Korea downs China for AVC bronze

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending 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 Hwang Minkyoung gave the Koreans the third-place finish when her final attack bounced off two Chinese defenders.Captain Kim Yeon-koung said she felt bad they didn’t get a chance to challenge for the gold, but the bronze is a good enough consolation prize for them.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“After yesterday we were really upset because we wanted to go to the finals,” said Kim, who finished with eight points as she sat out most of the third set. “Anyway we finished third so I’m happy for the girls.”Kim Heejin led Korea with 16 points while Park Jeongah added 13. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Jin Ye had 10 points to lead China. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Korea avenged its failed bid for a championship and dismantled China 25-11, 25-18, 25-20, to earn the bronze medal in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Thursday at Alonte Sports Arena.The Koreans lost their chance for the gold when Thailand swept them in the semifinals, 25-20, 25-20, 25-21, Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Cam favorite Vicencio helps lift PH archerslast_img read more

Kiefer Ravena joins 2017 PBA Draft

first_imgView comments In a post on his Twitter account, Ravena made the announcement short and sweet.“#PBADraft. Here we go,” he wrote.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 BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Confusion looms as Owens survives Hell in a Cell Read Next The former Ateneo star last saw action for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions cup where he averaged a team-best 20.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 steals in close to 30 minutes of play.He also had a memorable collegiate and amateur career going back to his days in the UAAP, where he netted 16.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists in five seasons.Ravena has had vast playing experience elsewhere. He even tested his luck in the NBA and was signed to contract in the NBA Developmental League with the Texas Legends, while also seeing action in numerous leagues with Mighty Sports and Alab Pilipinas.He has also won a record of four Southeast Asian Games gold medals while also representing the country in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 #PBADraft2017 Here we go. 🙏🏽— Kiefer Ravena (@kieferravena) October 9, 2017 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo from Fiba.comKiefer Ravena has finally made the jump to the pros.The two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player has decided to face a new challenge as he declared himself eligible for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The 23-year-old’s inclusion further bolsters the depth of this year’s pool where Ravena is expected to be a sure-fire top two selection.He joins an already loaded cast which features Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger, La Salle swingman Jeron Teng, and FEU bruiser Raymar Jose.last_img read more

More learning, more success

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trust is also important, Kiraly explained to the local coaches. It spills over to allowing assistants to teach and have a say in how things are run. “You might get sick one day and your assistant needs to take over,” Kiraly said.All sports should make an effort like that of the PSL to continuously look for ways to upgrade their game. And with Karch Kiraly’s visit, you get lessons not only on how to play but a serving as well of the values indispensable for team success. 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 crowd03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family00:50Trending 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 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Karch Kiraly. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUnited States national women’s volleyball coach and three-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly was clearly delighted that the Philippine volleyball community knew him very well.“I covered you in the 1988 Seoul Olympics,” I told Kiraly as we were introduced by Philippine Superliga president Tats Suzara. “That surely dates us,” Kiraly smiled back. ESPN 5 sports head Patricia Bermudez-Hizon and I were clearly fans as we talked shop with Kiraly, who also dabbles in the game’s TV coverage.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Isaac hopes to see FEU connection thrive in Blackwater Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The younger generation of volleyball fans may not exactly know of Kiraly’s game until they hit the internet for a quick review. But the PSL coaches, who were to undergo a clinic with Kiraly later in the afternoon, clearly knew him and had followed his indoor and beach volleyball accomplishments.Kiraly was in town for the clinic and the formal opening of the PSL Grand Prix tournament. Suzara invited the game’s legend when they met in Japan in a recent international tournament. It didn’t take long for Kiraly to agree to come over as he was aware of how the game has grown in this part of the world.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 shutoutIn the press conference and in the clinic, Kiraly shared lessons from years of playing and coaching. “You don’t have to be the tallest team to do well,” Kiraly explained, citing the Thai and Japanese volleyball teams as great examples of what sound fundamentals can do.Aside from discussing the game’s technical aspects, Kiraly emphasized in the clinic that “If there’s more learning in a team, there will be much more success.” The nature of the game, with its limited number of passes, compels teams to have players with multiple skills so that anyone on the floor should know how to set, dig, block and attack. “We don’t have a lot of time to handle the ball,” he pointed out.last_img read more

Azkals off to Kathmandu

first_imgMake a new boxing star shine here Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ “This will be as good as any chance for us to qualify,” Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband told the Inquirer. “We were so close in 2014 and for some of the players, it was one of their biggest disappointments. But now we have another chance.”The Azkals will be returning to a country where it has already achieved success, having reached the semifinals of the AFC Challenge Cup for the first time in 2012 in the Nepalese capital.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 Philippine Azkals left for the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu early Wednesday with the goal of qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup for the first time when the continental showpiece event is played in the United Arab Emirates in 2019.Held to back-to-back draws by Yemen in the last two qualifying matches, the Azkals hope to finally nail the Asian Cup berth with a win over Nepal on Nov. 14 at ANFA Stadium in Kathmandu.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Does Manny agree with Freddie Roach?

first_imgFreddie Roach, the famous American trainer who pushed Manny Paquiao all the way to full superstardom, says he wants the legendary Filipino warrior to do a rematch with WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn—then hang up his gloves.Nothing new there. It was not the first time Roach had voiced that wish for Pacquiao, the only eight-division world title winner in boxing.There was more urgency in what Roach told ESPN Deportes over the weekend: “I hope he (Pacquiao) goes forward with that fight, and after that, he retires.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Lady Realtors notch 1st win First things first: Does Pacquiao honestly want to fight on?Next: Would Pacquiao, who claimed he had been set up in that losing stand against Horn, still care to return to Australia?It would help if they could get Pacquiao’s side on the Roach proposal.So far, there has been no reported conversation or dialogue between Roach and Pacquiao after the fighting Filipino senator lost his WBO crown to Horn in Brisbane last July.Based on a postchampionship dugout report, Pacquiao and Roach failed to talk to each other. The beaten Filipino superhero stood before the mirror attending to his hairdo, while Roach stayed at a distance and cooled his heels inside the dressing room.Anyway, it was reported later that Pacquiao had agreed to do a rematch (last Sept. 12) in Brisbane.However, Top Rank big boss Bob Arum would next report that Pacquiao had suddenly pulled out.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 shutoutThere are two sides to the proposed rematch.One side says Horn urgently needs the fight in order to culminate his championship victory, which continued to be questioned by various sectors.Pardon this, but there are also experts who felt Roach needed the rematch in order to clear the landscape. These experts felt that the Pacquiao-Horn fight could’ve gone either way; unfortunately Roach, who insisted on a KO finish, was clearly outplotted and outclassed by Glenn Rushton, the millionaire trainer who molded obscure Horn, a former schoolteacher, into a world-class boxer.(AMAZED: US President Donald Trump stood and applauded the splendid presentation by select Filipino artists during the Asean Summit gala dinner at MOA in Pasay City on Sunday. Among the performers was the multiawarded Mandaluyong Children’s Choir of City Mayor Menchie Abalos. Mabuhay!) CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:37Protesters 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 Gameslast_img read more

Heat erase 5-point deficit in 34 seconds, stun Hornets

first_imgRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers UP NEXTHeat: Wrap up a five-game road trip on Monday night at Houston.Hornets: Host Sacramento on Monday night. Nic Batum scored a season-high 26 points and Kemba Walker had 22 for Charlotte, which had a two-game winning streak snapped.Charlotte led 105-100 when Johnson got free for a dunk. The Hornets inbounded the ball to Batum, but Josh Richardson ripped it from his hands and passed to Johnson, who knocked down a 3-pointer from the wing to tie.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter a timeout, Walker missed a driving layup, and Olynyk grabbed the rebound and drove the length of the court. He was fouled by Dwight Howard on a disputed reach-in call and made the second of two free throws.The Heat deflected the ensuing inbound pass as time expired. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self01:29Police 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 Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Shutdown grounds Air Force sports, upends NFL viewing LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Miami Heat’s Kelly Olynyk (9) battles Charlotte Hornets’ Michael Carter-Williams (10) and Frank Kaminsky (44) for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kelly Olynyk scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, including a free throw with 0.2 seconds left, to help the Miami Heat erase a five-point deficit in the final 34 seconds and stun the Charlotte Hornets 106-105 on Saturday night.Wayne Ellington had 26 points on six 3-pointers, James Johnson had 22 points and Olynyk was brilliant down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The Hornets trailed by eight in the third quarter before Batum got hot. The French shooting guard scored 14 points during a 16-6 run to give the Hornets their first lead since 2-0.Charlotte stretched the lead to 10 to open the fourth quarter, but the Heat battled back behind three 3-pointers from Olynyk to cut the lead to three.TIP INSHeat: Goran Dragic sat out with a bruised knee. … The Heat shot 51 percent from the field in the first half to build a 57-48 lead.Hornets: Howard had 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Hornets.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Fajardo shrugs off limited minutes in Finals, proud of Beermen’s efforts

first_imgAnother vape smoker nabbed in Lucena The Cebuano giant played only close to 14 minutes and chipped in a Finals-low performance of two points, four rebounds, and two assists on Sunday.But those numbers were the least of Fajardo’s concerns, as his extended time off the bench allowed the Beermen to fully take advantage of their speed.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 starsCharles Rhodes and Arwind Santos manned the paint for San Miguel, allowing the terror three-man combo of Finals MVP Alex Cabagnot, Best Player of the Conference Chris Ross, and sharp-shooter Marcio Lassiter to waylay the hapless TNT squad.“I don’t mind (being saddled on the bench),” Fajardo said in Filipino. “My teammates have been playing well and that combination of coach worked for us. Also, my time on the bench kept their import on the bench, so it was huge in helping us get this win.” LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera NCAA to be more lenient on technical fouls China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong But make no mistake, Grand Slam is definitely on the Beermen’s minds.“We really want that Grand Slam,” said Fajardo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSacrifice has been the word most often thrown around after San Miguel claimed 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.And in the championship-clinching Game 6, there was no one else who perfectly exhibited that trait other than three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Fajardo shared that he couldn’t be more proud with the way his teammates played, as the Beermen sealed their fifth title in three years.“I’m happy that they stepped up. They showed the heart of a champion,” he said.With two titles this conference in the bag, San Miguel is now in the running to achieve the rare Grand Slam with a championship in the Governors’ Cup.But Fajardo knows that everything is a process and he’d rather take this moment first to enjoy this championship before preparing back to war.“We want to cherish this moment first and rest. We’ll think about that when we get there. We know teams are getting stronger and even though the imports are smaller, they’re still going to be running hard against us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Gilas nearly pays price for playing ‘bad game’ vs Thais

first_imgRay Parks of the Philippines soars for an easy layup during their match against Thailand in the men’s basketball competition of the 29th Southeast Games late Sunday at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. The Filipinos won, 81-74. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — It was a close call for Gilas Pilipinas as it barely escaped hard-fighting Thailand late Sunday night.Even the big Filipino crowd was shellshocked as the Thais made the Filipinos work doubly hard for the victory in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games basketball opener.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Filipino basketball officials said there is little chance Belo will be allowed to play at all, although he showed up in plain clothes and sat on the Philippine bench.RELATED VIDEORavena on scare vs Thais: ‘We didn’t expect we would play that bad’6.1K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 The nailbiter, according to Gilas cadets coach Jong Uichico, “was a bad game for us.”The Philippines, still brimming with talent despite being a watered down version of the Fiba Asia Gilas squad simultaneously playing in Lebanon, made just 6-of-30 three-point shot attempts, and gave away 19 offensive rebounds which the Thais gamely took advantage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIn the most trying times — the final four minutes of the match that saw a capacity crowd at MABA Stadium — Uichico was telling his team “make some adjustments, try not to give second chance points and make the basket.”He cited first-game jitters for the weak stand against a team that the Philippines would normally bury in double-digit leads from the opening buzzer to the end. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR The absence of Mac Belo and that Christian Standhardinger, who just arrived from Beirut, Lebanon after playing in the Fiba Asia Cup, wasn’t able to practice with the team also didn’t help the Cadets.“And for one, Mac Belo wasn’t able to play,” added Uichico. “And here comes the guy (Standhardinger) who came from Lebanon, never practiced with the team.”He lauded the Fil-German naturalized player for scoring 15 points and providing a power in the paint.“But the guy came from Fiba Asia and he’s playing 20 minutes and we have Belo practicing with the team for last nine days and all of the sudden he can’t play,” said Uichico. “That just mixed up my rotation.”Belo wasn’t included in the initial lineup due to an injury, but when he was given the green light to play, SEAG organizers refused to allow him, demanding proof that he indeed got injured.ADVERTISEMENT No break for Huelgas, Mangrobang with their eyes set on Tokyo 2020last_img read more

WFI names tainted wrestlers for Asiad

first_imgThe selection policy of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is hard to understand. Three of the four grapplers, who had tested positive for a banned substance and were pulled out of the Commonwealth Games squad, have been included in the Asian Games squad which was announced here on Tuesday.Noose tightensRajiv Tomar (120kg), Mausam Khatri (96kg) and Gursharanpreet Kaur (72kg) have been handed a place each in the squad for Asian Games which starts in Guangzhou, China on November 12.Narsingh Yadav (74kg) , who was inducted into the Games squad in place of Sumit – another wrestler who flunked the dope test, has however, been retained in the squad as he won the gold in the Delhi Commonwealth Games.WFI president GS Mander was at a loss of words when asked to justify the selection as things have not changed much since the last hearing for the dope-tainted athletes. The anti-doping disciplinary panel had lifted the provisional suspension on all the 11 athletes who tested positive for methylhexaneamine, making them eligible to participate in the Commonwealth Games.While swimming and athletics federations ensured they make use of the lifeline and included their athletes in the CWG team, WFI remained defiant and kept its four wrestlers, who were initially in the team, out of the squad. “The situation is different now. The wrestlers are likely to be let off with a warning,” Mander told MAIL TODAY on Tuesday.”Narsingh was an automatic choice as he won a gold medal at the Games. Joginder Singh (120kg) and Anil Mann (96kg) were injured and were not available for the trials which were conducted a couple of days ago,” he added. Mander claimed that the federation has a zero tolerance policy for dope cheats but followed it with a contradictory statement.advertisement”Since three of the wrestlers were not available for trials, we selected those who flunked the dope tests,” he responded without clarifying on why others in their respective weight categories were not considered. Besides Narsingh, Yogeshwar Dutt will be the other prominent name in the men’s team who will spearhead the Indian challenge in the absence of world champion and the Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sushil Kumar, who has pulled out of the Asiad due to injuries.Amongst the women, Geeta (55kg) who won a gold at the Games, will have another chance to prove herself at the Asian Games while silver medallist Nirmala Devi (48kg) will also be there. Alka Tomar, another gold medallist at the Games, will however, miss out from the event as her weight category has been excluded from the Asiad.Tomar did try her hand in the 63kg category but lost to CWG bronze medallist Suman Kundu in the trials. Gursharanpreet is the other member of Indian women’s four-member team for the Asiad. India have named seven wrestlers each in the men’s freestyle and Greco-roman style categories for the quadrennial event.The Indian men’s squad includes, five Commonwealth Games gold medallist which include Narsingh, Yogeshwar (60kg freestyle), Ravinder Kumar (60kg greco-roman), Sanjay (74kg Greco-roman) and Rajender Kumar (55kg grecoroman).TEAMS:Men’s freestyle – Vinod Kumar (55kg), Yogeshwar Dutt (60kg), Pradeep Kumar (66kg), Narsingh Yadav (74kg), Ram Vir (84kg), Mausam Khatri (96kg), Rajiv Tomar (120kg) Men’s Greco-roman – Rajender Kumar (55kg), Ravinder Singh (60kg), Sunil Kumar (66kg), Sanjay (74kg), Manoj Kumar (84kg), Anil Kumar (96kg), Dharmender Dalal (120kg)Women’s team: Nirmala Devi (48kg), Geeta (55kg), Suman Kundu (63kg), Gursharanpreet Kaur (72kg).WADA monitoring dope cases in IndiaThe World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is monitoring the cases of the 11 Indian athletes who tested positive for methylhexaneamine. The athletes have so far appeared twice before the anti-doping disciplinary panel which is likely to announce the verdict on Thursday.WADA secretary general David Howman said that it will wait for the decision after which it will decide whether to challenge the verdict of the National Anti-Doping Agency panel. “We monitor the results management process.As we do with any case under the World Anti-Doping Code, upon completion of the results management process by the Indian NADA, we will review the reasons for the decisions and will determine whether or not to use our independent right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for any of these decisions,” David Howman said in an email reply to MAIL TODAY.At the Commonwealth Games, two Nigerian athletes also tested positive for methylhexaneamine, but they were suspended as soon as their results came out. “This was a decision taken by the Commonwealth Games Federation, which was responsible for the Games’ doping control programme.”advertisementlast_img read more

England bowl Australia out for 98

first_imgEngland took an iron grip on the Ashes by bowling out Australia for a record low score of 98 and then scoring 157 without loss on Sunday’s opening day of the fourth Test.England can secure a successful Ashes defence by winning this Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and it would take an extraordinary turn of events to prevent the tourists doing that after a dominant first day on Sunday.Sent in by England captain Andrew Strauss, Australia were bundled out for their lowest ever score against England at the MCG. All ten wickets fell to catches behind the wicket as the hosts failed to show the disciplined batting required on a seaming pitch.England’s opening pair put on a commanding performance, with Alastair Cook on 80 and Strauss on 64 at stumps. They showed the judiciousness and discipline that Australia’s batsmen so glaringly lacked.Australia’s score reached all kinds of low: their lowest ever against England at the MCG (with the previous worst of 104 dating back to the first ever Test, played in 1877); their lowest ever first innings at the MCG; the second time Australia have been bowled out for less than 100 in this calendar year; their lowest score on Australian soil since 1984; their lowest at the MCG since 1981; their lowest against England since 1968; and lowest against England in Australia since 1936.On one of the most disheartening days in Australian cricket history, even the MCG’s attempt to break the all-time test attendance record was not met. Pre-game predictions of the requisite 91,000 proved overoptimistic with only 84,345 fans taking their post-Christmas hangovers to the ground.advertisementBy the end of play it was considerably less, and organisers will be lucky to get half that many for the remaining days of a game already drifting toward a foregone conclusion, hurting Australian cricket’s bank balance as much as its on-field fortunes.Strauss had no hesitation in sending Australia in on a grey morning, and with the MCG pitch notoriously difficult to bat upon in the opening session of a Test.Australia’s tentative batting display, the consistently good line and length of the England bowlers, and then the reverse of both in England’s innings meant the tourists led on first innings just 72.2 overs into the first day.It took England less than two rain-shortened sessions to bowl Australia out in 42.5 overs, with six catches taken by wicketkeeper Matt Prior, two in the slips and two at gully, illustrating the ill-discipline of Australia’s batsmen, who were constantly tempted to play at balls they should have left alone.James Anderson and Chris Tremlett ended with four wickets each. England’s performance with the ball was excellent, bowling very few bad deliveries and allowing Strauss to set an attacking field on this helpful surface. Tremlett’s height and seam movement were devastating early in the first session.Following the tea break, England strolled to a first innings lead without losing a wicket. It took them only 30.3 overs of their innings to go past Australia. Any thoughts of a miraculous comeback by Australia was put out of their minds by Strauss and Cook’s punishing display.They never looked worried by the bowling as the Australians struggled to get any movement on a drying pitch. Captain Ricky Ponting, fielding at mid-off to protect his broken left little finger, lost patience with Mitchell Johnson after his first spell of three overs cost 17 runs.Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin was the most overworked man in the field, constantly diving down the legside to try to save wayward deliveries from all the bowlers.Australia named an unchanged side for this Test, sticking with a four-man pace attack and foregoing spinner Michael Beer. That decision may have paid off if Australia had won the toss and bowled first, but now the hosts face the prospect of trying to bowl out a confident England lineup without the services of a spinner on a pitch that will increasingly take turn.England made one change, bringing in Tim Bresnan for Steven Finn in a like-for-like switch of pacemen.last_img read more