Argentina beat Nigeria 1-0 in a Group B game at the Ellis Park in Johannesburg.Gabriel Heinze’s header in the sixth minute put Argentina ahead as they dominated the possession.Argentine star Lionel Messi had several shots at the net, but missed each time. He was declared man of the match for his efforts.In the day’s earlier game, South Korea beat Greece 2-0. [See match photos / Read report]This is Nigeria’s fourth World Cup, having played in 1994, 1998 and 2002.The seventh-ranked Argentina were favourites to beat the 21st ranked African side.Nigeria’s last win in a World Cup was in 1998, when they beat Bulgaria 1-0.Argentina had last won the Cup in 1986 when their current coach Diego Maradona was the captain and lynchpin.
Malcolm SpeedICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed spoke to Deputy Editor SHARDA UGRA about run-ins with the BCCI and overloaded player schedules. Excerpts: Q. There have been delays over Champions Trophy venues and the Asian bid for the 2011World Cup … what is the ICC’s relationship with the new BCCI like?,Malcolm SpeedICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed spoke to Deputy Editor SHARDA UGRA about run-ins with the BCCI and overloaded player schedules. Excerpts: Q. There have been delays over Champions Trophy venues and the Asian bid for the 2011World Cup … what is the ICC’s relationship with the new BCCI like? A. I can see that progress is being made in important areas, TV and sponsorship deals have been concluded. The ICC has consistently said that it would like to see a professional administration in the BCCI, a high powered Indian CEO and a full management team. It would take highly professional administrators to see that deals in place are fulfilled. I understand some steps are being taken in this regard. The next three months will give us a better idea.Q. Isn’t the BCCI’s insistence on a fixed home season and more lucrative bilateral series contrary to the ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP)? A. No, this isn’t new nor is it a threat of any kind. Other countries have fixed bilateral series outside the previous Five-Year Programme like the Natwest series in England. The FTP requires every country to play each other home and away in a six-year period in a minimum of two Tests and three ODIs. Outside this, countries are free to negotiate whatever they like; our only concern is if they load up the schedule too heavily.Q. Player burnout is a big issue. How can the ICC ensure that the boards don’t contribute to it by adding extra bilateral series? advertisementA. The players don’t accept that they are playing too much. Those who play only Test cricket, say for India, have seven Tests this year, followed by 15, 18 and eight for the next three years. That is not too much cricket. I don’t believe there is too much Test cricket. Some countries are going close to the limit of one-dayers. India is stretching the limit of ODI cricket and we just need to be careful it doesn’t load its one-day programme too heavily. The BCCI assures us the players have no problem with it. They have said their schedule is okay with the players, that they are happy playing more cricket.Q. Does the ICC approve of the BCCI’s recent plan to play more offshore cricket? Will it not give illegal betting a lift? A. We are happy that top cricket matches are being played in non traditional venues because it gives people in other countries a chance to see cricket at its best. As for illegal betting, our anti-corruption protocols will be very firmly in place in all these non-traditional venues.Q. What is the ICC’s opinion on India’s objections to the Twenty20 World Cup and its refusal to even entertain the format formally? A. We respect India’s view that it does not wish to play Twenty20 on its own turf; we have limited the volume of Twenty20 cricket that can be played at the international level. A country can only play two matches on any home tour plus one more game. The proposed world Twenty20 championship will take place every three years only for nine days.Q. Given India’s value to world cricket, does the ICC benefit from the lack of a formally recognised players’ association in India? A. We are neither happy nor unhappy with the situation. India is one of five countries whose boards prefer to deal with us directly on player issues; if there is a players’ association formed that the Indian Board asks us to deal with, we will do so.
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Sharda UgraQuestion: What separates the BCCI by Jagmohan Dalmiya and the BCCI headed by Sharad Pawar? Answer: A Nike T-shirt.Well, forgive the cynicism, but how can you ignore the headlines? Or the whispers. Everyone and his cat believes the BCCI’s new rulers sent instructions to reinstate Sourav Ganguly in the,Sharda UgraQuestion: What separates the BCCI by Jagmohan Dalmiya and the BCCI headed by Sharad Pawar? Answer: A Nike T-shirt.Well, forgive the cynicism, but how can you ignore the headlines? Or the whispers. Everyone and his cat believes the BCCI’s new rulers sent instructions to reinstate Sourav Ganguly in the team to Pakistan and then include him in the XI for the Lahore Test.The BCCI’s top brass denies this vehemently. Whether this alleged interference is a precedent, an exception or a master move that has escaped more feeble minds, does not matter. If true, what this is, first up, is a cynical and alarming use of official muscle.On the first day of the Lahore Test, Ten Sports received a call asking them to stop airing the footage of the Chappell-Dravid-Ganguly love triangle seen earlier that morning. Of course, we all know that Rahul Dravid, Greg Chappell and Sourav Ganguly were arguing over which flavour of ice-cream they wanted for lunch, (Nutty Buddy, anyone?).It is only that journalists have such dirty minds, why give them anything that could be misconstrued as dirt? In other words, the next time anyone feels an ice cream debate coming on, please get a room.Cricket BatIt is a bit disorienting as all this comes from the sharp-suited tradesmen of transparency, that is, the new BCCI that promised to deliver us from the Evil Empire of Kolkata. The same new regime is now enforcing a clause in their player contracts which bans cricketers from writing columns or doing TV capsules.How the players agreed to such a clause is as baffling as its emphatic enforcement by a supposedly marketing-savvy BCCI. The only way it could possibly make sense is if the BCCI can prevent India’s rivals from talking trash about our players in our vast media market.advertisementIn a free economy – and hell, a free country – that’s not going to happen so we will just continue to suffer Shoaib Akhtar mouthing off at India’s batsmen and Nasser Hussain continuing to talk down to Indian cricket.Marketing a sport is about more than sticking logos on uniforms or selling TV rights or treating players like advertising hoardings. Marketing is showing and using your resources off to best effect.For the Indian team, those resources include the non-cricketing qualities of its players: Dravid’s intelligence, Anil Kumble’s deadpan humour, Virender Sehwag’s “fundey” and Harbhajan Singh’s irreverence.And, with respect, the cricketers, on or off the field, make for darn sight more interesting viewing than BCCI’s officials.No offence, gentlemen.
It turned out to be an anti-climax that left the crowd stunned. Saina Nehwal was expected to cap what was turning out to be a brilliant Thursday for India at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open. That was not to be.Saina crashed out in the second round, losing to South Korean Youn Joo Bae 19-21, 10-21. The crowd, which till then had savoured Parupalli Kashyap’s sensational comeback win against Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana, PV Sindhu’s upset of South Korean Ji Hyun Sung and Ajay Jayaram’s valiant show against world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, fell silent.A year ago, Saina had made a tearful exit in the first round of the India Open, and this time again she fell to a lesser-known player.The left-handed Korean had beaten Saina only once in their four meetings before Thursday. She mixed up her game beautifully and Saina had no answers to her deceptive strokes and net-play. She began well and led 9-6 in the first game, but Youn steadily got the match in her grasp with a calm assurance. Saina struggled to read her drops to the forecourt and was outplayed in the second game as Young grew in confidence.”I did not play well; don’t know what went wrong. Sorry,” a visibly upset Saina said after the match.The other big casualty of the day was Denmark’s Tine Baun, who lost to qualifier Xiao Jia Chen 13-21, 17-21.Sindhu remained the only Indian in the women’s singles draw. The 16-year-old shuttler beat eighthseeded South Korean Ji Hyun Sung 21-17, 22-20 and will next take on fourth-seeded Chinese Yanjiao Jiang in the quarter-finals.advertisementIn the men’s singles, Kashyap saved two match points to put it across Ponsana 15-21, 21-14, 22-20 to move into the quarter-finals.When Kashyap was fighting his own battle, Ajay Jayaram, on an adjacent court, was giving some tense moments to Lee Chong Wei. The 27-ranked Indian lost his touch in the decider to go down 16-21, 21-15, 5-21.Both were keeping an eye on each other’s score as an Olympic qualification spot was on line. World No. 27 Jayaram is three places ahead of Kashyap in rankings, but the latter can go past him and thus get a ticket to London if he clears the next round.That will not be easy though as Kashyap is up against world No. 4 Chen Jin, winner of the Asian Badminton Championships title.The decisive moment in the match came when Kashyap, who was down two match points at 18-20, tapped the shuttle, and Ponsana thinking it was going out was about to leave when he realised his folly. He sent it back in a jiffy only for Kashyap to put it across. Kashyap won the next three points. “I was blank,” an exasperated Kashyap said. India had other two good wins in doubles. Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas defeated Korean Ki Jung Kim and Sa Rang Kim 21-18, 18-21, 21-19 while Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa came from a game down to beat Indonesian Vita Marissa and Nadya Melati 16-21, 21-15, 21-17 and book a berth in the quarter-finals.Jayaram was equally impressive, but it’s just that he was up against an opponent of a different class altogether. The Mumbai boy had played well against Chong Wei earlier also, and on Thursday he again showed why he is rated so highly. He stood out with his deceptions and returns.Jayaram led 15-10 in the first two games. From that position of ascendancy in the first game, he slumped to a slew of errors as Chong Wei won 11 points to Jayaram’s one. In the second, Jayaram held the lead tightly and drew 1-1. Chong Wei led from the start in the third, and Jayaram went wayward in complete contrast to his skillful display.Results: Men’s singles: Lee Chong Wei (MAS x1) bt Ajay Jayaram 21-16, 15-21, 21-5; Peter Gade (DEN x2) bt Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (THA) 21-19, 22-20; P Kashyap bt Boonsak Ponsana (THA) 15-21, 21-14, 22-20 Women’s singles: Shixian Wang (CHN x1) bt Ai Goto (JPN) 21-19, 21-19; Gu Juan ( HKG) bt Neha Pandit 21-13, 21-10; PV Sindhu bt Ji Hyun Sung (KOR x8) 21-17, 22-20; Youn Joo Bae (KOR) bt Saina Nehwal (IND x3) 21-19, 21-10 Youn Joo Bae
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Perez uncorks 28 as Lyceum goes up 15-0 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 Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Pierce’s new venture, meanwhile, mirrors his former Celtic teammate Kevin Garnett, who also transitioned to broadcast commentary after retiring from the sport.His number 34 jersey will also be immortalized in a retirement ceremony sometime this season. Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups As confirmed by the sports network in a statement, the 10-time All-Star and Celtics legend will regularly appear in the “NBA Countdown’’ and “The Jump” segments starting next month.“I always had fun doing guest coverage with ESPN, so it is exciting to officially join the teams at NBA Countdown and The Jump,” said Pierce, who served as a guest on both segments during the 2017-18 regular season and playoffs.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“I love hoops, my whole life has been about the game, so this feels like a natural evolution in my career and I can’t wait for the season to get started,” he added.Pierce’s toughness and bravado as a basketball player translated well into the microphone, as his often candid and opinionated commentaries drew rave reviews from viewers. Paul Pierce AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLooks like it didn’t take long for Paul Pierce to find a new gig outside of basketball.After 19 remarkable seasons in the NBA, “The Truth” is set to join ESPN’s crew of on-screen NBA analysts and personalities.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH The Golden Stags, though, refused to let go, with Allyn Bulanadi cutting the deficit down to one, 74-73, in the final 1:43.Nzeusseu drilled two freebies on the other end to restore the Lyceum lead back up to three, 76-73, but Jayson David and RK Ilagan botched their attempts in the ensuing possession, giving Jaycee Marcelino a chance to score the game-clinching drive.While he is glad to see the character of his players, Robinson warned his Pirates to stick to the right mindset they approach their final elimination games against Letran, Jose Rizal U, and San Beda.“We really have to be mentally tough. What’s more than physical toughness is the mental aspect of that. At the end of the day, it’s the final score that matters,” he said.Bulanadi carried San Sebastian with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Michael Calisaan had 13 markers and 11 boards in the losing effort.ADVERTISEMENT Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MJ Ayaay proved to be the perfect partner for Perez, getting the job done on the defensive end while tallying 11 markers, seven boards, an assist, a steal, and a block.Jaycee Marcelino chipped in 11 points, none bigger than his game-sealing lay-up with 19.1 seconds to go, along with six rebounds, while Mike Nzeusseu got a double-double of 11 markers and 11 boards in the win.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“I really don’t know how these guys keep on fighting through the pressure and the adversity. Credit goes to the players because they really are the ones making my job easy,” said coach Topex Robinson, whose wards recorded the second-best start in NCAA history next to San Beda’s 16-0 run in Season 86 back in 2010.But it was an uphill battle for Lyceum from the get-go before Perez gave his side a 70-62 lead with 5:07 remaining. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ #KicksStalker: Terrence Romeo makes history with launch of signature shoe ‘TR7’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCJ Perez unleashed a career-high 28 points as Lyceum survived its toughest test yet, escaping San Sebastian, 78-73, to go up 15-0 in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The energetic forward went 3-of-8 from beyond the arc, on top of 10 rebounds, four steals, an assist, and a block to preserve the Pirates’ unbeaten run.ADVERTISEMENT No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors The Scores:LYCEUM 78 – Perez 28, Ayaay 11, Marcelino JC 11, Nzeusseu 11, Pretta 6, Marcelino JV 5, Ibanez 3, Srrano 2, Caduyac 1, Cinco 0, Baltazar 0, Tansingco 0.SAN SEBASTIAN 73 – Bulanadi 19, Calisaan 13, David 9, Navarro 9, Ilagan 9, Costelo 6, Baetiong 4, Baytan 3, Mercado 1, Calma 0, Are 0, Valdez 0.Quarters: 18-7, 33-27, 52-49, 78-73. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments
MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Ideally, that’s probably 2030, so that there’s no confusion with preparations for 2028,” Probst added, referring to the Summer Games awarded to Los Angeles.The United States last hosted the Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002.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 openingUSOC board members discussed the pros and cons of possible 2026 or 2030 Winter Olympic bids on Friday, Probst said, adding that officials still need more information from the International Olympic Committee on the bidding process.Probst said the USOC wants to be part of the discussion if the IOC decides to award the 2026 and 2030 Olympics in one vote — as it did last month in choosing Paris for 2024 and Los Angeles for 2028. The 2018 Winter Games start in February in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Summer Games of 2020 will be held in Tokyo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pirates still peerless In that case, the USOC could be interested in entering the next round of bidding.If so, they would need to select a bid city by next March, Probst said.Salt Lake City, Denver, Reno-Tahoe on Nevada’s border with California and other cities have expressed interest.“We really need more discussions with the IOC to understand their process and timing before we determine what our process is going to be,” USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said.Probst said he has interpreted remarks from IOC president Thomas Bach about selecting a “more traditional” venue for the Winter Games as an indication that he wants them held in Europe or North America.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors 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 USOC Chairman Larry Probst (Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images/AFP)Los Angeles — The US Olympic Committee wants to bid for the Winter Olympics, but is still mulling whether it would be better to seek the 2026 or 2030 Games.“I put a stake in the ground that we are interested in hosting the Winter Games,” USOC chairman Larry Probst told reporters on Friday as he discussed talks at the USOC Assembly in Colorado Springs, Colorado.ADVERTISEMENT
After Redick’s 3 made it 113-110, Domantas Sabonis was called for a charge at the other end and fouled out. After two empty possessions that included Joel Embiid missing a dunk, Simmons slipped and it appeared Philadelphia was going to turn it over.But Redick ended up with the ball and drilled an off-balance 3 as the shot clock expired.“Believe it or not, it is something that I occasionally practice,” Redick said.Each team led by nine points in an up-tempo game before the Sixers took control behind Redick, who signed a free-agent deal with Philadelphia in the offseason.Turner hadn’t played since sustaining a concussion in Indiana’s season-opening win against Brooklyn on Oct. 18. McMillan had Turner come off the bench, and after a rusty start, he helped Indiana dominate inside in the first half.Turner had a thunderous dunk over Dario Saric late in the first quarter and blocked Embiid’s jumper early in the second. His 3-pointer ignited a late 9-0 run that helped Indiana to a 63-56 halftime lead.But Turner struggled with his shot in the second half and Embiid got the better of him late.“He was a little rusty,” McMillan said. “He had to play more minutes than we probably would have liked. Sabonis got in foul trouble. He missed some shots that he’s capable of knocking down, and just timing.”Embiid had 18 points and nine rebounds. Robert Covington scored 22 for the 76ers, who shot 50 percent from the field.TIP-INS Malditas save PH from shutout View comments MOST READ Pacers: F T.J. Leaf didn’t return after spraining his left ankle early in the second quarter. McMillan said X-rays were negative. . Damien Wilkins (personal reasons) was inactive.76ers: Richaun Holmes had several loud dunks during an effective third-quarter stint in his season debut. The center had been out since breaking his left wrist in the preseason. . Furkan Kormaz was assigned to Delaware of the G-League after the game.ROUGHHOUSINGEmbiid was called for a Flagrant 1 foul late in the first quarter when he swatted Thaddeus Young on the head on Young’s dunk.UP NEXTThe Pacers visit the New York Knicks on Sunday night.The 76ers have three days off before starting a five-game trip out West on Tuesday night at Utah.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Redick scored 31 points and hit three decisive 3-pointers late, Ben Simmons had a triple-double and the 76ers moved above .500 for the first time in nearly four years with a 121-110 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.Redick said he had “goosebumps” hearing the ear-splitting sellout crowd finally get a chance to celebrate success.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 all recognize the significance of tonight and getting over .500 for the first time in a long time,” Redick said. “My focus was more on winning. Obviously I had a good third quarter there where I got hot and then the three 3s down the stretch were more about, let’s just get a win.”Redick was 8 of 12 from 3-point range, including the go-ahead jumper with 2:06 left, another 3 to barely beat the shot clock with 1:08 remaining and a third from the left corner to make it 119-110 with 46 seconds to go. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 “He’s amazing,” Simmons said.Simmons was pretty good, too. He had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his second triple-double in a rookie season delayed a year because of injury.The Sixers (5-4) last had a winning record when they were also 5-4 on Nov. 13, 2013, but their painful rebuild appears near an end as they won their fourth straight game.Victor Oladipo shook off a slow start to score 31 points, Bojan Bogdanovic added 21 and Myles Turner had 11 points and nine rebounds in his return from a concussion for the Pacers. They were outscored 11-0 to close the game as their three-game winning streak was snapped.“We had a couple possessions where we had open looks,” coach Nate McMillan said. “You have to knock those shots down.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons, right, of Australia, blocks the shot attempt by Indiana Pacers’ Darren Collison during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA — J.J. Redick has seen plenty in his 12 NBA seasons, yet he insists he’s never heard a louder regular-season crowd.Those fans in Philadelphia were going bonkers over their new sharpshooter.ADVERTISEMENT After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Porzingis has 37, leads Knicks over Suns
SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, center with back to camera, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London, England, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)ONDON — Watched by the Premier League’s biggest-ever crowd, Tottenham scored one of the competition’s fastest goals.Manchester United hadn’t even had a chance to touch the ball when Christian Eriksen put the ball in the net after 10.5 seconds at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Suns guard Isaiah Canaan breaks ankle in gruesome injury Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “We prepare that situation,” Pochettino said, “… and give the signal to the opposition that we want to play in the opposition half and dominate the game and put pressure on them.”United should have been more alert, based on its preparations.“After kickoff is ridiculous, especially ridiculous because the players they watched it before, we analyze opponents,” Mourinho said. “The players knew the long ball, they knew Harry Kane normally he is already inside, before the kickoff, he is already inside the opponent. We knew everything and then we don’t press the ball.”Mourinho broke down United’s shortcomings in detail.“One mistake, we don’t clean the ball in the air,” he said. “Second mistake, we don’t win the second ball on the ground. Third mistake, we don’t cover the fullback inside when Eriksen comes. Four mistakes.”It was timed at only 0.1 seconds slower than Alan Shearer’s 10.4-second goal in 2003 for Newcastle against Manchester City. Tottenham does hold the record, with Ledley King netting after 9.9 seconds at Bradford in 2000.“One of the criticisms of ourselves over the last couple of weeks was our slow starts, it was something we wanted to improve on and we definitely did today,” Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier said. “We were in control of the game from beginning to end, we came out and pressed them and didn’t give them any time. They suffered under it.”For a Tottenham side that couldn’t even beat fourth-tier Newport in the FA Cup on Saturday — drawing 1-1 — beating United so convincingly reasserted its top-four credentials.Tottenham is two points outside the Champions League places in fifth, and heads to third-place Liverpool on Sunday. Liverpool felt the full force of Tottenham’s formidable counterattacking potency in October when Juergen Klopp’s side lost 4-1 at Wembley but inconsistency has proved costly.“You can win a game if you’re ready to fight,” Pochettino said, reflecting on a third successive home win over United. 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 “It feels a bit weird to score from your first touch,” Eriksen said after Tottenham’s 2-0 victory.Jose Mourinho watched aghast. “Ridiculous,” was the United manager’s assessment after his conceded for the first time since Dec. 26.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 quite as hard to fathom as the second goal.On a night when Mourinho’s side was outrun and new recruit Alexis Sanchez struggled to make an impact, United’s pitiful performance was summed up by the own-goal that sealed Tottenham’s win. Phil Jones inadvertently turned Kieran Trippier’s cross into his own net in the 28th minute when the United defender was under no immediate pressure. LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was rarely troubled by one of the league’s most-expensively assembled teams, with only one save of significance required to block a shot from Romelu Lukaku.With the title appearing unattainable, United will have to settle with locking down second place for the team’s highest-place finish since Alex Ferguson won a record-extending English title in 2013 before retiring.“The distance to the leader was already considerable, even before this match,” Mourinho said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “Unlucky is a different thing than ridiculous,” Mourinho said. “And after that Tottenham has the game in their hands.”It was a damaging defeat for Mourinho’s team, with Manchester City allowed to surge 15 points clear of its second-place neighbor by beating West Bromwich Albion 3-0.United was second-best all night in front of a Premier League record 81,978 fans at English soccer’s national stadium, which is Tottenham’s temporary home while a new venue is being built at White Hart Lane.Tottenham set the tone with its explosive start, producing the third fastest goal since the Premier League’s inception in 1992.After the kickoff, Jan Vertonghen’s high, long pass from inside his own half reached Harry Kane who headed to Dele Alli and the midfielder flicked the ball across for Eriksen to finish.ADVERTISEMENT Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto View comments
Sudhir Gautam. Photo By – Mandar DeodharAmong the flurry of people at Bandra station is an equally inconspicuous gentleman looking around trying to hail a rickshaw. He’s dressed in a Team India Practice jersey, carrying a bag which is likely a hand-me-down from the official merchandise of the Indian Cricket team, matching blue shoes and a cap, letting out unkempt scraggly strands of hair.Sudhir Kumar Gautam, the gentleman usually seen layered in saffron, white and green paint from head to waist, waving the flag with pride and blowing his conch in support of Sachin Tendulkar in every match, is en route the legendary cricketer’s Bandra bungalow before he hops on the evening train to Kochi to resume his career as the unofficial mascot for the Indian cricket team.Gautam, who grew up in the Damodar village in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, lived a regular life. He studied in the local school, lived with his mother, father and three siblings and eventually graduated, to be admitted into a college where he studied History Honours. He too, was a promising cricketer, training to be a teacher and a strong hope for financial support from his poverty stricken family. All this changed, when he cycled to Mumbai to meet the man he says is the Ram to his Hanuman.”I’ve left three jobs,” he says. “I could’ve been a teacher in Bihar Shikshamitra, but my training was in February 2006 and in January I cycled to Pakistan to watch Sachin play in the 5 ODI series.” Prior to this, he worked at a Dairy, a job he had to quit in order to gain accessto his Provident Fund to incur the costs involved in getting a passport for his aforementioned jaunt. “I also had an interview to become a TC(ticket collector) in 2005, but there was a match to watch: the 6th one day between India and Pakistan. So I skipped the interview to cycle toDelhi,” he said as he donned a test match jersey to pose for a few pictures on the steps of the Mount Saint Mary Church, a little distance away from Tendulkar’s home.advertisementSudhir Gautam. Photo By – Mandar DeodharHis passion and dedication towards the Indian cricket team is an admirable feat, and a rare spectacle in the world today. It takes courage and resilience to chase a passing revelry with so much fervour and see it through to a point where you’re the talk of the entire nation. And let’s face it, he makes for great television.His family, however, presently lives in resentment and dire conditions. “My brother is married with three kinds and he is a teacher, but he makes around Rs. 7,000-8,000 a month and can’t support my parents,” he said. His old father, who had once dreamed that Gautam, his middle child would take care of him financially, is having to work as a shopkeeper despite his age. “Whenever I visit them I eat a meal with them and leave, they abuse me and get angry, but I just listen and get on my way again,” he says.Gautam who in spite of an education most people in rural India crave and are denied, is now taking up odd jobs handing out cold drinks or ice cream at events to gather up enough money to afford a general train ticket to watch his next match. The debate of whether passion trumps responsibility here is tricky, whether this is a man we as a nation should glorify wholeheartedly is questionable, especially when juxtaposed with the fact of his idol, Tendulkar, being the bastion of humility, achievement and the ability to remarkably, yet sensibly realise his dream.However, Gautam lives on as a vagabond undeterred by what goes on back home. He continues to hand pick a thousand litchees each year to deliver in crates to both Harbhajan Singh and Sachin Tendulkar, and more recently MS Dhoni and bangles for “Anjali Madam”. He still trades in his education and ambitions to be the super fan of Indian cricket, which is rather an expensive affair as he says.Aside from travel expenditure, Gautam also sees it necessary to pay the painters who spend anywhere between four and six hours to paint his body. “They do it for free, but I feel like I should pay them a little so they don’t refuse me the next time I go to them,” he said.This leads him to arrive at match venues a day prior to scheduled matches. “This way I can hide my conch and the staff of my flag in the stadium so I can use it the following day.”advertisementAs people near the church hand over their phone cameras for a picture with him, tossing aside their prayer candles and explaining to their children who he is, Gautam remembers how the crowds at a stadiums often bother him and lead the security process to go haywire. “In Vadodara, outside the boundary line there is a Neem Tree,” he recalls.”When the spectators bother me I climb that tree and it’s a different feeling. No one disturbs me, I wave the flag and blow the conch in peace.”While Gautam begins to pack his things and get ready to hopefully stop at a barber shop before proceeding to meet the master blaster, he confirms that he will never get married because he has submitted to his current way of living, in which there is no room for a relationship. “Jab tak suraj chaand rahega, Sahin ji ka naam rahega,” he says as he slings his backpack over one shoulder.”Till I have the privilege of being on this earth, I will support Sachin sir and now that he has retired I will write the words ‘Miss U’ in the empty space above my chest where I write his name.” He smiles and calls out to a rickshaw which rattles along to take him to Tendulkar’s home, leaving those with their newly clicked photos with him, looking on with envy, but also an unassuming sense of admiration.
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The first match of the four-Test series starts in Adelaide on Tuesday.Australia are looking forward to getting back into competitive cricket in the first Test against India next week in the wake of Phillip Hughes’s tragic death, wicketkeeper Brad Haddin said on Saturday.The first match of the four-Test series starts in Adelaide on Tuesday, less than a week after batsman Hughes’s funeral. The first Test was supposed to have started in Brisbane on December 4 but was put back and then switched to Adelaide to give grief-stricken players more time to recover.”We need the support of the Australian public and everyone leading into this first Test,” Haddin told reporters at training in Adelaide.”We’re looking forward to playing and we need the help of everyone to enjoy the moment and just enjoy the game of cricket.”Our job is to go and play cricket.”The first Test will undoubtedly be an emotional one for Australia’s players, all of whom attended the funeral on Wednesday in Macksville, New South Wales.There will be moments of remembrance at the Adelaide Oval for their fallen team mate, who played 26 Tests and 25 one-day internationals. Haddin was keeping wicket for New South Wales when Hughes was struck by a bouncer in the domestic match at the Sydney Cricket Ground last week.The veteran wicketkeeper was reluctant to weigh into the sense of occasion the match at Adelaide Oval will bring.”I don’t think you need to look too deep into what’s going to happen. You’re going to get a cricket game here on Tuesday, you’ll enjoy it and so will we,” Haddin said.advertisement”We get back to playing the game we love. I don’t think you need to complicate it any more than that.”
The ICC Cricket World Cup is the international championship of One Day International (ODI) cricket.The event is organised by the sport’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), every four years. Here are 10 lesser known facts about the Cricket World Cup:1. The first World Cup was organised in England in June 1975. However, the first ODI cricket match was played only four years prior to this.2. England is the only country that has hosted highest numbers of World Cup tournaments (4 times). From the 1987 tournament onwards, hosting has been shared between countries under an unofficial rotation system, with fourteen ICC members having hosted at least one match in the tournament. India celebrating the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 victory 3. Out of the ten editions of the ICC Cricket World Cup tournaments played and concluded till now, Australia has won four times, followed by the West Indies and India (twice each) and then Pakistan and Sri Lanka (once each). 4. Indian player Chetan Sharma is also known as World Cup hat-trick man for his record in the ICC World Cup.In the World Cup 1987, Sharma took the first hat-trick in the history of tournament when he clean bowled Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield of New Zealand off consecutive balls.5. South Africa’s Gary Kirsten has the highest score in a World Cup match, making 188 not-out against UAE in 1996.6. Clive Lloyd of West Indies and Ricky Ponting of Australia are the only captains to win the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy twice.Lloyd won the cup in 1975 and 1979 while the Australian batsman won in 2003 and 2007.advertisement7. The highest score of World Cup matches is 433-5 in India verses Bermuda match in 2007 and the lowest is 36 between Canada and Sri Lanka in 2003.8. Kepler Wessels is the only player to represent two countries in the history of ODI.He played for Australia from 1982 to 1985 and then represented South Africa in 1991.9. In 1996, Nolan Clarke of the Netherlands became the oldest player (47 years, 257 days) to play in a World Cup.10. For the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, two opening ceremonies were held (first time in the history of ODIs) separately in Christchurch, New Zealand and Melbourne, Australia, on February 12, 2015, two days before the first two matches.Also, the ICC has declared a total prize money pool of 10 million dollars for the tournament, which is 20 percent more than the 2011 edition. The prize money will be distributed according to the performance of the winning team members.
Karun NairKarnataka batsman Karun Nair’s record 328 against Tamil Nadu is the highest ever individual score in a Ranji Trophy final, breaking a 68-year-old record held by Gul Mohammad’s 319 for Baroda v Holkar at Vadodara. Nair’s record knock has effectively put to rest any chance of TN bouncing back into the game on the fourth day.Earlier, Gul Mohammad’s knock of 319 was the highest score in a Ranji Trophy final, which he achieved for Baroda v Holkar at Vadodara in the 1946-47 season.The top-five individual scores in a Ranji final currently are: 319 by Gul Mohammad, 310 by Karun Nair, 288 by Vijay Hazare, 278 by Vijay Merchant and 265 by Ashok Mankad.Karun Nair and KL Rahul’s 386-run partnership is the highest for the sixth wicket in a Ranji final. They eclipsed 256 by Mohinder Amarnath and Surinder Khanna for Delhi against Uttar Pradesh in 1977-78.
Indian hockey, the victim of official ineptitude for so long, could be in for a revival. The authorities have chosen striker B. P. Govinda, 27, as captain of the Indian hockey team for next month’s Asian Games in Bangkok.For the past two years, capricious hockey “officials have been experimenting with,Indian hockey, the victim of official ineptitude for so long, could be in for a revival. The authorities have chosen striker B. P. Govinda, 27, as captain of the Indian hockey team for next month’s Asian Games in Bangkok.For the past two years, capricious hockey “officials have been experimenting with usually unworkable and often incongruous team combinations.The silly season seems to be over and the selectors have finally come down to earth. Apart from being one of India’s most gifted forwards, Govinda has played in two previous Asiads and his experience should stand him and the rest of the team in good stead.Provided the officials do not come in their way too much, the Indian players may even be forgiven for entertaining some wild gold medal-winning hopes.
It has almost been six months since Micromax subsidiary, YU launched its first smartphone Yureka. Since then the phone has been available through flash sales, which is quite effcirnt for companies but leaves a bitter taste for a lot many who are unable to acquire the phone. Yu is acknowledging that frustration by providing its only smartphone in a 2-day window without any need to register beforehand.The device will be available from May 6 and the sale will go on till the next 48 hours. The company took to social networking site, Twitter, to announce the flash-less sale. The tweet did not mention the amount of units available so we can’t be sure of the duration after all. No registrations, no time limits. Yureka open sale on 6th and 7th May. Are you ready to Play God? pic.twitter.com/kYWCQK6pkV YU (@YUplaygod) May 2, 2015The device gained such popularity due to the low budget-high performance ratio and also because the phone runs the most popular Android custom ROM Cyanogen OS. It sports a 5.5 inch screen screen with a resolution of 1280×720 and is powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 chipset. On the camera front the device sports a decent 13 Megapixel snapper paired with a 5Megapixel front snapper.The Micromax subsidiary will also launch Yu Yureka’s successor which will be called Yuphoria. The name was chosen through crowd sourcing and even the interface of the phone has been crowdsourced through a competition.