Bali Pure blanks Creamline to reach PVL Finals

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View comments What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BaliPure players celebrate after booking a Finals berth and eliminating Creamline. —AUGUSTDELA CRUZ through the defense of the Cool Smashers.Bali Pure head coach Roger Gorayeb said he never predicted that their last semifinal match would turn out to be such a cakewalk, and all he did was give a little motivational speech to his players minutes before the game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES Cignal, Air Force set up men’s finals duel in PVL “Actually I never expected this sweep, and I didn’t talk much during before the game,” said Gorayeb. “I just told them to treat this game as one in the championship round and that they should work as a team and not as individuals.”The Water Defenders enjoyed a well laid-out offense with skipper Grethcel Soltones and guest player Jennifer Keddy scoring 13 points apiece while Risa Sato and Jeng Bualee adding a combined 20.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBali Pure also scored on a combined 41 spikes while limiting the Cool Smashers to just 30.Kaewpin Kuttika had 14 points to lead Creamline while skipper Alyssa Valdez added 13.last_img read more

CEU rallies past Gamboa, inches closer to qf berth

first_imgCEU 100 – Guinitaran 24, Aquino 18, Wamar 16, Casiño 14, Cruz 10, Uri 8, Fuentes 6, Baconcon 2, Saber 2, Arim 0, Intic 0, Jeruta 0, Manlangit 0.GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 96 – Avenido 28, Parala 17, Cawaling 13, Acuña 11, Padilla 11, Montuano 10, Vidal 3, Acibar 2, Knuttel 1, Arellano 0, Dadjilul 0.Quarters: 17-30, 45-47, 83-66, 100-96.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We really talked to him and told him that his confidence must start from himself,” said coach Yong Garcia of Guinitaran.Orlan Wamar also found his stroke from the outside as he shot 4-of-7 from downtown to wound up with 16 markers, on top of 11 assists and five rebounds.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 starsArt Aquino added 18 points, four boards, and three assists, while JK Casiño nabbed 14 markers, three rebounds, and two dimes in the victory.CEU dug itself from a 30-17 first quarter hole and went on a rampage in the third quarter, unleashing 38 points in the frame to take an 83-66 lead. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Rich Guinitaran. PBA IMAGESCentro Escolar University didn’t really need Rod Ebondo to escape Gamboa Coffee Mix, 100-96, Monday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.With the Congolese big man recovering from a battle with pneumonia, Rich Guinitaran stepped up for the Scorpions as he unloaded 24 points on a 6-of-10 shooting from threes to help his side improve to 5-3.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Coffee Lovers, though, roared back and cut the lead to as low as three, 95-92, before Guinitaran drilled a dagger triple from the left corner with 37.7 seconds left to put the game away.Leo Avenido topped Gamboa with 28 points on a 9-of-16 shooting from threes. His scintillating sniping from downtown was the most since James Martinez fired 10 treys to nab the PBA D-League record for most points with 58 back in the 2016 Foundation Cup.Mike Parala had a double-double of 17 markers and 11 boards, and JR Cawaling shot 3-of-5 from beyond the arc to claim 13 points and four rebounds in the losing effort.The defeat was the Coffee Lovers’ seventh straight defeat to drop down to a 1-7 record.The scores:ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Gilas Pilipinas scrapes past Taipei B for 2-1 recordlast_img read more

Dhoni praises Raina, Vijay for the victory

first_imgChennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday heaped praise on Suresh Raina and Murali Vijay for setting the platform for the comfortable 97-run victory over Wayamba in Group A match of the Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament in Centurion.Raina (87 off 44) and Vijay (68 off 48) shared a 137-run second wicket partnership, that came off just 72 deliveries, to help Chennai post a mammoth 200 for three and set the tone for the convincing win at the SuperSport Park.”We did not want to bat first because in this ground it is very hard to defend. But once we were sent into bat, we needed couple of extra runs, something over 180.”And exactly thats what the batsmen did. They started off cautiously and after that Suresh Raina and Murali Vijay batted brilliantly. They were easily picking up boundaries and in the end 200 is a very good score to defend,” Dhoni said after his side had inched a step closer towards semifinals following their second consecutive win in Group A.”We want to win each and every game that we play. But we always talk about not to think too much about the result, instead prepare well for the game. It is really important to prepare well and execute your plans on the field,” he said.The Chennai skipper also lauded his quick bowlers Doug Bollinger and Albie Morkel for their impressive display upfront.”It is important to have a quick bowler in the side. Dougie (Bollinger) came in as a replacement for us and all of a sudden the team looked different with his inclusion because pace really matters,” Dhoni said.advertisement”Equally important was Albie Morkel’s spell because he has got the neck of picking wickets,” he added.His Wayamba counterpart Jehan Mubarak was of the view that his bowlers awful performance in the middle overs cost his side the match.He also lauded Chennai for their clinical display.”They are a very good team and we knew we had to play our best cricket if we desire to beat them. But they brought out their best game today. Suresh (Raina) batted extremely well,” Mubarak said.”We got a good start with (Ajantha) Mendis opening the bowling but there were four big overs in the middle which produced in excess of 20 runs and I think this cost us the game,” he insisted.Mubarak said opting to bat after winning the toss was not a wrong decision but his batters struggled from the onset of their innings.”In Twenty20 cricket, the wicket and toss don’t play a big difference. The wicket was the pretty much the same all throughout the game but we struggled with the bat.”We lost too many wickets early on and when you need to chase 10 an over from the start there is additional pressure on the batsmen,” he said.Man-of-the-match Suresh Raina was also of the view that his second-wicket partnership with Vijay did the trick for his side.”Vijay batted really well. Me and Vijay got a very good partnership which set the tone but at the end of the day credit goes to the team. We executed our plan really well,” he said.last_img read more

Sachin back for warm-up but Zaheer skips again

first_imgIndia will be looking to keep up the momentum they gained in the warm-up win over Australia when they take on New Zealand in their second and final warm-up match in Chennai on Wednesday.The match will provide India, who defeated Australia by 38 runs in their first practice match in Bangalore on Sunday, one last chance to assess the fitness of players and tweak the combination before the mega-event commences with the India-Bangladesh tie in Dhaka on Saturday.The return of Sachin Tendulkar , who is certain to play on Wednesday, would also boost India and allow the iconic batsman a chance to test his own form.”Sachin will be playing tomorrow but we will preserve Zaheer (Khan) for the tournament. There are no worries about Zaheer’s mild groin injury as he is fit to play,” skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.On the other hand, New Zealand, who have had a poor run in the recent past, got a boost to their morale when they overcame a fighting Ireland by 32 runs in their high-scoring warm-up tie in Nagpur, thanks to a solid 130 by Martin Guptill.Looking to put behind their dismal performance of losing 14 of their last 17 ODIs, the Kiwis would be banking on the experience and expertise of their new coach John Wright in sub-continent conditions to keep alive their hopes of making it to the knock-out stage.As for the wicket, which was termed ‘under-prepared’ by captains of both South Africa and Zimbabwe after their warm-up match on Saturday, Dhoni said: “The wicket on which we are to play tomorrow is damp now and I cannot say as to how it will behave.”WRIGHT’S TAKEWright is not yet ready to label India as the firm favourites to win the Cup and said coping with the huge pressure of playing at home would be crucial.”The pressure of playing at home is certainly something that India will have to deal with. There can be a huge advantage when things are going well. But if they are not, it could be a factor. As for the maturity in them, let us see. They are playing very good cricket. We will know in two months,” said Wright.advertisementlast_img read more

India Today’s Sharda Ugra on why Team India’s World Cup 2007 campaign is in trouble

first_imgRahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar look for hopeImpossible as it may sound, the last time India were in trouble in southern Africa, things were actually worse. Smoke was emerging from Parliament, mock funeral services for the team were held outside the Eden Gardens and heads were demanded on plates. The,Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar look for hopeImpossible as it may sound, the last time India were in trouble in southern Africa, things were actually worse. Smoke was emerging from Parliament, mock funeral services for the team were held outside the Eden Gardens and heads were demanded on plates. The Indians had been clobbered by a Kwa Zulu Natal 2nd XI, embarrassed by Holland and then flattened by Australia.This was the World Cup, the only meaningful prize in the ODI game and the buck stopped dead at India’s door.To recover from a forgettable tour of New Zealand, and the loss of five ODIs in a row, the 2003 team had done all they say India 2006 has not: lined up net bowlers before landing, arrived well in advance, camped in the Durban nets. But still the batsmen struggled, still India was being steamrolled.So, at a meeting before a must-win game vs Zimbabwe, the mighty bats were all banished to the hotel swimming pool and asked to fix the problem amongst themselves. They returned with a re-ordered line-up. The next day, Tendulkar produced a precious 50 as opener, Zimbabwe were beaten and India got its groove back.The veterans of 2003 know that team fortunes can turn on trifles but three years later in South Africa, no one has been able to tap that tipping point. India have again lost five ODIs in a row. They have failed to bat out 50 overs in five of their last eight matches, seven of their last 16. “It’s like one team is playing the 100-overs game and India is playing 20-20,” says former India and Kenya coach Sandeep Patil mournfully.advertisementOne traveller with the India party says, “What’s frightening is that for the first time, we can’t see hope.” After the Port Elizabeth ODI that cost India the series, Sunil Gavaskar proclaimed, “Unless a strong message is sent for the Test series, you can kiss the World Cup good bye.” Stripping Virender Sehwag of the vice captaincy was a message alright, but it needs sound follow through. Between now and the World Cup, the team has eight matches to find faith and Indian cricket has few questions to answer.Q. Is it time to return to the OLD GUARD?Yes. First came the scramble for VVS Laxman and then the selection of Mr G for the Tests. Like both Mrs Gs, Mr G is an individual, an idea and an influence. The first hint of Sourav Ganguly’s return to the Test squad and a former selector dripped acid, “It seems there is no other cricketer in India.”Stats of the last 15 ODI results of the top teamsClick here to EnlargeBut the injury to Yuvraj Singh and his iffy World Cup chances could mean a yawning hole in the already stuttering middle order. Yuvraj’s experience, match nous and fielding are hard to replace but of all players, only Ganguly and Laxman qualify on two out of three counts.It may mean choosing between Laxman’s fire-fighting skills and the added dimension of Ganguly’s medium pace and also which of the two will be easier to handle. Rahul Dravid and Greg Chappell are firm with what they consider youthful petulance (Sreesanth was apparently dropped from the Champions Trophy as a warning).The arrival of older, stronger personalities will not be Dravid’s and Chappell’s recipe for harmony going into a big event. Patil brushes aside all objections, “It doesn’t matter if you don’t like someone’s face. The bottomline is this: youngsters are not delivering, you have too little time, so don’t go by personal grudges, bring your trusted warriors back-Laxman, Ganguly Kumble, Zaheer.”Former India coach John Wright’s advice to the Indian management is muted but focussed: “Get your top three right and know who your best bowlers are.”Q. Should the coach or captain be SACKED?No. Because it’s just too late. “It would put tremendous pressure on the team,” says one Board member. “What would the other captain or coach achieve in four months?” What the Indian think tank could contemplate is a new tack of leadership.OLD WARRIORS: VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly find favour againMore than the famous ‘Now or Never’, India’s 2003 World Cup campaign was built around the idea: keep winning, stay together. Along the way it took a while to engage with the humble single, finals came and went, there were frustrating stumbles. But as Javagal Srinath, a key member in 2003, remarks, “Our bad form may have been temporary, but the environment- of reinforcement and freedom- remained constant.”Maybe perform or perish, worthy idea as it may be, does not work for a team repeatedly perishing. Maybe Dravid and Chappell, self-starting high achievers both, are just too similar. Maybe there is too much stick and too little carrot. Along with the daily business of planning and preparation, one between Dravid and Chappell needs to actively work to minimize the distance between officers and men.advertisementQ. Does the team need a bowling COACH?Yes. Even chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar thinks so. But, for jeepers’ sakes, choose smartly. With his aggressive posturing and unsympathetic dissection of Irfan Pathan, (once considered his protege), Wasim Akram may please the frontbenchers, but at a big ticket event, go native.Number of batsmen fielded by India in various positions in last 10 ODIs this seasonClick here to EnlargeAt the World Cup, it may help to find a savvy local, say Andy Roberts, who understands local conditions. Bruce Reid did in Australia, 2003-04. The local nails down the right lengths to bowl, short-cuts a touring team’s trials and errors, and passes on his knowledge.Former South African paceman Fanie De Villiers offered a tip to the tourists, “The Indian bowlers need to use the crease better because of the extra bounce.” And then asked, “Are they doing it? Are they getting good advice?”. The team’s assistant coach, biomechanist Ian Frazer was an opening batsman in Australian first-class cricket.The bowling unit of every team needs guidance from a senior practising colleague or an old master. At the 2003 World Cup, the bowlers’ team used technology as a basis for every bowler’s net sessions. If the bowlers had worked out that Inzamam was susceptible to the incoming ball early in his innings, at net sessions the call would go out, “okay boys, this is Inzamam, now…”Each bowler would then try to replicate the strategy formulated for Inzamam during the computer sessions out on the training ground. In the end, the bowling unit made of diverse and eccentric talents, who played together for nearly a year took India into the World Cup final.Q. Are resources well used? Is the bench really EMPTY?No. Cards in a Las Vegas casino are shuffled less than the Indian batting. Four different batsmen and four pairs have opened for India this season, though admittedly injury played a part. Six different batsmen were played at No. 3 in 10 ODIs this season, five each at No. 4, 5 and 7.BRINGING BACK ZAK: Suddenly Zaheer Khan leads the bowlersThe batsmen in those slots have between them averaged 18.52 runs. Is there a connection? What comes first? Confidence or security? Former chairman of selectors Kiran More who was known to be in sync with the current team management, says, “We have the bench strength but it needs to be developed.”He recommends expanding the current touring squad strength from 15 to 16 and taking two rookies on for experience. Did his selection committee blood put too much faith in the young players blooded last season? Did no one anticipate such a rash of second season blues?advertisementMore says in reply, “Unless you are an exceptional talent, it always helps to play two-three seasons of domestic cricket.. I also think we should have more regular A-tours to tough countries and not Zimbabwe and Kenya. It is where you will spot players who perform in foreign conditions.”Q. Is blaming the system a mere FIG LEAF?Yes. No country ever went into such a wide-ranging debate on macro issues of national psychology and institutional cultures when the problem at hand is careless batting and inexperienced bowling. Ever seen Pakistan, New Zealand or even West Indies teams lose on tour and embark on dissertations about their first-class cricket?GLOOM: Ntini snares Virender SehwagPakistan’s first-class cricket is a slowly germinating idea, the West Indies Board is made up of fractious national bodies, and there have been machine guns brandished in Sri Lankan board elections.New Zealand have the smallest of player pools to choose from but even that, their head of coaching Rick Charlesworth recently declared, is out of bounds as an excuse for failure. All these teams have better recent results than India’s-by a good distance.The BCCI’s domestic structure has holes you can drive a Super Sopper through but it is not the source of all ills, a punching bag for failures on tour. “Definitely not,” says former India player and first-class veteran Sanjay Bangar, “People who have not gone through the grind, tend to downplay first class cricket. Those who have been through it really know how to appreciate what it offers.”While it is tough to replicate Perth and Durban in Pune and Dhanbad, under a two divisional format, the Ranji Trophy in particular is more competitive than it has been. Teams now have to travel outside their zones and during the course of a season criss-cross the country to play on a variety of wickets with varying conditions.This has been a season of the busting of myths, the unmaking of reputations and, in the light of recent results, the emptiness of jargon. All that the Indians have to do now is ask themselves one question: who can win them the World Cup in the West Indies?Not who they hope can, who they think can, who they wish would do so, but who, on the basis of the evidence at hand and the time at India’s disposal, have it in them to deliver.last_img read more

London Olympics: Vincent Hancock retains skeet gold

first_imgDefending champion and world record holder Vincent Hancock put on a shooting masterclass to retain the Olympic gold in the men’s skeet on Tuesday. The American waltzed through the course downing all 25 targets to score 148, and the Olympic record for a final.Anders Golding of Denmark pushed Hancock close, missing just once for a total of 146 for silver, while Nasser Al-Attiya of Qatar defeated Russia’s Valery Shomin in a bronze shootout after they were tied on 144.last_img

World T20: Bangladesh seek Pakistan’s help to tackle Saeed Ajmal

first_imgBangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said feedback from former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq will help counter Saeed Ajmal in their do-or-die clash against Pakistan in Pallekele on Tuesday.Bangladesh need a big win over the 2009 champions in their final group D match to advance to the Super Eights but Ajmal’s danger looms large after the off-spinner took four for 30 in Pakistan’s 13-run win over New Zealand on Sunday.New Zealand, who have already qualified for Super Eights, beat Bangladesh by 59 runs in the opening group match. The top two teams from the group qualify for the Super Eights.Saqlain regarded as the inventor of doosra – off-spinner’s stock delivery which turns the other way and is mastered by Ajmal – is currently serving as Bangladesh’s bowling coach. “Ajmal is a world class bowler but we have taken help from Saqlain who is very experienced. We have to execute our plans on the field and it’s a do-or-die match for us but Pakistan is not unbeatable if we play well,” said Rahim.Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez said he feels blessed with a varied bowling attack, led by Ajmal. “What else can you ask for when you have such a variety in your bowling attack,” said Hafeez, who, along with Ajmal and Shahid Afridi, holds spin responsibilities, with rookie left-armer Raza Hasan in reserves. Hafeez, however, said Bangladesh will not be taken lightly.last_img read more