A stunned Pakistan cricket fraternity on Sunday reacted with shock and anger to the latest ‘spot-fixing’ scandal that rocked the national team in the fourth Test against England at Lord’s.Although London Metropolitan police had only arrested one Mazhar Majeed for allegedly paying bribes to some players to spot-fix the ongoing Test and no cricketer has not been charged but the cricket community in Karachi felt damage has already been done to the reputation of the game in the country.They said the accused players and the team management should be called back home immediately and prompt steps be taken to deal with the scandal.”So far these are only allegations but they have also already caused our image and credibility great harm because of management by the Pakistan Board and the officials in England,” former Test captain Aamir Sohail said.Sohail demanded the immediate calling back of the accused players and Pakistan team management in the wake of the ‘spot-fixing’ allegations.”I think it is time for the Chief Patron of the Board, President Asif Zardari to act now and call back the accused players and the entire management from England,” he said.”Damage control steps need to be taken immediately and I don’t think these players who have been accused should remain with the team neither the officials under whose nose all this took place,” he added.Former Test player Iqbal Qasim said he was shocked to hear about the ‘spot-fixing’ allegations.”I woke up early morning for Sehri to keep fast and believe me what I saw on television left me numb. I just pray all this turns out to be untrue because it is hard to believe that a 18-year old player (Muhammad Aamir) could be involved in spot-fixing,” Qasim said.advertisementFormer Pakistan pacer Sarfraz Nawaz said he had been saying all along there was something fishy going on in the team.”There is so much indiscipline in this team because of the lenient attitude of the board. This was bound to happen. I say try the players found guilty of corruption and also those officials who failed to deliver for the country,” he stated.Senators Haroon Akhtar and Tariq Azeem, who are members of the Senate Standing Committee on Sports, blamed the PCB and its chairman for the current scandal.”Ijaz Butt had promised us way back in March the Board would take action against players suspected of having links with bookmakers. He later backed out on his word and said we had misinterpreted the briefing,” Akhtar said.”In the briefing it was clear even after the Australian tour they were suspicions raised about some players who were allowed to play on in the team,” he added.Tariq Azeem said President Zardari needed to sack the current set-up in the PCB immediately and call back the players accused of fixing.”Enough is enough Pakistan cricket has already been damaged a lot. This is the final straw the President must act now,” Azeem said.Noted jurist, Farkhruddin G Ibrahim, who represented former captain Saleem Malik and other players in the famous inquiry into match fixing allegations held by Justice (retd) Malik Qayyum in 1998 and 1999, had words of caution, saying that so far there were only allegations against the players.”Nothing has been proved as yet but the onus is now on the ICC and PCB to show the world the truth. If this situation continues this way people will never trust cricketers or administrators,” he said.The cricket fans on the street reacted with anger, saying that the accused players should be immediately called back for bringing shame to Pakistan cricket.”Yes they should call back these players and put them on trial. Find out the truth but don’t allow them to remain there now. They have brought shame for us in this holy month of Ramazan,” said Saleem Ahmed, a hawker in one of Karachi’s busiest shopping areas, Saddar.”How can we now believe that these players are honest with their country and themselves. It is shameful,” Khurrum, a shopkeeper selling bangles for the festival of Eid, said.
Three-time Olympian Mukesh Kumar, who created a stir by walking out of a national camp recently after being denied charge of the junior side, has been appointed as coach of the senior mens hockey team and will work under chief coach Michael Nobbs of Australia.Confirming Mukeshs appointment, Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra said that the veteran Olympian and Padma Shri will resume his duties in the new role from Thursday.”Mukesh has been appointed as a coach of the senior mens team. He will be a part of the coachs set-up engaged with the team under chief coach Nobbs,” Batra said.Asked about the tenure of his contract, Batra said, “It has not yet been finalised. It depends on the chief coachs wish because as per Nobbs contract he also has to train our Indian coaches.”Mukesh, 41, created a controversy earlier this month when he left the national camp in Sports Authority of India, Bangalore a few hours after his arrival in protest after being denied the chief coachs post of the junior team.Mukesh, who agreed to be part of the Indian set-up on conditions that he would either assist a foreign coach or assume complete charge of the junior team, was shocked when he learnt that he will have to work under former senior national coach Harendra Singh.As expected Mukesh was delighted with the development, saying it was his long-cherished dream to work with the senior team.”I always wanted to work under a foreign coach as his assistant. I was offered the coachs post of the womens team but I refused because I wanted to be a part of the mens set- up,” he said.advertisementMukesh represented India in three consecutive Olympics starting from 1992 Barcelona Games, where it finished seventh.He made 307 international appearance for India and scored 80 goals.
The Supreme Court on Friday cleared the decks for the Formula 1 race in Greater Noida, stipulating that the organisers would deposit 25 per cent of sale proceeds from tickets in a separate account which would not be operated without its permission.A bench of justices D K Jain and A R Dave in an interim order directed that the amount would be subject to the final outcome of a plea challenging tax exemptions accorded to the organisers of the Formula 1 race.The apex court rejected the arguments of the organisers that the direction would act as a dampener and cause adverse publicity since it was an international event.”How can it be a dampener or cause adverse publicity we do not understand?,” the bench remarked while passing the order.The apex court, however, clarified that it was not examining the legality or otherwise of the Formula 1 race, but confining itself only to examining the validity of the entertainment tax exemption granted by the Uttar Pradesh government.”Yes, primacy has to be given to the event. We are not on that. In fact, we should not consider it,” the bench remarked when senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi argued that the plea questioning the tax exemption was acting as a dampener to the event and any adverse order passed by the court would have an impact on holding of the prestigious event.The apex court, however, put some searching questions to the state government and the organisers vis-a-vis the tax exemption.India’s first Formula 1 event is scheduled to be held in Greater Noida, near national capital, on October 30.advertisementFormer Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium, appearing for the UP government, sought to explain that the event was part of a special development zone project undertaken by the state for developing various infrastructural facilities for industrial, residential and sports activities.The bench, however, said it was concerned as to what exactly was the special development zone aimed at and whether it caters to the needs of the common man, middle class, lower middle class or the elite.”In Bombay, for example there are certain jhuggi jhopris which are part of a economic development zone. There you can say we will have a cricket or football stadium. But in the name of sports, you cannot have a motor race there.”This special development zone has to be for a particular class, say the middle class, the poor or the elite. Definition of sports has to be considered in that light.”What the sport is has to be considered in that light. Race is also a sport it has to be considered in that context. You can’t pick it up in isolation,” the bench remarked.
Umesh Yadav has had an outstanding few months, starting from the ODI series against England in India to the Tests and the ongoing ODI series against the West Indies.Having picked five wickets in two ODIs so far, and a match haul of seven wickets in the Kolkata Test, Yadav is without doubt one of the most promising pacers in the country and should be raring to have a go when India tours Australia at the end of this month.For the Vidarbha pacer, the transition from ODIs to Tests and back to ODIs has been challenging, but not too tough.”Normally there is a lot of difference. In Tests, you have a lot of time and ODI is a fast-paced format and you have only 10 overs to bowl. Within that, you have to save runs and also take wickets. In Tests, you need to be consistent and need to bowl in particular areas all day,” Yadav said on the eve of the third ODI in Ahmedabad on Monday.”It is the way you handle them. Normally, Test cricket is the best form of cricket. People come to know how good a bowler you are and how consistent you can be.” He has paired up with fellow pacer Varun Aaron well, even guiding the team with the bat to a one- wicket win the first ODI. And it’s one partnership the 24-year-old hopes flourishes.”(In Cuttack) I kept my cool when we came to bat. I just wanted to play and take the singles or twos as we needed 11 runs. Even Varun told me to take the ones and twos. When we bowl together, it is a good experience as we both are pace bowlers. We gel well because when he is taking wickets from one end, I need to keep the other end tight and viceversa. We have a good connection going.”advertisementYadav could be among the group of players that goes to Australia on December 8 to acclimatise to the conditions ahead of the long and tough tour. “If get to go there early, it will help me. I will get enough time to practice and get used to the conditions there. And I will be able to adjust to the bowling conditions as well,”he added.Take responsibilityWest Indies coach Ottis Gibson is running out of ways to explain how his team has consistently created opportunities to win and somehow lost the plot throughout the tour.With the ODI series on the line, Gibson hopes his players learn to grab the crucial moments when they arrive. “The problem is with application and with people taking more responsibility. We practice hard before every game. It comes down to people taking responsibility and assessing the situation better. If you lose a couple of wickets early, then what a team requires is that the next two batsmen put together good partnerships. We haven’t been able to get those partnerships,”Gibson said on Sunday.”It’s difficult to say I am satisfied when we are losing. The way the guys defended to get to a point where they could have won it and then they lost it; it was difficult for us. We are not disgracing ourselves, we need to play on a consistent basis.”
Statistical highlights of the seventh One-day international of the triangular series between India and Australia in Brisbane on Sunday. # Australia’s splendid win by 110 runs is their fifth largest over India in terms of runs in ODIs. # Australia’s excellent win is the biggest by any team by runs’ margin at Gabba, bettering the 94-run triumph by Sri Lanka against South Africa on January 17, 2006. # Peter Forrest (52 off 71 balls) has registered his second fifty in ODIs – his highest is 66 against India at Adelaide on February 12, 2012. # Forrest has participated in a win for the first time. # Brett Lee took his wickets tally to 54 (ave. 20.90) in 31 matches against India – the most by an Australian bowler against India in ODIs. # Lee is averaging 20.60 in Australian wins – 286 wickets in 148 matches, including eight instances of five wickets in an innings. # Lee has taken his tally of wickets in Australia to 161 at an average of 22.96 in 90 matches. He has equalled Glenn McGrath’s record of 161 wickets at 20.22 apiece in 96 ODIs in Australia. # Michael Hussey (59 off 52 balls) has registered his seventh fifty against India – his 36th in ODIs. # Michael Hussey is averaging 54.07 in Australian wins, aggregating 2920 runs in 115 matches, including one century and 20 fifties. # Michael Hussey has become the 13th Australian batsman to manage 5,000 runs in ODIs, amassing 5002 at an average of 50.52 in 142 ODIs. # Michael Hussey took 142 innings to reach the coveted milestone of 5000 runs. He is the sixth quickest to reach the milestone for Australia. Dean Jones had taken least number of innings (128), followed by Matthew Hayden (133) and Michael Bevan (135). # Hussey has become the second Australian batsman after Michael Bevan (6912 runs at an average of 53.58 in 232 matches) to manage 5000 runs besides averaging 50 or more in ODIs. # Ben Hilfenhaus, for the first time, has recorded a five-wicket haul in ODIs. # Hilfenhaus is the third Australian bowler after Brett Lee (5/27 against India on February 3, 2008) and Clint McKay (5/33 against Sri Lanka on November 7, 2010) to produce a five-wicket haul in ODIs at Gabba. # Hilfenhaus, for the first time, has received the Man of the Match award in ODIs. # Mahendra Singh Dhoni (56 off 84 balls) has registered his 45th fifty in Limited-Overs Internationals – his fourth against Australia. # Dhoni is averaging 52.47 in chases – 2991 runs in 107 matchs, including two centuries and 21 fifties. # Australia, at Gabba, have won three games and lost two against India. # Australia (288/5) have recorded their highest total against India at Brisbane, outstripping the 284 on January 18, 2004. # David Warner (43 off 46 balls) has posted his highest innings against India in ODIs. # The 70-run opening partnership between Matthew Wade and Warner is Australia’s highest in 13 ODIs. # The above partnership is Australia’s highest for the first wicket against India at Brisbane, beating the 46 between Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden on January 18, 2004. # Irfan Pathan (3/61) has produced his best bowling figures at Gabba, surpassing the 3 for 64 against Australia on January 18, 2004. # Pathan, with 9 wickets at 26.88 runs apiece in six matches, is the leading Indian bowler at Gabba. # Ricky Ponting has earned a dubious distinction, recording five single-digit scores in succession – 2, 1, 6, 2 & 7 – for the first time in ODIs. # Matthew Wade’s superb 45 off 67 balls is his second highest innings in ODIs, next only to the 67 against India at MCG on February 5, 2012. # David Hussey, with 244 at an average of 81.33 in five game, is the leading run-getter in the CB series 2011-12. He is followed by Gambhir (193), Dhoni (191) and Chandimal (188). # Matthew Wade (five catches)has effected five dismissals in an ODI for the second time. He had accomplished the feat for the first time against Sri Lanka at WACA Ground, Perth on February 10, 2012.advertisement
In the Indian cricketing pyramid, the paying crowd is quite near the bottom of the priority list. Uncovered stadia, lack of basic amenities and severe restrictions are what fans in India have to put up with when they go to watch a match. In Australia, however, the paying public is in the centre of the cricketing schematics and people are taken care of; especially since filling stadia is a challenge for organisers.More than the bucket seats, covered venues and top class facilities for the thousands that turn up for a match, it is the way a match is turned into a fun event which makes watching cricket here all the more appealing.At the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday, much before the match started, fans were greeted by a music troupe just outside the ground that played peppy Indian numbers and had dancers gyrating to them. Inside the stadium, the public even gets a chance to make a few extra bucks. The best, or the craziest, dressed spectators get an on the spot cash award of Aus $ 100 or have their names sent for a draw of lots, where the grand prize is a trip for four people to see Australia play West Indies in Barbados later this year. Fans have been turning up in the dozens dressed as the Flintstones, Greek gods, comic book heroes, and even as a Commonwealth Bank ATM machine.At the start of the series, locals were invited for a free breakfast with the Australian team in Melbourne on February 4. In Brisbane, there was free public transport for all match ticket holders.advertisementThe freebies aside, the public is also invited to participate in the fun. Just to make it more interesting, the broadcasters here have a ‘Kiss Cam’ which surveys the crowd during match breaks, spots couples, beams their image on the giant screens at the ground and urges the couples to pucker up. Some do, some don’t, but the celebration of a match continues.There is a lot for India to learn from Australia, at least as far as taking care of the fan is concerned. Maybe the richest board in the world would one day realise that at the end of the day, it’s a game and its original patrons are the ones who buy tickets for it.
Here is a list of Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI centuries and it’s impact on the outcome of the match.No.ScoreAgainstPos.Inn.S/RVenueH/A/NDateResult1110Australia2184.61R. Premadasa Stadium, ColomboNeutral01994-09-09 September 9, 1994Won2115New Zealand2284.55IPCL Sports Complex Ground, VadodaraHome01994-10-28 October 28, 1994Won3105West Indies2178.35Sawai Mansingh Stadium, JaipurHome01994-11-11 November 11, 1994Won4112*Sri Lanka22104.67Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, SharjahNeutral01995-04-09 April 9, 1995Won5127*Kenya2292.02Barabati Stadium, CuttackHome01996-02-18 February 18, 1996Won6137Sri Lanka21100.00Feroz Shah Kotla, New DelhiHome01996-03-02 March 2, 1996Lost7100Pakistan2190.09Padang, SingaporeNeutral01996-04-05 April 5, 1996Won8118Pakistan2184.28Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium (2), SharjahNeutral01996-04-15 April 15, 1996Won9110Sri Lanka2179.71R. Premadasa Stadium (2), ColomboAway01996-08-28 August 28, 1996Lost10114South Africa1190.47Wankhede Stadium, MumbaiHome01996-12-14 December 14, 1996Won11104Zimbabwe11107.21Willowmoore Park, BenoniNeutral01997-02-09 February 9, 1997Won12117New Zealand2285.40M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, BangaloreHome01997-05-14 May 14, 1997Won13100Australia22112.35Green Park Stadium, KanpurHome01998-04-07 April 7, 1998Won14143 Australia22109.16Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium (3), SharjahNeutral01998-04-22 April 22, 1998Lost15134Australia22102.29Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium (4), SharjahNeutral01998-04-24 April 24, 1998Won16100*Kenya2297.08Eden Gardens, KolkataHome01998-05-31 May 31, 1998Won17128Sri Lanka2197.70R. Premadasa Stadium (3), ColomboAway01998-07-07 July 7, 1998Won18127*Zimbabwe2297.69Queens Sports Club, BulawayoAway01998-09-26 September 26, 1998Won19141Australia21110.15Bangabandhu Stadium, DhakaNeutral01998-10-28 October 28, 1998Won20118*Zimbabwe22105.35Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium (5), SharjahNeutral01998-11-08 November 8, 1998Won21124*Zimbabwe22134.78Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium (6), SharjahNeutral01998-11-13 November 13, 1998Won22140*Kenya41138.61County Ground, BristolNeutral01999-05-23 May 23, 1999Won23120Sri Lanka1185.10Sinhalese Sports Club, ColomboAway01999-08-29 August 29, 1999Won24186*New Zealand21124.00Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, HyderabadHome01999-11-08 November 8, 1999Won25122South Africa2288.40IPCL Sports Complex Ground (2), VadodaraHome02000-03-17 March 17, 2000Won26101Sri Lanka2172.14Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium (7), SharjahNeutral02000-10-20 October 20, 2000Lost27146Zimbabwe2195.42Barkatullah Khan Stadium, JodhpurHome02000-12-08 December 8, 2000Lost28139Australia21111.20Nehru Stadium, IndoreHome02001-03-31 March 31, 2001Won29122*West Indies2293.12Harare Sports Club, HarareNeutral02001-07-04 July 4, 2001Won30101South Africa2178.29New Wanderers Stadium, JohannesburgAway02001-10-05 October 5, 2001Lost31146Kenya21110.60Boland Park, PaarlNeutral02001-10-24 October 24, 2001Won32105*England4197.22Riverside Ground, Chester-le-StreetAway02002-07-04 July 4, 2002N/R33113Sri Lanka41110.78County Ground (2), BristolNeutral02002-07-11 July 11, 2002Won34152Namibia21100.66City Oval, PietermaritzburgNeutral02003-02-23 February 23, 2003Won35100Australia2184.03Roop Singh Stadium, GwaliorHome02003-10-26 October 26, 2003Won36102New Zealand21112.08Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium (2), HyderabadHome02003-11-15 November 15, 2003Won37141Pakistan22104.44Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, RawalpindiAway02004-03-16 March 16, 2004Lost38123Pakistan2194.61Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, AhmedabadHome02005-04-12 April 12, 2005Lost39100Pakistan2188.49Arbab Niaz Stadium, PeshawarAway02006-02-06 February 6, 2006Lost40141* West Indies2195.27Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala LumpurNeutral02006-09-14 September 14, 2006Lost41100*West Indies41131.57IPCL Sports Complex Ground (3), VadodaraHome02007-01-31 January 31, 2007Won42117*Australia1297.5Sydney Cricket Ground, SydneyAway02008-03-02 March 2, 2008Won43163*New Zealand21122.55AMI Stadium, ChristchurchAway02009-03-08 March 8, 2009Won44138Sri Lanka11103.76R. Premadasa Stadium (4), ColomboAway02009-09-14 September 14, 2009Won45175Australia22124.11Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, HyderabadHome02009-11-05 November 5, 2009Lost46200*South Africa21136.05Roop Singh Stadium (2), GwaliorHome02010-02-24 February 24, 2010Won47120England21104.35M. Chinnaswamy Stadium (2), BangaloreHome02011-02-27 February 27, 2011Tied48111South Africa21109.90VCA Stadium, NagpurHome02011-03-12 March 12, 2011Lost49114Bangladesh2177.55Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Mirpur, DhakaAway02012-03-16 March 16, 2012LostHere is a list of Sachin Tendulkar’s Test centuries and it’s impact on the outcome of the match List of Tests India won when Sachin Scored 100+165 England — M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai 12 February 1993 104* Sri Lanka — Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo 31 July 1993 142 Sri Lanka — K. D. Singh Babu Stadium, Lucknow 19 January 1994 155* Australia — M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai 9 March 1998 122 Zimbabwe — Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi 21 November 2000 126 Australia — M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai 20 March 2001 176 Zimbabwe — Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur 24 February 2002 117 West Indies — Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain 20 April 2002 193 England — Headingley, Leeds 23 August 2002 194* Pakistan — Multan Cricket Stadium,Multan 29 March 2004 248* Bangladesh — Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka 12 December 2004 109 Sri Lanka — Feroz Shah Kotla (2), New Delhi 22 December 2005 122* Bangladesh — Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur 26 May 2007 109 Australia — Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur 6 November 2008 103* England — M. A. Chidambaram Stadium (5), Chennai 15 December 2008 160 New Zealand — Seddon Park, Hamilton 20 March 2009 105* Bangladesh — Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong 18 January 2010 143 Bangladesh — Shere Bangla National Stadium (2), Mirpur 25 January 2010 106 South Africa — Eden Gardens, Kolkata 15 February 2010 214 Australia — M. Chinnaswamy Stadium (2),Bangalore 11 October 2010 advertisementList of Tests that ended in a draw when Sachin scored a ton179 West Indies — Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur 2 December 1994 177 England — Trent Bridge, Nottingham 5 July 1996 143 Sri Lanka — R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 3 August 1997 139 Sri Lanka — Sinhalese Sports Club (2), Colombo 11 August 1997 148 Sri Lanka — Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 4 December 1997 124* Sri Lanka — Sinhalese Sports Club (3), Colombo 28 February 1999 126* New Zealand — Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali 13 October 1999 217 New Zealand — Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera,Ahmedabad 30 October 1999 201* Zimbabwe — Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground (2), Nagpur 26 November 2000 103 England — Sardar Patel Stadium (2), Motera, Ahmedabad 13 December 2001 176 West Indies — Eden Gardens, Kolkata 3 November 2002 241* Australia — Sydney Cricket Ground,Sydney 4 January 2004 101 Bangladesh — Bir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong 19 May 2007 153 Australia — Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 25 January 2008 100* Sri Lanka — Sardar Patel Stadium (3), Motera, Ahmedabad 20 November 2009 203 Sri Lanka — Sinhalese Sports Club (4), Colombo 28 July 2010 146 South Africa — Newlands Cricket Ground (2), Cape Town 4 January 2011 119* England — Old Trafford Cricket Ground,Manchester 14 August 1990 148* Australia — Sydney Cricket Ground,Sydney 6 January 1992 111 South Africa — Wanderers Stadium,Johannesburg 28 November 1992 advertisementList of Tests India lost when Sachin scored a century122 England — Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham 8 June 1996 169 South Africa — Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town 4 January 1997 177 Australia — M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore 26 March 1998 113 New Zealand — Basin Reserve, Wellington 29 December 1998 136 Pakistan — M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai 31 January 1999 116 Australia — Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 28 December 1999 155 South Africa — Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein 3 November 2001 154 Australia — Sydney Cricket Ground,Sydney 4 January 2008 100 South Africa — Cricket Association Stadium (2), Nagpur 9 February 2010 111* South Africa — SuperSport Park, Centurion 19 December 2010 114 Australia — WACA Ground, Perth 3 February 1992 (*) stands for not out
Overall RankingClick here to EnlargeIt is an unlikely anecdote for a take on college admissions but Madras Christian College (MCC) Principal Alexander Mantramurthy makes it a point to talk about it. A boy who had failed thrice in school once sought admission to MCC for a course in political science.,Overall RankingClick here to EnlargeIt is an unlikely anecdote for a take on college admissions but Madras Christian College (MCC) Principal Alexander Mantramurthy makes it a point to talk about it. A boy who had failed thrice in school once sought admission to MCC for a course in political science. Although his application was rejected, Mantramurthy acted on instinct and called him. Finding that the youngster was keen to learn the subject, he decided to give him a chance. It was a decision he never regretted – the student passed with Distinction. Against a past as proud as this, the rise of the Chennai-based MCC from the No. 6 slot in the 2002 survey to No. 1 this year has come as another feather in its 166-year-old cap. Known for blending freedom with discipline and academic science with social work, it is constantly adapting to the changing times. The Academic Council meets twice a year to review the syllabus. While the faculty and students are active in research, every department has projects funded by the UGC, Department of Science and Technology or foreign agencies.According to the survey, perceptions about infrastructure and placements at MCC have gone up. Factually also, two courses in microbiology and visual communication were added last year, with four more self-financing programmes planned this session. “After the mad rush for professional courses, it is back to the basic sciences now,” says Mantramurthy.Science: Ranking of Colleges on ThemesClick here to EnlargeA former student of MCC who took over its reins in 1999, Mantramurthy is tuned in to reality. Affable and accessible, he is a student’s principal and does not believe in leading from the front. “Leading with the team works better,” he contends. This works with the faculty too. When Mantramurthy took over as principal, a legal wrangle over the dismissal of some teachers had cast a shadow over MCC. But he appeared in court and took back the teachers who stood by the court directive.A man of high thinking, Mantramurthy believes students must play a larger role in society. Accordingly, the college has adopted several villages where students provide healthcare and vocational training.It is not all work and no play at MCC though. With the 365-acre campus housing a cricket field with an Australian turf, four football and two hockey fields and two courts each for tennis, volleyball and basketball, sports is high on the agenda.WINNING FORMULA: Presidency, Kolkata has a career-oriented approachWhile academics and action clearly make for a heady cocktail at MCC, there are other science departments that are also in a celebratory mood. Presidency College, Kolkata, in second place, has been consistently moving up a notch for the past three years. This perhaps has much to do with its career-oriented approach. The college has also upped its tally of post-graduate courses to eight from three last year. “This means we will also get the best among academics,” says Principal Amitava Chatterjee.Looking forward to an equally bright future is third-ranking Presidency, Chennai, which has got a Rs 65 lakh UGC grant and has recorded a turnout of 87 PhDs. Among the other major gainers are Lucknow University and the Delhi-based Daulat Ram College for Women and Hansraj College, which figure in the Top 10 this year.As for the losers, Loyola has slipped to the fourth place from the top position last year. St Xavier’s, Mumbai, too fell to No. 6 from No. 2, the main reason being a decline in the perception of student care. For these two colleges, which have come up tops in the arts stream, it is a case of win some, lose some.advertisement
A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.Food Quirky delightsIf you’re looking for custom made cup cakes, regardless of how wacky your idea might be, Pink Cupcakes is the place to head to. Set up by Reema Vohra, 27, who gave up her corporate career to indulge,A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.FoodQuirky delightsIf you’re looking for custom made cup cakes, regardless of how wacky your idea might be, Pink Cupcakes is the place to head to. Set up by Reema Vohra, 27, who gave up her corporate career to indulge in cake connoisseur’s imaginations, the home baked cakes here are a great choice to add a bit of fun to your pastry choice.Recently done quirky ideas have included an edible pregnancy test strip on top of a cupcake for an expectant mother, a little Chanel bag made especially for a young girl’s party and an angry birds themed cake for kids.Price: Rs 1,020 per dozen cupcakes.At: 301, Suma Splendor, 4th floor, Somajiguda.Tel: 9177508548; facebook.com/pinkcupcakesRestaurantKebab fiestaThe Great Kebab Factory will be hosting a food festival called Purani Dilli ka khana, all through this month. Lose yourself in the history infused bylanes of Old Delhi as you indulge in delights like the Daryaganj ke kebab, Babri seekh, Lal quile ki biryani, Dilli ki aloo chat, Paneer kuti mirch tikka and a whole lot more. Some of these are revived recipes drawn from a long forgotten past while others are family kitchen secrets carefully preserved and passed on over generations.From: Ongoing till June 30.Where: The Great Kebab Factory, Road No 12, Banjara Hills.Tel: 40208282.ShopTime to playIf you’re a football buff who loves his watches, you’ll love the newly launched Seiko Sportura FC Barcelona chronographs that will be sported by the FC Barcelona team in the upcoming 2012/13 season. This limited edition watch will be available in select stores across town.Price: Rs 27,500.Where: Helios, Midtown Mall, Road No 1, Banjara Hills.Tel: 40159191.Bag to schoolAre your kids going through the-end-of- vacation blues? Well, gift them a fun ladybird or giraffe inspired school bag from Samsonite’s Sammies Funny Face II collection to cheer them up.Price: Rs 590 onwards.Where: Samsonite store, Begumpet.Tel: 66174712.advertisement
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 Hoping to keep their laser-like focus, the Blue Eagles shoot for a ninth straight victory against the National U Bulldogs on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.“We still have to work hard, we can’t be complacent,” said Ateneo swingman Thirdy Ravena, after scoring 15 points in the 71-59 win over Adamson last Saturday.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“You have to have that next game mentality, that you have to prepare, you can’t be complacent. Just because you won the game, that doesn’t mean you can slack off.”Standing in the way of the Eagles’ unbeaten run is the desperate Bulldogs, who have lost four of their last five games, including a 90-77 defeat to the University of the East last Saturday. Ateneo isn’t letting its guard down even with a Final Four berth in UAAP Season 80 within reach.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Team owner: Alab PH poses biggest threat to Hong Kong 5 reign No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Running sixth with a 3-5 record, the Bulldogs are hoping to avenge their 96-83 loss to the Eagles in the first round of the season.The Warriors, meanwhile, gun for a third straight victory against the Falcons at 2 p.m.After losing their first six games, the Warriors, playing with fire and confidence, have notched back-to-back wins at the expense of the University of Santo Tomas and NU.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges View comments
Pistorius case returns as prosecutors seek longer sentence Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve and Jake Marisnick celebrate after Game 7 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Astros won 5-1 to win the series 4-3. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — The World Series champion Houston Astros have not made the decision yet on whether they will visit the White House to meet with President Donald Trump if an invitation is extended.“We just won the first world championship in Houston Astros history,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said shortly before the team left for a celebratory parade through downtown Houston on Friday. “We’re also in one of the most divided countries, polarizing countries in politics. I don’t know that this is the best stage for everybody to declare one way or the other and try to comment on the moment and be too much of a political statement.”ADVERTISEMENT World Series MVP George Springer said his grandfather worked in Washington for years and he has respect for what a visit to the White House would mean.“That’s the most historic place in our country, it stands for a lot, it means a lot to a lot of people,” Springer said. “If the team goes I’m going. I’m not going to say no. I understand the impact of it. … I understand the stuff that’s been happening. Yes there are things that have to change but there are always things that have to change. There isn’t anything that is ever going to be perfect. If the team goes I’ll go.”Also on Friday, general manager Jeff Luhnow said the team had exercised the options of All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve and utility man Marwin Gonzalez. Altuve’s option is for $6 million and Gonzalez’s for $5,125,000.Altuve led the majors with a .346 average and hit 24 homers with 81 RBIs. Gonzalez batted .303 with 23 homers and a team-leading 90 RBIs.Houston also has a 2019 option on Altuve for $6.5 million.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads MOST READ The New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Penguins and Clemson Tigers have all visited the White House in recent months to be congratulated by the president for their titles. The Golden State Warriors did not make the trip after being disinvited by Trump. The president has been outspoken for weeks about his opposition to players kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustices.Following the Astros’ 5-1 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 on Wednesday night, Trump tweeted his congratulations to the team.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 openingHinch said he believes that the Astros should savor their accomplishment, but a decision on a White House visit would need to wait.“What comes out of this moving forward on the political side or what we do or don’t do or what sports has turned into, to kind of representing the country’s tone — that’ll be decided in time,” he said. “We’re not going to allow anything to polarize this moment that we want to celebrate with our fans.” Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ The Astros also agreed to terms with New York Yankees third base coach Joe Espada to replace Alex Cora as bench coach. Cora was hired to manage the Boston Red Sox.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay
The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads “We’re excited. Eric’s excited,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said in Cleveland.Bledsoe will take his physical on Wednesday and is expected to join the Bucks in San Antonio in time for Thursday’s game against the Spurs.Middleton can’t wait to see what Bledsoe brings.“He’ll be another great player for us, a guy who can create for others and create for himself on offense,” Middleton said. “I’m excited to play with him. We can do a lot of things. We’ll have more ball-handlers on the court at the same time. He’s going to be a great for us.”Already a dangerous and up-and-coming team, the Bucks could go to another level with Bledsoe.ADVERTISEMENT Bledsoe, who wanted out of Phoenix, was traded to the Bucks on Tuesday in exchange for big man Greg Monroe and two 2018 draft picks.The 27-year-old Bledsoe had not been with the Suns since Oct. 22, when he posted “I Don’t wanna be here” on Twitter, the same day the Suns fired coach Earl Watson. He had been averaging 15.7 points per game, second behind Devin Booker, and was the team’s on-court leader.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 openingHe was sent home by the Suns after the tweet, reducing the team’s leverage because everyone in the league knew Phoenix was trying to trade him. Bledsoe had asked to be traded before the season, Suns general manager Ryan McDonough has said. The NBA fined the eight-year NBA veteran $10,000 for the tweet.Adding Bledsoe will take some of the focus off Antetokounmpo, the Bucks’ primary ball-handler. Milwaukee had lost four of its last five games before visiting the Cavaliers, but adding Bledsoe’s scoring ability alongside Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton on a team that also includes rising guard Malcolm Brogdon could help. Olympic marathon champion Sumgong banned 4 years for EPO Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Malditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES FILE – At left, in a March 6, 2017, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks’ Greg Monroe (15) shoots during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, in Philadelphia. At right, in a March 12, 2017, file photo, Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) shoots over a Portland Trail Blazers defender during an NBA basketball game, in Phoenix. A person with knowledge of the deal says the Phoenix Suns have agreed to trade disgruntled guard Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks for big man Greg Monroe and two 2018 draft picks. The deal includes a protected first-round and a protected second-round draft pick, according to the person who spoke Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, on condition of anonymity because the trade first reported by ESPN had not yet been finalized.(AP Photo/File)MILWAUKEE — Eric Bledsoe’s disgruntled days are over.The talented guard is getting a fresh start with the Milwaukee Bucks, who have another proven scorer to take some pressure off All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 “He adds a veteran point guard, a guy who plays with pace and can get into the paint, can make the right play,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “He’s been on the cusp of being an All-Star the last three years. He brings a different dimension to their team. He can shoot the basketball, get in the paint, run pick-and-roll and he’s a good defender also.“It’s a good pickup for them.”Bledsoe averaged more than 20 points and six assists per game in each of the last two seasons with the Suns, including career highs in points (21.1) and assists (6.3) last season. Bledsoe spent the past five seasons in Phoenix after his first three years with the Clippers.The 27-year-old Monroe, who joined the team as a free agent in 2015 after five years in Detroit, has been sidelined recently because of a left calf strain. Over three seasons with the Bucks, he averaged 13.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists over 165 games.Without him, Milwaukee will likely consolidate the center position and look ahead to early next year, when the front line should get a boost with the return of injured forward Jabari Parker.The 6-foot-11 Monroe has an expiring contract, which means even more room for a Suns team with loads of cap space. They also could have as many as three first-round picks next season.“Moose did everything we asked him to help us win, from being a starter to being asked to go to the bench and help us have a stronger bench,” Kidd said. “I wish him the best because he did everything we asked.”Milwaukee’s first-round pick will belong to the Suns in 2018 if in the range of 11-16 overall; in 2019 if in the range of 4-16; in 2020 if in the range of 8-30; and in 2021 it will be unprotected. The Suns get Milwaukee’s second-round pick next year if in the range of 48-60 overall.Phoenix, rebuilding with an extremely young roster featuring Booker and T.J. Warren, has not made the playoffs in six years. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
FILE- In this July 22, 1996 file photo, Naim Suleymanoglu, of Turkey, lifts 147.5kg, at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Turkey’s official news agency said Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, Suleymanoglu, the Turkish weightlifter who was known as “Pocket Hercules” and who won three straight Olympic gold medals for Turkey between 1988 and 1996, has died. Suleymanoglu was considered one of the sport’s greatest athletes and earned his nickname for his strength and diminutive size. He was 50. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)ANKARA, Turkey — Naim Suleymanoglu, the Turkish weightlifter who won three Olympic gold medals and was known as “Pocket Hercules,” died Saturday. He was 50.Suleymanoglu was considered one of the sport’s greatest athletes and earned his nickname for his strength and diminutive size. He died at an Istanbul hospital where he was receiving treatment for cirrhosis of the liver. He had been in intensive care since Sept. 28 and received a liver transplant in October, according to Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency.ADVERTISEMENT MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims 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’ Malditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES The weightlifter — 1.47 meters (4-foot-10) tall — won three straight Olympic gold medals for Turkey between 1988 and 1996. The Bulgarian-born Suleymanoglu could lift three times his weight.He came out of retirement to try for a fourth gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 but missed all three of his lifts.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“I know only gold,” Suleymanoglu had said as he returned to competition. “I do not know about silver or bronze.”Suleymanoglu also won seven world and six European championships. Yankees acquire 17-year-old Then in trade with Mariners Suleymanoglu hid in Australia for several days before he went to the Turkish consulate to seek asylum. Eventually the Bulgarians allowed him to switch nationalities and he kissed the airport tarmac on arrival in Turkey. In 1986 he changed his name to the more Turkic-sounding Suleymanoglu.He went to the Seoul Olympics as a Turk and twice broke the world record in the snatch on the way to winning the gold medal.He competed unsuccessfully for a seat in Turkish parliamentary elections in 1999 and 2007.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games He was born to an ethnic Turkish family in Bulgaria, and defected to Turkey in 1986 while training in Australia.Regarded as a national hero in his adopted country, Suleymanoglu captured the hearts of Turks after winning his first gold at Seoul, South Korea, in 1988. Whenever Suleymanoglu returned home from a tournament, he would be greeted by thousands of fans who would lift him up on their shoulders.Suleymanoglu missed the 1984 Games at Los Angeles because of a Soviet-led boycott. Although only 17, he was the favorite to win the bantamweight gold.He was an outspoken critic of the Bulgarian government’s treatment of the Turkish minority in his homeland, and was forced by the authorities to change his surname to the more Slavic-sounding Shalamanov.When the Bulgarian weightlifting team went to a training camp at Melbourne, Australia, in 1986, he slipped away from the group while pretending to visit the restroom at a hotel.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Look who came to visit me! 😘 @punslayintwoods #superbowltwitterdate pic.twitter.com/LzH0d63taT— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) December 6, 2017FEATURED 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 MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 MOST READ 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’ Malditas save PH from shutout ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES READ: Tennis star Bouchard has a date after losing Super Bowl tweet betif patriots win we go on a date?— TW1 (@punslayintwoods) February 6, 2017 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim It seems like the things between Genie Bouchard and John Goehrke, the guy she lost a Super Bowl bet to on Twitter, didn’t end last February.Months after their much-publicized first date, the Canadian tennis star on Friday posted a photo of her and Goehrke looking cozy while sitting on a couch.ADVERTISEMENT Rookie Nambatac gets major role as Rain or Shine deals with injuries Goehrke won a date with Bouchard, the world no. 82, when he bet on a New England Patriots win even with the Atlanta Falcons leading big, 28-3, after the first three quarters of the Super Bowl earlier this year. — Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) February 6, 2017When the Patriots made the stunning comeback and defeated Atlanta, 34-28, in overtime to win the NFL title, Bouchard ponied up and went to dinner and a Nets game with Goehrke.READ: Bouchard pays off blind date bet at NBA game They have not been seen publicly together since, but with Bouchard’s new photos, it’s obvious they have definitely stayed in touch.Gettin in the Xmas spirit like 😂 @punslayintwoods pic.twitter.com/6dExQozObj— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) December 7, 2017Goehrke, meanwhile, remains a modern day legend for Twitter users. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH PLAY LIST 01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH02:27Another ‘ninja cop’ dismissed from service00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 Sure https://t.co/4W763IHkgBADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Orlando Magic guard Shelvin Mack, center, drives past Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic, left, and center Bam Adebayo (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — The Orlando Magic found the right setting for a rare road win.Mario Hezonja scored 20 points and Jonathan Simmons made the tiebreaking dunk with 1:31 remaining as the Magic beat the Miami Heat 111-109 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Starting for the injured Aaron Gordon, Hezonja shot 7 of 14 from the field and 4 of 9 on 3-pointers as the Magic won their third road game in the last 24. They dropped Miami to just 13-11 at home.“I’m not paying attention too much to my game because I know my game, I know what I can do, but as long as we are winning I am happy that I am helping my teammates,” Hezonja said.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 openingThe Heat appeared to tie the game after Tyler Johnson was credited with a basket when Orlando’s Bismack Biyombo was called for goaltending with 2.8 seconds remaining. A video review overturned the call.“I think they can’t review it unless the whistle blows so I think they’re told if it’s close, blow the whistle and we’ll look at it,” Orlando coach Frank Vogel said. “I didn’t think it was really close. I would have been shocked if they called it a goaltend.” 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 SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Marreese Speights’ consecutive 3-pointers capped a 12-2 surge and his second one extended Orlando’s lead to 99-89 with 11 minutes remaining. Speights finished with 12 points.The Magic withstood a 16-2 Miami run late in the fourth quarter. Josh Richardson’s layup with 2:53 remaining tied it at 109 before Simmons’ dunk put Orlando ahead for good.“It’s a game of runs and we just were able to sustain their run long enough to win the game,” Simmons said. “I just made plays down the stretch. My teammates and coach trusted me with the ball and I just made a play.”Richardson scored 20 points for Miami, which lost its fourth straight. Hassan Whiteside added 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Justise Winslow finished with 16 points.The Heat have now started their last two homestands with losses against the last-place teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences in Orlando and Sacramento.ADVERTISEMENT “We can’t change our offense and be too drastic,” Richardson said. “We just have to approach like any other day and be ready to work and fix what we do wrong.”Simmons and D.J. Augustin scored 16 points apiece for Orlando. Evan Fournier finished with 13 points.The Heat missed all 12 3-point attempts in the first half. But 16 points in the paint helped Miami build a 29-17 lead in the first quarter.Consecutive 3-pointers from Simmons keyed a 10-2 run the final 1:13 of the second quarter that got the Magic within 60-59 at halftime. Orlando then scored 34 points in the third.“It’s hard to explain what happened in that third quarter,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “The first quarter and obviously the fourth quarter you love the way your team is competing and just laying it all out there to the end. I just don’t have an explanation for the third quarter — very uninspiring.”TIP-INSMagic: Leading scorer Gordon missed his fourth consecutive game because of a strained left hip flexor. The injury also forced Gordon to withdraw from the Slam Dunk contest during All-Star weekend. Gordon participated in the previous two Slam Dunk contests. Utah rookie Donovan Mitchell will replace Gordon.Heat: Kelly Olynyk left with a left shoulder strain midway through the first quarter and didn’t return. Olynyk fell hard to the floor after positioning for a charging foul on Biyombo. . Olynyk was scoreless, ending a streak of 11 consecutive games in double figures. . Miami made 20 free throws in the first two periods, a season high for a half.ANOTHER CLOSE CALLThe Heat have lost by six points or less in their current losing streak. The two-point margin against Orlando coupled the two-point deficit that started the streak in Cleveland Jan. 31. Miami also lost by six and four points against Philadelphia and Detroit, respectively.“Just a few small breakdowns. In the last few games they’ve been critical,” Richardson said.PHILY PROUDVogel received pregame congratulations for the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl championship. Vogel, who grew up in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, celebrated the Eagles’ victory over the New England Patriots, while watching Sunday’s game from the Magic’s team hotel in Miami. “It’s been a long drought and they finally won it,” Vogel said of the Eagles’ 57-year span between championships. “It’s something my father never experienced. I never experienced. It’s exciting.”UP NEXT: MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Top Indian shooters like Manavjit Singh Sandhu (left) and Ronjan Sodhi have sometimes struggled due to a lack of professional mental training.Individual sport can be a lonely vocation, which is why athletes need to be in top mental condition to tackle its pressures and challenges.This is especially true of Olympic sports which generally don’t have a year-round calendar where players can keep bumping into each other and form personal bonds.And when one speaks of sports like shooting and archery, which require precision and immense concentration rather than a lot of physical activity, a single outof-place thought can upset the athlete’s rhythm and spoil their prospects.This is where mental trainers come in. Professional help is always welcome and, for the first time, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) seems to be giving this aspect the seriousness it deserves.It took the underwhelming performances of Indian shooters at three major back-to-back events – the Commonwealth Games, the World Championships and the Asian Games – for the NRAI to wake up. Although the body officially proclaims its satisfaction with the shooters’ performances, some top officials have privately admitted that the athletes need a push to take them from the threshold of greatness to greatness itself.According to sources within the NRAI, the body is set to send a proposal to the sports ministry and the Sports Authority of India to enlist the help of an American professional. What’s more, the expert happens to be a hypnotherapist, who counts among his clients the likes of double Olympic skeet gold medallist shooter Vincent Hancock, Olympic double trap gold medallist Glenn Eller and has also worked with one of the all-time greats of golf, Tiger Woods.advertisementAccording to the plan, Daniel Vitchoff, a renowned practitioner of hypnotherapy from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, will hold a monthlong camp with selected Indian athletes, to help condition their minds on the road to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.”We zeroed in on Dan after a long process of consultation with our senior shooters, the foreign coaches and the international shooting community. Apart from the obvious pull of someone who has worked with a legend like Tiger Woods, Dan has worked with some of the most successful American shooters and we feel his guidance will go a long way towards preparing our athletes for the Rio Games,” an NRAI official told MAIL TODAY on the condition of anonymity, since this proposal is yet to go to the ministry and SAI.”In fact, we will also try to involve archers in the plan, so that more top Indian sportspersons can benefit from his expertise.”Hypnotherapy is seen with suspicion by a lot of people, but the official said the NRAI had done its homework on its positives.”We’ve seen how much the athletes who have trained with Dan have appreciated his methods, in particular the ’33 Method’, which includes hypnosis, visualisation and neuro-linguistic programming. This helps improve focus and minimise distractions,” the official said.Currently, the Indian team regularly features a blend of experienced shooters and up-and-coming stars, and for them to get mental training will be a boon.For a while now, Indians have been reaching finals at the World Cup level, but the medal count has been disproportionately low.Maybe with Vitchoff’s help, the shooters (and archers) will be able to get over the hump.
India’s stand-in Test captain Virat Kohli scored 66 and Murali Vijay added 60 as the tourists played out a draw in the two-day match against a Cricket Australia Chairman’s XI that concluded on Friday.The match was organised on short notice to give the Indian players some much-needed match practice ahead of the first Test against Australia which begins Tuesday at the Adelaide Oval.The four-Test series had initially been due to begin in Brisbane this week but had been rescheduled following the death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes.Playing at the Glenelg Oval in suburban Adelaide, the Australian team batted first and scored 243 while India replied with 375 in their first innings. The Chairman’s XI was 83 for 5 in their second innings at stumps on Friday.Vijay and Kohli, who both retired to give other batsmen time in the crease, shared a 123-run stand, steadying India’s innings after the visitors were 36 for 2 late on the opening day.Vijay took one bouncer on the body that flicked up and hit the helmet, but composed himself quickly. Hughes died last Thursday, two days after being hit in the head from a short-pitched delivery during a domestic first-class match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.