LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Amit captured the 2009 and 2013 World 10-ball championship trophy and will share the top billing in the country’s all-star billiards cast that includes legend Efren “Bata” Reyes.Centeno, who hails from Zamboanga, was discovered in the Philippine National Games when she, at the tender age of 11, bagged bronze. She also won 9-ball gold medal in the 2015 World Games in Shanghai.Also making up the men’s team are SEA Games champions Warren Kiamco, Dennis Orcollo, Basil Hasan Al-Shaijar, Alvin Barbero, Johann Chua, Francisco dela Cruz and Jeffrey Roda.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – Chezka Centeno of the Philippines during the 28th SEA Games Women’s 9-Ball Pool held at the OCBC Arena Hall 4, Singapore Sports Hub.INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMAThe Philippines will bank on its “Pool Queens” to ensure a gold-silver finish in the Southeast Asian Games billiards competition.“That’s our target. To meet again in the finals,” said two-time World 10-ball champion Rubilen Amit, referring to prodigy Chezka Centeno.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino 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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gilas gold? Perlas looking at SEA Games crown too Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments The 2005 and 2009 SEA Games champion was runner-up to teenage sensation Centeno during the women’s 9-ball competitions in the 2015 SEAG in Singapore.Training together at Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, the 35-year-old Amit said she has fostered a close relationship with the 18-year-old Centeno.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“I can’t say that I was mentoring her, because she’s already good at it, but I’m more of an Ate (elder sister) for her,” said Amit. “Hopefully, I can be a guide for her outside the pool hall.”Rubilen Amit of the Philippines during the 28th SEA Games 9-Ball pool Singles quarterfinals beating Fathrah Masum of Indonesia 7-2 held OCBC Arena Hall 4, Singapore Sports Hub.INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMAAmit finished fifth in the China Open last June, but she’s confident she can perform very well in the lone women’s event, the 9-ball singles, which will be held Aug. 22 at KLCC Hall 4. MOST READ
Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photos are from Inquirer’s Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonFEATURED 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 MOST READ Return of the king: LeBron wows Manila fans anew Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LeBron James supervised the training of select members of the media and players from Gilas Pilipinas Saturday afternoon at Kerry Sports.This was part of James’ third visit to the Philippines for the “Strive for Greatness” tour.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments read more
Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESTNT import Glen Rice Jr. isn’t too concerned with the way his team got whipped by Ginebra in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals.Instead, Rice is already looking forward to Game 2 with the KaTropa eyeing to level the series.ADVERTISEMENT “I just feel sometimes that we bring little bit of energy and sometimes we don’t. Even in the first game versus Rain or Shine, our energy wasn’t the best. So I think it’s something that we need to continue to work on — consistency,” he said.“We can’t have one game when we blow somebody out and in the next game we get blown out. It doesn’t work like that. We got to be consistent and if we lose, we lose, but we gonna lose playing the way that we play, which is playing hard.”Rice said the loss was still a hard pill to swallow for any team. But he added there’s no time to sulk as with only little time to prepare for Wednesday’s Game 2 in Batangas.“It’s gonna be hard when you lose like that,” he said. “There’s probably so many things that I would be looking at the film see what went wrong. But they were the better team tonight and I got to tip my hat to them. I guess they strategized better, they played better, they knocked down more shots, they defended better.“But that’s the good thing about the playoffs. You got to win best-of-5. It’s not one game and lost so we just got to get back, watch the film, we’ll talk about it as a team tomorrow. We got to figure out a way where we can strive to do and play better on Wednesday.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments “It don’t matter how much we lost. That’s the great thing about the playoffs. We could have lost by a buzzer-beater or we could have lost by 30, but it’s still a best-of-five series,” he said, shrugging off the KaTropa’s humbling 121-94 Game 1 defeat to the Gin Kings on Monday.Rice fought valiantly for his side, collecting 26 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and three steals, but failed to get much support from his teammates except for Jayson Castro and Roger Pogoy.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 shutoutAlso making it hard for the KaTropa was their 22 turnovers.Rice doesn’t seem to be alarmed despite TNT suffering a 27-point beatdown, but he’d like to see his team play with more energy starting Game 2. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending 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 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Gin Kings exact revenge, expect tougher Game 2 vs KaTropa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City read more
Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook celebrates after hitting a buzzer beating three-point shot to win the game against the Denver Nuggets Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Denver. Oklahoma City defeated Denver 106-105. Westbrook also broke the NBA record for triple doubles with 42 for the season. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook filled out the stat-sheet last season, en route to his first NBA Most Valuable Player award.But despite his dominance on the court, some members of the defending champions Golden State Warriors reportedly thought his aggressive style was “easy to defend.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “Obviously last year, our team was totally different than it was the first year, and the first year there it was a heck of a series that went seven games where we had a great opportunity being up 3-1. I think Russell was a huge part of that.”The criticism comes after the Dubs swept the Thunder in four games in the regular season, with Westbrook only converting 37.5 percent of his field goal attempts and averaging eight turnovers against their stifling defense.Still, the two-time NCAA champion coach remains adamant of his superstar’s explosive skill set.“I think Russell’s done a great job, and I think Russell is a hard guy to guard, and he’s very difficult and challenging because of his speed, his smarts and his intelligence,” he explained. “Whether or not he plays in the half court or the open court, I think he’s very difficult to guard.” Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events00:50Trending 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 Spurs’ star Kawhi Leonard won’t be ready to start the season Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next LATEST STORIES READ: Warriors think Westbrook’s style is ‘easy to defend’—reportHowever, Thunder head coach Billy Donovan believes otherwise, claiming his star point guard is quite the handful for elite defenses in the league.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“Russell to me is one of the best players in the world. He’s done it at a very high level for a long period of time,” Donovan told the Oklahoman’s Erik Horne.“Just because somebody says that, I think you’ve got to look at what Russell’s been able to do, and Russell’s been very good for us,” he added. read more
Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES View comments LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Kevin Harvick dominates Vegas for back-to-back NASCAR wins Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC He was posing with the trophy.For the first time in 102 tournaments around the world, dating to the summer of 2013 when he won the British Open at Muirfield, the 47-year-old Mickelson showed he still had the stuff to beat players who weren’t even born when he collected the first of his 43 victories on the PGA Tour.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This is a very meaningful win,” Mickelson said after beating Justin Thomas in a playoff. “I can’t really put it into words given the tough times over the last four years, and the struggle to get here, and knowing that I was able to compete at this level but not doing it.“To finally break through and to have this validation means a lot to me.” Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Read Next The disappointment was tempered only by his start — Thomas was 11 shots back going into the weekend — and by the guy who beat him.“Man, there’s nothing for me to hang my head about,” Thomas said. “To even have a chance to win this golf tournament after where I was through 18, through 36 holes, I’m very proud of myself. Obviously, I would have loved to drum him out there in that playoff, but I’m just happy for him. … He’s playing some great golf.”Mickelson, his confidence higher than the altitude in Mexico City, believes this is just the start.“I don’t think that this is the peak,” he said. “I think I’m going to continue to get better.”This was far more than a duel between Mickelson and Thomas, who is 23 years younger. Tyrrell Hatton was right there, stride for stride, putting four straight 3s on his card with a stretch he capped off with an eagle on the 15th to tie for the lead.But on the final hole, Hatton missed the green to the right, chipped 10 feet by and missed the par putt for a 67 to fall out of a playoff.“I can’t believe that I’m not at least in the playoff,” Hatton said, still seething over a par putt on the 18th that started bouncing right after he hit it.Mickelson won his third World Golf Championships title and, just a month after being on the verge of falling out of the top 50 in the world for the first time in two decades, moves to No. 18 in the world.Shubhankar Sharma, the 21-year-old from India who started with a two-shot lead, didn’t make his first birdie until the 12th hole. He finished with consecutive bogeys for a 74, six shots behind in a three-way tie for ninth. That will leave him on the bubble at No. 66 in the world for making it back to the next World Golf Championship, the Dell Match Play, in three weeks in Texas. Sharma first flies home for the Hero Indian Open next week.“A little bit disappointed,” Sharma said. “I was leading and I think I couldn’t finish it off today. But that’s what the game is about. And what I learned today, especially playing with Phil, I’ll cherish it forever.” MOST READ Hatton tied for third with Rafa Cabrera Bello, who holed a bunker shot for eagle on the opening hole and was among six players who had at least a share of the lead during the final round.Mickelson was the first player who appeared to seize control with a birdie on No. 10 to take the lead, and he was poised to pull away with a reachable par 5 at No. 11 and a drivable par 4 at No. 12.Instead, Lefty made it as entertaining as ever.Going for the green in light rough with the ball below his feet, he hooked it deep into the bushes right of the green, and played his next one when he could barely see the golf ball. His shot hit the gallery and stayed in the trees, and his fourth shot narrowly missed another tree before settling 10 feet away. He made bogey, and just like that, it was a sprint to the finish 7,800 feet above sea level.Mickelson made good on his pledge earlier this year that more victories were in store for him. He has four consecutive top 10s for the first time since 2005.That also was the last time he had won in a playoff.It all seems so long ago — playoffs, trophies, consistent play. Now he’s just more than a month away from the Masters, and feeling invigorated.And feeling like a winner. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mickelson, who closed with a 5-under 66, was at his best over the back nine with as many as six players still in the mix.Suddenly two shots behind when Thomas holed out from 119 yards for eagle on the 18th hole, Mickelson played a high-risk shot through the smallest of gaps in the trees to escape with par on the 14th hole. That’s when he saw the score, and he followed with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 15th and a 20-foot birdie on the 16th.Thomas, who won last week in a playoff at the Honda Classic, capped off a 62-64 weekend with more clutch play, no shot bigger than his sand wedge that bounced behind the flag and spun back into the cup on his final hole for eagle .The playoff — — the sixth in the last eight weeks on the PGA Tour — lasted only one hole on the par-3 17th, where Thomas made bogey for the second time.His gap wedge was too long, his chip too weak. Mickelson’s 18-foot birdie putt rimmed around the edge of the cup, and Thomas missed his par from just inside 10 feet.ADVERTISEMENT Phil Mickelson, of the U.S., poses with his Mexico Championship trophy at the Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City, Sunday, March 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)MEXICO CITY — The shot through a gap in the trees only he could see. The two birdies he had to have when time was running out.Phil Mickelson finally looked like the Lefty of old Sunday in the Mexico Championship, especially when a final round of pressure, possibilities and dramatic shots that kept the crowd buzzing finally ended at Chapultepec Golf Club.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa read more
Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul The 23-year old Patrimonio is looking to become the first FIlipino SEA Games singles champ since Maricris Fernandez in 1999.“I will do everything that I can to win, said Patrimonio, who is the daughter of former PBA four-time MVP Alvin Patrimonio.Clarice defeated fourth-seed Ka Andrea Daray of Cambodia, 6-0, 6-3, in the semifinal round to advance to her first gold-medal match in her career.Kumkhum, the No. 1 ranked, defeated Tan Li Yan Stefani of Singapore, 6-0, 6-0, in the other semifinals. The Thai has career-best ranking of 85th in the world in singles and won gold in doubles in 2014 Incheon Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT Lyceum completes first round sweep with Mapua rout KUALA LUMPU—Francis Casey Alcantara and Ruben Gonzales dropped a tough three-set decision to the defending champions from Thailand to settle for silver in the Southeast Asian Games tennis men’s doubles Friday.The Filipino pair took the fight to twins Sonchai and Sanchai Ratiwatana before yielding a 6-4, 2-6, 10-7 decision in the final at Jalan Duta Tennis Complex.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s too bad, they got ahead in the tiebreak and we couldn’t shake it,” said Alcantara, the 2009 Australian Open juniors doubles champ.The Thais zoomed to 4-0 in the super tiebreak. The Philippines tried to catch up with some power baseline drives but there was no stopping the Thai twins, who have now won four men’s doubles titles.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“At this level there’s no easy points. We had to be solid in serves and returns. It was very close which was already good at this level,” added Alcantara.Anna Clarice Patrimonio, meanwhile, hopes to end the country’s gold medal drought in women’s singles when she takes on Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand in the finals Saturday. 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 read more
Big Ben fuels La Salle win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 LATEST STORIES “I just told the players that we will go up against Alaska and that they should play like they want to win,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia.While it wasn’t the best way for them to exit the game, Hontiveros and Dela Cruz will always look back at the fond memories they created in the PBA.“I learned so many things; coach Alex [Compton] told us in the locker room that even if we leave the relationship is still there,” said Hontiveros, who had three titles overall in his 17-year career in the PBA.“Obviously I didn’t have the accolades, the trophies, the championships I wish I had but I got to meet some really great people, played against awesome opponents, imports, and played for great coaches in the best league in Asia,” said Dela Cruz, who also won three titles, all with the Aces.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Rain or Shine improved to 6-4 and stayed in the hunt for a twice-to-beat bonus in the quarterfinals while the Aces bid farewell to two of their stalwarts—and their season—with a 3-8 card.San Miguel Beer held off Phoenix, 109-107, to also bolster its top-four drive.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 openingThe Beermen found themselves in a dogfight in the stretch with the already-out Fuel Masters but held on for their seventh win in 10 outings.Rain or Shine broke the game wide open with a big second-quarter run before stretching the lead to 98-61 after opening the fourth with a 15-0 run. MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups 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’ PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Dondon Hontiveros and Tony Dela Cruz may have wanted to leave the game on the saddle of victory. But Rain or Shine had business to attend to.The Elasto Painters ripped Alaska, 112-82, Wednesday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Sports Center here, strengthening their bid for a top four finish going into the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims read more
The Indian rowers turned in stellar performances to win two silver medals in the men’s fours and the men’s lightweight fours at the Guangdong International Rowing Centre.The story of Indian rowers is one of constant improvement and succeeding against all odds. As Mail Today had reported earlier, they had a major handicap as they came to Guangzhou with old boats. Apparently, when the team had to leave India, their boats were still stuck in Hyderabad due to customs clearance issues.But once the team came to the Asian Games, they trained hard. The rowing venue was situated almost two hours away from the city and one has to drive past farmland to reach there. It’s a two-kilometre long straight and on Thursday there was a slight headwind.However, the Indian men’s fours team of Anil Kumar, Saji Thomas, Ranjit Singh and the experienced Jenil Krishnan completed the distance of 2000m in 6 minutes 16.79 seconds. Favourites China took gold in 6:06.40. Unheralded Uzbekistan won the bronze, edging out Kazakhstan in a tight fight for third place with a timing of 6:22.70.In the men’s lightweight fours event, India’s Lokesh Kumar, Manjeet Singh, Rajesh Kumar Yadav and Satish Joshi gave a tough fight to Japan before finishing second with a timing of 6:13.32.Japan took the gold medal, clocking 6:10.14. Hong Kong won the bronze with a timing of 6:14.84. The Indians started strongly and until the halfway stage of the 2000m race, it seemed that they had a chance to upstage the Japanese. But Japan started to pull away after the 1000m mark.advertisementThough the Indians pulled hard, it did not prove to be enough. However, there was disappointment in store for India in the other rowing events. The men’s doubles sculls pair of Anil Mehroliya and Devender Khandwal clocked 6:49.34 to finish sixth. In men’s lightweight double sculls, Sandeep Kumar and Shokender Tomar were fifth with a timing of 6:42.23.”Our sport has been rapidly growing over the years and it’s thanks to the government support we are able to do well. We were very close to Japan as you can see from the results and we are closing in on the gap,” coach Ismail Baig told Mail Today. “Earlier, the gap between the Japanese and us was huge and now we are narrowing it down to seconds,” he added.Taking a macro look at the sport in India, Baig said that in India there were not more than a few hundred rowers. “If you compare it with the stronger Chinese and Japanese teams, they have thousands of rowers who are competing,” he said.CP Singh Deo, president of the Rowing Federation of India, was again thankful to the government.”Our boys have done really well here and the improvement can be seen. One must not forget the Chinese and Japanese oarsmen are coming from the world championship,” he said.Rowing medallist Satish said: “I wanted to change the colour of my medal and win gold today. It could have been more satisfactory.” “I am more than happy that we are now close to Japan in timings. We rowers wish to thank our coach for the way he has helped us. It’s almost like a family,” he said. read more
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It is shocking that the god of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, is trying all sorts of tricks to avoid paying taxes on the crores he earns by appearing in commercials (“Actor Sachin Gets Tax Break”, June 6). How greedy can the richest of the rich become?Ravi Bedi, JodhpurAfter India won the,It is shocking that the god of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, is trying all sorts of tricks to avoid paying taxes on the crores he earns by appearing in commercials (“Actor Sachin Gets Tax Break”, June 6). How greedy can the richest of the rich become?Ravi Bedi, JodhpurAfter India won the cricket World Cup, the Maharashtra chief minister made a demand for awarding the Bharat Ratna to Sachin Tendulkar. But by declaring himself an actor by profession, he has outrightly disgraced the sport which has given him everything possible on this earth. It’s unbelievable to read that a man like Sachin, in order to pay less income tax, claimed that he is an actor and not a proud cricketer. V B Jaitly, Dehradun read more
With an eye at the World Junior Championship in Bahrain in November, the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) has recommended five names to the sports ministry to train at the Peter Karlsson Academy in Sweden.Three players – Soumyajit Ghosh, Harmeet Desai and Mallika Bhandarker – had already been chosen by the International Table Tennis Federation for a six-month scholarship at the academy. The trio will leave for Sweden on October 8.”We want the other five juniors – Manika (Batra), world No. 28, Ankita Das (92), Reeth Rishya (224) and two boys Sourav Saha (109) and G Sathyan (48) – to join them and prepare together for the world juniors for a month. Hence we have requested the ministry to clear their trip at government cost,” said Choudhary.This is the first time that the Indian girls’ team has qualified for the worlds after they finished fifth at the Asian Junior Championship in New Delhi in July.Manika produced a stellar performance in that tournament and now the Delhi girl has become only the third Indian player to reach the top-200 ranking in the women’s category. read more
India won the toss and decided to bat against Sri Lanka in the second One-day International here on Tuesday.TeamsSri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Rangana Herath, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga.India: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav. read more
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Opener Gautam Gambhir (102) hit a calculated century and Suresh Raina played a decisive 65-run knock to power India to a thrilling five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the third One-day international, in Colombo on Saturday.Chasing 287 to win, India overhauled the target with two balls to spare and took a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.Gambhir’s 11th ODI century could have gone down the drain had Raina not played that heroic innings in company of Irfan Pathan (34 off 31) down the order.The two-left handers added 92 runs in their unconquered sixth-wicket partnership and piloted India to highest ever successful run chase on the Sri Lankan soil.Raina’s 23rd half-century, adorned with six fours and one six, while Pathan’s innings had three boundaries.After electing to bat, Sri Lanka put on an impressive 286 for five with Kumar Sangakkara (73), Angelo Matthews (71 not out) and skipper Mahela Jayawardene (65) scoring half-centuriesFor India, pacer Zaheer Khan (2/39) accounted for two wickets while Irfan Pathan, Ashok Dinda and Rahul Sharma chipped in with a wicket apiece.India’s chase, though, was shaky with Virender Sehwag (3) becoming the first victim when Thisara Perera had him caught in covers.Gambhir and Kohli then put on 105 runs for the second wicket to repair the innings. Spinner Rangana Herath separated them when he caught Kohli off his own bowling in the 21st over.Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni promoted himself up the order and made a useful 31, adding 67 runs with Gambhir for the third wicket.India were placed comfortably at that stage but the batting powerplay did not go their way as they lost Dhoni and Rohit Sharma (0) in the first two balls of the 36th over.advertisementPaceman Malinga first bowled Dhoni with a crushing yorker and then trapped Rohit in the next ball. Rohit has now got two ducks in three innings but no one knows as to how longer would the Indian captain persist with this horribly out-of-form Mumbai batsman.India’s fate were in the hands of Raina and Pathan as team needed 107 runs from 15 overs and the duo did not disappoint.Earlier, Sri Lanka were off to a poor start as they were three down with just 20 runs inside sixth over.Zaheer gave the visitors the first breakthrough as he sent back last match’s half-centurion Tillakaratne Dilshan (4) in his second over of the innings.The opener was unlucky as he had no idea where the ball went after he defended it off the front foot and all it did was to trickle down towards stumps.Upul Tharanga (8) chased a wide delivery from Khan that was wide outside off-stump and got a thick outside edge which was lapped up by Dhoni.Comeback man Pathan did not allow Dinesh Chandimal to get off the mark as he was stuck on the crease to a ball that pitched on about middle and leg and then straightened, rapped him on the back leg to be adjudged LBW.Experienced duo of Sangakkara and Jayawardene then batted responsibly to steer their team out of the woods. The duo added 121 runs for the fourth-wicket to redeem the host innings, which was tottering at 20 for three at one stage.Jayawardene reached his 68th ODI fifty with a couple off R Ashwin, Sangakkara got to his 73rd ODI half-century and 16th against India with a single down the ground.While Jayawardene hit five fours in his 79-ball innings, Sangakkara faced 95 balls for his commendable effort and found the fence six times.Jayawardene, who had started to open up with some lovely sweeps and reverse sweep was sent back by leg-spinner Rahul Sharma. He went on the back foot attempting to work the ball away but it hurried on and hit him in front of leg stump.The Sri Lankan did not look too pleased with umpire Kumar Dharmasena’s decision.Dinda then took out Sangakkara in the 38th over when the Sri Lankan failed to connect a fuller ball just outside the off-stump and gifted a simple catch to Virat Kohli at point.Sri Lanka managed just 24 runs from the batting powerplay with just two boundaries and the loss of Sangakkara.That’s a period where India looked to have pulled some loose strings but Matthews and Mendis pummeled the Indian bowling with some lusty hitting. read more
Italy took all three medals in the women’s individual foil fencing competition on Saturday, with Elisa Di Francisca beating Arianna Errigo on sudden death in the final. The match between two athletes on their Olympic debuts was tied at 11-11 after Di Francisca cancelled out Errigo’s earlier lead before taking the gold with a quick lunge at the start of the sudden death period.”I’m so much happy for it because this last one against Arianna was such a tough fight, especially from a psychological point of view,” Di Francisca said.”Now I’m overwhelmed with feelings, I can’t explain it, I can’t describe it. The only thing that comes into my mind now, is that I’ve worked so much to get this. I wanted it so bad, and now I finally got it. All that work paid off in the end.”Italy’s podium sweep had earlier been assured when five-time Olympic gold medal-winner Valentina Vezzali beat South Korea’s Hyun Hee Nam in the bronze medal match.Vezzali had come to London seeking her fourth individual Olympic gold in a row, but was forced to settle for bronze after losing to Errigo in the semifinal.Hyun made the veteran fight all the way for her consolation prize, as the lead changed hands regularly in an engrossing match with Hyun leading before Vezzali fought back to draw the match at 12-12 before sealing the crucial 13th point to take bronze. read more
View comments “It’s a relief. It’s been a long year for me, a lot of ups and downs,” Cousins said last week. “But the finish line is ahead and I’m extremely excited to be back on the floor.”Cousins will make his debut for Golden State after being signed to a one-year free agent deal last July. He spent last season with the New Orleans Pelicans after seven campaigns with the Sacramento Kings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFour-time NBA All-Star Cousins joining a team that has already reached the past four NBA Finals and won three of them raised talk of the Warriors ruining the league, their domination set to be complete with a potential starting lineup of All-Stars in Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Cousins.The Warriors have worked with Cousins on how he might blend with the current Golden State lineup, giving the reigning champions even more versatility and talent in matchups with foes. “It’s a relief. It’s been a long year for me, a lot of ups and downs,” Cousins said last week. “But the finish line is ahead and I’m extremely excited to be back on the floor.”Cousins was injured on January 26 of last year, four days after he became the first NBA player in 46 years with 40 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in a game. The injury came in the final seconds of a 115-113 Pelicans victory over Houston in which Cousins had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.The 28-year-old American says he has not changed the way he plays the game despite sitting out almost a year.“Same person. I play with a chip on my shoulder,” Cousins said. “I use different things as fuel to keep me moving forward. I’m looking forward to proving myself on the floor.”ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Manny Pacquiao talks about his career at breakfast LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño (FILES) In this file photo taken on September 24, 2018 DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors poses for a picture during the Golden State Warriors media day in Oakland, California. – Golden State center DeMarcus Cousins, targeting a January 18 NBA season debut after nearly a year sidelined by injury, will start immediately upon his return, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said January 10, 2019. “Yeah I’ll start him,” Kerr told reporters at a Warriors practice. “After that, everything’s on the table. We have to figure out what the rotations will look like, how many minutes he can play. (Photo by EZRA SHAW / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins, who hasn’t played in nearly a year, remains on track for a Friday return when the reigning NBA champions visit the Los Angeles Clippers.Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday before Golden State faced Denver in a showdown of Western Conference leaders that steady progress has continued for Cousins, who was sidelined after surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. read more
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain compete during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, June 22, 2014.Nico Rosberg held off a challenge from teammate Lewis Hamilton to win the Austrian GP on Sunday for the sixth 1-2 finish by Mercedes this season.It was Rosberg’s third win of the year and sixth overall as he extended his lead in the drivers’ championship over Hamilton.Valtteri Bottas came third for his first career Formula One podium while Williams teammate Felipe Massa, who started from pole Position, took fourth.Four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel had an engine problem in the second lap and was doubled by the field before quitting the race in the 36th on Red Bull’s home circuit. read more
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Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Sta. Lucia is heading into a new start in the Philippine Super Liga, and so is its new head coach Babes Castillo.The Lady Realtors struggled for most of the 2018 season including an All-Filipino Conference wherein it went a combined 0-17 in the first and second rounds.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Terrence Romeo, Beermen blast Hotshots for 2nd straight win ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Lady Realtors’ most successful conference of the 2018 season was the Grand Prix wherein they went 5-5 before losing to Foton in the one-game quarterfinal.“I don’t want to focus on the perspective of just winning because that’s one thing you don’t have a hundred percent control of,” said Castillo.A major reason why the Lady Realtors had such a forgettable All-Filipino campaign was because of the injury to MJ Phillips, who tore her Achilles tendon.“I just want to bring the ladies’ confidence up and that’s the one thing we’ve worked on, just to give the team a direction,” said Castillo, who added that Phillips is expected to miss the first month of the Grand Prix.ADVERTISEMENT As for Castillo, he’s into his first coaching stint since a disappointing exit with National University in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament that saw the Lady Bulldogs claw their way to the fourth seed only to be immediately eliminated by eventual champion De La Salle.“Well the people can expect a more energetic and vibrant team,” said Castillo, who’s in his first PSL coaching job, in Filipino during the league’s opening ceremonies on Sunday at Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We’re trying to build a vision and I think [the players are] getting it and they’re loving the work more than anything.”Castillo replaced George Pascua who’s now solely focused as the head coach of Far Eastern University and the former NU coach said he’s trying to guide the Lady Realtors not to immediately win games but in how to achieve victories. View comments read more