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Tiger Woods says he has completed intensive program

first_imgRobredo: 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 Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend 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’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend FILE – In this Feb. 2, 2017 file photo, Tiger Woods reacts on hole 10th during the 1st round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Woods has checked out of the clinic where he went to get help dealing with pain medications, saying he will “continue to tackle this going forward.” The treatment follows the golfer’s arrest on a DUI charge after he was found asleep at the wheel in Jupiter, Fla., around 2 a.m. on May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)Tiger Woods says he’s checked out of the clinic where he went to get help dealing with pain medications, adding he will “continue to tackle this going forward.”The treatment follows the golfer’s arrest on a DUI charge after he was found asleep at the wheel in Jupiter, Florida, around 2 a.m. on May 29. Woods told police he was taking various prescriptions. No alcohol was found in his system.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Woods said in a statement last month that he was receiving professional help to manage his medications and how he deals with pain and a sleep disorder. His agent confirmed that the 14-time major champion, who had back surgery in April, was seeking in-patient treatment.Woods said Monday on Twitter that he recently completed an out-of-state “private intensive program.” He said he would continue his work with the help of his doctors, family and friends. He thanked people for their support.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 Tatum hits go-ahead shot as Celtics edge Fultz, 76ers LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READlast_img read more

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Eze leads Saints in takedown of Heroes in NCAA Season 93 All-Star

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Kobe Paras relishes representing Philippines Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“At least, the players enjoyed the game. We did try to balance the playing time for everyone so that they’ll be given a chance to play. At least in the end, when it was a close game, we made some stops,” he said.CJ Perez paced the Heroes team, made up of studs from Lyceum, JRU, EAC, Arellano, and Mapua, with 15 points, four rebounds, four steals, three assists, and a block.Jerome Garcia also went 3-of-4 from threes to wound up with nine markers in the defeat.The Scores:SAINTS 84 – Eze 17, Dagangon 14, Nambatac 12, Bolick 7, Quinto 6, Baetiong 6, Mocon 5, Valdez 5, Potts 4, Calvo 3, Domingo 3, Dixon 1, Baytan 0, Castor 0, Ylagan 0.HEROES 80 – Perez 15, Garcia 9, Salado 8, Victoria 7, Flores 6, Mendoza 6, Teodoro 5, Munsayac 5, Grospe 4, Enriquez 4, Bunag 4, Nzeusseu 3, Raflores 3, Onwubere 1, Ayaay 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img Quarters: 23-18, 45-41, 66-64, 84-80. Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion His freebies with 10.4 seconds left sealed the deal for the Saints team, comprised of stars from Perpetual, San Beda, Letran, San Sebastian, and St. Benilde.Gab Dagangon added 14 markers and three boards, while Rey Nambatac had 12 points, three assists, and two rebounds for the Saints.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Heroes had a chance to tie the game in the final minute, but Tey Teodoro lost the handle on his drive as the Saints secured the steal, before Eze got hacked on his undergoal stab in the last 10 seconds.Coach Boyet Fernandez enjoyed the rare chance to mentor these collection of players. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPrince Eze imposed his presence down low and carried the Saints over Heroes, 84-80, in the 2017 NCAA All-Star Game Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Nigerian big man continued his dominant tear, tallying a double-double of 17 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks to come away with the All-Star MVP award.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Glamour and Gold

first_imgA cultural programme inside the Games village.Laurence Jupp II is 18, sports the sinewy athletic body five years of competitive cycle racing would give one and moves with the air of a Will Smith from his The Fresh Prince days. This probably explains the three starry-eyed female volunteers who follow,A cultural programme inside the Games village.Laurence Jupp II is 18, sports the sinewy athletic body five years of competitive cycle racing would give one and moves with the air of a Will Smith from his The Fresh Prince days. This probably explains the three starry-eyed female volunteers who follow the braided-hair and coffee bean-skinned Jupp Junior around like they would do with teen sensation Justin Bieber. It also becomes clear why the boy-wonder from Nassau has picked up enough Hindi to “start a conversation”.Prince Charles with Australian swimmers at the Games Village.”I think Indian girls are the prettiest in the world,” he grins as his small-but-growing-by-the-day fan club of college-going volunteers giggle in the freedom of six hours a day and nearly a fortnight away from parental supervision.Pirrenee Steinert, Athlete, AustraliaNew Delhi’s chaos ends somewhere under the giant concrete overhang of a metro that leads to a serene gated colony, a long driveway flanked with barbed wire, watchtowers, over 300 assault rifle-wielding security personnel. Access comes only using bar-coded tags and multiple layers of pat-down security checks. Beyond this are tinkling fountains, swimming pools, convenience stores and training spaces and the multi-storied buildings of ‘Khel Gram’ home for athletes of the 19th Commonwealth Games.Jenna Randall, Synchronised Swimmer, EnglandThirty-five towers, 1,168 flats and nearly 7,000 athletes. The 63.5-hectare Village, which cost Rs 1,800 crore, is nearly half the size of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and is India’s most heavily guarded residential complex. The Indian version of Baghdad’s Green Zone is even officially called the International Zone.advertisementBriana Mitchell, Gymnast, New ZealandThe snakes, mongrels and filthy bathrooms that shot these stylish lodgings to world infamy, seem to have been eclipsed by the giant helium balloon on the opening night and the sigh-inducing figures of the athletes. The only red alert sounded so far was when the hemlines of Australian pole-vaulter Amanda Bisk were found to be higher than the complex’s wavy blast-proof concrete walls.The most envied jobs are a toss-up between the guards with binoculars manning the watchtowers and personnel who are paid to stare at the video fed from over 1,000 CCTV cameras around the Village.Amanda Bisk, Pole-vaulter, AustraliaFor the rest of the gawkers, there is the football field-sized, red sandstone tiled common area around the open-air amphitheatre which hosts cultural shows. Here, members of the angelic Welsh women’s hockey team float past like high school prom queens from a Hollywood chick flick and the leggy lasses of the Australian team would give Gisele Bundchen and Heidi Klum a run for their money.Sanjay: He won gold in the 74-kg Greco Roman category in wrestlingThe zone of sculpted bodies, long legs, washboard abs and chiselled chins is also one where citius, altius, fortius could be an adage for bubbling hormones. The indisputability of sports and sex being fellow travellers and the Village’s leisure swimming pool where athletes head after a hard day’s workout, is a metaphorical playground for both.The old “no sex before sport” aphorism has been replaced by the “play safe” logo on the sole condom vending machine at the reception. Strategically positioned in the residential zone, this refrigerator-sized ‘High Traffic Dispensing Outlet’ is stocked with 500 prophylactics and has a reserve of 2,000 condoms.Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang: They fetched first gold for India, winning men’s 10-m air rifle pairs eventOne volunteer, who reveals he once topped it up twice a day, whispers about “two fat ladies who took away 10 packs”. There are hushed words of all-night trysts but what happens in the Village, clearly, stays in the Village.Looking good is de rigueur for what will easily be, for a fortnight, India’s largest concentration of non-military super-fitness. The Shahnaz Husain signature salon pumps up the glamour quotient with massages and face packs and micro-size patriotism in nail flags. The lone male hair stylist woefully shows you the blisters on his feet from standing for close to 12 hours a day servicing nearly 200 customers.Anil Kumar: He won gold in the 96-kg Greco Roman category in wrestling”My hair and my nails have never looked so beautiful,” scrawls metrosexual South African hockey goal-keeper Brenden Botes in the salon guest book. Strange, considering he normally hides under giant helmet and hand protectors.The sole bar in the Village pumps out nearly 1,000 empty beer pints each night while the local 24×7 store works only 12 hours because of security reasons. Washing detergent is the fastest moving item-over 100 kg sold in a week with 150 cans of deodorants finishing runners-up. It is not clear just how much of this was used by the Organising Committee to scrub and clean the Village, but a week into the Games, the Village’s rough edges have been smoothed out.advertisementRahi Sarnobat and Anisa Sayeed: They won gold in women’s 25-m pistol pairs event”The food is fantastic and the living conditions are far better than what we expected,” says Australian sprinter Pirrenee Steinert. “The weather’s great, I love the Village. I so don’t want to go back home,” says Emma Batten of the Welsh women’s hockey team. Few would disagree.last_img read more

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Gibbs is irresponsible and defamatory: Cullinan

first_imgFormer South African cricketer Daryll Cullinan is enraged with Herschelle Gibbs for claiming that he leaked the story of a marijuana-smoking session involving the South African opener and has described the controversial cricketer’s statements in his autobiography as “highly irresponsible and defamatory”.Gibbs has accused Cullinan of informing the team management about a marijuana-smoking session in the West Indies in 2001 in his just-released autobiography To the Point.But Cullinan denied the charge in a guest column on the website sport24.co.za.”For too long the truth has not been told with regard to the dope smoking incident during the West Indies tour of 2001,” Cullinan wrote as he detailed the chain of events that led to action against Gibbs by the then United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA).”Team manager Goolam Rajah and coach Graham Ford, came to know of the players dope smoking the morning after the incident. Ford’s wife had smelt the marijuana as their room was alongside the room where the smoking took place. She informed her husband who in turn informed Rajah. Rajah and Ford told me of this.”Cullinan said at that time he was of the opinion that the offending players be sent home but the then captain Shaun Pollock was not in favour of this as it would “erode the team’s chances of winning.””I reminded (Rajah) that if this ever came out he would once again be fingered for his lack of control as team manager. I suggested that he, at least, put it on record with United Cricket board of South Africa,” Cullinan recalled.advertisement”It subsequently became media rumour that I had leaked the story whilst playing county cricket in England. The only person I shared the story with in confidence and privacy, was former coach and friend Bob Woolmer. No statement from the United Cricket board was forthcoming with regard to the above rumours.”I eventually phoned (UCBSA President) Percy Sonn who confirmed that it was the UCBSA who had released the story and in his own words said, ‘Daryll, we will rather take a slap for it now than later’,” he said.”The UCBSA eventually released an official statement that I in no way was guilty of divulging any information on the dope smoking incident to the team manager or media.”Cullinan, who is now a commentator for a television channel, said he had to clear the matter up in the wake of Gibbs’ allegations, even as he urged “future publishers, authors and sportsmen to show integrity and authenticity when recounting issues of such a controversy”.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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PWI vs CSK: Chennai beat Pune by eight wickets

first_imgChennai batsman S Badrinath scored 63 runs off 44 balls as they beat Pune by eight wickets during their IPL match at the DY Patil Sports Academy Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. Score | PhotosChasing 141, Chennai had easy time playing against Pune. Dhoni’s team lost its first wicket as Michael Hussey to Pune’s Murali Kartik.As Hussey departed after scoring just 9 runs, Murali Vijay and S Badrinath shared a good partnership for the team but Pune all-rounder Jesse Ryder claimed Vijay and Chennai lost their second wicket with 80 runs on the board.With most of the damage done by the time Vijay left for pavillion, Suresh Raina took the crease with set batsman S Badrinath on the other side to lead Chennai a comfortable eight wicket win against Pune.Scoring highest for his team, S Badrinath knocked 63 runs off 44 balls. Pune innings Chennai pacer Doug Bollinger claimed Pune opener Jesse Ryder on a good short delivery, Jesse tried to hit hard but failed to strike it hard and gave an easy catch to Anirudha at midwicket. Jesse who was looking to score big went back to the pavillion after scoring just 19 runs.Bollinger striked again in the same over and sent Mohnish Mishra packing on a short ball. Mishra played a poor shot and Jakati was making no mistake to take the catch at short midwicket.Nuwan Kulasekara bowled out Mithun Manhas on his inswinger, which found the way between the bat and pad. Manhas goes without opening his account as Pune struggles to keep wickets intact.advertisementManish Pandey played a poor pull shot as Tim Southee claimed wicket for Chennai. Pune lost its fourth wicket before reaching 50 runs.A traumatised Pune got another shock when Chennai spinner R Ashwin took the wicket of set batsman Robin Uthappa.Uthappa who scored 31 runs off 22 balls was the second highest scorer from the Pune side with skipper Yuvraj Singh on the first position with 62 not out.With a steady innings played by Pune skipper and with the help of other batsmen Yuvraj-led Pune Warriors were able to put 141/6 on the board for Chennai to chase.Mitchell Marsh was the third victim of Chennai bowler Doug Bollinger, who did the most damage to the Chennai side by taking 3 wickets.Pune Warriors captain Yuvraj Singh won the toss and elected to bat.Man of the matchChennai pacer Doug Bollinger was given man of the match award for his superb spell against Pune.last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor of April 2007 about the successful women of India

first_imgWomen Achievers Of IndiaWomen’s EraThe woman of today is enterprising, ambitious, focused and excessively confident (“Living the Dream”, April 16). She is emerging as the true champion of the 21st century given the way she has evolved with the times and the pivotal role she is playing in our nation’s,Women Achievers Of IndiaWomen’s EraThe woman of today is enterprising, ambitious, focused and excessively confident (“Living the Dream”, April 16). She is emerging as the true champion of the 21st century given the way she has evolved with the times and the pivotal role she is playing in our nation’s economic boom.K. CHIDANAND KUMAR, Bangalore”Women, today, are out of their cages. After staying behind curtains for centuries, the woman has awakened not only to realise her potential, but to find an identity.”SANJAY KAPOOR, DelhiToday’s young Indian women, not only deserve to be seen, but to be heard as well.NAVNEET DHAWAN, DelhiOf all the women who appeared in the issue, only 15 per cent were clad in a sari. It makes an impression that if an Indian woman wants to look (and, perhaps, be) “Smart and Sassy”, she must discard the sari.ARUN VAIDYA, AhmedabadLiving in CosmosIt is the culture of metros like Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and even Pune that allows young single women to live as they want to (“Her Own Space”, April 16). But Delhi cuts down the freedom of women and does not let them be what they can be.PALLAVI CHELLURI, DelhiIt is only a small section of urban women who are richer and better educated today. For a majority of women in urban areas, life still revolves around slum clusters and saving every penny to eat two square meals a day.PRABHJOT KAUR, on e-mailBold and BeautifuladvertisementToday’s woman can be seen everywhere-schools, hospitals, news rooms (“Daring to be Different”, April 16). She is not only smart and sassy but also sweet and strong. But beyond your presentation, there may be hundreds of achievers in the country.A. JACOB SAHAYAM, ThiruvananthapuramEves GlorifiedYour Women’s Special has merely drawn attention to the ladies who have touched new heights in big cities either in their individual businesses or as successful leaders of big companies (“Will & Grace”, April 16). It has not been able to highlight the women in government service in smaller cities who have been a great source of inspiration and innovation.VIJAY CHAUDHRY, JodhpurThough it is heartening to see a large number of women going the unconventional way, there is still room for women entrepreneurs. Hopefully, the next Women’s Special will feature them.SNEHA PILLAI, ChennaiNo CooperationSAARC has not been doing well because it has been dogged by an undercurrent of hostilities amongst its member countries (“No Runs on the Board”, April 16). These countries need to overhaul their thought pattern so that the organisation can register some progress.V.K. TANGRI, DehradunSince its inception, SAARC has only indulged in big talk. It would be better if the execution of the tasks agreed upon was given more importance and challenges faced to complete these tasks were shared. Such a measure would help in overcoming the gap of trust between the member nations.RAJITH RAJAPPAN, ChennaiGame for MoneyThe justification that cricketers try to cash in on a short span of 10-13 yearsby endorsing a number of brands is a sham (“Ad Nauseam”, April 16). In this “short” span, they end up making money for at least two generations.H.R. BAPU SATYANARAYANA, MysoreTata Steel’s famous slogan “we also make steel” is much more suitable for the Men in Blue. The Indian cricket team should put this logo on their blue shirts “We also play cricket”.KAMALA BALAKRISHNAN, on e-mailWhy is cricket the only sport in India? It is our fault that no other sport in the country enjoys as much adulation as cricket does. Due to this, it has reached its zenith of commercialisation leading to fiascos at platforms of international significance.PAURUSH VERMA, on e-mailAdieu ChappellGreg Chappell’s tenure as a coach will be remembered for its controversies and intrigue (“The Man Behind the Mask”, April 16). A coach breathes enthusiasm and confidence into a team. Chappell, however, instilled fear and insecurity.S.K. AGGARWAL, AmritsarRather than removing Greg Chappell’s mask, we will do well to remove our cricketing heroes’ mask of invincibility. Our senior players are a spent force and have not been honest enough to accept the facts. Greg Chappell and Australian cricket is more forthright in that respect.BHUPESH NARAIN SINGH, on e-mailBell Tolls for BCCIThe flotation of Indian Cricket League is in a way privatisation of the current public sector of Indian cricket (“In a League of his Own”, April 16). If the BCCI has to survive, it has to change its style of functioning, detach itself from politics and have a cricketer as its president.SANJAY SHARMA, BangaloreadvertisementFoolhardy ExperimentBy terror and tyranny no communist country has been able to usher in a civilised state (“Stalinist Capitalism”, April 16). If the Marxists feel that by unleashing cadres and encouraging a civil war in Nandigram, West Bengal shall prosper, they are living in a fool’s paradise.ASOKE C. BANERJEE, KolkataLibrary of LiberalismThe members of Mumbai’s Awami Idara are doing excellent service through this library (“Booking Urdu Lovers”, April 2). It is indeed a matter of pride to know that the Idara is trying to spread knowledge and remove religious intolerance.MUMTAZ Z. SAYYED, PuneP ChidambaramPolitical SpeedbreakerFinance Minister P. Chidambaram’s speech was an eye opener (“Is Politics Overtaking the New Economy?”, April 9). It is indeed a miracle that something gets done in the country considering the Government’s obsession with caste and religion. Manmohan Singh must support his reformist team in the Finance Ministry.SHISHIR JAIPURIA, MumbaiIt’s a shame that the people’s representatives have not been able to fulfil their duties. Chidambaram’s assertion that the Parliament makes few laws these days makes one wince with pain. This is not what Mahatma Gandhi had fought for. This is not the India that Nehru had dreamt of.SUMIT GOYAL, Delhilast_img read more

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Child-like enthusiasm secret of Sachin’s longevity: Dravid

first_imgA child-like enthusiasm for the game is the reason why Sachin Tendulkar has completed over two decades in international cricket despite the pounding that his body has taken, feels his long-time team-mate Rahul Dravid.”Sachin’s longevity comes down to the joy that he still gets from playing. After 20 years of international cricket he still has a child-like enthusiasm. That’s not an easy thing to do when you have been travelling and playing so much and your body has taken a pounding,” Dravid said in the latest edition of Wisden Cricketer magazine.”He is great at preparing for games. Not only in terms of his skills but also getting his mind right. What he has achieved is mind-boggling. He is constantly setting the boundaries for the future generations. His batting has changed with time — with his body and age.”That’s the beauty of it. The game has changed, the bowlers have changed and he has changed along with that.Everytime he has changed he has been successful. He hasn’t seen too many bad patches in his career,” he added.Dravid was not the only one paying tribute to the 38-year-old batting icon, who is just one short of his 100th international ton.Five former England captains, including the Ashes-winning Michael Vaughan, revealed how the diminutive right-hander tormented and mesmerised them in equal measure in the same magazine.Nasser Hussain, who captained England in the 2001-02 series against India, said Tendulkar has made some adjustments to his strategy over the years. .advertisement”Technically and mentally Sachin has changed little over the years but he has changed his game plan. He began as flamboyant, extravagant stroke-maker who had all the shots and simply loved the game. Once the records and the hundreds started to be racked up, he turned into a run-machine,” Hussain said.”There are two types of cricketers; there are guys like myself and Mike Atherton who played the game because that’s what we did; there are players like Graham Gooch and Alec Stewart who have the game in their blood, who would be lost without the game.”Sachin is in the second group and i suspect the dip in form he had a few years ago was because he became fearful of life after cricket. He is not driven by money, he is driven by batting,” he added.Hussain recollected the incident when Tendulkar called him up to get advice on his tennis elbow problem.”It was bizarre; what was arguably the greatest batsman of all time ringing me about?”Another former England captain Michael Vaughan said Tendulkar has become more aggressive in his approach.”Sachin is a different player now from 2007. The best players in the world change little things about themselves to keep themselves in the game. In the last two years, he has become more aggressive, he’s gone back to his old way of trying to score when for a period he tried to survive.”(Chris) Tremlett bowled well against him in 2007 and he is a miles better bowler now. But Sachin doesn’t have any weaknesses although every batsman is vulnerable on and around the off stump early on. England might go aggressive at him, test him with a few short balls — I have seen people do that over the last few years and it hasn’t affected him,” he said.Andrew Flintoff, the talismanic all-rounder who was instrumental in guiding England to the Ashes title in 2005, said he craved for Tendulkar’s respect whenever he bowled at him.”…with Tendulkar, when I bowled to him, I actually wanted him to respect me. I hold him in such high esteem and he is such a good player, I want to make it hard for him. I want him to walk off that field thinking that Flintoff is a good player, he can bowl. I want to impress him,” he said.Graham Gooch, who captained England in the series against India in 1990 and 1992-93, said even at the start of his career, Tendulkar came across as a seasoned player.”No one had ever seen him in 1990. As a 17-year-old it was evident that the lad had great skill, great balance, great timing, an eye for the ball. You could see he had all the attributes to make a top player,” he said.”For one so young he had a poise and composure about his batting. You don’t often get that in young players; you get the talent and the stroke-making but poise, authority and composure normally come later. He has the ability, like all great players to adapt to the conditions. That’s the skill of a batsman. You don’t play the same way every time,” he added.advertisementAnother former England captain Mike Atherton said Tendulkar’s impeccable technique has remained the same over the years.”One of the most remarkable things is that he has hardly changed at all — exactly the same set-up. He has trusted in his technique and power all this time. He has stayed true to his game.”- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Bajaj Auto’s Pulsar 200NS gives a hard time to its rivals

first_imgBajaj Auto’s Pulsar 200NS has been dominating online biker communities since the Pune-based company first unveiled its product in early 2012.Packed with power and design, the motorcycle has given its rivals a hard time not just with regards to performance but with an incredibly alluring pricetag.The Pulsar 200NS, which has the world’s first triple-sparkplug technology, is powered by a liquid-cooled single cylinder 4-valve SOHC 199.5cc engine.According to reports, the motor pumps out 23.52PS of power at 9,500rpm and 18.3Nm of torque at 8000rpm. The new Pulsar, with a large 33mm carburetor and new 6-speed gearbox, is capable of reaching 100km/h from a standstill in less than 10 seconds and can reach speeds in excess of 140km/h.Weighing 145kg, this machine from the Bajaj Auto has most of its mass concentrated at the centre presenting the bike with superb handling and cornering abilites.While launching the new motorcycle model in the beginning of the year, Bajaj Auto in a statement had stated, “A little more than 10 years since the original Pulsar was launched, Bajaj Auto on Thursday unveiled the next gen Pulsar 200NS. This new Pulsar is all set to re-define motorcycling technology and design as much as the original Pulsar did way back in 2001.”The new Pulsar boasts of having a 200 cc gasoline engine while its chassis comprises a pressed steel perimeter frame and a rectangular tube section swing arm delivering over three times the lateral stiffness of a P220 frame.The Bajaj Pulsar 200 naked sport or NS was launched in Pune with an ex-showroom price of Rs 84,096. The 200 cc bike is available in various cities of Maharashtra from last month and will reach out to the consumers nationally from August onwards, a senior Bajaj Executive had confirmed.advertisement-With agency inputslast_img read more

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Despite initial skepticism Londoners are putting on their best show at Olympics

first_imgLike many Londoners, I had not been looking forward to the Olympics. Over the past years, the cost of the project rose to an astronomical 9 billion (Rs 76,500 crore) to be paid from our taxes-at enormous inconvenience to us. Hundreds of thousands of extra visitors will be in our,Like many Londoners, I had not been looking forward to the Olympics. Over the past years, the cost of the project rose to an astronomical 9 billion (Rs 76,500 crore) to be paid from our taxes-at enormous inconvenience to us. Hundreds of thousands of extra visitors will be in our city, adding even more pressure to its groaning transport services and infrastructure, while Soviet-style zili lanes were established to enable chauffeur-driven sporting stars, bureaucrats and elite to be ferried quickly to the venues without being clogged in traffic with the rest of us. To add to the humiliation, we were then informed that ticketing for much of the Games would be monopolised by the suited, soulless, corpulent corporation-wallahs whose logos and branding were splashed all over our capital like a torrent of bird-droppings.Rather than a festival of sport and human endeavour, we braced ourselves for a fortnight’s celebration of capitalism. And on top of all that, we’ve had one of the dreariest, rain-sodden summers in memory. Our fears about the Olympics were perfectly articulated by a friend of mine who described the event as “a long, expensive party we’re not invited to, for which we’ve paid, during which we have to leave our car at home and walk everywhere.”Michelle Obama hugs basketball star Kobe Bryant after USA defeated France in a preliminary game.And the fears only rose as the Games started. Last week, the North Korean women’s football team took to the field as the authorities raised the South Korean flag above them. Surely, there isn’t a more sinister faux pas one can make during an international spectacle? This gaffe only made us cringe deeper when, on July 26, our bumbling shaggy-haired mayor, Boris Johnson, took to the stage in Hyde Park to shout banal sub-Obama declarations of “Are we ready? Yes, we are!”advertisementThe Olympics Opening Ceremony in London.And then came the opening ceremony. For all its wonder and anarchic creativity, the greatest miracle it wrought-more splendid than the fiery Olympic rings it forged so magnificently -was that it transformed our souls. Suddenly, confronted by the berserk, magical vision of Danny Boyle, weaving every facet of our history into the greatest show the world has seen, we were shaken out of our dour cynicism. We are, as Boyle held his Olympian mirror to us, an incredible people. The industrial drive of the modern world, the moral ambition of universal suffrage, the mad middle-finger-to-the-world spirit of pop culture-all of this has its origins in our city, capital of a tiny island that has, more than any other in history, punched so mightily above its weight.Click here to EnlargeAnd we have been inspired because Boyle’s ceremony, despite its global audience, spoke specifically to the hearts of one community: we, the people of London-all eight million of us! I cannot begin to list the variety of in-jokes that littered his spectacle, lost on the wider world, but which tickled us pink. The most hilarious was the Sex Pistols’ rendition of God Save The Queen being played as Her Majesty entered the bowl, stopping a hair’s breadth short of the line that excoriates her for heading a “fascist regime.” Just as funny was the sight of David Cameron having to wear his proudest smile as the show turned into a paean for the National Health Service and the sort of socialist big-statism that he has long opposed. It was a performance filled with wit and subversion, featured every race and colour of our capital’s populace, gave prime billing to the young black rapper, Dizzee Rascal, a working-class youth icon, who sang his aptly-titled anthem, Bonkers, interspersed with a Punjabi song by A.R. Rahman.Click here to EnlargeYes, the expense of the Olympics is extortionate. It was foisted on us without any consultation. Then again, we never chose to fight Hitler either. But when he brought his bombs to London, the world saw what mettle and love for life we have. And now that the Olympics are here up and running, we’re behind it as if we have mortgaged our homes to bet on every race, leap, toss and flip that’s part of this whole shebang.US swimmer Ryan Lochte in the Men’s 200m backstroke event at the Aquatics centre.My friend Fleur Emery, a dynamic businesswoman, between cutting deals and chasing money, is sharing every detail of the women’s diving contest on Facebook. “Thanks to the BBC,” she’s declared, “I now know exactly how to do a flunge.” Yesterday, her obsession was with women’s cycling and now, via Facebook, her friends can also discuss the merits of a well-executed peloton (it’s a huddle of riders in team cycling), as if we had been lifelong enthusiasts. She’s not the only one. The wheels of global capitalism are turning slower for these two weeks as London’s workers and entrepreneurs are skipping mornings, even days, off work to partake of such sporting acana as men’s team archery and women’s powerlifting.But while we may be skiving off, the merchants of west London are reeling with joy as affluent, middle-aged tourists from across the world are heaving in to shop any piece of ridiculously overpriced tat that a Chinese sweatshop can produce. But it’s sold in Britain, and has the Union Jack emblazoned on it, so shall more than suffice as an ‘authentic’ memento of a wonderful Olympics.advertisementKate Middleton and Prince William at an equestrian event.These shoppers could not have come at a better time. The Chancellor, George Osborne, must have been fingering his phial of cyanide when latest figures showed that Britain’s recession is actually three times worse than had been predicted. But the savings of the global middle classes are currently flooding here for a fortnight, so he can breathe easy for a week or two at least. What greater respect could be paid to the copulation of sport and capitalism, than the fact that McDonald’s has introduced a new uniform for the Olympics, replete with athletic hoodies and tennis collars. The world’s foremost purveyors of cholesterol, which underpins the obesity epidemic of the West, are the standard bearers of human excellence.In this time of recession and blame-mongering, the Olympics is the only thing in Britain that has universal political support. The Labour Party under Tony Blair won the bid to become hosts seven years ago, while the Tories have thrown their weight behind it since taking over the government. It was one of the more exquisite ironies of the night, that David Cameron had actually raised the budget of the opening ceremony to 27 million (Rs 229.50 crore) -only to then see it made into a showcase for Boyle’s left-wing politics. But even I raised an eyebrow at the scene of a bucolic pre-industrial England, peopled with so many black and brown people.The only protests thus far have been to decry the empty seats, as various federations failed to use their quotas. Londoners are livid at seeing gaps in the crowd, after so many had failed to get tickets through the labyrinthine official process. These will soon be filled, it seems, by the military and students.The Games are also brimming with simmering tensions and sporting rivalries. Not least among British athletes themselves. Several non-English players in the British football team have refused to sing the national anthem before matches (It’s also the English anthem. The Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish have their own). Possibly the biggest rivalry during the Games has been between Ralph Lauren, designer of the US team’s outfits, and Stella McCartney, who designed Britain’s. While the stylish, preppie look of the US team has been widely admired, McCartney’s creation has been derided for its glitz, hoodies and cut-off shorts. Many people think it makes our team look like ‘chavs’-members of the sportswear-clad urban underclass. For us fashion-conscious Brits, Usain Bolt’s quest for gold against Yohan Blake is, by comparison, a mere sideshow.advertisementIndia’s role at the Olympics will pass most Londoners by, given that events Indians excel at are not the most high profile over here. But the lady who had the gall to walk alongside the team during the opening ceremony is admired for her temerity. Gatecrashing is an art form to the British, and she is walking in the footsteps of Karl Power, a national hero who has inveigled himself into English rugby and cricket team photos, as well as with Manchester United in a Champions League final. She could indeed become another British oddball hero, like the volunteer who has become a YouTube sensation after her cheeky quips on a megaphone, telling those without tickets how they will one day tell their grandchildren how lucky they were to “hear the Olympics”, got uploaded.Londoners as a whole have finally warmed to the Olympics. We didn’t want it, and we groaned at the thought of it. But now that it’s begun, we will show the world what sports we are.- The author is a freelance writer and journalistlast_img read more

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Medieval ritual tortures kids in name of religion

first_imgObserving religious rituals, at times, borders on cruelty and horror. Children sporting miniature ‘vels’ (steel spears) piercing through their cheeks is no pleasant sight. Yet it continues to be performed at many temples in Chennai and elsewhere during the Tamil month of ‘Aadi’.A group of children, mostly attired in shades of yellow and adorned with garlands, were made to undergo this ritual at the Nagavalli Amman temple in Chennai’s Kodambakkam area on Friday. They were not alone as adult men and women too endured the pain to perform it in fulfillment of a vow.”We do it out of faith. Initially, we feel pain but it subsides subsequently… the deity protects our children. I have done it (piercing) myself and for my children,” K. Mahendran, an auto driver said.Devotees piercing spears and swords in their bodies and dancing in groups on the way to Murugan and Amman shrines is common not only in the state but wherever the Tamils are settled – Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.This is part of the annual ‘Panguni Uthiram’ festival of Lord Murugan (Subrahmanya) in the Saivite calendar. Similar is the case during the local festivals of Amman, mother goddess, in the month of ‘Aadi’, which falls between July and August.Child right activists have raised concern over the practice. Any such ritual is a gross violation of the Child Protection Act, 1999, they said, demanding a ban on it.last_img read more

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Ind vs NZ 1st Test Live Blog; Live cricket scores and commentary

first_imgWelcome to India Today Online’s coverage of the first cricket Test match between India and New Zealand from the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad. Score | PhotosIndia vs New Zealand Day 32:58 pm |  Play has been called off. So rain has the final say in a day dominated by India, thanks to R Ashwin’s impressive six-wicket haul in the first innings. Still 2 more days to go, so plenty of time for India to bowl New Zealand out (and then bat again if necessary). All of that though, only if weather permits. Following on, New Zealand are 41/1 in the second innings.  1st innings: India 348 (Pujara 159), NZ (Franklin 43 n.o. ; Ashwin 6/31, Ojha 3/44)2:20 PM: More bad news. It is pouring at the moment. Chances of further play look bleak.2:05 pm | Pictures coming in show that more covers are coming on. It is still very dark. There is only a drizzle right now but looks like only a matter of time before it starts pelting down. The light too was a concern even after the floodlights were turned on. 1:53 pm | Bad light stops play! It is extremely dark as well. The flood lights are on. The umpires are having a chat. Looks like they’re walking off now. Bad light? Or are they concerned about the weather? The covers are coming on now. Play has been stopped! New Zealand are 41/1 at the stage with opener Brendon McCullum batting on  16 and Kane Williamson on 3.Kane Williamson, right handed bat, comes to the crease1:35 pm | 14.3 overs: WICKET! Ojha takes his first one of the innings. This wicket has been a spinners paradise. Ojha to Guptill, out Lbw!! Lucky Ojha this time! Not sure Gould has got it right this time, but Guptill finds himself walking back eventually. Error in judgement has cost him here – this was very full and pitched on off, Guptill offered no shot and shouldered arms, the ball hit him in front of off stump but might have turned away. Guptill lbw b Ojha 16(38) [4s-3] (NZ 26/1 in 14.3 overs)1:25 pm | 12.6 overs: DROPPED! Oops Virat spilled it. Ojha to Guptill, no run, catch dropped by Kohli at 2nd slip. Tough chance, but one would expect someone like Kohli to take those. Good bowling by Ojha – fires it in and gets it to turn off the track, Guptill pokes and gets a thick edge which goes quickly to 2nd slip, Kohli goes with his left hand and the ball pops out. NZ are 22/0 at the stage with Guptill (15) and McCullum (5) in the middle.advertisement12:44 pm | 0.6 overs: Ojha to Brendon McCullum, no run, tight line and length on the off, McCullum gets forward and defends it.Guptill and Brendon McCullum are at the crease. Guptill is on strike. Ojha will open the attack 12:40 pm | SECOND SESSIONLUNCH UPDATE: India enforce follow onSESSION SUMMARY: Just a 90 minute session but India have managed to bowl out New Zealand. Umesh Yadav started the day by dismissing van Wyk and the spinners took over after that. Ashwin came in to bowl late in the session but wrapped up the tail very quickly to end with a 6 wicket haul. Franklin looked solid at the other end, but he got absolutely no support from his teammates. That will be lunch on day 3. New Zealand will have to bat again after 40 minutes, so join us at 12:40.New Zealand 1st innings: 159 all out (James Franklin 43 n.o. ; R Ashwin 6/31, Pragyan Ojha 3/44)12:00 pm | 61.3 overs: WICKET! Superb! Ashwin took six wickets in the innings and NZ are all out for 159 – the same total that Cheteshwar Pujara scored. Ashwin to Chris Martin, out Bowled!! Hah, make that 34 ducks. Extreme consistency from Chris Martin, almost unimaginable. Perfect flight, pitches on off and turns back in, Martin offered a defensive stroke but the ball founds its way through to the stumps. Ashwin ends with 6 wickets to his name, and Franklin watches helplessly from the other end. Chris Martin b Ashwin 0(1) (NZ 159/10 in 61.3 overs)Chris Martin, right handed bat, comes to the crease11:56 am | 61.2 overs: WICKET! A fiver for Ashwin! Ashwin to Boult, out Caught by Gambhir!! 5 wickets for Ashwin. His 3rd 5 wicket haul in Test cricket. Once again flights it up, Boult pushes at it and gets a thick inside edge off his pads to short leg. Ashwin has a huge smile on his face as he celebrates with his team-mates. Only a wicket away from bowling out New Zealand now… Boult c Gambhir b Ashwin 4(15) [4s-1] (159/9 in 61.2 overs)Trent Boult, right handed bat, comes to the creaseadvertisement11:38 am | 57.3 overs: WICKET! And Ashwin gets his fourth wicket. Ashwin to Jeetan Patel, out Caught&Bowled!! Very good catch that by Ashwin. Tough to take those off your own bowling but he did well. Nicely tossed up delivery, Jeetan Patel looks to drive but the bat turns in his hands, it flew back low to Ash who dived forward and got his huge hands under the ball. Jeetan Patel c and b Ashwin 10(21) [4s-1] (NZ 153/8 in 57.3 overs)Jeetan Patel, right handed bat, comes to the crease11:15 am | 51.4 overs: WICKET! And Ojha gets his third wicket…he matches up with Ashwin…it’s neck and neck for them. Ojha to Doug Bracewell, out Stumped!! Lovely bowling. Really good bowling. Bracewell once again used his feet and came down the ground, Ojha saw him coming, gave it flight and slowed it up in the air, Bracewell threw his bat at it but the ball turned away past his edge. Easiest of stumpings for Dhoni who takes out all the 3 stumps. Franklin is waging a lone battle at the other end… Doug Bracewell st Dhoni b Ojha 17(25) [4s-2] (NZ 141/7 in 51.4 overs)Doug Bracewell, right handed bat, comes to the crease10:38 pm | 43.4 overs: WICKET! And Umesh gets a quick one. Umesh Yadav to van Wyk, out Lbw!! That’s the first wicket of the day, and the first wicket for an Indian seamer. Was it a good decision though? We’ll wait for a few replays. Yadav banged it in short, van Wyk looked to pull but the ball skidded on and hit him on the back thigh. Height was probably a factor, but it doesn’t matter now. NZ are 6 down. van Wyk lbw b Umesh Yadav 0(14) (NZ 111/6 in 43.4 overs)10:30 am | Finally, we’re ready for a start. Pace to start proceedings..9:50 am | The groundstaff have done a great job. We’re starting at 10:30. It’s drying well and it’s looking good for a start at 10:30. The forecast is for more rain but we’ll see as it goes. Play can be extended till 5:30 PM if necessary.9:40 am | Tt has been raining continuously from the morning. Good news is that it has stopped now, but the outfield is still wet. The umpires are having a look at the wicket. Duncan Fletcher is there too, and surprisingly, he is seen having a big smile on his face. Don’t see that too often.. DAY 2 SCORE: 1st inns – NZ 106/5 (K Williamson 32; Ashwin 3/30, Ojha 2/35), Ind 438 (Pujara 159, Dhoni 73, Kohli 58; J Patel 4/100) DAY 2 SUMMARY: The spinners have put India firmly in the driver’s seat. There was something on the track to help and they made excellent use of it to never let the pressure off the Kiwis. Ojha struck in his very first over and Ashwin did one better by striking with his first ball. None of the New Zealand batsmen attempted to break the shackles either. Kane Williamson batted stubbornly before perishing late in he day. Franklin has been at the wicket for a long time and New Zealand need to score some quick runs to release some pressure. It is not going to be easy against the Indian spinners though.advertisementlast_img read more

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli shortlisted for ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award

first_imgIndian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his deputy Virat Kohli are in the running for the ‘ODI Cricketer of the Year’ trophy, while veteran Sachin Tendulkar has been nominated for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ in the short-list announced on Thursday for the ninth LG ICC Annual Awards in Colombo.No Indian features in the ‘Test Cricketer of the Year’ and ‘Cricketer of the Year’ short-list, which is a reflection of the slump that the team went through last year when it was whitewashed by England and Australia during away series.South African duo of Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander, Australia captain Michael Clarke and Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara have been nominated for the top honour.”The votes have now been casted by the independent 32-person academy and these four men are the ones in the running to receive the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year at a glittering ceremony in Colombo on September 15,” the ICC said in a statement.In addition, all four cricketers are also short-listed for the ‘Test Cricketer of the Year’.Sangakkara is also in contention for the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award along with Dhoni, Kohli, as well as team-mate Lasith Malinga. The Lankan is also nominated in the People’s Choice category along with Tendulkar, South Africans Jacques Kallis and Vernon Philander and English pacer James Anderson.The Twenty20 International (T20I) Performance of the year sees Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan short-listed alongside West Indies’ Chris Gayle, South Africa’s Richard Levi and Dilshan’s compatriot, Ajantha Mendis.Meanwhile, in the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year short-list, ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year, Stafanie Taylor, has been nominated alongside fellow West Indian Anisa Mohammed, as well as England pair of Sarah Taylor and Lydia Greenway.Both Taylors also feature in the short-list for ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year and are joined on that list by Australia pair Alyssa Healy and Lisa Sthalekar.advertisementlast_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Italy

first_imgMario Balotelli and Andrea Pirlo will be crucial for Italy in the World CupWhen Italy won the 2006 World Cup, then-coach Marcello Lippi pointed to the group collective as his squad’s strongpoint – and the fact that each forward scored at least one goal over the seven matches attested to that theory.This year’s squad, by contrast, is singularly led by forward Mario Balotelli, the volatile AC Milan forward with superstar potential.Both in their mid-30s, midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon remain the backbone of the squad, Andrea Barzagli anchors the defense and Daniele De Rossi offers coach Cesare Prandelli options with his versatility.Here are five players to watch:MARIO BALOTELLIWhen Mario Balotelli gets his mind in focus, there is often no stopping him.Italy has never really had a forward that combines so much physicality and skill – a player who can muscle by defenders to score goals or find the target with well-placed free kicks or penalties.Until he finally missed in September, Balotelli had converted all 26 penalty kick attempts in his professional career.But Balotelli has struggled to control his temper and is often subjected to racist taunts. The son of Ghanaian immigrants and raised by an Italian family, he shoulders the burden of representing a new and rapidly expanding class of Italians.ANDREA PIRLOAndrea Pirlo will be 35 by the time the World Cup starts but his passing and free kick skills remain undiminished.Pirlo mesmerizes defenders with his superb ball control and when he has possession it often seems the match speed drops into slow-motion.advertisementUsually positioned just in front of the defense, Pirlo picks out his passing receivers with uncanny acumen and his field vision inspires many of Italy’s goals.He’s also a free kick expert, having scored from 24 dead ball kicks in his Serie A career – leaving him within three of the all-time record held by Sinisa Mihajlovic.GIANLUIGI BUFFONAt 36, Gianluigi Buffon is heading to his fifth World Cup – his fourth as a starter – as Italy’s captain and undisputed changing-room leader.Buffon didn’t let in a single goal from opposition players over the normal course of play during Italy’s run to the 2006 title, then was injured during the opener when the Azzurri were eliminated in the first round four years ago.It used to be said that Buffon’s one weakness was penalty shootouts, but he stopped three attempts in a shootout win over Uruguay in the third-place match of last year’s Confederations Cup.In October, Buffon passed Fabio Cannavaro for the all-time Italy appearance record with his 137th cap. He now has 139 appearances.ANDREA BARZAGLIAfter being left off the 2010 World Cup squad by Marcello Lippi, Andrea Barzagli has developed into Italy’s most reliable center back.He can partner with Leonardo Bonucci in a traditional four-man defense or anchor a three-man backline that Italy coach Cesare Prandelli often resorts to.Known for his barrel-like chest, Barzagli has had a series of minor injuries with Juventus this season. He was a reserve on the 2006 World Cup squad and saw action in two matches of the Azzurri’s title run.Barzagli honed his physical skills during three seasons with Wolfsburg in the German Bundesliga.DANIELE DE ROSSIDaniele De Rossi is Cesare Prandelli’s wild card, a player who the coach can place at any position in midfield or even defense.A regular starter for Italy since he played at 22 in the squad that won the 2006 World Cup, De Rossi is now 30 and has made 93 appearances – second only to Buffon’s 139 and Pirlo’s 107 among active players.His versatility is a product of his completeness, a player who can tackle, pass or shoot with equal ability.last_img read more

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3-time major champion Andy Murray says he had hip operation

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “Feeling a bit battered and bruised just now,” Murray wrote, “but hopefully that will be the end of my hip pain.”What’s not known with any certainty yet is what this might mean for the 31-year-old Murray’s future in tennis. Before the Australian Open, where he lost in the first round on Jan. 14, Murray said that he planned to retire at some point in 2019 — and that it was possible that Grand Slam tournament might be the final event of his career.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 starsHe is most famous for ending Britain’s 77-year wait for a male champion at Wimbledon in 2013; he also won the 2016 title there, along with the 2012 U.S. Open and two Olympic singles gold medals and a Davis Cup, while reaching No. 1 in the rankings.Tuesday’s post included two pictures — one of Murray in a hospital bed, the other of an X-ray. FILE – In this Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 file photo, Britain’s Andy Murray answers questions at a press conference following his first round loss to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Three-time major champion Andy Murray posted a message Tuesday Jan. 29, 2019 on Instagram saying he had hip resurfacing surgery and had a metal joint implanted on Monday in London. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)Andy Murray did have a second hip operation, after all, getting a metal implant one year after his first procedure on the joint.The three-time major champion posted a message Tuesday on Instagram saying that he had the surgery in London on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town In the younger, cheaper NFL, Super Bowl champs get cut, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIEScenter_img View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “He’s been watching me like a hawk, asking me how I’m feeling after matches, after practices, where I’m at. He’s just trying to gauge how long it would take him, if this procedure is an option,” Bryan said about Murray. “I’m just trying to be supportive. I never once told him, ‘This is the way to go,’ because I do see that singles is a different monster. Those guys are really sliding around, killing themselves for four hours. Who knows if this joint would hold up?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem He has dealt with hip pain for years and already had one operation in January 2018. But that did not solve the problem.The night he lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in Australia, Murray said he would decide quickly whether to have surgery again.“I have an option to have another operation, which is a little bit more kind of severe than what I’ve had before — having my hip resurfaced, which will allow me to have a better quality of life and be out of pain. That’s something that I’m seriously considering right now,” he said at the time. “Some athletes have had that and have gone back to competing. But there’s obviously no guarantees with that. The reason for having an operation like that is not to return to professional sports, you know, it’s just for a better quality of life.”Murray had been keeping in touch with American doubles player Bob Bryan, who had the same hip resurfacing with a metal implant last August.By December, Bryan was back at practice. And he made his Grand Slam return at the Australian Open.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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

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Spirit of Odisha

first_imgSet up in 1987, the Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) owes its origin to a social contract between the Government of Odisha and the Odisha Jesuit Society. To this effect, the institute not only imparts management education but also works with various socio-economic development projects in collaboration with international,Set up in 1987, the Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) owes its origin to a social contract between the Government of Odisha and the Odisha Jesuit Society. To this effect, the institute not only imparts management education but also works with various socio-economic development projects in collaboration with international agencies and the Government.”The uniqueness of our institute is the pervasiveness of Jesuit values in all our work and actions, the predominance of collegial culture that encourages questioning and debates and the free and fair exchange of ideas,” explains Father Paul Fernandes, vice chancellor of Xavier University and director of XIMB. “These deep rooted cultures and values percolate down to the students who come from diverse educational and social backgrounds, having varied academic and industry experience. Our ultimate goal is to help our students to understand the true meaning of compassion, caring for others and at the same time spread the entrepreneurial spirit,” he adds.Last year XIMB set up the Xavier University (XUB). Located on a sprawling campus at Kurki, XUB has started offering management programmes using the latest in infrastructure and technology. The six programmes include postgraduate degree in business management (MBA), postgraduate degree in human resource management (MBA- HRM), postgraduate Community development, international exchanges and social entrepreneurship are just some of the highlights of campus life at the Xavier Institute of Management in Bhubaneswar. By Sonali Acharjee degree in rural management (MBA- RM), part-time MBA, doctoral programme in management (ph.D) and the MBA in global management. The courses offered under each programme are of two types – core courses and elective courses.”We want to offer courses that cater to the emerging needs of the society and business – the content and delivery is updated regularly in consultation with experts from academics and industry,” says Fernandes. Interestingly, despite the job slowdown in the country, the institute achieved 100 per cent placement for students in MBA, MBA- HRM and MBA-RM in the last year. XIMB is also one of the few campuses in India where the Mahindra Group conducts their annual summer internship and placement event ‘war room’. “We have developed an extensive international network for collaboration with many international business schools. There are also over a dozen students’ societies in the field of academic, culture and sports. These societies are completely managed by students thus giving them the chance to learn beyond class rooms and to hone their soft skills,” explains Fernandes. For those interested in research and writing, the institute also publishes several noted journals that include Vilakshan, International Journal of Development and Social Research (IJDSR), Journal of Case Research, Journal of Research Practice and the Research World.advertisementCurrently the total number of students enrolled under various programmes at XIMB, XUB is around 1,090. This includes 140 rural management students, 145 human resource management students, 600 MBA students, 96 in the executive MBA course, 35 doctoral students and 14 Global MBA students. Additionally there are around 60 students in the school of commerce. “As part of our commitment to the development and growth of Odisha, conscious effort is always made to have about fifty percent of the students from the domicile of the State,” emphasises Fernandes.The institute is also home to a number of specialised centres which include the Center for Case Research, Entrepreneurship Development Center (EDC), Center for Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Corporate Social Responsibility (CRRCSR), Incubation Center. “Our social venture incubator aims to accelerate the successful development of social ventures through an array of business support resources and services. The incubator defines a social venture as a venture which focuses on achieving social change. It may or may not be a for-profit venture,” says Fernandes. Some of the social ventures aided by the incubator include Grassroutes (rural and tribal tourism venture); Dhriti (working with rural entrepreneurship); Milkmantra (a part of the country’s white revolution); Earth 360 ecoventures (pioneer in value-added millet products); Onergy (providing energy solutions to grid villages) and Wondergrass (aims to harness the potential of bamboo products).On the other hand, the EDC works to support institutions that are working in the development sector including NGOs and other agencies in the state. The cell provides expertise through consultancy and training programmes,. It also helps the institutions in the implementation of various developmental schemes in the field.In the last few years the institute has also been successful in securing several accreditations that include the SAQS Accreditation by the Association of Management Development Institutions in south Asia (AMDISA) and the NBA Accreditation by the National Board of Accreditation. The institute is currently in the process of obtaining recognition by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) as well. Whether it’s the beautiful campus, unique extra-curricular activities or simply the idea of being a part of an institute that remains committed towards fair student development, XIMB is quickly becoming a favourite with management students across the country.advertisementlast_img read more

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Sean Anthony baffled by another PBA All-Star snub

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed He started his career averaging 7.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game in the 2010-11 season and those numbers steadily increased throughout the years.Anthony had a stellar 2017-18 season wherein he averaged 16.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.0 steals for the Batang Pier eventually finishing in the fifth spot of that year’s scoring leaders.“Once again it’s out of my control so it’s back to my grind,” said Anthony.In the first five games NorthPort played this season, Anthony is averaging 20.4 points, the second-best mark in the league behind teammate Stanley Pringle who norms 22.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 2.4 steals.“I control the work I put in to get better everyday and I will continue to do so,” said Anthony.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Luka Doncic turning 20 after sensational run as teen Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Anthony’s career has been on a steady rise, having figured in the MVP race in the past PBA season.Despite this improvement, though, the energetic forward has yet to crack the All-Star team in his nearly decade long career in the PBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Find it odd that I’ve been put in the BPC (Best Player of the Conference)/MVP rankings the last couple of years but have never been selected for an All-Star game,” posted Anthony in his Twitter account Thursday.Find it odd that I’ve been put in BPC/Mvp rankings last couple years but have never been selected for an all star game. Once again out of my control so back to my grind. I control the work I put in to get better every day and will continue to do so. pic.twitter.com/xOGTnBwxqO— sean anthony (@SeanAnthony_10) February 28, 2019Anthony, indeed, has changed his game from being a defensive dynamo to a potent offensive threat.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Krauss MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—Disappointment usually forces people to either sulk or work even better, and NorthPort forward Sean Anthony chose the latter.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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