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Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 3 Maguindanao cops nabbed in drug bust facing dismissal PLAY LIST 01:283 Maguindanao cops nabbed in drug bust facing dismissal00:50Trending Articles02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, center, discusses with New York Knicks’ Enes Kanter, center right, and Courtney Lee, center left, during the first half of a NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — LeBron James got shoved by the Knicks and then benched by his coach.Neither could keep him down for good.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort TRAVEL-IERSCavs players took the subway back to their hotel after their morning shootaround at MSG, rather than sit in traffic on the bus. James, in a video posted by the NBA , said it was his first time taking the subway in New York.“When in Rome,” Korver said.NO NOAHJoakim Noah was eligible to play after the completion of his 20-game suspension for violating the NBA’santi-drug policy last season, but the Knicks kept him on the inactive list. Hornacek said Noah is in shape — he was allowed to practice during his suspension — and a valued member of the team, but the Knicks’ center tandem of Kanter and Kyle O’Quinn has been playing well.UP NEXTCavaliers: Visit Charlotte on Wednesday.Knicks: Host Utah on Wednesday. LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Cleveland outscored New York 43-25 in the fourth, making more 3s than the Knicks had baskets (8). But the turnaround started late in the third with the second unit in.“Now we just kept talking about chipping away, chipping away,” Dwyane Wade said. “And then as you saw Kyle Korver got going and then when you saw LeBron check back in, you knew, OK. You saw the waves coming.”Tim Hardaway Jr. had 28 points and 10 rebounds, and Kanter added 20 points and 16 boards. But KristapsPorzingis shot only 7 for 21 while scoring 20 points as the Knicks blew their chance to beat the Cavs for the second time this season.The game was just two days after James, following a victory in Dallas, said Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr. should be a Knick. The Knicks passed on Smith in the draft, taking Ntilikina one spot earlier at No. 8.James said he meant it as a shot at former president Phil Jackson, and he was angry that he thought Kanter overreacted in his defense of Ntilikina. So it wasn’t surprising they were involved in an altercation late in the first quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa James had 23 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds, Kyle Korver scored 19 of his 21 points in the fourthquarter to spark a huge comeback, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat New York 104-101 on Monday night.James also had a technical foul after a first-quarter altercation with Frank Ntilikina and Enes Kanter, which seemed to charge up the Knicks. But he didn’t lose his poise then or midway through the thirdquarter, when Tyronn Lue yanked the five starters with the Knicks on their way to a 23-point lead.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“I knew we had another half,” James said. “Didn’t know that I was going to get snatched like that early in the third, but I felt if I got back in I could still make some plays to help our team win.”He did, hitting two of the Cavaliers’ nine 3-pointers in the fourth after they made just seven through three quarters and helping the Cavs charge back for their eighth straight victory at Madison Square Garden. View comments Antetokounmpo scores 27 as Bucks beat Grizzlies James dunked and then wouldn’t move out of the way as Ntilikina tried to take the ball back to the baseline to throw it in. Ntilikina pushed James, who then exchanged words with Kanter after he ran in. James shoved Kanter, and both were given technical fouls.“I don’t care … what you call yourself. King, Queen, Princess, whatever you are. You know what, we’re going to fight and nobody out there (is) going to punk us,” Kanter said.James’ response?“I’m the King, my wife is the Queen and my daughter is the Princess,” he said. “So we got all three covered.”The Knicks got hot after that, hitting the Cavs with a 15-0 burst early in the second to open a 47-31 lead.Ntilikina and Hardaway both stole the ball from James during the run.Cleveland made a brief run early in the third before New York extended it back to 17, when Lue made his line change. Korver said even then he was still thinking the Cavs could win.“Absolutely,” he said. “That’s a lot of time and this is an amazing place to make a comeback in.”TIP-INSCavaliers: Derrick Rose, who played for the Knicks last season, remained out with a sprained left ankle. … Cleveland started 2 for 15 behind the arc.Knicks: Former Knicks stars Bernard King and Latrell Sprewell were at the game. … G Ron Baker was inactive, with coach Jeff Hornacek saying he hurt his shoulder playing for the Knicks’ G League team over the weekend. MOST READ
“When you get a guy like that, its always a positive,” he said.“It’s a plus that he has a long hair. He could join our long hair club,” Ross ended with a chuckle. “He reminds me of me, as a big this time,” Ross said of the rugged Fil-German.“Right now, I bring that hard-nosed mentality to the team, and bringing someone like him really helps us big time. Him being at 6-9 who is agile and versatile, it’s a great niche he found for himself.”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 shutoutRoss watched San Miguel’s top pick on Sunday when he made his Philippine debut for the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in the ABL and he had nothing but praise.“He knows where to be. Offensively, he’s always at the right spot and that tells me he has a high basketball IQ,” he said. Nuggets beat Kings without coach and 2 starters QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH No. 1 pick Standhardinger’s monster game further fuels SMB debut hype PLAY LIST 01:07No. 1 pick Standhardinger’s monster game further fuels SMB debut hype01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:18Sangley airport to be operational in 7 days – Tugade01:37Protesters 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 “He’s talking to his teammates and getting his teammates involved. He doesn’t demand the ball. I like what I see from him on the floor.”The 28-year-old Standhardinger had 26 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and two steals. He also made two crucial buckets in the final 20 seconds to hold off Tanduay Alab Pilipinas.Ross also lauded Standhardinger for holding his ground against Alab import Ivan Johnson.“Ivan was trying to intimidate him, but he’s not backing down. We need a guy like that who’s willing do the dirty work. We need that extra muscle we could throw at the other imports once he plays in the Commissioner’s Cup,” he said.Ross shared that he can’t wait to see Standhardinger in a Beermen jersey.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments CONTRIBUTED PHOTOChris Ross sees a lot of himself in his new San Miguel Beer teammate Christian Standhardinger.Ross, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, said that like him, Standhardinger also brings toughness to the Beermen.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
FEU-Diliman playmaker RJ Abarrientos also earned himself a ticket to the top 10, while Joaqui Manuel of Ateneo has shot up to the top 20.Also making their entries in the weekly high school power rankings are reigning CESAFI MVP Beirn Laurente of University of Visayas and returning Joem Sabandal of Adamson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHere is the list for the third week of Chooks-to-Go NBTC 24, with last week’s rank in the parenthesis:Kai Sotto, center, Ateneo (1)SJ Belangel, guard, Ateneo (3)Joel Cagulangan, guard, La Salle Greenhills (2)Will Gozum, center, Mapua (4)L-Jay Gonzales, guard, FEU-Diliman (5)Rhayyan Amsali, forward, NU (7)CJ Cansino, forward, UST (8)Dave Ildefonso, forward, Ateneo (6)RJ Abarrientos, guard, FEU-Diliman (12)Clint Escamis, guard, Mapua (9)Terrence Fortea, guard, NU (11)Aaron Fermin, center, Arellano (10)Inand Fornilos, forward, CSB-LSGH (13)Evan Nelle, guard, San Beda (14)John Galinato, guard, Chiang Kai Shek (16)Warren Bonifacio, center, Mapua (15)Joaqui Manuel, forward, Ateneo (21)Raven Cortez, center, La Salle Zobel (18)Mac Guadaña, guard, Lyceum (17)Harvey Pagsanjan, guard, Hope Christian (19)Maui Cruz, guard, EAC (20)Joem Sabandal, guard, Adamson (N/A)Beirn Laurente, guard, UV (N/A)Harold Alarcon, guard, Tay Tung-Bacolod (22)Every week, a panel of coaches, sportswriters, and a statistician converge to come up with the weekly rankings to determine the top 24 high school players in the UAAP, CESAFI-NBTC, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments, together with the recently concluded NCAA competition. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Years later, Roger Federer still on top Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next View comments MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAteneo Blue Eaglets soared high in this week’s Chooks-to-Go/National Basketball Training Center 24 power rankings with pacesetter Kai Sotto now being trailed by teammate SJ Belangel.The 1-2 combo kept the Katipunan crew’s pristine 11-0 UAAP Season 80 record intact, allowing Belangel to eclipse Joel Cagulangan of La Salle Greenhills for the second spot.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The players were ranked based on the following criteria: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, defense, offense, and level of competition.The top 24 players still on the board for the power rankings in early March will be picked to play in the SM-National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) High School All-Star Game later that month at Mall of Asia Arena. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa
Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Josh Huestis (34) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Washington. The Wizards won 102-96. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — Beginning what could be a significant stretch without All-Star point guard John Wall, the Washington Wizards got 25 points from Otto Porter Jr., limited Russell Westbrook to 13 and stopped Oklahoma City’s eight-game win streak with a 102-96 victory over the Thunder on Tuesday night.Bradley Beal had 21 points and nine assists for Washington, which announced about 7 1/2 hours before tipoff that Wall will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 MOST READ Thunder: Westbrook was whistled for a technical foul in the second quarter and a flagrant foul in the third, when he went for a block and instead sent an arm to the chin of Wizards C Marcin Gortat. Coach Billy Donovan and C Steven Adams also were assessed techs. … OKC leads the NBA in opponent turnovers at 16.5 per game. The Wizards had 12 Tuesday.Wizards: Entered the night 6-6 without Wall this season. … Porter went to the locker room with about 4 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter; it wasn’t immediately clear why. He returned to the game early in the fourth.DONOVAN ON BEALDonovan had this to say about Beal, who played for him in college at Florida: “I always say this about Brad: He’s got the ‘it’ factor. He’s had it (since) a young age. I only had him for one year. I think winning is a high priority for him. It’s really important for him.”UP NEXTThunder: At Denver on Thursday.Wizards: Host Toronto on Thursday. Paul George had 28 points for Oklahoma City, but zero in the fourth quarter. Carmelo Anthony scored 19, but he missed three shots in the final 30 seconds. Westbrook wound up with 10 assists, six rebounds and seven turnovers and made only 5 of 18 shots.Wall, picked for his fifth All-Star game last week, is second on the Wizards in scoring, averaging 19.4 points, and is second in the league with 9.3 assists per game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn July, he agreed to a $170 million, four-year contract extension that starts next season.Tomas Satoransky started in Wall’s place and finished with four points and six assists, including alley-oop feeds to Beal in the first half and Markieff Morris in the second. Satoransky also blocked a shot by Westbrook in the third quarter, something Beal managed to do in the fourth. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Argentina coach wants Messi fresh for World Cup Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Then, with 39.4 seconds remaining, Satoransky broke a 96-all tie with a pair of free throws after he was fouled by Josh Huestis, who had turned the ball over.On Oklahoma City’s next possession, Anthony shot an air ball, and Porter’s two foul shots made it a four-point lead for the Wizards.Neither team shot particularly well: The Wizards wound up making 38.2 percent of their field-goal attempts — they missed 13 consecutive 3-point tries in one stretch — and the Thunder were at 37.5 percent.Washington’s first five baskets came via five assists, each off a pass from a different player. And in the first quarter, which ended with the hosts ahead 30-25, the Wizards had 10 assists — credited to seven players — on their 11 field goals.At halftime, the Thunder were ahead 54-53, thanks to Jerami Grant’s 20-foot buzzer-beating jumper and 20 points from George on 7-for-11 shooting.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers
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 Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant “Today, I hit the ball perfectly and I tried to hit that one more perfectly,” Choi said. “When I had a birdie on the 15th hole, I thought that I may have a chance. That went through my mind and other people were saying that I might have a chance, but at the 16th hole, my ball went into the hazard. That’s what happened. At the time I felt that all this work, all this hard work I put together was going to disappear, so I was a bit disappointed.”After taking a drop, Choi settled for a double bogey. With that went all hopes of winning.“The 16th hole is a tough hole,” said Choi, who used a 7-iron. “I was just trying to get through the hole, maybe with a par. Maybe I played that hole a little too aggressively. There were disappointing parts to my game and that was one. I tried to pull my shot and it didn’t happen. But I had to refocus back for the two remaining holes.”Choi rallied to birdie the 18th for a 1-under 71. She finished second at 9 under, two strokes behind Park.Choi took the lead with a birdie on the seventh hole and had a chance to take a three-shot lead at the ninth, but her birdie putt slide by the hole.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CEU rallies past Gamboa, inches closer to qf berth View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ South Korea’s Hye-Jin Choi is greeted by fans and tournament volunteers as she walks to the 16th tee during the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open Golf tournament Sunday, July 16, 2017, in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)BEDMINSTER, N.J. — With three holes left in the U.S. Women’s Open, Hye-Jin Choi was all set to re-write the record books.The 17-year-old South Korean was poised to become the second amateur to win the biggest title in women’s golf, joining 1967 champion Catherine Lacoste of France.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim A bogey on the par-4 10th hole dropped her into a tie for the lead with playing partner Shanshan Feng, and Park joined the group at 9 under with a birdie at No. 12.One bad shot ended her chances of winning.Choi wasn’t upset about losing the $540,000 second-place money.“Well, I mean it would have been nice if I could get the money, but I think my primary goal was to come here and compete, so for me, getting this second place in runner-up actually means more to me,” she said.It marked the second straight year she has been the low amateur. She tied for 38th last year at CordeValle in California.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Quote sheets were handed out featuring the congratulatory words of Lacoste, who is now 72 years old and lives in Spain. Lacoste’s father was famed tennis player and sporting goods clothier Rene Lacoste.Choi was tied with eventual winner Sung Hyun Park, also of South Korea, heading to the par-3 16th, one of the holes that President Donald Trump watched from his personal viewing box.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I came a long way from Korea and I had the United States president and his wife cheering for me and clapping for me,” Choi said through an interpreter. “I was quite thrilled. It was a big honor for me.”Then, trouble struck. Choi tried to be too perfect with her tee shot on the 139-yard hole and deposited it right into the lake. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Re-signing him took on added importance in light of the ruptured quadriceps tendon suffered by starting point guard Tony Parker in May.The French veteran is expected to be sidelined until at least January.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Clippers coach Rivers stripped of executive duties Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress SAN ANTONIO, TX – MAY 20: Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs talks with Patty Mills #8. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—The San Antonio Spurs have re-signed Patty Mills, a back-up guard from Australia who connected on 41 percent of his three-point shots last season.Mills appeared in 80 games for the Spurs last season, averaging 9.5 points, a career-best 3.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds in a career-high 21.9 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT His 147 for 355 from three-point range ranked him 11th in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage and he made 82 percent of his free throws.The 28-year-old Canberra native had agreed to terms with the Spurs at the start of free agency on July 1, but the team didn’t announce the signing until Friday.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 Spurs did not release terms of the contract, but the San Antonio Express-News reported it was worth approximately $50 million over four years.Mills, entering his ninth NBA season and his seventh with the Spurs, was a key member of an outstanding San Antonio bench. LATEST STORIES 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 DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ
The image we associate with cricket is no longer the flannelled English gentleman playing the game in the countryside. Like many things English, cricket too has found its most fertile grounds elsewhere in the tropics. Today the abiding image of cricket as a national passion play is the screaming fan painted in tricolour. As the countdown to the 10th World Cup begins, the fever has already set in. For six weeks beginning February 19, the subcontinent will host the game it’s mad about. In spite of the few matches in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, it will be an Indian show.India Today March 2007 coverIt’s hardly surprising. Cricket has never been a global game, like, say, football or tennis. It was another export from the Empire. Today, India as the cricket superpower is a fine instance of youthful aspiration, commitment and economic investment. I would say, the Empire Bats Back. Unlike any other sport in this country, cricket plays across geography, classes, and age groups. It’s more than a game. With a billion-plus captive consumers, it’s one of the fastest growing industries as well: cricket corners 85 per cent of the advertising money spent on sport in India. Cricket, in a sense, is the biggest reality television in India, best illustrated by the huge success of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The World Cup will yield Rs 700 crore in advertising revenue alone, with an estimated television audience of 70 to 80 million homes in India alone.This World Cup is special not just because we are the host. Many fans would like to believe that the Cup is for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s boys to win or to lose. India’s greatest moment in cricket came 28 years ago, when Kapil Dev lifted the Cup at Lord’s to the cheer of an entire nation. The Indian team is at the peak of its form and the advantage of the home ground adds to the thrill this time. Our cover package, coordinated by Deputy Editor Shantanu Guha Ray, is a lavish spread that I’m sure will appeal to the fanatic as well as the curious. Gideon Haigh, one of the finest writers on the game, gives a brilliant analysis of how India has come to dominate world cricket. “Cricket is not a global game but a multinational one depending, as perhaps no other sport, on the financial heft of a single country,” he writes. When our correspondent caught up with Dhoni after the Indian skipper offered his prayers at a temple near Ranchi, he was upbeat. “The team is fighting fit, I can tell you,” he said in the interview. We also have former cricketers analysing India’s chances; portraits of players and teams to watch; a report on the illegal economy of cricket betting; and even a light take on the cricket WAGs (wives and girlfriends).In the last World Cup in 2007, I travelled to West Indies hoping to see India bringing the Cup home. I was, of course, shattered by our ignoble exit in the first round. This time around, fortunately, I don’t need to travel half way across the world to witness a possible Indian victory. I hope Dhoni and his boys won’t disappoint.(Aroon Purie)
Long considered suspect against short-pitched deliveries, Indian batsman Suresh Raina says he no longer has trouble facing bouncers courtesy the tips he has got from seniors such as Rahul Dravid.Raina, along with Harbhajan Singh (70), was the hero of India’s innings on Monday with an 82-run knock in which dominated pacers, who tried to unsettle him with bouncers.The left-hander stood his ground against whizzing deliveries past his torso and was almost disdainful against the West Indian bowlers.”My plan was to play straight; keep my mind clear and look to be patient. God has been kind to me,” remarked RainaRaina has so far featured in nine Tests but isn’t being seen as a regular because of his perceived weakness against bouncing deliveries.He revealed the hard work he has put in recently to get the monkey of short stuff off his back.”It’s getting better. I am working hard with Duncan (Fletcher). I have spoken to Rahul (Dravid) bhai and (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni, who’ve asked me to duck under the short ball.”I am now keeping my mind clear, not thinking where they are going to pitch up. I am trying to be positive, trying to play straight down the ground,” he said.”It’s not easy to make runs in Test matches. You would have to spend time, respect the opponent and watch the bowlers all the time. You need to see the shape in which they are bowling, who is reversing the ball, watch the hands closely, how your feet are moving.”advertisement”The first 15-20 balls there were no runs but I was waiting for loose balls. I hadn’t got runs in the final three one-dayers so I was determined to make up for it here,” Raina said.Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo cast a spell on the Indian line-up with three critical wickets in the middle overs but Raina took him on straightaway and scored 40 runs off him with eight fours.”I think he didn’t find it easy to bowl to left-handers.He tossed it up for me to go to covers but I was determined to play down the ground,” the Indian reasoned.Raina said he knew the tailenders of the team were more than capable and if he spent time in the middle, the recovery was possible.”I know Harbhajan, Praveen (Kumar), Amit (Mishra) can all bat. The runs with Harbhajan were scored almost at five per over. I wanted to be positive and spend time in the middle.”Raina believed it would not be easy for the West Indies to deal with his team’s bowling on the second day.”It’s not going to be easy for them. If we could get a couple of wickets early on, we could build pressure. On this wicket, the new ball does a bit. The wicket is also uneven and in our two spinners, we have very good bowlers.”It’s not going to be easy for them. A couple of their batsmen don’t know how to play spin bowling,” he said.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Continuing its drive to catch drug cheats following the athletics doping scandal, National Anti-Doping Agency on Saturday conducted its third raid in a week at a Sports Authority of India facility with a surprise early morning swoop down at the Bhopal Centre.A NADA team, headed by Manpal Singh, began the raid at 8am, checked the rooms of the trainees at the Centre for banned substances and took random urine samples from them.”NADA deputed a team of officers today, the 16th July 2011, from Delhi and Bhopal headed by Mr Manpal Singh and included two technical officers of NADA and two lady Doping Control Officers to conduct surprise check in SAI Bhopal,” NADA Director General Rahul Bhatnagar said in a statement.”The team reached the SAI centre at 8:00 am and checked rooms of sportspersons for banned substances and also took urine sample on a random basis,” the statement said.”Twenty five urine samples — wushu (5 men, 5 women), boxing (5 women), judo (5 women), hockey (3 women), watersport (2 women) — were also taken on a random basis and will be sent to National Dope Testing Laboratory for testing,” Bhatnagar said.The team checked 38 rooms (10 women and 28 men) of sportspersons at the hostels. Samples of food supplements and other medicines found in seven rooms were sealed and brought for testing.NADA said it would continue its drive against doping in sports in the country and surprise checks will be carried out at other centers where athletes are training.NADA teams conducted surprise raids at the National Institute of Sports at Patiala on July 9 and at the Bangalore SAI Centre two days later. On both occasions, the NADA team took samples from the trainees and brought medicines and food supplements for testing.advertisementThe country was hit by one of its worst doping scandals with eight track and field athletes, including Asian Games double gold medallist Ashwini Akkunji, returning positive for banned anabolic substances.Ashwini’s Commonwealth and Asian Games gold-winning relay team-mates Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose, other top quartermilers Jauna Murmu, Tiana Mary Thomas and Priyanka Panwar, long jumper Hari Krishnan Muralidharan and shot putter Sonia tested positive for anabolic steroids.All of them returned positive in tests conducted by the NADA while Mandeep and Jauna also failed tests conducted by the IAAF.Following the dope scandal, Ukrainian coach Yuri Ogrodnik, whose six wards were among the eight dope cheats, was sacked by the Sports Ministry which also constituted a one-man inquiry committee of Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal to probe into the scandal.Six of the eight dope-tainted athletes now face a maximum two-year ban after their confirmatory ‘B’ samples also tested positive. Muralidharan and Sonia are yet to test their ‘B’ samples.-With PTI inputs
As television sets get ‘smart’, phones double up as personal organisers and music systems turn the living room into acoustic ensembles, there’s ample variety for the gadget-loving guy today. Be it convertible sports cars that satisfy your need for speed or a designer phone, choose your indulgence from our top,As television sets get ‘smart’, phones double up as personal organisers and music systems turn the living room into acoustic ensembles, there’s ample variety for the gadget-loving guy today. Be it convertible sports cars that satisfy your need for speed or a designer phone, choose your indulgence from our top picks.Thrill for speedJaguar may be known for its perfect blend of technology and high-end luxury but the XKR Special Edition model gives luxury a whole new meaning. With ‘Artisan’ interiors and a whole host of modifications to the exterior to improve aerodynamics and stability at high speed, the special edition is worth its price tag. 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The Vu Tarun Tahiliani Couture TV is a special edition television with a built-in personal computer that blends luxury, beauty and sophistication. In this first-of-its-kind collaboration between the noted fashion designer and Vu technologies company, this TV is all about grandeur and opulence, just like the designer’s more traditional creations. At the top end of the range is the 55-inch, 3D TV set designed with unusual ornamental patterns and calligraphy, constructed in geometric shapes. The fine use of latticework in muted Swarovski elements lends a subtle and stylish feel to the product. The television comes with a memory of 2 GB which can be upgraded to 4 GB, a 500 GB SATA Hard Drive, a 1920 x 1080 display resolution and runs on Windows 7 Professional operating system. 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The phone has an optical trackpad and backlit keys. There’s 3G connectivity as well. The Porsche design comes with a hefty price tag, but for those who want to stand out from the crowd, it’s well worth the investment.Where: Blackberry Store, 106, Fortaleza, Victoria II, East Ave, Kalyani Nagar.Cost: Rs 1,39,000.Tel: 904966778.Next generation laptopThe ideal companion on-the-go that can manage your files, send mails, play music, movies and crunch numbers-the MacBook Air is everything you need and more. And at little over an inch at its thickest end, it fits conveniently into any bag and has therefore been holding the title of the world’s thinnest notebook ever since its launch.After a series of designs and updates since its maiden version in 2008, the new Macbook Air comes with fancy features like a glossy LED backlit display and a full-size keyboard, a large trackpad that responds to iPad-related multi-touch gestures like pinching, swiping and rotating. The Intel Ivy Bridge processor that runs the machine, sports HD 4000 graphics, has higher capacity storage and memory options as compared to the earlier version and comes with an improved 720p Facetime HD camera.When you flip open the MacBook Air, it starts up in seconds. Even after a month in standby mode, the screen springs to life and apps launch quickly. Part of what makes MacBook Air so responsive is that it’s designed entirely around flash storage, which makes it lighter and more portable than traditional notebooks and provides faster access to data. The backlit keyboard ensures that you can work in dimly lit spaces as well. So if you’re looking for a product that is high on aesthetics while doing the job as well, this is the gadget dreams are made of.Where: iStore, Millenium Plaza, Shop no G3, F C Road.Cost: Rs 99,900 for 13-inch 256GB flash/HD Graphics 4000.Tel: 41228992.