Carlo Biado of the Philippines competes against Duong Quoc Hoang of Vietnam in the finals of men’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Biado prevailed, 9-5, to clinch the gold medal.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Carlo Biado knew his angles after he used to be a golf caddy.The 33-year-old Biado, who also worked a pool house hand, has come a long way after winning the gold medal in the men’s 9-ball individual title in the Southeast Asian Games here Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Their teachings, according to Biado, enabled him to be very confident facing anybody on the pool table.Indeed, he came here on the crest of his World Games triumph last July in Poland.He will also see action for the Philippines in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this September in Turkmenistan.It was his first SEAG individual gold but second if you count the doubles victory he had with Dennis Orcollo in the 2015 SEA Games.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Orella falters in rhythmic gymnastics View comments READ: Carlo Biado wins PH’s 2nd gold in pool“I feel that I have my confidence,” said Biado, who has high praise for his coaches, Hall-of-Famer Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco “Django” Bustamante.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 shutoutHe said he learned a lot of things from the legends of world pool.“They taught me a lot of shots in training. They know a lot of shots that I can use in the competitions,” said Biado in Filipino. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief
MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Outspoken WarriorsSpeaking at the Warriors media day later Friday, Curry said simply: “I don’t wanna go.”Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James meanwhile took aim at Trump’s withdrawn invite.“U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite,” James wrote on Twitter.“Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”The NBA Players Association also rallied swiftly behind Curry.ADVERTISEMENT “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Trump wrote.It was not immediately clear if the White House had formally extended an invitation to the Warriors to attend the reception, a tradition that goes back several decades.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 shutoutSpeaking on Friday, Curry said the Warriors could make a “statement” by declining to attend the White House reception if an invite was offered.“Obviously, you don’t wanna rush to a decision on understanding the magnitude of what this means,” Curry told ESPN. “We have an opportunity to send a statement that hopefully encourages unity, encourages us to appreciate what it means to be American, and stand for something.” Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, talks with Kevin Durant, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Dallas. APLOS ANGELES, United States — President Donald Trump said Saturday he was withdrawing a White House invitation to the Golden State Warriors after several players on the NBA championship-winning side voiced misgivings about attending a reception.Writing on Twitter, Trump singled out Warriors star Stephen Curry, who on Friday had signaled that he would vote against attending the White House reception in any team discussion.ADVERTISEMENT AP source: Knicks agree to trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder “Steph: consider this withdrawal a badge of honor!” NBAPA executive director Michele Roberts wrote on Twitter.Warriors players have been among the most outspoken against Trump’s administration.Last month, NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant said he would boycott the White House if the Warriors were invited, accusing Trump of escalating racial tensions in the United States.“Nah, I won’t do that,” Durant told ESPN when asked whether he would attend the White House.“I don’t respect who’s in office right now…I don’t agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that.”Durant said he expected many teammates would follow suit. “That’s just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they’ll all agree with me,” Durant said, saying he believed Trump bore responsibility for stoking racial divisions.“He’s definitely driving it,” Durant said. “I feel ever since he’s got into office, or since he ran for the presidency, our country has been so divided and it’s not a coincidence. When (Barack) Obama was in office, things were looking up. We had so much hope in our communities where I come from because we had a black president, and that was a first.“So to see that and to be where we are now, it just felt like we took a turn for the worse, man. It all comes from who is in the administration. It comes from the top.”Trump a ‘blowhard’Warriors coach Steve Kerr has also been one of Trump’s most searing critics from within the ranks of the NBA, describing him as a “blowhard.”“Frankly, I think it’s why Trump couldn’t be more ill-suited to be president, because he’s a blowhard,” Kerr said earlier this year. “You don’t see some of the qualities you talk about, the resilience, the ability to communicate, the compassion. None of that… To be a great leader, there have to be some qualities in there.“Has anyone ever thought that Donald Trump was a great leader?” /cbb Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PLAY LIST 02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 12: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks walks off the court after the 114-113 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden on April 12, 2017 in New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPThe Carmelo Anthony era in New York is officially over.The Knicks completed their trade with Oklahoma City on Monday morning, sending the All-Star forward to the Thunder for center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and Chicago’s 2018 second-round draft pick.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa USOC leader: Athletes have right to express themselves LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles01:17DTI to cemetery goers: Buy candles and bottled waters in grocery stores, supermarkets01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City READ: Knicks agree to trade Carmelo Anthony to ThunderKnicks President Steve Mills thanked Anthony for his play with the Knicks but also for what he “accomplished off the court for the City of New York by using his platform to address social issues.”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 shutoutMills announced that the Knicks were donating $100,000 to Anthony’s relief efforts to aid Puerto Rico in its recovery from the recent hurricanes.Anthony also thanked the Knicks and New York in an online essay. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients View comments
CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I just got fined,” Kidd said Tuesday night. “That’s one way. The other way is by expressing to the officials and I did that the whole night. The different crews that we’ve had have been awful.”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 Wall, Beal star as Wizards beat Lakers; Ball’s shooting woes continue Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Head coach Jason Kidd of the Milwaukee Bucks looks on from the bench while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on November 7, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won the game 124-119. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Thursday for public criticism of the officiating in a loss at Cleveland.Kidd made the comments after the 124-119 loss Tuesday night. Milwaukee was called for 31 personal fouls to 18 for Cleveland, and the Cavs attempted 38 free throws. Kidd pointed out that over the past three games, opponents have tried 95 free throws to 40 for Milwaukee.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters 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 Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding
Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Currently third in the Eastern Conference, the Cavs are heading into a brutal stretch of 17 games in 32 days, which will require Lue and his staff to do all they can to get the new players ready for the postseason.“We’ll have to use shootarounds as practice time to teach and for guys to get better,” he said. “Not a lot of off days now. When we play every other day, we take off, we’re not going to be able to do that now, especially the new guys. Just got to be smart about it so guys get their rest, but also make sure we’re teaching and letting guys come in so they’ll be able to pick up what we’re trying to do.”In the meantime, Nance was looking forward to taking the court in Cleveland, where his father’s retired No. 22 hangs from the rafters. There has been speculation that he might ask the Cavs to let him wear the number, but that’s been put on hold.“I’m 24 right now,” he said. “We will revisit it in the summer, but with everything that happened so fast I wasn’t about to go to Cavs management say, ‘Hey what would you think about taking 22 down?’ But I don’t want to see it come down. If there is some way where I could even drop the ‘Jr.’ off my jersey and wear the ‘Nance’ No. 22 I’d love to keep it up there. I’d also love to wear 22, but I just don’t want to see it come down.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trail Blazers sign Brandon Rush to 10-day contract Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nance’s Ohio homecoming will become even more special Thursday when the former Lakers forward plays his first at Quicken Loans Arena with the Cavs, the same team his dad starred with from 1987-94Life has been a whirlwind of late for Nance, who was obtained by Cleveland shortly before the Feb. 8 trading deadline along with guards Jordan Clarkson and George Hill and forward Rodney Hill — four players the Cavs feel can get them back to the NBA Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNance competed in last weekend’s All-Star dunk contest, an event he turned into an unforgettable family affair by wearing his dad’s Phoenix jersey and replicating the same dunk Larry Nance Sr. did while winning the inaugural dunk contest in 1984.The younger Nance finished second to Utah’s Donovan Mitchell, but that diminish memories he’ll forever cherish. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments “The dunk contest was a blast,” Nance said. “If anybody had to win, Don did awesome so I’m happy for him. At the same time those are moments that I don’t know if any father and son has ever had. That’s the coolest part of it all and I’m already having several pictures blown up to be framed and stuff like that.”On Wednesday, Nance and the other new Cavs took part in their first practice at the team’s facility since the trades. And while there was a lot for the foursome to cram in — photo sessions, media interviews — before Thursday’s game against Washington, it was also a chance for a refresher course on what they learned before the All-Star break.“Just like how I suspected, they forgot the plays,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said with a laugh. “So, we grabbed them early, tried it, and then we’re going to grab them again after the shooting and just continue to keep going through the plays and a couple defensive coverages.”There’s a lot for the new Cavs to digest and it’s vital they pick things up quickly.Cleveland is 2-0 with its recent additions, getting impressive road wins at Boston and Oklahoma City. The Cavs played with a renewed energy and purpose in those two games with the performances giving the team a much needed jolt following weeks of turmoil.ADVERTISEMENT Larry Nance Jr. #24 of the Cleveland Cavaliers competes in the 2018 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest at Staples Center on February 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFPINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Larry Nance Jr. has run into an unexpected snag since joining the Cavaliers.“Trying to convince my mom that I’m not living at home,” he said, smiling. “We’re out looking for rental properties and stuff like that and she’s like, ‘Oh, our basement is pretty nice.’ That’s probably been the toughest thing.”ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:14Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao01:29Police 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 LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico
MOST READ LATEST STORIES Read Next Jaja sees level playing field in 2nd round John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico San Beda walked away from the sand courts looking as immaculate as the summer sun after fending off Emilio Aguinaldo College, 21-17, 21-10, to complete a sweep of the NCAA Season 93 women’s beach volleyball tournament Saturday at Boardwalk in Subic.Twins Ella and Nieza Viray, who are two-time silver finishers in the beach volleyball circuit, gave San Beda its first title in the tournament after pulling off an 11-0 season sweep.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments “We’re so ecstatic because after two years of losing in the finals, we finally won it,” said the MVP Ella in Filipino.In the men’s division, Palo Lim and Joshua Mina of EAC also completed a perfect 11-0 sweep after breaking down University of Perpetual Help’s duo of Joebert Almodiel and Rey Taneo, 17-21, 21-17, 15-13.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLim and MVP Mina’s win also marked the Generals’ first title in the beach volleyball tournament. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games
Horn trainer promises ‘bloody Sunday’ LATEST STORIES Religiously following the training regimen charted by trainer/manager Joven Jimenez, Ancajas checked in at 114 pounds Saturday, a full pound lighter than Kinoshita.“I’m ready for war,” Ancajas, who totes a 26-win, 1-loss, 1-draw card with 17 knockouts, said upon the arrival of his team at Sofitel Hotel Sunday night.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 starsKinoshita is a dangerous foe with an almost similar record to Ancajas (25-1-1 ) topped by eight knockouts.A native of Panabo, Davao Del Norte, Ancajas has moved his wife and two children to a one-bedroom unit in Imus, Cavite, where Jimenez owns a gym. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View comments Though he earned a measly $3,750 when he dethroned McJoe Arroyo last September, Ancajas received an additional P500,000 from Sen. Manny Pacquiao because he’s under the wings of MP Promotions.The 25-year-old Ancajas promised not to let his benefactor down.Jonel Dapidran, a cousin of Manny Pacquiao on his mother’s side, will also see action in the undercard of“Battle of Brisbane,” which will be beamed live in the United States by way of ESPN and 30 other countries.Only 19 years old, the 5-foot-9 Dapidran, who holds an 8-win, 1-loss card with 4 knockouts, will tangle with Australian Brent James in a light welterweight encounter.Dapidran, a three-year-pro, said he’s ready to repay the trust of Pacquiao.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Photo by Roy Luarca/INQUIRERBRISBANE, Australia—Driven by poverty when he won the International Boxing Federation crown, Jerwin Ancajas is now ready to bring his act to the global stage.Ancajas will be staking his title against Japanese Teiru Kinoshita in the chief support of “Battle of Brisbane” on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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
DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games “It’s hard. We just have to learn to adjust. That’s just how it is,” he added.Despite having to deal with a huge disparity on free throws, TNT was still in it until the latter part of the fourth quarter where San Miguel pulled away behind June Mar Fajardo.Fajardo scored 12 of his game-high 27 points in the final frame.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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.netTNT head coach Nash Racela turned his attention to the KaTropa’s sloppy play and foul woes in their loss to San Miguel Beer Wednesday.Cautious with his words, Racela contained himself from elaborating further on the foul situation.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 222 million euro deal for Neymar ‘not expensive’, says Mourinho Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant “Too many turnovers for us. Too many fouls committed also. We had 26 turnovers, we had 31 fouls that led to 28 free throws, so,” said Racela.The KaTropa were whistled for personal fouls 11 times more than the Beermen, who went 19-of-28 from the line.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 starsTNT took a trip to the free throw line just eight times with import Michael Craig Jr., who played 35 minutes and took 25 shots, never having any chance to shoot freebies.“At least, we had eight free throws. They might say something about it so…” said Racela smiling. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress MOST READ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments
Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag have been shortlisted for both Cricketer of the Year and Test Cricketer of the Year awards at the LG ICC annual Awards to be held on October 6 in Bengaluru.South Africa’s Hashim Amla is another player who also figures in both the categories of awards, along with the Indian cricketers, to be presented in association with the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA).While Dale Steyn of South Africa has been short-listed as the fourth player in the category of Test cricketer of the Year award, England’s Graeme Swann is nominated for the Cricketer of the Year award.The final list was decided on the basis of the votes casted by the independent 25-member academy.Tendulkar is also in contention for the ODI Player of the Year. However, Indian captain MS Dhoni fails to bag nomination in any of the awards category.The Twenty20 International Performance of the Year list has New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum, Australia’s Michael Hussey, Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardena and South Africa’s Ryan McLaren.This year’s ICC Awards also have nine individual prizes, including new LG People’s Choice Award and also features selection of the Test and ODI Teams of the Year and an award to the side that has adhered most to the Spirit of Cricket.Meanwhile, two of Australia’s victorious World Twenty20 team members — Shelley Nitschke and Ellyse Perry — alongwith West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor and England’s Katherine Brunt have been shortlisted for Women’s Cricketer of the Year award.advertisementThe Emerging Player of the Year nominees include Englishman Steven Finn, Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka, Tim Paine of Australia and Pakistan’s Umar Akmal.The LG ICC Awards 2010 takes into account the performances of the players and officials during the period of August 24, 2009 to August 10, 2010.The short list:Cricketer of the Year:Hashim Amla (SA),Virender Sehwag (Ind),Graeme Swann (Eng),Sachin Tendulkar (Ind).Test Player of the Year:Hashim Amla (SA),Virender Sehwag (Ind), Dale Steyn (SA),Sachin Tendulkar (Ind).ODI Player of the Year:Ryan Harris (Aus),Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), AB de Villiers (SA),Shane Watson (Aus).Emerging Player:Umar Akmal (Pak),Steven Finn (Eng),Angelo Mathews (SL),Tim Paine (Aus).Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year:Ryan ten Doeschate (Ned),Trent Johnson (Ire),Kevin O’Brien (Ire),Mohammed Shahzad (Afg).Twenty20 International Performance of the Year:Michael Hussey (Aus) for his 60 not out in 24 balls against Pakistan in the semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 2010 in St Lucia on 14 May.Mahela Jayawardena (SL) for his 100 in 64 balls against Zimbabwe in Guyana on 3 May and his 98 not out in 56 balls against West Indies in Bridgetown on 7 May 2010 both during the ICC World Twenty20 2010.Ryan McLaren (SA) for taking 5-19 against the West Indies on 19 May in Antigua.Brendon McCullum (NZ) for his striking of 116 not out in 56 balls against Australia in Christchurch, New Zealand on 28 February.Women’s Cricketer of the Year:Katherine Brunt (Eng),Shelley Nitschke (Aus),Ellyse Perry (Aus),Stafanie Taylor (WI).Umpire of the Year:Aleem Dar,Steve Davis,Tony Hill,Simon Taufel.Spirit of Cricket:India,New Zealand,Sri Lanka,Zimbabwe.
Ambassador cars on Indian roads will be sporting a new, spacey look from August 2011 and will cost between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 7 lakh.Belgian Shepherd dogs, known as Malinois, have been imported by the ITBP for anti-Naxal operations.Canada is concerned that a ship carrying illegal immigrants on the way,Ambassador cars on Indian roads will be sporting a new, spacey look from August 2011 and will cost between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 7 lakh.Belgian Shepherd dogs, known as Malinois, have been imported by the ITBP for anti-Naxal operations.Canada is concerned that a ship carrying illegal immigrants on the way to its western coast has LTTE activists on board.Indian banks are owed Rs 755.45 crore as dues from forward trading in foreign exchange contracts.New Zealand, worried about security issues, has refused to put its athletes at risk during the CWG and may pull out of the Games.Potassium and sodium-rich foods are good for parents wanting a daughter, says new research.Subrata Roy, also known as Sahara Sri, will join as a volunteer for the Commonwealth Games 2010.Tiger Woods is in bad form and will not be playing at the US PGA Championship.UFOs were reportedly seen by Hong Kong residents during a lightning storm, says a local broadcaster.Wipro says that technology spending budgets remain low, though it posted a strong June quarter.
File photo of former IPL chairman Lalit Modi.Training his guns at BCCI secretary N Srinivasan, former IPL chairman Lalit Modi on Friday blamed dirty Cricket Board politics for Eden Gardens’ loss of India-England World Cup match on February 27.”This tweet is my protest at shifting of Ind-Eng match from the Eden Gardens,” Modi said.”Sorry to see politics again — take away matches from Kolkata. I had restored them when I chaired the tours and fixtures committee. Thou secretary opposed it. Once again dirty tricks department wants to alienate the Fans,” wrote the former BCCI vice-president on his ‘Twitter’ page.Eden Gardens was stripped of the India-England match by the International Cricket Council following an adverse report from its venue inspection team that visited Kolkata.The BCCI has appealed to the ICC to reconsider the decision and give time till February 7 to complete work at the Eden Gardens.ICC chief Sharad Pawar has asked his CEO Haroon Lorgat to talk to member countries, especially England, whether they agree to BCCI’s request and a submit a report on January 30.Besides the India-England encounter, Eden Gardens is had been alloted three more games — South Africa vs Ireland (March 15), the Netherlands vs Ireland (March 18), and Zimbabwe vs Kenya (March 20).-With PTI inputs
Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was on Friday fined for returning late from a private dinner on Thursday. Akhtar and fellow pacer Wahab Riaz were fined $42 each for returning late from a private dinner. He was also among the three teammates who were taken for random dope testing ahead of the World Cup, with wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal and seamer Umar Gul being the others who were tested by the ICC drug inspectors. Akhtar, who has been recalled for the World Cup after being out of action due to a spate of injuries, had tested positive for a banned drug nandrolone in 2006. The pacer has been under pressure to perform as he did not bowl against Bangladesh in a practice match on Tuesday. Coach Waqar Younis had admitted that the bowler was yet to regain full fitness.
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The Indian women’s archery team was off target in crunch situations as it lost to Denmark by a point in a see-saw pre-quarterfinal battle at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on Sunday.[blurb} The trio of world number one Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi and Chekrovolu Swuro lost 210-211 to the Danish team, comprising Louise Laursen, Maja Jager and Carina Christiansen.Even though the Indians hit more perfect 10s than their rivals, the Danish saved their best for key moments in which the Indians seemed to wilt under pressure.The Danes hit the bulls’ eye thrice compared to just once by the Indians, who were hampered by Deepika’s indifferent form.Bombayla, however, seemed in good touch and kept the team in the hunt till the end, getting most of the 10s- including 3 in a row, but Swuro fired a poor 5 and then a 6 to let the team down.The Indians managed to win the first and the last sets, but the Danes held the overall lead.Earlier, the men’s team had crashed out at the pre-quarterfinal stage on Saturday after losing to Japan.The archers now have to look forward to the individual events starting on Monday.
Gagan Narang finally stepped out of the shadows of Abhinav Bindra as he scored an incredible 10.7 with his last shot to win India’s first medal at the London Olympics – a bronze in the 10m air rifle event.After two days of misery, during which the Indian archers shot like novices at Lord’s, this was the day for one of the most riveting Olympic rivalries between two Indians.Even though Narang and Bindra never admit their rivalry, when the two stand in their shootings lanes and fire at the target situated 10 metres away, they are trying to ougtun each other.In pics: Narang’s winning moments Beijing Olympics champion Bindra had a huge slump in form and was under pressure, as a result of which he could score only 594 and did not make the final. The 29-year-old Indian was not shooting the way he does and the consistency was missing. Once he shot three 9s in the last series, he was down in the dumps.”It’s a huge stone off my chest,” said a relieved Narang later. “If anyone says there is no pressure in an Olympic final, he has to be joking. This was one medal missing from my collection and I am now happy that I have it.”At first sight, Narang doesn’t look like an athlete at all. Five-feet-eight-inches tall and weighing close to 100 kg with a double chin, he could pass off as a man who loves life.But put this man in the shooting range and he is a picture of concentration. On Monday, the burly Narang was confidence personified. Compared to the rest of the shooters in the hall, he took more time to complete his 60 shots in the preliminary phase. But all that was preparation for his superb 598/600 where he began with two straight 100s and then scored a 98.In the next two series, Narang again cranked it up and shot two 100s. For someone who has earlier scored a perfect 600, this was nothing to celebrate.In the final, the lead virtually changed hands after every shot. For some time, it looked like Niccolo Campriani was emerging as the champion. However, in a last burst, Romania’s Alin George Moldoveanu clinched gold with consistent efforts for an aggregate of 702.1.As the giant electronic scoreboards flashed the result, Narang, who till then stood like a statue, showed the first sign of emotion. He waved to the hall and then lifted his air rifle.Coach Stanislaus Lapidus was, however, not too pleased with Narang’s effort. “He should have become the champion today. I am very sad,” said Lapidus, who has been helping out all the rifle shooters.Later, speaking at the press conference, Narang said: “I agree with my coach. Now that I have two more events to compete in, so he is going to keep me away from you (the media).”The last two years have been truly phenomenal for Narang. He was nicknamed “Goldfinger” after his haul of four gold medals in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Two months later, at the Guangzhou Asian Games, he won two silver.Narang’s hunger for medals did not end there as he shot a record score later in the world championship and won bronze.Quite often, Narang”s lament has been how shooters do not get recognised for their efforts. In fact, two years ago when he did not get the Rajeev Khel Ratna, he threatened to even stop shooting.All those were signs of a champion being impatient. Yet, it is that fire in his belly and the urge to keep competing hard that keeps him going.Though the Haryana government has rewarded him handsomely, Narang has trained in almost every city in India. “I am happy with all the three ranges in India, be it New Delhi, Hyderabad or Pune. I have now made Pune my base and as long as it is not hot, I am happy,” said Narang.Before the Olympics, Narang spent time training in Hanover, Germany, with Lapidus. Even as the coach was trying to hurry Narang and take him away from the media for the dope test, there was a glint in the champion’s eyes.And the best quote of the day came from sports minister Ajay Maken, who presented Narang with an India flag. “Izzat bachaa lee isne (he’s saved out honour),” said the minister, as he walked out of the hall.advertisement
When Usain Bolt arrived on the stage- well, that’s what London’s Olympic Stadium was for the Jamaican Express- the stadium announcer quite appropriately called him the “World’s Fastest Travelling Show”. What else can you call him anyway? On Thursday night, if one needed to see a champion become a legend, Bolt did exactly that as he clocked a season best 19.32 seconds to seal the 200m race. In that process, the Jamaican became the first man to win the 100m and 200m races in two back-to-back Olympics.Focus is what any trainer or coach would tell a runner minutes before an Olympic final. Not Bolt. He had time for everything else.He flirted with a lady carrying his starting block into the stadium; he had a chat with young team-mate and rival Yohan Blake; he then waved as if he was about to make a statement.And then Bolt ran past the field and became a blur.Race over, Bolt stopped, turned around to greet the man coming in second, and showed he still had a lot of gas left in him by doing 10 push-ups. He then kissed the track, grabbed a photographer’s camera and clicked pictures.Next, he decided to go around doing high fives and posed in his traditional style, much to the delight of people with cameras- professionals and amateurs!At the end of it all, as Bolt went up and collected his second Olympic gold medal at the London Olympics and the fifth of his career, the giant electronic scoreboard read:advertisement1. Jamaica. 2. Jamaica. 3. Jamaica.American fans and journalists could not believe it. This big man Bolt and his fellow Jamaicans had blown away a huge tradition that American sprinters had built up over the years.And when Carl Lewis spoke about the ugly dope word, it only reflected the frustration of the Americans, who have only an old legacy to cling to.While retaining the sprint double, Bolt also equalled the 200m time clocked by Michael Johnson in 1996 at Atlanta. But then Bolt took it easy in the last 20 metres, almost to ensure that he didn’t go too far ahead of the rest on Thursday night.The most striking thing about Bolt is his enormous size. At six feet and five inches, each giant stride he makes eats metres of the track and is a treat to watch.Even on the bend, when you would imagine the laws of physics demand the runner slows down or makes adjustments to his running stride, Bolt is very different. And if in the 100m race, his reaction time to the starter’s gun was slow, there was no such trouble for him in the 200m.Most people would wait for the final dash to cover ground, but as this man had already won the race, he actually appeared to slow down! While all this is a sheer delight to watch, the ability to achieve feats like this on a fast track has to stem from sheer confidence.Before the race, Bolt indulged in a bit of showmanship. It’s his own way of confidence boosting, if he needs to do it. From television commentators to men in eighties who have watched former giants such as Jesse Owens and Carl Lewis, the debate has ended.Usain Bolt is now ‘The Greatest’.