LATEST STORIES His family migrated to Maryland but transferred to the Philippines for good when he was seven.The 2015 SEA Games gold medalist in featherweight graduated from the University of Santo Tomas.He was also a bronze medalist in the Incheon Asian Games in 2014.“I’m already 27 now, so if I can still can I will still fight in the 2019 SEA Games in Manila,” said the 6-foot-1 Morrison.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Samuel Thomas Harper Morrison of the Philippines battles Ardian Prayogo Dinggo of Indonesia in the finals of the men’s -74kg of the 29th Southeast Asian Games taekwondo competition. Morrisson prevailed to win the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Samuel Morrison knew that he could be fighting in his last Southeast Asian Games of his career.That’s why he was overcome with emotions after capturing the gold medal in the -74-kilogram division.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief READ: Emotional Morrison wins gold in taekwondo, avenges teammate’s loss“I made a promise to my grandmother to win,” said Morrison, 27.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 shutoutHis maternal grandmother died during the time he was trying to qualify for the Rio Olympics last year. He didn’t make it to the Games.“That’s why I went to her grave before I flew here,” said Morrison, who was born in Olongapo to an American serviceman and Filipino mother. Ravena wants more after winning record fourth gold medal UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC As they left the field, the Indians were handed AL Central championship T-shirts, caps and swimming googles to put on before heading to their clubhouse. Moments later, champagne corks popped and the room was turned into a free-for-all of sudsy spray.Last year, the Indians celebrated their division, playoff and AL Championship Series wins on the road. Being at home made this one more special.“It never gets old,” said pitcher Josh Tomlin, who has been with the Indians since 2010. “This is why you play the game — to win. And to be able to celebrate victories like this or little milestones like this.”Kluber could be on his way to a second Cy Young Award win, following 2014′s. The right-hander is 10-1 in his last 10 starts.Despite missing nearly a month, he leads the league in wins (17), ERA (2.35), shutouts (3) and complete games (5).In the major statistical categories, Kluber trails only Boston’s Chris Sale, his closest competition for the pitching award, in strikeouts.“He’s a tough draw,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He’s a premier guy. The year he won the Cy Young is the way he looks now. He’s in the conversation again this year.”CENTER OF ATTENTIONJason Kipnis didn’t embarrass himself in the outfield. He didn’t do anything, really.The Indians’ two-time All-Star second baseman made his debut in center but didn’t have a chance. He had been on the disabled list since Aug. 6 with a hamstring injury. MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LATEST STORIES “It was good. I didn’t touch a ball all day offensively or defensively,” said Kipnis, who struck out twice. “I had nothing, but it was fun. Obviously, I had some nerves.”As soon as Kipnis left the game, two balls were immediately hit to center.ANOTHER STREAKThe Indians have allowed four runs or less in 24 consecutive games, the longest such streak since the St. Louis Cardinals had a 25-game run in 1942-3.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: C Salvador Perez (pulled side muscle) and OF Lorenzo Cain (rest) sat out but are expected to return Tuesday for the series opener in Toronto.Indians: All-Star 2B Jose Ramirez (hamstring) was rested for the second day in a row as a precaution. … Team president Chris Antonetti said there is still no clarity on whether OF Michael Brantley will return this season. He’s been out since Aug. 9 with an ankle injury. … Rookie OF Bradley Zimmer (broken hand) is keeping up with his conditioning and maintaining his arm strength after surgery. Zimmer had a plate and nine screws inserted into his hand, which he broke on a headfirst dive into first.UP NEXTRoyals: Either RHP Ian Kennedy or Sam Gaviglio will start against the Blue Jays. Kennedy missed his last turn in the rotation with shoulder fatigue. Gaviglio has started twice since being claimed on waivers from Seattle.Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger will look for his 11th win on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series in Los Angeles. He was drafted by the Angels in 2011 and traded to Cleveland in 2014. The Cleveland Indians celebrate winning the American League Central Division after defeating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 after a baseball game in Cleveland, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. At right is manager Terry Francona. (AP Photo/Phil Long)CLEVELAND — There was champagne chilling on ice for them, bottles and bottles of bubbly and beer.But before the Cleveland Indians partied after winning a second straight AL Central title, there was work to be done to complete a week none of them will ever forget.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Parker’s layup completes Sparks sweep of Mercury; Finals rematch set Read Next Kluber (17-4), who has lost once since July 4, allowed three singles in seven innings and has not given up a run in 22 straight.The right-hander set the tone on a day of celebration which began with the Indians standing together in front of their dugout to watch a flag rise beyond the center-field wall commemorating their latest division title.The Indians were going to have a good time — win or lose — but they didn’t want to disappoint another sellout crowd or fans captivated by their recent record 22-game winning streak.“When we come out here and it’s time to play, we want to win,” Kluber said. “Nobody in that clubhouse likes losing, so regardless of whether we clinched or not, we were going to come out and try to win the ballgame and here’s what we’re going to do from here on out.”Encarnacion homered in the fourth off Danny Duffy (8-9) as the Indians improved to 33-5 since Aug. 11 despite getting only three hits.The Royals closed to 3-2 in the eighth on a two-out, two-run single by Brandon Moss off Tyler Olson. Cody Allen finished the inning and then worked out of a two-on jam in the ninth for his 28th save.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City They could have taken the easy route and phoned it in.Not this team.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 want to win,” Corey Kluber said.Cleveland’s ace pushed to the front of the Cy Young race with another dominant start and Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer as the Indians, who officially clinched the division crown a day earlier, kept on rolling with a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals. 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Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments Onwubere is also hoping that the ones that will be left in the auspices of EAC will draw inspiration for what he did in his eight-year stay in San Marcelino.“I always tell them that it’s all about the hard work. I always tell them that the only way we can catch up to the ones above us will be through hard work,” he said. “I’m very grateful for the EAC community and I hope that this campaign will help the guys for the next year.”Onwubere now gears up for a new challenge in his career as he is set to enter the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Nike honors LeBron’s 15th NBA season with powerful ad Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Sidney Onwubere. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonSidney Onwubere struggled to hold back his tears as he looked around Filoil Flying V Centre and soaked in the moment after Emilio Aguinaldo College survived a gallant stand from Perpetual, 83-81, on Tuesday.Though the Generals failed to reach their goal of making it to the Final Four, the Fil-Nigerian forward got what he wanted — a win to cap off his collegiate career.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00PH military destroys thousands of illegal guns, ammo01:37Protesters 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “I will miss this all. The crowd, the fans, the drums. I will really miss all of this,” said Onwubere, who netted 18.06 points, 12.38 rebounds, 2.88 assists, and 1.56 blocks in his fifth and final year to lead EAC to a 7-11 record.The triumph was a fitting farewell for Onwubere, who could arguably be the most successful product of the EAC basketball program of this era.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 shutoutThough injuries held the Generals back from accomplishing their target, the 23-year-old was happy that the Generals eclipsed their record this season from last year.“Our focus this season was really to make it there. But at least, we improved our record from last year,” he said. LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Westbrook approached a triple-double in the first half with nine points, nine assists and seven rebounds to help the Thunder take a 58-54 lead at the break.The Pelicans seized momentum early in the third quarter. New Orleans led 97-89 in the fourth when Westbrook checked back in after a rest.Westbrook made a 3-pointer with just under two minutes remaining to cut New Orleans’ lead to seven, but Davis hit a 3-pointer at the other end, then made another shortly after that to put the game out of reach.TIP-INSPelicans: Gentry was called for a technical foul in the second quarter. … Gentry said during his pregame media session that Cousins had been putting up MVP-type numbers. Cousins averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game before his injury.Thunder: Adams scored 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting in the first half. … Adams reached 3,000 career points. He joined Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka as the only Thunder players with at least 3,000 career points and 350 career blocks. … G Raymond Felton was called for a technical foul in the fourth quarter. … G Terrance Ferguson was ill and played just 11 minutes.STAT LINESWestbrook nearly added another double-figure statistic to his line — he had nine turnovers. The Thunder had 16 turnovers as a team.QUOTABLEGentry, on Davis setting the record: “I don’t think that is much of a surprise to anyone. It was just a matter of time.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MISSING ANDREThe Thunder have struggled to stop opponents since Andre Roberson, a second-team All-Defense selection last season, suffered a season-ending left patellar tendon injury. They won their first game without him against Philadelphia but followed that with three rough outings. Oklahoma City lost to Washington, which was playing without All-Star John Wall, then gave up 127 points in a loss to Denver before losing to the Pelicans.UP NEXTPelicans play at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.Thunder host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. MOST READ “It’s huge,” Davis said. “Big time for me, but it’s a team effort. Guys put me in the position to score and be successful. Everybody from guys in my rookie year to guys now. Everybody played their part and allowed me to get this accomplishment.”Davis earned his points against Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams, one of the league’s most rugged interior defenders. He scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to help the Pelicans pull away.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I thought he played great,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “I don’t like the fact that he has to battle a guy like Steven Adams and play those 37 minutes. Those 37 minutes become like 50 when you have a guy like that defending you.”Davis passed West to become the franchise’s rebounding leader on Jan. 28, and he added 10 more boards to his total on Friday. E’Twaun Moore added 26 points for the Pelicans. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) dunks between Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and center Steven Adams (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Anthony Davis set the New Orleans Pelicans’ career scoring record in style.The versatile 6-foot-10 big man scored 43 points to help the Pelicans beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-100 on Friday night. At 24 years old, he passed David West on the franchise’s scoring list and has 8,702 career points.ADVERTISEMENT Liukin steps down as US women’s gymnastics team coordinator Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC New Orleans had lost two straight since All-Star DeMarcus Cousins was lost for the season with a left Achilles tendon rupture. They righted the ship by shooting 51 percent from the field against the Thunder.“Everybody just competed,” Davis said. “We stayed poised. We just kept at them and kept fighting. Guys made plays. It was a team effort.”Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook had 16 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds for his 16th triple-double of the season. Adams had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder, who lost their third straight after an eight-game winning streak.Oklahoma City’s stars couldn’t find their shooting rhythm. Westbrook shot 7 for 21, Paul George 4 for 16 and Carmelo Anthony 6 for 17. The Thunder played in Denver the night before and lacked energy late in the game.“It was a hard turnaround, I’m not going to dispute that,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “But I think every NBA team has to deal with it.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program PLAY LIST 02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH
LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico LATEST STORIES But even the La Union native had to prove himself in the competition as he faced doubters along the way.READ: Biado credits pool legends Bata, Django for gold medal win“The other athletes were saying that I’m not good and I won’t win. That’s when I was challenged and I worked hard in every match I had,” he said. “I like that more because I’m motivated against them. After that, my hard work eventually paid off and my success continued all year long.”Biado looks at this achievement as a constant reminder of where he came from.“My dream was to just have a good family and to become a world champion. To be an Athlete of the Year is unexpected on my part and this will serve as a good reminder of the good things that has happened in my life,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT After winning gold medals in the 2017 World Games and in the 2017 SEA Games, the 34-year-old cuemaster had his biggest moment when he ruled the 2017 World 9-Ball Championship in Doha, Qatar.READ: Carlo Biado rules world 9-ball FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m so happy because I never expected the continued success I’ll achieve,” he said Tuesday when he was named as one of the three Athletes of the Year in the SMC-Philippine Sportswriters Association Awards night.Biado’s triumph reasserted the Philippines’ standing as one of the elite countries in the world when it comes to billiards. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ READ: Carlo Biado wins PH’s 2nd gold in poolBut Biado is not resting on his laurels, with prestigious titles in world events this year up for grabs, including a chance for a back back-to-back titles in world 9-Ball“I hope I can continue winning. If I can, I hope I can win back-to-back in the world events so that they will look up to us Filipinos once again in billiards,” he said.RELATED VIDEO Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWhen it rains, it pours.That was exactly the kind of year 2017 was for Carlo Biado, pocketing glory like he effortlessly does on the billiard table wherever he takes the cue.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Sports heroes recognized in 2018 PSA Awards Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Palace to push on with efforts to review K-12 PLAY LIST 00:37Palace to push on with efforts to review K-1201:35Zubiri, Marcos cold to Senate adopting House-OKd budget01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC01:29Police 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 Read Next View comments
China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES Parks knows that though the Philippines is still on a league of its own, other nations have slowly developed their own programs in hopes of catching up with the region’s gold standard.“We just have to be ready for everybody because everybody got better, especially since coming from the ABL and seeing some of the other nation’s composition. I know for a fact that basketball here in the Southeast Asia really got better,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, Parks, who is gunning for his third gold medal in the regional tilt, still maintains full confidence in the upcoming batch led by coach Chot Reyes.“The Philippines is the top-tier right now for basketball in the SEA Games. I still believe in our team, in coach Chot and the system that we put together,” he said. Knicks, top executive Jackson agree to part ways Ray Parks. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIf there’s someone in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games-bound Gilas Pilipinas squad who has seen how the field has improved over the past year, it’s Ray Parks.The second-generation star spent the last season with Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League, where he faced off against the other nation’s best ballers en route to a 2017 ABL Local MVP award.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena 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 Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games “It’s an honor and privilege again to be putting on a jersey again and representing the country. Throughout this time, with the crises going on in this country, it’s good to you know have Gilas back and have everybody united.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments
Everything falls into place for Cabagnot, Beermen View comments What ‘missteps’? LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera “When we needed it the most, that’s when suddenly, they played really, really well. It’s hard to beat a team like San Miguel, you know how strong a team like San Miguel is. It’s actually us who needed to play perfectly. But that’s the character of their team, that’s why they’re the champions. When you need it the most, that’s when they suddenly play well.”The Beermen went bonkers from the get-go, with Charles Rhodes anchoring a 37-point first quarter and the snipers connecting from rainbow country where they went 12-of-29.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 starsBut Racela knows that San Miguel didn’t build its empire overnight as the most dominant team in the league today also went through hardships first before it could reap success.“If you look at San Miguel and where they are right now, they never got to this stage overnight. They had to undergo a lot of drama, with the Petronovela and all, and it took them years and lots of conferences before they won their championships,” he noted. “I think more than the xs and os, it was really the character of San Miguel that won them the championship.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT coach Nash Racela resigned to the fact that in Game 6, San Miguel was indeed the better team.“To tell you honestly, San Miguel played almost a perfect game today,” he said on the heels of the KaTropa’s 115-91 defeat on Sunday to surrender the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup in six games.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Despite TNT finishing as runner-up, Racela noted that the Finals experience alone should be valuable going forward for the franchise as it hopes to return to the championship-level it once was in.“We are going through the same process. We just have to remind ourselves to be patient,” he said.“Before the start of the series, a lot of people talked about us being the inexperienced team, having maybe eight or nine players without Finals experience. It won’t be the case next time because that’s something we gained today — the learnings and the experience. Again, basketball is a game of spurts, a game of runs. But when you look at San Miguel, even with us making our runs, they’re not getting rattled. That’s something we need to learn. We have young players, and once you get to that level and you know that you have to play, you have to play on.”And Racela is just thankful for the opportunity as he looks to prepare the KaTropa for another run in the season-ending Governors’ Cup.“Of course, it’s not the way we wanted it to end, but it is what it is. That’s life,” he said. “Sometimes, you plan for things, but God knows better. What’s important for us is as long as we know in our hearts, we gave it our best shot, we should be OK.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
On a recent day at Wrigley, fans stood as one for the anthem.“It still sends a chill down my back,” said 90-year-old Victor Holliday of Champaign, Illinois, his time as a Marine during World War II written right there on his red cap.The respect for the song was not lost on his son, who recalled the Vietnam war era when the anthem was not always warmly received.“It changed radically after 9/11,” said Shawn Holliday, 58. “And even today, with so many differences in the country, so much division, I think we again are falling back for comfort on these kinds of symbols.”And if anyone did not show the proper respect for the song, others in the stadium were ready.“Come on, they can cool it for a minute and a half and put down their phones,” said Wayne Messmer, who has sung the anthem nearly 5,000 times over more than three decades of performing, most notably before Cubs games at Wrigley. “I will stare people down if they are talking when I’m singing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mike Trout to miss MLB all-star game with injury LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong “There was no cheering during the contest, nor was there anything like the usual umpire baiting,” reported one Boston newspaper.Then, in the seventh inning, a band from the Navy training station north of Chicago started to play “The Star-Spangled Banner.”The song had been played before at major league games, from at least 1862 and on opening day in 1897, in Philadelphia, Thorn said. But this time, reported The New York Times, something happened that was “far different from any incident that has ever occurred in the history of baseball.”Players took off their caps as they faced a flag that fluttered atop a pole in right field as the 12-piece band began to play.All of them except Red Sox infielder Fred Thomas .ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “Certainly the outpouring of sentiment, enthusiasm, and patriotism at the 1918 World Series went a long way to making the (song) the national anthem,” said John Thorn, Major League Baseball’s official historian.On Sept. 5, 1918, newspapers were dominated by news of World War I, including the latest American dead. In Chicago, one of the headlines read, “Chicagoans on the List,” and it was a particularly harrowing moment in the city for another reason: Someone, possibly self-proclaimed anarchists and labor activists, had the day before tossed a bomb into a downtown federal building and post office, killing four people and injuring dozens more.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 World Series was in town, with the Cubs hosting Babe Ruth and the Boston Red Sox. The Chicago games were played at Comiskey Park, the home of the White Sox, instead of their new home at Wrigley Field, what was called Weeghman Park at the time, because it held more fans. But in a city jittery over the bombing and weary from the war, Game 1 that day attracted fewer than 20,000 fans, the smallest World Series crowd in years.When they got there, they didn’t make much noise, though that could have had something to do with the 1-0 masterpiece Ruth was pitching — yes, pitching — for the Red Sox. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Thomas was in the Navy during the series — he played on the team fielded by the Great Lakes station that was also home to the band — but was granted furlough so he could play. When the Wisconsin native heard the music, “he turned toward the flag, kept his hat on and gave a military salute,” said Jim Leeke, author of “From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball During the Great War.”A few fans began to sing. Then others joined in “and when the final notes came, a great volume of melody rolled across the field,” the Times reported. And when it ended, “onlookers exploded into thunderous applause and rent the air with a cheer that marked the highest point of the day’s enthusiasm.” The Red Sox went on to win the game and the series, part of a Cubs’ championship drought that ended up lasting 108 years but was a mere decade old in 1918.Not everyone thought what happened was a big deal. Chicago sportswriter Ring Lardner mentioned it, but only as a punch line as he reported that Thomas had stood at attention three times during the game, once during the anthem and twice when the umpire was calling him out on strikes.The leader of the Navy band at the time was conductor and composer John Philip Sousa. He was not at the game, but had recently arranged the standardized version of the song that is still played today The 1918 World Series would have been one of the first times the band could test drive the new version, according to Mike Bayes, senior chief musician for the Navy Band in Washington.“It was a very important thing for him to put the anthem on a national stage in its new form,” Bayes said.It wasn’t until 1931 that Congress and President Herbert Hoover officially designated the song as the national anthem. Still, it was clear the song was on its way after that day in Chicago.For one thing, it was played when the series got back to Boston. And as one story goes, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee was so impressed with the way the song quieted rowdy fans that the next season that he ordered the band to play it while the flag was presented on the field.“It was a turning point and from then on it was played at all opening days and World Series games,” Leeke said.The song was played just on holidays or special occasions for years, in part because ballparks didn’t have the kind of sound systems they do today and owners were loath to pay for a band more than they had to. It wasn’t until the 1940s during World War II that major league teams started playing it every day. Ironically, Cubs owner P.K. Wrigley decided the song would be played only on major holidays and for special events.“Wrigley thought it cheapened the anthem to play it every day,” said Marc Ferris, author of “Star-Spangled Banner: The Unlikely Story of America’s National Anthem.” In 1967, the Cubs put the song on the daily playlist, a patriotic gesture during yet another war, this one in Vietnam. In this April 10, 2017, photo, fans and players stand as they watch fireworks during the national anthem in the opening ceremonies during home opening ceremonies before a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chicago. The anthem has been a standard part of U.S. sports games since World War II. Experts say Game 1 of the 1918 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs helped pave the way. The song became the official national anthem in 1931. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO — On Tuesday afternoon, the crowd at Wrigley Field will be asked to stand and “gentlemen” reminded to remove their caps for the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Fans who can recite the words as easily as the alphabet will sing or listen to the story of a flag that continued to wave throughout one of the most famous battles in American history.What they may not know is that Francis Scott Key, apparently better at lyrics than melody, put his description of the battle of Fort McHenry to an old English tune that had a lot less to do with patriotism than it did with booze and women. Or that this year marks the 100th season since the song was played for the first time at a World Series game — an event that helped cement it in the national consciousness and become the national anthem that is now simply assumed to be part of game day in American sports, from Little League to the Super Bowl to medal ceremonies at the Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT
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Experience a happening beach party in GoaThe soft, melodic hum of the azure ocean is given a thumping rhythm thanks to the nearby beach party that is ‘rocking’ in all its fenny-laced fervour. The sight of bikini-clad bodies paying obeisance to the sun is juxtaposed with the image of veiled ladies proceeding to the chapel for evening prayers. This beach paradise is filled with such contrasting experiences that somehow seem to cohabit in an ambrosial setting that typifies Goa, a place that has over the last four decades, achieved the iconic status as India’s ultimate party destination.Singing is a way of life on Goan beachesWhile Goa might be all this and more, it is certainly not static. A place that is constantly changing, yet keeping a firm grip on all that makes it super-special, Goa is the perfect microcosm of all that is new… and yes, happening!Stay wildThe charming Casa dos Colacos in MargaoNever has there been a place in India that has the distinction of seeing a new hotel being launched almost every week, but Goa comes close. It offers a mind boggling variety of new accommodation options that suit almost every budget and taste. For those who prefer to try out something different, Club Fresh Resort at Morjim beach in north offers tents that are kitted out with all the mod cons to make your stay memorable. It also has 15 rooms, a spa and multi-cuisine restaurant. For a great insight into the Portuguese legacy, the Casa dos Colacos, in Margao, is the perfect place for some culture-vulturing. A boutique bed and breakfast kind of place, it is housed in a renovated old-style bungalow steeped in history. Perched on the idyllic sandy beaches of Candolim, the new Casablanca is a beachside resort that offers you the doorstep to the sea. Replete with typical Goan hospitality and charm, it is one of the best stay options at Candolim.Shopping for styleA quiet walk on Baga beach is a great way to experience the placeIt is no surprise that Indian designers like Malini Ramani and Wendell Rodricks have set shop in hip Goa. The eclectic boho-chic sense of style is all pervasive here with flea markets and quaint boutiques that sell everything from 70s inspired shirts, string bikinis to flower-power lounge pants. The latest designer to open a store here is Arjun Khanna whose signature boutique in Saligaon is fast attracting the swish set with its superb creations. Another brand new shopping destination is Arte e Mobilia in Panjim that is full of unique objects and art sourced from Goa, Mumbai, Kolkata and beyond.Foodie’s delightSinful seafoodWhen it comes to eating, Goa offers a newer smorgasbord of tempting possibilities. Located in one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Panjim’s Latin Quarter, Ernestos maybe a newbie on the scene, but it packs in quite a mighty punch with its world cuisine favourites like filet mignon and barbecued ribs. Republic of Noodles in Candolim pays homage to Southeast Asian cuisine with its superb nosh like the Bangkok Pad Thai noodles. For the loungers CafÅ Chocolatti’s new branch at Altinho is just the place to indulge those post lunch or 4 p.m. truffle cravings that are best washed down with a steaming mug of hot chocolate with lovely marshmallows floating in it.Where’s the party tonightHead to Republic of Noodles for Southeast Asian cuisineWhen the sun takes siesta, Goa comes alive to claim its well-earned title of being a hedonistic heaven and manages to come up with interesting options throughout the year. A nightclub that is becoming a destination of its own thanks to the mind boggling variety of cocktails and other heady libations is ‘The Nightclub in the Sky’ Club Cubana in Arpora at north Goa. Recently voted India’s best nightclub, Club Cubana is legendary for its Bikini Friday nights that draws the bold and beautiful in droves who party till they are ready to drop. Another Yber-popular joint is Mambo’s on Baga beach that has recently gone in for a great new overhaul. This open-air club is one of the most happening places in north Goa, and spending a few hours on a Saturday night at Mambo’s is a match made in party heaven.Fine dining at the beach during sunset makes for a picutre perfect settingFor the last couple of months a quiet riot of sorts has been taking place every Saturday night at Neptune’s Point in south Goa’s idyllic Palolem beach. As India’s only silent party where revellers don a pair of headphones that are tuned to the frequency of the DJ’s console and groove to music that only they can hear, this is Goa’s answer to the legendary headphone parties that originated in another party capital of the world-Ibiza. Alarming, though, the sight may be of hundreds of people dancing to zilch sound, this is one of the most fun new things to do in Goa.Be GameWater sports on Anjuna beachAs the only Indian state to legalise gambling, Goa’s casino scene is slowly but surely throwing up some interesting options for punters to part with or earn cash. Not far from Panjim, the Chances Casino is situated at Vainguinim Valley Resort in the scenic Vainguinim Valley. This 24-hour casino features American roulette, poker and 35 slot machines and is a big draw for tourists.Goa promises you a new journey every time you visit it. Brace yourself as this temptress embraces you with a vice-like grip that will leave you breathless and satiated!advertisementadvertisement Fact fileClub Fresh Resort H. No. 782, Gawdewado, Morjim Beach; tel: (0832) 645 0599Casa dos Colacos Bernardo Da Costa Road, Margao, Salcette; www.casadoscolacos.comThe lovely Casablanca beachside resort at CandolimCasablanca Wadi Candolim, Candolim, Bardez; tel: (0)93225 09495; www.casablancagoa.comArjun Khanna’s boutique Vespa Rodriguez, Bungalow no. 5/67, Donvaddo, Saligaon, BardezArte e Mobilia Rebelo’s Arte e Mobilia Rebelo Building, first floor, Panjim; tel: (0) 98231 00400Ernestos Ernesto’s House 6/49, Mala, Panjim; tel: 325 6213Republic of Noodles Amarante Beach Resort, Vadi, Candolim; tel: 248 9600Cafe Chocolatti Goa Centre for the Arts, 63/C-8, Altinho, Panjim; tel: 242 1311; www.sgcfa.orgClub Cubana Arpore Hill, Arpora, Calangute; tel: (0) 98235 39033; www.clubcubanagoa.netMambo’s Tito’s Lane, Saunta Vaddo, Calangute Road, Baga; tel: 227 5028Neptune’s Point Palolem Beach; tel:(0) 919730 935334Chances Casino 184/189, Machado’s Cove, Dona Paula; tel: 245 2201
India will be confident after beating Pakistan and England in their last two matches. World champion Australia won its fourth successive Commonwealth Games gold medal win by thrashing India 8-0 in the men’s hockey final on Thursday.Jason Wilson and Luke Doerner scored two goals apiece, while Chris Ciriello, Simon Orchard, veteran Jamie Dwyer and Glenn Turner also contributed goals on either side of halftime against an outclassed Indian defence.Commonwealth Games 2010 | India-Australia strength analysisSilencing a capacity crowd that came hoping for an upset win for the hosts, it was India’s biggest ever defeat in an international tournament after losing the 1982 Asian Games final to Pakistan 7-1 at the same venue.The gold medal completed a perfect year for the Kookaburras, who also won the World Cup in March and the Champions Trophy in August.Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were among the 19,000-strong crowd at the Dhyan Chand Stadium, but they had little to cheer.New Zealand defeated European champion England 5-3 on penalty strokes to clinch bronze after both teams were level at 3-3 in regulation time and the extra time could not produce a golden goal.”We were effective in our defence and also took our chances effectively in attacking circle,” Dwyer said. “After that (4-0) halftime lead, it was all over.”Wilson’s reverse strike from the top of the circle shot the Kookaburas ahead in 19th minute and only two minutes later, Ciriello’s drag flick off the second penalty corner went into top of the net.advertisement”They haven’t played in this heat and it’s difficult to catch up once you take a two goals lead in these conditions,” Dwyer said.Australia continued its charge with Wilson neatly deflecting the ball into the board and Luke Doerner made it 4-0 off a short corner just before the halftime.The home crowd started to leave the stadium after the break – and Australia scored four more goals in the last 18 minutes.”We committed mistakes one after the other and it cost us in the end,” Indian forward Arjun Halappa said.With Associated Press inputs
Indian men’s hockey team national coach Harendra Singh on Tuesday resigned from his post after his side crashed out of the Asian Games final with a 3-4 defeat by Malaysia in the second semifinal in Guangzhou, China.India’s hopes of a gold medal and a direct berth in the 2012 London Olympics were dashed by a spirited Malaysia, who rode on Muhammad Amin Rahim’s 75th minute golden goal to progress to their maiden title clash, where they will meet seven-time champions Pakistan, on Thursday.Soon after the unexpected loss, Harendra tendered his resignation to Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra taking full responsibility of the team’s disastrous showing in the semifinal.”Keeping in view of the dismal performance of the men’s hockey team in the semifinal match against Malaysia today, I hereby tender my resignation as the national coach of the men’s hockey team with immediate effect,” he wrote in his resignation letter to Batra.”I accept the moral responsibility for the debacle at the 16the Asian Games,” Harendra added.In his resignation letter, he also thanked the HI and various government bodies apart from the players and his colleagues for their support during his association with the national team.”I am grateful to Hockey India, Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of India and Sports Authority of India for all the support and encouragement I received during my tenure as a national coach.”I am thankful to all the officials of the said organisations for giving me this wonderful opportunity to serve for the country. I would also convey my gratitude for the kind of unconditional support I received from my countrymen as well as well wishers form various countries during the said appointment,” he wrote.advertisement”I would also like to put on record the support I received from the members of the media. I would fail in my duty If I do not convey my sincere thanks to all my players and support staffs who stood by me in each and every occasion during this eventful tenure. I wish all the luck to the Indian men’s hockey team for the future,” Harendra signed off.However, Batra said, in no way, the federation would accept Harendra’s resignation at this crucial juncture and had asked him to continue with the job.”I had received his mail and also talked with him over phone. I told him that it is not right to be emotional. We have a bronze medal match to play and I asked him to concentrate on that match,” Batra told PTI.”It is good that he has taken moral responsibility but it is not the right time to take this step. All this can be sorted out after returning to India. I asked him to be with the team and work together so that we can return with the bronze medal,” he added.
Did you think, with the Games over, Suresh Kalmadi and his cronies would be in jail by now? And that Sheila Dikshit, Tejinder Khanna, Jaipal Reddy and M.S. Gill would have lost their jobs? Were you expecting guilty IOC, PWD, DDA and NDMC officials to be in chains? Did you,Did you think, with the Games over, Suresh Kalmadi and his cronies would be in jail by now? And that Sheila Dikshit, Tejinder Khanna, Jaipal Reddy and M.S. Gill would have lost their jobs? Were you expecting guilty IOC, PWD, DDA and NDMC officials to be in chains? Did you hope sports bosses who cling like barnacles to a ship’s keel will be removed? Don’t be silly. In India, corrupt politicians don’t usually go to jail; some go to Parliament. If they are lucky, Gandhi sycophants or vote-bank thugs, they may even become Cabinet ministers. So, fat chance sacked chief minister Ashok Chavan will go to prison for his sea-facing role in the Adarsh scam. Vilasrao Deshmukh will continue as the union minister for industries. A Cabinet, which has the 2G-tainted A. Raja as a proud member, doesn’t sack the guilty.Corruption seems to be the 546th member of the Indian Parliament. Some 150 of our esteemed MPs have criminal records. Seventy-two are accused of murder and rape. Corruption is not without its little ironies. Radadiya Vithalbhai Hansrajbhai, Congress MP from Mahatma Gandhi’s Porbandar, tops the list with 16 criminal cases. When it comes to crime and no punishment, the BJP has the most tainted MPs: 42. The Congress follows with 41. When Indian voters are represented by many with criminal records, expecting politicians to go to jail for corruption is naive. In India, corrupt politicians don’t usually go to jail; some go to Parliament. If they are lucky, Gandhi sycophants or vote-bank thugs, they may even become Cabinet ministers.advertisementOfficial corruption is a legacy of the British Empire. When the Indian police force was constituted in British India, the kotwals (aka the chief police officers) responsible for maintaining law and order were paid no salaries. They had to fend for themselves, pay their constables and maintain police stations on their own. Collecting money became a bigger priority than keeping law and order, and extortion got an official face. Villagers, traders and small merchants became victims of police shakedowns and many policemen became henchmen of powerful landlords. The practice continues. A World Bank report calculates that Indian citizens pony up bribes amounting to Rs 21,000 crore yearly. The Central Vigilance Commission receives around 70 corruption complaints a day.Though it must be said that independent India didn’t start off too badly. Jawaharlal Nehru sacked his first finance minister R.K. Shanmukham Chetty for helping industrialists close to the Congress evade income-tax investigations. (Nehru-aide M.O. Mathai’s Reminiscences of the Nehru Age reveals that Chetty was acting on Sardar Vallabhai Patel’s behalf, who made him the sacrificial goat.) Arjun Singh’s father Rao Shiv Bahadur Singh, who was also a minister in Nehru’s Cabinet, was the first Indian minister to be jailed for corruption.Alas, today, the only prison the corrupt politician is in is the helplessness of public imagination. But don’t worry; you will soon forget all this happened. Until another multi-crore scam surfaces and a bunch of self-righteous television commentators invade your drawing room, calling for political blood. Public memory is shorter than newspaper editorials. Until then, stay tuned.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Wednesday said that Virat Kohli has the edge over Suresh Raina to bat at number four going by the current form of the two players while also saying that he would want Yuvraj Singh in the playing eleven for the World Cup.Stating that Yuvraj did not get a chance to bat on Wednesday since Raina was sent up the order to have left-right combination, Dhoni said, “Major difficulty will come when Yuvraj gets going and scores one or two 50s, that will be the time we will be in a dilemma. Number four slot is very important for us. Right now it is a slot war. It is number four slot where Kohli needs to bat with Gautam Gambhir at number three.””To perform to his potential, Virat needs to bat up the order. That is where Raina can score batting down the order as well and he has done very well batting at number five and six. So, it will be a slot war more than for a place in the playing eleven.”Kohli is sort of a player who likes to spend little bit of time early and then go after the bowlers. Still, there is a bit of chance where Virat may get an edge over Raina seeing the current form he is in,” he said after India crushed New Zealand by 117 runs in their second and final World Cup game here.Talking about importance of having Yuvraj in the team, Dhoni said, “What is important is we are playing with four bowlers. A part-time spinner is really important especially if it is left-arm away going spinner. That really adds on to the bowling strength, that’s the one big advantage he has got over others. Once he gets going, it is difficult to stop him (Yuvraj) from scoring runs.”advertisementAsked whether he is worried that Yuvraj has not been scoring big in recent times, Dhoni explained, “Today, he did not get an opportunity. It would have been nice for him if he had batted. It is important to have runs under your belt. You may be talented but at the end of the day you need those 30 or 40 runs and then you start thinking positively. Then you look to dominate the bowlers.””Positive thing about Yuvraj is once he scores, he scores through the series. Being a left-arm bowler, he has been contributing right from South Africa, he has been a big strength to the team. If we play with three seamers and one spinner or two seamers or two spinners, Yuvraj role becomes important.”He gives us the odd breakthroughs required in the middle overs. That is a big asset he has got where he edges over the others. If all the batsmen are in good form, I do not mind one batsman out of form. But the amount of talent he has got I will back him fully. We are not playing with seven bowlers,” said Dhoni.On the decision to send Raina ahead of Yuvraj today after he got himself promoted up the order, Dhoni said, “That was the decision taken by Gary (Kristen). I was in the middle (batting). Both of us were padded up. We wanted a left-right combination. Virat got out and that is the reason why I got promoted myself. If Gautam had been out, Yuvraj would have come in.”India batsman Suresh Raina. AP”I remember the Peshawar game when I batted at number three or four. Later on, we were not able to capitalise in the slog overs and then I batted consistently for five, six or seven slots. That number you have to change the game and I did for the team. All of a sudden, if I have to change again to play up the order it will be difficult. At the same time, we have got talented players in the side to fill in those slots.”I feel batting at number five to seven is a bit difficult as you have to bat according to the demands of the game at that point of time. Especially when you see Virat in a good form, he can play to his potential if he is played up in the order rather than batting at five six or seven.”Dhoni also talked about S Sreesanth’s theatrics during matches and said he has no problem till the pacer does not cross “boundaries”.”I am very specific to him and told him that he should not cross a few boundaries. It is better that you do not cross those boundaries. If you want to irritate someone that should be the opposition and not your side. Till he does both these things, I am really happy to let him do whatever he wants to do. As for his behaviour today, I do not think there was much. I must say that bit of chit chat is always fine. It does not mean that whenever we play cricket such things does not happen.advertisement”As I said, there are certain boundaries that you should not get too personal with a player. If these guidelines are followed I am quite happy with it. More often than not it is the batsman and Sreesanth who knows exactly what is going on.”On the positives gained ahead of the World Cup, Dhoni said, “We have achieved whatever positives we can from practice games. From here on we have to start from scratch. We are playing on February 19 and hope we will perform to our potential.”On his own batting approach in the game on Wednesday, Dhoni, who scored an explosive unbeaten 108, said, “I wanted to spend more time in the wicket. In the last two three games, I tried to score off every delivery but one has to see the wicket whether the ball will come or not. I was pushing myself too much that was one of the reasons that I was getting out. I wanted to make the most out of this warm-up game.”So, I said to myself that irrespective of whatever happens in the first 15-20 deliveries, I will be careful and after that I will look to score. My strength has always been like that. Even if my strike rate is initially 60 or 70, I can always accelerate. My main aim was to rotate with my partners.”Dhoni said whether Aswhin will get to play in the World Cup will depend on the condition and pitches.”I think Ashwin is a positive character and has tremendous belief in himself. Whatever variations he has got, he backs himself to bowl in those areas. What we have seen lately is that he can contribute with the bat also. That is a big positive. On making him play or leave him out, we will decide after seeing the wicket. We have to know whether the wicket will spin or not and then go with two pace and two spinners or two pacers and three spinners,” he said.Stating that he wants to back each and every player, Dhoni said, “We want to back each and every individual irrespective of the fact whether he has played ten years, eight years or just made his debut. What we try to do is not to let any player dropped from the side.””The core teams needs to be tight together. As far as Yuvraj is concerned he is among the seniormost players with the amount of experience he has got from 230-240 odd international games. He has got plenty of experience batting at four and he has come up ranks from batting at number five or 6-7.advertisement”It is a tough slot to perform because more often than not you don’t get a chance to perform because the top order contributes if you are playing in the sub-continent. It’s a plus to have him in your side. Big positive, big match player.The tournament is happening in India and he will push himself to perform.”- With PTI inputs
In a respite for India opener Virender Sehwag, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said it will be a little flexible on his jersey issue if it’s because of superstitions.The cricket’s governing body had raised objections to the Indian batsman playing during the World Cup opener against Bangladesh without a number on his jersey.Sehwag, in fact, has played all his matches since his return to the Indian team, without a jersey number. He is also known to carry a red handkerchief while batting.The ICC had raised the matter with the BCCI.
Indian captain M.S. Dhoni’s concern over fitness is understandable but to say the team lacks high levels of fitness is wrong. It’s almost like saying Indians do not know how to run between the wickets or take difficult catches. Even Sachin Tendulkar has taken some tough catches on the rope. I hope Indians remember that. The World Cup has just started warming up and fielding will make the difference. Fielding and fitness are two different issues and Dhoni’s boys are not exactly lagging behind, though I have read some genuine concerns about the side’s bowling abilities.Indian skipper M.S.Dhoni runs out Bradley Kruger of the Netherlands off a throw from Virat Kohli.For any team, fitness and fielding are issues that should come naturally because these are integral to a player’s success on the field. A failed batsman can participate in some excellent run-outs and a failed bowler can run fast to stop some extra runs. Both eventually matter. International cricket is full of such examples.Fielding in the subcontinent is a lot different from that seen in South Africa, Australia and England. The weather here tires you out in the later stages of the game. As the match progresses, the player feels the pressure. Often, he cannot keep his eyes on the ball because he sweats profusely and cannot grip some crucial catches because the palms give way.Dhoni has a number of young players who are super fit. The Indian Premier League, where one needs to be quick with anything and everything, has also helped the Indian team. The players must make quick runs, take quick wickets and then need to stop those extra runs. They must have high levels of fitness.advertisementMany have often argued that the big scores will help a side win the day. That’s not true. Runs saved will actually make the difference between win and loss. It again boils down to fitness. Dhoni is concerned because a few catches have been dropped and some runs lost. But that has not cost him a game. Indians are cruising safely. Let the boys enjoy their game.- Jonty Rhodes has played for South Africa in four World Cups, starting 1992. The fielding legend is now a consultant with Kenya for World Cup 2011 He spoke to Shantanu Guha Ray.
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