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  • Tough draws mean Sania-Paes our main hopes

    first_imgLet me start by saying that the idea of having the iconic Amitabh Bachchan carry the torch was a very good gesture on the part of the organisers.Coming to tennis, Wimbledon ended three weeks ago, and I’ve been told by players that the grass is even and as good as new. That is a wonderful achievement by the All England Club because growing grass at such a short notice is indeed a tough task.I think Sania Mirza and Rushmi Chakravarthi, who are scheduled to face Chinese Taipei’s Su Wei Hsieh and Chia-Jung Chuang in the opening round on Saturday, have the toughest draw among the Indians. Having seen the Chinese Taipei players in the Fed Cup on a couple of occasions, I can say they are a very tough doubles team.Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna, too, have a difficult opening round against world No.1 Max Mirnyi and Alexander Bury of Belarus.Leander Paes and Vishnu Vardhan have a relatively easy draw. Vishnu is playing in his maiden Olympics and will be extremely nervous. Leander will have his task cut out in trying to keep him relaxed.In singles, Somdev Devvarman has got a first-round match that he would like to play. He has been drawn against Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen, whose favourite surface is not grass.In the mixed doubles, I feel Sania and Paes have the best chance of winning a medal. It is indeed heartening that they had a couple of good practice sessions, and I hear from Sania that the practice was in good spirits.advertisementAfter Rafael Nadal’s disappointing pull out, I believe that since it is Wimbledon, the top three players who will probably make a podium finish are Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.The women’s singles competition is wide open. Though Victoria Azarenka is the top seed, she is not the favourite. Serena Williams’s red hot form will make her a force to reckon with.last_img read more

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  • London Olympics: Olga Rypakova wins gold in women’s triple jump

    first_imgOlga Rypakova of Kazakhstan took Olympic gold in the women’s triple jump on Sunday. Rypakova, the world silver medalist, took the title with a third-round jump of 14.98 metres, a season’s best.”I did not expect to win, but deep in my heart I had a secret hope of winning. And today I won,” she said.”I thought that to have a chance of winning I have to jump more than 15 metres and I did my best to jump more than 15 metres.”Daegu bronze medalist Caterine Ibarguen snatched a dramatic silver by a single centimetre with a last-round jump of 14.80.”I’m very happy and even more happy for the people at home. I’m just very proud,” Ibarguen said.World champion Olha Saladuha of Ukraine thought she had silver in the bag with 14.79 but was bumped down to bronze at the death.Defending champion Tatyana Lebedeva, 36, ended her quest for a sixth Olympic medal when she failed to make the cut, unable to improve on a first-round jump of 14.11.Lebedeva, who won silvers in Sydney and Beijing as well as a bronze in Athens, led a Russian podium sweep in the regular long jump in 2004.It was her last competitive appearance.”I have decided to retire,” Lebedeva said.”Every Olympic Games, I have more and more experience and wisdom, but my health is down and down.”last_img read more

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  • No. 1 Djokovic to face No. 2 Nadal for Australian Open title

    first_imgSerbia’s Novak Djokovic signs autographs after defeating France’s Lucas Pouille in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic was about as perfect as can be in his semifinal at Rod Laver Arena. Didn’t miss much. Almost couldn’t, really.It was a performance so flawless, so fantastic, that it was easy to feel as if only one man on the planet might have a chance of preventing Djokovic from claiming a record seventh Australian Open title: Rafael Nadal. As it happens, that is who he’ll face in Sunday’s final.ADVERTISEMENT Now Djokovic will line up against his old rival, Nadal, for the 53rd time on tour, eighth in a Grand Slam final.It will be the No. 1-ranked Djokovic — owner of 14 Grand Slam titles, including the past two — against No. 2 Nadal, who’s won 17 majors. Roger Federer, with 20, is the only man whose total is higher.“I would definitely want to buy a ticket,” Djokovic told the crowd.He holds a 27-25 edge over Nadal in their head-to-head series; Nadal leads 4-3 in Slam finals. The only other time they met with the Australian Open trophy on the line, in 2012, Djokovic won 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 in 5 hours, 53 minutes, making it the longest Grand Slam title match in history.“Once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Djokovic called that one, “and hopefully the outcome can be the same for me.”ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Given how well both men are playing at the moment, this showdown shapes up as another potential classic.“Rafa,” Pouille said, “looks pretty amazing, too.”Indeed, Nadal was superb while beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 on Thursday night and has yet to drop a set in the tournament as he seeks his second title in Melbourne.A day later, Djokovic played as if setting out to say, “Anything you can do, I can do better.”This was Djokovic’s 34th Grand Slam semifinal and he’s now won his last 10. Pouille, a 24-year-old Frenchman coached by former women’s No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo, was making his debut at this stage.The plan, Pouille explained afterward, was to try to be the aggressor and take charge of points.So much for that.“I was trying to find a solution, but couldn’t find any,” Pouille said. “I couldn’t put a strategy in place.”The wide gulf in experience and accomplishments showed on a cloudy, breezy evening as Djokovic improved to 7-0 in semifinals at Melbourne Park.He is also unbeaten so far in Australian Open finals, sharing the men’s mark of six titles with Roy Emerson and Federer. Djokovic never relented, not for a moment, while making an unheard-of total of five unforced errors against an overmatched Lucas Pouille en route to a 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 semifinal victory that lasted less than 1½ hours.“I guess you’re driven by some force that takes over you, and you feel divine. You feel like in a different dimension,” Djokovic said. “It’s quite an awesome feeling that we all try to reach and stay in. Probably the biggest challenge, I think, is how to repeat that, how to stay there for as long as you possibly can.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThis was as good as he gets. As good as it gets.“When he’s playing like this,” the 28th-seeded Pouille said, “yeah, he’s the best in the world, for sure.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH volleyball chief confident of national team’s medal chances in 2019 SEA Gamescenter_img View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “Everything worked the way I imagined it before the match,” Djokovic said. “And even more so.”Other than one face-down pratfall he took when he slipped while trying to change direction, what didn’t go right for Djokovic on Friday?He won 25 of 34 points on Pouille’s second serve and broke the guy seven times.He won 45 of 53 points he served, never facing a single break chance.Even managed to deliver a second-serve ace.That he made so few mistakes while taking enough risk to accumulate 24 winners was remarkable.It took Pouille more than a half-hour to merely grab one game, and spectators roared, likely relieved at the prospect of a more competitive, not to mention longer, match.Never materialized.It’s a far cry from the 2018 Australian Open, when Djokovic lost in the fourth round while dealing with pain in his right elbow.Soon after, he had surgery. Then began the climb back to the top. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “It was highly unlikely 12 months ago that I would be where I am today, a year later,” Djokovic said. “I’ve said it before, but I always have plenty of belief in myself, and the self-belief always prevails.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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  • Glasgow CWG: Weightlifter Chandrakant Mali gets bronze

    first_imgGold medal winner Steven Kukuna Kari of Papua New Guinea, centre, attempts to lift silver medalist Simplice Ribouem of Australia, left, and bronze medalist Chandrakant Dadu Mali of India, right, during the medal ceremony for the men’s 94kg weightlifting competition. Photo: AP.Weightlifter Chandrakant Mali won the bronze medal in the men’s 94kg category bringing home the 10th medal for India in the day at the Commonwealth Games here on Tuesday.The gold went to Papua New Guinea’s Steven Kukuna Kari with a total lift of 349kg while Cameroon-born Simplice Ribouem of Australia took the silver also with a lift of 349kg at the Clyde Auditorium. Kari, however, was declared the winner on account of lesser body weight.Mali lifted a total of 338kg. He had lifted 150kg in his third attempt in snatch and 188kg in clean and jerk.last_img read more

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  • Clippers rally from 28 down, beat Celtics

    first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown (7) defends against Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — The “Beat L.A.!” chants turned to boos as the Boston Celtics blew another big lead to another Los Angeles team.One game after the Lakers rallied from 18 points down to win in Boston — and six days after the Patriots beat the Rams in the Super Bowl — the retooled Clippers erased a 28-point deficit on Saturday night to beat the Celtics 123-112.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “We didn’t have it. We didn’t have anything. To pull it out was special,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who led Boston to the 2008 NBA championship. “We were taking notes already for the next game. That’s how far we were out of it.”Montrezl Harrell, who scored 21 points, forced two turnovers in the final two minutes, and Patrick Beverley hit a pair of 3-pointers in front of the Boston bench to help the Clippers pull away. Danilo Gallinari had 19 points and 10 rebounds and trade deadline acquisition Landry Shamet scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I learned a lot in a really short time about this team,” said Shamet, who came from the 76ers in the deal that sent Clippers leading scorer Tobias Harris to Philadelphia. “We played pretty well together for this being our first time as a group.”Gordon Hayward scored 19 points and Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier had 16 apiece for Boston. The Celtics followed their highest-scoring half of the season with their lowest-scoring quarter, blowing a 28-point lead for the first time in 15 years. Los Angeles finally tied it 100-all, bringing boos from the crowd that expected an easy victory against a team that added five new players at the trade deadline. Gallinari followed with a jumper to give the Clippers their first lead.The Celtics were down by a point when Marcus Smart missed a 3-pointer, then tried to take a charge on Harrell but didn’t get the whistle. The Boston guard was on the floor, hoping for a call, when Beverley hit his first 3.Harrell followed by stealing the ball from Hayward, then bounding down the court with a Celtic on either side before going in for a two-handed dunk that made it 114-107. After Tatum hit a 3, Beverley answered, and then Harrell poked another ball free to preserve the lead.KYRIE OUTIrving left with 2 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter after spraining his right knee while weaving through traffic on defense. Boston led by 20 at the time, and the team quickly announced that he would not return.Irving finished with 14 points and two assists in 14 minutes. He missed the last 15 games and all of the playoffs last year with injuries to his left knee.BEAT L.A.The game was the last in a rivalry week for Boston and Los Angeles that began with the Super Bowl. The Celtics lost to the Lakers on Thursday night, and the Bruins beat the Los Angeles Kings earlier Saturday 5-4 in overtime.The Red Sox also beat the Dodgers in the World Series, back in October.NEW FACES Garrett Temple, Ivica Zubac, JaMychal Green and Shamet all made their debuts for the Clippers after being acquired by Los Angeles at the trade deadline. Temple scored 11 points, Zubac had 12 with nine rebounds and Green scored 2.TIP-INSClippers: Monday’s game against the Timberwolves completes a six-game trip, during which the team will have traveled approximately 6,659 miles — the fifth-most in the league this season, according to travelmath.com. They improved to 3-2 on the trip. … The 42 points in the fourth quarter tied a season-high for any quarter.Celtics: Fell to 22-8 at home. The Celtics went 25 for 31 from the free throw line, snapping a streak of two straight games without missing a foul shot. … They shot 4 for 22 from the floor in the third quarter.UP NEXTClippers: At Minnesota on Monday night.Celtics: At Philadelphia on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Successful’ Dubai stint for 3rd-place Mighty Sports, says coach Charles Tiu US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “I guess it just kind of snowballs on you,” Hayward said. “It’s the NBA, man, it’s how it works.”The Celtics collapse corresponded to the loss of Kyrie Irving, who left with a sprained knee in the second quarter, when the game seemed comfortably in hand. Coach Brad Stevens said Irving would have more tests on Sunday.“His knee buckled a little bit in the second quarter, and so that’s all I know,” he said.LOSING GROUNDBoston scored 15 straight points and finished the first quarter with a 23-point lead, then extended it to 68-40 in the second. The Celtics led 74-53 at halftime, but the Clippers outscored them 28-12 in the third.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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  • Heat playoff hopes take a hit with OT loss in Toronto

    first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Miami took a 79-78 lead into the fourth.TIP-INSHeat: Adebayo led the Heat with 13 rebounds. … Miami missed eight of 10 shot attempts in overtime. … The Heat signed F Yante Maten to a full contract. Maten had been on a two-way contract.Raptors: The Raptors didn’t get any points from bench players in the first quarter. … The Raptors finished 32-9 at home. … Toronto scored at least 110 points for the eighth straight game, matching a franchise record. The Raptors also did it in February 2018.TOO EARLYSpoelstra also expressed displeasure at the noon tipoff time.“These 12 o’clock tips, they’re not easy for anybody,” he said. “Get some sleep, get some rest. These things matter.”LAST (HOME) DANCEWade will be celebrated before his final home game Tuesday night, but said doesn’t know what the team has in store for his farewell.“I know all my family is going to be there,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to it, you know, close the chapter.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “We’ll need some help,” Spoelstra said. “The only thing we control is what we do. We’ve got to dust this one off, get back to Miami and win the next game.”Miami was in position to be eliminated later Sunday if Orlando defeated Boston, Brooklyn beat Indiana, and Detroit beat Charlotte.“Right now, I’m devastated by this loss,” Wade said.Wade scored 21 points and Johnson had 18.Toronto’s Danny Green opened the extra session with a 3, then added a layup to put the Raptors up by five, the biggest margin for either team since the start of the fourth quarter.Pascal Siakam had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points for Toronto. Norman Powell matched his season high with 23 points and Green scored seven of his 21 in overtime as the Raptors won their fourth straight over the Heat.Powell, who shot 7 for 7, said he enjoyed the intensity of the matchup as Toronto prepares for the playoffs.“These guys are giving us their best performances,” he said, “so it takes our game to the next level.”The crowd of 19,800 rose for a brief ovation when Wade checked in for the first time at 6:18 of the first. The 16-year veteran intends to retire at the end of the season.Wade scored five points in the opening quarter and Miami led 26-25 after one. The Heat were up 57-50 at halftime. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “It’s very disappointing that that play was allowed to continue,” he said. “From our vantage point, that was a botched play. You just set it again. That happens a million times during the course of an NBA season.”Wade, who was supposed to receive the inbounds pass, ended up not touching the ball on Miami’s final possession in the fourth quarter.“All I know is by the time turned to get it back court, Dion still had the ball,” Wade said. “It definitely took us out of what we wanted to do.”Miami lost its season-high fourth in a row.The Heat could have guaranteed a postseason berth by winning their final three games — they host Philadelphia on Tuesday and close the regular season at Brooklyn the following day.ADVERTISEMENT Miami had the ball in the frontcourt with the score tied 103-103 and 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Official Eric Lewis blew the whistle and the Heat players started running into position, but Dion Waiters hadn’t yet been given the ball for the inbounds pass.Confused, the Heat ended up with a broken play at the buzzer. James Johnson missed a jump shot and Bam Adebayo grabbed the rebound and made a layup, but it came right after the buzzer and didn’t count.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHeat coach Erik Spoelstra said the explanation he received from the officials for the early whistle included “nothing that was coherent or makes sense.”“You blow the whistle when you hand the ball to somebody when they’re out of bounds, not before,” Spoelstra said. “That got us moving, into motion, before that. The it was just sideways from there. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SHARING IT AROUNDToronto is the only NBA team with a different player leading in points (Leonrd) rebounds (Serge Ibaka), assists (Kyle Lowry) and minutes (Siakam).SHIRT OFF MY BACKWade swapped jerseys with Leonard following the game.UP NEXTHeat: Host Philadelphia on Tuesday.Raptors: At Minnesota on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Nets end playoff drought with win over Pacers Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) drives past Toronto Raptors forward Norman Powell (24) on his way to the net during second-half NBA basketball action in Toronto, Sunday, April 7, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO  — Another frustrating finish left the Miami Heat’s playoff hopes hanging by a thread.An untimely whistle by an official led to a disjointed final sequence in regulation, and the Heat wound up losing 117-109 in overtime to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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  • PBA D-League: Go for Gold dumps Petron-Letran, strengthens playoff bid

    first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Roosevelt Adams led the Scratchers with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks, and he was also the one to put over the team late in the game.The Knights trailed by 11 points, 92-81, with 3:50 left in the game before Adams went on a personal 9-3 run that gave GFG a 101-84 lead with 1:50 remaining, essentially securing the Scratchers’ 4-3 record to stay in the playoff picture of the Aspirants Group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“This is what I expect from him, this is the reason why I got him,” said Scratchers head coach Charles Tiu of Adams.Unique Naboa pitched in 20 points, five rebounds, and seven assists for GFG while Yankie Haruna and Clement Leutcheu had 14 points apiece. Jeo Ambohot had 22 points and 16 rebounds for Petron-Letran, which dropped to 5-3.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 76ers, Butler look to maintain home-court against Raptors View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MANILA, Philippines—Go for Gold-College of St. Benilde kept its playoff bid alive demolishing back Petron-Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 108-87, in the 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

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  • CJ Perez relishes first duel vs Ray Parks in matchup of top two picks

    first_imgPDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war While Perez was having himself a conference to remember in the Philippine Cup, where he averaged 16.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.5 steals, Parks was still with Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League.The delay also fanned the hype surrounding their first matchup, but Perez didn’t focus on that and instead praised Parks for what he was able to accomplish outside of the PBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s a great experience playing against Ray Parks but still it’s the whole team we focused on,” said Perez in Filipino after losing to the Elite 110-95 Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“There’s always the challenge, the competition, and it’s an honor playing against Ray Parks.” View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Grateful Justin Brownlee pays homage to late agent Sheryl Reyes CJ Perez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Draft orders don’t matter for Columbian rookie CJ Perez, but playing against Blackwater freshman Bobby Ray Parks Jr. does.Perez was the top overall pick of the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft while Parks was chosen right after him at No. 2, yet the two only got to play their first game against each other on Sunday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Parks has been a star since his collegiate days with National University, taking two UAAP MVP plums before transitioning to the NBA D-League to play with the Texas Legends from 2015 to 2016.It was with Alab, however, that Parks blossomed into a superstar becoming a three-time ABL Local MVP and leading the team to the 2018 title.Perez finished with 17 points and seven rebounds while Parks had 23 points, five rebounds, five assists, and two steals to help the streaking Elite beat the Dyip, 118-110.“The draft orders are just numbers,” said Perez, who was an NCAA MVP in 2017 with Lyceum. “Ray Parks has experienced a lot, he was an ABL MVP so I have a high respect for him. Still, it’s a competition and I will compete with him.”ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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  • Japan’s Shiba, Ishitsubo go undefeated to rule FIVB Boracay Open

    first_imgIn the men’s division, Thailand’s Narongdet Kangkon and Banlue Nakprakhong denied Yuya Ageba and Nobuaki Taira, 19-21, 22-20, 15-8 to capture the gold medal.Australia’s pair of Brittany Kendall and Stefanie Weiler took the women’s bronze medal after holding off Slovenia’s Tjasa Jancar and Tjasa Kotnik, 21-15, 18-21, 19-17.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJapan’s Jumpei Ikeda and Katsuhiro Shiratori got the better of the Austrian partnership of Maximilian Trummer and Simon Baldauf, 16-21, 26-24, 16-14 to clinch the bronze medal in the men’s division.The Philippines finished fifth in the women’s division with Cherry Rondina and Bernadeth Pons lost to Fujii and Kumada, 21-17, 21-19, on Saturday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel PLAY LIST 01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ginebra comes back to beat Meralco behind Justin Brownlee ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Satono Ishitsubo and Asami Shiba cruised to a clean sweep of Japanese compatriots Sakurako Fujii and Minori Kumada, 21-14, 21-18, to take the gold medal in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open Sunday at White House Beach in Station 1, Boracay.Shiba and Ishitsubo, the world No. 86 pairing in the world, went undefeated in the whole tournament and capped off their perfect run with a drop shot to foil Fujii and Kumada’s attempt for a third set.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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  • Louis van Gaal’s galacticos power Man Utd to first season win

    first_imgManchester United registered their first win in Premier League this seasonIn what appeared to be one of the most flamboyant starting line-up for the beleaguered Manchester United over the past 11 months, coach Louis van Gaal’s policy of galacticos seems to be the answer for the woes of the Red Devils.Inspired from the theory pursued by Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez to make expensive overseas signings to strengthen the squad, Van Gaal’s decorative signings were at full display during the demolition of Harry Redknapp’s lacklustre Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford on Sunday.The new-look Man Utd pumped four goals past the Rangers to finally register their first win in the Premier league this season. Well, that’s what you get after spending 150 million pounds(250 million dollars) in the transfer market.Once worn-out, the Red Devils clearly thrived from the spectacular passes and burst of speed from their 60-million-pound signing Angel Di Maria – who was undoubtedly the best man in a red shirt today.The former Real Madrid winger and midfield talisman got Man Utd in front with a devious low free-kick in the 24th minute, beating QPR goalie Rob Green at the far post.Angel Di Maria was clearly the player of the match in Man Utd’s emphatic winIn the 36th minute, Di Maria set up Wayne Rooney whose shot was blocked but eventually hammered in the far corner by teammate Ander Herrera – who was signed from Athletic Bilbao for 29 million pounds this summer.Rooney finally got his goal with a low strike from the edge of the box, but the Old Trafford crowd went berserk after Di Maria curved in a stunning pass in the build-up to Juan Mata’s goal in the 58th minute.advertisementThe Red Devils could have easily added another goal as Colombian striker Radamel Falcao almost came close to scoring his debut goal in the 85th minute.The sharp passing and quick one-two’s, that was missing in Man Utd for quite sometime, cut a sorry figure for QPR as Louis van Gaal’s men romped to a highly-awaited 4-0 win at home.Manchester United shows his support for the team at Old TraffordThough the galacticos have undoubtedly strengthened Man Utd’s attacking prowess, but their weakness in defence was hard to miss. Matt Phillips almost scored the equalizer for QPR if it wasn’t for Jonny Evans who cleared the ball after David de Gea’s blunder.The Rangers were offered another chance in the 79th minute after United left-back Tyler Blackett misplayed a pass, allowing Eduardo Vargas to run behind him and kicking it wide.United’s staggering win has surely improved their goal difference and would also have cheered up the fans but the question remains whether Louis van Gaal’s galacticos can make up for their beleaguered defence especially against the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal.last_img read more

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  • Ashton Agar claims five as Australia A beat India A

    first_imgLeft-arm spinner Ashton Agar claimed an impressive five-wicket haul and Chris Lynn’s 63 steered Australia A to a comfortable three-wicket win over India A in a 50-over tri-series match at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Monday.Choosing to bat, India A posted 258 runs on the board as Agar got a match-winning figures of 5-39. In reply, the visitors overhauled the target with easy, scoring 262/7 in 48.3 overs as Callum Ferguson and James Pattinson remained unbeaten on 45 and 0 respectively.With this win, Australia A are on the top of the table with 14 points, winning all three matches played, while India are in the second spot with five points, winning one out of three. South Africa A are yet to register a win out of two matches played.India began the day on a poor note as they lost skipper Unmukt Chand (5) in the seventh over. But opener Mayank Agarwal (61) and Manish Pandey (50) held on to take the score close to 100-run mark.Also read: When India A’s Mandeep Singh fielded for the ProteasBut the dismissals of Agarwal in the 19th over proved costly as incoming batsman Kedar Jadav also fell without troubling the scorers. India were reduced to 98/3 in the 19th over due to the two quick wickets.But contributions from middle and lower order batsmen Karun Nair (32), Sanju Samson (23), Axar Patel (20) and Rishi Dhawan (26 not out) helped the team cross the 250-run mark.Spinner Agar and right-arm medium pacer Gurinder Sandhu (2-66) were the pick of Australia A bowlers.advertisementChasing a total of 258, Australia openers Usman Khawaja (18) and Travis Head (45) got off to a flying start, scoring at a run rate of more than six in the first seven overs. But the ninth over brought back fortunes for India A as Rishi claimed the wicket of skipper Khawaja to bring the hosts back into the game.His partner Head was also dismissed in space of six overs but, Lynn struck a fluent 63 of 61 balls to make the task easier for the visitors in the death overs.But after the dismissal of Lynn in the 28th over, two quick wickets of Mathew Wade and Ashton Agar brought back the hosts into the game. Australia A were 178/6 in 34.3 overs.However, Ferguson and Adam Zampa (54) had other plans. A brilliant 80-run partnership helped them get the close to the target at ease.For India, spinner Karn Sharma (3-45) was the pick of the bowlers.last_img read more

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  • FM assures investors reforms, says several bills in pipeline

    first_imgSingapore, Sep 18 (PTI) Expressing Indias commitment to continuing with economic reforms, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the government has several legislations in the pipeline that will be pursued in coming days. Asserting that reforms are an ongoing process, he assured investors at a function here that the government will continue them to make India an attractive investment destination and a better place to do business. Jaitley is here to participate in The Singapore Summit and has bilateral meetings with several important government functionaries lined up. “The bankruptcy code is ready and changes to arbitration laws and several other legislations are in the pipeline… For the next few years, we have our agenda full, reforms are an ongoing process,” Jaitley said, adding that the legislations which could be taken in the form of the Money Bill will be pursued. A Money Bill is important as it cannot be blocked by the Rajya Sabha where the ruling NDA does not have a majority. Recalling that there was a time when the experts were talking about dropping India from BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), Jaitley said: “Today, India has become the fastest-growing economy among BRICS.” India is no more a nation suffering from policy paralysis and uncertain taxation regime, he said, adding that now-a-days states are vying with each other to attract investment. Moreover, he added, as a net importer, the country has benefited from declining oil prices in the international market. It has helped contain inflation as well as fiscal deficit. MORE PTI JD CS SVK ARDadvertisementlast_img read more

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  • When Akhilesh Yadav got Roberto Carlos to say wow

    first_imgNot many Indian politicians can do this. But Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav can.On Saturday, Yadav showcased his footballing skills to Brazilian soccer legend Roberto Carlos in Agra.UP CM Akhilesh Yadav plays football with Brazilian footballing legend Roberto Carlos in Agra pic.twitter.com/Hs4fMn0FBJ ANI (@ANI_news) September 19, 2015 The kurta pyjama-clad Yadav impressed Carlos and all else on the podium with his brilliant control of ball. Yadav managed to keep the ball in the air with three deft touches. Even Carlos went wow.The Brazilian eventually presented the ball to the Chief Minister. If this was impromptu, it’s magical. Or it would have taken some serious practice over six months or so.Carlos was roped in as Delhi Dynamos’ marquee player-cum-manager for ISL 2015. He said at the age of 42 he may be past his prime but he is mentally strong, adding that India will see the best of the Brazilian legend in the second edition of Indian Super League.last_img read more

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  • China Open: Andy Murray Beats US Open Semi-finalist Matteo Berrettini in Biggest Win Since Comeback

    first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Beijing: Andy Murray claimed his biggest scalp since career-saving hip surgery with victory over 13th-ranked Matteo Berrettini at the China Open on Tuesday.The 32-year-old defeated the US Open semi-finalist 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (9/7) in just over two hours in the first round in smoggy Beijing. Murray last week won his first ATP singles match since a major operation in January, as he attempts to get back to a semblance of his best form after a long lay-off.Now ranked 503 in the world, the three-time Grand Slam champion from Britain fought back from a break down to force a tiebreak in the first set against the Italian.Murray showed glimpses of the steely determination which made him number one in 2016 as he grabbed the first set from the eighth-seeded Berrettini. The second set went with serve and again to a tiebreak, with Murray saving two set points on the way to a gutsy win. any murraychina openmario berrettiniMurray First Published: October 1, 2019, 12:59 PM ISTlast_img read more

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  • India to tour Zimbabwe next month for limited over matches

    first_imgCOMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL All the matches will be played at Harare Sports Club. File Photo of Indian cricket team at a training session at the Harare Sports Club.   –  Reuters May 03, 2016 × Published on Zimbabwe will host India for three one-day internationals (ODI) and three Twenty20 matches in June, the country’s cricket board said on Tuesday.All the matches will be played at Harare Sports Club with the ODIs scheduled to be played between June 11-15 and the Twenty20s between June 18-22.“After finalising all the formalities with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), we are pleased to announce the incoming tour scheduled for this June,” Zimbabwe Cricket managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa said in a statement.India have been regular travellers to Zimbabwe in recent seasons with three previous tours since 2010, including last year, all featuring limited-overs matches. SHARE All the matches will be played at Harare Sports Club. File Photo of Indian cricket team at a training session at the Harare Sports Club.   –  Reuters cricket COMMENTlast_img read more

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  • Sindhu loses epic final, settles for silver at World Championship

    first_img× sindhu   –  Reuters SHARE SHARE EMAIL August 27, 2017 COMMENT Published on sindhu   –  Reuters PV Sindhu’s gallant effort to become India’s first ever World Badminton Champion ended in a heart-wrenching defeat against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in an epic final, here today.In the longest match of the tournament, which tested the physical and mental strength of both the players, Sindhu lost 19-21 22-20 20-22 after battling hard for one hour and 49 minutes.Their bodies were falling apart as the match progressed but both Sindhu and Okuhara used every ounce of energy left in them to make it an epic contest of World Badminton Championship.After closing the second game by winning an incredible 73-shot rally, Sindhu saved one championship point in the decider but it was the Rio Olympic bronze medallist who had the last laugh.For India, it still is a historic edition since for the first time country’s shuttler are returning with two medals.Saina Nehwal won a bronze yesterday after losing her semifinal.Sindhu, who had won bronze twice in the 2013 and 2014 editions, thus became only the second Indian to win a silver medal after Saina Nehwal had achieved the feat in the last edition at Jakarta in 2015.India had one silver and four bronze in the World Championships before this edition.Prakash Padukone was the first Indian to win a medal when he took a bronze in the men’s singles in 1983 before the women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa bagged another bronze in 2011.Rio Olympic silver medallist Sindhu came into the match with a 3-all head-to-head record against Okuhara. But the Indian had an upper hand in their last two meetings — Rio Olympics and 2017 Singapore Open.Sindhu, seeded fourth, was a little sluggish to start with and was 3-5 at one point but she managed to reel off eight points on the trot to grab an 11-5 lead at the break.The Indian used her height to good use, retrieving the shuttles quickly and started using her cross court returns to trouble the Japanese.Sindhu showed good anticipation and used deception well to move to a 13-8 lead but the pint-sized Japanese changed gears and started dictating the rallies. She first clawed back to 14-14 when Sindhu faltered with her return serve before grabbing the lead.Okuhara continued to move ahead, reaching 18-14 after winning 10 of the 13 points after the interval. However, the Japanese committed a few unforced errors, which helped Sindhu to level par at 19-19.Sindhu, then sent one to the net to hand over the game point to Okuhara, who pocketed the opening game when the Indian hit long.After the change of side, Okuhara struggled to control her lifts and also miscued a few shots as Sindhu led 5- when her rival’s smash found the net. Sindhu made some sound judgements at the baseline and tried to be patient on the court to extend the lead to 9-3.However, Sindhu failed to reach for a low forehand return at forecourt and sent the shuttle wide thrice as Okuhara reached 7-9 before unleashing a down the line smash.A net error stopped Okuhara’s run as Sindhu eventually held a 11-8 lead at the interval when her rival again went wide.At 15-13, another exceptional rally unfolded with Sindhu making the Japanese run to the deep corners and even though Okuhara made some remarkable retrieves she miscued a shot at the forecourt as Sindhu led 16-13.Okuhara brought more power to her smashes to breach Sindhu’s defence and created acute angles with her wrist to reduce the margin to 16-17. Two backhand returns and a block at the net helped Sindhu move to 18-16. An extraordinary net return gave her another point and she grabbed the game point when Okuhara went long.Not ready to give up, Okuhara fell back on her extraordinary net game to save three game points. Sindhu then won a point by pushing the shuttle at the back of the court.What ensued next was a 73-shot long and exhausting rally which Sindhu managed to win when Okuhara’s return found the net and she collapsed on the ground, drained completely.In the decider, Okuhara opened up a 5-1 lead early on as Sindhu looked a tad exhuasted but some clever returns near the net helped the Indian claw back at 5-5. The momentum shifted again in Indian’s favour as she started dominating the rallies and reached the break at 11-9 when Okuhara hit wide.After the change of sides, Okuhara erased the deficit with a backhand body smash and a forehand return. Sindhu won another long rally with an onrushing smash but she lost her second video referrel as Okuhara led 13-12.They moved neck and neck till 17-17 before the Indian grabbed a 19-17 lead when Okuhara hit wide. The Japanese produced a perfect cross court reverse slice and then unleashed another cross court smash to once again level par.A net error from Sindhu handed a match point to Okuhara but the Indian saved it after winning another long rally, following a bad leave at the baseline by Okuhara.The Japanese grabbed the match point again when Sindhu found the net and she used it this time with a perfect return on Sindhu’s backhand to become the first shuttler from her country to win the World Championship.Sindh had reached the final after beating World No 10 Chen Yufei, late last night. sport SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

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  • No Goals, No Fans, No TV: Korea Draw 0-0 in Blacked-out FIFA World Cup Qualifier

    first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Seoul: North and South Korea drew 0-0 in a historic but surreal World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, played in front of an empty stadium and almost completely blocked off from the outside world.The showdown between the two sides — whose countries are still technically at war — took place at Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Stadium with no live broadcast, no supporters and no foreign media in attendance. Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min captained South Korea in the first competitive men’s match to be played in Pyongyang but frustrated South Korean fans, who were not allowed to travel to the game, will have to wait days to see it on television — after officials bring back a recording on DVD.”North Korea promised to provide a DVD containing full footage of the match before our delegation departs,” the South’s unification ministry, which handles cross-border affairs, said in a statement.The only simple way to follow the match, which the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) had billed as “one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures” for years, was via the limited online text commentary posted on FIFA and AFC websites.The minimal updates available, however, were limited to yellow cards and substitutions. Qatari referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim booked North Korea’s Ri Yong Jik and Ri Un Chol, and Kim Young-gwon and Kim Min-jae from the South.A photo posted on the website of the South’s Korean Football Association (KFA) showed the match in progress with giant floodlights illuminating the empty stands.Among the tiny number of spectators was FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who flew in to Pyongyang earlier in the day.”It’s a great pleasure to be here,” Infantino, sporting a North Korean flag lapel pin, said as he was welcomed at the airport by the head of the North Korean Football Association, Kim Jang San.The South Korean team had arrived in Pyongyang on Monday accompanied only by their coaches and support staff.The delegation had to leave their mobile phones at the South Korean embassy in Beijing ahead of their departure, and reaching the team in Pyongyang has been a struggle.”Nothing is guaranteed in terms of communication so we have to use whatever works at any given moment,” a KFA official said, adding they were currently relying on emails.RESTRICTIVE ARRANGEMENTSA Monday evening press conference by South Korean coach Paulo Bento was attended by five North Korean journalists and two KFA staff, who had to return to their hotel to get an internet connection before posting details of the briefing on the association website.AFC general secretary Windsor John said the restrictive arrangements were only to be expected.”We understand DPR Korea’s situation,” John told AFP, using the official name for North Korea. “We are not surprised.”The match comes in the wake of a series of North Korean missile tests that raised tensions in the region, and after the breakdown of talks with the United States over Pyongyang’s weapons programmes.Since the collapse of the Hanoi summit between leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in February, Pyongyang has regularly excoriated Seoul, ruling out prospects of inter-Korean dialogue.It is a far cry from the cross-border warmth of last year, when South Korean President Moon Jae-in seized on the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics to broker the Pyongyang-Washington talks process and held three summits himself with Kim.Back then, the pair discussed and agreed on further sports exchanges including a joint bid to host the 2032 Olympics.South Korean football fans were outraged over the blackout and demanded that the North be held accountable for not following international standards.”A game that’s not broadcast live is completely meaningless,” a fan commented online.Another fan added: “If North Korea does not allow live broadcasts, it should be kicked out from international federations.” 2022 fifa world cupblack outdrawfans First Published: October 15, 2019, 4:24 PM ISTlast_img read more

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  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic To Move To A-League Side Perth Glory? Reports Suggest So

    first_img A-LeagueLA GalaxyManchester UnitedMLS First Published: November 1, 2019, 10:17 AM IST Perth: Australia’s Perth Glory are planning an audacious bid to bring former Manchester United and Paris St. Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the A-League, reports said.The 38-year-old Swede’s form for LA Galaxy in America’s MLS this season has given rise to persistent speculation that he may yet be lured away for one last career swansong. Argentine side Boca Juniors have been linked to a move for the forward while Premier League and Serie A clubs are also reportedly circling, with Perth now joining the hunt.The team’s chief executive Tony Pignata told broadcaster ABC late Thursday the club had approached Ibrahimovic’s agent, enquiring about his availability and interest in playing in Australia.”It doesn’t hurt to ask,” he said.We know he is off contract from LA Galaxy, the transfer window doesn’t open in Europe until January, so there is an opportunity for possibly four, five six games” for Perth from the end of November.ABC said the club had yet to hear back.”We’re hopeful we get an audience with him and sit down and have a chat,” added Pignata.Perth lost in the A-League grand final last season to Sydney FC in a penalty shootout. They are unbeaten in the current campaign, with one win and two draws from their three games so far. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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  • Tottenham Hotspur Consider Appeal over Son Heung-min’s Red Card in Andre Gomes Incident

    first_img Andre GomesAnkleappealinjury First Published: November 4, 2019, 6:54 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. London: Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino hinted the club may appeal against Son Heung-min’s red card following the horrific injury suffered by Everton’s Andre Gomes in the 1-1 draw on Sunday.Pochettino — whose side were denied a first away win in the league since January with a late stoppage time equaliser from Cenk Tosun — blamed VAR for the red card as Son had been initially just booked. The 26-year-old Portuguese international’s injury — a fracture dislocation to his right ankle which he will have surgery on Monday — occurred as his momentum from Son’s trip saw him crash into Spurs defender Serge Aurier.Pochettino — whose side remain in the bottom half in 11th place with 13 points from their first 11 games — expressed his sorrow for Gomes but said a visibly distressed Son had not intended to provoke such an injury.”It was clear it was never the intention of Son to create the problem that happened afterwards,” said Pochettino.”It is unbelievable to see a red card. In that situation we need to help because the decision of the referee was a yellow card but the VAR changed the decision.”It is the latest example of it being not clear. VAR needs to check if it was a bad tackle from Son and judge the action, not what happened after.”I don’t know what will happen now (in terms of an appeal). The club will see if it is possible but what we cannot change is what happened after (the incident).”The Premier League issued a statement after the game to clarify why the card had been upgraded, in which it said: “The red card for Son was for endangering the safety of a player which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge.”Pochettino expressed his gratitude in the way the Everton players handled the incident and especially the behaviour of the captain Seamus Coleman, who suffered a similar injury in March 2017.”The players from Everton were fantastic,” said Pochettino. “The captain came to the dressing room to console Son.”I want to say thank you to the players and Coleman, who came in on behalf of the squad of Everton.”Tosun said he and his team-mates could not understand what Gomes was saying.”Everybody is sad inside. Some players, they nearly cried,” said the Turkey international.”He was in shock, his eyes were open so big. He was like crying, shouting and screaming.”I just tried to hold him and speak to him. I tried to tell him to stay calm. We couldn’t understand him.”Gomes has received plenty of messages of support, ranging from players in the Portugal national team to his former team-mates at Barcelona. Among Premier League players, Dele Alli, who scored Tottenham’s goal in the match. last_img read more

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  • Cricket: Replacements named for the injured duo in India’s T20 squad against England

    first_imgAdvertisementImage Courtesy: Star Of MysoreThe BCCI have named Deepak Chahar and Krunal Pandya as the replacements for the injured duo of Washington Sundar and Jasprit Bumrah in the T20 squad. This would mark the maiden call-up to the senior squad for both these players.Chahar and Pandya are currently in England touring with India A for their tri-series against England and West Indies.The injury setback for Sundar occurred while training in Ireland where he was seen limping off with the aid of BCCI officials. Whereas, Bumrah suffered a fracture on his finger which ruled him out of the highly anticipated series against the Three Lions.Pandya is one of the names that has been on the radar of the selectors for quite a while now and will join his brother Hardik for the first time in national colours. His immaculate line and length along with his ability to boost the scoring rate make him a valuable addition in England.Deepak Chahar has risen to become a household name with his performances in the IPL for the Chennai Super Kings. Chahar is widely known to move the ball around in the initial overs, which makes him an ideal partner for Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the start of the innings. Advertisement Read Also:Cricket: Jasprit Bumrah set to miss T20 series vs England after picking up an injuryCricket: KL Rahul’s Knock Adds Further Headache To The Selectorslast_img read more

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