Jeron Teng glad to see familiar face at sidelines in Altamirano

first_img“I’m so happy because coach Eric has been a mentor to me. I’ve learned a lot from him since high school and I’m glad that we could continue our partnership here in Alaska,” the 23-year-old said.Teng has had a fruitful past with Altamirano dating back to their days in the Philippine under-18 national team.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 shutoutIt is also under the veteran mentor’s guidance that the former La Salle stalwart showcased his full potential, averaging 22.15 points, 6.85 rebounds, and 5.77 assists for Flying V in the 2017 Foundation Cup, while also setting the league record for most triple-doubles at three.But Teng is aware that the PBA is a whole different ballgame, and he just feels lucky to have someone like Altamirano to guide him through the nuances of the pro game. MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES “Coach Eric has been giving me tips on how to play here in the PBA. But I know that it’s not gonna be easy and I have to earn my playing minutes. I really have to work hard for it,” he said.Still, Teng couldn’t help but feel positive with what the future holds for the Aces this upcoming 2018 PBA season.“I’m very optimistic for our team. The coaching staff is very experienced in the PBA and Alaska is one of those top-notch organizations in this league. I expect I can really learn a lot of things here,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Jeron Teng. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netJeron Teng wasn’t the lone Flying V Thunder who found his way in Alaska, as coach Eric Altamirano followed suit as an assistant coach for coach Alex Compton.And the fifth overall pick in the 2017 PBA couldn’t be more thankful to have a familiar face by his side as he begins this new journey in the pro league.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Jazul, Fuel Masters confident of smooth transition under Alas Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Wright delivers as Phoenix clips TNT

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Interestingly, Phoenix head coach Louie Alas revealed Wright’s clutch triple and Kramer’s go-ahead bucket were off a similar play.“Originally, it’s the same play as the previous play where Matt made the three points,” said Alas, whose squad overcame a double-digit lead in the second half. “But I told Matt that they will stay home on you so you have to read the defense they’re going to give you. It was a pick-and-pop and Wright made the good play.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It was his decision. He was the first option but I told Matt look for Doug if he gets doubled because Doug is going to be open.”The sharpshooting Fil-Canadian, who is celebrating his 26th birthday, finished with 16 points, five rebounds and three steals as the Fuel Masters notched their fourth win in eight outings to tie the KaTropa in fifth place. Kramer wound up with eight points and seven rebounds. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Anthony Semerad led TNT in scoring with 12 points while Roger Pogoy had 10.It was bad offensive night for both teams, who shot only 37% from the field.The KaTropa suffered a double whammy after losing forward Troy Rosario early in the fourth quarter after a bad fall.Rosario had to be stretchered off and was taken to the Makati Medical Center for treatment.Phoenix point guard LA Revilla also hurt himself in the first quarter after injuring his right hand. He did not return. As deadline nears, can Cavaliers find deal to make a difference?center_img View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESMatthew Wright made big plays down the stretch to lift Phoenix over TNT, 74-72, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.Wright hit the game-tying 3-pointer, 72-all, with 44.1 seconds left before setting up Doug Kramer for the game-winning basket with 3.0 ticks remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

Nietes, Viloria go for world crowns

first_imgViloria, a full-blooded Filipino born and raised in Hawaii, on the other hand, will tangle with unbeaten Artem Dalakian of Ukraine for the vacant World Boxing Association flyweight crown.For nearly a month, thrice a week, for four rounds each time, the 35-year-old Nietes, and Viloria, 37, sparred with each other at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, learning from their respective strengths and weaknesses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAccording to Marvin Somodio, who serves as Roach’s chief assistant and Viloria’s head trainer for the Dalakian bout, Viloria packs the stronger punch while Nietes is a superb technical fighter. FILE PHOTO – Donnie Nietes. Photo by Roy LuarcaThey fed off each other while training together. Now, Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria will tackle separate rivals to show their gains from the novel set-up in SuperFly 2.Nietes, the longest reigning Filipino world champion of all-time at 10 years and 8 months, will dangle his International Boxing Federation flyweight title for the first time against Juan Carlos Reveco of Argentina on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at The Forum in Inglewood, California.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Peping accepts defeat, vows to continue his programs as part of executive board MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

LaVar Ball says son Lonzo could go with other shoe brand ‘if the price is right’

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The high-profile rookie out of UCLA entered the league with his own signature line, the ZO2s shoes, under the Big Baller Brand (BBB).But after ditching his own label—and actually playing better since—Lonzo’s father LaVar said his son could still sign with a major shoe brand “if the price is right.”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“It’s making a statement to the brands of what they could have had with an open mind,” he told ESPN’s Darell Rovell. “The players are the brand ambassadors. The brand is nothing without the players.”The headline-grabbing patriarch also added that BBB would remain afloat , whether or not his son decides to don a different brand. MOST READ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes 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’ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View commentscenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant “Quite frankly we are officially in the shoe game, and are a billion dollar brand either way,” he said.Before releasing the ZO2s under the BBB, LaVar reportedly asked the likes of Nike, Adidas and Under Armour for a staggering $1 billion to sign Lonzo and to sublicense products made by his shoe company, which everyone declined.Lonzo, on the other hand, said that having the freedom to wear different shoe brands is just being a part of BBB.He said in a separate ESPN report, “You can wear whatever you want when you play for Big Baller Brand. It’s just nice to get out there and do that.” Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 07: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers brings the ball up the court against the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2017 Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Clippers won 96-93 in overtime. 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. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPLonzo Ball’s sterling run in the 2017 NBA Summer League continues, leading the Los Angeles Lakers past the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday (Monday in Manila) en route to the tourney’s championship match tomorrow.Aside from his ridiculous on-court vision, fans are perhaps more enamoured by the different brands of footwear he donned for the past three games—the Nike Kobe A.D.s, James Harden signature Adidas and Stephen Curry Under Armour shoes.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nike wants Lonzo Ball, but not for father’s asking price of $1BSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wright is best pure shooter Gilas has Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Blazing Indians extend win streak to 19 straight

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Nadal, Federer back at the top in 2017 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Francisco Lindor tripled home three runs off rookie Myles Jaye (0-1) in the second inning, and the Indians, who haven’t lost since Aug. 23, added another blowout to their growing list of lopsided conquests.The defending AL champions aren’t just rolling, they’re steamrolling opponents, outscoring them 132-32 during a stretch that includes six shutouts.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 openingCarlos Carrasco (15-6) struck out nine in six innings, Lindor had four RBIs and Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer as the Indians lowered their magic number to clinch the Central to six.Cleveland is the sixth team in history to win at least 19 straight, and the streak is the longest since the 2002 Oakland Athletics won 20 in a row — a run that was celebrated in the film “Moneyball.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “No knock on the Dodgers or the Astros, they’re obviously both very good teams,” said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. “I think this is the most balanced team and probably the biggest threat to anybody in baseball to win a World Series because they do kind of cover every facet of the game.”Cleveland’s streak has happened despite the team missing three of its best players: All-Star reliever Andrew Miller, All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley and second baseman Jason Kipnis. They’re all on the disabled list.“It’s just the next guy up,” Kipnis said. “It doesn’t matter who it is or what goes down. We like the depth that we have. We have the players that go out and compete each night and you’re going to win a lot of games when guys play with that attitude.”MILLER MOVINGMiller threw 30 pitches in a simulated game, a major step in his recovery from knee tendinitis. The team will see how Miller responds Tuesday before deciding the next move. Kipnis faced Miller during the workout and doubled off the left-hander.“After I fouled one off, I said, ‘I’ve already had a better at-bat than I have ever versus him in a game,’” Kipnis said. “He smiled at that one.”TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: RHP Jordan Zimmerman received an injection last week for the neck injury that’s bothered him since last season. He will begin a throwing program in the next few days, and Ausmus said Zimmerman will make a few more starts if there are no setbacks. Zimmerman is 8-12 with a 6.18 ERA in 27 starts. … OF Mikie Mahtook (sore left groin) was out of the lineup for the third straight day.Indians: Rookie CF Bradley Zimmer will undergo surgery on his broken left hand on Tuesday in New York. Zimmer got stepped on while diving into first base on Sunday. The Indians do not have a timetable on his return, but it’s safe to assume his season is over.UP NEXT Kluber is 7-1 with a 1.92 ERA in his last eight starts. The right-hander, who leads the AL in ERA (2.56) and opponent batting average (.192), will face Detroit’s Matt Boyd.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments The Indians can match those A’s on Tuesday, and their chances of getting No. 20 are strong with AL Cy Young Award contender Corey Kluber starting.At this point, it hardly matters who’s on the mound.Cleveland joined the 1906 Chicago White Sox (19), the 1947 New York Yankees (19), the 2002 A’s (20), the 1935 Chicago Cubs (21) and the 1916 New York Giants (26) as the only teams to reel off 19 consecutive wins. The Giants’ record run is in the books as the major league mark, although it did include a tie, which does not count as an official game in baseball, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Even tying these Indians during a game has been nearly impossible.Cleveland has trailed in only four of 171 innings, scored first in 18 of 19 games and has hit 38 homers. In a season where other teams have displayed dominance, the Indians stand alone.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor scores on a sacrifice fly by Jose Ramirez against the Detroit Tigers during the second inning in a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)CLEVELAND — Unrelenting and unbeatable at the moment, the Cleveland Indians refuse to lose.With their latest overpowering win, they extended baseball’s longest winning streak since 2002 to 19 games with an 11-0 blowout of the Detroit Tigers on Monday night to move closer to a record that has stood for 101 years.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Sathya Sai Baba’s devotee Isaac Tigrett claims to be his ‘living will’

first_imgOne of late Sathya Sai Baba’s most famous devotees – Isaac Tigrett, the founder of  Hard Rock Cafe and House of Blues – on Wednesday claimed that he was the “living will” of the departed spiritual guru. Claiming that he was “a living will of Bhagwan”, Tigrett said that Sai Baba had given him instructions on how he wanted the ashram to run. Reports suggested that Tigrett has also promised to reveal the secret told to him by Sai Baba in six weeks. He was also willing to share it with Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust. Tigrett lives in Sai Baba’s ashram Prasanthi Nilayam. The US-born businessman shared a close relationship with Sai Baba. He had donated money for the construction of a high-end hospital in Puttaparthi. The members of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust however dismissed Tigrett’s claim saying that there were no secrets kept by Sai Baba. For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Copa America: Argentina go down to Uruguay

first_imgUruguay beat Argentina 5-4 on penalties to book Copa America semi-final berth with Peru after Carlos Tevez’s spot kick was saved by goalkeeper Fernando Muslera in the decider on Saturday.The game ended 1-1 after regulation time and there was no addition to that score line in extra time. The final tally in the shootout was 5-4 to Uruguay.Diego Perez gave Uruguay a surprise 1-0 lead in the sixth minute, but Gonzalo Higuain equalised in the 18th.Argentina had a man advantage from the 39th minute when Perez received his second yellow. But Muslera and Uruguay’s rugged defence stopped Argentina, which had a dozen chances in regulation and extra time. The teams returned to even strength when Argentina captain Javier Mascherano was sent off in the 87th.Uruguay will face Peru in the semi-finals on Tuesday. Peru shocked Colombia 2-0. Brazil face Paraguay and Chile play Venezuela in the remaining quarterfinals.When Uruguay went down a man, it became more defence- minded and Argentina struggled to break down its opponent. When the Gauchos did manage to put some play together, Muslera came up with a dozen key saves.Messi and Gonzalo Higuain almost won it several times in the second half. Messi forced Muslera into a diving save in the 63rd minute. In the 78th, Higuain took a pass from Messi in the area, and turned and fired with Muslera sprawling to stop his shot.In the final minute of regulation time, Messi’s free kick from 30 meters was headed for the goal until Muslera kicked out his left leg for a miraculous save. Uruguay striker Diego Forlan almost snatched the game with the last shot of regulation time. In extra time, Messi, Pastore and Higuain all had chances further chances to net the winner. The best came in the 111th when Higuain shot into the outside of the netting from close range.advertisementThe shootout was level at 2-2 when Tevez went for power rather than placement, and Muslera guessed right, diving to his right to block the shot. All the other spotkicks were converted. It’s a bitter loss for Argentina, which was aiming to win its first major trophy in 18 years; and with Lionel Messi, the world’s best player.Messi showed flashes, but was unable to deliver for his home nation where he has been often criticised for not performing as well as he does at Barcelona. Argentina and Uruguay have each won this event 14 times, and Brazil has won eight. But Brazil has won four of the past five.”We’ve managed to reach our first objective, which was to match our results in the last Copa America,” Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said. Argentina coach Sergio Batista is now likely to come under enormous pressure.Batista replaced Diego Maradona following the World Cup, and immediately after the match was asked if he planned to resign.”I’m not thinking about that,” he said. “It has never crossed by mind. I have to continue on the job. My job started five or six months ago, and I have to continue with my plans. The important thing is the (2014) World Cup.” ” I can’t be happy,” he added. ” One does not like to be eliminated. But I am content with my players.” Batista denied that a quarterfinal exit could be considered a failure.”It is not a failure because we did all we could to win, and it didn’t happen,” Batista said. “Failure is a strong word. We worked to win but couldn’t do it.” Batista acknowledged his team’s play fell off in the second half.And that included Messi, who has now failed to score in his past 16 official games – not counting friendlies – for the national team.- With inputs from Agencieslast_img read more

A thinktank brings Anna the eyeballs

first_img“Never start a press conference at 7:30 PM. That’s when TV news channels run sports shows. They will not cut out of cricket to show your press conference. Avoid live briefings at 2:30 PM, that’s when Hindi news channels run Saas-Bahu shows, which get very good ratings. Channels will not break out of their Saas-Bahu shows.” These are amongst the gems of insider information that Team Anna has relied on to outsmart and outmanoeuvre the government’s much-vaunted media managers.In an era when TV channels are forever ‘Breaking News’, Team Anna has shown great mastery in using the TV camera to communicate its message and keep the heat on the government. Compared with a government that takes several hours, some times days, to communicate its stance, Team Anna has been able to ensure that it sets the news agenda, forcing a desperate government to play catch up.Team Anna formulated its media strategy using the help of some former TV journalists. The likes of Manish Sisodia, who worked with Zee News as a producer, and Shazia Ilmi, who was one of the lead anchors at Star News for several years, help Team Anna get an insider’s perspective on how TV channels run and how to stay on top of the news cycle.Here are some of Team Anna’s Dos and Don’ts when it comes to the media. “Never kick off a major protest on a Sunday or a holiday, that’s when TV channels have a lot of pre-recorded shows and space for live news is limited. Plus, all the big anchors and editors take the day off. Stories get played up more when the top editors are present in the news room.” Sample another, “Unlike the government, do not make the mistake of neglecting Hindi channels and regional media, since most of the audiences are actually watching news in vernacular languages and not in English.”advertisementIn just the same way as editors conduct a news meeting every morning, key members of Team Anna too hold their own media strategy meeting. In this meeting, different ideas are discussed. The team then comes up with catchy headlines, like “Joke Pal not Lok Pal”, headlines that these professionals from their past experience know the media is likely to lap up.Talking points are circulated to members who will be appearing on TV debates or giving print interviews. The instruction is clear, don’t get bogged down by the noise of a TV discussion and regardless of what the anchor asks or the other panellists allege, ensure that what you say does not stray from the key issue of Jan Lokpal and corruption.The strategists also realise the importance of keeping the message fresh to ensure that ‘Breaking News’ is supplied at regular intervals. Letters to the Prime Minister or Sonia Gandhi, or photo opportunities like Anna sitting at Rajghat on Independence Day are part of this strategy. Team Anna has realised the importance of symbolism, which is how Anna’s image in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s samadhi became the defining image this Independence Day, instead of the Prime Minister speaking at Red Fort.Not just is the importance of communicating the right message understood, attempts are also made to ensure that there are no deviations from the central message. When Anna Hazare spoke out in favour of Narendra Modi, the media strategists quickly understood that this comment could end up alienating apolitical supporters and fuel allegations that Anna was the BJP’s B-Team. Very quickly, it was clarified that Anna only praised Modi’s development work and did not condone state-sponsored riots. When allegations were levelled that the RSS was sponsoring Anna’s campaign, attempts were made to rope in faces from the Muslim community to give the movement an inclusive feel.Team Anna has even engaged an external media tracking agency that pores over every line of news carried in newspapers and TV channels. If the team feels the media is drifting from their message, meetings are immediately convened and course correction strategies chalked out.Attempts to leverage the media are not restricted to TV and print, social media too is given a major thrust, which is what explains the large turn-out of youngsters at places like India Gate and Azad Maidan. A dedicated team of volunteers constantly updates India Against Corruption, Facebook pages and Twitter handles, which is how the youth know where to assemble and when. Communication is localised down to every city so that the campaign is not restricted only to Delhi and Mumbai.Compare Team Anna’s cutting edge media strategy with that of the UPA government. For 72 hours after Baba Ramdev was unceremoniously evicted from Ramlila Maidan in the middle of the night, the government made no effort to explain to a horrified nation, what prompted the police’s mid-night crackdown. Even in the case of the PM’s faux pas on Bangladesh in the Editor’s roundtable, it took the PMO more than 30 hours to remove the offending remarks from the PMO website. In the intervening period, serious damage had been done to the government’s image and media consumers had formed their own opinion on the government’s actions.advertisementIn the United States, successive Presidents since John F. Kennedy have turned media management into a fine art. An entire industry of spin doctors thrives and is growing with every passing year. Barack Obama’s successful presidential run in 2008 is often credited to deft handling of mass media and the ability to communicate a message of hope, which resonated with users across all media platforms – TV, print, radio and online.Rattled by a series of PR disasters, the government has now formulated a Group of Ministers on the media, whose job is to communicate the government’s viewpoint to the people in real time. But in comparison with Anna’s message which seems earnest, the government’s spokespersons often come across as being condescending, confrontational and arrogant.At every stage, Anna has shown that he is three steps ahead of the government. When it became clear that the government would arrest Anna Hazare on Tuesday morning, Team Anna recorded a message for the people of India. Government sources dismissed this tactic as being inspired by slain terrorist Osama bin Laden, but the video message helped Anna generate sympathy even amongst fence sitters who did not support his campaign before this. The recording also had a graphic plate with the names of people who would lead the movement in Anna’s absence – a key mass communication strategy to ensure that people know whose voice to listen to.In an era when 24-hour TV is a reality that cannot be wished away, Team Anna has shown how even with limited resources, mass media can be channelised to amplify the  message. The government, despite the innumerable resources at its command, still comes across as confused and chooses to blame the media for creating the Anna phenomenon. A classic case of confusing the message with the messenger. No wonder Anna is winning and the government is bound in shackles.last_img read more

Delhi to open Ranji Trophy campaign with Uttar Pradesh

first_imgSeven-time champions Delhi will open their 2012-13 Ranji Trophy campaign with a game against former champions Uttar Pradesh in Meerut from November 2, as per the reorganised format of the national championship.The other teams in Group B are Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Baroda, Vidarbha, and Orissa. Delhi, like the other 26 teams in the fray, will play eight matches in the league stage, four of them at home and four away.A “randomly” made new rotation cycle has replaced the old one. “The old system of rotation for allotting matches has been discontinued and a new one, designed randomly, has been implemented for the group league matches,” a BCCI official told Mail Today. “The old home-and-away rotation cycle will be used only for the knockout phase.” Accordingly, Uttar Pradesh will visit Delhi for the second successive time in three years. The last match was played in Lucknow in 2009.Delhi will next play against Orissa (in Delhi, Nov 9-12), Baroda (Delhi, Nov 17-20), Tamil Nadu (Delhi, Nov 24-26), Haryana (Haryana, Dec 1-4), Karnataka (Bangalore, Dec 8-11), and Maharashtra (Delhi, Dec 15-18). After rest in the eighth round of matches starting December 22, Delhi will play their last league game against Vidarbha in Nagpur from December 29. Delhi and Vidarbha have never clashed in Ranji before.Delhi, who failed to qualify for the knockout round last season, will start preparations from Wednesday, with a conditioning camp for the 52 probables. It’ll be a joint camp along with the 44 probables for the u-25 tournament. The five-day Ranji final will start on January 26.advertisementlast_img read more

KKR vs KXIP preview: Kings brace for tough Knights

first_imgIt will be a battle to savour when Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab clash in Qualifier 1 at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday.While the hosts are on a high after registering seven wins in a row, KXIP have been the most impressive team this season and deservedly topped the points table.But as KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir said, it will be a new day and more importantly a big stage. While coming first and second in the group stage gives the two teams the cushion of having another crack at the final berth if they lose on Tuesday, they would look to grab a place in the final at the first attempt. But all plans could go for a toss as rain is in the air. Thundershowers on Monday afternoon meant neither team could train.The forecast is similar for Tuesday as well. If there is no result on Tuesday, the teams will lock horns on Wednesday – the reserve day.The Eden Gardens has been a fortress for Kolkata as they are yet to lose a match here this season and the local support has been amazing. Even on Monday, hundreds of people were seen braving the rain to queue up outside the Mohammedan Sporting ground to buy tickets for Tuesday’s match.While both the Orange Cap and Purple Cap in the to the KKR camp, courtesy Robin Uthappa and Sunil Narine, the team would be pleased with the way out-of-touch Yusuf Pathan showed a touch of his old self against SunRisers Hyderabad on Saturday.advertisementWith the Eden wicket having quite a bit of grass, the likes of Morne Morkel have also thrived. But KXIP can’t be taken lightly and KKR know that well. Not only do they have the likes of Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, George Bailey and Manan Vohra to start with, even wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha seems to have turned a new leaf with the bat. And one can never discount the veteran Virender Sehwag.The bowling unit might not other than Mitchell Johnson, but the likes of Sandeep Sharma and Akshar Patel have got noticed. Even senior campaigners like L. Balaji have pitched in.While Gambhir doesn’t believe too much in momentum, Bailey does. The fact that after losing a couple of matches in the middle of the season KXIP are back to winning ways, gives him confidence.”I don’t want to give away too much, but we would definitely like to repeat what we did against KXIP in the group stages,” KKR coach Trevor Bayliss said. “While we had lost the first match, I feel we did very well against them in the second game. We have to be on our game and considering the kind of talent they have, we have to concentrate on doing our job well,” he said.Bayliss said players of Sehwag’s calibre can turn any game on its head.”He is still a very dangerous player. Maybe the consistency falls a bit with such players, but it doesn’t mean they can’t win matches singlehandedly. He has done well in different stages in the tournament and can be very destructive. We will look to get him early,” he said.Commenting on his team’s dream run, Bayliss said he would still like to see the bowling improve.”Apart from that, I can’t see too many areas that we need to work on. We are at the top of our game and have peaked at the right time.”KXIP coach Sanjay Bangar said he is not too worried about KKR’s seven-match winning streak. “Past records don’t indicate anything. All the teams in the playoffs are here because they have done well. We have been doing well for a longer time,” he said.While the Eden crowd can be daunting for the opposition, Bangar is looking forward to the occasion. “Eden produces great cricket and the crowd will add to the atmosphere. We will revel in the conditions,” he said.last_img read more

ROUND 11: Manny Pacquiao forces Adrien Broner to the defensive

first_imgROUND 10: Broner tries to establish offense, Pacquiao eggs him on Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Manny Pacquiao, right, hits Adrien Broner during their WBA welterweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)MANILA, Philippines—Adrien Broner switches back to his defensive stance at the start of the first championship round only for Manny Pacquiao to once again establish his offense.Pacquiao pins Broner to the ropes but Broner once again clinches to prevent any punishment.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Broner throws a quick left hand but it lands on Pacquiao’s right shoulder showing his sometimes-underrated defensive acumen.Broner back-pedals in the final 30 seconds but absorbs a stiff left straight to the chin.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 stars Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Dhoni offers to quit as Chennai Super Kings skipper, India Cements vice-president

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni and N. SrinivasanIndian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has offered to quit as skipper of Chennai Super Kings following the controversy over conflict of interest. Dhoni, who has been leading the Chennai team since it came into existence, also offered to give up the vice-presidentship of India Cements Limited, a company headed by N. Srinivasan.     The news comes a day after the Supreme Court on Friday appointed Sunil Gavaskar the interim president of the Indian cricket board in place of the tainted incumbent N. Srinivasan. Srinivasan gets sacked, Gavaskar to take charge as BCCI chief An apex court bench headed by Justice A.K. Patnaik said Gavaskar would only be concerned with matters related to the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League.The rest of the functions of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would be discharged by its senior-most vice-president Shivlal Yadav.It is believed that Dhoni was upset over his name being dragged in the IPL spot-fixing. Gavaskar’s appointment builds optimism in cricket fraternity Harish Salve, the counsel for Bihar cricket association chief Aditya Verma, on Thursday had accused Dhoni of giving false statements to the Mudgal committee about the role of Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of N. Srinivasan, in Chennai Super Kings.Salve, who appeared in Supreme Court for the petitioner Aditya Verma, secretary of Cricket Association of Bihar, said it was indeed a lie aimed at cover-up.”He (Dhoni) said this on record. In one voice with Srinivasan he said that Meiyappan was only an enthusiast. I have no personal knowledge of it, it is the report that said. According to the report, Meiyappan used to sit in the players dug out and was also there in the players auction for the team (CSK). And Dhoni knew it. What was the need for the captain to say that. The definition of corruption includes cover-up,” Salve said.advertisementlast_img read more

Pasig Chooks bows out early in Fiba 3×3 Kunshan Challenger

first_imgMOST READ The Philippine-based club team was shown the door by Liman, the third-ranked club in the world, 12-22, Saturday evening at Huaqiao International Service Business Park in Kunshan, China.With a 0-2 record, Pasig Chooks bowed out early in Pool A as Liman (2-0) and Sosnovy Bor (1-1) advanced to the knockout playoffs on Sunday that will determine the last two entries in the World Tour Chengdu Masters.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, logisticsPasig got off to a fast start after taking a 3-0 lead before the Serbian side imposed its will, going on a 14-3 blitz to put the defending Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup champions away.Joshua Munzon and Taylor Statham tried to get Pasig in the thick of things but Liman simply had too much firepower with the quartet of world No. 4 Aleksandar Ratkov, No. 5 Mihailo Vasic, No. 8 Stefan Kojic, and Maksim Kovacevic in the fray. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Pasig Chooks-to-Go suffered a pair of tough losses just two hours apart in its campaign in the 2019 FIBA 3X3 Kunshan Challenger.After losing to Russia’s Sosnovy Bor on a game winner, Pasig failed to regroup and got manhandled in a must-win duel.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Family of champions: Little sister Dani Ravena wins first UAAP title Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess 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 Krausscenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Vasic ended the contest with a long deuce with 2:13 to spare to end Pasig’s campaign.Munzon and Statham were the only players to score for Pasig as they finished with six points each.Kojic, who scored just four points during their encounter in the Doha Masters, led the balanced Liman attack with eight.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPlast_img read more

Raptors close in on historic NBA title, beat Warriors for 3-1 lead

first_imgATTLES’ PRESENCEHall of Famer Al Attles, the Warriors’ former general manager, coach and player, attended Game 4. It was the first game in approximately eight months for the 82-year-old Attles, who has had health issues.DURANT’S STATUSDurant missed his ninth straight game since the injury May 8 in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets.Kerr is done providing every detail and step of Durant’s rehab progress.“We’re hoping he can play Game 5 or 6. And everything in between I’ve decided I’m not sharing because it’s just gone haywire,” Kerr said. “There’s so much going on, and so it doesn’t make sense to continue to talk about it. He’s either going to play or he’s not. So tonight he’s not playing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Toronto will take its first try at the title in Game 5 on Monday night back at Scotiabank Arena. Golden State, still hopeful of injured star Kevin Durant’s return, must stave off elimination to guarantee one more game at Oracle. It would be next Thursday.Leonard’s 2017 postseason with San Antonio got cut short against the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals after he re-injured his troublesome left ankle when Zaza Pachulia’s foot slid under his.He’s picked up where he left off in that game. Leonard’s two jumpers in the final 42 seconds of the third put the Raptors up 79-64 heading into the final 12 minutes. Fred VanVleet then dealt another dagger on the first possession of the fourth with a 30-footer.A bloodied VanVleet then went to the locker room with 9:35 left after being hit in the face by Shaun Livingston’s left elbow when the Warriors guard went up for a shot and VanVleet was just behind him. Replays showed a tooth in the middle of the key even after play resumed.These poised Raptors kept level heads again after falling behind by 11 points in the first half. Pascal Siakam scored 19 for Toronto.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Warriors lead Raptors, 46-42, after cold-shooting first half ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives around Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the first half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)OAKLAND, Calif. — Kawhi Leonard’s hot hand is sending the Raptors home to Toronto on the cusp of a startling upset for Canada.Leonard outdueled the Splash Brothers for 36 points and 12 rebounds, and the Raptors moved within one victory of the franchise’s first championship by winning a second straight game on Golden State’s home floor, beating the Warriors 105-92 on Friday night for a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Two days earlier, Kyle Lowry was praised for staying calm when shoved on the sideline by Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens, who received a one-year ban by the team and NBA along with a $500,000 fine for the incident.Now, the Raptors as first-time finalists and in their 24th year of existence can bring Canada its first NBA championship.Toronto outscored Golden State 37-21 in the decisive third, a complete reverse of the Warriors’ dominance after halftime with an 18-0 run in the Game 2 victory.Draymond Green delivered another impressive all-around performance with 10 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal.Warriors coach Steve Kerr challenged his team to do a better job defensively and Golden State did so early but couldn’t handle Toronto’s depth.Kevon Looney, a key backup big man, scored 10 points for the Warriors after it was initially believed he would be out the remainder of the series because of fractured cartilage near his right collarbone. He was hurt in the first half of Game 2.Looney drew huge applause as he checked into the game at the 6:45 mark of the first.Danny Green, who hit six 3s in Game 3, began 0 for 6 with five missed 3s before finally connecting from deep midway through the fourth. His 48th 3-pointer in the finals tied him with Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher for seventh place on the NBA list.TIP-INSRaptors: Toronto overcame being outrebounded 29-18 in the first half and a 42-38 deficit overall. … The Raptors were 10 of 32 from deep after making 17 3s in Game 3, but converted 23 of 24 free throws Friday.Warriors: The Warriors’ streak this year of 19 straight postseason games scoring 100 points ended. It was 25 dating to last season’s run. … Golden State fell to 4-2 this postseason in games following a loss. … Livingston played in his 100th career playoff game with the Warriors, the fifth in team history to reach the mark. … The Warriors held a closed pregame shootaround 2 1/2 hours before game time. 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 hosting Klay Thompson made a strong return after missing Game 3 with a strained left hamstring and scored 28 points with six 3-pointers in what might have been the final game after 47 seasons at Oracle Arena before the team’s move to new Chase Center in San Francisco next season. Stephen Curry added 27 points but shot just 9 for 22 and 2 of 9 from 3-point range on the heels of his postseason career-best 47-point outing in a 123-109 Game 3 defeat.Serge Ibaka scored 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting in 22 minutes off the bench for the composed and confident Raptors, who for a second straight game found an answer to every Warriors threat at raucous Oracle — where home fans were stunned and silenced when the final buzzer sounded.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, logisticsA huge section of Toronto fans over, repeatedly singing “O Canada!”The two-time defending champions’ quest for a three-peat is suddenly in serious jeopardy. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more

Incheon Asian Games Day 1: India’s shooting, badminton teams shine, weightlifters off to disappointing start

first_imgJitu Rai celebrates with his coach Mohinder Lal after winning the gold in the 50m Pistol Men’s event at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range on Saturday. Photo: APIndia’s Jitu Rai on Saturday emerged champion in the men’s 50 metre pistol event to give the country its first gold medal from the 17th Asian Games at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range while Indian badminton women’s team entered the quarterfinal after thrashing Macau 3-0 in their pre-quarterfinal tie at the Gyeyang Gymnasium.Jitu Rai’s gold was India’s second medal of the day from the shooting ranges. Shweta Chaudhry had won the bronze, the first medal for India from Incheon, in the 10m air pistol event earlier in the day.The World No. 5, who won the World Championship silver medal earlier this month to book the Olympic berth, shot a total of 186.2 in what was a rollercoaster final round. He had fired 559 in the qualification round to finish seventh and make the cut for the finals.The silver medal went to Vietnam’s Hoang Phuong Nguyen with a final score of 183.4 while China’s Wang Zhiwei settled for the bronze with a tally of 165.6.For the Indian Army shooter, 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, it was a bumpy ride to the gold medal. Starting at seventh place in the final round, he jumped to fourth and again dropped to sixth before making a tremendous recovery to clinch the gold medal.Among other Indians in fray, Om Prakash and Omkar Singh failed to qualify for the final round finishing 10th and 16th respectively. Om shot 555 while Omkar had a score of 551.advertisementThe Indian team comprising, Rai, Om and Omkar, finished fourth and missed the team bronze by five points. The team gold was won by Chinese trio Pang Wei, Pu Qifeng and Zhiwei with a total score of 1,692.In badminton, India’s singles stars Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu had comfortable victories while doubles pair of N. Sikky Reddy and Pradnya Gadre won convincingly in the third match of the tie.London Olympic 2012 bronze medallist Saina set the ball rolling for her team as she thrashed Wong kit Leng 21-6, 21-4. World No. 7 Saina, who came into the tournament, trained under Vimal Kumar at the Prakash Padukone Academy in Bangalore. She took 31 minutes to win the match over an inexperienced Kit Leng.Next up, double World Championships bronze medal winner and an in-form Sindhu completely dominated U Teng Lok 21-8, 21-9 to wrap up her match in 36 minutes.The doubles pair of Sikky-Pradnya defeated Zhibo Zhang-Rong Wang 21-16, 21-17. The Indian pair initially took time to adjust to get the momentum going in their favour and afterwards it was easy for them as they won in 45 minutes.Women’s team next plays a tough match against Thailand, who will be spearheaded by former world champion Ratchanok Intanon.The Indian men’s badminton team, however, lost to South Korea 0-3 in the pre-quarterfinals of the 17th Asian Games at the Gyeyang Gymnasium here on Saturday.Doubles pair of B. Sumeeth Reddy-Manu Attri, Kidambi Srikanth and recently-crowned Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap, all lost their matches against the host nation.Srikanth, up against world No.7 Son Wan-ho, lost his match 14-21, 8-21 while the team of Reddy-Attri found the going hard against world No.1 pair of Yoo Yeon Seong-Lee Yong Dae, losing 12-21, 9-21 in an encounter which lasted just 35 minutes.The onus of keeping India in contention fell to world No.28 Kashyap, but the 28-year-old was stunned by world No.62 Lee Hyun Il.In weightlifting, India started their campaign on a dismal note as all three of them who took the field today finished in the bottom half of the table in their respective weight categories in both men’s and women’s divisions.In Women’s 48kg category, Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu and Saikhom Mirabai Chanu — the gold and silver medallist of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games — came a cropper by finishing tenth and ninth respectively in a field of 13 weightlifters.Another Commonwealth gold medallist Sukhen Dey, meanwhile, finished a lowly 12th in men’s 56kg category out of 14 lifters. Placed in Group B of men’s 56kg, where six lifters competed, Sukhen ended at fifth place with a total of 242kg (106+136).Kazakhstan’s Margarita Yelisseyeva ran away with the gold in women’s 48kg category with an effort 194kg (88+106), while Sri Wahyuni Agustiani of Indonesia settled for a silver with a lift of 187kg (80+107) and Togoeva Mahliyo of Uzbekistan bagged a bronze with a total of 187 (81+106).In men’s 56kg, North Korea’s Om Yun Chol won the gold with a total of 298kg, which is now the new Asian Games record. He lifted 128kg in snatch before a world record 170kg effort in clean and jerk.Thach Kim Tua of Vietnam (total of 294kg) pocketed a silver and China’s Wu Jingbiao (288kg) finished with a bronze.advertisementIn Wushu, India’s Sanathoi Devi Yumnam reached quarterfinals after beating Mubarak Kamalova of Uzbekistan in Women’s Sanda -52kg. Ghosal Saurav defeated Alsaraj Ahmad Khaleel Ahmad of Jordan 11-2, 11-4, 11-3 to enter quarterfinals of Men’s Singles event.Dipika Pallikal defeated Jinyue Gu of China 11-6, 10-12, 11-6, 11-4 to enter quarterfinals of Women’s Singles event and Joshana Chinappa defeated South Korea’s Song Sunmi 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 to enter quarterfinals of Women’s Singles event.In volleyball, India defeated Hong Kong 23-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-21 in Men’s Preliminary Round – Group C match, and in basketball, India beat Palestine 89-49 in the Men’s Qualifying Round Group B Match.On Sunday, the events to take place are 10m Air Pistol Men’s Team Finals, Trap men’s Team Finals, Swimming, Water polo, Basketball, Cycling, football, gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Rowing, Tennis, Shooting, Squash, Volleyball and Weightlifting.last_img read more

Can India break the jinx against Sri Lanka?

first_imgIt’s been 23 years since India won a Test series in Sri Lanka. India, being one of the dominant forces in Test cricket, have somehow managed to flounder against Sri Lanka.Except veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh and leader of Indian pace attack Ishant Sharma, none of the men in the current Indian squad have played in Sri Lanka before. The young Indian team are set to face an uphill task and a worrying fact is that they have played just one away Test series this year.After a horrendous series in Australia in which they were thrashed 2-0, India’s ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement, handling over the responsibility to Virat Kohli.Now, India have slipped to fifth in the Test rankings and are below Pakistan. It will be an important Test series for team India as they would not like to slip down the ladder.Virat Kohli, in his first full-fledged assignment as captain of the Indian Test team, would look to improve team India’s record in the island nation.Lets look back at India’s record in Sri Lanka from 2001 to 20102001: Sri Lanka won the series 2-1Sourav Ganguly lead Indian team arrived in Sri Lanka. The first Test was played at Galle where India were bundled out for 187 runs in the first innings and 180 runs in the second innings. Fernando and Muttiah Muralitharan rattled the Indian batting line up by taking five for in each innings.India tasted victory in the second Test at Kandy, thanks to Venkatesh Prasad who scalped 7 wickets to make the Lankan batting line up surrender against India. Not long after the Sri Lankans let Indians celebrate their victory at Kandi, they bounced back in the third Test at Colombo.advertisementSri Lanka posted a mammoth score of 610 runs with four of their countrymen scoring big centuries, India once again had no clue to Sri Lanka’s bowling and were all out for 234 runs in the first innings and 299 runs the in second innings, Sri Lanka won by an innings and 77 runs and scalped the series 2-1. Also read: India vs Sri Lanka: Key battles to watch out for 2008: Mendis magicAnil Kumble was handled over the responsibility of leading India. Mystery bowler Ajantha Mendis made his debut. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first and posted a massive first innings score of 600 runs with Malinda Warnapura, Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thilan Samaraweera scoring centuries. India were all out for 223 runs in the first innings and were bundled out for 138 runs in the second innings with Muttiah Muralitharan scalping 11 wickets handing the hosts a formidable innings and 239 run victory.India won the second Test at Galle, India’s Virender Sehwag scored a double century to give the host nation a taste of their own medicine. Sehwag thrashed the Sri Lanka’s spin duo Muralitharan and Mendis all over the park. If it was Sehwag with the bat, then it was Harbhajan Singh with the ball, the off-spinner scalped 10 wickets to bundle out Sri Lanka for 136 runs in the second innings.The third Test at Colombo was another Sri Lankan show. The match witnessed a stellar performance from Kumar Sangakkara who scored 144 runs and won it for Sri Lanka, while Mendis who made his Test debut in the series against India won the man of the series for his 26 wickets in the series.2010: India drew the series 1-1MS Dhoni took charge and led the Indian team to Sri Lanka. The first Test was played at Galle. It was once again Sangakkara’s show where he scored a handsome century which helped Sri Lanka to score 520 runs in the first innings, India in reply scored 276 runs in the first innings and 338 runs in the second innings.Eventually, Muralitharan went on to scalp his record breaking 800th Test wicket when he dismissed Pragyan Ojha. Sri Lanka won the match by 10 wickets. The Indian team played their next match at Colombo where Sri Lanka posted a mammoth 642 on the board with Sangakkara and Jayawardene having a 192-run stand. In reply, India’s master batsman Sachin Tendulkar scored his fifth double century helping India to post 707 runs. A debut century from Suresh Raina and a half-century from Dhoni helped India stretch the lead. The series ended in a draw.India played their third match at Colombo. Sri Lanka posted 425 runs in the first innings. In reply India scored 436 runs, once again it was Virender Sehwag in the first innings who scored a century and it was Laxman’s century in the second innings which helped India to beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets.advertisementOn a positive note, with India’s new Test captain Virat Kohli at the helm, it is an exciting challenge to start together as a new unit. The series will be a perfect opportunity for Kohli to execute his plans and end the 23-year-old jinx.last_img read more