Germany set quarterfinal date with Argentina; England, Mexico go home

first_imgEngland suffered World Cup heartbreak with an embarrassing 1-4 second round defeat at the hands of old foes Germany in a classic and controversial match which brought back memories of the 1966 final, here today.They have set up a quarterfinal clash with Argentina, who beat Mexico 3-1 in an ill-tempered match in Johannesburg.Mueller scores, Lampard deniedThomas Mueller scored a double in the 67th and 70th minutes after Miroslav Klose (20th) and Lukas Podolski (32nd) had made it 2-0 for Germany. Matthew Upson pulled one back for England in the 37th minute in a round of 16 match at Free State Stadium here.England were denied a clear goal in the 38th minute when they were down 1-2 with a Frank Lampard thundering shot hitting the underside of the crossbar before falling well beyond the goal-line but the referee did not award it a goal.Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda not awarding the goal might have erased the 44-year-old agony of the Germans who still rued that extra-time controversial goal by Geoff Hurst in the 1966 final at Wembley to give England their only World Cup triumph.But today, Joachim Loew’s men did more than enough to show that they were the far better side despite the mistake by the referee.Germany meet the winner of the round of 16 match between Argentina and Mexico in the quarterfinal.The hole in the England central defence left by the injury of Rio Fernandes came to haunt England with Matthew Upson who filled in the shoes of the Manchester United stopper being outrun and outmuscled by Miroslav Klose in the 20th minute.advertisementGerman keeper Manuel Neuer’s goalkick sailed over John Terry’s head and Klose, who returned after serving a one match suspension, got the better of Upson before coolly poking past an advancing David James.The strike gave Klose his 50th international goal, the second highest for any German after the great goal-poacher Gerd Mueller.Klose could have scored his second goal in the 31st minute but his right-footer inside the England box after being fed by Thomas Mueller was brilliantly blocked by James.Next minute, Germany doubled the lead from a move initiated by Klose. A clever flick from Klose found Mueller inside the England box with no defenders around. Mueller released the ball for Lukas Podolski whose left-footer from near the left edge of the six-yard box went past keeper James into the net.A stunned England regrouped and needed five minutes to pull one back with Upson making amends of his defensive sloppiness against Klose by outjumping his marker to connect a Steven Gerrard aerial pass into the German net in the 37th minute. .Next minute, the memories of the classic 1966 World Cup final between the two sides at Wembley in London returned but this time it was England who were at the receiving end.Frank Lampard’s fierce and dipping shot from outside the box beat German keeper Manuel Neuer, bounced off the underside of the bar and fell well beyond the goal-line but the referee Larrionda did not award a goal.Television replays clearly showed that the ball had crossed the goal-line but apparently the line assistant could not run down the touchline when the ball hit the ground beyond the goal-line.Seven minutes after resumption, England were denied the equaliser by the woodwork with Frank Lampard’s free-kick from around 30 yards beat the German keeper but still found the crossbar on the way.Germany added two goals in the space of three minutes — both from fast counter-attacks exposing the slowing legs of England players whose average age was more than 29 as compared to 25 of the Germans.Lampard’s 67th minute free-kick from outside the German box rebounded from a defender and in an amazingly swift counter-attack, the ball landed on Bastian Schweinsteiger’s legs.Schweinsteiger, who was declared fit at the eleventh hour, then broke down the left and sent a precise low cross for Muller, who outran two England defenders, to fire past keeper James to his left post net.Three minutes later, Muller made it 4-1 from another swift German counterattack. Instead of Schweinsteiger, this time it was Mesut Oezil who gave the pass from the left for Mueller to blast it into the England net.England captain Steven Gerrard made a late attempt to reduce the margin but his 81st minute strike was pushed away for a corner by German keeper Manuel Neuer.Tevez puts Argentina in the quartersIn Johannesburg, Carlos Tevez struck twice  as Argentina crushed Mexico 3-1. Tevez’s first goal in the 26th minute was off-side, but the referee failed to spot it much to the anguish of the Mexicans.advertisementGonzalo Higuain made the score 2-0 when a Mexican defender accidentally passed him the ball near the goal.At half-time players from both sides exchanged heated words as they headed off the turf. The referees and support staff had to step in to separate the two sides.After the break, Tevez scored a scorching right-footer that flew past Mexican goalkeeper Oscar Perez’s left.Javier Hernandez struck a consolation goal for the frustrated Mexicans.last_img read more

Team has to be on guard: India hockey coach Michael Nobbs

first_imgDespite getting a favourable draw for the Olympic qualifiers, chief national hockey coach Michael Nobbs is not counting his chickens yet and wants to guard against complacency.India are the highest ranked team in the tournament scheduled for February 15-26 in New Delhi at No. 10, with Canada a notch below the hosts.France, Poland, Egypt and the United States are placed further down.”The draw is a favourable one for India but there are no guarantees. Canada is always a good team while France is coached by an Australian and show good heart,” Nobbs told Mail Today from Pune, the venue of the ongoing national camp.”We cannot take any team lightly but I would say we have more than an even chance of going through.”The fact that the qualifiers are being held in India is another source of confidence for the Aussie.”It is fantastic to be playing at home. Pressure will be there regardless of where we play. But it is better that we have our supporters behind us and not helping the other teams,” he said.There is still a lot of work to be done before the qualifiers, Nobbs cautioned.”We are looking at new players to broaden our base. We need a pool of 30-odd players to guard against injury and loss of form,” he felt.”I would also try to have a look at the Junior Nationals next month which are also being staged in Pune.”India’s next assignment is the Champions Challenge in Johannesburg and could play a crucial role in India’s preparation for the qualifiers as Canada and Poland are also in action there.advertisement”It will be a useful exercise but we won’t show them (the other teams) everything that we are capable of,” Nobbs said.India’s Australian sojourn last month was a reality check after the Asian Champions Trophy triumph in Ordos, China.”It was a wake-up call and showed we need to improve and cannot afford to be complacent. They (Australia) are the topranked side while we are No. 10. I was, in a way, expecting such results but hoping we won’t have them,” he said.”Australia are so much ahead of everybody else that they can win by five or six goals. They have 45 players in their pool and can easily field three teams which will be in the top six in the world.”The ongoing camp in Pune will carry on till Monday and the players are preparing for conditions they will face in Johannesburg.”They are going through altitude chambers to get used to the rarified atmosphere there.”Also, we are working on penalty corners and set-pieces. We will see some improvement before the Champions Challenge but more by the time the qualifiers come,” Nobbs said.He has been an ardent critic of the timing of the World Series Hockey and reiterated that it does not help India’s chances at Olympic qualification.”For six weeks, the players will be under different coaches and training regimes. It is no surprise that Germany, Australia and the Netherlands, who have already qualified for the Olympics, have not allowed their squad members to participate.”I have talked to my players about this and some of them are not playing. But it is not up to me,” the Australian said.last_img read more

Golf: Indians hold edge at Avantha Masters trophy

first_imgIndian golfers have a major opportunity to win but they will have to overcome a strong challenge from the European Tour regulars at the ? 1.8mn Avantha Masters which tees off at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon on Thursday.Despite the absence of injured Jyoti Randhawa and US PGA Tour-bound Arjun Atwal, the cream of Indian golf, including Jeev Milkha Singh, defending champion SSP Chowrasia, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Anirban Lahiri, Himmat Singh Rai, Rahil Gangjee, Shiv Kapur and Chiragh Kumar, will be in the fray to lead the home challenge.However, the Indians will have to come up with their best for a victory as they will be up against European Tour regulars, who flourish on open courses like the one here. There will be as many as 37 European Tour winners with 67 titles between them and leading them from the front will be South African Richard Sterne, a five-time winner on the Tour.While Dutchman Joost Luiten, the latest winner on the European Tour with the Iskandar Johor title, will be a force to reckon with, former Avantha Masters champion Andrew Dodt of Australia has returned in pursuit of a second title.Considering their experience and record at home, 27 Indians in the field of 132 have a strong chance of winning the trophy on the final day. Three victories in five international events besides finishing second in one and third in another last year bears testimony to the dominance of Indian golfers at the home turf.Chowrasia, who is bidding for his third European Tour title, feels that the course conditions are well suited for the Indians. “The way the course has been prepared will definitely help an Indian to win. The greens are grainy and the course is not playing long which suits the game of local pros and I am sure somebody between us will take the Avantha honours,” he said.advertisementClouds of uncertainty are looming over Chowrasia’s participation after he sustained a minor wrist injury during practice on Tuesday and had to pull out of the Pro-Am on Wednesday.However, a 12: 40 pm tee off will give him enough time to get a treatment from physiotherapist on Thursday morning.”I pulled out of the Pro-Am as I wanted to give my wrist some rest and didn’t want to take any risk for Thursday’s tee off,” said Chowrasia.Jeev, a three-time winner on the European Tour, will be most-recognised Indian face in the fray, but other than the strong field, he also has to fight cold, which has been troubling him since last week.The tournament will also provide Gangjee an opportunity to wash out the nagging memories of missing out on a title, despite leading the field till the 15th hole on the final day in 2009.A two-time Major winner John Daly of USA, his 2004 British Open champion compatriot Toddt Hamilton and 2002 Ryder Cup winning European team’s vice- captain Paul McGinley (Ireland) are the international star attractions.And, the competition ascends to a new level with former-Indian Open winners, Thongchai Jaidee and Thaworn Wiratchant (both from Thailand) – triumphant on 25 occasions on the Asian and five on the European Tour – also participating.Aiming to continue their splendid run, will be Kieran Pratt (Australia) and Mardan Mamat (Singapore), who are the only winners on the Asian Tour this year at the Myanmar Open and Philippines Open respectively.In such a field, Indians will have to come out all guns blazing for a victory on the final day.last_img read more

New breed of Indian women players takes centre court of world tennis

first_imgSania MirzaImran Mirza remembers the question well. Like he remembers travelling to tournaments with his wife and two little girls in his Maruti 1000 fitted with a diesel engine, driving from Hyderabad to Thiruvananthapuram, Ahmedabad …. He remembers the insinuation in the question. Which Indian girl has made it big,Sania MirzaImran Mirza remembers the question well. Like he remembers travelling to tournaments with his wife and two little girls in his Maruti 1000 fitted with a diesel engine, driving from Hyderabad to Thiruvananthapuram, Ahmedabad …. He remembers the insinuation in the question.Which Indian girl has made it big in tennis? Last week a shrieking, cheering whistling, 4,000-strong crowd at the WTA Hyderabad Open replied so loudly that the ears are still ringing.They came in an endless stream. Women in silk saris sat on concrete steps, old men in lungis perched grandchildren on their knees, local loafers carried a few flags and banners but mostly a rude gleam in their eyes.Few knew tennis, most just knew Imran’s daughter’s name. They cheered like they do at cricket, treating match point like it was the final over of a one-dayer where victory was certain, the noise rising even as the players scrambled through the point.Shakshi UberoiThis was rush hour tennis and an Indian woman was in the centre of it. While Sania Mirza is the poster girl of Indian tennis, she is also the leader of an entire pack that has made a breakthrough for the sport.In the backdrop of Saniamania, on the hard courts of a place once called Fateh Maidan-the field of victory-India’s women tennis players are making it.Big, small and in between. A fussy, fusty past of pretty backhands, prettier tennis skirts and evenings at the club have been cast aside with swift finality. The goal posts have been moved.As former World No. 4 Jelena Dokic made her first appearance in Hyderabad, a 23-year-old Indian player marvelled at how “normal” she looked. Sanaa Bhambri, all of 16, spoke of competing without awe and by way of uncanny example, said, “We are not running after Dokic for an autograph.”Enrico Piperno, captain of the Indian Federation Cup team (the Davis Cup of the women’s game) since 2000, says, “The girls have raised the bar. A certain benchmark has been set.”Ankita BhambriFor the first time in 2004 the Indian Fed Cup team of rookies Sania and Ankita Bhambri and veterans Manisha Malhotra and Rushmi Chakravarti came close to qualifying for the playoffs. Without a single top 200 player, India lost to Thailand in the race to feature in the final 24.Today Sania and Shikha Uberoi are ranked in the top 150. While US-based Uberoi has only recently been cleared to play for India, Sania and her sisters are products of Indian sport’s chaotic structures. Much in the system may not work, but something obviously has.While high noon is still some time away, in Indian women’s tennis, morning has broken. “The moon balling is over,” says coach S. Narendranath,”It has become a physical thing.”Fed Cupper Sai Jayalakshmy, who has played against the top players of the late 1980 sand the tykes of today, feels the difference on her racket strings: “All the girls now hit the ball a lot harder.”Narendranath says that among his 100-odd wards, the girls seem to know what they are working towards more than the boys. Off-court training is gospel.Once girls began weight training at 16 or 17; now if strength levels are considered adequate at 14, nobody waits. Along with titanium rackets, a girl needs muscles. Uberoi, 22, has plenty of those, a striking example of an athletic Indian player, though thanks to a four-year stint at the Harry Hopman Academy in Saddlebrook, Florida, and a crammed sports schedule while growing up.Indian girls make their presence felt as four of them make it to the top 150 in the world junior rankings.She refuses to concede that the traditional Indian build or what players call “genetics” gets in the way of making a top professional. “Power or speed,” says Uberoi. “You need to either hit the ball hard or be lightning fast-a combination of both is pretty much unbeatable.”Without either, you would do well not to show up on court-even in India. This bloom of purpose has curious roots. In the mid-1990s, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) made a controversial switch to the “Spanish model” for the national tennis structure.Domestic tournaments were mostly replaced by world-ranking point events. It brought all kinds of overseas players to India, gave Indians better competition and the chance to earn points.Today winning the National title is not an end in itself, to be repeated ad nauseam en route to an Arjuna Award. It is merely what 17-year-old Punam Reddy, the Under-18 champion, calls, “the stepping stone, the first thing you want to do”.India No. 4 Ankita Bhambri, now 18, won the Under-14 and Under-16 Hard Court Nationals aged 13. Sanaa, who won the women’s Nationals last year, says, “Whether they are 16 or 17, girls of the new generation believe they can match the world.”In 2004 the men played 15 weeks of tournaments to the women’s 12. The calendar for 2005 has 24 weeks of competition for men and 16 weeks for women. The grass court Nationals, once the most prestigious title in the country, have not been played since March 2002.WATCH THEM: India’s top two juniors Nagraj(left)and RanganathanThe route to the upper reaches of professional tennis has become more accessible but not smoother. It still requires obsessive involvement of parents.”If I had known what it would take to get my daughter this far,” says Imran, “I don’t think I would have done it.” Poultry farmer Satish Reddy now picks Imran’s brains to chart out a career for his only child, the 5 ft 10 in Punam.The Mirzas started Sania out at 6 years, and drove to her events just so that when she lost, they could leave immediately and save on the hotel bill. Industrialist G.V.K. Reddy began sponsoring her from age 13- but only after hitting with her himself. Yet the first six years were brutal.”I tell parents, don’t do it for fame or money. Do it for the love of tennis,” says Imran. Sania’s annual schedule was carefully spread over events which helped her gain experience, ranking points and the attention of sponsors.Satish’s trepidation over the expenses-already January cost him Rs 3 lakh to send his daughter to two events-is only matched or perhaps trebled by the Bhambris of Delhi who have three serious players in the family, Ankita, Sanaa and 12-year-old son Yuki. “Our parents are going nuts.How can they pick any one of us?” asks Sanaa. If they pick them all, can they pay the bills? Ankita says, “May be sponsors did not expect anything from women’s tennis because we hadn’t done as well as the men.” Maybe the time to expect is here. Already another generation fidgets on the side lines, waiting to be called up: four Indians feature in the top 150 in the world junior (under-18) rankings.Sandhya Nagraj is the junior India No.1 followed by Madura Ranganathan, Punam and Tara Iyer, daughter of a World Bank executive now based in Washington.For years women’s tennis was considered a farcical sideshow to the flamboyance and successes of men but the Nirupama Vaidyana than’s breaking into the WTA tour in 1994 set in motion events she did not dream of but which all the same have led to today.To thousands screaming in Hyderabad for two girls in a first round doubles match. To Ranganathan, like Vaidyanathan from Coimbatore, who says, “Because of what Nirupama did, so many girls in Coimbatore now play tennis. It is still conservative, they still say girls are not supposed to play sports. We just live with it and play.” Yesterday one girl, one town. Tomorrow one champion, one country.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

La Salle takes 4th UAAP table tennis crown; NU seizes men’s throne

first_imgTrump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Meanwhile, National University bagged their first ever title in the men’s division to halt UST’s rule with a 3-1 win in the Finals.Bulldogs’ John Misal was feted as the season MVP.NU’s boys’ team also secured back-to-back titles after stopping UST, 3-0, in their do-or-die affair behind MVP Stephen John Deiz.On the other hand, UST’s girls’ team completed the perfect season with a 3-1 triumph over De La Salle-Zobel.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 Emy Rose Dael claimed her second straight Most Valuable Player award, while seniors Jamaica Sy and Mardeline Carreon got a fitting end to their collegiate careers.It was La Salle’s fifth women’s championship in six years, harking back to the days of Lariba’s dominance in the field.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 openingThe Rio Olympian Lariba, who won three UAAP MVP awards in her collegiate days, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) last May and is still recovering in the hospital. She was a part of coaching staff last season.Joana Chen of Ateneo won the Rookie of the Year honors.center_img MOST READ With Ian Lariba on their minds, the La Salle women’s team won its fourth straight title in the UAAP Season 80 table tennis tournament Monday at the UP CHK Gym.After seeing their 14-game winning run stopped, the Lady Paddlers bucked their shock opening loss to University of Santo Tomas, 2-3, and rebounded with identical 3-1 victories in the following matches to remain the most dominant table tennis team.ADVERTISEMENT Dillinger vows war as he gets wish of facing Ginebra Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimslast_img read more

Gins can’t relax–Cone

first_imgTrump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Only six of 36 teams in a title series that went 0-2 down have gone on to reverse the outcome, but coach Norman Black said his Bolts are going to take inspiration from one of those teams that made the biggest comeback of all time.“Most of the teams down 0-2 have not won the championship,” Black admitted. “But we saw a team 0-3 down to win the championship. Until they (Gin Kings) win that fourth game, we will go out there fighting.”Black was talking of San Miguel Beer, which rallied against Alaska last season in this same tournament to win the championship by taking the last four games.The Meralco coach is not doubting his players as far as effort is concerned, actually praising them for going all out each game.“These are my players, and I’m sure they are trying their best. They are not performing the way they did in the elimination round, and I am sure [the] Ginebra [defense] has a lot to do with that,” Black said.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 View comments MOST READ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Aid expected to pour in for differently abled athletes “We took a big punch from them early in the game and survived that,” Cone said. “We managed to make it a possession-by-possession game [in the closing minutes] and had a good closing kick.”The analogy came a few minutes later, just after he praised LA Tenorio and the other Kings for a job well done.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 opening“I’m just glad it wasn’t Manny Pacquiao who gave us that punch there, otherwise, we wouldn’t have gotten up from it,” he said with a smile, noting that Meralco still has a lot of fight left and the best-of-seven title series is far from over.“They still have many punches to give,” said Cone, coaching in his 31st title series. “We should be careful of that. We won two straight games and it only shows that they can also win two straight to tie this thing up. You can’t be pleased with yourself.”center_img Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTim Cone has always been a great copy for reporters, dissecting the game, explaining how it was won or lost, etc.There’s also no one better in the PBA in giving out analogies to describe his games, with the close 86-76 Game 2 victory over Meralco in their PBA Governors’ Cup Finals being no exception.ADVERTISEMENT Black better find a Pacquiao in his players quick, or, in using a boxing term to describe this series many saw to be close and tipped to go deep, this one would most likely not go the distance.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavorslast_img read more

Lonzo Ball says ongoing shooting issues ‘just in my head’

first_img“I’m just trying to work on balance. That’s what (coach) Luke (Walton) and Magic (Johnson) have been telling me,” Ball said. “That’s the problem right now. Just balance.”His ability to distribute the ball hasn’t tailed off, at least. He had six assists Wednesday and has 22 over the last three games.Los Angeles continues its four-game trip Thursday night at Washington.ADVERTISEMENT The Lakers rookie had nine points in a 107-96 loss to Boston on Wednesday night, shooting just 4 of 15 from the field and 1 of 5 from the 3-point line. He entered the night shooting 29.9 percent from the floor in his first 10 NBA games, including 23 percent over his previous three contests.This after he hit 55 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range in his lone season at UCLA. Ball said he hasn’t changed much from his approach in college.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 opening“It’s a long season. Just have to stay positive and keep putting in work,” Ball said. “It’s going to show for itself. Obviously, right now I’m not making no shots. But I’m going to keep shooting.”Ball said the Lakers haven’t suggested tweaking his funky shooting mechanics, which include pushing the ball with his right hand from next to his left ear. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay 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 View comments LATEST STORIES Curry, Thompson find their touch as Warriors beat T-Wolves MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breadscenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on before the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on November 8, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFPBOSTON — Lonzo Ball is in a shooting slump, and he thinks he knows where the problem is.“It’s just in my head to be honest,” Ball said. “I know I can shoot the ball.”ADVERTISEMENT Malditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Italy keeper Buffon ends international career

first_imgMalditas save PH from shutout MOST READ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH From left : Italy’s defender Andrea Barzagli, Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, Italy’s midfielder Giorgio Chiellini and Italy’s midfielder Marco Parolo react at the end of the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Italy and Sweden, on November 13, 2017 at the San Siro stadium in Milan.Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 on Monday as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro by Sweden, who qualified with a 1-0 aggregate victory. AFP PHOTO / Miguel MedinaItaly goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon confirmed Monday he was ending his international career after the four-time champions failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.Buffon, 39, played his 175th and final game for Italy as they were beaten 1-0 on aggregate in a play-off by Sweden after a 0-0 second-leg draw at the San Siro, bringing an end to a 20-year international career that included winning the 2006 World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Barbie makes doll of hijab-wearing Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad READ: Italy miss out on World Cup as Sweden qualify“I’m not sorry for myself but all of Italian football,” Buffon told Italian broadcaster Rai.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 opening“We failed at something which also means something on a social level. There’s regret at finishing like that, not because time passes.”Andrea Barzagli and 34-year-old midfielder Daniele de Rossi, the other two members of Italy’s squad on Monday who lifted the 2006 World Cup, also retired from internationals in the aftermath of the shock defeat. View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 “It’s the biggest disappointment of my life from a sporting point of view… I can’t find my words,” said 36-year-old defender Barzagli.Midfielder De Rossi, who won 117 caps, said: “To think that I took off this jersey for the last time, it hurts. After the match, there was a funeral-like atmosphere.” Buffon made his debut for the Azzurri as a 19-year-old in a 1998 World Cup play-off victory over Russia, but his last match saw him fail in his bid to become the first man to play in six World Cups.The Juventus captain, who has already said he will likely retire from all football at the end of this season, said Italy fans still have plenty to look forward to, with AC Milan’s 18-year-old keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma set to take the international number one shirt.“There is certainly a future for Italian football, as we have pride, ability, determination and after bad tumbles, we always find a way to get back on our feet,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “I leave a squad of talent that will have their say, including Gigio Donnarumma and (Genoa keeper) Mattia Perin.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimslast_img read more

NBA selects Indianapolis to host 2021 All-Star Game

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lillard leads Portland comeback past Miami After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay The impact of such an event also has changed. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said city officials estimate it will add $100 million to the economy.Silver made the announcement a little less than three hours before the Pacers were scheduled to host Oklahoma City and Paul George, the four-time All-Star who was traded this summer. It’s the first time George has returned to Indy since the deal and has been one of the most anticipated games on this season’s schedule.But now Pacers fans know they’ll have all of the league’s biggest stars, maybe even Bird, back in town in 2021.“It’s so incredible, so professional, so entertaining, you’re all in for a great week,” Simon said. “I look forward to it and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 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 Gamescenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 It’s the first time the city will host the All-Star Game since 1985.“I have this image in my head — Larry Bird, IndyCar, Fifth Avenue,” Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said. “I know, Commissioner, that had to have a big impact because he (Bird) lives and breathes Indiana basketball. We’re going to put on a great show.”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 openingPerhaps it was Bird’s theatrics or the long gap between All-Star Games in Indy.Whatever it was, Silver implied something felt right about playing such a marquee event in one of the nation’s biggest basketball states and for the league’s longest-tenured team owner, Herb Simon. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, left, is joined by Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon, right, and Larry Bird, after he announced in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 that Indianapolis will host the 2021 NBA All-Star game . (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS — Larry Bird’s final drive through New York City paid off Wednesday.Seven months after the NBA Hall of Famer hand delivered the Indiana Pacers’ All-Star bid at league headquarters in an IndyCar, Commissioner Adam Silver returned the favor by showing up at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to announce the league’s big midseason bash was coming back to Indianapolis in February 2021. ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim For the city, it’s a big addition to what was already a jam-packed schedule.Indy will host the annual boys and girls high school state championships, the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament and the men’s Final Four in the first four months of 2021. Then the city will be the College Football Playoff championship game host site in 2022.Now they can pencil in All-Star week and the Feb. 14 game on the calendar, too.To accommodate all of the league’s festivities, city officials plan to use Lucas Oil Stadium and the convention center. Both are just a few blocks from Indiana’s home court, Bankers Life Fieldhouse.“A lot has changed since we last came here for an All-Star Game in the 1980s,” Silver said. “Then, it really was the All-Star Game, one day or one game. What it has truly become now is an All-Star week of activities.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View commentslast_img read more

Lewis, Moss, Owens, Urlacher highlight 8-person Hall class

first_imgRobredo: 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 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Lewis is widely considered one of the greatest middle linebackers, winning two AP Defensive Player of the Year awards and earning eight All-Pro selections. He anchored a dominant defense for the 2000 Baltimore Ravens in a season that ended with him winning Super Bowl MVP, then retired as a champion after Baltimore closed his last season with a title win over San Francisco in February 2013.“Growing up as a child, I know what that looked like, Mike Singletary, Dick Butkus,” Lewis said. “Who dreams of being in that category, sitting with those guys?”Lewis joined tackle Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens voted into the Hall of Fame as both of the team’s first-round picks in its initial season of 1996 received the high honor.Lewis’ career was also marked by legal problems off the field. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice after initially being charged with murder in connection with two killings following a Super Bowl party in Atlanta in January 2000. Lewis was also fined $250,000 by the NFL.Urlacher wasn’t far behind Lewis with his play on the field and is the latest in a line of great Chicago middle linebackers to make the Hall, joining Butkus, Singletary and Bill George. He was the Defensive Player of the Year of 2005 and joined Lewis on the 2000s all-decade team.Dawkins spent most of his 16-year career in Philadelphia, earning five first-team All-Pro selections for his versatility that included 37 career interceptions and 26 career sacks. He became the first player in NFL history with a sack, interception, fumble recovery and touchdown catch in the same game against Houston in 2002.Kramer got passed over 10 times previously as a finalist before finally getting enough votes as a senior to become the 14th member of the Vince Lombardi Packers to make the Hall. Kramer helped anchor the Green Bay line for 11 seasons, winning six NFL titles and making the block that cleared the way for Bart Starr’s TD sneak in the “Ice Bowl” for the 1967 NFL championship.Brazile was a finalist for the first time after a 10-year career for the Houston Oilers that included five straight All-Pro selections.Beathard, also not on hand Saturday, helped build four Super Bowl champions in Miami and Washington and made seven trips to the title game during more than three decades as a personnel executive with a sharp eye for talent.Five offensive linemen were among the 15 finalists, with tackle Joe Jacoby getting eliminated in voting that reduced the candidates to 10, and tackle Tony Boselli, guards Alan Faneca and Steve Hutchinson, and center Kevin Mawae getting cut in the next round of voting. Cornerback Ty Law also made it to the final 10 in his second time on the ballot. Defensive backs John Lynch and Everson Walls, receiver Isaac Bruce and running back Edgerrin James were the other candidates eliminated in the first cuts.“I’m glad I didn’t have to vote for this class,” Urlacher said. “It’s a great class.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Patriots’ Brady wins 3rd MVP ahead of Super Bowl vs Eagles But the biggest stars of the class are the two linebackers that made it on their first tries, and the pair of lightning-rod receiver who sometimes caused as many problems for their own teams as for the opposition. Moss also made it on his first try, while Owens needed to wait for his third year on the ballot to get enough support.“I’ve been going a long time. And now I can finally rest,” Lewis said. “I want to go fishing with a cigar now and just sit back. I don’t want to work out every day now.”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 openingMoss and Owens each played for five teams in their careers as they often wore out their welcome with their inability to get along with teammates and coaches at times.But at their best, there were few players ever able to strike fear in defenses as much as Moss and Owens, who were both all-decade selections for the 2000s. SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais FILE – In this Aug. 17, 2012, file photo, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis reacts as he is introduced before an NFL preseason football game against the Detroit Lions in Baltimore. Lewis was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)MINNEAPOLIS — Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher terrorized opposing offenses from the middle of the field. Randy Moss and Terrell Owens did the same to defenses on the outside.The two hard-hitting linebackers and two big-play receivers highlighted an eight-person class voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Safety Brian Dawkins also received at least 80 percent support from the 47 Hall of Fame voters, along with contributor Bobby Beathard and senior nominees Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto MOST READ LATEST STORIES “The door knocked and I started getting excited,” Moss said of Hall of Fame President David Baker alerting him he has been elected. “All the emotions caught the best of me because it’s been a long journey and it ends in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Tears of joy.”Moss burst on the scene as a rookie in Minnesota in 1998 when he caught a league-leading 17 TD catches and helped lead the Vikings to the NFC title game. His combination of speed and athleticism made him the game’s most dangerous big-play threat and led to the phrase “You got Mossed” for embarrassed defensive backs.He led the NFL in TD catches five times, including his record 23 for New England in 2007, and earned four All-Pro selections. He finished his career with 982 catches for 15,292 yards and ranks second all-time with 156 TD receptions.Owens, who didn’t attend the announcement, entered the league as a third-round pick by San Francisco in 1996 but developed into a star known for some memorable playoff appearances, including his winning 25-yard TD catch to beat Green Bay in 1999; his 177 yards in a comeback win against the Giants in 2003; and his nine catches for 122 yards in the 2004 Super Bowl against New England just seven weeks after breaking his leg.Owens ranks second to Jerry Rice with 15,934 yards receiving and is third on the all-time touchdowns receiving list with 153.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more