Month: November 2019

Ceres silences Roar

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers But Ceres came up with a trademark response that put the hosts on their heels.The Busmen got a deserved equalizer from Marañon just before halftime. Marañon then combined with Mike Ott in the 65th minute and curled one home from just inside the box.Nazari scored off a scramble with 15 minutes remaining as Ceres weathered a late surge by Brisbane that included a goal from Franjic in the 87th minute.Ceres’ victory augurs well for what has been a difficult time for club football in the country following the pullout of two clubs from the PFL—Meralco Manila and Ilocos United—the past two weeks.Struggling to gain foothold with sponsors and fans, club football in the country got a huge boost from the Busmen, whose meteoric rise has put the spotlight on Philippine football again.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ The dead matchup that keeps shuffling Another upset over Tianjin, a club that boasts Brazilian star Alexandre Pato and Belgian national team standout Axel Witsel, will send the Bacolod-based club in the group stage of the Champions League for the first time in history.Given little chance against the formidable Roar, the Busmen got two goals from Spanish attacker Bienvenido Marañon, before Filipino-Iranian midfielder Omid Nazari scored what turned out to be the decisive goal late in the second half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBrisbane finished third in the tough A-League, which is considered one of the best leagues in the Asian Football Confederation, and has three players with World Cup experience in Greek defender Avram Papadopulous and Australians Ivan Franjic and Brett Holman.For a while, Brisbane was in control with former Italian international Massimo Maccarone putting the hosts in front with a close range finish in the 35th minute. Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Citycenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting With another brave and clinical performance on enemy ground, Philippines Football League champion Ceres Negros pulled off one of the biggest upsets in AFC Champions League history, while boosting the country’s football reputation anew.By stunning Brisbane Roar, 3-2, Tuesday night in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifying round at Queensland Sports and Athletic Centre, the Busmen became the first Philippine club to surpass the second round of the continent’s top-tier club competition and set up a duel with Chinese powerhouse Tianjin Quanjian.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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Wizards’ John Wall expected out 6-8 weeks after knee surgery

first_imgIf Wall is sidelined for two months, he would sit out more than 25 games and return for the last half-dozen or so of the regular season.He already missed Washington’s past two games, both victories, including 102-96 against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn all this season, Washington is 7-6 without their All-Star guard, and 28-22 overall, which puts them fifth in the Eastern Conference.Wall is second on the Wizards in scoring, averaging 19.4 points, and is second in the league with 9.3 assists per game. 10.5-second goal sets Spurs on way to win over Man United AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino 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 LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC FILE – In this Jan. 10, 2018, file photo, Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) pauses on the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Washington. Wall will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Wednesday and could miss much of the rest of the regular season, the Wizards announced Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)WASHINGTON — Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is expected to miss about six to eight weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.The team announced the predicted timeline after Wall’s operation on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

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NCAA volleyball: Perpetual stops Letran, gets third seed

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. They need a victory over the Lady Blazers to stay ahead of the pack.“But I’ll make sure that we will win our last game against Benilde,” said head coach Macky Cariño.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCindy Imbo led four Lady Altas who finished in double figures with a game-high 18 points while skipper Maria Tripoli had 17 points.Perpetual Help had to recover from a first set loss against the also-ran Lady Knights, which was a disappointing side for head coach Macky Cariño at this point in the tournament. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Magic’s Gordon headlines All-Star Slam Dunk field Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES “Sometimes it happens when you really want to beat your opponent and you end up making mistakes,” said Cariño in Filipino. “They were so relaxed in the first set and that didn’t help us at all.”“We shouldn’t have played like that, if we want to reach the top four we really have to play harder.”Glayssa Torres and Marie Simborio had 12 points apiece to lead the Lady Knights, who remained at seventh with a 2-6 card.Letran was at the constant mercy of Perpetual’s attack as the Lady Altas outscored the Lady Knights 48-34 in spikes and 19-6 in service aces.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers FILE – University of Perpetual Help Lady Altas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Perpetual Help seized control of the third seed after brushing off Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 19-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-10, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Altas, who have one more game remaining in their schedule, improved to 6-2 but could end up tied with St. Benilde, and Joze Rizal U depending on the results of the remaining elimination games.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:29Police 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 Citylast_img read more

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LOOK: J.R. Smith, wife bring home premature daughter after 5 months in hospital

first_imgDon’t count us out yet, skipper Daquis says as PSL squad battles Hisamitsu Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend As of this writing, Smith’s post has garnered over and 98,000 likes and has received a myriad of positive messages from his followers. Khristian Ibarrola/JBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next J.R. Smith and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in a good place at the moment, as they are one win away from securing a spot in the 2017 NBA Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingREAD: Irving’s 42, LeBron’s 34 push Cavs past Celtics in Game 4ADVERTISEMENT South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution MOST READ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polocenter_img Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans 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 athletes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Even more good news has come for the smooth-stroking shooting guard, as his baby daughter Dakota has been discharged from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), after a gruelling five-month stay. The 31-year-old guard shared the terrific news on his Instagram account, with a beautiful photo of him and his wife Jewel, leaving the Hillcrest Hospital in Ohio with a stroller in tow.“We walked in together, we walked out together!” the one-time NBA champion captioned his post.According to Yahoo News, Dakota was born last January—five months before her scheduled birth. At the time of her delivery, the youngster only weighed a staggering one pound and was on life support for a month.Smith was able to hold her youngest daughter last February, as she was finally able to breathe without tubes, 78 days after her birth.The couple, meanwhile, also has two older daughters named Demi and Peyton.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO View commentslast_img read more

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Back to back champs: Penguins beat Predators for Stanley Cup

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES READ: Penguins end Predators’ magical postseason runHaving won just three of 12 playoff series before this year, Nashville opened this postseason by eliminating the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks in four games. In doing so, the Predators became the first eighth-seeded team to sweep a first-round series since the current playoff format was introduced in 1994. Nashville went through St. Louis and then Anaheim, with only captain Mike Fisher carrying any Cup Final experience on the roster.The stingy Predators found Pittsburgh was up to the task, with the Penguins taking the first two games on home ice. Nashville roared back at home to even things up, but the Penguins routed Nashville to set up Game 6.The Penguins ruined Nashville’s big party where the game coincided with the final night of CMA Music Festival, bringing more than 100,000 to downtown Nashville. Country star Luke Bryan serenaded fans from the rooftop of a honky-tonk in a performance that kicked off the television broadcast, and he also sang a four-song set for fans inside and outside the arena an hour before face-off.Faith Hill became the latest to sing the national anthem with husband, star Tim McGraw, giving her a hug once finished before waving a towel in each hand. At least five catfish hit the ice before the face-off.Then in a series that hadn’t featured even a single one-goal game was scoreless through the first 40 minutes. The Predators thought they had the first goal of the game, just like they did in Game 1 in Pittsburgh for being offsides, only to have referee Kevin Pollock wave it off immediately. He had whistled the play dead when he lost sight of the puck with Murray on the ice between him and the puck.Sissons tapped the puck into the net 67 seconds into the second period behind Murray’s back. Officials huddled, but the goal was not allowed.Murray also stopped Sissons on a breakaway midway through the second and also gloved a shot from Viktor Arvidsson later in the period.The Penguins also killed off 32 seconds of a 5-on-3 at 8:47 of the third after Trevor Daley punched Ryan Ellis with Olli Maatta already in the box for tripping. Murray made a big stop on a shot by Mattias Ekholm followed by a save on Arvidsson.This championship season for the Penguins lacked some of the drama from a year ago, but it was far from a slam dunk. Washington won the President’s Trophy for a second straight season and pushed Pittsburgh to seven games in the second round. Ottawa did the same thing, forcing the Penguins to double overtime to clinch the Eastern Conference title. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Colton Sissons had a goal erased by a whistle 67 seconds into the second period. The Predators went 0 of 4 with the man advantage, including 32 seconds of a 5-on-3 in the third.Forget a golden anniversary: The Penguins will cap their 50th season with their names on the most famous silver cup in sports — again. It is also the third championship for Crosby and a handful of teammates from the 2009 title team, surpassing the two won by the Penguins teams led by current owner Mario Lemieux in the 1990s.And it’s the second championship in 18 months for coach Mike Sullivan, who has yet to lose a playoff series since taking over after Mike Johnston was fired. Sullivan is the first American-born coach to win the Cup not once, but twice.Matt Murray became the first goalie to win not one, but two Stanley Cups as a rookie after being a late-season call up a year ago and didn’t play enough games to get that tag removed. That’s something neither Patrick Roy, Ken Dryden or Cam Ward ever managed, but the 23-year-old Murray finished this Cup Final shutting out Nashville for the final 126:52.The loss ended the upstart Predators’ deepest playoff run in the franchise’s 19-year history and one that became the talk of the town far beyond Music City, catfish and all.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Crosby, Malkin and others also played in the World Cup of Hockey before the season, making this an even longer year than usual. In the end, the Penguins had more than enough in the tank to bring home another title.Notes: Nashville finished the series going 0 of 8 on the power play over the final two games. … Grammy winners Cage the Elephant performed during the second intermission after playing at Bonnaroo on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Ex-NBA player Sebastian Telfair arrested on gun charges The Penguins won their fifth title — all of which have been clinched on the road — to tie the Wayne Gretzky-Mark Messier-era Edmonton Oilers for sixth on the all-time list. The Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and ’98 were the last champion to defend their title, but the Penguins are the first to do it in the salary cap era.“We knew it was going to be tough all year, but we just tried to keep with it,” said Crosby, who won his second Conn Smythe Trophy as postseason MVP. “We had a lot of injuries and things like that. We just kept finding ways. That was really what we did all season, all playoffs. It’s great to be able to do it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHornqvist scored off Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne’s left elbow to end the scoreless game. Nashville challenged for goalie interference, but the goal was upheld. With Rinne pulled for an extra attacker, Carl Hagelin set off a bench celebration with an empty netter with 13.6 seconds left.Nashville lost for just the first time in regulation on home ice this postseason. Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) blocks a shot by Nashville Predators’ Colton Sissons (10) during the second period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Sidney Crosby is bringing the Stanley Cup back home to Pittsburgh for a second consecutive year.Patric Hornqvist scored with 1:35 left and Matt Murray made 27 saves for his second straight shutout as the Penguins became the NHL’s first team in nearly two decades to repeat as champions following a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 6 on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guidelast_img read more

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Alyssa Valdez headed to Taipei to play for volley club ‘Attack Line’

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Valdez announced her latest career move in an interview with her former Ateneo teammate turned TV reporter Gretchen Ho.“I just closed a deal with a Chinese Taipei club team, so I’m going to be there for the next few months,” Valdez said in a video posted by Ho.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“Hopefully, there will be a lot of Filipinos there that would make me feel at home. I’m also asking for your prayers that I get to give a good showing there,” she added in Filipino.Earlier in the year, Valdez suited up in Thailand as an import for 3BB Nakornnont. Bryant unveils NBA China academy plans CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPhilippine volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez is set for another stint overseas.The former Ateneo spiker is bound for Chinese Taipei next month to play as an import for a club team Attack Line.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul The 24-year-old Valdez said she had already been invited to play in Taipei two years ago, but she had to turn down the offer to focus on her final playing year with the Lady Eagles.“Two years ago in the under-23 their national team coaches asked me if I could go there but I still have one more playing year left in the UAAP so I stayed here but we saw each other again in the AVC and they asked me again if I could go there,” Valdez recalled.“It’s exciting because it’s also going to be my first time in Chinese Taipei so I’m excited not only for volleyball but also to explore their culture and tradition.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Aus vs Can: Watson, Haddin help Australia beat Canada by 7 wickets

first_imgShane Watson and Brad Haddin scored 183 runs for the first wicket as Australia beat Canada by 7 wickets in their World Cup Group A match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Wednesday. ScoreChasing 212, Australia reached home in the 35th over with Michael Clarke and Cameron White at the crease.Earlier the two openers Watson and Haddin started off slowly aware of the fact that the target wasn’t something that called for heavy hitting. But as the innings progressed the two upped the scoring rate.Their innings even got a boost when Canada captain Ashish Bagai missed an easy stumping chance in the 20th over off Balaji Rao when Haddin was at the crease. Haddin had even got a reprieve early in the innings when Rizwan Cheema dropped him off Harvir Baidwan in the second over.The two took the Batting Powerplay in the 21st over and scored 41 runs in it. But, the Aussie scoring rate spiked in the over that followed with both batsmen charging away at the opposition bowlers, who didn’t have an answer to their shots. Their effort of breaking the partnership came a cropper due to some sloppy fielding by the fielders.After much effort the Canadian bowlers managed to break their stand in the 29th over when a John Davison ball took the edge of Haddin’s bat and keeper Bagai didn’t miss it this time. Haddin scored 88 hitting 11 fours and two sixes on the way. Australia lost their fist wicket at the score of 183.advertisementBut as luck would have it the other opener Watson too departed in the very next over missing his century by six runs. He wanted to pull Baidwan for a six but the ball didn’t quite come on to the bat and instead ended up giving a catch to Henry Osinde in the deep. Australia were 185/2 at the stage.Skipper Ricky Ponting was the last man to go down on the day. He fell in the 35th over off Henry Osinde.Michael Clarke and Cameron White were at the crease when Australia touched the meagre 212-run target on the penultimate ball of the 35th over which turned out to be a wide ball.Canada inningsEarlier, Hiral Patel scored a fine 54 as Canada posted 211 after electing to bat. But before that experienced paceman Brett Lee drew first blood by scalping Canada opener John Davison (14 runs) in the fourth over 41/1. But the surprising part was the Canadian run rate, which was tottering above 10 runs an over at this stage.Post that wicket, the Canadian opener Hiral Patel and Zubin Surkari got busy with a partnership with Patel leading the way. Batting with resolve he went after the Aussie paceman and got rewarded. The best part about the 19-year old cricketer’s batting was that he didn’t shy away from hitting those odd ball to the boundary.Finally, Patel’s innings came to an end post his quick-fire half-ton in the 12th over. An edge off Shane Watson was taken by Mitchell Johnson in the deep. His 54 that came off just 45 balls was punctuated with five fours and three sixes. Canada were 82/2 at the stage.Post Patel’s dismissal, captain Ashish Bagai and Zubin Surkari got involved with a partnership. The two had put on 68 runs for the third wicket before Shaun Tait got the better of captain Bagai on 39. A short and wide ball saw Bagai reach out for a drive but ended up giving an edge to keeper Brad Haddin and Canada lost their third wicket on 150 in the 29th overWith new man Jimmy Hansra at the crease, Aussie spinner Jason Krejza got an opportunity to open his account and he got what he wanted. He removed Hansra in the very next over post Bagai’s dismissal. And Canada were reduced to 157/4 in 30 overs.Once again the change of pace worked for Australia with the next wicket falling to paceman Shaun Tait in the 31st over. A quicker ball pitched on the off and nipped in to take the inside edge of Zubin Surkari and crash into his stumps. He fell for 34 and Canada fell to 157/5.Another over and another wicket, this time it was Brett Lee’s turn to join the party and he did that by removing Rizwan Cheema with a slower ball and timber! Canada were 161/6 now. Lee finished with a four-wicket haul.A little later, Mitchell Johnson sent back Nitish Kumar on 7 to reduce Canada to 169/7. From here in was just a matter of a few more minutes and Canada were walking back on 211 all out.advertisementHowever, they can take heart from the fact that their batsmen stayed at the crease till almost the end of the innings as their last wicket Karl Whatham fell in the 46ht over. Even otherwise they batted pretty well on the day. Especially noteworthy was Hiral Patel’s quick-fire half-century.last_img read more

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The cricket fest 2011 quiz

first_imgThe Cricket Fest Quiz 1) An easy one to start with. They are the defending champions.Chennai Super KingsDeccan ChargersRoyal Challengers BangaloreDelhi Daredevils2) Which of these bowlers took a hat-trick in the 2010 edition?Praveen KumarYuvraj SinghDwayne BravoRohit Sharma3) His stunning 158 not out gave Kolkata team an explosive start in the 2008 edition.Brendon McCullumChris GayleVirender SehwagMike Hussey4) This batman scored a record 618 runs in the 2010 edition.Sachin TendulkarJacques KallisSuresh RainaSourav Ganguly5) Which bowler took the highest number of wickets (21) in the 2010 edition?Pragyan OjhaAmit MishraHarbhajan SinghAnil Kumble6) Who hit the longest six (120m) during the 2010 edition?Sanath JayasuriyaRobin UthappaVirender SehwagAlbie Morkel7) He is the most successful wicketkeeper in all the editions till 2010, with 24 catches and 13 stumpings in 42 matches.Adam GilchristKumar SangakkaraMahendra Singh DhoniDinesh Karthik8) He finished with of 6-14 against Chennai in 2008 edition.RP SinghShane WarneSohail TanvirGlenn McGrath9) Who is the first Indian batsman for score a century in the league.Suresh RainaRohit SharmaMahendra Singh DhoniManish Pandey10) These teams ended the match on a tie in the 2010 edition.Chennai vs PunjabRajasthan vs KolkataBangalore vs HyderabadMumbai vs Delhilast_img read more

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Sri Lanka’s supportive fan following in finals of World Cup 2007

first_imgSunil GavaskarThe Indian sub continent will be relieved that there’s a team from the region which has reached the final. It’s the good old fashioned virtue of the sub continent-patience- which has seen Sri Lanka enter their second World Cup final. The last time they made it to the final,,Sunil GavaskarThe Indian sub continent will be relieved that there’s a team from the region which has reached the final. It’s the good old fashioned virtue of the sub continent-patience- which has seen Sri Lanka enter their second World Cup final. The last time they made it to the final, they won the World Cup in Lahore under the combative Arjuna Ranatunga’s leadership and on the back of the blazing starts provided by Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana and the silken smooth strokeplay of Aravinda de Silva. The current captain Mahela Jayawardene is definitely not likely to get under the opponents’ skin like Ranatunga used to, and if anything as a batsman, he is even smoother than de Silva was. Before Aravinda de Silva, there was Roy Dias, who made batting look easy and was a joy to watch even if he kept you on the field chasing the red ball.When Jayawardene came in to bat in the semi-final, Sri Lanka had lost their first two wickets for 67 in the 14th over and the out-ofform Upul Tharanga was at the crease. The skipper quickly realised that the Kiwis had done their homework and were not offering any width at all and were bowling a much fuller length which restricted the arc of swing. So he bided his time, picked the ball for singles and played himself in. There were plenty of overs still left to launch an assault later. Jayawardene’s plans worked brilliantly. Tharanga found his touch to score at a run-a-ball and Chamara Silva kept the momentum going, allowing the skipper to play the way he wanted. If an Indian batsman had batted like Jayawardene did in those early overs, the supporters at the ground would have booed him and those watching at home would have thrown things at their TV sets. Jayawardene’s ton has to be one of the best world cup innings everThe SriLankan captain’s patience had a purpose behind it and that was to keep wickets in hand till the final 10 overs. When those overs began, he had the innovative Tillakaratne Dilshan batting with him. Dilshan is a cricketer in the Ranatunga mould, only much slimmer, and he loves a challenge. Those last 10 overs went for more than 100 runs as Jayawardene unfurled the full range of his shots which make him such a sublime batsman. His century has to be one of the best World Cup innings ever and the Kiwis had little idea how to contain him or where to bowl. The final overs of the innings often can change the mood in the camps. If the attack is torn to shreds as the Lankans did, the side chasing the target is demoralised and the side defending the total goes in with a spring in their steps. If the counterattack does not come immediately, the side chasing is under more pressure. The Kiwis lost their skipper early, and Lasith Malinga made life even more difficult as the Kiwi batsmen were unable to pick him. To add to the agony, Muttiah Muralitharan came on and wove his magic and shut off all escape routes.The Sri Lankans also displayed another sub continental trait. They released their grip on the game and allowed the last wicket to flourish. Not only did it delay the win but it also reduced the margin of victory to less than 100 runs. In a sport where psychology plays a big part, a thumping win by over 100 runs sends the kind of signals the next opponent does not want. But by letting things drift, the Lankans lost out on the big morale booster.Now that they have reached the final, they will have to settle the anxiety pangs that a final always creates. Unlike the other semi-finalists, they have one extra day of rest as well as one more day to think about the finals. They will be getting millions of messages from their countrymen, and while these are always welcome and most appreciated, they do add to the pressure of living up to their expectations. The Sri Lankan fan is a lot more patient and tolerant than the Indian fan, and that will make it that much easier for them.The Lankans also have some players from their 1996 World Cup winning squad in their ranks in the Caribbean, and they will no doubt tell the others what the pressures can be and how to handle the nerves.That’s going to be the easy part. Going out there and delivering will actually decide if they repeat 1996 or not. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar will be writing an exclusive column for INDIA TODAY all through the World Cup.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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