Italy miss out on World Cup as Sweden qualify

first_imgEx-tennis star Jelena Dokic: Father beat and spit at her Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I’m sorry, sorry, sorry,” a tearful Buffon told Rai television as he confirmed he was ending his international career.“I’m not sorry for myself but all of Italian football, because we failed at something which also means something on a social level.“It’s the only regret I have. Not stopping, because time passes and it’s normal. I regret just that my final match with the national side coincides with an elimination.“I leave a squad of talent that will have their say, including (Gianluigi) Donnarumma and (Mattia) Perin. I embrace all those who have supported me.”Without star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who retired from the national team after Euro 2016, Sweden sealed a return to the world stage after failing to reach the last two editions. The last time the Scandinavians participated was in 2006.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img “I’m emotional and very happy,” said Sweden coach Janne Andersson. “This match showed our collective strength.“With Ibrahimovic we played differently. He’s retired and he’s a great champion. So we adapted and we play in another way now.”Penalty appeals rejectedIt was a mediocre performance by the hosts with Antonio Candreva firing over and Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen denying Alessandro Florenzi and Ciro Immobile.Mikael Lustig almost scored an own goal when his deflection hit the bar.Marco Verratti sat out a ban with Simone Zaza and Leonardo Spinazzola both injured, with Daniele De Rossi and Andrea Belotti not fully fit.Coach Gian Piero Ventura gave Brazil-born Jorginho his first competitive appearance for Italy with Florenzi and Manolo Gabbiadini also handed starts. Napoli’s in-form winger Lorenzo Insigne however was once again left on the bench.Sweden’s Lustig was back from suspension, with Johansson starting in place of the injured Albin Ekdal.The hosts had penalty appeals in the opening few minutes as Marco Parolo appeared to be tripped from behind by Ludwig Augustinsson, but the referee waved play on and booked Giorgio Chiellini for dissent.Sweden lost first-leg goalscorer Johansson after 15 minutes when his left knee buckled badly and he was stretchered off to make way for Gustav Svensson. Despite the support of 74,000 fans in a white-hot atmosphere at the San Siro the 2006 World Cup winners could not find a way through. It is the third time that the Italians will not compete at the World Cup, after not going to the first edition in 1930 and not qualifying for the 1958 finals in Sweden.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt marks the end of an era for iconic goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon who will not be able to compete in a record sixth World Cup. At 39, the 175-times capped Buffon had announced that the finals in Russia would be his last as a player for the national side. Sweden’s midfielder Sebastian Larsson and Sweden’s defender Andreas Granqvist (top) celebrate at the end of the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Italy and Sweden, on November 13, 2017 at the San Siro stadium in Milan. Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 on Monday as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro by Sweden, who qualified with a 1-0 aggregate victory. AFP PHOTO / Miguel MedinaItaly failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 on Monday as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro by Sweden, who qualified with a 1-0 aggregate victory.The four-time champions dominated possession but struggled to create enough clear-cut chances, as Sweden secured a first appearance at the finals since 2006 courtesy of Jakob Johansson’s first-leg strike in Stockholm.ADVERTISEMENT Jorginho’s through ball found Immobile to pull back from the byline for Candreva to blast over, but Leonardo Bonucci, wearing a protective mask after breaking his nose on Friday, got a knock to the knee and was limping badly.Florenzi thought he had scored on 53 minutes with a flying volley from Matteo Darmian’s cross, but it went wide.Bonucci got down to business taking off his protective mask on the hour mark, with Ventura bringing on Stephan El Shaarawy and Torino striker Belotti.Federico Bernardeschi was the final Italy substitution and Olsen turned away a Parolo header. As the clock ticked the crowd at the San Siro began to sing the national anthem.An El Shaarawy shot was kept out by Olsen and Parolo’s header went wide, then Buffon came up for a corner in a final desperate gamble as Italy fell short of reaching the World Cup for the first time in 60 years. 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Sochi gold medalist among 4 Russians banned for doping

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Russia, which finished the games at the top of the medals table with 13 gold and 33 overall, has now been stripped of six medals based on evidence of a state-sponsored doping program in Sochi, including samples being swapped in the laboratory. Two of the six medals were gold.The Russians still lead the medals table with 11 gold, tied with Norway, but have fallen behind the United States in overall medals. The Americans, who won nine gold medals, have 28 overall, one more than Russia’s current total of 27. Norway has 26 overall medals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIf the IOC decides to upgrade athletes who finished behind the banned Russians, the table would change again.Two other Russian women who didn’t win medals, Maria Orlova and Olga Potylitsina, were also banned. Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Russian officials said all four banned athletes will file appeals.“We are absolutely sure of the innocence of our athletes and will stand up for their rights,” the Russian Bobsled Federation, which governs skeleton, said in a statement.The previous six bans were in cross-country skiing. The cases against the Russians rest on evidence gathered by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren, including testimony from the former director of Russia’s anti-doping laboratories in Moscow and Sochi.Without positive doping tests, the IOC disciplinary panel used evidence of cover-ups and tampering of sample bottles first gathered last year by McLaren’s team.The IOC will decide on Dec. 5 if Russia can compete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.ADVERTISEMENT Elena Nikitina of Russia celebrates her bronze medal win during the women’s skeleton competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The International Olympic Committee has banned four more Russians for doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, all competing in the sliding sport of skeleton and includes men’s gold medalist Alexander Tretyakov and women’s bronze medalist Nikitina. AP FILE PHOTOMOSCOW — Two more Russian athletes were stripped of their Olympic medals from the 2014 Sochi Games on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time), leaving the United States as the country with the most medals.Four Russians, all skeleton racers, were banned by the International Olympic Committee for doping, including men’s gold medalist Alexander Tretyakov and women’s bronze medalist Elena Nikitina.ADVERTISEMENT Barcelona, Chelsea advance to Champions League last 16 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ The ban for Tretyakov puts Latvia in line for its first Winter Olympic gold medal. If the IOC formally reallocates the medals, Martins Dukurs would be upgraded to gold. It would also mean silver for Matthew Antoine of the United States and bronze for Dukurs’ brother, Tomass.In the women’s event, Nikitina’s bronze would go to American slider Katie Uhlaender, who originally missed the podium by 0.04 seconds.The IOC sanctions disqualify the four Russian skeleton racers from the Sochi Olympics and also ban them from all future Olympics.Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov said more sanctions are possible.“I think we can expect the same decisions for the bobsledders and the female hockey players,” Zhukov said. “The rulings are all the same.”Russia won two gold medals in men’s bobsled at the 2014 Olympics, but there has been no official confirmation that the IOC is investigating. The Russian women’s hockey team didn’t win a medal.The Russian government has repeatedly denied any involvement in doping or any cover-ups and says its athletes are being unfairly targeted. President Vladimir Putin has said the Olympic doping cases are part of an American bid to discredit his government ahead of presidential elections in March. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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LeBron James to produce new ‘House Party’ movie

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting James’ SpringHill Entertainment production company described the project as a “fresh re-imagining” of the original. The new film is being written by Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori from the FX series “Atlanta.”“It’s an honor when I got the opportunity to produce it, reboot the whole movie,” James said Tuesday in Oklahoma City. “When I was growing up as a youngster I was like, ‘Man, I hope I get an opportunity to throw one of these house parties, where it’s just a lot of fun, a lot of joking around, dancin’, people just having a good time.’”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames noted some of his Cavs teammates weren’t born when the original film came out. He may make a cameo in the new film. Man City sends out another statement with 4-0 win at Basel MOST READ LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) drives past Boston Celtics’ Marcus Morris (13) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. The Cavaliers won 121-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)CLEVELAND — LeBron James is going old school to make a new movie.The Cavaliers star and business partner Maverick Carter are producing a new version of “House Party,” the comedy featuring hip-hop duo Kid ’N Play that debuted in 1990.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Cyrus Baguio on Kiefer Ravena: ‘He reminds me of Mark Caguioa’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “From what I can see, he reminds me of Mark Caguioa in his heyday,” Baguio said in Filipino.”He has strong legs, shooting and drive so I really think his game resembles a Mark Caguioa. I hope he continues to get better.”The 37-year-old Baguio, who is already in his 15th year in the PBA, was teammates with Caguioa during the 2009-10 season at Ginebra.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBaguio said the arrival of Ravena coupled with the steady rise of Kevin Alas made all the difference for NLEX in its best campaign so far since entering the league in 2014.“They’re already ripe especially Kiefer. He’s played in a lot of competitions and he’s really a big help to the team for us to make the semis,” he said. “In fact, I enjoyed watching him play earlier. He really has a big potential to be the face of the PBA.” MOST READ Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX coach Yeng Guiao compared Kiefer Ravena to Willie Miller and Paul Lee just moments after the rookie guard made his PBA debut.This time, his veteran teammate Cyrus Baguio mentioned Ravena and Mark Caguioa in the same breath shortly after the two-time UAAP MVP helped the Road Warriors make their first ever trip to the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NLEX sweeps Alaska, enters semis for first time John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games View comments Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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Battle for top 2 ends here

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 Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Both the Gin Kings and the Beermen will actually tie the Hotshots at 9-2, but Star lost to both squads in the elimination round and will end up having the inferior quotient in the tiebreaker.And Ginebra coach Tim Cone is making it no secret that they’re going to go for it—and that they’re not about to give the Hotshots a free ride.“Needless to say, we really want that top seed,” Cone said. “[But] that doesn’t mean that just because we want it, we’re going to get it. You’re never given anything in our league. You have to earn it, and we’ll have to earn it with our execution and hard work.“Nothing comes easy in the PBA,” he said.Finishing 1-2 will do a lot of good, as it could mean an extended rest while they await their quarterfinal foes.ADVERTISEMENT And in a playoff format this long, that will come in handy.GlobalPort is playing a lot better with its retooled lineup and a new import in Justin Harper, and coach Franz Pumaren knows how critical this outing is in the Batang Pier’s own drive to make the playoffs.An upset would give GlobalPort No. 6 seeding and put them in a best-of-three series against No. 3, while a loss would see the Batang Pier clashing with Phoenix Petroleum in a KO match for No. 8 for the right to play the No. 1 team, which it will then need to beat two straight times to advance.A GlobalPort victory would also make defending champion Rain or Shine the seventh seed.“For us to compete, we need to play our best game. Collective effort will be the key to our success,” Pumaren said.Victories by Ginebra and San Miguel would not only make Star No. 3 but it would also make Alaska the No. 7 seed—and San Miguel’s quarterfinal foe.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alberto eyes repeat Superbikes win LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games The script couldn’t have been written better than this one.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds The top two places in the playoffs of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup will be decided when the final horn of the elimination round sounds on Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao as sister teams San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra and idle Star hog the limelight.A critical twinbill pitting the Beermen against GlobalPort and the Gin Kings versus Mahindra will be played, with the Hotshots’ twice-to-beat fortunes hanging by a thread even though the last day of classification starts with Star on top of the heap.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Miguel battles the Batang Pier in the 4:15 p.m. contest and Ginebra slugs it out with the Floodbuster with the finalists in the Philippine Cup bagging the quarterfinal bonus with victories while relegating the Hotshots into a much tougher best-of-three series as No. 3.Ginebra will emerge as the No. 1 team with a win, while San Miguel will nab second seeding with a victory of its own.center_img Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

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U12 Kaya FC advances to last 32 in Gothia Cup

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Kaya would next faceTaiwanese team Xinzhu Academy Taipei.“It was a good experience playing teams from around the world. We are happy to represent the Philippines and show the world we can play good football,” team captain Enzo Courbet said in a statement.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 opening“We mustn’t be overconfident going into the knockout stages,” he added.Gothia Cup, which originated in Sweden in 1975, is considered the biggest youth football tournament in the world. Its staging in Asia, which is considered the second biggest in the world, was first held in Shenyang, China last year. IDL Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ View comments Photo courtesy of Paco GuerreroKaya Futbol Club (FC) Academy Under-12 has advanced to the last 32 stages of the Gothia Cup in Shenyang, China.Kaya FC, the last remaining Filipino team in the competition, topped their group after beating Dong Sheng Erxiao, 2-0, and amassing the perfect 9 points, scoring on 17 goals and giving up none.ADVERTISEMENT RELATED STORYKaya FC’s U-12 unit goes 2-0 in int’l youth football tiltPhoto courtesy of Paco GuerreroSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES McGregor vows fast finish against Mayweather Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries PLAY LIST 01:44Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Australian cyclists clinch gold in road racing events

first_imgIt was a near perfect day for cycling with bright sunshine, a gentle breeze keeping the temperature within reasonable limits and, of course, a picturesque course that covered some of the most prominent places in the Capital.Despite the attractions, there were hardly any spectators and, to the surprise of the international cyclists, it was stray dogs and monkeys who watched the Australians make the most of the conditions to romp home with a gold medal apiece in the men’s and women’s road races on Sunday.The inexperienced Indians turned out to be disappointments, as only Sandeep Kumar (48th) and Atul Singh (49th) managed to finish the race. While veteran Rochelle Gilmore sprinted home to win the 112km women’s event, Allan Davis won the men’s 168km race to stamp Australia’s dominance in the cycling events.Davis, fresh from his bronze medal finish at the World Championships, had to push hard in the final stages with Kiwi Hayden Roulston and Scot David Miller turning it into a tactical battle. It seemed hopeless for Davis with four riders ahead of him in the final lap but his teammate Chris Sutton put him in a perfect position to win a sprint to the line.Davis finished the race in 3:49:48hrs, while Roulston and Miller’s efforts earned them silver and bronze respectively. Earlier, Gilmore kept England’s Elizabeth Armistead behind her in the women’s road race, completing the eight-lap race in 2:49:30 hrs.Her teammate Chloe Hosking took bronze. The flat track made a sprint inevitable towards the end but the presence of Hosking gave Gilmore a perfect lead-up.advertisementlast_img read more

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Delhi youngsters out to grab opportunity

first_imgIn the absence of six automatic starters in the playing XI, Delhi will have to play out of their skin to pose a challenge to their opponents when the north zone Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 Tournament begins in New Delhi on Wednesday.With Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Ashish Nehra, Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli either injured or on India duty, their replacements, who have been picked in the 15-member squad for the Twenty20 tournament, have a golden opportunity to stake their claims with good performances.The absence of four batsmen has badly weakened the top order and it will be extremely difficult for those stepping in to provide the same kind of thrust. But opener Chetan Sharma, who replaced Dhawan after the left hander was called up for the ongoing One-day International series against Australia, has become one of the first to grab the opportunity.He cracked a fine 72 on Monday in a practice game against the Services at the Palam Ground. The 29-year-old left-hander helped Delhi win by six wickets and warm-up well for the team’s opening match against Himachal Pradesh, to be played at the same venue on Wednesday.Services made 136 for eight wickets in 20 overs, with Yashpal Singh scoring 72. Leg-spinner Chetanya Nanda, who has lately struggled with injuries, and offspinner Yogesh Nagar captured two wickets each. Delhi scored 141 for four and won with three deliveries to spare, with Sharma and Rajat Bhatia (26 not out) being the main scorers.Sharma will be one of the two openers and he will be pairing up either with Farman Ahmed or Ankur Julka. He is expected to be followed by captain Mithun Manhas, an experienced batsman who specialises in the longer version but can adjust his game to suit the shorter versions.advertisementManhas, 31, missed Monday’s game due to personal reasons, but he is expected to lead the side on Wednesday. He is most likely to be followed by Gaurav Chabra, hard-working all-rounder Bhatia and wicket-keeper Puneet Bisht.The bowling department, particularly the spin section, is comparatively weak. Apart from Nanda, left-arm spinner Puneet Mehra, who also bats left-handed, and off-spinner Nagar are the other slow bowlers.But both Manhas and new coach Manoj Prabhakar will be largely depending on the medium pacers, especially in the Ranji Trophy, to win matches. They have left-armer Pradeep Sangwan, Sumit Narwal, Kapil Yadav and Joginder Singh to pick from.Although Delhi won the friendly game on Monday, Prabhakar felt that there are areas that needed to be worked upon. “Batting, for instance, can be improved. Then, the bowlers have to learn to bowl in the slog overs in the Twenty20 format, like the yorker and the slower one,” the former India allrounder told M AIL T ODAY after the match.Prabhakar said the experienced Manhas and Bhatia will have to lead by example. “Manhas is basically a batsman made for the longer version but he can switch to the shorter formats,” he said about the most experienced batsman in the team. The right-hander, who is entering his 13th firstclass season, has amassed 6,424 runs in 110 matches.Bhatia, who has virtually mastered bowling in the Twenty20 format besides launching calculated attacks with the bat, is another player the coach has high hopes from. “He has brains and has an idea about this format. He bowls accurately and can take care of his four overs. If he bowls well he can provide a big support to the team,” he said.The real test for Delhi will, however, come in the Ranji Trophy.The selectors are already looking ahead to that challenge and have asked players other the 15 they have picked for the Mushtaq Ali Trophy to attend the nets. Delhi begin their Ranji campaign with a match against Bengal at the Ferozeshah Kotla on November 1.last_img read more

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Bajrang confident rowing will get its due now

first_imgBajrang Lal Takhar is happy that his gold medal at the Guangzhou Asian Games has brought the neglected sport of rowing into the limelight.The armyman had won a silver at the Doha Asian Games as well but Takhar was never mentioned as one of the gold medal prospects as the Indian contingent left for China.”Rowing was not considered a major sport in India before the Asian Games.But now, it can no longer be ignored,” Takhar said on the sidelines of a felicitation ceremony. Apart from his gold medal in the single sculls event, India also came back with three silver and a bronze from the rowing competition.Men’s four, lightweight men’s four and men’s eight added silver medals to India’s kitty while the women’s pair event was the one which brought a bronze medal.What made the unexpected medal haul all the more creditable was that it was achieved with eight-year-old boats that put the Indians at a disadvantage even before the competition started. The new boats that had been ordered were stuck with customs but Takhar said the problem has been resolved now.”We have got the new boats and that will help us to improve our performances further.” Takhar pointed out that there was still a significant gap between his timing and that of the top rowers at the international level. That needs to be bridged if India hopes for top honours at the 2012 London Olympics.”There is still a gap of eight seconds between my timing in Guangzhou and the gold medalwinning time at the Beijing Olympics.advertisement”Two or three seconds can be made up with the arrival of modern boats. There is still one-and-a-half years left for the London Olympics and we can work towards bridging the remaining five seconds,” he said.The European countries are the ones dominant in the sport, especially Norway these days.” After his achievement in Guangzhou, the Rowing Federation of India has given Takhar a free hand in devising his own schedule in the lead-up to the 2012 mega event. “The federation has left it for me to decide. The training regimen is yet to be finalised. I am resting right now after the strenuous training schedule for the Asian Games.”We may continue training in Hyderabad as we did before the Asiad. If we need some foreign exposure, it will most likely be in Germany. Next year will have the world championship qualifiers and I will also have to prepare for those as Olympic berths will be available there. The venue and dates are still undecided.”last_img read more

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Doping: Sports minister to meet NIS doctor for evidence

first_imgSports minister Ajay Maken has called Sajib Kumar Nandi, a junior scientific officer with the Sports Authority of India (SAI), for a meeting on Thursday, a day after the latter was allegedly assaulted by the security staff at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala.Ajay MakenThe security personnel at the NIS, Patiala, allegedly assaulted Nandi, who is credited for blowing the whistle on the systemic doping of athletes.He said he was manhandled when he attempted to enter the sports complex to meet Justice (retd) Mukul Mudgal, who is probing the issues related to the positive dope cases of eight Indian athletes.He said that the security personnel prevented him from entering the premises. The security personnel told him that senior SAI officials had directed them not to let Nandi enter the premises.Nandi claims that he has evidence which could help Mudgal in his investigation but the NIS; Patiala staff denied him a meeting with the former chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.”At around 3 pm today, I tried to go inside the campus to seek an appointment with Mukul Mudgal. I had a presentation to make before him which can help him in his investigation into the doping scandal in Indian athletics,” Nandi said.”I was pushed and one security guard held my hand. They said that they had orders against my entry into the NIS premises. I asked them to show me the orders after which they assaulted me,” he alleged.However, Maken has called him for a meeting on Thursday and the sports minister will look into the evidence that Nandi claims to have.advertisementNandi blew the lid off SAI’s role in facilitating doping at its various centres across the country and claimed that organised doping was taking place over there in which SAI officials, federations and coaches were also involved.Nandi has neither been suspended nor dismissed but since 2005, he is not on the payroll of the SAI and stays out of the premises of NIS Patiala, where he was appointed in 1990.Sonia’s ‘B’ Sample PositiveMeanwhile, shot putter Sonia’s ‘B’ sample has also returned positive and she now faces a two- year ban.Sonia tested positive for the anabolic steroid methandienone.The chairman of the anti-doping disciplinary panel will now fix a date for her hearing where she will put forth her defence.Long jumper Hari Krishan Muralidharan’s ‘B’ sample report is expected to be out on Thursday.last_img read more

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