Johnson hopes timing is right for another US Open title

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ “I sit down when I go down the stairs now,” Johnson said with a smile. “I slide down on my butt.”Stairs were the only thing that could stop him earlier this year. A winner of three straight tournaments — against the strongest fields of the year — Johnson slipped in his socks going downstairs to move his car in the rain on the eve of the Masters and bruised his back so badly that he had to withdraw the next day.He hasn’t won in four starts since then, and his game hasn’t looked as sharp as it once did. He concedes he lost some momentum.Even so, he is the betting favorite at the 117th U.S. Open on a course that would appear to suit his game perfectly, especially with more rain Wednesday afternoon and a forecast for occasional storms on Friday and Saturday. The greens are soft enough that Johnson is getting yardages to the hole, knowing his shots won’t bounce away too far.“I hope they play it all the way back on every hole,” he said. “Why not? It’s going to be soft. I hope it’s windy. I hope it’s long, but it doesn’t matter.”ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 USGA pledges no repeat of rules gaffe from last US Open LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage As much as he hates missing cuts, the Memorial two weeks ago was a good time for Johnson to have a weekend off. It allowed him to spend two days in Wisconsin getting to know the longest course in U.S. Open history, realizing that he would be a late arrival to Erin Hills because of some important family matters.River Jones Johnson, his second son, was born on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe finds out Thursday whether his game is in shape for Johnson to become the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion in 28 years, but his mood couldn’t be better. About the only thing to fear, outside of the thick fescue that frames the fairways at Erin Hills, is the house where he is staying.It has a double-spiral staircase. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire “You’ve got to be lucky, have it be the right time,” Strange said. “Dustin is more dominant than anybody who has ever done it back-to-back because of his length and the whole bit. But you still have to do it.”Johnson starts out Thursday morning with the last two U.S. Open champions, Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth. It’s a comfortable group, especially with Spieth, a close friend, his partner from the Presidents Cup and his regular pro partner in recent years at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Plus, he has the personality for the U.S. Open. It’s a mental test, and Johnson’s brain is not very cluttered. Paulina Gretzky gave birth to their second child on Monday in Los Angeles. He flew to Wisconsin on Tuesday and got in 18 holes. He played nine holes Wednesday.Asked how he handled the range of emotions for such a whirlwind week, Johnson shrugged.“You just do it,” he said. “I wish I had an explanation on how I do it, but I don’t. … But now I’ve got to play golf. This is why I’m here. I’m here to play golf. I’m here to compete.” Dustin Johnson hits a drive on the 12th hole during a practice round for the U.S. Open golf tournament Wednesday at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin. APERIN, Wisconsin — Dustin Johnson wrapped up his final day practice round for the U.S. Open just as the sky began to rumble and the horn sounded to stop play at Erin Hills.The timing couldn’t have been better for the world’s No. 1 player, as it has been the past two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Johnson isn’t one to feel much pressure — he doesn’t show much, anyway — even playing his first major as the No. 1 player in the world.If anything, the pressure is on the USGA in how they set up the golf course, and the meteorologist to give an accurate forecast of the wind. There are a few holes at Erin Hills where if the tees are all the way back and the wind shifts into the players, some won’t be able to reach the fairway or will face blind shots.“It’s nerve-wracking, honestly, more than most Open sites,” USGA executive director Mike Davis said.Johnson isn’t the only long hitter whom Erin Hills favors. Rory McIlroy, who crushed U.S. Open scoring records on a rain-softened course at Congressional in 2011, was delighted to feel the soft turf under his feet.Jason Day is starting to turn his game around, finally. Along with his power, Day is an expert with the short game, which should come in handy around the greens that feature shaved slopes instead of dense rough.Johnson, however, is such an intimidating figure that even Curtis Strange is a little nervous.Strange, who now works for Fox Sports as the on-course analyst, won the 1989 U.S. Open at Oak Hill to become the first player since Ben Hogan (1950-51) to win the U.S. Open in consecutive years. “Move over, Ben,” Strange famously said after his second title.“I’ve got to tell you, it’s tailor-made for Dustin Johnson,” Strange said after his first look at the course.The Masters (three times) and the PGA Championship in stroke play (twice, by Tiger Woods) have fewer back-to-back winners than the U.S. Open, but it’s the major that has gone the longest without a repeat winner.The closest call for Strange was in 2005 when defending champion Retief Goosen had a three-shot lead at Pinehurst No. 2. He shot 81 in the final round. Four-time champion Jack Nicklaus never went back-to-back. Neither did Woods.last_img read more

Trainer Atlas blasts Horn’s UD win: You’re not supposed to get it for trying hard

first_imgCayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Sports Illustrated tweeted a couple of videos showing Atlas’ tirade.Teddy Atlas is none too pleased with the decision pic.twitter.com/CQKtQPHImvFEATURED 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— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 2, 2017 Jeff Horn, top center, of Australia celebrates after beating Manny Pacquiao, bottom second left, of the Philippines, during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Legendary trainer and boxing commentator Teddy Atlas launched a verbal maelstrom Sunday after Jeff Horn took a unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao for the WBO World welterweight championship in the “Battle of Brisbane” at Suncorp Stadium.Horn led in all three of the judges’ scorecards, 117-111, 115-113, 115-113, but Atlas would have none of it.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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena READ: Horn trainer promises ‘bloody Sunday’Digging deeper, Horn connected on just 19 jabs while Pacquiao landed 59.And in terms of power punches, Pacquiao had an overwhelming 123-73 advantage.Atlas even spoke his mind when interviewing Horn as the Australian had the WBO belt strapped on his left arm.Teddy Atlas keeping it 💯 pic.twitter.com/0ZRDs6tt9Q— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 2, 2017“Congratulations, good effort, but I thought you lost,” said Atlas. “This guy [Pacquiao] was landing the punches, you were throwing a lot but were missing a lot. But you showed great heart, the heart of a champion, no doubt about that.”READ: NBA players, US celebrities upset over Horn win, say Pacquiao“Do you feel after that ninth round, a very difficult round, after that round was almost stopped, you heard the words of the referee ‘I’m going to stop this fight if you can’t do something’ and your own corner told you that.”center_img After Pacquiao subjected Horn to a furious beating in the ninth round, referee Mark Nelson approached the Australian in the corner and told him he’ll stop the fight if the punishment continues.RELATED VIDEOHorn answers questions about his victory over Pacquiao8.2K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “They gave a trophy, a win, a huge win to Horn the local kid for trying hard,” said Atlas. “You’re not supposed to get it for trying hard. You’re supposed to get it for winning and I thought Pacquiao won the fight if you go by the rules, the real rules.”And for Atlas, whoever “lands the cleaner punches” should be crowned the victor.READ: Horn stuns Pacquiao for unanimous decision winThe punch stats showed clear advantages for Pacquiao, both in terms of hits and the percentage.Pacquiao threw a total of 573 punches and landed 182 of them for a 32 percent rate while Horn, who did attempt more, went 92-of-625.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong NBA players, US celebrities upset over Horn win, say Pacquiao ‘robbed’ View commentslast_img read more

Federer on verge of Wimbledon immortality

first_imgVictory over Croatian giant Marin Cilic will also give him a 19th career Grand Slam title and second in three majors this year after sweeping to a fifth Australian Open in January following a six-month absence.“I was hoping to be in good shape when the grass court season came around,” said Federer who, for good measure, also pocketed back-to-back Masters at Indian Wells and Miami as well as a ninth Halle grass court crown.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“The first three, four months were just like a dream really. So this is something I was working towards, you know, Wimbledon, to be in good shape. I’m happy it’s paying off here now.”Federer admits his form in 2017 has surprised even himself after he shut down his 2016 season to rest a knee injury in the aftermath of his brutal five-set semi-final loss at Wimbledon to Milos Raonic. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ While ‘Big Four’ rivals Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal failed to even make the semi-finals, Federer has been reborn.He came into Wimbledon having radically pruned his playing schedule, skipping the entire clay court season.Wimbledon is just his seventh event of the year; 28-year-old Cilic is in his 15th.Federer, reveling in the spotlight of having played all his matches on Centre Court, has hardly been troubled on his way to the final.He has lost serve just four times and spent four and a half hours less on court than Cilic.Federer also boasts a 6-1 career record over Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion who has made his first Wimbledon final at the 11th attempt.However, Cilic’s game is made for grass and 12 months ago he led Federer by two sets to love and held three match points in an epic quarter-final which the Swiss superstar eventually claimed. ‘Roger’s home court’When Cilic won his only Slam in New York three years ago, he demolished Federer in straight sets in the semi-finals.“I don’t want to say it’s more relaxed going into it because I have a good head-to-head record against Marin, even though the matches were extremely close,” said Federer.“But it’s not like we’ve played against each other 30 times. You feel like you have to reinvent the wheel.  Harden intent on winning title in wake of new deal Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img This combination of pictures created on January 29, 2017 shows Switzerland’s tennis player Roger Federer holding up his 18 Grand Slam titles. 1st row, from left : Australian Open 2017, Wimbledon 2012, Australian Open 2010, Wimbledon 2009, Roland Garros 2009, US Open 2008. 2nd row, from left : US Open 2007, Wimbledon 2007, Australian Open 2007, US Open 2006, Wimbledon 2006, Australian Open 2006. 3rd row, from left : US Open 2005, Wimbledon 2005, US Open 2004, Wimbledon 2004, Australian Open 2004, Wimbledon 2003. / AFP PHOTO / STFFive years after his last Wimbledon triumph, Roger Federer can capture a record eighth All England Club title Sunday and become the tournament’s oldest men’s champion of the modern era.With his 36th birthday fast approaching, the evergreen Swiss will comfortably succeed Arthur Ashe, who was almost 32 when he won in 1975, as Wimbledon’s most senior champion.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s more straightforward, in my opinion. I think that’s nice in some ways. It’s a nice change, but it doesn’t make things easier.”Cilic is only the second Croatian man to reach the Wimbledon final after Goran Ivanisevic, his former coach, who swept to a memorable title victory in 2001.A win on Sunday would also make him the first Wimbledon champion outside of Federer, Murray, Djokovic and Nadal since Lleyton Hewitt triumphed in 2002.However, he has only won one of his last 12 matches against a top five player at the Slams, even if that was over Federer in New York three years ago.Cilic has fired 130 aces at Wimbledon this year and dropped just 10 service games.“This is Roger’s home court, the place where he feels the best and knows that he can play the best game,” said Cilic.“Obviously I’m going to look back, 12 months ago I was one point away from winning a match against him here. But it’s still a big mountain to climb.”Federer’s defeated semi-final opponent Tomas Berdych sees only one winner on Sunday.“I don’t see anything that would indicate Roger is getting older. He’s just proving his greatness in our sport,” said the Czech. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant 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 He has 30 wins and just two losses this year and he has reached his 11th Wimbledon final without dropping a set.‘Unbelievably excited’Sunday’s match will be his 102nd at the tournament and his 29th final at the majors.“It makes me really happy, making history here at Wimbledon. It’s a big deal. I love this tournament,” said Federer, who has been tied with Pete Sampras on seven Wimbledon titles since beating Andy Murray in the 2012 final.“All my dreams came true here as a player. To have another chance to go for number eight now, be kind of so close now at this stage, is a great feeling. “Yeah, unbelievably excited. I hope I can play one more good match. 11 finals here, all these records, it’s great. I’m so close now.”ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more

Busmen ground Aguilas; Stallion, Global escape

first_imgDavao got a late consolation goal from Harry Sawyer in the first minute of second half stoppage time as the Aguilas lost for the ninth time this season.Despite acquiring veterans Phil and James Younghusband, Simone Rota, Matthew Hartmann and Jason De Jong during the transfer window, victory has remained elusive for the Aguilas, who only have six points from 15 matches.The Busmen have played six games less than Meralco Manila, which was held to a goalless draw by Global Cebu also on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Arellano, TIP collide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups View comments Over at Biñan Football Stadium, Stallion Laguna striker Jess Melliza continued his scoring run as he fired the only goal that lifted Laguna past JPV Marikina.The fleet-footed lefty from La Paz, Iloilo, beat JPV goalkeeper Nelson Gasic from a tight angle in the 77th minute to push Stallion closer to JPV with 26 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 openingChristiaens found Fernando Rodriguez at the far post for a close-range strike in 19th minute, before punctuating the win with a clinical goal off the counterattack three minutes from time.Spanish midfielder Bienvenido Marañon was also on the scoresheet, firing home from just inside the box in the 50th minute.center_img Defender Jeffrey Christiaens scored a goal and assisted on another as AFC Cup Asean zone champion Ceres-Negros kept the retooled Davao Aguilas winless with a 3-1 victory on Saturday in the Philippines Football League at Rizal Memorial Stadium.Returning to PFL action just four days after their elimination in the interzone semifinals of the AFC Cup, the Busmen played with verve and urgency as they collected their ninth win of the season to hike their tally to 28 points for fourth spot.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Salman Butt forced me into fixing: Aamir

first_imgMohammad Amir (L), Salman Butt (R) & Mohammad Asif prior to a cricket match in Taunton, England.Pakistani cricketer Mohd Aamir has told the country’s cricket board that he was lured into spot-fixing by suspended Test captain Salman Butt. Sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Aamir has told chairman Ijaz Butt that he never wanted to be part of the spot-fixing racket but was forced into it by Butt and Mohd Asif.  “Aamir had gone to (Ijaz) Butt and claimed he was innocent and a victim of the seniors’ lobby in the team,” sources said. Another source said that Aamir – regarded as one of Pakistan cricket’s most promising players – told team manager Yawar Saeed about the pressure being exerted on him. Aamir, along with Butt and Asif, is serving suspension for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing during the fourth Test against England at Lord’s last month. Many former Test captains, and even Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf, have urged the ICC to show leniency towards Aamir because of his age. But chief selector Mohsin Khan said he didn’t agree with the argument. “I don’t buy this argument because if you can do something wrong at 18, you can keep on doing it later as well. If these three players are found guilty they should be punished, including Aamir,” Mohsin said.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Day 8: Commonwealth Games schedule for October 10

first_imgARCHERYMORNING: 9 am to 10.55 amWomen: Individual recurve (quarters & semis); individual recurve (bronze medal match); individual recurve (final)AFTERNOON: 2pm to 3.55pmMen: Individual recurve (quarters & semis); recurve (bronze); recurve individual (final)ATHLETICSEVENING: 5.30pm to 8.25pmMen: Discus throw (final); 200m (semis), 400m hurdles (final); 800m (final); 200m (final)Women: 100m hurdles (heats); pole vault (qualifying); high jump (final); 200m (semis); long jump (final); 400m hurdles (final); discus throw (qualifying); 800m (semis); 200m (final)BADMINTONAFTERNOON: 9am to 10.00pmPreliminary: Men’s & women’s singles & doublesBOXINGAFTERNOON: 1pm to 3.30pm Men’s: Flyweight (52kg); lightweight (60kg); welterweight (69 kg)EVENING: 5.30pm to 8.00pm Men’s: Welterweight (69kg); light heavyweight (81kg); super heavyweight (plus 91kg)CYCLING ROAD EVENTSMORNING: 9am to 12.30pmWomen: 100-km road race (final)AFTERNOON: 12pm to 6pmMen: 167-km road race (final)DIVINGMORNING: 9.30am to 3pmMen’s: 1m springboard (heats)Women’s: 3m springboard synchronised (final)EVENING 4pm to 6pmMen’s: 1m springboard (final) Women’s: Platform synchronised (final)HOCKEYAFTERNOON: 12pm to 3.30pmMen’s: England vs South Africa; New Zealand vs CanadaEVENING: 5pm to 8.30pmMen’s: Australia vs Malaysia; India vs PakistanNETBALLMORNING: 9.30am to 12.30pmPreliminary: England vs Papua New Guinea, Jamaica vs IndiaAFTERNOON: 2pm to 9.30pmPreliminary: New Zealand vs Barbados, Malawi vs Samoa, South Africa vs Cook Island, Australia vs T&TSHOOTINGCLAY TARGETMORNING: 10am to 4.30pmMen’s: Trap singles stage 2 (qualification); trap singles (final)PISTOL & SMALL BOREMORNING: 9am to 2.30pmMen’s: 25m centre fire pistol singles (final)Women’s: 10m air rifle singles (qualification); 10m air rifle (final)FULL BOREMORNING: 10am to 1.30pm500 yards pairs (stage 2); 500 yards singles (stage 1); 500 yards singles (stage 2)advertisementSQUASHMORNING: 11am to 3pmMen’s: Doubles (pool), mixed doubles (pool)EVENING: 5pm to 9pmMen’s: Doubles (pool), mixed doubles (pool)TABLE TENNISMORNING: 9.30am to 2.30pmMen’s: Singles qualifying, Mixed doubles qualifyingEVENING: 4.30pm to 9.30pmMixed doubles qualifying Men’s: Singles (Rd 1); doubles (Rd 1) Women’s: Doubles qualifying; singles qualifyingTENNISEVENING: 5pm to 10pmMen’s: Singles (bronze medal match); singles (final) Women’s: Doubles (bronze medal match); doubles (final)WEIGHTLIFTINGAFTERNOON: 2pm to 4.30pmWomen’s: 75+ kg categoryEVENING: 6.30pm to 9pmMen’s: 105kg categoryWRESTLINGEVENING: 4pm to 7.30pmMen’s freestyle: 55kg, 66kg, 84kg, 120kg – repechage (finals)STAR TO WATCH OUT FOR — Matthew MitchamCountry: AustraliaEvent: Diving- Gold in 10m platform diving 2008 Beijing Olympics- bronze in 1m springboard diving at the 2009 World ChampionshipsTODAY’S MEDAL HUNT  – 84ARCHERYWomen’s: Individual recurve Men’s: Individual recurveATHLETICSMen’s: Discus throw; 400m hurdles; 800m; 200mWomen’s: High jump; long jump; 400m hurdles; 200mCYCLING ROAD EVENTSMen’s: 167-km road race Women’s: 100-km road raceDIVINGMen’s: 1m springboardWomen’s: 3m springboard synchronisedWomen’s: Platform synchronisedLAWN BOWLSMen’s: TriplesWomen’s: TriplesSHOOTINGCLAY TARGETMen’s: Trap singlesPISTOL & SMALL BOREMen’s: 25m centrefire pistol singlesWomen’s: 10m air rifleTENNISMen’s: SinglesWomen’s: DoublesWEIGHTLIFTINGMen’s: 105kg category Women’s: 75+ kg categoryWRESTLINGMen’s freestyle: 55kg, 66kg, 84kg, 120kg – repechage (finals)last_img read more

Kohli was good with his shot selection: Gambhir

first_imgLeading the side for the first time, India captain Gautam Gambhir on Sunday lavished praise on centurion Virat Kohli for scripting a 40-run win over New Zealand in the first ODI, which also helped the hosts take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.”Virat batted exceptionally well today. After losing the toss, our plan was that someone needs to go and get a hundred and he did exactly the same. He was good with his shot selection. Overall, I am satisfied with the performance of the team,” said Gambhir, who also scored a quickfire 38 at the top to give the team a sound start.”Both batsmen and bowlers chipped in with useful contributions. R Ashwin bowled brilliantly, pacers Nehra and Sreesanth were equally good. Virat, Yuvraj and other batsmen were also good. We hope to continue the momentum in the fixtures ahead,” said the dashing opener.Asked about captaining the side in the absence of regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has been rested for the series ahead of the tough tour of South Africa starting next month, Gambhir said, “Leading the side was a great feeling and I am happy to start with a win.”Man of the Match Kohli, fresh from his back-to-back centuries in Ranji Trophy, struck a neat and chanceless 105, an innings which was laced with 10 boundaries. This was his second consecutive and fourth overall one-day ton.The Delhi-lad said he has brought some changes to his aggressive style of batting and is now concentrating more on the singles and twos.advertisement”It feels good to get a century. I just want to make the most of my outing. After the Sri Lanka series bad patch, I got enough backing from the team and coach to deliver the goods and, these days, I am more into analysing my game.”I am concentrating on holding one end and let others do their bit. I am converting more singles and doubles these days. It’s good to score runs and help your team post a good total on the board,” he said.Meanwhile, New Zealand captain Ross Taylor said losing three-four wickets in the middle stage of the innings cost them the game.”Everything did not go right for us today. In the middle stage, we lost three-four wickets that made a lot of difference. It’s a disappointing result for us and we hope to pick up from here,” Taylor said.”We came pretty close in the end but overall efforts seemed to be little short. Virat batted well and took the game away from us. We hope to play better in the series ahead,” he added.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Upset Niall broke dressing room door: KSCA

first_imgIrish wicketkeeper-batsman Niall O’Brien had allegedly broken the glass door of the dressing room at Chinnaswamy Stadium after being run out for 46 against India on Sunday. The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) on Tuesday confirmed that Niall had struck the entry door to the dressing room with his bat which damaged its lower part. The matter was brought to the notice of the Irish team management and the KSCA sought Rs 25,000 damages from Niall. However, reports suggested that the issue was resolved amicably. The dismissal of Niall had dealt a heavy blow to the Irish hopes in the interesting match as at that stage he, along with captain William Porterfield, had put on 113 runs for the third wicket. Interestingly, Niall — brother of record-breaker Kevin — had on Monday claimed to have lost six of his bats from the dressing room. In fact, Yuvraj Singh then got in touch with the Irish player offering assistance and bats. In a complaint lodged with Cubbon Park police station on Monday Niall had told police that he found his bag containing six bats missing after he reached hotel from the stadium after the match.last_img read more

World Cup: Rajapaksa to watch final in Mumbai

first_imgSri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will watch the ICC World Cup final match between the island nation and hosts India in Mumbai on April 2.Rajapaksa would be the second leader from the neighbouring countries to visit India to watch a World Cup 2011 match after Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, who enjoyed his team’s semi-final match against India in Mohali on Wednesday on the invitation of his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh.Confirming Rajapaksa’s visit to India his spokesman Bandula Jayasekera said the president wanted Sri Lanka to win the World Cup as a tribute to spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan, who retires from international cricket after the event.Rajapaksa had enjoyed Lankan team’s semi-final match against New Zealand in Colombo on Tuesday along with his three sons. He had even visited the Caribbean when Sri Lanka reached the finals of the 2007 World Cup with Australia.last_img read more

Tamil Nadu poll results: AIADMK celebrates, gloom at Cong and DMK offices

first_imgAs AIADMK on Friday appeared all set for a landslide win in the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, it was party time for its workers who thronged their leader Jayalalithaa’s residence in Chennai where a jubilant mood prevailed.Bursting of firecrackers and distribution of sweets, besides merry making were the order of the day at Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence as she was leading by 3,000 votes in Srirangam constituency while the party was leading in over 170 seats.In total contrast, the party offices of both Congress and DMK in Chennai wore a deserted look since morning as trends showed they were heading for a rout.While TNCC headquarters Sathyamurthy Bhavan remained shut, a pall of gloom descended at the DMK office Anna Arivalayam.A huge contingent of policemen was posted outside Jayalalithaa’s residence as the 61-year-old leader is all set to become the chief minister for the fourth time in yet another remarkable comeback.High voltage celebrations were witnessed outside Jayalalithaa’s house as overjoyed workers raised slogans in support of AIADMK. Several workers were seen lined up with flower bouquets to greet their leader.Men and women from different age groups were seen exchanging pleasantries even as frenzied workers sporting AIADMK colours attributed overall “discontentment” against DMK especially over the corruption for their party’s showing.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Balloon seller stabbed to death in CP

first_imgA balloon seller was stabbed to death in Connaught Place on Wednesday night in what police claimed was a result of rivalry between drug addicts. The victim’s family though refused to buy the claim.The deceased Tatia (22) was the cousin of Rahul, who shot to the limelight after helping the police locate the bomb that was dumped in a dustbin near Regal cinema during the 2008 serial blasts that ripped the Capital.At the time of the incident the deceased was sleeping on the footpath near Hanuman Mandir in Connaught Place. His 20-year-old wife Laachi, their newborn baby and another teenage relative were sleeping nearby.Police said that on Wednesday night five people came looking for Rahul’s elder brother. A scuffle ensued in which Tatia got stabbed. He died on the way to the hospital. His wife too sustained injuries.The five were high on drugs and were arrested from the spot by the patrolling police officials.The police claimed it was a drug deal which had gone wrong that had resulted in the murder.”This case has got nothing to do with Rahul. The deceased was a small time drug peddler and had supplied smack to some person. The five people had come looking for him as the drug which he had sold to them was actually white chalk powder. When they confronted Tatia, a heated debate ensued which turned violent and he was stabbed. We managed to arrest all the accused from the spot,” K. C. Dwivedi, additional commissioner of police (New Delhi), said.advertisementThe accused have been identified as Rohit alias Nanhe, Vijay alias Viju, Dhanjeet, Vinod and Bobby. All of them are drug addicts and live in the locality.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.last_img read more

A different take on doping in Indian sport

first_imgA doping scandal has hit Indian sports again and the conundrum continues, with the administration trying to fix the culprits for the positive dope tests of eight athletes.While the government has launched a probe, there is another voice, though subdued, that is trying to raise a different point altogether.The view is about the establishment unofficially providing assistance to athletes, much like it was done in the erstwhile East Germany and some other countries – and many believe it’s still being done in many. But those, especially in the establishment, who are in favour of this option, cannot openly say so for the obvious fear of being penalised.Several top officials privately feel that without taking help of performance enhancing substances, along with effective masking agents, most Indian athletes cannot win medals – or that they won’t win as many as they do now – at the highest level. The need of the hour is proper research with an aim to help athletes, they say.Although personally I oppose this take, officials say it’s not quite possible for Indians to win only by being fair, considering today’s cut throat competition and extraordinarily high stakes in every sport, particularly athletics. For them, there are only two options: either join the race of systematic doping, with subtle official patronage, or give up playing sport altogether.Rajiv Gandhi as prime minister once tried to stop India’s participation in global events after an extremely poor performance, but even he couldn’t get his idea executed, such was the opposition. So, while the second option is not possible, for that would be unfair on genuine champions like Viswanathan Anand, Pankaj Advani and Saina Nehwal who have excelled on the basis of their skills alone, many officials want the first option to be explored.advertisement”The witch-hunt that is currently going on will lead us nowhere. Those who have tested positive are not cheats; they are our national pride. The episode reflects the failure of our sports system in many ways,” said a top government sports administrator who didn’t want to be quoted.”Instead, let us help our athletes, most of whom come from poor backgrounds and lack in education, with proper research and set up a system that provides them a safe method to improve their performances with effective masking agents. I know saying this is going against the grain – when the entire country seems ready to execute the athletes who have doped – but, realistically speaking, there is no option,” he explained.Another official chipped in: “According to a rough estimate, 70 to 80 per cent athletes worldwide use masking agents. In India, we only do policing; there’s no other programme to provide athletes specialised assistance.” In sports that require physical superiority, Indians, largely due to their weak natural build, cannot match their rivals on their own, such officials say. “Let’s not fool ourselves by saying that the Indian sports establishment wants a clean environment even if our athletes keep on finishing last. Some athletes would surely win without taking banned drugs, but not the majority,” said one of them.Indian sports desperately needs professionals, especially in sports medicine, not ad-hoc administrators who get posted courtesy politicians. But to appoint the right person to the right position we need a real desire to see Indian athletes reach the top of the podium.Since sports is a specialised field we need to invite professional coaches, physiotherapists, trainers, dieticians, nutritionists etc. from abroad and make them train Indian athletes and coaches. When the Patiala-based National Institute of Sports was established in 1961, its faculty consisted of foreigners. “For several decades, we haven’t had any expert from abroad who can teach our would-be coaches so that they could learn the latest techniques and impart the same to our athletes,” said an official.last_img read more

Day after accident, Azharuddin’s son continues to remain critical

first_imgMohammad Ayazuddin, younger son of former Indian cricket captain and Congress MP Mohd.Azharuddin, was critically injured in a road accident on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Sunday.Twisted metal and a shoe, worn probably by Ayazuddin or his friend Ajmal-ur-Rehman.Ayaz (19) was racing his imported motorbike – a Suzuki GSX- R1000 sports bike – along with his friend Ajmal-ur-Rehman (16) on the Nehru Outer Ring Road expressway, when it skidded and hit the road divider at Puppalguda junction around 9 am. Both Ayaz and Ajmal sustained severe head injuries. Two-heelers and autorickshaws are banned on the expressway.Both were immediately shifted to Apollo Hospital, where Ajmal was declared brought dead.Ajmal was the son of former Congress Rajya Sabha MP Khalil-ur-Rehman, who passed away in January this year.Ayaz, who was operated upon for head and chest injuries, is battling for life. He has been put on ventilator. Chief surgeon Dr Mahesh Joshi said Ayaz had suffered cardiac arrest. “There was no pulse and he was not respiring on his own. He has suffered serious injuries on his head, chest and abdomen. His condition is highly critical. We are trying our best to resuscitate him,” he said.Azharuddin, who represents the Moradabad parliamentary constituency in UP, was in London when the news reached him. He was expected to reach the city by midnight on Sunday.Chief minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and Andhra Pradesh AICC in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad visited Apollo Hospital in the evening and enquired about Ayaz’s condition.Narsingi police, under whose jurisdiction the accident took place, said the bike was brand new and did not have a registration plate. Ayaz’s helmet was totally crushed. Tyre marks at the accident spot indicated the bike skidded and hit the road divider at high speed.advertisementPolice suspect the boys were racing with friends who may have called the ambulance following the accident but left after it arrived at the spot.Ayaz is a second-year BCom student at St Mary’s College, Secunderabad, and represented the Hyderabad Under- 19 team in the Ranji Trophy.Azharuddin’s elder son Asaduddin is also a cricketer.The Cyberabad Police have been trying to crack down on illegal bike races on the outer ring road, which usually start after midnight and go on till early morning.Last June, actor Kota Srinivasa Rao’s son who was riding a 1000- cc sports bike was killed in a similar accident.srinivasa. rao@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

Exclusive: India’s tennis stars hit the courts of Wimbledon, again

first_imgBright sunshine welcomed the Indian tennis contingent at the All England Club where the Olympic hopefuls enjoyed a work out.”Don’t be fooled by this sunshine — this is London. By evening it can again become miserable,” said Mahesh Bhupathi after a long training session.Speaking to Mail Today, Bhupathi, playing in his fourth Olympics, said it was a good workout and he was looking forward to playing with Rohan Bopanna.With tennis selection having made headlines for almost a month in India, the superstars are now busy working the rust off their game. “The atmosphere at the All England Club is so special,” Bhupathi said.Usually, most players stay near Wimbledon during the fortnight-long Grand Slam every year. However, the tennis players are now soaking in the atmosphere at the Games Village.”It’s a sprawling complex and one cannot really feel that over 10,000 athletes have been housed here. The variety of food is very good and it’s nice to see top stars from other sporting disciplines also mingling with everyone,” added Bhupathi.However, he said that closer to the Games, he would move near Wimbledon. “The distance from Stratford to Wimbledon is a lot and I will stay near the tennis facility,” Bhupathi informed.Sania Mirza’s family has also rented an apartment near Wimbledon, though she is currently staying in the Games Village.Meanwhile, wild card Somdev Devvarman, who has been away from competitive tennis for over eight months, said he is looking forward to the challenge at the Olympics.advertisementThe Davis Cup hero is not surprised he has been given a wild card. “I was expecting it,” said Som, as he is popularly known in tennis circles.Reflecting on his shoulder injury, Somdev said, “This is the first time I had such an injury. I had to undergo a major surgery and after rehab I am now fine.”A lot of people have questioned whether Somdev deserved the wild card as he has been away from competitive tennis for so long. India’s number one singles player’s answer to this criticism is simple: “I have been playing tennis for so many years now. I really don’t feel I have been away from the sport.”Reflecting on the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, Somdev said: “After that effort, I was at my peak and played some of the top pros in tennis. I broke into the top-100 and I am sure I will again do well in singles on the ATP Tour.”A big fan of NBA in the United States, Somdev said he is looking forward to meeting some of the basketball giants, as well as sprinter Usain Bolt.last_img read more

Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View comments LOOK: PH Azkals clean locker room after South Korea loss, leave thank you note Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img LATEST STORIES Returning for his second season, Fajardo went on a tear putting up averages of 16.8 points, 14.2 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks for his first MVP award and that became the start of an unprecedented string of four straight MVPs.“I was just expecting that I will improve after my first season but I never expected that I would win four straight,” said Fajardo. “I’m lucky that I ended up in a strong team like San Miguel because I have strong teammates and every conference we’re in the playoffs. The credit belongs to them.”Fajardo said that he’s not stopping where he is, and his mission is to always bring something new for every coming year, and the 2019 PBA season is no different.“My promise to myself is that I will always strive to be better,” said Fajardo. “I don’t want to be stagnant, I don’t want to be content with what I’ve done. Call it greedy but I’m not satisfied with what I’ve achieved. I just want to improve.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—June Mar Fajardo has reached an almost mythic stature in the PBA with his four MVPs, seven Best Player of the Conference trophies, and six titles attesting to his greatness.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “They were always saying that I wouldn’t cut it out in the PBA because I couldn’t dominate the players in college, let alone in the PBA. And when we won back-to-back championships in college they told me that my competition was small.”June Mark Fajardo and head coach Leo Austria. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFajardo led UV to the 2010 and 2010 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. titles with the first coming against University of Visayas and the second one against Southwestern University.This kind of collegiate dominance made Fajardo an asset for San Miguel, which then had a team in the ASEAN Basketball League, before the Kraken eventually made his way into the PBA as the top overall pick of the 2012 Draft.Fajardo’s rookie year, however, was a struggle and he conceded the Rookie of the Year award to second overall pick Calvin Abueva.This failure once again ignited Fajardo to become a destructive force.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s a resume worthy of absolute envy, but San Miguel’s amiable giant didn’t start this way.Now standing at 6-foot-10 and weighing around 250 lbs, Fajardo was never perceived as a force of nature when he was just starting to play collegiate basketball with University of Cebu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFajardo admitted that there were always doubters who tried to bring his spirits down and these same naysayers were his motivation to become, arguably, the best player of his generation.“What motivates me to become better are the doubters because they’re always saying negative things about me even before I got into the PBA,” said Fajardo in Filipino during the PBA Media Day Thursday at Solaire Resort and Casino.last_img read more

India vs England, 2nd Test Day 1: India lose openers early on a green top at Lord’s

first_imgIndia’s Shikhar Dhawan leaves the field after being dismissed during the second test cricket match against England at Lord’s cricket ground in London on July 17, 2014. Reuters India lost both openers early to reach 73 for two in their first innings at lunch on the first day of the second cricket Test against England at Lord’s in London on Thursday.Cheteshwar Pujara (11 not out) and Virat Kohli (20 not out) were at the crease when lunch was called after a tough first session on a green track at Lord’s.Winning the toss, England captain Alastair Cook didn’t blink an eyelid before asking India to bat on a surface that was tailor-made to benefit the English bowlers.The ball swung right from the word go troubling the India openers Shikhar Dhawan (7) and Murali Vijay (24). Pacer James Anderson (1/11) and Liam Plunkett (1/20) were the two wicket-takers for the hosts.Anderson, who is staring at a two-match ban for allegedly ‘pushing and abusing’ India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, looked as if he was ready to have his bowling do all the talking.The pace spearhead provided England the first breakthrough with an outstanding delivery that pitched outside leg, forcing Dhawan to play at it and the southpaw nicked it through to third slip, a low catch taken by Gary Ballance.In the next over, Vijay also got a reprieve as he was dropped off Stuart Broad even before he could open his account. Keeper Matt Prior made a valiant dive to his right and got his glove before putting down what was a tough chance.advertisementVijay and Pujara then added 37 runs for the second wicket to stabilise the innings. But just when it looked that Vijay, who struck four fours, was growing in confidence the batsman edged Plunkett to Ballance for his second catch of the morning at third slip.last_img read more

Munzon now 89th in the world in 3×3

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too And it has earned him a distinction: Munzon, 24, now belongs to the top 100 of Fiba 3×3’s world rankings.“I think it’s a testimony of what [love of the game] could do for you. If you love the game, it will love you back,” he told the Inquirer in a recent interview at a hotel in Ortigas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMunzon, is the country’s No. 1 3×3 player and, more importantly, 89th in the world—a remarkable feat he has put together in the span of just six months.But the 6-foot-3 playmaker says his individual 3×3 ranking says more about his team than himself. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Munzon’s crew will be joined by Balanga Chooks-to-Go, which will be led by Philippines 2nd-ranked 3×3 cager in Alvin Pasaol. Comprising the team are Karl Dehesa, newcomer Chris de Chavez and another returning reinforcement in Travis Franklin.Pasig and Balanga are at the forefront of boosting the Philippines’ bid in making it to the qualifying tournament of the specialized format, which was recently made an Olympic sport.“I’ve been with my team all year but you know, my ranking has a lot to do with my team. We’ve been together, we’ve won together and lost together but at the same time, I won’t be where I am without my teammates,” said Munzon, whose squad will shoot for redemption when they try to erase the bitter taste of going winless in the Kunshan Challenger last month.“We want to make up for what happened,” he added. Pasig is set to face Belgium’s Antwerp at 11:00 p.m. (Manila time) before taking a familiar foe in Latvia’s Riga Ghetto, the World’s No. 3 squad, at 12:25 a.m. in Pool B play. Balanga, meanwhile, faces Ukraine’s Odessa Basket in the 7:40 p.m. contest before taking on Moscow Inanomo at 8:20.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—The game of basketball has been inexplicably sweet for Joshua Munzon. It has taken him around the world, It has become his source of livelihood, and it has given him the opportunity wear the country’s name across his chest.ADVERTISEMENT Federer, Nadal resume rivalry, Djokovic faces Thiem Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “I think that it’s a team award. If you have some guys that’s up there like that, I think it’s a testament to what other guys are doing to sacrifice and help other guys be successful,” he said.“Scoring the ball isn’t everything. It’s a team game. Everybody has to contribute one way or the other—in defense, rebounding or simply playing hard. Just because I score the ball, doesn’t mean I’m the best player in the squad or anything like that,” he added.Munzon, who traces his Filipino heritage through his father, said that being in the elite crop is emblematic of his team’s growth.“I think collectively as a group, we’re becoming a team that can compete with the other better teams in the world,” he said.Munzon will spearhead Pasig Chooks-to-Go, ranked 24th in the world, in the 2019 Fiba 3×3 Moscow Tinkoff Challenger which unfolds Friday night in Russia. He will be backed by former pro Dylan Ababou, World No. 91 Taylor Statham, and old reliable Nikola Pavlovic as import.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:55Cops raid Manila office of Bayan, nab 3 activists for guns, explosive00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

We were let down by Asian Games Special Organising Committee, say private hoteliers

first_imgIt was bureaucratic bungling on a grand scale. As the tumult of the IX Asian Games subsided last fortnight it became vividly clear that the Asian Games Special Organising Committee (AGSOC) never really knew how many guests it would have to put up. As a result most of the rooms,It was bureaucratic bungling on a grand scale. As the tumult of the IX Asian Games subsided last fortnight it became vividly clear that the Asian Games Special Organising Committee (AGSOC) never really knew how many guests it would have to put up. As a result most of the rooms it booked were not used. In the private hotels built with special concessions for the Asiad only 160 rooms out of the 872 kept aside for AGSOC guests were actually used.The new public sector India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) hotels which received preferential treatment from AGSOC were somewhat luckier – AGSOC used 523 out of the 576 rooms it booked in ITDC’s newly-constructed hotels. The AGSOC had reckoned that it would be needing 2,800 rooms in all for Asiad but in the event it needed only about 1,400 in all the hotels. Wild Estimates: On the face of it, there was little excuse for AGSOC officials getting their estimates so wildly wrong, AGSOC was under an obligation to provide shelter for certain categories of guests, ranging from technical delegates, sports officials, cultural troupes, the foreign press and VIPs.These were all people who would have planned their journeys in advance – not trippers who made plans on the spur of the moment. In the normal course of events, AGSOC should have known how many people to expect.Admits Jitendra Bhargava, AGSOC’s officer-on-special duty (accommodation): “Our demand was based on the estimates given by the technical directorate of AGSOC which fell short by over 40 per cent.”advertisementThe unfinished Capital Park hotel in central DelhiAGSOC officials, blame a combination of factors, ranging from adverse publicity about dengue fever and the Akali agitation to plain bad marketing, the inability of travel agents to bring in groups and uncertainty about the completion of hotel projects kept people away.Says Tarlochan Singh, director (publicity) AGSOC: “Till the last moment we were not sure about the actual room availability, and foreign guests wanted confirmed bookings.”Criticism: Understandably, private hoteliers were extremely annoyed. Says Narinder Suri, 39, executive director, finance, of Surya Sofitel: “We have been badly let down by the AGSOC. They kept saying that they would be sending us guests who never arrived. It was with great difficulty that we were able to organise over 170 rooms for the Asiad.” Adds Om Munjal, executive director of Siddhartha Hotels in a similar vein: “We are terribly disappointed with AGSOC. Some of the bookings they gave us at the last minute finally never turned up.” Officials counter such arguments on the plea that many of the privately run hotels were far from ready to entertain guests.Some guests moved from the Surya Sofitel, Hyatt Regency and Hotel Centaur because the facilities were hopelessly incomplete. Says K.P. Singhdeo, chairman of the Asian Games Accommodation Committee: “We would have flooded all the hotels with guests but unfortunately there were no takers for some of the hotels. Even hard selling on the part of my boys didn’t work.” Adds Bhargava: “People who came for the Asiad didn’t want to stay in the semi-finished hotels with limited number of five-star facilities.”There is little doubt that on this score at least AGSOC officials are on firm ground. Most private hotels opened temporarily only to avoid adverse publicity and the penalty clauses that the Government might have imposed had they not been ready.Even hotels like Meridien and Bharat, which made it in the nick of time, wrote to the AGSOC saying that they were in a position to provide 100 rooms each.Technically they may have been right but the heaps of mud and machinery that were lying at both sites were hardly calculated to help provide a congenial atmosphere for guests.In fact, it is no secret that the hotels were obliged to honour their commitments, even if symbolically, because they had received preferential treatment in the matter of loans from financial institutions, allotment of cement, foreign exchange and speedy disposal of their other needs. Admits a senior official of the Finance Ministry: “By writing a letter to AGSOC that a certain number of rooms we’re ready for Asiad, some of these hoteliers have been able to escape public criticism. It’s another matter that they have no guests for their rooms.”Unreal Estimates: Ultimately, the blame for the hotel fiasco must be shared by AGSOC and Tourism Ministry which made hopelessly unreal estimates about the number of additional tourists who would be attracted to India by the Asiad.Six months ago, the then tourism minister, A.P. Sharma told Parliament that Delhi would need 2,500 hotel rooms beyond the 3.801 already in existence. He also said that the 12 new hotels under construction would add 2,650 rooms in time for the Asiad. However, only 1,448 rooms were actually ready in time; but this did not prevent the ministry from recommending preferential treatment for the hotel projects.advertisementAs the Asiad loomed closer, ministry officials soon realised that they had been over optimistic in their estimates. In May 1982, AGSOC had booked 2,800 rooms. By mid-October the booking was scaled down to 2,100. In the end, AGSOC actually used only 1,180 rooms in the ITDC hotels and slashed their bookings with private hotels to just 300 from an original 1,150.Now that the Asiad is over, most of the private hotels have abandoned pretences and gone back to being the construction sites that they really are. Admits Subir Bhowmick, the general manager of the Taj Palace: “We are closed for renovation. To meet Asiad requirements, the rooms were temporarily done up.” Adds Mrs Suri of Surya: “We will resume our business only after two months.” The rooms in other hotels were being offered at less than 30 per cent of the actual room tariff of Rs 600.”As and when the new hotels do open, it seems only too likely that Delhi’s new innkeepers will have trouble keeping their noses above water. The actual turn of events during the Asiad appears to indicate that there will never be any real need for so many new hotels in Delhi. More than 80 per cent of the Asiad rush was accommodated in existing hotels or the projects which were started before 1980.And when all the 4,300 rooms are ready by 1984 there will be more than 7,000 rooms available in Delhi. Unless the number of tourists arriving in Delhi rises by at least 50 per cent, occupancy rates are likely to tumble to around 40 per cent.But as the hotel owners try to figure out how to make their great stone edifices paying propositions, the bureaucrats who once foresaw a roaring trade are busy thinking up explanations for having spent Rs 250 crore on projects which now hardly seem necessary.last_img read more

Concussion- what to ask your doctor- child

first_imgDefinitionYour child has a mild brain injury (concussion). Thiscan affect how your child?s brain works for a while. Your child may have lost consciousness for a while. Your child also may have a bad headache.Below are some questions you may want to ask your doctor or nurse to help you take care of your childs concussion.Alternate NamesWhat to ask your doctor about concussion – child; Brain injury – mild – what to ask your doctor – childQuestionsWhat type of symptoms or problems will my child have?Will my child have problems thinking or remembering?How long will these problems last?Will all the symptoms and problems go away?Does someone need to stay with my child?How long does someone need to stay?Is it okay for my child to go to sleep?Does my child need to be awakened while sleeping?What type of activity can my child do?Does my child need to stay in bed or lie down?Can my child play around the house?When can my child begin to exercise?When can my child do contact sports such asfootball and soccer?When can my child go skiing or snowboarding?Does my child need to wear a helmet?How can I prevent head injuries in the future?Does my child have the right kind of car seat?In what sports should my child always wear a helmet?Are there sports my child should never play?What can I to make my home safer?When can my child go back to school?advertisementAre my child?s teachers the only school people I should tell about my child?s concussion?Can my child stay for a full day?Will my child need to rest during the day?Can my child take part inrecess and gym class?How will the concussion affect my childs schoolwork?What drugs can my child use for any pain or headache? Are ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), or other similar drugs okay?Is it okay for my child to eat? Will my child have an upsetstomach?Do I need a follow-up appointment?When should I call the doctor?Review Date:11/12/2012Reviewed By:Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

Manchester United to continue without De Gea: Van Gaal

first_imgGoalkeeper David de Gea still “has the same problem” of not being in the right frame of mind and is out of the squad for Manchester United’s second Premier League fixture of the season against Aston Villa, manager Louis van Gaal said on Thursday.The Spaniard missed last weekend’s season-opening 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur after Van Gaal felt the 24-year-old might not be focused amid persistent media reports linking the goalkeeper with a move to Real Madrid.”There’s no difference. The transfer period is still open and he (De Gea) has still the same problem,” Van Gaal told a news conference.Also read: Kaka recalled for Brazil friendlies Sergio Romero, who signed for United last month on a free transfer from Sampdoria, is expected to continue in goal when Van Gaal’s side travel to Villa Park on Friday.Van Gaal also responded to comments from Hristo Stoichkov, who played under the Dutchman at Barcelona, after the former Bulgaria international said the United boss “destroys” clubs and urged Barcelona’s Pedro not to move to Old Trafford.Also read: I’m not back, was always there, says Yaya Toure “I always want to consider who is saying such things and then I know already why,” Van Gaal said.”It is not bothering me. He (Stoichkov) is one of the players I sent away (from Barcelona) and that is why he is doing that. I’m used to that.”Van Gaal endured a difficult start to life at Old Trafford last season as United claimed 13 points from 10 league matches.advertisementUnited signed a host of players ahead of the current campaign and the Dutchman hopes the integration of his new recruits does not have a similar impact on early season results.”You have to survive the start. You have new players, a new team, a new team process, the team dynamics are different, so every team has to sustain this period because nobody is 100 percent fit and they have to play,” he said.”I think that we have to pay attention to it and develop, but it cannot cost as many points as last year.”Despite signing expensive recruits like Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay, Van Gaal is still looking to strengthen his squad before the transfer window closes.”Our aim is to improve our squad and when it is possible we shall do it,” he said. “I have said more than once that we only buy when we think it is a contribution for our squad.”last_img read more