Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Chooks to Go Magiting Cup champions. CHOOKS TO GO PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—The Philippines is getting closer to making it to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament after it rose to no.21 in the Fiba 3X3 Men’s World Rankings with 8,156,366 points after the Chooks to Go Pilipinas 3×3 season ended on Sunday.The country is now inside the top 24 and would need to maintain its no.21 spot until Oct. 31 to ultimately qualify for the OQT.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? The league’s clubs were also able to play with some of the teams competing in a World Tour and other Challenger tournaments including the Doha Masters and Challenger tournaments in Moscow, Haining, Poitiers, Xiongan, Sukhbaatar, and Kaoshiung.Chooks to Go Pilipinas 3X3 also has 49 of the top 50 3×3 players in the country and almost 90 of the top 100.There will be 20 teams competing in the OQT vying for the three slots in the Summer Games, host Japan has is already qualified, while another spot would be up for grabs in a Universality OQT.Though the Chooks 3X3 season is over, Mascariñas and league commissioner Eric Altamirano are planning to hold more 3X3 activities in October to protect the Philippines’ ranking in the top 24 until the Oct. 31 deadline.“We can’t just wait and leave our fate to chance, we have to continue pushing until the goal is met,” said Mascariñas.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nick Kyrgios suspended 16 weeks for ‘aggravated behavior’ Becoming his own man “All the hard work of our players, our team owners, our staff, and the federation has paid off,” said Chooks to Go Pilipinas league owner Ronald Mascariñas.In February, the Philippines was ranked no.59 in the world but that seeding gradually improved after the league opened on Feb. 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The first Chooks to Go Pilipinas 3×3 season had three conferences, the President’s Cup, the Patriot’s Cup, and the Magiting Cup, all of which had level-seven tournament ratings with level-10 as the highest.The Philippines also hosted the world’s first Super Quest in April, a level-eight tournament, and its inaugural Challenger tournament on Sept. 7 and that was a level-nine event. MOST READ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue “The adjustment period is over as we already played in the finals. We know F2 Logistics is such a solid team so we would do everything to pull off an upset.”On the same note, Petron is also drawing motivation from that memorable setback last conference, with setter Rhea Dimaculangan saying that it was an eye-opener for them.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? F2, which finished the preliminaries with a 5-1 card, welcomes back Filipino-American spiker Kalei Mau, who missed five of their six matches due to an ankle injury.In their previous 25-22, 25-15, 25-15 win over Sta. Lucia, Mau was impressive, delivering 11 points after being brought back into active duty.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceAra Galang, Kianna Dy, Aby Maraño and Majoy Baron will be the other key figures for the Cargo Movers.“Having Kalei back is a big advantage for us,” F2 coach Ramil de Jesus said, adding that Mau gives them the versatility and a positive outlook they need for what looms to be another tight and grueling race for the crown. MALOLOS City—Petron and F2 Logistics, the most dominant teams in the Philippine Superliga, take on separate hungry foes Tuesday in the KO semifinals of the Invitational Conference at Malolos Sports and Convention Center here.After topping Group C with a perfect 6-0 record, the Blaze Spikers shift their title quest to a higher gear when they take on Foton at 3 p.m., before the Cargo Movers collide with Cignal in the 5 p.m. game.ADVERTISEMENT Banner field in CAT Open Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES MOST READ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments “Kalei gives us more options to executive our plays. She can score from all angles and her leadership inside the court is one of a kind.”But advancing to the finals is easier said than done.Cignal, a veteran team that shines under pressure, wants payback more than anything else after losing the dramatic All-Filipino finals to F2 two months ago.The HD Spikers finished the classification with a 5-1 card and the crew of Rachel Anne Daquis, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Mylene Paat and Alohi Robins-Hardy are bracing for an all-out war to make their way back to another title shot.“We fell short of winning the title last year so we will do everything to win this time,” said Cignal coach Edgar Barroga following a sorry five-set loss to Petron over the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’
Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ LATEST STORIES What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games MOST READ “This tournament comes around every four years and it’s perfect as it leads towards our preparation for the Southeast Asian Games in December,” said and Philippine Rugby’s Jake Letts.The Volcanoes are doubling down in the tournament with Southeast Asian teams Singapore and Thailand also participating in the tiff.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practicePlaying against its regional neighbors also gives the Philippines to gauge their abilities and the Volcanoes want nothing more than to put their resolve to the test after a successful Trophy Tour Series Gold Medal in August.The win propelled the country to the Top 8 in Asia and that’s a ranking country hasn’t been in since 2014. The champion in the qualifying tournament will get an outright slot in Tokyo 2020 while the runner-up will progress to the next round of Olympic Qualifications early next year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics “After a second place finish in the Trohy Series in 2018, the progression to a Gold Medal in 2019 was the next move in the right direction,” said Letts. “Now we have an opportunity to show the top teams in Asia how far we have come in five years.”Volcanoes head coach Fetala’a Taua said the Tokyo qualifiers gives the team immense experience heading into the SEA Games where they’ll play against the top countries in the continent.“Our main aim for the event is to gain more international exposure for our development and to compete with the best teams in Asia,” said Taua who has veteran Aiumi Ono in his team.“After the huge success of Rugby World Cup in Asia there will be faster progress in the development of the sport. Our team will gain more popularity and interest which will lead to building much stronger asian teams in the future and in the Philippines” said Ono.The Volcanoes are in Pool B with Kazakhstan, Thailand, and Singapore while Pool A has China, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, and Korea.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View comments PH badminton team set for final tune up ahead of SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rice industry paralysis Philippine Volcanoes in training. PH RUGBY PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Volcanoes are hitting two birds with one stone as they are set to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Regional Qualifying Tournament for the Olympics ahead of the upcoming Southeast Asian Games.The timing of the qualifying tournaments in Guangzhou, China from Nov. 9 to 10 couldn’t have been better.ADVERTISEMENT
Rice industry paralysis Priority legislation in the 18th Congress “He was very crafty. I went in there and got the win. We received this opponent on a week notice.”Santiago was knocked down by a right uppercut late in the fifth round but got up at the count of eight and survived the final 13 seconds of the round.Haney was unable to carry that momentum over into the sixth round as Santiago recovered and kept most of the rounds close by using his reach advantage to keep Haney at a distance.Santiago, who was making his US debut, suffered his first defeat and is now 12-1, with four knockouts.Santiago is from the Dominican Republic but fights out of Puerto Rico. He was coming off a technical knockout of Diego Contreras in June.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – Devin Haney, right, follows through on a right to Russia’s Zaur Abdullaev during the fourth round of the WBC interim lightweight boxing match Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, in New York. Haney won in four rounds. (Frank Franklin II/AP)Unbeaten Devin Haney successfully defended his WBC lightweight title for the first time with a unanimous decision over Alfredo Santiago on Saturday night.American Haney, who turns 21 on November 17, knocked Santiago down in the fifth round of a surprisingly close fight at Staples Center Arena in Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT This was Haney’s first defence of the 135-pound title which was given to him after it was vacated by top-ranked Vasiliy Lomachenko who was then awarded new title of WBC “franchise champion”.Haney won every round on the judges’ scorecards but Santiago made him work for the victory. All three judges scored it 120-107 for Haney, who was the heavy favourite going into the bout but couldn’t give the American boxing crowd the knockout they were craving.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceHaney said after the fight that he thought he dislocated his right shoulder in the fight but couldn’t remember in which round.“It was bad the whole fight,” he said of the shoulder. “I am not sure what round but he was on the ropes and I threw a right hand. 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 PH01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Despite struggling against an unknown late replacement, Haney hopes he did enough to strengthen his case for a shot at unified lightweight champ Lomachenko.Haney and Santiago had to fight on the undercard of a main event novelty fight between a pair of YouTube entertainers, American Logan Paul and Olajide William Olatunji, also known as KSI.England’s KSI won the battle to see who is the king of social media with a split decision six-round victory over Paul.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Trump soaks in Deep South cheers at college football matchup View comments Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ
Maurice Harkless was then called for a foul on Gallinari that was overturned following a replay challenge by Clippers coach Doc Rivers.“I’m changing my opinion. I think the challenge is good for the game,” joked Rivers, who had been critical of the new rule. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s any other game but it was fun to see familiar faces and share some laughs,” George said.With the Clippers minus Kawhi Leonard for the third straight game because of a bruised left knee, Oklahoma City tied the score at 86 on a 3 by ex-Clipper Danilo Gallinari. Chris Paul made two free throws after being fouled by George for an 88-86 lead, but George’s 3 put Los Angeles back ahead 89-88.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Clippers: Landry Shamet (high ankle sprain) missed his fourth game in a row. … Assistant coach Sam Cassell turned 50.TURNING IT OVERGeorge had seven turnovers as he continues to adjust to his new teammates.“When you miss a lot of games you’re usually sloppy with the ball,” Rivers said. “All of those things will get better for him as the season goes on.”COMING HOMEPaul hasn’t left Los Angeles completely. His family continues to live here, including his wife and kids who have remained in local schools. His father and brother attended the game, too.“I love coming back here,” he said.UP NEXTThunder: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday in the second game of a local back-to-back at Staples Center. The teams play again at OKC on Nov. 22.Clippers: Host the Boston Celtics on Wednesday in the third of five straight home games. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Rice industry paralysis LATEST STORIES ‘Jenny’ re-intensifies while exiting PAR; Storm signals lifted PLAY LIST 07:41‘Jenny’ re-intensifies while exiting PAR; Storm signals lifted01:57Senate honors late Senator Rene Espina02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Los Angeles Clippers’ Paul George (13) reacts after hitting a 3-point shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 90-88. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)LOS ANGELES — The Clippers’ offense wasn’t doing much through three quarters, so they buckled down on defense and narrowly avoided getting beat by a couple of former teammates.Paul George hit a go-ahead 3-pointer against his old team with 25 seconds left, lifting Los Angeles over the Oklahoma City Thunder 90-88 on Monday night to improve to 8-1 at home.ADVERTISEMENT The Thunder retained possession and Terrance Ferguson inbounded to Gallinari, whose open 3-pointer missed.“The last shot Gallo took, I cringed. I’ve seen that movie before,” said Lou Williams, who had 11 points and nine assists. “Wide open at the top of the key, that’s his shot. Luckily for us it rimmed out.”George hit a free throw with 0.3 seconds left to close it out against the team that traded him to Los Angeles last summer.“The difference in the game was me not fighting through that screen at the end that allowed Paul George to get that final shot,” said Paul, who had forced a turnover by George on the previous play.The Thunder fell to 0-5 on the road.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Star midfielders beef up Vietnam’s U22 SEA Games roster Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Montrezl Harrell had 28 points and 12 rebounds off the bench to lead the Clippers. George finished with 18 points after scoring 30-plus in his first two games of the season after rehabbing from two shoulder operations.“Offense was spotty all night but we did a great job of making enough winning plays,” Harrell said. “That is just what it comes down to, putting enough stops together and making sure that the defense does not take a lapse even when your offense isn’t going for you.”Paul scored 22 points, making 10 of 11 free throws, in 29 minutes. Gallinari added 14 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, another former Clipper, had 11 points despite five fouls. Gilgeous-Alexander also took a late 3 that missed.Neither team led by more than six points all night.Harrell scored on back-to-back dunks, with George’s alley-oop pass setting up the first one, and he scored another basket before George followed with a 3-pointer to put the Clippers ahead 75-70.The Thunder led 79-78 on a basket by Dennis Schroder before Harrell dominated the final 2:44.Harrell scored eight straight points to give Los Angeles an 86-83 lead.The Thunder led 59-54 on Paul’s 3-pointer in the third. The Clippers revived themselves with a 12-5 run, getting back-to-back 3-pointers from Patrick Patterson and JaMychal Green, to head into the fourth leading 66-64. George was limited to a single 3 in the quarter.TIP-INSThunder: Gallinari and Gilgeous-Alexander were honored with a video tribute from the Clippers during a timeout in the first quarter. “The people were very good to me and I was very happy to see the video,” Gallinari said. Gilgeous-Alexander missed the video because he was talking to his coach. “I’ll have to go and see it later,” he said. … Hamidou Diallo (left knee sprain) sat out his second straight game. MOST READ View comments
Shortly after leading his country to a maiden Olympic gold, Neymar, in a televised interview, said he had told national coach Tite that he did not want to continue as captain. (Rio Olympics – Full Coverage)”It was an honour, something that I received with all my heart,” he said.Earlier, the frenetic home fans packed into Rio’s Maracana stadium on Saturday held their collective breath as Neymar walked up to take his side’s fifth kick in a shoot-out to decide the Olympic men’s soccer final.Both teams had converted their first four kicks but after Nils Petersen missed Germany’s fifth, Neymar, who had struggled with cramp during the second half of a tight game that ended 1-1 after extra time, was left with the chance to win it for Brazil.The 24-year-old kissed the ball, put it on the spot and composed himself. A short pause in his run-up failed to tempt German goalkeeper Timo Horn into an early dive but Neymar held his nerve to slam the ball high into the net.He turned to run in delight but did not get far, instead sinking to his knees in tears as the stadium, and the nation outside, erupted in a frenzy of celebration at Brazil’s first Olympic men’s soccer gold medal.Neymar had an outstanding game, scoring a superb free-kick midway through the first half to give Brazil the lead.NEYMAR HITS BACK AT CRITICS The victory also brought some redemption for the forward, who had been pilloried by the Brazilian public in the early stages of the tournament. Now he is back in their hearts.advertisement”This is one of the best things that has happened in my life,” Neymar said of scoring the decisive penalty in the shoot-out to win the gold medal.”That’s it. Now they’ll (the critics) will have to eat their words.”It was evident from the start that Neymar knew the nation’s hopes of winning a first men’s Olympic soccer gold rested largely on his shoulders. He sang the national anthem with gusto, hand on heart and eyes raised to the heavens.The Germans knew it too.In the 25th minute he was upended by Sven Bender, then fouled again a minute later. From the free kick just outside the penalty area, however, Neymar fired the ball on target with deadly precision and it went in off the underside of the crossbar.In celebration, Neymar struck sprinter Usain Bolt’s trademark pose as delirious fans sang: “Ole, ole, ole – Neymar, Neymar”.It looked as if the perfect script was being written for the host nation but the second half was a tougher affair as Germany asserted themselves and equalized.With Brazil’s dreams of gold in danger of being shattered, Neymar came close in the 77th minute with a little jink and a shot from the outside the area.Suffering from an apparent injury, desperation showed on his face when he lofted a shot over in the second half of extra time.Before taking corners, he would face the crowd and whip them up with his arms.NOT A GOOD STARTIt was all in contrast to the start of the tournament when his fitness, leadership abilities and lifestyle had all been questioned.After lacklustre scoreless draws against South Africa and Iraq, he was mocked by fans, some of who contrasted him unfavourably with Marta, who wears the number 10 for the Brazil women’s team.Neymar performed well against Colombia in the quarters, then confirmed he was back in business in the semi-final against Honduras, scoring the fastest goal in Olympic history just 15 seconds after the start. He added another in a 6-0 rout.His performance in Saturday’s final was on another level.The victory also gave Brazil a measure of revenge for their humiliating 7-1 defeat by Germany in the semi-finals on the 2014 World Cup on home soil — a game Neymar had to watch from the sidelines due to injury.Brazil coach Rogerio Micale paid tribute to Neymar after the game.”He is a player of 24 years of age and already has and Olympic gold and silver medal. I think the natural step for him now is to win a World Cup and he is going to fight for it, he has the attributes,” he said.As for comparisons to other Brazilian greats such as Pele and Zico? “Everything is pointing in that direction.”
Solid, flamboyant, secure, explosive. It’s hard to find a batsman who has all of those qualities & more. But these adjectives fall short when describing India’s new run machine KL Rahul. While he was as solid as ‘the Wall’ in the Test series, Rahul left everyone in awe with his maiden T20 ton in Florida.In his first exclusive interview post the Tour against West Indies, we asked KL Rahul which of the terms, either ‘Test specialist’ or ‘T20 specialist’ suits him best.”I think the media loves to brand players as soon as they get one or two good knocks. I think it is still early to be calling me a specialist in any of the formats. I am very new in international cricket & currently enjoying myself” says Rahul, who had just finished a training session at the NCA.INDIA WILL BE NO.1 in TESTS AGAINRahul was one of India’s lead batsmen in the Test series, third best run-scorer behind skipper Virat Kohli & Ajinkya Rahane but the 24-year-old played a match less than the duo. His exploits helped India reach the No. 1 spot only for rain to play spoilsport. But India’s new run-machine adds that it’s only a matter of time before the team make the No.1 ranking their own, a ranking which has been the mission of skipper Virat Kohli.”There is no doubt in our heads that we are going to be no.1 very soon, it is just about how long we can stay in that position. With 13 or more Test matches coming our way in the next six months and everything being at home we are very confident that we will be the number one team for a very long time. The next 6-8 months give us a great challenge & opportunity to develop as a good strong young team and for individuals to go out there and challenge themselves, get more runs and do the job for the team,” a confident Rahul said.advertisementIn West Indies, the Mangalore lad smashed a ton in his very first innings of the series & scored at an average close to 80. So the Caribbean must be one of his favourite touring destinations? “I guess (laughs). Look we went there to do a job which was to win the Test series firstly. We went in with a very clear mind and a very fearless attitude. We wanted to go out there and play some aggressive cricket”, he added.’TEAM COMES FIRST’Terms like ‘the new Wall’ or ‘the new Virat’ were used in the media after his exploits with the bat and it wasn’t wrong. He has the patience, poise & the hunger which is rare in a batsman so new to the pressure of international cricket. However opportunities were not exactly served on a plate to him. Rahul had to wait for his chance. Despite a good show in the warm-up matches where he scored two half-centuries, he was still not in the playing XI for the 1st Test. However once he got the nod, Rahul ensured that he remained the No.1 choice for the remainder of the series.”When I got a chance in Jamaica I knew I had to make the most of it. It was unfortunate that (Murali) Vijay got hit on the hand & had to miss the Test but I wanted to grab the opportunity with both hands. I was batting well and I got a couple of fifties in the practice games and I was hitting the ball well in the nets. I just wanted to go out there and play my game and keep things simple and do the job for my team. We knew if we win that Test we would be sitting comfortably in the series. It was very important for me to go out there and score some runs so we could post a big target and bowl them out again to win the Test match. So I was thinking on those lines more than thinking about my personal score. I think that made it comfortable for me to go out there and post a big score. I tried to do whatever I could and when the chance came I obviously made the most of it”, he explained.SIMPLE PREPARATIONSHe looked at home at the pitches in the Caribbean, but to prepare for it, he only had a week-long training camp at the NCA with the rest of the team & under the watchful eyes of new coach Anil Kumble.advertisement”Not much, the preparations were very simple man”, he said. “I was watching a few games of the CPL and we thought the wickets will be similar, slow and with a bit of turn. So I tried to prepare myself for wickets which would be similar to those that we get in India. We got a week of training here in India to prepare so I could talk to Anil Kumble about what the pitches in the West Indies would be like but none of us knew what to expect. We had to prepare ourselves for whatever that would come our way. But all 4 wickets in the series were very different from what we were expecting, there was bounce and the wickets had something in them. So it was a good challenge” he added.’DHONI BEST CAPTAIN EVER’Even in his short career, Rahul has played under both MS Dhoni & Virat Kohli. He explained their leadership qualities to India Today, “With MS having so much experience behind him he understands what is best for the team. He is obviously the best captain that India or the world has ever seen there is no doubt about that. When he is in the dressing room there is a bit of calm, you know that the captain is doing most of the thinking, he will give you your roles & responsibilities and you just need to go and play them out. When it comes to Virat he is more energetic & has more passion. He wants the boys to be in the face of the players (opposition), be aggressive on the field and express themselves. We enjoy playing with both of them as leaders and both of them set great examples for rest of the boys in the team. They are great leaders and the team is in safe hands with both of them as leaders”.Cricket can be a cruel game and the star batsman got a taste of that. Despite scoring his maiden T20 ton, Rahul was at the non-striker’s end as he saw India fall short of a World record chase in the 1st T20 against the World Champions in Florida. Though his partnership with MS Dhoni was a joy to watch.”It was really good batting with MS, he was the best man for the situation. When he came in I was set too and was batting on fifty. He just walked in and started hitting boundaries and sixes from ball one which was good to see and we knew we had to score at over 13 runs an over. It was just one of those days, a one-off you know, as people have said before that 9 out of 10 times MS Dhoni would have finished that game off. He is the best finisher in the game”, concluded Rahul.Up next for him & team India is a tough home series against the Kiwis & claiming that No. 1 spot is their main target.
Home grown brand Micromax launched the Canvas Tab P681 tablet in India on Tuesday at a price of Rs 7,499. Micromax is touting the multimedia features of the tablet, saying it has been specifically designed for movie buffs. The 8-inch Canvas Tab P681 is backed by a 4,000mAh battery and will be exclusively available for buying from Flipkart.The Micromax Canvas Tab P681 has an 8-inch WXGA IPS display with 800×1280 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek processor clubbed with 1GB RAM and 16GB of memory which is further expandable by up to 32GB via microSD card. The dualSIM tablet runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and supports 3G connectivity.The Canvas Tab P681sports a 5-megapixel camera on the rear and a 2-megapixel camera on the front.”Consuming videos and content on the go is considered to be the most important need of today’s young consumers and hence we at Micromax believe that there is a need for tablets which provide an immersive internet and entertainment experience to our consumers. We at Micromax have established ourselves as leaders in the tablet segment with our continued innovation to best fit users’ requirements. Thus with this new product Canvas Tab P681, we intend to further bolster our leadership position and bring the best immersive sound experience to give a full- fledged entertainment sojourn to our valued consumers,” Shubhajit Sen, chief marketing officer, Micromax Informatics said.Also Read: Micromax Canvas 6 Review: Sleek design can’t save the day
Opener Lokesh Rahul’s pain could be Gautam Gambhir’s gain. Rahul suffered a right hamstring during India’s second innings in the Kanpur Test, which the home team won by a massive 197 runs against New Zealand to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.Rahul stayed out of the field after he was dismissed for 38 and the 12th man, Shikhar Dhawan, fielded as a substitute. (Match Highlights | Blog)While the Indian team management is sweating over Rahul’s fitness, coach Anil Kumble, according to sources, has asked for in-form Gambhir to be called in as a back-up opener for the second Test in Kolkata, starting September 30.Gambhir, who last played for India in 2014 during England tour, is likely to undergo a fitness test at the National Cricket Association (NCA) in Bengaluru today. (India’s journey from their 1st Test to 500th: Lost by 158 runs, won by 197 runs)BCCI had described Rahul’s injury as “slight niggle in hamstring” but it seems the injury could be more serious.GOOD FORMGambhir played his last Test for India at the Oval in 2014 where he only managed three runs in his two innings and since then he has been out of the Indian squad.He was rewarded with the captaincy of the India Blue team for this historic Duleep Trophy. Gambhir opened the innings for the Blue’s and scored a 90 and 59 in two innings against the India Green. Gambhir also scored a 77 in the first-innings of the washed out game against the India Red. In the final too, Gambhir continued to flourish, scoring 94 and 36 against Yuvraj Singh-led India Red and guiding his side to the title triumph.advertisementGLORIOUS PASTGambhir and Virender Sehwag were hugely successful for India at the top of the order but once Sehwag left, Gambhir couldn’t keep up much longer as well. He has scored 4046 runs with a decent average of 42.58 in 56 Tests and has played some key knocks for India but the emergence of Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan pushed him down the pecking order. (Don’t believe in biopics on cricketers: Gautam Gambhir)IPL CONSISTENCYHe scored 501 runs in 15 matches for Kolkata Knight Riders in this year’s Indian Premier League and guided the team to the play-offs before losing to eventual champions Sunrisers Hyderabad. Gambhir has been the spine of the team along with Robin Uthappa and his performances have been praised as well. (Also Read: Gambhir blasts AAP government for abandoning Delhi people)
Jaguar F-PACE SUV coming to India on October 20Jaguar Land Rover India today announced the price of Jaguar’s first performance SUV, the all-new F-PACE starting from Rs 68.40 Lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi). Customers can now book it online or through any of the 23 authorised Jaguar Retailers located near them.Hyundai Elantra receives 1100 bookings in 6 weeks of launchHyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) has achieved yet another milestone for the All New Elantra. Marking the Premier of the 6th Generation of Elantra in India on August 23, 2016, the car has received bookings of more than 1100 units and 18000 enquiries within 6 weeks of its launch.Datsun honours Olympic medallist P.V. Sindhu with redi-GO SportDatsun honoured Olympic medallist P.V. Sindhu for her achievement at the summer games recently held in Rio de Janeiro by presenting her with a Datsun redi-GO SPORT.What to expect from the all new Toyota FortunerToyota Kirloskar Motors (TKM) has announced that the all new Toyota Fortuner will come to Indian on November 7. The all new Toyota Fortuner was unveiled first at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show a few months ago, and now will be coming to India next month.
Jammu, Nov 18 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti today congratulated Hockey India chief Narinder Batra on being elected as the first non-European President of the International Hockey Federation. The Chief Minister, who is also chairperson of Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council, in her message said that with Batras election to the world sports body, sports activities in the State would get a further boost. “Recent win at Rome by our young Tajamul Islam and now the elevation of Narinder Batra is recognition of the fact that there is ample sports talent in the State which needs to be honed,” the Chief Minister said adding that Government would make all efforts to do that. Batra, who was elected IHF president last Saturday, has played hockey for J&K and has also been the member of J&K State Sports council. PTI TSS ABATK ATK
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo could become embroiled in legal problems after information emerged that he may have avoided paying millions of dollars in taxes by funneling income to a company in the Caribbean.Efe quoted German newsweekly Der Spiegel as saying on its website on Friday that Germany international Mesut Ozil, a former Real Madrid star who now plays for Arsenal, and ex-Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho – currently with Manchester United – may also be implicated in the scheme. (Also read: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to contest FIFA’s annual award)The information emerged from a leak of nearly 19 million documents that found their way to the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC), a consortium of media outfits that includes Der Spiegel, Spain’s El Mundo, The Sunday Times of Britain and France-based Mediapart.Ronaldo, who led Portugal to victory in the Euro 2016 football tournament after helping Real Madrid win their record 11th Champions League trophy, used a company in the British Virgin Island to conceal 75 million euros ($80 million) in income from endorsements, Der Spiegel said.The EIC report says the tax evasion mechanism was developed by Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes.Gestifute, Mendes’ company, said in a response to the EIC allegations that Ronaldo and Mourinho had “fully respected their obligations vis-a-vis the Spanish and British authorities”.The EIC member institutions say they plan to publish further revelations of wrongdoing in soccer over the coming weeks.
Mercedes will not punish triple world champion Lewis Hamilton for defying orders at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix, the team’s non-executive chairman Niki Lauda has said.In the wake of team mate Nico Rosberg’s dramatic retirement five days after winning the title, the Austrian recognised the situation had changed.”There is no need to say anything to Lewis,” he told the Mail on Sunday. “We have no problem about how he raced in Abu Dhabi. We have drawn a line under it.” (Also read: Half F1 grid is after Nico Rosberg’s seat, says Niki Lauda)Hamilton had ignored orders to speed up after he deliberately slowed the race while leading in an attempt to ‘back up’ Rosberg and give others a chance to overtake.The Briton could only win the title if Rosberg finished off the podium. In the end Hamilton won at Yas Marina for his 10th victory of the year but the German held on to finish second.Rosberg then stunned the sport by announcing his retirement on Friday, leaving champions Mercedes with a headache.The search for a replacement will start on Monday and Mercedes bosses have already received a rush of calls from would-be candidates.Lauda told BBC radio on Sunday that the team hoped to fill the vacancy by the end of the year. (Also read: Lewis Hamilton not surprised by Nico Rosberg retirement)”He’s a huge loss…and now we have to find a better man than Nico,” he said. “We have to think about it and contact everybody and research who we are going to put in the best car in Formula One.advertisement”By the first test in February, when the new car is ready, we certainly need a driver there. But I can assure you it will happen earlier because whoever it is, we have to train him on the simulator…I think we should have a decision before the end of the year.”Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Williams’ Valtteri Bottas have all been highlighted in media speculation but 22-year-old German reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein remains the bookmakers’ favourite.Hamilton has said he does not care who comes in but whoever it is must be able to “stand the heat”.”We need someone with good values to come in and represent the team in a positive way, a good work ethic, consistency so we can win the constructors’ championship,” he told reporters at the FIA end of season prize-giving in Vienna.”In terms of challenging for constructors’ titles, which is the team’s first goal, we need to make sure it’s equally as consistent as we were before.”
New Delhi, Dec 9 (PTI) His meticulous choice of films, attention to details has given him the title of Mr Perfectionist but superstar Aamir Khan feels it is not a correct name for him and says he should rather be called Mr Passionate.Aamir, 51, says he never feels the burden of being called a perfectionist as he does not believe in the tag.”It puts no pressure on me because I dont believe in the title. So that title is an inaccurate title. The correct title that fits me is not Mr Perfectionist, it should be Mr Passionate, that is what I am,” Aamir told reporters during a group interview.The actor, who will be next seen in Nitesh Tiwaris sports-based drama “Dangal”, says in a creative field of films, there are varied opinions and it is not possible to find perfection.”Perfection according to me does not exist. Their is no such thing. Certainly not in the creative field. There are so many different opinions, so how can there be a perfect idea?”Aamir says for him perfection in a shot is not about being technically faultless but more about capturing the heart of the scene.”When I am in a shot there are many elements that need to be right. There are lot of technical problems because of which a shot has to be done again. I dont look for technical perfections.”What I look for in a shot is whether one has been able to capture the heart of the moment. Then you see the shot, you feel that it happened and everything fall in place.”advertisement”Dangal” also starring Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Sheikh and Sanya Malhotra, will release on December 23. PTI JCH SHD
Arsenal and Tottenham will face off in a mouthwatering north London derby in the pick of the Carabao Cup quarter-final draw.Both Spurs and the Gunners won their respective fourth-round ties on Wednesday.And they have now been drawn together in the fifth round of the competition. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I think it’s an exciting game. Another derby. I always like to face big teams. It’s very good to face Unai Emery and all his staff,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino told Sky Sports following the draw.”We are very good friends from Spain. A great manager and great coaching staff. It’s a massive challenge and I am so excited to play him. Added to that it’s a derby, so it will be fantastic.”Elsewhere, Chelsea and Bournemouth will make up another all-Premier League tie, with the Blues barely escaping against Frank Lampard and Derby County on Wednesday. League One side Burton Albion and Championship side Middlesbrough are the only two non-Premier League teams remaining in the competition, and they will face off in another quarter-final.The winner of Manchester City and Fulham will take on the winner of Leicester and Southampton in the final quarter-final round. Leicester City were set to face Southampton on Tuesday, but the match was postponed following the tragic death of Foxes chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash.The Carabao Cup quarter-final matches will be played during the week commencing December 17.Full Carabao Cup quarter-final draw: Arsenal vs TottenhamLeicester/Southampton vs Man City/FulhamMiddlesbrough vs Burton AlbionChelsea vs Bournemouth
Chelsea aim to keep up the pressure on Manchester City and Liverpool when they take on Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.If the Blues win and Southampton pull off a shock result against City in the 3pm GMT (10am ET) kick off, Chelsea will find themselves top of the Premier League.Even if City do beat the Saints, the west Londoners will still leapfrog Liverpool on goal difference with a win today. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Palace on the other hand are aiming to put further distance between themselves and the relegation zone, and will take confidence from their 2-2 draw with Arsenal last weekend. Game Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Date Sunday, November 4 Time 4:00pm GMT / 11:00am ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBC Sports Gold fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Kepa, Caballero, Green Defenders Rudiger, Christensen, Luiz, Cahill, Ampadu, Alonso, Emerson, Azpilicueta, Zappacosta Midfielders Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Fabregas, Drinkwater, Loftus-Cheek, Moses Forwards Hazard, Pedro, Piazon, Willian, Morata, Giroud Chelsea star Eden Hazard is on the bench after the Belgian returned to training following a back injury sustained against Manchester United two weeks ago. Olivier Giroud is also among the substitutes with Alvaro Morata featuring from the get go.Ethan Ampadu is also on the road to recovery and has not been risked.Chelsea confirmed XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Morata, Willian.Chelsea confirmed substitutes: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard. Position Crystal Palace players Goalkeepers Hennessey, Guaita, Speroni Defenders Sakho, Tomkins, Dann, Riedewald, van Aanholt, Schlupp, Souare, Ward, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly Midfielders Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur, Meyer, Puncheon, Williams, Kaikai, Townsend, Zaha Forwards Benteke, Ayew, Wickham, Sorloth Christian Benteke is still absent following a knee operation while Joel Ward and Scott Dan are also sidelined with knocks.Crystal Palace confirmed XI: Hennessey; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt; Milivojevic, Meyer, Kouyate McArthur; Townsend, Zaha.Crystal Palace confirmed substitutes: Guaita, Kelly, Schlupp, Riedewald, Puncheon, Sorloth, Ayew.Betting & Match Odds B et 365 have Chelsea as 3/10 to win at home, while Palace are 10/1 to snatch a result and the draw comes at 5/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Chelsea come into the game fresh from a midweek Carabao Cup win over Frank Lampard’s Derby County and a 4-0 thrashing of Burnley at Turf Moor last Sunday.Maurizio Sarri will have been pleased with the way his side coped without the Premier League’s top scorer Eden Hazard, scoring 10 goals in the three games since the forward picked up a knock. Midfielders Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley stepped up to fill the 27-year-old’s shoes while Willian and Morata also got on the scoresheet against Burnley. After comfortably surpassing a physical team that likes to play direct football last week, Chelsea will be confident of repeating the trick at home. Palace’s momentum has somewhat stalled in recent weeks as the south London club have lost four of their last five games in all competitions. Roy Hodgson’s outfit face Tottenham and Manchester United in their next two fixtures after the Blues clash, so they could do with taking some sort of points return from Stamford Bridge to maintain their grip on safety. The Eagles currently sit in 14th place, just three points above the drop zone, so if they lose three in three they could find themselves in a sticky situation.Wilfried Zaha will be pivotal for the visitors. The winger has been involved in four of Palace’s seven Premier League goals this term. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Harbhajan Singh joined a rare list of Indian bowlers to pocket 200 wickets in Twenty20 cricket. Harbhajan, who finished with 1/20 against Rising Pune Supergiant at the Wankhede Stadium, made Steve Smith his 200th victim.Harbhajan was an elated man after reaching the milestone which also has Amit Mishra (208) and Ravichandran Ashwin (200) among 19 bowlers with more than 200 wickets.”Thank you God for 200 T20 wickets. Not bad for an old man, getting younger by the day,” Harbhajan said.”I feel spinners need to bowl slower in the air & let batsmen take chances,” he further said.Harbhajan has played the shortest format for India, Mumbai Indians, North Zone, Punjab and Surrey.Of the 200 wickets, 123 came for the Mumbai Indians while 25 were added to his kitty as an Indian cricketer.Harbhajan last played for India against UAE in the Asia Cup T20 in Dhaka last year. The Turbanator has bowled with guile this year in the IPL.
New Delhi, May 9 (PTI) Indias greatest ever Olympian Sushil Kumar strongly feels that panels similar to one headed by Justice RM Lodha to clean up the BCCI mess, is required to bring in more accountability and transparency in functioning of National Sports Federations (NSF). “I dont mind if we have a Lodha Panel for all National Sports Federation (NSFs). It will only help increase the accountability and transparency of the associations. The coaches need to be accountable. We are in need of qualified coaches,” Sushil said during a Sports Conclave organised by the Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB). In fact RSPB secretary Rekha Yadav, who has represented the institutional unit during various BCCI meetings, agreed that cricket boards impressive infrastructure is pretty much in place. “Much maligned that the BCCI is, one has to admit that they have put in a nice system in place,” RSPB secretary said during a panel discussion. India won three medals at the 2008 Olympics and doubled its tally in the 2012 edition but the two-time medallist feels that the nation couldnt cash in on the glass ceiling that was broken after Abhinav Bindras first individual gold medal and his own bronze. “I think we couldnt cash in on our performance in Beijing Olympics. Although we got six medals in London, we didnt improve as a sporting nation. The planning and preparation left a lot to be desired.” Five-time World Champion MC Mary Kom spoke about lack of qualified support staff (coaches and trainers) that has been the bane of Indian sport for the longest time. “I remember once we had a boxing coach. After a few days, I made some enquiries about his credentials and found out that he has got his NIS degree in basketball or football. And that man later got Dronacharya award also,” Mary Kom recollected as the entire audience including other panelists, Sushil and Bhaichung Bhutia, were in splits. “We have seen doctors who would give you tablets to cure headache if you have a heel injury. There have been times when I havent had a masseur,” said Mary Kom. Gymnast Dipa Karmakars coach Bisweswar Nandi said had it not been for Sports Authority of India (SAI), the sport would have been long dead due to federations apathy. “For the last four years, we have not had any National Gymnastics Championship because there are two associations claiming to represent Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI). Who is responsible for this? Thanks to SAI that we still get proper training facilities,” said Nandi. The Dronacharya awardee spoke about lack of checks and balances while appointing foreign coaches. “We have this fascination for foreign coaches. A few years back, an American coach was roped in and he had some degrees having passed a few theoretical exams but not practical knowledge. “Now this man was after my life that I am ruining Dipas career trying to perfect her Produnova. Later, it was found out, he was physically challenged and couldnt show technical movements. This is how the federation recruited coaches,” Nandi said. Indias former football captain Bhaichung Bhutia feels that while franchise-based private leagues are welcome, there is question mark about their contribution to development of sport at the grassroot level. “Kolkata Knight Riders is a popular franchise but what is their contribution for development of cricket at the grassroots?” he asked. PTI KHS BS BSadvertisement
PTI5_14_2017_000043B By Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, May 14 (PTI) Unwilling to be bogged down by weight of expectations, junior world record holder javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra says he will go step by step to achieve his goals at the senior level. To start with, the 19-year-old wants to peak during the August World Championships in London and do better than his 86.48m effort at the World Junior Championships last year. He qualified for the IAAF flagship event with a throw of 83.32m during the second leg of the Asian Grand Prix in China last month. “My target (in Asian Grand Prix) was to qualify for the World Championships. The conditions were very good in China. I have achieved the target of qualifying (for the World Championships). Now it is time to prepare well and do well in London,” Neeraj said. “I will have to work hard and prepare well. I want to peak during the World Championships in London and do better than the record I achieved during the World Junior Championships last year,” he told PTI in an interview. Asked about his former coach Garry Calverts comments that he will be able to throw 90m-plus some day, Neeraj said, “I am working hard to get better and reach that mark. I reached 86.48m last year and I want to do better that that during the World Championships. Some day, I hope to get past 90m. “But I want to do it slowly and steadily. I dont want to take pressure,” he added. Calvert left abruptly after his request for contract extension till 2020 Olympics at a higher pay package was shot down by the Athletics Federation of India, whose officials wanted him to wait till the World Championships. Neeraj said that AFI officials have told him that they will get a very good coach for him soon. “AFI is saying that a good coach will be hired for me. I am hopeful that will happen soon.” Neeraj said his schedule for the season is yet to be chalked out. “There is still no plan and schedule for me. The two main events this year are the Asian Championships in July (in Bhubaneswar) and World Championships in August. I have to decide whether to take part in Federation Cup and the National Inter-State. “I want to take part in top international events like Diamond League before the World Championships, but nothing is confirmed as of now,” said the Haryana athlete. “I will have to decide my schedule with the AFI people.” Neeraj won the first leg of the Indian Grand Prix at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on May 11 with a modest throw of 80.49m. Asked about that performance, he said, “I am not happy with my performance. It was an average throw. The runway was very bad, weather was also hot. Even with a bad runway I got that distance. It was an OK performance, I will do better in the upcoming events.” Neeraj was recently appointed a Junior Commissioned Officer of the Indian Army and that allowed him to help his farmer father in running their big joint family. “Everybody is happy at home now. It is a big joint family, with my parents and grandparents. Nobody in my family knows about sports but they still support me. They are happy that I am doing well in my sport,” Neeraj signed off. PTI PDS PM PMadvertisement
By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Jun 7 (PTI) The Sports Ministry has written to the Prime Ministers Office, requesting Bharat Ratna for the late Dhyan Chand in what can considered be its latest push to bestow the hockey legend with Indias highest civilian honour. Sports Minister Vijay Goel confirmed to PTI that he has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Yes, we have written to the Prime Minister about Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand. Conferring the honour posthumously will be a fitting tribute to his exceptional service to the country,” said Goel. It is not the first time that the Ministry has sought Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand, who helped India win three gold medals at the Olympics (1928, 1932, and 1936). During the UPA rule in 2013, the Sports Ministry had chosen the hockey wizard for the honour over cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar. However in the same year, it was eventually announced that Tendulkar will be the first sportsperson to receive the award, hours after he ended his illustrious international career. Asked whether Dhyan Chand, who passed away in 1979, should have got Bharat Ratna before Tendulkar, Goel said: “I would not want to get into this and it is not fair to comment about sportspersons of such legendary stature. “You cant measure Dhyan Chands achievements with any award. He is beyond that. “As I said, Prime Minister will take the final call on this subject. He wants India to emerge as a sporting power and that is why he has been giving a lot of emphasis to sports. “We want him to consider this. We feel Bharat Ratna to Dhyan Chand will not only give a huge boost to Indian hockey but also to other sports,” said Goel. The Ministry decided to write to the Prime Minister earlier this week. Dhyan Chands son Ashok Kumar and other former players have been demanding Bharat Ratna for their hockey hero for years. Last year, former India captains Ashok Kumar, Ajit Pal Singh, Zafar Iqbal, Dilip Tirkey were among a 100 former players who sat on a protest on Dhyan Chand being repeatedly ignored. Even in 2011, government did not consider the plea of 82 members of parliament who backed Dhyan Chand for the recognition. The Wizard is considered one of the greatest hockey players of all time and singlehandedly popularised the game in India. His birthday, August 29, is celebrated as the National Sports Day when the countrys top athletes are awarded by the President of India. PTI BS PM PMadvertisement