Playing their best, PH gals falter vs world-class Thais

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Khan fears for McGregor in Mayweather bout Read Next LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Philippines’s Jovelyn Gonzaga (top L) returns the ball against Thailand players during their volleyball women’s semi-finals match at the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFANKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine team displayed its best form in the tournament but still failed to measure up to Thailand to lose a 25-21, 25-17, 25-17 decision Saturday in the Southeast Asian Games women’s volleyball semifinals here.The Thais, who regularly play in top-level tournaments like the World Championship and Olympics, didn’t hold their punches against the all-heart Filipinos and played their best players up until the end.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short programcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games The defeat sent the Philippines to the bronze-medal match against either Indonesia or Vietnam.Coming into the SEA Games, the Nationals were aiming to end their medal drought in the biennial meet that dates back to the 2005 Manila edition, when they bagged a bronze.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 shutout“We still have a chance to medal. This is still an achievement for us, making the semifinals,” said PH coach Francis Vicente.Formed just three months ago and playing as one team just six weeks back, the Philippines barged into the Final Four with a rousing win over Malaysia (25-18, 25-11, 25-16) Thursday. It had its chance to top the group stage but the Philippines yielded a straight-set loss to Vietnam (26-24, 25-12, 25-23).Vietnam, the silver medal winner in the last SEA Games, and Indonesia were locked in the other semifinal battle.If Vietnam wins, the Nationals will have to deal with Indonesia, a team led by explosive spiker Aprilla Manganang.Manganang had a beef to settle against the Philippines, whose officials questioned her gender during the 2015 Singapore edition.However, the 25-year-old Indonesian said the controversy is now water under the bridge when she came to the Philippines last year for the Asian Club Championships.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Giant-slaying Ceres will show Tianjin respect, not fear, says Schrock

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The Busmen travel to China to face Tianjin Quianjian on Tuesday in a playoff with the winner advancing to the group stage. No Filipino club has gotten this far in the most prestigious club competition in the continent.But for Ceres, the rise has been remarkable considering that the club was just formed in 2012 and played in the now defunct AFC President’s Cup where it failed to progress past the group stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We absolutely deserve the win, and we as a team are so proud of this achievement,” said Ceres midfielder Stephan Schrock. “This is the biggest success for Philippine club history, and I think also the biggest upset in the history of Australian football.”Two goals from Bienve Maranon and another striker from Omid Nazari proved enough for the Busmen to overcome the Roar, prompting the Australian club to apologize for its performance. Even after a tough outing against Shan United of Myanmar, Schrock said the Busmen never wavered in their belief that they can create a stir in the tournament. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANPhilippines Football League champion Ceres Negros’ stunning upset of Brisbane Roar sent shockwaves in world football on Tuesday night, but for the Bacolod club, the triumph was a reward for the commitment and work put in by the players in an effort to enhance the country’s reputation in Asia.Making their debut in the AFC Champions League preliminary round, the Busmen came from a goal down to beat the Roar, 3-2, in a result described by Australian pundits as “embarrassing” for the third place team of the A-League last season.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “We will show them respect as all the other teams we faced, but we have to be fearless and with a clear belief,” he said. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:38Duterte orders probe on radio broadcaster slay in Dumaguete01:29Police 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 Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Karatekas seek swift end to PKF controversy “I knew that we can beat Brisbane since the day we became champions (in the PFL),” said Schrock. “I started thinking and believing about the win against Shan and Brisbane during holidays.”Maranon said playing free from the burden of expectation proved key for the squad.“We went to enjoy the experience and didn’t put ourselves under any undue pressure, that was the point,” he said. “As a result, the atmosphere among the team was very relaxed and that was reflected on the pitch.”Tianjin poses a more difficult test for Ceres with its slew of Chinese internationals and a couple of high profile players in Alexander Pato and Axel Witsel.But Schrock said the mindset will not change even against stronger opposition.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stinglast_img read more

Foes first, friends after

first_imgLouie Alas and Alex Compton worked together—and have been friends—for so long that it’s not a surprise that they think pretty much alike now.So it’s no surprise that both mentors agree on one thing when they clash for the first time as head coaches on Wednesday night—that their teams will be playing pretty much the same way as evidenced by the stats.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “This won’t be a friendly game, not in any way,” Alas told the Inquirer over the phone as his Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters try to put a halt to Compton’s Alaska Aces’ four-game winning streak in the PBA Philippine Cup.And that’s not all.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We need this win to establish an identity for ourselves—that we can beat the elite teams in this league,” Alas said of their 7 p.m. clash at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay as the Fuel Masters seek a follow-up to an upset conquest of Barangay Ginebra over the weekend.“You know, the hardest I ever played as a basketball player was against my brother,” Compton said. “I love him, yes, but when we’re on the court, we try to kill each other.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH And that’s how he sees his clash with Alas, his former coach in the MBA with the Manila Metrostars and assistant at Alaska.“We can be friends [again, after the game], but when we’re on the court, we will coach our guts out,” Compton said.Alas pointed out the similarities in their stats and where Alaska holds an edge—in the turnover and turnover points departments, which he helped sharpen while forging Alaska’s gung-ho style of defense.“I think it will be an absolutely exhausting game,” Compton said. “Both teams will play very hard, we are a bunch of blue-collar workers out there.”While Alas will have a complete lineup headed by gunslinger Matthew Wright, Compton said he is “noncommittal” as far as superstar power forward Calvin Abueva is concerned.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Though Abueva did practice on Tuesday, Compton said that if the 6-foot-1 bruiser’s family emergency still needs attending to, he won’t stand in the way.Meanwhile, TNT KaTropa tries to get back on track and rise above .500 again when the Texters battle KIA Picanto in the 4:30 p.m. contest. MOST READ Ancajas ramps up preps for IBF title defense Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View commentslast_img read more

Wade’s return to Heat has a neat perk: A different uniform

first_imgA sign at the entrance of Miami International Airport welcomes back to the Miami Heat Dwyane Wade, who was traded to the Heat by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)Dwyane Wade could not be more excited to get back to his familiar surroundings.He’s also excited for an unfamiliar uniform.ADVERTISEMENT It’s an unusual perk, but one of the things Wade said he’s looking most forward to when he returns to the Miami Heat on Friday night is the team’s new “Vice” jersey and shorts — the design being a play on the themes of Miami in the 1980s, replete with pastel trim and a font the team used when it played in its original arena.READ: Dwyane Wade returns to Miami as Cavs continue to deal FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“OK, I’ve seen the jerseys — me and a friend of mine, won’t say his name — and I was like, ‘Listen, I need to get those shorts, at least,’” Wade told The Associated Press in an interview after his trade from Cleveland to Miami was completed Thursday. “The jerseys are unreal.”The friend, by the way, was fellow former Heat star — and fellow fashion aficionado — LeBron James. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of 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 “I will not confirm nor deny who it was,” Wade said.Good things come to those who wait… @MiamiHEAT VICE Jerseys have made a #R3TURN! You can NOW reserve limited quantities, hurry!https://t.co/lFHcJKmqwh pic.twitter.com/SqQYPOqm8N— The Miami HEAT Store (@MiamiHEATstore) February 9, 2018The Heat are wearing the uniform 15 times this season, with 10 of those left to play. They are in them for Wade’s return against the Milwaukee Bucks, his first game with the Heat since the 2016 playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Mila’s Lechon in hot water as PBA digs deeper into miserable showing NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next “Right now, definitely top three in the best jerseys in the NBA,” Wade said. “Definitely excited to put that on my body real soon here.”Wade will be back in his No. 3 jersey, and back in his old locker as well. The locker’s most recent occupant, Okaro White, was traded away by Miami in a separate move Thursday.READ: Cavaliers send Thomas, Frye to Lakers for Clarkson, NanceThe Heat have not announced what sort of tributes will accompany Wade’s return. He said he isn’t worried about that, and insisted he’s more excited to reunite with the likes of Goran Dragic, Udonis Haslem, Josh Richardson and Hassan Whiteside.“It will be a seamless thing for me to come in and add something to the team,” Wade said. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

NCAA: San Beda vents ire on St. Benilde

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant New Knicks regime open to moving on with or without Carmelo View comments Robert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda took out its frustrations on St. Benilde en route to a 76-52 rout to bounce back in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Losing to Lyceum, 96-91, last Friday, the Red Lions roared to their second victory in three outings in convincing fashion, with Robert Bolick doing it all with his nine points, 11 rebounds, and six assists.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “It’s really their character that led them to bounce back,” lamented coach Boyet Fernandez. “Probably with the loss (to Lyceum), it showed that our players aren’t really matured in that game.”Javee Mocon led San Beda with 12 markers, eight boards, and five dimes to anchor the balanced attack for his squad, while AC Soberano pumped nine points on a 3-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc.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 starsEngaged in a tight contest early, San Beda pulled away from a 21-all deadlock with a scathing 16-3 blast to grab a 37-24 halftime edge before erecting a lead as high as 29, 76-47, with a Clint Doliguez basket with 2:00 remaining.“We started really flat in the first quarter. The guys were really excited, but we needed move on from that loss,” said Fernandez. “We had a bad start, but our defense led us back in the second quarter and we finished strong.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Clement Leutcheu paced St. Benilde (1-2) with 10 points and five rebounds, while Kendrix Belgica and JJ Domingo both scored eight markers in the loss.The Scores:SAN BEDA 76 – Mocon 12, Bolick 9, Soberano 9, Tongco 8, Potts 7, Noah 6, Doliguez 6, Carino 6, Presbitero 4, Bahio 4, Abuda 3, Tankoua 2, Oftana 0, Adamos 0, Cabanag 0.ST. BENILDE 52 – Leutcheu 10, Belgica 8, Domingo 8, Pili 7, Dixon 6, Sta. Maria 6, Naboa 4, Young 3, San Juan 0, Castor 0, Bunyi 0, Johnson 0, Suarez 0.Quarters: 16-15, 37-24, 62-44, 76-52.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Filipinos fail to finish Gilas stint on a high note despite win over Iran

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Overall, it was a good tournament for us,” he said. “Not only did we leave a good impression (to the fans and foes) here considering that this team has been together for just three weeks. It speaks well of the program.“Unfortunately, it could have ended better for us.”Gilas lost to Canada, South Korea and Lithuania, but those were games that the players impressed Reyes the most.“Against Korea, we shot poorly but defended very well,” Reyes said. “It was the same thing against Canada and Lithuania. I was very happy with (the defensive effort the players showed in) those games.”Christian Standhardinger was the third and plast player in twin digits for Gilas with 13 as Reyes opted to play Jio Jalalon just over 13 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT The team planes back to Manila on Monday morning after which Reyes meets with fellow coaches and the leadership of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to come up with the final 12-man roster for the Fiba Asia Championship slated in Lebanon starting August 8.Members of the team that played the Jones Cup, most of them anyway, are already slated to see action in Kuala Lumpur where the country shoots for an 18th gold medal. Troy Rosario and Baser Amer are listed to join the team.The Scores:GILAS PILIPINAS 90 – Myers 21, Wright 20, Standhardinger 13, Pogoy 9, Ravena 8, Cruz 5, Parks 5, Ferrer 3, Jose 2, Tolomia 2, Pessumal 2, Jalalon 0.IRAN 82 – Pazrofteh 21, Soleymani 21, Khajehzadeh 12, Mozafarivanani 11, Rezaeifar 11, Beigiharchegani 3, Falahat 2, Shaharian Nasl 1, Mohammadi 0, Rezaei 0, Reaei 0.Quarters: 26-22; 50-42; 70-62; 90-82.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA: Hotshots pound Elite in fourth quarter for first win CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/JIM CHOUTAIPEI – Gilas Pilipinas played with control practically all game on Sunday night and clipped a young Iran squad, 90-82, but it wasn’t exactly the high note finish to the Filipinos’ Jones Cup Invitational campaign that coach Chot Reyes was shooting for.In fact, he saw the victory by the Filipinos in an entirely different light.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Gamescenter_img MOST READ View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “I thought this was the worst game we played here,” Reyes said after the Filipinos closed out with a 6-3 record to finish fourth and out of the medal. “We played a lot, lot better in the games we lost.”Mike Myers scored 21 points and had 11 rebounds and Matthew Wright tossed in 20 for the Filipinos, who were dragged into a see-sawing game by this Iranian team whose stars stayed home to prepare for bigger tournaments ahead.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“Maybe the players were tired already,” Reyes said after their ninth game in the same number of days. “Or, they may have overlooked Iran. I really thought we played well below our potential in this game.”Still, Reyes believes that this Gilas squad, the core of which will be representing the country in the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia late next month, represented the national program well and was able to provide the feeling of home to the thousands of OFWs who went to see the games at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Top hopes

first_imgHeena SidhuThe Commonwealth Games is the focus of sports talk and aspirations in Punjab now. Sports has been a fix of sorts in the state for decades; the Maharajas indulged in it while lesser men too have not lagged behind. And now with the Games at the doorsteps, all eyes,Heena SidhuThe Commonwealth Games is the focus of sports talk and aspirations in Punjab now. Sports has been a fix of sorts in the state for decades; the Maharajas indulged in it while lesser men too have not lagged behind. And now with the Games at the doorsteps, all eyes are on medals, more so, because it has become a matter of prestige with the event being held at home. Be it hockey, wrestling, shooting, cricket or athletics, Punjabis excel in almost every kind of sport. In fact, there have been times when nine out of the playing 11 team members of the gold winning hockey Olympic teams have been from one small village in Punjab (Sansarpur, near Jalandhar-also referred to as the Mecca of Indian Hockey).Rajpal SinghWith such a history egging them on, Punjabi players are under pressure to perform at the Commonwealth Games. High on excitement but slightly low because of the negative publicity the Games are attracting, these players are readying to make India proud.”We have a well balanced team and we have a fair chance of winning a medal,” says Rajpal Singh, captain of the Indian Hockey team. Determination has always been Singh’s strength. After he won the best player award in the under-18 Asia cup in 2001 held in Malaysia, he said, ” One day I will definitely lead the senior team.” And he has proved himself. Singh honed his skills at Chandigarh’s Sector 42 hockey stadium. There were times when he used to pedal to the stadium for training.Singh, training at the Pune camp now, said, “The schedule is the same for any major international event.” Happy that he will be playing in front of a home crowd, he says, “I want to emerge as the leading scorer of the tournament. The home crowd usually acts as a 12th teammate.” The short-corner expertise is something that the team is perfecting which has made them number nine in the world and winners of Sultan Azlan Shah Tournament.Another hockey player, Sandeep Singh from Haryana had always wanted to represent the country in the FIH (International Hockey Federation) World Cup, which he did this February. Capped this August with an Arjuna award, he says, “It was the greatest moment of my life.” But he doesn’t want to stop here. “I want India to win the gold at the CWG and that day will be the biggest hour for our hockey fans.”Manavjit SidhuAnother CWG star, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, shooter who specialises in trap shooting and a Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee, says, “The Government has invested huge money, so I think the only way I can give back is through bringing medals.” Sandhu has been training in Italy for the last few months and is hopeful that the CWG will inspire the youth. “We should get over with stories on the scams so that foreigners who come here leave with pleasant memories. It should not give a bad name to India.” Much of his time being taken up by training round-the-clock, Sandhu says, “We will be performing in front of the home crowd and it has to be our best.”Abhinav BindraThe maharaja of the shooting ranges, Abhinav Bindra is as modest in depicting his chances of winning a medal as would be an amateur shooter. Bindra who will compete in the 10 m air rifle event, was under training by his foreign coaches and was working on mental, physical and technical aspects of the game. He trains for about 40 hours a week, and in the last leg, is specifically training on the physical aspect of game.Ronjan SodiFor Ronjan Singh Sodhi, double trap shooter from Punjab , the CWG could be the beginning of a sports revolution. “Almost everyone is taking about the Games, positive or negative.” Sodhi who is basking in the glory of winning the World Cup held in Italy this June is all set for the CWG. Sodhi has been training in Australia and Italy and says, “When I started, I didn’t even have a gun of my own. But times have changed- all thanks to my family and the Government.” Sodhi who hails from Ferozepur region in Punjab , says, “I have been fascinated by guns since my childhood. When hunting was not banned, I used to accompany my grandfather to the fields.”Maha SinghMaha Singh, long-jump athlete, has his target set. “If I can jump at eight meters, I will get a medal for sure,” he says. Singh who is being trained under a Russian coach felt that changing his coaching style has helped a lot. Singh is proud of the CWG. “I am sure many parents after CWG would like their children to take up sports as their career.”When it comes to sports, Punjabi women are not far. Another promising medal prospect for India is Heena Sidhu, ranked 16th in the world who is competing in the senior category of the 10m air pistol. “Along with the physical training, I have included breathing exercises and meditation in my schedule to improve my concentration. The year so far has been good for me as I came fourth in the World Championship in America and missed a medal by a whisker in Munich.” Sidhu’s biggest support system is her father who accompanies her everywhere. “I am very optimistic of India ‘s chances in the CWG but I am not happy with the discordant noises being made about the poor management.”Hardeep KaurFor Hardeep Kaur, 30, selection for the CWG has been like a dream come true. This athlete from a small village Lehan near Ludhiana received a major setback in 2004 when she failed the dope test. But that is history now. “I am looking forward to go past 62m at the Delhi Games,” said Kaur. Initially, she excelled in shot-put and discus events at the junior national meets. But she came into prominence in 1999 when she won the hammer title at the national level. In the same year, she came in contact with former international hammer thrower Nirmal Singh and started taking her career more seriously. Kaur’s inspiration has been her elder sister Jagdeep who was the winner of the first women hammer throw event when it was introduced in the athletics calendar in the early 1990s. A few years ago, she got married to hurdler Gurpreet Singh.Harwant KaurThe discus throw, one of India ‘s best prospects for women, is being represented by three participants, chief of them being Harwant Kaur,32.Since 2005 after she played for the international meet, Asian Grand Prix at Singapore, Kaur has had issues- injuries and personal problems but now she is back with a better focus. “If she is able to repeat her Patiala performance, she should be one of the medalist,” said officiating AFI secretary Ravinder Chaudhary. Her younger brother is an international level low hurdler. And Harwant’s family is very encouraging. Perhaps that could be one of the factors that she has been around on the national scene for more than a decade and still going strong.Manjit KaurManjit Kaur,28, is one of those whose talent surfaced quite early. In fact, during a local school meet, Kaur was first spotted by athletics coach RS Sidhu in late 1990s.There was a time when this international level runner didn’t even have a good pair of running spikes and then Olympian and former international athlete, Gurbachan Singh Randhawa arranged for a pair of shoes for her.This talented athlete in roughly six years has made rapid strides to stardom in the domestic circuit.She set a new national mark of 51.05 seconds in 2004 at the National Circuit Atheltic Meet held in Chennai. A few years back, Manjit further got a boost to her career when she was inducted into the Punjab Police.Way back in 1995 during the junior national women hockey tournament, one of Haryana’s hockey team members scored 37 goals in one competition, setting a new record of sorts. She was none other than Surinder Kaur. Four years later when she donned senior colours, she scored 33 goals in the National hockey championship. With such talented sportsmen, India’s chances of lapping medals at the Delhi games stand high. Punjabi sportspersons are all set to make their state as well the country proud.We wish them luck.Rajpal Singh, 27Sport: HockeyDebut: Youth Asia Cup, 2001Big role: Leading the Indian hockey team in CWGHeena Sidhu, 20Sport: 10m air pistolMissed it: Chance of pocketing a medal in the opening competition in Changwon, KoreaNumber crunching: Ranked fourth in World Championship in AmericaRonjan Sodi, 27Sport: Double-trap shooterNumber game: 14 medals till date besides an Arjuna AwardFirst time: He won his first World Cup medal-a bronze in 2007Golden shot: Won the gold at the ISSF World Cup in Lonato in June this yearManavjit Sidhu, 34Sport: ShootingHighest honour: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2006Daddy’s footsteps: His father Gurbir Singh Sandhu was also an international level shooter and Arjun awardeeHarwant Kaur, 30Sport: Discuss throwPersonal best: 63.05 meters achieved in August 2004 in Kiev wineMiss chance: She contested at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but failed to reach the finalsManjit Kaur, 28Sport: Sprint athleteCurrent record: 400 m national record of 51.05 secondsHigh point: Arjuna Award in 2005Golden victory: In Doha Asian Games in 2006, she led India to a stunning 4 x 400 metres relay gold.Maha Singh, 27Sport: Long JumpWorld ranking: 38Latest Medals: Two silver and three bronze medals in the last Asian Grand Prix eventsLowest point: Faced a ban in 2003 on charges of dopingHardeep Kaur, 30Sport: Hammer throw tries to bring wineMedal cart: Silver medal at the 2002 Asian Championships, finished fourth at the 2003 Asian Championships and seventh at the 2006 CommonwealthAbhinav Bindra, 28Sport: ShootingFirst time: First Indian to win an individual gold at the Olympic Games, 2008Young turk: Youngest Indian participant in 2000 Olympicsadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

SA recall Duminy, Parnell for 2nd Test

first_imgSouth Africa have included middle-order batsman Jean Paul Duminy and left-arm pacer Wayne Parnell in the squad for the second Test which will start in Durban on the Boxing Day.Although South Africa recorded a convincing victory in the first Test winning by an innings and 25 runs, Duminy who scored a double century in a domestic match was rewarded for his good show.But it is unlikely that Duminy will be inducted into the playing XI as selectors and team management is unlikely to tinker with the top-six players.Parnell may replace left-arm pacer Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who took only one wicket giving away 148 runs in the first Test in Centurion.The Squad: Graeme Smith (captain), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher, Paul Harris, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Ryan McLaren, JP Duminy and Wayne Parnell.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

Mohali match: Dhoni urges team-mates not to get distracted by media hype

first_imgAll the members of the Indian team are fit for tomorrow’s World Cup semi-final clash against Pakistan, according to captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who today strongly urged his teammates not to get distracted by the hype surrounding the high-voltage clash and just focus on the game.Dhoni said Indo-Pak cricket matches tend to generate such media hype and it was important for the players not to get sucked into the frenzy and lose focus of the task at hand.”Well, we know the kind of hype media India-Pakistan matches generate. We are not getting involved in all this. We need to know what we are expected to do and focus on that,” Dhoni said at the pre-match media conference in Mohali.”All this is part of cricket and we have to accept it.But the key is not to get involved. We will have the biggest distinguished guests (referring to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan PM Yousuf Raza Gilani) to see the match, we have to be at our best,” Dhoni said.Asked whether the excessive hype would affect the Indians who are playing at home, the Indian skipper said, “It is not really affecting us. We all know it is a big tournament and we have prepared a lot. Our preparations have been the same like what we have done in the past few days.”Dhoni was not unduly worried about his batting form and reckoned that he had just not got opportunities to score big though he has been striking the ball well.advertisementAsked specifically if pressure of captaincy was taking a toll on his batting, Dhoni responded: “It is only a cricketing aspect, nothing to do with form. I have been batting quite well. Sometimes the situations are not great to play flamboyant cricket. In the Bangladesh match, such a situation was there but I didn’t get to bat.””If you are batting at No 5, 6, or 7, you don’t get to bat much if the top order scores. I think the last game (against Australia) was ideal but it went straight to a fielder. It does not go your way always. Form has not been a worry,” he added.– With PTI inputslast_img read more