Month: November 2019

  • Japan downs Thailand to win AVC gold

    first_imgMan sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Tournament MVP Risa Shinnabe put up a game-high 19 points, going on 17-of-33 in spike attempts, to lead Japan while Mami Uchiseto added 18. Japan captain Nana Iwasaka and Yurie Nabeya also finished in double digits with 13 and 11 points, respectively. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThailand had three players lead the team in scoring with Pimpichaya Kokram, Ajcharaporn Kongyot, and Chatchu-on Moksri each tallying 17 points. Read Next LATEST STORIES Fiba Asia Cup loss of ‘Gilas kuyas’ spurs SEAG-bound PH team on CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Japan overcame a two-set deficit and humbled Thailand, 26-28, 20-25, 25-16, 25-16, 15-7, to take the gold medal in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Thursday at Alonte Sports Arena here. Koyomi Tominaga dealt the title-winning blow as it glanced off the block of Thailand and ended Japan’s 10-year championship drought. ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

  • Gin kings to exploit Slaughter’s towering presence

    first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PBA IMAGESSince seven-footer Greg Slaughter arrived, Barangay Ginebra has stuck to a proven and tested method of rhythmically striking its opponents inside.It will be no different when the Gin Kings continue the sequel of their storied rivalry with the Meralco Bolts in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  NU, Ateneo near crowns BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES “We believe in our fundamentals,” said Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “We’re going to go out and do the basic things that we normally do.”The defending champions have prepared nothing special to counter an upgraded Meralco side in Game 1 of their best-of-seven championship series at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’ll just stay on what we know and once things aren’t working, then that’s the time we make adjustments,” said the league’s most decorated coach with 19 conference titles.At the focal point of their back-to-back titular bid in the season-ending conference is the towering Slaughter, a riddle other teams could only solve when the skillful big man is not in his elements.center_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slaughter is an essential piece of Ginebra’s squadron of quick-footed big men which includes the 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance and import Justin Brownlee.They will certainly create mismatches in the paint since the Bolts will rely heavily on Allen Durham, Ranidel De Ocampo and Cliff Hodge to contain them.“There will be mismatches at the perimeter if they play Durham and Ranidel at 4-5,” said Cone.“We have tough matchups for them but I think our advantage really is our size, because our size dictates their matchups,” added Cone.When the Gin Kings captured the crown in six games last year, Slaughter was on the sidelines nursing a leg injury. At that time, Durham spent most of his time guarding Brownlee.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

  • Rockets win 10th straight, top Kings

    first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Smith, Griffin help Pistons beat Hawks to end 3-game skid NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Ask anyone on the team if they believe they can get better after the break and the answer comes quickly — and often in one word.“Absolutely,” Chris Paul said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Of course,” James Harden said, before the question was even done.Harden had 28 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and the Rockets fought off a late rally for the 100-91 win. The Rockets wasted no time putting Johnson to work. Johnson, who signed with the team on Wednesday afternoon, checked in with about four minutes left in the first quarter. The 36-year-old free agent spent 32 games with the Jazz this season. The move reunites him with D’Antoni, who he played for in Phoenix from 2002-05.Johnson had nine points and three rebounds in 31 minutes and the Rockets are looking forward to seeing what he can contribute once he gets better acquainted with the team.“Joe’s going to fit in great,” D’Antoni said. “He’s going to be really good, smooth … he can make plays. He’s got some gas left.”UP NEXTKings: Host Oklahoma City on Feb. 22.Rockets: Host Minnesota on Feb. 23. MOST READ Houston led by as many as 17, but the Kings got within striking distance several times in the fourth quarter. They were down six late when Houston used a 7-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Harden, to make it 94-83 with just more than a minute left.The Kings scored the next five points, with a 3-pointer from Garrett Temple, to cut it to six again with 30 seconds left. Joe Johnson, in his Houston debut, added two free throws before Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 96-91 with about 25 seconds left.The Rockets made four free throws after that to secure the win.“We didn’t have that energy and you could just see it,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “But they have the confidence that they can get it done defensively or by any means, and we just finished it up. Not a whole lot to say other than workmanship.”Paul added 19 points and seven assists, and Clint Capela had 13 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Bogdanovic led the Kings with 20 points and Temple came off the bench to add 13.“We’ve got some young guys, and the older guys are always saying: ‘Come on you young guys,’” coach Dave Joerger said. “We know (they’re) going to be good but we’ve got to hurry up and accelerate this as much as possible.”Temple, who scored the last four points of the third quarter, opened the fourth with another basket to cut Houston’s lead to seven. But Johnson made a 3-pointer on the next possession to make it 75-65.A 6-2 run by Sacramento cut the lead to seven later in the quarter before Harden made a 3-pointer to make it 83-73 midway through the period.Houston, which entered the game averaging an NBA-best 31.3 points in the first quarter, scored a season-low 20 points on Wednesday. The Rockets got going in the second quarter behind 17 points from Paul to lead 55-45 at halftime.The Rockets made the first four points of the third quarter before Bogdanovic scored all of Sacramento’s points in a 7-3 run to cut the lead to 62-52 with about seven minutes left.Houston scored the next seven points, while Sacramento missed its next eight shots, to leave the Rockets up 69-52 with about three minutes left in the quarter.The Kings ended a scoring drought of more than five minutes after that when JaKarr Sampson made one of two free throws. That was the start of the 7-3 run by Sacramento, with two 3-pointers from Buddy Hield, that got the Kings within 72-59 about a minute later.TIP-INSKings: Willie Cauley-Stein had 12 points, five assists and eight rebounds. … The Kings made 10 of 32 3-pointers, led by four from Bogdanovic. … Hield scored 12 points.Rockets: Eric Gordon sat out after bruising his right knee on Tuesday night. … Trevor Ariza missed his ninth straight game with a strained left hamstring. … Capela had two blocks and has had at least two in eight of his last nine games.WASTING NO TIME Houston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) celebrates after drawing a foul, as guard James Harden watches during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — After extending their winning streak to 10 games with a victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night, the Houston Rockets were happy, though far from satisfied.These Rockets, who are 44-13 entering the All-Star break after winning 17 of their last 19 games, have much bigger goals ahead of them.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

  • Zverev joins Top 10 of men’s tennis after Rome win

    first_imgSEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo It was just a fourth career title and third this year for Zverev who moves up seven places to ten ahead of the French Open at Roland Garros from May 28 to June 7.The top ten remains unchanged with Britain’s Andy Murray world number one ahead of Serb Djokovic, the reigning Roland Garros champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingArgentine Juan Martin del Potro moves up four places to 30th after reaching the Rome quarter-finals.ATP Rankings LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Andy Murray (GBR) 10,370 ptsNovak Djokovic (SRB) 7,445Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 5,445Rafael Nadal (ESP) 5,375Roger Federer (SUI) 5,035Milos Raonic (CAN) 4,360Dominic Thiem (AUT) 4,145Marin Cilic (CRO) 3,765Kei Nishikori (JPN) 3,560Alexander Zverev (GER) 3,150 (+7)David Goffin (BEL) 3,055 (-1)Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 2,900 (-1)Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 2,870 (-1)Tomas Berdych (CZE) 2,780 (-1)Jack Sock (USA) 2,415 (-1)Gaël Monfils (FRA) 2,365 (-1)Lucas Pouille (FRA) 2,320 (-1)Roberto Bautista (ESP) 2,155 (+2)Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 2,155 (-1)Albert Ramos (ESP) 2,065 (-1)Selected:Richard Gasquet (FRA) 1,605 (+1)Juan Martin Del Potro 1,305 (+4) Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Alexander Zverev. AFPGermany’s Alexander Zverev broke into the Top 10 of the latest ATP rankings released on Monday a day after stunning world number two Novak Djokovic to win the Rome Masters.The 20-year-old Zverev claimed his maiden Masters 1000 title on Sunday with a straight sets win over four-time Rome champion Djokovic.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam Barcelona and the Spanish league that got away Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Read Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

  • Black hopes Meralco learns from costly miscues in q’finals exit

    first_imgCayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games “I told the players that it’s all about learning experience. Obviously in the end, there’s going to be one winner so everybody else is gonna be losers. It’s just heartbreaking because we should’ve won the game, we we’re right there, and we made the mistakes down the stretch to lose the game,” he said.Meralco squandered a golden opportunity to advance to the semifinals a number of times, losing hold of its 14-point lead in the third frame and a five-point edge in the last 2:29.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith the Bolts holding on to a tight 89-88 edge, Ranidel de Ocampo was whistled for a technical foul for not reporting to the scorer’s table, but Chris Newsome muffed the accompanying freebie with 12.3 seconds remaining. Though the KaTropa failed to score on the other end, Newsome turned the ball over anew as his pass to the foot of Joshua Smith got picked up by Jayson Castro, who would go on and send the game to overtime.The tough sequences late in the game obviously took a toll on the Bolts as a deflated crew failed to match up against TNT in the extra five minutes. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Creamline nears bronze finish WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt may sound repetitive, but coach Norman Black truly believes that the lessons learned from Meralco’s failed campaigns should be building blocks for the team going forward.The Bolts bowed out of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals in heartbreaking fashion, a 104-96 overtime loss to TNT on Friday, but there’s no reason for the team to bow their heads.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Black knows that accepting defeat is tough after almost tasting the win, but he’s hopeful that these bitter experiences will serve his team right once these situations arose again.“Right now, my backcourt, who I should say are two second-year players, are very talented but is only in the league for five conferences, so just give them a chance to mature and get the experience needed to make the right plays in that situation,” he said, referring to Newsome and Baser Amer. “Hopefully, when we get into this situation, we won’t make those same mistakes.“But there’s a reason for optimism for Meralco, especially with the way Amer made the leap this conference.“He took over the leadership for the team at the point guard position and he’s been very productive. I thought he was our leading scorer this conference and probably one of our leading assists guys and one of our leading rebounders. He did well this conference and hopefully, he can build on that,” he said.The Bolts will have ample time to do just that as they are set to welcome back Allen Durham in the season-ending Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, firecenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

  • Creamline coolly smashes foe sans star Valdez

    first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:56Valdez, PH volleybelles stay positive despite ‘frustrating’ losses01:57Taiwan bridge collapses, at least 14 injured; rescuers fear six trapped02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Mapua battles Perpetual at home Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Jia Morado tossed 50 excellent sets, fanning out the offensive chores masterfully.It was a sorry loss for the Power Smashers, who succumbed to their fourth defeat in five matches.What happened in the third set mirrored the second when Creamline fell behind, 18-21, against the youthful but inexperienced squad.Rosemarie Vargas strung up three straight points—all through soft-touch hits— while Colleen Bravo scored three kill blocks to lift the Cool Smashers.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet The win practically qualified the Cool Smashers to the next round—they have won all their five matches so far.“It’s a challenge for the team, really. So we have to step up and prove that it’s all team effort,” said Pau Soriano in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe veteran spiker accounted for 15 points including five straight in the homestretch as the Cool Smashers raced from a 20-22 hole en route to the straight sets victory.But most importantly, Creamline proved that it can stand its ground even without top scorer and team leader Valdez, who is currently in Japan training with the Philippine team.center_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAt least for the moment, there appears to be no need for Alyssa Valdez.Creamline played without its heroine and still came through with a convincing 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 win over Power Smashers Wednesday night to remain spotless in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

  • AVC: Philippines loses second straight as Korea stays undefeated

    first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Korea had a 24-19 lead when Jovelyn Gonzaga and Aby Maraño combined for four straight points to cut the lead to 24-23.READ: Philippines whips Hong Kong in AVC openerKim then ended the first set with a booming kill for Korea and she did the same in the second set with another power hit to end the penultimate period.“If I were a player and KYK came in, I’d be stunned,” said Philippine head coach Francis Vicente in Filipino. “KYK is one of the world’s best and for me it was an honor that she played that early in the game.”“Still, even though we lost, I’m still proud of them because we put up a fight against one of the best teams in the world and you can see that we can win it’s just that we would falter at the end.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Hwang Minkyoung assured the Koreans of the victory with an off-the-block kill the Philippine defense had no chance of receiving.READ: AVC: PH yields to unbeaten Kazakhstan, still moves on to QF FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAnd though it was Hwang who dealt the final blow, it was Korean superstar Kim Yeon-koung who threw the early haymakers.Kim, who sat out Korea’s first two games and played sparingly in the third, surprised those in attendance when she stepped to the floor when her team squandered a five-point lead late in the first set. Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines took another loss in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship as Korea handed the host a three-set beating, 25-23, 25-18, 25-12 in the classification stage Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena here.Korea, FIVB’s 10th-ranked team in the world, are 2-0 in the classification stage and has a shot to take a top-four seeding for the quarterfinals while the Philippines dropped to 0-2.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul READ: Filipinas shrug off first-game jitters vs Hong Kong Yang Hyojin had a game-high 13 points to lead Korea while Kim put up 12 points, going 9-of-12 on her spike attempts.Kim Heejin also had double-digit scoring numbers when she put up 11 points for Korea.Jaja Santiago paced the Philippines with 10 points while Alysa Valdez and Gonzaga combined for 14.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments Bullock ends Rain or Shine skid in nipping of Kia Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READlast_img read more

  • Asiad: Somdev takes centrestage, India maintains 8th spot on table

    first_imgIndia’s Somdev Devvarman (R) and Sanam Singh exult after winning gold medal in the men’s doubles tennis event of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China on Monday. PTITennis star Somdev Devvarman took centre stage by fetching a gold medal in doubles event and also becoming the first Indian to reach the final in men’s singles as India clinched three medals to maintain their 8th position on the tenth day of competitions in the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on Monday.Somdev teamed up with Sanam Singh to claim the title in the men’s doubles event and inched closer to a historic singles gold by moving into the final on what turned out to be a fruitful day for him.Sania Mirza and Vishnu Vardhan had to be content with a silver in mixed doubles while the men’s archery team comprising Rahul Banerjee, Mangal Singh Champia and Jayanta Talukdar bagged a bronze in the team event.With the addition of three more medals, India’s medal tally climbed to six gold, 12 silver and 18 bronze to maintain their 8th position on a day which saw the athletes drawing blank.Hosts China continued to reign supreme and consolidated their posision atop the medal table with a stupendous haul of 154-77-73 while South Korea (61-51-66) and Japan (32-59-67) were in the second and third.Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom (51kg) and Kavita Goyat (75kg) assured India of at least two bronze medals in women’s boxing by advancing to the semifinals with contrasting wins. Santosh Kumar also advanced to the semi-finals in the men’s section.advertisementAfter launching their campaign in spectacular fashion by fetching two gold medals, the athletes returned empty-handed on Monday while the grapplers, who acconted for two bronze medals on Sunday, came a cropper in Greco Roman competitions.The women’s hockey team went down to China 1-2 in their last league match but were still in contention for a bronze medal.The day clearly belonged to Somdev as he pipped Japan’s Tatasuma Ito 6-2 0-6 6-3 in the semifinals to set up the summit-clash with top seed Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.Later, he and Sanam Singh combined superbly to win first gold medal for India in the tennis event in this edition of the Games as the sixth seed pair shocked second seed Chinese Gong Maoxin and Li Zhe 6-3 6-7(4) 10-8 in the final.However, gold eluded Sania yet again as she and Vishnu Vardhan, seeded sixth, lost the mixed doubles final 6-4 1-6 2-10 to second seed Taipei pair of Chan Yung Jan and Yang Tsung Hua.Somdev and Sanam’s gold medal feat assumes significance as India landed here without star doubles pair of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, gold medallists of the last edition at Doha in 2006, who opted to play in World Tour Finals in London. Rohan Bopanna is also missing from the Indian line-up though he had failed to qualify for the World Tour Finals.Before Somdev, no Indian had managed to enter men’s singles final and India had won only three bronze medals in men’s singles in Asian Games. Leander Paes had won it in 1994 in Hiroshima Games and Mahesh Bhupathi and Prahlad Srinath had won it during 1998 Games in Bangkok.In the showpiece athletics event, medal prospects Mandeep Kaur and Manjeet Kaur finished disappointing fourth and fifth with below-par performances in women’s 400m final.One-lap racer Mandeep Kaur, the leading timer in Asia this season and drawn on the outside lane seven, led the field till the back stretch before flagging behind to finish fourth in 52.99 secs.National record holder Manjeet, gold medallist in 2002 at Busan and silver medallist four years later in Doha, finished a poor fifth in 53.27, two seconds below her personal best.In women’s hammer throw, national record holder Hardeep Kaur started with a foul attempt before attaining her best effort of the day, 60.54m in her third attempt, to finish fourth.Sprinters Mohammed Najeeb Qureshi and Krishnakumar Rane both failed to advance to the men’s 100m final after finishing fourth by both in the semifinals.Spearheaded by Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa, Indian men’s and women’s racqueters came out with a heartening performance to end the day on an unbeaten note in the squash team events.Indian men blanked Japan 3-0 in their opening encounter of the day and then went on to secure their third straight preliminary league victory in the event, thrashing Saudi Arabia with an identical scoreline.In the women’s section, Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal and Anaka Alankamony ripped apart the challenge of Chinese racqueters 3-0 in the first outing. They then secured a victory over arch-rivals Pakistan.advertisementIndia slumped to a 1-2 defeat at the hands of defending champions China in their last round-robin match but still qualified for the bronze medal play-off game against Japan in women’s hockey competitions.With three wins and as many defeats, the Surinder Kaur-led side finished its round-robin league proceedings at fourth position with nine points and will get a chance to defend its bronze medal, which they earned four years ago in Doha. The Indian trio of Jayanta Talukdar, Rahul Banerjee and Mangal Singh Champia fought through challenging conditions to clinch the men’s team bronze after beating Chinese Taipei in the Archery competition.Like the women, the Indian men defeated Chinese Taipei but with a more comprehensive 220-216 margin as compared to the women’s 218-217 victory in the bronze medal play-off.Incidentally, both men and women lost to world’s top archers from South Korea in the semifinals before clinching the bronze medal.The Indians scored 28 and 29 for a total of 57 in the first set of six arrows, 56 (29 and 27) in the second set and flagged a bit to get 53 (26 and 27) in the third and 54 in the fourth and last set (27 and 27). They shot a total of eight 10s and bulls eyes.In chess, Indian women drubbed Mongolia to climb to the joint top position while their male counterparts slipped to the fourth spot with a shocking defeat at the hands of lower-rated Philippines after the fifth round.In rugby, despite suffering heavy defeats in all three league matches, the Indian men’s team qualified for the quarter finals as only nine teams are in the fray.India, who were thrashed 43-5 by Korea in the opening pool B match yesterday, were today drubbed 61-0 by China and 42-12 by sub-continental rivals Sri Lanka to finish at the bottom of the group.Yet, they qualified for the quarter finals and will play the winners of pool B at the University Town stadium tomorrow.The women performed no better, and were steamrolled by Japan 31-0 for their second straight preliminary league defeat after being thumped 50-0 by Kazakhstan.Indian cyclists continued to cut a sorry figure at the Games with the duo of Sombir and Atul Yadav finishing 27th and 32nd respectively in the men’s Individual Road Race here today.In the 180km race, comprising nine laps of 20km each, Sombir clocked 4:15:15.42 and managed an average speed of 42.310. Atul was further down after clocking 4:15:59.39 at an average speed of 42.189.India swamped Bangladesh 34-20 in their opening encounter as women’s kabaddi made its Asian Games debut today.Indian women spikers suffered their third successive defeat in the Asian Games, going down 0-3 to Chinese Taipei in their last preliminary Group B match at the Guangwai Gymnasium here today.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

  • Misbah asks politicians to end Indo-Pak cricketing logjam

    first_imgPakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq believes only political intervention can lead to a resumption of bilateral cricketing ties with India and open the doors for his country’s players in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) and Champions League Twenty20. Pakistan Captain Misbah-Ul-Haq says political intervention can revive bilateral seriesIn an interview to Pakistani TV channel Geo Super, the batsman said he found it frustrating that cricket ties are getting affected because of politics. “I don’t think it is in the hands of players or cricket authorities as far as Indo-Pak cricket ties are concerned. I think politics decides ties between the two countries. And only political intervention can lead to a resumption of bilateral ties,” he said. Misbah said it was unfortunate that Pakistan, despite being a top cricket nation, was not being allowed to play in the IPL.      “It does irritate you. But one can’t do anything. Relations between the two countries are always dictated by political issues.”  The Test and ODI captain also stressed on the need for resumption of regular bilateral ties with India.  “Playing India is very important for us from a cricketing and financial point of view. The more we play against each other, the more mature the audiences will also become. There is always something special about playing against India and the players do miss contests against them,” he said. “As such there has been no tensions between players we sit together and we get along. But when we play obviously there is great pressure on both sides because of the hype and expectations that come from a Indo-Pak match,” Misbah added. Misbah made it clear he had no clear time-line in his mind about retiring from the game. The 37-year-old player said he would continue to play as long as he was fit and able to do justice to his team.  “I don’t want to hang around preventing some young player from coming in. The day I feel enough is enough and I am not doing justice I will quit. I am only going on in international cricket because at my age I am still passionate about the sport and see playing at the top level as a big challenge.”  Misbah advocated the formation of a players’ union as he feels it can help reduce the controversies that plague the Pakistani team.  “A players association with the right people in place can do a lot in Pakistan cricket. It can improve communication between players, management and board. It can educate and guide players on contentious issues. It can lead to a reduction in the controversies and scandals that hit Pakistan cricket.”  With inputs from PTI. advertisementlast_img read more

  • WWE Hell In A Cell 2012 Results: Big Show wins world championship

    first_imgIn the WWE Title match Ryback vs reigning champion CM Punk, the Second City Saint prevailed by cheating the challenger out of a victory. The night also witnessed Big Show defeat Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship. According to the report on www.ibtimes.com, “Punk and Ryback had a long back and forth fight in the only match that took place within the Hell in a Cell cage this year. Things came to an abrupt halt when Ryback attempted to perform Shell Shocked for the win but was interrupted and low-blowed by the referee, who then gave Punk a fast count victory.””Punk screwed the big guy, but Ryback got his revenge when the Straight-Edge Superstar and corrupt referee couldnt unlock the cage door. They were trapped with a furious Ryback who assaulted them both, before leaving the cage and scaling to the top to finally perform Shell Shock on Punk,” the report added.The show reportedly ended with Ryback on top of gigantic Cell, standing over Punks incapacitated body. He and the crowd continued his signature “Feed Me More!” chant as the pay-per-view went off the air.The championship match was reportedly given more time than usual on Sunday night, and Champion Eve Torres came out on top of her opponents Layla and Kaitlyn. The triple-threat match was well conceived and had better crowd reaction than most Divas matches, the report added.last_img read more