5 reasons to give badminton a try Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Testosterone is the natural steroid hormone that enhances sport, athletic and fitness test performance. In general, people with smaller digit ratios are better athletes,” explained Dr. Tomkinson.“Given that muscular strength is an important determinant of success in many youth sports and athletic events, our finding suggests that the digit ratio may predict performance in youth sports and athletic events requiring high strength,” he added.As muscular strength is also an important indicator of good health, the findings also suggest that teenage boys with lower digit ratios might enjoy better health in general.The results were published online in the journal Early Human Development. JBADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Image: monkeybusinessimages/Istock.com via AFP RelaxnewsNew research has revealed an unusual way of predicting sporting success: finding that the length of the ring finger of teenage boys could indicate their prowess at sports. The study is the first to attempt to measure this relationship.Carried out by the University of South Australia’s Dr. Grant Tomkinson and his son, 11-year old student Jordan Tomkinson, the research looked at the digit ratio (the difference in length between the index finger and ring finger) of 57 adolescent boys.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles07:50BYS Academy: Create a Fall Glam Makeup Look00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games “The ring finger in males is typically longer than the index finger, whereas the fingers are about the same length in females,” explained Dr. Tomkinson, adding that there is some evidence to suggest that the digit ratio is influence by the levels of testosterone present during the early development of the fetus. “The more testosterone the fetus produces, the longer the ring finger, so the smaller the digit ratio.”The father-son team set out to look at whether the digit ratio could possibly be linked to muscular strength, which in turn could be linked to sports performance.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 shutoutThe pair recorded the age, digit ratio, body mass and right handgrip strength of the participants, who were all aged 13 to 18 and attending Jordan’s school, the Sacred Heart School in East Forks, Minnesota, in the United States.They found that adolescent boys with lower digit ratios did indeed show a better handgrip strength, irrespective of their age or body size. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments
Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Gin Kings-Bolts return duel set The Lakers open the regular season on October 19 against the Los Angeles Clippers. Wilson Chandler #21 of the Denver Nuggets splits the defense of Lonzo Ball #2 and Thomas Bryant #31 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of a preseason game at Staples Center on October 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPLos Angeles, United States — The Los Angeles Lakers opted to keep rookie point guard Lonzo Ball out of Sunday’s pre-season game against the Sacramento Kings, letting him rest his sprained left ankle.Ball was to miss his second straight game since he was hurt on Monday when he came down on Denver Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay’s foot near the end of the first half of a pre-season contest.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending 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 Lakers coach Luke Walton said Ball, the second overall selection in the draft in June, had trouble with lateral movement.There was some suggestion Ball could miss the rest of the pre-season.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“I hope not, but yeah, that’s a possibility,” Walton said. “It is different with every player. He is new to the team, so we’ve got to see how long these types of injuries take him to come back from.“We’d like to have him back, but again, we are not going to rush him back just to try to get him out there.” LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa
Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul, left, dribbles past Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON, Texas—Trevor Ariza had a season-high 25 points in the Houston Rockets’ 125-95 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.Ariza was 7 of 10 from 3-point range. Chris Paul had 23 points and 12 assists, and James Harden added 21 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in limited action.ADVERTISEMENT Denver scored a season-low 17 points in the first quarter while allowing a season-high 75 first-half points. Denver’s bench was outscored 41-35, led by nine points each from Juancho Hernangomez, Mason Plumlee and Malik Beasley. Harris had 13 points and four steals.Houston recalled rookie C Zhou Qi from Rio Grande Valley after he had 18 points and four blocks on Tuesday night for the G League affiliate. Briante Weber, who is averaging 17.9 points, 7.0 assists and 6.1 rebounds for Rio Grande Valley this season, was also recalled. 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 Articles01:37Protesters 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 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion The Rockets have won nine of last 10 games, and beat Denver for the fifth straight time after sweeping the series 4-0 last season.Houston led 75-40 at the half, the Rockets’ largest halftime lead of the season.In a scary moment for Denver midway through the second quarter, Nikola Jokic fell to the ground following a tipped layup after suffering a non-contact injury. He limped off the court to the locker room but returned later in the quarter.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 shutoutWill Barton led Denver with 20 points. Jokic had 17, and Gary Harris added 13.Denver played its second game without Paul Millsap. He sustained a left wrist injury Sunday in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and is out indefinitely. Starting in his place, Wilson Chandler returned to action after missing a victory Monday night at Sacramento with back pain.Houston played without starting power forward Ryan Anderson (illness) and reserve guard Eric Gordon (right calf tightness). P.J. Tucker started in Anderson’s place, while Luc Mbah a Moute scored 13 points in 26 minutes behind Paul. LATEST STORIES Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Knicks outscore Raptors 41-10 in 3rd en route to victory CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
“Right now we’re in Strugglesville,” LeBron James said. “But it felt like a win. We needed it. Definitely.”Isaiah Thomas made two free throws with 11 seconds left and Cleveland came up with a defensive stop in the frantic final seconds after blowing a 23-point lead to beat the Orlando Magic 104-103 on Thursday night and snap a four-game losing streak.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter Thomas made his shots, Orlando’s Elfrid Payton missed a contested layup with three seconds left. The three officials ruled there was an inadvertent whistle and held a jump ball at midcourt.Magic forward Aaron Gordon grabbed the toss and sank a 45-footer as the horn sounded and Cleveland’s crowd shrieked in disbelief. But Gordon committed a jump-ball violation with the move and Cleveland only had to inbound the ball to come away with a victory following a crazy and exhausting final sequence that left everyone dazed. Cleveland Cavaliers’ Derrick Rose, center, drives between Orlando Magic’s D.J. Augustin, left, and Khem Birch during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — There was none of the usual postgame chatter or music in the Cavaliers locker room.The mood was somber and quiet, not the same place.ADVERTISEMENT Magic: Played without G Aaron Afflalo, suspended two games without pay by the NBA for fighting with Minnesota’s Nemanja Bjelica on Tuesday. … Earlier this season, Orlando snapped a 17-game losing streak against Cleveland. … Vogel burned some early timeouts to scold his players after they gave up six 3-pointers in the opening minutes. …Cavaliers: James will make his 14th straight All-Star start, one behind Kobe Bryant’s record. … James set a goal to play 82 games, and Lue said that’s a possibility although it’s expected the four-time MVP will be rested for the playoffs. “He has to understand that his health is most important and without that we can’t go very far,” Lue said. “We just have to be smart about it.”UP NEXTMagic: At Boston on Sunday.Cavaliers: Host Oklahoma City on Saturday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “No, I don’t,” said Thomas when asked if he knew what happened. “It was a lot of back and forth. I’m just glad we just came out with the win.”James committed six turnovers and went 2 of 8 from the free-throw line but closed in on 30,000 career points, Thomas scored 21 and came through in crunch time and the Cavs got their fourth win in 13 games.However, some of the same problems — defensive lapses, stagnant offense — that have plagued the Cavs for much of the season resurfaced in the second half, when Orlando outscored Cleveland 56-37.“Obviously we know we’ve been struggling as of late,” James said. “We’re just trying to figure out how we can put two halves together. Obviously we had a great first half on Monday (against Golden State), great first half today and the same result. So we’ve got to keep pushing, keep watching film and seeing ways we can be better.”James scored 16 and now needs 25 to become the seventh player in NBA history to reach 30,000. He’ll likely reach the plateau on Saturday when Cleveland hosts Oklahoma City.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next The Cavs were rolling to a rare, easy win before they went cold from the outside and were outscored 33-17 in the third quarter by the Magic, who have dropped 17 of 19. Cleveland went 1 for 17 on 3-pointers in the second half.Payton scored 19 and Gordon 17 for Orlando, which felt a few calls should have gone their way in the final seconds.Thomas was sent to the line with 11 seconds left when referee Kane Fitzgerald called a foul on Orlando’s Shelvin Mack. Magic coach Frank Vogel felt Mack had tied up Thomas to force a jump ball.“I’m disappointed for our guys,” Vogel said. “I felt like they deserved the victory. We didn’t get the breaks down the stretch.”ROSE RETURNSCavs guard Derrick Rose returned after missing more than two months with ankle injuries and scored nine points in 13 minutes.Rose deepens Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue’s rotation and the former league MVP gives the Cavs another proven scorer.“I thought he looked pretty good,” James said. “For as long as he’s been out, can’t ask for much. He gave us everything he had. Defensively he was in tune, offensively he made some great moves.”CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAINBefore the game, James was chosen as one of the captains for this year’s All-Star game after receiving the most votes in balloting by fans, players and media. James will have first choice from a pool of selected players, which will include former Cavs teammate Kyrie Irving and players from Western Conference teams.James wouldn’t reveal his No. 1 pick, but made it clear he’s going to take his duties seriously.“I’m going to try to build the best team I can,” he said. “I don’t play fantasy anything. And I don’t trade guys onto teams when I play 2K or play the video games so this is different for me. But I know watching guys and loving their game and all that, if you had an opportunity to play with that guy, how special that would be.”TIP-INS MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:29Police 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 San Sebastian victorious over CDSL to earn a spot in the Elite Eight Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena nailed a triple with 9.2 seconds remaining as Ateneo stunned fierce rival La Salle, 80-78, Sunday night to stay in the quarterfinal hunt in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup.Momentarily open at the left corner, Ravena hoisted the shot while drawing a foul on Ricci Rivero to give the Blue Eagles the lead for good, 76-74, much to the delight of the Ateneo faithful at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the victory, San Beda improved to 6-0, virtually clinching a place in the quarterfinals of the preseason event.The Eagles looked like they were on their way to the victory when they took a 73-68 lead heading into the final minutes.But La Salle responded with six straight points capped by a Ben Mbala putback for a 74-73 lead with 18.3 seconds left.Ravena missed the bonus free throw, but teammate Matt Nieto hauled down the rebound leading to another foul for two more charities, 78-74.Hardly looking the squad that ruled this tournament in emphatic fashion last year, La Salle fell to 4-3 as it continued to miss Kib Montalbo and Prince Rivero to injuries.Letran absorbed its sixth loss in seven games.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Mangulabnan cops Superbikes, Expert plums “It was a big shot by Thirdy (Ravena),” said Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin, whose Eagles improved to 3-2 in the preseason tournament . “We don’t want to rely on big shots to win the game, but it’s good that we get one when we need it.”The rivals’ first match since their UAAP finals meeting won by La Salle last year turned out to be a hotly contested affair with technical fouls called on players from both teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEarlier, San Beda maintained its unblemished record with a 75-63 drubbing of Letran in a battle of NCAA rivals, while National U leaned on JJ Alejandro’s big game to subdue St. Benilde, 104-88.Robert Bolick fired 17 points to lead the Red Lions, who rallied from an early deficit with a strong performance in the third quarter. What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 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 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire
Manny Pacquiao, center, weighs in, Tuesday, July 1, 2017, in Brisbane, Australia. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO welterweight world title on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Australian Jeff Horn. (AP Photo/John Pye)BRISBANE, Australia—Manny Pacquiao didn’t even bother to remove his socks and inhale when he stepped into the weigh scale on Saturday. He knew he’ll make it in a breeze.When it was Jeff Horn’s turn, however, the Australian challenger approached it with caution and took a deep breath before boarding, not daring to look at what it registered.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Other than that, the weigh-in for the “Battle of Brisbane” proceeded smoothly as all 14 boxers, including Filipinos Jerwin Ancajas and Joven Dapidran, made the cutoff weights on their first attempts.READ: Weighing game: Horn still over 7 pounds overweight for battleFact is, Pacquiao had the luxury of having a little breakfast at his suite before proceeding to the venue.“Everything’s well, it’s a good weight,” said Roach as Pacquiao missed his desired weight by half a pound.In contrast, Horn came too close to being over, said Roach, who saw Horn immediately eat a banana and gulp down fruit juice after his weight was announced.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Jeff Horn starving, still overweightHorn had to starve himself, taking only sips of water Thursday and little salad Friday night to shed 7.8 pounds and make weight.“It’s never easy to cut that many kilos, but I’m feeling a lot better now, putting fluids back in,” said Horn in the podium interview.According to trainer Glenn Rushton, he was certain that Horn will be able to hurdle the scales.READ: Pacquiao’s title on the line vs Horn in ‘Battle of Brisbane’ “He has never failed to make weight. Never,” said Rushton, who bared that Horn will slowly rehydrate and will climb the ring Sunday between 71 to 72 kilos (156 to 158) pounds.Rushton said there was no secret reducing formula, it so happened that Horn perspires profusely. So after doing his gym routines on sweat suits and having a hot bath, Horn was ready to go early Saturday.While Horn was having a crash diet on fight week, Pacquiao was having an eating binge. Wolfing down three full meals everyday so as not to appear emaciated during his face-off with Horn.READ: Relaxed and restingAs it turned out, it was Horn who looked haggard and pale, though not exactly physically drained. What ‘missteps’? 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’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Pacquiao, on the other hand, appeared vibrant and fresh as he threw away the short, T-shirt, jogging pants and jacket he was wearing at the podium.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Creamline survives Adamson in PVL Open Conference opener Pacquiao checked in under at 146 pounds, while Horn, after an anxious second as the pin swayed back and forth, posted 147, the welterweight limit.READ: Pacquiao, Horn make weight for fight 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 starsHorn’s supporters, who dominated the crowd of a few hundred crammed at a function room of Suncorp Stadium, shouted “Hornet! Hornet! Hornet!” which is the challenger’s moniker.Not to be outdone, Pacquiao’s entourage countered “Manny! Manny! Manny!” China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena
Great Britain’s Christopher Froome waits for the start of the 203,5 km second stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 2, 2017 between Dusseldorf, Germany and Liege, Belgium. AFPLIEGE, Belgium—Chris Froome and his Sky team were under attack again on the opening weekend of the Tour de France, but not on the road.Having previously been accused of doping and using a motorised bicycle by detractors unwilling to believe his dominant performances could have been achieved through fair means, Froome is now under fire for allegedly using banned substances in his jersey.ADVERTISEMENT According to a French professor specialising in sports performance, and working for rival team FDJ, Froome and his Sky colleagues gained 18 to 25 seconds in Saturday’s time-trial through their choice of jersey.The top in question has little Vortex air pellets woven into the fabric to give an aerodynamic boost to the rider, which Frederic Grappe claims offers a five-percent boost in performance but is illegal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“The rule is very clear. Any aerodynamic addition to the jersey is banned. Sky have clearly infringed,” Grappe told journalists.However, Sky’s sports director Nicolas Portal insisted his team had done nothing wrong. View comments China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Horn’s controversial win upsets Pacquiao and his fans “Everything is legal and the equipment was validated by the race commission,” he said.Cheating denied“We wouldn’t have taken the risk of losing the Tour from the first stage by cheating. We haven’t cheated.“Other teams use this material but we’re the ones being attacked.“We’re not infringing the rules because the Vortex isn’t added to the jersey, it’s part of it—that’s different.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Sky had four riders finish in the top eight of Saturday’s time-trial, including Froome, who was sixth, and Geraint Thomas, the surprise stage winner.Sky are no strangers to controversy surrounding their innovations.Two years ago, they faced scrutiny for bringing a camper van to the Giro d’Italia for their then rider Richie Porte to get a better night’s sleep.However, organizers put a stop to that immediately.They were also the first to systematically use stationary bikes to help their riders warm up for races and warm down afterwards, something which is now done by all teams. /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? 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’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games
Despite delays and a series of allegations of corruption and favouritism, Commonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi is a positive man. He is confident that the Games will be a “huge success”.Kalmadi, on a visit to Pune, claimed that he would make people of his constituency proud. However, while showing his confidence to the people of his parliamentary constituency, Kalmadi did not forget to slam his political rival within his party.File photo of Suresh Kalmadi (centre) with Mike Fennell and Mike Hooper.The Congress MP blamed former Union sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar for the delays in infrastructure development for the Games. Aiyar has in the past openly criticised Kalmadi and the Games for extravagant expenditure on its conduct.Speaking on the matter earlier in the day, Kalmadi had said there were several challenges to the Games and heavy rain in Delhi was one of those. He however reiterated that this challenge would also be met and the Games would be held successfully.Kalmadi also said that London’s claims that it is absolutely ready to host the 2012 Olympic Games, is a mere claim. “London is not ready. Have you gone there and seen it? I invite you to come to Delhi and see ours,” Kalmadi said.
Top seed Saina Nehwal breezed through her match as India continued their rampaging run in the tournament with all the shuttlers in the singles and doubles category winning their respective matches in the individual badminton event of the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.World number three Saina thrashed Sarah Thomas of Wales 21-5 21-9 to reach closer to her first Commonwealth games gold, while Melbourne bronze medallist Chetan Anand beat Nigerian Ola Fagbemi 21-12 21-6 in 21 minutes to stay on course of bettering his record at the sporting extravaganza.Debutants P Kashyap and Aditi Mutatkar also stormed into the third round in the singles event with straight-game victories in their second round match.Sixth seed Kashyap saw off 21-5 21-12 Jamaican Pyne Charles, while Pune girl Aditi, seeded fifth, took 17 minutes to make short work of Sri Lankan Subodha Kumari 21-14 21-7 in another match at the Siri Fort sport complex here.Mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju, who got a bye in the first round, also stormed into the next round with a 21-13 21-8 spanking of Jamaican Henry Gareth Andre Theodore and Kristal Karjohn Fayonne in a 14-minute match.While Sanave Thomas and Aparna Balan also continued their good run and beat Nigerian combo of Fagbemi Ebenezar Olaoluwa and Braimah Hajara Maria 21-10 21-8 to reach the third round.Rupesh Kumar and Ashwini Ponnappa also struggled past Australian duo of Veeran Raj and Vithi Veeran Renuga 21-16 18-21 21-18 in a 36-minute battle.Earlier, Aditi had a shaky start as she allowed the Sri Lankan to open a 5-2 lead but the Indian soon clawed back at 9-8 and after surviving some crucial moments moved to 16-13 before pocketing the game.advertisementIn the next game, she didn’t give Subodha any chance and moved to 11-4 at the break and held her fort to claim an easy win.Kashyap too didn’t face much of a challenge from the Jamaican as he moved to 5-2 first before registering 12 straight points to zoom to 19-5. The next game too saw Kashyap zoomed to a 6-0 lead and held his fort to canter to an easy win.”It was a kind of easy match. I played a lot of strokes and I had a good rhythm going. In the second game I played a lot of cross court shots and taps and it gave me good points.The next match will be tougher. I hope to do well,” he said.Saina, who got a bye in the first match, took the court amid the cheers of the crowd and the Indian straight away got into business moving to 11-3 at the break.She kept the shuttle down and played cross court shots to make Sarah huff and puff across the court, grabbing next 10 points while conceding just one to wrap up the first game.The next game was no different, although Saina had a few problem with her cross court smashes but a change of racquet made things easier for her.”My strokes were coming good today and I played faster. I have been playing well during the team events as well. A few of my cross court smashes went out in the second game but otherwise I didn’t make any glaring mistake,” Saina said.Second seeds Jwala and Diju, meanwhile, took some giant strides as they moved from 6-4 to 13-8 and 18-10 before wrapping it up at 21-13 in the first game.The second game was no different as the Indian duo jumped to 6-2 before moving to 11-6 at the break, before grabbing six straight points to widen the gap to 18-7.”We played very freely today and our shots were also coming good. When you play team events there is an amount of pressure which comes from the sense of responsibility. So today it was different and it was lighter. We hope to continue our good run,” Jwala said.
Indian billiards player Dhruv Sitwala’s hopes of winning his maiden World Professional title came crashing down today after he lost his summit clash to nine-time champion Mike Russell of Qatar at the Northern Snooker Centre here.Sitwala, who made a surprise entry into the final by defeating two compatriots — last year’s winner Pankaj Advani in quarters and Geet Sethi by one point in semifinal, played well throughout the final and constructed four century breaks against nine-time professional champion, including one accounting for 281. However, the Indian lost 1204-1738.On the other hand, green baize veteran Russell finally got back his crown which he lost last year to Advani, who had become the second Indian after Sethi to win the elusive title.Sitwala, the 2007 IBSF World Billiards runner-up, played confidently and with consistency against his much fancied rival and scored breaks of 65, 107, 122, 97, 103, 90, 281 in his 45 visits to the table.Russell, gunning for his 10th Pro title, came out with five century breaks against Sitwala, including one accounting for 450.Russell’s prolific break building and his ability to uncork big breaks were on display once again in the final against the Mumbaikar, who showed great promise and fluency in his shot selections during the five-day-long tournament.In the five-hour final of the Time format, Russell cracked breaks of 198, 115, 174 and 92 in the first session while in the second, he came out with breaks of 450, 95, 184 and 94.Sitwala, on the other, managed to score 65, 107, 122 and 97 in the first session and 103, 90 and 281 in the second half of the game.Russell had won with authoritative dominance against England’s David Causier in the semifinal, recording breaks of 109, 305, 295, 101 and 371 while Sitwala edged past Sethi, winning by a solitary point.Sitwala had lost his first match of the championship to compatriot Ashok Shandilya but managed to win all other group matches.Russell, on the other, continued his form from two amateur world titles he won two months back and won his 10th professional title. He lost one match in league stage against England’s Robert Marshall.advertisementWith PTI inputs