Federer edges Youzhny in 5 sets at US Open; Nadal needs 4

first_imgView comments It is the first time the 36-year-old Federer has played five-setters in both the first and second rounds at a major tournament.“I knew I was going to maybe struggle early on. Maybe I struggled more than I would have liked to. But I’m still in the draw, which gives me a chance. I still believe I’m going to pick up my game and become just more consistent because I’m not playing all that bad,” Federer said. “It’s just that I’m going a bit up and down in waves throughout the match.”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 shutoutGiven that Federer entered the day with a 16-0 career record against Youzhny and a 16-0 mark in the U.S. Open’s second round, one might have thought that their match would be a mismatch.Think again. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Promoters: Pacquiao-Horn rematch won’t happen this year Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READcenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games A couple of seeded men departed, too: No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 15 Tomas Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up.The No. 3-seeded Federer won five consecutive U.S. Open championships from 2004-08 and also was the runner-up twice, including two years ago. But he missed last year’s tournament while taking off the second half of the season to let his back and surgically repaired left knee fully heal.That back, an off-and-on issue for years, flared up again while Federer was losing in the final of the Montreal Masters in August. He didn’t get to fully work on returns or serves, in particular, as the U.S. Open approached. That lack of training and the resulting lack of timing — rather than pain from his back — is what Federer said caused him problems Tuesday night in the first round against 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe and again against Youzhny, a former top-10 player who reached the 2006 and 2010 U.S. Open semifinals but is now ranked 101st.“I’m pretty confident that I’m only going to get better from here. That’s a good thing,” Federer said. “Because I’ve played a lot, I definitely found some rhythm now.”He did falter repeatedly Thursday, though.Federer let a lead slip away in the second set and got broken while serving for it at 5-4.“He helped me to come back,” Youzhny said.Federer stumbled again while serving for the fourth set at 5-3, but responded to a break there by breaking right back.Still, Federer’s unforced errors continued to mount in the fifth set — 11 in the first four games alone, including a badly shanked forehand on his first break point at 2-1, a netted backhand on his second, and a long forehand to let Youzhny hold there. Eventually, Federer nosed ahead, aided by the considerable dip in the 35-year-old Youzhny’s level of play.While Federer played his first-round match Tuesday under the roof in Ashe, Youzhny’s opener was postponed until Wednesday because of rain, and he blamed that for his fatigue. His legs started cramping late in the third set Thursday and then reached other parts of his body, even his fingers, by the end. That made it hard to move forward or to jump normally while serving. “He’s also a real man who plays tennis,” Youzhny noted. “He’s not a god.”Well, OK, that’s true. But remember: Federer did not drop a single set en route to his record eighth Wimbledon championship in July. And that he is 37-3 with five titles, including two at majors to raise his record total to 19.Second on that list, with 15, is No. 1-seeded Rafael Nadal, who trailed by a set and a break before figuring things out and beating 121st-ranked Taro Daniel of Japan 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in Ashe at night. That followed 20th-seeded American CoCo Vandeweghe’s 7-6 (6), 6-2 victory over Ons Jabeur of Tunisia under the lights.What already was a wide-open women’s bracket became more so when 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was upset by 116th-ranked Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. The No. 8-seeded Kuznetsova’s exit means five of the top eight women are already gone.Two other seeded women lost to Americans in the afternoon: Shelby Rogers edged No. 25 Daria Gavrilova 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-6 (5) in a tournament-record 3 hours, 33 minutes, and Jennifer Brady eliminated No. 23 Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-1.ADVERTISEMENT Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after winning a point against Taro Daniel, of Japan, during the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK — A bad back prevented Roger Federer from getting ready for the U.S. Open the way he prefers to prepare for a Grand Slam tournament. And it’s showed so far.Federer blamed a lack of proper practice after making an uncharacteristic 68 unforced errors and being forced to go five sets again before coming back to edge a cramping Mikhail Youzhny 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 on Thursday in Arthur Ashe Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC At 1-all in the deciding set, Youzhny collapsed to the court, grabbing at his right leg after whiffing on an attempted swat at Federer’s lob. Youzhny stayed down for a few moments, then grimaced and limped around for the rest of that game.Afterward, Youzhny chuckled at the mention of having lost all 17 matches against Federer, even leaning back in his chair and joking about how he would have completed the upset if Grand Slam rules were different: “I beat him in three sets now — but we played five sets. But come on, if we played three sets, I already beat him!”Federer, naturally, preferred to look at matters from a different perspective.“I find my way,” he said. “I don’t panic.” WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

PH finishes 4th in Asian Baseball Championship

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIEScenter_img Read Next Montalbo mum on costly inbound play in DLSU loss to Ateneo Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Without much expectations, the Philippines fought valiantly and settled for a fourth place finish in the 28th Asian Baseball Championship at Xinhuang Stadium in New Taipei City in Taiwan.The Filipino batters bowed to 2015 champions Korea, 15-0, in the battle for third on Sunday to wrap up their respectable run for a team largely comprised of homegrown talents.ADVERTISEMENT However, the powerhouse foes just got the better of the Filipino batters as they lost again to Chinese Taipei, 0-14, on Friday, and to Korea, 0-11, on Saturday.Though the Philippines failed to make it to the top three and earn a ticket to the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup next year, the campaign was still a source of pride for the Philippine Amateur Baseball Association (PABA) with coach Egay delos Reyes calling the shots.The Filipinos drew standout performances from former Baseball Philippines MVP Joennard Pareja, reigning UAAP best pitcher Paulo Macasaet and shortstop Aids Bernardo of Ateneo, La Salle’s Carlos Munoz and Diego Lozano, Adamson’s Erwin Bosito and Mark Manaig, and NU’s Junmar Diarao.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Defying the odds, the squad largely made up of standouts from the UAAP gave it their all as they proudly fought for flag and country in the mound.The Philippines went 1-2 in Group A of the classification round after facing off against Asian baseball giants in the process.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Nationals dropped their tournament opener, 2-12, against home team and world number four Chinese Taipei on Monday, before rebounding with a confidence-boosting 8-5 win over Sri Lanka on Tuesday. The Filipinos, then, suffered a 3-18 beatdown at the hands of Korea to finish the group stage.But given a new lease on life to progress to the super round, the Philippines made the most of its opportunity, blanking Hong Kong, 10-0, in the do-or-die match on Thursday to move on.last_img read more

WATCH: Get to know Rey Nambatac in 7 questions

first_imgRey Nambatac said that his most memorable basketball memory Letran’s championship in 2015, but that may have changed in a course of a week after he just fulfilled his dream of making it to the pros and joined the Rain or Shine Elastopainters last Sunday.But there’s more to this former Letran star than basketball. Find out more about Rey Nambatac in this edition of INQUIRER 7.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Booker scores 32, Suns rally late to beat Nets 122-114 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Gay soccer star Robbie Rogers retires from LA Galaxy

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kobe Bryant on donning No. 8 and No. 24 for Lakers: ‘They’re two different people’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal01:37Protesters 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 “I will remain deeply connected to this sport and its surrounding community,” Rogers added. “I leave the game full of pride of what I have accomplished as a person and a player.”Rogers is a 10-year MLS veteran and two-time All-Star who won league championships in 2008 and 2014. But he struggled with injuries throughout his professional career, and he was ruled out for the current season in May because of nerve damage in his left ankle, requiring surgery.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 shutoutRogers came out while announcing his retirement in 2013 after being released by the English club Leeds. That retirement lasted less than three months before he signed with the Galaxy, determined to become a role model for gay youth. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Rogers is engaged to Greg Berlanti, a prominent writer and producer of several television series. They have a son, Caleb. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding FILE – In this March 12, 2016, file photo, Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Rogers (14) is shown during the first half of an MLS soccer game, in Commerce City, Colo. Rogers, the LA Galaxy defender who became the first openly gay male athlete in a major North American professional sport, is retiring from soccer. The 30-year-old Rogers announced his retirement Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, through the Galaxy, saying he made the decision “with mixed emotions.”(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)CARSON, Calif. — Robbie Rogers, the LA Galaxy defender who became the first openly gay male athlete in a major North American professional sport, is retiring from soccer.The 30-year-old Rogers announced his retirement Tuesday through the Galaxy, saying he made the decision “with mixed emotions.” He missed the entire 2017 season due to injury.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “I’ll never forget the feeling of returning to the field in my first game back,” Rogers said. “That feeling of acceptance and support pushed me as an athlete and as a person. Having the opportunity to win an MLS Cup in my hometown, with my hometown club as an openly gay man will be something I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”Rogers was a part of the Galaxy’s MLS Cup championship team in 2014, and he became one of the top left backs in MLS before injuries derailed his career.“Robbie Rogers has been an integral part of our club and our community since he joined the LA Galaxy in 2013,” Galaxy President Chris Klein said. “During his time in Los Angeles, Robbie has been an elite athlete and a good teammate. He helped lead our club to a championship in 2014 while breaking barriers and being a force for positive change in our sport and in our community.”He also made 18 appearances for the U.S., including participation in the Beijing Olympics in 2008.Rogers is a Southern California native who played college soccer at Maryland, winning the NCAA title in 2005 before playing professionally in the Netherlands. He signed with the Columbus Crew in 2007, joining current Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid and winning his first MLS title in 2008.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Thunder center Kanter says father arrested in Turkey

first_imgMOST READ The Oklahoma City Thunder center, who had voiced support for Muslim cleric Fethulla Gulen in Twitter postings after an attempted putsch last July aimed at ousting Erdogan, said thousands in Turkey could face similar fates for their support of the Gulen-inspired Hizmet, which he calls a social initiative advocating for human rights.Turkey, meanwhile, accuses US-based Gulen of ordering the failed coup and refers to the movement as the “Fethulla Terrorist Organization”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKanter’s family has publicly denounced the player’s support of Gulen.The pro-government Anadolu news agency reported Friday that Mehmet Kanter had been placed in protective custody in connection with an inquiry targeting Gulen. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES 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 View comments Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEW YORK, NY – MAY 22: Turkish NBA Player Enes Kanter speaks to media during a news conference about his detention at a Romanian airport on May 22, 2017 in New York City. Kanter returned to the U.S. after being detained for several hours at a Romanian airport following statements he made criticizing Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFPTurkish NBA player Enes Kanter, an outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Friday his father had been arrested in Istanbul and could face torture.“My father is arrested because of my outspoken criticism of the ruling party,” Kanter wrote on his website. “He may get tortured for simply being my family member.”ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast The arrest came a week after a warrant was issued for Enes Kanter, whose passport has been cancelled by Turkish authorities.Kanter, who has compared Erdogan to Adolf Hitler, was briefly detained in Romania on May 20 but returned to the United States with his green card, telling reporters he wanted to seek American citizenship.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Stosur urges Court to stop comments about same-sex marriage Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudslast_img read more

Filoil Final Four field forged

first_imgRobredo: 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lassiter: Beermen got good looks, shots just didn’t go in Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ JRU needed a late explosion from Tey Teodoro to hold off Adamson, 67-56, while Lyceum continued its stellar run with an 86-71 thumping of San Sebastian in another quarterfinal clash.Ben Mbala dished out another huge game with 32 points and 19 rebounds for the Archers, who led 20-11 at the end of the first period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s not just Ben (Mbala) who played well but the rest of the team,” said La Salle coach Aldin Ayo.The Lions found a response each time the Maroons threatened in the final period as Noah stepped up on both ends of the floor in the endgame. —WITH A REPORT FROM KRISTOFER PURNELL MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNCAA teams San Beda and Jose Rizal U proved too strong for their UAAP foes, even as La Salle made light work of Far Eastern U, 78-53, to complete the semifinal cast last Wednesday night in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup in San Juan.Robert Bolick finished with 17 points and Arnauld Noah added 14 points as the NCAA champion Red Lions turned back the University of the Philippines Maroons, 65-56, for their ninth straight win that also set up a Final Four clash with the Heavy Bombers at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Alaska re-ups Henton for PBA Governors’ Cup

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Azarenka makes winning return after break to have baby 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA Season 43 Preview: Alaska Aces PLAY LIST 03:19PBA Season 43 Preview: Alaska Aces00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:49Robredo: 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 View comments The Aces, though, bowed to eventual champion Ginebra early in the playoffs.The Providence product returned to the country on Tuesday and has already joined the team practices which started on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDuring his time away from the Philippines, Henton was signed up by NBA D-League squad Santa Cruz Warriors, where he netted an average of 13.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.The Aces are eyeing a better outing in the season-ending conference after an eight-game losing streak derailed their campaign the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup. What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLooking to recapture its lost glory, Alaska is bringing back LaDontae Henton for the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.The 6-foot-5 forward is seeking a better campaign this time with the Aces after he averaged 31.9 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.3 blocks in last season’s quarterfinals finish.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

’NBA Live 18’ to feature WNBA teams for first time ever

first_imgDILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games 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 LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress The game’s demo version is expected to come out on August 11, but the WNBA package won’t be available until the full release later this year. Khristian IbarrolaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ The talented athletes of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) will finally receive the virtual treatment, as they will be featured in the upcoming “NBA Live 18” video game. The @WNBA is making it’s mark in #NBALIVE18Get ready for a new 🌊 🌊 🌊For more info: https://t.co/H5xKXsw3fV pic.twitter.com/L5dlIjHyhh— EA SPORTS NBA LIVE (@EASPORTSNBA) August 3, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars NBA: Knicks’ Porzingis looks to improve mentally next season, observes Conor McGregor’s routine ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo For the first time ever, gamers will finally get the chance to pick teams and players from the world’s premiere women’s league and use them as playable characters.“We are extremely proud to partner with the WNBA and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) on this groundbreaking occasion,” NBA Live Executive Producer Sean O’Brien shared the milestone to Forbes’ Brian Mazique.“The WNBA is home to some of the most incredible athletes on the planet, and we’ve been working hard to integrate them into our game in an authentic and meaningful way. This is only a taste of what we have in store, and look forward to working with the league on more great integrations in the franchise in the future.”Previously, the likes of Candace Parker, Diana Taurasi and other WNBA players were only made available virtually through player made MODs (modifications).Furthermore,  EA Sports guarantees that they will capture the league’s essence and provide a gameplay “specifically balanced to reflect the unique play style of the league and skills of its players.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READlast_img read more

Carlo Biado wins PH’s 2nd gold in pool

first_imgCarlo Biado of the Philippines competes against Duong Quoc Hoang of Vietnam in the finals of men’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Biado prevailed, 9-5, to clinch the gold medal.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLThe Philippines pocketed another gold medal in pool after Carlo Biado ruled the men’s 9-ball event in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Sunday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.This is the Philippines’ second gold medal in billiards after Chezka Centeno triumphed over Rubilen Amit in women’s 9-ball. ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Biado beat Vietnamese Duong Quoc Hoang, 9-5,in the championship round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Thrilling win for Centeno: ‘I thought I lost the gold’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

UFC rival Nate Diaz slams McGregor over boxing loss

first_imgAlthough he came up short against one of the best boxers to ever lace up a pair of gloves, Conor McGregor was widely praised by the mixed martial arts (MMA) community for his valiant effort against Floyd Mayweather Jr. last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut not everyone was pleased with the Irish superstar’s crossover from the octagon to the boxing ring, especially his rival Nate Diaz, who chastised the UFC Lightweight Champion in a recent social media post.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Houston Rockets sold for $2.2 billion Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Diaz won their first bout via rear-naked choke, while McGregor avenged that loss at UFC 202 via decision. /raRELATED STORIES:UFC: Trilogy bout with Nate Diaz should happen at 155 lbs, McGregor insistsUFC: Diaz not rushing McGregor trilogy, says he won both fightsSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The 32-year-old lanky fighter reposted a photo from the UFC’s official Instagram page, which quoted McGregor as saying, “I Never Lose Either I Win Or I Learn.” Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side In true Diaz fashion, he lashed out at his former adversary and described the “fight of the century” as “over promotion.”“He punched himself out the same way he lost in the Ufc there was no learning goin on..,” he wrote.“Bullsh** get off the nuts this the sh*t I’m talking about Bruce Lee would’ve never lost like that,” he added, along with another expletive hashtag and emoji.Diaz’s comments came after McGregor appeared to be winning the early rounds of the bout, before Mayweather picked up his rhythm en route to a TKO victory in the 10th round. The MMA fighter was visibly gassed mid-way to the fight—which Diaz knows all too well as McGregor’s cardio was also suspect the first time they fought at UFC 196 last year.Although Diaz’s smack talk is nothing new for MMA fans, it certainly sets up the stage for a a possible trilogy bout, when McGregor decides to return to the promotion.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more

Ateneo rout a ‘wakeup call’ for UP early in UAAP Season 80

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For Desiderio’s part, he finished with just nine points on 4-of-18 shooting after scoring 17 points against the Growling Tigers.“I think we were complacent and we weren’t focused because of that,” said Desiderio. “I wasn’t able to adjust, I was too focused on scoring.”UP has a chance to bounce back on Sunday against University of the East, which has yet to win in two matches so far.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines was on a high after a dramatic 74-73 opening win over University of Santo Tomas after wingman Paul Desiderio hit a dagger of a three-pointer on Sunday.Come Wednesday, the Fighting Maroons were sent crashing back to reality after Ateneo put on a display for the convincing 92-71 win as the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament continued.ADVERTISEMENT Tyler Tio makes up for lost time, debuts with a splash for Ateneo View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES “What happened to us was like a wakeup call. We need to recover quickly,” said Desiderio in Filipino after his team slipped to 1-1. “It was really a struggle, we were scouted very well and almost all of our plays were countered.”UP head coach Bo Perasol called it a “rude awakening” but it was also something that his Fighting Maroons were eager to move past.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We had to move on immediately,” said Perasol in Filipino. “There’s really nothing left to do, we lost badly but it happens. We move on to Sunday and hope that we have a better game.”Against the hot shooting Blue Eagles, the Maroons were dismal on the floor, going 25-of-67 from the field. They also got sorely outrebounded, 51-38. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

Plus pick: Himachal Pradesh

first_imgStayWildflower Hall, ShimlaSet in the midst of 23 acres of lush woods of pine and cedar, this luxury resort has rooms that offer commanding views of the Himalayas and the food and service are truly world-class. But your most abiding memory of Wildflower Hall could be the rejuvenating massages offered at its immaculate spa. Tel: (0177) 264 858; www.oberoihotels.com Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort, Centara Boutique CollectionTucked away in the Shivalik valley, this resort makes for a perfect getaway and reaching it is even more exciting–the final leg of the journey needs to done by taking a cable car. The stunning views of the valley are visible from almost every corner of this resort, whether you are in the suite, at the heated infinity pool or the terrace restaurant. Do visit the spa to unwind completely. Tel: (01792) 232 301Homestays near ShimlaWith Shimla getting saturated, the concept of homestays has caught on. Mashobara offers quite a variety and among its inventory, Violet Hill and Forest Hill Villas come in for special mention. There’s also Marigold Holiday Cottages in Sidhora, a picturesque village 15 km from Shimla. Himachal Tourism also offers a choice of 160 homes across most districts.EatThe Oberoi Cecil Restaurant, ShimlaA stay in Shimla is not complete without at least one meal at the Oberoi Cecil. Both the food and the ambience are equally appealing at this wood-panelled restaurant. The selection of dishes spans both European and Asian cuisines. Popular with visitors, its theme evenings celebrating the heritage of the Cecil are quite a draw. Tel: (0177) 280 4848Casa Bella Vista Cafe, ManaliCraving for international cuisine? The sprightly Casa Bella Vista, near the Log Huts, overlooking the Manalsu rivulet, will come to your rescue. This is the perfect place to sit under the deodars for a scrumptious Spanish meal. Surprisingly it only serves vegetarian food. But don’t skip the freshly baked, thin-crust wood-oven pizzas. Tel: (01902) 221 985Chonor House, Dharamshala If you are a Richard Gere fan and also a foodie you cannot escape a visit to Chonor House. The actor makes it a point to stay at Chonor House whenever he’s in town. The courtyard restaurant is perfect for lunch and you are sure to enjoy the Tibetan and Thai food on offer. Finish your meal with a hot cappuccino and a mouth-watering pastry from the selection of sweet treats. Tel: (01892) 221 006/468ShopShawlsThe colourful bands of woven patterns found on shawls stand out distinctly wherever you travel in these hills. The designs are strongly reflective of the intermingling of traditions, especially Tibetan and Chinese, those influences coming by way of trading ties. And now there is a shift in colour codes with subdued pastels and rich earthy tones appearing on the shelves. The Bodh Shawls in Manali is a recommended place to pick up stylish new patternsKangra PaintingsThis form of art dates back to the 18th century when Mughal rulers came to India. You can pick up these Kangra and Basholi miniature paintings from the Bhuri Singh Museum in Chamba and the Kangra Art Museum in Lower Dharamshala. Both have an excellent collection of Kangra Valley arts and crafts. The Kangra Art Museum also includes a gallery of the famous miniature paintings and has a collection of sculpture, pottery and other anthropological items.Fruit WineImagine sitting at a restaurant, gazing at a green valley and sipping a glass of chilled apple wine. Doesn’t it sound absolutely divine? Himachal produces a large variety of flavoursome fruit wines. They are created from apples, pears, peaches, cherries, kiwi, strawberries and many more fruits. They bring you the best from the orchards. They are available at most of the hillstations in HimachalSeeAdventure SportsThose who have the guts for extreme adventure can always expect Himachal to unravel something new. You can try rafting on the Spiti and Pin rivers. In Manali there is the option of heli skiing. A chopper transports you to the top of a peak and you ski down the slopes. Other adventure sports include mountain cycling, paragliding, ice skating and angling. Can you ask for more? Heritage Trail, ShimlaTake a walk around Shimla to see the heritage buildings. Start from the Gaiety Theatre at the Mall. The 122-year-old building is one of Shimla’s oldest heritage structures. Another building is the Christ Church, one of the second oldest churches in north India. After this, head to Viceregal Lodge on Observatory Hill. It is surrounded by oak and rhododendron thickets. Kullu DussheraKullu begins its celebration on Vijayadashimi, the 10th day. Some 360 deities from villages in Kullu valley, in carved gold, silver and copper masks, are brought down to Kullu town in decorated palanquins to pay homage to the main deity Raghunath. The processions are accompanied by drummers and dancers.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Deep impact of Lakshadweep

first_imgThe island of Kadmat has become a popular haunt for scuba diversEver been in one of those moods–when you want to get away from the madness of the city and wrap yourself in solitude, and yet you don’t want it to be so devoid of activity that it would bore you to tears? One would think that it’s precisely for such temperamental moods that Kadmat exists.Kadmat is one of the lesser known islands of the Lakshadweep uclster. It is slowly getting trendy, which is one more reason to head there pronto before it is overrun by the hordes. But the basic reasons for its appeal are much more compulsive. An elongated island, some  8-km long and half-a-kilometre at its widest, Kadmat is one of those rare places packed with such natural beauty that it could get a tad overwhelming at first. Apart from two large lagoons, one on each side of the island, Kadmat has plenty of palm-fringed sandy beaches and sand banks which look towards the azure blue waters of the Arabian Sea. So from leisurely dips in the tranquil sea to lolling around the beach and sun bathing, there’s enough methods of R&R here. But that’s not where the appeal ends. Kadmat is slowly gaining ground as a haven for serious water sports, and not just the tame boat-ride variety.Diving deep The island of Kadmat has become a popular haunt for scuba diversIn recent years, the Kadmat Dive School has become a very popular entity with scuba divers. The fascinating thing is the school welcomes almost anyone–from beginners to those seeking instructor certification. And so, scuba diving is probably the best way to see the wall like coral reefs which line the coast on the outer sea. On good days, visibility can  be as much as 50 metres and can reveal a passing parade of tiny coloured fishes lion fish, lobsters, tuna, eels, turtles, rays and even sharks.A glimpse of life under the water surfaceThe underwater show is an entirely different world. So do a take an underwater camera along, just so it won’t seem like your fertile imagination just made up the whole thing. And before long, even though it could feel like just minutes since you have been underwater, it’s time to surface. However, there are many other ways to enjoy the sea. Kayaks, pedal boats and ordinary boats for rides are for those who want to play it safe. For the more adventurous, there’s sailing and water skiing to be tried.Minicoy callingAn aerial view of KadmatIf the underwater holds enormous fascination and the dives at Kadmat leave you longing for more, then Minicoy, another island in the cluster has some more interesting activity. Like Kadmat, it has an immense variety of marine life, but is made more interesting with the presence of three large shipwrecks just off its coast. The wrecks are virtual underwater museums and make for interesting viewing. Besides which, the fish found in and amidst the wrecks are found to be larger in size. Of special note are the rays, barracuda, red and black snappers and sharks.Home away from homeA state-run beach resortBack on shore, the Kadmat Beach Resort, a state-run enterprise, might not boast of elaborate meal options, but the seafood is certainly fresh and cooked to a delicious consistency. And as the sun goes down, and a cool breeze blows, even a simple meal becomes good enough to merit the title of a royal repast.By the end of the trip, the temperamental mood swings are a thing of the past and you will be ready to take on even the most challenging assignment with equanimity. advertisement Fact fileA glimpse of life under the water surfaceKadmat Island Lakshadweep archipelago, 407 km from KochiKadmat Dive School Kadmat Island; tel: Mumbai contact-(022) 6662 7381/82; www.lacadives.comMinicoy Lakshadweep archipelago, 390 km from KochiKadmat Beach Resort Kadmat Island; tel: (04897) 274 203; www.lakshadweeptourism.comlast_img read more

Man who keeps the shuttlers fit

first_imgKiran Challagundla, the man behind the success of the Indian shuttlers, rarely comes into the limelight. The Hyderabadi — physio of the Indian badminton players — is solely responsible for improving their overall fitness, but it was not until Saina Nehwal and Jwala Gutta mentioned his name for special praise after winning the gold at the Commonwealth Games that people took note of him.In fact, since joining the Indian team in 2008, he has ensured that none of the shuttlers have had to sit out due to injury. “The best thing that has happened after Kiran joined us is that none of us have had to sit out due to an injury. Sitting out with injuries can be really frustrating,” said Saina Nehwal.Her views were echoed by Jwala Gutta. “He (Kiran) has increased our levels of fitness. Our improved level of fitness is in turn bringing us better results,” she said.The strapping Kiran is a workaholic who works non-stop for seven hours a day, six days a week with the shuttlers at their training base in Hyderabad.Speaking to Mail Today from Hyderabad, Kiran said that in modern day badminton it was crucial to stay injury-free. “The sport (badminton) has become fasters over time and takes a toll on the body. This in turn has drastically increased the chances of players getting injured. So the key is to ensure that the shuttlers aren’t unnecessarily overworked,” he said.One of the first things Kiran did after he took charge was to devise a different set of exercises for each and every player in the national camp.advertisement”Every player has a different style of play. For instance, somebody like a Kashyap has an attacking style — relying more on smashes. For him the exercises should benefit him in generating more power,” said Kiran.Similarly, Kiran says that a rally player like Aditi Mutatkar relies more on endurance than power. “For Aditi to thrive in her game, the focus has to be on improving her endurance,” he said.Kiran, who worked as the physio of the Indian Premier League side Deccan Chargers in 2008, feels that all the Indian shuttlers are diligent and he has had no problems working with them.”I can assure you that no matter what exercises I assign the shuttlers, they follow my instructions meticulously. I enjoy working out with them as they are eager to learn and bring out the best in me,” he said. Commenting on his role with the Deccan Chargers, Kiran said, “I was the physio of the Chargers in 2008. It was an interesting as well as challenging role. But a season with them left me disinterested.” With Gopi Chand approaching me for the badminton team in November 2008, I accepted it on the spot — a decision I haven’t regretted.” Before joining the Chargers, Kiran was with the Dolphin Football Club in Adelaide. “I was studying in Australia, when they approached me. I was with them for three years and it was an experience that will stand me in good stead,” said Kiran.Kiran, whose two-year contract comes to an end after the Asian Games, said extending the contract was neither in his hand nor on his mind. “I am not the right person to comment on the extension,” he said.last_img read more

World Championship is Saina’s next main target

first_imgSaina Nehwal has now set her sights on the World Championship title.”I am now targeting a win at the World Championship. The Worlds is one of the biggest tournaments on the Badminton World Federation ( BWF) circuit,” Saina said, who won the Hong Kong Open on Sunday.The triumphant shuttler returned to Hyderabad from Hong Kong on Monday night.Saina also said that 2011 would be an important year for her. “That’s not only because of the World No. 1 ranking but also due to the fact that it will be an Olympic qualification year. One has to be at one’s best in order to make the cut for the London Olympics,” she said.However, the Indian ace recognises the tough job on her hands. ” I will be playing in a lot more Super Series events in the coming year. This is so since I have to play more often in order to aim for the top ranking,” she said.As regards her ranking, Saina said the world No. 1 spot was not on the top of her agenda. “To become world No. 1 is not my priority right now. I want to win the majors. I will be satisfied even if I am ranked in the top four”.Saina is pretty satisfied with whatever she achieved in 2010. “I won three Super Series titles, one Grand Prix title and the Commonwealth Games gold. I was also conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Padma Shri awards,'” she said.Coming to her lows, Saina said she was disappointed at her quarter- final loss at the Asian Games. “I had trained very hard for the Games and was very disappointed at the loss to Pui Yin Yip. I thought I stood a good chance to win especially after leading in the decider,” she said.advertisementShe also gave credit to coaches Gopi Chand and Baskar Babu for her success in Hong Kong.”The wins over Pui Yin Yip and Wang Shixian were very satisfying. Beating a Chinese in the final is always a happy feeling,” she said, adding, “out of the three Super Series titles, the Hong Kong Open was the toughest and most challenging.” She described her loss at the Asian Games as a result of one of her off days. “It was one of the most disappointing moments of my career,” she said.She said she was ready for the challenge from the Chinese shuttlers. “I have improved my strokes, my smashes are very hard and my overall game has improved a lot,” she said.Chief coach Pullela Gopi Chand said it has been a fantastic year for Saina. “Winning the Hong Kong Super Series, where the best players were playing, is a huge achievement, particularly after coming after the Asian Games. I think it was a great victory,” he said.Gopi warned that there will be more challenges next year. “The Chinese will be waiting to beat her. It will be a tough year. We have to get her ready with more workouts. But what I like about her is that she is ready to take the workload. She has proved we can beat the Chinese. She has shown the way for other Indians,” he said.Baskar Babu, who accompanied Saina to all the three Super Series tournaments, said he was happy to be part of a winning unit. “It was one of the toughest tournaments.I always like her attitude. I was there when she won her first title in the Philippines and now the latest one,” he said.Indian Open inauguratedMeanwhile, the Indian Open, which gets underway in Hyderabad on Wednesday, was inaugurated.While Saina is the top seed on the women’s side, Indonesian Dlouys Rumbyaya gets the top billing in the men’s section.last_img read more

Money at my London hotel room tour allowances: Butt

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Salman Butt claimed that the thousands of pounds of cash discovered by British police at his hotel room during spot-fixing investigation in late August was part of his legitimate tour allowances.Butt and pacemen Mohammad Asif and Mohammed Aamer were provisionally suspended by International Cricket Council following allegations of spot-fixing in a News of the World sting expose.The British tabloid had claimed that the Pakistani trio had conspired with London-based bookie Mazhar Majeed to bowl deliberate no-balls for money during the fourth Test against England at Lord’s in August.There were subsequent accusations that police had discovered USD 24,036 in marked notes in Butt’s hotel room.However, Butt said the wades of money were legitimate as they were tour allowances given to him by the Pakistan Cricket Board.”Well I think everybody knows the Pakistan Cricket Board pays us daily allowances on tours and it was a long tour,” he said in an excerpt of interview at his Lahore home with Sky Sports due to be broadcast later.”About 11,000 pounds of that money was from our daily allowances and being the captain I had an extra entertainment allowance which amounts to about 4,500 pounds from the tour, which I had with me,” said Butt.Butt’s case, and that of Asif and Aamer, will be heard by a three-man panel chaired by English lawyer Michael Beloff, who heads the ICC’s code of conduct commission, at a hearing in Doha, Qatar, next month.Butt said he is determined to resume playing professional cricket and his love for the game has not diminished despite the spot-fixing scandal.advertisement”The love of the game has got me there and that love is bigger than anything. I still remain positive and I know what I’m made of and where I’ve come from, and how I’ve played my cricket. Believe me, it has been a lot of passion all throughout my life,” he said.Asked if he was worried he would never play at the top level again, Butt said “I would certainly not like to think like that.”Butt also spoke about the support he’s received since spot fixing allegations came out in late August.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

London Olympics: Hungarian Aron Szilagyi wins gold in men’s sabre fencing

first_imgAron Szilagyi of Hungary turned out unstoppable as he stormed all the way to win the men’s sabre fencing gold at the London Olympic Games on Sunday. The 22-year-old beat Diego Occhiuzzi of Italy 15-10 in the final. Russian Nikolay Kovalev, who knocked out world No.1 Nicolas Limback of Germany 15-12 in the quarterfinal, won the bronze.Szilagyi raced to a 7-0 lead in the final, and though Occhiuzzi fought back valiantly, the Hungarian managed to hold his lead.The top four seeds met their waterloo even before the semifinals. Before Linback lost to Kovlev, the second seed Alexey Yakimenko of Russia was upset by Daryl Homer of the US 15-14 in the third round.World No. 3 Gu Bon Gil of South Korea also fell in the third round where he was bundled out by German Max Hartung.Italian Aldo Montano, gold medalist at the Athens Olympics, was stopped by Occhiuzzi before the quarterfinals.last_img read more

Stuart MacGill says spinners will be key to India’s success

first_imgWhile most of the cricketing action is happening in Sri Lanka at the World T20, former Australia spinner Stuart MacGill’s surprise presence at a hockey event here on Tuesday turned a few heads.MacGill was here with his long-time friend and Australian hockey captain Jamie Dwyer as the leg-spinner foresees a possible career in managing the Aussie players during the Hockey India League (HIL).MacGill, whose big turning leg-breaks foxed many batsmen during his playing days, is keeping a tab on the action in Sri Lanka and said that if India wins the title for the second time, their spinners, particularly Harbhajan Singh, will have to come good.However, the West Indies, loaded with power-hitters and all-rounders, remain his pick for the World T20 title.”India have a dynamic batting. If India have to win the title, it has to be on the back of their spinners. Harbhajan will be the key because people who can turn the ball are very essential in T20 cricket,” said MacGill, who was part of the Sydney Sixers team which won the T20 Big Bash League last year.MacGill, 41, ruled out any chance of Australia winning their maiden World T20 title as he did not think they have a good enough team to make it to the final. “West Indies have some very dangerous players and they can shake a few people.”Australia, I don’t think, have a good enough team for this format. If they make it to the last four, they should feel they have done enough. They are not as good as other countries,” said MacGill, who played in an era when there was tough competition for a spinner’s place in the Australian team with Shane Warne in the ranks too.advertisementHaving finished his international cricket career, MacGill now wants to associate himself with a sport that he says he has grown up watching. Dwyer, one of the most decorated players in modern hockey, has given him an opportunity to look at avenues other than cricket. “Currently, I am here with my friend Jamie and I am somewhat managing him. My father and most of the members of my family have played hockey at some level or the other,” said MacGill.”I want to help other Australian players during the Hockey India League (HIL).”India’s poor show at the London Olympics came as a huge disappointment for its fans but MacGill believes that India has a lot to give to the world of hockey and HIL will be an opportunity. “At least India’s performance was better than the Beijing Games. Indian hockey isn’t just about India but international hockey as well. Sharing the dressing room with players like Jamie and other top stars will only benefit the Indian players,” said MacGill.last_img read more