Month: November 2019

first_imgFormer India skipper Sourav Ganguly has said that South Africa’s Jacques Kallis is the “most effective player” in Test cricket ahead of Indian greats Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Australia’s Ricky Ponting. He said it while commentating during the fourth and final Test between India and Australia on Tuesday. The flamboyant left-hander said it after Ricky Ponting surpassed his 13,000 Test runs. On Tuesday, Ponting became the third player to reach the milestone behind Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. Ponting registered his 13000th run while he was on 81, and went on to score his 41st Test hundred in his 275th innings. When asked who is more effective in Test cricket among Tendulkar, Dravid, Ponitng and Kallis – ‘Definitely Kallis’, was Ganguly’s reply. Sachin Tendulkar leads the table being the top run-scorer in Tests, followed by Rahul Dravid, Ponting and Kallis. However, Kalilis’ Test average of 57 and the South African’s contribution to the game with a tally of 274 wickets and 12,260 runs in 150 Tests prompted Ganguly to call him the ‘best all-rounder ever’. Tendulkar also holds a record for the most Test centuries with 51 while Kallis and Ponting having scored 41 each.last_img read more

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first_imgSachin TendulkarHe’s back. Being many things to many people – the centre of India’s cricketing universe, the holder of the key, the upholder of all sorts of values superglued on to his squat personage, the master of the game and, of course, the big cookie, the one that stokes his,Sachin TendulkarHe’s back. Being many things to many people – the centre of India’s cricketing universe, the holder of the key, the upholder of all sorts of values superglued on to his squat personage, the master of the game and, of course, the big cookie, the one that stokes his interest – the informal, undisputed title of the best batsman in the world. At the World Cup in South Africa, there are no arguments about that, anymore. Two innings in two big games settled it. The tournament began with Brian Lara throwing down the challenge to the great swordsmen of the game with a century in the opening match. A month later, Lara was the mere memory of a backlift and Sachin Tendulkar stood alone. Three man-of-the-match awards, close to 500 runs and India in the Super Six without calling on rain, freak results, the gods. The Indian batting charge in the World Cup has been led by Tendulkar, restored to the top of the order. The world now applauds as though a new Tendulkar has been sighted, carving up bowling like a butcher does animal parts into easily digestible steak-sized pieces for the rest of the batsmen to swallow.Look carefully. It is the old Tendulkar returned after a quiet time lower down in the order where, as he said himself, he had a “greater responsibility”. Facing new-ball attacks in the World Cup with an asking rate of six an over would also usually qualify as a pretty reasonable description of “responsibility”; but batsmen born to perpetuate ruin probably prefer their responsibility on roller-skates. “If the opening partnership had been going well, then things wouldn’t have changed,” admits coach John Wright, “but it hadn’t. There was no point in continuing with it in a big tournament like the World Cup and asking Sachin to come in at 20-2 where he can’t play his dominant game.” Given a chance to regain his favourite batting spot in the one-day game, Tendulkar cashed in. There is a difference though: in the bad old days, the departure of Tendulkar meant the beginning of the deluge. Today there are batsmen who come in and finish games for India. When Tendulkar goes now, whether in the 15th over against England or with 100 left to get against Pakistan, there are players who will not let his effort be nothing more than a glorious chapter in an otherwise sorry story. For a man who “loathes failure more than anyone” in the words of former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar, to be part of a dressing room where failure passed from man to man like a sneeze, must have been purgatory. Tendulkar is playing with the freedom of a man given a second chance at glory, one more shot – not at record books but at the heavier tomes of history instead. A great athlete is usually defined by what he does in the big moments – Diego Maradona and the 1986 World Cup, Ronaldo and 2002, Pete Sampras and Wimbledon, Tiger Woods and the majors. Tendulkar has clearly set out his stall in this Cup and hopes his teammates will follow. South African batsman Daryll Cullinan says “this will be the World Cup that will be remembered as Tendulkar’s World Cup.” A fortnight from now, we will all know.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgEhsaas Gham Ka, HMV, Rs 80Recompilation is HMV’s eternal tune. The gold mine of old songs that it sits on helps it churn out selling combinations. As Lata Mangeshkar celebrates her 75th birthday on September 28, Ehsaas Gham Ka, a two-volume set of songs sung by her, comes as HMV’s,Ehsaas Gham Ka, HMV, Rs 80Recompilation is HMV’s eternal tune. The gold mine of old songs that it sits on helps it churn out selling combinations. As Lata Mangeshkar celebrates her 75th birthday on September 28, Ehsaas Gham Ka, a two-volume set of songs sung by her, comes as HMV’s gift.If melodies give words to thoughts, here it is. As for Mangeshkar’s other presents, they began pouring in days ago. Young Lata MangeshkarHer nephew Adinath planned a big bash but the surprise was out when fans called Mangeshkar herself for invites.The event, organised by the Sahara Group, will be held at Mumbai’s sprawling Andheri Sports Complex.last_img read more

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first_imgMario Balotelli may have cried right on the ground after Italy’s 0-4 defeat to Spain in the Euro 2012 final, but almost the whole Italian team was in tears in the dressing room later, goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon said on Monday.Italy continue their 46-year wait for a second European title after goals from David Silva, Jordi Alba, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata gave Spain their third major title in a row.”In the changing room, almost all the players were sobbing,” Buffon said.”We thought we could beat the Spaniards in the Euro 2012 final, but it all turned out to be a big illusion.”Conceding two goals in the final ten minutes was a nightmarish end to the game, Buffon said.”I just want to forget the last ten minutes of the match, erase it from my life,” he said.”I worried that we’d concede again and the match would end with a far higher score than 4-0. We really could have lost by much more and we’re fortunate that didn’t happen.”Buffon, 34, made his 120th appearance for Italy in the final after a career that included winning the 2006 World Cup.He missed Italy’s last appearance at a European championship final in 2000 with a broken hand.last_img read more

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first_imgNo more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 06: Metta World Peace #37 of the Los Angeles Lakers points to a teammate during the first half of an NBA game against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 6, 2016 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP> at Staples Center on April 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Metta World Peace has joined the Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA G League affiliate as a player development coach.The veteran NBA forward was added to the South Bay Lakers’ staff Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Simmons’ triple-double lifts Sixers over Pistons Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans World Peace played 16 NBA seasons for six franchises, including six years with the Lakers from 2009-10 and 2015-17. He was a standout defensive player who won a championship alongside Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol in 2010.While he hasn’t publicly retired, the forward formerly known as Ron Artest will assist South Bay Lakers head coach Coby Karl and his staff.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 openingWorld Peace earned the longest suspension in NBA history for his role in the Indiana Pacers’ infamous brawl in the stands at Detroit in November 2004, but he matured into a valued veteran leader for the Lakers. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Tiger Woods decides to be his own swing coach After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. APLOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is serving a 25-day sentence at an Orange County detention center after violating his probation on a drunken driving arrest, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday (Friday Manila time).Caldwell-Pope is allowed to leave the Seal Beach Police Department Detention Center for practice and Lakers games in California under a work-release program, but must wear a GPS monitor outside the facility.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Caldwell-Pope has missed two road games, and won’t travel for games in Houston on Dec. 31 and Minnesota on Jan. 1. He was expected to play against Golden State.While playing for the Detroit Pistons, Caldwell-Pope was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early March 29 in Auburn Hills, Michigan, after police say he was spotted going about 45 mph in a 25 mph zone. He was arrested after a field sobriety test. A further test showed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent.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 hostingCaldwell-Pope is averaging 14.2 points this season. He signed a one-year, $18 million deal with the Lakers as a free agent in July. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 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 Malditas save PH from shutout View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgLionel Messi will now have to defend himself from the accusations related to corruption and fraudFC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi will have to stand trial on corruption charges after a judge in the Catalan town of Gava rejected the footballer’s appeal against having to appear, it was confirmed Friday.Messi had alleged and had been backed up by the Spanish anti-corruption judge that he had not known the details of the economic activities of his father and representative, Jorge Horacio Messi, which are under investigation, reports Xinhua.The judge had considered that the Argentine international had been “at the margin of the economic, contractual and tax management” carried out by his father, who is also accused of fraud as the result of allegations regarding his son’s image rights for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009.The judge in Gava considered it to be a “subjective” opinion that Messi had known nothing about his father’s management of his accounts and he will now have to defend himself from the accusations in a trial which is certain to be in the headlines both in Spain and abroad.last_img read more

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first_imgTeam India, in a strong reply to Australia’s big total, ended Day 3 on 369/5 at AdelaideBatsman Cheteshwar Pujara Thursday exuded confidence that India will continue to put on an impressive batting display on day four of the ongoing first Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval and overhaul the host’s first innings total of 517 for seven declared.Skipper Virat Kohli led India’s batting reply with a superb 115, followed by assured batting performances from Pujara (73), Murali Vijay (53) and Ajinkya Rahane (62) to help the tourists finish the day three action with 369 for five, trailing Australia by 148 runs.”The plan was to fight back. We discussed that with our batting lineup we can definitely score the number of runs they scored on this wicket. It was about proving to ourselves that we can achieve it and we are in a good position to do so,” he said.Pujara said his team is now focussed on capitalising on the positive start they have made.”They tried bowling into the stumps as well as outside the off-stump. But the way we batted, we should get some credit for it. We want to respect all the bowlers and be aggressive at the same time. We are here to score runs and that’s what we have done. This is a positive start for us and we want to carry on,” the right-handed batsman said.”Most of our batsmen scored runs, starting from our openers and we always had one partnership going. They all spent time in the middle and that is a positive for us.”advertisementThe No.3 batsman was particularly effusive in his praise for Kohli, who was struck in the middle of his helmet by a bouncer from Mitchell Johnson off the first ball he faced, but went on to score a brave 115.”He forgot about that ball that hit him and batted really well. His innings was very crucial for us and it was fun to watch him today.”He admitted the disappointment of not converting a fifty into a hundred but wasn’t overly concerned.”At times I do feel disappointed that I haven’t been able to capitalise on my starts. But then I understand that you can’t score a double century each time in cricket. I want to score as many runs as possible but it doesn’t always happen,” he said.”Sometimes, you have to respect the opposition and accept it. But every time I get out, I assess what went wrong and try to come back strongly.”last_img read more

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