Paris, Los Angeles confirmed as Olympic hosts

first_imgEagles topple Maroons Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (L) and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti are seen on a giant screen during the presentation of LA 2028 before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) members at the 131st IOC session in Lima on September 13, 2017.The IOC meeting in Lima confirmed Paris and Los Angeles as hosts for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics, crowning two cities at the same time in a historic first for the embattled sports body. AFPLIMA—Paris and Los Angeles celebrated their coronation as host cities for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics here Wednesday, delivering a jolt of good news for the International Olympic Committee as it battles escalating corruption allegations.In a drama-free conclusion to a three-year bidding race, IOC members voted unanimously to rubber-stamp a deal hashed out in July for Paris to be given 2024 and Los Angeles 2028.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games As the tussle for 2024 unfolded, and as the field thinned to leave just Los Angeles and Paris, the IOC’s determination to secure two high-quality bids for the next two summer games became apparent.In July, the IOC announced it would award the staging rights for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics at the same meeting in Lima, laying the way for a swift agreement between the two over the running order.‘We cracked the code’ “We cracked the code when the IOC changed the formula,” Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti told AFP.“We’ve talked to a lot of folks who said it used to be about one corner of the room celebrating and the rest crying.”“I think in this world we have enough losers today, or enough divisions, or enough people who go after their dreams only to have them crushed.“I think we showed that dreams can come true.”The smooth finish to the race also eliminates the risk of the vote being tainted by the sort of scandal that has embroiled the ballot for the 2016 Olympics.The IOC was left tackling a fresh wave of graft allegations last week when investigators in Brazil swooped on the country’s Olympics chief Carlos Nuzman.Nuzman stands accused of plotting to bribe IOC members into awarding Rio de Janeiro the 2016 Games at a 2009 vote in Copenhagen. Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding BACKSTORY: LA mayor opens door slightly to 2028 Games if 2024 is no go“This was the right answer, it was about fraternity, it was about friendship, it was about finding a win-win,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told AFP.IOC chief Bach meanwhile said the Olympic movement had secured the result “we were looking for.”“I couldn’t be more happy than I am right now,” Bach said. “We have the two best possible games for the Olympics in 2024 and 2028, in two great Olympic countries.”The vote marked the final act of a campaign that had been stripped of the usual intrigue ever since Paris and Los Angeles agreed to carve up 2024 and 2028 following encouragement from the IOC.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The allegations swirling around Rio’s bid revived memories of the Salt Lake City bribery scandal, which led to 20 IOC members being either kicked out of the Olympics’ ruling body or pleading guilty to accepting bribes for votes.French investigators meanwhile have already announced they are investigating the 2013 vote in Buenos Aires which awarded the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo, following reports of secret payments into a Singapore-based bank account linked to the son of disgraced former world athletics chief Lamine Diack. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City READ: LA loves the Olympics, even though they’re 11 years awayThird time luckyThe 2024 Games will mark the third time Paris has staged the Olympics, coming exactly 100 years after they last hosted the Games.“It’s a great feeling of happiness to be bringing the Games back to Paris after 100 years,” Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said.In Paris, giant Olympic rings were unveiled in front of the Eiffel Tower just after the announcement was made as a small crowd celebrated in driving rain.The 2028 Olympics will be the first held in the United States since the chaotic 1996 Games in Atlanta.It will also mark the third time that Los Angeles has hosted the Olympics following successful editions in 1932 and 1984.Paris and Los Angeles emerged from the initial bidding race for the 2024 Games after a number of cities withdrew citing waning public support and concerns over budget.Hamburg, Rome, Budapest and Boston all fell by the wayside during the competition, reflecting the political difficulties in persuading voters that staging the Olympics is worth the multi-billion-dollar price tag.IOC chief Bach first signaled publicly that the double-award of an Olympics could be on the agenda in December last year, lamenting that the bidding process produced “too many losers”. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The pre-ordained outcome did not dampen the celebrations inside the Lima Convention Centre as the Paris and Los Angeles delegations cheered and congratulated each other.IOC President Thomas Bach — a driving force behind the decision to award 2024 and 2028 at the same time — hailed the joint award as a “win-win-win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a magical, unique victory,” said jubilant Paris 2024 bid co-leader Tony Estanguet as French President Emmanuel Macron saluted a “victory for France.”Los Angeles 2028 leaders were similarly ecstatic.last_img read more

IOC tries to calm Olympic concerns amid North Korea tension

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “Athletes’ safety and security are of course a primary concern for the IOC,” the Olympic body said.U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said “we will continue to work with our State Department and local organizers to ensure that our athletes, and our entire delegation, are safe.” He added that the USOC is confident South Korean organizers would deliver a “great games.”Olympic officials in winter sports hubs like Austria, Denmark and Sweden said Friday it was too early to doubt participation in Pyeongchang, where the games open Feb. 9.“We feel safe,” Peter Reinebo of Sweden’s Olympic Committee said, adding that a decision to stay away would require an “international decision from the United Nations and a strong warning from Swedish authorities.”“But such things do not exist today. We are completely focused on going and taking part,” Reinebo said.ADVERTISEMENT People watch a TV screen showing an image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivering a statement in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations, in Pyongyang, North Korea, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Kim, in an extraordinary and direct rebuke, called U.S. President Donald Trump “deranged” and said he will “pay dearly” for his threats, a possible indication of more powerful weapons tests on the horizon.The signs read “I was angry.” (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — With France’s sports minister raising questions about security, the IOC is trying to calm concern about the Pyeongchang Games.The International Olympic Committee said Friday it has been in close contact with the United Nations and the “heads of government concerned.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump says protesting players in NFL should be fired Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Read Nextcenter_img E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  IOC President Thomas Bach met with China President Xi Jinping in Tianjin last month and with South Korea President Moon Jae-in at the U.N. in New York.“In none of the discussions, has anybody expressed any doubt” about the Winter Games, the IOC said in a statement.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 shutoutTensions fueled by North Korea’s missile testing rose this week after U.S. President Donald Trump used his U.N. General Assembly speech to threaten the country’s destruction. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un described Trump as “deranged.”France’s sports minister, Laura Flessel, suggested on Thursday its team could stay home if its security could not be assured in South Korea. MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Marcial brings experience, demeanor to PBA Commissioner’s Office

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding READ: PBA now ‘letting players play’“The PBA is back and we heard that in the social media, and we give thanks to Willie for that. I’m getting excited to see more people in the venue who are really enjoying the games,” said Vargas. “He accepted the challenge and he looks forward with humility on his contributions to his stint as our commissioner.” Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Marcial has been unanimously appointed by the Board as the new chieftain and will serve the term for the next three years.READ: Willie Marcial is new PBA commissioner FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“(Marcial) is probably one who has learned over the years in the PBA, learning from various types of commissioners, and knows so much of what that entails. So he will bring with him that experience, he will bring with him that demeanor, as opposed to getting a fresh candidate.”Marcial, 56, worked his way up the ranks from being a statistician during the time of Leo Prieto to serving as a floor director with TV coveror Vintage Enterprises from the commissionership of Rudy Salud to Jun Bernardino. He then joined the PBA under commissioner Noli Eala. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Willie Marcial. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netExperience and expertise became Willie Marcial’s biggest asset when the PBA Board of Governors tapped him as the league’s 10th commissioner on Thursday.“It is important that we have somebody there  who grew up in the PBA, who understands the PBA and its by-laws, and who has been mentored by many of the PBA commissioners in the past,” said league chairman Ricky Vargas.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH He has since worked closely with former PBA chiefs Sonny Barrios, Chito Salud, and Chito Narvasa, working his way up the ladder to his concurrent post as the PBA’s communications and external affairs director.READ: ‘Marcial law’: Belga, Brondial first to swap fines for community serviceNot only was Marcial the league’s longtime media bureau chief, Marcial also served as a special assistant to the commissioner over the years.“We’re in a scenario such as this where we are going through a difficult situation, we are going through change. And we felt that it is very appropriate, and maybe it was God’s will, that we have somebody like Willie who will see us through in this organization through this process,” said Vargas.With the PBA entering a new age, the Board of Governors have expressed confidence in the newly-installed commissioner as they themselves have observed the changes, with more fans regaining their trust in the PBA as evidenced by the bigger crowds trooping to the venues.ADVERTISEMENT 1st major title, top rank at stake in Halep-Wozniacki final LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stinglast_img read more

Jimmy Alapag, LJ Moreno expecting 3rd child

first_imgBoth shared the news via Instagram with a comic featuring their two children Ian Maximus and Keona Skye. “Blessed us with our first child after almost 4 years of praying. Then, our second child came months after and now, in less than 3 years God’s blessing us with baby number three! Three is definitely our number,” the actress and niece of Alma Moreno captioned her post.She also indicated that she’s due to give birth in October.Moreno and Alapag tied the knot in August 2010 in Laguna Beach, California.  Gianna Francesca Catolico /raRELATED STORIESJimmy Alapag retires – for good‘Hot Sauce,’ ‘MoreFree,’ Jimmy Alapag honored with mural in TaguigADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast ADVERTISEMENT Alapag’s final goodbyeSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Retired PBA player and now Meralco Bolts assistant coach Jimmy Alapag and his wife, LJ Moreno, are expecting their third child. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Feats of Klay important than Warriors winning Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49Robredo: 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 Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Neil’s huge save

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Neil knew he could have done better, but he’d also been playing the game long enough not to worry about things that were beyond his control. Make no mistake about it, he’s all about winning. But Neil knew he couldn’t get too harsh on himself, too, with every defeat.The drive is still Neil’s routine after each game. A day before the match, he travels to Walsall and stays in a hotel to prepare for the weekend game. During the season, he’s at the training ground at 9 a.m. and lifts weights in the afternoon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNeil’s focus and attention to detail in an effort to become the best player he can be has always been impressive ever since he started playing for the Philippines in the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup in Iloilo. Sure, he’s a specimen at 6 feet 3, but the swagger which has highlighted his early days with the Azkals has been replaced by an unmistakeable assurance and maturity.Neil, whose mother, Merlinda Dula, hails from Tarlac, wasn’t always this way. He loved the spotlight and the parties, but these things don’t excite him much anymore. 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 “I stayed on Chris’ couch for three weeks,” Neil recalls. “Probably the toughest time of my life. I had no job and was nowhere close to getting the deal that I wanted. My savings [were] running out. I was really depressed and Chris was one of those friends who helped me get through that tough time.”Neil and Chris have been good friends since their days together at Fulham.Left with little option, Neil took a massive pay cut. He needed an opportunity and Charlton gave him his chance to be seen by other clubs. That stint led to a deal with Walsall, a League One side with a loyal fan base, which he nearly led to promotion to the Championship a year ago.“When you’re a player for a Premier League team, it’s easy to live in the moment, spend money and have that feeling that this career is never going to end,” says Neil, who had one Europa League appearance for Fulham. “But losing that job and dropping to the lower leagues will make you work harder and think about your future.”Etheridge went on to play 81 matches for Walsall, compiling a highlight reel of spectacular performances.Etheridge’s story takes extra significance on July 1 as he completes his lucrative move to Cardiff City, a Championship side, based in Cardiff, Wales. Cardiff is looking to make a push for a place in the Premier League, and manager Neil Warnock has tipped Etheridge to be a key player in their drive back to the Premiership for the first time since 2014.The impending transfer was the reason why Etheridge had to skip the Philippines’ “friendly” against China, as well as the Asian Cup Qualifying match against Tajikistan in Dushanbe on Tuesday.“I have always put the Azkals first, but this is such a big move going to Cardiff and for once I have to step back and put my career first,” he says. “This contract is surreal to me. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet.”Taking into account the lessons of the past, trust Neil to make the most out of this massive opportunity. MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire “I’ve mellowed,” Neil tells the Inquirer. Neil’s answer begged another question: What happened? “Going jobless for a few months can do that to you. It makes you appreciate things that you have now,” he replies.Three years ago, Neil thought about quitting the sport altogether. Neil was released by Fulham at the end of the 2014 season. But the timing of the release was awful because he had just aggravated an injury. Worse, he was left out by Azkals coach Thomas Dooley from the Peace Cup lineup, along with Stephan Schrock.Neil sent out a tweet in response to his omission and that didn’t sit well with Dooley. “It was a really emotional time for me and I was hoping I could get a call-up for the national team so I could play and at the same time take my mind away from the struggle of looking for a club,” the keeper says.Etheridge had been a reliable No. 1 for the Azkals. He’d been part of almost every major victory of the team since the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup in Vietnam. “But that (call-up) didn’t happen and I felt hurt,” he says. “It’s all in the past now.”Neil stayed at Manchester United defender Chris Smalling’s place as he tried out for several clubs. Those clubs weren’t ready to give him the deal that he enjoyed at Fulham, which was just relegated to the Championship.ADVERTISEMENT Remember Mario Manubay? LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? Neil Etheridge elevates to thwart an attack on the Walsall goal by Shrewsbury Town in England’s League One.Neil Etheridge kept his eyes on the road and his hands on the wheel as he talked with passion and pride, his baritone reverberating inside the car.The drive from Walsall, where he was playing his club football then, to London, where he was based, took three hours. Just a few minutes after League One side Walsall’s frustrating 0-1 loss to Macclesfield Town in an FA Cup game, Etheridge was in the mood for a talk on that cold November night.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Alyssa tipped to spearhead nat’l team

first_imgIn the same meeting, Cayco said superstar Alyssa Valdez showed up at the national team headquarters inside Arellano University.“I even joked with Alyssa that this is the only time I’m pleased her team didn’t make the finals,” said Cayco, referring to Creamline’s ouster from the ongoing Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutValdez is expected to make the team, along with Mika Reyes, Aby Maraño, Rachel Anne Daquis, Jaja Santiago, Denden Lazaro, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Kim Fajardo, Ces Molina and Maika Ortiz. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Australia training awaits 10 junior netters 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View comments What ‘missteps’? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe national women’s team final lineup for the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Seniors will be bared this Wednesday, according to Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc.LVPI acting president Pete Cayco said the list of 12 regular members and two reserve players was completed during their meeting with players and coaches on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 Gameslast_img read more

Filipino-German stars in Gilas PH tuneup

first_img“I thought NLEX outworked us in the first half,” Reyes said after the game at Meralco Gym. “But we spoke to the players (at halftime) and there was a big turnaround.”Gilas, which is bidding to win the Jones Cup with just one import for the first time since 2012, leaves for Taiwan on July 13 and will play nine games in as many days.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 starsIts final outing will be against Iran for what could be the championship match.The Philippines, represented by Mighty Sports last year, swept the Jones Cup with a roster that featured a load of former PBA imports led by Al Thornton. Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netThe newly formed Gilas Pilipinas squad that will play in the Jones Cup Invitational in Chinese Taipei struggled big time in its first game playing together, with Filipino-German rookie Christian Standhardinger bailing the team out.Standhardinger scored five points in the last 23 seconds that keyed a 113-112 win over NLEX on Wednesday night.Understandably so, coach Chot Reyes was displeased.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Nationals trailed the Road Warriors by as many as 25 points in the first half, with Aaron Fuller shooting 26 points to lead the team. The Road Warriors underwent a massive buildup in the middle of the Commissioner’s Cup to boost their bid this season.Kiefer Ravena and import Mike Myers had 13 points each to pace Gilas.Aside from the Jones Cup, Gilas will also be defending the gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games scheduled in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in August, before the team is beefed up, hopefully, by PBA veterans for the Fiba Asia Championship in Beirut, Lebanon.Jio Jalalon and Matthew Wright, Cadets who played with PBA veterans in the Gilas team that bamboozled the Southeast Asia Basketball Association field in Manila two months ago, will be leading this batch of Nationals in Taipei.Mac Belo, the former Far Eastern U standout picked first overall by Blackwater in the last PBA Draft, will be coming off a long injury layoff.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenacenter_img Djokovic advances to 3rd round at Wimbledon  MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES View comments China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Konglast_img read more

Barguil triumphs for France on Bastille Day at Tour

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ France’s Warren Barguil, wearing the best climber’s dotted jersey, celebrates a she crosses the finish line ahead of second place Colombia’s Nairo Quintana, left, and Spain’s Mikel Landa, center rear and fourth place, to win the thirteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 101 kilometers (62.8 miles) with start in Saint-Girons and finish in Foix, France, Friday, July 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)FOIX, France— Warren Barguil delivered a stylish victory to France on Bastille Day, winning a fast and furious truncated Stage 13 where Fabio Aru had to work hard to retain his overall race lead.Barguil rode into the finish in Foix as part of a four-man group and took the win with a final sprint after adeptly negotiating the last U-bend on a bridge over the Ariege river on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “It’s incredible,” the rider for the Sunweb team said. “I said before the start it would be good if a Frenchman won. It’s exceptional.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant At 101 kilometers (63 miles), the stage from Saint-Girons was the shortest of the race, barring the two time-trials. With three Pyrenees climbs, it delivered exactly what Tour organizers were hoping for: Full-on racing, with the French victory as the cherry on top.Part chess-match, part test of speed and climbing strength, Chris Froome and his Team Sky used an array of tactics to try to regain the initiative after he lost the yellow jersey on Thursday to Aru, cracking on a savage final climb.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 starsSky sent Froome’s teammate, Mikel Landa, racing off ahead on the first climb in a quick succession of three tough ascents. He was joined by fellow Spaniard Alberto Contador, looking to make a splash on what has otherwise has been a lackluster Tour for the two-time champion.Together, they built a lead but were caught by Nairo Quintana, a podium finisher at three previous Tours, and by Barguil in the closing section of the last climb. From there, the foursome sped together into Foix, overlooked by its imposing 11th century castle decorated with a French tricolor of red, white and blu , where Barguil set French hearts alight with the win. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Big-hitting Cilic tops Querrey to make Wimbledon final  Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more

Gilas Pilipinas whips India by 31 points

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Matthew Wright caught fire in the third quarter to wind up with 19 points built on a 5-of-5 shooting from downtown as the Filipinos improved to 5-3 with a game left to play.Almond Vosotros took over in the fourth, scoring 11 straight to push PH’s lead to 37 with under 5 minutes to play.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 starsVostros finished with 14 points along with Von Pessumal, who poured 11 of his total in the second quarter where the Filipinos broke the game wide open.Last assignment for the Philippines is Iran on Sunday at 5 pm. LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant 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 FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Matthew Wright. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netA day after a beating from Lithuania, Gilas Pilipinas bounced back with a 101-70 clobbering of India Saturday in the 2017 Jones Cup at Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall.Unlike against the Lithuanians, the Filipinos started out strong but were never threatened as they led by more than 30 points for most of the second half.ADVERTISEMENT ONE: Pacio leaves frustrations from title match loss behind View commentslast_img read more

Vicente sees good things from PH volleybelles despite recent tune-up loss

first_imgHill follows coach orders to be ‘aggressive’ in clutch showing for Star “We may have lost the match, but I still like what I saw,” said Vicente. “We know that Kobe Shinwa is a very tough team and it plays fast and aggressive.” MOST READ Philippine women’s volleyball team tries to sharpen its skills as it plays another friendly in Osaka pic.twitter.com/PcN4A2zIJU— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) July 26, 2017National team head coach Francis Vicente has been impressed with his squad so far in its Japanese training camp as they prepare for two international competitions set in August.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 starsDespite losing to Kobe Shinwa Women’s University in five sets, 19-25, 25-17, 18-25, 25-23, 15-8, Vicente said their tune-up game served its purpose of allowing him to experiment with different rotations that can adapt to fast-paced play.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “The mere fact that we were able to match their speed and discipline is a positive development.”Jaja Santiago became the Philippines’ focal point in offense as she put up 17 points while Alyssa Valdez and Jovelyn Gonzaga finished with 15 and 12 points, respectively.Kim Fajardo orchestrated the offense for the national team with 37 excellent sets to go along six points.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

China, Korea advance to AVC semis

first_imgRobredo: 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 DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Maria Sharapova claims in memoir Serena Williams had nasty words against her China vs Kazakhstan in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship. Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—China and Korea locked up their respective seats in the semifinal stage of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Tuesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.Both Asian powers swept their quarterfinals opponents with China, the no. 1 team in the world, taking down Kazakhstan 25-16, 34-32, 25-23, in the first game.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Skipper Kim Yeon-koung led the 10th-ranked team in the world with 17 points while Park Jeongah added 16.Kim Heejin and Kim Suji also finished in double-digits with 12 and 10 points, respectively.Chang Li-Yun had 12 points to lead Chinese Taipei, the no. 55 team in the world.China will face the winner between Japan and Vietnam while Korea will wait for either Thailand or the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical adviserscenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Although this isn’t China’s main team, the Chinese showed their class in handling the world’s 21st-ranked squad.Jin Ye put up 20 points to lead China while captain Liu Meng Ya and Cai Xiao Qing adding 15 and 13 points, respectively.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 starsKaterina Tatko had 15 points to pace the Kazakhs.Korean team in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship. Photo from asianvolleyball.netIn the second game, Korea blasted Chinese-Taipei 25-20, 25-11, 28-26, to secure its semifinals spot. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Return to top four won’t be easy for Chiefs, Altas

first_imgThe Altas have a tougher assignment in the San Sebastian Stags, who can claim solo fourth with a victory in the 4 p.m. clash.“I just hope we stay consistent,” said Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera after the Chiefs pulled the rug from under the Heavy Bombers.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“We have to keep improving if we want to contend for a Final Four spot,” added CodiñeraThe Chiefs are pinning their hopes on veterans Kent Salado, Lervin Flores, Allen Enriquez and Zach Nicholls, although Kraniel Victoria and Archie Concepcion have also proven that they can deliver down the stretch. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ceres: Mission possible vs Tajiks LATEST STORIEScenter_img Mapua lost for the ninth straight time last Friday when the Cardinals dropped a 70-88 decision to the San Beda Red Lions. Leo Gabo, Denniel Aguirre and JP Nieles will be counted upon to turn Mapua’s fortunes around.The Stags are coming off an 81-69 drubbing of Emilio Aguinaldo College on Friday in a game where Michael Calisaan fired 19 points.But the Altas are also coming into the game with plenty of confidence, having beaten Letran, 88-82, in overtime also on Friday with Most Valuable Player race leader Prince Eze leading the way with another double-double.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments MOST READ Arellano and Perpetual Help try to continue their climb back to the top four as they clash with separate rivals on Tuesday in NCAA Season 93 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Outlasting third-ranked Jose Rizal University last Thursday, 115-110, in double overtime, the Chiefs hope to inflict more misery on a shorthanded Mapua squad at 2 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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’last_img read more

Pakistan clerics declare suicide bombings unlawful

first_imgHundreds of Islamic scholars in Pakistan’s restive North Waziristan tribal region have declared suicide bombings as unlawful and asked all foreign militants hiding in the area to stop such attacks, according to media reports on Tuesday. About 300 religious scholars unanimously agreed on the move to declare suicide attacks as “haram” or forbidden by Islam and condemned all forms of terrorist activities in North Waziristan Agency. The scholars strongly condemned all those involved in recruiting and training suicide bombers. They issued a stern warning to terrorists that such acts would have serious consequences, Geo News channel reported. The meeting of the prominent ‘ulema’ of North Waziristan Agency was held in the Madrassah Nizamia religious school at Eidak, a town in Mirali area. The school is a leading and respected institution in North Waziristan. The meeting warned all foreigners to stop their violent activities as they can only live in North Waziristan peacefully according to local customs. A teenager who was arrested about two months ago after his suicide vest did not explode during an attack on a crowded Sufi shrine in Punjab province later told police that he had been trained in a camp in North Waziristan. He also revealed that around 300 youths were being trained at a centre in the region and would be sent out for attacks across Pakistan and Afghanistan. US authorities insist that al-Qaeda and Taliban elements have established numerous centres in North Waziristan for cross-border attacks on foreign and Afghan forces. Pakistan is under pressure from the US to launch a military operation against militants in North Waziristan, but Islamabad says it has no resources for such an offensive and that its troops are already engaged in other tribal regions. Pakistani media recently reported that the army has chalked out a strategy to separate violent extremists from tribesmen as the first step to weaken the militants. A decree from the Islamic scholars of Waziristan may be a step towards achieving the goal of isolating the extremists. Against the backdrop of the prevailing insecurity in North Waziristan Agency, the pronouncements by the ulema of the region are historic and very significant, Geo News quoted observers as saying.advertisement- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Ashwini and Priyanka add to doping shame

first_imgThe crisis engulfing Indian athletics deepened on Monday as Ashwini Akkunji became the third member of the famed 4x400m relay team to test positive for anabolic steroids.Prinyanka Panwar add to doping shameQuarter-milers Ashwini and Priyanka Panwar have added their names to the infamous list of dope-tainted athletes which has swollen to eight now. Tiana Mary Thomas, who had already failed a dope test conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency(NADA) during the national inter-state championships in Bangalore, was the third athlete to have tested positive for a banned substance.The news came hours before the 37-member Indian squad was to leave for Kobe, Japan, to participate in the Asian Athletics Championships which begin on Thursday. Ashwini and Priyanka now face the prospect of two-year bans. The Athletics Federation of India(AFI) immediately swung into damage control mode and withdrew the two athletes from the squad. Out of the eight erring athletes, seven, including Ashwini and Priyanka have tested positive for the same banned substance -methandienone, an anabolic steroid.The dope tests were conducted on June 27 at the National Institute of Sports(NIS) in Patiala and the National Anti-Doping Agency(NADA) has provisionally suspended Ashwini and Priyanka. Both of them will visit the National Dope Testing Laboratory(NDTL) on Tuesday to have their ‘B’ samples opened in front of them.Ashwini, Mandeep Kaur, Sini Jose and Manjeet Kaur were cynosure of all eyes after their performance in the 4x400m relay at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and the Guangzhou Asiad where they won gold medals. Manjeet was neither in Bangalore nor in Patiala when the samples were being collected by the NADA officers. For Ashwini, the Asian Games turned out to be a fairytale as she won a gold medal in the 400m hurdles as well and became the new golden girl of Indian athletics.advertisementNADA director general Rahul Bhatnagar said the agency will increase the frequency of dope tests and warned that cheats will have a tough time in future. “It is obviously a matter of great concern that prominent Indian athletes are failing dope tests. But we will continue to keep our crusade going against dope cheats,” Bhatnagar told MAIL TODAY on Monday. “We have a state-of-the-art laboratory and in future we will increase the number of dope tests to make sure that all our athletes are clean when they leave for the 2012 London Olympics,” he added.NADA is ready with a plan to nab dope cheats wherein it will raid the rooms and camps of the athletes on a more frequent basis, besides involving the Customs to keep a strict vigil on the baggage of the athletes when they return from abroad.While the performance of Indian athletes at last year’s Commonwealth and Asian Games had raised hopes for a good show at the next Olympics, the recent dope cases have left the country’s chances in disarray.However, AFI isn’t too worried about some of the star athletes failing to come out clean and said India has good bench strength,and is capable to replace the fallen heroes. “We have withdrawn the tainted athletes from the squad for the Asian Athletics Championships. Although, we are concerned about the rate at which our athletes are failing dope tests, nobody is indispensable and we have athletes who can replace them,” AFI director ML Dogra told MAIL TODAY. Ironically, after Mandeep and Sini had flunked the dope tests, Priyanka, who finished fourth in the relay at the National Inter- State Championships, was named in the squad for the Asian championships.Mandeep and Jauna Murmu, who finished fourth in the 400m hurdles at the Asiad, tested positive for methandienone during tests conducted by the International Association of Athletics Federations.Seven of the eight athletes have tested positive for methandienone or methandrostenolone. The substance is an orally-effective anabolic steroid which was used for muscle growth by body builders. The substance is readily available in various countries without prescription but it is included in the list of prohibited substance of the World Anti- Doping Agency.Methandienone’s usage among Indian athletes has raised eyebrows and athletes have asked for their samples to be rechecked.Even last year 11 athletes had tested positive for a banned stimulant -methylhexaneamine -and the anti-doping disciplinary panel is yet to come out with a verdict in those cases.last_img read more

Sony mixes personal info with music, launches Sports Walkman’s G-Sensor

first_imgSports Walkman G- Sensor by SonySony’s Sports Walkman’s G-Sensor technology mixes personal information like your age, weight and height to display distance and calorie info. Plays MP3, ATRAC, WMA1 and AAC2 formats. The ‘Music Pace’ senses the user’s pace and activates a preset music playlist, adapting the music to a,Sports Walkman G- Sensor by SonySony’s Sports Walkman’s G-Sensor technology mixes personal information like your age, weight and height to display distance and calorie info. Plays MP3, ATRAC, WMA1 and AAC2 formats.The ‘Music Pace’ senses the user’s pace and activates a preset music playlist, adapting the music to a slow or a fast tempo. It even sets targets by steps, distance or amount of calories to be burnt and the music stops when the goal is reached.The Jog-Dial allows easy scrolling through play modes, sound settings, equaliser, etc. A trim 9.7 cm x 1.5 cm and weighing only 25.5 gram, it provides three hours of playback from only three minutes of charge time. Available in black silver and black in 1 and 2 GB formats.last_img read more

Kapoor trio’s rare outing

first_imgThe most fashionable sisters of Bollywood, Karisma and Kareena Kapoor, were recently spotted at the Mumbai airport along with cousin Ranbir Kapoor.While the sisters were returning from Dubai after attending a promotional event for Kareena’s soon-to-be-released film Heroine, Ranbir had been holidaying there with his family to celebrate father Rishi Kapoor’s 60th birthday.Not seen together too often, the Kapoor cousins surely made heads turn at the airport. Not just that, the coordinated dresses of Lolo and Bebo attracted much attention. There’s no doubting their stylish wardrobes and bangon dressing most of the time, but this time the sisters chose to dress alike for the journey.Taking the comfy and casual route, both paired their cropped trousers with black tops and completed their look with strappy gladiator sandals. Hair pulled back, French manicured nails and no makeup were the other striking similarities.While the ladies looked just fine for travel, Ranbir also seemed to have finally ditched his layered clothes. Constantly spotted sporting leather jackets and cardigans in the summer months- he was recently seen on a television show in a leather jacket- Ranbir chose to look sporty and stylish for travel.He was dressed according to the weather in coloured trousers, teamed with a casual blue tee and cap. Never to miss out on the accessories, Ranbir also donned a sling bag and dark aviators to complete the look.last_img read more

79th domestic season begins with Irani tie

first_imgGiant-killers Rajasthan will be seeking an unprecedented hat-trick of Ranji Trophy titles as the Indian domestic season begins on Friday with the Irani Trophy game between the national champions and a Rest of India XI in Bangalore.Rajasthan’s ‘imported’ captain Hrishikesh Kanitkar, a former Maharashtra and India Test player, admitted that the hat-trick was at the back of his mind. He, however, insisted that his current focus was on the Irani Trophy, which the state team has never won in its 52-year first-class history.More than Rs 7.19 crore prize money is on offer in the 17 national-level tournaments, five of which are for women, in the 79th domestic season, in which the BCCI has altered the groupings and points system of the national championship and a few other tournaments.Rajasthan’s has been the single biggest resurgence story of recent years in domestic cricket. Kanitkar, 37, deserves the biggest credit for the state’s changed fortunes as he has led the team with composure.Kanitkar has an opportunity to add another feather in his cap by guiding Rajasthan to a win over the Cheteshwar Pujara – captained Rest of India in the five-day Irani game, to be played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.”The focus is basically to win the game; nothing less than that – otherwise there’s no point in playing. We’ve prepared well. Let’s see how we implement the plans,” Kanitkar told MAIL TODAY on Thursday. “Motivation should not be a problem. The players are absolutely ready for competition.” If Kanitkar, now into his third season with Rajasthan, guides his team to Ranji and a few more titles, itll be a yummy icing on his captaincy cake. He helped Rajasthan, who played eight Ranji finals before 2010-11 but always lost, break the jinx.advertisementThe Pune-based Kanitkar, fifth in the all-time highest Ranji scorers’ list with a tally of 7,463, said that possibility of the Ranji title hat-trick was very much on his mind, but he’s not making drastic changes in the strategy he implemented in the previous seasons.”The hat-trick is too far away. First of all we’ll have to qualify for the knock-out round,” he said about the tournament beginning on November 2. “The formula of doing small things right has worked for us in the last two years, so there is no point in changing it.” Kanitkar, who aggregated 506 runs last season, will have to ensure that the youngsters quickly adapt and don’t let the absence of some of the regular stars. Opener Aakash Chopra has moved to Himachal Pradesh after two seasons with Rajasthan while pacer Rituraj Singh and the nowfit batsman Ashok Menaria are in New Zealand with the India ‘A’ team. Ankit Chaudhary will replace Aakash and open the innings with the consistent Vineet Saxena, who scored two centuries and five half-centuries last season.Robin Bist, who had the top aggregate with 1,034 runs last year, will man the middle order.In another change of guard, ex-India stumper Chandrakant Pandit, now Director of Cricket with Rajasthan, has replaced Amit Asawa as coach. “Irani Trophy is a very important game as players don’t get this kind of exposure often,” Pandit told MAIL TODAY. Pacer Deepak Chahar, who missed some matches last year due to indisposition, is back and he is expected to form a potent force with lanky pacer Pankaj Singh, who has been rested for the Irani tie following a knee injury.The Rest of India team includes the likes of Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, S. Badrinath, Yusuf Pathan, Pragyan Ojha, Delhis Ishant Sharma and Parvinder Awana, and Umesh Yadav.last_img read more