first_imgThe affable coach appreciated how invested the UP alumni are in the the performance of the Maroons, who are a game behind fourth place Far Eastern U in the Final four race.“When we weren’t winning, nobody cared, it was like ‘that’s how it is. Good luck guys.’ But now, this is something really new. That’s why I told the team that it’s fine that the alumni are angry because in a way, they are now involved.”Against Adamson, the UP faithful were loud in expressing their displeasure over what they felt were a badly officiated ball game, chanting “luto” during the second half as Adamson slowly pulled away in the third period, 69-50.That frustration was magnified when a UP student, seen wearing a media ID and sitting at courtside, threw the halftime stat sheet to the court in exasperation during the quarter break. That led to the Smart Araneta Coliseum bouncers escorting the student out of the venue.The numbers were indeed tilted against UP with with the Soaring Falcons shooting 25-of-28  from the freethrow line while the Fighting Maroons went 8-of-10.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments But Perasol knows the Fighting Maroons need to put their loss to the Soaring Falcons behind them if they want to score the upset and give Ateneo its first loss in UAAP Season 80 on Wednesday.“Looking forward, it’s my job to keep their spirits up. Although we accepted the fact that the effort we had wasn’t enough, we just have to find a way how we can compete against a team like Ateneo,” said Perasol.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 shutoutThe Fighting Maroons will have their loyal and vocal alumni behind them again as they make a last ditch rally for the Final Four, which Perasol is welcoming with open arms.“They [the fans] are passionate about winning, and it’s a positive sign that a community cares,” he said. “It gives pressure to the team to deliver and for them to not be passive…You’re in a competition, you’re supposed to win. You’re not going to win all the time, but with whatever you have, you make sure that you’re going to use that to have an advantage.”center_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 But the disparity shouldn’t come as surprise given how Papi Sarr made minced meat of the UP defense and racked  up 25 points and 17 rebounds on a 7-of-9 shooting from the charity stripe.“The effort was there. I was happy about the effort of playing, but in the details, the quality it wasn’t there. I think we got overplayed by Papi Sarr,” lamented Perasol, whose side was called for 25 fouls. “Also, I saw that they attempted 28 free throws against our 10 and it may say a lot about how bad we defended, because we had a lot of fouls.”This frustrated most of the UP fanbase, but Perasol opted to take the high road when dealing with the head-scratching calls.“It’s kind of frustrating but I also have to keep my players (calm). There’s no other way to deal with it. If they want to call it, they will call it. What would be our chances if we start a fight? Nothing’s going to chance with the calls,” said Perasol. LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith University of the Philippines fighting for its life, coach Bo Perasol knows that there’s no sense crying over spilled milk following its crucial 86-70 defeat to Adamson last Sunday.Sitting at 5-7, UP is in a must-win situation if it wants to keep its Final Four hopes alive.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Batang Pier eye Amer, Newsome for Romeo John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more


first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ancajas back in Manila after his stunning title defense in US Eight teams vie for the honor of being called as the best collegiate squad in the country as the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Elite Eight commences on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH San Beda, meanwhile, will take on UAAP runner-up La Salle, Mindanao champion Holy Trinity College, and NCR qualifier San Sebastian.Winners of the crossover semifinals will proceed to the one-game knockout championship duel slated on February 15 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The retoooled La Salle and Holy Trinity open festivities at 1 p.m., followed by the tiff between NCAA rivals San Beda and San Sebastian at 3 p.m., before ending the day with the clash between Ateneo and Naga College Foundation at 5 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Defending champion San Beda is seeking a third straight crown after winning the title in 2015, the last staging of the event where the Red Lions were hailed as co-champions together with Far Eastern University.“The objective of the PCCL is to provide incentives and recognition to school teams in the provinces and giving opportunities to local talents to be exposed on the national stage,” said PCCL chairman Rey Gamboa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe tourney will see the participating teams divided into two groups, playing a single round robin format with the top two teams advancing in the crossover semifinals.UAAP champion Ateneo banners Group A together with NCAA bridesmaid Lyceum, Cesafi titlist University of Visayas, and Southern Luzon champion Naga College Foundation. AFP official booed out of forum MOST READlast_img read more


first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Muntinlupa started hot then sustained its charge to beat the Quezon City Capitals-Royal Manila, 103-87, in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta Rajah Cup Tuesday night at the packed Muntinlupa Sports Complex.Pari Llagas starred for the Angelis Resort-backed Cagers as he finished with 21 points and controlled the boards as Muntinlupa posted its fourth straight win and became the first team to beat QC in the tournament put up by Sen. Manny Pacquiao.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES NSA support for Vargas snowballs as court-ordered poll draws near John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Muntinlupa forged a tie for second to third places with its victim at 4-1.In the first game, the Bataan Defenders-Bai Shipping spoiled the coaching debut of Jerry Codinera with the Imus Bandera-GLC Truck and Equipment, winning 91-87, in the battle between two winless squads.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Defenders got a big lift from Al Carlos, who finished with 22 points, and Gary David with 20 points.Former PBA chair Lito Alvarez, team owner of the Cagers, was elated by the turnout. “The atmosphere is really different if there’s home court, the venues are always full,” said Alvarez. IED blast rocks Bilibid’s Quadrant IV PLAY LIST 01:50IED blast rocks Bilibid’s Quadrant IV00:50Trending Articles01:398 drug convicts, including pastor, linked in ‘hospital pass’ scheme01:29Police 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 Citylast_img read more


first_imgEthel 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side It was just one of many punishing blows Kamegai would absorb on the night.Cotto landed a huge right hand to start the fifth that snapped Kamegai’s head back — even then the Japanese kept coming.“He’s a tough fighter, tough opponent,” Cotto said. Since round number five, six, I already knew I’m not going to stop him.”Despite his heart, Kamegai didn’t have the power to hurt Cotto, who insisted he would stick to his plan to retire after one more fight this year.“I’m 36 already. I’m going to be 37 on october 29 and I think it’s enough. It’s enough boxing for me,” Cotto said. “One more in December and that will be all.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Cotto hadn’t fought since November 2015, when he lost the middleweight title to Canelo Alvarez, who later vacated the title to take on Gennady Golovkin on September 16.But the 36-year-old, who says he’ll retire after one more fight in December, was dominant as he improved to 45-1 with 33 wins inside the distance.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 openingKamegai came right at Cotto from the opening bell, backing him into the ropes and sneaking in rights.But Cotto landed the harder punches, nailing him with a big left hook to end the first round. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CARSON, CA – AUGUST 26: Miguel Cotto punches Yoshihiro Kamegai, as Cotto goes on to win in a 12 round unanimous decision during the WBO Junior Middleweight title fight at StubHub Center on August 26, 2017 in Carson, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPPuerto Rican great Miguel Cotto battered back the determined challenge of Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai on Saturday to claim the vacant World Boxing organization junior middleweight world title.In an action-packed bout in an outdoor ring at the StubHub Center in suburban Los Angeles, Cotto emerged with a unanimous decision, winning it by scores of 120-108, 119-109, and 118-110.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Abatayo adds to PH’s haul in lawn bowls with bronze MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Asked who he’d pick for an opponent in his final bout, Cotto deferred to trainer Freddy Roach.Roach mentioned the possibility of getting the winner of the Golovkin-Alvarez bout.“We’re not going to duck anybody,” Roach said. “We’re going to go out with a bang.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more


first_imgShopping at Koregaon Park in Pune is always funIf there is a city that sets the pulse for the heartbeat of India it has to be Mumbai. With a buzzing social rhythm and hi-octane commerce, Maharashtra wears the crown of India’s powerhouse with Žlan. There is something for everyone over here. While culture-rich Pune soothes the soul, the wine belt of Nashik lubricates the throat with its delectable wines.Offering a mind-boggling variety of experiences and sensations that are truly unparalleled, a rollercoaster ride awaits all those who put it to the test, as this State unravels itself and changes colours faster than you can keep pace with it, leaving you breathless for more.Mumbai: Raising the barA bird’s-eye view of Mumbai’s skyline from Aer, the city’s highest rooftop barEver felt like experiencing the Arctic chill on a hot sultry evening? Forget Shimla and Manali; just pay a visit to the recently opened ‘ice bar’ 21 Fahrenheit. As India’s first bar made of ice, and just yards from the shopaholic’s mecca, Mega Mall, the environs are always kept at a temperature of -6oC. Offering drinks like traditional gin and tonic and strawberry margaritas in glasses made from ice, this bar has a dress code-furry parka coats (which it provides) over your party togs. It’s best to enjoy the chill with a grin.Being single in the city needn’t be a liability any more. Convert it into an asset at another one of India’s first-a singles bar. The Elbo Room in Khar promises to banish those singleton blues away with theme nights. If it is tequila that interests you then head straight to Bonobo in Bandra. Offering a wide array of tequila brands that would give a Mexican fiesta a complex, it has an entire bar dedicated purely to this drink made from the Agarve cactus plant.Having recently reinvented itself, the popular hangout of the mid-90s Three Flights Up, at Colaba, is back with a bang in its new avatar, but worry not, the old fun vibe is still there despite the new jazzier set up. However if you’d rather soak in the atmosphere at a rooftop bar, head to Aer, Mumbai’s highest one, located on the 34th floor of Four Seasons Hotel. Getting a bird’s-eye view of the skyline, you can sip cocktails.But why limit yourself to just a couple of bars and clubs when you can do at least six in one single night? The Bestofbombay Pub Crawl is fast achieving cult status with drinking fans who can now board a double decker bus and cruise along the streets of Mumbai, stopping for a drink at each of the pre-decided bars to get their fill and tank up for the night. It also offers to teach people cocktail making skills at weekend bartending classes that they have recently started.Chic hotelsThe ultra chic interiors of Bonobo located in BandraWith a high premium placed on real estate, it is no surprise that most of the new hotels have opened up in place of former establishments. One the best new entrants is the Novotel Juhu Beach that is housed in the renovated building of another hotel that shut shop years ago. Spread over 2.5 acres of a scenic beach-front site, the Novotel features 203 guest rooms and suites and three restaurants. Yet another prime located hotel is Juhu Residency Hotel that is fast gaining the reputation of a value-for-money stay.Gastronomic heavenWine is always a part of the celebrationsRevelling in a thoroughly cosmopolitan culinary scene, people in Mumbai love to experiment with different cuisines and new entrants on the food map don’t need to vie for attention. Name a cuisine and you’ll find it here. Bringing the cafe culture to Mumbai, Bandra’s The Yellow Tree Cafe; is among those new places that offer delectable food like steaks and all-day breakfasts with funky decor and spirited service whenever you walk in. For business meetings, Valhalla at Churchgate has an ideal setting. It claims to be India’s first business lounge with a host of services like wi-fi and fax besides an eclectic menu that has strong Spanish influences. The owners of the iconic Indigo have recently started Tote, housed in Mumbai’s Mahalaxmi Race Course that boasts one of India’s largest bars and a menu steeped in modern world cuisine. The much awaited re-launch of Wasabi, the Japanese restaurant at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel lives up to all the expectations with a menu that has all the old classics, besides new creations like the Enoki Tempura and Shimaji Mushroom by master chef Morimoto.Spa cultureYes, Mumbaikars do know how to pamper and indulge themselves. ‘Spa City’ might very well be on its way to becoming the alternative name for Mumbai with a new day spa opening almost every week. Offering everything from candle wax therapy at Cosmic Mandala Spa at Colaba to fish pedicures at Guy Kremer Eyecatchers & Thai Spa, Lower Parel, exotic therapies have found their calling in the city. Among some of the best new entrants in the day spa category are the C’est La Vie spa in Bandra and the Sohum Spa in Juhu that comes complete with a Zen garden, with a gurgling stream flowing right though it.Pune: New hotelsA visit to Hard Rock Cafe in Pune is a mustThe formerly sleepy ‘Queen of the Deccan’ Pune has woken up from her slumber and how. Today it is not just a satellite town of Mumbai, but is holding well its own. Offering some of the best accommodation options in the country the hospitality scene in Pune is buzzing. The Lemon Tree Hotel in Hinjawadi features a dramatic atrium and large windows designed to bring the outdoors in. With 124 guest rooms along with a multi-cuisine coffee shop, Citrus Cafe; and a hip recreation bar-Slounge, Lemon Tree is one of the best hotels in Pune. Equally popular is Sayaji Hotel that has what no other hotel has in Pune- a dedicated floor for women, with an all-women team to assist them.Just for foodiesMalaka Spice, Pune’s hip new fine-dining restaurantWith a food scene that has avid fans driving down from Mumbai regularly to sample the delectable eats, Pune is fast gaining the reputation of Maharashtra’s culinary capital with most eateries located in the snazzy Koregaon Park area of Pune. The Stone Water Grill situated on the banks of the river in Koregaon Park serves modern European cuisine. The pate on toast is to die for. With a unique concept of integrating art with cuisine, the newly renovated Malaka Spice in Koregaon Park’s North Main Road exhibits Pune’s upcoming contemporary artists. You can also meet caricaturist Prashant Sinha and have your caricature done while you enjoy some of the best Southeast Asian food you will ever have the pleasure of eating outside of Southeast Asia.Glitzy nightlifeAt the hip club, ToteAnd for those who prefer to remain on a liquid diet, Pune will surely provide the good stuff, whether you decide to visit Hard Rock Cafe; in Koregaon Park, Not Just Jazz By The Bay on University Road, or 1000 Oaks in Camp. These are great standalone places offering drinks at prices that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. But if you are looking for an a hectic disco experience head to Scream-The Club at Le Meridien hotel. At 3,000 sq ft, Scream is the largest nightclub in Pune and features state-of-the-art light, sound, and laser effects.Spa retreatsWhile Pune might be famous for its spiritual side with the Osho Ashram, the city has come up with many other interesting and rejuvenating options for people to rediscover themselves through health. The Kerala Ayurvedic Retreat Spa is located far away from the madding crowd of the main city. With a breathtaking view of the Mulshi lake, nestled in between virgin trees, literally in the womb of the Sahyadri ranges, it is located on a mountain, making it the perfect ayurveda and medical yoga destination resort. Another option in Pune includes the spanking new Four Fountains Spa which offers everything from hot stone massages to specially created therapies to suit individual needs.Nashik: Winning with wineNashik Vineyards offers some of the best wines in the countryHic, hic hurray all the way, seems to the mantra for Nashik-truly India’s wine belt extraordinaire! As the country’s new age wine answer to Australia’s Yarra Valley, Nashik, started 25 acres of wine grape plantation ten years back. Now the vineyards stretch seemingly endlessly across an impressive 3,500 acres. Home to scores of wine producers like Indage Vinteners, Chateau d’Ori, Tiger Hill Vineyards and the most famous Sula Vineyards, wine is indeed a booming business in this formerly forgotten place of Maharashtrian solitude. Get an inside look at what these vineyards are all about by checking into a luxury three bedroom bungalow called Beyond, which visitors can rent. It comes with private balconies, large living areas, a swimming pool and an in-house chef who’ll prepare delicious meals made out of organic vegetables and yes, wine. Most wineries conduct wine tasting tours and wine and food pairing classes.There is no doubt that Maharashtra continues to charm and surprise people with its new offerings and it will continue to live up to this image. So gear up for a rollercoaster ride to experience the best of what this State offers to travellers. advertisementadvertisementadvertisement Fact file21 Fahrenheit 28 Meera Apartments, Oshiwara Link Road, Oshiwara, Andheri (W), Mumbai; tel: (022) 2631 0021The Elbo Room Sant Kutir Apartments, Linking Road, Khar (W), Mumbai; tel: (022) 2648 3316Bonobo 33rd Road, Khar (W), Mumbai; tel: (022) 2605 5050Three Flights Up 31 Narang House, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai; tel: (022) 2282 9934Aer Four Seasons Hotel, Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai; tel: (022) 2481 8000; www.fourseasons.comBestofbombay Pub Crawl tel: (0)96192 07356; www.bestofbombay.comNovotel Juhu Beach Balraj Sahani Marg, Juhu Beach, Mumbai; tel: (022) 6693 4444; www.novotel.comJuhu Residency Hotel Juhu Road, Juhu, Mumbai; tel: (022) 2618 2563; www.juhuresidency.comThe Yellow Tree CafŽ Junction of 33rd and Ambedkar Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai; tel: (022) 6528 7800Valhalla Eros Theatre Building, 42 Maharshi Karve Road, Churchgate, Mumbai; tel: (022) 6735 3535; www.valhalla.co.inTote Mahalaxmi Race Course, Keshva Rao Khadye Marg, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai; tel: (022) 6157 7777Wasabi The Taj Mahal Hotel, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai; tel: (022) 6665 3366; www.tajhotels.comCosmic Mandala Spa Amarchand Mansion, Madam Cama Road, Mumbai; tel: (022) 2204 3737; www.cosmicmandala15.comGuy Kremer Eyecatchers & Thai Spa High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel, Mumbai; tel: (022) 3040 4528C’est La Vie Spa 164, Hill Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai; tel: (022) 2642 2361; www.cestlavie.co.inSohum Spa Vile Parle Sports Club, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai; tel: (022) 2613 9603Lemon Tree Hotel Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park, Phase 1, Hinjawadi, Pune; tel: (020) 4423 232; www.lemontreehotels.comSayaji Hotel 135/136, Mumbai-Bangalore Bypass Highway, Wakad, Pune; tel: (020) 4212 1212; www.sayajihotels.comThe Stone Water Grill Pyramid Complex, 81/82 North Main Road, Pune; tel: (020) 4103 0333Malaka Spice Lane No. 5, Koregaon Park; tel: (020) 2615 6293Hard Rock CafŽ 81/82 Pyramid Lawns, Koregaon Park Extension, Koregaon Park, Pune; tel: (020) 4015 8811; www.hardrock.comNot Just Jazz By The Bay 132-A, E Square, University Road, Pune; tel: (020) 6604 42001000 Oaks MG Road, Camp Cantonment, Pune; tel: (020) 2634 3194; www.1000oaksindia.comScream-The Club Le Meridien Hotel, Raja Bahadur Mill Road, Sangamvadi, Pune; tel: (020) 2605 0505; www.starwoodhotels.comKerala Ayurvedic Retreat Spa Mulshi Lake, Mulshi Khurd, Pune District; tel: (020) 2517 1247Four Fountains Spa Anand Park, Aundh, Pune; tel: (020) 6400 2222Beyond Sula Vineyards, Survey 36/2, Govardhan, Nashik; tel: (0253) 223 1663last_img read more


first_imgAfter returning to winning ways with a hard-fought triumph over Delhi Daredevils, the Kolkata Knight Riders will be hungry for more when they take on a formidable Kings XI Punjab at home in their Indian Premier League clash at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday.The win meant that the Knight Riders are at number two – ahead of Chennai Super Kings – at the midway stage of the Twenty20 tournament and as Gautam Gambhir pointed out on Thursday, it was morale-boosting. It remains to be seen whether Gambhir leads the pack, often in news for all the wrong reasons, to the pinnacle.As Knight Riders launch their mission to the next stage after completing half of their league phase, it is all about maintaining the momentum from hereafter.With three more home matches lined up – Kings XI Punjab, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians – it is crucial for the Knight Riders not to lose the grip of it.At the slow Eden strip on Saturday, Gambhir will certainly give a thought about bringing in Bangladeshi skipper and left arm spinner Shakib al Hasan in the fourforeigner line-up. That English southpaw Eoin Morgan is yet to hit purple patch may give Gambhir an option.In Shakib and Iqbal Abdulla the Knight Riders should not worry about their bowling. Kings XI on their part might be lying low on seventh but the Kings are not in a much disadvantageous position considering that they have played only five matches compared to Kolkata’s seven. It’s a situation much like that of Kolkata a couple of matches ago.advertisementAfter three superb wins under their belt, Delhi outgunned Punjab in a run-fest in their previous match. In second leading run-getter Paul Valthaty, Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh, Kings XI have a threatening top-order. With David Hussey and Dinesh Karthik to follow, Kings XI have a formidable batting line-up and they will hope that the bowlers led by Praveen Kumar and World Cup winning leg-spinner Piyush Chawla do their job meticulously.last_img read more


first_imgSunil GavaskarBangladesh continue to provide the odd surprise in this World Cup. Their comprehensive win over South Africa has made the fight for the last two berths for the semi-finals far more interesting than it looked at the start of the Super 8 stage of the tournament. On these West,Sunil GavaskarBangladesh continue to provide the odd surprise in this World Cup. Their comprehensive win over South Africa has made the fight for the last two berths for the semi-finals far more interesting than it looked at the start of the Super 8 stage of the tournament. On these West Indian pitches where there is something for the spin bowlers, it is important for a team to put up a total of around 250. Then, if they have quality spinners, they’ll be able to make life tough for the teams chasing their total.Bangladesh have three left-arm spinners who may look the same but are quite different in how they operate. Mohammad Rafique is by far the most popular player in Bangladesh, not so much for his bowling but for his lusty hitting and his ready smile. He may be on the wrong side of the 30s, but his enthusiasm is infectious. Abdur Razzak is different as he gets the ball to turn more from a flatter trajectory than Rafique’s. Saqibul Hasan, the third spinner, is relatively new and a mixture of Rafique and Razzak. They add variety to the attack, and if the new ball bowlers have picked up early wickets, they can really put pressure on the batsmen.On these spinner friendly pitches, it’s crucial to put up a score of 250. There are no surprises in how defending champions Australia have been mowing down their opponents- so brutally that the teams due to play them are worried even before a ball has been bowled. The batting has been explosive with Hayden leading the way and captain Ponting treating bowlers as if he were in the nets! So dominant has the Aussies’ top order been that the middle has hardly had a decent run in the middle or if they have had to go in, it is for a few final overs where they have to start hitting right away.South Africa’s loss to Bangladesh has given hope to England that they can qualify for the semis if they win all their matches. If Bangladesh sneak another win or so, they could also be in contention for a place in the semis. It is boiling down to a great finish with even the Australia vs New Zealand game being crucial to decide who will finish number one after the Super-8 stage. They certainly will not want to play each other in the semis, but would fancy their chances in the final.advertisementBangladesh cricket teamStill, it will be a psychological battle as the Australians will want to win that Super-8 game and show that what happened in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy was because they were not at full-strength and the team was a bit jaded after a heavy Ashes series at home. The Aussies have beaten England easily and avenged their defeat in the tri-series played in Australia. They have smashed South Africa who had usurped their number one ranking. Now the only team they have to beat to regain the psychological momentum is New Zealand. That will be the ‘final’ before the final for the Australians.Apart from the early exits of India and Pakistan, the other disappointing aspect was the abject surrender of the host team and to see a West Indies new ball bowler being hit for four sixes in an over. The previous generation West Indies speedsters were superb fielders in the deep with powerful throws coming right onto the stumps- the current lot shambles along as if chained down.Almost every former West Indian player has bemoaned the lack of pride in the current home team. That may not necessarily be true, but there’s no doubt that the effort level is not the greatest and the application perfunctory at best. It is sad to see the champions of the 1970s, ’80s and mid-’90s sink so badly, and that too without a semblance of a fight.In the meanwhile in India, cricket still continues to hog the headlines, not always for the right reasons. India’s early exit has made people realise that they need to look inwards and while it is too early to read the roadmap, the signs seem to be pointing in the right direction. Let’s just hope there are no road blocks or hurdles put by those resistant to change that will help Indian cricket.last_img read more


first_imgUnrelenting downpour since Friday morning has brought Kolkata to its knees. Heavy rains coupled with strong winds have resulted in waterlogging in several parts of the city.Kolkata Police and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) have pressed emergency services into action amid reports of trees being uprooted in many areas.There is major traffic congestion in the city, with the traffic police trying to divert the flow.Both domestic and international flight operations have been delayed due to turbulent weather. Around 12 flights have been diverted from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport.Water-logging has been reported from Park Circus, Camac Street, Central Avenue, Gol Park and Bijon Setu area.A flank of road in Mukundpur in south Kolkata has been blocked after a tree fell on the road.There has been a sudden power failure at Palmer-bazar pumping station in south Kolkata. Eleven pumps have stopped functioning because of the power failure causing a major crisis in the sewerage and drainage systems.KMC officials are at their wit’s end to drain out water from water-logged streets because of the lack of pumps.The weather department says that there is a trough of low pressure along the Indo-Bangladesh border. The weatherman has predicted heavy rains in Kolkata in the next 24 hours. While the state government has issued a general warning, fishermen have been asked not to go to the sea.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgPakistan has lodged a protest with India over an incident in which an Indian warship allegedly brushed with a Pakistani frigate escorting an Egyptian-owned ship that was recently freed by Somali pirates after the payment of ransom. The protest was lodged with the Indian High Commission in Islamabad over the “serious incident” that occurred on Friday, a statement issued by Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua said on Friday night.The Indian Navy warship Godavari “not only hampered humanitarian operations being carried out by Pakistan Navy Ship Babur for (Egyptian) Merchant Vessel (MV) Suez but also undertook dangerous manoeuvres, which resulted in the brushing of the sides” of the two warships, the statement alleged.”This incident constitutes a serious violation of international regulations pertaining to safe conduct at high seas and of the India-Pakistan Agreement of 1991 on Advance Notice of Military Exercise Manoeuvres and Troop Movements,” it claimed.”The Indian government has been asked to ensure non-recurrence of such incidents,” the statement said.PNS Babur is escorting and assisting MV Suez, which was released by Somali pirates earlier this week after over two million dollars were paid as ransom for its 22-member crew, including six Indians and four Pakistanis.Pakistani rights activist Ansar Burney, who played a key role in negotiations with the pirates for the release of MV Suez, told PTI that the ship’s crew members will be repatriated to their respective countries by June 20.Besides the Indians and Pakistanis, the crew includes a Sri Lankan and 11 Egyptians.- With PTI inputsadvertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more


first_imgHaryana became national men’s hockey champions when they defeated Karnataka 2-1 in a fast-paced final here on Sunday.It was billed as a contest within the contest between the two ace drag-flickers, Karnataka’s VR Raghunath and Haryana’s Sandeep Singh. But it was the stocky Mandeep Antil who made the difference getting a sizzling winner for Haryana midway into the second half.Karnataka were over- reliant on Raghunath for their goals but though he slammed one to draw his team level, they did not give him any other opportunity to lay his stick on the ball on the other three penalty corners.It was a match worthy of a final, watched by a large and vocal crowd at the Aishbagh Stadium.The persistent drizzle at the start of the game did not affect their enthusiasm.Raghunath and Sandeep were vying for the tag of the tournament’s highest scorer, and the latter drew level on that count when he slammed home the team’s first penalty corner into the roof of the net in the 13th minute, giving Karnataka and India goalkeeper Bharat Chetri no chance.However, the custodian made amends soon after when he not only stopped Sandeep’s scorching shot, but also thwarted two subsequent rebounds in a display of brave and agile goalkeeping.Raghunath also made his presence felt with an assured defensive display, precise tackling and good passing.Karnataka had a golden opportunity to draw level in the 26th minute, but Amar Aiyamma’s good work down the left side of the circle and centre were wasted by KM Somanna. However, it did not take too long for Karnataka to draw level after the break.advertisementTheir third penalty corner was finally stopped, allowing Raghunath to find the bottom right corner of Jasbir Singh’s cage.Antil got a chance to put Punjab ahead once again but with only Chetri to beat, his reverse hit went over the target.There were chances at the other end as well with Prabhjot Singh, more active in the second period, setting up Hariprasad who shot wide.Chetri made a good save from Sher Singh’s shot, but Antil soon made the decisive impact.Receiving the ball on the top of the circle, he dribbled into position before slamming a reverse hit past a surprised Chetri.After regaining the lead, Punjab were content to sit back and attack. Karnataka had to go all out for the equaliser, but Deepak Thakur could not control Prabhjot’s pass inside the circle.Luck also seemed to desert the team from the southern state when Aiyamma’s shot from Thakur’s pass hit the frame.”It was a tough game and if Karnataka had capitalised on their opportunities, we could have been in trouble,” Sandeep said after the match.Sardar was relieved that his team improved upon their display in the semi- final. ” It depends on performance on any given day.Yesterday, we had to go to a tiebreaker but today, we had a good performance against tough opponents,” the Haryana skipper said.Punjab finish thirdPrabhdeep Singh scored a brace as Punjab defeated Jharkhand 4- 1 to secure third spot. Prabhdeep opened the scoring in the third minute off his team’s first penalty corner.Their lead was shortlived with Bikash Toppo equalising eight minutes later. Punjab upped the ante after the break as Baljinder Singh converted a penalty corner in the 43rd minute. Prabhdeep’s strike in the 51st put Punjab in control while Akashdeep Singh put the finishing touches with four minutes to go.last_img read more