Perpetual takes NCAA Shooting Stars crown

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “When I shot it, it was straight. I thought it would go board. I’m just thankful it fell in,” the alumnus said in Filipino.Dizon even had a fun bet with Razon and Ylagan before the contest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We really do this. Whoever loses will buy us a meal,” said Dizon. “It really feels good. Even before the competition, we all talked and said that we wanted to win this. But we didn’t put any pressure to anyone. We just told each other to keep on shooting,” said Ylagan. The Altas edged Arellano which was comprised of Zach Nicholls, Kobe Camacho, and Donald Gumaru, who had a time of 41.7 in the Final round.Perpetual also led the preliminaries as Razon punctured the halfcourt shot to end the time at 20.7 seconds.Other participants were the Lyceum unit of Spencer Pretta, Mac Guadaña, and Chico Lanete; the San Beda team of Clint Doliguez, Evan Nelle, and Dan Sara; the JRU squad of MJ Dela Virgen, Toby Agustin, and Dave Sanchez; the Mapua team of Cedric Pelayo, Clint Escamis, and Randy Alcantara; the San Sebastian group of Michael Are, Rustin Rodriguez, and Paul Riguera; the Letran crew of Daryl Pascual, Neil Guarino, and Robert Guevarra; the EAC team of Jervin Guzman, Maui Cruz, and Bong Melocoton; and the St. Benilde squad of Edward Dixon, Joshua David, and Karl Santos.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Kyrie Irving breaks silence on trade request Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGerald Dizon nailed the title-clinching halfcourt shot to give Perpetual the Shooting Stars crown in the 2017 NCAA All-Star Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Only a year removed from his playing year with the Altas, Dizon, who is now an assistant for the juniors team, capped off the victory for his team which includes GJ Ylagan, and Jielo Razon as they finished with a time of 24.8 seconds.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

La Salle’s Mbala leading Cameroon’s bid in Fiba Afrobasket

first_imgRead Next Slaughter shrugs off matchup with Fajardo: ‘It’s team-on-team’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Photo from Fiba.comBen Mbala may have missed La Salle’s win over Far Eastern University on Sunday, but the reigning UAAP MVP is still flexing his muscles in a different basketball stage.The 22-year-old Mbala is leading his home country Cameroon in the 2017 Fiba Afrobasket in Tunisia.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City 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 View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Mbala is leading the way for Cameroon, which advanced to the quarterfinals. The 6-foot-7  Mbala is averaging 18.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.In his last outing, Mbala posted 16 points and 15 rebounds in an 81-77 victory over Rwanda.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 shutoutThe 22-year-old Mbala and the rest of the team face a tall order in the quarterfinals as they take on reigning champion Nigeria on Thursday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad last_img read more

Early theme to NBA season: You score, I score, we all score

first_imgBrooklyn Nets’ D’Angelo Russell (1) gets between Orlando Magic’s Terrence Ross (31) and Bismack Biyombo (11) for a shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)Maybe it’s the 3-ball. Perhaps it’s all about small ball.Whatever the reasons, NBA teams had few problems putting the ball in the basket and piling up points through the first week of the regular season.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA BACKCOURT BATTLE: Two of the league’s best backcourts go head-to-head Friday when John Wall and Bradley Beal lead Washington into Oracle Arena to face Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.STAT LINE OF THE WEEK: Ben Simmons, Philadelphia: 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists Monday in a 97-86 victory over Detroit. The rookie needed just four games for his first career triple-double. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion A third of the league is averaging 110 or more, and the Brooklyn Nets became the first team to score 115 in their first four games in 32 years — and they only won half of them, because they were giving up more than 120 a night.The floor is open and offenses are flowing — with ease.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The game has changed. Offense has changed in the last 10 years radically just because the players are getting better, they shoot the ball better, offense has opened up, 3-point line, everybody shoots now,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “So the offense has changed radically. Defense traditionally has not changed that much.”It’s advantage offense in a big, entertaining fashion. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 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 D’Antoni ran the NBA’s most potent offense when he was in Phoenix a decade ago, and in 2006-07 the Suns were the only team to average 110 for the season, finishing at 110.2.That would have barely cracked the top 10 entering Tuesday’s play. The Nets — yes, the Nets — are leading the way, averaging 123.5 a night. The system of playing small and firing 3-pointers may have been sneered at then, but it’s practically becoming the norm now.“It’s hard to keep your bigs in the game now, so there’s nobody tall at the rim anymore,” Orlando coach Frank Vogel said. “I think that’s made offense a lot easier. It’s really just kind of a style of play and stylistically teams are playing with more shooting and more guards and more speed and less rim protection around the basket, so it’s definitely benefited the offense.”He had Roy Hibbert in that role when he was in Indiana, and the Pacers rode their rugged defense toward the top of the Eastern Conference. Now, Vogel’s Magic have yielded 126 and 121 while splitting a pair of games against the Nets.Brooklyn is the first team since the Lakers, Pacers and Pistons in 1985-86 to open with four straight 115-point games.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Curry on mouthpiece-tossing incident: ‘I’ve got to be better than that’ D’Antoni believes defenses will have to evolve because “they can’t keep up with the offense.”That, NBA fans, is an understatement.WEEK 1 MVPNobody has ever started an NBA season quite like Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo.He put up 147 points, 43 rebounds and 21 assists during the Bucks’ 3-1 start, stats that the NBA said had never been reached in a player’s first four games. He scored at least 30 points in every game, including a career-high 44 against Portland.Antetokounmpo is also off to the best scoring start in Bucks history. Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had 146 in 1970-71, when he won his first of two straight MVP awards.Antetokounmpo might be on his way to one. The online sportsbook Bovada lowered his odds from 10 to 1 in the preseason to 5 to 2 Monday, listing the Greek player as its current MVP favorite.Other things to watch around the league:HOMECOMING WEEK: DeMarcus Cousins returns to Sacramento for the first time since his midseason trade to New Orleans last season when the Pelicans visit the Kings on Thursday. The next night, Paul Millsap is back in Atlanta for the first time since moving West to the Denver Nuggets over the summer.MOVING ON UP: San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich needs four wins to pass Phil Jackson and move into sixth place of the NBA’s career list. Jackson had 1,155 victories in the regular season. Popovich has 1,152 entering the Spurs’ game in Miami on Wednesday.GEORGE’S GUESTS: Paul George will see his old Indiana mates Wednesday when the Pacers visit Oklahoma City for the first time since surprisingly trading their All-Star forward in the summer.last_img read more

Johnson still 2 options for chance at 8th NASCAR Cup title

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “I do feel good about getting in,” Johnson said.Johnson is a seven-time winner at Texas, where the Cup Series races Sunday. He won there in April in the first race after the 1 1/2-mile track was completely repaved and restructured in Turns 1 and 2. And in the current driver standings, he is only three points out of the top four spots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTS Malditas save PH from shutoutAs for Chase Elliott, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate is probably in a must-win situation after being oh-so-close to being locked into a title shot at Homestead.Elliott arrived in Texas eighth among the eight championship contenders, and 26 points out of the top four, after being wrecked by Denny Hamlin when leading two laps shy of the scheduled checkered flag at Martinsville last weekend. His first Cup victory would have locked him into a championship chance, and a top-five finish could have been a points boost. He instead finished 27th. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Jimmie Johnson, left, talks to a crew member in the garage during a practice session for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. APFORT WORTH, Texas — Jimmie Johnson still has two very conceivable options for a chance to race for his record-breaking eighth NASCAR Cup Series championship.Win one of the next two races, or just be in the top four in points after that, and Johnson will get one of the four championship-contending spots in two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games 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 Hamilin, who is seventh in points, qualified second after going 200.617 mph. Kevin Harvick, now holding down the fourth spot, starts third. Points leader Truex starts seventh, two spots behind Kyle Busch.“Definitely confidence is high. Feel good about it. Mile and a half is — obviously they’ve been good for us this year, but honestly, I feel like everywhere we go this year, right now especially, we can run up front and have a shot at winning,” Truex said. “Being able to come here with a pretty nice points cushion feels good, and hopefully we’ll be able to go out here and take care of business.”Brad Keselowski, the other driver currently in the top four spots, starts 10th. That is a spot lower than Johnson, who has gone 20 races without a win.“Comfortable here, we’ve stayed alive. It hasn’t been pretty, but we’ve stayed alive,” Johnson said. “And we’re at one of our best tracks. … We want to win. If we can’t do that, we understand where we are at the points. Hopefully we can do it.”Hamlin has apologized publicly on social media to Elliott, but that didn’t change the frustration for Elliott, who said in Texas that he wouldn’t answer any questions about whether he was going to try to get Hamlin back on the track.That led to Johnson being asked if he had to be extra careful if he found himself behind Hamlin and his teammate Sunday.“Yeah, you stay aware. There is no doubt about it you don’t want to be caught up in something that you don’t need to be,” Johnson said. “But, we will just see how that evolves. Last weekend was crazy on a lot of levels.”There is certainly a lot more room, and a whole lot more speed, at the high-banked oval in Texas. “As long as the week has gone along, it has given me a lot of time to think about how close we were to going to Homestead,” Elliott said. “I think if anything else that will drive you up the wall more if you think about it.”Making things even more difficult and frustrating for Elliott in Texas, the No. 24 didn’t make it through tech inspection in time to make a qualifying run Friday. He will start 34th while all the other seven championship contenders qualified in the top 10.Martinsville winner Kyle Busch, who held off points leader Martin Truex Jr. in the race that needed five extra laps, is the only driver who has clinched one of the four championship-contending spots in the season finale.Kurt Busch, out of championship contention and with his Cup status for next season still unsettled, is on the pole at Texas after being one of five drivers with qualifying laps of more than 200 mph . He is now with Stewart-Haas Racing, though doesn’t have a deal settled for 2018 with that or any other team.“No updates for me. We are in negotiations,” Busch said, without elaborating after qualifying. “Days like today help quite a bit.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Alcacer shines in Messi’s 600th game for Barcelona View commentslast_img read more

NCAA volleyball: Shock loss to Arellano fire up San Beda

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Also back to her old self was San Beda’s star spiker Cesca Raqraquin, who pumped in a game-high 20 points, including three of her team’s points during a 7-0 run that ended the match.Raqraquin’s performance atoned for her subpar play against the Lady Chiefs, who held her to measly six points. Read Next View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “[The win] boosted our morale,” he said.In stark contrast to the Arellano game, where San Beda was a step slow to the defending champion, the Lady Red Spikers, this time, played sharp.And it was one of the things Gavino noticed.READ: NCAA volleyball: Arellano thinks fatigue big factor in San Beda’s downfall“The girls moved really quick unlike against Arellano when they were sluggish and soft. I also saw their willingness to win today.”ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting But it didn’t even come close to living up to the hype with the Lady Red Spikers failing to put up a fight as the Lady Chiefs cruised to a 25-17, 25-10, 25-17, win.READ: NCAA volleyball: Arellano shuts down San Beda to earn semis berthFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the loss, though, painful, was put to good use in another crucial tiff.“[The loss] served as our motivation because we needed to bounce back from that,” said San Beda coach Nemesio Gavino after his team’s 25-14, 25-22, 22-25, 25-18 victory over the Lady Stags. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Out of February window for Gilas, Abueva vows to make up for lost time PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:29Police 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 NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netComing off a deflating loss in a showdown with Arellano University four days ago, San Beda redeemed itself with a big win over Final Four contender San Sebastian on Tuesday.Last Friday’s duel between San Beda and Arellano was one of the few matches in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament that had some kind of anticipation to it with both teams staking an undefeated record in a potential finals matchup.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

D-League: Eze leads as Perpetual hammers Batangas-EAC

first_imgLATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I think it’s our small mistakes which is stopping us from running away with the game. That’s what we need to correct in our next games,” said Lim as Perpetual evened its standing at 2-2.Earvin Mendoza paced Batangas (1-5) with 17 points and six rebounds.The Scores:PERPETUAL 82 — Eze 24, Aurin 22, Charcos 16, Peralta 8, Villanueva 6, Coronel 4, Tamayo 2, Mangalino 0, Pido 0, Tiburcio 0.BATANGAS-EAC 75 — E. Mendoza 17, Dela Peña 11, Ablaza 10, De Joya 9, Diego 9, Laude 6, Bautista 4, Garcia 3, J. Mendoza 2, Neri 2, Tampoc 2, Maguliano 0.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Coach Frankie Lim also drew solid outings from Kim Aurin, who got 22 markers and seven boards, as well as Edgar Charcos, who finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, and five assists in the win.“We just focused on complete denial on defense. I feel we’re very soft on defense and we allow the ball to be passed before we defend. We need to take the ball out of their hands and we had a good job of doing that in this game,” said the mentor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPerpetual turned a close 24-22 lead in the second quarter to a 38-27 halftime lead as it staged a 14-5 charge to end the first half.With Eze leading the charge, the Altas continued to pounce on the Generals and erected a 16-point lead, 70-54, midway in the final frame, but their 17 turnovers prevented them from stretching the lead as they settled for the seven-point victory. MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Quarters: 18-13, 38-27, 60-49, 82-75. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:29Police 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESPerpetual got back to its winning ways and clobbered Batangas-EAC, 82-75, to level its standing in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Shaking off the bruised rib injury he incurred in the Altas’ last game, Nigerian big man Prince Eze bannered the fight with 24 points, 15 rebounds, and eight blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Etheridge, Philippines dreaming of English Premier League Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View comments AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

GALLERY: ‘Greek Freak Invades Manila’

first_imgMOST READ 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netGiannis Antetokounmpo in Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGiannis Antetokounmpo in Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGiannis Antetokounmpo in Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Bolts torch Gin Kings Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments 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 LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

CLT20 will shift focus from spot-fixing: Players

first_imgThe Champions League Twenty20, starting here on Friday, will give cricket fans around the world an opportunity to shift their focus on the game from the murky spot-fixing scandal involving Pakistani players, feel international cricketers.Australian pacer Shaun Tait said the ‘spot-fixing’ scam was a slur on the game and CLT20 will bring a breath of fresh air for the fans.”It is good time for this tournament to happen because cricket will be moving forward. People will at last get to see a competitive tournament rather than look at the rubbish going on in England,” he said today referring to the ‘spot-fixing’ reports.”The tournament is happening in the perfect time because it will shift the focus back on cricket,” added Tait, who will be playing in the CLT20 for South Australian Redback side.Cricket plunged into crisis after an expose by a British tabloid showed three Pakistani players — Test captain Salman Butt and pace duo of Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir — were allegedly involved in spot-fixing during the Lord’s Test against England.The tainted trio were suspended by the International Cricket Council and an investigation by Scotland Yard is going on.Big-hitting West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard was also of the view that CLT20 brings an opportunity to regain spectators’ faith in the game.”I don’t want to speak on the topic because I am not involved in it and so far in my career nothing like this happened. The most we (cricketers) can do at this moment is play competitive, hard and fair cricket whenever we get on to the field be it CLT20 or in international matches,” said Pollard, who will be representing Mumbai Indians in the tournament.advertisementSouth African middle-order batsman JP Duminy, however, expressed sympathy for 19-year-old promising left-arm pacer Aamir but said when it comes to match-fixing he always prefer to remain extra vigilant.”It is a pity that such serious and big allegations have come into cricket. But personally, I always try to keep myself miles away from all these things. For a cricketer it’s about saying right things at the right time and remaining extra careful,” the left-hander said.”I feel for Aamir. It is a pity to be in this position, especially in this young age. I hope he comes out clean and enjoy a long career,” added Duminy, who will turn out for Mumbai Indians in CLT20.last_img read more

OC claims 9L tickets sold but no viewers at stadiums

first_imgWhere have the tickets gone, Mr Kalmadi? The Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) insists it has sold nine lakh tickets and earned Rs 32 crore, but the numbers just don’t add up.The stands are empty – a shameful 121 people showed up to applaud shooting champ Gagan Narang and his teammates as they led India’s gold rush at the Karni Singh Range (seating capacity: 4,500) on Thursday.Ticket seekers are returning empty handed from the Central Bank of India counters. Major sponsors are complaining that they have been doled out a minuscule number of tickets. The sports federations haven’t got their fair share.Such is the anger over the disappearance of the tickets that chief minister Sheila Dikshit has written to OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi asking him to allow free entry to students at the venues. An official in the chief minister’s office said Kalmadi had not replied yet.All this hasn’t made a difference to the OC. And it shows in the way it is botching up the complimentary passes for the India-Pakistan hockey face-off on Sunday – they are still to be printed. “Such is the confusion that we have no takers for complimentary tickets,” admitted a senior OC official.The OC has a standard answer – it has nothing more to give. So where are the nine lakh tickets – a number shared by OC secretary-general Lalit Bhanot, the same man who tried to laugh away the insanitary conditioned in the Commonwealth Games Village – that should have been enough to fill up all the leading venues.advertisementHad these tickets gone to real people, the 2010 Games would have found a place in history as a great spectator event – even bigger than the IPL. It’s an open- and- shut case of gross mismanagement.Insiders have revealed to Mail Today that Suresh Kalmadi’s team – apart from Bhanot, fingers are also being pointed at Sanjeev Mittal, a senior bureaucrat who is responsible for ticket sales – first didn’t print enough tickets fearing poor attendance because of the adverse publicity preceding the Games.They then compounded the problem by mismanaging the distribution of the tickets – the insiders spilling the beans talk of cartons of unsold tickets gathering dust in the OC headquarters.”The entire ticketing system has been a failure,” said a senior official of the sports ministry, which has not got its share of tickets. “It is no secret that the OC never released the full complement of tickets to the Central Bank of India.” As the criticism comes thick and fast, OC officials are making accusatory whispers about not enough tickets having been printed in the first place.Stung by the negative publicity preceding the Games, Kalmadi and Co. brought down the number of tickets to be printed from 14 lakh to the present level of nine lakh. Defenders of the trio responsible for the mess said that printing each ticket cost Rs 9 and there was no point wasting money on tickets that would never get sold.By this arithmetic, printing the remaining five lakh tickets would’ve cost the OC Rs 45 lakh. But these five lakh ticket could have ensured one less assault on our national pride.A top OC official, however, said the defence being doled out for fewer tickets being printed was no more than a weak attempt to gloss over ” the absence of a clear-cut policy on distribution”. He said it was ” a planning and distribution problem.”But where have the nine lakh tickets gone? The attendance at the venues has been abysmally low. When the Indian Archery Federation asked for 100- 200 tickets for families and friends of the Indian team, it was told that the archery events had been sold out.Yet when India put up its best-ever performance in the sport by bagging a gold and a bronze on Friday, the 1,500-seater archery venue at the Yamuna Sports Complex had a sprinkling of spectators.To avoid obvious embarrassment, the federation had to rope in volunteers to cheer for the winners. “There is something fishy going on,” said the archery federation president, V. K. Malhotra, leader of the opposition in the Delhi Assembly.Even when Ashish Kumar got India its first-ever medal in gymnastics in an international multidisciplinary event on Thursday, not even 10 per cent of the 16,000-capacity arena in the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium was occupied.The dubious distinction of reporting the lowest attendance goes to the India- Malawi netball match at the 4,500-seater Thyagaraja Stadium on Thursday.It was seen by seven persons, including two Sports Authority of India officials.advertisementOn Friday, senior office- bearers of the national federations representing boxing, hockey, shooting, swimming and tennis were outside Bhanot’s ninth- floor office at the OC headquarters on Jaisingh Road, asking for their fair share of complimentary passes.”The OC had reserved 20 per cent of all the printed tickets for complimentary distribution to sports federations, but no one, including the top OC office- bearers, has a clue to where they have been kept,” a senior OC official said on the condition of anonymity.So what’s been the fate of the nine lakh tickets that Bhanot claims have been printed? You can’t blame the sponsors for cornering the tickets, for even the lead sponsor, Indian Railways, has got just 300 passes. This, despite the Railways having doled out more than ` 100 crore in cash and services for the Games.The other major sponsors – the public- sector National Thermal Power Corporation and Steel Authority of India Limited – had been given 12 free ‘ accreditation tickets’ each for the opening ceremonies, and an equal number for the closing event. These freebies entitled its top executives to seating in the VVIP enclosures.Each supporting company, including Central Bank of India, Air India, Hero Honda and Swiss watchmaker Tissot, was allotted 25 free tickets each in the ` 50,000 and ` 25,000 categories for the opening ceremony. Additionally, the OC has doled out five to 30 complimentary tickets each for the various sports events.These complimentary tickets don’t add up to even a minuscule fraction of the nine lakh tickets that the OC has said it has printed. So why are ordinary folk being turned away from ticket counters? And why is there a mismatch between the queues of ticket seekers outside the venues and the empty stands inside?The list of unanswered, and uncomfortable, questions is getting as long as the queues of disgruntled tickets seekers outside the venues.last_img

Tendulkar-Vijay show thwarts Australia; Pujara flops on debut

first_imgMaster blaster Sachin Tendulkar celebrates after his century on the 3rd day of the 2nd test match against Australia at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Monday.Sachin Tendulkar closed in on his sixth Test double hundred as India finished Day 3 of the Bangalore Test on 435-5, still trailing Australia by 43 runs.After a mammoth 308-run stand with Murali Vijay, who completed his maiden Test ton in the noon session, India lost debutant Cheteshwar Pujara for four, and Suresh Raina for a quick 32.Tendulkar, who had begun the day on 44, completed his 49th Test hundred in the morning session with a six off Nathan Hauritz. He ended the day on 191 (319b, 20×4, 2×6).With MS Dhoni with him at the crease, Tendulkar would look to quickly complete his second double-ton against Australia before pressing for a chunky lead, giving India’s bowlers enough time to try and bowl the opposition out on a pitch that has stayed low from Day 1.Full ScoresPujara lasted two balls batting first time for India. He cover-drove his second ball for four, having spent nearly six hours padded up while Tendulkar and Vijay made merry. His third ball stayed low as Johnson’s appeal for LBW was upheld. Earlier in the same over, Vijay had edged Johnson behind.Sachin, who resumed at personal score of 44, easily negotiated the Australian bowling attack in the first two hours of the day and reached the three-digit in style, cracking a huge six off Nathan Hauritz in 59th over.The batting icon, who struck 15 fours and two sixes during his 160-ball unbeaten stay, got fine support from Vijay after the hosts resumed at 128 for two earlier today.advertisementAustralia were all out for 478 in the first innings.Both Tendulkar and Vijay, who hit seven fours and a six, were in good touch from the very beginning of the day’s proceedings as the former started the day with a four off Hauritz.Vijay, who remained unbeaten on 42 yesterday, completed his third Test half-century in the 41st over, taking a single after sending Ben Hilfenhaus to midwicket.The 186-run third-wicket partnership between Vijay and Tendulkar helped India to reduce the deficit within manageable limit.A composed Tendulkar was amazing in his planning as he moved from 93 to 99 with a six off Hauritz over the mid-on and then repeated the stroke to cross 100-run mark off the same bowler in his next over.The timing of the shots were so immaculate that the fieldsmen could only looked up the sky for the trajectory of its landing.Tendulkar thus made his 10th successive half-century-plus score in as many Test innings.Australia captain Ricky Ponting’s decision to set the field for a leg side trap to Vijay and Tendulkar, especially when the fast bowlers operated, did not give results as the Indians played with great caution.However, Vijay at times was seen drifting away in focus but Tendulkar twice walked up to his partner to advise him to keep his cool.Ponting shuffled the bowlers for almost every two overs but that also did not pay off as Tendulkar enjoyed his stay and always came up with big hits whatever the bowlers gave him on the leg side.On the other hand, Vijay also played to the strategy and was seen taking singles to give Tendulkar more of the strikes and continue to maintain the momentum throughout the session. – With PTI inputslast_img read more

Vinod Kambli hale and hearty after heart surgery

first_imgMercurial Vinod Kambli, the hard-hitting batsman who once matched Don Bradman and Wally Hammond by hammering successive double Test centuries, has undergone successful angioplasty and hopes to be back on television soon. Kambli, 40, underwent angioplasty on two of his blocked arteries at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai last month, but the surgery was kept well under wraps.We didnt tell anyone about it, except my close friends. You are the first one from the media I’m speaking to, though the news channel for which I work knew my condition and allowed to undergo surgery. Overall, I am feeling much better now, Kambli told Mail Today from Mumbai.Its disappointing that Im not able to cover the first Test between India and New Zealand for my channel. But I am recovering well and will speak to doctors to see if I can get back to work for the second Test starting on August 29 in Bangalore. Hopefully, Ill be back soon, he said, optimistically.Kambli complained of pain and was taken to the hospital again on Thursday and was discharged on Friday. Due to this he couldnt watch comeback kid Cheteshwar Pujaras maiden Test century in Hyderabad.Lauds Pujara TonLeft-handed Kambli, who also batted at the crucial No. 3 like Pujara and scored all his four centuries at that position, rued missing the Saurashtra batsmans knock.I was in hospital, so I couldnt watch the telecast. But I am told he batted well, he said.However, Kambli requested those who have started comparing Pujara with his predecessor at No. 3, the redoubtable Rahul Dravid, to refrain from doing so.Its good to know that Pujara scored a century. The more he scores the better for him. But people have started comparing him with Dravid. I ask them to let him play and score more runs, he said.I also batted at No. 3 and scored successive double hundreds, something that only Bradman and Hammond had done earlier [ and Graeme Smith later]. But that didnt mean that I was as good as those greats or should have been compared with them.So, people should not compare Pujara with Dravid. Kambli hammered a superb 224, against England in Mumbai, in only his fourth Test innings and followed it up with a strokeful 227 in the next match in Delhi in 1993.In the next two Tests in which he batted, he slammed successive centuries in Sri Lanka that helped him become the fastest Indian to reach 1,000 runs in least number of innings, 14. All this added spice to comparisons between him and Sachin Tendulkar, his contemporary and friend.After his fourth ton, scored in Colombo, Kambli played 10 more Tests but never managed a century; only two half-centuries, before fizzling out. He unsuccessfully tried to stage a comeback for several years, which included a stint in South African domestic cricket. He eventually finished with 1,084 runs in 17 Tests at a fabulous average of 54.20.Kambli dabbled in politics, too, in 2009. He fought, and lost, from the Vikhroli (Mumbai) seat of the Maharashtra Assembly in 2009 and also took part in Big Boss. In November last year, he was in news again when he sensationally said during a reality TV show in November that he was stunned when the then captain Mohammed Azharuddin chose to field on winning the toss in the 1996 World Cup semi-finals against Sri Lanka.The Mumbaikar now says he is now contented with the media work hes involved in. I only have this contract with a news channel and I am very happy with the work Im doing, he stressed. I only have this contract with a news channel and I am very happy with the work Im doing. Kamblis wife Andrea Hewitt said that before he was admitted to Lilavati Hospital her star cricketer husband was feeling some pain. He had been complaining of chest pain very often. So we took him to hospital and the surgery was done, the fashion model told Mail Today. Kambli informed that two of his arteries were causing the pain.I was feeling uncomfortable.The tests revealed that one was 90 per cent blocked and the other 50 per cent, he said.We are sportspersons, we dont know how these things happen. I had a successful surgery and did complete rest. I felt pain again two days ago, and was admitted for one-and-a-half days before being discharged on Friday. The pain is now gone.advertisementlast_img read more

Lack of planning threatens to reduce Afro-Asian Games to a costly PR exercise for IOA

first_imgIndian athletes arriving for the first-ever Afro-Asian Games (AAG) in November will be in for a surprise: they won’t have to live in rat-infested rooms in Nehru Stadium fighting flies rather than the competition but will travel to the capital by air, live in five-star hotels and travel in air-conditioned,Indian athletes arriving for the first-ever Afro-Asian Games (AAG) in November will be in for a surprise: they won’t have to live in rat-infested rooms in Nehru Stadium fighting flies rather than the competition but will travel to the capital by air, live in five-star hotels and travel in air-conditioned buses.But not because the country has decided to give its athletes the respect and comforts they deserve. These luxuries will be extended only during the Games and will be swiftly taken away once they end. Then the waste of the entire exercise – costing more than Rs 100 crore – will probably hit the athlete and the taxpayer the hardest.STATE OF THE STADIA: The IOA’s decision to organise the Games at short notice means that the Nehru (top), Talkatora and National stadiums are only now being readiedThe Indian Olympic Association (IOA), organisers of the Afro-Asian Games, is treating them as a huge public-relations exercise for “promotion” of sports in Africa and Asia. “The Games will increase Afro-Asian solidarity,” says Suresh Kalmadi, working chairman of the AAG Organising Committee and president of the IOA.Kalmadi says the AAG are “an attempt to break the monopoly of Americans and Europeans. They (Europe and the US) get to host meets because they support each other’s candidature but there is no cooperation between Asia and Africa.”The AAG may in fact turn out to be a very expensive face-saving and public-relations exercise for Kalmadi and the IOA, whose track record, even in the Asian and African fraternity, is not good. India made a bid for the 2006 Asian Games and was supported only by one country – Bhutan – out of 44 Asian nations. Kalmadi’s explanation is that the IOA’s bid budget wasn’t big enough.advertisement”Other countries spend millions of dollars in bids but India spent only Rs 75 lakh. The result is for all to see.” However, none of the 100-plus members of the IOA contingent sent to the Sydney Olympics to lobby had stadia passes. An IOA official claims that lack of access to stadia and hotels prevented them from giving the Indian effort the edge. Unfazed, the IOA now wants to host the 2010 Commonwealth Games.Talkatora stadiumIt is difficult to understand why India, which lacks resources to bid for events, wants to spend Rs 100 crore on the AAG. In a departure from common practice, the Games organisers will offer free air tickets and five-star accommodation to players and officials. The only country to have offered free air travel was South Korea during the Seoul Olympics.But after being swamped by official requests, Seoul only paid for the athletes’ tickets. An IOAofficial claims that the money being showered on the event like confetti should have been spent on improvement of facilities and equipment for Indians. Kalmadi believes otherwise. “A spinoff of the Games would be updated sports stadia,” he says.Now the situation has reached such a pass that in a transparent attempt to please as many people in the IOA and the Government as possible, a gaggle of committees and subcommittees – with a total of 500 members – has been formed comprising a host of Sangh Parivar luminaries, apparently on Union Sports Minister Uma Bharati’s recommendation.National stadiumThese include editors of RSS mouthpieces – Sheshadri Chari of Organiser (vice-chairman, Ceremonies Committee) and Tarun Vijay of Panchajanya (vice-chairman, Media Committee) – about two dozen BJP youth wing leaders and MPs. Strangely enough, mountaineers Bachendri Pal and Santosh Yadav have been named on the Stadia Committee. BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha is chairman of the Hospitality Sub-committee. To compound matters, a number of members have already resigned since their consent was never procured before they were “appointed” on the various committees.Says BJP Rajya Sabha member Balbir Punj who resigned as chairman of the Marketing Committee: “My interest in sports was never more than watching a few matches on TV. I was not consulted before being given the task.”There are 27 committees, of which about five meet every day. Members who live outside Delhi are entitled to free airfare and a daily travel allowance of Rs 1,000. According to an Organising Committee circular, every committee member from outside Delhi is allowed to claim three days of travel allowance for a one-day meeting.”The Games will end US and European monopoly.”Suresh Kalmadi, Chairman, Organising Committee, AAGThe cost of hosting the Games has been revised three times: from an estimate of Rs 40 crore last year to Rs 56 crore after the addition of hockey and weightlifting to the disciplines.advertisementBy the time the Government clearance came in April this year, the cost was once again revised to Rs 110 crore.The Government will pitch in with Rs 37 crore for improvement of infrastructure and an additional Rs 20 crore for the conduct of the Games, leaving the organising committee to raise the remaining amount through sponsorship and sale of telecast and broadcast rights.An indication that the Games were poorly and sloppily planned came when it was discovered that they would coincide with major international tennis and hockey tournaments and club soccer leagues. Now the IOA is in an unholy haste to get the dates of the events of the hockey and tennis tournaments changed.At the moment there is no weightlifting federation in the country to select players for the AAG after a Kolkata court disbanded the ad-hoc federation in existence. If there ever was a shambles waiting to happen, the Afro-Asian Games would be its advertisement.last_img read more

Schumacher family asks for privacy before his 50th birthday

first_imgIn this Nov. 23, 2012 file photo, Grand Prix driver Michael Schumacher, of Germany, sits in his car during a free practice at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil. APGLAND, Switzerland — Michael Schumacher’s family has asked for understanding as it continues to keep details of his health private ahead of the seven-time Formula One champion’s 50th birthday.In a statement published on Facebook on Wednesday, one day before his birthday, the family says: “You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him. Please understand if we are following Michael’s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion 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 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA dreams big Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño No details on Schumacher’s current health were given. The former F1 champion suffered serious head injuries in an accident while he was skiing with his teenage son Mick in the French Alps at Meribel on Dec 29, 2013.Schumacher hit the right side of his head on a rock, splitting open the helmet. Doctors worked to remove blood clots from his brain, but some were left because they were too deeply embedded. Schumacher’s condition stabilized after he was placed in a drug-induced coma, from which he later emerged.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionUpdates on his health have been scarce since he left hospital in September 2014 to be cared for privately at his Swiss home on the shores of Lake Geneva.“Michael can be proud of what he has achieved, and so are we!” the family said in the statement Wednesday. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ “That’s why we remember his successes with the Michael Schumacher Private Collection exhibition in Cologne, by publishing memories in social media and by continuing his charitable work through the Keep Fighting Foundation. We want to remember and celebrate his victories, his records and his jubilation.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more

Donovan Mitchell dominates as Jazz thrash Lakers

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Utah broke the game open in the second quarter by holding Los Angeles without a field goal for nearly seven minutes. The Lakers trailed 41-34 after Ivica Zubac scored back-to-back baskets with 7:35 left. They did not get another basket until Javale McGee hit a short jumper with 55.1 seconds left in the half.Utah took advantage of the drought. The Jazz used an 18-4 run to open a 59-38 lead. Mitchell fueled much of the run with his play on both ends of the court. He drove for a pair of baskets, blocked a layup attempt by Kyle Kuzma, and fed a no-look pass to Ingles in the corner to set up his first 3-pointer of the night.Los Angeles trimmed Utah’s lead to 76-66 in the third quarter after Beasley made back-to-back baskets and hit a pair of free throws as part of a 10-0 run. The Lakers couldn’t cut it to single digits.Utah used a 14-5 run, capped by a layup from Gobert, to put it out of reach again and take a 95-73 lead with 7:03 left in the fourth quarter.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño The Jazz also got a solid performance from Royce O’Neale, who went 5 for 12 from 3-point range on his to a season-high 17 points.Michael Beasley scored 17 points for the Lakers. Brandon Ingram added 15 points and Kyle Kuzma had 11 points and eight rebounds.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 starsLos Angeles (23-20) lost for the sixth time in nine games without LeBron James in the lineup. James is out with a groin injury.All three Jazz point guards — Ricky Rubio, Dante Exum and Raul Neto — were sidelined with injuries. But Mitchell helped make up for his missing teammates. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lakers: James did not travel to Utah. … Kuzma went 0 of 8 from the field in the first half and shot just 4 of 18 (.222) from the floor overall. … Ingram scored just three points over the final three quarters.Jazz: Favors now has 3,986 career rebounds with Utah and passed Greg Ostertag (3,978) for fourth place on the Jazz rebounding list. … Mitchell scored 25-plus points for the fourth consecutive game. … O’Neale’s five 3-pointers equaled the team total for the Lakers.UP NEXTLakers: Host the Cavaliers on Sunday.Jazz: Host the Bulls on Saturday. Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac (40) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell had 33 points and a career-high nine assists, helping the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers 113-95 on Friday night.Utah (22-21) made 15 3-pointers in its fourth win in five games. Rudy Gobert had 12 points and a season-high 18 rebounds. Joe Ingles had 14 points and a career-high 12 boards, and Derrick Favors finished with 15 points and a season-high 13 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue James Harden, Rockets overwhelm lowly Cavaliers View commentslast_img read more

200m Runner Archana Gets Late Invite From IAAF to Take Part in World Championships

first_img Archana SuseendranAthletics Federation of Indiahima dasiaaf First Published: September 20, 2019, 11:19 PM IST New Delhi: National Inter-State Championships 200m gold winner Archana Suseendran has been cleared to participate in the World Championships starting in Doha next week after the Athletics Federation of India accepted a late invite from the IAAF.After a review of the final entries, the world body, IAAF found that some of the qualified athletes would not be able to take part in the September 27 to October 6 showpiece event and sent out late invites. The deadline for the submission of final entries was on September 16 but the the IAAF opened a small window after maximum target of entries was not reached.In fact, the IAAF sent invites to three Indian athletes, all in women’s 200m. The three included Hima Das, who was ruled out of the championships due to her persistent back injury. The third invite was extended to S Dhanalakshmi but the AFI did not accept her name.Hima’s pet event is the 400m but she had run and won gold in 200m in five races of mediocre fields in July and August in Poland and Czech Republic, the best being 23.25 seconds at Tabor (Czech Republic).”We have accepted the invite of Archana but not of Dhanalakshmi as she did not have consistent good timings. Hima, of course, cannot run as she is injured,” an AFI official told PTI.The AFI had initially thought that Archana would get invite along with 100m runner Dutee Chand, who did not cross the qualifying mark but nevertheless made the cut as the IAAF need to have the target entry number in each event.The inclusion of Tamil Nadu athlete Archana will take the number of Indians in the World Championships to 27 but Anajali Devi’s participation in the women’s 400m will be subject to a confirmatory trial to be held in Patiala on Saturday.Archana’s best timing this season was the 23.18 seconds she clocked in the Indian Grand Prix in Patiala in August. Later, she won the gold in the National Inter-State Championships in Lucknow with a timing of 23.39 seconds.Dhanalakshmi has recorded 23.24 seconds in November last year in the National Inter-University Championships in Mangaluru. But after that, not much is known about her performances in 200m. She had won a silver in the 100m dash in the Indian Grand Prix in Patiala in February with a timing of 11.98 seconds. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more