Booed by PH crowd, Standhardinger delivers for Hong Kong

first_imgStandhardinger said that he likes what he sees with his new team, which is aiming back-to-back titles.“It’s good. We’re a great team and you see them fighting hard. They’re good guys and we just have to improve even more and work hard. I hope we come out of this season with more victories,” he said.Standhardinger also commended Alab and his former Gilas Pilipinas teammate Bobby Ray Parks, who led the late game rally and almost stole the win.“They really got everything in us. And Ray was a killer,” he said.“Luckily, we just stuck together because it was really hard. You can lose your focus, you can lose in your emotions. We got frustrated, but we kept going. We kept working hard and in the end, we came out with a victory as good as they are. I was just happy it was us who got the win.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Standhardinger hopes to hear cheers from the Filipino crowd next time he plays in the country.“I hope someday I can hear the cheers again. But today, it’s all good. It’s all love. I was so excited because the gym is full. What a great atmosphere,” he said. “This is what I love about the Philippines. They’re a great basketball country. We have a great basketball country. That’s why I love coming back here.“ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CONTRIBUTED PHOTOWith Christian Standhardinger playing for the enemy on Sunday, there was a handful of fans who booed the Fil-German big man inside Mall of Asia Arena.But that was the least of Standhardinger’s concerns.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments His focus was to lead Hong Kong to victory and he delivered at the expense of Tanduay Alab Pilipinas to open their campaign in the 2018 Asean Basketball League.“I didn’t hear the booing. I think I just love the Filipino fans so if they cheer for me or boo me, it’s okay,” He said after the Eastern Long Lions’ 92-89 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 shutoutMaking his Philippine debut on Sunday, Standhardinger made his ABL debut in front of Filipino fans and passed his first test with flying colors with 26 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and two steals.His presence in the endgame was also crucial in Hong Kong holding off the home team with two crucial buckets in the final 20 seconds. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Survivor Series: Brand supremacy goes to Raw PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending 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 Gameslast_img read more

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Perlas 1, Ato ni Bai rule BVR Puerto Galera leg

first_imgFamilies in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa AFP official booed out of forum Read Next LeBron gets 30k points, 8k rebounds, 8k assists after Cavs win LATEST STORIES Charo Soriano and Bea Tan went home as the Women’s Division champions for the Puerto Galera leg of the third BVR On TourPerlas 1 and Ato Ni Bai ruled their recent leg of their respective divisions in the Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) on Tour Season 3 over the weekend in Puerto Galera.Perlas 1, composed of BVR founders Charo Soriano and Bea Tan, emerged victorious in the women’s division after topping Babylove Barbon and Genesa Eslapor of UST 1, 21-14, 26-24, in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Meanwhile, Ato Ni Bai, made up of Jade Bacalado and Calvin Sarte, bested Pemie Bagalay and KR Guzman of Kremie, 21-13, 21-17.After another successful staging of BVR on Tour, Tan said the group is now looking to take beach volleyball to new places.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“BVR has always been frequent in Northern parts of Luzon hitting Cagayan Province, Ilocos, Pangasinan and La Union. This year it is in our plans to expand to other coastal communities of the Philippines specifically Southern Luzon areas, Visayas, and Mindanao,” she said.The winning teams earned P30,000 each while the losing finalists took home P10,000. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuslast_img read more

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Ceres-Negros faces tough odds vs JDT in AFC Cup semis

first_imgLATEST STORIES Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast JDT’s Mexican coach Benjamin Mora knows the Malaysians are in for a dogfight. “We expect a difficult game because the first leg was a tough game,” said Mora. “Ceres is a very good team. They play good football. They are very fast. And they shape very well defensively.”Mora stressed that the two away goals scored by Ceres shouldn’t get in the way of JDT’s play. “I think we must be patient and organized because we lead the 3-2,” said the Mexican. “I know the two away goals may affect if we don’t stay focused and don’t manage the game as we want.”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 MOST READ Roach: Pacquiao needs to KO Horn to land big fights A standing-room-only crowd watches Ceres-Negros’ recent match against Malaysia’s Felda United in the AFC Cup. No other place in the country packs as many football fans as Bacolod’s Panaad stadium. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO / STEPHEN TANBACOLOD CITY – On its home turf, Ceres-Negros has looked unstoppable in the 2017 AFC Cup. But the Busmen face their toughest test yet when they try to overturn a 2-3 deficit against Johor Darul Ta’zim of Malaysia in the second leg of their AFC Cup Asean zonal semifinal tie at Panaad Stadium. ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast The Busmen beat Tampines Rovers (5-0) and Hanoi FC of Vietnam (6-2) in the group stage, but the stakes are higher and the opposition is expected to be stronger when the Malaysian champions line up against the home side at 7:30 p.m. “The team is motivated to win so we are not under pressure,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic from Serbia. “I think its a big challenge to play this game and the opportunity also to reach something. It’s a special motivation for us if we can reach the final.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThere will be no shortage in firepower for the Busmen with first leg goalscorers Fernando Rodriguez and Bienvenido Maranon available for selection, while midfielder Manny Ott, still hurting from a chest injury in the first leg last May 17, is also in the squad to rekindle his battle with JDT talisman Safiq Rahim, who scored in the first leg at Larkin Stadium. With the away goals rule in play, the Philippines Football League side only needs a 1-0 victory over the Malaysian champions to advance to the next round, where they will face the winner of the Home United-Global Cebu tie being played Tuesday night in Singapore. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View commentslast_img read more

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Horn stuns Pacquiao for unanimous decision win

first_imgJeff Horn of Australia celebrates after beating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday. July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)First published, 12:58 p.m., July 2, 2017BRISBANE, Australia — Manny Pacquiao was taken to uncharted territory by Jeff Horn and did not find the way out.ADVERTISEMENT Racela praises Beermen’s character: Hard to beat a team like them Head-butt cutsPacquiao sustained two bloody head cuts on the left, through a head-butt, in the sixth round and on the right, through a punch, in the seventh round.Actually, Pacquiao had Horn wobbly and on the run in the ninth, his best round, but failed to finish off the former schoolteacher who fought like a street brawler.The fighting senator paid the price as the unbeaten Horn, who also sustained cuts and bruises, got his second wind and withstood Pacquiao’s late flurries to rise to 17-0-1 with 11 knockouts.With the big shocker, the 38-year-old Pacquiao is forced to rethink his options. He has dropped four of his last nine bouts and is now 56-7-2 with 38 knockouts.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong 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’ View comments Bullied and roughed up by the Australian toughie in the early rounds, Pacquiao yielded his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown by unanimous decision, 117-111, and 115-113 twice, in their “Battle of Brisbane” at Suncorp Stadium here.Though the score did not reflect the true nature of the bloody Sunday bout, Pacquiao graciously accepted the defeat that dampened his ring career once again.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 stars“That’s the decision of the judges, I respect that,” Pacquiao said, as he thanked his fans and countrymen for watching Australia’s biggest boxing spectacle, luring a record 51,052 people of all creed and color.READ: Horn trainer promises ‘bloody Sunday’ What ‘missteps’? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fans react to Manny Pacquiao’s upset loss to Jeff Horn1.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend He moved forward relentlessly, not allowing Pacquiao time to find any rhythm.“I feel like he couldn’t get a hold of my gap. I was feinting a lot, trying to upset his rhythm and I think that was working throughout the majority of that fight,” Horn said.Pacquiao did manage to land some left jabs in the opening rounds to take the early points, but Horn refused to back away and his brawling tactics paid dividends through the middle stages.“He was quick when he put combinations together but I felt controlling the gap made it easier to see the punches coming,” Horn said. “The size difference helped, too.”Pacquiao, bleeding profusely from cuts high above both eyes, launched a savage counterattack in the ninth round and appeared to have Horn in trouble with some massive blows that left the Australian staggering.“The ref came over (at the end of the round) and said, ‘Show me something or I’ll stop the fight’,” Horn said.“I thought, ‘Hang on, hold your horses, I’m not that bad, I can keep going for sure.’”All about heartHorn recovered and came out strongly in the 10th. “That was just my heart that kept me going,” he said.“He got me with a couple of good shots and I did go backwards more in that round than in any other round in the fight, but I still felt good,” he said. “But I came back in the 10th, 11th and 12th.” LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES In the third round, Pacquiao finally got his bearing and landed some combinations to the face of the charging Horn.Still dropping bombs, most of them duds, Horn decided to cut off Pacquiao’s path, leaving the Filipino little room to maneuver.READ: Trainer Atlas blasts Horn’s UD win: You’re not supposed to win for trying hardHorn outpunchedAccording to CompuBox statistics, Pacquiao actually outpunched Horn, landing 182 to Horn’s 92.Horn’s aggression, however, may have won over the judges, especially in the last two rounds when he pressed on despite taking hits from Pacquiao.In the fourth, Horn warded off Pacquiao to the canvas with a shove, and the eight-division world champion returned the favor with a push in the eighth, which saw Horn slow down and get bloodied in the nose and ears.With the loss, Pacquiao’s bid for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. virtually fizzled.The 11-time world champion had entered the fight as a hot favorite.But Horn showed no signs of being overawed by the occasion, taking the fight to the Filipino great from the opening bell. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Both fighters began to tire in the final stages of a contest fought at a relentless pace, but Horn’s early lead proved too much to peg back as he claimed the biggest win of his career.Rematch or retirementPacquiao’s longtime trainer Freddie Roach had predicted the fight would be short and sweet, but Horn — unbeaten in his 17 previous professional fights—applied pressure by winning some of the early rounds and Pacquiao needed treatment during the sixth and seventh rounds for the head cuts.Roach had said earlier in the week that he’d think about advising Pacquiao to retire if he lost the fight, but that would depend on how he fought.Horn can’t see Pacquiao retiring any time soon.“I’m sure he’ll want to come back. It was a close decision and I’m sure he’ll want to come back and prove himself,” Horn said.Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said there was a clause for a rematch, but he’d give it time before talking to Pacquiao about it.“I know Jeff would welcome the rematch, but I don’t know Manny’s future position,” Arum said. “Is he going to stay in politics and not continue in boxing? I don’t know, and he doesn’t know now — it’s unfair to ask him now.”Pacquiao’s camp had talked about a rematch with Mayweather if he got past Horn, hoping to avenge his loss on points in the 2015 megafight. That seems to be a distant chance now. Pacquiao was defending the WBO title he won on points against Jessie Vargas last November. —With reports from AP, AFP /atmRELATED VIDEO Reminded of the rematch clause in the ringside interview, Pacquiao replied: “Rematch, that’s fine. Absolutely, I’d love that.”Still being stitched up, Pacquiao failed to appear in the postfight conference.Horn, his once cherubic face covered with cuts, welts and bruises, did appear before reporters, along with his chief trainer Glenn Rushton.READ: NBA players, US celebrities upset over Horn win, say Pacquiao ‘robbed’‘I felt lucky’Following Pacquiao’s lead, Horn expressed willingness to tangle again with the man from whom he snatched the crown.“Amazing, that’s how I feel,” Horn said. “I felt lucky, throwing a lot of punches and throwing him off rhythm.”Exploiting his advantage in height (7.62 cm/3 inches), reach (5.08 cm/2 inches), and weight (4 kilograms/8.8 lbs), the 29-year-old took the fight to Pacquiao as soon as the bell rang.As usual, Pacquiao opted to lean on the ropes to test Horn’s power and then smiled as if to show that he could take the punches.But Horn, who bulked up by about 4 kg overnight after coming in at 66.7 kg in the weigh-in Saturday, won’t be deceived and continued to put the pressure on Pacquiao, who checked in at 66.2.last_img read more

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Foreign media hail Romeo as tournament best scorer

first_imgFilipinos drop to battle for 7th 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 LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas has taken the Fiba Asia Cup by storm in Beirut and one man who helped put away all pre-tournament talk on how mighty China is has been heaping praises from international media there.Terrence Romeo, who exploded for 26 points in a 97-86 upset of the defending champion Chinese last week, is being described as possibly “the best scorer” in the tournament after being the only player in the Top 7 to come off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ 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 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’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. An article at Fiba.com on Wednesday was dedicated to the 5-foot-10 Romeo, who is averaging 17.7 points in the Filipinos’ first three games. He is also averaging the least minutes among the top scorers.Lebanese legend Fadi El Khatib is shooting an average of 24.3 points in 30 minutes to be at No. 1, with former PBA import Michael Madanly tossing in a shade over 20 points in 29 minutes, counting a 35-point explosion versus China.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 openingBut Romeo has been hailed as this tournament’s biggest star and labeled by the article as the Philippines’ new face in international basketball because of his “overflowing swagger, slick ball-handling and streaky shooting,” according to the article.It also narrates how Romeo and the rest of the team sulked in the locker room after losing to the Chinese in the finals in Changsha in 2015, and how Romeo vowed that no one from the Chinese national team would be able to touch him when a return bout happens.last_img read more

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NCAA bans Bolick, 3 others for fracas

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READcenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe NCAA on Wednesday imposed one-game suspensions on San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez, Red Lions Robert Bolick and Clint Doliguez, and College of St. Benilde wingman Carlo Young.The three players were involved in an in-game scuffle late in the Red Lions’ 72-58 win on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT PGT Asia 2nd leg begins at Splendido LATEST STORIES 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Young went for a takedown that brought Bolick to the floor, igniting a series of ejections that saw Bolick and Doliguez get thrown out with 2:28 remaining in the game.Fernandez, meanwhile, was suspended for his second infraction of “disrespecting game officials.”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 openingBolick was also given a warning by NCAA commissioner Bai Cristobal for the aforementioned offense.The suspension took Bolick out of the running for any individual award including the Most Valuable Player plum. Bolick is currently sixth in the MVP race. —BONG LOZADA, Inquirer.netlast_img read more

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Running: The health mantra for Delhi

first_imgNaveen JindalDelhi is an intoxicating mix of traditional and modern blends and is ideal for anyone who is passionate about sports and fitness. In fact, the capital offers its residents everything they may need for a healthy life. The excellent infrastructure it provides is enough for us to be proud,Naveen JindalDelhi is an intoxicating mix of traditional and modern blends and is ideal for anyone who is passionate about sports and fitness. In fact, the capital offers its residents everything they may need for a healthy life. The excellent infrastructure it provides is enough for us to be proud of.Far removed from the glass and chrome cities world over, Delhi abounds in greenery and has parks and stadiums that are tailor-made for the fitness conscious. While exercise is a personal regimen, running in this city has taken on social proportions. The first time I ran in a marathon was three years ago; the energy of a thousand people running together was just amazing, and addictive. City marathons create a sense of belonging, a sense of ownership and responsibility. While maintaining the highest level of fitness is my primary aim, running the marathon is an unparalleled experience. The Delhi Marathon is always for a good cause and I love knowing that we are helping a cause by running as a community.Another event that I take pride in being part of is the Tiranga Run. To run holding the national flag high is a feeling every Indian should be able to boast of. I take a personal pride in this as it was when I moved a plea that the Court allowed every Indian national the right to fly the national flag.When I first ran the Delhi marathon three years ago, I found the energy of a thousand people running together amazing, and addictiv.Of course, running a marathon is serious exercise, and fitness is something every individual should take seriously. I personally have not been jogging outdoors regularly of late but this city has a plethora of excellent options for those who love running. Lodhi Gardens, Nehru Park, India Gate, professional stadiums and even private clubs, the capital offers some thing to anyone brimming with enthusiasm. Over the past few years, time constraints have meant that I work out mostly at home. But I always believe that a healthy body is the key to a positive mind and thus for me, a fitness regimen is a must. I am also a firm believer in the benefits of yoga and pranayam. Yoga is as much about the body as it is about the mind and I religiously practise my daily routine of yoga even when I am travelling.What is important is to have a healthy lifestyle and by that I mean early to bed and early to rise, exercise daily, and eat the right food at regular intervals, which helps maintain metabolism. If you eat unhealthy or junk food, then it becomes very difficult to burn out the calories. One has to be disciplined, always.advertisementThe best tracks in townSIRI FORT SPORTS COMPLEXKhel Gaon MargTrack: 1 kmSurface: Clay lawn surface for a smooth run. Clientele: Fitness fans. “This is a wonderful track, beautifully maintained by DDA. All that greenery makes you feel healthier.”-Muzaffar Iqbal, member, Indian hockey teamNEHRU PARKChanakyapuriTrack: 2.4 kmSurface: Soft non-metal surface easy on ligaments Clientele: The proximity to the Diplomatic Enclave says it all.LODHI GARDENLodhi RoadTrack: 2.5 kmSurface: Made of clay. The park even has a monkey bridge where runners can get a thorough workout. Clientele: This power park attracts the who’s who of Delhi, politicians, judges, industrialists et al.JAWAHARLAL NEHRU STADIUMOff Lodhi RoadTrack: Four lane, 400 mSurface: Synthetic track Clientele: State and national level athletes. “Delhi’s only two synthetic tracks for professional athletes can be found here.”-D. Sarkar, director (Sports), DDA.ROSE GARDENNear IITTrack: 750 mSurface: Soft mud track Clientele: Nature nuts and fitness freaks. “The best part about this park is that there are no irritating romantic couples lurking here.”-Capt. Deepanjali Bakshi, runner-mountaineer.last_img read more

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Ind vs WI: Harper rubs Indians the wrong way

first_imgAustralian Daryl Harper, who was at the centre of an umpiring controversy in the first India-West Indies Test in Kingston last month, has drawn criticism for his insensitive remarks about Indian players in a private travelogue-cum-diary.In the diary, he seems to have uncharitably taunted the Indians while admitting some of the errors he made in the June 20-23 match. He has also chided the International Cricket Council (ICC), his employers, for not taking action against India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and other unnamed players, who made disparaging remarks against umpiring decisions after India won by 63 runs.Aussie umpire Daryl Harper has hit back over poor umpiring allegations. APHarper, who was officiating in his 95th Test, gave some debatable decisions and admitted them too in his travelogue, titled ‘Getting The Runs… 21 – A postscript from Philadelphia’. The 59-year-old Aussie, in his 28th year as an umpire, also admitted his mistake of failing to notice leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo’s no-ball, off which he dismissed Dhoni in the second innings.”There was one LBW against Harbhajan Singh that would have been reversed had the Decision Review System (DRS) been available. I also failed to detect a no ball when Bishoo’s back foot touched the side or return crease. It’s about as common as Indians eating beef burgers,” wrote the ever-smiling umpire.Harper admits making a second mistake. “Another decision that was notable involved Virat Kohli. He flashed wide of his body at a short ball that passed well outside his body down the leg side. He clearly gloved the ball and was given out. Replays could not confirm that my decision was right… and they could not confirm that my decision was wrong,” he writes.advertisementOn Friday, Harper himself emailed the travelogue to MAIL TODAY, saying that it was the media publication that he was authorising for use. He had earlier e-mailed it only to his family members and friends.Harper also penalised debutant pacer Praveen Kumar by preventing him from bowling for the rest of the first innings, as per the rules, after he repeatedly ran on to the ‘danger area’ of the pitch.When he asked Dhoni to remove him from the attack, the captain, according to Harper, said: “We’ve had issues with you before, Daryl.””Oh dear, I interpreted that comment as meaning that I should just leave them all alone and mind my own business. So, Dhoni and I didn’t exchange any pleasantries for the duration, although I did enjoy telling him that his over rate was down from time to time,” he disclosed.He pointed out that Praveen had played 52 ODIs before his Test debut, so he ought to have known the rules. “I didn’t have my best game of the year but (ICC) referee Jeff Crowe, who observed every ball, calculated that I had managed to get 94 per cent of all my decisions correct.That analysis was confirmed from HQ in our Dubai office,” he wrote.The Indian players’ criticism of umpiring infuriated Harper, an otherwise friendly soul.Although they didn’t take either umpire’s name, lest they should be penalised by the ICC, their target was clearly Harper, who has officiated in 174 One-day Internationals.The ICC media department informed Harper about the negative reports. “One Indian paper claimed that I had made six errors against India; another claimed it was only five. Someone pulled the race card and someone suggested that I had always had it in for the Indians,” he wrote in his 2,342-word travelogue.”The captain was quoted making a derogatory comment about my efforts and an ‘unnamed player’ was quoted as saying that the whole team wanted me out of the action. This was bizarre stuff. Obviously, I should never have applied the laws of cricket to Indian players.”Harper was to officiate in the third Test too – the first one ever that Dominica would host – but he withdrew after the first Test controversies. His contract with the ICC ended on June 30.In the ongoing the three-Test series, the DRS, which assists on-field umpires in giving certain decisions with help of replays, is not being used as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) doesn’t trust it. Had the DRS been in use, these controversies could have been avoided.Harper also pointed out the low quality cameras that were used and hinted that they contributed to the controversies.He is annoyed with the ICC for ignoring the Indian players’ comments on umpiring.”If someone from the ICC management had shown an ounce of leadership, the referee’s log should have quashed the nonsense immediately,” he said.advertisementA day after the first Test, on June 24, Harper’s became grandfather for the first time when Jack Edward Harper was born to his daughter-in-law Kate and son Tim. That brought a smile to his lips amidst the tension.From the Daryl diaryI failed to detect a no ball when West Indian Bishoo’s back foot touched the side or return crease (in the first Test). It’s about as common as Indians eating beef burgers.Someone pulled the race card and someone suggested that I had always had it in for the Indians.Obviously, I should never have applied the laws of cricket to Indian players.If someone from ICC management had shown an ounce of leadership, the referee’s log should have quashed the nonsense immediately.I correctly answered 96.7 per cent of appeals in the last 10 Tests against India. Of the 10 errors made in those Tests, five went in India’s favour and five went against them.If the ICC was so limp that they couldn’t come to my defence, just as they had never come to my defence on previous issues, then it was time to golast_img read more

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