Photo by Marc Reyes/INQUIRERKUALA LUMPUR — Nine points to the semifinals.That’s the immediate goal of the Philippine men’s under-22 football team here as it embarks against Cambodia Tuesday in the Southeast Asian Games at Selayang Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Metta World Peace not closing door on playing in PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next Despite that, Maro said the Philippines will have a very strong chance of winning in the 8:30 p.m. match.“They beat us 1-0 with the Philippines having a depleted team and Cambodia playing in their home turf,” said Maro.Now, according to Maro, the PH strikers are “healthy, very strong and very excited to play.”However, Games officials didn’t allow the Philippines to train in the evening for “lack of lighted stadium.”“I don’t understand that because they have so many football stadium with flood lights,” said Maro. “But we will still practice in the morning and the afternoon.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The country needs to score nine points — a win is worth three points — to make the semifinals.“I think it’s doable because if there’s one team to dominate it would be (defending champion) Thailand, the rest will split points,” said Maro.The country’s best performance in the SEAG was bronze in the 1977 SEA Games. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH 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 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 Head coach Marlon Maro said the Philippines have a more potent lineup — compared to winless squad in Singapore SEAG — composed of several club players like Kou Ichi Belgira.But they are up against a motivated Cambodia side whose prime minister reportedly promised them $1,000 each for every won game.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 shutoutPosted on the aseanfootball.org, Prime minister Hun Sen was also said to have dangled $10,000 each if they win the gold, $7,500 for silver and $4,000 for bronze.Cambodia’s sponsor Angkor Beer Company reportedly promised $5,000 for a semifinal finish and $8,000 for a gold medal feat. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments
Lillard finished with 32 points, and Portland snapped a two-game skid. Jusuf Nurkic added 28 points.Lillard was 1 of 5 from 3-point range before the game-winner. The crowd roared when the shot fell, andLillard nodded and pointed to his wrist.“I felt good. The ball was coming off my hands good all night, even the ones that I didn’t make. In thosemoments, you don’t think about what happened before. It’s a chance to rise to the occasion. You’re 0 for 0 in that moment,” Lillard said. “I go back to my very first game-winner against New Orleans my rookie year. I had a terrible shooting game but I was able to block that out. All that mattered was that moment. No different tonight.”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 shutoutBrook Lopez had 27 points and rookie Kyle Kuzma added a season-high 22 for the Lakers, who were short-handed after Larry Nance Jr. broke his left hand in the second half. Fellow rookie Lonzo Ball was 0 for 2 from the field with no points, four assists and three rebounds.There were a few fans in the crowd wearing Ball’s No. 2 jersey for his first appearance in Portland. But most fans booed him heartily during player introductions. 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Tagalog NPA Kuzma took the final shot, a missed 3-pointer from 28 feet out at the buzzer that would have tied it.Lillard had missed a 3 the night before at the end of regulation in Portland’s 112-103 overtime loss at Utah.“He made a good read last night and (Rudy) Gobert made a great play,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “Tonight I think he had his mind made up to take the shot. It’s what great players do.”The Blazers were without Al-Farouq Aminu, who injured his right ankle Wednesday against the Jazz. The team posted a photo of the 6-foot-9 forward on crutches before Thursday’s game.Aminu was averaging 9.4 points and 8.1 rebounds this season. Noah Vonleh, who returned the night before following a shoulder injury in camp, started in his place.Portland led by 18 in the first half but the Lakers closed the gap to 66-62 at halftime. It was tight the rest of the way.“We have the game against Toronto, then you have a tough one last night against Utah. Maybe if we come back and have a blowout, maybe we don’t have to look at ourselves as much,” Lillard said. “We come in here tonight and we had a dogfight on our hands. We really had to look at ourselves and make it happen. We had to trust ourselves and trust each other to get it done.“So I think a game like this and having to pull out a game like this does more for our team, character-wise.”TIP-INSLakers: Los Angeles was 0 for 9 from 3-point range in the first half. … The Lakers were coming off a 113-93 victory at home against the Pistons on Tuesday night.Trail Blazers: Rookie big man Zach Collins started the second half in place of Vonleh, who had four fouls. Collins, a 7-footer out of Gonzaga, was acquired by the Blazers in a draft-day deal with Sacramento.ON BALL“I thought he was a little too passive tonight,” Walton said about his rookie point guard. “The hardest thing for young players is consistency. He’s so unselfish that sometimes we want him to be more aggressive with attacking the defenses.”Ball, for his part, recognized that.“I definitely could have been more aggressive,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nance was hurt late in the third quarter and went to the locker room. He did not play the rest of the way. Nance was averaging 11.1 points and 7.9 rebounds for the Lakers.Afterward, the Lakers confirmed Nance broke a bone in his hand.“Obviously, I feel terrible for him. He’s been playing so solid for us,” coach Luke Walton said. “It’s tough but that’s what team sports are about, and someone else has to step up.”Portland took a 106-105 lead on Lillard’s free throws with 1:56 left. Kuzma made a hook shot on the other end, but Lillard answered with a layup before Nurkic made free throws for a 110-107 lead. The standing crowd chanted “Beat LA! Beat LA!”But Kentavious Caldwell-Pope quieted the fans with a 3-pointer off an assist from Ball to tie it with 15.5 seconds left. Lillard hit the winner over the outstretched arm of Brandon Ingram.ADVERTISEMENT Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard reacts after hitting a shot in the final seconds of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. The Blazers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard didn’t really need to gesture to his wrist. The crowd already knew it was Lillard Time.The star guard made a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak over the Los Angeles Lakers to 13 games with a 113-110 victory Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Kim Hye-jin, a 39-year-old music instructor, said that South Korea was repeating an “outdated approach” in using sports diplomacy. She said that the previous unified teams and joint marches between the rivals never paved the way for sustained, meaningful engagement.“We are always repeating meaningless things and North Korea isn’t a country that will change easily,” she said.Plus, she said, a unified team takes away opportunities from South Korean athletes who have been working hard to prepare for the Olympics.Heo Doo-won, a 40-year-old teacher, didn’t care for the reconciliatory gestures at all.“Why are we doing this?” he asked. “We are clearly two different countries and it’s better if things stay that way. I don’t want a unified team or a unification flag. Why can’t we just let the North Koreans march under their own flag?”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers In this February 10, 2006 photo, Korea’s flag-bearers Bora Lee and Jong-In Lee are carrying a unification flag as they lead their teams into the stadium during the 2006 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Turin, Italy. When athletes of the rival Koreas walked together behind a single flag for the first time since their 1945 division at the start of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, it was a highly emotional event that came on the wave of reconciliation mood following their leaders’ first-ever summit talks. Eighteen years later, the two Koreas are pushing to produce a similar drama during the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics. But they have not generated as much enthusiastic supports as they had both at home and abroad. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)SEOUL, South Korea — South Koreans seem generally happy they’ll see the North Koreans at their Olympics, but aren’t as pleased about sharing a team with them.The agreement between the war-separated rivals to field a unified women’s ice hockey team at February’s Winter Olympics has triggered a debate in South Korea, where there’s no longer strong public clamor for reunification or for using sports to make political statements.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Still, many experts think Moon’s government made the right move in jumping at the opportunity to resume contact with North Korea after nearly two years of diplomatic stalemate and animosity.In an annual policy report on Friday, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said it aims to use the Olympics as an opportunity to re-establish regular dialogue with North Korea. The resumption of inter-Korean talks is crucial for the policies of Moon, who wants Seoul in the driver’s seat in international efforts to deal with the North Korean nuclear threat.The Koreas sent joint teams to major international sporting events twice in 1991, and had their athletes march together in the opening and closing ceremonies of several sporting events in the 2000s, including the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics.While the previous moves had little diplomatic impact, similar gestures would carry more meaning in an Olympics held on South Korean soil and amid higher stakes in regional security, said Yongchul Chung, a sports education professor at Seoul’s Sogang University.“Fielding a unified team is very meaningful — the biggest fruit that can come from the Pyeongchang Olympics is a message of peace between the Koreas,” Chung said. “It’s not like the players wouldn’t understand the historic significance of what they are involved in.”But it has become harder to get South Koreans excited for unified teams and joint marches when North Korea’s increasingly aggressive weapons tests and the South’s own evolvement as an economy and society continue to erode the public’s enthusiasm for reunification.In a survey of 1,200 adults released by Seoul National University in October, 53.8 percent of the respondents said they supported the idea of reunification. This represented a steep drop from the 63.8 percent measured in 2007, when the school started the annual survey.“I think it will be emotionally moving to watch the athletes of both Koreas march under the same flag during the opening ceremony as we come from the same nation,” said Oh Ju-yeon, a 46-year-old housewife. “But after the games, there will be bitterness from realizing that nothing’s really going to change.” While the liberal Moon remains a popular president nine months into his term, the controversy over the hockey team factored in his approval rating dipping below 70 percent for the first time in four months, according to a Gallup Korea report on Friday.Many people sympathize with the South Korean athletes who would likely be sacrificing opportunities for the North’s players, who are considered less skilled and experienced. The IOC approved an expanded roster of 35 instead of 22 for the joint team, but only the normal number will be allowed to suit up for each game and three of them must be North Korean.The South Korean team’s Canadian coach, Sarah Murray, has expressed concerns over chemistry.“Adding somebody so close to the Olympics is a little bit dangerous just for team chemistry because the girls have been together for so long,” she said last week.Choi Hyuk, a 40-year-old office worker, blamed the government for failing to properly communicate with the players and for excessively politicizing sports.Choi pointed to the comments of Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, who was forced to apologize after saying that the South Korean women’s hockey team was out of “medal range” anyway while defending the government’s decision to create the unified team.“South Korea’s elite sports have always been based on nationalism,” Choi said, referring to a decades-long system that rewards Olympic medal winners with lifelong cash payments and exemption from military duties that are mandatory for most able-bodied men.“Isn’t it funny that the same country is now asking athletes to cut back on their playing time and embrace changes that would make them less likely to win?”The reconciliation mood between the Koreas began after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in a New Year’s speech that he was willing to send a delegation to the Olympics.Some experts view Kim’s overture as an attempt to weaken U.S.-led international sanctions against the North and buy time to further advance his nuclear weapons program. Last year, North Korea carried out its sixth and biggest nuclear test and test-fired three intercontinental ballistic missiles. It has shown no willingness to give up its ambitions. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Maharlika basketball league tips off Thursday with 10 teams at Big Dome Read Next View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who views the Pyeongchang Games as an opportunity to improve relations following a year of tension over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, said the unified team would provide a “historically grand moment” once it appears on ice.Other reconciliatory gestures the Koreas have agreed to for the Olympics include a joint march under a blue-and-white “unification” flag during the Feb. 9 opening ceremony and a pair of performances by a visiting North Korean art troupe. The joint march and the unified hockey team were approved Saturday by the International Olympic Committee, which allowed 22 North Korean athletes to take part in the games in exceptional entries given to the North.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNot all South Koreans are in the mood. There are apparently few objections to the North Korean presence at the Olympics itself, which likely ensures that the country holds off any significant weapons test or other aggressive acts that would risk disrupting the games.Many South Koreans believe their government went too far by pushing athletes into a “political show” that will likely become meaningless once the lull in tensions breaks down after the Olympics.
PBA IMAGESFor the first time in a long time, Kelly Nabong is beaming.And he has every reason to do so. After all, he’s playing the best basketball in his six-year professional career.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa TY Tang to make comeback with Go For Gold Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Nabong was one of the reasons why the Batang Pier got the headstart over the Bolts. He connected on his first three shots as his side slowly built a 20-point lead, 36-16, in the second quarter that ballooned to as high as 29, 94-65, late in the game.Nabong cleared he doesn’t have an axe to grind against his former teammates, sharing that up to now, he shares a good relationship with a bunch of them despite being cut in the offseason.“I talk to all the players. I have no problems with the players. They’re all great guys over there, we still talk to this day,” he said. “It’s been water under the bridge the day after it happened. No hard feelings to nobody.”Nabong reiterated that he has moved on and would rather focus on his current run with the Batang Pier in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“Everything happens for a reason. I’m just blessed to get another chance to play basketball with my other former team, GlobalPort, and I’m just really blessed to still be here. We’re really glad we got this win, but one win doesn’t stop here. We’re trying to get to the top,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax PLAY LIST 01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:14Lumad school backers vow to fight legal battle vs DepEd closure order01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next On Sunday, Nabong had one of his most impressive games for GlobalPort in a 107-88 win over his former team Meralco.“There’s always motivation playing against your former teammates and your former coach,” he said after posting 17 points and 17 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the 29-year-old doesn’t want to put too much color in the tussle with winning as his only focus.“It was just like any other game. We always come into a game wanting to blow our opponents out. We always want to come in and make that a sure win. We don’t want to leave room for comebacks,” he said. “Meralco is a good team, don’t get me wrong. We just played better and it feels good to win against them.” View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The Aces, after starting the conference 0-2, won their fifth straight game and improved to 5-2 while the Fuel Masters dropped to 3-4.Alaska went on a blistering 21-4 run across the first two quarters with Nonoy Baclao capping it off with a jumper midway through the second period to give the Aces a 34-14 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPhoenix still managed to cut the deficit to 14, 34-20 on Jeff Chan’s triple with 5:06 left in the first half, but the Aces retaliated with a 14-4 run to break the game wide open.“It’s just one of those halves where I thought our defense had a lot of teeth,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton. “That was really the story of the game, after that it’s more like maintaining the lead and not let them get too close within striking distance.” Read Next “They had a good run to start the fourth quarter then we just have to settle down and change some stuff. It’s a big win for us.”Phoenix managed to put up a scare in the fourth quarter after JC Intal made a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 14, 71-57, at the 9:28 mark but, as like what happened in the first half, the Aces had an immediate answer.The Aces went on a 16-3 run that Kevin Racal capped off with a triple for Alaska’s 87-60 lead with 4:30 left in the game.Chris Banchero paced Alaska with 22 points, five rebounds, and four assists while the returning Calvin Abueva, who left Alaska’s last game against Blackwater due to a family emergency, had 21 points and 15 rebounds.Matthew Wright led Phoenix with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Griffin’s departure leaves Clippers in free-agent hunt Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City It didn’t take long for Alaska to establish its dominance and send Phoenix packing with a 93-75 demolition in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT
2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Belo, however, committed a backcourt violation in the ensuing which gave Magnolia another chance to seal the game.Blackwater still got another shot after Mike DiGregorio secured a huge stop in the final 20 seconds, but Nard Pinto could not convert on his potential game-tying layup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJio Jalalon and Justin Melton iced the game at the free throw stripe in the waning seconds.“It was a very tough game,” said Chito Victolero as his side improved to 6-1. “I was worried about us being complacent so I tried to motivate my players to go hard and match the intensity of Blackwater. Although we had some lapses in the end, because of our experience and chemistry, we’re happy to pull this win off.” AFP official booed out of forum MAGNOLIA 78 — Barroca 14, Ramos 14, Melton 8, Sangalang 8, Pascual 7, Dela Rosa 6, Jalalon 6, Simon 6, Pingris 4, Herndon 3, Reavis 2, Brondial 0, Gamalinda 0.BLACKWATER 72 — Belo 25, Maliksi 17, Cortez 8, Erram 6, Jose 4, Pinto 3, DiGregorio 2, Marcelo 2, Sena 2, Sumang 2, Palma 1, Cruz 0, Javier 0.Quarters: 23-13, 42-29, 61-54, 78-72. Read Next Ancajas adds weight but camp not worried: ‘It’s normal’ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Mark Barroca paced the league-leading Hotshots with 14 points, three rebounds, and three assists off the bench, while Aldrech Ramos also got 14 markers on a 2-of-5 shooting from three, to go with five boards.Sangalang and Melton both finished with eight points in the game for Magnolia.Belo had a career-high-tying 25 points, six rebounds, and six steals in the loss, while Allein Maliksi got 17 markers and four boards in his first game against his former team.Blackwater remained winless for the year 2018, dropping its fourth straight loss to fall to 2-5.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH 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 PBA IMAGESMagnolia made it five in a row after escaping a late Blackwater rally, 78-72, Friday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.Ian Sangalang drilled the go-ahead 15-footer with 55.1 seconds left give the Hotshots a 74-72 lead and stopping the bleeding for his side after Mac Belo commandeered a 14-2 run to knot the score at 72.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Despite the loss, Magnolia remained in the running for a top two finish after the eliminations that will enjoy a twice-to-beat bonus in the quarterfinals. But the Hotshots have to win their last two games against GlobalPort (Feb. 16) and Meralco (Feb. 24).The SMB-Alaska duel on Feb. 17 in Dumaguete City will likely decide the elimination topnotcher. Alaska, scheduled against NLEX also at press time yesterday, winds up its campaign against Rain or Shine on Feb. 23. SMB, on the other hand, meets Kia also on Feb. 23 before ending its schedule against Rain or Shine on Feb. 28.Except for Kia, GlobalPort (3-4), Blackwater and Meralco (2-6) are still in contention to make it to the quarterfinals although the last two qualifiers will be facing the tough job of needing to win twice over the two top elimination teams to reach the semifinals. The other four quarterfinalists will collide in a best-of-three series to advance with No. 3 taking on No. 6 and No. 4 facing No. 5.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 Castro says TNT in ‘make or break’ situation after loss to Ginebra PBA IMAGESBlackwater highlighted a sudden show of power by underdogs going into the homestretch of the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations with its 106-96 conquest of San Miguel Beer last week.But the defending champion Beermen managed to cling to the lead at 6-2 with the resurgent Alaska Aces, who remained unbeaten in six games in 2018 after dropping their first two games of the season to Magnolia and TNT Katropa.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises With Mike DiGregorio firing 26 points and center Poy Erram outscoring tower of power June Mar Fajardo, 24-12, the Elite easily surpassed the 100-96 decision Barangay Ginebra San Miguel pulled off last Jan. 28 over the defending champion Beermen, who are seeking an unprecedented fourth straight all-Filipino crown.The win boosted Blackwater’s record to 3-5 and revived its hopes of joining the top eight teams that will advance to the quarterfinals because of a relatively light schedule in its last three games. The Elite face tailender Kia on Feb. 16, NLEX on Feb. 18 and Phoenix on Feb. 21.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNLEX and Phoenix also toppled favored rivals last week and improved to 4-4 like Ginebra and TNT, which are playing each other at press time last night. The Road Warriors, with rookie Kiefer Ravena capping a team-high 21 points with two clutch baskets in the dying seconds, downed the injury-riddled Meralco Bolts, 87-85, while the Fuel Masters nipped the Katropa, 74-72, behind Matthew Wright, who fired a triple before issuing the game-winning basket to Doug Kramer.Rain or Shine was another revelation in its 101-95 demolition of Magnolia that lifted the Elasto Painters to solo fourth at 5-3 behind the now third-running 6-3 slate of the Hotshots. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments
“We are the No. 1 offensive team in the league,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s their (Hotshots’) defense or our offense just didn’t get going.”To their credit, the Beermen didn’t yield much, either.After scoring 109 points in winning Game 1, Star was starved to 33 points less as the San Miguel defense held Allein Maliksi, who shot 26 points in the series opener, to just five.Ratliffe’s 35 rebounds now stand as the second most all-time in a playoff series, next only to the 45 Michael Hackett had for Ginebra San Miguel in the 1985 battle for third place in the Reinforced Conference.Meanwhile, TNT KaTropa coach Nash Racela expects Barangay Ginebra counterpart Tim Cone to stage a comeback in Game 2 of their series Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments PBA IMAGESSan Miguel Beer showed the other facet of its game and knotted its best-of-five Final Four series in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup against Star on Monday night, and coach Leo Austria has just one wish for the coming games.“I hope we can unveil our (offensive) arsenal,” Austria said after his Beermen escaped with a 77-76 decision of the Hotshots at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay in a highly defensive Game 2. “This is not yet our game.”ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES MOST READ “He’s a master tactician,” Racela said as he braces for Cone in their 7 p.m. duel, also at MoA Arena.Racela said the two-time Grand Slam coach would surely make the necessary adjustments.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Austria admitted to being lucky in a way for coming up with the win after Paul Lee missed a running jumper in the waning seconds which could have turned the game around and buried the Beermen in a 0-2 hole.“I hope that we have momentum going into the next game,” he said. “We have to work really hard because Starknows our weaknesses.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGame 3 is set this Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.San Miguel survived a mammoth 25-point, 35-rebound night by Star import Ricardo Ratliffe, but insists that it is offense that will take them to yet another title series appearance and that shot to keep their Grand Slam dream alive. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? Azkals out to regroup vs Tajiks after China rout 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 Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jeron Teng wants to join Gilas pool WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? PHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.NETThe PBA has fined TNT shooting guard Roger Pogoy a sum of P30,000 after hitting San Miguel forward Arwind Santos in the groin in Game 2 of the Commissioner’s Cup Finals Friday.Game officials called a flagrant foul penalty 2 on Pogoy, leading to his ejection in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games San Miguel took a convincing 102-88 victory in Game 2 to tie the series up at 1-1.Pogoy, after scoring 27 points in Game 1, left the game with just one block under his name.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire
Quarters: 20-11, 40-30, 63-49, 99-65. CJ Perez once again imposed his might, racking 16 points, three rebounds, two assists, and a steal, but this time, he allowed his teammates to also flourish in the spotlight.Jaycee Marcelino fired 13 markers, six boards, and two dimes, MJ Ayaay went on a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc to wound up with 13 points and nine rebounds, and Ralph Tansingco also had 13 markers and five boards in the win.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 starsLyceum also matched its longest winning streak at four, equaling the feat set under coach Bonnie Tan in 2013.Still, coach Topex Robinson downplayed the win, saying that his players simply manned up to the task on a night when with Arellano fired blanks. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Jaycee Marcelino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netContinuing its dream streak this NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament, Lyceum coasted to a 99-65 thumping of Arellano to stay unscathed Tuesday in the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.It was a complete domination for the Pirates as this season’s dark horses showed no mercy against last year’s runner-up, pulling away from the Chiefs, 63-49, in the third quarter before pushing the lead to as high as 35, 99-64, late in the game.ADVERTISEMENT “We just caught them in a bad afternoon and we took advantage. The players were playing well and they’re up to the challenge,” he said.Zach Nicholls topscored for the Chiefs with 12 points on a paltry 4-of-11 shooting from the field, while Kent Salado was limited to 11 markers, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals in the defeat.The Scores:LYCEUM 99 – Perez 16, Jc. Marcelino 13, Ayaay 13, Tansingco 13, Nzeusseu 8, Ibanez 8, Jv. Marcelino 8, Caduyac 6, Serrano 5, Pretta 3, Marata 2, Baltazar 2, Liwag 2, Santos 0.ARELLANO 65 – Nicholls 12, Salado 11, Concepcion 9, Canete 7, Meca 6, Alcoriza 5, Dela Cruz 4, Enriquez 4, Flores 3, Ongolo Ongolo 2, Rivera 2, Abanes 0, Taywan 0, Villoria 0, Padilla 0.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Engel, Davidson homer as White Sox end 9-game losing streak Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes
Talk about sweating it out in the lap of luxury.Before fitness became a megafad and zero the most desirable body size, a basic treadmill or Exercycle in one corner of the bedroom was considered a home gym. And the equipment, more often than not, ended up as a dumb valet,Talk about sweating it out in the lap of luxury.Before fitness became a megafad and zero the most desirable body size, a basic treadmill or Exercycle in one corner of the bedroom was considered a home gym. And the equipment, more often than not, ended up as a dumb valet for towels and clothes. Not any more. With the increased emphasis on staying healthy and getting a hot bod, even if there’s less time to do something about it, more and more people are culling out spaces within their homes to set up personal gyms. They range from basic spaces, such as a spare bedroom that’s used as an exercise room to extravagant workout zones that fill the basement or terrace and are fitted with the best equipment that money can buy. From treadmills with LCD screens to state-of-the-art cross trainers and all manner of weight training gear, it’s easy now for fitness freaks to get health club quality machines at home.But do remember, a gym is more than just an accumulation of equipment-it must be the product of a well-conceived design that’s as functional as it is motivating. “To begin with, figure out the number of people who will use the gym at the same time,” advises Aparna Kaushik, architect and director of Delhi-based Design Forum. “Each extra user will add to the cost,” she says. Your routine dictates the design and layout. If you are a serious practitioner of aerobics or yoga, you need to set aside extra leg room for that.The type and number of equipment, too, require careful planning. “To judge the space required for dumbbells stretch your arms, see if you are hitting any other equipment. Then, take a step back without bumping into anything. Next, move into the push-up position to get an idea of the approximate length required,” says Vesna Pericevic Jacob, fitness consultant and director of Delhibased Vesna’s Wellness Clinic. A treadmill, on the other hand, requires only three to five feet of space behind it. “This will ensure that you don’t hit anything if you slip,” says Jacob. Even the smallest multi-station gym, to be used properly, requires at least two to three feet of space around it. As Kaushik explains, free weights require 20 to 50 sq ft space; treadmills need 30 sq ft; and a multi-station gym requires 50 to 200 sq ft. A rectangular area is best for a gym, as odd-shaped rooms result in a lot of wasted space, she adds.While choosing the equipment, do ensure that you buy the best quality and have it installed by professionals. Heavy equipment falling apart while you exercise can cause you grievous harm. “As for lighting, ensure that it is not as strong as the bathroom and not as dim as the bedroom,” says Kaushik. Basements, rooftops and rooms that offer great views, especially of a pool or a garden, work well. Locating your gym on the lowest floor is a good idea as it will reduce noise transmission from the exercise equipment.Mira Gulati, principal designer and founder of Mirari Jewels, has a 600-sq-ft home gym in Delhi’s Westend Greens that overlooks the swimming pool. She’s used rubberised matting on the gym floor to prevent slipping and resist shocks. The gym has a treadmill, a spot cycle, a multi-gym, weights and a massage chair. The special add-on feature here is the sauna room.To help you plan the best possible layout, we have divided gyms into three categories-basic, mid-level and high-end.Basic gym: The minimum size of dedicated gym space, says Kaushik, should be 10 ft by 15 ft. This is enough for two people to use simultaneously. “A vibrant and active layout is a must, whatever the gym’s size,” she adds. It’s a good idea to go with bright colours for the walls, wooden panelling to make the space feel warm in the midst of all that metal, and mirror cladding to monitor your body and check your posture. Avoid vitrified tiles or marble as they are much too hard and can cause injury in the event of a fall. Laminated flooring is a better option. Make sure the room has as many windows as possible. Windows help circulate air and provide natural light. If your budget allows it, do install an air-conditioner. The equipment required in a basic gym is a treadmill, an exercise cycle, weights and a yoga mat (if space permits). Equipment estimate: Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh.Mid-level: “An area of 20 ft by 20 ft or even 20 ft by 15 ft works well for three to four people,” says Kaushik. When designing, install big windows to provide ample light and ventilation. Vinyl, which provides extra cushioning, is a good choice for flooring. Mirrors and mood lighting with dimmers add to the sense of space. Good air conditioning such as ductable splits, especially in summers, makes working out easier. A mid-level gym can also be equipped with entertainment options like a music system and TV. Also, go for dehumidifiers, an air freshener machine and a small fridge for energy drinks. The equipment that you will need here is a treadmill, a cross trainer, an abs bench, weights and a yoga mat. Equipment estimate: Rs 1 lakh to Rs 3 lakh.High-end: “A high-end gym can be as small as 500 sq ft or as big as 2,000 sq ft,” says Kaushik. And it can be as luxurious and as whimsical as you want. If money is not a consideration, you can go all out and get the best quality fittings and fixtures available in the market. Clad the walls with bevelled mirror panels and use rubberised vinyl for the floor as it has good insulation and cushioning properties. If the gym overlooks a pool or a lush green lawn, consider using toughened glass walls. Likewise for a rooftop gym, because a great view only makes the experience better.Cooling can be done through ductable splits and equipment that pulls fresh air into the gym mechanically. The layout should be neat and the equipment should be placed along the walls, leaving the central area empty. Since most high-end gym owners typically have a personal trainer coming in, ensure that there’s enough room for both people to move around.This homeowner has turned his large basement into a soundproof gym. A mirrored wall, an LCD TV, synthetic carpeting and topquality lighting work together to create a cheerful and comfortable workout zone. Incidentally, don’t miss the colourcoordinated equipment.As for equipment, the sky is the limit. Opt for treadmills fitted with a touch-screen LCD TV that has iPod compatibility, a multi-gym, a high-tech cross trainer, a chest and leg press machine and an abdominal crunch. Since you have the space, you can also demarcate a section for weights, yoga, pillates or aerobics. Add-ons like a powder room, a jacuzzi or even a spa and sauna can take working out to the next level. The latest trend, says the architect, is to create recreational zones within the gym. A bar area with comfy couches, massage chairs and pool tables are some popular choices. Equipment estimate: Rs 10 lakh onwards.Deciding what sort of gym you want boils down to two things: how important is your health to you and how much can you afford to spend? As any fitness fiend will tell you, working out is an investment that yields great results. If you have the space, don’t think twice about getting a home gym. Never again will you waste time commuting to and from the gym. Nor will you have to wait for your favourite equipment to get free or look for corners that are free of undesirable smells and sounds. Just hop on and enjoy the ride. Fabulous fourThe awesome foursome no gym can do without Multi-gym, called Unica, with 25 different exercise modules from Technogym. Price on request.Reebok’s Cross trainer 5.1 version comes with 16 levels of resistance. Price: Rs 48,000.Technogym’s Recline Bike shows progress based on time, distance and calories. Price: Rs 3 lakh onwards.This treadmill from Proline Fitness has a 15-inch touch screen display. Price: Rs 10 lakh onwardsBuyer’s guideReebok: www.reebok.comLodhi Sports: 7 Main Market, Lodhi Colony, Delhi. Tel: 011-24635947.Ace Sporting & Fitness: E-363A GK-I, New Delhi. Tel: 011-46572693.Technogym: No 553 Phase 5, Udyog Vihar, Gurgaon. Tel: 0124-4234491.Jerai Fitness Pvt. Ltd: 2A Suyog Apt, New Link Road, Borivali (W), Mumbai. Tel: 022-28337737.Proline Fitness: Cravatex Limited, 6 Sahas, 4th Floor, 414/2 Veer Savarkar Marg, Prabhadevi, Mumbai. Tel: 022-66667474.Afton Health and Fitness Equipment: 55 Montieth Road, Egmore, Chennai. Tel: 044-28553881.Olympic, The Sport Shop: 29 9th B Main, 1st Block, Banaswadi, Bangalore. Tel: 080-42084338.advertisementadvertisementadvertisement
Let’s assume that there is a workout school out there that you could attend. You’d be taught five main subjects: cardio-respiratory fitness, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility and body composition. You cannot do any justice to the time spent working out or the calories burnt if they do not lead,Let’s assume that there is a workout school out there that you could attend. You’d be taught five main subjects: cardio-respiratory fitness, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility and body composition. You cannot do any justice to the time spent working out or the calories burnt if they do not lead to any kind of progress or learning in these five core areas of fitness.Cardio respiratory fitness: Ability of the heart and lungs (also called as cardio-pulmonary fitness) to deliver oxygen and nutrients to working cells or muscles which are demanding them. Let’s say you’re climbing stairs: your leg muscles will demand more blood supply, oxygen and nutrient delivery, and will need to remove or recycle waste products (like lactic acid).Muscular strength: The greatest amount of force (maximal effort) that a muscle or a group of muscles can exert at one time. Ever watched a cop lagao a lafa? That’s muscular strength. Or when Sunny Deol says, ‘Yeh dhai kilo ka haath jab padta hai to aadmi uthta nahi, uth jata hai’. The technical term in exercise physiology is ‘one rep max’ but apna Bollywood describes it better.Muscular endurance: The ability of a muscle or a group of muscles to perform repeated activity over a period of time. For example, if you’re moving furniture or if you’re making laddoos, then you’ll be using your muscular endurance.Flexibility: The ability of the joints to move through their full range of motion (ROM). For example, a bowler would move her arm through a full range of motion of her shoulder before the delivery.Body composition: This refers to the fat mass that you carry as compared to the total body mass you have. For women this should be 25 per cent or under. So even if you weigh a hundred kilos, not more than 25 kilos should come from fat. When women say they want to look toned and not flabby, they actually mean that they would like to reduce the fat mass and increase their lean mass (bone and muscle).Now, the moral of the story is when you make improvements on the first four parameters of fitness, it results in an improvement (lowering fat mass) in the fifth parameter, that of body composition. Learning these fitness parameters leads to an improvement in overall health, sense of well-being, improves and it your appearance as well. It also leads to perfect harmony in our hormones, stable moods and puts the mind into ‘feel good’ mode, unlike the high-strung or rundown state of mind that most weight loss plans lead to.One of the reasons why I call the book ‘weight loss tamasha’ is exactly this. No one seems to talk about getting fitter, sharpening the kinesthetic intelligence, improving quality of life or increasing the well-being quotient. All that we seem to care about is losing inches and getting that needle on the weighing scale to move down. Any weight loss or inch loss achieved without an improvement on the five fitness parameters above is a tamasha, a joke, cheating, a criminal waste of time, money and resources. What are we thinking when we buy into those ‘two months, five kilos’ (buy 15 kilos and get three kilos free for any family member – my favourite ad), ‘seven sessions, nine kilos’ guarantees, one week ‘detox’ before shaadi? If we don’t think about asking questions like, will it make my knees stronger, bones denser, skin smoother, hair thicker, mind calmer and hunger signals sharper, then we deserve the diets we get, pretty much like we deserve the politicians we get because we don’t ask them the right questions or give a damn for accountability (other than living room conversations of course).So let’s understand this well. Weight loss is a by-product (but not essential) of an improvement in body composition, which in turn is an essential byproduct of improvement in the first four parameters of fitness. If you want to save your skin literally (sagging, wrinkles) and figuratively, then you must opt for fitness and weight loss programmes that are not sold or popular for ‘weight loss’. Samjha? Rujuta DiwekarDon’t buy into programmes that say ‘pay x and lose y kilos’. Also, don’t go under the knife to lose weight. Simply because weight lost at the cost of a decrease in all five core fitness parameters (which is what most ‘diets’, ‘procedures’, ‘surgeries’, ‘toning tables’, ‘techniques’, ‘herbal or ayurvedic pill/potions’ do), is simply worthless.And no, these five areas of fitness are not meant only for athletes or sports persons, they are meant for people like you and me, the ones who do a lot of sitting around and lead sedentary lifestyles. Athletes or sportspersons need these five core areas and then build on other parameters specific to their sport, like agility, power, speed and hand-eye coordination. Why am I telling you all this? Because I want to make sure that you don’t tell yourself that this is for sports people/size zero/celebs. We can improve at any age and at any weight. These are the basic foundations of nurturing the physical body to use it like a vehicle to pursue higher goals of human life (the Vedic tradition, in fact all religious traditions adhere to this view). No higher purpose can be achieved when you lose those two or twenty kilos or fit into a size six or whatever, but it can be when you have enough energy and enthusiasm left at the end of your day. Incidentally, this is also how exercise science describes physical fitness: to go through day-to-day activities without feeling unduly tired and to have enough energy left to tackle emergencies, pursue hobbies, exercise or higher spiritual goals.Extracted from the book Women and The Weight Loss Tamasha by Rujuta Diwekar.advertisementadvertisement
With 24 positive cases of methylhexaneamine (MHA) pending in the country, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has set the ball rolling by handing a two-year ban to a taekwondo player who was found with traces of the stimulant during the National Games this year.The ruling of the anti-doping disciplinary panel on Wednesday is likely to have serious implications on the verdict in the case of the 23 other athletes, all of whom tested positive for methylhexaneamine in the recent past.The disciplinary panel, headed by Dinesh Dayal, slapped a two-year ban on Jitender Verma, who won a bronze medal at the National Games in February.It is the first time the anti-doping disciplinary panel has come out with a decision in case of an athlete testing positive for methylhexaneamine.The ban will mean that all of Verma’s results since the National Games will be expunged while his medals, prizes and points will be forfeited. Earlier, Verma had questioned the authenticity of his ‘B’ sample that was re-sealed in his absence.Although the prizes and awards won in a particular event, during which the athlete has tested positive, are forfeited, the cash prizes and awards given by the various governments are not returned.The various organisations and governments do acknowledge the achievements of an athlete but they don’t take away the prizes once an athlete has tested positive for a banned substance.Wrestler Mausam Khatri, who won a bronze medal at the Guangzhou Asian Games, is a prominent example and is amongst those to have tested positive for the same stimulant. In fact, Khatri had tested positive much before the Asian Games and the stimulant is in the category of specified substance. He wasn’t under provisional suspension so he went on to participate in the Asian Games.advertisement”It is the first time that the anti-doping disciplinary panel has arrived at a decision with regard to an athlete who was tested positive for methylhexaneamine.His (Verma’s) medal and prizes during the National Games will be forfeited and the decision can also have implications in the other cases that are pending before the panel,” NADA director general Rahul Bhatnagar said.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has received representations from various countries to move methylhexaneamine out of the list of prohibited substance.The substance is often used as a nasal decongestant and at times as dietary supplement and WADA is seeking advice to remove the stimulant from the list of prohibited substances.So far, weightlifter Sanamacha Chanu is the only athlete who has been penalised for the dope offence and it was only because it was her second dope flunk that she was handed an early verdict with an eight- year ban. National swimming champion Richa Mishra is another athlete to have tested positive for methylhexaneamine and the disciplinary panel is yet to come out with a verdict in her case.She was named the best athlete at the last National Games and if meets the same fate as Verma, her career could be in serious jeopardy.
There’s a new, invisible intruder from Pakistan into Rajasthan. The security on the nation’s western frontiers is facing a constant threat from across the border as mobile phone networks of several Pakistani companies operate unabated deep inside at least four Indian districts in contravention of the international norms.The signals of several telecom service providers in Pakistan have been detected in Barmer, Jaisalmer, Ganganagar and Bikaner districts by the BSF, BSNL and administration officials. Though the Union government and the Trai have been informed of this, it has apparently failed to stir them into action.The presence of Pakistan’s mobile networks was first detected over two years ago in Barmer, when some people were held there with Pakistani SIM cards. An expert team from the vigilance and telecom monitoring cell last year confirmed the apprehension. Though there is every possibility of the networks being used by the intruders or miscreants against India, no action has been initiated to block the signals.Sources said in some areas, the Pakistani telecom signals are available up to 100 km from the International Border. As per the international norms, the mobile networks should not be available beyond 500 metres on either side of a border. The usage of SIM cards of the Pakistan-based companies has become quite common, forcing Barmer district collector Gaurav Goyal to recently ban these cards in the border areas. This step was taken only after the intelligence agencies took up the issue with the district administration. Goyal said the presence of Pakistani phone network on the Indian territory was a serious matter.advertisementA senior BSNL officer in Barmer said, “We are just a service provider. Either Pakistan should be asked to block these signals or our authorities should install powerful jammers in the border areas.”For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Ajmal-ur-Rahman, a relative of former Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin, died after an accident in Hyderabad in which the cricketer’s son Mohammed Ayazuddin was critically injured, police said.Rahman, 16, and Ayazuddin, 19, met with the accident on the city’s outskirts early on Sunday.Ayazuddin, an upcoming cricketer, was riding a sports bike with his cousin when he lost control and fell down near Poppalaguda on the Outer Ring Road.Ayazuddin and Rahman were rushed to Apollo Hospital in Jubliee Hills around 9 a.m. on Sunday.Both received head injuries, hospital sources said.Azharuddin, who was away in London, is rushing back to Hyderabad. His relatives and friends including Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, reached the hospital.Ayazuddin is a second year B.Com student at St. Mary’s College.Ayazuddin is the second of Azharuddin’s two sons from his former wife Naureen, whom he divorced to marry former actress Sangeeta Bijlani.
Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal returned to rousing receptions first at Delhi airport and later at Hyderabad airport as she arrived here from London on Tuesday after winning a historic bronze medal at the ongoing Olympic Games. At Delhi airport, the Hyderabadi was greeted by a large number of fans and well-wishers who had gathered to get a glimpse of her. The 20-year-old was flanked by father Harvir Singh, coach Pullela Gopichand and scores of security personnel on her arrival in the national capital early in the morning. She later took a flight to Hyderabad where a huge felicitation ceremony was planned at Gopichand Academy, where Saina trains. She headed straight to the academy from the airport. Open bus parade goes awryOn her arrival at the Hyderabad airport, an open bus parade was lined up for the Indian badminton queen. However, the bus broke down even before leaving the airport as it was overloaded. The major glitch in the bus for an elaborate victory parade saw Saina being shifted to a car in which she left for Gopichand Academy. Saina’s featSaina had bagged the bronze medal when her opponent — world No 2 Xin Wang — conceded midway despite winning the first game and take initial lead in the second because of her knee problem. Saina thus became only the second Indian woman after weightlifter Karnam Malleswari, who won a bronze in Sydney Games in 2000, to clinch an Olympic medal. She was also the first Indian shuttler to make it to the last four stage of Olympics.advertisement
A jittery India crashed to a 2-5 defeat against Germany for their third straight reverse in Group B of the Olympic men’s hockey competition here Friday.The Germans, while recording their third consecutive win, gave a fine exhibition of their efficiency based on strong basics, the Indians, after an enthusiastic 15 minutes at the start, simply caved in under pressure.Leading the German charge was 20-year old Florian Fuchs with three strikes (7th, 16th, 37th) and Oliver Korn (24th) and Christopher Wesley (33rd) chipped in with one apiece while India’s goals came from Ramachandra Raghunath, whose 14th minute drag-flick got deflected into the net, and Tushar Khandkar (62nd).While Germany and the Netherlands are virtually assured of semi-final berths with nine points apiece, India are out of medal contention and have to be content to play for minor positions regardless of their results against South Korea and Belgium in their remaining two league games.The Indians showed a lot of dash and flair in the first quarter when they had the German defence under pressure and even struck the equaliser, but faded away once the defending champions got going.As always, India’s game was all about instinct and individual skills rather than any structure or plan in sharp contrast to the well-drilled Germans who epitomized team effort.As in the previous game, it was the Indian midfield and deep defence that were guilty of unpardonable lapses by way of leaving a lot of space for the German forwards and also poor marking inside the striking circle.advertisementThe Indian defence was repeatedly caught flat-footed by the long balls that the Germans employed with success while swinging from defence to attack in the blink of an eye. Their slick ball rotation too put the Indians in a tangle.After repelling early Indian raids, Germany took the lead. Fuchs latched on to a long ball and his first attempt came off goalkeeper Sreejesh’s pads, but even as the custodian lost his footing, the German forward reverse flicked to the second post past defenders Manpreet Singh and Ignace Tirkey.India kept their composure to force a penalty corner that Raghunath converted as a defender unwittingly deflected his attempt past an otherwise solid goalkeeper Max Weinhold.Thereafter, it was virtually a one-way traffic as Germany stepped up the pace while the back-pedalling left acres of space to be exploited. Fuchs struck again to put the Germans ahead as he swept home a rebound off Sreejesh.Goals by Korn, who put home another rebound after Sreejesh had foiled veteran Mathias Witthaus for the third goal and just before the break, Wesley scored off a Christopher Zeller pass to give Germany a commanding 4-1 lead.In less than a minute after resumption, the Germans moved to a 5-1 lead as Fuchs completed a swift Zeller move to virtually seal the game.While the Germans then seemed to step off the pedal, the Indians managed to put together a few moves leading to a couple of penalty corners, but on the day, Weinhold was simply unbeatable under the German bar.With about 15 minutes left, Sreejesh made way for the original lead goalkeeper and team captain Bharat Chetri, but by then, the damage was irreparable.In the last quarter, India with their pride at stake, managed to strike their second goal as Khandekar found the boards with a weak push that Weinhold shockingly allowed between his feet, but it was all too little too late for the Indians.
MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Andrew Wiggins scored 15 points to lead the Timberwolves, and Karl-Anthony Towns and Robert Covington had 13 each.The Spurs’ run of blowout losses began Nov. 28 at Minnesota with a 128-89 defeat. San Antonio has since adjusted its schemes to help the team defensively and the changes have made an impact.“Honestly, I’m enjoying it more, its making things lot easier (since the changes),” Forbes said. “Especially playing a lot more as a team now. Everybody is in the right positions, and I think we’re going the right way. We struggled for a bit, and I think we’re finally kind of figuring it out.”The defensive energy is also helping the team offensively.San Antonio was 19 for 33 on 3-pointers and shot 53 percent from the field.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Spurs: San Antonio, which plays Houston on Saturday, is 4-7 in back-to-backs. The Spurs are 0-5 on the second night of a back-to-back. … Aldridge made his second 3-pointer of the season at the close of the third quarter. Aldridge is 2 for 12 on 3s this season. … San Antonio’s previous high for 3-pointers made was 15 against the Lakers on Oct. 22. … The Spurs made 10 3s in the first half for the second straight game. Their season high for a half is 11 against New Orleans.LIGHTING IT UPBelinelli doesn’t have any aspirations of competing in the 3-point contest at the All-Star Game on Feb. 17 in Charlotte.“Nah, I don’t know. I just want to win (games),” Belinelli said. “I already won one (3-point contest) in New Orleans. I’m OK with that. I would like to win a championship, I think that’s more important.”HAVE A SEATThe Spurs’ blowouts have afforded DeRozan the luxury of sitting for most of the fourth quarter, which he is enjoying.“It’s great to sit out the fourth quarters, be able to rest, especially for me,” DeRozan said. “At one point I think I was leading the league in minutes. Being able to sit out some fourth quarters and just to be out there and cheer them guys on is always the fun part.”UP NEXTTimberwolves: At Oklahoma City on Sunday night.Spurs: At Houston on Saturday night. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments San Antonio Spurs’ Marco Belinelli (18) runs upcourt after scoring a three-point basket as the team’s bench and fans celebrate during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO — There truly is no place like home lately for the San Antonio Spurs, especially after some struggles at the start of the month.Bryn Forbes scored 22 points and the Spurs set season highs with 19 3-pointers and 36 assists in a 124-98 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Marco Belinelli had 17 points and Davis Bertans added 15 while combining to shoot 10 for 16 on 3s.″(The Timberwolves) were really, really helping and shifting on defense,” Bertans said. “We had some good looks already after the first pass but then driving and kicking we could find pretty anything wide open.”Minnesota also gave up 14 3s to Sacramento on Monday and 20 to Detroit on Wednesday.“We’ve got to close out with high hands and run them off the 3-point line and stay to the scouting report,” Wiggins said. “We say some people shouldn’t get 3s and run them off the line. We’ve just got to keep running them off the line and not short step it.”Minnesota only led for 22 seconds off a 3-foot hook by Taj Gibson with 6:55 remaining in the first quarter for an 11-10 advantage.Rudy Gay scored 14 points, DeMar DeRozan added 12 and LaMarcus Aldridge 10 as the Spurs were able to rest their starters for much of the fourth quarter.Timberwolves starting point guard Derrick Rose did not play in the second half due to a sore left ankle. Rose had four points, two rebounds and an assist in 16 minutes. Rose, who is unsure if he will be available for Sunday’s game at Oklahoma City, said his ankle hurt prior to the game.“Just sore, really sore,” Rose said. “I’ll take it as a case of me not really listening to my body.”TIP-INSTimberwolves: Jeff Teague missed his third straight game due to left foot soreness. Teague was averaging 9.3 points and 10.1 assists in December prior to the injury. … Minnesota did not have a single player score in double figures in the first half. Tyus Jones was the team’s leading scorer at the time with eight points. … The Timberwolves are 0-6 when scoring fewer than 100 points. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion San Antonio won for the seventh time in eight games, and held an opponent under 100 points for the seventh straight time. It’s a needed change for the Spurs, who opened the month by losing three of four by 30-plus points.“We had a lot of ups and downs at the beginning of the season, which was expected,” San Antonio guard DeMar DeRozan said. “We just stayed patient, continued to chip away at it. 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A cheery elephant called Appu was the character uppermost in the minds of most Indian sportsmen all through 1981. Appu is the mascot for the ninth Asian Games, which will be held in Delhi in November 1982, and all over the country athletes, matmen, hockey stick artists, footballers, swimmers and,A cheery elephant called Appu was the character uppermost in the minds of most Indian sportsmen all through 1981. Appu is the mascot for the ninth Asian Games, which will be held in Delhi in November 1982, and all over the country athletes, matmen, hockey stick artists, footballers, swimmers and other adherents of the body triumphant were sweating it out on the playing fields with an eye to the gold, the silver and the bronze.The coming contests in the as yet incomplete stadia in the capital added a new, urgent zest to the competitions and the training, resulting in sharper performances, both home and abroad.Thus Indian athletes went to Tokyo for the Asian Track and Field Meet in May and returned with a glittering haul of 17 medals, including five golds. The national football team gave a good account of itself at the Merdeka Football Tournament in Kuala Lumpur, getting as far as the semi-finals where it lost to the powerful Sao Paulo Club of Brazil. And the women’s hockey team beat Japan at Kyodo to become Asian champions.Cricket Defeats: For the spectator, however, cricket was the only game. Millions tuned in to the cackle of the running commentary from Australia and New Zealand, where Sunil Gavaskar’s men were running into heavy weather. India, puffed up by victories over Australia and Pakistan in 1980, were brought quickly down lo earth when Australia whipped them by an innings in three days at Sydney. India were saved by a narrow draw in the second Test at Adelaide, and salvaged some honour by winning at the last Test at Melbourne, notwithstanding a threatened walkout by Gavaskar when a belligerent Dennis Lillee got him with a hotly disputed l.b.w. decision. Kapil Dev Nikhanj, India’s wonder boy, did yeoman service by bowling Australia out for a paltry score with his thigh strapped in supporters.If the Australian tour threw up another Gavaskar “first’ – he lost his First Test as captain at Sydney-New Zealand was worse. India lost the first Test at Wellington by 59 runs, going on to draw the next two encounters at Christchurch and Auckland, totting up another Gavaskar ‘first’-the first series he had lost as captain. For the diminutive, successful cricketer, it was one of the worst series ever, and his failure with the willow was backed up by weak-kneed batting by the rest of the team, especially G.R. Vishwanath and Dilip Vengsarkar. Injuries and bad form resulted in young Ravi Shastri, left arm spinner of Bombay, being sent to New Zealand in dramatic fashion and he ultimately emerged from his first series with 15 wickets, the biggest individual haul.Back home, Bombay won the Ranji Trophy for the 28th time in their golden jubilee year, beating Delhi convincingly by an innings and 46 runs – a victory all the sweeter because it was achieved without the help of their stalwarts who were away getting a beating in New Zealand and Australia. Bombay also won the limited overs Wills Trophy at Kanpur and the Irani Trophy at Indore. To round off a successful season for the west, the zone won the Duleep Trophy defeating East Zone at Bombay jn November.(From left) Padukone makes a forehand return, Ferreira tenses for a shot, Surjit Singh (third from left) and team-mates argue with Pakktani umpire Raghdadi during Bombay Test and. (below) Kapil Dev watches his shot go to the boundaryPolitical Intrigues: For the north, however, the season was clouded by politics: the cricketers in Delhi split into two camps, the Delhi State Cricketers Association (DSCA) led by retired Test spinner Bishan Singh Bedi – who said goodbye to the game after collecting 266 Test wickets and was made an honorary member of the Marylebone Cricket Club – and the established Delhi and District Cricketers Association (DDCA). The whole thing became ridiculous when both groups arrived with separate teams to play against Punjab in a Ranji tie. The quarrel nearly resulted in the third Test against England in December being shifted from Delhi’s Ferozeshah Kotla ground after charges were instituted against the ddca by 45 of its own members. However, the Test was conducted by a committee appointed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).Politics put on an international face when it seemed as if the current tour of India by England would never take place. The South African sporting links of the two Geoffs, Boycott and Cook, held the tour in suspense for quite some time, until the clouds cleared. As if in celebration, the Indians beat England by 138 runs in the first Test at Bombay, following a superb exhibition by pacers Kapil Dev and Madan Lal the latter making a comeback after four years, aided by a wicket which shifted character in bewildering fashion.The season threw up at least one promising hopeful for the years to come – K. Srikkanth, opening batsman from Tamil Nadu, made a dull debut at Bombay, but recovered brilliantly in Bangalore to produce a swashbuckling 65 in the one and only innings that India was able to play. Ravi Shastri consolidated his position, but Kirti Azad did not seem to fit in either as a middle order bat or a supporting spin bowler. On an older note, Haryana veteran Rajinder Goel, 39, earned the distinction of being the only one to play in 100 Ranji Trophy matches and also capture 500 wickets in the national championships. Goel started his Ranji spell in 1958.Controversial Selection: Hockey vied with cricket for attention in 1981. December would seethe World Cup in hockey being fought for in Bombay, and on this all eyes were set. Unfortunately the year began with a whimper – l.M. Mahajan, the newly elected president of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF), who took over from M.A.M.Ramaswamy. withdrew the Indian team for the PIA Champions Trophy tournament in Karachi and the Asian Cup tournament in Lahore on the plea that the team selected by the previous selection committee was not good enough: said Mahajan: “A thrashing in Karachi would be demoralising for our boys.”Later in May, India’s captain for the 1980 Moscow Olympics, Arjuna Award winner Vasudevan Bhaskaran, was dropped reportedly to rehabilitate Surjit Singh-the levers of control had obviously swung from south to north. Singh led the team on a long tour of Europe which ended on a sour note when India refused to play Holland in one match, claiming that the referees were partial.Back home, traditional rivals Pakistan and India clashed in a four-Test series. The first two matches were reduced to farces when the referees, one each from the two countries, indulged in lusty oneupmanship. For the two Tests in Pakistan, two Dutch referees were pressed into service – Pakistan won the series 2-1, and the Indians, the deficiencies of their forward line completely exposed, left for a month-long coaching camp in Bombay to limber up and tighten their game for the World Cup.India’s Mihir Bose attempting to clear the ball past the Malaysians at the Merdeka tournamentComeback Trail: Personalities grabbed the limelight as much as the teams. Prakash Padukone’s rise and fall and rise made headlines all through the year. The All-England champion for 1980 seemed to have lost his deft touch when he lost the national title – which he had held nine times-to Syed Modi at Vijayawada.advertisementadvertisementA few weeks later he lost the All-England crown to Liem Swie King of Indonesia. Then he blazed a comeback trail winning the inaugural World Cup championship at Kuala Lumpur and the Indian Masters at Pune. Pune saw Padukone score a spectacular victory over Chinese No I Han Jian.Unfortunately, Padukone apprears to be the only international class player on the Indian badminton scene. The others, like Syed Modi, have not been able to make much headway. although Modi and Ami Ghia won the men’s and women’s titles in the Brisbane Mini-Commonwealth Games in October, admittedly against limited opposition. The shallowness of the Indian badminton challenge was underscored when, to gain international experience. Indian men and women teams toured England and the continent, faring poorly in the process, India losing the Test series against England. Aspiring prospects such as Vimal Kumar, Vikram Singh and Sanat Mishra will have to work hard to achieve what Padukone has.Another personality made his mark in one of the most secluded of games-billiards. This is the only game which has given India two world champions, in Wilson Jones and Michael Ferreira. Ferreira won the World Amateur title in 1977 in Melbourne and won it again last November, defeating Norman Dagley of Britain by a slender margin in the final. In the course of the tournament, Ferreira also totted up a record break of 630 while playing against another Indian, Subhash Agarwal.advertisementHis success is all the more creditable for he had injured his shoulder in an accident barely eight days before the championship was due to begin and was able to resume practice only two days before his first match. It looks as if the Indian challenge in billiards will be healthy for a long time, what with Ferreira, Agarwal, and Geet Sethi of Gujarat cueing their shots with professional ease.Football Fireworks: Away from the tense calm of the green baize and on to the brawling football field, and the volatile players of West Bengal provided entertainment and fireworks. At the first Asian Games camp at Salt Lake, Calcutta, 21 players who either belonged to the big three-East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting-or were to join them the next season, staged a walkout. They left the camp in cars provided by the clubs, and their behaviour provoked West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu to remark: “We are ashamed of such players who put their personal interest above that of the country.” In a dramatic about-face, all but one of the players apologised.After the Federation Cup at Madras was won by Mohun Bagan, who beat East Bengal in the semi-final and Mohammedan Sporting in the final, a second coaching camp was held at Barrackpore to choose the team for the President’s Cup tournament in Seoul.Unfortunately, the trip fell through reportedly because the Calcutta clubs wanted to retain their best players during the Calcutta soccer league. A third camp to pick the team for the Merdeka tournament in Malaysia was held at Secunderabad, and later shifted to Calcutta, again for the same reason.The creditable performance at Merdeka could not be sustained at a four-leam tournament in Pyongyang, North Korea. Poor thinking on the feet showed when India lost to both the senior and junior North Korean sides and defeated China’s second string for its only victory. Later in the year, an Indian team toured the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and lost to both the junior and senior teams. Finally, the King’s Cupencounters at Bangkok. Thailand,saw India being thrashed by South Korea 6-0.While India was having traumatic encounters abroad, the national trophies were distributed on predictable lines. Punjab defeated the Railways in a disappointing National Championship final at Cuttack. Mohun Bagan and East Bengal shared the IFA shield for the fourth time. Bengal football continued to provide good copy when one of the smaller clubs, Mirzapur Union, went to court contending that players who file income-tax returns were professionals who should not be allowed to play in an amateur league. Meanwhile, down south in Kerala, seven-a-side football was growing in popularity.P.T. Usha burns up the track, Sanjay Ghorpade concentrates on his serve and Vijay Amritraj strokes backPretensions Exposed: It has been a dismal year for table tennis. At home. V. Chandrasekhar beat Raj Kathuria to retain the national singles title for 1980. while Delhi won the team title. The country’s pretensions to any sort of position on the world scene were totally exposed at the World Championships at Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. The men finished in 26th place, their lowest ever ranking, and the women slipped to 16th and last place in their group. The fall came as a shock because the Indian team had been put through some intensive training at a selection camp in Bangalore and a final camp at Patiala.The reason for the stagnation is that India has been relying for too long on players who are not getting any better. Old warhorses Manjit Dua and Chandrasekhar were the mainstay of the team at Novi Sad but their play lacks bite. In the women’s section, likewise, the tried and tested duo of Shailaja Salokhe and Indu Puri are not the same force they were two years earlier. In fact, the only player to win any sort of prize at Novi Sad was Vyoma Shah, who came away with a consolation prize.A silver lining to the otherwise dismal picture is the emergence of Sanjay Ghorpade as a player of immense potential. He won the intab cup for juniors at Pune in June, and gained his India colours for the trip to North Korea for the Pyongyang International. Oilier players of promise are Rajat Kathuria, Kamlesh Mehta and S. Sriram among the men, and Niyoti Roy, the national junior champion, among the women.Exciting Prospects: The picture is very much brighter for Indian athletes. The emergence of K.K. Premchandran on the sprint scene was the highlight of the year, after the haul of five golds at Tokyo. Premchandran. a crane operator from Cochin Port Trust, registered a spring triple of 100 metres, 200 metres and 400 metres at the Open Athletics Championships at Lucknow, emulating the great Milkha Singh’s 1960 feat. P.T. Usha staged a welcome comeback as the country’s top woman sprinter after a long lay off due to an injury. Coming back to her old form she won the sprint double in all three international meets recently. Teammates Sreekuman Amrna and Mangalore girl Vandana Rao are hard on her heels.Among Asia’s best and most consistent athletes is Geeiha Zutshi who won the 800 metres gold and the 1,500 metres silver at Tokyo. Another stalwart, the ailing Angel Mary Joseph, may not recover in time for the Asiad. Long jumper Mercy Mathew is in erratic form and lost the top spot to E.J. Molly at Lueknow. Hurdler M.D. Valsamma has a challenger in Hamida Banu. who is not going to be awed by Valsamma’s bronze at Tokyo.The prospects born over the year will be able to prove their mettle at the inter-state athletics championship in Calicut at the end of January. The competitive spirit is as strong among the men as it is among the women – Asian gold medallists Sabir Ali (decathlon) and Chand Ram (20-kilometre walk) are more or less sure to hold their own during this year’s Asiad, but other gold medallists Gopal Saini (5,000 metres) and A. Rajan (800 metres) cannot be so sure of victory. Saini, for instance, is literally being chased by his protege Raj Kumar who, perhaps out of reverence for his “guru”, finished 0.2 seconds behind him ai Lueknow in the 5.000 metres. Saini also faces a fierce challenge in the 3.000 metres steeplechase from an exciting new prospect Pradeep Kumar.Mild Sensation: The tennis event of the year took place in Calcutta and saw a thrilling final between Ivan Lendl and John Alexander. Otherwise. Vijay Amritraj continued to go down lighting at Wimbledon – this time to Jimmy Connors in the quarterfinals. Ramesh Krishnan created a mild sensation in the US Open when he took a set off champion John McEnroe and led 5-4 before losing in the quarter-finals. For the rest, tennis in India is very far from big time – the Asian junior championship was won by Deepak Bhargava who beat Mayank Capoor; both are from Allahabad.At a time when Indian volleyball was looking up with India finishing third at the Commonwealth championships in London. Arab money is luring away the best players to the Middle East. The famous Balwant Singh – ‘Ballu’ to volleyball aficionados – and Abdul Basith followed Jimmy George and Suresh Mishra to Abu Dhabi and the Gulf threat now hangs over another star spiker Abdul Razak.The Volleyball Federation of India hopes to bring them back for the coaching camps and the Asiad; the loss of these players is serious – Punjab without Balwant Singh was knocked out of the nationals at the league stage, a shock for a team which has won the championship 18 limes out of 23.As for basketball, India finished a poor fifth in the Asian Basketball Confederation championship at Calcutta, despite the three coaching camps held earlier and the Russian coach Sergei who had taken charge of the team a month before the contest. The cause of the sad showing was given as differences among coaches and not enough international experience – a tour to Europe was cancelled. Though the team has a sharp-shooter like Ajmer Singh and the seven-foot-two Sunil Panda, the Indians’ game is relatively slow and in sharp contrast to that of China, South Korea and Japan.Anita Sood makes a splash and a poster builds up expectation for the forth coming gamesRecords Broken: Aquatics found a perfect queen in Anita Sood. At the last nationals held in November, she proved her versatility by winning the breast and butterfly sprints in addition to her customary clean sweep in the freestyle events and the individual medley. In the process she rewrote six records she had set the previous year. Backstroke specialist and Kerala collegian Wilson Cherian also made a big splash winning three events.The musclemen had a good year. With four gold medals in international contests, flyweight Ekambaram Karunakaran is the best lifter of 1981, Unfortunately, there is little encouragement and spectator support for a sport that brought India a gold, two silver and one bronze medal from the Auckland Commonwealth championship and three gold, one silver, and one bronze medal from the Mini-Commonwealth games at Brisbane. The iron men of the Railways were in full steam at the nationals and they edged out Services to second place for the third successive year in Delhi.Indian wrestlers slipped a bit at the Asian championships at Lahore by losing the second place to Japan – Iran are the undisputed leaders in Asia – and got only six silver and two bronze medals. The consolation is that all grapplers got a medal each in a different weight class. Earlier, at the Ajmer nationals, Delhi held sway in the freestyle and Services in the greco-roman category. Expectedly Delhi’s Rustam-e-Hind Satpal Singh won in the super-heavyweight class (over 100 kg) for the tenth consecutive time.From brawn to brain, and the story of Indian chess was one of ratings. Raja Ravisekhar joined Manuel Aaron and V. Ravikumar in the International Master (IM) slot while T.N. Parmeswaran, P.M. Thipsay and Dibyendu Barua gained the first of the two norms for becoming an IM. In the Delhi nationals 15-year-old Barua was involved in a four-way tie with Aaron, Ravisekhar and Parmeswaran which ultimately went Aaron’s way.The Khadilkar sisters continued their relentless domination of the 64 squares. Rohini, the youngest, won the inaugural Asian women’s chess championship in Hyderabad; she also won the zonal qualifying tournament at Sharjah in the UAE that takes her into the next round of the 1984 world championship. The Hyderabad victory brought her the International Woman Master rating which her sister Jayashree gained a couple of years ago.Flawed Fabric: There were notable blemishes on the Indian sports fabric. The discipline at some of the Asiad coaching camps left much to be desired and during one athletics camp at Bangalore, five probables were arrested following a complaint against them of holding a woman in wrongful confinement and raping her. At Patiala’s National Institute of Sports, gymnast Mohinder Singh Chhabra, 17, tried to perform the double somersault on the roman rings, fell on ill-prepared cushions, injured his spine and died in hospital the next day. And one -time national champion Pan Singh Tomar – 5,000 metres and 3,000 metres steeplechase-was killed during the year’s combing operations in the Chambal ravines: Tomar had turned dacoit.These events were drowned out in the general clamour of preparation for the Asian Games. Even as the sportsmen get into shape, the stadia and other accessories crucial to an international sporting event have fallen behind schedule. Admits a member of the organising committee: “We are trying to do in two years what other special organising committees do in five or six years for the Commonwealth or Olympic Games.” Perhaps the best comment on the state of Indian sports officialdom is that the term of the All India Council of Sports (AICS), the supreme sports body which oversees the activities of the various games federations, has just expired and no one knows if the body is being recast or being disbanded. With such confusion and backstairs intrigue at the top. it will be quite a job for the genial Appu to cheer Indians to more of the gold, silver and bronze.