76ers’ Embiid sidelined by soreness in right ankle

first_imgMOST READ Pride for Asian-American skaters as they take to Olympic ice Read Next Embiid is averaging 23.7 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks.The 76ers entered Wednesday in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, 1 1/2 games ahead of the eighth-place Heat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on against the Los Angeles Lakers at Wells Fargo Center on December 7, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPPHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia center Joel Embiid sat out the 76ers’ game Wednesday night against Miami because of soreness in his right ankle.Scheduled to start for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star game this weekend, Embiid had 17 points in a victory over New York on Monday night. Also Monday, the 7-footer was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week after averaging 26.7 points, 15 rebounds and 2.3 blocks last week as the 76ers went 3-0.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Slaughter excited for impending return

first_imgPBA IMAGESWearing the iconic Ginebra red-and-whites for the first time in nine months, Greg Slaughter it felt great to be back on the court again on Tuesday.“Just to be on court with my teammates, be back on the bench, that was really an exciting time. I can’t wait to play again,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I can’t wait to get back there and help him out, get back to our synergy where we’re helping each other out. Just two really dominant bigs out there together,” he said.But the 6-foot-11 center said that wasn’t just Aguilar who has improved, noting that once he returns, he’ll be better than ever as he sees himself fitting seamlessly with the rest of the Gin Kings.“I feel pretty ready now. I feel very confident that I can fit in our system. I was able to practice even before I got injured with Justin (Brownlee) on the team, and that’s when we’re just starting it off. Now, I’m very confident on my return and I’m just excited to get back there with the guys. We’ll see what happens.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tenorio surprised by Romeo’s hit that led to scuffle: ‘He’s not a dirty player’ The Cebuano giant joined the team but remained on the sidelines when the Gin Kings topped GlobalPort, 96-85, in their quarterfinal tiff to punch their ticket to the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.Sitting with his teammates as he makes a full recovery from a right ACL injury, Slaughter admits that he felt rejuvenated as he felt one with the team anew, making him more excited for his still unannounced comeback.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’ll leave that as a surprise,” he said, keeping the timetable of his return to himself.Adding to Slaughter’s excitement is Japeth Aguilar’s emergence as a better frontcourt player for Ginebra, with the athletic forward keeping the paint afloat with his averages of 18.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per outing. LATEST STORIES Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img 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 MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View comments BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudslast_img read more

No time to sulk, Azkals look to move on after China rout

first_imgThe team will try to figure out what went wrong against a strong Chinese side, which has now won 13 straight matches against the Philippines.While the attack looked threatening for most of the first half, the Azkals’ defense was exposed time and again by the technically gifted and more cohesive Chinese team. The loss was tough to take for the team with several players getting into a heated argument at the changing room after the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The game showed us how much we have to work to play at that level in Asia,” said coach Thomas Dooley who is now focusing on the Tajikistan match on Tuesday. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Determined to share the ball, Salado joins D-League record books Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Philippine Azkals Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netGUANGZHOU—There’s little time to sulk for the Philippine Azkals on the heels of their worst loss in 15 years here.With a crucial AFC Asian Cup Qualifier coming up against Tajikistan in Dushanbe, the Azkals quickly shrugged off a heavy 1-8 defeat to China last Wednesday night in a friendly at Tianhe Stadium here.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 What ‘missteps’? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guidelast_img read more

Only a handful of riders can challenge Froome for Tour title

first_imgThe only other rider within two minutes of Froome is Dan Martin, the Irish cyclist who excels on the shorter, steeper climbs that are so prevalent in this year’s race.“I said (Saturday) that I expected the general classification to be blown up and looking at it, it has,” Froome said. “It’s a lot more spread out now.”Froome and the other 181 riders still in the three-week race flew across the country late Sunday to southwestern France, where after Monday’s rest day the race resumes with two flat stages suited for sprinters.The overall battle probably won’t see any changes until the race enters the Pyrenees Thursday and Friday with 16-percent slopes to the Peyragudes ski station and 18-percent stretches on the Mur de Peguere.After some milder climbing in the Massif Central the Tour returns to the Alps for the so-called “Queen stage” — an unprecedented mountain-top finish at the Col d’Izoard.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Richie Porte, Froome’s most feared opponent, and Geraint Thomas, Froome’s most loyal support rider at Team Sky, both crashed out of the race on Sunday.With Colombian climbing specialist Nairo Quintana and seven-time Grand Tour winner Alberto Contador dropping out of contention, it seems there’s only a handful of riders remaining who can still challenge Froome for the title in Paris on July 23.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 starsAru, the Italian champion and 2015 Spanish Vuelta winner, leads the list followed closely by last year’s runner-up Romain Bardet, the Frenchman who is third overall, 51 seconds back.Rigoberto Uran, the Colombian who was a two-time runner-up in the Giro d’Italia, is fourth at 55 seconds and Aru’s Astana teammate, Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark, is fifth at 1:37. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes The hostile terrain of sun- and snow-scorched rocks and the thinning mountain air on the long climb to an altitude of 2,360 meters (7,742 feet) could make the Izoard, at the end of stage 18, the scene of the last major contest between the remaining favorites.Aiming to secure his fourth title in five years, Froome likely needs only the slimmest of margins — or even a small deficit — entering the 22.5-kilometer (14-mile) time trial in the Mediterranean port city of Marseille on the penultimate stage 20.A superb time trialer, Froome should be able to take time on all of his rivals in the race against the clock — just like he did in Stage 1.Whoever wears yellow at the end of the day in Marseille will cruise around the Champs-Elysees in the mostly ceremonial final leg a day later and pick up the trophy.Right now, though, it’s all about recovery for Froome and the other leaders after Sunday’s punishing mountain leg.Rest days, however, are not just for resting.Almost every rider will go out and train for an hour or two Monday just to keep their bodies from shutting down.Cannondale-Drapac team manager Jonathan Vaughters explained that the approach to rest days isn’t really understood scientifically because there have not been enough studies of elite riders performing three-week races.“So what you’re doing is based on theory and anecdote. The pure science would say, ‘Stay in bed all day and don’t move.’ But that doesn’t work,” Vaughters said. “It’s the same as turning the engine off. You just can’t get it started again.“It’s like studying hard for exams. You’re fine, fine, fine. Then you take the exam and get home from the exam and then the next day you have the flu,” Vaughters said. “You’re like, ‘Now I can rest.’ And then boom, you’re sick.” Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Britain’s Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, speeds downhill during the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 181.5 kilometers (112.8 miles) with start in Nantua and finish in Chambery, France, Sunday, July 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)CHAMBERY, France  — Chris Froome probably hoped he had a bigger lead than his 18-second advantage over Fabio Aru on the Tour de France’s first rest day.At least he’s still in one piece, though.ADVERTISEMENT Beermen get Pessumal for Van Opstal in trade with Batang Pier Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

EAC’s Laminou out for the NCAA season due to torn ACL

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games “I don’t know what to say right now. I’m just so down thinking that Laminou is out for the season,” he said.Laminou has been averaging 10.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks in the five games he played this season.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 starsHe went down late in the first quarter of EAC’s 85-79 win over Arellano on Tuesday with a knee injury as the coaching staff downplayed the matter and hoped that it would only be a minor injury.“I thought it’s just another minor injury,” said Sison, obviously disappointed with the recent turn of events. LATEST STORIES Jason Day ‘hungry,’ eager to return to top of golf world Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Laminou also incurred an MCL injury on his left knee in the preseason, but was able to make it in time for the Generals’ campaign this year.Sison has no other recourse but to continue fighting behind senior Sidney Onwubere, Jerome Garcia, Juju Bautista, and Francis Munsayac with EAC currently in third place with a 3-2 card.“Laminou is Laminou. It’s still different if he’s on the bench and ready to play, but we have other bigs who are ready to step up,” the mentor said.The Generals will play league leader Lyceum today at EAC Gym.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 NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Hamadou Laminou. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College’s drive to the Final Four gets a little more bumpy as big man Hamadou Laminou suffered a torn ACL on his right knee and will miss the remainder of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.Coach Ariel Sison, who confirmed the news Thursday, was left with no words as the Generals will have a huge hole in the middle with the absence of the Cameroonian big man.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Wong finally gets gold in wushu for PHs sixth

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Wong’s gold medal win came just a day after bagging the silver in the taijijian event.She registered a score of 9.66, besting Basma Lachkar of Brunei (9.54) and Lin Ying Ho of Singapore (9.44).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 openingIt was the first gold of the Philippines in wushu after Daniel Parantac, who won the gold in the last two editions of the regional games, faltered in all of his events this year. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Like mother, like daughter: Kaitlin wins SEA Games gold, repeats mom’s feat Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Agatha Chrystenzen Wong delivered the Philippines’ sixth gold medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games after ruling the women’s taijiquan event Tuesday.READ: PH salvages silver in women’s wushu event ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

How I strived for greatness—and failed—in front of LeBron James

first_imgIn life, there are moments when you just want to turn back the clock a few minutes and get a do over like a video game.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Speaking of LeBron, the great Cavalier arrived just after the warm ups. Decked in a grey t-shirt, black shorts, and his size 16 “Silver Bullet” Soldier 11s, James had the chance to oversee our training, which was also witnessed by hundreds of fans inside the facility.As the fans in the stands tiptoed and craned their heads to get a good view of The King, he was within my arms length and I took the golden opportunity to strike a conversation with him.Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRER“Hey ‘Bron, what’s up?” I asked the 6-foot-8, 250-pound legend in front of me.“I’m good, how are you?” he asked back.I wanted to say things were peachy, but after a few rounds of this world-class training that has put LeBron in the best shape of his life in his illustrious NBA career, I was beat and it showed—it was hard to miss the sheen of the glimmering sweat from afar (my other friends from the media noticed).ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ That moment for me came last Saturday.With just three hours of sleep and mind fresh from grad school torture, I headed into the opportunity of a lifetime to workout with LeBron James. But first, I needed coffee.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 openingWhen I arrived at Kerry Sports in Bonifacio Global City for the trial with 12 other members of the media, I knew I was in trouble and for good reason.After we strapped on our pair of Nike Zoom Soldier 11s and Nike gear that barely fit, what followed was a series of drills that got my heart rate up faster than LeBron could jump. View comments 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As the drills went into full swing, I seemed to be getting worse. I missed four more layups after hitting the first. Then when it was time to do the jumpers, I airballed my next shot and bricked the other. When we were asked to stop on the right wing, make a move and go for the layup, I only made one in four tries.Clearly, I wasn’t a picture of greatness.What made things more embarrassing was LeBron saw that I sucked. It’s not every day that the NBA’s most dominant player, whose first order of business in a foreign land is to go straight to the gym and work on his skills, get to witness me throw bricks in an event that was all about “striving for greatness.”LeBron always preached of hitting that peak form. Unfortunately for him, my cholesterol-filled sweat glistening off of me isn’t exactly an image to behold as I chased my breath harder than I could solve a math problem.Maybe my nerves weren’t with me or I just didn’t get enough sleep. But shortly after the workout, when the Gilas players breezed through their drills under James’ scrutiny, the most I could do was remember the disappointment I gave LeBron and how I need to work harder next time.I guess that’s what LeBron’s striving for greatness mantra is all about—you can’t get everything perfect on your first try (and in my case, the second, third, fourth…) but how you bounce back from adversity is what counts.In my case, after screwing up royally in front of the King, I didn’t get a second chance. Like missing the context clues your date gave you, I blew it.Now let me get my do over button. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ PBA: TNT salvages win over Meralco Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Time for A Review

first_imgNasser HussainThe India England match at Bangalore was just what the World Cup needed. The tournament was plodding along a predictable path and it was amazing to witness a classic contest between two quality sides in a 50-over match on a good batting pitch and in front of a capacity crowd.Though India scored 338, I could not help notice that they kept making basic mistakes such as running between wickets in a leisurely way, not taking crucial singles and not grounding the bat while completing a run. The fielding was laboured and the players looked slow and tired. It looked like India only had a Plan A at Bangalore, which was to put up a big score and then bowl England out with their spinners. But the belter of a track made batting easy for England and completely foiled India’s plan. For their first match at home in this World Cup, India should have done better on the field. They owe it to their fans.Sachin Tendulkar’s 98th international hundred was a masterpiece. The way Virender Sehwag bats at the top allows Tendulkar just to get in, take his time, settle down, not panic and mentally focus on getting a big total. Like Brian Lara, Tendulkar has a plan for each bowler. He plays out some bowlers and then goes after the ones he fancies, as he did against Paul Collingwood and Graeme Swann. He timed his innings perfectly and was a joy to watch.India didn’t play sensibly during their batting powerplay when Tendulkar was batting on a hundred. They should have waited for big hitters like M.S. Dhoni or Yusuf Pathan to come in. It resulted in Tendulkar doing something he needn’t have, moving away and creating space to hit the big shots instead of playing his normal game, and throwing his wicket in the process. India managed just 35 runs in the powerplay, which was not enough. They should have got close to 360. Tim Bresnan’s five-wicket haul and England’s fielding restricted India’s march.advertisementDhoni’s captaincy and field placements were not good. Some decisions like having a leg slip for so long for Piyush Chawla who was not bowling well, and also for Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh, even as England batsmen were sweeping comfortably and getting easy singles, were odd.Zaheer Khan celebrates taking Andrew Strauss’ wicketEngland also erred with their batting powerplay. They were cruising with Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell firmly in control of the situation. There was no hurry to go for it; they should have waited till the end of the 45th over when it would have become compulsory to take it. With just two fielders outside the 30-yard circle both Bell and Strauss had to go for the big shots which brought the pressure back on them. All credit to the way Zaheer Khan bowled his last spell. The in-swinging yorker that got Strauss leg before wicket bang in front of the base of middle stump, was magical. To get a batsman who is playing the innings of his life, out on 158, by beating him with pace and movement is not easy.India may have the Big 7 batting order, but England have the best No. 8,9 and 10 in this World Cup. Bresnan, Swann and Ajmal Shahzad came in at crucial stages and helped themselves to some big hits over the ropes and brought England back into the game.Not many batsmen have outshone Tendulkar on Indian pitches. Strauss did the impossible at Bangalore. It was one of the best one day innings that I have seen by an English batsman, quite possibly the best ever. Before this innings Strauss was rated as a good odi. With this knock he has announced himself on the world stage as a great odi player.Finally, a word on the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) which needs to be fine-tuned to minimise human error. According to the UDRS, in the case of an lbw decision, if the distance between the point of impact and the stumps is more than 2.5 metres, the final decision lies with the on-field umpire, even if the replay shows that the ball is hitting the stumps dead centre. Billy Bowden, whom I have a lot of respect for, upheld his decision to rule Bell not out, even though the replay showed that the ball that hit Bell on his shin would have gone on to hit the middle stump. This is exactly the opposite of what happened between England and Australia in an odi in February, where a batsman dancing halfway down the wicket had been given out lbw by the same UDRS system. There should be no ambiguity in the UDRS. Imagine if this were an India vs Pakistan semi-final and a decision had gone the Bell way. There would have been riots. My advice to the ICC is to keep technology simple to use. It’s far too complicated now.advertisementNasser Hussain is a former captain of the England cricket team. Syndicated by Sporting Excellencelast_img read more

‘Omar Abdullah should realise that it takes time to become a seasoned politician’

first_imgLitmus Test “Who comes back to power is of little relevance so long as the militants continue with their nefarious activities. What matters is whether terrorism can be wiped out from the state.” S. NAGARATNAM, Mumbai Cheer Leaders The people of Jammu and Kashmir defied AK-47s and grenades, and the,Litmus Test”Who comes back to power is of little relevance so long as the militants continue with their nefarious activities. What matters is whether terrorism can be wiped out from the state.” S. NAGARATNAM, MumbaiCheer LeadersThe people of Jammu and Kashmir defied AK-47s and grenades, and the security forces bravely battled terrorists for the sake of democracy (“Big Fall for Big Change”, October 21). But in the end it has turned out to be the triumph of opportunistic, self-serving and power-hungry politicians. V.K. OJHA, on e-mailWhile celebrating the success of free and fair elections in Jammu and Kashmir we should not forget a few facts: this is not an end to the problems faced by the state, the militants have not returned home across the border, and coalition governments have had limited success in solving the problems of the people. At the same time we should also remember that our neighbour is still there to continue troubling us. Perhaps we are overreacting to the poll success. ISHANEE SHAH, AhmedabadWith the Abdullah family out of power, can one expect major changes in Jammu and Kashmir? That is something only time will tell but one thing is for sure: things cannot get any worse as they have already touched rock bottom. R. BALASUNDARAM, Mumbai”If Mother Teresa had miraculous curing powers, why didn’t the healing touch extend to the Pope and cure him of Parkinson’s disease?” DR M.S. PRASAD ChennaiOmar Abdullah mistook his stint in the Union ministry as experience but it only resulted in disaster for the National Conference. Omar should realise that it takes time to become a seasoned politician. RAKESH TANEJA, on e-mailThe heavy turnout in the Jammu and Kashmir elections will send wrong signals to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. He will strategically escalate cross-border militancy for his own survival unless substantial initiatives to check Pakistan is effected by the world community. PAREENAY, AhmedabadWhile the poll results may be giving anxious moments to chief ministers-in-waiting, what can be seen as heartening is that a hung Assembly is an extension of the overall confusing mandate in other states of India. PRAVEEN SINGH RATHORE, AhmedabadThe only losers in the Jammu and Kashmir elections were those who stayed away. Three cheers for Indian democracy. NAVNEET DHAWAN, DelhiStar TrekThe feature on Amitabh Bachchan on his 60th birthday was a fitting tribute to the living legend of the Hindi film industry ( “A Legend Turns 60”, October 21). He has acquired an iconic status not only in India but also abroad and has been mesmerising audiences for the past three decades with his acting skills and a deep, baritone voice. His fans look up to him as a messiah. Bachchan is indeed a phenomenon. DIPTIMAN BISWAS, Silchar, AssamGoing by the media coverage of his birthday, it looks as though Bachchan either puts up a facade of being reserved and media shy or he has no control over his media relations. SONALI POTA, MumbaiCarte BlancheThe opposition’s objection to the President’s acceptance of an invitation to eat at the prime minister’s house is much ado about nothing (“Protocol Question”, October 21). Is our President so gullible as to be influenced by a meal? Let us leave it to A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to decide on matters of protocol. After all, what is the harm in having a democratic President? A. JACOB SAHAYAM, Karigiri, Tamil NaduProtocol signifies feudalism. Those who oppose Kalam’s departure from it are representatives of forces of reaction. Let Kalam remain his own man. Only then can he be a good President. DR VINOY KUMAR SINHA, RanchiOff the RecordEvery political party is to be blamed for refusing to teach history as it happened in the states in which they rule (“Error and Trial”, October 21). While the communists cannot understand anything other than what Vladimir Lenin expounded, the socialists, the Muslim League and the National Conference cannot see history beyond Muslim rulers. As for the Congress, history begins with A.O. Hume and ends with Sonia Gandhi. So how can they believe that history goes beyond the realm of European civilisations? ADITYA RATHI, on e-mailBank DefaulterThe waters of an inter-state river cannot be the property of any one state (“Divine Intervention”, October 21). As per the Indian Constitution, an inter-state river belongs to all the states through which it flows. Hence the argument that in a year of distress, whatever water is available belongs to Karnataka alone is unjustified and devoid of moral values. In fact, the distress has to be shared by all the riparian states. The state of Karnataka has utilised Tamil Nadu’s share of water and complaints that the remaining water is inadequate for its future needs are manifestations of fictitious logic. K. SATHYANANDAN, on e-mailIt is unfortunate to see responsible persons like heads of state make undesirable statements in public. The verdict of the Supreme Court has to be followed but sadly, political people dare not only to disobey it but also give statements in contravention of the judgement. This is a dangerous trend for democracy and must be stopped immediately. M. KUMAR, on e-mailLeap YearFollowing a splendid performance in the Commonwealth Games, Indian athletes have again proved their mettle in the Asian Games (“All in the Family”, October 21). Though the tally may not look impressive when compared to that of Korea or Japan, what is noticeable is that Indian players are consistently improving their performance. The need of the hour is to provide more incentives to them both in terms of money and encouragement. After all, sports is no longer only about winning medals, it reflects the progress made by a country. Vivek Sharma, on e-mailDirty MindWhile Ravi Shankar is entitled to his views on Shama Fatehally’s book Reaching Bombay Central, his reference to a Patna-bound train as a metaphor for shab-biness and filth is objectionable (“Rail Mishap”, October 21). If Shankar had been on trains around Ambala in Haryana, Guntur in Andhra Pradesh or Andal and Howrah in West Bengal he would not have singled out only a train to Patna for comment. The fact is that we Indians do not show awareness about hygiene and cleanliness-it should be a matter of concern to everyone. People who appropriate the right to target Bihar and Biharis only show ignorance. R.R. SINHA, on e-mailCrying FoulThe quote attributed to Swami Narayan Swaroop Das, head of the trust that runs the Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar, is completely false (“Voices”, October 14). In fact, the BAPS Swaminarain Sanstha has publicly appreciated the action taken by the Government of India and the State Government in the wake of the unfortunate attack on Akshardham. DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION, Government of Gujarat, GandhinagarLate LamentedThe coldness shown by India’s scientific fraternity to Dr Subhas Mukherjee’s indigenous in-vitro fertilisation process proves that India shall always remain a Third World country (“Honour Restored”, October 14). Overawed by white skin, we genuflect to discoveries made in the West, however ordinary they may be. However, recognition of our own countrymen is not acceptable to us. What is the sense of posthumous recognition? DEEPAK SHARMA, on e-mailDr Mukherjee’s sad story reveals why India has not developed even after 55 years of Independence. Whenever someone strives for development in our country, there are several people who not only nullify their efforts but also pull them down. If Mukherjee was given the attention he deserved, he would have probably made many medical breakthroughs. Unless the Mukherjees are encouraged, India will remain a developing country. SRIKANTH BEJJANKI, Trichy, Tamil NaduLove PotionSMS may have given an unprecedented fillip to matters of love and sex but the magic spell of the handwritten word endures (“Love in the Time of SMS”, October 14). And so does that of the less talked-about but equally potent constituents of romance-an amorous glance, a call from afar, a nudge, even an occasional silence … Traditional atavistic modes, mores and makeup take a long time going. WING COMMANDER S.C. KAPOOR, NoidaAgreed that many people use SMS for quenching their sexual thirst but for the majority, it is just an excellent tool to keep in touch. Your story would have been meaningful if you had written about SMS stalkers and suggested ways to curb the menace. SIDDHARTH SINGH, on e-mailYour story was like a striptease of Indian middle-class values. In our dif fering responses to liberalisation, we seem to be imbibing the wrong attitudes of westernisation. The young and the middle-aged alike rush to embrace the social changes that tear the fragile fabric of the cohesive Indian middle class. All of us seem to have lost our critical faculties to sift media myths from moral attitudes. V. VENKATARAMAN, on e-mailRoll CallAzamgarh cannot be called a “badland” because of one Abu Salem (“End Game”, October 7). It is also the town that has produced renowned names like poet Kaifi Azmi, Vasudev Pandey (prime minister of Trinidad), Justice Suleiman, Shamila Bahtoi and so on. TAHIR ZAFAR FAROOQUI, AzamgarhadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementPresentation Pack “Of what use are image makers when each star looks just like the next one?” ANMOL GANDHI Mumbai”Bollywood is waking up only now but Satyajit Ray planned the look of his films back in the 1950s.” APARAJITA GANGULY on e-maillast_img read more

Virat Kohli nominated for ICC Cricketer of the Year award, Sachin for People’s Choice honour

first_imgThe in-form Indian batsman, Virat Kohli, was on Monday nominated for the Cricketer of the Year award, while fellow batsman Sachin Tendulkar was again nominated for the ICC People’s Choice award. Kohli was also nominated for the ODI Cricketer of the Year award. Kohli was the only Indian cricketer to have two nominations. Apart from Tendulkar, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and opener Gautam Gambhir were also nominated under different categories. The Delhi batsman was rewarded with double nominations for his consistency with the bat. As the leading run scorer in ODIs in 2012, he has been in a tremendous form. Considering Kolhi’s rise to the No. 2 spot in the ICC’s latest ODI rankings, his nomination has not surprised anyone. The ICC honour could be an apt reward in the wake of his consistency at the highest level. Ironically though, India failed to get any nomination for the Test Cricketer of the Year award. Dhoni and Gambhir have also been nominated for the ODI Cricketer of the Year award along with Kohli, while Tendulkar was nominated for the People’s Choice Award. Six players have been nominated in three different categories. It includes Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal, South Africa’s Hashim Amla, Australian captain Michael Clarke, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and England’s Alastair Cook. The awards would be announced on September 12 ahead of the ICC Twenty-20 championship in Colombo. All eyes would be on Kohli to come away with the big honours in Sri Lanka.last_img read more