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Nov
30

PH chinlone squad catches eye of gold-medal coach

first_imgView comments Malaysia, whose 60th Independence Day coincides with its fourth SEA Games hosting, is gunning for 111 golds, the same number it did in winning the 2001 edition. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending 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 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “The Philippines is relatively new in this sport and given time, they will be a team to watch,” said Abdullah.The Filipinos dropped the gold medal match to the host Wednesday.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“This gold medal means a lot. It is the first step towards achieving our target. The players were excellent in controlling the ball. Their spirit was high,” added the Malaysian mentor.After winning the first gold of the 29th Southeast Asian Games, Malaysia sports minister YB Brig. Gen. Khairy Jamaluddin told the host’s athletes: “One down, 110 to go.” Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Rhemwil Catana and Johnjohn Bobier of Philippines during the Chinlone event at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur where Chinlone team won the 1st silver for the country.INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines sepak takraw chinlone team may not have won the gold, but it gained respect from the one that won it.Malaysia’s coach Mohd Yusoff Abdullah cited the Filipino’s natural flair in the sport that requires coordination and athleticism.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Reality hits PH netball athletes hard in Malaysia Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Nov
30

Hong Kong expects Standhardinger to play full season in ABL

first_imgMOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Interestingly, the 28-year-old Standhardinger makes his ABL debut against Alab Pilipinas on Nov. 19 at Mall of Asia Arena. Sangley airport to be operational in 7 days – Tugade PLAY LIST 01:18Sangley airport to be operational in 7 days – Tugade01:10Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label01:44Opposition heckles lead Hong Kong leader to abandon policy speech01:37Protesters 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 Read Next ‘Mini Jalalon’ continues to impress for the Chiefs in crucial stretch LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Christian Standhardinger. Photo from Fiba.comMike Heung, vice director of the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions, shrugged off any concerns with the status of Christian Standhardinger on the team ahead of the new ABL season.A conflict looms following the application of Standhardinger for the 2017 PBA Draft but Heung is certain that the Fil-German big man will be with the Long Lions throughout the season.ADVERTISEMENT “He signed a contract with our team and the contract he signed is for him to complete the ABL season, this season,” said Heung. “So I think a contract is a contract and he will play for us. He will play this season for us.”The 6-foot-7 Standhardinger is the consensus top pick in the draft set on Oct. 29 despite him likely to miss the 2018 Philippine Cup due to his commitments with Hong Kong.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 shutoutHeung said the addition of Standhardinger, who proved his worth in the international scene for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Jones Cup, Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon and Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia, gives the Long Lions a defensive anchor.“He’s a very good player and he can help our team a lot especially defensively.” Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

Nov
29

Pacman may end up fighting Alvarado

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending 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 Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonWhile Manny Pacquiao doesn’t find Mike Alvarado a palatable foe on April 14, the eight-division world champion may yet sign the contract being dangled by Top Rank promoter Bob Arum.That’s because agreeing to fight Alvarado rather than his opponent of choice, Lucas Matthysse, will assure Pacquiao of a bigger, more rewarding fight against either Terence Crawford or Vasyl Lomachenko in November.ADVERTISEMENT Padda hopes Lady Falcons find groove vs champs LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus MOST READcenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “That’s going to be up to Mr. Pacquiao,” Arum said. “I’m going to be like Switzerland having both of these guys. Both can make good money fighting Pacquiao and I’m going to let Manny, assuming everything works out in April, make the decision.”Pacquiao must hurdle Alvarado first if he wants another megabuck bout. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico And to make the offer even more enticing, Pacquiao will be given the leeway to choose between Crawford or Lomachenko, both of whom are regarded among the world’s best pound-for-pound fighters.Preferring to pit his fighters against each other, Arum has Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) calendared to battle Alvarado (38-4, 26 KOs) in an ESPN card headlined by Crawford against Jeff Horn for the WBO welterweight crown.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 86-year-old Arum expects Pacquiao to score an impressive win, even via knockout, over Alvarado, at Mandalay Bay Events Center.Arum told Ring TV.com that Pacquiao’s fight in the fall will be against either Crawford, provided that he beats Horn, or Lomachenko. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Nov
29

D-League: Ebondo sizzles as CEU rebounds with rout of Akari-Adamson

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fortunately for Ebondo, the CEU locals also came out to play, with Joseph Manlangit contributing 13 markers and six boards, and Mark Neil Cruz chiming nine points and eight rebounds.The Scorpions caught the Falcons off guard early, racing to a 19-4 lead and breaking away in the second half, leading by as much as 23, 74-51.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s all about preparation. We really worked on our practice and that’s the reason why we got a good result today,” said coach Yong Garcia.CEU lorded the boards, 57-42, with Akari-Adamson missing the services of Papi Sarr and Tyrus Hill. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving AFP official booed out of forum Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Running event urges locals, tourists to ‘love Boracay’ Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa PBA IMAGESWith a better supporting cast this time, Rod Ebondo delivered big in Centro Escolar University’s 76-57 bounce back victory over Akari-Adamson in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.The Congolese big man was magnificent anew, pouring 25 points, 18 rebounds, and three blocks to lead the charge for the Scorpions.ADVERTISEMENT Quarters: 23-11, 40-32, 62-44, 76-57. Read Next LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Scorpions regained the pole position at 4-1, while dropping the Falcons to 4-2.Conrad Joey Catapusan led the Falcons with 13 points and six rebounds, while Sean Manganti got 12 markers and three boards in the defeat.The Scores:CEU 76 — Ebondo 25, Manlangit 13, Cruz 9, Wamar 8, Aquino 7, Caballero 4, Fuentes 4, Guinitaran 2, Chan 0, Opiso 0, Saber 0, Uri 0, Veron 0.AKARI-ADAMSON 57 — Catapusan 13, Manganti 12, Lastimosa 9, Ahanmisi 7, Camacho 6, Lojera 4, Pingoy 3, Macion 2, Espeleta 1, Bernardo 0, Buenaventura 0, Mojica 0.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Nov
29

Pumaren relishes GlobalPort’s unexpected crack at playoff berth

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “We thought that we’re going to lose it all,” the mentor. “But I like where we are right now.”Given another lease on life, the Batang Pier knows what at stake on Sunday: it’s win or go home.“We just have to win on Sunday,” he said. “I don’t want to say we’re going to lose because we are tired and I don’t want to use that alibi. What’s important for us is we have to survive our game on Sunday.”The winner of the said duel will face the number one-seed Ginebra, armed with a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP 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 Better chemistry propels Ginebra to next level, says Brownlee Globalport coach Franz Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGlobalPort coach Franz Pumaren admitted that he didn’t expect his team to be at this stage after its largely forgettable run in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.“Last month, I don’t think we’ll have chance to make it to the next level,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READcenter_img Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Starting the conference with a 1-5 slate, the Batang Pier almost threw in the towel as Pumaren struggled to find a groove for his side, changing imports from Sean Williams to Malcolm White, and weathering the absence of Terrence Romeo who was with Gilas Pilipinas.“In fact, they were thinking already that we will not be in this kind of situation,” said the outspoken mentor.FEATURED STORIES SPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut GlobalPort made waves and flipped reinforcements one last time and rolled the dice with Justin Harper, welcomed Romeo back, and engaged in a blockbuster trade midway through the conference which brought Sean Anthony, Bradwyn Guinto, and Jonathan Grey to its fort.And the results were instant with Batang Pier winning three of their last five games to wound up with a 4-7 slate after the end of eliminations, enough to force an eighth place playoff against Alaska slated on Sunday. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

Nov
28

Red Lions out to dominate anew

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lyceum, which hardly merited a second look since it joined the league in 2009, has been tipped as a strong contender this season along with San Sebastian, Jose Rizal U and Letran.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Huey pulls out of Malaysia SEA Games Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ All signs seem to point to another dominant campaign for San Beda College in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball.A preseason crown at the expense of UAAP champion La Salle close to two weeks ago and an almost intact roster have put the spotlight on the Red Lions ahead of tipoff this Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong 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 LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera “We like the pressure that comes from being defending champions,” said do-it-all guard Robert Bolick, who emerged as the Lions go-to-guy when they ruled the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup recently.“We like it this way because it keeps us on our toes. I told my teammates to continue playing with an underdog mentality. If we think of ourselves as favorites [this season], we might lose our focus.”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 starsSan Beda, winner of 10 of the last 12 NCAA crowns, opens the season against host San Sebastian College.San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez is returning to the Lions’ bench after leading them to a couple of titles, the last coming in 2014. He took over Jamike Jarin, now National U coach.Jarin also replaced Fernandez three years ago when the latter accepted the NLEX coaching post in the PBA.One of Fernandez’s tough decisions during the offseason was to pick Cameroonians Arnauld Noah and Donald Tankoua, leaving out the taller yet inexperienced Eugene Toba. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

Nov
28

Wangs hoping for the best in hot playoff race

first_imgThe Couriers missed a chance to clinch a quarterfinal seat as they suffered a monumental collapse against Marinerong Pilipino, 83-82, on Thursday to finish their eliminations campaign with an even 5-5 slate.But with victories over teams that are still in the thick of the race of the playoffs, Lucas has his reasons for keeping the faith even with Wangs’ outside chance.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 starsWangs Basketball beat Racal, 93-84, and topped Centro Escolar University, 88-87, but fell in close defeats to Batangas, 81-79, and Marinerong Pilipino.“It’s tough that we’re going to depend on the other teams, but it’s a good thing that we were able to invest in our five wins and in the end, we’re all be having identical records,” he said. O.J. Simpson asks parole board to set him free  Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Michael Juico. PBA IMAGESWangs Basketball coach Pablo Lucas is staying optimistic as his team awaits its fate in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.“I hope so,” he said in Filipino when asked if he believes that his side can still make it to the quarterfinals. “The standings are still too close.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Lucas thinks that the Couriers’ tight losses will be beneficial for his crew if they do end up with a seat in the top six.“If we make it, I’m sure that the team will have a better run because we already learned our lessons. If we make it to the quarterfinals, I believe that we have a chance to advance to the semis,” he bragged.Nonetheless, Lucas is already content with what the team has achieved after setting a franchise-best record since it joined the PBA D-League in 2013, thanks largely to the contributions of guys like Robbie Herndon, Michael Juico, and Chris Bitoon.“This is already history for Wangs. We learned a lot in the years that we’ve joined and we can’t bring back the past, but we’re just hoping for the best,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View commentslast_img read more

Nov
28

Phoenix Suns guard Knight to miss season after knee op

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Los Angeles, California — Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight had surgery to repair a torn left knee ligament on Friday and will miss all of the 2017-18 NBA season, the Suns said.Knight, who was hurt last month in a charity game, averaged 11.0 points and 2.4 assists in 54 games last season.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ The 25-year-old holds career averages of 15.2 points and 4.3 assists in 382 career games with the Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks and Suns.Confirmation that Knight would miss the entire season came on the same day that the Suns said rookie guard Davon Reed underwent meniscus surgery on his left knee and would be sidelined for four to six months.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 openingReed, 22, was selected by the Suns with the 32nd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. He averaged 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals while appearing in all six of the Suns’ games at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mayweather, McGregor ticket prices dropping Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Nov
28

Folayang working on ground game, striking as he awaits next fight

first_img“As a fighter, you really need to continue training because if you don’t, tables are quick to turn on you,” he said.The reigning ONE Lightweight champion is in Indonesia to support fellow Team Lakay member Geje Eustaquio, who is set to face Kairat Akhmetov in the main event of ONE: Total Victory on Saturday at Jakarta Convention Center here.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 openingThough limited to a cornerman for the big fightcard, the Ifugao warrior shared that he’s still keeping his body in top shape as he waits for his next fight.He’s also improving some facets of his game in the process, focusing more on his ground game and sharpening his striking. “Striking is so hard to perfect because you have to consider lots of things, especially the timing and the execution. And for the strikes, as much as possible, I want to have precise shots when I fight. I really have to give time to those so that I can further improve my capabilities,” he said.Though still in limbo on who to defend his title next, Folayang assured everyone that he will be in action in November when ONE Championship returns to Manila.“For sure, I will fight there,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJAKARTA — There’s no rest for the weary.And if you’re like Eduard Folayang, whose target on his back is bigger than ever, there is no excuse to stop training.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Golovkin, Alvarez make weight for blockbuster fight Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Nov
28

Deepika, Sushil steal show as India regain second spot

first_imgThe fierce battle for gaining the second spot in the Commonwealth Games continued in earnest between India and England on the seventh day of competitions with the hosts edging in front by bagging four gold medals.Teenage archer Deepika Kumari upset an Olympic bronze medallist to win the recurve gold, Harpreet Singh clinched the 25m centre fire pistol gold, archer Rahul Banerjee grabbed the men’s individual recurve gold and world wrestling champion Sushil Kumar won the 66kg title by destroying all his rivals.Vijay Kumar bagged silver behind Harpreet, freestyle wrestler Anuj Kumar also got a silver in men’s 84 kg, trap shooter Manavjit Singh Sandhu secured a bronze while Jayanta Talukdar finished third behind Banerjee.Sania Mirza and Rushmi Chakravarthi beat compatriots Nirupama Sanjeev and Poojashree Venkatesh to secure the women’s doubles bronze in tennis and swell India’s medal kitty.Banerjee’s sister Dola finished third in women’s recurve and grappler Anil Kumar got the bronze in 55kg freestyle as India came up with another impressive display to jump over England and regain the second spot behind leaders Australia.Asian silver medallist Jai Bhagwan (60kg) and nine-time national champion Dilbag Singh assured India of two more boxing medals but defending champion Akhil Kumar made a shock exit in the Commonwealth Games by advancing to the semifinals today.Jai, a Commonwealth Championship gold-medallist, blanked Waheed Sogbamu of Nigeria 10-0, while Dilbag (69 kg) thrashed Botswana’s Moabi Mothiba 11-3 in while Akhil Kumar bowed out after losing to Olympic bronze-medallist Bruno Julie of Mauritius in the 56 kg quarterfinals.advertisementThe two boxers joined Amandeep Singh (49kg) and Suranjoy Singh (52kg), who won their quarterfinal bouts yesterday, in assuring themselves of their maiden CWG medals.The haul of four gold, two silver and five bronze medals took the Indian tally to 28-19-22 while England were once again made to play catch-up with a haul of 25-45-29. Australia were far ahead with 57-33-35.India were also just three gold medals short of overhauling their best-ever harvest of 30 at the Manchester Games in 2002 when three gold medals were awarded for each weight class, a practice that has been discontinued since.The day opened with 17-year-old Ranchi-born Deepika, daughter of an autorickshaw owner, stunning 2004 Athens Olympics bronze medallist Alison James Williamson 6-0, showing amazing precision and steady nerves in windy conditions to win her second gold of the Games.However, it was heartbreak for the 29-year-old Akhil who lost 5-7 to Julie after a see-saw battle. Ironically, Akhil had beaten Julie in the 2006 Melbourne Games final.Akhil was the first Indian to take the ring today and after an exhausting pre-quarterfinal win last night over European silver-medallist Iain Weaver of England, the Indian seemed tired.”A loss is a loss, I don’t have anything to say. I had beaten this same guy in the 2006 CWG finals, he must have done something right to win today,” said the feisty Haryana-boxer.”I gave my best and don’t think I could have done anything better. This is the way I fight,” he added when asked whether his natural style of keeping a low guard cost him the bout.Defending champion Geeta Rani failed to live upto her expectations as he finished a disappointing fourth in women’s 75+kg category weightlifting competition.Geeta Rani, who won the gold in the same weight category four years ago in Melbourne, cut a sorry figure before her opponents — Ele Opeloge of Samoa, who bagged the gold, silver medal winner Maryam Usman of Nigeria and Australia’s Deborah Acason (bronze).Sangrur-born Geeta Rani, who had won three silver medals in Asian Championship in 2004 and a bronze medal in 2003 Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad, simply failed to match her own skills, ending with a combined lift of 235kg (100kg in snatch and 135 in clean and jerk).In badminton, women’s seed Saina Nehwal breezed through her match as India continued their rampaging run in the tournament with all the shuttlers in the singles and doubles category winning their respective matches.World number three Saina thrashed Sarah Thomas of Wales 21-5 21-9 to reach closer to her first Commonwealth games gold, while Melbourne bronze medallist Chetan Anand beat Nigerian Ola Fagbemi 21-12 21-6 in 21 minutes to stay on course of bettering his record at the sporting extravaganza.Debutants P Kashyap and Aditi Mutatkar also stormed into the third round in the singles event with straight-game victories in their second round match.–with PTI inputslast_img read more