Westbrook was attempting a jump shot Tuesday against Sacramento when he and defender Bogdan Bogdanovic collided. Westbrook was issued a flagrant 1 foul, but that was downgraded.“After review, we determined that the contact was part of Russell’s downward shooting motion and the defender was moving forward into his shooting space,” Frank said.A flagrant 1 is considered unnecessary contact. The flagrant 2 is deemed unnecessary and excessive — and a foul doesn’t have to be considered intentional to be determined dangerous. The league reviews all flagrants and can upgrade, rescind or leave them as called on the floor. If a player exceeds five flagrant foul points during the season, he will be suspended for the next game.ADVERTISEMENT Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, left, and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony pass each other after the Kings defeated the Thunder 94-86 in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)NEW YORK — The NBA said Wednesday that Carmelo Anthony’s flagrant 2 foul will stand, but rescinded the flagrant issued to Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City’s last game.The league also fined Westbrook, Paul George and coach Billy Donovan $15,000 apiece for their criticisms of the officials after the call against Anthony on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Both were unusual plays in that flagrant fouls are usually called against defensive players. Instead, Anthony and Westbrook were whistled for contact they created while attempting shots.Anthony drove to the basket and elbowed center Jusuf Nurkic in the face on a shot that went in during the Thunder’s loss in Portland on Sunday. The basket was overturned after review and Anthony was hit with the automatic ejection.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 shutoutCrew chief Rodney Mott said after the game that referees ruled the contact was excessive and not a natural basketball move and the league agreed.“We reviewed it, the same as we review all plays of this nature, and agree with the on-court officials that the foul met the criteria of hard contact above the shoulders with high potential for injury,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said. “While attempting to draw a foul, Anthony extended his elbow into his opponent’s face, which is dangerous and reckless in nature.” Alford to sit 3 UCLA players reportedly involved in shoplifting in China Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:37Protesters 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
LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lions gore Tigers; Tams, Archers prevail Ginebra fans also await the return of 7-footer Greg Slaughter, who, reports say, may be fielded in the playoffs after recovering from a leg injury.Slaughter had battled 6-10 June Mar Fajardo as amateurs in Cebu before his wide-bodied rival became the toast of the league as three-time Most Valuable Player for SMB.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP 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 As the top two qualifiers, the Kings and the Beermen will need only to win once to reach the semifinals. The two other semifinal berths will be at stake in two separate best-of-three series pitting Star against No. 6 qualifier and defending champion Rain or Shine (5-6) and No. 4 TNT (8-3) Katropa against No. 5 Meralco (7-4).Barring monumental upsets, Ginebra and SMB will face the survivor of the TNT-Meralco duel and the Star-Rain or Shine clash, respectively, in the semis, which will be a best-of-five affair. The finals will be another best-of-seven confrontation.Reinforced by Justin Brownlee, the Kings finally topped an elimination phase of an import-flavored tournament for the first time in 20 years although coach Tim Cone, who joined the team last year from Purefoods which later became Star also last season, said he expected a tough road ahead.“It’s good to be the top seed but there’s the high expectation you have to deal with,” he said.Brownlee, at 6-foot-5 one of the smallest in a tournament where 6-10 imports are allowed, remains the biggest factor for the Kings. He is best remembered for clinching the Governors’ Cup crown for Ginebra with a buzzer-beating trey against Meralco last season.ADVERTISEMENT Looks like there will be a repeat of the San Miguel Beer-Barangay Ginebra title showdown in the Philippine Cup last May.Both finishing strong, the Beermen and the Gin Kings wound up tied for top spot with the Star Hotshots with nine wins against two losses at the end of the eliminations last week of the mid-season Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra, which lost to SMB, 4 games to 1, in their best-of-seven duel in the traditional all-Filipino tournament kicking off the league’s 2016 season, went on to clinch the top ranking on a higher quotient on the strength of earlier wins over the Beermen and the Hotshots.SMB salvaged second place having also downed Star in their first meeting and will go into the quarterfinal playoffs enjoying a twice-to-beat bonus like Ginebra against the two teams that completed the eight-team qualifying cast.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThere was actually a similar three-way tie at 4-7 for the last two quarterfinal slots but Phoenix, just like Ginebra, was ranked higher and nailed the No. 7 slot over Alaska and GlobalPort with earlier victories over both squads.But there’s no rejoicing for Phoenix in the playoffs with SMB as its next rival. The Aces and the Batang Pier were disputing the eighth and last berth at presstime with the winner also facing the daunting task of meeting Ginebra as a quarterfinal foe. MOST READ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View comments
WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 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 “It’s all him. You can’t teach rebounds and blocks and he saw that it’s what he can contribute to the team. He’s also not forcing to take the shot,” he observed.READ: Andre Paras delivers solid numbers in debutThe patriarch also doesn’t want Andre to listen too much on the comparisons to current PBA players like Marc Pingris, saying the 6-foot-4 banger is still miles away from today’s stars.“You can make comparisons on his defense and rebounds. But he’s still far. Marc is more on post up and Andre has yet to show a post play,” he said.Glad to see his son perform at this stage, the only advice Benjie could give to Andre is to stay the course and continue working hard.ADVERTISEMENT Deyto rescues Global with key saves in stunning triumph over Geylang “One of the things coaches look for from players is their hardwork. Andre said that as of now, this is like an unfinished business for him and he’s just taking it slow. He’s happy with what he’s doing right now and enjoying his time here,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But through three games, the 21-year-old Andre has definitely been making his father proud, averaging 7.3 points, 18.0 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks for AMA Online Education this 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.READ: Andre Paras continues to make impact for AMAFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe younger Paras racked up 10 points, 22 rebounds, and four blocks in the Titans’ 95-76 loss to Batangas on Thursday.Benjie, the only rookie to win the MVP award in the PBA, was in attendance and was glad to see his son prosper with AMA. But the “Tower of Power” wants no credit for son’s solid performance so far. Andre Paras. PBA IMAGESFor PBA great Benjie Paras, watching his son Andre carve his own niche on the hard court is undoubtedly a gratifying feeling.“I’m happy because when he came into the D-League, I told him there’s no pressure and he has to do whatever he can to help the team,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Bardet won Stage 12 ahead of Rigoberto Uran and Aru, who seized the race lead from Froome by six seconds. Bardet is third overall, 25 seconds off the pace.Team Sky had dominated the stage until the final 500 meters, when Aru made his move. Froome was only able to follow his Italian rival for a few meters and looked glued to the road.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 starsBardet was the strongest in the brutal incline and described his third stage win on the Tour as “an immense joy.”He said he had visited the ski station with his parents to scout out the final climb. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “I knew it could suit me,” he said. “I was patient. I made the difference on the final hill, there was not much to do before that with the wind and the Sky train.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Britain’s Chris Froome, right, and new overall leader Fabio Aru of Italy, center, climb Port de Bales pass, during the twelfth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 214.5 kilometers (133.3 miles) with start in Pau and finish in Peyragudes, France, Thursday, July 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)PEYRAGUDES, France — Chris Froome cracked in the final stages of a grueling climb to the finish and lost the overall lead in the Tour de France to Fabio Aru on Thursday, after a demanding stage won by Romain Bardet.Froome’s Sky teammates perfectly controlled the race until the final kilometer leading to the ski station of Peyragudes, but the three-time champion was dropped in a final section that featured slopes with a 20 percent gradient.ADVERTISEMENT Masterful Venus oldest Wimbledon finalist for 23 years Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo And this being Pessumal’s second straight time to play in the regional conclave, his guarantee isn’t without basis as he goes to Malaysia together with a lot of players who also saw action in Singapore.READ: Lesser lights deliver for Gilas in rout of India“The experience we have gotten is a big thing. You can’t teach experience,” he explained. “We’ll be better now that we’re coming back.”Christian Standhardinger will be the main man in the middle for Gilas in Malaysia, with Kiefer Ravena, Bobby Ray Parks, Raymar Jose and Kobe Paras the amateurs in the roster.“The Philippines has a history of not losing (in the SEAG),” Pessumal said.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant And after the Filipinos waylaid tall India on Saturday afternoon with players that will see action in the SEAG, it could be safe to say that Pessumal’s prediction will happen and the Filipinos will keep that winning tradition intact.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Not that he got carried away, but Pessumal knows that a lot has changed since he first played in the SEAG in Singapore two years ago when Gilas had a couple of close shaves against foes Filipinos are used to dominating.READ: Gilas Pilipinas whips India by 31 points FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Of course, of course,” Pessumal said when asked if he could guarantee the Philippines’ 18th gold medal in the biennial meet.He will be one of coach Jong Uichico’s best shooters in a squad that is practically half of a 24-man pool Chot Reyes submitted to the Fiba for the Asian Championship that will run in conflict with the SEAG. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Von Pessumal got his chance to play a lot in the Jones Cup on Saturday and delivered.After finishing with 14 points built around four triples, Pessumal said he got the confidence boost he needs as he suits up for Gilas Pilipinas for a second stint in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia late next month.ADVERTISEMENT 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’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Yao Ming Rockets deal rumors fizzle out
Maria Sharapova of Russia competes against Jennifer Brady of the United States during day 1 of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University Taube Family Tennis Stadium on July 31, 2017 in Stanford, California. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFPFive-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova withdrew Saturday from next week’s WTA tournament in Cincinnati with a left forearm injury.The move came a week after the former world number one from Russia withdrew from a WTA event in Toronto from the injury she suffered in a second-round match at Stanford, where she withdrew after her opening-round victory.ADVERTISEMENT Sad farewell for injured Usain Bolt as Britain wins 4x100m relay The injury cast more doubt over Sharapova’s participation at the US Open, which starts in New York on August 28. Due to her low ranking, Sharapova would need a wild card to play in the main draw of the tournament.Sharapova suffered the injury while playing in her first US match in more than two years, defeating American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in her Stanford opener.She had not played in the US since March of 2015 due in part to a 15-month doping suspension for the use of meldonium.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Sharapova, the 2011 Cincinnati champion, arrived Friday and made the decision to withdraw after consulting with the event medical staff on Saturday.“I arrived in Cincinnati yesterday eager to play. However, following the doctor’s advice on-site, as a precaution for the US Open, I am unfortunately withdrawing from the tournament with the left forearm injury I sustained in Stanford,” Sharapova said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I want to thank the tournament for the wildcard opportunity and really look forward to competing here next year.”Sharapova was due to play French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the opening round. Either a qualifier or lucky loser will replace her in the draw. View comments MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side
MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “They shot 44 percent from the field in the first half and we brought that down to 37 percent so that was a big improvement.”Thirdy Ravena led Ateneo with 16 points and six rebounds while the debuting Tyler Tio put up 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting,Juan Gomez de Liaño had 16 points, seven rebounds, and two steals to lead the Fighting Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Russell Westbrook agrees to 10-year extension of contract with Jordan Brand—report LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo turned the “Battle of Katipunan” into a cakewalk and crushed University of the Philippines, 92-71, in the UAAP Season 80 seniors’ basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Blue Eagles soared to a 2-0 win-loss record while the Fighting Maroons slipped to 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments UP didn’t put up much of a challenge against the Blue Eagles, who never trailed in the game and asserted their might on every statistical category.Ateneo outmuscled UP in the paint and outrebounded the Fighting Maroons 51-38—18 of which came from the offensive glass wherein the Blue Eagles scored 31 second-chance points.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 Blue Eagles also limited the Fighting Maroons to just 12 second-half field goals as UP finished the game on 25-of-67 shooting.“One of the things that coach Tab [Baldwin] said at half time was we needed to play better defense and that we needed to take care of the ball more,” said assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Anil Kumble’s Royal Challengers Bangalore will be the only IPL side in action in the Champions League Twenty20 tomorrow when it squares off against West Indian underdogs Guyana in the second of the two matches here.Kumble’s Bangalore, which made the Champions League after winning the third-place playoff of the IPL, will be the favourites against Ramnaresh Sarwan’s Guyana.In fact Sarwan is the only big name in Guyana, which replaces last year’s runners-up Trinidad and Tobago as the Caribbean flavour in the two-week tournament.Well aware of the enormity of the task ahead of him, Sarwan has said that the team is banking on talented youngsters such as pacer Devendra Bishoo and all-rounder Jonathan Foo to give Guyana an opportunity to surprise their rivals.Guyana’s passage to CLT20 wasn’t the easiest of affairs.Playing in the semi-final of the Caribbean T20 2010, they beat Trinidad and Tobago, the defending champions, in a closely contested match and then snatched victory after very nearly courting defeat against Barbados in the final.In contrast, Kumble’s Bangalore have established names such as Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis, Ross Taylor and Robin Uthappa in their batting line-up.On the bowling front, they have the pace of Dale Steyn and Praveen Kumar while Kumble himself leads the slower bowling department. All-rounder Cameron White adds variety to the team.In the other match of the day, South African domestic champions Highveld Lions, who sprung a major surprise by beating IPL runners-up Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener, will take on South Australian Red Backs.advertisementLed by Alviro Petersen the Lions will once again seek inspiration from their home crowd to create another upset.Although not as star-studded as Sachin Tendulkar’s Mumbai, the Red Backs have some in-form players such as Callum Ferguson, Daniel Harris and skipper Michael Klinger.Pacer Shaun Tait leads their bowling attack which also leg-spinner Cullen Bailey.For the Lions, Jonathan Vandiar was their top-performer with the bat against Mumbai making 71 against fine bowling attack that included established stars like Zaheer Khan, Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan Singh.The reliable Neil McKenzie would also be expected to carry on the form he showed while notching up an unbeaten 43-ball 56 yesterday.Against the formidable batting line-up of Mumbai, the Lions’ bowlers held their own rather well with Shane Burger picking up two wickets, that too of Tendulkar and the aggressive Kieron Pollard.
Indian archers will be keen to make the most of their home advantage when they take aim at glory during next month’s Commonwealth Games.The sport makes a return to the mega event after 28 years and chief coach Limba Ram is eyeing a big haul for his wards.”We have a target of six gold medals out of eight that are up for grabs. If our team can replicate their training form during competition, they have no reason to worry,” Limba, an ace archer himself in his heyday, told Mail Today on Sunday.”We have been building towards the Games for the last two years. Our preparation has been good and all the archers have been in good form,” Limba said. ” All of them are ready for the battle but it all depends on who performs better on the day of the competition.” The coach’s confidence is also boosted by the fact that most of the top nations in the sport will not be in action at the Games.”Korea, Ukraine, Russia and the United States are some of the top teams which won’t be there. But Australia and Canada will pose a strong challenge here while England have a strong women’s team.” Indians are strong contenders in the recurve event, but Limba admits they face an uphill task in the compound section.”Australia should be our only strong challengers in recurve, while they, along with New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and England, are good in the compound events,” he said.advertisementThe experienced Dola Banerjee will once again shoulder a heavy burden and, along with talented teenager Deepika Kumari and L Bombayla Devi, will fly the flag at the Yamuna Sports Complex.Deepika, the 16-year-old from Jharkhand, won the silver medal at the World Cup in Shanghai this month. ” Deepika is young but what she lacks in experience, she makes up in mental strength and I have a lot of confidence in her,” Limba said.”She has been very consistent in top events of late and has beaten top- class opponents.” Among the men, Jayanta Talukdar won a bronze medal at the World Cup Final in Edinburgh recently. He will team up with Tarundeep Rai and Rahul Banerjee in the men’s team event.The archery squad is training in two sessions daily – one in the morning and another in the late afternoon – at the Games venue. Limba said the archers’ morale is high.The archery events will take place from October 4- 10 and as the Games draw closer, there is need to keep the squad focussed on the job at hand.”At this stage, the archers should not have any tension in mind or body. They need to be completely relaxed to give their best,” the coach said.”A good performance at home will raise the profile of the sport in India. They need total discipline, good fitness levels and concentration to hit the target,” the 1991 Arjuna awardee, who has won gold at the Asian and Commonwealth level as well as representing the country at three Olympic Games, said.The archery squad had been training at the Sports Authority of India’s Kolkata centre, but Limba admitted that it would have been better had they reached the Capital a bit earlier.”We could have utilised our home advantage by coming here earlier. There had been a lot of rain in Delhi and there was a lot of water at the venue. But there has been bright sunshine for the past few days and we do not face any problem right now,” the coach said.
Australia’s Peter George with Tim Paine celebrates the wicket of Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar on the 4th day of the 2nd test match at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday.The Bangalore Test hangs in balance after Sachin Tendulkar’s 214 gave India a slender 17-run lead over Australia on Day 4.Australia finished the day at 202-7 with an over-all lead of 185. All their top-order batsmen are gone and only all-rounder Mitchell Johnson remains with the tail.Pragyan Ojha and Harbhajan Singh shared three wickets between them, putting Australia in a tricky spot on a wicket that has offered bowlers help.Australia captain Ricky Ponting made 72 before falling LBW to Zaheer Khan near close of play on Day 4. At his fall, Australia led by 167 runs with just four wickets left.Australia had made a decent start with Shane Watson and Simon Katich, who added 58 confident runs.Ojha got him for the second time in the game, while Harbhajan too got Katich having dismissed him on Day 1 as well.Michael Clarke was stumped off Ojha, who then took out Mike Hussey to end a 51-run partnership with Ponting.Marcus North fell cheaply to Harbhajan, giving India the advantage.Earlier in the day, Tendulkar began on 191 and completed his sixth Test double-hundred, and his second against Australia.It’s also his second double in four games. Tendulkar’s dismissal on 486-5 triggered an Indian collapse in which five wickets were lost for nine runs.
Indians expectedly finished in the bottom half of the results chart in the weightlifting events on the first day of the competitions in the Asian Games here on Saturday.Commonwealth Games silver medallist Soniya Chanu improved upon her CWG performance by lifting a total of 170kg (75+95) but still finished fifth in women’s 48kg category. She had lifted 167kg (73+94) in the CWG.CWG bronze medallist, Sandhya Rani finished sixth in the eight lifters field with a total of 158kg (70+88), which is seven kilogram less than her CWG effort.China’s Wang Mingjuan ran away with the gold medal with a total lift of 285kg. She created new records in both snatch and clean and jerk with efforts of 91kg and 95kg respectively.Thailand’s Pensiri Laosirikul won the silver with a lift of 192kg (83+109) while the bronze went to Chen Wei-Ling of Chinese Taipei who had a total lift of 191kg (86+105).In men’s 56kg, V Srinivasa Rao and Sukhen Dey finished eighth and 10th respectively with below par performances.Rao lifted 245kg (110+135), three kilogram less than his bronze-winning effort in the Commonwealth Games.Dey, who won a silver in the Commonwealth Games, was far below his best with a total lift of 230kg (104+126), a whopping 12 kilogram less than his CWG performance.World champion Wu Jingbiao of China won gold with a total lift of 285kg (133+152), seven kilogram less than his effort at the World Championships in Turkey in September.South Korean Cha Kum Chol, who finished third in the World Championships, expectedly won the silver with a total lift of 276kg (128+148), which is four kilogram less than his effort in Turkey.advertisementIndonesia’s Jadi Setiadi won the bronze with a total lift of 271kg (120+151).With inputs from PTI
They are calling it the Adarsh Part II. Subhash Chopra, a Delhi Congress leader, is in trouble over his grandiose renovation of the National Sports Club of India near Haji Ali in Mumbai. Chopra has created as many as 17 AC banquet halls. The clearances for the project came from none other than those who cleared the Adarsh Society file: P.V. Deshmukh, deputy secretary, urban development department; Mumbai municipal commissioner Jairaj Pathak; and former CM Vilasrao Deshmukh. A PIL in the Mumbai High Court pegs the scam at a little over Rs 200 crore.
The WWE Money in the Bank 2012 results are one night removed and that brought some new twists and turns on the latest episode of Monday Night Raw. Both of the MITB winners appeared on the latest show, but did either cash in their briefcase to win the championship belts?Earlier on Tuesday, MITB results news indicated that John Cena had a huge announcement for tonight’s episode of Raw. Some were speculating he might cash in tonight, while others pointed to either SummerSlam PPV, or next week’s episode of Raw. That also just so happens to be the 1000th episode of the show which has plenty of star power including The Rock, Brock Lesnar, and D-Generation X all appearing live for the three-hour show.According to the Raw Results reported by Wrestling Inc, Ziggler was the first of the two Money in the Bank briefcase winners to appear on Raw. He came out dressed in a suit along with his manager Vickie Guerrero, and cut a promo in the ring about how he will be cashing in on Sheamus soon enough, and become the best champion ever. Chris Jericho interrupted all the talk, which prompted Ziggler to begin cutting him down, saying Jericho hasn’t won an important match for months. All of the trash talk ended up bad for Dolph, as he got hit by a Codebreaker, and left down in the ring by Jericho. Looks like the start of an interesting feud here, with Jericho turning face.