With this in mind, the Eagles try to extend their unbeaten start to five games as they clash with winless University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Working behind a fluid offense and a much-improved defense from last season, the Eagles have won their first four games of the tournament by double-digit margins.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“We can’t fall into the trap of looking [at] and enjoying our record,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “We’ve got to stay focused on our next game.”Tied with Adamson at fourth spot with similar 2-2 records, Far Eastern U and National U square off in the first game at 2 p.m. The Tamaraws are hoping to improve under rookie coach Olsen Racela, even after their 78-65 conquest of University of Santo Tomas on Saturday.Racela expects another dogfight against the Bulldogs, who lost to the Adamson Falcons, 83-76, on Sunday.“It doesn’t matter who you play, it’s really tough to get wins [in the UAAP],” said Racela. “That’s why I keep reminding the players to always grind it out.”Thirdy Ravena has stood at the forefront of the Ateneo attack, averaging close to 19 points in the first four games, while getting ample help from his teammates.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Who leads among win-win Pinoy warriors? LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 No team has come close to beating Ateneo in the first three weeks of UAAP Season 80. But the Blue Eagles know even the slightest sign of complacency can cost them a victory.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients
Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Generals looked like they were well on their way to another victory after holding a 73-68 edge in the final 2:14. But the Blazers made a late run, capped off by a steal by Naboa on Francis Munsayac before coasting for a layup to push his side up, 74-73, with 1:25 left.Naboa extended the lead to three, 78-75, in the last 23.6 seconds, but Sidney Onwubere was quick to respond with a running three with 19.2 seconds left to tie the game at 78. Dino San Juan muffed a potential game-winning three to end regulation.But it was all St. Benilde in the overtime period, staging a 14-3 run to establish the 92-81 lead in the last 1:23 to take the air out of EAC.Juju Bautista led the Generals with a double-double of 17 points, 14 rebounds, and four assists, while Munsayac had 16 markers, four dimes, and three boards.Onwubere got 15 points, 15 rebounds, and three assists against eight turnovers in his penultimate game for EAC.ADVERTISEMENT BSP 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 Senegalese big man Clement Leutcheu topped St. Benilde with 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Edward Dixon got 19 markers, 11 boards, and three assists.Rookie Unique Naboa added 13 points, five rebounds, and five dimes, while JJ Domingo got five of his 10 markers in the extra period, on top of seven assists and five boards.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“We never really thought of ourselves that we’re out and we don’t want to play,” said coach TY Tang.“As athletes, every single game, we need to keep on improving and add to our repertoire. It’s about improving ourselves individually and playing together because after this season, it’s still going to be a team next year. It’s important that they continue growing together, and jelling as a team.” For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFighting for pride, St. Benilde trumped Emilio Aguinaldo College in overtime, 94-84, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Blazers halted their four-game losing streak to move up to 4-13, with a game against Letran on Tuesday left in their schedule.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The Generals fell to their sixth straight loss to further go down the standings at 6-11.The Scores:ST. BENILDE 94 – Leutcheu 24, Dixon 19, Naboa 13, Domingo 10, San Juan 7, Suarez 6, Castro 4, Johnson 4, Sta. Maria 3, Belgica 2, Young 1, Velasco 1, Bunyi 0, Pili 0.EAC 84 – Bautista 17, Munsayac 16, Onwubere 15, Garcia 14, Bugarin 8, Diego 7, I. Mendoza 2, J. Mendoza 2, Tampoc 2, Pascua 1, Corilla 0, Neri 0.Quarters: 14-10, 30-36, 55-55, 78-78, 94-84. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Salado likely out of the season with MCL tear Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Read Next View comments
2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH01:29Police 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 MINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 04: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFPMINNEAPOLIS — Cast aside once in Philadelphia, Nick Foles delivered the city its first Super Bowl title, and he outdueled the great Tom Brady to do it.Foles, who took over when Carson Wentz injured his right knee in mid-December, matched the five-time champion and three-time MVP big play for big play Sunday in leading the Eagles past the New England Patriots 41-33.ADVERTISEMENT Foles was 28 of 43 and wasn’t sacked at all. Brady was 28 of 48, and while he didn’t throw any interceptions, his only sack was a doozy.Brady, who threw TD passes on all three of New England’s second-half drives, dropped back on second-and-2 at his 33 when Brandon Graham swept in and jarred the ball loose. Derek Barnett smothered it at the 31 with just over two minutes remaining.Jake Elliott’s 46-yard field goal, the longest in a Super Bowl by a rookie, made it an eight-point cushion and gave Brady just a minute to work his magic.He started at his 9 with 58 seconds remaining and drove the Patriots to midfield before Foles and the Eagles could exhale.A third-round pick by former Eagles coach Andy Reid in 2012, Foles had tremendous success as a starter under Chip Kelly his sophomore season. He threw 29 TDs and only two picks in 11 starts, including playoffs in 2013. Foles posted a passer rating of 119.2, third-highest in league history. He tied an NFL record with seven TD passes in a game at Oakland in November 2013 and won an offensive MVP award at a Pro Bowl.But Foles was traded to St. Louis for Sam Bradford in March 2015. He lost his starting job to Case Keenum and asked for his release after Jared Goff was drafted No. 1 overall. Foles considered hanging up his cleats before Reid persuaded him to go to Kansas City to be Alex Smith’s backup.After one season with the Chiefs, Foles returned to Philly for $12 million over two years to provide insurance behind Wentz.Now he’s a folk hero for a franchise that had gone 0-for-2 in Super Bowls and for a legion of fans who were rooting for anybody other than Brady and the Patriots, who were seeking their third title in four years. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments But the ambling Brady, although wide open, couldn’t quite haul in receiver Danny Amendola’s high pass for what would have been a nifty over-the-shoulder reception which might have gone all 35 yards for the score.That brought to mind Gisele Bundchen’s famous dig after one of Brady’s two losses to Eli Manning and the Giants in the Super Bowl when his supermodel wife responded to hecklers by complaining about the Patriots’ many dropped passes that day.“You’ve to catch the ball when you’re supposed to catch the ball,” she fumed. “My husband cannot … throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time.”Nor could he haul in Amendola’s throw early in the second quarter with New England trailing 9-3.Foles’ only interception was a fluke, but it did help Brady and the Patriots staunch an early stumble to stay in it until the very end when Brady’s desperation pass into the end zone on the final play failed to find its big target, Rob Gronkowski.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC He threw the go-ahead touchdown to tight end Zach Ertz from 11 yards on third-and-7 with 2:21 remaining, capping a seven-minute, 14-play drive that covered 75 yards, kept Brady cooling his cleats on the sideline and allowed the Eagles’ exhausted defenders to catch their collective breath in a game that featured 1,151 total yards, the most in any NFL game in the Super Bowl era.Brady threw for more yards — a playoff career-high 505 to Foles’ 373 — but Foles matched Brady’s three touchdown tosses and even caught another.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe hauled in tight end Trey Burton’s toss from the 1 that gave Philadelphia a 22-12 halftime edge and made him the first player in Super Bowl history to be on both ends of a touchdown pass in the same game.Brady nearly beat him to it. 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LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Adorador said what hampered their development against the Lady Eagles was their reckless offensive play that resulted to 25 errors, although that mark is eight less than what Ateneo committed.Another aspect of the game that broke down UE was its porous defense allowing Ateneo to score 11 service aces and 48 scoring spikes.Adorador said they have to try harder to win however way they can.“We won’t give up, we’ll study every opponent that comes our way and we will fight,” said Adorador who had 14 points against the Lady Eagles.ADVERTISEMENT University of the East’s turbulent start in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament continued after its fourth straight setback.ADVERTISEMENT Mitchell edges Nance Jr. to win slam dunk contest MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The loss to Ateneo in four sets, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-14, was even more disappointing for the Lady Warriors since they failed to sustain their momentum after a stellar opening set.Shaya Adorador said UE has to snap out of its underdog mentality and have the initiative to start thinking about winning and nothing less in the midway point of the first round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Right now we’re winless and our objective is to get out of that mentality that we still haven’t won a game,” said Adorador in Filipino. “We need to change our mentality.”“Our attitude right now should be that we have to win immediately instead of just fighting.”
Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 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’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Quarters: 31-31, 55-59, 86-80, 107-96.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Warriors finish off Cavaliers in 5 games, regain NBA title Gab Banal. PBA IMAGESGab Banal picked up the slack as Flying V scored a 107-96 victory over Wangs Basketball for its third straight win in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The 6-foot-3 forward did the dirty work to keep the Thunder immaculate through three games, as he racked up 29 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists.ADVERTISEMENT Herndon fired 20 of his 24 points in the first half, but failed to sustain his hot streak down the stretch for the Couriers.Chris De Chavez also added 13 markers, while John Tayongtong poured 12 points and five boards for Wangs (1-2).The Scores:FLYING V 107 – Banal 29, Teng 20, Dionisio 14, Torres 12, Thiele 10, Salamat 8, Tampus 8, Cañada 4, Webb 2, Gamboa 0, Colina 0, Mendoza 0.WANGS BASKETBALL 96 – Herndon 24, De Chavez 13, Tayongtong 12, Juico 11, Bitoon 9, Arambulo 7, Montemayor 6, Habelito 6, King 3, Asuncion 3, Ambuludto 2, Sorela 0, Riley 0.ADVERTISEMENT “Gab was consistent all throughout the game. He was our spark and he took it upon himself to shut down (Robbie) Herndon in the second half. But all-in-all, it was a collective effort from our players,” said coach Eric Altamirano.A foul-riddled Jeron Teng struggled on the floor, shooting 7-of-20 from the field, but was still able to finish with 20 markers, six assists, and four boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAris Dionisio chimed in 14 points and 10 rebounds, Thomas Torres got 12 markers, four boards, and three assists, and Hans Thiele had 10 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks for the Thunder.Flying V was able to recover from its sloppy showing in the first half as Banal ignited a killer 11-0 run to finish the third quarter with an 86-80 lead, before controlling the tempo in the payoff period to keep its grip on the top spot. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Games What ‘missteps’? View comments
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “She started pressing in the second,” Witt observed, “and balls were flying out like you don’t see.”This was Williams’ 16th Grand Slam final, second of 2017.She sounded certain that it won’t be the last.Asked during the on-court trophy presentation if she had a message for Serena, who is off the tour while expecting a baby, Venus said: “Oh, I miss you. I tried my best to do the same things you do, but I think that there’ll be other opportunities. I do.”After all that’s gone on, why doubt her now?Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Up until late in the first set Saturday, Williams did play quite well.In 2011, she revealed she had been diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, a condition that can cause exhaustion and joint pain. Williams has since spoken about how she turned to a plant-based diet and learned other ways to get by. A half-dozen exits from majors after her opening match made some think Williams might stop playing tennis, let alone return to its biggest stages.“There were definitely,” Williams said this week, “some issues.”But she never lost her love for the sport or a desire to get her game back in order.“I’m just very surprised that she’s hungry to keep winning. She has won almost everything. She’s not (still) young, to be looking forward to all these matches. She just shows this toughness,” Muguruza said. “I don’t know if I will be like this @ her age.”The strongest initial sign of a renaissance for Williams came during a run to the Wimbledon semifinals a year ago. Then, this January, she got to the Australian Open final for the first time since 2003, losing to her sister, Serena. And then came these past two weeks and her first appearance in the Wimbledon final since a loss to Serena in 2009.“I’ve been in a position a lot of times this year to contend for big titles. That’s the kind of position I want to keep putting myself in,” Williams said. “It’s just about getting over the line. I believe I can do that.”She was asked more than once by reporters Saturday whether the Sjogren’s or the accumulated fatigue or her age played a role in the way the match unfolded. But Williams deflected those questions, instead offering praise of Muguruza, whose power and precision gave the American problems.“Credit to her,” Williams said. “She just dug in there.”Williams hit five double-faults, three in one game and once to get broken to begin the second set. She finished with 25 unforced errors, more than twice as many as Muguruza. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lewis Hamilton takes pole for F1 British GP for 5th time Venus Williams of the United States holds the runners-up plate after losing to Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in the Women’s Singles final match on day twelve at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Saturday, July 15, 2017. David Ramos/Pool Photo via APLONDON — Through it all, Venus Williams kept working, kept striving, kept eyeing yet another Wimbledon championship.Through it all, through the difficult days of adjusting to life with an energy-sapping autoimmune disease, through the disappointing days of first-round losses that led to questions about retirement, through all of the accumulating years, she pressed on. And on Saturday, facing Garbine Muguruza in the final, Williams had a shot at her sixth title at the All England Club — nine years after her last one and, remarkably, 17 years after her first.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Williams twice was a point from taking the opening set before unraveling completely, dropping the last nine games and losing 7-5, 6-0 to Muguruza, who earned her first Wimbledon championship.“This is where you want to be. I like to win. I don’t want to just get to a final,” said Williams, at 37 the oldest woman to play in a title match at the grass-court major since 1994. “It’s just about playing a little better.”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 starsShe appeared ready to take control Saturday, ahead 5-4 in the first set and with Muguruza serving at 15-40. But Williams netted a forehand to close a 20-stroke exchange on the first set point. And on the second, she sent a return long. Muguruza would go on to win that game — and the next eight, too, to earn her third Grand Slam trophy.Williams owns seven of them — five at Wimbledon in 2000-01, 2005, 2007 and 2008; two at the U.S. Open in 2000-01. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress But her coach, David Witt, offered one explanation for the way everything came undone for Williams against Muguruza.“It was just nerves,” Witt said.“She never, I thought, looked like she was relaxed out there,” he added.Williams arrived in England a few weeks after being involved in a two-car accident in Florida. Two weeks after the crash, a 78-year-old passenger in the other vehicle died. At a news conference following her first-round victory at Wimbledon, Williams was asked about the episode, and she tried to respond, before wiping away tears and briefly leaving the room to compose herself.Witt said they hadn’t discussed what happened with each other once the tournament began, hoping Williams could “just focus on the tennis.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
Penalty corner specialist Sandeep Singh struck twice to power India to a 3-2 win over Pakistan and into the semifinals of the Asian Games men’s hockey tournament in Guangzhou on Saturday.It was India’s fourth straight victory over Pakistan this year.Sandeep Singh scored India’s first and third goal in the third and 48th minute while Dharamvir Singh netted a fine field goal in between to ensure India’s third successive victory in Group B.Rehan Butt (fourth) and Shakeel Abbasi (43rd minute) scored for Pakistan.With nine points in their kitty, India are sitting on top of the table with one match to go against Japan on Sunday.Both Pakistan, who play Bangladesh in their last league match, and Japan have six points from three matches.In total contrast to their previous three victories over Pakistan this year — 4-1 in the World Cup, 4-2 in the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament and 7-4 Commonwealth Games — on Saturday India had to work quite hard and deal with a lot of pressure, especially in the second half.It was India’s third victory over Pakistan in 12 Asian Games clashes and 48th overall in 146 clashes.Both the teams found it difficult to control the ball on the bouncy pitch, which has come in for severe criticism in Guangzhou.India negated the Sohail Abbas factor by conceding only a late penalty corner to the famed striker in the 57th minute as Chetri stopped the drag-flick with the stick and sent it over the bar for a corner.advertisementFor India, the players who caught the eye were Sardar Singh who was rock solid in deep defense.Vikram Pillai was the hardworking midfielder while Tushar Khandekar was his ebullient self up-front and Arjun Halappa did his bit while Sandeep was poor in defending but excellent with his drag-flicks.Both the goals conceded by Rajpal Singh-led India were off defensive errors.On the first occasion there was none to intercept a pass from the right sent in by Pakistan’s Shafqat Rasool to their key man Rehan, who had enough time to send the ball past Indian custodian Bharat Chetri with a shot taken through his legs.The second Pakistan goal was also the result of a bungling defense with Sandeep being the main culprit in not clearing the ball inside the 25 yard line and allowing Abbasi to take it past a clueless Mahadik and find the mark. The penalty corner through which Sandeep scored India’s opening goal was a result of a move from the right flank. He drag-flicked it to the right of rival custodian and captain Zeeshan Ashraf.Pakistan equalised immediately on the counter attack which caught the Indians napping.But India struck a superb goal midway through the first half to again put its nose ahead. Dharamvir connected the ball superbly, while on the run, sent in the D by Shivendra Singh.Crossing over, Pakistan were aggressive initially and came close to scoring on two occasions within the first five minutes. But India escaped as Abbasi hit over the bar and Chetri was alert enough to foil a concerted move from right.The Indian goal was breached finally when both Sandeep and Mahadik were found wanting to prevent Abbasi from taking control of a thorough pass into the D sent from the 25 yard line. The former delayed in clearing and the latter just could not prevent the player from taking a shot though he was nearby.But India struck back within five minutes to score the all-important goal of the match by earning their second penalty corner of the match with a move from the right.Sandeep made no mistake to score his eighth goal of the tournament.Pakistan then earned their first and only penalty corner but Sohail failed to convert it and then Sardar Singh blocked Rehan Butt’s effort right in front of the goal line with his stick in time to deflect the shot above the bar.India then pressed hard for another goal to seal off Pakistan’s escape route, and also earned a last-minute penalty corner which was taken after the long hooter, but for the first time Sandeep Singh failed to convert.India coach Jose Brasa slammed the pitch conditions.”It was very difficult to control the ball on this pitch.We had a problem in the build up of moves. We had to play a controlled and tactical game. But now we need only one more point to top our group,” he said.”But if we had to play on these type of pitches, it’s better For FIH to go back to playing hockey on grass. Our boys will now be more comfortable and confident,” he added.advertisement With PTI inputs
West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan in the quarterfinals of the cricket World Cup in Mirpur on Wednesday.West Indies have made three changes to their side bringing in Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Kemar Roach in place of Kirk Edwards, Sulieman Benn and Andre Russell.Pakistan have brought in Saeed Ajmal in place of Abdur Rehman.Teams:Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (c), Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal.West Indies: Darren Sammy (c), Devon Smith, Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Devon Thomas, Devendro Bishoo, Ravi Rampaul, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kemar Roach.
The country’s canopy of blue, with the cleanest of air never fails to surpriseNew Zealand Tourism and the movies have done a mighty fine job. The country has had ad campaign tag lines that tell you that it is the youngest country on Earth and that everything there is “100,The country’s canopy of blue, with the cleanest of air never fails to surpriseNew Zealand Tourism and the movies have done a mighty fine job. The country has had ad campaign tag lines that tell you that it is the youngest country on Earth and that everything there is “100 per cent Pure”. Find these campaigns on You Tube and you will hit a travel agent with your credit card at 100 paces. Then there’s Hrithik Roshan with his “Kaho Naa…” song sequences and bike riding which made New Zealand Bollywood’s 21st century Switzerland. Peter Jackson gave the West its Middle Earth and the habitat of hobbits by setting up his Lord of the Ring trilogy in the country of his birth, while New Zealand’s Southern Alps did a very good impersonation of K2 for Vertical Limit.Not to forget bungee jumping and jogging, two Kiwi inventions that went viral around the world well before the word viral left a laboratory. New Zealand is a country the size of England with a population of under five million, so they have plenty rooms at the inn.The quick trip around New Zealand ‘highlights’ would include a stop over in the City of Sails, Auckland, a visit to the hot springs near Lake Rotorua and the Maori experience in Tamaki. A short ferry ride across the two islands via Picton. A stop over in Christchurch as a hop on the journey to Queenstown and the whole Southern Alps or Lord of the Rings or Milford Sound experience. It also has a large number of hot springs, known as waiariki in MaoriA bungee jump will surely be involved in the trip. Or at least the Sky Walk around Auckland’s Sky Tower. It is 600 feet above the ground and has a platform without railings on it. They let their dumb cluck tourists go around to both enjoy the view as well catch sights of the cooks at the revolving restaurant atop the Tower putting down meat cleavers and chopping vegetables. What the Sky Tower doesn’t advertise is that the Sky Walk is one way to understand the exact meaning of the word ‘nerves.’ It is not about the stuff in the brain: it refers to the capacity of the gut to turn to water and the knees to switch to the mode called Wobble.The more beguiling parts of New Zealand come quietly, far removed from the adrenaline rush of a bunjee jump or the intoxication of a wine-tasting tour (both of which, all sources reveal, are worth the expense.) The country which also owns a romantic Maori name of Aotearoa (also pronounced Ao-tea-roa); the Land of the Long White Cloud. New Zealand needs to be tackled much like you tasted a kiwi fruit for the first time- absorbed slowly and without expectation.To absorb, first abandon thoughts of Australia.New Zealand is not even close-it is just over 25 degrees south east in longitude from its bigger neighbour. The shortest flight between the two is three hours, with a time difference of two hours. Think India and Iraq to the West or Indonesia to the East.Bungee jumping and jogging are two of the most popular adventure sportsArriving in New Zealand is more about finding yourself at the doorstep of Australia’s distant cousin. Distant, mind, not close. Getting there is understanding what it means to be at the edge of the Pacific, in the most active hub of the part of the world called Polynesia. Even in a flat world, this is its very rim. When the sun rises in the East, it rises in its eastern outpost, the New Zealand’s Chatham Islands, 800kms East in the South Pacific Ocean.An immigration line in Auckland will contain a palette of races and cultures that even the well-travelled outsider may find hard to identify. The signboard at baggage arrival-Papeete, Apia, Noumea, Rarotonga, Nuku ‘alofa, Niue-could contain the names of places that must surely be the outposts of paradise.In New Zealand, it is best to wander. Just around the corner and past the obvious, it is possible to find sometimes hidden magical, mystical tales, magical flavours. So when you are offered a choice between a muffin and a fruit on one of the domestic flights, take the fruit. It will be an apple (or pear or nectarine) you will never forget. Promise. What looks like a tiny hill in an Auckland suburb is actually a dormant volcano.The curving Maori symbol of the koru based on the unfurled frond of fern and stands for growth. In a country which prides itself on practical place names like the Doubtful Range and Eighty Eight Valley, there flows a river called the Waimakariri. There is an ice cream called Hokey Pokey and a Tall Black is a basketball player and an All White plays football, a Flat White or a Long Black though is actually Kiwi code for coffee.With a population of under five million, they have plenty rooms at the innsThat just a turn off a country road past a few random fields there will be a rugby club, where a game can be on, always stop and watch. In New Zealand, it is like going to church. Okay, not as holy, but socially sacred. The club could have produced half a dozen All Blacks, the country’s national rugby team that has made rugby union famous around the world even where the sport is not understood. They have a World Cup being held from September 9, when it is possible that every time the All Blacks play, New Zealand may stop breathing. It’s like India and cricket, smaller in scale but as fierce. It will contain mud, maybe blood and some very big men.If New Zealand feels like the edge of the earth, its southern most town, called Inverness, is the closest you can get to Antarctica without being on a scientific expedition. That wonderful description is stolen off a cricket report in the Hindu, but if you are in Inverness (which has another rude description which we shall ignore) stand on its shores (warm clothes mandatory) and take your imagination out to sea. The next shore your mind can spot will feature penguins.New Zealand’s entire landscape is as stunning as it is advertised but what sets it off, is what actually cannot be advertised. It is the country’s canopy of blue, the skies reflecting the cleanest of air (pure, fresh, remember) and it will always surprise. In day time it will contain cotton-clouds that will make every holiday photograph look as if it has been photoshopped. At night you will realise just how many stars there really are in the sky and why we are all actually living on an insignificant piece of rock. Aotearoa is far, far away but one of the country’s more famous pop songs from the 1980s contains a question that must be answered, “The tyranny of distance never stopped the cavalier, so why should it stop me?” So be a cavalier and go. When you get there, New Zealand will remind you of many things-of how the small can be significant and how afterwards, remoteness need not ever matter again.The writer is Delhi based and is Senior Editor, ESPNcricinfo.com.advertisementadvertisement
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that Rahul Dravid should have appealed for DRS after being adjudged caught behind off James Anderson’s bowling during India’s second innings.”He (Dravid) came back in the dressing room confused after being given out. He was convinced that he hadn’t hit anything. From the replays it looked like his bat had touched the shoelaces at the same time when the ball went past the bat,” Dhoni said after the match.Dhoni did admit that Dravid could have gone for a DRS but in confusion didn’t do so. “It looked like he could have gone for DRS but it was such a situation that he got confused,” Dhoni stated.