Manu Ginobili returning for 16th season with Spurs

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending 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 LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES McGregor must get rough and creative to upset Mayweather Manu Ginobili. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOSAN ANTONIO — Manu Ginobili is returning for his 16th season with the San Antonio Spurs.The Spurs re-signed the 40-year-old Argentine guard Thursday. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Ginobili will become the eighth player in NBA history to spend his entire career with one team and play at least 16 seasons, joining Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, John Stockton, Reggie Miller and John Havlicek.Ginobili averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 69 games last season, In 992 career regular-season games, he has averaged 13.6 points, 3.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds. In 213 playoff games, the four-time NBA champion has averaged 14.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists.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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

Cignal showcases hard work in D-League triumph

first_imgWhen he was coaching Far Eastern U in the UAAP, Nash Racela would gush on how Raymar Jose led the Tams by example. The burly big man would go all out even during practices, thus giving teammates no excuse to slack off.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:21Little people, big lives, bigger dreams03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC That commitment became even more critical when the Hawkeyes moved their practices to 5:30 a.m. to accomodate the class schedule of Jason Perkins. Raymundo didn’t mind the switch. He just showed up earlier.“He’ll be there before 5:15,” Fernandez said. That the whole team agreed to practicing at dawn was a big reason for Cignal’s latest triumph in the D-League, where the Hawkeyes brushed aside Centro Escolar on the way to back-to-back titles in the season.“It was easy to make the sacrifice to practice earlier because we knew what Jason could do for the team,” Raymundo said.Perkins made it even easier for the team to adjust to the schedule: “Sometimes, he’ll be at the gym at 4 a.m.,” Fernandez said.But at the heart of the victory is the hard work that the team put into winning the crown.ADVERTISEMENT That’s why when Jose was doing double duty in basketball—training with the national team and anchoring Cignal’s run in the PBA D-League—coach Boyet Fernandez would often sit the former FEU stalwart during practices.“If you let him practice, he’s just going to go in there and play like it’s a game,” Fernandez said during an appearance at Sports IQ Thursday. “So rather than risk injuring him and making him unavailable for Gilas [Pilipinas], I’d just let him rest.”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 shutoutPamboy Raymundo’s commitment to Cignal’s D-League bid was just as solid. The tough-as-nails point guard would show up first during practice and log out after everybody had left.“He’s just out there working on his game,” said Fernandez. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Ang spearheads strong PH showing Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next “That’s why I always tell sportswriters, credit to the players. Because I really mean it. You can be a good coach but nothing will happen if you don’t have players who will follow the system and put in the hard work,” added Fernandez, who is often jokingly chided by the sports press for his oft-repeated go-to post-game interview comment.But Fernandez’ legacy in the D-League is no laughing matter. He has won eight titles in nine championship appearances. And sure, his teams were powerhouse squads on paper. But it was never an excuse for the team to give anything less than their best effort.Jose knows why. As part of the Southeast Asian Games gold-winning Gilas Pilipinas cadets squad, Jose knows being guaranteed the title doesn’t mean you will end up winning.“You still have to play hard because you don’t know what the opponent can do,” Jose said.Because of his stint with Gilas Pilipinas in the SEA Games, Jose missed the championship series, leaving the Hawkeyes without a marquee big man against a squad that featured the towering Rod Ebondo.But Raymundo and Jose, who was named D-League MVP while he was playing in the SEA Games final in Malaysia, were not concerned.“We have faith in coach,” Raymundo said, And Jose agreed. “He is very hardworking and that gave us confidence against CEU.”And with that hard work as a main weapon, there was no stopping Cignal from claiming yet another D-League crown. View commentslast_img read more

‘I’m done, I’m done’: Lin bursts into tears after injuring knee in Nets loss

first_imgJeremy Lin of the Brooklyn Nets looks on against the Philadelphia 76ers during their Pre Season game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 11, 2017 in Uniondale, New York. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFPBrooklyn guard Jeremy Lin suffered what looked like a serious right leg injury that had him saying “I’m done!” in the Nets’ first game of the season.Just a day after Boston forward Gordon Hayward sustained a gruesome ankle fracture on an alley-oop play, Lin also went down awkwardly after driving to the basket with 4:53 left in Indiana’s 140-131 win.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brownlee: We have to slow Durham down MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City READ: Gordon Hayward suffers gruesome ankle injury in Celtics’ seasonLin, who scored 18 in the loss, is coming off an injury-riddled 2016-2017 NBA season where he dealt with a recurring hamstring injury.According to a report on ESPN, Lin will undergo knee evaluation in New York.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Revamped Pacers rely on new faces to cut down NetsWhile at the baseline, Lin held on to his knee and needed a few seconds to process what happened before yelling “I’m done, I’m done” to his coaches and bursting into tears in a heartbreaking sight.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 shutoutHe was helped off the court but limped to the dugout alone.Jeremy Lin heads to the locker room after appearing to suffer a leg injury in the Nets’ season opener— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 19, 2017“Gods ALWAYS faithful and in control,” said Lin, who is the first American of Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA, in a tweet after the game.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:37Protesters 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 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Ceres-Negros closes in on top spot

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Lions, Stags dispute 2nd finals seat BACOLOD—Fernando Rodriguez produced another hattrick as Ceres-Negros delivered a ruthless attacking display to overwhelm FC Meralco Manila, 6-0, last Sunday night and move within three points off the Philippines Football League lead at Panaad Stadium here.Coinciding with the 119th Negros Day, the Busmen came up with a performance to remember, putting the current PFL leaders to the sword with a blistering performance in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img View comments Bienvenido Marañon also struck twice while Carlie De Murga was similarly on target as Ceres went into the international break on a positive note.With the victory, Ceres climbed to 51 points from 23 matches, three points behind leader the Sparks, who have played three more matches.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 think we played well, especially the first half,” said coach Risto Vidakovic, whose side also avenged a 1-2 defeat to the Sparks early in the season. “We played with high intensity and if we play with high intensity, the result is usually very good.”Marañon broke the deadlock with a long range effort past Sparks keeper Ace Villanueva, before De Murga redirected OJ Porteria’s effort from close range. Rodriguez opened his account with a strike from inside the box after Meralco failed to deal with Iain Ramsay’s cross from the left in the 31st minute. Ceres got a fourth goal in the space of 15 minutes as Rodriguez smashed the ball home. MOST READ 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 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Ross fined for ‘detrimental’ comment; Refs, barker suspended for blunder

first_imgCold-blooded Dela Virgen, clutch Pontejos carry JRU to second win Referee Jerry Borja, the calling official who is responsible for knowing the designated shooter, was handed a three-week suspension, while fellow umpires Noy Guevarra, who was the one who handed the ball to Chris Ross for the free throw, crew chief Jimmy Mariano and fourth official Mardy Montoya were also suspended for a week.Book scorer Lito Mendegoria and barker Noel Zarate also weren’t spared as they will serve a week of suspension for their participation in the confusion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutControversy marred the tussle etween the two powerhouse teams when, with Ginebra leading 98-95, Borja gave the ball to Ross to take the free throw attempt with 4.5 seconds remaining — a shot that was supposed to be for teammate Chico Lanete, who was fouled on the prior rebound play.Zarate even announced that Ross was taking the shot before the Beermen sued for time and before the mistake was pointed out. ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The infraction led to LA Tenorio’s technical freebie that iced the Gin Kings’ 100-96 victory.Troy Rosario was also slapped with a P5,000 fine for a landing spot foul in TNT’s game against Magnolia last Saturday.Lee sprained his left ankle after the foul, but the Hotshots were still able to hold on to the 91-83 win over the KaTropa.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments MOST READcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netOn the heels of the controversial fracas late in the Ginebra-San Miguel last Sunday, the has PBA suspended all four referees officiating the game and two table officials.Beermen guard Chris Ross was also fined a total of P25,800 for his action late in the duel— P20,000 fine for issuing statements detrimental to the league, and P5,800 for the two technical fouls he incurred in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Global Cebu bows out of AFC Cup

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast The result meant Global crashed out of the competition, 4-5, on aggregate, as another red card on a key player cost the Cebu side its slim advantage.Global had led for most of the two-legged affair and looked poised to claim a finals berth when Shu Sasaki’s header in the 49th minute put them on top, 2-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingBut Home United capitalized on the 71st minute dismissal of Dennis Villanueva to tie the count in the 89th minute, when Stipe Plazibat stabbed home at close range past Patrick Deyto. 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 Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV What started as a promising campaign in the 2017 AFC Cup ended in heartbreak for Global Cebu Tuesday night at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.Reduced to 10 men in the second half, Global conceded twice in the final four minutes in a 2-3 defeat to S-League side Home United in the second leg of their Asean zonal semifinal tie.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Pocari shoots for outright semis slot Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPlast_img read more

Trading Places

first_imgTongo, Togo, Surinam, Lithuania: Names that don’t really inspire much at first mention. But think again. The fact is that these countries have helped India’s exports to notch up some flattering percentage growth figures at a time when India’s outbound trade had gone downhill. Though economic recovery in the West,Tongo, Togo, Surinam, Lithuania: Names that don’t really inspire much at first mention. But think again. The fact is that these countries have helped India’s exports to notch up some flattering percentage growth figures at a time when India’s outbound trade had gone downhill. Though economic recovery in the West has put India’s exports back to positive, lesser known countries in Africa, South America, East Asia have remained crucial in India’s scheme of things in a trade environment.Commerce Minister Anand Sharma unveiling the new foreign trade policy.From Taiwan to Kenya, and Iraq to Madagascar and Afghanistan, Indian exports are spreading to non-traditional destinations, making them important partners in its bid to sustain a positive rally in export growth. Exports have grown by 32 per cent in the first quarter of 2010-11, compared to the same period last year.To Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma, the objective of arresting the declining trend in exports in the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) for 2009-14, unveiled last year, has been met. “We adopted a multi-pronged strategy with a conscious market diversification plan, providing additional support to sectors badly hit by the global recession. Some of the important steps taken included coverage of Africa, Latin America, and a large part of Oceania. We can claim that exports are back on a strong trajectory.”Agrees A. Sakthivel, president, Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO): “The diversification of export destinations through the Focus Market Scheme (FMS) and marketlinked focus product scheme has started yielding results.” According to the FIEO chief, the growth is largely due to growing exports to Africa, Latin America, Middle East and Asia.The trend is borne out by a study conducted by FIEO on the impact of the FMS, based on an analysis of two-three years of exports prior to and after inclusion of such countries in the FMS. According to the study, there have been better results in 46 countries of the 82 brought in by the Government from time to time under the scheme, including those from Africa, Latin America, CIS countries and East European block.advertisementThe study also reveals that 45 of the 82 countries-despite being new destination of exports-have shown a compounded annual growth rate of 20 per cent or more in exports subsequent to their coverage under the scheme compared to exports prior to their inclusion. “Even in respect of the 27 countries notified by the commerce ministry in August last year, exports to 15 countries have exhibited impressive growth despite the global slowdown,” adds Sakthivel.”The Government has continued the incentives for struggling labour-intensive sectors which would enable them to raise their competitiveness.” RAJAN BHARTI MITTAL, President, FICCI”The diversification of export destinations through the Focus Market Scheme and market-linked focus product scheme has started yielding results.”A. SAKTHIVEL, President, FIEO Moving goods from factories to ports is still a big concern.Diversification of markets has been on the Government’s agenda since April 2006 when it was brought under the FMS introduced by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry with a view to increasing India’s export base. The idea then was to continuously increase the percentage share of global trade and expand employment. However, following the economic meltdown and the sharp contraction in demand in the traditional markets in the years 2008-09 and 2009-10, which pulled back Indian exports, efforts to tap other regions have been driving the Government’s agenda of arresting and reversing the downward trend in India’s exports growth. Even the stimulus measures were directed at supporting the exporting community’s drive into non-western markets.The FMS has since been expanded with the inclusion of 27 new markets, ensuring incentives of 2.5 to 3 per cent for exports to countries in Africa, Latin America, and major Asian markets like China and Japan. The annual supplement to the FTP (2009-14), announced last week in tune with a policy of continuity, provided the additional benefit of a 2 per cent bonus over and above the existing benefits of 5 per cent (3 per cent for FMS and 2 per cent for focus product scheme) for 135 products.Diversifying into other destinations has now become especially important for sectors like apparel which is dominated by players catering to low-end markets. That’s where the opportunities in non-western countries lie for them. Therefore, it is particularly reassuring, as FICCI President Rajan Bharti Mittal points out, that the Government has continued the incentives for labour-intensive sectors at a time when the world economy is still struggling.A buoyant commerce ministry has already called upon exporters to make every effort to meet the target of $200 billion for 2010-11, at a growth rate of 15 per cent. “Thereafter, we will aim at a 20 per cent growth and look at doubling it in percentage terms in 2020,” says P.K. Chaudhary, director general of foreign trade and additional secretary, Department of Commerce.advertisement “The 2 per cent bonus is available to silk carpets, toys, sports goods, leather products, engineering items, but not apparel, a labour intensive industry.”PREMAL UDANI, Chairman,Apparel Export Promotion Council Sure, the new policy has turned the tide in favour of India’s exports, but not many are confident if all this will help India’s export competitiveness. Exporters would have been happier, had the Government added some more countries under FMS. “It would have been better if the FMS too was strengthened by inclusion of additional countries such as South Africa, Russia, Tanzania, Brazil. This would have helped exporters diversify into these growing markets much faster,” says Engineering Export Promotion Council chairman Aman Chadha. The market diversification policy, says Rajendra Hinduja, MD, Gokaldas Exports Ltd, a high-end apparel exporter, is a step in the right direction, but with markets like South America preferring to buy cheaper apparel, rather than fashionable garments, there would not be much scope for technology upgradation, which is needed if exports have to be competitive. “What I sell in Latin America is the stuff I would dispose of. How does that help me compete? Neither does a mere Rs 1,050-crore incentive package for the industry. The apparel sector alone employs 35 lakh people,” says Hinduja.Target MarketsExports to non-traditional countries have picked upCOUNTRY% GROWTH*MACAO650.58MALTA581.68GREENLAND363.00GUADELOUPE146.44VIRGIN ISLANDS127.64C. AFRICAN REPUBLIC114.61CAPE VERDE ISLAND87.85ERITREA84.91LAO PDR82.67ANGOLA76.41LIBYA76.33BRUNEI45.16ISRAEL41.08ICELAND40.40GUYANA38.89* Growth in 2009-10 over the previous yearMoreover, as Premal Udani, chairman, Apparel Export Promotion Council, says the readymade garment industry has not been extended the additional benefit of the 2 per cent bonus. “The 2 per cent bonus is available to silk carpets, toy, sports goods; leather products, engineering items, but not apparel, a labour intensive industry and a focus item for diversification.”Many feel that expansion into new territories will only work if transaction costs are reduced. The high cost of moving goods from factories to ports remain a big concern for exporters. The recommendations of a task force aimed at bringing about transparency and simplification of procedures, and cutting transaction costs by 40 per cent is, however, still pending with work still to be done in partnership with some of the other key stakeholders such as railways and shipping ministries.Revenue secretary Sunil Mitra says, “Ensuring that indirect taxes on inputs are refunded to exporters is important for India’s export competitiveness.” He admits that the current tax regime often puts the exporters at a disadvantage and also does not provide a level-playing field to domestic manufacturers vis-a-vis import competition.Despite the gaps, the Government’s gamble to create markets in diverse geographies is paying off and India may well have chosen the right time to push access to untapped markets. According to Moody’s, “Emerging economies in South America and Asia are seeing output and employment growth rebound even as deflation, or the threat of it, and persistently high unemployment trouble key developed economies including the US and the euro zone.”advertisementSure, there are many issues such as timely export credit at internationally competitive rates and providing inputs at international prices but with the Government in a mood for big ticket reforms, like cutting transaction costs, emerging markets could turn out to be India’s passport out of the woods and into the top ranks of the post-recession world.last_img read more

Aggressive Boucher leads Warriors to easy win over Wayamba

first_imgMark Boucher led a solid batting display with a sparkling 26-ball unbeaten 40 as Warriors spank Wayamba by seven wickets in a Champions League Twenty20 match here today.CLT20: Warriors vs Wayamba, ScoresChasing a modest 154 for a win, the Warriors were never in trouble as they were nicely placed at 93 for three in the 11th over before wicketkeeper-batsman Boucher and Justin Kreusch (37 not out) took them to a comfortable win with 10 balls remaining.The duo shared a 63-run stand for the unconquered fourth wicket from 44 balls.Boucher, who played for Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League, struck four fours and two sixes during his 26-ball stay while Kreusch hit three fours in his 29-ball innings.Boucher smashed two sixes and a four in three successive balls in the 14th over off leg-spinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi who was playing for Sri Lanka national team till 2007.Kreusch hit the winning runs — a four off Chanaka Welegedara — to take the home side to 156 for three in 18.2 overs.Opener and captain Davey Jacobs contributed 26 while one down Colin Ingram chipped in with a solid 28-ball 34 at a lively St Georges’ Park pitch.Warriors, the South African Twenty20 champions, made a flying start in their run chase though they lost opener Ashwell Prince in the third over.They scored at a brisk rate with Jacobs and Ingram taking the Wayamba bowlers to task notching their 50 runs in the sixth over.For Sri Lanka, Chanaka Welegedara, Rangana Herath and Ajantha Mendis took a wicket apiece. The trio bowled well but the other three bowlers Farveez Maharoof, Thisara Perera and Lokuarachchi were expensive.advertisementEarlier, opener Jeevantha Kulatunga struck a strokeful 59 to help Wayamba reach 153 for nine after the Sri Lankan champion side were reduced to 50 for three in the ninth over after electing to bat. .Young wicketkeeper-batsman Kushal Perera gave Kulatunga able support with a 24-ball 39 as the duo shared 60-runs from 35 balls to take Wayamba score past 150.Wayamba lost two wickets in the very first over on a lively St Georges’ Park pitch with star Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene departing in the second over of the innings to seamer Juan Theron without opening his account.Four balls later, Theron, who played for Kings XI in the Indian Premier League III this year, snapped Mahela Udawatte for two and Wayamba were reeling at two for two after the first over.Kulatunga and Perera, however, kept Wayamba going for a respectable total but the duo fell in quick succession in the 15th and 17th overs. The tailenders failed to accelerate the scoring rate at death overs and they had to settle for 153 for nine at the end.Kulatunga’s 44-ball 69 had six fours and three sixes in it while Perera hit one four and thee sixes from 24 balls.For Warriors, Theron took three wickets for 23, while his pace-mate Makhya Ntini chipped in with two for 34.last_img read more

Geek Tragedy

first_imgI can still feel the fresh air in the cool, green environs of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) campus off Bellary Road. The more than 300-acre campus, land gifted by the Mysore maharaja almost a century ago, was a testimony to the Karnataka capital’s sobriquet of a garden city.,I can still feel the fresh air in the cool, green environs of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) campus off Bellary Road. The more than 300-acre campus, land gifted by the Mysore maharaja almost a century ago, was a testimony to the Karnataka capital’s sobriquet of a garden city. I was a student in the early 1970s IISc, but the memories are still so green. The population was just one million then. It will touch 10 million soon being India’s fastest growing city.After Bangalore, I found myself lobbed into a Tata plant in Pune in Maharashtra. Much to my chagrin, I realised it was an all-male establishment. I simply wrote to the Tata management to break that all-male rule and found myself breaking the glass ceiling and working there. Pune would turn out to be a key station in my life as it was there that I met my husband Narayana Murthy, founder of software major Infosys. When Murthy decided to walk out of a computer company to start Infosys in our modest home in Pune, nobody had a clue that we would get out of that city. Initially we thought we would set up shop in Bombay or Mumbai but the prohibitive cost of living there put paid to our plans.Of course, I remembered my Bangalore odyssey and wished we could come to this city also because we both hailed from Karnataka. Thanks to a German company Mico which gave Murthy’s new company a five-year contract, we landed in Bangalore. It was the early 1980s and we decided to rent a house close to Mico. After checking out several places we both were comfortable in this quiet lane in Jayanagar, a leafy residential area south of the city. Eventually Murthy decided to found the company in this city itself.advertisementFrom a small building at the newly formed Electronic City, about 25 km away, Infosys has grown to be a behemoth with heads of nearly 50 nations dropping by at the sprawling campus here. That is the power of Bangalore. It grows on you.And Jayanagar, where we continue to live in our own house even today, will always be special to me. We hardly saw vehicles on our roads in this part of the town. Our needs were limited. We did not even have a telephone at home. I was a happy stay-at-home mom of our two children Akshata and Rohan who went to Bishop Cotton Boys School and Baldwin Girls respectively, both about 15 minutes away from where we lived. We enjoyed the rides from home to school and back, occasionally stopping by for an ice cream. Most roads were avenues, with trees lined on both sides. We hardly felt the city running dry; Bangalore had one of the highest number of lakes and water bodies and groundwater levels were not too bad even if you had a borewell in your backyard. Piped water from the Cauvery was also available.The city lacks a designated cultural space. Infrastructure is not just tarring roads, erecting flyovers or building malls. There has to be a Bangalore culture that a visitor can take home. Those days we rarely crossed the 300-odd acre Cubbon Park, laid out in 1864 by Richard Sankey, the chief engineer of Mysore, and named after then chief commissioner of Mysore Sir Mark Cubbon. The park was like a forest and featured giant bamboos, lush greenery and even natural rock formations. And closer home was the 240-acre Lalbagh, laid out by Mysore ruler Haider Ali in 1740. His son Tipu Sultan also added to its lustre by importing tropical plants from Afghanistan, Persia and Turkey.Olde worlde Bangalore was very much in your face whether it was the red and white Scottish style 18th century Gothic St Andrew’s Church on Cubbon Road or even the century-old cathedral modelled after St Paul’s in London opposite the Mahatma Gandhi Park in what was then called South Parade (today, MG Road). Rain trees, gulmohar, jacaranda and the string of trees-serial blossoming concept-planted by a German horticulturist Gustav Hermann Krumbiegel mesmerised us.It is good to know that even US President Barack Obama, who is scheduled to visit this city soon, refers to Bangalore in his talks. ‘Bangalored’ as a verb transitive has even traipsed into English lexicon. Bangalored in America means your job has been taken by someone in Bangalore. With offshore services only on the rise, the city will continue to be a global talking point. Even Thomas L. Friedman begins his best selling book on globalisation, The World is Flat, with Bangalore. Yet the city is groaning under its own weight. And everything cannot be blamed on the government.advertisementHaving lived here for more than 30 years and seen the city become a software hub from a science capital, all I can now hear is cries for better infrastructure. On one side, the city drew jobseekers like a magnet, but somewhere down the line-although there were enough plans on paper to prop up infrastructure for the future-the city fathers, over the years, could not come to grips with the enormity of growth explosion. The sight of garbage strewn on the roads or long queues at public taps for collecting water is worrisome. The city that had hundreds of water bodies and lakes has lost a lot of them to bus stands, housing layouts or even sports arenas. We also need more green spaces, big parks like Lalbagh and Cubbon and an embargo on new development in the concrete jungles. I’m glad to see that the old central jail in Bangalore was converted into a green, open space. There is talk of the government planning to move the turf club away so you might get another 80-acre lung space there.There should be much more citizen and private sector participation in the city development. I don’t know how to control the number of vehicles that jam our roads. It is tough on the police who end up monitoring and guiding nearly three million vehicles in the city. I think more than 500 people are killed annually on the city roads. Safety is key and every citizen is a stakeholder. Maybe there should be a total transformation in mass transit. Bangalore Metro, to be operational soon, is again a small start. Walkways, cycle paths and plenty of civic amenities are keys to keep the city lean, clean and green. Shifting the airport to Devanahalli, 33 km away, was a wise move. Even providing airport buses from the city was a good move.The city also lacks a designated cultural space. There are some private sector-supported centres, but I wish every ward had its own cultural centre, or an auditorium. Infrastructure is not just tarring roads, erecting flyovers or building big malls. There has to be a Bangalore culture that a visitor can take back home. Yet, am I glad to be a Bangalorean? You bet I am.The author is chairperson, Infosys Foundation. She spoke to Stephen David.last_img read more

Rahman’s Games dud good news for others

first_imgAs A. R. Rahman’s Commonwealth Games anthem has turned out to be a damp squib, the focus has now shifted to half-a-dozen other numbers composed by various artistes and themed on the event.But there seems some confusion and complaint among several of these artistes over the fact that their efforts have not received due recognition.While Rahman’s Khelo jeeyo hey-o has been hyped by the Games Organising Committee (OC), other songs have been barely heard of.Apart from Ranjit Barot, the official composer for the Games, Hariharan and Palash Sen have also been involved in creating tracks that will be used at various ceremonies at the event. Shaan, Shibani Kashyap, Shamir Tandon and Vikramjit Singh Sahney are some others ready with various numbers.Some of these were commissioned either by the OC or the Delhi government, and a few others are individual efforts aimed at cashing in on the CWG wave.Sources say the OC is pushing Rahman’s anthem over the others because it wants the number to be a hit, considering that it shelled out almost ` 5.5 crore for the song. Also, it wants to ride the global brand image that Rahman has garnered with his Oscar win.So, not many are aware of a song titled Shera , rendered by pop star Shibani Kashyap, Sahney and Milind. It was recently released by sports minister M. S. Gill.The number is composed by Jeetu J. and encompasses the spirit of sportsmanship inherent in Shera’s punchline, ‘Come out and play’. “None of the songs, including Rahman’s, is playing on any music channel or radio.advertisementThat’s strange,” Kashyap said. ” I hope they play Shera at the opening ceremony.” But let alone airing on channels, even the link for the Shera song on the Games’ website doesn’t work! Shaan airs similar notions about his number, Khel khel mein , composed by Shamir Tandon of Page 3 fame.”The song aims at encouraging people to participate in sports. I don’t know what happened to it,” the singer said, claiming the number was commissioned by the Delhi government.Others such as Palash Sen of Euphoria are less critical. ” We were clear on what was expected from us. Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit approached us with two assignments -a 30-second jingle in English titled Gateway to your Heart, and Dilli meri jaan, a song on Delhi that will be launched at the event and used later at government functions. A video will be aired on October 4,” Sen said.On Dilli meri jaan reminding one of Euphoria’s hit Maayeri, he said: ” The brief was that the song had to be soulful. This is the first time the band has created a number that fuses sarod strains with groovy dark beats. It gives the song a constant kick, and defines a beautiful city.” There’s an attempt to bring the various songs to the fore.Barot, who has been working with percussionist Taufiq Qureshi and veteran singer Hariharan, said the many cultural segments at the Games would offer ample scope for all efforts to be highlighted.The OC is mulling the idea of compiling all the songs in the form of a Games album, to be released around the closing ceremony.last_img

Weightlifting is far from its old confident self: Malleswari

first_imgAs India basks in the glory of medals won by the dozens in disciplines such as shooting, wrestling, boxing and athletics in the Commonwealth Games, there is one sport which has been able to win a few medals but is far from its old confident self. More importantly, its medals lack the charisma that one associates with other sports in India.I am talking about weightlifting.Indian weightlifters were the ones who opened the account for India in the 2010 Games – Soniya Chanu won a silver in the 48kg category – but have been able to add little else. There have been the odd sparks of brilliance such as K. Ravi Kumar, S. Rustam and Sukhen Dey in between but not much else to write about.The standard of competition in weightlifting at the CWG is no match for the big boys such as China, Korea and Indonesia. With the Asian Games just round the corner, we will not have to wait long to know exactly where we stand against the world champs.What is more disturbing is that Olympic medals have propelled many sports to greater heights. Take shooting for example.Rajyavardhan Rathore, 2004 Olympic silver medallist, now faces such tough competition at home that he couldn’t even qualify for the CWG.Wrestling has been successful in igniting the dreams of scores of men and women across India ever since Sushil Kumar made it to the podium in 2008. These disciplines are now the largest medal contributors.Consider now weightlifting, a sport that had an Olympic medal way back in 2000.advertisementInstead of acting as a shot in the arm for the sport, the medal proved to be a solitary high in the midst of falling standards.The record of lifting 110 kg in Snatch and 127 kg in Clean and Jerk that was set by me in the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games still stands as the Indian record after 13 years.So the question remains: what is wrong with the weightlifting scene in India? There are several reasons and as many answers. Shooting, boxing and athletics federations are mostly managed by past players who have the experience and technical expertise required to compete at the highest level.But when outsiders come and start treating any sport like a fiefdom, the performance of the players and, more importantly, their morale takes a beating.Improper selection of coaches is another sore point as it will have an impact much deeper than a temporary dip in a player’s form. The recent sexual exploitation allegations that rocked Indian sports indicate that wrong coach selection can be harmful.Poor bench strength or absence of a solid secondary team has dented Indian weightlifting dreams. Old stalwarts have long retired and warhorses such as Soniya, Sandhya Rani and Renu Bala Chanu are past their prime. In the women’s weightlifting segment, no credible talent is forthcoming.The only way to revive weightlifting in India is to identify a core group of 40- 50 youngsters and train them under world class coaches.Also, federations for, of and by the players will be a help.last_img read more

Diners club

first_imgArchitect Jagrut Patel and wife Ruby Patel enjoy a meal at Mainland ChinaWith the restaurant industry in Ahmedabad looking poised for rapid growth, new restaurant owners in the city are introducing authentic fusion cuisines to cater to the globe-trotting Gujaratis.”My husband and I have lived in Dubai for many years,Architect Jagrut Patel and wife Ruby Patel enjoy a meal at Mainland ChinaWith the restaurant industry in Ahmedabad looking poised for rapid growth, new restaurant owners in the city are introducing authentic fusion cuisines to cater to the globe-trotting Gujaratis.”My husband and I have lived in Dubai for many years and we thought it would be a good idea to introduce middle-eastern and Mediterranean cuisine to the foodies of Gujarat,” says Arsheen Kazi of Cafe Souq. She adds “Interestingly, some of the ingredients used in Arabic, Lebanese, Moroccan, Greek and Turkish cuisines are similar to those used in the kitchens of western India”. After much contemplation, they decided to start a small vegetarian cafe in November 2009 by the name of Cafe Souq.Set near the Vijay Crossroads, Cafe Souq sports a simplistic decor with few traditional decorative items which gives it a casual feel. The cafe which is frequented by the city’s popular architects, designers, writers and other creative people, has been popular since it started. Its also a favourite haunt for youngsters looking for a place to crash. Besides its welcoming ambience, the cafe is also popular for its in-house specialties- Zaatar Manaeesh which is like a pizza peppered with middle-eastern herbs mixed with olive oil, the Souq Mezze platter, Pita bread falafel sandwich, Lebanese Fatouche salad and Banana Saj, to name a few. Sushil Saraiya with family at Naveli”Having travelled extensively, I have always had a soft corner for the Arab world and with Cafe Souq near by, the experience makes me nostalgic every time I am there,” says writer Sonal Modi, who is often spotted at the cafe with her gynaecologist friend, Dr Roopal Shah. “We love their hummus with mushrooms and Zucchini. Recently, I tried Machboos and Awam at Cafe Souq which was as delicious”.Inspired by the success of her cafe, Kazi is starting a non-vegetarian shorma and kebab takeaway joint in Mirzapur, Ahmedabad. That’s not all. Next in the pipeline for Kazi is another Arab themed restaurant in the newly developed western areas of the city which will cater to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. “I am really looking forward to opening up new restaurants and wish all of them do well,” says Kazi.advertisementEven after knowing that Gujarati markets are dominated by Punjabi and Gujarati cuisine, Mrudang Jamabusaria took a risk and started a restaurant named ‘The Cooking Culture’ a year ago. “Although there is a clear food trend in terms of the popularity of a particular cuisine in the city, I am happy to see that a significant section of the society is willing to experiment,” says Jamabusaria. Jaxay Shah at KarmaIn upscale areas like Sarkhej and Gandhinagar, there is a regular influx of industrialists and expats. “Vegetarian versions of Middle-Eastern Shawarmas and Moroccan Harisa soup are very popular at our restaurant,” he says. “Not to miss the North Indian Tava Biryani,”he adds. Pleased with the business generated by the restaurant, Jambusaria is planning to open fusion food eateries in other parts of Ahmedabad soon.Not too far is the fast-growing restaurant zone of Prahlad Nagar in Ahmedabad. In the recent past it has seen an interesting mix of restaurants that symbolise the growth of the city’s food service industry. Says Sushil Saraiya, CMD of Maple Fine Dine Pvt Ltd, “The industry is growing, as a result of which the restaurants are also getting innovative to beat the competition. There are so many new and different kinds of eateries, that only the best can survive. He adds, “Our maiden venture, Naveli, offers popular roadside snacks, authentic Rajasthani cuisine and some Gujarati food.” Started just a few months ago, they have a steady flow of families who come for dhaal-bhatti, chakki sabzi and other Rajasthani specialties that are seldom available in Ahmedabad.”As eating out has become an essential part of the Gujarati lifestyle, there has been a boom in the restaurant industry, specially in the last few years,” says Jaxay Shah, the director of real estate development company Savvy Infrastructure Ltd. “Among the recently opened places, Karma-The resto-lounge started a few months ago, caught my attention. Author Sonal Modi enjoys a meal with her friends at Cafe Souq restaurantIt’s a great place for youngsters as well as people who have offices near by.” Like Shah, architect Jagrut Patel and his wife, Ruby, go out regularly for Chinese and Italian food. “Having eaten at Mainland China in the metros, we were elated when it opened in Ahmedabad this year,” says Patel, whose personal favourites are clear soups, dim-sums, and the crackling spinach.The man behind Mainland China in Ahmedabad, Bharat Shah recalls the time he was setting up the restaurant. “Initially we did have a few ups and downs but today we have a steady flow of people coming into the restaurant and leaving on a happy note. That’s exactly what we aspire for and the success of our restaurants make us emenesly happy and satisfied,” he says.advertisementThe reason behind the boom in specialty restaurants in the city, according to Joydip Mukherjee of restaurant Abhiruchi-Flavours of Bengal, is the influx of people from all across India who are working in the telecom sector in Ahmedabad or are coming from highly industrialised towns near the city. “As they start frequenting restaurants for different kind of food, the cosmopolitan cuisine is becoming popular.” His restaurant offers an entire range of Bengali food cooked in traditional Bengali way.”There seems to be a sizeable population of Bengali and Oriya engineers, executives and creative people in Ahmedabad. In addition, people of Gujarat also frequently travel to the eastern states and enjoy the food from those regions,” says Mukherjee. This goes to show that not only is there much scope for growth for different kinds of restaurants in Ahmedabad, but they also bode well for the city’s cosmopolitan future. The world on your plateArabic: Souq,AhmedabadBengali: Abhiruchi, AhmedabadThai: Oriental Wave, AhmedabadChinese: Mainland China, AhmedabadLucknowi: Pleasure Trove, AhmedabadItalian: Little Italy, Ahmedabad, Vadodara and SuratJapanese: Kai Asia,Vadodara European La Feasta, AhmedabadKerala: 4Food,AhmedabadMughlai: Karim,AhmedabadNorth Indian: TGB Restaurant, SuratBrunch: MoMo Restaurant, AhmedabadFusion food: 9Apple,Ahmedbadlast_img read more

Rs 50,000 cr riding on WC; bookies bat for India

first_imgCricket enthusiasts apart, the ICC World Cup has evinced a great interest in bookies. As per an estimate around Rs 50,000 crore rides on the biggest cricket extravaganza that starts on Saturday. Be it the best team, top players, each ball or even weather, the bookies running a global betting racket are expecting business to be more brisk than ever this World Cup. Interestingly, the amount riding this World Cup is 100 times more than what the ICC is spending on the event. If the odds are any indication, then Team India is the favourite to lift the coveted trophy. As per the bookmakers’ arithmetic, India’s rate is set at Rs 3, which means that if a punter bets Re 1 on Team India and he wins the return would be Rs 3. “The largest amount is riding on Team India, as India are the favourites. According to us, Team India will win the World Cup,” said a bookie. “India was the first choice of bookies. The best started at Rs 3.80, but after the team won the two practice matches, the rate now stands at Rs 3.50,” revealed another bookie. According to the bookies, after Team India, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Australia are the other three teams that will reach the semi finals. While India’s rate is set at Rs 3, Sri Lanka’s is Rs 4.70, South Africa’s Rs 5 and Australia is at Rs 5.50. The bookies believe that Pakistan, at Rs 8.80 and England at Rs 9.80 are the dark horses and they have the ability to turn the tide at any point. Odds favour Sachin’s bat, Bhajji’s spinMoney is riding not only on the teams, but individual players are also being betted upon. According to the bookies, Sachin Tendulkar will be the batsman to look out for as he will score the highest number of runs. His rate has been fixed at Rs 2. Sri Lankan skipper Kumara Sangakkara comes second in the list with his rate being fixed at Rs 3. Surprisingly, at number three comes Indian batsman and the first-time World Cup player Virat Kohli, whose rate is Rs 7. Spot numbers four and five have been taken by South African batsman Hashim Amla and Australian captain Ricky Ponting with their rates at Rs 9 and Rs 10 respectively. Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh tops the list of the best bowlers with his rate being fixed at Rs 3. Sri Lankan wizard spinner Muralidharan comes a close second at Rs 4. South African pacer Dale Steyn is next with his rate at Rs 7, followed by Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka at Rs 9 and Indian seamer Zaheer Khan at Rs 10.50.advertisementlast_img read more

Race to good health

first_imgPlanning to start running, are you? Then there’s help at hand-virtually. offers you information about running, now considered a wonder sport for your health. The website, founded by running enthusiast Rahul Verghese, takes you on a virtual tour through proper nutrition guidelines for marathoners, ideal running schedules for beginners, intermediaries and advanced runners, special tips for kids and women, the best and latest available running gear and apparel and much more. You can also join the group through the portal. Going a step ahead, the website also gives you important information about running events going on across the country. What’s more, if you are planning to organise a run, you can get tips at the click of a button!last_img

DD vs KKR: Kotla set for Sehwag-Gambhir face-off

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir (left) and Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag.Having heavily criticised the batting conditions at the Ferozeshah Kotla as skipper of the Delhi Daredevils in the third edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) last year, Gautam Gambhir is back to take guard at the Kotla when the determined Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) play the struggling Daredevils on Thursday.But Gambhir probably won’t have the support of the thousands cheering for the home team when he pads up for his new team – the Knight Riders – which has seen a complete overhaul in team composition after a horrid first three seasons.The bevy of defeats so far this season have probably made the Daredevils management realise their mistake of not retaining the India opener, since Gambhir has gone from strength to strength as the leader of the new KKR side, amassing 191 runs from six matches at an impressive strike rate of 134.50.Although KKR lost their last two matches after winning three on the trot, their confidence shouldn’t be too low, having seen worse times in the first three seasons.Delhi, on the other hand, have been hopelessly out of form. They have lost four out of their six matches, with their home form being worse, winning just one of four. Even that victory was thanks to a stunning 146- run opening partnership between skipper Virender Sehwag and David Warner, which helped them beat Kings XI Punjab by 29 runs.Sehwag – the only player Delhi retained – hasn’t been consistent enough, although he has scored 174 from six matches at a strike rate of 172. Warner has been slightly better, but none of the other batsmen have shown any sort of form.advertisementThe Daredevils lost again on Tuesday, this time against a Royal Challengers Bangalore side which has benefitted most from the Daredevils’ unimaginative selection at the auction.Their catchment area players have been a flop against some of the best in the business, while their mega-buck buy, Irfan Pathan, has been the biggest disappointment among former international players.Kolkata, for their part, have a problem with their combination of foreign players.England’s Eoin Morgan has been the weakest link among the foreign recruits. With Jacques Kallis, Brad Haddin and Shakib Al Hasan virtually selecting themselves, one would expect Brett Lee to make it to the playing XI at the expense of Morgan as the Kotla track has livened up considerably. The rest seems to be all in place for the Kolkata outfit.For Delhi, they will once again be banking on Sehwag for a blitzkrieg at the top. James Hopes managed to find some form in the last match against Bangalore on Tuesday and his all- round abilities are something Delhi can bank on.But their pace attack is thin on experience with both Ashok Dinda and Umesh Yadav failing to live up to expectations and emerging pace sensation Varun Aaron yet to get enough chances to show his wares.It is a must-win situation for the Daredevils, since one more defeat will leave them with very little scope of returning to the top four in the points table.While the Daredevils skipped training on Wednesday after Tuesday’s late night match, KKR went all out under lights.Starting off with a game of football, they soon got down to business as all the players had a strenuous session. Gambhir looked to be in sublime touch as he middled almost everything that came his way. Even Yusuf Pathan hit the ball a fair distance, which could be bad news for the home side given the short boundaries at the Kotla.But one thing is for sure – at the end of the game it will be a Delhi boy smiling. Whether it is Sehwag or Gambhir remains to be seen.baidurjo. bhose@ mailtoday.inlast_img read more

Dope scandal: Govt appoints one-member panel, wants report in 6 months

first_imgFollowing one of the biggest dope scandals in the country, the government on Thursday appointed Justice (retd) Mukul Mudgal to enquire into all aspects of the fiasco.India’s top eight athletes, including three members of the Commonwealth Games and Asiad gold medal winning sprinters, had tested positive for anabolic steroids in out-of-competition testing.The one-member committee, which will be assisted by NADA’s senior Project Manager V Jayaramaan, has been asked to submit its report within six weeks.As per the terms of reference stated in the Sports Ministry’s order issued on Thursday, the Committee has been asked to “determine the facts and circumstances leading to large scale recent incidents of alleged doping in Athletics discipline.”Justice Mudgal, former chief justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, will also “examine reasons for such large scale prevalence of doping and modus operandi involved, including availability of the prohibited substances in and around training camps/competitions.”The committee will “enquire into the role of agencies involved, if any. Suggest remedial measures to improve the protocols of dope testing and its integrity and promptness so that such lapses, if any, do not happen in future”.Indian athletics was rocked by a doping scandal recently when eight athletes, including Ashwini Akkunji, Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose, who were part of the CWG and Asian Games gold-winning relay quartet, tested positive for banned substances.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Lanka’s Mendis gets six T20 wickets

first_imgSpinner Ajantha Mendis became the first bowler to take six wickets in a Twenty20 international on Monday to lead Sri Lanka to a sensational win against Australia in the second match and win the two-match series 2-0.Mendis had a spell of six for 16 to help Sri Lanka earn an eight-run win.Batting first, Sri Lanka scored 157-9 in 20 overs with Mahela Jayawardene hitting a crafty 86 at Pallekele International Stadium. In reply Australia managed just 149-9 in 20 overs.Australia appeared to be coasting having scored 71 runs by the sixth over, with Shane Watson hitting five sixes and six boundaries for 57 runs off just 24 balls, but Mendis pulled the hosts back into the game with three quick wickets.Mendis, who was dropped for this year’ tour of England, said he worked hard to win his place back. He said he tried to bowl line and length and do the variations right.”This is the result of that effort,” he said.Australia’s captain Cameron White was disappointed that the team let a likely win slip away.”It’s a shame that we got off to a flyer and let it off,” said White.Watson top-edged a ball for a high catch to Thisara Perera and David Warner (16) was dismissed in a spectacular fashion when Angelo Mathews threw back a ball into the field to stop himself from going over the line with the ball and conceding six runs . But Jayawardene was quick to catch the ball that deflected off Mathews’ hands.Shaun Marsh was out for a duck stumped by Kumar Sangakkara off Mendis. Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath bowled David Hussey to leave the visitors 75-4.advertisementWhite resisted with 39 runs only to see his partners deserting him at crucial moments.Mendis also bagged the wickets of Steven Smith (12), Brad Haddin (0) and Mitchell Johnson (7) to record the best bowling figures ever in the shortest form of cricket – surpassing Pakistan seamer Umar Gul’s five wickets for six runs recorded against New Zealand in 2009.Earlier Jayawardene hit a six and 12 boundaries during a 64-ball innings to propel the hosts to a competitive score. It was his sixth Twenty20 half-century.Australian seamers John Hastings and Brett Lee took three wickets apiece.Lee dismissed Sri Lankan skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan, who made 104 in the first match, for four runs. Dilshan was trapped lbw after he missed a straight delivery with the total on 23. Jayawardene and Dinesh Chandimal shared 43 runs before Chandimal (13) was caught and bowled by leg spinner Smith.Thisara Perera (9) one of the two changes in the team for the match, was caught by Watson at deep third-man off seamer Johnson.Jayawardene and Sangakkara combined for a useful 46-run stand for the fourth wicket. Sangakkara made 24 before being caught by White off Hastings.Hastings also bowled Jeevan Mendis (1) and Anjelo Mathews (5) to finish with best bowling figures 3-14. Lee returned 3-39.Sri Lanka made two changes to its side from the first match dropping seamers Dammika Prasad and Suranga Lakmal and replacing them with allrounder Perera and spinner Ajantha Mendis.Sri Lanka also won the first match by 35 runs on Saturday.last_img read more

‘New generation cricketers’ addiction to success redefines India’s aspirations’

first_imgTriumph as Tonic”Allergic to failure, addicted to success, afflicted by daring, a new generation of cricketers is redefining India’s aspirations.”Sushant Sachdeva, on e-mailWizards of Lord’sCredit it to the brashness of youth, the strength of character, the luxury of being under no pressure to perform or the vast reserves of self-belief,Triumph as Tonic”Allergic to failure, addicted to success, afflicted by daring, a new generation of cricketers is redefining India’s aspirations.”Sushant Sachdeva, on e-mailWizards of Lord’sCredit it to the brashness of youth, the strength of character, the luxury of being under no pressure to perform or the vast reserves of self-belief and resilience, the kind of magic Mohammed Kaif and Yuvraj Singh produced to help India win the NatWest Trophy would make even sorcerers proud (“India’s New Heroes”, July 29).Karthik K., MysoreCricket with its glorious uncertainties seems to be the only sport where the anticipation of what might happen has nothing to do with what actually happens. Our youthful newlook team has proved that it has what it takes to win.V. Venkataraman, on e-mailThe young brigade of Indian cricket has shown the world that playing with hope and courage will always result in a win. Kaif and Yuvraj have not only made the nation proud but have also exemplified what playing like a team means. Their commitment and intense desire to win augurs well for the future of Indian cricket.S. Lavanya, on e-mailKaif and Yuvraj have proved right the words of Swami Vivekananda: “It is usually the young who have the strength of mind … and who will be able to make sacrifices to achieve their goals.”Mahesh Kumar, on e-mailThe way Kaif played and earned India victory, he deserves the sobriquet of “Ka(l) if of Lord’s”.Malini White, on e-mailThe victory should relieve Sachin Tendulkar of any psychological burdens because it came despite his failure. He should now be free to play his natural aggressive game which will further improve our chances of winning the World Cup.H.R. Bapu Satyanarayana, MysoreGone are the days when the entire country would walk back to the pavilion with Tendulkar. The senior players were made to look like novices by the daringly different approaches of Yuvraj and Kaif. The seniors need to guard their reputation.Vinod Udyawar, on e-mailWhen Sourav Ganguly yanked his shirt off after the famous victory, it made news and invited flak too. No one realised that had we lost, he would probably have been stripped naked.Madhu Rau, on e-mailNo doubt the victory at Lord’s made every Indian proud but it is too early to talk about India’s chances in the 2003 World Cup as our team is known to be inconsistent. The real test will come when it plays better teams like Pakistan, South Africa and Australia. Until then it would be prudent not to create an unnecessary hype. We were crowing similarly about our hockey team just before the World Cup in Malaysia. Everyone knows what happened ultimately.Dr Bir Singh, Delhiadvertisement”What is so sensational about the wrongdoings at ITDC hotels when parliamentarians, politicians and government officials are known to scrounge off public-sector institutions?” S. Balachandran, MumbaiWe have seen many talented young cricketers like Hemang Badani, Hrishikesh Kanitkar and Reetinder Sodhi rise to instant fame due to hype only to fall abruptly. Also, with our selectors using whimsical and parochial reasoning to dump players, there is no saying whether a hero of today will get another chance to prove himself.Rakesh Singhvi, on e-mailWhat Kaif and Yuvraj did was wonderful but we need to be cautious in inflating the balloons of their egos lest they should deflate quickly.Diptansu Sharma, GuwahatiThe hype surrounding India’s victory at Lord’s is unwarranted as the series did not feature great cricketing nations like Australia or Pakistan. Sri Lanka was a shadow of its old self and it is a wonder that England still has any cricketers.Renjith P.R., Omalloor, KeralaThe media hype over the win is not for real. I still doubt whether the Indian team can face the pace of the likes of Shoaib Akhtar or emerge as winners against the accurate Glenn McGrath on the fast and bouncy tracks of South Africa in the World Cup. Time and again we place undue confidence in the Indian side only to see it fail us. It is time we stopped patronising cricket as we do now and look towards other sports.Puneet Satija, AmritsarTruth ExtractedThe raval couple isn’t doing anything new by making milk from peanut (“The White Lie”, July 29). Agronomist George W. Carver had proved in 1910 that sugar, shoe polish, shaving cream and edible oils can be produced from groundnut. Such techniques about food derivatives were also propagated by Sadashiv Pandurang Khankhoje, a forgotten Indian revolutionary who was responsible for Mexico’s agricultural revolution.Manoj Waman Kshirsagar, on e-mailadvertisementlast_img read more

Medal a just reward for hard work

first_imgIt was sad to see Wang Xin getting injured and forfeiting the match, but let us not take anything away from Saina Nehwal. She has been a champion player all these years, and it is her dedication, work ethic, perseverance and commitment to the game that has been rewarded. She is truly deserving of the medal. The adage “fortune favours the brave” holds true here.The Chinese girl had the edge, but Saina was holding on. Saina is a fighter and is not one to give up easily. She has beaten Xin before and knows how to wriggle out of tough situations. Yes, there are days when nothing goes your way and that is part and parcel of any sport.There is nothing like winning an Olympic medal and this is Saina’s moment, for all the sacrifices she has made. Only a sportsperson knows the grind and hard work one has to go through to reach to that level, to shut out everything in life and focus.The amount of effort she has put in the training, I can say that she is the fittest female badminton player in the world. She is way ahead of the Chinese in terms of fitness. Above all, she is an intelligent player. She is good in reading her opponents and executing the plan. You need to have these qualities to be a top player in the world.It is not only the athlete, but so many others who work behind the scenes to make it possible. I want to congratulate Gopi Chand and the entire team as well. They have done a fabulous job.advertisementThis is also a big moment for Indian badminton and I hope that the Badminton Association of India utilises this opportunity to boost the sport at the grassroot level. Saina is a true role model for the youngsters, and it is moments such as these which will inspire the young generation to achieve the pinnacle of success.Saina will get all the adulation when she returns home. She has a lot more to contribute to Indian badminton and she should carry on the good work. Knowing Saina well, she is not going to stop at this. She has the age on her side, and she will nurture hopes of winning her dream Olympic gold.(The writer is a two-time national champion and former India coach)last_img read more