Jack Rodwell isn’t the only free agent undergoing medical tests with Roma, as Marcel Buchel is also ‘auditioning’ for a contract. The Giallorossi are in the middle of an injury crisis, with long-term problems for Lorenzo Pellegrini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Amadou Diawara, Bryan Cristante and Davide Zappacosta. There is above all a lack of midfielders, so the club is going back on the market for free agents who can sign immediately rather than wait for the January transfer window. It has already been reported that English player Rodwell is in Rome for medical tests, but it seems he is not the only one. According to Il Messaggero newspaper, Liechtenstein international Buchel is also in the Italian Capital for a series of medicals. Coach Paulo Fonseca will decide over the next few days whether to sign one or both of these midfielders. Unlike Rodwell, Buchel spent practically his entire career in Italy with Siena, Cremonese, Juventus, Lanciano, Bologna, Verona and Empoli. He has 66 Serie A appearances under his belt, plus 80 in Serie B and 24 at Serie C level. 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/
Germany beat Uruguay 3-2 in the most hostly contested match at the FIFA World Cup, thus winning the third place here in Port Elizabeth. [See pics of the match]Paul the oracle octpus had tipped Germany to win this match and Spain tomorrow’s final against the Netherlands. [See pics of Paul the octopus]Thomas Mueller put Germany ahead with a goal in the 19th minute. Uruguay drew level nine minutes later with Edison Cavani’s strike.The score was 1-1 at half-time after which Diego Forlan scored in the 51st minute to put Uruguay ahead. The lead didn’t last long when Marcell Jansen headed one in 56th.Sami Khedira scored in the 82nd minute to give Germany the lead again. It all boiled down to a free kick for Forlan in the final play of the match.Forlan, who has been Uruguay’s hero in the Cup, hit the bar thus narrowly missing the chance to keep the game alive by taking it into extra time.Mueller and Forlan have thus finished their tournament with five goals each, level with Wesley Sneijder and David Villa. Having won the World Cup bronze in 2006 as well, Germany wanted to go out on a high against Uruguay, who had fought resolutely in this tournament.Germany’s march to the bronze round: beat Australia 4-0lost to Serbia 0-1beat Ghana 1-0R16: beat England 4-1 [Pics]QF: beat Argentina 4-0 [Pics]SF: lost to Spain 0-1 [Pics]Uruguay were beaten in the semifinals by the Netherlands and Germany by Spain.advertisementTheir march to the bronze round:drew with France 0-0beat South Africa 3-0beat Mexico 1-0R16: beat S Korea 2-1QF: beat Ghana 1-1 (4-2 P) [Pics]SF: lost to Netherlands 2-3 [Pics]One of the interests in this match was whether German striker Miroslav Klose could equal Ronaldo’s record of 15 World Cup goals.Klose, on 14 goals, failed to score and this may well be the 32-year-old’s final World Cup appearance.
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Actress Katrina Kaif could be a heartthrob of millions but she has also earned herself a sobriquet of being the “most dangerous Indian celebrity” in the cyber world.The actress has emerged as the most dangerous Indian celebrity online for year 2011 as the cyber criminals are using her name as a favourite key word that exposes computers to malicious software, according to a report by the internet security company McAfee.Fans looking for results on search engines using strings such as ‘name of celebrity’ combined with words like ‘free downloads’, ‘hot pictures’, ‘screen savers’, and ‘videos’ are at a risk of running themselves into websites with malicious software and online threats.McAfee researched popular culture’s most famous people to reveal the riskiest celebrity sportsmen, actors and politicians across the web to pick up the ‘most dangerous Indian celebrity.’ According to the report, Katrina is on top among the most dangerous celebrity-related key words in the Indian cyber space that expose computers to malicious software, leaving behind Deepika Padukone and Kareena Kapoor.”In a celebrity crazy country like India, cyber criminals find it very lucrative to use the names of popular figures as keywords to lure people to websites with malicious software.This year’s study found movie stars top the most dangerous list, while sports stars and politicians are among the safest,” Venkatasubrahmanyam Krishnapur, Senior Director, McAfee India, said in a statement.There is 10.26 percent possibility that the name of the British Indian actress and former model could lead the users to a risky web site, the report says.The list of ‘dangerous celebrities’ includes actors Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Aamir Khan and Shahrukh Khan.advertisement
Virender Sehwag got his wish of an improved batting performance on Friday as youngsters Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma pulled India out of a precarious position and drove them to victory.”I am pretty happy with their performance, especially Rohit’s. He had said in the press conference that he wanted to stay till the end, and he finished the game for us. Virat batted superbly – they both batted like mature veterans,” he told reporters after the match.The India captain defended his bowlers, who ended up conceding 269 despite having reduced the Windies to 170 for nine.”With the new ball, Umesh (Yadav) and Vinay (Kumar) bowled really well and took a lot of wickets, and then we had them at 170 for nine. But suddenly (Ravi) Rampaul came and started slogging and everything he hit was connecting well. The day belonged to Rampaul, he batted really well and deserves full credit. I tried everything but it didn’t work,” he said.” I am happy with the bowlers’ performance. Ashwin had an off-day, but that can happen to anyone.”Sehwag hasn’t really got going in the ODI series so far and struggled to time the ball on Friday. But he is not unduly worried.”I am not thinking about myself, my batting is natural. Sometimes you start hitting from the first ball, but I wasn’t connecting well. Everything was going to third man. But Ahmedabad is a different ground, a different day, so I’ll be fine.”Rampaul, who top-scored with 86, said he wasn’t surprised at his effort. “I didn’t surprise myself, I know I’m a capable batsman, and it was up to me to put a proper score on board. I played my natural game and it came off,” he said.advertisement
ALL FOR ONE: The teams at the ICC AwardsThe ICC Champions Trophy tournament, very frankly, is something of a freak. Alone among the cricket events, it remains unconquered by the behemoth of world cricket, Australia. There is much moaning about the amount of international cricket, there is much debate about,ALL FOR ONE: The teams at the ICC AwardsThe ICC Champions Trophy tournament, very frankly, is something of a freak. Alone among the cricket events, it remains unconquered by the behemoth of world cricket, Australia.There is much moaning about the amount of international cricket, there is much debate about the relevance of the Champions Trophy in a calendar crammed with one day fixtures. So, do the Australians really want it?Do kangaroos hop? Is Nicole Kidman a star? Does the sun rise in the east?Nuff said. The Aussies don’t play cricket because it is a great game of bat, ball and chivalry; they play because they intend to win. The question that needs an answer is-can they be stopped? More to the point, can the Indians stop them?Not so many months ago, Sourav Ganguly’s India could claim to be the second-best team in the world, the most worthy opponents to the Australians.Statistics of the performance of teams in the last 10 ODIsEven Brian Lara, who was touring South Africa at the time, turned India’s Test tour Down Under into a nostalgic memory, “I didn’t sleep too much on that tour. I was awake all night watching the Indians play-it was great watching them give it back.”But the evidence of the new season just begun tells another tale. Before the Champions Trophy India won four matches out of 11 played in the season, two of those being against lightweights UAE and Bangladesh.The dominance and consistency needed to become a genuine contender for the No.1 spot have thus far been missing in action.But the beauty of the Champions Trophy lies in how it gives everyone a chance. Four victories in a row seal the silverware but every match matters.The Champions Trophy singles out the sharpest team in the world, one that hits the ground running. More often than not, surprises have been par for the course with new talents dealing bold blows. Remember Yuvraj Singh in 2000?Statistics of ICC Champions Trophy at three different venuesClick here to EnlargeFor India and the world, the Champions Trophy will serve to establish a new world order. New Zealand would like to put the seal on their recent run of form, undefeated after nine matches. Sri Lanka have won 11 in a row but all wins were at home.If you went into a funk when India lost four in a row, spare a thought for the South African fan. Graeme Smith’s men have not tasted victory since February this year, losing 10 on the trot.It is a heavy fall for a team that once fashioned one-day cricket in its own image. For the first time in decades, the home team, England has found a talisman in Andrew Flintoff, who promises to rekindle their love for the short game after Test success.Pakistan have looked dangerous and organised, a rare combination for them. Earlier this summer, even as their Test game was going to pieces, the West Indies had enough in the one-day game to put England out of the Nat West final. Much is cooking in the cauldron of world cricket. Any minute now, the unexpected will begin to stir.advertisement
Mukul Mudgal, retired chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and an advisor to an independent ICC governance review committee, feels many of the 65 recommendations of the panel may be difficult to implement.Some recommendations by the Lord Woolf Committee – like having independent director on the ICC executive board, and giving more power to the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) affiliated member countries – are almost revolutionary, and experts feel they would be summarily rejected at the ICC annual conference in June.”Of course, some suggestions are radical and according to me it creates a situation somewhat analogical to the [UN] Security Council members, who have a right of veto, being and asked to forego the right veto in respect of some other thing,” Mudgal, whose job was to only provide the Indian point of view, told Mail Today.”So, it’s only a report. It’s not binding on the ICC. After all, it’s for the ICC to decide how it functions, whether they want to dilute their powers or not. It’s (the report) like a commission of inquiry act,” he stressed.Mudgal, 62, doesn’t want to commit on the implementation of the report. “It’s difficult to predict, frankly. But it’ll not be easy for somebody who has the power to give it up,” he said.”There are two points of view: the general of view and the other is of administration. Everything what the public thinks may not be practical. So, good administrators have to take a call taking into account public sentiments, not necessarily giving in to every demand. Many correct decisions are not often popular,” he pointed out. “It’s extremely important because the report, if implemented, would also affect India in the sense that it’s an ICC full member, a few FTP (Future Tours Programme) programmes not being bilateral but being approved. So, the Indian context was necessary.”advertisementMudgal, who headed the committee that re-drafted the National Sports (Development) Bill-2011, suggested that national boards should chalk their own itineraries instead of the ICC.”Why should an independent board be denied its right to choose its schedule? But ICC is totally controlling it,” he said, referring to a specific Woolf panel recommendation. “Remember the time when Australia and England never used to tour India. We got tours after so many years, even after performing well. At that time nobody heard the voice of India.”Alternately, Mudgal proposed a way to give more exposure to fledgling nations. “I suggested that suppose India is touring England then one ODI against Ireland must be made mandatory. There’s not much expenses involved,” he said. “Similarly, if Australia and England is touring India, Bangladesh should be invited to India for at least one match. Even Afghanistan could be invited for one match with England and one with India. This way the schedule is not disturbed, and younger players also get a chance.”The Woolf panel has also proposed the top of the ICC pyramid be split into a president, who would have an “ambassadorial” role, and the additional post of chairman, who would lead the Board. When pointed out that former BCCI president Shashank Manohar once declined to accept the top ICC post but would, according to sources, not be averse to it once the ICC constitution is amended, Mudgal said he would be an “outstanding” choice.”He’d be a very good choice. Whatever I’ve heard of him – about his impartiality, fairness and integrity – he’s supposed to be an impeccably fair person. If he comes to the ICC, he would be outstanding,” he said. Mudgal, an ardent cricket fan, is pained to see the Indian team’s performance in Australia. He suggested: “Why not take 22 players instead of 15. The BCCI can afford it. It’ll be valuable exposure to our youngsters and in case of injuries immediately replacements would be available.”
India would look to continue their recovery from the horror tour of Australia while Sachin Tendulkar would aim to the get the burden of a 100th international ton off his back when the team squares off against Bangladesh in an Asia Cup league match here on Friday.The 50-run victory over Sri Lanka was just the kind of start India needed in the continental tournament after being quite literally thrashed during an over-three-month-long tour of Australia.The team’s batsmen, who were hopping about in misery on the pacy tracks Down Under, found comfort in the familiar sub-continental environs and made enough for their bowlers to come through despite leaking runs early on an unhelpful pitch.But one man, whose woes seem unending is Tendulkar. The 38-year-old right-hander, who has almost every international record under his belt, has been without a hundred for over a year now.The much-awaited 100th international ton has proved so elusive that it has raised concerns as to whether the stat is hampering Tendulkar’s form to an extent and the seasoned cricketer would be desperate to get the monkey off his back.Tendulkar’s determination can be gauged from the fact that he turned up for an optional net session on Wednesday where only three of India’s 15-member squad turned up.Tendulkar has gone 33 century-less innings, which is just one less than his longest barren spell ever.Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli have successfully carried their good one-day form from Australia to this tournament as well and both scored their 10th international centuries to make that point against Sri Lanka.advertisementSkipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni also got some much-needed feel of the conditions when he pushed himself up the order against the islanders to fire an entertaining 46-run knock.Suresh Raina too seemed to be recovering from the disaster Down Under in the batting-friendly conditions here.It will be interesring to see if Manoj Tiwary, who did not play a single ODI in Australia, gets a chance to play.On the bowling front, the growing confidence of comeback pacer Irfan Pathan, who grabbed four wickets against Sri Lanka, is a massive plus for India. But given that express pace is missing from the attack, the bowlers would have to rely on their willow-wielding counterparts to bat oppositions out of the game.Despite being overwhelming favourites, India cannot afford to be complacent given Bangladesh’s past record of being giant-killers.They gave Pakistan a scare in the tournament-opener, showing they are quite a handful in front adoring home fans.Tamim Iqbal and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan batted well against Pakistan but the home team would expect stronger performances from the likes of skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and Nazimuddin.Their top bowler Mashrafe Mortaza would also be expected to tighten up against a formidable Indian line-up, which is known to flourish in sub-continental conditions.”We are confident about the next game against India and we are looking forward to do something good. It would be good game if we can restrict India within 260 to 265 runs on this wicket and I’m confident that’s possible for us,” said all-rounder Nasir Hossain.On the chances of senior India batsman Sachin Tendulkar scoring his elusive 100th international hundred against Bangladesh, Nasir came up with an interesting reply: “A good ball is a good ball for everyone irrespective of whether Tendulkar is playing it or not.”Teams (from):India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Manoj Tiwary, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Ravindra Jadeja, Praveen Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Rahul Sharma, R Vinay Kumar.Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain; wk), Abdur Razzak, Anamul Haque, Elias Sunny, Imrul Kayes, Jahurul Islam, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Nasir Hossain, Nazimuddin, Nazmul Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Shahadat Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal.Match starts at 1.30 pm (IST).
HISTORY ON WHEELS: Ravi Prakash and the gleaming LanchesterIt is a real beauty. All of five metres long, the sky-blue sheen of its sleek body is accentuated by the glowing rays of the evening sun. The look is sporty, even trendy, but the bronze badge beneath the bonnet reveals its,HISTORY ON WHEELS: Ravi Prakash and the gleaming LanchesterIt is a real beauty. All of five metres long, the sky-blue sheen of its sleek body is accentuated by the glowing rays of the evening sun. The look is sporty, even trendy, but the bronze badge beneath the bonnet reveals its vintage: 1928, Birmingham, England.A four-door, sports boat-tail, the Lanchester Straight 8 is a unique model. One of its kind in India and among 11 the world over, it is the oldest Lanchester in running condition today. Its bug-eyed, hoodless appearance was so unorthodox that the directors of the Lanchester Motor Company in Birmingham feared it would be spurned.This particular item was once the proud possession of Motilal Nehru, politician and father of Jawaharlal Nehru. It has changed many hands since-from Motilal to the governor-general of the Madras Presidency to the late car collector C. Ravi Kumar and then to surgeon Ravi Prakash.Karnataka-BangalorePresident of the Karnataka Vintage and Classic Car Club, 44-year-old Prakash has an enviable collection of 36 vintage cars, including a 1915 Ford T model, a 1937 Sunbeam Talbot and a 1961 Jaguar at his sprawling farm near Bangalore. But unarguably, it is the unique Lanchester that stands out in the entire fleet. Not without reason.For the past five years, Prakash – with help from his team consisting of wife Sabena, daughters Rupali and Shefali and a genius of a mechanic known simply as D’Souza – has done all that he can to restore the machine that was shipped to India in 1930.When he bought the vehicle from Kumar in 1999, it was a decrepit machine unused for 13 years. “Restoring the piece of history,” as Prakash puts it, “was not easy.” He trawled the Internet for parts, frequented flea markets and called friends and other contacts in England.advertisementThe efforts paid off with people like Chris Clark, author of the authoritative Lanchester Legacy, taking a personal interest in Prakash’s drive and ensuring that he got the precious bronze and metal badges which were with the exclusive Daimler & Lanchester Club.Prakash spent nearly Rs 8 lakh on its restoration, so it doesn’t matter now that it gives a royal mileage of 2 km to a litre of petrol.The Lanchester will soon be chugging along on a special trip touching the landmarks associated with Jawaharlal Nehru.Will any of the statesman’s descendants, part of the ruling family at the Centre, be hitching a ride? Prakash smiles. He is not telling.
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused to restrain cricketer Sachin Tendulkar from taking oath as a Rajya Sabha member on a PIL seeking quashing of his nomination to the Upper House.The court, however, asked the Centre to respond to the PIL by July 4, the next date of hearing.A bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw dismissed the application for stay of Sachin’s oath ceremony, but asked Additional Solicitor General (ASG) A S Chandhiok to seek instructions from the government and inform the court by the next date of hearing on the PIL.”How is this sports category covered while nominating a sportsperson to the Rajya Sabha?” the bench queried and asked the ASG to reply on this issue.Chandhiok argued that the power has been exercised by the President of India and the court cannot interfere in the matter.The petitioner Ram Gopal Singh Sisodia, a former Delhi MLA, had challenged the nomination on the ground that Sachin does not possess any of the qualifications prescribed under Article 80 of the Constitution for being nominated to the Rajya Sabha.Appearing for the petitioner, advocate R K Kapoor submitted that the Constitution allowed the government to select from only four categories – arts, science, literature and social science. The selection of a sportsperson was unconstitutional, he said.On May 14, the Supreme Court had refused to quash 39-year-old batting maestro’s nomination to the Upper House and had asked Sisodia to rather approach the high court with his plea.advertisementIn his petition, the former Delhi MLA had raised several questions, including whether a person can be nominated as a Rajya Sabha member under clause 1(a) read with clause (3) of Article 80 of the Constitution even if he does not have special knowledge or practical experience as enumerated.The petition has asked if a nomination made beyond the categories as specified under Article 80 (3) is not liable to be declared as an invalid and illegal nomination?”That in view of these facts and circumstances, the petitioner has filed the Civil Writ Petition before this Hon?ble Court since there is a clear violation of the provisions of Article 14 (equality of law), 16(1) (equality in public employment), 51A (fundamental duties), read with Article 300 A (persons not to be deprived of property except by law) and Article 80 of the Constitution,” the petition has said.Making a reference to certain financial rights and other privileges of members, it has said, “Tax payers money cannot go into the pockets of those who are not eligible to be nominated as members of the Rajya Sabha. The petitioner is an income-tax payee and the money contributed by citizens must be spent for constitutional purposes only.”
View comments Butler leads balanced Timberwolves past Suns Both offenses perked up in the second quarter, with the Blazers shooting 52.2 percent (12 for 23) and the Lakers not far behind at 47.6 percent (10 of 21). The Lakers held a 49-44 lead at halftime despite McCollum and Napier combining for 17 points in the second after making all seven shots from the field.Randle had just checked into the game when he inadvertently backhanded Jusuf Nurkic in the face on a layup. Nurkic was down on the court for several minutes holding his face.Nurkic had four points, two rebounds and one assist before exiting, but did not score again despite returning late in the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Kyle Kuzma and Jordan Clarkson each scored 18 for the Lakers, who were missing ailing forward Brandon Ingram. Ball had 10 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists, and Josh Hart added 11 points and 10 rebounds.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed a 3 with seven seconds remaining for Los Angeles.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 hostingHarkless and Zach Collins combined for the Blazers’ first 11 points to open the fourth quarter, with Collins’ turnaround leaner putting Portland ahead 74-73 with 10:17 left.Portland used a 10-2 run over the final 1:38 of the third quarter to tie the game. Napier hit a 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left to make it 70-all and missed a shot at the buzzer after stealing the ball from Julius Randle. 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 The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Malditas save PH from shutout Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ 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. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game. APLOS ANGELES — Maurice Harkless completed a go-ahead three-point play with 21.4 seconds remaining and the Portland Trail Blazers ended a three-game losing streak by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 95-92 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Harkless, who scored the final four points for the Blazers and finished with 22, made a jump shot through contact after Lonzo Ball hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 91 with 1:45 remaining. Shabazz Napier added 21 points and CJ McCollum had 17 for Portland, which played without injured star Damian Lillard.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
“I knew that we can beat Brisbane since the day we became champions (in the PFL),” said Schrock. “I started thinking and believing about the win against Shan and Brisbane during holidays.”Maranon said playing free from the burden of expectation proved key for the squad.“We went to enjoy the experience and didn’t put ourselves under any undue pressure, that was the point,” he said. “As a result, the atmosphere among the team was very relaxed and that was reflected on the pitch.”Tianjin poses a more difficult test for Ceres with its slew of Chinese internationals and a couple of high profile players in Alexander Pato and Axel Witsel.But Schrock said the mindset will not change even against stronger opposition.ADVERTISEMENT BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANPhilippines Football League champion Ceres Negros’ stunning upset of Brisbane Roar sent shockwaves in world football on Tuesday night, but for the Bacolod club, the triumph was a reward for the commitment and work put in by the players in an effort to enhance the country’s reputation in Asia.Making their debut in the AFC Champions League preliminary round, the Busmen came from a goal down to beat the Roar, 3-2, in a result described by Australian pundits as “embarrassing” for the third place team of the A-League last season.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Karatekas seek swift end to PKF controversy 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 “We will show them respect as all the other teams we faced, but we have to be fearless and with a clear belief,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid View comments The Busmen travel to China to face Tianjin Quianjian on Tuesday in a playoff with the winner advancing to the group stage. No Filipino club has gotten this far in the most prestigious club competition in the continent.But for Ceres, the rise has been remarkable considering that the club was just formed in 2012 and played in the now defunct AFC President’s Cup where it failed to progress past the group stage.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 hosting“We absolutely deserve the win, and we as a team are so proud of this achievement,” said Ceres midfielder Stephan Schrock. “This is the biggest success for Philippine club history, and I think also the biggest upset in the history of Australian football.”Two goals from Bienve Maranon and another striker from Omid Nazari proved enough for the Busmen to overcome the Roar, prompting the Australian club to apologize for its performance. Even after a tough outing against Shan United of Myanmar, Schrock said the Busmen never wavered in their belief that they can create a stir in the tournament. SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim
‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Pasaol, playing for Marinerong Pilipino in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, faced his longtime collegiate coach, now serving as general manager for Centro Escolar University.CEU beat Marinerong Pilipino, 104-93, in its debut match.Rod Ebondo paced the Scorpions with 31 points and nine rebounds while Judel Fuentes added 20, including five crucial points in the homestretch.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 hostingPasaol said their time away from each other won’t change the kind of relationship they have as they exchanged banter before the game at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.“Manong even kidded that my butt is getting hot sitting on the bench,” the forward related. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ceres eyes huge upset vs Tianjin 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Chris dela Peña paced Batangas-EAC (0-2) with 14 points. —RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETGAMBOA-ST. CLARE 104—Jackson 30, Pare 18, Ambuludto 13, Dionisio 9, Hallare 9, Bitoon 8, Rubio 6, Rebugio 6, Penaredondo 3, Acuno 2, Alcober 0, Fontanilla 0, Jumaquio 0.BATANGAS-EAC 81—Dela Peña 14, Maguliano 13, De Joya 9, E. Mendoza 8, Laude 7, Diego 7, J. Mendoza 6, Bautista 5, Altamirano 4, Tampoc 4, Martin 0, Pate 0.Quarters: 20-21, 53-38, 81-59, 104-81 BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives LATEST STORIES Marinerong Pilipino’s Gab Banal (right) draws a foul from CEU’s Joseph Manlagit in their D-League match Monday .—AUGUST DELA CRUZWangs-Letran stays unscathed after second win Alvin Pasaol admitted he felt weird seeing his former coach Derrick Pumaren on the other side.“I miss him,” Pasaol said on Monday, the first time they were on opposing ends after Pumaren’s departure from University of the East last year.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais He may be away from Pumaren and his job may be a lot different from his role with the Red Warriors, but Pasaol knows the veteran mentor is always watching him.For now, he’s keeping the faith in coach Koy Banal whose Skippers dropped to 1-2.“I still need to learn coach Koy’s system that’s why I haven’t got much playing time yet,” said the 22-year-old Pasaol.In another match, Wangs Basketball-Letran overcame a 16-point deficit to pull off an 83-82 win over Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian and stay unbeaten in two starts.Che’Lu-SSC dropped to 1-1, the same record of Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare which routed Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College, 104-81, in the opener.Trevis Jackson scored 30 points while Malian big man Mohammed Pare got 18 points and 11 boards for the Coffee Lovers, who led by as many as 31 points, 99-68, late in the game.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
This Oct. 1937 file photo shows Federal Agent Walter Walsh during a demonstration of him as he takes aim in a mirror. APWalter R. Walsh, who captured gangsters as an FBI agent in the 1930s and went on to train Marine Corps snipers and become the longest-lived Olympian, has died.Walsh died on Tuesday at his home in Arlington, Virginia, his son Gerald Walsh confirmed Thursday. Walsh, who would have turned 107 on Sunday, had suffered a minor heart attack a few weeks ago and his health deteriorated, Gerald Walsh said.Walsh, who first honed his shooting skills by picking clothespins off a clothesline with a BB gun as a child, began his FBI career in 1934 and was soon chasing gangsters across the United States. On one day in 1935, he helped capture gangster Arthur “Doc” Barker in Chicago and fatally shot a second gangster, Russell “Rusty” Gibson.Two years later, Walsh was in Bangor, Maine, on the trail of the Brady Gang. Tipped off that the gang planned to return to a sporting goods store to stock up on weapons, the FBI set up a stakeout. Walsh’s role was to pose as a salesman, and when gang member James Dalhover came inside, Walsh arrested him. He then confronted and fatally shot a second gang member, Clarence Lee Shaffer Jr., but not before being hit in the chest and hand. Also killed in the shootout was Alfred Brady, the FBI’s “Public Enemy number 1.”Walsh joined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1938 and became active duty in 1942, training snipers in North Carolina. In 1948 he competed in the London Olympics, placing 12th in the men’s 50-meter free pistol event at age 41. Though he didn’t medal, Walsh went on to hold an Olympic record.advertisementIn 2013, at the age of 105 and 321 days, he set a record for longest-lived Olympian, eclipsing a record set by gymnast Rudolph Schrader. He was also the FBI’s oldest retired agent.Walsh was born May 4, 1907, in New Jersey. He got his first rifle, a .22-caliber Mossberg, when he was about 12 according to a profile in the American Rifleman. By the time he graduated from Rutgers University’s law school he had won a series of honors. He continued to shoot until recently, his son said.”Sunday if you could have got somebody to take him to the range he probably would have gone. The last thing he was shooting was shotgun because the pistol was getting a little hard for him to hold as steady as he used to,” Gerald Walsh said.In addition to his son Gerald, Walsh is survived by another son, Walter Walsh Jr., and three daughters: Kathleen Reams, Linda Walsh and Rosemary Haas. His wife, Kathleen Barber, predeceased him.
Punjab won the toss and elected to field against DelhiWelcome to the coverage of the Indian Premier League 2014, Match 45 between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils from the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi.Full IPL Coverage Kings XI Punjab defeated Delhi Daredevils by four wickets with two balls to spare at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi. Both teams exchange pleasantries, the two young Indians walk back to a happy dug-out. Dhawan just went on his knees and did a twirling wrist pump. Punjab seem to find an unlikely hero in every match. If it was Vohra and Saha in the last match, it is Akshar Patel and Rishi Dhawan in this game. After getting the prized scalp of Pietersen, Patel followed that with a fine knock of 42. Vohra and Sehwag get them off to a bright start as the pair added 67 runs for the first wicket. They had a slight hiccup in the middle, but Patel had decent partnerships with Saha, Bailey and Dhawan to see the team through. Only Tahir and Duminy troubled the batsmen, they picked up 5 wickets between them. The rest of the bowling was quite poor and so was the fielding. Punjab have booked a place in the play-offs with this win and Delhi remain at the bottom of the table.That’s sums up ANOTHER POOR PERFORMANCE from Delhi!!Preity Zinta is ALL EXCITED on the sidelines here!!19.4 overs: FOUR!! Rishi Dhawan rocks back and clubs it over midwicket for a boundary. Dhawan scores the WINNING RUNS for Punjab!! advertisementWayne Parnell will bowl the FINAL OVER for Delhi. It’s 9 off 6 for Punjab!! With Akshar Patel(41) and Rishi Dhawan(0) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 156/5 after 19 overs.TWO RUNS off the over!!Rishi Dhawan comes to the crease for Punjab.18.3 overs: That’s OUT!! Imran Tahir has got George Bailey out caught at deep midwicket. Bailey fails to pick the googly and mistimes it straight down the throat of Jaydev Unadkat for a simple catch. George Bailey departs after scoring six runs off seven balls. BIG WICKET for Delhi!! With Akshar Patel(39) and George Bailey(6) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 154/5 after 18 overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!17.5 overs: SIX!! Akshar Patel takes it on the full and tonks it over long-off for the maximum. Patel TURNS THE HEAT on Delhi!! With Akshar Patel(31) and George Bailey(4) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 144/5 after 17 overs.TWELVE RUNS off the over!!15.6 overs: FOUR!! Akshar Patel waits for it and clips it towards fine leg for another boundary.15.1 overs: FOUR!! Akshar Patel goes on the backfoot and crashes the cut towards third man for a boundary. With Akshar Patel(18) and George Bailey(0) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 127/4 after 15 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!George Bailey comes to the crease for Kings XI Punjab.That WICKET SHOULD BE GIVEN to Parnell instead of Shami!!14.6 overs: OUT!! Mohammed Shami has got Wriddhiman Saha out caught at short cover. Saha leans forward and punches it towards Wayne Parnell who collects it and appeals for a catch. The umpires were confused as it appeared to have bumped off the surface but the third umpire ruled Saha out. Wriddhiman Saha departs after scoring 13 runs off 13 balls with a boundary. 14.2 overs: FOUR!! Akshar Patel rocks back and crashes the cut towards third man for a boundary. With Akshar Patel(13) and Wriddhiman Saha(13) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 121/4 after 14 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!13.1 overs: FOUR!! Wriddhiman Saha reaches out and slices it over backward point for a boundary. A MUCH-NEEDED boundary for Punjab!! With Akshar Patel(12) and Wriddhiman Saha(8) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 114/4 after 13 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!! Jaydev Unadkat comes back into the attack for Delhi Daredevils. With Akshar Patel(6) and Wriddhiman Saha(1) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 100/4 after 11 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!10.3 overs: FOUR!! Akshar Patel reaches out and heaves it through extra cover for a boundary. With Akshar Patel(1) and Wriddhiman Saha(1) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 95/4 after 10 overs.Akshar Patel comes to the crease for Punjab.JP Duminy is ALL PUMPED UP here!!9.5 overs: That’s OUT!! JP Duminy has bowled David Miller on a flighted delivery. Miller was looking to go over midwicket but misses it as the ball crashes onto the stumps. David Miller departs after scoring two runs off six balls. Preity Zinta is ABSOLUTELY STUNNED here!! advertisementWith David Miller(0) and Wriddhiman Saha(10) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 92/3 after nine overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!Wriddhiman Saha comes to the crease for Kings XI Punjab.8.6 overs: OUT!! Imran Tahir has bowled Glenn Maxwell on a flighted delivery. Maxwell was looking to play down the wrong line but gets beaten with the turn as the ball clips the off-stump. Glenn Maxwell departs after scoring 14 runs off 11 balls with a six. BIG WICKET for Delhi!! With David Miller(0) and Glenn maxwell(10) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 85/2 after eight overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!David Miller comes to the crease for Kings XI Punjab.7.5 overs: OUT!! JP Duminy has got Virender Sehwag out caught at sweeper cover. Sehwag chases the wide delivery and slices it straight down throat of Manoj Tiwary who takes a good catch running forward. Virender Sehwag departs after scoring 23 runs off 22 balls with two boundaries and a six. Another BLOW for Punjab!!7.4 overs: SIX!! Virender Sehwag reaches out and clubs it over sweeper cover for the maximum. JP Duminy comes into the attack for Delhi Daredevils. With Virender Sehwag(16) and Glenn maxwell(7) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 75/1 after seven overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!6.5 overs: SIX!! Glenn Maxwell gets a big stride forward and sends it deep into the stands over the cow corner for the maximum. Maxwell GETS TO WORK straightaway!!Glenn Maxwell comes to the crease for Punjab.Imran Tahir STRIKES IN HIS 1ST OVER for Delhi!!6.2 overs: That’s OUT!! Imran Tahir has got Manan Vohra out caught at long-off. Vohra was looking to smack it out of the park but fails to get the elevation right as Murali Vijay takes a simple catch under the fence. Manan Vohra departs after scoring 42 runs off 19 balls with four boundaries and three sixes. First sign of spin, Imran Tahir comes into the attack for Delhi. It’s Tahir vs Viru here!! With Virender Sehwag(15) and Manan Vohra(42) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 66/0 after six overs.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!! Preity Zinta ENJOYED that one!!5.2 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra picks the length early and smacks it towards the cow corner for another boundary. That NEARLY CLEARED the fence!!5.1 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra hangs back and steers it past short third man for a boundary. Vohra is in SUPERB FORM!! With Virender Sehwag(14) and Manan Vohra(33) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 55/0 after five overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!First change, Jaydev Unadkat comes into the attack for Delhi. With Virender Sehwag(11) and Manan Vohra(28) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 46/0 after four overs.THIRTEEN RUNS off the over!!3.6 overs: SIX!! Manan Vohra gets a big stride forward and smashes it back over the bowler’s head for another maximum. Vohra is TURNING IT ON for Punjab!!3.5 overs: SIX!! Manan Vohra rocks back and hoicks it over extra cover for the maximum. BRILLIANT SHOT from the youngster!! advertisementWith Virender Sehwag(11) and Manan Vohra(16) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 33/0 after three overs.SIXTEEN RUNS off the over!!2.5 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra swings it again but gets an inside edge past the stumps for a boundary. Parnell was REALLY UNLUCKY there!!2.4 overs: SIX!! Manan Vohra stands tall and bludgeons it over mid-off for the maximum. Vohra is TAKING ON Parnell here!!2.3 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra flays the exquisite cover drive and earns a well deserved boundary. With Virender Sehwag(11) and Manan Vohra(2) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 17/0 after two overs.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!! 1.4 overs: FOUR!! Virender Sehag opens the face of his bat and runs it towards third man for a boundary. 1.1 overs: FOUR!! Virender Sehwag reaches out and heaves it over covers for the first boundary in the innings. CRACKING SHOT by Viru!!Mohammed Shami will bowl from the other end for Delhi Daredevils. SIX RUNS off the over!! Virender Sehwag and Manan Vohra are out in the middle for Kings XI Punjab while Wayne Parnell will start the proceedings for Delhi Daredevils. Delhi Daredevils scored 164 runs at the loss of seven wickets after batting first against Kings XI Punjab at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi. DK carried on to notch up a typically busy fifty despite receiving little support at the other end. Hendricks, coming in for the more illustrious Mitch, shone with three wickets. More heartening for Punjab would be Sandeep’s return to form after a pasting at the hands of Hyderabad.That’s the END OF INNINGS for Delhi!!FOUR RUNS off the over!!19.6 overs: Manoj Tiwary works it through covers and steals a single. Akshar Patel will bowl the FINAL OVER for Punjab.FOUR RUNS off the over!!Mohammed Shami comes to the crease for Delhi.18.4 overs: OUT!! Beuran Hendricks has got Wayne Parnell out caught at deep midwicket. Parnell tonked it looking for the big shot but sends it straight into the hands of Glenn Maxwell. Wayne Parnell departs after scoring two runs off two balls.Wayne Parnell comes to the crease for Delhi.18.1 overs: That’s OUT!! Beuran Hendricks has got Dinesh Karthik out caught at deep square leg. Karthik was looking for the big shot but holes out to Rishi Dhawan who takes it comfortably. Dinesh Karthik departs after scoring 69 runs off 44 balls with seven boundaries and three sixes. BIG BLOW for Delhi!!ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!17.6 overs: FOUR!! Manoj Tiwary takes it on the full and slices it over point for a boundary. With Dinesh Karthik(61) and JP Duminy(15) at the crease, Delhi Daredevils are currently at 134/2 after 16 overs.THIRTEEN RUNS off the over!!15.4 overs: SIX!! Dinesh Karthik takes it on the full and smashes it straight into the sightscreen for the maximum. DK KEEPS THEM COMING for Delhi!!15.3 overs: FOUR!! Dinesh Karthik flays the slog sweep and sends it racing towards square leg for a boundary. With Dinesh Karthik(50) and JP Duminy(13) at the crease, Delhi Daredevils are currently at 121/2 after 15 overs.SEVENTEEN RUNS off the over!!14.5 overs: Dinesh Karthik gets forward and punches it towards long-on for a single. That’s FIFTY for DK!!14.4 overs: FOUR!! Dinesh Karthik rocks back and thumps it over midwicket for another boundary.14.3 overs: SIX!! Dinesh Karthik gets a big stride forward and sends it soaring over long-off for the maximum. That was a MERE PUSH from DK!!14.1 overs: FOUR!! JP Duminy goes on the backfoot and clips it towards fine leg for a boundary. With Dinesh Karthik(37) and JP Duminy(4) at the crease, Delhi Daredevils are currently at 99/2 after 13 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!12.2 overs: FOUR!! Dinesh Karthik makes room and slaps it wide of backward point for a boundary. With Dinesh Karthik(32) and JP Duminy(2) at the crease, Delhi Daredevils are currently at 92/2 after 12 overs.11.1 overs: FOUR!! Dinesh Karthik swivels across and scoops it towards long leg for a boundary.That’s a WICKET-MAIDEN from Patel!!JP Duminy comes to the crease for Delhi.10.3 overs: OUT!! Akshar Patel has bowled Kevin Pietersen on a flighted delivery. Pietersen leans forward to defend but gets beaten with the sharp turn as the ball makes a mess of the stumps. Kevin Pietersen departs after scoring 49 runs off 32 balls with six boundaries and a six. BIG BLOW for Delhi!! With Dinesh Karthik(23) and Kevin Pietersen(46) at the crease, Delhi Daredevils are currently at 78/1 after nine overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!8.1 overs: FOUR!! Dinesh Karthik gets on top of it and flays the cut towards third man for a boundary. That was WAY TOO WIDE from Dhawan!! With Dinesh Karthik(17) and Kevin Pietersen(45) at the crease, Delhi Daredevils are currently at 71/1 after eight overs.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!6.6 overs: FOUR!! Kevin Pietersen leans into the drive and sends it racing towards sweeper cover for another boundary. BACK-TO-BACK boundaries for KP!!6.5 overs: FOUR!! Kevin Pietersen hangs back and crashes the cut past point for a blazing boundary. Rishi Dhawan comes into the attack for Kings XI Punjab. With Dinesh Karthik(14) and Kevin Pietersen(32) at the crease, Delhi Daredevils are currently at 55/1 after six overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!! 5.1 overs: FOUR!! Dinesh Karthik makes room and hammers it through extra cover for a boundary.First sign of spin, Akshar Patel comes into the attack for Kings XI Punjab. With Dinesh Karthik(8) and Kevin Pietersen(31) at the crease, Delhi Daredevils are currently at 47/1 after five overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!4.5 overs: SIX!! Dinesh Karthik bends down and smacks it over deep square leg for the maximum. DK GETS INTO ACTION now!! With Dinesh Karthik(0) and Kevin Pietersen(30) at the crease, Delhi Daredevils are currently at 37/1 after four overs.EIGHTEEN RUNS off the over!!3.6 overs: SIX!! Kevin Pietersen hangs back and hooks it over deep square leg for the maximum. KP is ON FIRE!!3.4 overs: FOUR!! Kevin Pietersen reaches out and slices it towards third man for another boundary. POOR LINE from Hendricks!!3.2 overs: FOUR!! Kevin Pietersen goes on the frotfoot and drills it through covers for a boundary. With Dinesh Karthik(0) and Kevin Pietersen(12) at the crease, Delhi Daredevils are currently at 19/1 after three overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!! Dinesh Karthik comes to the crease for Delhi.2.3 overs: That’s OUT!! Sandeep Sharma has got Murali Vijay out caught at deep square leg. Vijay goes for the pull and gets a top-edge that goes miles in the air while Hendricks sprints back to collect a brilliant catch. Murali Vijay departs after scoring five runs off eight balls with a boundary. EARLY BLOW for Delhi!! With Murali Vijay(5) and Kevin Pietersen(6) at the crease, Delhi Daredevils are currently at 11/0 after two overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!! 1.2 overs: FOUR!! Kevin Pietersen rocks back and clouts the pull over midwicket for a boundary.Beuran Hendricks will bowl from the other end for Kings XI Punjab.SIX RUNS off the over!!0.5 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay leans into the drive and sends it scurrying through covers for the first boundary in the innings. GORGEOUS SHOT from Vijay!!Murali Vijay and Kevin Pietersen are out in the middle for Delhi Daredevils while Sandeep Sharma will start the proceedings for Kings XI Punjab.TEAM NEWS: Punjab have Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, George Bailey and Beuran Hendricks as the overseas players in their Playing XI. On the other hand, Delhi will play Kevin Pietersen, Imran Tahir, Wayne Parnell and JP Duminy as the overseas players in their Playing XI today. TOSS: Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to field against Delhi Daredevils. Team Profiles:Kings XI Punjab:The 2008 semi-finalists, Kings XI Punjab, have failed to perform consistently throughout the IPL history. After failing to make the playoffs for two years in a row(2011 and 2012), The Mohali-team has roped in former Indian cricketer Sanjay Bangar as their head coach alongside Joe Dawes as their bowling coach. The Australian star George Bailey will lead the new-look yet promising unit for Kings XI Punjab this season.In a desperate bid to yield some positive results this season, Kings XI splashed it all to secure some of the biggest names in limited-overs cricket during the IPL Auction this year.Kings XI skipper George Bailey, Virender Sehwag and Shaun Marsh are amongst the mainstays of the team’s batting line-up, while all-rounders Thisara Perera, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson are capable of moulding their game in accordance to the situation. Don’t forget the swashbuckling David Miller, who was the star performer for Punjab in 2012.Australian speedster Mitchell Johnson will lead the bowling attack for Kings XI Punjab alongside Sandeep Sharma, Thisara Perera and Lakshmipathy Balaji. Punjab also secured the services of vastly experienced Murali Karthik to spearhead their spin-bowling attack. With the addition of South Africa’s young seamer Beuran Hendricks in the squad, Kings XI can use extra pace to rattle their opponents this season.After making the necessary changes in the team, Kings XI Punjab are definitely one of the teams to watch out for in IPL this season.Delhi Daredevils:Delhi Daredevils appeared promising throughout their IPL career but are yet to add silverware in their trophy cabinet. Their title dreams were shattered after losing against Chennai Super Kings in the 2012 semi-final. The team is coached by former Indian coach Gary Kirsten alongside Eric Simons while Kevin Pietersen will lead the team this year.Following their worst-ever season last year, Delhi chose against retaining either of their players ahead of the 2014 auctions. The team spent a whopping Rs 60 crore to rebuild the team for IPL 7.Delhi will be seen without their mascot and former skipper Virender Sehwag for the first time in six years following his Rs 3.20-crore sale to Kings XI Punjab in the auctions this year. But, the team is still comprised of batting heavyweights including Kevin Pietersen, Dinesh Karthik, Quinton de Kock and Ross Taylor.Team India’s in-form seamer Mohammed Shami will spearhead Delhi’s bowling attack this season while Jaydev Unadkat, Wayne Parnell and Jimmy Neesham will be seen in the supporting role. Also, the new signings of JP Duminy and Rahul Sharma alongside Shahbaz Nadeem will strengthen Delhi’s spin-bowling this season.After spending big at the auctions this year, Delhi Daredevils will be looking to turn it around this year especially after a tumultuous six-point season in 2013.Five key players from Kings XI Punjab:Mitchell Johnson: The 32-year-old speedster has literally turned into a weapon of mass destruction for Australia, as far as the game of cricket is concerned. With 24 wickets in 17 games, the left-arm seamer was the key in Mumbai Indians triumph in IPL last season. His ability to extract late swing at a ferocious pace makes him one of the most effective bowlers in the world today. His frightening pace and malevolent demeanour has earned him 38 scalps in 30 T20 internationals. Apart from his bowling skills, Johnson is more than just a handy batsman with the ability to clear the fence whenever required. In the format where quick wickets are bound to make an impact almost immediately, Johnson is a must-have weapon in your armory.David Miller: The 24-year-old South African, aka ‘Killer Miller’ in IPL, is as explosive as they come in limited-overs cricket. After making a name for his power-hitting, Miller has turned into a gruesome strokeplayer in modern-day cricket. His ability to play a wide range of strokes, both off the front and backfoot has earned him quite a reputation in international cricket. Miller was also one of the most entertaining batsmen in the IPL last season. The young South African took the IPL by storm after scoring 418 runs with 28 fours and 24 sixes for Kings XI Punjab in 2013. The performance impressed his team owners to such an extent that he became one of the only two players to be retained by KXIP ahead of 2014 IPL auctions.Glenn Maxwell: The million-dollar man last season, Maxwell was snatched by Kings XI Punjab for a whopping Rs 6 crore this year. The 25-year-old is a terrific all-rounder to have in your side. He can bowl right-arm off-spin and bat anywhere in the middle-order. He shot to fame after smashing a 19-ball half-century in 2009-10 – the fastest fifty in Australia’s domestic cricket. His most recent antics of 33-ball 74, the third fastest fifty in T20 internationals, shows his batting prowess. He will have to play a key role if Punjab intend to clinch their first IPL title this year.George Bailey: The 31-year-old Australian batsman will lead the new-look Kings XI Punjab in the IPL this season. With over 1400 runs in T20 internationals alongside 12 ODI fifties and two centuries, Bailey is one of the most bankable cricketers in modern-day cricket. The Tasmanian cricketer is an exquisite striker of the ball and capable of employing big shots to change the match within a few overs. His presence in the team will undoubtedly strengthen the middle-order for Kings XI Punjab.Mandeep Singh: He turned out to be Punjab’s surprise performer in 2012 as he ended up being their topscorer with 432 runs in 16 matches. With the team lacking experienced Indian players, the onus will be on young turks like Mandeep to deliver.Five key players from Delhi Daredevils:Kevin Pietersen: Arguably one of the most influential batsmen in limited-overs cricket, Kevin Pietersen will be Delhi’s biggest bet in the IPL this year. Following his bitter fall-out with the ECB recently, Pietersen will be available for the full season – a fact that will surely lift the Daredevils. With over 600 runs and seven wickets in just 21 games, Pietersen is a must-have player in any team. Apart from his off-spinners and batting prowess, Delhi will also benefit from his leadership skills and international experience in the tournament this year.Dinesh Karthik: The second most-expensive player in the IPL auction this year, Dinesh Karthik was notched up by Delhi for a whopping Rs 12.5 crore. Karthik was a livewire, with over 500 runs, for Mumbai Indians in the IPL last year. The right-hander’s ability to read the game and mould his innings accordingly makes him a perfect player for limited-overs cricket. Having been named the vice-captain of Delhi, Karthik will also be responsible to add to the team’s think-tank in the IPL this year.Quinton de Kock: The 21-year-old wicketkeeper batsman is touted to be the next big thing for South Africa. His aggressive batting style at the top-order has been given headaches to some of the best bowlers in limited overs cricket. His recent quickfire innings against Australia in the two T20 internationals couldn’t save the Proteas but surely showcased his batting prowess against a strong opposition. With a strike-rate of over 119 in T20s, de Kock is more than capable of leading the charge for the Daredevils in IPL 7.Mohammed Shami: The 24-year-old speedster has been a terrific find for the Indian team. In a span of just 29 ODIs, Shami has bagged 50 wickets at an average of 28.96. Shami is the first Indian to bowl four or more maiden overs on his ODI debut. The Bengal seamer is more than capable of moving the new ball, but it is the ability to get reverse-swing that has brought him more accolades of late. Shami’s discipline in line and length has made him MS Dhoni’s go-to-bowler in the hour of need for India. Though Shami is yet to prove his mettle in T20 internationals, but expect him to come out with flying colours for Delhi in IPL 7.Ross Taylor: One of the highly experienced and explosive batsmen in limited, Ross Taylor is a natural match-winner for any team. The aggressive top-order batsman is more than capable of taking the game away from the opposition. His ability to play the big shots and building crucial partnerships in the middle makes him an ideal player to have at no. 2 slot. Taylor slammed three consecutive fifties to script New Zealand’s 2-1 ODI-series win over England in 2013. He has also been in terrific form in T20s with over 950 runs with 63 fours and 38 sixes. He will be one of the key players to watch out for in IPL this season.Teams(from):Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey(c), Mitchell Johnson, David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, Virender Sehwag, Shaun Marsh, Cheteshwar Pujara, Gurkeerat Singh, Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Thisara Perera, Akshar Patel, Karanveer Singh, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Murali Kartik, Shivam Sharma, Beuran Hendricks, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Sandeep Sharma, Parvinder Awana, Anureet Singh, Shardul ThakurDelhi Daredevils: Kevin Pietersen(c), Dinesh Karthik(wk), Murali Vijay, Manoj Tiwary, JP Duminy, Ross Taylor, Kedar Jadhav, Mayank Agarwal, Saurabh Tiwary, Milind Kumar, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Jimmy Neesham, Jayant Yadav, Quinton de Kock, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat, Wayne Parnell, Siddarth Kaul, Rahul Shukla, HS Sharath, Rahul Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem
Honda Mobilio continues to sell wellHonda Cars India today reported 45 per cent increase in domestic sales in September 2014 at 15,015 units as against 10,354 units in the same month last year.Last month, the company sold 1,152 units of small car Brio, 3,848 units of compact sedan Amaze, 5,329 units of Mobilio and 4,600 units of the mid-sized sedan City, Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) said in a statement.Besides, the company sold 86 units of sports utility vehicle CRV.In addition, the company exported a total of 38 units during the month.Commenting on the sales, HCIL Senior Vice-President (Marketing and Sales) Jnaneswar Sen said: “We continue to perform strongly with strong demand for all our models during this festival period.”He said the company has resumed production of its flagship model Honda City during September 2014.”In coming months, we will be able to ensure better availability and timely deliveries to fulfill the huge demand,” Sen added.
Muhammad Arslan Qadir scored the last-gasp winner to seal Pakistan’s 4-3 win over IndiaA misfiring India squandered a golden opportunity to create history as they went down 3-4 against arch-rivals Pakistan in a high-voltage semifinal of the Champions Trophy hockey tournament, on Saturday.Muhammad Arslan Qadir (17th minute, 59th) turned out to be the hero for Pakistan as he scored the winner just one minute from full time.Pakistan’s other scorers were Muhammad Waqas (32nd) and Muhammad Irfan (44th), while India’s struck through Gurjinder Singh (12), Dharamvir Singh (38) and Nikkin Thimmaiah (44).Pakistani players celebrated their victory by hurling indecent and obscene gestures towards the crowds and Indian media and were promptly rebuked by coach Shahnaz Shiekh.It was a good chance for India to register their best-ever performance in the history of Champions Trophy but they couldn’t achieve the feat and buckled under pressure.India’s best-ever showing in the Champions Trophy is a bronze medal in 1982 edition of the tournament in Amstelveen, the Netherlands.India wasted chances galore which cost them dearly. The Indians created opportunities but Sardar Singh, Nikkin, SV Sunil and Ramandeep Singh all misfired on numerous occasions from clear opening.India looked nervous at the beginning which showed in their performance. The Indians were sloppy as they kept losing the ball frequently. Rupinder Pal Singh looked off colour at the back.Pakistan, on the other hand, looked more organised and kept pressurising the Indian defence.Rupinder was out-of-sorts at least in the first half as he kept losing the ball frequently and from one such occasion Pakistan created the first real scoring chance of the match in the sixth, but an alert Indian goalie P R Sreejesh came to his side’s rescue with a fine save to deny Muhammad Dilbar.advertisementMinutes later, Pakistan again looked threatening but Umar Bhutta’s deflection from Shafqat Rasool’s cross went just wide of the goal.But it was India which took the lead against the run of play scoring from their first chance.The Indians earned their first penalty corner and Gurjinder Singh made no mistake in blasting the ball into the left corner of the Pakistan net with a powerful flick.Pakistan went for referral but their appeal was disallowed.Pakistan then won their first short corner soon but wasted the chance in search of a variation before Sreejesh blocked Shakeel Ahmed Butt’s slap shot.Gurbaj Singh’s 10 minute suspension for a yellow card hurt India badly as it created open spaces in the Indian defence, resulting in Pakistan?s equaliser.Muhammad Arsalan Qadir caught the Indian defence off guard and neatly deflected home Butt’s cross to draw parity for Pakistan.India got a golden chance to restore their lead soon but Rupinder’s try from their second penalty corner was easily kept out by Pakistan goalkeeper Imran Butt.
Sebastian Vettel wins the Malaysian Grand Prix 2015 on March 29, 2015, after defeating the Mercedes AMG team for the first time since the Belgian Grand Prix in 2014.The German driver moved in from Red Bull to Ferrari, last year and won a Grand Prix in the second race of the season. He last won the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2012 and topped by Lewis Hamilton since then.It should be noted that Mercedes was having tyre problems as Hamilton complained about being on wrong tyre after his final pit stop. This led Vettel to overtake Hamilton whilst he was in the pits.However, Ferrari had a sumptuous race as it finished with 1st and 4th position, exceeding their best team finish throughout the entire season last year. It took its first Grand Prix win since 2013 in Spain.Whereas, Mercedes settled for 2nd and 3rd position, with Hamilton defeating Rosberg, finishing in 2nd place. The following shows the result of the event:RankRacing Driver1.Sebastian Vettel2.Lewis Hamilton3.Nico Rosberg4.Kimi Raikkonen5.Valtteri Bottas6.Felipe Massa7.Max Verstappen8.Carlos Sainz9.Daniil Kvyat10.Daniel Ricciardo