MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC But it was his right uppercut that caused Nge to lose footing and reach for the ropes. He was give standing count and when referee asked him if he can still go on, he shook his head.Eumir Felix Marcial capped the brilliant day for the Philippines with an easy decision win over hard-punching Nguyen Manh Cuong in the 75kg.“They really prepared well, all the fighters are ready and trained hard,” said Marcial in Filipino. He came here fresh from winning gold in Mongolia recently.The lefty got into heavy exchange with Cuong who bore the brunt of Marcial’s quick combinations.“I wasn’t using much of my jabbing hand, I don’t want to re-injure it,” said Marcial, whose left hand got injured and jeopardized his Olympic qualifying quest last year.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Read Next LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “This is just the beginning, we got long ways to go, hopefully we can sustain it in the late rounds,” said Alliance of Boxing Associations of the Philippines executive director Ed Picson.The wins ushered Bautista and Marcial to the semifinals which assured the country at least bronze medal. But the reigning champions are here for the top honours.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 24-year-old Fernandez, reigning 56kg champion, needed just over two minutes in the first round to stop Myanmar’s Maung Nge via knockout.Fernandez took down the shorter Nge with powerful head and body combinations that dismantled the Burmese fighter. Archer Tagle settles for silver in recurve event Bautista opened up the action with a masterful decision over hometown bet Abdul Salam Kasim in the 52kg division.The Binalbagan, Negros Occidental native peppered Kasim with a barrage of hits in the first round and appeared bent on finishing off the Malaysia early.“He was too eager to knock him out which I advised him not to because it’s dangerous,” said PH coach Elias Recaido.Good thing for Bautista, he coasted along in the third, throwing solid punches on the fly to keep Kasim at bay en route to win. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Mario Fernandez of the Philippines stops Maung Nge of Myanmar in the first round of their bantamweight preliminaries in the boxing competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the MITEC Hall 8 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — Philippine boxing delivered the expected punch Sunday as all three of its fighters qualified to the next round in the Southeast Asian Games at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Center.Defending champions Ian Clark Bautista, Mario Fernandez and Eumir Felix Marcial overwhelmed their foes en route to the second round all in flashy, slam-bang fashion.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Cebu City notches overall crown Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nanhai has tapped unheralded Fil-Ams Caelan Tiongson and Jonathan Bermillo as their heritage imports. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Christian Standhardinger. Photo from Fiba.comFilipinos remain the heritage import of choice for majority of the teams in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) 2017-2018 season, which tips off on Friday when newcomer Nanhai Kung Fu hosts the Singapore Slingers in Nanhai, China.Headlined by Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger, who will suit up for the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions, nine other Filipino players will be in action for different clubs in the eighth season of the ABL.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The 6-foot-8 Standhardinger will make his debut on Sunday against Alab Pilipinas at Mall of Asia Arena.Veterans Jason Brickman and Paul Zamar will reinforce Mono Vampire Basketball of Thailand, while forward Reil Cervantes will join forces with Patrick Cabahug at Westsports Malaysia Dragons.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“The ABL is all about opportunities for players and it’s no different this season,” said ABL chief operating officer Jericho Ilagan.Former Ginebra first-round pick James Forrester suits up for Formosa Dreamers of Taiwan, while ex-GlobalPort point guard AJ Mandani will join Singapore. View comments Read Next Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’
Cavaliers ban fan who aimed racial taunts at Spurs’ Mills Bottas was next at 0.303 seconds slower in his Mercedes.They were followed by McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne, who just edged Red Bull’s Max Verstappen for the third fastest time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“In terms of general operation everything is really smooth. So it is good to come here and switch on the car and be able to run,” Vettel said. “Obviously the limiting factor was the weather. I think the next two days won’t be much better but I hope next week will be.”Cold and wet conditions, which reduce the tire’s grip on the tarmac, limited driving for a second straight day with only six more test days left before the season starts in Melbourne. Even with temperatures at their highest, both Vettel and Sauber rookie Charles Leclerc spun off the track and into the gravel.Kevin Magnussen had the biggest scare of the day. The Haas driver was about to crash when he managed to regain control and skirt just alongside the barrier until returning to the track.Vandoorne’s third-best time, however, came on a faster set of tires than Verstappen. Much more worrying was that his session was cut short by a problem with the car’s exhaust that the team said it was investigating.McLaren teammate Fernando Alonso had a wheel pop off on Monday, limiting his driving time as well.The hiccups don’t bode well for a team trying to rebound after three disappointing years with Honda by changing to Renault engines.Red Bull’s fortunes turned after Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest time and clocked the most laps on Monday.Verstappen had trouble getting his car out of the garage early because of a problem identified by the team as a “minor fuel leak.”Defending champion Lewis Hamilton was scheduled to relieve Bottas at midday. But Mercedes announced after the lunch break was cancelled that Bottas would continue behind the wheel “to maximize our mileage after the poor track conditions limited running this morning.”That means Hamilton has made 25 laps in the Mercedes so far.Vettel recorded the most laps for the session with 98, four more than Bottas. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Vettel said that it was too early to size up Mercedes or the rest of the potential contenders.“For sure you look at the others and compare, but it’s very difficult. So I think we should not get into details too much because it is a bit pointless,” Vettel said. “First we try to understand the car. A lot of mileage, that is the key right now, and then later we focus on performance.”Robert Kubica, who hasn’t raced in F1 since 2010 after being badly injured in a rally crash, served as Williams’ reserve driver in the afternoon. He completed 48 laps and the seventh fastest time.Testing near Barcelona runs until Thursday. A second four-day session will be held from March 6-9.The season-opening Australian GP is on March 25. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during a Formula One pre-season testing session at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, outside Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)MONTMELO, Spain — Sebastian Vettel was faster than rival Valtteri Bottas on the second session of Formula One testing on Tuesday, as bad weather continued to complicate preparations for the upcoming season.Vettel set the pace with a lap of 1 minute, 19.673 seconds in the German’s first drive of the new Ferrari.ADVERTISEMENT A track temperature of 4 degrees (39 F) when the session started kept most drivers in the garages until things warmed up by noon.To make up some of the lost time, officials granted the teams’ request to cancel the one-hour lunch break.But light snow fell on the track as temperatures fell again with an hour remaining for the session.“It was very cold on track today. I don’t think I’ve ever driven in such cold conditions before in Formula One,” Bottas said. “The tires are just not made for these conditions. But we made the most out of the day.”More snow is forecast for Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES
But the 34-year-old playmaker said that winning the plum is the least of his concerns.READ: ‘No excuses’: Masked Cabagnot shrugs off pain“BPC is the ‘June Mar Fajardo award,’ in my opinion. I’m just glad that we won,” he said after the Beermen’s 115-96 victory over Phoenix on Tuesday as they punched their ticket to the semifinals.The goal in Cabagnot’s mind is clear: to help San Miguel cop the crown in the Commissioner’s Cup, something which over the years has seemingly been the achilles heel for the powerhouse crew.“I haven’t been in the Finals in the second conference, and that’s what we’re striving for, to get to the Finals,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt may have a come as a surprise to some, but Alex Cabagnot’s ascent to the top of the Best Player of the Conference race this 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup wasn’t that shocking for the whole San Miguel squad.“I think you can see that he’s always in the top three in scoring, rebounding, and assists for our team,” said coach Leo Austria. “He’s very consistent on his job and I hope come the semifinals, he can continue what he’s doing because I know what that award would mean to him. I think that’s one motivation he has right now.”ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds View comments MOST READ June Mar Fajardo, a perennial BPC contender, agreed with Austria’s observation.READ: Cabagnot leads BPC stats race; Ratliffe paces importsFEATURED 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 surprising because you can see it in his stats. He has been playing good this conference and I’m happy for him,” said the reigning MVP.Cabagnot rose up the leaderboards as he averaged 15.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.4 steals in the elimination phase to wound up with a league-best 34.7 statistical points. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Power Smashers force decider for PVL Finals berth Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cabagnot, though, won’t shy away if the honor gets bestowed on him, as he could possibly add the hardware to his already gaudy trophy case.“As long as we’re playing hard and we’re winning, the accolades will favor us more cause it’s a team sport. I’m happy, but that’s not the overall goal,” he said while touching the crucifix. “Hopefully, God-willing, we win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
United States’ Michael Phelps (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)Michael Phelps has pretty much accomplished everything there is in professional swimming, and he’s ready to face perhaps his greatest adversary yet.Instead of racing against the best swimmers in the world, the American Olympian will attempt to out-swim one of the most ferocious water predators known to man.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire ESPN, meanwhile, noted that Phelps clocked around 6 mph in 2010.Aside from competing against a Great White Shark, Phelps will also appear in another “Shark Week” project: “Shark School,” which will dispel myths and common misconceptions about the fish. Khristian Ibarrola /ra LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Rhodes overwhelmed with first career Finals, but knows he has more to do Although Phelps has accomplished several superhuman feats underwater during his illustrious career, he’s going to have his work cut out for him against the majestic beast.Sharks typically swim an average of 5 miles per hour, but Great Whites are known to cruise around 25 mph when in attack mode, according to Jennifer Kennedy of ThoughtCo.com.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Discovery Channel recently announced a TV special for its annual Shark Week on July 23 called “PHELPS VS. SHARK: GREAT GOLD VS. GREAT WHITE,” which will feature a race between the legendary swimmer and one Great White Shark.“They are one of the fastest and most efficient predators on the planet: Sharks. He is our greatest champion to ever get in the water: Michael Phelps 39 world records. 23 Olympic golds,” the TV network said in a press release.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“But he has one competition left to win. An event so monumental no one has ever attempted it before. The world’s most decorated athlete takes on the ocean’s most efficient predator: Phelps V Shark—the race is on!”The 31-year-old Phelps also teased his upcoming showdown with a photo on his Instagram account. MOST READ
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt greets his fans before a men’s 100m heat during the World Athletics Championships in London Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON — It was classic Bolt. The World’s Fastest Man saved his best for last.Lumbering out of the starting blocks and closer to last than first for half the race, Usain Bolt sped away nonetheless to an easy victory in his opening 100-meter heat Friday at his final world championships.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In truth, it looked like almost all of his 100-meter runs have over the years. He is 6-foot-5, more than a head taller than anyone else on the track and, as usual, he looked like a baby giraffe trying to gain his footing as he clambered out of the start.“I just sat there small and tried to beat him at whatever point in the race I could beat him,” said Warren Fraser, the 5-foot-8 veteran from the Bahamas, who lined up to Bolt’s right and kept things even for the first 12 strides.At 50 meters, Bolt started pulling ahead. At 75, he was looking to his left, where he saw nobody. At 90, he was shutting things down to coast to the finish line.Britain’s Mo Farah celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Men’s 10,000m final during the World Athletics Championships in London, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Bolt had some fun afterward, flashing the thumbs-up sign to the crowd and toying with the hedgehog mascot, who played with the Jamaican’s shoes — one gold, one purple — before the champion headed off for his lengthy round of interviews.Earlier in the week, he essentially guaranteed a win. Few could disagree, and when the man thought to be his best competition, Andre De Grasse of Canada, dropped out with an injury, the sentiment only grew. Among those who might challenge him include Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake, American Christian Coleman — he of the much-discussed 4.12 second 40-yard dash that he posted to social media — and Bolt’s longtime challenger, Justin Gatlin.ADVERTISEMENT His time — 10.07 seconds — didn’t matter.Neither did the fact that the evening’s best drama — and biggest cheers — belonged not to him, but to British distance runner Mo Farah, who got tripped and nearly jostled off the track twice on the last lap but still came away with his third straight world title at 10,000 meters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWhat does matter is that Bolt, as expected, made it through safely to Saturday night, where he’ll run the semifinals and, if nothing crazy happens there, will be favored to win his fourth world title at 100 meters.“The race overall was a poor start,” Bolt said. “I had to push myself a little to get back in the race. But overall, I’m glad I got to push myself, blow the cobwebs out. I’m feeling OK, but it wasn’t a great race.” 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’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Curry misses cut, still impresses golf’s best MOST READ LATEST STORIES Is he firing on all cylinders?“I didn’t get to run as smooth as I wanted, so I can’t really say,” he said. “But the fact I got back into the race real quick means I’m pretty much in decent form. Tomorrow, we’ll see how the semifinals go, and then I can really say what’s what.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet 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 “Everybody wants to make that moment happen,” said Gatlin, who lost to Bolt by .01 seconds at worlds two years ago.The first medals awarded on this evening were actually for races run years ago. Before the meet began, the IAAF held ceremonies for the 2013 U.S. women’s 4×400-meter relay team and others who lost to runners — mostly from Russia — who were later found to have doped.“Awkward and bittersweet were definitely the way to describe it,” Natasha Hastings said while holding her new gold medal.But better than nothing, which is what Jenn Suhr will get.America’s top pole vaulter won the Olympic gold medal in the same stadium five years ago and was looking for an encore. She didn’t clear the bar in three attempts at 4.55 meters, and was gone before the medals round.“I don’t want to think about this,” she said. “I walked into the stadium and had tears in my eyes for good memories. I don’t want to leave disappointed.”Bolt also has great memories of London.In 2012, he completed his second of three Olympic sweeps. Before those races, he put his finger to his lips, as if to shush the doubters, many of whom saw Blake beat him twice earlier that year and thought there was a changing of the guard in store.Blake isn’t the threat he once was.And though the seven men who will line up against him Saturday night may disagree, the only person who may be able to knock off Bolt is Bolt himself.
Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 11 runs in their World Cup Group A match at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday. Score Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi lead by example taking four wickets in the day. Earlier, Misbah-ul-Haq (83 not out) and Younis Khan (72) forged a 108 runs partnership as Pakistan put 277/7 on board.In reply Sri Lanka openers Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan got off to a fine start putting 76 runs for the first wicket before Pakistan bowlers tightened the noose. In the 15th over Mohammad Hafeez got rid of Upul Tharanga. Tharanga went for a big hit it but instead of crossing the roped it was picked up by captain Shahid Afridi at mid-off. He fell for 33 when the Sri Lanka score was 76.With Tharanga out, the other opener Dilshan lost his rhythm and fell with opposition captain Shahid Afridi accounting for his wicket. The ball took the inside edge of his bat to crash into the stumps and Sri Lanka went down to 88/2. Dilshan scored 41.But there was more to follow as Mahela Jayawardene too fell with Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar uprooting his stumps, clean bowled on 2. Sri Lanka were now on 95/3 in 20.2 overs.A few more balls and the number in the wickets column increased with Shahid Afrid scalping another wicket. This time of Tilhan Samarweera on 1 with wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal peforming the last act by removing his bails off. Sri Lanka fell to 96/4 in the 21th over.Sri Lanka could have lost another wicket but luckily for them the Umpire’s Decision Review System came in handy. In 27th over left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman pitched on the off and and Chamara Silva tried to play a sweep. He missed and the ball thudded against his pads. Umpire Daryl Harper raised his finger but the replay’s showed that the ball was moving away.Later in the innings, Silva got another life when Rehman dropped him in the deep off Umar Gul.Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara had got a life when Kamran Akmal missed an easy stumping chance off Rehman. But fortunately for Akmal and Pakistan he did last long as two overs later captain Afridi saw him through. A short ball and Sangakkara holed out in the deep where Ahmed Shehzad made no mistake. He fell for 49 and Sri Lanka to 169/5 in 37.4 overs.Towards the end Angelo Mathews put on a fast-paced 17 before becoming opposition skipper Shahid Afridi’s fourth victim.Then it was Shoaib Akhtar’s turn to strike. He would have loved to take Silva’s wicket but Younis Khan dropped him in the deep and the man survived again. So Akhtar took Thisara Perera instead.But the man who had earned three lives on the day, Silva, finally fell to Rehman with keeper Akmal making no mistake this time. Silva, the last recognised batsman in the Lankan camp, scored 57. The tail-enders did try a little, but it wasn’t enough as Sri Lanka, who batted till the last ball, managed to put 266/9 – 12 runs short of the target.Pakistan inningsMisbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan put on 108 runs for the fourth wicket as Pakistan scored 277/7 against Sri LankaElecting to bat, Pakistan lost their in-form opener Ahmed Shehzad early but those who followed more than made up for the early loss with some impressive willow-work.Early in the innings Sri Lanka got the better of Ahmed Shehzad when a Thissara Perera ball took the edge of this bat to land in wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkar’s gloves. There was absolutely no foot movement there, no wonder he got out the way he did. He fell on 13 as Sri lanka slumped to 28/1.Post Shehzad’s fall, the other opener Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal got on with a partnership. The two had put on 48 runs for the second wicket before a needless run, saw Hafeez walk back on 32 with a run out written against his initials. Pakistan were 76/2 at the stage.Then Akmal and Hafeez ensured that Pakistan, scoring at a brisk pace, cross the 100 runs mark. But, no sooner had they touched the figure and Akmal fell in Rangana Herath’s over. He played a sweep of his ball but missed and before he could balance himself back into the crease, skipper Kumar Sangakkara did the rest from behind the stumps to push Pakistan to 105/3 in 20.2 overs. He scored 39.Then Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq got on with a fine partnership. The two put on 108 runs for the fourth wicket pounding the Sri Lanka attack. Finally, Herath playing in the place of Ajantha Mendis got rid of the man the Lankan’s wanted to get out.Younis Khan went for the sweep off Herath, but a top-edge that looped up was taken by Mahela Jayawardene in the short fine leg region. He fell for 72 and Sri Lanka slumped to 213/4 in the 41st over.The next man Umar Akmal, however, did not stay for long and fell to Muttiah Muralitharan’s turn on 10. Pakistan put on 277/7 runs in their stipulated 50 overs with captain Shahid Afridi and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq falling at death. But, Misbah remained unbeaten on 83.advertisementadvertisement
After the Indian team’s historic win over the West Indies at Lord’s, Kapil Dev, sipping champagne, spoke to INDIA TODAY’S Sreedhar Pillai. Excerpts: Q. How did a team which was written off even before the tournament started win the Prudential World Cup?A. India started the tournament as underdogs. But our fielding and team spirit saw us through to the final. I know the capabilities of my boys and understand where we stood in batting and bowling. It was the fielding that got us the Prudential Cup.Q. Any factors other than fielding?A. It was a team effort. No single individual is responsible. All of us collectively clicked as a team. Each and every member of the team did something or the other to ensure that we won.Q. Any particular individual you would like to single out?A. Not in particular. But Binny, Madan Lai and Mohinder bowled extremely well, while Yashpal and Mohinder saw that the batting never crumbled. But we were a little sad that our major batsman Sunil Gavaskar never clicked.Q. What about your own 175 not out against Zimbabwe ?A. Well, I did my job as captain, nothing more than that. When I came in to bat it was 9 for 4, which became 17 for 5. Then my only thought was to play for my country, and stay put for 60 overs and score a modest total of around 200.Q. Any special memories of that 175, which is a Prudential record?A. When I got to my hundred I was very happy to be the first Indian to score a hundred in the World Cup competition. Only much later did I realise that I had broken Glenn Turner’s record.advertisementQ. After being 17 for 5, didyou’tvarn your team for a dismal batting performance?A. No, I was feeling absolutely tired after that match against Zimbabwe. In fact, I told the boys, “You made me tired.”Q. How do you analyse India’s win, with their gentle medium pace bowling?A. Let me tell you that these medium pace.bowlers ridiculed by the critics were one of the major reasons for India’s winning the World Cup. All they did was bowl straight by keeping a good length and line. They never tried to bowl fast but English conditions favoured us. Our medium pacers were able to swing the ball around and with batsmen committing mistakes our fielders did the rest.Q. So you mean to say there was a lot of stress on fielding?A. In fact, the team was chosen with special stress on fielding. I had made it clear to everyone that I would not tolerate lack of effort. I can accept that batsmen will get out and that bowlers will get hit but I will not accept one who does not give his all in the field. For too long India’s fielding was considered a joke; not any more, I hope.Q. So the selectors have to be thanked for choosing a well-balanced team.A. The Prudential Cup has given India a big boost in one-day cricket. We had no extraordinary players. But we had bowlers who could bat right up to number eleven. It was the best one-day team that the country has ever produced and we seem to be improving more and more in this particular field.Q. Many people feel that India played West Indies better than any other side.A. The best thing that could have happened to us prior to the Prudential Cup was our visit to the West Indies. There we defeated them in Guyana in a one-day international. It was a turning point in our one-day cricket. And later we defeated them again at Old Trafford. Playing against the best in the world brings out the best in my boys.Q. What about Sunil Gavaskar?There were rumours that you dropped him after the first two games for reasons other than what were given out.A. Nothing but dressing-room, gossip. In fact we dropped him because he was injured. Even if he is out of form and slightly slow on the field we will include him because he is our main batsman. There is perfect harmony and rapport between us. Sometimes I go to him for advice. I am proud of Sunil and his achievements and I wish him good luck this winter to beat Bradman’s record.Q. Witt the same team be retained for the coming winter Test series against West Indies and Pakistan ?A. Test cricket is a different sort of cricket altogether. Some players who are good for one-day cricket may be a handicap in a Test match.advertisementQ. Any special request for the Indian cricket board after the Prudential Cup?A. They should introduce more oneday tournaments in domestic cricket and spot fresh talent to enable us to retain the next World Cup.Q. Some experts feel you are burning yourself out by playing for Northamptonshire in English county cricket.A. After playing professional cricket I have improved vastly and it has also helped me to be a successful captain. The West Indians and Pakistanis play oneday cricket so well because they play for English counties.Q. How would you compare yourself with Ian Botham?A. Ian is a great cricketer, Perhaps he is struggling a little at the moment. Who is best is not for me to say. But I know that I have extra incentive to do well when I play against him.Q. What about these rumours that an Indo-Pakistan eleven has been signed up to tour South Africa? Will you go?A. During the World Cup tournament even I’ve heard these stories. But so far nobody has approached me. Even if they approach me I will not go to South Africa. I love to play for my country more than anything else.
Adding it to its Superfone lineup, Phone maker Micromax has launched Android-based A80 Infinity. Priced at Rs 8,490, the smartphone is a dual-SIM (GSM + CDMA) touch phone. According to reports, the A80 Infinity runs on an 800 MHz processor, sported by a 3.6 inch display and carries an Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)OS. It sports a 3.75 inch TFT touchscreen, 5MP camera with Flash and 0.3 MP front facing camera.Its voice recognition tool AISHA performs variety of functions including, social networking sites update, phone status, operate functions of the device, find locations, language translations, inquire date and time, weather conditions, and pose knowledge questions.The phone, which has 512MB of RAM, supports a microSD card, expandable up to that can be expanded up to 32GB.The A80 Infinity has a massive 2,500 mAh battery that would give a straight battery back up of approximately seven hours.For connectivity, the device supports GPRS, Edge, 3G, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and USB 2.0.The Superfone A80 Infinity is likley to increase the stiff competition of Android phones under Rs 10,000 bracket.
SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins, left, and Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson,right,battle for the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — Trae Young reached out to Dwyane Wade twice in hopes he’d get a signed jersey in the star’s last game in Atlanta.Wade, whose son Zaire is friends with Young, gladly obliged.ADVERTISEMENT “I texted him and I was like, ’I need it for the last time in the ATL,” Young said. “He said, ‘I already got it planned.’ It was cool to talk to him.”Young scored 19 points, John Collins had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and the Hawks snapped a three-game skid with a 106-82 victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday night.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 starsPerhaps it helped Wade get over the Heat’s worst performance of the season. Coming off two straight wins that had moved it over .500 for the first time since Oct. 27, Miami was listless all night against a rebuilding team missing its second- and third-leading scorers and lost for the third time to an opponent that has just 12 victories.“It was a bad game for us,” Wade said. “We’re 0-3 versus this team. They’ve figured out a way to make us not play our game. I don’t know what it is. Ask them.” 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 The matchup seemed heavily in Miami’s favor with the Hawks coming off a 32-point loss at Milwaukee, but the Heat struggled throughout the first half, going 1 for 16 on 3s, getting outrebounded 33-24 and committing 10 turnovers that led to 11 Atlanta points.It only got worse in the third as the Heat kept whiffing and Atlanta jumped to a 19-point lead on consecutive 3s by Daniel Hamilton and Lin. Lin followed with consecutive runners.The Hawks jumped out to an 18-6 lead, but Miami was up 33-31 in the second when Rodney McGruder hit a layup. The Heat did not lead again.TIP-INSHeat: G Dion Waiters is still far from 100 percent. He missed his second straight game since making his first appearance in over a year when the Heat won at Cleveland last Wednesday. Waiters, who played that game because Wade was sidelined by a virus, is still limited by a sore left ankle that required surgery last January.Hawks: With G Kent Bazemore out the next two weeks with a right ankle injury, Bembry made his third start. Hamilton started in Friday’s blowout loss at Milwaukee. … Lin had his 500th career steal.CLOTHING EXCHANGEEven though he had to lobby for the jersey, Young got what he wanted, and so did Wade. Wade, the 12-time All-Star who’s retiring after the season, brought a jersey he’d signed beforehand and gave it to him at halfcourt. Young took his jersey off, signed it and gave it to Wade.“I’ve been able to swap jerseys with a lot of veterans in the league, but it’s good when the younger guys come in and they want your jersey as well,” Wade said. “I’m honored. I’m ready to watch his career for a long time. As I let him know, we’ll make sure we get some work in together and I want to put him and my son together.”SHOWING WADE LOVE MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening The Hawks showed a video tribute to Wade early in the first quarter. He received a standing ovation, smiled and waved to the crowd.It didn’t take Wade long to stir excitement when entered the game a few minutes later. He flipped a backward pass over his shoulder to assist on Jones’ dunk and took a pass on the baseline to hit a double-pump reverse layup that cut the lead to 23-16.“Just trying to do something for the fans tonight,” he said. “Probably the only moments we gave them to cheer for.”After the game ended and he walked off the court holding Young’s jersey, Wade stopped to another standing ovation on one end of the arena. He signed some autographs, smiled and headed into the tunnel.UP NEXTHeat: Host Denver, the Western Conference leader at 26-11, on Monday.Hawks: Visit Toronto, tops in the East with 29 victories, on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kemba Walker’s big finish gives Hornets win over Suns LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments DeAndre’ Bembry finished with 17 points in a starting role, and Jeremy Lin came off the bench to add 15 for Atlanta.Young, the NBA’s fifth overall draft pick, had some dazzling moves handling the ball, but he finished with just two assists. His skills were still enough to impress Wade.“He’s got a great relationship with my son, which I appreciate,” Wade said. “And he’s somebody whose game, you know, honestly, I look at him, I talk to him on different occasions, respect to him. A lot of people said a lot of things about Trae. He’s got a long career ahead of him.”Derrick Jones Jr. led Miami with 14 points, Justise Winslow scored 13 and Wade and Josh Richardson each had 11 for the Heat, who seemed disinterested in defending after the Hawks jumped to a comfortable lead late in the third.Miami missed 20 of its first 22 attempts beyond the arc before Wade hit his 500th career 3-pointer. He joined Michael Jordan and LeBron James as the only players in NBA history with at least 20,000 points, 5,000 assists, 4,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals, 800 blocks and 500 3s.ADVERTISEMENT