key part of Baltimore’s 2-0 start, but for a second straight week he couldn’t make up for his own team’s porous defense. He got the Ravens to 24-18 with 9:51 left before Chubb took a pitch deep in his own territory, burst through a hole on the right side and ran untouched into the end zone.“Anybody could have ran through that hole,” Chubb said.A subsequent fourth-down gamble by Baltimore failed before Jackson threw successive interceptions. The first one ended a run of 248 passes without being picked off.Jackson went 24 of 34 for 247 yards and three scores. He had 66 yards rushing.Down 17-10, the Ravens were moving for the potential tying score when Mark Ingram had the ball pried loose by Jermaine Whitehead, and Chad Thomas recovered at the Cleveland 26. It was Baltimore’s first turnover of the season.The Browns immediately went the other way and grabbed a two-touchdown advantage late in the third quarter with a 2-yard run by Chubb. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ PH diver Demaisip bags gold in Asian Age Group Championshipslast_img read more

  • Carlo Yulo’s rise to world champion started with a simple dream

    first_imgMatteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Yulo’s mother Angelica said their family just wanted her son to get a degree with a sports scholarship.READ: Yulo wants new home for his family; Petecio will use bonus to FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“We did not expect he would reach this level because our main dream was just to see him finish college with a sports scholarship,” said Angelica in Filipino during Yulo’s courtesy call with Manila mayor Isko Moreno Thursday at Manila City Hall.“I didn’t know that this would be in his track,” she added. Yulo, though, said that he’s still adjusting to his newfound success and media acclaim.READ: Duterte gives P1M each to world champions Carlos Yulo, Nesthy PetecioEver since coming back to the Philippines in the early part of the week, Yulo has been one of the hottest names in the country with media and public appearances filling up his calendar.“At first I’m not used to this kind of treatment that there’s always a camera following me,” said Yulo with a smile in Filipino. “I’m slowly getting the feel of it and it’s quite tiring.”Nevertheless, Yulo is determined to put on a show in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but he first has to represent the Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games in November.ADVERTISEMENT Napoli ‘ultra’ fan arrested in killing of Inter supporter This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own man Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicalcenter_img MOST READ Carlos Yulo with his mother Angelica during a visit at the Manila City Hall. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Carlos Yulo went home a sports hero after being the first Filipino Gymnast to become a world champion.Yulo’s reaped countless praises and monetary compensations for his gold medal-winning performance in the gymnastics worlds, but the 4-foot-10 dynamo and his family just started with a simple dreams.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ READ: More work to be done for Carlos Yulo ahead of Tokyo OlympicsYulo already qualified for the Olympics after advancing to the finals of the World Championships but he’s not the one to rest on his laurels.“My preparation would be tripled,” said Yulo. “The Olympics is next for me but there’s still the SEA Games so I will use all this experience to carry me forward.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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. View comments DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more

  • ‘The problem is I’m Italian’: Balotelli spurs racism debate

    first_imgMOST READ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Castellini’s comment caught the attention of Liliana Segre , an 89-year-old Auschwitz survivor and Italian senator who recently proposed a parliamentary commission against anti-Semitism.“They’re still judging people by the color of their skin?” Segre said. “There’s a good reason why this commission should get to work straightaway.”Balotelli, meanwhile, wrote on Instagram: “People like (Castellini) should be banned from society — not just soccer.”Vincenzo Spadafora, the government minister for sport and youth policies, chimed in and ordered Hellas Verona and the city’s mayor — who had denied the existence of the racist chants — to condemn Castellini.Verona responded by banning Castellini from its stadium until 2030 — adding on to a previous ban through 2022 — and the Italian league ordered part of the Bentegodi Stadium closed to fans for the team’s next home match, noting that the chants “were clearly audible.”ADVERTISEMENT In a Serie A season that has been marred by discriminatory slurs from the outset, Balotelli’s outburst has prompted more debate, more outrage and more indignation over the problem of racism inside Italy’s stadiums than any other case.“I am not saying that I am different from the other players who receive the same abuse, the same monkey noises, but the problem is that I am Italian,” said Balotelli, who was born in Italy to Ghanaian immigrants and has represented the Italian national team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceLuca Castellini, the leader of the Hellas Verona “ultra” fan section that directed the racist chants at Balotelli and a leader in the far-right party Forza Nuova in Verona, sees it in his own way.“Balotelli is Italian because he has Italian citizenship but he’ll never be fully Italian,” Castellini said Monday, a day after the incident during the second half of the Verona-Brescia game. Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES Priority legislation in the 18th Congress What was lost in the post-match discussion was how well Balotelli played in Verona.He hit the post in the first half then scored with a curling shot into the top corner from beyond the box late in Brescia’s 2-1 loss.Balotelli’s form, however, was not the reason why Italian soccer federation president Gabriele Gravina made a public call for the striker to be called back onto the national team.“It would be an extraordinary message to the world, to people who think about putting off their opponents by making expressions of that kind,” Gravina said. “Balotelli is Italian. I’m with him all the way. He has shown to have a more-than-Italian level of sensitivity.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Super Cup: University of Tsukuba hands PSL Shine 2nd straight loss Rice industry paralysis What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ The punishments come in stark contrast to the way the league ignored monkey noises directed at Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku during a match at Cagliari in September. There was also no punishment for racist chants aimed by Verona fans at AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie in September.Derogatory chants have also been aimed at Dalbert Henrique, Miralem Pjanic, Ronaldo Vieira and Kalidou Koulibaly in Serie A this season. All the players targeted — except for Pjanic, who is Bosnian — are black.“Too often the soccer clubs have played down and defended — due to laziness, connivance or fear — the extremists among their own fans,” Spadafora said. “Over the last few months things have started to change but there are still many steps to be taken.”On Tuesday, Verona prosecutors announced the opening of two separate criminal investigations — one into Castellini for allegedly instigating racial discrimination and the other into the chants inside the stadium.Hellas Verona president Maurizio Setti said his team was being treated as “a scapegoat,” while Verona Mayor Federico Sboarina labeled the partial stadium closure “Kafkian.”Another city politician suggested a class action lawsuit against the Italian league, and a group of city council members proposed that the city should sue Balotelli for defamation.There is a long history of Balotelli being subjected to racist chants in Verona, stretching back to when he said “the fans in Verona disgust me” after a Chievo Verona-Inter Milan match in 2010 when he played for Inter.After three seasons in France, Balotelli returned to Italy this season with Brescia, his hometown club and a regional rival of Verona.“I’ll be honest, I really like the stadium in Verona and their fans, as they have always mocked in an amusing and ironic way,” Balotelli said on TV channel Italia 1. “If they want to distract a player, they can do it in a thousand ways, but not (with racism).“My daughter saw this on TV and that made it hurt three times as much,” Balotelli added. “I can take all kinds of insults, but ones based on racism are not acceptable, have never been acceptable and never will be acceptable. Those who did it, and I repeat they are only a few, are complete idiots.” View comments Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles01:47Senate panel recommends filing of drug charges vs Albayalde02:11Makabayan 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 Brescia’s head coach Eugenio Corini talks to Brescia’s Mario Balotelli during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Verona and Brescia at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. (Simone Venezia/ANSA via AP)ROME — The ball that Mario Balotelli angrily kicked high into the stands out of frustration because of racist chants is still traveling.Figuratively speaking, at least.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni surpasses Ricky Ponting’s captaincy record

    first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni today added another feather to his decorated career as he surpassed former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting’s record of captaining in most number of international games. (MS Dhoni to feature in just seven more games in 2016)Dhoni, who is leading India in their two-match T20I against West Indies in Florida, now has a record of captaining in 325 international games – the most by any player. Ponting led Australia in 324 international matches.Dhoni, who was appointed captain in 2007, has led India in 60 Tests, 194 ODIs and 71 T20 Internationals. (Why MS Dhoni is not good news for Indian cricket anymore)The 34-year-old happens to be India’s most successful captain ever, having overseen 27 Test match victories, 107 ODI wins and 40 T20 victories.Dhoni, in his nine-year tenure, has helped India lift the World T20 (2007), the World Cup (2011) and the Champions Trophy (2013) besides ensuring that his team rose to the top of the ICC Test rankings, thanks to some sensational performances at home.However, the Jharkhand wicketkeeper-batsman failed as a leader overseas, losing successive Test series in England, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. His recent records in limited-overs cricket are not enviable either – since the World Cup last year, Dhoni has overseen series defeats against Bangladesh, South Africa and Australia.India also failed to reach the final of the World T20, which was held for the first time at home since its inception.Calls have grown louder to replace Dhoni with Virat Kohli as captain of India’s limited-overs teams. The Jharkhand veteran had retired from Test cricket in 2014 in the middle of a high-profile series in Australia.advertisementlast_img read more

  • Formula One governing body welcomes Liberty Media investment

    first_imgJean Todt, the head of Formula One’s governing body which has to approve any takeover of the sport, said on Thursday he looked forward to working with new owners Liberty Media and welcomed the US company’s investment. (Formula One faces big shake-up after Liberty deal)The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement that it had not been involved in negotiations for Liberty to acquire Formula One’s parent company from CVC Capital Partners.It added that it awaited more information about the deal and wanted “to discuss with all parties the possible consequences of this agreement on the promotion of the FIAs flagship championship.”Todt, a former Ferrari team principal, said the FIA welcomed the long-term investment by a company with extensive interests in sport, media and entertainment.”We acknowledge Liberty Medias wide expertise in these fields and we look forward to working in close partnership with them in the future in order to further develop Formula One and bring it to new generations of motor sport enthusiasts around the world,” he said.Liberty Media has acquired an initial 18.7 percent stake from CVC and plans to compete a cash and shares deal by the first quarter of 2017.The company is owned by U.S. mogul John Malone, whose 40 years of deal making in the cable and pay-TV industry have earned him the nickname the “Cable Cowboy”.last_img read more

  • Bishan Bedi, Gundappa Viswanath yet to get BCCI invite for 500th Test

    first_imgFormer India captains Bishan Singh Bedi and Gundappa Viswanath are yet to get an invite from the BCCI for country’s historic 500th Test match against the visiting New Zealand side starting September 22 in Kanpur.With the Test match starting on Thursday, neither 69-year-old Bedi who has led India in 22 Tests nor Viswanath, who captained in two Tests have received any written or telephonic communication from the Board. (India set to play 500th Test, Sachin Tendulkar has played 200 of them )”Till this evening, I have not received any invitation.”And I am not at all annoyed about it. It’s BCCI’s event and it’s their prerogative to invite whomsoever they want to. At this stage of my life, I can’t get bitter about all these things,” the left-arm spin wizard told PTI.Similarly when Viswanath, who captained India in the famous ‘Jubilee Test’ against England in 1980 was asked, he said: “I haven’t received any invitation”.Then he had a polite query: “But I captained India in only two Test matches. Do I qualify to be invited?”Repeated calls to BCCI’s General Manager MV Sridhar, went unanswered. (India’s historic triumph over Australia in 2001 tops Test glories)The BCCI along with Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association have decided on felicitating former India captains who have all had contributions in India’s 84-year Test cricket history.While septuagenarian Ajit Wadekar has already intimated the BCCI that he won’t be able to travel due to health issues, the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Krish Srikkanth, Dilip Vengsarkar, Mohammed Azharuddin have all confirmed their presence. Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri are expected to be present as part of the commentary team.advertisementCoach Anil Kumble and captain Virat Kohli will also be there during the felicitation.last_img read more

  • SPORT-PAK-AZHAR 2LAST

    first_imgBut Ali believes the confidence level of the players was But Ali believes the confidence level of the players was high after the series win over the struggling West Indies.”We have good players who have gelled well,” said Ali, who singled out batsman Babar Azam for his three successive hundreds.”Babar (Azam) stood out in this series and to score consistently with back-to-back hundreds shows that he has that hunger. He has given a world class performance,” said Ali of the 21-year-old.Azam scored 120, 123 and 117 in the three matches to become only the third Pakistani and eighth batsmen in all one-day cricket to hit three consecutive hundreds.Ali credited new head coach Mickey Arthur with the improvements.”Mickey has an important role,” said Ali of the former South African and Australian coach who took over in May this year.”Its a full team and the credit also goes to the selection committee, fielding coach Steve Rixon, physio Grant Luden and (batting coach) Grant Flower — all have contributed a lot so its a full team.”Pakistans next one-day series will be in Australia early next year and Ali feels his team has the potential to do well.”We can challenge Australia as well because we have new players who are match winners.” AFP SSC SSClast_img read more

  • Spain fight back to snatch draw with England

    first_imgIsco scored in the sixth minute of stoppage time as Spain launched an improbable fightback to snatch a 2-2 friendly draw against England with both their goals coming after the 89th minute at Wembley on Tuesday.England looked like ending a dismal year with a glimmer of hope as a first-half penalty from Adam Lallana and Jamie Vardy’s header after the break gave them a thoroughly deserved two-goal lead.Yet the comeback began with the home fans already heading for the exits as Iago Aspas cut into the area and thumped the ball into the top corner beginning a nervy retreat from England deep into their own territory.Isco then stunned the Wembley crowd by hitting the ball through substitute keeper Tom Heaton’s legs from a tight angle to deprive England boss Gareth Southgate of a major scalp to end his four-game spell in interim charge.Despite a disappointing end to England’s evening, Southgate remains well-placed to take the England job on a permanent basis and the Football Association may feel an otherwise incisive attacking display against one of the world’s big hitters has greased the wheels sufficiently for his appointment.He has now won two and drawn two of his four games in charge but has steered England through a period of turmoil after Sam Allardyce was forced out 67 days into the job following a newspaper sting and Roy Hodgson quit after a dismal Euro 2016.”I have loved doing it,” he told ITV when asked if he wanted the job.advertisement”But it’s not my decision, I think we are proud of what we have done with the team. We were asked to take over a situation in a temporary measure and tonight’s performance really was very special.”England opened the scoring after nine minutes when Lallana’s inch-perfect pass found Vardy running in behind the Spain defence.While the Leicester striker’s first touch was far from perfect, he managed to knock the ball around advancing Spain keeper Pepe Reina, who took the forward’s legs away to concede a penalty that Lallana thumped high into the net.The Liverpool playmaker has scored in each of his last three games for England, having failed to find the net in his previous 26, but his evening was curtailed midway through the first half when he was forced off through injury.In his absence, England’s threat initially dropped, yet they doubled the lead two minutes into the second half as Vardy ended a 14-game goal drought for club and country with a diving header at the far post from Jordan Henderson’s cross.It could have got better for England but substitute Theo Walcott forced Reina to parry a sharp effort and Henderson scuffed the rebound wide, before former Liverpool forward Aspas cut into the England box to thump the ball into the top corner.That sent jitters through the entire England side, which Isco exploited in the dying seconds.last_img read more

  • Olivier Giroud snatches point for Arsenal in 1-1 draw against Manchester United

    first_imgOlivier Giroud scored an 89th-minute equalizer as Arsenal snatched a 1-1 draw at Manchester United despite being outplayed in a disappointing Premier League match between two English heavyweights on Saturday.In a rare attack by the visitors, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reached the byline and crossed for his fellow substitute to head home at the far post with Arsenal’s first effort on target all match.Juan Mata’s 68th-minute goal put United ahead, the Spain playmaker meeting a right-wing cut-back by Ander Herrera with a low, first-time shot into the corner.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s winless run in competitive meetings with rival coach Jose Mourinho extended to 14 matches, but the Frenchman will probably not be too concerned with that after seeing his side escape with a point.It was a flat and all-too-familiar performance by Arsenal at Old Trafford. The Gunners have not won at United in the league since September 2006 and they barely created a chance until Giroud’s goal. (Also read: Legends drank like devils, says Juergen Klopp in Wayne Rooney’s defence)Mourinho had been heading for his most important victory since arriving at United in the offseason, coming at a time when some have started to doubt his suitability to the job after the team’s erratic start to the season.Instead, United has now drawn its last three league games at home, two of them coming after conceding late goals.”Very frustrating, to be honest,” Mata said. “We were really close to winning the game. This is the Premier League … they only needed one chance.”advertisementThat fell to Giroud, who is starting to make a big claim for a starting place now he is fully fit following a delayed start to the season after the European Championship. The France striker, who has lost his place to Alexis Sanchez as Arsenal’s lone striker, scored two goals off the bench in the last away game at Sunderland.This fixture has provided plenty of drama down the years but there was little to get the crowd excited about here, with the teams’ decision to field two defensive midfielders stifling much of the attacking play.United had the better of the game, but only created half chances until Mata’s goal.Mata’s future at United looked bleak after Mourinho was hired by United. Mourinho sold Mata to United in January 2014 when both were at Chelsea, then left the Spaniard distinctly unimpressed by substituting him in the Community Shield in August, soon after bringing Mata on as a substitute.But Mata appears to be a central figure in Mourinho’s plans at United, starting the last three games and then scoring his fourth goal of the season. He was given a standing ovation when he was substituted in the 85th minute.last_img read more

  • World Cship medallist Sonia advances in style at Boxing Natl

    first_imgBy Poonam Mehra Haridwar, Nov 20 (PTI) World Championships silver-medallist Sonia Lather took little over one round to clinch a comprehensive victory and advance to the second round of the National Womens Boxing Championships here today. Sonia (57kg), competing for the Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), was up against Bihars Seema Kumari. The Haryana-girl seemed in ferocious form as she pummelled her rival to force Technical Knockout in her favour. Sonia, who took to boxing for anger-management and idolises none other but herself, is also a former Asian Championships silver-medallist. However, not all accomplished names made it to the next level. The most notable to go out of fray in the very first round today was Chhoto Laura, a two-time World Championships bronze-medallist. The 33-year-old veteran from RSPB, who is now a qualified coach as well, lost 1-2 in a gripping encounter to Manipurs Sandhya Rani. The bespectacled Laura is a living story of grit, having survived a teenage accident in which one of her leg suffered permanent damage. However, far from being bogged down by the tragedy, the Haryana girl pursued her passion for boxing to be among the world medal winners in an Indian team which was headlined by none other than M C Mary Kom. “You cant cry over losses for too long. I am fine if I win, I dont sulk for long if I lose. All that matters is giving your best shot, and that I do. I will concentrate on coaching now. I am already training nearly 40 girls in Ambala, where I am based,” Laura said, after what was the most engaging contest of the day which had the entire hall up on its feet. Among other prominent names, former Asian Championships silver-medallist Pavitra (64kg) didnt even have to step inside the ring to advance to the second round as she was given a walkover by West Bengals Dolly Singh. Pavitra is competing for the RSPB in the tournament. Former national champion Preeti Beniwal (60kg) also began her campaign confifently by scoring a Technical Knockout over Karnatakas Pooja. PTI PM KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

  • Bale unlikely to face Ireland – Giggs

    first_imgGareth Bale is not expected to be fit to play for Wales in their Nations League clash with Republic of Ireland, according to manager Ryan Giggs.Bale missed Thursday’s 4-1 home friendly loss to Spain with muscle fatigue, while he has also been carrying a groin injury.The forward’s club Real Madrid are reportedly unhappy with Bale’s decision to link up with Wales in his current condition. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And Giggs does not think Bale – Wales’ record goalscorer with 30 international strikes – is going to be available for Tuesday’s Nations League B Group 4 meeting with Ireland in Dublin.”It’s unlikely at this point,” Giggs told Sky Sports. “It’s nothing serious but the closer we get to the game, we will have to make a decision.”Poor defending cost Wales against Spain as Paco Alcacer profited with a first-half brace on his international recall, while defenders Sergio Ramos and Marc Bartra scored headers.Although Burnley striker Sam Vokes scored a late consolation in his 60th appearance for the hosts, Giggs was left frustrated with the errors made by his team in Cardiff.”The disappointment for me was in the basics. You have to do that even against the average teams,” Giggs said.”If you don’t do the basics against a very good team you’re in trouble. You have to do the right things or you will get punished. There were so many mistakes.Llongyfarchiadau @GarethBale11 30 goals for #Wales!Record goal scorer! #TogetherStronger pic.twitter.com/bevA8oldeU— Wales  (@Cymru) October 11, 2018″Spain move the ball quickly and have penetration. We knew we were up against a good team.”We showed some threat going forward in the end and that’s what we wanted to do. That’s about all we can take out of this game – the goal.”last_img read more

  • Man City vs Burnley team news: De Bruyne on bench

    first_imgKevin De Bruyne is back in a Premier League squad for Manchester City, with the Belgian named on the bench for a clash with Burnley.The 27-year-old has been out of action since the opening weekend of the season.He figured in a 2-0 victory away at Arsenal, but then suffered an unfortunate injury in training. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Knee ligament damage was expected to sideline him for up to three months, but he is ready to return ahead of schedule.City have nursed De Bruyne back to full fitness and through a rest period during the international break and can now let him off the leash.Man City team: Ederson, Laporte, Kompany, Stones, Mendy, Fernandinho, Silva, Mahrez, Sane, Bernardo, Aguero.Subs: Muric, Sterling, De Bruyne, Otamendi, Jesus, Zinchenko, Foden.Burnley team: Hart, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Lennon, Cork, Hendrick, Defour, Gudmundsson, Vokes.Subs: Heaton, Barnes, Wood, Westwood, Bardsley, Vydra, Long.De Bruyne’s return is timely for City as they have seen fellow playmaker Ilkay Gundogan pick up a knock.There has been no need to rush him back into the XI, with Kyle Walker the only man to drop out from the side which drew 0-0 with Liverpool in the Blues’ last top-flight outing.On the other side of the field, Joe Hart finds himself back in familiar surroundings.The England international goalkeeper is taking in a first visit to the Etihad Stadium since completing a permanent move away from City over the summer.Burnley are also able to call upon James Tarkowski after seeing him forced out of the most recent Three Lions squad through injury. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

  • Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan quits IPL 2017 to prepare for Champions Trophy

    first_imgHot on the heels of their second defeat in a row, this time at the hands of Rising Pune Supergiant, the Kolkata Knight Riders are set to be without the services of Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for the remainder of Indian Premier League (IPL) season 10.The Bangladesh senior pro has so far played just one match for the men in purple and will now leave for Ireland on Thursday night for a tri-series in the build-up to next month’s Champions Trophy.Shakib played a big role when the Kolkata Knight Riders won the title in 2014 but has played against only Gujarat Lions at home this time.He scored 1 not out and returned with bowling figures of 0/31 in that match.Kolkata Knight Riders are second in the points table with 14 points from 11 games. The Gautam Gambhir-led side next take on struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday in Bengaluru.last_img read more

  • Tripartite MoU signed for world-class TT academy in Kolkata

    first_imgNew Delhi, May 4 (PTI) The Sports Authority of India (SAI), today signed a MoU with Coal India Limited (CIL) and the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) for a state of the art academy to be set up in Kolkata. The MoU is initially for a period eight years and could be extended on mutual agreement of the parties concerned. Named Coal India-SAI National Table Tennis Academy, it will start functioning from Kolkata?s Salt Lake Stadium premises of SAI, with Coal India pumping in over Rs. 7 crore towards constructing a training centre that can accommodate 24 tables and house 48 residential trainees, all in the age group of 10-14 years. But come August, the academy will be able to induct 24 residential trainees before gradually increasing its capacity to 48, according to the MoU. SAI, on its part, will provide adequate space within its Netaji Subhas Eastern Centre at Salt Lake to construct the training centre with all modern facilities, besides appointing support staff, coaches, making available a complete scientific support, flooring, etc. Under the MoU, SAI is expected to meet the obligation of appointing two officials, seven coaches, a two-member staff and eight sparring partners, including some from abroad. The space provided for hostel at its premises will be large enough to comfortably accommodate 50 trainees with separate floors for boys and girls. CIL, on the other hand, will support the cause financially under CSR and take care of all capital expenditure and sports equipment and other operating costs for the initial period of three years which is extendable. It will be TTFI?s duty to provide all technical assistances, including helping in talent scouting, establishing periodical tie-ups with international coaches and granting affiliation to the academy in order to help its trainees participate in all national ranking championships under the Academy banner. This, in turn, will mean that the academy boys are eligible for international exposure as and when selected. Since the academy is residential in nature, it will provide for schooling of all its trainees, possibly adopting the open school method with provisions to monitor and supervise the academic progress of trainees on a regular basis. PTI BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

  • Ayushmann Khurrana on making a mix-tape, having a crush on Tabu and being unconventional

    first_imgAyushmann Khurrana, who will be next seen in Meri Pyaari Bindu opposite Parineeti Chopra, talks about his his role in the film, his journey in Bollywood and his upcoming projects.How did Meri Pyaari Bindu come to you?I had read this script three years back. That time Yash Raj Films was not producing it. I was very excited about it. Back then they were looking for a girl for the part and couldn’t find one. Suddenly, Adi Sir [Aditya Chopra] called to say that there is this script called Side B Love. That was its title then. I knew I loved it. It was so novel and nostalgic. Suprotim [Sengupta] expresses beautifully with his words. You play a pulp fiction writer. Have you read any? That writing is not my zone. I am not a fan. In Meri Pyaari Bindu, I’m a Hindi writer. There are some raunchy titles like Awara Dhoban and Chudail ki Choli. I imagine Bindu in every character.The film thrives on nostalgia, and nostalgia never gets dated right? Yes. It just gets better. But this is not all about the past. It’s a life journey of these characters from 5 to 35. It is also set in current time.Bindu and Abhimanyu make a mix-tape. Have you made a mix-tape for somebody?Of course. For myself and my first girlfriend who went on to become my wife. I made her a 90-minute Hindi English mix. There was no graph. It was random. There was a Kishore Kumar “Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas” and then suddenly Bryan Adams’ “Best of Me”.advertisementYour brother Aparshakti Khurana has also taken to films. Is there a rivalry now?There could be no rivalry because there is so much of love. I am a protective brother. He respects me a lot. Though there is a difference of three years, he touches my feet. He does it in front of everybody deliberately. And I’m like Ghar pe kar le, but he will do it even at award shows. He has been doing so since childhood so he suddenly won’t change his ways. We look similar but we are so different. I was a co-curricular captain of the school. He was the captain of the sports team. He has captained the Haryana under-19 cricket team. He is one of thode rare Punjabis who can speak fluent Haryanvi too which is why he fit so well in Dangal too. Your career graph is defined by playing the loveable fool in romantic comedies such as Vicky Donor, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Meri Pyaari Bindu. But you are now turning things around by working with Sriram Raghavan. Tell us about it. I think you need time for everything. You have to establish yourself as a guy next door, and then do something radical later. If you try something radical with every film, then you will get exhausted.  You are limited some way or the other even if you are multi-talented. Though a lot of thrillers were being offered to me, I wanted a Sriram Raghavan thriller. He is the master of thrillers. This is the perfect time for that metamorphosis. This is the most challenging role of my life.And you are working with Tabu.Oh My God, she is stunning. My father and I both have a crush on her. I start shooting it in June.   Then there’s Shubh Mangal Savdhan, a remake of a Tamil film, with Bhumi Pednekar.It is the antithesis of Vicky Donor. I play a guy who has erectile dysfunction. The filmmaker, RS Prasanna, calls it a spiritual remake of the original. It came out in 2012 and  was seen as the Vicky Donor of south even though the topics are different. Shubh Mangal Savdhan is radical, quirky and a family film despite the topic.Are you happy with the movie offers coming your way?I am fortunate that I have been a part of two National Award-winning films in five years. I am getting good choices being part of boutique management of Yash Raj where they handle a fixed number of actors. I am pretty content. Would you want to try action, a genre that heroes want to have in their filmography?I started with an unconventional film and I am unconventional in a way. I want to just own that space. I want to be myself. If everybody aspires to be a conventional, commercial hero, who will become the Amol Palekar and Farooq Sheikh of this generation?ALSO READ: Used to sing in trains and collect money during college days, says Ayushmann Khurrana  advertisementALSO READ: Ayushmann-Bhumi are set to recreate magic in Shubh Mangal Savdhan  ALSO WATCH: Up, close and personal with Ayushmann Khurranalast_img read more

  • Virat Kohli has the ability to overcome tough times: Kapil Dev to India Today

    first_imgIndia are just a few weeks away from their title defence campaign at the ICC Champions Trophy and they have some issues to iron out before that. Their major stars have had a lukewarm IPL – the likes of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Kedar Jadhav have failed to light this season up while Rohit Sharma has been nowhere near his best after a return from injury.Moreover, R Ashwin has been out of match practice, as he was forced to sit out of the entire edition of the IPL after a hectic Test season at home.India Today spoke to Kapil Dev on various challenges Team India faces ahead of the Champions Trophy, which starts in England from June 1:On big Indian stars faring poorly in IPL 2017: It is fine. It is not possible for a big player to score runs at every opportunity. We have seen many big players losing form many times. But, a big player always returns to form sooner rather than later.On Virat Kohli’s forgettable IPL before the Champions Trophy:One is always concerned when a player like him doesn’t score big. But the reason he is rated the best is because he has the ability to overcome such circumstances and tough times. He has dual responsibilities as a batsman and as a skipper. How he tackles that is something which only time will tell. But Kohli being in form is very important for India.On Ashwin not playing the IPL and going straight to the Champions Trophy: advertisementCan’t say much (about that). He has so much experience. He shouldn’t face a lot of problems, bowling straightaway at he Champions Trophy. should not face much problem on bowling straightaway in the Champions Trophy. I think he bowled over 700 overs in the Test series. People said that he was quite tired.I don’t know the real thing; only he would be able to tell what it is. Sometimes, a little bit of rest does wonders and I think a bowler like him should not face any trouble in playing the big games straight after a comeback.On India’s pace battery: Bhuvneshwar Kumar has shown a great deal of improvement in the last couple of years. Whenever he got an opportunity, he showed his form. But, in a big tournament like the Champions Trophy, it will be great to see all these pacers – Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami – performing as one unitOn youngsters missing out and questions being raised on Dhoni’s form:Raising questions on selection is not an issue, I believe there should always be a discussion. A healthy discussion is always good On the much-awaited India-Pakistan game on June 4: It isn’t difficult (beating India) but on current form, India is a better team (than Pakistan). In the 1980s, Pakistan was a better team. But right now, the Indian team is far ahead if you compare the two sides one-on-one or on paper. What will really matters is how we play on the given day but yes, India are the favourite right now.last_img read more

  • Champions Trophy 2017: Shahid Afridi slams Pakistan’s drab show vs India

    first_imgPakistan’s abject surrender to India in their Champions Trophy 2017 opener on Sunday left Shahid Afridi fuming but the legendary all-rounder also had a word of praise for Virat Kohli’s men, the defending champions . India were dominant throughout the game which saw  a record-breaking attendance of 24,156 despite the London terror attack a few hours before. In front of packed stands, India dismantled their arch-rivals clinically and often without appearing to break a sweat.First, the batsmen – Rohit Sharma (91), Virat Kohli (81*), Shikhar Dhawan (68), Yuvraj Singh (53) – set up a daunting 319/8 in 48 overs. Later, Pakistan, chasing a revised target of 289 in 41 overs, were taken apart by the bowlers as Umesh Yadav finished with 3/30. Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja ended with identical figures of 2/43 off eight overs. Afridi, a former captain and the protagonist of several India-Pakistan encounters over the years, said the shoddy performance was painful to watch.”The Indo-Pak Champions Trophy encounter failed to live up to its hype as Pakistan produced a forgettable performance at Edgbaston. As a Pakistani supporter, the drab show was a painful watch indeed as India once again proved that it has a stranglehold over its neighbour that it is in no mood to relinquish,” Afridi wrote in a column for the ICC.”India started as the favourite and played the entire game in the same frame of mind, even as Pakistan crumbled limply.”India’s 124-run victory over Pakistan was their 13th triumph over their arch rivals in 15 ICC tournament matches.Tactically and skillfully far superior, India were all over Pakistan’s lackluster game plan and Afridi said Kohli’s men were quick to pounce on the opposition’s weakness.advertisement”Sarfraz Ahmed won what was a crucial toss in tricky weather conditions. When rain is around, the team batting second gets a huge advantage. Unfortunately though, a poor game plan and shoddy execution, besides abysmal fielding, ified the advantage,” he said.”Mohammad Amir bowled a splendid first over and I thought he would strike with the new ball. Strangely though, Sarfraz handed the other new ball to Imad Wasim despite the overcast conditions. The tactic was perplexing for me since the match wasn’t being played in the UAE! Even if Sarfraz wanted to surprise India, he should have deployed his faster bowlers after an over or two from Imad.”Afridi said Pakistan had allowed Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to settle down and once that happened, it was difficult to stop the duo.”Players of the calibre of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are very hard to stop if they are allowed to settle early, and that is what Pakistan allowed them to do,” he said.”While the Indian openers negotiated Amir carefully, they gradually got their eye in against Imad. Pakistan missed a trick and for the rest of the Indian innings there was hardly a period where they looked troubled.”Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh then flayed a tiring attack before Hardik Pandya’s cameo turned the match totally in the defending champion’s favour,” Afridi added.Pakistan’s fielding was a comedy of errors and several dropped catches did not help their cause. Yuvraj Singh was dropped early in on his innings and he made them pay for it with a brutal 32-ball 53. Kohli was also given a reprieve and he cut loose to virtually bat Pakistan out of the match.”Pakistan’s fielding was very ordinary too, with easy runs given away inside the circle, besides the dropped chances, which made life tougher for the bowlers. The players looked tense and nervous despite the claims to the contrary before the start of the game,” he said.Afridi was also scathing on his attack on the Pakistani batsmen, who could muster just 164 runs.”I feel that our batsmen are short on the skills side and freeze under pressure. The senior lot failed to cope with the increasing run-rate and got out after occupying the crease for long but barren durations.”There is simply no excuse for a 164-run score on a flat wicket where the opposition managed 319 with consummate ease,” he said.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

  • Women’s World Cup: India’s unbeaten run ends against dominant South Africa

    first_imgDane van Niekerk came up with a superb all-round performance as South Africa dominated with both bat and ball to thrash India by 115 runs in a group match of the women’s cricket World Cup here on Saturday.This was the first defeat of the tournament for India who had won their previous matches by comfortable margins. They are now second on the table behind Australia with eight points from five matches.South Africa are fourth with seven points from five games. They are on the same number of points as third placed New Zealand but are trailing on net run rate.Batting first, South Africa rode on half-centuries from Lizelle Lee and Dane to post a challenging 273/9 in their allotted 50 overs.Dane then returned figures of 4/22 in her 10 overs as India were dismissed for 158 runs in 46 overs.Lee was the highest scorer for South Africa with a breezy 92 runs off 65 balls. Her knock, which included 10 boundaries and seven sixes, helped stabilise the innings following the early departure of fellow opener Laura Wolvaardt.Lee subsequently posted a 91-run partnership with Trisha Chetty and a 42-run stand with Mignon du Preez to lay the foundation of a big total.Lee was unlucky to miss out on what would have been a well-deserved century when she was trapped leg before while attempting to smash a delivery from off-spinner Harmanpreet Kaur over mid-wicket.Dane then took charge in the middle, scoring 57 runs in 66 balls with seven boundaries and a six.She received good support from Chloe Tyron who scored 24 runs off 18 balls, hitting two sixes and a boundary along the way.advertisementPacer Shikha Pandey was the most successful among the Indian bowlers with figures of 3/40.The Indian innings ran into trouble right at the start as they lost wickets at regular intervals.Deepti was the highest scorer for India with 60 runs off 111 balls with five hits to the fence. But she waged a lonely battle as wickets kept falling at the other end.Jhulan Goswami was the only other Indian batter who managed to stand up to the South African bowlers with an unbeaten 43 off 79 balls.Dane ran amok with her leg-spin in the early stages as the Indians were reduced to 7/65 by the end of the 20th over.Deepti and Jhulan managed to stem the rot for a while, batting together for 18.2 overs, adding 53 runs between them.That was the only bit of resistance the Indians could manage on the day. When Dane dismissed Deepti with the first ball of the 39th over, a South African victory was only a matter of time.Brief scores:South Africa 273/9 in 50 overs (Lizelle Lee 92, Dane van Niekerk 57; Shikha Pandey 3/40) beat India 158 in 46 overs (Deepti Sharma 60, Jhulan Goswami 43 not out; Dane van Niekerk 4/22) by 115 runs.last_img read more