LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Out for more than six months because of a hip injury, Pingris practiced for the first time on Monday as the Hotshots were preparing to slug it out with Phoenix Petroleum in two days, seeking to keep their immaculate elimination round slate intact.But coach Chito Victolero is not about to rush his ace power forward back into action.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“He needs to get his timing back,” Victolero said.“Relatively, he played well (in practice), but we will not rush him. He needs to get his rhythm back and hopefully, he can rejoin us soon.” Pingris went to the United States for rehab and therapy and will definitely be of big use to the Hotshots, who were ousted in painful manners in the Philippine Cup and the Commissioner’s Cup.Star has the tools to go all the way and has been in all pre-conference hypes because of a solid roster that could rival San Miguel, which claimed the Hotshots’ scalps in the Commissioner’s Cup Final Four before winning the championship over TNT KaTropa.With a 3-0 record, Star is the only unbeaten team in the ongoing season-closing conference.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Busmen seek repeat over Tajik club Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief PBA IMAGESStar, the team tipped to give Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer a run for its money in the PBA Governors’ Cup, is about to get a much-needed boost.Marc Pingris, the hard-nosed anchor of the Hotshots’ defense, is set to make a return to active play within the next two games at the soonest as Star tries to crack a championship series for the first time this season.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments
Read Next Mary Anne Esguerra added 13 points while Necole Ebuen and Reginal Arocha chipped in nine each.Arellano coach Obet Javier said the Lady Chiefs’ experience in the Reinforced and Open Conferences of the league organized by Sports Vision is starting to bear fruit.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 told them to use their PVL experience and help motivate their younger teammates,” said Javier.Earlier, La Salle and UST hurdled their respective rivals in the men’s side of the season-ending conference. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe battle between current and past NCAA champions turned one-sided in favor of Arellano, which plastered St. Benilde, 25-20, 25-22, 25-17, Saturday at the start of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jovielyn Prado led the Lady Chiefs with 14 points in the rematch between semifinalists of last NCAA season’s tournament.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: LeBron James rocks Manila for third time View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ LATEST STORIES The Green Spikers fought back from a set down to turn back the St. Benilde Blazers, 25-27, 26-24, 25-23, 25-22, while the Tigers dominated the UP Maroons, 25-17, 25-22, 25-15.Meanwhile, junior volleyball gets a big shot in the arm as the UAAP and Sports Vision joined hands for the tournament that starts Sept. 9.Unlike in previous seasons where the UAAP juniors competitions are held at school gyms, the girls’ and boys’ tournament will now be played at Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.“In our continuing effort to develop the sport, particularly our young players, we will provide them good playing conditions which will help raise the level of competition,” said Sports Vision president Moying Martelino.The matches will be played in between the men’s and women’s games of the Collegiate Conference every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTNT head coach Nash Racela and Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua exchanged heated words during the halftime break of Game 3 of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Racela had been complaining about the officiating especially when his team got called for five straight fouls in the duration of three minutes at the start of the second period.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients The TNT head coach’s emotions got him checked and received a technical in the second period. Racela and Chua got aggressive with each other for almost three minutes in the back of house area of the Big Dome before PBA Commissioner got in between the two. 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 shutoutGinebra head coach Tim Cone also pulled away Chua to help end the scuffle. Racela’s older brother Olsen, an assistant coach for Ginebra, also tried to pacify the situation after Chua had gone to the Gin Kings’ locker. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Chinese-Taipei club Attack Line welcomes Valdez, Vietnamese star 4T MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next
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 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Only six of 36 teams in a title series that went 0-2 down have gone on to reverse the outcome, but coach Norman Black said his Bolts are going to take inspiration from one of those teams that made the biggest comeback of all time.“Most of the teams down 0-2 have not won the championship,” Black admitted. “But we saw a team 0-3 down to win the championship. Until they (Gin Kings) win that fourth game, we will go out there fighting.”Black was talking of San Miguel Beer, which rallied against Alaska last season in this same tournament to win the championship by taking the last four games.The Meralco coach is not doubting his players as far as effort is concerned, actually praising them for going all out each game.“These are my players, and I’m sure they are trying their best. They are not performing the way they did in the elimination round, and I am sure [the] Ginebra [defense] has a lot to do with that,” Black said.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Black better find a Pacquiao in his players quick, or, in using a boxing term to describe this series many saw to be close and tipped to go deep, this one would most likely not go the distance. “We took a big punch from them early in the game and survived that,” Cone said. “We managed to make it a possession-by-possession game [in the closing minutes] and had a good closing kick.”The analogy came a few minutes later, just after he praised LA Tenorio and the other Kings for a job well done.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’m just glad it wasn’t Manny Pacquiao who gave us that punch there, otherwise, we wouldn’t have gotten up from it,” he said with a smile, noting that Meralco still has a lot of fight left and the best-of-seven title series is far from over.“They still have many punches to give,” said Cone, coaching in his 31st title series. “We should be careful of that. We won two straight games and it only shows that they can also win two straight to tie this thing up. You can’t be pleased with yourself.” MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTim Cone has always been a great copy for reporters, dissecting the game, explaining how it was won or lost, etc.There’s also no one better in the PBA in giving out analogies to describe his games, with the close 86-76 Game 2 victory over Meralco in their PBA Governors’ Cup Finals being no exception.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Aid expected to pour in for differently abled athletes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics reacts to the referees during the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 6, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPATLANTA — Kyrie Irving took charge in a fashion only he can.Dribbling and weaving through the lane and around the perimeter, Irving scored from all over and kept his teammates involved all night.ADVERTISEMENT “It would’ve been sweet to win two in a row against those kinds of teams,” Schroder said. “But we ended upshort.”Boston improved to 9-2, best in the NBA, and has its longest winning streak in seven years.Al Horford had 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in his best game against the Hawks. Horford spent his first nine seasons in Atlanta before leaving as a free agent ahead of last season and had totals of 20 points and 17 rebounds in three games against his former team.Irving had his first 30-point game as a Celtic on a night packed with highlights. He dribbled between his legs and behind his back before hitting a floater off the glass from the left baseline to put Boston up 46-44. He had two impressive assists late in the third with long, one-handed passes that led to 3s by Marcus Smart and Tatum, the latter giving Boston a 72-71 lead.Irving either scored or assisted on every basket of a 16-2 run in the third that put the Celtics up by seven. He finished with seven assists.ADVERTISEMENT “He’s just very unique,” Horford said. “He has a good sense of how teams are playing him.”The Celtics started to pull away and took their biggest lead at 10 on Semi Ojeleye’s 3 early in the fourth, but the Hawks came back to take a few brief leads in the final period.“To compete the way we did and give ourselves a chance to win, we got better tonight and we can learn from it,” Atlanta coach Mike Budenhozler said.THAT’S A DRAGBoston coach Brad Stevens wasn’t pleased with the ball movement or defense early in the third, storming the floor to call timeout after Atlanta’s Luke Babbit hit a 3 to put the Hawks up 57-54.“You could just tell mentally and physically we were dragging a little bit,” Irving said. “That’s going to happen sometimes considering how hard we play, but we don’t want to make that a habit for us. No excuse.”RAINING DOWNBudenholzer joked before the game that he regretted having his assistants work with the 6-foot-10 Horford a couple of years ago to develop a strong presence beyond the perimeter. Horford, who went just 1 for 5 on 3s, entered the game shooting nearly 52 percent on 33 attempts from the arc.“I think there was just a real push from us and a credit to him that he could do it,” Budenholzer said.“It’s part of the way the game is, and his passing just opens up the court even more for him to drive and attack. He’s such a good player, such a smart player.”TIP-INSCeltics: Irving has scored more points — 245 — than any player in his first 11 games with Boston. … With Marcus Morris getting the night off to rest his sore left knee, Aron Baynes started at center and finished with just two points and three rebounds in 15 minutes. 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Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kevin Durant, Warriors overcome shooting woes to beat Heat MOST READ “It’s a beautiful game when it’s played the right way,” the four-time All-Star said. “It’s not going to look good every possession, but you’ve got to be able to move onto the next play. I understand that better than most.”Irving scored 35 points, Jayson Tatum added 21 and the Boston Celtics held off the Atlanta Hawks 110-107 Monday night for their ninth straight victory.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 shutoutIrving’s 3 from the right wing put the Celtics up 104-103 — the game’s 25th lead change — with 1:37 remaining, and Boston led the rest of the way.Dennis Schroder had 23 points for the rebuilding Hawks, who dropped to 2-9 a night after a surprising two-point win at Cleveland. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Hawks: Malcolm Delaney returned after missing two games with a sprained right ankle and had 13 points. Marco Belinelli scored 19 despite a sore left Achilles.UP NEXTCeltics: Host the Lakers on Wednesday night.Hawks: Off until they visit Detroit on Friday night. 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Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games The four-time NBA MVP, whose team trails the Warriors, 3-1, did it all for the Cavaliers in a jaw-dropping showing and finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. He broke the record previously held by Los Angeles great Magic Johnson, who called James the “King of Triple Doubles for the NBA Finals” in a congratulatory tweet. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe could’ve taken over the record in Game 3 but came up an assist short with 39 points, 11 boards and nine dimes. James also became the third best in the all-time NBA Finals scoring list, eclipsing NBA legend Michael Jordan, in his 44th NBA Finals Game. He only trails Jerry West and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The hometown hero also set the new record for most career free throws made in the playoffs, also beating Jordan, who is regarded as the greatest of all time.Despite saying that he is “mentally and physically” drained after the close Game 3 loss, James continues to power through for Cleveland along with Kyrie Irving, who has been masterful all-series long.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cavaliers didn’t want Warriors celebrating in Cleveland MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after a play in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James continued to break records in the NBA Finals, setting new league bests in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.According to a report by Dave McMenamin on ESPN, James is now the record-holder for most triple-doubles scored in an NBA Finals series as he notched his ninth in the Cavaliers’ 137-116 win Saturday (Manila time) at home to stay alive in their title defense. ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:49Robredo: 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 What ‘missteps’?
Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection “Please help me, please, please,” screamed the 32-year-old in scenes so distressing that television cameras panned away from the stricken player.Cirstea said her friend’s knee was “out… and in a very weird position”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I freaked out. I have never seen such an injury before, the knee was really in a bad position. It was like something you see only in the movies,” said Cirstea.“I tried to comfort her but I panicked. I felt useless. All she kept saying was ‘Sorana, help me, help me.” Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena She questioned why it took the medical services so long to reach a court which is just a stone’s throw away from the famed Centre Court.‘Everyone froze’“I was screaming at the umpire. I told them to bring a stretcher because everyone froze, nobody reacted,” said Cirstea who said only she, her physio and Justin Mattek-Sands initially raced to the player’s assistance.“She went into shock and it took so long for the medical team to arrive. It felt like forever.“What if it was a heart attack? You should look at the video and time how long it took. I was there 10 to 15 minutes and the stretcher had still not arrived.”Safarova had to go and play her second round match just minutes after witnessing her close friend’s turmoil.She lost 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-3 to Shelby Rogers but said that was irrelevant.“It’s been a tough day, just terrible what’s happened. I am so sad for Bethanie,” said Safarova who had been hoping to partner Mattek-Sands to the Wimbledon doubles title and complete the non-calendar Grand Slam.“I have talked to Justin. She’s having more tests but we don’t know how long she will be in hospital.“I will see when I can visit her. I will be there when she needs me.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Horn ready for rematch Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES On Thursday, Alison Riske and Kristina Mladenovic had wanted to stop playing on Court 18 with the defeated Frenchwoman claiming there was a hole on the baseline.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Bethanie Mattek-Sands clings on her knee after hurting it during a Wimbledon match. SCREENGRAB FROM ESPN TWITTER VIDEOAmerica’s Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered a horror knee injury at Wimbledon on Thursday which left her screaming and crying in pain in the middle of the court.The 32-year-old collapsed to the ground after damaging her right knee as she approached the net in the first game of the deciding set against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea on Court 17.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend The All England club defended its medical teams.“The first response to Court 17 was within one minute, by a qualified ambulance technician,” they said in a statement.“The player was kept on court while pain relief was given.“The player was then transferred directly to an ambulance and taken under emergency conditions to a hospital.”Messages of support poured in for Mattek-Sands, well known on the tour for her flamboyant fashion sense and friendly, easy-going nature.“I love you @BMATTEK you are the biggest fighter I know and you will come back stronger than ever,” tweeted India’s Sania Mirza, her former doubles partner.Olympic champion Monica Puig tweeted: “Stay strong @BMATTEK … we love you so much.”Wimbledon courts are no stranger to injury controversies.In 2013, Victoria Azarenka fell heavily, hurting her ankle and blamed the state of the courts.Maria Sharapova said the surface on Court Two where she lost to Michelle Larcher de Brito was “dangerous” after she fell a number of times. “I wish I could have done more. You wouldn’t wish that on your worst enemy.”Mattek-Sands’s husband Justin tried to console his wife before medics arrived, while Cirstea was distraught and in tears.After lying prone on the ground for around 20 minutes, Mattek-Sands was eventually stretchered away and taken to a west London hospital where she was said to have suffered “an acute knee injury”.Mattek-Sands’s doubles partner, Lucie Safarova, with whom she shares the world number one ranking as well as four Grand Slam titles, also arrived at the scene in tears.Cirstea, who had dropped the first set 4-6 but took the second 7-6 (7/4), was declared the winner of the second round match.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Teams in the lower rung mix it up for all-important wins Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Of the four teams seeing action, only Air Force has a win to show and it hopes to add to that number as it takes on University of the Philippines at 4 p.m. Power Smashers and Adamson-Akari both hunt for a first win when they collide at 6 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT The Jet Spikers are coming off a defeat at the hands of unbeaten Creamline last Sunday.They are expected to bounce back against the young and inexperienced Lady Maroons who, despite dropping their first two games, have shown a big fighting heart.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Lady Falcons have also proved their worth after causing trouble against Perlas-BanKo in their previous contest. ‘Solid’ PH boxing team capable of taking home golds in SEAG Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant 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 Both teams burned through their bullpens, and the relievers won’t get much rest. The Yankees and the AL East-leading Red Sox are set for a day-night doubleheader Sunday.Boston starter Chris Sale struck out 13 in 7 2/3 scoreless innings of three-hit ball. He leads the majors with 191 strikeouts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsYankees starter Luis Severino allowed one run and four hits in seven innings. He gave up Mitch Moreland’s sacrifice fly in the third.Ben Heller (1-0) went two innings. Seven Yankees relievers combined to blank Boston on four hits for nine innings. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Doug Fister (0-3) gave up three runs in the 16th. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a double, Gregorius and Austin Romine hit RBI singles and Gary Sanchez added a sacrifice fly.A day after Yankees blew a ninth-inning lead and lost, they rallied to win for just the eighth time in 28 games. New York closed within 3 1/2 games of Boston.The Red Sox had been 43-0 when leading after eight. Kimbrel, the winning pitcher in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night, had his first career blown save at Fenway following 30 successful ones.Red Sox manager John Farrell put the game under protest after an odd sequence in the 11th.Holliday led off with a walk and Ellsbury followed with a grounder to Moreland at first base. Moreland threw to second for a forceout but Holliday retreated toward first and slid into the bag as shortstop Xander Bogaerts’ throw arrived.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next New York Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury, Didi Gregoriusd and Aaron Judge, from left, celebrate after the Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-1 in 16 innings in a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, July 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Didi Gregorius lined a go-ahead single in the 16th inning and the New York Yankees outlasted the Boston Red Sox 4-1 Saturday in the longest game between the bitter rivals at Fenway Park since 1966.Matt Holliday hit a tying home run off Boston closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth that cleared the Green Monster, and it took 5 hours, 50 minutes and 512 pitches to finish. That is, if it’s really over — the Red Sox put the game under protest after a bizarre play on the bases involving Holliday in the 11th.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Moreland wasn’t able to reach the ball, which hit Ellsbury and bounced into foul territory. Farrell argued in favor of an interference call and after a lengthy review, the umpires allowed Ellsbury to stay on first.The clubs last played 16 at Fenway on June 4, 1966, when Jim Gosger’s three-run homer gave Boston a 6-3 victory.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: Manager Joe Girardi said the club was “hopeful” that OF Aaron Hicks, on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right oblique, would “start doing some light baseball activity” when the club returns from its season-long, 11-game trip.Red Sox: Placed RHP Joe Kelly on the 10-day DL before the game with a strained left hamstring and recalled RHP Brandon Workman from Triple-A. . RHP Blaine Boyer left with right elbow tightness. . Bogaerts put on a soft brace to support his left ring and pinkie finger under his batting glove halfway through batting practice.HONOREDThe Red Sox welcomed about 1,300 Vietnam veterans and their families onto the field during a pregame ceremony.UP NEXTYankees: RHP Bryan Mitchell (1-1, 5.06 ERA) is set for the opener and RHP Masahiro Tanaka (7-8, 5.47) in the nightcap Sunday.Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (4-11, 4.75) and LHP David Price (4-2, 3.91) are slated to start. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Venus Williams to play World TeamTennis for Washington View comments
After surprising everyone with their stellar performance in the Commonwealth Games, the Indian athletics contingent received a sobering blow on the penultimate day of the Games after 20km woman race walker Rani Yadav tested positive for a banned substance – 19 Norandrosterone – and was provisionally suspended.Yadav, 20, from Benares, had finished sixth in the 20km walk on Saturday. “The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) can now confirm that the ‘A’ sample of Rani Yadav, a competitor in the women’s 20 kilometre road race on October 9 was found to contain 19-Norandrosterone, a prohibited anabolic agent under category S1 of the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) list of prohibited substances and methods,” a CGF statement said.The statement added that Yadav had been “provisionally suspended from the Games” and would have to attend a CGF provisional hearing. Reacting to the latest dope smear on Indian athletics, organising committee secretary Lalit Bhanot said: “It is a difficult situation.It is unfortunate that an Indian athlete has tested positive even though we took all the necessary precautions.” The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) termed Yadav’s positive dope test as ‘unfortunate’, and released statement saying: “NADA will continue its work towards dope free sports in India.”The chief coach of the Indian athletics contingent, Bahadur Singh, said the incident came out of the blue. “What hurts me more is that even after we carried numerous out-of-competition tests to ensure that none of the athletes were on dope, Rani Yadav tested positive,” he told MAIL TODAY.He said, “It is a disgrace for us and especially after all the accolades the athletes received for their splendid performance in this year’s Games, this comes as a huge dampener. But we will abide by the CGF’s decision. Their call on the matter is going to be final. But the revelation definitely brings our morale down.”advertisementRani is the third athlete to test positive at the Delhi Games. Nigerian sprinters Osayemi Oludamola and Samuel Okon were suspended after testing positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.Past positiveRani Yadav, who tested positive for 19-Norandrosterone, isn’t the first Indian athlete to be caught for the drug. In September, netball player Megha Chaudhary tested positive for the same anabolic agent but was let off by an anti-doping disciplinary panel, which attributed the positive result to contraceptive tablets that Chaudhary had taken.
Sri Lanka appointed opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan as its new captain on Monday as part of a major overhaul of its cricketing structure following the national team’s defeat by India in the World Cup final earlier this month.Former skipper Kumar Sangakkara, his deputy Mahela Jayawardene and a fourmember selection committee led by retired batting star Aravinda de Silva resigned earlier this month.A new selection committee led by former captain and administrator Duleep Mendis has been appointed.The 34-year-old Dilshan has previously led Sri Lanka in several Twenty20 and one-day internationals and is most likely to be an interim captain, with a younger player expected to be skipper at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.He has played 66 Test matches, scoring 3,990 runs at more than 42 runs per innings. In 203 One- Day Internationals, Dilshan has scored 5,456 runs and taken 62 wickets, bowling off- spin.Dilshan also had an excellent World Cup, where he was the tournament’s highest scorer with 500 runs.Having been an inconsistent middle- order batsman, Dilshan’s performances improved after he was promoted to open the batting.Mendis said that one of his main tasks will be to look for younger talent capable of taking over from current stalwarts like Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Dilshan and Thilan Samaraweera, who are nearing their mid- thirties and are unlikely to be at their prime at the next World Cup.” Sri Lanka Cricket is proud to announce the appointment of Tillakaratne Dilshan as the national captain in all three formats of the game for Sri Lanka’s tour of England in May 2011,” an SLC statement said.advertisementSri Lanka Cricket said on Monday that selectors have postponed naming a vice- captain because prospective candidates are nursing injuries and may not be available for next month’s tour of England.Anjelo Mathews is in the running for vice- captain and the 23- year- old all- rounder is tipped to be Sri Lanka’s choice to be captain for the next World Cup.The changes also come amid a debate in Sri Lanka over the sports minister’s order to national cricketers playing in the lucrative Indian Premier League to return early to prepare for the English tour.Sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said the national team duties must be a priority over playing in the IPL. Dilshan, Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga, Suraj Randiv are among the players who may be compelled to return early.Muttiah Muralitharan, who retired from international cricket after the World Cup and is not bound by a contract with SLC, has criticised Sri Lanka’s decision.
The fourth edition of the Indian Premier League isn’t going according to plan for the Delhi Daredevils and the reasons for it are quite obvious.From team selection to the batting order to bowling lineup there are more questions than answers on the plate of the Virender Sehwag- led team.Having lost both their matches in the tournament so far, their next match against a strong Pune Warriors here at the DY Patil Stadium on Sunday will be another test for a team that doesn’t look settled as yet.In their first match at home, the Daredevils batting failed to withstand Lasith Malinga’s seemingly unending barrage of yorkers and were bowled out for 95. In their next outing against Rajasthan Royals, the batting stepped up a few notches and made a competitive 151 but the bowlers just couldn’t contain the Royals.Skipper Sehwag had made it clear that the batting needed to fire, but more importantly, bemoaned the lack of a quality spinner in his team.What should work in his team’s favour, to an extent, is the wicket at the DY Patil Stadium.The pitch here has been one of the quicker ones in the competition and it should suit the paceheavy bowling attack of the Daredevils.With the likes of Morne Morkel, Ashoke Dinda and Umesh Yadav in their arsenal, the Delhi team can expect to exploit any advantage that the track might offer to the pacers. Irfan Pathan should also be looking forward to the opportunity.The fate of Delhi will depend heavily on the blades of Sehwag and fellow opener David Warner.advertisementWarner came good with 54 in the last game and the Daredevils would hope Sehwag too finds form soon.Delhi management announced on Saturday that James Hopes would be staying with the team and will not return home to see his ailing father.Delhi are contemplating a few changes in their line- up and with paceman Varun Aaron yet to recover from his hamstring injury, Umesh Yadav, who missed the last match, could make his way back.Pune look a formidable outfit and are at the top quarter of the table with two wins out of two – against Kings XI and Kochi Tuskers. With Jesse Ryder and Graeme Smith opening their batting and Yuvraj Singh and Robin Uthappa in the middle order, there is solidity in their batting while the bowlers – led by veteran South African fast bowler Alfonso Thomas, leftarm pacers Wayne Parnell and Shrikant Wagh and spinners Murali Kartik and skipper Yuvraj himself – too look settled.This is the time for Delhi to get its IPL campaign on track but Pune will be not be an easy proposition as it will be a battle between one of the top teams and a side languishing at the bottom.
Kevin Pietersen says he is proud of his unbeaten double hundred that gave England the upperhand in the ongoing first cricket Test against India as he had never worked this hard for runs in his career.”It’s something to be proud of, definitely. There’s been some fairly complimentary thing being said to me in the dressing room. I’ve never had to work harder,” Pietersen, who made an unbeaten 202 in England’s 474 declared, said after the second day’s play on Friday.”With the conditions I batted in, and having to face MS Dhoni for half an hour as well, I reckon it’s right up there with the hundreds I’ve scored. They bowled really well in swinging conditions and the pitch was seaming as well. I was missing balls by a couple of inches on occasions… it was real hard graft,” he added.About the course of the match, he expects the ball to seam and swing to put Indians in a spot of bother.”History tells us that getting result at the Lord’s is quite difficult. But the wicket we have at the moment is aiding seam and swing and we all know swing is alien to Indian batting,” Pietersen stated.Emboldened with his success, Pietersen revealed his ambition to enter the 10,000 Test runs club now that he has completed 6,000 runs.”I would love to have (10,000 runs). I love to set goal for myself and hopefully I would reach there if I bat this way.”This is Pietersen’s 18th century in his 75th Test but quite uncharacteristically, he never have had to graft in the manner he has done at Lord’s over the last two days.advertisement”The conditions were very difficult and they bowled very well. Sometimes you were playing and missing by couple of inches. It was a real hard graft. It made you wonder if India were batting yesterday where they must have been,” Pietersen said.Pietersen also gave credit to Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott for consuming a lot of overs.”Credit to the first three batsmen (deserve credit) for they ate up a lot of balls. Trott was magnificent again and Strauss batted for 80 balls which was great under the circumstances.”When it’s seaming and swinging you try to get overs in the other bowlers. They did a great job for men like Prior and Swann to take advantage of what’s been created a day before.Bell also batted beautifully.”Pietersen had two moments of anxiety — the first, when he was on 49 and Rahul Dravid appeared to have caught a chance at leg slip before replays ruled it in his favour.The second moment arrived when he was on 73 and umpire Billy Bowden gave him out caught behind off Dhoni only for the Decision Review System (DRS) to come to his aid.”I was on 49 when Rahul used the technology. He wasn’t sure (so he did it). He is a fantastic servant of the game, a true Indian legend. I have played with him in IPL for 2-3 years and there is no way he would have claimed a catch when he knew it wasn’t out.”As for the second chance, I had to review it. I can’t get out to Dhoni. Having said so it was difficult to see him through. He was moving it both ways and it was nipping around.He is a talented man.”Another Indian for whom Pietersen has only admiration and affection is Praveen Kumar, who grabbed his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests. .”I captained him for a year in the IPL. He is fantastic and a very skillful bowler. If there is anyone in the Indian team, I would be happy to have got five wickets, it would be PK. He is a fantastic guy,” Pietersen said.Pietersen revealed that England had decided in advance to give Indians half an hour of batting on Friday evening.”We wanted to bowl for half an hour at Indians. I kept passing messages to Strauss that if he really wanted to pull us out (declare) now, there are no dramas. My 200 wasn’t important?I had scored quite a few runs already. Team is more important and not a 200 in a Test match.”Pietersen took a dig at his critics who have been terming his form as none too great in recent times.”It’s been only six matches that I haven’t scored a century. I got a 85 against Sri Lanka in 100 balls.”You do go through good patches and bad patches. As long as you are true to yourself and continue to do hard work, you have to be rewarded.”advertisementPietersen returned to speak about Sachin Tendulkar around whom there is a huge expectation to get his 100th international century.”There are a lot of great cricketers who haven’t done well at Lord’s ? Warne, Ponting for example. We would try and make sure Sachin doesn’t get a hundred.”He also didn’t find fault with Harbhajan Singh’s bowling who went wicketless but conceded over 150 runs in England innings.”Harbhajan bowled very well. Harbhajan on that wicket which was friendly to seamers, tied it down. On occasions, even I found it very hard to score. I don’t think he bowled badly,” he concluded.
A day after the proposed National Sports Bill was rejected by the cabinet, Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Wednesday hit out at the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) saying that the cricket board needs to be more accountable in its functioning.Maken said the proposed bill was intended to make sports bodies more transparent and efficient and was in no way an attempt to take control of these National Sports Federations.”I wouldn’t want to say what happened in the cabinet meting yesterday, I just like to reiterate the sport ministry’s stand and my stand. We are in no way trying to control the sports federations or sports bodies,” Maken told reporters in the national capital.”We don’t intend to have our own representatives in any way in any of the managements of these sports bodies, we don’t want to direct them, whether they would like to take Ajay Maken as one of their members or some of others MPs or ministers,” he said.Maken said he was particularly disappointed with the opposition to the bill by cricket administrators and said federations need to be brought under the ambit of the Right to Information Act for greater accountability.”We just want transparency and efficiency in their functioning, since they are sending teams outside India representing the country, they should be answerable to all Indians through RTI (Right to Information). Their accounts should be known to public through RTI, after all they are using government funds and sending teams, so we want them to be accountable to the citizens of India through RTI,” he said.advertisementMaken said that for example people would like to know for how much did the BCCI get the land for the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi or the ground at Dharamsala.”The BCCI should point out what provisions are intrusive in nature and which clauses will have government control. We will remove all that but they should not oppose 25 per cent representation of sports persons in the Executive Board and the RTI,” Maken said.”Secondly, they should have age restrictions, after all in bureaucracy, we have 60 years as age of retirement, in judiciary it is 65 and in others it is 62-63, we have kept the age limitation at 70 years for sports federations,” he said.Explaining the nuances of the bill, Maken said having sports persons in administration is a step towards transparency.”What we are saying is that 25 per cent of the executive body should constitute of sports persons of the same game, we are not saying govt will appoint that 25 per cent.”What we are saying is that sports persons who have played at the national level, they should among themselves select, elect sports persons who should represent 25 per cent of their executive body,” he said.”We want to give more power to sports persons, we want them to be transparent in their accounting and entire process, we want them to be answerable to the citizens of India because after all they are sending teams which is representing India as a nation,” he added.The cabinet had rejected the bill on Tuesday with ministers such as ICC President Sharad Pawar, Mumbai Cricket Association chief Vilasrao Deshmukh and J&K Cricket Association head Farooq Abdullah opposing it.The Ministers felt that the bill was seeking to control rather than facilitate the development of sports and had raised objections on the age and tenure restrictions.
Test of Cricket “Whom should we thank for the star Indian XI making it to Colombo: the BCCI, the ICC, Ravi Shastri or the corporate bigwigs who make the players dance to their tunes?” SIDHARTH SINGH, on e-mailName of the Game It will be naive to think that cricket is,Test of Cricket”Whom should we thank for the star Indian XI making it to Colombo: the BCCI, the ICC, Ravi Shastri or the corporate bigwigs who make the players dance to their tunes?” SIDHARTH SINGH, on e-mail Name of the GameIt will be naive to think that cricket is still a gentleman’s game (“Cricket Wars”, September 30). Money has killed the nationalistic zeal for which the game was played earlier. The involvement of big money has eroded the spirit of the game. But then again, cricketers cannot be expected to remain in isolation. MOHAMMED TANWEER ALAM, on e-mailCricket is followed like a religion in India. But the fight among the players and cricket boards on the contracts issue has left a bad aftertaste. By playing in the ICC Champions’ Trophy, cricketers have shown that they play for their nations and not for money alone. Now it’s the turn of the boards like the BCCI to safeguard the interests of the players who have already started losing their sponsors. GAREEMA GARG, on e-mailThe article exposed the amount of money involved in cricket. Any business needs a revenue model and in this instance the money ultimately comes from the Indian public. G. VENKATARAMAN, on e-mail”The international recognition of yoga is another instance of India redeeming some of the beauty and greatness of its heritage via the West.” SONIA KAPOOR NoidaWhile it is good to know that at least one sport in India is truly an industry, the fact remains that the players and fans still do not get the best deal. In the mad scramble to accommodate foreign cricket boards and the ICC, the BCCI gets the Indian team to play meaningless matches all over the world, all through the year. The fans remain deprived of matches played on true pitches and against the toughest opposition. It is time the BCCI is looked upon with as much suspicion as politicians in general. PANKAJ GUPTA, on e-mailHistorical VictoryThe supreme court’s ruling that the National Curriculum Framework for Secondary Education is not in violation of the Constitution is a landmark verdict in the history of independent India and a shot in the arm for the NDA Government (“Changing Course”, September 30). Till now education in India had remained the exclusive monopoly in the hands of the timid leftist intellectuals. The nation should feel relieved that they have been shown the exit door by the apex court. Historians like Romila Thapar and Bipan Chandra have done utter injustice to the cause of education by their totally faulty perspective of history and Hinduism. The nation expects the new curriculum to be far more objective, rational and value-oriented. T.S. PATTABHI RAMAN, CoimbatorePeter Pays PaulThe argument that the poor are made to bail out the rich is not based on the fundamentals of economics (“Doleful Survival”, September 30). The dozen-odd business houses listed may be defaulters but it must be remembered that in reality firms consist of ordinary people. Without the bailout policy, thousands would be rendered jobless. Big business is a necessary evil – no one can deny its role in generating output, creating employment, income and assisting the process of capital formation. Bailing out in India merely means the transfer of funds from one “unproductive” kitty to another. Institutions like the IDBI, IFCI and UTI must assume a more active role in overseeing the activities of the firms financed by them. V. VENKATARAMAN, on e-mailPeace PrecedentIt is heartening to note that the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE rebels met in Thailand to find the means to peace in the island nation (“New Beginning”, September 30). A ruined economy and the loss of thousands of lives have been the cost of trouble in Sri Lanka. This is the first positive step towards reconciliation. It is no doubt a good beginning. The talks hold a lesson for India too. We should lose no time in starting a dialogue with Pakistan at some level to defuse tension over Kashmir and take small confidence building measures. There is no other alternative to breaking the deadlock in Indo-Pak relations. D.B.N. MURTHY, on e-mailThe declaration of Anton Balasingham, the chief negotiator of the LTTE, that the Tigers’ demand is for an autonomous homeland for Tamils with equal rights – and not a separate state – has paved the way for further negotiations. Even as talks continue, efforts should be made to rebuild the economy and ensure the return of the war-torn country’s displaced people. India too should give its full cooperation and support for the establishment of peace in Sri Lanka, in spite of the loss of lives of Indian soldiers in the IPKF operations of the 1980s and the LTTE’s role in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. A.K. THARIEN, Dindigul Anna, Tamil NaduActor Activist Priya Tendulkar became a crusader of much needed public awareness through her natural acting in the TV serial Rajni (“Obituary”, September 30). She taught the general public about its rights as consumers in a very convincing manner. MADHU AGRAWAL, DelhiRight TrackThe story raised a few pertinent questions on railway safety (“How Safe are Fast Trains?”, September 23). There is no denying that safety is an alien word for the Indian Railways. Otherwise, what is the justification for the dependence on hundreds of old bridges? The crux of the problem is that trains are the means of transport for the middle class – and not the upper class which travels by air. Just compare the compensation payable to the next of kin of the deceased in the event of an accident: in case of a plane passenger it is Rs 5 lakh whereas the cost of life of a train traveller is just Rs 15,000. BICHU MUTTATHARA, PuneIt is ridiculous on the part of the Railways to go in for extravaganzas like the creation of new zones and divisions at a time when it has so many weak bridges, outdated signalling systems and old coaches. It requires cost effective financial management which can judiciously decide the areas of priority for investments to improve safety records. DAYANAND RAI, MangaloreThe dreadful accident needs to be condemned and all efforts made to make travelling by train safe but lapses are bound to occur in a vast rail network where superfast trains cover about 50,000 km daily. SATISH SATIJA, on e-mailIt is unfortunate that the world’s second-largest railways is beset with serious problems. The recent Rajdhani disaster has again raised serious doubts about the railway administration’s ability to ensure the safety of passengers. The Central Government too is guilty of inaction. It was two years ago that the Khanna Committee on Railway Safety submitted its report to the government. How far have its recommendations been implemented? It seems the Government will let more accidents occur before taking any action. SANJEEV KUMAR, PatnaSlow DownYour correspondents seem to have overlooked the fact that privatisation for its own sake need not be good (“Dirty War”, September, 23). BPCL and HPCL are reasonably efficient and profit-making PSUs. Selling them would be akin to selling the family silver to overcome financial strain. Giving up stake in profitable undertakings would leave the Government without revenue-generating options. Also, if the case of VSNL’s share price is any indication, the belief that private ownership and control would improve the company need not be true. For all his abilities and honesty Disinvestment Minister Arun Shourie needs to understand that even something which is generally good (which privatisation is) needs to be applied on case-to-case basis. SANDIP KUMAR PITTY, KolkataNew DawnMumbai may be witnessing an increase in the activities of sundry wannabe dons but the city police deserves kudos for its role in checking the operations of the big gangs (“Square Foot Dons”, September 23). The tough attitude of the Mumbai Police has brought the underworld to its knees. What must also be remembered is that it was fear of the police that made the likes of Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Rajan flee India and set up their operations abroad. ALOK JHA, on e-mailUnnecessary Entry”M. Karunanidhi is not a god-fearing man. As such he should not interfere in religious practices.” V. VENKITAKRISHNAN Chennai”In north India too, all Hindu ceremonies are carried out in Sanskrit and not Hindi.” SUBHASH C. AGRAWAL on e-mailCentral QuestionElections will help install a new government in Kashmir and serve to show India’s commitment to democracy and peace in the Valley (“The Vote for Peace”, September 23). Still India should not be ignorant of the fact that Kashmir isn’t just another state. With Pakistan continuing to maintain more than a passing interest in Kashmir, peace will become a possibility only after the two neighbours find a sustainable solution to the vexed questions involving the future of the state. That responsibility lies as much with India as with Pakistan. MANISH TIWARI, AllahabadMatter of FactThe eyecatcher has clearly not represented the facts as conveyed to the correspondent (“Ace of Hearts”, September 23). My son Mahesh Bhupathi told me he had clearly mentioned that there would be a church wedding in Bangalore also. My husband Krishna Bhupathi also mentioned to your Bangalore correspondent there would be two wedding ceremonies in Chennai and Bangalore and that all religions would be represented. We as a family respect and love all religions. MIRA BHUPATHI, Bangaloreadvertisementadvertisementadvertisement
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shant peppered the England bowlers with short-pitched deliveries and it did the trick for India.Pacer Ishant Sharma’s career best seven for 74 bounced out England to give India a historic 95-run victory, their first in 28 years at Lord’s, in the second cricket Test on Monday.Set a target of 319, England were bowled out for 223 runs in their second innings, a little over an hour before tea on the final day as India took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.Read: India register historic Test win at Lord’sCuriously, England could not get as many as they scored in the first innings (319) to win the match. India riding on a fine century by Ajinkya Rahane (103) had scored 295 in the first innings and 342 in the second innings, reported IANS.The 25-year-old Ishant, who went wicketless in the first innings, used the short-ball well to his advantage as Joe Root (66), Moeen Ali (39), Matt Prior (12), Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad (8) all fell to short-pitched deliveries on the final day. Ishant was adjudged the Man of the Match.Resuming at 105 for four on the fifth morning, England had a daunting challenge at hand to save the Test match. Root and Moeen frustrated the Indian bowlers in the first session but at the stroke of lunch Ishant struck to remove Moeen and tilt the scales in India’s favour. Moeen was completely taken aback by a short pitched delivery that rose sharply and he took his eyes off and gloved it to Cheteshwar Pujara at short-leg.advertisementThe 101-run stand for the fifth wicket between Root and Moeen helped England to recover from a precarious 72 for four. But with Moeen’s dismissal, India sensed victory and piled the pressure on the hosts.In the post-lunch session, Ishant peppered the England bowlers with short-pitched deliveries and it did the trick for India. Prior found Murali Vijay at deep mid-wicket while attempting a pull in 80th over.Stokes continued his poor run as he fell for his fourth consecutive duck while attempting a pull and two balls later Root found Stuart Binny at deep square leg in a similar fashion. It was just a co-incidence that Binny’s father Roger, now a national selector, also featured in the last win at Lord’s in 1986 under the captaincy of Kapil Dev.With score at 201/8, the writing was on the wall for England and this time India were not ready to let loose the tailenders. Ishant again used the short-ball cleverly — and this time it was Broad, who attempting to trickle it down the leg-side, gloved to Mahendra Singh Dhoni.For Ravindra Jadeja it was like sweet revenge as he ran out James Anderson (2) to finish off a memorable win for India.