Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Brescia midfielder Daniele Dessena has reportedly avoided a double leg break but still faces around three months out with a fracture. There were fears Dessena had broken the fibia and tibula in his right leg after a nasty collision with Erick Pulgar during Brescia’s 0-0 draw with Fiorentina on Monday. However, Gazzetta dello Sport writes that while he did fracture the malleolus in his ankle, he did not sustain any serious damage and will not need surgery. The 31-year-old left the field on a stretcher and in tears as he risked suffering a similar injury to the tibia-fibula break that ruled him out for much of 2015-16. While he received an outpouring of support from several famous faces, teammate Mario Balotelli was furious the VAR did not review Pulgar’s tackle.
The governing council of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is meeting in Mumbai on Friday to discuss the format for the tournament’s fourth edition. The council is discussing the number of matches that should be played. With IPL 4 having 10 teams instead of the earlier eight, a need to reduce the number of matches has been felt. After the addition of two teams, it had been said that the total number of matches would be increased from 60 to 94 on a home and away basis. However, the governing council is looking to decrease the number of matches to 62 or 74. But suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi is not in favour of changing the format of the tournament. “Players make the IPL. That’s why we have the best talent. Take a survey and you will find out that most agree with the way it was conceived,” Modi said. On the issue of players’ pool, Modi said: “Any deviation will be done only to damage a highly successful league for and by vested interests. Clearly the way forward is all players in pool.” Taking a dig at Chennai Super Kings owner N. Srinivasan, he said: “This was as I said the core principle of the league and reaffirmed at the Bangkok workshop by seven teams, except the Chennai Super Kings.”
India started off poorly, but came back with a bang to beat England by a massive 126-run margin in the first ODI of the five-match series at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad, on Friday. Score | Photos Electing to bat, India lost early wickets before Suresh Raina (61) skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (87 n.o.) revived the innings to propel the hosts to 300/7.In reply England could only manage to post 174 as the Indian spinners Ravindra Jadeja and offie R Ahswin took six wicket wickets between to provide India with a triumphant start in the series.Chasing 301, England started off poorly with Craig Kieswetter falling to Praveen Kumar early in the innings. An away moving ball took the edge of the opener’s bat and skipper MS Dhoni did the rest behind the stumps. England lost their first wicket in the third over on 7.New man Kevin Pietersen too did not last long and threw his wicket, run out on the first ball of the 10th over and England were down to 40/2.Post that wicket, England captain Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott continued to bat with easy and gradually upped the tempo.Cook quickly went on to complete his half century with Trott going steady at the other end. The two were looking dangerous for India, but in the 23rd over spinner Ravindra Jadeja managed to break their 71-run third wicket stand.Jadeja pitched the ball on the leg of the left-hander and the batsman went for a big hit but ended up getting caught by Vinay Kumar in the deep. Cook fell for 60 hitting seven fours on the way and England lost their third wicket on 111.advertisementThere was more to come as in his next over Jadeja got rid of Trott on 26. He trapped him leg before and England were down to 120/4 in 24.4 overs.Soon the other spinner, R Ashwin joined the party. He tossed up the ball to Ravi Bopara and the batsman played it straight to the bowler. Bopara departed caught and bowled Ashwin on eight and India were clearly in command with the opposition team reeling on 124/5. The two spinners were proving be rather tough for the England side as Jadeja came around to send Jonathan Bairstow back to the pavilion with just two more runs added to the total.It seemed as if the two spinners were competing against each other, as R Ashwin scalped tail-ender Tim Bresnan cheaply with skipper Dhoni performing the final rites with his fine stumping. And England were down to 134/7 in 29.2 overs.Paceman Umesh Yadav got rid of Graeme Swann with a low-bounce ball that entered the batsman’s gate to crash against his stumps and England lost their eighth wicket on 148.Yadav then accounted for Samit Patel’s wicket with a similar sort of ball and Patel walked back, bowled on 16.The last man Jade Dernbach could only score a double before falling to Ashwin on the first ball of the 37th over as England were all out for 174 falling short by 126 runs.India innings Half-centuries by skipper MS Dhoni (87 not out) and Suresh Raina (61) helped India to 300. India captain MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat. The current series between the two nations is being played under new ICC rules for ODIs.However, India didn’t get the kind of start that the skipper would have wanted with Parthiv Patel getting run out in the fourth over of the innings, albeit in a very unlucky fashion. A straight drive by Ajinkya Rahane off Steven Finn touched the fingers of the bowler before crashing into the stumps at the other end and Parthiv was short of his crease. India lost their first wicket on 17.The start could have been worse had Jonathan Trott, standing in the slips, not dropped a sitter from Rahane off Finn’s bowling in the second over.Post Parthiv’s fall, Rahane and Gautam Gambhir attempted a quick revival and soon the hosts were back on track with the two batsmen going steady on the Uppal stadium track.Just when things started to look good for India, England struck again to remove the other opener Rahane. A turner off Graeme Swann on the fourth ball over his very first over beat the batsman and before he could realise Craig Kieswetter had removed his bails. Rahane was stumped out on 15 and India lost their second wicket on 52/2 in 11.4 over.In the 18th over a slower full toss from Jade Drenbach left Gambhir guessing. He tried to hit it away, but failed and the ball trapped him leg before on 32. India were down to 79/3.advertisementLater Virat Kohli and left-hander Suresh Raina got on with a partnership (44 runs) that revived India’s hopes. But, the feature didn’t last for long as England part-time bowler Samit Patel got the man England wanted.Patel’s delivery that pitched after a long loop was played inside out by Kohli and Kevin Pietersen jumped high in the air to take a fine catch inches off the ropes. Kohli walked back on 37 and India were down to 123/4 in 28.5 overs.Finally, Suresh Raina and skipper MS Dhoni resurrected the India innings that was on a downslide. Soon the left-hander crossed the 50-run mark. But no sooner had he completed his half-century that a Finn delivery saw him through.He attempted to slog off a widesh ball and paid the price as Jonathan Bairstow took a diving catch at point. His 61 came off 55 balls and included five fours and two over the fence shots. India lost their fifth wicket in the 39th over when the score was 195.Skipper Dhoni continued to bat and thwart the English attack and in the process he too completed his half-century.However, Dhoni’s partner Ravindra Jadeja could not stay in the middle for long and was run out on 27. Jadeja’s cameo included two sixes. Tail-ender R Ashwin too ended up getting run out in a bid to increase the tempo in the penultimate over.Dhoni scored an unbeaten 87 off 70 balls (10×4, 1×6) as India’s innings came to a close on 300/7.
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Smriti Mehra overcame anxiety on the final day to emerge victorious in the ninth leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour at the Qutub Golf Course in New Delhi on Friday.Smriti, overnight second, fired a final-round four-under 68 to aggregate five-under 211 for a four-stroke victory over Neha Tripathi, who closed with a 71.Overnight leader Sharmila Nicollet had a nightmarish end to her campaign, and she ended in third spot after a dismal 74.Nalini Singh Siwatch (72) and Meghna Bal (77) finished fourth and fifth respectively.Smriti’s anxiety during the European Tour’s Indian Open last week made scoring difficult for her. Despite playing to her satisfaction, she could only manage 42nd position after scores of 72, 77 and 73. She discussed the problem with her mental coach Pradeep Aggarwal, who asked her to stay patient.Smriti implemented a few of his suggestions which paid dividends with her taking the title on Friday.”I played to my satisfaction but it was my mental aspect which made me inconsistent during the Indian Open. I talked to Pradeep Aggarwal and he told me to stay patient and take it one shot at a time. I hanged on to his words and got the results I wanted,” Smriti told Mail Today.She shot five birdies and a bogey in her 68 and clinched her fourth title of the season. With the victory, she also displaced Sharmila from the top of the Women Golf Association of India’s Order of Merit.”My aim is always to stay on top. We still have six tournaments to go and I will try to be as consistent as possible and maintain top position,” she said.advertisementStarting the day two strokes in front of Neha and one behind Sharmila, Smriti had a stuttering start as she made her only bogey on the fourth hole.She recovered immediately, picking up a birdie on the next and covered the front nine in 37 shots. Her game bloomed on the back nine, and she grabbed the sole lead on the 12th hole with a birdie.She consolidated her lead with back-to-back birdies on 15th and 16th and sealed the victory with another on the closing hole.Neha also flirted with the top position when she joined Sharmila in the lead with birdies on the second and fourth. She also caught up with Smriti after birdying 11th. But bogeys on ninth, 15th and 17th dented her chances.”It would have been great to win but I am content with second position given the kind of form I have gone through in the recent past,” Neha said.Overnight leader Sharmila started with a birdie but double bogeys (second and seventh) and bogeys (eighth, 14th and 15th) spoilt her round. She bounced back with an eagle (12th) and birdies on 16th and 17th, but that was only good enough for third spot.
Rajasthan needed some quick wickets to defend what was a moderate target. They got Jayawardene very early but could do nothing to stop the rampaging Sehwag during this 43rd match of IPL 5 at the Sawai Mansing Stadium in Jaipur. Score | PhotosSehwag was simply in brutal mood slamming the 2nd fastest fifty of the tournament, the fastest one for DD and his 5th fifty in a row. DD seem to be unbeatable at the moment though the exit of Pietersen will leave the team short of some aggression. Warner, though will be perhaps an ideal replacement. Things are fast going downhill for the brave boys from Jaipur and they need to pull up their socks if they are to keep their semis hopes alive. IPL 2012: RR vs DD Live: Delhi win by 6 wicketsRR 141/6 in 20 overs lost to Delhi 144/4 in 20 overs (Sehwag 73, KP 36)11:00 pm | 15.2 overs: Menaria to Naman Ojha, SIX, Comprehensive win for DD. This was tossed up just outside off, Naman Ojha gets a good stride forward and lifts the ball deep into the crowds at long off for a massive six. Delhi win by six wickets and now they are almost there into the playoffs.Naman Ojha, right handed bat, comes to the crease 10:55 pm | 14.4 overs: WICKET! Oh ho Sehwag fails to carry his bat till the end. Brad Hogg to Sehwag, out Caught by Dravid!! Sehwag falls after a demo of T20 cricket. This was flighted on middle and spinning away, Sehwag looked to play the inside out scoop over cover, ends up slicing it off the outside edge towards Dravid at point. No celebrations in the RR camp though. Sehwag c Dravid b Brad Hogg 73(38) [4s-12 6s-1] advertisementYogesh Nagar, right handed bat, comes to the crease 10:41 pm | 11.4 overs: WICKET! Taylor departs cheaply. Brad Hogg to Ross Taylor, out Caught by Goswami!! Ross’ misery seems to be never ending. This was short and just outside off, Ross Taylor looks to pull, only manages a top-edge that is well held by Naman Ojha running towards the bowler. Ross Taylor c Goswami b Brad Hogg 6(5) [4s-1] (DD 106/3 in 11.4 overs)Ross Taylor, right handed bat, comes to the crease 10:30 pm | 10.2 overs: WICKET! KP falls after a fine 36. Shane Watson to Pietersen, out Caught by Owais Shah!! The partnership has been broken. This was full and outside off, Pietersen looks to go back over the bowler’s head, does not get hold of the shot, ends up offering a simple catch to Shah at long off. Respite for Rajasthan, but has it come too late? Pietersen c Owais Shah b Shane Watson 36(34) [4s-3 6s-1] (DD 96/2 in 10.2 overs)10: 20 pm | 7.5 overs: Pankaj Singh to Sehwag, SIX, FIFTY for Sehwag, his 5th in a row, this was short and just outside off, Sehwag arcs back, opens the face of the bat and lifts it over third man for a maximum.10:15 pm | 6 overs: Delhi are 61/1 at the stage with captain Virender Sehwag (43*) and Kevin Pietersen (13*) in the middle. Delhi are going easy at the stage.Lalit Modi tweets: With Today’s win Delhi will likely guarantee there place in the PlayoffsSwitch-hit exponent Kevin Pietersen comes into bat9:47 pm | 0.3 overs: WICKET! Early dismissal there… Jayawardene hasn’t been in best of form this season. Chavan to Mahela Jayawardene, out Lbw!! Early strike by Chavan. This was tossed up on the middle and spins back in a touch, Mahela Jayawardene was caught in his crease as he went back, the ball stayed a touch low as well. The impact was on middle and would have crashed into the stumps. Mahela Jayawardene lbw b Chavan 0(3) (DD 0/1 in 0.3 overs)9:45 pm | Mahela Jayawardene and Sehwag are at the crease. Mahela Jayawardene is on strike. Chavan will open the attackLalit Modi tweets: Sehwag – likely to win back orange cap.DELHI DAREDEVILS: Target 142 in 20 oversRAJASTHAN ROYALS: 141/6 in 20 overs (Dravid 57, Rahane 42; Pawan Negi 4-18)After a rollicking start by Rahane and Dravid, Rajasthan were done in by a spell of left arm spin bowling by Negi. Rajasthan have themselevs to blame, as all four off those wickets came off short balls. Nothing to take away from the young man, he conceded just 18 runs, for which he needs to be applauded. Dravid tried to hold the innings together, but scoring quickly at the death is not his cup of tea. Morkel: It was a great comeback from us. It’s tough to score if wickets keep falling. Very happy for Negi, he’s been working hard in the nets. He made good use of this opportunity. I am happy with the bounce available on this wicket. The outfield is fast, we have got experience and firepower in our batting order and should chase it down advertisementAnkeet Chavan, left handed bat, comes to the crease 9:20 pm | 18.1 overs: WICKET! Great innings from Dravid comes to an end. Morne Morkel to Dravid, out Bowled!! Morkel picks up his first wicket! Length delivery on middle, Dravid looks to smash it over midwicket, gets an inside edge which hits the thigh pad and crashes into the off stump. Dravid departs after playing a fine hand! Dravid b Morne Morkel 57(43) [4s-7] (RR 128/6 in 18.1 overs)9:12 pm | 16.2 overs: Morkel to Dravid, FOUR, full ball is driven powerfully by Dravid, an inside-out hit as gets plenty of pace on it to beat a diving Pietersen at mid-off, that brings up his 50 as wellStrategic time out! Rajasthan are 95/5 at the stage and the RR has come down 7.30 an over.9 pm | 12.6 overs: WICKET! Another one in his bag – 4th. Pawan Negi to Menaria, out Caught by Pietersen!! Take a bow young man, 4-18. Flatter delivery on middle, Menaria looks to flick, gets a leading edge which lobs up to Pietersen at long on. He doesn’t drop such dollies. The team envelop the young left armer and congratulate him. Menaria c Pietersen b Pawan Negi 2(4) (RR 95/5 in 12.6 overs) Ashok Menaria, left handed bat, comes to the crease 8:56 pm | 12.2 overs: WICKET! That’s a third by Pawan. Pawan Negi to Hodge, out Caught by Sehwag!! This is Negi’s day. Shorter delivery outside off, it should have gone for a boundary, but Hodge cuts it uppishly and straight to Sehwag at point. Easy catch for the Delhi skipper, Rajasthan lose another foreign player. Hodge c Sehwag b Pawan Negi 1(2) (RR 93/4 in 12.2 overs)Brad Hodge, right handed bat, comes to the crease 8:50 pm | 11.4 overs: WICKET! Yadav gets his first. Umesh Yadav to Owais Shah, out Caught by Naman Ojha!! Inspired bowling change by Sehwag. Length delivery on middle, Owais Shah gets across and looks to play it to fine leg, the ball lobs up off the glove behind the stumps. Naman Ojha gets under it and takes an easy catch. Rajasthan in a spot of bother! Owais Shah c Naman Ojha b Umesh Yadav 1(3) (RR 90/3 in 11.4 overs)Owais Shah, right handed bat, comes to the crease 8:45 pm | 10.5 overs: WICKET! Watson falls cheaply. Pawan Negi to Shane Watson, out Bowled!! Second wicket for Nadeem. Off stump goes for a walk. Slow and length delivery on the off stump, Shane Watson goes for a wild slog, across the line and misses it completely. The ball crashes into off stump. Shane Watson b Pawan Negi 8(9) [6s-1] (RR 87/2 in 10.5 overs)8:40 pm | 10 overs: RR are 80/1 at the stage with captain Dravid batting on 27 and new man Shane Watson on 8. The current run rate for Rajasthan Royals is a good 8 runs an over.Shane Watson, right handed bat, comes to the crease 8:32 pm | 8.4 overs: WICKET! The first one goes down for Rajasthan and it’s dangerman Rahane. Pawan Negi to Rahane, out Caught by Sehwag!! End of Rahane. Flatter delivery on the middle stump, Rahane went for the reverse sweep, hit it uppishly towards Sehwag at point, who nonchalantly picks it up from thin air. Negi has given the break-through, Rahane departs after good stand. Rahane c Sehwag b Pawan Negi 42(32) [4s-7] (RR 71/1 in 8.4 overs)advertisement8:25 pm | 6 overs: RR are 56/0 at the stage with captain Rahul Dravid (18) and his opening wicket partner Ajinkya Rahane (36) batting strongly in the middle. The CRR is a heady 9.33 runs an over and it’s definitely going to rise.8:04 pm | 0.4 overs: Irfan Pathan to Rahane, FOUR, back of a length delivery swinging in from middle stump, Rahane swivels in the crease, smashes it towards backward square leg for the first boundary.8:00 pm | Dravid and Rahane are at the crease. Dravid is on strike. Irfan Pathan will open the attackTeams Delhi Daredevils (Playing XI): Virender Sehwag(c), Mahela Jayawardene, Kevin Pietersen, Ross Taylor, Yogesh Nagar, Irfan Pathan, Naman Ojha(w), Morne Morkel, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Rahul Dravid(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson, Owais Shah, Brad Hodge, Shreevats Goswami(w), Ashok Menaria, Brad Hogg, Ankeet Chavan, Amit Singh, Pankaj SinghSehwag: We have played well in all the departments. Rajasthan is a very talented side and we need to play well. I always wanted to hit straight, but the bowlers are bowling a tight line in the tournament. We have a good team, Morkel and co have bowled well so far. I don’t mind bowling first on this wicket. We have won quite a few games chasing and we will go for it. Dravid: Last match was a tough loss, but the spirit in the team is good and we would like to get over with it quickly, Cooper is fractured unfortunately and will be out for 5 weeks. Watson comes back for us and that will be a big boost. The pitch is good for batting. We will bat first. It’s a strategy which works great for us. Watson comes in for Cooper. That’s the only change. 7:40 pm | TOSS – Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and elected to bat
Asian Games gold medallist athlete Pinki Pramanik, accused of being a male and currently in judicial custody for alleged rape, underwent a gender determination test on Tuesday at a North 24 Parganas district hospital, police said.A seven-member medical board was constituted at the Barasat sub-divisional hospital where the athlete underwent the test. The report, in a sealed cover, will be placed before a court on Wednesday.Pramanik has also been referred to the government-run SSKM Hospital here for further tests.”A seven-member medical team conducted several tests on her, the reports of which in a sealed envelope will be sent to the court. There are some other important tests like chromosomal and hormonal blood tests which have to be conducted to determine Pinki’s sexuality,” Chief Medical Officer of North 24 Parganas district Sukanta Sil said.”As we don’t have the infrastructure to conduct such tests in the district hospital, we have referred the case to SSKM where these tests will be conducted tomorrow (Wednesday),” added Sil.The medical team supervised the proceedings in the presence of court officials.Pramanik was arrested late Thursday night and remanded to 14 days’ judicial custody by a court Friday after the athlete’s live-in partner, a divorcee and a mother of one, filed a police complaint accusing the athlete of being a male who repeatedly “raped and tortured” her.Subsequent to the arrest, Pramanik was taken to a private nursing home for a medical check-up where the test reports claimed that the former athlete was indeed a male.advertisementPramanik, however, claimed innocence and said it was a conspiracy.Pramanik, who retired from athletics three years ago, won gold in the 4×400 metres relay at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha in Qatar. She was a silver medallist at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games the same year.The Eastern Railway, with which the athlete is a ticket collector, on Sunday suspended Pramanik following her remand to judicial custody.
No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Ronaldinho plays soccer exhibition with Chechnya leader But as usual, most focus will be on the 30-year-old Sharapova, who has struggled for top form and fitness since returning to tennis in April following her suspension for taking the banned substance meldonium.She fell in the third round at the China Open to Halep, who will be confirmed as number one for the first time on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next However, 15th-ranked Garcia has been carrying a thigh injury and combined with her reaching Sunday’s final of the China Open, she could yet choose to skip Tianjin.Sharapova, now ranked a lowly 104 in the world, could hardly have a harder opponent.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 openingGarcia is in the form of her life, winning the Wuhan Open last weekend and later Sunday playing new number one Simona Halep in the final in Beijing.Also taking part in Tianjin, which is near the Chinese capital, is the two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. 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 Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts during her women’s singles match against Simona Halep of Romania in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Maria Sharapova’s stop-start comeback from a 15-month doping ban takes her to the Chinese city of Tianjin this week and a tough draw against France’s on-form Caroline Garcia.The five-time Grand Slam champion and former number one from Russia has been paired with top seed Garcia in her opener at the Tianjin Open, where she was granted a wildcard.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans
Harris led Detroit with 11 points. Kevin Love had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland.ANOTHER BLOWOUTThe previous matchup between these teams wasn’t much different. The Cavs beat Detroit 128-96 on March 14 in Cleveland. That was the largest margin of victory by the Cavs against the Pistons — although Clevelandnearly broke that mark Monday.A BREATHERCleveland led 101-62 after three, and the top players for both teams sat out the final period. James ended up playing only 27:17 after surpassing 40 minutes in three of his previous five games.“I played with Michael Jordan when he was 39; he played 37 minutes a night. Karl Malone was 37 and played 38 minutes a night,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Everybody’s built different and if you’re one of the greats sometimes you’ve got to play and sometimes you get rest like tonight.”TIP-INSCavaliers: Cleveland still isn’t close to full strength. The Cavs were without Isaiah Thomas (right hip), Derrick Rose (left ankle sprain), Iman Shumpert (left knee effusion) and Tristan Thompson (left calf strain).Pistons: Jon Leuer (left ankle sprain) did not play. … Detroit’s six-game home winning streak was snapped. This was also the first time all season the Pistons lost the latter half of a back-to-back. They had been 3-0. … Andre Drummond moved into fifth place on the Pistons’ career list with 5,205 rebounds. Larry Foust had 5,200.UP NEXT James scored 16 of his 18 points in the first quarter and the Cavaliers made 11 3-pointers in the first half on the way to a 116-88 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. Cleveland led 73-46 at halftime thanks to an overwhelming shooting performance, an indication that Detroit’s stay atop the Central Division might not last much longer.The Pistons still lead the Cavs by a game, but Cleveland has won five straight and scored at least 110 points in eight of its last nine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“That was 48 minutes of game planning and execution right from the beginning,” James said. “They’ve been playing extremely good basketball. They were coming off a great win (Sunday) night in Minnesota, so we knew that they were going to come out here and try to give us their best shot, and had to be ready for that.”The Cavaliers led 27-22 when James went to the bench late in the first quarter. By the time he came back in, it was 50-30. Cleveland’s reserves ended up outscoring Detroit’s 26-8 in the first half. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Cavaliers: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.Pistons: At the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Cavs shot 62 percent from the field in the first two quarters and 11 of 17 from 3-point range. They finished the game 16 of 33 from beyond the arc.“I’m not upset at our guys. I didn’t see our guys quitting or anything like that,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We got a little bit shell shocked.”This had the feel of a big game before it started. Although there were still some empty seats at Little Caesars Arena, the Pistons’ new home seemed closer to full than on previous nights, and the attendance was announced as a sellout. The team played well on offense at the start. A 3-pointer by Avery Bradley put Detroit ahead 18-17.James, however, answered with two 3s and a turnaround jumper, and the Pistons weren’t able to keep up with Cleveland’s torrid shooting.“He definitely did set the tone,” Detroit’s Tobias Harris said. “Made some really tough, contested shots — 3s. Got himself going, got his team going, and then they were able to just pretty much fuel off that.”It was 36-23 after the first quarter, and the Cavs broke the game open at the start of the second. Channing Frye made back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 46-28.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Malditas save PH from shutout 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 Irving’s 47 lead Celtics past Mavericks to extend streak to 16 straight ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — An emphatic win over a first-place opponent had LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers talking confidently again.“We haven’t had a win like that in a very long time,” James said. “That’s what happens when we don’t let up.”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. View comments
LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “Can’t really tell you how, we just shot the ball badly,” said Baldwin, whose team went 3-of-10 in uncontested shots. “I thought we executed well in the first half.”And as Ateneo failed to find the bottom of the net on a consistent basis, the Tamaraws had a field day.FEU shot 31-of-63 from the field for 49 percentand converted 8-of-19 from deep.The Tamaraws also went 28-of-60, 47 percent, on their contested shots.“The big issue was our defense, FEU’s confidence was really great,” said Baldwin. “Almost all of their shots were contested and I don’t think our contests had any sort of vigor to them.”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 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 “Our defense seemed to lack the last 10 percent of effort that it needs to have an impact on a good offensive team and tonight FEU was a good offensive team. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “I think our confidence kind of went down,” said Baldwin after a 80-67 loss to the Tamaraws Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I hate to see that because with young kids you don’t ever want to see their confidence erode a little bit.”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 openingAteneo shot 26-of-71 from the field good for 37 percent and nearly half of those attempts were 3-pointers.The Blue Eagles chucked up 32 attempts from long distance and made just 10, but what made things difficult for the top seed were missing open shots. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ex-Blue Eagles Tolentino, Cani star for FEU in Final Four After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MOST READ Malditas save PH from shutout Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo rarely saw its shots fall against Far Eastern University in their Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.What did go down was, as head coach Tab Baldwin said, the team’s collective confidence.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “He wants to do so much more and he can’t,” Brown said. “He just hasn’t practiced or, recently, played. There was a rhythm and a fluid side of his game that he was searching for.”Dario Saric scored 17 points, Amir Johnson had 12 and Ben Simmons scored 10 for Philadelphia, which has lost five straight and nine of 10.Brown insisted his players haven’t been affected by the slump.“They understand the sky isn’t falling,” Brown said.Simmons echoed his coach’s assessment of the rotten run, which includes a triple-overtime loss against Oklahoma City.ADVERTISEMENT Embiid, Philadelphia’s leading scorer and rebounder, returned after missing the previous three games because of a sore lower back.“It wasn’t feeling the best but I really wanted to play tonight,” Embiid said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingEmbiid had 14 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes, but the 76ers lost for the 18th time in 19 meetings with the Raptors.Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said he could tell Embiid, who got a technical foul late in the third, was frustrated at not being able to perform better. LATEST STORIES View comments Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan high fives fans as he comes off court after scoring 29 points in his team’s 102-86 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in an NBA basketball game. APTORONTO — Joel Embiid’s return wasn’t enough to get the Philadelphia 76ers out of their recent rut.DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points, Serge Ibaka had 17 and the Toronto Raptors beat Philadelphia 102-86 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) for their 10th straight home victory.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “A rough few games,” Simmons said. “We just need to get back on track. Once we get that game under out belts, we’ll be fine. There’s no reason to panic.”Delon Wright matched his season high with 14 points while Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas each had 12 for the Raptors, who have won six straight overall and 12 of 13.Toronto is an NBA-best 12-1 at home and is 10-1 in December, second only to Golden State’s 10-0 mark this month.“I can see an air of confidence, especially here, and we’ve got to continue that,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.Embiid took Philadelphia’s first six shots of the game. He scored eight points in the opening quarter, but Ibaka had 13 for the Raptors. The teams were tied at 27 after the first.Ther 76ers made five of 15 field-goal attempts in the second and committed 10 turnovers that led to 15 Toronto points. Lowry and Valanciunas each scored eight points in the second, and the Raptors led 55-46 at halftime.DeRozan scored 16 points in the third, and Toronto closed the quarter on a 13-3 run, taking an 81-63 lead into the fourth.“You blink and they go whack, whack,” Brown said. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Man United collapse allows City to go 13 points clear in EPL Malditas save PH from shutout After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads
It is no longer a secret. In fact, India’s vulnerability in the closing stages of a hockey match is something that rivals bank on.And it has now become a habit for both the coach and the fans to hold their breath as the Indian hockey team tries to negotiate the final minutes of a match, they may be leading or even tied in.The last two games have once again established the Indian hockey team as ‘chokers’ in dying minutes. They conceded the winning goal to Belgium with about 12 seconds left on the clock and they did so again against England on Monday with 75 seconds left.Terry Walsh spoke of ‘crucial’ stages in the match and he could not have been referring to anything but the last few minutes when Indians seem most vulnerable. They seem to take their mind off the game and are virtually waiting for the hooter to go off. The ability to trap, to keep possession and play for last few seconds becomes a Herculean task for them.”We have lost the games in the crucial stages (meaning closing minutes) and I believe it is not something new. It has happened in the past but we need to get past that,” Walsh said.It has now become a problem of gigantic proportions. When asked if the fact they have been losing in ‘that stage’ is playing on their minds, Walsh said, “Probably.”It is something that Walsh has been working on. Before the team left for the Netherlands, he had talked about working on the psychological side of the players. He was quite clearly referring to ‘this’ aspect.advertisementMotivating a team after losing such games, as the ones against Belgium and England, is a tough ask for Walsh or for that matter, the skipper, Sardar Singh. But that is something they cannot give up on with matches coming up against Spain, Australia and Malaysia.After training on Tuesday morning, Walsh put up a brave face and said: “We are working on our strategy by analysing the mistakes made in the last two games and will try to change our game accordingly. These changes will also apply on rotation of players and goal scoring strategies. We are determined to give a great performance for the upcoming matches.”
The female lead in Shah Rukh Khan’s forthcoming Yash Raj film Fan is yet to be revealed but the Bollywood superstar says the movie is such that it does not require any big leading lady.The 48-year-old actor is currently shooting for the film and will be seen in a different avatar in the movie helmed by Band Baaja Baarat director Maneesh Sharma.”I have Fan with YRF and Maneesh. There are two girls in the film. It is a film where I don’t think you need a big lady star. It is cosy interesting, different film. It is one of the challenging films that I have done in 20 years. We are still discussing as to how we can take it ahead. It is a story of a fan of a movie star,” Shah Rukh told media.Shah Rukh Khan will be seen next in Happy New Year directed by Farah Khan.The actor has signed Rahul Dholakia’s next movie, Raees and Rohit Shetty’s next. He is also in talks for another movie but nothing has been finalised yet.”Raees it is a space I have never tried, it is a different film. Rahul Dholakia narrated the film to me and I liked it very much. They are cosy for me as an actor. Then I have Rohit’s film and another which I have not signed yet,” he said.Shah Rukh is gearing up for his Diwali release Happy New Year, which will see him reunite with his Main Hoon Naa and Om Shanti Om director Farah Khan.advertisementThe heist comedy also stars Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Deepika Padukone, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah and will hit theatres on October 24.Shah Rukh, who has produced the film via his Red Chillies Entertainment, said he plans to expand his production house and is also open to venturing into the regional space.”We want to expand and plan to make three-five films a year may be with me or without me but not 10-12. We have started the process. The film has to have quality, essence then only we will make it. We want to take time and make good quality films,” the Chennai Express star said.”I want to make a Marathi film. Rohit and I were talking about it but nothing concrete has happened. It is a good space. Not just Marathi but any other language film,” he added.
Ethiopia’s Tesfaye Abera prepares to cross the finish line to win the Mumbai Marathon.Ethiopia’s Tesfaye Abera, a rank outsider, and defending champion Dinknesh Mekash clinched the men’s and women’s titles respectively and the top prize of USD 41,000 in the 12th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in Mumbai on Sunday.Abera, basically a 15 and 21-km runner, made his maiden marathon run a memorable one by leaving his rivals – including several Kenyans and compatriot Dereje Debele – in his wake at the 32-km mark to storm to the finish in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 46 seconds, 14 seconds slower than the course record, reported PTI.Debele was second in 2:10:31 while 2007 world champion Luke Kibet of Kenya finished third in 2:10:57.Mekash, who won last year after having come in second in 2013, left the rest of the field behind at the halfway mark to win the women’s competition in 2:30:00, slower than the 2:28:08 and 2:28:46 she had clocked last year and in 2013.Ethiopian women runners took the first seven slots.India’s seasoned track athlete O P Jaisha, running her maiden marathon, and steeplechaser Lalita Babar, last year’s fastest Indian woman finisher, took the eighth and ninth slots with Jaisha also breaking a 19-year-old national mark in the process.Jaisha clocked 2:37:29, thus bettering the age-old national mark of 2:38:10 set by Vally Satyabhama in Chennai in December 21, 1995.Lalita, the 3,000m steeplechase bronze medal winner at last year’s Asian Games in Incheon, clocked 2:38:21 while Sudha Singh finished 11th in 2:42.12 and all three Indian women thus qualified for the August World Championship in Beijing by dipping under the 2:44 cut-off mark set by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).advertisementAmong the Indian men, last year’s topper Karan Singh retained his position as the best finisher by clocking 2:21:35 to finish overall 11th.Arjun Pradhan – Karan’s teammate from the Army Sports Institute, Pune – took the 12th spot clocking 2:22:22.Bahadur Singh Dhoni was the third best among Indian men clocking 2:22:41, to finish 13th overall.Six-foot, 4-inch tall Abera took control of the men’s race after being in the leading bunch of 8-9 runners till the last 10 kms.Keeping his speed between 18-20 km per hour, the 22-year-old Ethiopian – who came into this event after taking part in a 15-km race in The Netherlands – stepped on the gas to lead the rest by a wide margin.He was on course to dip under the two-year-old course record of 2:09:32 on the Marine Drive stretch, but constantly looked behind to see who was closing the gap and this cost him precious seconds.”I wanted to break the course record in my first marathon but unfortunately could not do so,” said the Ethiopian who has run quite a few half marathons.The race saw a few Kenyans drop out due to rising temeperatures and after being hit by a stomach bug, according to Elite Athletes co-ordinator Jose Hermens.Women’s champion Mekash said that after the 35-km mark her calf and back started aching.”I run in three marathons in a year – in China, Mumbai and Paris,” said the 29-year-old Ethiopian whose personal best is 2:25:09 clocked while ending up fourth in 2013 in Paris.Asian Games medalist Kavita Raut of ONGC clinched the women’s half marathon, her fourth road race in two months after recovering from a stress fracture in her leg, by clocking 1:19:50.The corresponding men’s title was clinched by last year’s winner Indrajeet Patel in 1:08:09.Results:Full marathon: Overall: Men: 1. T Abera (Eth) 2:09:46, 2.D Debele (Eth) 2:10:31; 3. Luke Kibet (Ken) 2:10:57.Women: 1. D Mekash (Eth) 2:30:00, 2. Kumeshi Sichala (Eth) 2:30:56, 3. Marta Megra (Eth) 2:31:45.Indian: Men: 1. Karan Singh 2:21:35, 2. Arjun Pradhan 2:22:22, 3. Bahadur Singh Dhoni 2:22:41.Women: 1. O P Jaisha 2:37:29, 2. Lalita Babar 2:38:21, 3.Sudha Singh 2:42:12Half marathon: Men: 1. Indrajeet Patel 1:08:09, Atwa Bhagat 1:08:11, 3. Govind Singh 1:08:14.Women: 1. Kavita Raut 1:19:50, 2. Eve Bugler (Britain) 1:22:18, 3. Supriya Patil 1:26:48.