Over the hump

first_imgDo not bring these items in SEA Games venues “I am very happy,” Ricky Dandan, thrust to the head coaching job after Chris Gavina resigned two weeks ago, said of his first win that was tainted by a fight between Eric Camson and Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan late in the second quarter.“This [win] will go a long way in the rebuilding of our ballclub,” said the former University of the Philippines Maroon of the win, which the Picanto last tasted on May 21, 2017 under Gavina.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMagnolia won a third straight game later in the night, outlasting Phoenix Petroleum, 97-91.The Hotshots rose to 4-1, half-a-game behind solo unbeaten leader San Miguel Beer, while the Fuel Masters tied the Elasto Painters at 2-3 after a second straight loss. Lacking funds, Team Manila scrounges for ways to compete—and win Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding A day before, Kia signed up Carlo Lastimosa from the free agent market after getting a release from NLEX.  Team consultant Joe Lipa, the former national coach, also hinted that they will still look to sign a big man and another scorer.Kia came into the game losing its last three contests by an average of over 35 points, while the Painters had all sorts of momentum going their way after a 120-99 ripping of the Fuel Masters on Wednesday.“I’m relieved,” Dandan said. “We really had no choice but to move forward and look at the positives of those blowouts. Our confidence was shot [during that losing streak].”Fines are expected to be stiff for Camson and Almazan, though it was clear in replays that the Kia bruiser took the first shot by landing an elbow on the Gilas Pilipinas center’s head.They were later heard hurling invectives at each other on their way to their locker rooms.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:29Police 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 “It wasn’t intended,” Camson said.  “ I was just boxing out.  I am willing to apologize.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Eric Camson vs Raymond Almazan. PBA IMAGESKia Picanto is rebuilding, only to find out that this ragtag crew could do just fine.Lumbering in obscurity and ridicule for the early part of the PBA Philippine Cup, the Picanto on Saturday night snapped a four-game skid in the tournament—and an eight-month losing streak—by bringing down Rain or Shine in a fight-marred contest, 98-94, at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img

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Austria believes championship experience SMB’s biggest edge

first_img“I hope so. Before, we just make it to semifinals. But now, we’re in the Finals and it could be a great time for us to break the barrier,” he said. But don’t be fooled. Austria is well aware of how big of a threat TNT is when the two squads clash on Wednesday for Game 1.The outspoken mentor didn’t discount the KaTropa’s hunger for the title, granting it’s been two years since the MVP group cornerstone last tasted the championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s not going to be easy. They’re out there to win a championship because it’s been a long time for them. At the same time, we’ve always been their obstacle for them to get into the Finals,” he said.With Austria in charge, San Miguel owned the number of TNT in the two times they met in the playoffs. The Beermen swept the then-Tropang Texters, 4-0, in the 2015 Philippine Cup semifinals, and replicated the victory, with a 4-3 series win in the 2017 Philippine Cup.“I’m sure it’s always on their mind, and I’m sure that they will really prepare hard for this,” he said.But Austria believes that San Miguel still has the upper hand against TNT thanks to its success in the past three years.“For me, experience is the best teacher. I’ve been in basketball for a long time, and maybe the reason why teams keep on winning is because of experience. And in the Finals, you will know what will happen because everybody’s excited and very eager to win a game,” he said. “TNT has a lot of experienced players, but experience will help us a lot.”And Austria is hopeful that this Finals appearance will put to rest the supposed curse for the Beermen in the second conference.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Read Next What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith an unblemished 4-0 record in the PBA Finals under his tutelage, San Miguel coach Leo Austria shared his bold plans going into the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.“We’re planning to extend that unbeaten record,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Lyceum knocks out San Sebastian, enters semis Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img

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Pacquiao wants ‘fair deal for both fighters’ in possible rematch with Horn

first_imgDuring the post-fight conference Sunday, the Brisbane City government and that of Queensland expressed willingness to stage a rematch, but other hitches could develop.A possible stumbling block is that his fight against Horn concludes his contract with promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank.While Horn is willing to give Pacquiao a chance to regain his title, there may be changes in the purse of both fighters as the Aussie’s stock rose following the disputable victory.Pacquiao, however, has proven that he’s still a major force in the global boxing stage as can be gleaned from the record hits ESPN got for airing Pacquiao-Horn on free television.The 11-time world champion can still command a hefty purse than Horn, who has just broken through the elite circle of marketable fighters.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Flying V stays undefeated at 5-0 LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena 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 LATEST STORIES The first thing Pacquiao promised on board an AirAsia chartered plane Monday, is that he would fight differently after experiencing Horn’s rough tactics.“I would not focus on a knockout, but I would rain a lot of punches,” said Pacquiao, who threw fewer punches than Horn, 625 to 573, but landed more, 182 to 92, according to Compubox statistics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe reason why he became gun-shy, according to Pacquiao, who once unloaded over 1,000 punches against Antonio Margarito in 2010, was because he’s gunning for a knockout in every round.That he was letting Horn pummel him with blows in the ropes, is to test the Aussie’s power and also to catch him off-guard for a killer punch. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pacquiao was able to land some and rock Horn, but the former school teacher was able to survive the flurry, particularly in the ninth round, where he got saved by the bell.The other arrangement he would change, according to Pacquiao, is to have a say in the choice of ring officials.Pacquiao doesn’t want a repeat of what happened in the “Battle of Brisbane, ” where, according to him, the referee and the judges did not do their jobs properly and pulled his record down to 59-7-2 with 38 knockouts, the last four coming in his last nine fights.“I’d make sure that I get competent officials,” said Pacquiao, whose fight schedule is also dependent on his legislative duties as a senator.“What I want is a fair deal for both fighters,” added Pacquiao. “If I lose, I lose. If I win, I win. That’s what I want.”Team Pacquiao wasn’t given a hand in the choice of ring officials for the Horn showdown, although chief trainer Freddie Roach admitted that he’s heard of referee Mark Nelson before.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jeff Horn, top, of Australia and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines fight 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)BRISBANE, Australia—This early, Manny Pacquiao is plotting revenge.With a rematch with Jeff Horn almost certain, Pacquiao said he’d do things differently so as to get back at the Australian, who snatched his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READlast_img

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Iñigo, Marata catch fire as Marinerong Pilipino stuns Racal

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Joseph Marata. PBA IMAGESAchie Iñigo and Joseph Marata caught fire late as Marinerong Pilipino pulled the rug from under Racal Motors, 72-71, Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The two conspired in the final three minutes as the Skippers swam their way out of a 10-point hole, 71-61, with an 11-0 finishing kick capped by Iñigo’s game-winning bank layup with 44.2 seconds to spare to snap their three-game losing streak.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Quarters: 18-19, 38-36, 53-56, 72-71.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Gwynne Capacio topped Racal (3-4) with 13 points and two rebounds, while Marlon Gomez and Janus Lozada combined for 20 in the loss.Racal has now lost four of its last five games and fell in danger of missing the quarterfinals.The Scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 72 – Iñigo 14, Isip 12, Marata 10, Sargent 10, Javillonar 7, Lopez 6, Javelona 5, Alabanza 4, Moralde 4, Gumaru 0, Publico 0.RACAL MOTORS 71 – Capacio 13, Gomez 10, Lozada 10, Apreku 9, Ortuoste 7, Tallo 7, Ayonayon 5, Pontejos 4, Cortes 3, Mangahas 2, Faundo 1, Dela Cruz 0, Grimaldo 0.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena View comments China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kongcenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend NCAA: San Sebastian humbles Arellano in home turf “It boils down to one stop,” said coach Koy Banal. “I never doubted our chances because these players work so much in practice. I told them we won’t let go and we’ll keep on fighting and I’m glad that we got the win.”Iñigo poured 10 of his 14 points in the payoff period, to go with seven assists and five rebounds, while Marata went on a perfect 2-of-2 shooting from beyond the arc to wound up with 10 markers, six of which coming in that telling run.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 starsMark Isip added 12 points and two boards, while Julian Sargent had 10 markers and four rebounds in the come-from-behind win.“It was so hard to pull off a win,” quipped Banal. “But being at 1-4 humbled us and made us realize that before pride, it’s humility first. That’s what triggered everybody to be excited coming to practice, to prepare, and to work hard, and their willingness to win showed today.”last_img

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Ban on BlackBerry begins to look dim

first_imgThe Income Tax (I-T) department has struck an estimated Rs 50-crore deal with state-owned telecom companies BSNL and MTNL to provide 51,000 mobile connections and 1,000 high-end BlackBerry phones for secure and fast communication amongst its officers and staff.The surprise move puts a question mark on the government’s threat to ban the controversial encrypted email and instant messaging services of Canada-based Research in Motion (RIM), the makers of BlackBerry mobile handsets, on security grounds.Earlier, the government had threatened to shut down RIM’s operations in India if it refused to provide access to these services on real time basis.Ironic U-TURNThe I- T dept has struck a Rs  50- cr deal with BSNL & MTNL to provide 51,000 mobile connections and 1,000 high- end BlackBerry phones for secure and fast communication amongst its officersIt has provided the latest BlackBerry ‘ Torch’ model, sporting a price tag of about Rs  30,000, to all the Chief Commissioners and Commissioners of I- T to ensure fast monitoring of operations and keep all classified information exchanged between the top brass secureA custom- made package for the dept was planned to streamline the facilities related to mobiles, fax and Internet connections without which work is impossibleThe package is termed Project Tarang and will replace all existing official telecom facilities in the departmentWhile the department will pay about Rs  5 crore for the procurement of hardware devices as a one- time payment, an annual sum of Rs  40 crore will be paid to the telecom firm for using its network and infrastructureThe surprise move puts a question mark on the Centre’s threat to ban the controversial encrypted email and instant messaging services of RIM, makers of BlackBerry handsets, on security groundsRIM however, averted a ban in India in August this year. Late last month, the government of India said RIM had set up an interim arrangement for lawful interception of BlackBerry Messenger services and assured a final solution by January-end.The department’s scheme has been formulated to help I-T officials to enhance their speed of communication for official work. RIM has said its security architecture was the same globally and the company had no ability to provide customers encryption keys. In a customer update, the Canadian firm said it sought to address what it termed as inaccurate rumours and speculation about a possible ban on its enterprise service.advertisement”RIM and the government of India have had constructive discussions over the past several months and we are pleased with the progress. There has never been a ban imposed on any BlackBerry service in India and all services continue to be fully available today,” it said earlier.The I-T department’s new initiative would provide for supply of 51,000 mobile connections, 22,000 landline connections, 8,000 3G datacards with 5GB download per month, 1,000 BlackBerry phones, 5,000 broadband connections and unlimited free SMS facility to the entire network of BSNL and MTNL. The department has provided the latest BlackBerry ‘ Torch’ model, sporting a price tag of about Rs  30,000 per piece, to all the Chief Commissioners and Commissioners of I- T to ensure fast monitoring of operations and activities of the department and keep secure all classified information exchanged between the top brass.While the department will pay Rs  5 crore for the procurement of hardware devices as one- time payment, an annual sum of Rs  40 crore will be paid to the telecom company for using its network and infrastructure, it is learnt.A finance ministry official said the I-T department has seen a rise in overall direct tax collections over a period of time and the new package to the I- T department is in recognition of this. This will save huge revenue of the I- T department which went as bills for such facilities earlier.A custom- made package for the department was planned to streamline the facilities related to mobiles, fax and Internet connections without which work is impossible, they said.The new package, termed Project Tarang, will replace all existing official telecom facilities in the department. It also has a detailed plan of action for the distribution of these facilities to its officials across India.last_img

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World Cup final: ICC lifts ban on news channels

first_imgPolice officers keep guard at the Wankhede stadium a day ahead of the final match of the Cricket World Cup between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai on Friday, April 1, 2011.The ICC on Friday night lifted the ban on news television channels covering the world cup finals following intervention by Information and Broadcasting Ministry, but will seek legal action against them for alleged violation of media guidelines.”…the ICC has decided to commence legal action against the companies involved and will also seek to recover damages through the courts in India rather than bar the stations from the ICC Cricket World Cup final,” cricket’s global governing body said in a statement.Earlier on Friday morning, representatives of the channels, who had gone to attend the pre-match press conferences of the rival captains and ICC President Sharad Pawar in Mumbai were barred from covering the events.A similar ban was imposed on the channels before the Indo-Pak semi-finals at Mohali and was lifted on the day of the match.The I and B Ministry took up the issue with the ICC on behalf of the broadcasters specially a day after the cricket body was given tax exemption by the Union Government on its incomes in the world cup.The ICC statement in the evening said it has decided to begin legal proceedings against “offending” Indian news channels who have “repeatedly breached” the News Access Guidelines for Broadcasters for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.Despite a lengthy meeting at the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in New Delhi, the National Broadcasters Association (NBA) and the Broadcast Editors Association (BEA) refused to give assurances that they would desist from breaching the broadcast guidelines in their news programming, it said.advertisementHaroon Lorgat, the ICC Chief Executive, said: “I am very disappointed that it has come to this. However, we need to do everything to protect our exclusive commercial rights and those of our partners. If that means we have to resort to legal action, that is regrettable but necessary”.”At the Ministry’s request, we travelled to New Delhi to meet with the NBA and BEA in an attempt to resolve the issue but they were unfortunately not willing to conform to the guidelines agreed with the ICC prior to the event,” he added.”To ensure that there is no misunderstanding it is important for me to repeat that the News Access Guidelines for Broadcasting the ICC Cricket World Cup were issued in January 2011 and all news broadcasters were reminded of these Guidelines in a letter from the ICC on 27 January,” he said.The ICC said accreditations were issued to the reporters and cameramen on the condition that these guidelines were observed.Subsequently those guidelines were breached on several occasions, particularly in respect of the “blatant commercialisation” of ICC World Cup footage and proprietary data by certain news broadcasters.”In the interests of the event, we have agreed to reinstate their accreditation for the final match of this hugely successful World Cup. However, following a number of written warnings to the channels concerned, it is now time for the ICC to act through the courts,” the statement said.Sources in the Ministry said I and B Minister Ambika Soni had taken up the matter with the ICC, including its President Pawar telling them the deadlock with the news channels was “not that big an issue which could not be overcome”.The ICC is understood to have told her then that since Doordarshan has access to the footage, there was no problem in airing the match for Indian people.Despite marathon negotiations to resolve the matter last night, the News Broadcasters’ Association (NBA) and the ICC could not reach an agreement on terms of coverage.The TV channels, had faced a similar ban ahead of the semifinals between India and Pakistan in Mohali before Soni had stepped in to help their cause.The Broadcast Editors’ Association (BEA) and the National Broadcasters Association (NBA) had then approached the Information and Broadcasting (I and B) ministry on the matter following which Soni had stepped in.The news media had then been allowed inside the venue at Mohali after the Minister signed an undertaking that the issue would be resolved in a meeting later. The said meeting was held yesterday but the two sides could not reach a compromise.- With PTI inputslast_img

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Nitin Gadkari a political pygmy: Moily

first_imgDubbing Nitin Gadkari as a “pygmy in politics”, Law Minister M Veerappa Moily on Thursday slammed the BJP chief for his remarks against Congress President Sonia Gandhi. “The poor chap is a pygmy in politics,” Moily told reporters here, describing Gadkari as a “small-time politician” presiding over the fate of a national political party. Moily was referring to the statement of Gadkari in which he had compared Gandhi’s resolve to fight corruption to Pakistan saying it is combating terrorism. “When Pakistan says we will fight terrorism, even the people of Pakistan and rest of world don’t believe them. Similarly, when she (Gandhi) says so (on corruption) even Congressmen will not believe,” Gadkari had said on Wednesday addressing a BJP meet in Kolkata. Questioning the “moral authority” of Gadkari in attacking Gandhi, the Union minister said before making any statement, the BJP chief should first look at allegations of corruption against Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa. “It is a mischievous statement against a person who consolidated the party when it was on the verge of disintegration,” he said.- With PTI inputsFor 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

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Upset wins, Bob Woolmer’s death throws open Cricket World Cup 2007

first_imgSunil GavaskarIt’s been an incredible first week at the World Cup. There have been upsets caused by less fancied teams beating better known opposition, there’s been the death of a coach, there’s been the resignation of a team’s captain and his announcement of retiring from this format of the game,,Sunil GavaskarIt’s been an incredible first week at the World Cup. There have been upsets caused by less fancied teams beating better known opposition, there’s been the death of a coach, there’s been the resignation of a team’s captain and his announcement of retiring from this format of the game, there’s been the stripping of the vice-captaincy of one of the most charismatic players in the game and there’s been a record score and win in the World Cup. Of course, one can’t forget Herschelle Gibbs’ rare feat of hitting six sixes in an over. On a personal level too, there’s been controversy over a remark made on TV by yours truly, for which regrets have been expressed on the same TV channel. So it’s been a busy and incident packed week alright.The cricket itself has been good and bad in patches, and the upset results have shown that there is indeed a place for the minnows at the world stage and at the same time, the odd minnow has been shown to be completely out of its depth at this level. The Bermudan and Canadian teams seem to have more players over 35 and so have just not been up to scratch. Not that over-35 players aren’t good enough at this level, but if developing countries are going to have more players in that age-group, then the chances of them getting better are lesser than if the teams have players in their 20s, who can go back from this tournament and use the experience of playing against the best players and teams in the world to develop their own game as well as that of the others in their countries, simply because they will have age on their side.Disciplined: Andew Flintoff’s shameThere’s been some top-class cricket played by the minnows too as Ireland have shown by beating the Pakistanis and tying their first game against another Test-playing nation, even though that nation may not have played Test cricket for a while now. The Irish showed tremendous zest and appetite for the big game, and the manner in which they raised the level of their game in the two matches was an eye-opener. They too have a few players on the wrong side of the 30s, but they definitely are more athletic than the other emerging teams. By beating Pakistan, they not only caused the upset of the tournament so far, but that defeat could well have led to the death of the Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer, who was found unconscious on the floor of his hotel room the day after that defeat. Woolmer subsequently passed away and that is a big loss to the cricketing community. He was probably the first coach to realise the use of technology in developing a player and so was known as the ‘laptop coach’. Some of his ideas may well have been ahead of their time, but they got one thinking, and that is always a plus in a game that has always been bound by tradition.It remains to be seen if Sehwag will lapse back to his carefree ways.India’s going down to Bangladesh upset the plans of many wanting to fly to the Caribbean isles, but has made life more interesting for the statisticians and mathematicians, as various permutations and combinations are being looked at in the event of a three way tie even before the group stage matches are played out. The Indians have picked themselves up brilliantly against Bermuda and at the time of writing, still have to play Sri Lanka in a game that will decide which of the two go through to the Super Eight stage. Virender Sehwag’s return to form will have all Indian cricket followers breathing more easily now, though of course, it remains to be seen if he will lapse back to his carefree ways, which can cause anguish to those watching the game. England’s disciplining and demotion of their vice-captain is an example of how nobody is bigger than the game, especially in a team sport like cricket. Flintoff has expressed his regrets to the team and to the British public and is no doubt raring to make up for his misdemeanor. This may not be good news for the opposition.It does look like we’re in for a far more interesting Cup than was thought of before the first ball was bowled, and as Ireland have shown, cricket is still a game of glorious uncertainties.Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar will be writing an exclusive column for INDIA TODAY all through the World Cup.advertisementadvertisementlast_img

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Doping: Athlete exposes Yuri’s dope trail

first_imgSacked athletics coach Yuri Ogorodnik has already been shown the door but it took more than a month to blow the lid off the Ukrainian’s involvement in the dope scandal that hit the Indian athletics recently.On Thursday, for the first time ever, a sportsperson admitted that it was Yuri who used to secretly supply supplements to the athletes and was paid in return.Long jumper Harikrishan Muralidharan, who is amongst the eight athletes to have tested positive for banned substances in a space of a couple of weeks, appeared before the anti-doping disciplinary panel on Thursday and revealed the involvement of Yuri in doping.Muralidharan, who hails from Kerala and tested positive for methandienone, said Yuri had been giving supplements to the athletes since 2009 and pointed out that the substances given by him were not under the prescribed list of Sports Authority of India (SAI).While Yuri was only the coach for the relay team, the supplements, which he used to get from countries like China, were sold to athletes who were not part of the relay teams.”Since 2009, we had been taking supplements from Yuri and we relied on the substances that he used to give us,” Muralidharan said.”Yes, he was the coach for the relay team but we regularly bought substances from him. I used to pay him Rs 15,000- 20,000 for the supplements,” he added.The three-member panel headed by Dinesh Dayal, with Dr Khadiya and former hockey Olympian Ashok Kumar as the other two members, asked for a written statement from Muralidharan who will appear before the panel again on September 16.advertisementMuralidharan brought with him the supplements that were provided by Yuri and said the other substances, which he could not get with him, were provided in loose packets.During the hearing, Dayal also had some strong words for the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) and said its investigation process needs improvement.He said an investigation should have been launched once Muralidharan had revealed about the coach’s involvement in his preliminary hearing, conducted by NADA. Dayal pointed out that proper investigation should have been carried out by NADA to nail the real culprits behind the doping menace in the country.Yuri was sacked and his contract was terminated in the aftermath of the doping scandal that broke out in June. The Ukrainian coach always maintained that he was innocent and was made the escape goat in the whole episode.Although the Ukrainian has left the country, Muralidharan’s testimony has nailed him for the doping menace that has rocked Indian athletics.Two-year ban for SoniaMeanwhile, shot putter Sonia was handed a two- year ban by the anti- doping panel on Thursday. Sonia, who tested for anabolic steroid methandienone, said she had not taken any banned substance except for food supplements but her argument did not convince the panel.In its verdict, the panel noted that athletes are responsible for any prohibited substance found in their sample and Sonia failed to establish any ground for elimination or reduction of the ban.last_img

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