McGregor must get rough and creative to upset Mayweather

first_imgRead Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Floyd Mayweather presents an entirely different challenge when McGregor steps in the Vegas ring Saturday night. In his professional boxing debut, McGregor must figure out how to beat Mayweather at his own game — something the best boxers in the world have never done.McGregor is a massive underdog, and deservedly so. But stop pretending the improbable doesn’t happen in combat sports, particularly when the self-proclaimed Mystic Mac is involved.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 shutoutTo declare McGregor can’t possibly win this fight displays more arrogance than, say, spending every night at a strip club the week beforehand, as Mayweather is currently doing.Of course the hard-hitting Irishman has a chance — and there are several tactics he could employ to pull the biggest upset in boxing history. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He throws hundreds of punches from every angle with the goal of setting up the vicious left hand that has turned out the lights on MMA opponents.And if none of that is successful, McGregor could bend the Marquess of Queensberry rules to their breaking point in hopes of goading Mayweather into a brawl.None of it is guaranteed to work. But it’s definitely worth a shot.Looking back at Mayweather’s history is a daunting task, given his 49-0 record, but it contains clues for tactics that could magnify McGregor’s chances.For instance, McGregor could amplify the strategy used by Marcos Maidana and Jose Luis Castillo. Both boxers pressed Mayweather constantly, using roughhouse tactics on the border of legality, and bombarded Mayweather with punches, many from unorthodox angles.Mayweather won both fights, but definitely looked uncomfortable for long stretches. McGregor doesn’t have the hand speed of those professional boxers, but he should strive to emulate their urgency.He should also attempt to show Mayweather things he’s never seen before in the ring, and his decision not to hire a boxing trainer for the bout might actually help in that regard. The UFC star should switch stances and try just about any punch, including the looping overhand shots rarely seen in high-level boxing matches because they’re easily countered, but common in MMA bouts because of the distance they create from the opponent.If McGregor gets hit, so be it. Every punch absorbed is the price for a chance to reply.McGregor believes Mayweather made a mistake by agreeing to fight in 8-ounce gloves instead of the typical 10-ounce pillows, but he shouldn’t rely solely on the unicorn one-punch knockout. While McGregor has definite power, only the biggest Mac homer would think it’s something Mayweather hasn’t seen from boxers — and Mayweather has shown a solid chin and excellent recovery skills on the few occasions he has been hit.Instead, the key is to use that energy to get in a good position to unload the left hand or a combination through Mayweather’s shifty defense. McGregor could repeatedly tie up Mayweather and attempt to land shots in the clinch. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short programcenter_img “The people who don’t believe it don’t know anything about fighting,” said UFC President Dana White, who admittedly has a slight bias here. “This isn’t going to be a boxing match. This is going to be a fight.”It’s also a fight between a 29-year-old southpaw in his prime and a 40 1/2-year-old veteran who hasn’t fought in nearly two years and doesn’t particularly want to be here, as he acknowledged repeatedly Wednesday. Mayweather isn’t the fighter he once was, and his competitive fire is dwarfed by his need for the mammoth paycheck from this endeavor.Conor McGregor speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Las Vegas. AP PhotoBut how does an MMA fighter with no competitive boxing experience since childhood take on a 21-year pro veteran with world championships in five divisions and arguably the most brilliant defensive skills in the history of the sport?He gets in Mayweather’s face, both before and during the fight.He charges forward from the opening bell and forces Mayweather to think defensively all night.ADVERTISEMENT LAS VEGAS — Just 20 months ago, a former plumber from Dublin fought a fearsome superstar who hadn’t lost in a decade. Conor McGregor talked his way into a big-money showdown, but he had to back up his boasts against Jose Aldo, one of the greatest fighters in his sport.McGregor finished the UFC featherweight champion in 13 seconds with one devastating left hand.ADVERTISEMENT Asian karting up Friday at Carmona View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 These things could all unsettle Mayweather, who typically doesn’t face trouble unless he takes a voluntary risk by moving into dangerous areas to throw combinations, or getting angry and brawling a bit.And therein is another potential route for McGregor. Call it the Aldo Strategy: If he can get Mayweather feeling both confident and angry, there’s a chance Mayweather will let down his defense enough to attempt to finish McGregor in brute style — and maybe McGregor will have an opening.Mayweather hasn’t seemed interested in McGregor’s typical trash talk during the buildup to the fight, but perhaps he could waver the champion’s focus with the wrong word, an errant elbow or a rabbit punch behind the head — enough to draw a warning, but not lose a point.McGregor amplified his boasts this week, calling Mayweather “a broken man” and vowing to finish him within two rounds. Nobody knows whether McGregor actually believes his bluster, but the Irishman has defiantly vowed he will win.It’s not probable. But with McGregor, anything is possible. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READlast_img read more

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McGregor must get rough and creative to upset Mayweather

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program He throws hundreds of punches from every angle with the goal of setting up the vicious left hand that has turned out the lights on MMA opponents.And if none of that is successful, McGregor could bend the Marquess of Queensberry rules to their breaking point in hopes of goading Mayweather into a brawl.None of it is guaranteed to work. But it’s definitely worth a shot.Looking back at Mayweather’s history is a daunting task, given his 49-0 record, but it contains clues for tactics that could magnify McGregor’s chances.For instance, McGregor could amplify the strategy used by Marcos Maidana and Jose Luis Castillo. Both boxers pressed Mayweather constantly, using roughhouse tactics on the border of legality, and bombarded Mayweather with punches, many from unorthodox angles.Mayweather won both fights, but definitely looked uncomfortable for long stretches. McGregor doesn’t have the hand speed of those professional boxers, but he should strive to emulate their urgency.He should also attempt to show Mayweather things he’s never seen before in the ring, and his decision not to hire a boxing trainer for the bout might actually help in that regard. The UFC star should switch stances and try just about any punch, including the looping overhand shots rarely seen in high-level boxing matches because they’re easily countered, but common in MMA bouts because of the distance they create from the opponent.If McGregor gets hit, so be it. Every punch absorbed is the price for a chance to reply.McGregor believes Mayweather made a mistake by agreeing to fight in 8-ounce gloves instead of the typical 10-ounce pillows, but he shouldn’t rely solely on the unicorn one-punch knockout. While McGregor has definite power, only the biggest Mac homer would think it’s something Mayweather hasn’t seen from boxers — and Mayweather has shown a solid chin and excellent recovery skills on the few occasions he has been hit.Instead, the key is to use that energy to get in a good position to unload the left hand or a combination through Mayweather’s shifty defense. McGregor could repeatedly tie up Mayweather and attempt to land shots in the clinch. These things could all unsettle Mayweather, who typically doesn’t face trouble unless he takes a voluntary risk by moving into dangerous areas to throw combinations, or getting angry and brawling a bit.And therein is another potential route for McGregor. Call it the Aldo Strategy: If he can get Mayweather feeling both confident and angry, there’s a chance Mayweather will let down his defense enough to attempt to finish McGregor in brute style — and maybe McGregor will have an opening.Mayweather hasn’t seemed interested in McGregor’s typical trash talk during the buildup to the fight, but perhaps he could waver the champion’s focus with the wrong word, an errant elbow or a rabbit punch behind the head — enough to draw a warning, but not lose a point.McGregor amplified his boasts this week, calling Mayweather “a broken man” and vowing to finish him within two rounds. Nobody knows whether McGregor actually believes his bluster, but the Irishman has defiantly vowed he will win.It’s not probable. But with McGregor, anything is possible. Floyd Mayweather presents an entirely different challenge when McGregor steps in the Vegas ring Saturday night. In his professional boxing debut, McGregor must figure out how to beat Mayweather at his own game — something the best boxers in the world have never done.McGregor is a massive underdog, and deservedly so. But stop pretending the improbable doesn’t happen in combat sports, particularly when the self-proclaimed Mystic Mac is involved.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 shutoutTo declare McGregor can’t possibly win this fight displays more arrogance than, say, spending every night at a strip club the week beforehand, as Mayweather is currently doing.Of course the hard-hitting Irishman has a chance — and there are several tactics he could employ to pull the biggest upset in boxing history. Conor McGregor speaks during news conference Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Just 20 months ago, a former plumber from Dublin fought a fearsome superstar who hadn’t lost in a decade. Conor McGregor talked his way into a big-money showdown, but he had to back up his boasts against Jose Aldo, one of the greatest fighters in his sport.McGregor finished the UFC featherweight champion in 13 seconds with one devastating left hand.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters 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 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Big money bets roll in late on Floyd Mayweather Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “The people who don’t believe it don’t know anything about fighting,” said UFC President Dana White, who admittedly has a slight bias here. “This isn’t going to be a boxing match. This is going to be a fight.”It’s also a fight between a 29-year-old southpaw in his prime and a 40 1/2-year-old veteran who hasn’t fought in nearly two years and doesn’t particularly want to be here, as he acknowledged repeatedly Wednesday. Mayweather isn’t the fighter he once was, and his competitive fire is dwarfed by his need for the mammoth paycheck from this endeavor.But how does an MMA fighter with no competitive boxing experience since childhood take on a 21-year pro veteran with world championships in five divisions and arguably the most brilliant defensive skills in the history of the sport?He gets in Mayweather’s face, both before and during the fight.He charges forward from the opening bell and forces Mayweather to think defensively all night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Bolick blasts critics after ejection: ‘I’m not playing to be the MVP’

first_img“They want to win so bad, we want to win so bad. But they say I had a closed fist? Just watch the video. I know I did not do that. They think I did that so I’ll accept whatever consequences are.”The 21-year-old argued that he feels he didn’t do anything to merit an ejection in the tussle, saying that after he was taken down, all he was trying to do is to stand up and shoot the ensuing free throws — which makes all the judgment more baffling in Bolick’s view.The 21-year-old Bolick believes he did not deserve to be ejected.“You be the judge. You’re here every game and you can see it. Maybe on my side, when I feel that I am wrong, I know that I’m wrong. But I know I didn’t do anything. I just want to play the game that I love, growing up because this is my sport,” he said.“Whatever the referees or the commissioner does, if they’re mad at me, they’re critical of the team, it’s already their problem. That’s their job, and if they think they’ve done their job, then they’ve done their job. My job is to play for my team and bring the spirit, heart, love for the game and I hope that whatever the consequences they want to give me, I’ll accept it with a full heart. They think I did something? I was the one who got hurt and I was even thrown out.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa San Beda coach livid over disqualifying foul on Bolick Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick PLAY LIST 01:18Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick00:50Trending Articles02:45Drilon blasts Duterte’s infra program as ‘dismal failure’01:37Protesters 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 ejection could cost Bolick a one-game suspension, which would take effect on Friday against Mapua, and eligibility to vie for any individual award.“I can only say one thing: I really don’t care if they hate me, and that’s fine with me. My teammates are telling me that I can still win the MVP, but I told them I’m not playing to be the MVP. I don’t want to play to be the MVP this season. I couldn’t care less. I’m not playing for MVP stats. I’m just playing to win. Give the MVP to anyone else,” he said.“One thing that they’ll never take away is the win, the love of the game that I bring to my teammates, coaches, and the staff. I really don’t care if they hate San Beda or whatever. That’s fine. But they’ll never take the will for me to win another championship this year and to give back to San Beda.” WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRobert Bolick was left dumbfounded when he was ejected late in San Beda’s 72-58 win over College of St. Benilde on Tuesday.Bolick was nearing a triple-double with 14 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds before an incident involving him and Blazers guard Carlo Young triggered a scuffle.ADVERTISEMENT “He took me down and I didn’t do anything. You saw the video, you be the judge,” he said.Bolick and his teammate Clint Doliguez, who entered the court during the melee, were tossed with 2:28 still left.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 shutoutTempers flared but Bolick understands that what happened is just part of the game.“I know him and that’s the way he plays. He’s Visayan and that’s how we play. He took me down, but I really don’t care. It’s part of the game. They’re frustrated because we’re up, but it happens to all,” Bolick said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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Bellinger, Dodgers top Astros to tie World Series 2-2

first_imgLATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Houston had put a runner on in 14 consecutive innings before the 26-year-old lefty retired the side in order in the first.Morton was nearly as stingy, allowing three hits in 6 1/3 innings.Chris Taylor singled leading off the first but was thrown out on a delayed steal attempt that ended the inning, the first runner caught stealing by Houston catcher Brian McCann since June 18. That was part of a streak of 15 straight outs by Morton before he hit Barnes on the right forearm with a pitch leading off the sixth.Enrique Hernandez’s single put runners at the corners and Taylor hit a two-hopper to third that Bregman scooped on an in-between hop and threw home in plenty of time for McCann to tag Barnes, who tried to stop about 10 feet from the plate and fell. Bregman also threw out the Yankees’ Greg Bird at the plate in the fifth inning of Game 7 in the AL Championship Series. Joe Musgrove relieved and allowed Austin Barnes’ sacrifice fly and Joc Pederson’s three-run homer, his second home run of the Series.“You like that! You like that!” Pederson yelled to teammates, a la Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, as he came back to dugout.Wood, Brandon Morrow, winner Tony Watson and Kenley Jansen combined on a two-hitter. Jansen allowed Alex Bregman’s two-out homer in the ninth, the 14th home run of the Series.Giles, the loser, was charged with three runs. He has an 11.75 postseason ERA, allowing runs in six of seven appearances.“When you’re a back-end reliever,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said, “unless you’re extraordinarily dominant, you’re only talked about when you suffer, when you struggle. So for him, he can handle it mentally. He can handle it physically.”Springer put the Astros ahead when he drove a curveball, Wood’s 84th and final pitch, over the left-field scoreboard and into the Crawford Boxes. Wood dropped to a knee on the mound and watched the ball land in the seats and rebound onto the field.Houston was nine outs from winning for the 18th time in 20 home games since returning to Minute Maid Park after Hurricane Harvey, and from becoming the first major league team to start a postseason 8-0 at home.But the Dodgers tied the score in the seventh. Bellinger pointed skyward when reaching second standing up on his opposite-field hit. He clapped both hands above his head, said “It’s a miracle!” and pointed for the ball to be saved.Los Angeles had been 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position before Forsythe’s hit.Making only his second appearance since Sept. 26, Wood accomplished a feat that eluded Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Orel Hershiser and other Dodgers pitching greats. In the team’s 109th World Series game, Wood became the first Dodgers pitcher to hold an opponent hitless through five innings. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger reacts after hitting an RBI double during the ninth inning of Game 4 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — Cody Bellinger pulled into second base with his first World Series hit and said: “It’s a miracle!”With the Dodgers three innings from falling into a deep deficit, the rookie slugger sparked a late comeback that stopped the Houston Astros’ surge.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Pelicans too much for LeBron’s Cavaliers Hitless in 13 at-bats, Bellinger doubled and scored the tying run in the seventh inning, then doubled home the go-ahead run off struggling closer Ken Giles in a five-run ninth that lifted Los Angeles to a 6-2 win Saturday night and tied the Series at two games apiece.“Relief, for sure,” Bellinger said. “I think everyone knows I was struggling.”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 shutoutGeorge Springer put the Astros ahead with a two-out homer in the sixth, the first hit off Los Angeles starter Alex Wood. The crowd at Minute Maid Park, where the Astros had been 7-0 this postseason, was revved up in anticipation of the Astros having a chance to win the first title in their 56-season history on Sunday.Instead, the Series will go back to Los Angeles no matter what. Clayton Kershaw starts Game 5 for the Dodgers on Sunday night and Dallas Keuchel for the Astros in a rematch of the opener, when Kershaw pitched Los Angeles to a 3-1 win. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Nextcenter_img Bellinger, a 22-year-old bopper who set a National League rookie record with 39 home runs this season, struck out four times in Game 3 and once more in the fifth inning — his eighth whiff of the Series.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts expressed faith Friday night in Bellinger and again Saturday afternoon.“He’s got that calmness about him,” Roberts said. “And when things speed up, he has a way of sort of resetting and not letting it spiral.”Bellinger doubled over left fielder Marwin Gonzalez, chasing starter Charlie Morton, and came home on Logan Forsythe’s two-out single off Will Harris.Giles entered to start the ninth and got into immediate trouble, allowing a leadoff single to Corey Seager and a walk to Justin Turner. Bellinger took a low slider, then lined a fastball at the letters to left-center. He raised a hand rounding first and clapped his hands half a dozen times in excitement after sliding into second.ADVERTISEMENT Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending 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 MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

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Bottas takes Brazilian GP pole after Hamilton crashes

first_imgLATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ It’s been a tough weekend in Brazil for Mercedes.Several team members — Hamilton was not present — were held up at gun point on Friday. There were no injuries, and the team reported watches and passports being stolen when a team van was attacked.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 shutoutAlso, FIA spokesman Matteo Bonciani said the car in which he was riding from the track on Friday was also attacked by a gun-wielding gang. He was not injured as the thieves failed to penetrate the armor-plated car.“First of all, I’m happy that everyone is one big piece,” Bottas said after qualifying, referring to Mercedes team members robbed at gun point. “Nothing happened physically to anybody, but obviously it’s a pretty bad situation to be in. I’m just happy everyone is still here.” For NBA, Chicago is slam dunk for 2020 All-Star festivities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Hamilton stunned fans when he was out of qualifying just minutes after it began.He came sideways out of a turn and crashed the left side of his car into a padded retaining wall. As the car was lifted off the track, the front left tire dangled from the mangled front end.Hamilton suggested a damp track might have been to blame.“I’ll do the best that I can to try to recover from it,” he said.There’s almost nothing left in the season to decide, apart from the winners of the last two races. The secondary fight is for second, with Vettel of Ferrari leading Bottas by 15 points.ADVERTISEMENT Crews remove a car from the track after Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, crashed his car during the qualifying session for the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil. APSAO PAULO — Valtteri Bottas claimed pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix from a qualifying session in which Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton crashed on the first lap on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Hamilton, who won his fourth Formula One championship two weeks ago in Mexico, walked away from the car without injury and will start at the back of the grid on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT “The maximum stimulation you can get now is to finish second,” Vettel said. “If we don’t manage to do that, then we failed. We failed once this season, and I don’t want to fail again.”Added Bottas: “Our target is to still try to get second place. So we really need to have a strong race here and also in Abu Dhabi.”Bottas will be shooting for his third victory this season to match wins in Russia and Austria. It’s also his third career pole.In the team standing, the top four teams are set and will not change in the last two races.Bottas set an Interlagos track record of 1 minute 8.322 seconds. Vettel was second followed by Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari and Max Verstappen of Red Bull fourth.Vettel was leading until Bottas posted a quicker lap. The German acknowledged he should have had the pole.“I chickened out a little bit on the brakes in the final run and it cost me,” Vettel said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 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 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View commentslast_img read more

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Parker returns, expects Leonard to return in ‘2 to 3 weeks’

first_imgRead Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I still think he’s a couple of weeks away,” Parker said of Leonard. “He was looking good the last two or three practices he practiced with me.”Parker will start at point guard in his season debut Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured quadriceps tendon. He will play limited minutes, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said, but there was no exact figure.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 shutoutLeonard worked out Monday after the team’s morning shootaround, a rare public sighting of him on the court.The two-time Defensive Player of the Year missed the last three games of last season’s Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors after re-aggravating a sprained left ankle, but said he recovered from the injury shortly after San Antonio’s season ended. Leonard missed all preseason with a thigh injury that Popovich said was similar to Parker’s.Popovich was not as definitive about when Leonard would return, joking that he would confer with team doctors rather than “Dr. Parker.”“He’s getting very close,” Popovich said. “Making progress. He’s having contact now. Hopefully we’ll get him back shortly.”The Spurs have the third best record in the West (12-7) despite being without Leonard and Parker.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Grizzlies fire coach David Fizdale day after benching Gasol Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) drives past Dallas Mavericks forward Maximilian Kleber (42) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker is back for the San Antonio Spurs, and the veteran guard expects teammate Kawhi Leonard to return in “two or three weeks” from a quadriceps injury that’s kept him out all season.Leonard has been practicing with Parker and retired San Antonio forwards Tim Duncan and Matt Bonner as part of his rehabilitation from right quadriceps tendinopathy.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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Petron, Foton trounce rivals

first_imgElizabeth Ann Wendell of Foton vs Darlene Ramdin and Mikaela Lopez of Generika-AyalaLindsay Stalzer picked up where she left off, powering Petron to a 25-21, 18-25, 25-17, 25-20 win over Sta. Lucia at the start of the 2018 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Saturday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Stalzer fired 30 points with six service aces and two blocks for Petron, which got its bid to regain the crown going.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments Shin thwarts Tabuena rally, snags TCC Invitational title Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference PLAY LIST 03:27Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference02:525 years since last Finals clash, different San Miguel, Magnolia cross paths00:27PSL: Foton ousts no. 1 Philips Gold01:29Police 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 Foton also welcomed its new head coach Rommel Abella the best way it can.Banking on its newly formed big three of Brooke Kranda, Elizabeth Wendel and Dindin Santiago-Manabat, the Tornadoes beat Generika-Ayala, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16, 25-22, in the first game. —MARK GIONGCO, INQUIRER.NETFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READlast_img read more

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UP scores stunner over UST, ends four-game skid

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES University of the Philippines snapped its miserable four-game losing streak and thwarted University of Santo Tomas, 31-33, 25-23, 25-16, 25-12, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuscenter_img “We knew playing against an aggressive team is not easy, but if we keep our heads in the game, we can win.”UP relished the scoring powers of its two best hitters as Diana Carlos unloaded a season-high 32 points while Molde added 24.Cherry Rondina had 24 points to lead the Golden Tigresses while Dimdim Pacres added 10.There wasn’t a big disparity in the attacking departments for both teams as UP had 55-50 and 7-4 advantages in kills and aces, respectively, but it was in defense where the Lady Maroon had the biggest edge with 14-3 lead in blocks.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Dani Ravena out for two weeks after appendectomy John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Lady Maroons improved to 2-4, the same record as the Golden Tigresses’ who have yet to win back-to-back games this season.Although UP lost the first set, 33-31, it was then that the Lady Maroons showed the grit that allowed them to overcome the Golden Tigresses when they came fighting back from a 19-10 deficit to push the period to several extensions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Maroons showed their might in the fourth set with a 19-8 run that Isa Molde finished with an off-the-block kill.“Our opponents was a very good team, they were very aggressive and we welcomed that,” said UP head coach Godfrey Okumu. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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James Yap hits 10,000 career points

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJames Yap was left wide open from the left corner and the rest was history.Yap put his name in the record books on Saturday, cementing his status as one of the PBA’s best scorers after being just the 14th local player in league history to reach 10,000 career points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 The 35-year-old Yap is the first player to achieve the feat since Jerry Codiñera back in 2001.“I never really imagined myself getting all these awards,” said the Rain or Shine swingman, whose historic night was ruined after Meralco came away with an 89-73 win at Ynares Center here, in Filipino.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 charismatic Yap, who owns one of the prettiest shooting forms the league has ever seen, made his monumental shot with 49.3 seconds left in the third quarter.James Yap 10,000 career points. #PBA2017 pic.twitter.com/YeEB7dwfH1— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) July 29, 2017He was awarded with the game ball by commissioner Chito Narvasa at center court before the start of the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Maliksi understands Gilas cut: ‘Maybe next time I’ll get in’ “I just want to thank everyone who supported me especially to my fans,” he said. “It’s been 16 years since this happened. I was still in college then and I feel so blessed right now.”Yap, who is in his first season with Rain or Shine after spending his first 12 seasons with the Purefoods franchise, joined an elite company led by the likes of legends Robert Jaworski, Philip Cezar, Ramon Fernandez, Abet Guidaben, Atoy Co and Bogs Adornado.Greats Francis Arnaiz, Allan Caidic, Benjie Paras, Jojo Lastimosa and Nelson Asaytono are also part of the club.Co was the first player to amass 10,000 while Alvin Patrimonio was the fastest player to do it.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

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Plus pick: Uttarakhand

first_imgStayAnanda In The HimalayasThe property of the former Maharaja of Tehri, Ananda In The Himalayas, above Rishikesh has been rated among the best spas in the world. The serene surroundings act as part of the therapeutic process. Yoga, meditation and divine massages help revive the spirit and tackle those knotted, tired and stressed-out muscles. Tel: (01378) 227 500; www.anandaspa.com The Fishermen’s Lodge, BhimtalThis lodge, close to the lake, makes for a perfect weekend getaway. The pink cushioned chairs and potted plants will remind you of a typical European bed and breakfast. The 12-room lodge has a white wooden deck that reaches out to the lake. There is no room service, but food served in the buffet meals is a huge part of the experience, it’s delicious and home cooked. Fishing trips and mountain biking excursions can be arranged. Tel: (0) 99101 62244; www.thefishermenslodge.com Mahindra HomestaysThe best way to acquaint yourself with the culture of a place is to stay with the locals. Mahindra Homestays has over six properties in places like Bhimtal, Corbett, Dehradun and Nainital. These homestays combine the comfort of a hotel with the hospitality of a family who offer you their home so you truly experience the place. Tel: 1800 425 2737 www.mahindrahomestays.comEatKumaoni FoodEn route to Ranikhet or Almora from Kathgodam, stop at one of the many dhabas (Negi’s is recommended) for a taste of the local cuisine. Halt at Garampani to snack on alu gutak, a spicy potato preparation and turmeric yellow cucumber raita, with ground mustard for added tang. The masala nimbu pani served at the gate of Kainchi temple, between Bhowali and Garampani, is perfect after a long drive. Also try bhatt, a type of soya bean and of course the famous bal mithai.Singori, AlmoraTell anyone with a sweet tooth that you’re visiting Almora and they’ll tell you to bring back singori. This heavenly sweet made from khoya and coconut, is only made in the Kumaon region using a leaf named ‘Malu ka Patta,’ found in the hills of Uttarakhand. Sweet shops in Almora prepare it in the morning, so reach early to buy it fresh. Rice Bowl, MussoorieIf you’re hankering for the Tibetan food that Mussoorie is famous for, Amitash, also known as Rice Bowl, is the place for you. Located at Kulari Bazaar, practically perched on the gate of Rialto Cinema, you can enjoy a view of the market as you eat your momos with fiery chutney. Some Chinese dishes are served as well, so work up a healthy appetite before going here. The Mall, MussoorieShopEllora’s Confectionary, DehradunOn the way to Mussoorie, stop at Ellora’s confectionary to pick up the famous crisp and crunchy milk rusks, the sinfully delicious pistachio and almond biscuits and chewy stickjaw toffees. These biscuits are what tea was made for. This famous bakery has been running shop for more than 50 years and people in the city swear by their plum, date and walnut cakes.  Located on Old Rajpur RoadCandles, NainitalGo to any souvenir shop at The Mall in Nainital and you’ll find a bewildering assortment of candles in the most unusual shapes and lovely scents. There are gel, animal-shaped, floating and even the cheesy heart-shaped candles in all sizes for your beloved. If you happen to travel before the festive season, they make excellent gifts. Jams and Squashes, hillstationsStrawberry, plum, apple, orange, apricot–these fresh fruit home-made jams are available at most hillstations across the state. Normally made without harmful preservatives, they are bursting with flavours and taste really fresh. The tangerine marmalade is a popular item. Besides jams, you also get squashes in the same flavours. Available at most provision stores across the stateSeeEvening Aarti at HaridwarThe famed evening aarti at the Ganga in Haridwar makes for a truly enthralling sight. The clanging of bells, the chanting of mantras, the scent of incense, the flickering flames reflected in the river and the sight of the hundreds of diyas floating in the water are an unmatched experience for the senses and the soul.Tea ToursLittle was known about Uttarakhand’s tea gardens until recently. These verdant tea gardens in the hilly state are an added attraction and tea tours take you through Gorakhal, Champawat, Nauti-Garisen, and of course Kausani that ranks numero uno in terms of its brew and its beautiful landscape. Organised on request by Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam, Oak Park House, Nainital.Tel: (05942) 231 504; www.kmvn.gov.in RaftingAdventure seekers, head to Shivpuri for rafting and kayaking. These adventure sports draw thousands of tourists to Uttarakhand every year. The adrenaline surges while negotiating the rushing water and even the occasional spill adds to the thrill of this sport.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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England edge closer to victory in 2nd Ashes Test

first_imgKevin Pietersen struck vital blows with bat and ball against Australia on Monday as England moved into a winning position in the second Ashes Test.After scoring a career-high 227 in England’s first innings of 620 for five declared, Pietersen dismissed Michael Clarke for 80 in the last over to seriously dent Australia’s resistance and leave the hosts hoping that forecast rain Tuesday will wash out the fifth and final day.Australia were 238-4 at stumps on day four, still 137 adrift with three sessions remaining.Clarke and Mike Hussey (44 not out) put on 104 for the fourth wicket before the Australian vice-captain pushed a ball from part-time spinner Pietersen to Alastair Cook at short leg. The umpire initially rejected England’s appeals but the decision was successfully challenged in a fitting finish to a brilliant day for Pietersen.His double century helped England to a 375-run first innings lead and exposed even more concerns for Australia’s misfiring bowling attack – which has taken only six wickets at a cost of more than 1,100 in England’s last two innings.Before Pietersen’s breakthrough, despite pressure from Graeme Swann – who bowled 34 straight overs from the Cathedral End – and Steven Finn, England had rarely troubled the Australian fourth-wicket pair before or after the 57-minute postponement for bad light and heavy rain in the third session.Earlier, Simon Katich (43), Ricky Ponting (9) and Shane Watson (57) fell during the middle session to leave Australia three-down at tea.The Australia openers had survived unscathed until lunch before Swann struck twice shortly after the resumption.advertisementHe had Katich caught behind to a ball moving away from the left-hander. Ponting played positively hitting Swann for two boundaries before he was deceived by a top-spinning delivery and edged to Paul Collingwood at slip.Stuart Broad dropped a tough caught-and-bowled chance from Watson after the ball was driven back at him. Shortly afterwards the fast bowler left the field with a strained stomach muscle and did not bowl for the rest of day four.Watson didn’t last much longer before he nicked Finn to Andrew Strauss at slip. Finn was England’s most dangerous paceman, and particularly troubled Hussey with reverse swinging deliveries.Earlier in the day, England added 69 runs in 41 minutes to its overnight score of 551-4 but elected not to push to surpass its highest ever total batting in Australia: 636 all out scored in Sydney in 1928.Ian Bell ended the innings on 68 not out, Prior scored 27 off just 21 deliveries.last_img read more

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Turning point from England vs Netherlands WC match

first_imgThe turning point in England versus the Netherlands World Cup match has to be England skipper Andrew Strauss’s fine batting. He no only put a fast paced 88 on board but also forged a 105-run first wicket partnership with Kevin Pietersen.It was that partnership that eventually took the game away from the Dutch despite Ryan ten Doeschate scoring a career-best 119 and scalping two English wicket on the day.Man-of-the-MatchThough The Netherlands lost the games but Ryan ten Doeschate earned the Man-of-the-Match award for his all round impressive performance. Apart from score 119 on the day he even claimed important wickets of Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell.last_img read more

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Ind vs Pak– Highlights

first_imgHighlight106:Thats it for the day. As you have followed, India beat Pakistan by 29 runs and have booked a berth in the finals of the World Cup. This is India’s third World Cup final. India will meet Sri Lanka in Mumbai on Saturday.# Highlight105:Joke doing the rounds on the net: The Indian cricket team did what intelligence agencies could not – keep the Pakistanis out of Mumbai.# Highlight104:Fans across the country are celebrating India’s win over Pakistan. Crackers bursting all around, fireworks lighting the night sky everywhere.#Highlight103:Shahid Afridi says sorry to his nation for not winning the semi final against India.# Highlight102:Sachin Tendulkar has been named the man of the match for his 115-ball 85.# Highlight101:India beat Pakistan by 29 runs, will meet Sri  Lanka in the finals of World Cup 2011 on Saturday.#Highlight100:Amid a cheering crow that include a host of celebrities and politicians such as Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Pak PM Yousuf Raja Gilani, India romp home with a ball to spare.#Highlight99:India four balls away from going to Mumbai. Everyone in the stadium is on their feet.# Highlight98:Misbah and Ajmal intend to take the battle to the end. Frustrating the Indian bowlers.# Highlight97:Pakistani contingent silent as India lumbers towards a victory.# Highlight96:Nirupama Rao says “Cricket has a truly constructive spirit. Sporting contact epitomises many senses like people to people contact, cementing our friendship.”#Highlight95:Nirupama Rao says, “Both PMs spoke of importance of such exchanges between MPs. Our RS and LS chairmans have called Parliamentarians’ delegation from Pak. It could strengthen our dialogue.”#advertisementHighlight94:Nirupama Rao says, “No of issues flowing from Home Secretaries meeting that we hope to follow up on. Commerce secretaries to meet next month in Islamabad. Foreign secs to meet in middle of this year.”#Highlight93:Nirupama Rao says, “We’ve begun 2011 with a good augury for the future. It has reaffirmed our intention to take forward process of dialogue. Goal is to normalise relations.”#Highlight92:Nirupama Rao says, “PM reiterated need for atmosphere free of violence. Gilani shared this sentiment.”#Highlight91:Nirupama Rao says, “Positive and encouraging spirit generated today.”# Highlight90:Nirupama Rao says, “Just as we spoke of a Thimpu spirit last April, it would be appropriate to say today there is a Mohali spirit.”# Highlight89:Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao briefs media. Says both PMs have had a wide-ranging conversation of various issues relevant to both countries.# Highlight88:The last two recognised batsmen in the Pakistan team – Afridi amd Misbah – are at the crease.# Highlight87:Headlines Today’s Poulomi Saha says that Mrs Gilani has not travelled to India with the Pakistani Premier because it is reported that their son in London is ill.# Highlight86:PM, Gilani come out to watch the match after dinner.# Highlight85:Headlines Today’s Kartikeya Sharma says according to sources, between both sides, India and Pakistan, zabardast shero shayari huee.# Highlight84:Headlines Today’s Poulomi Saha says Mrs Gilani was not present at the “spouses’ dinner” hosted by Mrs Gursharan Kaur, who dined with mostly ladies from the Pakistani delegation.# Highlight83:Other participants at dinner – Sonia Gandhi, Haryana CM BS Hooda, MoS for IT Sachin Pilot, ICC president and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, former home minister Shivraj Patil, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, NSA Shiv Shankar Menon and Rahul Gandhi.#Highlight82:Participants at PM, Gilani dinner – Pak Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Pak State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mrs Hina Rabbani, Pak High Commissioner to India Shahid Malik, Chd Ahmed Mukthar and Asfander Wali Khan (both from Pak delegation).# Highlight81:India Today’s Arvind Chhabra says SP and SHO suspended for involvement in removal of turban of a sikh man during security check in Mohali this morning. Punjab govt orders magisterial probe too.# Highlight80:Headlines Today’s Kartikeya Sharma says dinner diplomacy begins. PM Manmohan Singh and Pakistan PM Yousuf Raja Gilani have left for the dinner venue for talks.# Highlight79:Shah Rukh Khan says “260 is a very good total.” Khan said Tendulkar, who scored 85, would compensate for his 15 runs in the next match. “I’m worried about the final in Mumbai,” he said.#Highlight78:Actor and IPL franchisee Kolkata Knight Riders’ co-owner Shah Rukh Khan said it is unfair to put so much pressure on Tendulkar by expecting a century every time he goes out to bat.# Highlight77:At the end of five overs, India were 47 for no loss. Pakistan are 28 for no loss.# Highlight76:Preity Zinta just came to meet Aamir Khan in green salwar, white shirt and orange dupatta with tri-colour bangles.# advertisementHighlight75:Rahul Gandhi walked out before the Indian innings got over! Guess he lost hope. Hope we win! Fat chance though.# Highlight74:Director Kunal Kohli is in the VIP enclosure at Mohali.#Highlight73:Peter Roebuck says intensity of dew will be a crucial factor in Pakistan innings.# Highlight72:Headlines Today’s Kartikeya Sharma says Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives back at the stadium. Pak PM Gilani still at Taj hotel. The two are to meet for dinner at 7.15 PM.# Highlight71:India set Pakistan 261-run to win. Raina scores some quick runs towards the end. Wahab ends with a five-wicket haul.#Highlight70:Headlines Today’s Saurabh Shukla says Pakistan official camp upbeat on its chances, Pak interior min Rehman Malik dressed in black tees leading the cheerparty waving the Pak flag. Indian officials sitting composed.# Highlight69:Wasim Akram just told me that defending anything less than 260 will be difficult for India, says a journalist covering the match.# Highlight68:Even security staff vying with each other to get clicked with Aamir Khan.# Highlight67:Mail Today’s Ajit Vijaykumar says Crowd tense. India 221 for six with five overs to go. They sense India might not post a big total.# Highlight66:India Today’s Arvind Chhabra says all eyes on local chap Bhajji and Raina of course to lend some respectability to India’s total.# Highlight65:Indian fans go silent in Mohali. Dhoni caught LBW off a Wahab delivery. MSD went for the review. But Simon Taufel’s decision stood.# Highlight64:Headlines Today’s Rahul Kanwal tweeted – Rock of Gibraltar falls. Pakistan finally take a catch. With respect, Sachin didn’t deserve to get 100 after being dropped 6 times.# Highlight63:Tendulkar departs after scoring 85 in 115 balls. Afridi took the catch off Hafeez.# Highlight62:Tendulkar dropped for the fourth time. This time by Umar off Hafeez at 81. India 182/4 after 35 overs.#Highlight61:Headlines Today’s Karthikeya  Sharma says Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has left for the Raj Bhawan for a break while Yousuf Raza Gilani has returned to Taj hotel. Both the PMs are expected to be back after 5.30 pm.#Highlight60:Rahul Kanwal tweeted – Pakistani fans rediscover their voices. Time for Indians to go silent. Punjab puttar got a strong ovation, but occasion got to him.# Highlight59:Rahul Kanwal tweeted – Pakistani politicians in Mohali fast losing hope. Saying India running away with match. Mushahid Hussain unhappy with missed chances.# Highlight58:Rahul Kanwal tweeted – Bumped into the Foreign Secretary. Seems happy with the way things are going so far. Says PMs sitting together and talking all through.# Highlight57:Koel Purie tweeted – Help! We can’t crumble now. No, no, no.# Highlight56:Hundreds of fans unable to get tickets have found giant screens outside the stadium and are enjoying the match over mugs of beer.# Highlight55:Nothing scandalous or juicy yet..other than a few mad women wearing juicy track pants in this heat! Sachin pilot here and looking quite thrilled with the game! Hopefully next update will be more interesting!, says a TV journalist.# Highlight54:Oops! Local boy Yuvraj comes and goes for a duck. Wahab dislodges his stumps.# advertisementHighlight53:Headlines Today’s Gaurav Sawant on Twitter – Careful Sachin! God comes to God’s rescue for the third time. Tension mounting. Not a match for the faint hearted.# Highlight52:Vivek Oberoi on Twitter: Heart attack! .. dropped again. Thank you Pakistan. Win Mohali.# Highlight51:Sachin brings up his 95th ODI fifty off a four from Afridi.#  Highlight50:See what I mean when I say Sachin is God? Back from the dead, twice. Jesus, only once. – Somebody on Twitter.# Highlight49:Now Younis drops Sachin off Afridi again. Is it the little master’s day today?# Highlight48:Headlines Today’s Rahul Kanwal tweeted – Sachin is playing like a cat with nine lives. Stadium now bursting at the seams. No space to place a toe.#Highlight47:Municipal Corporation of Delhi declares half day after India won the toss. It is not official, but no action will be taken if anybody wants to go home to see the match.# Highlight46:Twists of fate. India has never defeated Pakistan in Mohali and Pakistan has never defeated India in World Cup encounters.# Highlight45:Misbah drops Sachin on a sitter off Afridi. Sachin was on 28.# Highlight44:This World Cup’s highest wicket taker and Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi comes into the attack.# Highlight43:Sachin gets another life. Third umpire rules not out in stumping.#  Highlight42:Close call for Sachin. Crowd celebrates as umpire review denies LBW call off Ajmal.# Highlight41:Advani wishes Dhoni and his team and expresses hope that India will meet Sri Lanka in final.# Highlight40:Headlines Today’s Gaurav Sawant tweeted – SMS chatter: Pak wins toss. Elects to BET first.#Highlight39:No lunch meet between PM Manmohan Singh and Yusuf Raza Gilani. Premiers skip lunch.# Highlight38:The 50 comes up for India in the 7th over as Gambhir joins Sachin in the middle.# Highlight37:Mail Today’s Ajit Vijaykumar says Sehwag out leg before to Wahab Riaz after an explosive start. He smashed 38 off 25 balls, with nine hits to the fence. India 48 for 1 after 5.5 overs.# Highlight36:Headlines Today’s Saurabh Shukla says on and off field the great Indo-Pak bonhomie. Hope this stays as the two PMs cheer Sehwag’s fours.# Highlight35:We just landed in Chandigarh, security is crazy and excitement pulsating! They have added many flights in the middle of the night to bring people back so will come back late night after winning, says a Headlines Today journalist.# Highlight34:Headlines Today’s Saurabh Shukla says showmen diplomacy. Both PMs demonstrate great camaraderie in the middle of the field. Good body language.# Highlight33:Umar Gul goes expensive in 3rd over. Concedes five fours to Sehwag and a no ball.# Highlight32:Rahul Bose, Sunil Shetty, Raveena Tandon, Anil Thadani, Ritesh Sidhwani, Vivek Oberoi, Gautam Singhania and Subodh Gupta at stadium to watch match, says designer Manav Gangwani.# Highlight31:Daler Mehndi, Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, Abhishek Bachchan, Siddharth Mallya, Vijay Mallya, Arbaaz Khan and Fardeen Khan at stadium to watch match, says designer Manav Gangwani.# Highlight30:Players of both teams wearing red ribbons on their shirt as a show of support for people suffering with AIDS.# Highlight29:Sachin, Sehwag start against Pakistan. Umar Gul opens bowling.#Highlight28:National anthems over. Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, Aamir Khan sing along with Team India and spectators.# Highlight27:Here’s more for the cricket lovers. A specially minted coin was used during the toss that will be auctioned by the ICC post the match.# Highlight26:Mail Today’s Ajit Vijaykumar says India bring in Ashish Nehra for R Ashwin, after looking at the grass on the track. A big gamble? No Shoaib Akhtar.# Highlight25:India win toss and elect to bat against Pakistan.# Highlight24:Mail Today’s Ajit Vijaykumar says PCA Stadium at Mohali almost full. No surprises there. Still, 28,000 aren’t that many, considering the match.# Highlight23:According to team sources, Ashish Nehra may replace Munaf Patel in the playing 11.# Highlight22:Pak pacer Shoaib Akhtar will not play against India, the team management decides owing to his fitness concerns.# Highlight21:Mail Today’s Ajit Vijaykumar says Why is there so much grass, even if it is dead? Hopefully, toss won’t be a factor.#Highlight20:Mail Today’s Ajit Vijaykumar says Teams have arrived. All eyes on Akhtar. Will he play on a track that has a fair amount of grass?#Highlight19:Prime Minister Manmohan Singh leaves for Mohali along with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi from Delhi.#Highlight18:Indian and Pakistani teams leave for the stadium from their hotels.# Highlight17:Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raja Gilani has reached Chandigarh.#Highlight16:Sourav Ganguly, Sanjay Manjrekar, Rameez Raja entering via gate no 1. Arun Jaitley arrives with family.#Highlight15:Mail Today’s Ajit Vijaykumar says ICC playing conditions state that in case of a no-result even on the reserve day, Pakistan will go through to final as they topped their group and India had come in second in Group B.# Highlight14:Right now there are more cops than fans. Building up fast. Everyone is cursing PM’s presence.#Highlight13:Former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raza says even if Pakistan lose today, they will go back as heroes. Shahid Afridi needs to perform well with the bat.# Highlight12:MTV India tweeted – With both Veena Malik & Poonam Pandey at the India-Pakistan match, there are going to be lots of legs before wickets.#Highlight11:Mail Today’s Ajit Vijaykumar says from Mohali – Clear sky after heavy rain last night. Strangely, wicket has a fair amount of grass.# Highlight10:Minister of State for Communications and IT Sachin Pilot to receive Pak delegation headed by PM Yusuf Raza Gilani at Chandigarh airport.# Highlight9:With the satta bazaar heating up, Delhi Police sources say the betting stakes could be as high as Rs 500-600 crore for this match.#Highlight8:A host of Airbuses, Bombardiers and Hawkers are expected top hover over the Mohali awaiting landing permission.#Highlight7:With at least six special flights operated by commercial airlines and about 50 private aircrafts expected to land during the day, Chandigarh airport might even match the busiest airports like Delhi and Mumbai by Wednesday afternoon.#Highlight6:All roads other than those leading to Mohali are empty. Roads to the stadium are clogged as India take on Pakistan in the World Cup semi-final clash at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday, March 30, 2011.#Highlight5:Taj hotel under 3tier security blanket as Pakistan PM Yusuf Raza Gilani and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are expected to check in here only. Pak team already staying here.#Highlight4:Mukesh and Anil Ambani, Sharad Pawar, Vijay Mallya, Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sunil Shetty, Anil Agarwal and the Hindujas are said to be watching the match.#Highlight3:Heavy rains and thunderstorm had lashed Mohali on Tuesday night on the eve of the blockbuster World Cup semifinal clash.#Highlight2:The ICC revokes the media ban for Mohali’s match. The move comes after the intervention of the Information and Broadcasting ministry.#Highlight1:Sources say Indian coach Gary Kirsten has ensured that the Men in Blue don’t get to read the morning newspapers and neither do they watch the 24×7 coverage of the upcoming encounter on news channels.#last_img read more

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Hacking attempt on Anil Ambani’s email

first_imgADAG Chairman Anil Ambani.Reports have come in that unidentified hackers attempted a phishing attack in May on Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG) Chairman Anil Ambani’ records.The hacking is now being investigated by the cyber crime cell of Mumbai police after ADAG officials registered a complaint.The incident took place on May 8, when Ambani received an email that appeared to have been sent by a journalist of international newswire service Bloomberg.How safe is India’s IT network? The hacking attempt was revealed when the corporate communication department got in touch with the reporter and he denied sending any such mail.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

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Fletcher must be given the task of grooming GenNext

first_imgPublic memory is short and in less than a week, India will be competing against England in the ODI series. It was a truly forgettable Test series, with India getting creamed in all four matches. One of the sarcastic jokes doing the rounds was how had it not been for the nationwide stir over corruption led by Anna Hazare, there may have been more brickbats for the Indian team.With the T20 and ODIs to follow, we will have to give captain MS Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher a breather. It is a well known fact that what let India down was the batting. Barring the heroics of Rahul Dravid, everyone – Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman included – struggled against swing and seam.And as the Master failed to get his 100th hundred, it was clear nothing was going to go India’s way in an eminently forgettable series. What will happen in the first T20 and the one- dayers will become clear soon, but if we are looking at solutions for our problems in Test cricket, the role of the coach comes under the scanner.At a time when Greg Chappell has been booted out by the Australians after an inquiry into their flop show in the Ashes, one remembers that it was the former India coach who had made a vision plan for India in 2005. Guru Greg had envisaged a future plan back then and some of the cricketers who have done well now are products of it.advertisementYet, when Chappell left and Gary Kirsten took over, he was basically handling a team which was settling down well.While Kirsten will always be remembered as the man who was coach of the Indian team which won the ICC World Cup, he never really had time to look at our domestic cricket, identify talent and groom it. TODAY, WHEN people talk of replacements for the greats who have been serving the Test team, one doesn’t know where to look. Batsmen like Suresh Raina have flopped against the short- pitched stuff and the other Young Turks have also done nothing worth note.So if one is talking of rebuilding the Indian Test team – easier said than done – we have to ensure that the men who matter spend time and energy on spotting talent which has potential to do well in the longer version of the game.To be sure, the Indian cricket board and coach Fletcher will have to look at the talent available in the Ranji and Duleep Trophy tournaments. These are our best domestic first- class events and talent spotting has to be done right there.Once that is done, the next task should be to groom Test batsmen.Countries like Australia and England have done that and unless we do it, any talk of India becoming the No. 1 Test nation again is pure hogwash.There are obstacles in the path of identifying and grooming Test batsmen, as most players do look for quick monetary rewards.There is enough money to be made from ODIs and the IPL is there to spoil youngsters.Unless the players’ fee for Ranji Trophy is further increased and the same policy is adopted for Tests, India may never be able to woo players to the longer version.Having said that, I sincerely hope that there is conviction in the players’ oft- expressed dream to make the Test grade, since it is the ultimate format of the game.As a cricket playing nation which virtually dictates terms to the rest of the world, men who run the sport at home do lack vision. These wise men have been able to spoil good Test material like S Badrinath and use him in a few ODIs.Such myopic vision needs correction and we need a new bunch of selectors who will do an honest job, more so as they now get paid handsomely.While it is primarily the job of the selectors to travel across the country and see what new talent is available, there should be a clear brief for Fletcher.How that will happen is a big question, since India’s international calendar is packed and Fletcher will be spending more time away from home. If we continue to ignore Test cricket and correspondingly our Ranji and Duleep Trophy cricket, miracles will not happen.The big test at the end of the year will be against the Australians, who are licking their wounds after the Ashes defeat.However, just as Chappell in his first role as advisor to Australian cricket wanted Allan Border to be groomed as Test captain, we also need to plan. And by this, I do not mean looking at the Indian Test captaincy, but finding the batsmen with the right temperament and also fast bowlers who can fire in a fiveday match.advertisementlast_img read more

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Pinki Pramanik was blackmailed for land, audio tape suggests

first_imgDays after West Bengal Sports Minister Madan Mitra claimed that the rape allegation against Asian Games gold medallist Pinki Pramanik was a result of a land deal gone sour, Headlines Today accessed an audio tape of conversation between the latter’s former live-in partner Anamika Acharya and athlete Avtar Singh that indicates how she was framed. Excerpts from the audio tape: Anamika Acharya: He (Pinki) went to the lawyer whom Shankar had brought here.Avtar Singh: Oh yes.. that one, yes. Anamika: He told Pinki to go to police and that he will send a notice to us saying that we are blackmailing him (Pinki) with his photo. I said if we are blackmailing you then it is okay. If everybody knew you were a male, why should we blackmail you?Avtar: It is not blackmail. Pinki only lied. He (Pinki) has played with everybody, managed a job by lying. He should be charged under Section 420. Anamika has now alleged that she was forced to file rape charges against Pinki by Avtar, who was allegedly eyeing the land allotted to her by the West Bengal government after she won a gold medal at 2006 Doha Asiad. In the audio conversation, Anamika could be heard discussing the land deal with Avtar. Anamika: Pinki called me in the morning asking whether I am going to ask Avtar Singh. I asked him (Pinki) why I should go, I do not have any relation with anybody. Then Pinki said do whatever you want to do. File a case against me but do not talk. Now you tell me. Should I file a case?Avtar: Do whatever you want to do. Anamika: But it should cause you any problem regarding your land.Avtar: What problem? What land? I do not have any land. Anamika: The land you have taken from Pinki.Avtar: No I have no such land. I am not involved in this matter. Anamika: You supported me for so many days. You gave me a jeep and everything. But you said you will solve all this. What solution have you come up with?Avtar: But I told Shankar to pay you Rs 6 lakh. Anamika: But I did not receive any call from anyone.Avtar: You should have waited till Wednesday. Meanwhile, the state government has ordered a probe into the land allotted to Pinki. Avtar, who is the husband of former CPI(M) MP Jyotirmoyee Sikdar, has been asked to be present at the Bidhan Nagar police headquarters for interrogation in connection with the land dispute. Kolkata Police commissioner R.K. Pachnanda said, “This allegation has been brought to our notice and we are investigating the matter. Everything is being looked into.” The sports minister said, “Anamika, who is involved in the Pinki case, has been alleging that she was acting under pressure from Avtar Singh. The sports department will not sit idle on the issue of distributions of plots. The truth must come out.” Pinki was arrested on June 14 after she was accused of being a male by her 30-year-old live-in partner, who is a woman. She had also alleged that she was raped by Pinki. Pinki was granted bail by a Barasat court on July 10.advertisementlast_img read more

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Lakers won’t make finals, says Robert Horry

first_imgAmerica’s National Basketball Association (NBA) has showcased players of sublime talent and skill over the last seven decades, but not many of them can stake a claim to be men with the Midas touch. Robert Horry can.Not since Bill Russell’s all-conquering Boston Celtics of the 1960s has there been a player who has been part of seven NBA championship winning teams, except the 42-year-old former forward.Horry, who is in India for a clinic, is also one of only two people to win titles with three different teams – Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs.Four years since bringing his 16-year career to a close, Horry has become a keen observer and commentator on the game.And in his opinion, even with a retooled roster that includes two-time Most Valuable Player Steve Nash and perennial All-Star Dwight Howard in addition to the great Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, the Lakers won’t be able to make a title run this year.”I don’t think the Lakers are going to be in the NBA Finals, despite Howard and Nash. To go deep into the play-offs, you need a strong bench, not just a great starting line-up. I still believe (last year’s runners-up) Oklahoma City Thunder are the favourites in the Western Conference, and (champions) Miami of course have just gotten stronger with Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis.You pick up history and you’ll see the bench that outplays its opponents usually wins,” Horry told Mail Today.The Heat and the Lakers both have rosters that look like fantasy league teams, and Horry believes that it is the general managers, not just the players, who must draw flak for trading their big players away, leading to this polarisation.”People got mad at LeBron (James) for leaving Cleveland but I just want to ask them – why aren’t you equally angry with the Orlando Magic for trading away Howard to the Lakers? Why blame Allen or Lewis for wanting to sign with a championshipready team? It all boils down to business, and the GMs are more than willing to trade players who are unhappy or have great market value,” he said.Horry was nicknamed ‘Big Shot Rob’ for his great shooting under high pressure, but is more proud of being an effective defensive player.”I took pride in playing defence and shutting down an opponent. The key is to be patient, because if you are too aggressive, the opponent can use that to his advantage. Just stand in front of him and contest the shot,” Horry said.This is Horry’s first visit to India, and he’s loving it.”It’s been a wonderful experience so far, and the people have been very gracious. Now I hope we see some Indian talent in the NBA too.My advice to the league would be just to put more games on TV, maybe get something like NBA TV (full-time channel) here. That’s the only way to spread the game,” he said.”During my stay so far, I caught a cricket match on TV and I liked what I saw, there isn’t any of it on TV back in the States. You need to show people the game for them to pick it up.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Divij Sharan replaces Saketh Myneni in squad for tie against New Zealand

first_imgDivij Sharan is going through a purple patch. This week, he broke into the top 100 in the ATP doubles charts to reach a career high ranking of 94. On Wednesday in a last-minute change, Divij who was in the reserves, replaced Saketh Myneni in the Davis Cup squad.Initially, Saketh and Vishnu Vardhan were tuning up for the doubles challenge but what went in Divij’s favour is his compatibility with both Yuki Bhambri and Vishnu.”Divij is comfortable with both Vishnu and Yuki. Saketh and Vishnu were doing well in practice and I was confident of pairing them. But we have to take into account the concerns of the players as well. We have to see whom they are comfortable playing with,” non-playing captain SP Misra told Mail Today.Divij and Yuki finished runners up in the ATP Challenger doubles final in Shanghai last week. Before that, Divij had won the Bangkok Challenger title with Vishnu, and triumphed at Busan with Yuki. He jumped 15 places to enter top 100 on Tuesday.Although the Indian squad is without Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna, there is a distinct spring in the step of the young squad. The likes of Yuki, Vishnu, Sanam Singh, Sriram Balaji, Divij and Saketh have performed consistently this year and Misra believes that it is an opportunity for them to grab their chances.”All six players in the squad are capable of playing in the tie and that is a good sign for Indian tennis. It is an opportunity for the players to prove themselves,” he said.The weather here is muggy, and Misra said it would be an advantage for the home team. “The hotter it is, the better will it be for us. We have come well in advance to prepare for this tie.”Misra said the senior players would be missed. “It would have been nice had there been a couple of senior players to guide the youngsters.”New Zealand are way down in the rankings at 42 as compared to India’s 24, but Misra warned of complacency. The two teams are locked 3-3 in head-to-head results. India have won each of the last three meetings – in 2002, 2003 and 2004 – having lost the first three in 1970s.”We know that rankings do not matter in Davis Cup. India’s performance in the Davis Cup has always been better than their rankings. New Zealand has experienced players and we have to be at the top of our game,” said Misra.New Zealand captain Marcel Vos felt that the absence of senior players in the Indian team will favour them. “Some of their experienced players are not in the squad. This Indian side is young,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

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India as the cynosure of all eyes

first_imgDesi mania, Hindustani furore, or desi fever, call it what you will but India is in fashion. Currently India is the biggest international trend. Once a far dream, the transition from “trendbots” to trend-setters is now a reality. Brand India is in vogue, it is the flavour of the season across platforms- whether it is fashion, music, celebrities or sports.The IT revolution, “India shining,” the call centre craze and luxury brands were phase one that positioned us as an important global face; but a new era ushers in a fresh focus. International designers, celebrities and musicians are all trying to make in-roads into our urban hubs. The latest wave of global names that have recently launched their stores in the country include brands like Hackett, Simon Carter, Roberto Cavalli, to name a few. Renowned musicians and DJs are booking gigs here as well. The prestigious lineup boasts of big names like Enrique Iglesias, Norah Jones, Pitbull and Sean Paul who will perform this year while Megadeath, Lady Gaga, Avici, David Guetta, and Shakira have already seen packed houses. 2011 saw the successful launch of Formula 1 and its second season has all eyes focused on us.Conversely, fashion weeks abroad boasted of designers who featured India inspired collections for Spring/Summer 2013. Haute couture fashion labels and celebrity favourites like Marchesa, Vera Wang, Jean Paul Gaultier, Mathew Williamson, Joseph Altuzarra and Etro all presented India inspired collections. The sexy sari, the slinky churidar and the humble kurti were introduced in a unique avatar. While it’s not the first time that India has inspired fashion what was first a one-off thing is now a mainstream rage. Desi celebrities like Sonam Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut are getting front row seats at London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks. Even footwear, and ethnic Indian jewellery like Polki necklaces and earrings are a favourite on the international red carpet.advertisementThe obsession with Frieda Pinto may very well be replaced by a fascination for actress Priyanka Chopra, Bollywood’s latest entrant on the international circuit. Piggy Chops launched her singing career with an international debut, being signed by an international record label.China may very well be eons ahead of us in the superpower race but we might just beat them when it comes to fashion and accessories. It’s designers of Indian origin like Prabal Gurung, Rachel Roy, Manish Arora and Bibhu Mohapatra that are dressing political heavyweights across the world and by the looks of it 2013 is all set to be an Indian summer.Ash has runway ablazeAishwarya Rai Bachchan unveils the new Longines Saint Imier Collection of watches  Bollywood’s leading celebrities are busy attending Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor’s wedding, however, tinsel town’s favourite bahu, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is busy at work. The leading actress was in the capital on Monday to unveil the new Longines Saint Imier Collection of watches and celebrate its 180th anniversary.The leading actress walked the runway looking absolutely glamorous in a body hugging black gown.Ash seems back in shape and well on her way to regaining a sexy and slim figure. Silencing her critics, Aishwarya showed off a toned fit figure and even flaunted enviable curves in this floor length number.PM’s dressing sets the tone for her visitAustralian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is on a three day visit to India  Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard arrived in the capital on Monday on a three-day official visit to the country. While the diplomatic talks being held between the two nations are aimed at improving bilateral ties, diplomatic fashion may well be the very first step.Dressed in a formal black skirt-suit, paired with a royal blue blouse, it was clearly evident that Gillard means business. It is a fact well known that power dressing ostensibly plays a big part when trying to project a certain image; this official deglamorised first look served that purpose to the T.Gillard is famous for her prim and proper attire and usually sticks to business suits. Even on day two, for a visit to a cricket camp for underprivileged kids at Asha project site, she stuck to her signature style, opting to wear a chic white jacket paired with navy blue trousers. She was spotted cheering on young girls while they played a game of cricket.Just when one thought that Ms Gillard would keep up the strong look and dress in monotones for the duration of her visit, later in the day she surprised everyone by wearing a bright orange blazer.advertisementA silly slanging matchLeading designers, Manish Malhotra and Ritu Kumar  Stolen designs and spiteful words are a regular feature in India’s fashion story. The latest scandal involves two leading designers, Manish Malhotra and Ritu Kumar; their sorry saga revolves around the Saifeena wedding. Both maintain they designed Kareena’s much talked about wedding ensemble.Kareena Kapoor.First it was Ritu Kumar who released a sketch of the ensemble to the press but Manish Malhotra countered her claim. “I am doing Kareena Kapoor’s wedding not Ritu Kumar… For the past two weeks, workers in my unit have been restoring Sharmila ji’s old wedding lehenga that Bebo will wear for her nikaah on the 16th,” he told a daily.While Ritu Kumar remains tight lipped, actress and Saif Ali Khan’s mother Sharmila Tagore came to her defence, stating, “I had given Ritu my mother-in-law’s wedding gharara to be restored and embellished and she has been working on it for a while now. Kareena is wearing that for the wedding ceremony. As for Manish Malhotra, he is a dear friend of hers (Kareena) and is doing the other wedding outfits, as well as some for different functions.”last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2014: Argentina vs Bosnia, Group F- As it happened!

first_imgLionel Messi scored as Argentina edged past Bosnia 2-1 in the FIFA World Cup, Group F clash It took Lionel Messi just over an hour in Argentina’s World Cup opener against Bosnia-Herzegovina to show why so many fans consider him the best in the world.After a frustrating first half, the Argentina captain scored in trademark style in the 65th minute on Sunday night, completing a quick 1-2 connection Gonzalo Higuain and running through defenders before striking a brilliant left-footed shot off the post.The goal – only the second for Messi on football’s biggest stage – set off wild celebrations among the throngs of Argentine fans that had turned the famed Maracana stadium into a sea of blue and white. It also energized an unimpressive Argentina team that was ahead at that point only because of an early own goal by Bosnia. MATCH COMMENTARY Vedad Ibisevic scored a close-in goal in the 85th, but Argentina held on to win 2-1 in the Group F match “It’s the first game, I was anxious, nervous,” Messi said. “It was important to start with a win. We’ve got to improve certain things, but it was important to start with the three points.”Bosnia got the worst possible start to its first World Cup when Sead Kolasinovic scored an own goal after just three minutes.Messi sent a free kick from the left flank into the penalty area that Marcos Rojo barely touched before the ball bounced off Kolasinovic’s foot into Bosnia’s goal.advertisementBosnia bounced back after the early setback, with Izet Hajrovic slipping through Argentina’s five-man defense but failing to beat goalkeeper Sergio Romero. Five minutes before the break, Senad Lulic tested Romero’s reflexes with a well-timed header on a corner kick.Meanwhile, there was no sign of Argentina’s vaunted attack, as Bosnia gave Messi no space to work his magic and Sergio Aguero hardly touched the ball.Coach Alejandro Sabella put in Higuain at halftime, which allowed Messi to take a step back. That shift proved crucial, getting the Barcelona star more involved in the action.After a string of dangerous runs, Messi combined with Higuain, pulled left along the penalty area, and scored after leaping over defender Ermin Bicakic without losing speed and balance.Messi, who has been accused by critics of not playing with as much heart for the national team as he does for Barcelona, pulled on his blue-and-white striped jersey and ran to the sideline before pumping his fist toward the fans.”I wanted to release all the energy from other times when things didn’t go right (with the national team),” he said. “It’s always a pleasure to score with the national team”.Second-half substitute Ibisevic put some nerve back in the match when he picked up a pass from Senad Lulic and slotted the ball between Romero’s legs.Argentina plays Iran on Saturday, while Bosnia will play Nigeria.The match was the first World Cup game at the Maracana since Brazil lost to Uruguay in the final round of the 1950 tournament, which remains a deep wound in Brazilian football history. The July 13 World Cup final will also be held at the Maracana.last_img read more

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