Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Cielo seals golden treble; Adeline still unbeatable To beat the highly favored Thai, Delarmino will need the same combative approach that propelled him to take all three rounds against Bayramdurdyyew, 30-27, Wednesday evening.On attack mode right from the start, Delarmino tagged his rival with a jarring right to the chin that floored the Turkmen 20 seconds into the first round.Taekwondo jin Francis Agojo, wrestler Jefferson Manatad and kurash grappler Al Rolan Llamas settled for bronze medals after bowing to their respective opponents in the semifinals.Agojo fell to 17-year-old Jang Jun of South Korea, 12-37, in the men’s -58kg finale while jins Christian Al Dela Cruz (men’s -80kg) and Rheza Aragon (women’s -49kg) were eliminated prior to the medal rounds.Following his stunning victory over Muhammetmyrat Gurbanow of Turkmenistan in the quarterfinals, Manatad saw his win streak end after a 5-0 defeat against Aidos Kulmanbetov of Kazakhstan in the men’s belt wrestling classic style -80kg category.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending 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 Philippine bet Phillip Delarmino throws the jarring right that floored Bayramdurdyyew in the first round. —JUNE NAVARROASHGABAT—Phillip Delarmino knows that an aggressive mind-set could change the complexion of the fight regardless of the odds.Using his tested ploy, the muay fighter from Iloilo City hurdled Rusdem Bayramdurdyyew of host Turkmenistan in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games here and silenced his foe’s sea of frenetic supporters to progress to the gold-medal match.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Already assured of the silver medal, Delarmino will engage in the most lucrative fight of his career yet in the men’s -57kg finals against Chotichanin Kokkrachai of Thailand, the country where the full-contact sport originated.“I will stick to our strategy of staying aggressive throughout,” said the 26-year-old Delarmino, whose claim to fame were a pair of silver finishes in the 2014 Asian Beach Games and 2013 Burma Southeast Asian Games.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“He (Kokkrachai) is more of a technical fighter but we will not fight on his terms. We would rather be assertive and throw everything we have,” said muay coach Billy Alumno.More than the P2-million cash incentive that Delarmino can receive from the Philippine Sports Commission, beating Kokkrachai for the gold medal will jack up the Philippine medal tally of two gold, five silver and six bronze medals. View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad
Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “Our confidence never wanes. So what we have to do is to compose ourselves and continue fighting on,” he said.The Stags are aiming to make the Final Four for the first time since 2013. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:24Group urges Senate to pass bill on liquor, vape tax hike before yearend01:53NCAA Season 93 Preview: San Sebastian Stags01:37Protesters 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “Every game we have will be a difficult one because we have a small team. So every game, I’m really pushing the boys to do whatever we could to get the win,” he said.San Sebastian braces for a desperate Arellano squad fighting for survival on Tuesday before wrapping up its elimination round schedule against the upset-seeking Mapua and Perpetual Help.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 shutoutMichael Calisaan, however, would rather look at the tough stretch in a positive light.“If we win and we sweep our last three games, we still have a chance,” the senior forward said. “The teams above us will still play each other. So our focus is preparing ourselves for the next games and improving our game.” View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCurrently out of the NCAA Final Four picture, San Sebastian’s path to the playoffs couldn’t be stiffer as the end of the elimination round nears.That’s why coach Egay Macaraya is motivating his players to be at the best of their capablities as the Golden Stags seek to make a belated run in NCAA Season 93.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mbala: La Salle defense not as good as last year
John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ The Lakers have lost four of five.The Sixers led by 13 in the first quarter but settled for a 58-54 advantage at halftime. Embiid already had 18 points and nine rebounds by then.TIP-INS76ers: Jahlil Okafor, who had been out with a respiratory infection, was available but did not play. . Philadelphia coach Brett Brown before the game on the composure displayed by Simmons: “He really doesn’t get rattled. There’s a poise internally that’s really impressive.”Lakers: Ball entered shooting just 31.3 percent from the field, including 25 percent from 3-point range. ADVERTISEMENT Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, right, gestures toward actor Kevin Hart after scoring as guard Ben Simmons stands in the background during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. The 76ers won 115-109. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Joel Embiid scored a career-high 46 points — the most by a Philadelphia player in 11 years — and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the 76ers past the Los Angeles Lakers 115-109 on Wednesday night.Sixers rookie Ben Simmons added 18 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, falling one rebound shy of a triple-double. Embiid also had seven assists and seven blocked shots, making him the first NBA player with 40 points, seven assists and seven blocks in a game since Julius Erving did it for the 76ers against Detroit in 1982, according to ESPN Stats & Info.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program00:50Trending 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 The No. 2 pick in this year’s draft has a strange jump shot, but coach Luke Walton said the team has no current plans to change it. “We’re not even talking about changing it during the season. We may not change it at all ever. He’s been a good shooter his whole life and he’s going to start making shots. That’ll come with time,” Walton said.UP NEXT76ers: Return home Saturday to play defending champion Golden State.Lakers: Play the second of four consecutive home games Friday against Phoenix. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Embiid shot 14 for 20 from the field and 16 of 19 at the free throw line, giving him the most points by a Sixers player since Allen Iverson scored 46 against Chicago on Nov. 24, 2006.In fact, prior to Embiid’s dazzling performance, the previous 35 times someone scored at least 44 for the 76ers, it was Iverson, according to ESPN.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 shutoutBrandon Ingram led Los Angeles with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma added 24 points, and Jordan Clarkson scored 20 off the bench.For the second consecutive game, prized rookie Lonzo Ball sat out the fourth quarter for the Lakers. He played just 21 minutes, going 1 for 9 and missing all six of his 3-point attempts. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Westbrook, Thunder top Bulls for 3rd straight win Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding There’s a new Beast in town, and he’s wearing no. 88.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “The no. 8 is still with me, but what’s happening with my family has been really sad, so I changed my number to 88. This is The Beast 2.0. I will show to everyone that I can get through this.”This family problem has caused Abueva to miss several days of practice with Alaska and weekly practices with Gilas Pilipinas—where he was eventually dropped for the February windowWorse came to worst when Abueva left the game against Blackwater last Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum before it even started.READ: Out of February window for Gilas, Abueva vows to make up for lost timeAbueva, who finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds against the Fuel Masters, hinted that his marriage with wife Sam is on the rocks but he used this crisis in his private life to be his motivation in his professional life.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 Mikee named MVP as PH settles for silver medal LATEST STORIES And oh, that Beast is still Calvin Abueva.Alaska’s polarizing forward unveiled a new jersey number in Alaska’s dominating 93-75 win over Phoenix in the PBA Philippine Cup and Abueva said the change in digits is a metaphor for the new chapter in his life.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“These past three weeks have been too hard on me,” said Abueva in Filipino Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: Abueva leaves Alaska-Blackwater game due to personal emergency Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “I got the motivation from what I’m going through in the past three weeks,” said Abueva. “I learned to live on my own and be happy on my own. I really like this new number and I showed it on the court earlier. I just miss my son [Clint], though.”“I chose the no. 88 for 2018, and this will be the best part of my life except for my love life,” said Abueva laughing. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Lassiter hoping Beermen can build on success as playoff road gets tougher Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sydney Onwubere led EAC with 11 points. Despite the win, FEU head coach Olsen Racela demanded more consistency from his players who weren’t able to build large enough leads against the Generals.“We were passive this game, although we still got the victory,” said Racela. “Every game for me is a learning experience. This is a good experience for me because I’m able to determine who are the players that I give minutes to that will kill themselves every possession.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAn area of concern for Racela was his team allowing the Generals to grab 21 offensive rebounds that led to 11 second-chance points.Brandley Biernes had 10 points for FEU while RJ Ramirez and Arvin Tolentino had nine apiece. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP FEU coach Olsen Racela. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University took a share of the top spot in its group in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup after taking down Emilio Aguinaldo College, 68-61, Wednesday at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan.The Tamaraws improved to 6-1 to tie San Sebastian atop Group B while the Generals slipped to 2-5.ADVERTISEMENT 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 BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ
‘Amazing’ Nadal better than ever, says Wawrinka That took him to 15 Grand Slam titles, one ahead of Pete Sampras and just three behind the 18 of old rival Roger Federer.Next up on the Slam list in three weeks’ time is Wimbledon where Nadal was champion in 2008 and 2010 and runner-up in 2006, 2007 and 2011.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, his last four visits have all ended with defeats to opponents outside the top 100.“It’s a while since I didn’t play a very good Wimbledon. It’s true that after 2012 what happened with my knees has made it tougher and tougher to compete on grass. That’s the reality,” said Nadal. What ‘missteps’? View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire An emotional Rafael Nadal of Spain holds the trophy as he celebrates winning his tenth French Open title against Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in three sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, during their men’s final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, June 11, 2017. APRafael Nadal will resume his bittersweet relationship with Wimbledon buoyed by his record-breaking French Open but wary of the traps which have ensnared him at the All England Club.The 31-year-old Spaniard routed Stan Wawrinka at Roland Garros on Sunday 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to become the first man in history to win the same major 10 times.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Injury forced him to skip Wimbledon in 2009 and 2016 while the years 2012-2015 saw him lose to Lukas Rosol (world ranked 100), Steve Darcis (135), Nick Kyrgios (144) and Dustin Brown (102).In that spell, a fourth round run in 2014 was his best effort.Nadal admits that if he suffers a new problem with his knees on the Wimbledon grass, where the lower bounce of the ball piles more pressure on the legs and joints, then his visit to London may again be short-lived.“I love grass, everybody knows, and it’s a surface that I really enjoyed a lot playing on. And I missed playing at Wimbledon,” said Nadal.“So I hope that my knees hold well and I can have the preparation that I really need and the preparation that I want.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “So if that happens, why not? If I have pain in the knees, then I know from experience that it’s almost impossible. Because I need to feel strong and have low, powerful legs to play well in Wimbledon.“If I don’t feel that, then probably my chances are not there, no? But if I am healthy and I am able to have the right preparation and feel healthy during Wimbledon, then probably gonna have my chances to play well.”Nadal’s resurgence is one of the tennis storylines of 2017 along with the similar rejuvenation of Federer who defeated him in the Australian Open final in January.Before his title triumph on Sunday, his most recent Grand Slam title came in Paris in 2014 and he admitted that there were doubts over whether or not he’d recover his former powers.“I have doubts every day but that’s good as it makes me work hard with more intensity,” he said.“You have to be humble and accept that you have to work to improve things.“I have doubts today, I had doubts in the last three years, I will have doubts in a few days.“Life is never clear. If you have no doubts, then you are very arrogant. I am not an arrogant person.”After winning his ninth Roland Garros and 14th major in 2014, Nadal’s best performance at the Slams was two quarter-final spots.
“He took me down and I didn’t do anything. You saw the video, you be the judge,” he said.Bolick and his teammate Clint Doliguez, who entered the court during the melee, were tossed with 2:28 still left.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 openingTempers flared but Bolick understands that what happened is just part of the game.“I know him and that’s the way he plays. He’s Visayan and that’s how we play. He took me down, but I really don’t care. It’s part of the game. They’re frustrated because we’re up, but it happens to all,” Bolick said. MOST READ The ejection could cost Bolick a one-game suspension, which would take effect on Friday against Mapua, and eligibility to vie for any individual award.“I can only say one thing: I really don’t care if they hate me, and that’s fine with me. My teammates are telling me that I can still win the MVP, but I told them I’m not playing to be the MVP. I don’t want to play to be the MVP this season. I couldn’t care less. I’m not playing for MVP stats. I’m just playing to win. Give the MVP to anyone else,” he said.“One thing that they’ll never take away is the win, the love of the game that I bring to my teammates, coaches, and the staff. I really don’t care if they hate San Beda or whatever. That’s fine. But they’ll never take the will for me to win another championship this year and to give back to San Beda.” NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 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 Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRobert Bolick was left dumbfounded when he was ejected late in San Beda’s 72-58 win over College of St. Benilde on Tuesday.Bolick was nearing a triple-double with 14 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds before an incident involving him and Blazers guard Carlo Young triggered a scuffle.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “They want to win so bad, we want to win so bad. But they say I had a closed fist? Just watch the video. I know I did not do that. They think I did that so I’ll accept whatever consequences are.”The 21-year-old argued that he feels he didn’t do anything to merit an ejection in the tussle, saying that after he was taken down, all he was trying to do is to stand up and shoot the ensuing free throws — which makes all the judgment more baffling in Bolick’s view.The 21-year-old Bolick believes he did not deserve to be ejected.“You be the judge. You’re here every game and you can see it. Maybe on my side, when I feel that I am wrong, I know that I’m wrong. But I know I didn’t do anything. I just want to play the game that I love, growing up because this is my sport,” he said.“Whatever the referees or the commissioner does, if they’re mad at me, they’re critical of the team, it’s already their problem. That’s their job, and if they think they’ve done their job, then they’ve done their job. My job is to play for my team and bring the spirit, heart, love for the game and I hope that whatever the consequences they want to give me, I’ll accept it with a full heart. They think I did something? I was the one who got hurt and I was even thrown out.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. San Beda coach livid over disqualifying foul on Bolick Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments
Eden Gardens’ loss has proved to be M Chinnaswamy Stadium’s gain as Bangalore is now set to host the February 27 World Cup match between India and England.M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.Confirming the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to scrap the match in Kolkata, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) revealed that Bangalore had been suggested as an alternate venue for the February 27 match.”The ICC has conveyed to the BCCI that it will not be able to hold the India vs England match of the ICC CWC 2011 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, on 27 February 2011. The BCCI has recommended Bengaluru as the alternate venue,” N Srinivasan, secretary and president- elect of BCCI, said in a statement.ICC president Sharad Pawar might have verbally assured West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya that the Eden would be given time till February 7 to complete renovation work before the fate of the February 27 match is decided, but the ICC has held its ground.Speaking to MAIL TODAY , James Fitzgerald, ICC media and communications manager, said that the extension in deadline had been provided specifically for the remaining three matches on March 15, 18 and 20.”The decision to move the February 27 game away from Eden Gardens stands. There is no change to that. On February 7, there will be an inspection to gauge the progress made by Eden Gardens towards being ready to host the remaining three matches,” he said.With the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and the BCCI failing to convince the ICC to extend the deadline, Bhattacharya had got in touch with Pawar on Saturday as it is not only a matter of shame for the state association but also for the state. But even that move seems to have fallen flat, just like union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee’s assurance that he would talk to Pawar after CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya met Mukherjee.advertisementAlthough the February 27 match has been moved, the CAB is leaving no stones unturned to ensure that when the inspection team comes for a visit on February 7, they should return happy with the conditions.CAB’s main grudge against the ICC inspection team is that they haven’t given a clear picture about the areas where Eden has lagged.Dalmiya cried foul, saying: “I have had a talk with Pawar and Srinivasan five to six times, but Pawar is still not giving a clear list of the requirements.” One CAB official, who refused to be named, said: ” The ICC team has time and again refused to provide a clear picture. Every time they have come, they have raised new concerns. Their latest concern when they came in on January 25 was regarding the height of the sightscreen. Now how long does it take to increase the length of a sight screen? They don’t have any concrete reason to cancel the match.” While CAB officials say that the ICC doesn’t have a concrete reason to cancel the February 27 match, the situation at the ground tells a different story.To start with, work is underway in front of the players’ dressing room to provide for the overall security inside the stadium and multiple huts housing the workers are yet to be removed. Bucket seats are yet to be fitted in the upper tier of the clubhouse and many other galleries. One of the two rooms allotted to the ICC for its daily works in the clubhouse is far from complete. The ever unreliable floodlights at the Eden Gardens can only be tested once all the roof work has been done and that is far from complete.If these are the major hurdles, the minor ones include shifting the broadcast room, putting equipments inside the medical room and fitting washrooms in the ‘B’ Block. Also, the source of water supply in the canteen is the same as that used by the constructors for renovation work and personal use. So hygiene standards have definitely gone for a toss.Even then, the CAB stands its ground saying that they have been victimised by the ICC.
Back on one of tennis’ top stages, Venus Williams cut a familiar figure Monday at Wimbledon, from her latest original, somewhat-see-through outfit to her trademark booming serves and aggressive ground-strokes.Venus Williams wore an extravagant white outfit bearing the EleVen log of her own fashion label. APWilliams smacked seven aces, totaled 23 winners to only five unforced errors, and overwhelmed 97th-ranked Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan 6-3, 6-1 in the first round at the All England Club.The seven-time major champion recently was off the tour for about five months with a bum hip, including missing the French Open, and this is only her fourth tournament in nearly a year.”It’s a good place to start. And this is kind of like a home for her. She loves it,” said Williams’ hitting partner, David Witt. “She feels confident out here, and in women’s tennis, ‘confident’ goes a long way.”There sure was nothing shy about a playsuit Williams called “trendy”: white and sleeveless, with a deep “V” neckline, a triangle cut out in the back, a gold belt and gold zipper.”Jumpers are very ‘now,”‘ she explained, “as is lace.”Not as sensational as the corset-like black lace number with skin-toned undergarments that drew so much attention at the 2010 French Open, but Monday’s romper looked something akin to a toga and surely would have won the approval of her Roman goddess namesake.”She always has something interesting,” said Amanmuradova, a rare opponent taller than Williams.”It’s good to have something different on the tour. I wear shorts, and everybody is criticising that I look like a guy. … If she feels comfortable, perfect. Personally, I wouldn’t wear this, because it’s not going to look good on me. But if it’s white, you can play. That’s the rule. If everybody wears the same, it’s boring.”advertisementWilliams’ outfit – and, of course, superb play, which betrayed no lingering effects from her injury – generated the most buzz on Day 1 in the 125th edition of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament.”I do realise I don’t have as many matches,” said Williams, only 5-2 this season and only 9-3 since last July. “So, yeah, for sure, I know I need to kind of come out firing. Been pretty good at that in the past – and today.”Williams stopped one game into her third-round match at the Australian Open in January after aggravating her hurt hip. She returned to action last week at a grass-court tune-up tournament in Eastbourne, going 2-1, and Monday looked nothing like someone who was rusty.Because she hasn’t played much at all over the last 12 months, Williams thought she “had a little pressure on me to come out and swing as usual.”She made zero unforced errors in the second set, taking the last six games and the last 12 points. She claimed 15 of the final 17 points she served.”On her serve, it was almost impossible,” Amanmuradova said, opening her eyes wide. “I actually never played anyone on the tour serving as hard and as fast as she does.”Williams, once ranked No. 1, dropped to 33rd this month. She’s at No. 30 this week, but was seeded 23rd as a nod to her five Wimbledon titles and a career record at the All England Club that’s now 69-9.”I’m smarter, if anything, than five years ago,” said Williams, who turned 31 Friday. “More and more players are starting to realize that it’s an advantage to be able to play longer, because then you actually understand the game.”If that’s so, her second-round opponent understands things even better than Williams does. That’s because Kimiko Date-Krumm is 40; her 6-0, 7-5 defeat over British wild-card entry Katie O’Brien was her first victory at Wimbledon since reaching the 1996 semifinals.Date-Krumm retired that year, then returned to the tour in 2008.”It was amazing when she came back. … I always root for her, actually,” Williams said. “But this time … I will be rooting for me.”
Katrina Kaif looks stunning in her low black dress on her birthday eve.Katrina Kaif will not forget her birthday eve this year. On Friday evening, she first bumped into ex-lover Ranbir Kapoor at a multiplex, then had an impromptu birthday date with another ex Salman Khan before heading for a party thrown by Shah Rukh Khan, an actor she was always dying to work with.The actress, who celebrated her birthday on July 16, wouldn’t have planned meeting Ranbir at a Juhu multiplex where she landed to promote her new film, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ZNMD).Ranbir turned up at the same multiplex to watch a film although it was not clear if he watched Katrina’s ZNMD or Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2.Katrina looked stunning in an LBD (little black dress), and wore the same dress throughout the evening at all the three halts. Ranbir sported a Barcelona football cap, a blue printed shirt and jacket. “Ranbir and Kat did meet and have a formal hi-hello exchange in the small multiplex office,” said an eyewitness.Katrina, sources said, did her promotional formalities for ZNMD and stayed on till around the interval. Then, she headed for a swank pub in Oshiwara where her other ex-lover Salman Khan had organised a party at short notice to celebrate her birthday.Salman was shooting his upcoming film, Bodyguard, at the pub. “Katrina arrived at the pub with her secretary and a friend and she stayed there for about half an hour. It seemed like a carefully arranged pre-birthday bash organised by Salman. He had ordered a cake, which she cut and distributed among select friends present. Katrina was in a good mood all along, and immediately after the cake-cutting Salman resumed shooting,” said a source at the pub.Next stop, Shah Rukh Khan’s plush bungalow Mannat at Bandstand. SRK had organised a special screening of ZNMD and it was only natural Katrina would turn up. Despite Salman’s very open animosity towards Shah Rukh, Katrina has always been friendly with the latter. In fact she had been keen to work with SRK in a film for a while now.For SRK, the screening was in honour of his buddy Hrithik Roshan. This year, it seems Kat has learnt a few lessons of tact, juggling the three superstars on her birthday eve and keeping her birthday all for herself.advertisement