Lady Tams book last semis trip

first_imgRed Lions want to feast on Altas; JRU vs Benilde MOST READ PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:40Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Far Eastern University bucked Lyceum’s gutsy stand as it rallied for an 18-25, 28-26, 25-15, 25-17 win and clinch the last semifinal berth in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Tams ended the elimination round at 4-1 to wound up second behind unbeaten Group A topnotcher National U Lady Bulldogs (5-0).ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary They also dashed the Ateneo Lady Eagles’ (3-2) hopes for a playoff for the other Final Four seat.For a while, Ateneo stood a chance as Lyceum stunned a listless FEU side in the opening frame. The Lady Pirates likewise fought back from huge deficits in the second to force a deuce, only to yield with late miscues.That enabled the Lady Tams to equalize and regroup to cruise to the next stage against Group B topnotcher Adamson.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 shutoutNU will tangle with Group B No. 2 Arellano at the start of the best-of-three semifinals on Wednesday.In the nightcap, Adamson outlasted San Beda, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16, 21-25, 15-11, to sweep the Group B elimination.Earlier, NU survived St. Benilde, 25-27, 29-27, 25-19, 16-25, 15-11, to clinch the last semifinal berth in the men’s division. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View commentslast_img read more

Azkals held to a draw anew as Asian Cup berth remained elusive

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Blackwater owner thinks Ellis on his way out of PBA after continued no show Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Photo from GoNepal.comThe Philippines’ AFC Asian Cup qualification bid remained hanging in the balance after the Azkals were held to a goalless draw by Nepal last Tuesday at ANFA Stadium in Kathmandu. Carlie de Murga was denied by the crossbar in second half stoppage time and Daisuke Sato’s header was also cleared off the line as the Azkals failed to break down a resolute Nepalese side, which was already out of contention in Group F. ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It was the third straight draw for the Filipinos, who were held to back-to-back stalemates by Yemen.But as it stands, the Azkals still have the inside track in the race for the two Asian Cup berths after improving their tally to nine points. 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 shutoutTajikistan and Yemen are just three points behind with a match at hand, which means the grim prospect of not qualifying is still possible for the Azkals, who have to beat the Tajiks on March 27 at home.Playing in high altitude, the Azkals took awhile to settle into the match. The first chance came in the 21st minute when Iain Ramsay found De Murga inside the box only for the defender to send his shot over the bar.  CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The spell of good play from the Azkals was highlighted by a couple of big opportunities in the 35th minute. Curt Dizon cut inside from the right and stung the palm of the Nepalese keeper Kiran Limbu, who could only save the ball into the path of Mike Ott. The diminutive atttacker, however, couldn’t get solid contact with the Kiran to beat. Just after the hour mark, Kiran was called into action by Simone Rota, who rifled a long range effort. The rebound fell to skipper Phil Younghusband, who sprayed his effort wide. The game opened up late in the second half as the Azkals threw men forward and Junior Munoz and De Murga had to make a couple of timely blocks to deny the hosts from going ahead. Azkals coach Thomas Dooley sent Pika Minegishi and James Younghusband into the fray in the hopes of boosting the attack. Off an Iain Ramsay’s inswinging corner, the ball found its way Sato, whose free header was cleared off the line in the 83rd minute. Well drilled and disciplined defensively for most of the contest, the Nepalese rode their luck in stoppage time. Neil Etheridge’s free kick picked out De Murga whose header rattled the crossbar as the Azkals came within inches of qualifying with a game to spare.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

Japan’s ancient sport of sumo needs some brighter days

first_imgHe was hurt after a group of Mongolian wrestlers had assembled at a restaurant during a regional tour.Harumafuji was reported to have become aggravated when Takanoiwa repeatedly checked his mobile phone while the two were conversing.In addition to Harumafuji, who was forced to retire last November in the wake of the incident, Grand champion Hakuho was also present and had to defend his inability to intervene before the situation got out of control.The altercation dominated news programs and headlines for weeks. Adding to the bad publicity, the sport’s top-ranked referee was forced to resign earlier this year over a sexual harassment scandal.Shikimori Inosuke apologized to the Japan Sumo Association for allegedly kissing a teenage referee and touching him on the chest while intoxicated during a regional tour of Okinawa in December.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Sept. 16, 2017, file photo, then Mongolian sumo grand champion Harumafuji, left, pushes opponent Takanoiwa out of the ring to win their bout at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo. Takanoiwa, who fractured his skull in an altercation with former grand champion Harumafuji in a restaurant October 2017, is hoping to make a comeback at the March 11-25 Osaka tournament. (Kyodo News via AP)TOKYO — The most damage inflicted in sumo in recent times has been to the image of Japan’s tradition-steeped national sport.An alcohol-fueled restaurant brawl that left a Mongolian wrestler with a fractured skull and a sexual assault scandal involving the sport’s highest-ranked referee have rocked the sport in recent months. Those episodes followed a match-fixing investigation in 2011 and the death of a teenage wrestler in training in 2007 that have tainted sumo over the last decade.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Gamescenter_img “Our goal is the preservation of sumo,” committee chairman Keiichi Tadaki, a former prosecutor general, said. Organizers are hoping to restore its battered reputation when the Spring Grand Sumo tournament starts on the weekend.Takanoiwa, who fractured his skull in an altercation with former Grand Champion Harumafuji in a restaurant last October, is hoping to make a comeback at the Osaka event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m just focusing on doing my best,” the 28-year-old Takanoiwa told reporters last week during a training session for the tournament. “It will take a bit more time to be ready.”A healthy Takanoiwa wouldn’t solve all sumo’s problems but would be a big step in the road to recovery. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa NU-La Salle rematch set this weekend as UAAP volleyball 2nd round opens Inosuke said he had no recollection of the incident, and the junior referee declined to file charges.In the wake of the scandal, though, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko didn’t attend January’s New Year tournament for the first time in four years.Weeks after that, Egyptian wrestler Osunaarashi was caught driving without a license after a vehicle collision and was ordered to pay a $4,700 fine.The recent incidents are just the latest scandals to rock the sumo world.In 2011, the JSA decided to cancel the Spring tournament after revelations that 14 wrestlers were involved with match-fixing.In 2010, grand champion Asashoryu, also of Mongolia, announced his retirement following reports that he injured a man while intoxicated.In the most troubling case in 2007, the 17-year-old wrestler Takashi Saito died when he was beaten over the head with a beer bottle at the direction of his trainer.Saito’s stable master Junichi Yamamoto and three wrestlers were subsequently arrested and charged with manslaughter. In May 2009, Yamamoto was sentenced to six years in prison.The incident brought substantial political pressure to the governance of the sport in Japan.In response to the latest scandals this year, the Japan Sumo Association announced that a third-party committee has been convened and will question every member of the JSA. About 900 people, including active wrestlers and elders, will be included in the inquiry. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

After another semis exit, Victolero hopes Star learns from experience

first_imgWATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire 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 Star sorely missed presence of Pingris, admits Barroca View comments LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This is the second straight conference that the Hotshots had lost in the semifinals, and Victolero knows they have to learn their lessons come the Governors’ Cup.READ: Victolero, Star still positive despite another frustrating lossFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think we need to get through these kinds of situations before we get to where we want to be,” said Victolero after the Hotshots lost 109-102 in Game 4 against the Beermen at Mall of Asia Arena. “We have to experience this as a group.”Victolero’s first stint with Star was in the 2016-2017 Philippine Cup where he led the Hotshots to a 7-4 record before losing to eventual runners-up Ginebra in seven games in the semifinals.center_img Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netStar head coach Chito Victolero remained positive even as the Hotshots lost their ticket to the PBA after three straight losses to the San Miguel Beermen.Victolero said they first have to experience setbacks, such as their semifinals loss to the Beermen, if they ever want to reach the next level.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH And though there are proper excuses for Star’s fall in the playoffs, Victolero refuses to use those to mask the fact that they failed to qualify for the title round.READ: Victolero: Star needs to ‘refocus, stay together’ Power forward Marc Pingris never played a single game in the Commissioner’s Cup and that took a massive chunk from Victolero’s frontcourt rotation.“I think there are excuses, like Ping isn’t with us but we can’t use that excuse anymore,” said Victolero. “We have to be ready whether we have another injured player in the future, we have to learn from this experience.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Lions slay Archers

first_imgMOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments “We were down in the last few minutes but everybody stepped up. It’s really the trust and confidence of the players and our system that propelled us to win this game.”Fernandez reserved the biggest praise for Bolick, who minced no words in expressing his desire to beat La Salle every time, after he led the Lions to victory over the Archers in the elimination round.“He really wanted to prove himself in the first half,” said Fernandez, referring to his point guard who also had eight rebounds and six assists.“And I told him you cannot win alone. I told Robert, if you want to beat La Salle, you have to play within the team.”Jayvee Mocon added 13 points and Clint Doliguez came away with eight points for San Beda, which finished with an 11-0 card.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games 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 What ‘missteps’? Bolick reminded the Archers again of what they’ve lost as he nailed a triple with 8.5 seconds remaining to lift the Lions to a 75-72 triumph that completed a sweet sweep on Sunday night of the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup.The victory before a big Sunday crowd gave the Red Lions their second title in the preseason tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe superb performance against the reigning champions of the UAAP augurs well for the upcoming season for the Lions who open their NCAA title defense against the San Sebastian Stags on July 8 at Mall of Asia Arena.“We won the Filoil, and hopefully we can win the NCAA,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, whose squad rallied from six points down in the final minute to complete a stunning comeback. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage It’s no secret how much joy San Beda guard Robert Bolick gets from playing against—and beating—his former team De La Salle.Although he has gone on to win an NCAA title with the Red Lions, the memory of his two seasons riding the Green Archers before they allowed him to walk away from Taft lingers for the do-it-all guard.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alcantara, Otico rule overseas 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Day 2: India 128 for two

first_imgIndia started off shakily but Sachin Tendulkar scaled a new peak crossing 14,000 runs in Test cricket and steadied the hosts’ innings against a massive Australian score of 478, at stumps, on the second day, of the second and final Test match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday.ScorecardCourtesy an unbroken 90-run third wicket stand between Tendulkar (44 batting, 88 balls, 6×4) and opener Murali Vijay (42 batting, 83 balls, 4×4, 1×6), India were 128 for two when play was stopped after 34.2 overs.Australian cricketer Ben Hifenhaus and teammates celebrate the wicket of India’s opener Virendra Sehwag on Day 2 of 2nd Test match at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on Sunday.Tendulkar’s feat was watched by a packed Chinnaswamy stadium crowd and the maestro got a standing ovation from all present in the stadium. Australian captain, Ricky Ponting is remains Tendulkar’s nearest rival but the Aussie is still behind by 1822 runs.Ponting, was one of the first among the opposition players to come up and congratulate Tendulkar for his achievement.Today, Tendulkar also became the highest run getter among batsmen who played Test matches at Chinnaswamy Stadium scoring in excess of 600 runs thus eclipsing Sunil Gavaskar’s total.Compared to both Virender Sehwag and Rahul David, Tendulkar was more composed and not perturbed but went about his job in his inimitable style.Tendulkar reached the milestone, when he punched off-spinner Nathan Hauritz through the cover point region. He looked in good touch throughout his innings today.Opener Sehwag, a prolific batsmen aggressive methods of counter attack did not work to his advantage and Dravid was done in by left arm pacer Johnson. Dravid has been dismissed six times by left-arm bowlers during the past season.advertisementThe start for the Indian reply to Australia’s huge first innings total of 478 was shaky as Sehwag survived two run-out chances.Ponting, had set plans to tackle and restrain the swashbuckling Sehwag, who has scores of 50 plus in his last 11 Test matches.But, the new ball bowlers, Hilfenhaus and Johnson were irritating him with bouncers and time and again, Sehwag had to duck himself avoiding a hit by the ball.Sehwag was in punishing mood and with his partner Vijay attempted cheeky singles often to put the Australians in disarray but survived the risk of getting run out.On both the occasions, it was Vijay who should be blamed for making wrong calls.Noticing that Sehwag was time and again eyeing on the mid-wicket region, Ponting brought in two fielders on the deep and long and both the new ball bowlers responded to captain’s decision.On one occasion, Sehwag, who was hit on his helmet by a Hilfenhaus delivery tried to pull one only to be holed out in deep by Johnson. Sehwag hit four boundaries and a delectable six in his 30 from 28 balls.With Dravid walking in and egged on by vociferous crowd, the local hero did not stay for long. He was middling the ball well but was tentative against Johnson and finally fell chasing an outside the off stump delivery and edged to Marcus North at the slips.Earlier, Australia posted their highest ever total of 478 at the Chinnaswamy stadium surpassing the earlier best of 474 in 2004. PTI RE KHSIndian bowlers, especially the spinners toiled for about 55 overs since morning today to claim five wickets after the visitors made 285 for 5 overnight.Pragyan Ojha and Harbhajan claimed couple of wickets, while Cheteshwar Pujara accounted for a run out.Harbhajan had the best figures of four for 148 and Ojha had three for 120.Zaheer Khan and Suresh Raina claimed a wicket each.During the post lunch session, Marcus North (128) was more aggressive and seen stepping out to play his shots.North and other overnight not out batsman Tim Paine played well in the first session today.However, the Indian spinners were also equal to the task and broke the pair. Paine was lucky to have been recalled after being given out of a no ball from Sreesanth. But, Paine stayed only for couple of overs as he was stumped by Mahendra Singh Dhoni of Ojha.Paine made a valuable 59 runs (133b,8X4) and his stand with North yielded 149 runs for the sixth wicket in 181 minutes of 255 balls.Paine and North stayed at the wicket together for 181 minutes and their stand yielded 149 runs off 255 balls. North reached his century facing 179 balls but he too left after making 128.North, who had occupied the crease for 335 minutes and hit 17 fours and a six.Mitchell Johnson failed to open his account, Hauritz (17, 2 X 4) and debutant Peter George made two.advertisementFast bowler, Ben Hilfenhaus remained unbeaten on 16 (2 X 4, 1 X 6).–with PTI inputslast_img read more

Players keep high hope on Ranji

first_imgA total of 88 matches, Rs 2 crore winners’ prize money besides up to lakhs of rupees to be earned as match fees alone, and lots and lots of hopes for many players. These are some of the salient features of the 77th edition of the Ranji Trophy beginning on Monday.Defending champions Mumbai will start their Ranji Trophy campaign against Saurashtra in Mumbai on Monday.And by the time the huge silver trophy, named after legendary KS Ranjitsinhji, is presented to the winners in January, some new heroes would have emerged.Thirteen matches in the Elite and Plate Divisions of the Super League will be played in the opening round, with defending champions Mumbai playing Saurashtra at home. Last year’s runners-up Karnataka will meet Punjab in the second round beginning on November 10.The difference between Mumbai, the undisputed kings, and the rest is starkly evident from the numbers: they have won it 39 times and Delhi, the second most successful side, has clinched it only seven times! Last year’s winning captain Wasim Jaffer is hoping that Mumbai make it a hat-trick of titles.Had Gautam Gambhir’s Delhi, who eventually emerged winners, and the Mohammed Kaif-led Uttar Pradesh not kept Mumbai away from the final in 2007-08, they would have completed the hat- trick in 2008-09. Uttar Pradesh has been the second most consistent team in recent years. The team with limited resources has reached three finals in the last five years and won the title in 2005-06.”For the last few seasons, the pressure is on us to finish among the first three or four positions. We’ll try to improve on our previous performances. Since we have a limited batting line-up, we’ll have to get solid opening partnerships to compete,” Uttar Pradesh coach and ex- captain Gyanendra Pandey told M AIL T ODAY . On the other hand, Delhi coach Manoj Prabhakar has already set high goals in a season in which a day’s work gets a player Rs 10,000.advertisementAssam and Haryana, both promoted from Plate Division to the Elite on the basis of good performances, have set different goals. “We have nothing to lose, so we are really not worried. But we will play good, fearless and positive cricket and try to express ourselves. We are not setting neither too high goals nor too low,” Assam captain Amol Muzumdar, who led Mumbai to the title in 2006-07 and is playing as one of the 23 guest players this season, said.Hyderabad and Maharashtra have been demoted from the Elite to the Plate Division.There’ll be players who would exceed the expectations. “Mark my words, you will have five to seven new heroes at the end of the season,” said Punjab bowling coach and former India pacer Bhupinder Singh (senior).Karnataka pacer Abhimanyu Mithun, who had a fairytale Ranji and India debut last season, is aiming to remain in contention in the season of the World Cup. “The new season is a new challenge as all teams now know how I bowl. I have been bowling in right areas and my outswinger is also going well. My goal will be to play hard cricket,” Mithun, who was the top wicket-taker with 47 scalps in the last season, told Mail Today. Gujarat wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel’s case is just the opposite.”It’ll be the same scenario for me as last year. I will and will try to score lots of runs,” said the man who tallied 727 runs — the third highest tally — last season but never got the India call. “Selection is not in my hands. I’ll have to remain focussed.”last_img read more

Sandhya wins silver and helps lift the gloom

first_imgFull credit to Sandhyarani Devi Wangkhem for ensuring India won at least one medal on Wednesday as the Manipur girl clinched a silver in wushu.This edition of the Asian Games has been one of huge disappointments and surprises for India. If the shooters and weightlifters have performed miserably, swimming, gymnastics and now a Chinese martial art have partially lifted the gloom.Having sustained an injury in the semi-finals, Sandhyarani fought bravely against her Iranian rival Khadijeh Azadpour in the final before losing on points. As the defending champion, Khadijeh used her experience to good effect against the Indian at the Nansha Gymnasium where the number of Indians present in the hall was indeed surprising.To be sure, Sandhyarani has never seen this kind of support for her, though from a medal point of view, her feat needs to be lauded. That she was not fully fit could be gauged from the fact that the Indian could not kick well. Khadijeh apparently knew her rival’s injury and knew where to attack. “I was trying to use my arms but that did not work,” Sandhyarani said.From the start, Khadijeh was aggressive as she twice pushed the Indian out of the zone on the floor. The tall Iranian was indeed quick on her feet and used her height to good advantage.As the contest progressed, Sandhyarani, who is a CRPF officer, tried using defensive tactics, but it did not work. “I am sad not to have won gold. I was hoping for the best but my calf injury prevented me from giving my best,” said Sandhyarani.advertisementAnother problem for the Indian was that she had to change her weight category. “I compete in the 56kg category. Since that category was not listed in the competition I entered in the 60kg,” said the Indian. Her bodyweight now is 59kg at a height of five feet four inches. “If only I had won gold it would have been very good,” lamented Sandhyarani.Wushu was introduced as a medal sport at the Asian Games in Beijing in 1990. There are many forms of this martial art which has its roots in China. The forms comprise basic movements like stances, kicks, punches, jumps, sweeps and throws.In the Asian Games, ‘sanshou’ is the name given to the form of wushu where speed, alertness and reflexes matter. However, for an Indian to win silver in the event is indeed a welcome surprise.last_img read more

Anand in joint lead after round 4 of London Classic

first_imgWorld Champion Viswanathan Anand beat Nigel Short of England to enter into joint lead with another Englishman Luke McShane, post fourth round play of London Chess Classic at the Olympia in London on Sunday.Celebrating his birthday in style, Anand threw caution to the winds against former World Championship challenger Short.Englishman McShane yet again survived some anxious moments in the tournament to draw with compatriot Michael Adams to remain in joint lead with the Indian.Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Vladimir Kramnik of Russia also secured victories at the expense of Hikaru Nakamura of the United States and David Howell of England respectively.With just three rounds to go in the eight-player roundrobin tournament, Anand and McShane have eight points each in the football-like scoring system in place at the tournament and they lead Kramnik by a point.Magnus Carlsen is on fourth position with six points while Hikaru Nakamura is sharing the fifth spot with Michael Adams. Howell is on two points, a full point clear of back- ranker Nigel Short.The game against Short saw fortunes fluctuating a few times. The Grand-Prix attack as white against the Sicilian by the English met some original play by Anand and the Indian ace was on top with some finely crafted moves leading to slightly better prospect in the ensuing middle game.Short erred and was saddled with a passive but tenable position and he continued working for counter play that Anand eventually allowed.Short may have been on top towards the end of the game but earlier mistakes had eaten a lot of time on his clock.advertisementThinking that it was winning, Short uncorked a combination with a piece sacrifice that boomeranged in no time as Anand had seen the perfect riposte. Short fell on his sword allowing a checkmate to end matters soon after.Kramnik built up a steady advantage against David Howell who employed the Grunfeld defence with black pieces. The Russian opened up the king side for his rooks to infiltrate and though wasn’t easy to make further progress, Kramnik showcased his deep understanding following a liquidation.In his final execution, Kramnik established his rook on the seventh rank and his bishop started firing too. It was all over pretty soon.McShane made a quiet opening as Adams gradually assumed the initiative. In the middle- game, Adams established his queen and rook on the seventh rank but Luke had a tactical trick to swap the queens and relieve the pressure.Further exchanges were made and the game eventually came down to an oppositecoloured bishop endgame and the draw was a just result.Carlsen opted for the English Opening and faced a sort of Dutch Defence against Hikaru Nakamura. Carlsen parted his Bishop for a knight and it looked as if Nakamura will be safe. However, as the game unfolded, Carlsen’s pressure told on both flanks and through a pretty tactical sequence he won a pawn and brought the game to an end with his immaculate technique.In the open tournament being played simultaneously, Indian International Master Sahaj Grover suffered a defeat at the hands of top seeded Boris Avrukh of Israel.The best Indian bet in the fray, former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta won his game against Rafael Rodriguez Lopez of Spain while Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury played out a draw with lower ranked opponent.- With PTI inputslast_img read more