Month: November 2019

Los Angeles takes another step toward 2028 Games

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension City analysts concluded that the 2028 plan, while incomplete, included significant safeguards for taxpayer dollars. The Olympics have a notorious history of runaway costs, but city officials have argued their proposal can stay within budget by relying on the region’s many existing stadiums and arenas, including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Staples Center.Los Angeles had bid on the 2024 Games, but embraced the 2028 alternative after Paris emerged as the front-runner for 2024 and the IOC proposed the unusual dual award.At one point during the sometimes tense meeting, Councilman Joe Buscaino shouted at a heckler, “This is right for the city.” As the vote was being taken, protesters yelled from the back of the council chamber, “Let us speak” and “sellout.”Steve Ducey of No Olympics LA, an opposition group, said the vote would take place without an independent budget analysis.“Shame on you,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Much of the meeting amounted to a choreographed tribute to the city’s Olympic legacy, with frequent references to the LA Games in 1932 and 1984 and the athletes who competed in them.Olympic champions Carl Lewis and Janet Evans, who are part of a private committee behind the bid, urged approval of the plan.Lewis, holder of nine Olympic gold medals in track and field, said the Games are not just an event, “it’s about a whole city.”The deal comes with millions of dollars of financial sweeteners for accepting the later date. However, the extra four years pose challenges for Los Angeles from maintaining public interest to rewriting deals for stadiums, arenas and housing that were all hooked to 2024.City analysts recommended the council approve the contract, which faced an Aug. 18 deadline, but also emphasized a revised budget for 2028 could take months to complete.“There are inherent risks to hosting such major events so far into the future,” city analysts noted in a report on the agreement.The bulk of the revenue for the Games is expected to come from ticket sales and corporate sponsorships.Part of the deal includes creation of a reserve fund to cover any cost overruns, with the city kicking in $270 million. The state is expected to commit a similar amount, but because of the legislative calendar the state might not be able to consider its piece of the proposal until next year.In a statement, Mayor Eric Garcetti called the agreement “the deal of a lifetime.” Read Next K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self00:50Trending Articles01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:37Protesters 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 SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The vote followed a morning-long committee hearing that mingled civic cheerleading and salutes to Olympic champions past with warnings about potential costs and suggestions the international event would drive up housing costs and drive out the homeless.“This opportunity is too great, we cannot pass it up,” council President Herb Wesson Jr. said.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 vote took place less than two weeks after the city announced an agreement with international Olympic leaders ceding the 2024 Games to rival Paris, while opening the way for Los Angeles to host the 2028 Games.The U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors must also approve the deal. The International Olympic Committee vote to award the two Olympics is scheduled for September in Lima, Peru. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Neymar could finally make PSG debut on Sunday LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES View comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses FILE – In this July 30, 1932, file photo, doves are released during opening ceremonies of the Tenth Olympiad at the Coliseum in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council is expected Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 to endorse a proposal to host the 2028 Olympics, following an announcement of a deal last month to leave 2024 to Paris.(AP Photo)LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles took another step Friday toward bringing the 2028 Olympics to the city, despite questions about future costs.The City Council voted 12-0 to endorse documents at the heart of its plan to stage the Summer Olympics for the third time since 1932. The contract outlines Los Angeles’ financial responsibility in hosting the Games, including covering shortfalls if the $5.3 billion plan runs into the red. In addition, a budget for the proposed 2028 Games has not been completed.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

PH sports ‘darlings’ take on hosts in women’s volleyball

first_imgMOST READ “We have a very strong team,” said head coach Francis Vicente. “This is the best we got. I hope we beat Malaysia and come up with a strong start.”Two years ago in Singapore, the Philippines scored straight sets win against Malaysia. But this time, the Filipinos will have to deal with the hometown crowd as well.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We have to play with toughness and intensity,” said Vicente, who is eyeing at least a podium finish for the team that just last week finished eighth in the Asian Championships.In the Asians, the Philippines beat Vietnam and Hong Kong, banking on a newfound chemistry among superstars Alyssa Valdez, Aby Marano, Jaja Santiago and team captain Mika Reyes. SEA Games: PH athletics team delivers 2 golds before day’s end LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending 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 Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine women’s volleyball team, the delegation sweethearts, begins its long and arduous trek to the podium Thursday when it faces host Malaysia at 2 p.m. in the 29th Southeast Asian Games at MITEC Hall 11.The team is composed of the A-list stars of a sport whose popularity has been skyrocketing and boasts months of training that sent them to Japan and Kazakhstan.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The Philippines will take on Vietnam next in the group stage before going up against either Indonesia or Thailand in the sudden-death semifinals.The country last won a gold in 1993 with a team composed of Nene Ybanez-Chavez. During the 2005 Games in Manila, the Philippines wound up third—the last time the country won a medal in the sport. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

Ateneo still undefeated

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Far from its sharpest form, Ateneo still figured out how to sustain its winning ways last Wednesday, while sending University of Santo Tomas reeling to one of its worst starts in recent memory.ADVERTISEMENT San Beda targets Final 4 bonus Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Earlier, Arvin Tolentino dished out his best performance of the season so far as Far Eastern U picked up a second straight win after turning back National U, 90-83.The transferee from Ateneo scattered 23 points, including a bank shot with 1:24 remaining that extended the Tamaraws’ lead, 86-81, on their way to a third win in five games.“I like the way the boys continued to put in the effort in practice despite our bad start in the first three games,” head coach Olsen Racela said.UST’s fifth loss of the season was aided by a spate of turnovers and missed free throws in the final period, where the Tigers were held to just 13 points.For a change, the Eagles encountered stiffer resistance as the Tigers clawed their way back from a 22-point deficit with a strong third quarter performance that allowed them to pull within 81-80.ADVERTISEMENT Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending 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 Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The Blue Eagles came away with a 94-84 victory over the Tigers Wednesday night for their fifth straight win that solidified their hold of the top spot in UAAP Season 80 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Matt Nieto fired a season- high 22 points, Isaac Go finished with 13 points, and Thirdy Ravena added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Eagles, who weathered a third quarter barrage from the Tigers.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 shutoutAteneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga said the Eagles were fortunate to come away with a win.“I don’t know if anyone noticed with our mood, but we weren’t happy with the game, we weren’t happy with the way that we went up and down in our energy, we weren’t happy with the consistency of the calls,” said Arespacochaga. “We’re happy that we won the game, but at the same time we’re not happy with our performance.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

Jayjay Helterbrand announces retirement

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Helterbrand finds perfect time to call it a career PLAY LIST 01:41Helterbrand finds perfect time to call it a career00:50Trending Articles02:31Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go01:37Protesters 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 Though he’s bidding his professional career goodbye, Helterbrand said that he’s hoping to be one of coach Tim Cone’s assistants in the Ginebra coaching staff soon.“Hopefully, I’ll still be around and I can have a spot as an assistant coach or something,” he also said.But not right now, as Helterbrand is planning on taking some well-needed vacation before plotting his way back to basketball.“I think as far as it goes, I’m gonna take a rest from basketball for a little while, kind of miss basketball and come back later on,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “This is one of the most special ones for me because it will probably my last as a player,” he said on Monday as he and backcourt partner Mark Caguioa made a guesting on the show after Ginebra’s back-to-back title conquest in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.Helterbrand also confirmed his decision when to INQUIRER.net.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 shutoutSince coming to the league as a direct hire in 2000, Helterbrand had made a name for himself as he forged a partnership with Caguioa which was christened as “The Fast and The Furious.”He went on to win six titles with the franchise, one of which he was named as the Finals MVP. He was also hailed as the 2009 PBA Most Valuable Player, won two Best Player of the Conference awards, and named to seven All-Star Games, two of which he was cited as the All-Star Game MVP. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Nadal set to seal year-end No 1 spot in Paris Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LA Tenorio hugs Jayjay Helterbrand after Ginebra won the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter 17 seasons, Jayjay Helterbrand is finally hanging up his sneakers for good.The Ginebra playmaker announced his retirement in an interview with CNN Philippines, ending his legendary run with the Gin Kings.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Pacio chokes out Lan in ONE Manila co-main event

first_imgRead Next ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad04:36Joshua Pacio is the new ONE Strawweight world champion01:29Police 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 Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Photo from ONE ChampionshipJoshua Pacio choked out Chinese opponent Lan Ming Qiang to score the quick victory in the co-main event of ONE: Global Superheroes Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The 22-year-old strawweight out of Team Lakay didn’t waste time as he grounded the Sanda champion for the entirety of the first round until finally locking in and scoring the submission win via rear naked choke at the 4:01 mark.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was a sweet triumph for Pacio, whose pair of losses to Yoshitaka Naito and Hayato Suzuki both came via rear naked choke.“The two losses I had was via rear naked choke, so I really enhanced my ground skills and I’m thankful to my coaches,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith the conquest, Pacio (14-2) goy himself in the discussion for the top contenders to reigning ONE Strawweight Champion Alex Silva, an opportunity he’ll gladly accept.“I signed here to fight. I signed here to give a best show and that’s my goal, to keep winning and improving,” he said. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments Lan Ming Qiang, who was a late replacement for the bout after the pullout of Pongsiri Mitsatit, fell to 1-2 in ONE Championship. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Eric Kelly falls to Brazilian foe in ONE Manila undercardlast_img read more

PSL Manila pushes tough Thais to their limits, bows in 4 sets

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTOUST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan — Rebisco PSL Manila put highly-rated Supreme of Thailand on the edge before surrendering a four-set thriller Monday in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championships.A questionable call by the referee on a Thailand hit, which swooped straight out, dampened the Filipinos’ furious surge late in the fourth frame and preserved the 25-20, 25-12, 18-25, 27-25 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletescenter_img The three alternated in burning the lanes with 6-foot-5 Santiago hitting 22 points and Gonzaga moving through tight defense to score 14 markers. Marano produced 13 points on sliding attacks and blocks.PH head coach Francis Vicente lauded the team for banding together to come up with a strong performance in the face a tall odds.Diouck accounted for 28 points, while Kongyot Ajcharaporn added 14 for Supreme.The Filipinos fought off two match points in a show of determination despite a handful of bad calls from the linesmen that even got the crowd at Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace in uproar.The Philippines will fight for fifth place in its final two games of the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lopez proud to see former teammate Blatche play for Gilas BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast It was Supreme’s fourth win in as many games in the tournament, putting the team in contention for the title that the Thais won four times before.The all-Filipino Rebisco Spikers has now lost their fourth straight game but played their best game so far in the tough tournament where the best the Filipinos could come up with is 7th place playing with imports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThat was probably was on Thai coach Nataphop Srisamutnak had in mind as he had two foreign reinforcements, American Genevieve Mann and Fatou Niane Diouck of Senegal on top of his Thai national players.After dropping the first two sets, the Thais, the most dominant in Southeast Asian nowadays, were caught off guard as Jaja Santiago, Jovelyn Gonzaga and Aby Marano delivered the telling blows for the Philippine club. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPlast_img read more

Clutch Castro carries TNT to tie Finals series at 2-2

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? “It was a hard-fought ballgame. Both teams gave their best today and it’s nice that we ended up with the win,” said coach Nash Racela. “All we did, really, was just to tie the series.”Seemingly inspired by his laboring wife Kristy in the United States, hulking TNT import Joshua Smith frustrated the Beermen frontline and racked 20 markers, 15 boards, and two dimes as he imposed his presence in the paint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRoger Pogoy also recaptured his shooting touch and fired 14 points on a 6-of-9 sniping from the field, on top of three rebounds to bounce back from his two scoreless outings.Ranidel de Ocampo chipped in 13 markers, five rebounds, and three dimes while Troy Rosario had his best outing in the championship series with 13 points, three boards, and three assists. Game 5 is on Friday, still at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Racela said that the TNT players were motivated seeing Chris Ross and Charles Rhodes bag the individual plums earlier in the night.“After they got their awards, I huddled the team and just told them, ‘Let them get all the individual awards and let’s get the team awards.’ For us that’s the more important thing,” he said.Winning the Best Import award earlier, Rhodes did not go home happy as he hit the showers early after getting ejected with 1:08 left in the fourth period. He led San Miguel with 22 points and eight rebounds.Alex Cabagnot scored 18 markers, six boards, and five assists, while Marcio Lassiter shot 1-of-8 from beyond the arc and chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT It was a night to forget for Ross, who earlier was feted with the Best Player of the Conference award, but was limited to just eight markers, five boards, four assists, and two steals.Foul-riddled all game long, June Mar Fajardo also struggled in the tiff as he finished with 13 points and nine rebounds in the loss.The Scores:TNT 102 – Smith 20, Castro 17, Pogoy 14, Rosario 13, De Ocampo 13, Garcia 10, Tautuaa 6, Rosales 3, Reyes 3, Williams 2, Semerad 1, Carey 0.SAN MIGUEL 97 – Rhodes 22, Cabagnot 18, Lassiter 14, Fajardo 13, Santos 12, Ross 8, De Ocampo 4, Tubid 3, Heruela 3, Espinas 0, Semerad 0, McCarthy 0, Van Opstal 0, Agovida 0.Quarters: 27-24, 49-47, 73-76, 102-97. 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 Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jayson Castro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJayson Castro took matters into his own hands and carried TNT to a 102-97 victory to equalize the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals series to two games apiece Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The speedy Kapampangan playmaker scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and got four rebounds, as he spurred the huge fourth quarter rally from a 78-73, capped off by an amazing reverse layup with 1:39 to spare to steer the KaTropa to the huge Game 4 win.ADVERTISEMENT Gilas stint ‘dream come true’ for Fil-German Standhardinger LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

Calisaan shocked by ejection, rues missed chance to play on home floor

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Calisaan seethed over losing the rare opportunity, saying that games like those is a big for San Sebastian, which could put them at a good standing at the end of the first round while giving a show to its schoolmates.“We need to be complete when we’re playing because if we’re not, my teammates may have a hard time adjusting,” he said.But Calisaan accepts his fate and vows to be the Golden Stags’ loudest booster on their home floor, entrusting much of the leadership to their trio of guards in RK Ilagan, Ryan Costelo, and Renzo Navarro.“I hope they all step up. I just told them to enjoy their game so that we’ll all be happy,” he said. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lack of tournaments not a problem for Lehnert Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 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 Calisaan was slapped with two unsportsmanlike fouls while playing defense on Sidney Onwubere, sending him out of the game with 1:14 left in the period.The 22-year-old forward argued that he didn’t do anything wrong with his defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I know for myself it’s not an unsportsmanlike foul. I wasn’t going for the face or the head. Even if you review the tapes, I only hit him in the elbow. I was going for the ball, but he double-pumped and that’s the reason why (Onwubere) got hit in the arm.”Consistently racking double-doubles this season with his averages of 16.1 points and 10.0 rebounds, Calisaan’s ejection takes him out of the running for the end of season awards.center_img Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMichael Calisaan was in disbelief after he got ejected late in the third quarter of San Sebastian’s 75-73 win over EAC on Friday.“I don’t know,” said Calissan, struggling to explain what led him to hit the showers early.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. That, however, means little for the fourth-year forward, sharing that his biggest goal is to help the Golden Stags return to the Final Four for the first time since 2013.“The important thing for me is to win and to achieve what we’re aspiring for which is to be a champion. We’ll all try our best to do that,” he said. “I’ve won awards before, but if you get those and your team is in the bottom, that means nothing. What I want more is to be on top, make it to the Final Four for the first time in college. I made it in high school but that has eluded me in college.”San Sebastian currently stands at an even 4-4 with a game left in the first round.The ejection, though, will keep Calisaan out of the Golden Stags’ home game against JRU on Thursday, where he is set to serve his one-game suspension.“It could have been my first time playing in our home court,” he rued.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

Golovkin, Alvarez make weight for blockbuster fight

first_imgLyceum rallies to keep slate clean Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Signature move Alvarez, who was the more stonefaced of the two, sent the crowd into a frenzy as he shadowboxed briefly at the front of the stage — his new signature weigh-in move.Hundreds of people stood on line for hours outside the Grand Garden for the chance to see the weigh-in, chanting and signing along with a neatly-attired Mariachi band.For many, it represented their only hope of seeing either fighter in the flesh as the bout has been sold out for weeks.Las Vegas construction worker Harvey Hernandez attended the weigh-in with his friend Roger Ramirez and said Alvarez has a better boxing style.“I am picking Canelo,” the 26-year-old said. “He is better than Triple G. He is going to outclass him and he is from Mexico.“It won’t go the distance. He is going to get knocked out or he will knock Golovkin out.”READ: Alvarez promises fireworks for Golovkin boutSaid El-Tahan flew all the way from Sweden to watch the fight and says Golovkin must avoid having the decision in the hands of the judges.“Golovkin will win,” said the Malmo police officer. “He is a great fighter and a strong puncher. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 “It won’t go 12 rounds so he must finish him off. If it goes to the judges Golovkin won’t get a fair decision.”Phoenix’s Lorenzo Ventura, 29, said he put a lot of thought into who will win Saturday’s bout which many feel could be the start of a the latest boxing trilogy.“Canelo is going to tire out around the fifth or sixth round,” said Ventura, a part-time boxer, as he headed to his seat in the Garden arena. “Triple G is going to establish his jab and is going to finish him in the 11th round.“When you study both fighters and you see Canelo consistently tire out in the fifth or sixth round fighting smaller men and now he is going to come up in weight class and knock out the most dangerous fighter in that weight class.“The dude (Golovkin) has proven himself over and over again. Jabs win fights. Golovkin lands more jabs accurately than any other fighter in the game. It is that simple.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alvarez was up next, climbing onto the scales in his blue shorts and registering the same 160 pounds for a bout that has all the ingredients to produce a fight of the year.READ: Alvarez, Golovkin seek their places in boxing historyFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I am very happy for all the love and support of these fans,” Alvarez told the crowd. “I am going to give them 100 percent. I trained hard and I am disciplined.“I take all this responsibility seriously and I am going to give them a great fight.” MOST READ Kazakhstan’s Golovkin is putting his World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation, belts on the line but to the uninitiated it might have seemed more like Alvarez was the champ.Alvarez drew louder cheers from the pro-Mexican crowd, stepped on the scale last and made Golovkin wait several minutes on stage before making his initial appearance, which was preceded by a video tribute on the jumbotron screen.The fighters, who once sparred together at Golovkin’s gym in Big Bear, California, then posed amicably during their staredown in front of a crowd of 9,400.That has been consistent with the buildup to the sold-out fight, which has lacked the vitriolic trash talk typical of world title fights.“See you tomorrow. I have been champion a long time. This is boxing and I am a very true guy,” said Golovkin, who goes by the nickname ‘Triple G’ on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Boxer Canelo Alvarez (L) and WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin pose during their official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golovkin will defend his titles against Alvarez at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. AFP/GETTY IMAGESLAS VEGAS—Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin stepped on the scales at the MGM Grand Garden Arena then came face-to-face for the cameras on Friday (Saturday, Manila), one day before they meet in one of the most anticipated fights in years.Three-belt Champion Golovkin wore black shorts and smiled as he stepped on the scale first weighing the 160-pound (72.5 kg) middleweight limit for Saturday’s world title fight against Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Quick fix

first_imgTurkey in a weekWe are making a trip to Turkey, but we are limited to one week. I want three full days in Istanbul. Please suggest if we should do Ephesus next or Cappadocia? -Tanaaz Bhasin, MumbaiIstanbul by itself is a fabulous city to spend time in and thereafter a visit to Cappadocia gives you the following benefits over Ephesus. En route you can make multiple stops to enjoy the beauty of the Black Sea region. This route is also great for some window shopping. For instance, you can buy figs, pickled vegetables, tahini and nectar from Sapanca. While continuing your journey take a break at Abant and take a walking or horse cart tour of Lake Abant. Alternatively, you could even continue onwards to Ankara, but Abant is recommended over Ankara.Thereafter spend two nights in Cappadocia. Vsit the famous volcanic valleys, old Christian monasteries and troglodyte villages. Stop at the old Greek village of Sinasos, which is full of elegant stone houses and the old churches. Visit Avanos to purchase handicrafts. And keep some time for visit of Kaymakli Caves and Uchisar castles.A visit to Cappadocia is incomplete without a stop at the Goreme open air museum. Time permitting you could visit Konya, the birthplace for Sufism, which is also the city of Whirling Dervishes.Please remember that you have to travel mostly by road. Though the drives are quite comfortable, the journey to and fro is going to be pretty long.Walking LondonI have two days in London in October during which I would like to take as many walking tours as possible. Could you please give me some of the best options for someone with an interest in history, culture and sports?-Raghu Vishwa, ChandigarhLondon is a fun place to walk in and the city offers plenty of walking tours, where one can take in the moods and moments of the metropolis at a sedentary pace. In fact, the city has thousands of professional companies that organise walking tours and these can be booked online. Some of the popular walking tours that may interest you are as follows:Tower of London and London Bridge: This allows you to explore London’s wealth of historyJack the Ripper’s walking tourThe London East End walk, for art, fashion and cultureTrafalgar Square Sights Walk that includes many attractions such as the Nelson’s Column and The National Gallery.There is really a lot to see on foot in London, therefore we would recommend that you refer to some of the following to make a selection: www.londonwalks.com, www.viator.com.If you would like to cover more of London try the Bigbus Company, the open-top double deck buses for their hop-on hop-off day pass tours; www.bigbustours.com-Arun Khanna, National Head-Business Development, Club Mahindra TravelSend your queries to Quick Fix, India Today Travel Plus, 9th Floor, Videocon Tower, E-1 Jhandewalan Extn, New Delhi-55, or e-mail: itplus@intoday.comadvertisementlast_img read more

Foreign media coverage on Anna Hazare’s arrest

first_imgIndia’s leading anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare’s protest against corruption and the demonstrations that followed after his arrest, gained a wide-spread coverage in the international media.Here are the excerpts: WASHINGTON POSTAnna Hazare, India’s leading anti-corruption activist, refuses to leave Delhi jail “Indian police jailed a leading anti-corruption campaigner and detained thousands of his supporters early Tuesday, hours before the veteran activist was due to begin an indefinite hunger strike to demand tougher laws against graft. As public anger rose, the government made a dramatic U-turn and decided to release the 74-year-old Anna Hazare on Tuesday evening. But Hazare refused to leave Delhi’s high-security Tihar Jail unless he was given written permission to resume his fast in a park in central Delhi. Supporters said he was continuing his hunger strike in jail. Hazare, a disciple of Mahatma Gandhi, is the face of a nationwide social movement against rampant corruption that has gathered pace this year after a string of high-profile scandals. He has become a major thorn in the side of the government, led by the Congress party, and the confrontation has become increasingly bitter in recent weeks. Hazare, adressed in homespun white cotton and a white cap, smiled and waved at supporters as he was driven away early Tuesday from his lodgings in the Indian capital in a police vehicle after earlier being denied permission to stage his protest. Later, hundreds of candle-holding, flag-waving protesters shouted slogans and pushed against the iron gates of Tihar Jail demanding his immediate release.”advertisementWASHINGTON TIMESAnti-graft activist fasts in custody “An anti-corruption activist arrested Tuesday for planning a public hunger strike began his fast behind bars, as his supporters held protests across the country with thousands detained by police. Anna Hazare’s demand for tougher anti-corruption laws has tested the beleaguered government and galvanized Indians fed up with seemingly endless scandals, exposing bribery and favoritism and paralyzing efforts to address poverty and speed development. Mr. Hazare, a 73-year-old social activist clad in the simple white cotton garb of India’s liberation leaders, has become an anti-corruption icon by channeling the tactics of freedom fighter Mohandas K. Gandhi. In April, he used a four-day fast to force the government to draft legislation to create an anti-corruption watchdog. He had planned to begin another public fast Tuesday to press for a stronger bill. Police barred his latest protest after organizers refused to limit the number of fasting days and participants, Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said. “Protests are perfectly permissible and welcome, but it must be under reasonable conditions,” he said. Mr. Hazare vowed to carry on regardless, but he was arrested before leaving for the protest site in a New Delhi park.”NEW YORK TIMESHundreds Arrested in India Over Planned Protest”An anticorruption protest leader whose arrest on Tuesday morning reverberated across India, inciting outrage at the government, ended the day with a very different twist: He refused an offer to be released from jail. By late Tuesday, the scene outside Tihar Jail was playing on all-news channels across the country. More than 1,000 supporters waved flags and banners, chanting slogans, as the protest leader, Anna Hazare, rejected a police release order because it contained a condition he could not accept – that he agree not to stage an indefinite hunger strike. He began one in jail anyway. The late-night drama came after a long day in which Mr. Hazare had initially planned to begin a hunger strike at a park in New Delhi, augmented by rallies across the country. Seeking to pre-empt the demonstrations, the police arrested Mr. Hazare and his aides and detained more than 1,200 of his followers, though most had been released by early evening. “DAILY MAILMass protests erupt over arrest of ‘Gandhi’ hunger strike activist “The detention of an anti-corruption activist as he began a hunger strike has sparked protests across India, with police rounding up at least 1,200 supporters in New Delhi alone. Anna Hazare began fasting in custody after police arrested him at home to stop the planned public hunger strike in a New Delhi park, which was certain to embarrass India’s scandal-plagued government. Hazare’s demand for tougher anti-corruption laws has galvanised Indians fed up with the bribery and favouritism that has infested government at all levels and become a political distraction, preventing progress in addressing the widening gap between rich and poor.”WALL STEET JOURNALIndia Jails Anticorruption Activist”Delhi police jailed an anticorruption advocate on Tuesday after earlier preventing him from going on a public hunger strike to demand the government create an even-more-powerful ombudsman than envisioned in a bill before Parliament. Anna Hazare was arrested early Tuesday morning under a temporary legal provision that bans public gatherings and protests at a New Delhi park where he was planning to hold his hunger strike, said Rajan Bhagat, spokesman for the Delhi police. Mr. Bhagat said the prohibition was issued after Mr. Hazare refused to agree to the police’s conditions for allowing the protest, including restricting the fast to three days and limiting the number of protesters at the site to 5,000. Mr. Hazare, 73 years old, was later sent to the capital’s Tihar Jail for seven days after he failed to post bail or to promise before a magistrate not to defy the protest ban, which remains in place. He is now in the same jail as politicians arrested in recent months in connection with a slew of government scandals that created a wellspring of support for the activist’s anticorruption efforts. Mr. Bhagat said the police issued an “unconditional release warrant” for Mr. Hazare and his aides late Tuesday night. An aide to Mr. Hazare who was released told television reporters outside the jail that Mr. Hazare has said he won’t leave until he receives “written assurance” from the government that he will be allowed to go ahead with his plan for the hunger strike.”THE NEWSadvertisementAnna Hazare refuses to leave jail “An Indian anti-corruption activist refused to leave jail on Tuesday after being held in custody for several hours to prevent him starting a high-profile hunger strike in New Delhi. Veteran campaigner Anna Hazare, 74, was released by authorities but said he would only walk out of prison if his demands to be allowed to hold a public “fast unto death” in a city park were met, officials told. About 1,400 Hazare supporters were set free after being held during the day inside a sports stadium in a police operation that was widely criticised as an attempt to quell dissent. Corruption has become a key issue of public discontent in India, and Hazare has emerged as a prominent national figure for his campaign to demand that a new anti-graft law currently before parliament is strengthened.”last_img read more

Federer makes quick work of Monaco at US Open

first_imgRoger Federer reached the quarterfinals at a 30th consecutive Grand Slam tournament by making quick work of the 36th-ranked Juan Monaco 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 at the U.S. Open.Federer’s fourth-round match against Monaco didn’t get started until nearly midnight, and thanks to his superb play, it was over shortly before 1:15 a.m. Tuesday.Federer played brilliantly right from the start, taking the first five games – and 20 of the first 25 points – in only 12 minutes. He didn’t miss a beat in the second set, hitting four aces in his opening service game and finishing with 14.Five of Federer’s record 16 major championships have come at Flushing Meadows. In the quarterfinals, Federer will face 11th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, who eliminated No. 8 Mardy Fish of the United States in five sets Monday.Tsonga upset Federer in the Wimbledon quarterfinals two months ago, coming all the way back after dropping the first two sets.”He’s a tough player. … I look forward to that match,” Federer said. “If I play as good as I did today, sure I have a chance.”Federer compiled a 42-4 edge in winners against Monaco.The start of their match was delayed because the preceding match in Arthur Ashe Stadium – No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki’s 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-1 victory over No. 15 Svetlana Kuznetsova – lasted 3 hours, 2 minutes.”You have to be ready,” Federer said.Wozniacki, seeking her first Grand Slam title, trailed by a set and 4-1 in the second before coming back to beat the 2004 U.S. Open champion.advertisement”I knew that I had to do something,” said Wozniacki, who faces No. 10 Andrea Petkovic of Germany next. “I had to do something different.”She managed to turn things around thanks to a combination of her own increasingly aggressive play and Kuznetsova’s increased mistakes. Kuznetsova’s 40-20 edge in winners was rendered meaningless by her 78 unforced errors, 52 more than Wozniacki, who reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the third year in a row.Tsonga made it this far in New York for the first time, and unlike Fish, he’s already tasted this sort of success. Tsonga made it to the final of the 2008 Australian Open before losing to Novak Djokovic, and got to the Wimbledon semifinals this year – where he again lost to Djokovic.On Monday, Djokovic extended his 2011 record to 61-2 by beating No. 22 Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 7-6 (14), 6-4, 6-2. Their 16-14 tiebreaker in the first set lasted nearly a half-hour all on its own, with Djokovic saving four set points and finally converting his sixth when Dolgopolov pushed a forehand long to close a 13-stroke exchange.Both men called that tiebreaker the key to the match. One tiny piece of evidence: Dolgopolov double-faulted twice in the opening game of the second set to get broken, and Djokovic was on his way.Asked whether he considered winning that energy- and will-testing tiebreaker to be a physical or mental triumph, Djokovic replied: “Combination of both. But in the end, it was more mental, just to hang in there, try to play right shots at the right time.”Djokovic now meets his Serbian Davis Cup teammate and friend Janko Tipsarevic, who is seeded 20th and made it to the first Grand Slam quarterfinal of his career by beating 2003 French champion and U.S. Open runner-up Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain 7-5, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in a match that lasted more than 3 hours.”Strange feeling,” Djokovic said. “We are professionals. Certainly we both want to win the match when we play against each other. So you kind of forget about friendship. You put that aside.”Most players complained about the wind, which gusted at up to 20 mph (32 kph) and kept changing directions, making even serve tosses difficult.Serena Williams handled those conditions much better than former No. 1 and 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic and beat her 6-3, 6-4 to return to a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time in 14 months. She missed about 11 of those with a series of health scares but looks really good so far at the U.S. Open.Against Ivanovic, Williams hit nine aces overall, only lost serve once, and finished off the match with four consecutive unreturned serves that ranged from 99 to 111 mph.”I didn’t even go for winners at any point,” said Williams, who hit only 16. “I just tried to get it over because it was so windy. It was definitely tough.”She’s seeded only 28th because of all of that time away, but now has won her past 16 matches heading into a quarterfinal against No. 17 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia. Pavlyuchenkova got past 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in a match with 21 double-faults and 16 service breaks in 31 games.advertisement”I’m going to say that I don’t want to go out there and enjoy just being on center court playing against Serena,” Pavlyuchenkova said. “I would like to do well, try to fight, and with my effort, I’ll try to beat her.”last_img read more

Hope for Sunita Rani as Indian officials press world athletics bodies to clear her name

first_imgSunita RaniAce Athlete Sunita Rani is creating news in ways she is most uncomfortable with. Her positive dope tests after the 1500 m and 5000 m races at the Asian Games in October brought a wave of unwanted publicity. Now the fight to clear her name will bring in a,Sunita RaniAce Athlete Sunita Rani is creating news in ways she is most uncomfortable with. Her positive dope tests after the 1500 m and 5000 m races at the Asian Games in October brought a wave of unwanted publicity. Now the fight to clear her name will bring in a second round of fame and notoriety. This is certainly not how Rani dreamt it would all turn out. What Indians officials have set out to prove is that Rani got a raw deal from Korean sampling and testing procedures – and evidence seems to corroborate this. The documents of the tests carried out at the Doping Control Centre, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (DCC-KIST), Seoul – available with INDIA TODAY – indicate that all is not right with the laboratory with the highest possible rating (ISO 17025). Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Suresh Kalmadi and Lalit Bhanot, secretary, the Amateur Athletics Federation of India (AAFI), used these documents when presenting Rani’s case in Monte Carlo last week before the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), where they met IAAF General Secretary Istvan Gyulai, Chairman of the Anti-Doping Commission of the IAAF Arne Ljungqvist, and Anti-Doping Officer Gabriel Dolle.Following meetings in Monte Carlo, Kalmadi said that the IOA was not going to suspend Rani. “The fact that the IAAF accepted the Indians’ version and did not want Rani suspended appeared a positive sign,” he says. Bhanot adds, “The AAFI is going to back her all the way given the discrepancies in the documents.”THE DOPE ON NANDROLONE Increases testosterone and nortosterone levels in body, improves stamina, muscle mass, strength, virility. Lowers body fat, repairs muscles.The human body can naturally produce nandrolone, particularly after consumption of large quantities of meat or after vigorous exercise.Nandrolone may have been generated in Rani’s body since she had been taking ginseng-based vitamin tablets.Adults have up to 0.6 ng/ml of the substance in their urine. The IOC cutoff limit for nandrolone in the body is 5 ng/ml. Anything above this is positive.But are the loopholes big enough for Rani and the Indians making the plea on her behalf to slip through?What is working most in Rani’s favour is the fact that she was not notified of the date and the time of her B-sample test in writing. During a dope test, an athlete’s sample is divided into two parts, with the first – the A-sample – being sent for a test. Should that prove positive and the athlete appeal against the result, only then is the B-sample tested. According to international regulations, the athlete has to be given the opportunity to be present at the B-sample test.Other documents detail major procedural lapses. The dates on the sample sheets are wrong; computers in an International Olympic Committee – accredited lab like Seoul’s – which nabbed world champion Ben Johnson for steroid use in 1988 – are not expected to print incorrect or even half-legible dates.advertisementIn some places, numerals are overwritten by hand, a practice that has raised immediate doubts. According to Indian claims, the variations in the nandrolone contents in Rani’s samples are too high to be scientifically accurate.In another lapse, one analyst has signed for another colleague on the DCC-KIST document. In a test report dated October 14, the analysis was carried out by Myungsoo Kim, the director of the DCC-KIST, and his colleagues Seung Woon Myung and Yunje Kim. Strangely, Myung has signed at two places – for himself as well as for Yunje Kim. The Indians have used this and other examples to raise questions about the testing procedures Other procedural irregularities brought to the notice of the IAAF are: Both urine samples (A and B) were analysed at the same laboratory by the same staff. Under regulations, should a team protest, as the Indians did, the tests should have been carried out at another lab and analysed by a different team.There was no Olympic Council of Asia representative when the B samples were being tested. This is an infringement of Rule 5.6 of the Medical Book of the Busan Asian Games Organising Committee. It also violates the guidelines set by the OCA’s medical commission.After her first sample tested positive, Rani was not informed in writing about the presence of nandrolone in the sample, as is mandatory.Prior to being asked to testify before officials following her first positive test, she was not given sufficient notice. According to Kalmadi, established procedures at all international events require an athlete to be given enough time to file a written response.The sample collection area was not isolated with no security posted to restrict entry. The Indians say the “chain of custody” required of a legitimate dope test was broken, so the chance of sampletampering could not be ruled out.The Indians accuse a sampling officer of misbehaving with Rani, starting a row, claiming the athlete had not filled the urine beakers properly. The resulting altercation may have led her to “cause mischief ” according to the Indians. INDIA TODAY had the printouts of the dope test results analysed by sports medicine specialist and medical adviser to the Indian Hockey Federation R.K. Tuli (an ex-air force doctor, he’s also a consultant at Delhi’s Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in holistic medicine). In his opinion, the test results are “clearly unacceptable, and very casual”. According to Tuli, given the wide variations in nandrolone content, the potency of chemicals used for the tests can also be questioned.In her deposition to the one-man Sushil Dutt Salwan Commission of Inquiry into the incident, Rani categorically maintained that she had not taken any banned substance. She had tested negative on September 30 at Delhi’s Dope Control Centre on the eve of the Indian team’s departure for Busan.Besides Rani, Salwan had questioned her coach Renu Kohli, the team’s chief coach Bahadur Singh Chauhan, chairman of the Medical Commission of AAFI Dr Jawaharlal Jain, Russian coaches Vladimir Polahan and Oleksandr Krasieshchikov, recovery expert Vladimir Portebenkov and a host of SAI officials, including Director (sports medicine) P.S.M. Chandran, before stating that Rani could not be held guilty based on the evidence before him.Clearly, there are several indicators that all was not right at the Seoul laboratory. But there are reasons to be cautious. The dope control laboratory in Delhi, set up in 1988 and functional from 1990, is not IOC-accredited. Its results have no validity in an international forum, but it is still used as a clearing house to test Indian athletes before departure for any major competition.No matter where samples are procured, all dope tests conducted in India have to be conducted at the laboratory housed in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. However, there are areas in Indian dope-testing procedures that are far from foolproof. Firstly samples, held in sealed bottles, are transported from the area of collection to the dope control laboratory without precautions like a temperature-controlled environment that preserves them in the exact state they were in at the time of collection.The laboratory itself operates with a small staff-a biochemist and a pharmacologist, two scientific assistants and three laboratory assistants- which conducted tests on 52 samples of Indian athletes in a two-and-a-half-day period before the team’s departure for the Asian Games. According to the deposition made to the Salwan Committee by Dr Sheila Jain, one of two scientists working in the laboratory, the capacity of laboratory tests per day was no more than 15. When asked about the load of conducting 52 tests in a 60 hours, she replied that the staff had worked around the clock but challenged the suggestion that there could have been an error during this process. Not just the possibility of lapses in the laboratory, the Rani case also served as a clear indicator of the medical negligence and callousness that Indian athletes, no matter how qualified, have to suffer. In case of a problem an Indian athlete can consult any one of three doctors: either one based in Patiala, the official Indian athletics team doctor, or any of the Russians hired by SAI. The treatment or medication given by one of them need not be communicated to the other two. Neither Jawaharlal Jain, who was present in Busan, nor Dr Bimla Bhatia, scientific officer at NIS Patiala, had a detailed medical profile of Rani with them. When she was called in before a medical panel in Busan after her first positive dope test, Rani had asked Jawaharlal Jain to inform the panel that she had been under medication for 18 months due to a stress fracture. Jain didn’t do so, telling the Salwan inquiry that he thought it was “irrelevant.”The lack of awareness of banned substances is rife not just in athletes but also among their coaches. The first time the coaches received the “Blue Book” which listed and explained banned drugs was in 2001. Indian athletics chief coach Bahadur Singh and Kohli told Salwan that they had not read the book.Based on a scrutiny of the Seoul documents, an IAAF hearing panel will now decide whether to accept or reject the Indian case. Should it reject the appeal, it will return to the IAAF’s antidoping commission which will then refer it to a three-member arbitration panel, known as the International Court of Arbitration made up of IAAF members and based in Monte Carlo. Sunita Rani’s ordeal is not yet over, nor it appears, is her race completely run.-with Sharda Ugraadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

No Indian in ‘ICC Test Team of the Year’

first_imgIn a reflection of the slump that India went through last year, no cricketer from the financial powerhouse of the game managed to find a place in the ‘ICC Test Team of the Year’, which was dominated by South African and English players.India were whitewashed by England and Australia in back-to-back away series last year, a free-fall from the number one position that the side held before that.The list announced here on Thursday, along with the nominees for the ICC annual awards scheduled on September 15 here, featured five South Africans (including the 12th man) and three Englishmen.In fact, South Africa’s pace spearhead Dale Steyn made the side for the fifth year running.The team was chosen by a selection panel chaired by West Indian batting legend Clive Lloyd.”Six countries are represented in the 12-man line-up and South Africa’s Dale Steyn has earned a place in the ICC Test Team of the Year for the fifth successive year,” the ICC said in a statement”It is the third year in a row that South Africa’s Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara feature in the side, while England’s Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad appear for the second year in a row,” it added.Australia’s current captain, Michael Clarke, was named the skipper of the team.”Those selected can be justifiably proud of their achievements and well deserving of the recognition they receive as great cricketers of their era,” said ICC Chief Executive David Richardson.advertisement”The quality of the Test cricket played over the course of the year has been exceptional and I did not envy the selectors in their task of selecting the best. Congratulations to those who have made it. They make a formidable team,” he added. Lloyd said it was difficult line-up to pick given the vast international talent.”It is always tough to decide on the Test team with so many worthy candidates to consider based on performances between 4 August 2011 to 6 August 2012. The team once again has a strong batting line-up, while the bowlers are a tough combination of pace and spin who could dismiss any line-up on any surface.”The process of selection was a difficult one, with a lengthy debate between the panel on all the top performances during the voting period and various combinations were considered,” he said.”The selectors did utilise a vast amount of statistics from the period under observation, but we also took into account all other factors like the opposition, pitch conditions, match situation etc. But when you have only 12 places to fill from a big group of world-class players, there will always be a few who will miss out.”Lloyd was joined on the panel by former Sri Lanka batsman Marvan Attapatu, former England women’s captain Clare Connor, former West Indies all-rounder Carl Hooper and Australia’s World Cup winner Tom Moody.Statistics were available as a guide but were not necessarily the overwhelming factor in the choices made.The ICC Test Team of the Year is one of two teams selected by the ICC selection panel along with the ODI line-up which will be announced a day before the LG ICC Awards.The ICC Test Team of the Year (in batting order): Alastair Cook (Eng), Hashim Amla (SA), Kumar Sangakkara (SL), Jacques Kallis (SA), Michael Clarke (Aus, captain), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI), Matt Prior (Eng,  wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad (Eng), Saeed Ajmal (Pak), Vernon Philander (SA), Dale Steyn (SA), 12th Man ? AB de Villiers (SA).last_img read more

Discover the origins of fabled Swiss jeweller and watchmaker Chopard

first_imgThe happy sport Chrono pink carries two pink sapphires and three diamonds that move freely about the dialThe history of one of the most ubiquitous and technically daring watch and high jewellery brands begins with two European families in the late 1800s. In the heart of the Swiss Jura, the,The happy sport Chrono pink carries two pink sapphires and three diamonds that move freely about the dialThe history of one of the most ubiquitous and technically daring watch and high jewellery brands begins with two European families in the late 1800s. In the heart of the Swiss Jura, the father of Louis-Ulysse Chopard, Felicien, lived as an experienced farmer and a man of tradition who encouraged his sons to learn watchmaking. The ambitious Louis-Ulysse, younger of the two, set up his own L.U.C watch manufactory in Sonvilier in 1860, at the age of 24. In order to stand out from numerous competitors, Chopard identified itself by making innovative precision watches featuring sophisticated decoration. Meanwhile in Germany’s Black Forest, the jewellery industry flourished in the hamlet of Pforzheim. A young boy, christened Karl Gotthilf Scheufele, turned to watchmaking in the orphanage to cope with the tragic loss of his parents. By 1904, Scheufele set out on his own launching Eszeha, spelling out the first three letters of his family name as said in German. In 1912, he scored great commercial success with a clip that served to attach a pocket-watch to the wrist or to wear as a necklace.The fates of two families intertwined a century after L.U.C’s ambitious creation of Chopard. In 1963, Karl Scheufele III, Scheufele’s grandson, published his intention to purchase a Swiss manufacturing company in several newspapers. The then 70-yearold Paul-Andre Chopard, a gifted horologist, was looking to sell the firm and agreed to meet Karl Scheufele III. The delicate nature of watchmaking at Fleurier by Master Craftsmen in full display: Detailed setting of gems on a bezelScheufele says of the meeting, “As soon as I visited the Geneva workshops and saw the venerable Mr. Chopard seated at his workbench in front of the window, I knew that our two companies were bound to get on well. After half an hour of conversation, I knew it was the right choice.” Since then, Chopard has never looked back as Scheufelle III revived his legacy into an international watch and jewellery brand. The new creations proved both playful and original and of impeccable quality, bringing with them a genuinely innovative touch that drew on the company’s deep connection with the art nouveau and art deco movements. Between 1970 and 1980, Chopard won the Golden Rose of Baden-Baden, the jewellery industry’s equivalent of an Oscar, 15 times.One of the most notable collections during this period was born in 1976 when Ronald Kurowski, a talented Chopard designer, became fascinated with the sparkle of unset diamonds. The way light striking a diamond caught its beguiling radiance served as inspiration and led to the creation of a watch where diamonds could enjoy total freedom of movement, unfettered by any metal. The dream took shape in the form of ‘Happy Diamonds’, a dial between two sapphire watch crystals, surrounded by diamonds in free play giving a special glow to each second and adding a new dimension in style to the passing of time. The innovative concept is an example of the creativity of Chopard craftsmen, nurtured by the traditional training programme of the Chopard Manufacture.Engraving the caseWatch companies that develop and produce their own components and watches entirely in-house are still a rarity. So it was with a great sense of anticipation and excitement that I arrived at the Chopard Manufacture in Fleurier, nestled between sprawling green hills and complete calm. We began our tour on the ground floor where movements are created. In a room filled with machines,which cut the abstract and very refined pieces into shape, raw materials are turned into rough-edged watch cases and movement plates. In the other wing of the building, the opposite environment prevails. It is cool and clean and it is here that quality control and final casing areas of the manufacture are located. The Fleurier Manufacture concentrates on the creation of the in-house movements, as well as the steel watches in the L.U.C, Mille Miglia, and Happy Sport lines. Production at Fleurier includes 3,000 movements and about 25,000 wristwatches per year.The first floor shares the facilities for movement component decoration: polishing and engraving, case and bracelet polishing, watch testing, and movement manufacturing including complicated watches. It’s interesting to see the dramatic range of watchmakers at work side by side. Chopard ensures impeccable in-house quality standards, including design, shaping, embossing, and engravingNext to the “Regleuse”, a watchmaker with over 40 years experience, is the youngest apprentice. He is just 17 but at the Fleurier Manufacture, the process of passing on its expertise and innovation begins early. Each year, 25 apprentice watchmakers and jewellers take four-year training courses that are supervised by an apprenticeship master, active on all three sites, who initiates them into the tenuous process of watchmaking.As an added treat, Chopard also invited us for a tour through the jewellery manufacture in Meyrin, on the outskirts of Geneva. Chopard is as famed for its watches as for haute joaillerie, although the jewellery has the added allure of being considered lucky, especially at the Oscars.Over the past six years, seven actresses adorned in Chopard jewellery have won a leading actress or supporting actress award. The Geneva workshops, along with Chopard’s third facility at Pforzheim, produce a total of 75,000 jewellery pieces each year. advertisementadvertisementThe diamond studded imperiale collectionUnlike watches, where product development cycles are measured in months or years, the world of jewellery is much faster-paced. New pieces are designed and built in weeks, and unique pieces are created for single events where they shine.Chopard has built its house on a foundation of four pillars: impeccable quality, respect for tradition and the passing of values, creativity backed by innovation, and responsible patronage. Even though viewing their most complicated creations through a microscope presents a microcosm of these values, understanding and assimilating the import of their 150-yearhistory requires a longer journey.last_img read more

Four travel junkies dish out some sound advice

first_imgBitten by the travel bug? Four travel junkies reveal what makes their favourite holiday destinations so special. Payal Dhar, BengaluruFavourite destination: Scotland Why: I visited Inverness to spot Nessie, the Loch Ness monster, and then went to Edinburgh to check out Inspector Rebus’s city (John Rebus, the fictional detective created,Bitten by the travel bug? Four travel junkies reveal what makes their favourite holiday destinations so special. Payal Dhar, BengaluruFavourite destination: ScotlandWhy: I visited Inverness to spot Nessie, the Loch Ness monster, and then went to Edinburgh to check out Inspector Rebus’s city (John Rebus, the fictional detective created by Ian Rankin). Also, I loved the local accents; I could listen to people talk for hours.Favourite memory: Standing on a boat in the middle of Lake Ness, it was unbelievable how I was right in the middle of one of the world’s most recognised landscapes. (Later, a friend Photoshopped the Lake Ness monster into one of my photos, completing the experience.)Where to stay: Ardgowan 45 Fairfield Road, Inverness IV3 5QP, Scotland, Telephone: +44 (0)1463 236 489, email: mgt.shields@gmail.comMust-buy: A Nessie souvenir or a kilt. And some shortbread.Ideal travelling companions: Ideally, I prefer to travel on my own.Must pack: Rain pants, a book or two, Nikon D5000, Quechua rucksack.Sameen SiddiquiFavourite destination: Rajasthan.Why: The abundance of colour and variety, whether it is in the local attire, food, music, dance, architecture make it a traveller’s paradise. Also, I’m an amateur photographer and find ample opportunities in Rajasthan to indulge my passion.Favourite memory: When I got a bird’s eye view of Jodhpur from atop the Mehrangarh Fort. The sight of an entire city speckled with houses painted bright blue was mesmerising.Where to stay: Alwar Bagh, Jaipur road, Village Dhawala, Alwar; Telephone: 91 294 3061112.Must-buy: Lehriya print chunaris.Holiday playlist: The Wonders- That Thing You Do; Ghalib- Bazeecha-E-Atfal Hai; Khamoshi Tum Pukar Lo; Boyzone- Words; Masoom- Tujhse Naraaz Nahi Zindagi.Ideal travelling companions: My friends.Must pack: Canon Camera, Biotique sunscreen, Armani shades, Nike floaters, Debit/Credit cardsJasmeet Kapany, MumbaiadvertisementFavourite destination: New ZealandWhy: New Zealand is an ideal adventure sports destination.Favourite memory: Camping with my family at Lake Wanaka.Where to stay: We explored New Zealand in a camper van over two weeks, driving through various towns, villages, vineyards and meadows.Must-buy: Anything woollen. New Zealand makes the world’s softest wool.Holiday playlist: The Andrews sisters: Rum and Coca-Cola U2: Beautiful Day Beyonce: Party Rihanna: Cheers Sean Paul: Punkie.Ideal travelling companions: My family.Must pack: Banana boat sunscreen, Puma walking shoes, Nikon D90, the Apple travel adapter kit and a coin purse.Shveta Bakshi, New DelhiFavourite destination: Sri Lanka.Why: I have always found the energy of this place to be wonderful. Even when the civil war was at its peak.Favourite memory: I had a great time just sitting and reading a book at Barefoot Cafe.Where to stay: Hilton Colombo Residence, PO box 2000, 200 Union Place, Colombo, 02, Sri Lanka. Telephone: 94-11-5344644.Must-buy: For me, it would definitely be a souvenir from Barefoot Cafe.Holiday playlist: Songs by Jagjit Singh, Indian Ocean Kandisa, Hari Prasad Chaurasia, The Elements Collection, Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar.Ideal travelling companions: I prefer to travel alone.Must pack: Oliver goggles, Body Shop sunscreen and hairbrush, Maybelline lip gloss, a book, Moleskine notebook.Stay safePay attention to your gut and and rely on common sense.Keep a copy of your passport, bookings and insurance papers closeby.Ensure you don’t eat or drink in dodgy places.Make sure you inform your family and friends about the duration of your trip and your place of stay.Always keep emergency phone numbers handy.Don’t get too friendly with strangers.If you are travelling alone, act as if you know the place well Always carry a pepper spray in your handbag.When you step out, make sure your phone is fully charged.Carry credit/debit cards and also some local currency.Save important local phone numbers.Start with your hotel and cab services.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from England

first_imgWayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard will be the key for England in the World CupGoing into the 2012 European Championship with England, coach Roy Hodgson had only a few weeks from being appointed to taking a squad to the tournament.The two years since then have allowed Hodgson to implement his own plans, but he will head into the World Cup still relying on a core group of veterans alongside some fresh talent.Here are five England players to watch:WAYNE ROONEYWayne Rooney, the one truly world class striker in the England squad, has yet to deliver at a World Cup, failing to score in 2006 and 2010.But with 38 goals in 89 international matches, Rooney is only 11 from matching Bobby Charlton’s England record.A relief for England coach Roy Hodgson is that the Manchester United striker has settled his club future going into the World Cup by signing a new contract. A concern for Hodgson is just how Rooney might be affected by United’s lackluster season by the time he gets to Brazil.”He has got a difficult job on his hands because they’ve had a disappointing season,” Hodgson said.STEVEN GERRARDAs the team’s leader, Steven Gerrard is an automatic starter, and rightly so.”Magisterial” is how England coach Roy Hodgson views a player who remains as influential at 33 but realistically facing one final shot at the World Cup.”He is a world-class dead-ball specialist and physically, in that role where you need to move from side-to-side to block spaces,” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said.advertisementThriving in a deeper role with rejuvenated Liverpool, Gerrard will come up against the master in that position in the World Cup opener: Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo.Gerrard will match David Beckham’s record of 115 appearances for an England outfield player by playing in the three warm-up matches and three group stage games.JOE HARTThe 2010 World Cup will be remembered in England for goalkeeper Robert Green allowing Clint Dempsey’s long-range strike to slip through his hands.In 26-year-old Joe Hart, England coach Roy Hodgson has a more reliable stopper between the posts, despite mishaps seeing him dropped by Manchester City for a time this season.The blunders were uncharacteristic for one of England’s most reliable performers at the 2012 European Championship.”He made a couple of mistakes in (City) games, his coach decided to leave him out, but luckily he’s come back and played well,” Hodgson said.ASHLEY COLEAshley Cole’s first challenge will be making the squad.If Hodgson retains his faith in the 33-year-old left back, the World Cup will be the time to deploy such an experienced tournament player with 107 appearances despite no longer being first-choice for Chelsea.”I’m a great admirer of him,” England coach Roy Hodgson said. “He’s been unbelievably good, and very fit – right at the top of the running statistics – so there’s no question about his fitness.”Leighton Baines, though, would have grounds to be disappointed if he can’t displace Cole after an impressive season for Everton, while 18-year-old Southampton player Luke Shaw also looked comfortable at left back on his England debut in the draw with Denmark in March.ADAM LALLANAEngland coach Roy Hodgson sprang a surprise by calling up Adam Lallana for the November friendlies against Chile and Germany, and the versatile attacking midfielder retained his place in the squad for the draw with Denmark in March.Not only should the 25-year-old Lallana make the World Cup squad but, if he maintains his lively goal-scoring form for Southampton, is a strong contender to start for England and provide an element of unpredictability the team desperately needs in Brazil.last_img read more

Here is your horoscope for the day: June 2, 2014

first_imgARIESYou are into sport and theater today. Communications and visitors are encouraging. Goodwill and friendship enhance your social standing. With mastery in your craft you integrate resources and forces to achieve goals. You share warm feelings with a loved one. Lucky number 14. Colour blue. TAURUS The Empress brings a gracious and aesthetic influence in your life today. Your grace and diplomacy take you to high places and to important people. You tend to be lazy when you need to perk up and get things done. There is an abundance of love in relationships. Lucky number 3. Colour pink.GEMINIYou are good at working with groups today. You shine with true self-esteem and confidence in professional and personal aspects. Delegating responsibility and sharing your burden with others is a good idea. Great expectations bring disappointment beware. Lucky number 17. Colour grey.CANCERYou are busy with social occasions that demand your participation. Your experience and expertise enable you to play the role of advisor. You can expect personal relationships to flower into long-term commitments. Be aware of old patterns and addictions. Lucky number 10. Colour red.LEOYou have mixed feelings about everything today! You look at failure in some areas and success in others. Health problems need attention. Finances and details demand your time. You procrastinate and allow worthwhile opportunities to slip away, be aware. Lucky number 7. Colour sea green. VIRGO Compassion and intuition are the qualities that shine forth and dissolve obstacles. View life from a balanced perspective before taking a decision. Avoid being dependent on associates but work in harmony to achieve success. People and atmosphere influence you. Lucky number 6. Colour blue. advertisementLIBRA ‘The Chariot’ brings light into darkness and takes you towards triumph in professional conflicts and situations. You are blessed with good health and energy to cope with busy schedules. You can expect faithful friends to support you through an ordeal. Lucky number 7. Colour royal blue.SCORPIO You rebalance energies and arrive at a balanced state of being! You need to be professional and clear in business when faced with contradictions and difficult decisions. Look at truths and untruths when you encounter confused situations and people. Lucky number 2. Colour soft pink.SAGITTARIUS’The Hermit’ inspires you to make new beginnings and be a light unto yourself while guiding others as well. You would rather be alone than be in meaningless or superficial relationships. Trust your insight and intuition when making choices today. Lucky number 9. Colour wine red.CAPRICORN You invite a mixed lot of reactions and responses, a few negative and others mostly positive and flattering in nature. You are creative, original and have the courage to be different. You allow space in loving relationships and they continue happily. Lucky number 7. Colour green.AQUARIUS You seek rejuvenating changes and resist secure yet dull routines today. You are ready for new and positive attitudes. You decide to make changes in professional patterns and personal routines. Treat loved ones with respect and love to bring them closer. Lucky number 12. Colour red.PISCES Taking one step at a time with your complete attention can bring a wondrous new vitality to all that you do. There can be opposition due to difference of opinion or conflicting priorities. Love and romance is restored in relationships as quarrels are made up. Lucky number 5. Colour yellow.last_img read more

Serena Williams wins clay opener; sister Venus next in Rome

first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Venus, who won her only Rome title 20 years ago, defeated Elise Mertens 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (4) after more than three hours, requiring nine match points before eliminating her Belgian opponent.The Williams sisters’ last match on red clay came in the 2002 French Open final won by Serena. In their last match in Rome, Venus won their second career meeting way back in the 1998 quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“That’s crazy,” Serena said. “I vaguely remember that, so I don’t really remember. … We play each other a lot. Seems like every tournament nowadays we meet early. It is what it is.”Serena is now a 37-year-old mother and Venus is 38. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Others advancing on the women’s side included Madison Keys, Garbine Muguruza, Johanna Konta and Dominika Cibulkova. View comments Steph or Seth Curry? Coin flip to decide who mom, dad represent Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Serena Williams, of the United States, enters the central court to start her match against Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Monday, May, 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ROME — Serena Williams looked sharper than in her previous match two months ago as she opened her clay-court season with a routine 6-4, 6-2 win over Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson on Monday.Next up at the Italian Open: Sister Venus Williams in the siblings’ first meeting on European clay in nearly 17 years.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Serena fell behind 3-1 in the first set but then began to take control with her baseline power on a windy day at the Foro Italico.When Serena ran down a passing attempt from Peterson and replied with a cross-court winner to break for 5-2 in the second set, she let out a scream and bent over as she pumped both of her fists.In the final game, Serena served two aces and saved two break points before closing out the first-round match.Serena finished with 28 winners to Peterson’s eight, and committed only two more unforced errors than the 58th-ranked Swede, 22-20.Serena was playing for the first time since withdrawing ahead of her third-round match in Miami because of a left knee injury. The last time Serena played in Rome was in 2016 when she won the last of her four Italian Open trophies.Serena is playing only her fourth tournament of the season and was unable to finish her last two due to physical ailments.“I haven’t been able to train or practice a lot. I was out much longer than I expected,” Serena said. “But I did everything I could to stay fit and to keep my cardio up. I knew that I love the clay season and I wanted to be a part of it.”In men’s action, Italy’s top player Fabio Fognini wore a shirt featuring a design of Rome’s skyline during a 6-3, 6-4 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga; and Borna Coric rallied past Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4 in a matchup of two of the top young players on tour. Auger-Aliassime struggled with his serve, hitting seven double-faults to Coric’s one.Also, Karen Khachanov overcame a partisan crowd to beat Italian wild card Lorenzo Sonego 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-3; while last year’s French Open semifinalist Marco Cecchinato was inspired by the home fans to beat Alex Di Minaur 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas eliminated Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-1; and Denis Shapovalov beat Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 7-6 (5). “It doesn’t change at all. We’re just as fierce, Venus is just as fierce,” Serena said. “We both really want to get some match play. We’ll both do the best that we can.Serena leads the career series 18-12.“I know that she’s going to play really well and compete really well,” Venus said. “That’s a given.”In March at the Miami Open, Serena needed three sets to beat Peterson.“It’s been a while. I haven’t played a ton of matches this year,” Serena said. “Not my choice, just by force. I really, really actually desperately wanted to be on the tour and to be playing. It felt good to finally be back out. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep it up.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more