Archers destroy Tigers, near twice-to-beat bonus

first_imgMOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Chan, Constantino top NGAP tourney “It worked to our advantage that Salem is sick and Gaye had something wrong with his foot,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 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 Mbala scored 17 points in just 19 minutes to lead seven others who finished with at least six points as the Archers fashioned out their most lopsided victory of the season to close in on a twice-to-beat Final Four bonus.“I’m happy I was able to rest,” said the Cameroonian big man. “Mayhem (the defense that La Salle plays) is not something that’s easy to do, especially when you stay in there for more than 20 minutes. But if it’s less than 20 minutes and the team is still doing good, at least it means somehow that the second group is also doing well so its good for us.”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 shutoutLater, Adamson pounced on a shorthanded National U squad for a 90-77 victory that assured the Falcons of a playoff for a Final Four spot after improving to 8-4.Jonathan Espeleta and Jerrick Ahanmisi led an early barrage by the Falcons to finish with 16 points each as Adamson put NU’s postseason hopes in peril after the Bulldogs fell to 4-7. While NU is in danger of missing out on the Final Four, the Tigers are in a far more miserable state as they have two games left to avert a winless season. The Tigers’ 12th straight loss saw them trail by 42 points at one point.“We’re doing our best, but the results have not gone our way,” UST guard Marvin Lee, who had 25 points, said in Filipino. “We just have to learn and improve and prepare for next season. It’s frustrating, especially with our record right now.”The Archers pulled away in the second period after Ricci Rivero caught fire with 11 of his 16 points.Santo Tomas scored just eight points in that stretch.The Bulldogs sorely missed gunner Matt Salem, who was out due to an illness, while big man Issa Gaye played just 15 minutes due to an injury.ADVERTISEMENT La Salle didn’t need reigning Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala to play heavy minutes and help the Green Archers destroy University of Santo Tomas.The Green Archers had more than enough firepower in cruising to a 94-59 triumph over the struggling Tigers on Sunday for their 10th win in 12 games in UAAP Season 80 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

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Davis, Cousins lead Pelicans over Bulls in OT

first_imgDrummond powers Pistons past Kings Jameer Nelson added 13 points, Darius Miller had 11, and Jrue Holiday 10 for New Orleans. The Pelicans improved to 4-2 on the road.Justin Holiday had 18 points, Denzel Valentine added 16 and Lauri Markkanen and Robin Lopez had 14 apiece for the Bulls. They were coming off their first road 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 shutoutBoth teams looked sluggish completing their first back-to-backs of the season. The Bulls shot 35.4 percent from the field to the Pelicans’ 40.2 percent.Cousins made two of three foul shots for a 91-86 lead with 2:35 left in overtime before Nelson hit a 3 for a 96-88 lead with 48.9 seconds remaining. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH RETURN LOOMINGBulls forward Bobby Portis’ eight-game suspension ended Saturday. Coach Fred Hoiberg refrained from saying whether Portis will play Tuesday at Toronto. Portis was suspended Oct. 18 due to injuring teammate Nikola Mirotic in a fight at practice.Mirotic suffered broken bones in his face and a concussion and is expected to miss four to six weeks. He has been working out, but has yet to get on the court, Hoiberg said. “The important thing is he’s making progress and is in good spirits,” Hoiberg said.TIP-INSPelicans: New Orleans split two preseason games against the Bulls. … The Pelicans improved to 3-2 on the road with Friday’s 99-94 victory at Dallas. New Orleans had not been above .500 on the road after more than one game since 2010-11. … Cousins and Davis are the only teammates among the league’s top five scorers.Bulls: G David Nwaba exited with a right ankle sprain with 5:17 remaining in the third quarter. He had seven points and four rebounds. … Brothers Jrue Holiday (New Orleans) and Justin Holiday (Chicago) both started. … Markkanen is one of nine NBA players since 1983 to have at least 115 points and 65 rebounds in his first seven career games. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) and Chicago Bulls forward Paul Zipser (16). APCHICAGO — Anthony Davis had 27 points and 16 rebounds to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 96-90 overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).DeMarcus Cousins added 25 points and 11 rebounds — 18 and seven after halftime — to help the Pelicans snap a six-game, regular-season losing streak to the Bulls.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:37Protesters 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 View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next LATEST STORIES Davis rebounded Lopez’s putback attempt with 9.7 seconds remaining in regulation. Holiday missed at the other end with 3.3 to go before Cousins blocked Lopez to send the game to overtime.The Pelicans opened the final quarter on a 20-7 run to take a 77-71 lead. Valentine hit a 3 to put the Bulls ahead 83-81 with 2:28 left before Davis dunked to tie it.Justin Holiday scored 10 points in the third quarter for the Bulls, who led by as much as nine and 64-57 after the period.The Pelicans shot 40.5 percent from the field to the Bulls’ 32.6 percent in the first half of a tied game. Davis led New Orleans with 14, and Lopez had nine for Chicago.Cousins had just seven points and four rebounds at halftime after averaging 29 points and 14 rebounds per game and posting two 20-point, 20-rebound games in his previous five contests.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

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first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Tamaraws outplayed and outhustled the Eagles for long stretches last Sunday with former Ateneo players Arvin Tolentino and Hubert Cani doing some of the damage on both ends of the floor. FEU also got solid games from graduating player Ron Dennison and Richard Escoto.FEU coach Olsen Racela said it would take more than their performance last Sunday to overcome the Eagles in the decider.“It was our best game so far and we’re hoping that it happens in Game 2,” said Racela, a rookie coach in the UAAP.“Actually, I told the players that we’re peaking at the right time so we’re looking forward to the game on Wednesday.”The Tamaraws entered the Final Four with an even 7-7 record, but looked sharper on both ends of the floor against the Eagles, whose only other loss came against fierce rival La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “The tough games we went through in the elimination round helped us (against Ateneo),” said Racela.“But then again, it will be about defending Ateneo’s disciplined offense. We did that last Sunday, but it’s not going to be enough on Wednesday so we have to find more ways to beat them.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa New Pinoy boxing star Ancajas burns bright QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 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 The Tamaraws forced a do-or-die encounter with an 80-67 dumping of the Eagles last Sunday in their initial Final Four meeting. But Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin remains confident enough that the Eagles can turn the tables on the Tamaraws in their rubber match.The Eagles won all but one of their 14 games in the elimination round, including two victories over the Tamaraws, an accomplishment that should give Ateneo a morale boost heading into their most important game of the season yet.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“We have a successful season to fall back on in terms of looking for confidence,” said Baldwin.“So really, it’s about the coaching staff giving these players a message, something specific that they can look at and say, ‘Yes, we can do that.’ And go about doing it.” Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Far Eastern U seeks to complete a stunning reversal, while Ateneo hopes its impressive season won’t go for naught.The stage is set for a dogfight between the Blue Eagles and Tamaraws on Wednesday as they dispute the right to face defending champion La Salle in the best-of-three finals of UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

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Set for UST return, Renzo Subido soaks in D-League experience

first_imgDo not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Still, the 5-foot-9 Subido isn’t losing sight of his individual targets as he makes a much awaited comeback with the Growling Tigers, this time with coach Aldin Ayo calling the shots.“I’m more than excited. It’s a very different system. I’m excited to play for coach Aldin,” he said. “Coach Aldin is a guard-oriented coach, so I’m using all the experience I get here in Marinero and I’ll bring it to UST.” Zark’s-Lyceum gets reality check in first D-League game Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:32UAAP Season 81: Racela says he’ll be ‘surprised’ if Ateneo loses a game in elims01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “I know that everything I can learn this conference, I can bring to UST,” he said.So far, Subido has been nothing but excellent for the Skippers, leading his side to the 94-92 victory over Zark’s Burger-Lyceum on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 22-year-old led the fight with 20 points, five assists, and three rebounds in the victory.While he’s looking to gain experience, Subido’s focus is firmly on the big picture rather than his individual performance. “We’re taking it one game at a time but the goal is to win the championship. But we know that it’s not going to be easy since we are going up against the top collegiate teams. So we’re just going to go all out every game,” he said.That mettle was tested against the Jawbreakers.Marinerong Pilipino jumped to a 17-point lead in the third quarter, 56-39, before Zark’s Burger-Lyceum made a late run and cut the deficit down to two numerous times within the final two minutes.But the Skippers had the end-game poise, making huge stops in the clutch as Subido calmly sank the game-clinching freebies.“It was a good win for us. We’re happy that we won the game because it’s a good way to start the conference and it was a good experience with us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESFor Renzo Subido, his time with Marinerong Pilipino in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup has a purpose.And his main goal? To become a better leader for University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Read Next View commentslast_img read more

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La Salle, FEU strong picks

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters So beats Colombian; Sadorra loses Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 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 “Our team caught a lot of people by surprise,” said Sandy Arespacochaga, deputy of Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin. “We did well so it’s also a challenge for us to be consistent.”For University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol, the challenge is dealing with the absence of key recruits Ibrahim Quattara and Rob Ricafort, who were declared ineligible Monday, just hours before the league’s press conference at Mall of Asia Arena.“We don’t know yet how our team will look like,” said Perasol, noting UP will appeal the league’s decision that his players need to serve one more year of residency.The season kicks off with University of the East and National U battling at 2 p.m. this Saturday at MoA Arena, followed by the 4 p.m. clash between Ateneo and Adamson.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “It’s a big test playing without Ben,” Ayo said of his Cameroonian center, who may miss two games as he plays for his national team in the 2017 Fiba Afrobasket. “But we don’t rely on one player only, we rely on our system.”Ayo, as well as new FEU coach Olsen Racela, said their teams had moved on from last week’s invitational game that resulted in an ugly free-for-all in Davao City. It’s the second straight year the two schools figured in a preseason altercation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“What I always preach and tell my players in basketball or in life is not to dwell on the past—move forward, be mindful of the present,” said Racela.All’s well between coaches Aldin Ayo of La Salle (left) and Olsen Racela of Far Eastern U after a recent offseason brawl among their players in Davao City. —Sherwin VardeleonThe Archers and the Tamaraws stand as favorites this season along with the Ateneo Blue Eagles, who reached the finals last year despite the graduation of several veterans. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim A preseason brawl between La Salle and Far Eastern University may have fanned the animosity between the two powerhouse squads, but Green Archers coach Aldin Ayo would rather have his players deal with the absence of their main man.Ben Mbala, last season’s Most Valuable Player, won’t see action with the defending champion Archers when Season 80 of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament fires off this weekend.ADVERTISEMENT La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’1.7K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more

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Bucks re-sign 40-year-old guard Jason Terry

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors APMILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks have re-signed Jason Terry after the veteran guard shot 42.7 percent from 3-point range last season.The Bucks announced the contract Monday night. There was no word on the length or value of the deal.ADVERTISEMENT Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans The 40-year-old Terry is beginning his 19th season in the NBA. He appeared in 74 games with the Bucks last year and averaged 4.1 points in 18.4 minutes per game. He also made 73 3-pointers in 171 attempts from beyond the arc.The 6-foot-2 Terry, who was selected by Atlanta with the 10th overall pick in the 1999 draft, has career averages of 13.8 points and 3.9 assists in 1,359 games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups PBA teams not obliged to lend players to PH squad for Champs Cup, says Reyes MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Plan to launch small car well on course, says Hyundai

first_imgHyundai Motor India (HMI), the country’s second largest car maker, on Friday said its plan for launching a small car in the Indian auto-market was “well on course”.The Korean company which has presence in the A segment with flagship hatchback “Santro” and the “i10″ has been planning to launch the small car to compete with Maruti Suzuki’s ‘Alto’. The development of the small car has been taken up at the Research and Development centre in Korea.”It is on course… The development is going on in (South) Korea….”, HMI Director (Sales and Marketing) Arvind Saxena told reporters in Chennai.He said the company was “well progressing” on the launch of the car and it was going on “as per plan”. However, he declined to comment on the timeline set for its launch.The proposed small car would be positioned below the company’s existing flagship model, Santro, and compete with the Alto from Maruti Suzuki. Alto is the largest selling model in India with average sales of over 20,000 units per month.On their future plans, HMI CEO H W Park said the company was working on a strategy to launch new models every two years. “We will introduce two or three models in the next one year…,” he said.He said their premium SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) Santa Fe would be launched in India next month.On export front, Saxena said the company would witness a “minimal dip” this year in the overseas sales due to the slump witnessed in majority of the markets.advertisement”Last year 2.60 lakh units were exported (to various markets).. this year we are expecting it to be around 2.50 lakh units”, he said.Saxena and Park were here to introduce the company’s upgraded hatchback Next Gen “i10” in the Tamil Nadu market.The company has spent around Rs 400 crore for upgradation of the car which boasts aggressive and all-new front design, a new chrome raidator grill, 3D wraparound headlamps with multi-reflector chrome surround fog lamps.The 1.1 litre iRDE2 Next Gen i 10 comes with a introductory price tag of Rs 3.48 lakh (Ex-showroom Chennai) while the 1.2 litre Kappa engine is offered at Rs 4.14 lakh, he added.Hyundai Motor India currently has two manufacturing facilities at Sriperumbudur near here. Besides i10, the company retails Santro, mid-size sedan Accent Executive, premium sedan ‘Verna Transform’, luxury sedan ‘Sonata’.The company exports to nearly 110 countries and this year it would be increased to 118 countries, they said.last_img read more

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Laxman-Ishant special thwarts Australia in Mohali nail-biter

first_imgThis is the stuff of sporting dreams. Two half-fit batsmen, one a crisis specialist, another a wayward young turk, playing on with injections and pain-killers, took India to an astonishing one-wicket win over Australia in the first Test in Mohali.VVS Laxman and Ishant Sharma refused to give up in the direst circumstance, leading India to one of their greatest Test wins ever. The match, which see-sawed all five days, is an endorsement for Test cricket, emphasizing that it is a contest — not fours and sixes — that makes cricket memorable.Chasing 216, India were dead and buried at 124-8. Laxman, who had taken little part in this game due to a bad back, and Ishant, who had also injured his knee on the first day of the game, added 81 for the ninth wicket on a crumbling, two-paced wicket on which Australia’s pacers had bounced out as many as five of India’s top-order batsmen.SCOREBOARD: INDIA VS AUSTRALIAIt was then that two umpiring blunders had a huge bearing on the game. With 11 runs to get, Ishant fell LBW to Ben Hilfenhaus but Ian Gould didn’t see the ball drifting down the leg. Out came Pragyan Ojha, shivering in his boots. He failed to turn over the strike to Laxman in the 58th over. In the deciding over — by Mitchell Johnson — umpire Billy Bowden didn’t give one out LBW when it was. In the confusion, Ojha strayed out of his crease, Steven Smith missed the direct hit, and four overthrows resulted. One ball later, Johnson strayed on Ojha’s pads and the batsmen made a mad dash for two runs to complete India’s only one-wicket win in Tests.advertisementThe young Ishant’s bowling form has been suspect for a while, but his finest show in the international arena so far has come with the bat. The 22-year-old played with the calm of a veteran, displaying watertight technique that Gavaskar and Dravid would approve of. Taking injections for his troublesome knee, the lanky No. 10 batsman evaded bouncers, negotiated close-in fielders — edges flying through the vacant third-man did not hurt — rotated the strike confidently and brought India closer to the win with his highest Test score of 31.For Laxman, however, this was just another day at work. He’s probably India’s least acknowledged Test match winner. Think Ahmedabad (1996), Port of Spain (2002), Perth (2008), and Colombo (2010) where his hundred batting with a runner helped India level the series. The 35-year-old battled on with painkillers, while Suresh Raina (out for zero yesterday) did his running. The wrist artist unleashed drives and whips that sped to the boundary even through defensive fields as Australia captain Ricky Ponting was left clutching at straws.India had begun the day wobbly at 55-4. Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan, who slummed out half an hour before edging Nathan Hauritz to slip. Tendulkar and Laxman turned the game around with 43 from 37 balls. Runs came with no discomfort for the two who’ve taken plenty off Australia over the decades. Then, Tendulkar slashed one that was too close to his body to point and India were in trouble all over again.Two more wickets fell in the heap. MS Dhoni ran himself out after a gigantic mix-up involving him, Laxman and Raina. Next over, Harbhajan was bounced out by Doug Bollinger and the game seemed gone.Ishant, struggling with his knee, wasn’t to be burdened with the expectations of taking India through. But he hung on for his life, in the process mitigating his wayward ways with the ball.The game also presents a case for the BCCI to implement the Umpiring Decision Review System. Gautam Gambhir yesterday was wrongly given out LBW by Bowden despite an inside edge. Ishant’s fall nearly cost India the game, even though it was an umpiring blunder that helped them win.last_img read more

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Training camps are a deciding factor in ensuring a win

first_imgWhen people are expecting big things from you, it is obviously quite hard to live up to them. While India can be proud of reaching the finals of the singles events in tennis, we have been disappointed by the results of the doubles and the mixed events.A tally of one gold, one silver and two bronze is certainly not what the public was expecting from us. The biggest positive to come out, in my opinion, was Sania Mirza’s great return to form. The grit and determination she showed in the final against top seed Anastasia Rodionova from Australia was fantastic.But Sania and Leander Paes’s shock exit from the mixed doubles event was followed by another shocker in the men’s doubles when Leander and Mahesh Bhupathi lost on Saturday.With their 13-year-long winning streak in Davis Cup, nothing but a gold was expected of them, but Paul Hanley and Peter Luczak were far too experienced and gritty to let the home crowd assist the Indians.Which is why India’s lone hope of a tennis gold rested on top seed Somdev Devvarman and he did not disappoint. Somdev is a picture of total professionalism and delivered what the public was waiting for.As for me, Rohan Bopanna and I had a tough draw and we lost to top seeds Hanley and Rodionova in the first round itself. It took us almost five to six games to get used to each other’s playing styles.Despite not having practised even once together, I guess we did quite well because we pushed the top seeds into three sets. I think we could have planned the lead-up to the Games a bit better. It should be mandatory for all players to attend a camp leading up to events like these.advertisementOnly then can we practice with different combinations for doubles and mixed doubles. Australians have dominated the scene in tennis, having snapped up four (five) gold. Their singleminded focus is something that demands appreciation.In other news around the Games Village, I think this is the first time I have seen the paragames being held along with the main games.At the dining hall, there is more “food for thought” when you see somebody in a wheelchair, or without a hand, yearning to excel in sports. It really makes us realise how trivial many of our problems are.In conclusion, I feel the CWG has been a success. Starting from the spectacular opening ceremony, India has risen to the occasion. That is not to say everything has passed off without glitches. But I hope we can learn from this experience and make ourselves more ready in the future.last_img read more

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