NU Bullpups sustain impressive run

first_imgRead Next Palencia, who was discovered by UST in the Palarong Pambansa two years ago, has been tipped to make an impact for the Tiger Cubs in their UAAP juniors campaign. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Bullpups—who are gearing up for their UAAP juniors campaign—held their own in the tight match as Torres took charge before finishing with 15 points and four rebounds.Lyceum, though, avoided an upset as it turned back another tough high school squad in Chiang Kai Shek with a 69-61 decision.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 shutoutCarl Lumbao paced the Pirates with 16 points and 4 rebounds, while CKSC’s John Galinato topscored with 22.In the 17-under division, University of Santo Tomas blasted Lyceum, 69-57, behind Kobe Palencia’s 18-point outing. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles08:25Pagasa: ‘Ineng’ maintains strength, landfall unlikely01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Mourinho has dig at Man United fans over stylecenter_img View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA National University’s high school squad continued to impress as it downed another collegiate Team B opponent in the Milcu Sports Basketball Presents Got Skills Elite Showcase.Behind Reyland Torres, the Bullpups slipped past La Salle, 74-70, in the 25-under division recently at Lyceum gym.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READlast_img read more

La Salle books UAAP finals return, ousts Adamson

first_imgRead Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion De La Salle returned to the Finals after upending third seed Adamson University, 82-75, in the Final Four Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The no. 2 Green Archers, who had a twice-to-beat advantage, await the winner of the series between Ateneo and Far Eastern University.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’center_img Reyes: Gilas prepared to play without Blatche QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa When the Falcons finally got their bearings back late in the game, the Green Archers were already hard to stop. La Salle made a living from the free throw line, making 26 out of 39 attempts off 33 fouls called on Adamson. The Falcons, on the other end, went 2-of-5 from the charity stripe on the Green Archers’ 12 fouls.Ben Mbala led La Salle with 27 points, 11 of which came from the free throw line, to go along 14 boards while Santi Santillan added 15 points and eight rebounds.Jerrick Ahanmisi had 17 points to lead Adamson while Robbie Manalang added 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT After trailing 63-54 at the end of the third, La Salle mounted a 14-0 run with Aljun Melecio capping it off with a rebound put-back that gave the Green Archers a 68-63 lead with 6:03 left in the game.La Salle’s lead then ballooned to eight with 52 seconds remaining after Melecio replicated his earlier play that gave the Green Archers a 78-70 buffer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We were focused,” said Green Archers head coach Aldin Ayo. “I always tell my players that there are situations that they should do on their own accord. If you want to win, you have to do things that are not asked of you.”Adamson fizzled in the second half after a strong start, going without a field goal for more than five minutes into the payoff period that allowed La Salle to take over. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters 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

Source: Pistons finalizing deal to acquire Blake Griffin

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ The addition of Griffin would give Detroit’s frontcourt another standout alongside Andre Drummond, but it also would represent a clear change in course from the roster that the Pistons had assembled. Detroit acquired Bradley in a trade with Boston last offseason, but he’s in the final season of his contract. Harris has been impressive for the Pistons this season, shooting a career-best 41 percent from 3-point range.Although neither team announced the deal Monday, there was plenty of reaction on social media. Harris had a message on his accounts thanking Detroit for its support. Griffin’s Twitter account had its own message with no words — just an image of actor Will Smith with a surprised expression on his face.For the Clippers, moving Griffin would continue a makeover of a franchise that has never made it past the second round of the playoffs.The Clippers traded All-Star point guard Chris Paul to Houston last summer. He had been credited with bringing respectability to the team that was once the laughingstock of the league. Without Paul, Los Angeles won its first four games to open the season, and then lost nine of its next 11. The team is one game above .500 going into Tuesday night’s game against Portland.Paul’s replacement, Patrick Beverley, has missed the entire season after right knee surgery. Also missing time have been DeAndre Jordan, Danilo Gallinari, Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201701:29Police 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 Heat complete another season series over Mavs with 95-88 win Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ESPN first reported the deal.Griffin is averaging 22.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 33 games this season, but the Clippers have been plagued by injuries and are ninth in the Western Conference standings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDetroit is struggling as well. The Pistons have lost eight straight heading into Tuesday night’s game against Cleveland.pic.twitter.com/1uoIZ0Sxcc— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) January 30, 2018The 28-year-old Griffin has been the face of the Clippers while playing his entire career with the team. Last July, he agreed to a $171 million, five-year deal, ending a brief flirtation with free agency. He told his teammates, coach Doc Rivers and owner Steve Ballmer, “I want my legacy to be a Clipper.”ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next The deal didn’t include a no-trade clause.The Clippers drafted Griffin first overall out of Oklahoma in 2009. However, he missed the 2009-10 season after surgery on his broken left kneecap, the first of several injuries that have marred his career.Griffin missed 21 games last season and 47 in 2015-16 because of injuries.As a rookie, he was an All-Star, won the slam dunk contest and was named NBA Rookie of the Year.He has averaged 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists in his career.Detroit’s season was looking promising until a late-December injury to point guard Reggie Jackson. The Pistons have stumbled while he’s been out with a sprained right ankle.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin hangs on the net after throwing the ball out of bounds while trying to pass it to guard Lou Williams with seconds left in an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Timberwolves won 126-118. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons were finalizing a trade Monday night to acquire star forward Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced. The Pistons would send forward Tobias Harris, guard Avery Bradley and center Boban Marjanovic to Los Angeles, with the Clippers also receiving draft picks. Detroit also would receive forward Brice Johnson and center Willie Reed.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

14 years after 1st Wimbledon win, Federer eyes 8th vs. Cilic

first_imgEl Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant In truth, though, what’s most important is this: Federer is still as capable as ever of beating everyone who stands in his way.“This guy doesn’t really seem (to be) getting any older or anything like that,” said Tomas Berdych, who lost to Federer in the semifinals, “or slowing down at all.”That’s certainly the case.Federer is 30-2 and tied for the tour lead with four titles in 2017, including at the Australian Open in January.During Wimbledon, he has not lost a set through six matches; the last man to earn the title without ceding a set was Bjorn Borg, 31 years ago. He’s only been broken four times, saving 16 of 20 break points along the way.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Is Muguruza heir to Williams sisters? Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim His 11 Wimbledon finals are a record for a man at any Grand Slam tournament (no one else has played more than seven at the All England Club.)His 29 Grand Slam finals are seven more than Rafael Nadal, who ranks No. 2.His 18 Grand Slam titles are three more than Nadal, No. 2 in that category, too.And only Pete Sampras and William Renshaw (who played in the 1880s, back when a previous year’s champion only needed to win one match to retain the title) also can boast of seven men’s trophies at Wimbledon.Now Federer wants to collect another after missing out on chances with losses to Novak Djokovic in the 2014 and 2015 finals.“It’s a big deal. I love this tournament. All my dreams came true here as a player,” Federer said. “To have another chance to go for No. 8 now, be kind of so close now at this stage, is a great feeling.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “Roger is playing maybe (some) of his best tennis of his career at the moment,” said Cilic, the No. 7-seeded Croatian who hit 25 aces and returned quite well during his semifinal victory over Sam Querrey. “It’s going to be a huge challenge.”They have played each other seven times previously, with Federer winning six, including in last year’s Wimbledon quarterfinals. Cilic took the first two sets and even was one point from victory, before Federer came back.The lone head-to-head win for Cilic came in one of the most significant matches of his career: 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals of the 2014 U.S. Open, where he went on to earn his only Grand Slam title.“He knows he absolutely destroyed Roger,” said Jonas Bjorkman, one of Cilic’s two coaches.That knowledge is key for this match, according to Bjorkman. So, too, is the past experience of participating in, and winning, a major final.“He knows what it takes,” Bjorkman said. “He knows how it feels to be out there, and he knows what it is to be under the pressure like that.”The 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Cilic, who is 28, has improved since then, too. His serve is better, as are his volleys and his inclination to move to the net. Those can help on Sunday. Would also be useful if he is able to read Federer’s serves as well as he did Querrey’s.Still, it’s the mental side of things that matters for Cilic, according to the only Croatian man to win Wimbledon, Goran Ivanisevic.“He needs to just believe,” said Ivanisevic, the 2001 champion at the All England Club and Cilic’s coach in New York three years ago. “It has nothing to do with tennis. In the end, it’s all in your head.”Past history favors Federer by a wide margin. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Another significant difference for Federer, whose 36th birthday is Aug. 8, making him the oldest men’s finalist at Wimbledon since 1974?“I didn’t have kids running around, potentially waking me up at night,” he said. “Today we’ve got to, like, close down the doors. Say, ‘Daddy is sleeping.’”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 starsHe’s a father of four: twin boys, 3; twin girls, 8 soon.On the court, there are ways in which the Federer who faces Marin Cilic on Sunday is not the same as the Federer who beat Mark Philippoussis 14 years ago. The larger racket, for example, or the increased willingness to hit over the top on his backhand. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates after beating Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych in their Men’s Singles semifinal match on day eleven at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 14, 2017. (Gareth Fuller/Pool Photo via AP)LONDON — Much has changed for Roger Federer since he played in, and won, his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon in 2003.First of all, as he reminded everyone after moving into his 11th title match at the All England Club — with a shot at his eighth championship, more than any man in history — he favored a ponytail and some scruff on his cheeks way back then. Nowadays, his hair is short, his face clean shaven.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Pacquiao picks Mayweather over McGregor

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The 12-round bout is set to give the Mayweather-Pacquiao event two years ago a run for its money as the richest fight in combat sports history.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Korea spoils Gilas bid Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThis time, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be on the same side.Pacquiao will be rooting for Mayweather in an eccentric super fight against Conor McGregor on August 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a boxing fight so I’m going with the boxer,” Pacquiao said in Filipino on Wednesday after his team Kia lost to Phoenix in the opener of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Mayweather, 40, is shaking off the cobwebs after retiring two years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe former pound-for-pound king shoots for win No. 50 while staking his undefeated record against one of UFC’s top stars and arguably, the biggest draw in MMA.Mayweather and McGregor just wrapped up their circus-like world press tour that had stops in Los Angeles, Toronto, New York and London with both fighters engaging in explicit trash-talking and drama made for WWE. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman hold final press conference ahead of bout PLAY LIST 03:16Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman hold final press conference ahead of bout01:16Pacquiao takes another swipe at Mayweather over exhibition match KO02:19Boxing’s 40-year-old Pacquiao counts on experience in Thurman fight02:49Robredo: 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 Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

PH netball squad gets bamboozled by Thailand

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Under Armour PH ambassador Mark Striegl makes dominant return to URCC cage Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul The Thais, the bronze medalists two years ago in Singapore, opened with a 46-1 lead at halftime and went on cruise control from then on.By third period, the Filipinos tried to make a big push but just couldn’t get through Thailand’s tough defense, trailing behind 64-3 entering the fourth period.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 openingIt was a big heartbreak for the Philippines which is hoping to improve from a lackluster debut in Singapore 2015. Back then, the Thais downed the Filipinos (62-22) in the preliminaries.They will play Brunei at 3 p.m. Wednesday. 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 MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines dropped an 86-3 decision to Thailand Tuesday at the start of women’s netball competitions at Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara Sports Complex.Coming here to gain a much-needed exposure for a sport that is trying to gain ground in the country, the Filipinos failed to get a grip of the game amid a well-oiled Thais side.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Gameslast_img read more

Size counts in British sports

first_imgA few years ago, when I was helping out with the coaching of my son’s under-13 club cricket team in London, I would watch with great interest who the senior coaches would choose and how they would shape the teams of the under-11s, 13s and 15s. At one point I realised that several coaches were going for boys who had a certain height and bulk over slighter- built kids. It was bemusing, because, till then, I had always thought of cricket as being the one sport that was free from size- ist concepts.I understood the logic in a sport like, say, football: you had big bodies to play goalkeeper and to cover the goal, you then had to have tall bodies to jump higher than the defenders to head in the crosses, to stay on the ball when a defender tried to force you off, and the only place for someone slightly- built was in the mid- field, unless you happened to be a short but brutally powerful genius called something like Diego Maradona.Cricket, on the other hand, had always had a funny mix of heights and body types, with someone like Alan Knott (short, wafer- thin) and Tony Greig ( several inches over six feet and not too slight) able to pull the oars for the same team in the 1970s.I did understand that even Indian and Sri Lankan players were now getting bigger, while the old big- guy teams had plateaued out a bit, better enabling us southern subcontis to fight them. Nevertheless, this sorting out of boys at these early ages on cricket grounds in North London was, neverthless, a bit baffling.advertisementPersonalityIt was only when I overheard a conversation between two of the Englishmen weighing up a young all- rounder that I understood. “Think he could be a Fred?” asked one, “I reckon he’s got the build and the eye!” replied the other man.Suddenly, the penny dropped – they were, every club, colt, regional and county team, all of them, searching for the next Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff. The phenomenon I observed was a few years before 2005.At that point, the English had been without the Ashes for nearly twenty years and they were, understandably desperate; several stars of the English team had played out their entire careers without once getting a sniff of the legendary urn and for every new talent England released onto the field, the Aussies would counter with two or three, all of them far better than anything the Poms had to offer.Think McGrath and Gillespie for Angus Fraser, think Mathew Hayden and Justin Langer for Graham Thorpe, think Shane Warne and Gilchrist for nobody comparable at all. The one cricketer that England had produced who struck some semblance of hesitation if not exactly fear in the opposition was the freak called Flintoff.Freddie was big, he was fast, he hit the ball hard, but most of all he had a certain physical personality that could impose itself on most opponents; the actual talent FF displayed with cricketing skills such as bowling, batting and fielding were, of course, crucial, but what really put both icing and cherry on the cake of hope was the maniacal scream that exploded out of him when he took a big wicket or the psycho- stare he gave a bowler after he’d hit him ( yet again) for a six.In the English imagination, Freddie was not so much a general or a commander as he was that solid oak of a Sergeant- Major who could both motivate the troops under him while nonchalantly taking out the German machine- gun nests single- handedly, handedly, time and time again.The problem was that, again, the idea had come from football. For all the refinements of the David Platts and Gary Linekers, the character England supporters really loved was the working- class hulk, Paul Gascoigne. Gascoigne wasn’t anywhere as big as Flintoff but he had the same big heart and manic personality.As he grew into his game, whatever slightness of body he had, disappeared. There does exist one of the great sports photographs of the ‘ hard man’ of football, Vinnie Jones, grabbing Gascoigne’s family area just before a free- kick melee, young Paul’s face grimacing in pain; but Jones could never get close to touching the epicentre of Gascoigne’s playing when he was at his peak.AshesHowever, for all his talents and promise, the over- riding visual most people have of Gascoigne was his face wracked with tears at his second yellow card in the 1990 World Cup semi- final against West Germany, after which England were knocked out on penalties.advertisementBy 2005, when Australia came to England to play, there was already a new, hulky- hope for English football in the shape of Wayne Rooney. Here was, to reverse the comparison, a Footballing Freddie, and one who, ironically, may have inspired Vaughan, Flintoff and Co. to finally wrest the Ashes back from the Aussies.The ‘ 05 Ashes were Flintoff’s great moment: there he was, always in the thick of the action; there he was, unflinching, seemingly devoid of any imagination that might include defeat, nervelessly pulling England through in the closest of Tests, not once but several times; there he was, psycho- scream put away, consoling Brett Lee at the end of the series; there he was, face bombed by the mother of all hangovers the day after the victory was sealed.One could have been forgiven for thinking then that this, finally, was the lift- off for a great cricketer from England – something the world had not seen for many decades.Instead, that Ashes win was to be the peak of Flintoff’s trajectory. What followed was hardly the stuff of Greek or Shakespearean tragedy. The steep decline in Fred F’s career was more suited to absurdist drama or the satires of Bertolt Brecht: in the return series Down Under, under his captaincy, (the absent commander was Michael Vaghan) the Australians tore England to shreds, giving them not even a consolation draw while taking the series 5- 0; then came the drunken wrestling math with the pedallo, or what became known as the Fredallo incident and then came the withdrawal, first from Tests, then ODIs and finally, last week, from cricket altogether.IndiaDoes Andrew Flintoff’s rapid deflation give any pause to the coaches in England from looking for a replacement- giant among the teens and pre- teenagers? Not a bit of it. Because, debuting in that lonesome English Ashes win of ’05 was an articulated lorry of a South African called Kevin Pietersen.Even as Rooney fails in the World Cup, even as the Pakistanis playing in some reverse- gear manage to work out Big Kev in the last series, I’m betting England’s cricket and football coaches are still laying their hopes on over- size super- structures of bone and muscle.The lesson in all this, at least for us Indians, is to remain aware of what has brought us to the top of cricketing pile: the spread of better nutrition across a large swathe of middle and lower- middleclass society, providing us a with a far more competitive talent- pool, a sharp rise in fitness, three or four wristy players who time and place the ball beautifully, one or two bowlers who bowl well ( but none of them bulky), and one short but muscular world- beater called Tendulkar.Yes, we must value the crazy strength of the Yuvvies and the Dhonis but we must also congratulate ourselves on the variation of body- types in the Indian team.advertisementJust as it is more healthy to eat fruit vegetables of different colours, each colour bringing a different nutrient, so it is more effective to weave together a team made from the different talents coming different physical characteristics. If we remember this, not only in cricket but in other sports as well, who knows? We might even see an Indian football team in the World Cup in our lifetimes.The writer is the author of The Last Jet-engine Laughlast_img read more

Lara-Bhupathi’s ‘sangeet’ ceremony in Goa tomorrow

first_imgThe star-studded ‘sangeet’ cermony of actress Lara Dutta and tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi’s wedding will be held tomorrow in Goa.The Candolim beach club, the venue of the ceremony, has been decked up in white keeping in tune with the theme for the occasion.Club Fresh is a popular hang out at the North Goa beach, where Bollywood actor Hrithik and Suzzane celebrated their marriage anniversary last month.The couple has already registered their wedding in Mumbai while the formal church wedding and reception is scheduled on February 19 in Goa.”The theme for entire sangeet is white, which matches with the theme of the club. There will be white roses, white jasmines..,” Sunil Chawla, owner and partner of Club Fresh told PTI.The event has a guest list of 200 people comprising film and sports personalities. D J Hussain will set the music ball rolling for the sangeet, playing Bollywood and Hollywood numbers for the guests. ‘Lucent Dossier’, a troup from Los Angeles will perform aerial acts on the occasion.Chawla said that they have been preparing for the occasion since last three weeks after hosting an event for the Roshans.Sources said Shahrukh Khan who was here for Hrithik’s anniversary will be present for the ‘sangeet’.For the gourmets, it will be mainly Goan sea food, Thai, Sushi on the menu card. “We are absolutely delighted that they have chosen Club Fresh for the occasion. Its an honour,” Chawla said.last_img read more

World T20: Chris Gayle has quirky birthday plans

first_imgThink ‘COOL’, and if you are a cricket fan, chances are you’ll think of Christopher Henry Gayle first. That’s the aura of the man – whether he is pulling off an afro hairstyle or lime-green shades, tweeting about himself in the third person or depositing all comers beyond the long-on boundary with giant swings of his blade – he just exudes ‘cool’. Gayle turns 33 on Friday but will hold off the party till the next day, when the West Indies take on Australia in their opening match of the tournament.At an interaction after practice on Thursday, Gayle was asked about his birthday plans, and his reply, to the delight of the gathered reporters was: “I am going to spend it with the West Indian women’s team.” After peals of laughter, Gayle continued with a grin: “Well…(Ill) have a quiet drink and sit around. So, looking forward to it. But I am looking to really celebrate after a win against Australia.”When a reporter ventured to ask whether T20 had become an old man’s game, Gayle mock-chided him, saying: “You mean, I’m old?” Then, on a more serious note, he added: “I think you can play it for a long time, but it’s good to be 33 and I am looking forward to playing with all the youngsters.” Gayle is a master at clearing the boundary and, when asked for the secret behind it, he explained how it just came naturally to him.”A bit of strength work, to be honest, and once the ball is in your slot, you go for it. I am sure everyone can hit a six these days. It doesn’t seem so hard these days and with everybody getting big bats, clearing the boundary is easy. Its instinct.advertisement”I play like this naturally. Even in Test cricket and ODIs, before T20 came around, this is how I used to play. But you learn different skills in T20 and you can take them to Tests and make a lot more runs. It adds to the fun factor as well,” he said.A lot of experts have rated the West Indies as favourites for the title, an unfamiliar position for the team in recent years. But former skipper Gayle wants the team to go step by step. “Look at our team – we can bat right down; bowling-wise, we have spinners and fast bowlers. The key for us is to get to the second round and try and take it step by step.”last_img read more