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SEA Games conclusion sees early start to celebrations

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses There was also a “wefie moment” when the public had the opportunity to be part of one of the biggest and widest “wefies” of all time with Najib and Khairy. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Foreign Affairs Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano waves the Southeast Asian Games Federation flag after receiving it from Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco and outgoing SEA Games Federation president Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar of Malaysia during the closing ceremonies of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Wednesday night at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. Cayetano will serve as chairman of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR—A spectacular showstopper with a glorious medal tally of 323 was the magnificent end to the 29th SEA Games hosted by the nation.On the eve of the 60th National Day, with a roaring spirit of nationalism, thousands of Malaysians thronged the Bukit Jalil National Stadium to witness the closing ceremony of the Games that saw 7,090 athletes from 11 nations come together to compete in the spirit of sportsmanship.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “May they display cheerfulness and concord so that the Sports Torch may be carried on with even greater eagerness, courage and honour for the good of humanity throughout the ages,” he said in a short declaration yesterday.As the curtain came down on KL 2017, all eyes will now be fixed on Philippines, the host of the next edition in 2019.Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who is also the organising committee chairman, handed over the SEA Games Federation flag to South-East Asian Games Federation president and Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tunku Imran Tuanku Jaafar.Tunku Imran then presented the flag to the Philippines Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr, who received it on behalf of the Philippines government.Cojuangco Jr then passed it to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and the 30th SEA Games organising committee chairman, His Excellency Alan Peter Cayetano.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Olympic medalist Michael Phelps challenges Conor McGregor to swimming race Malaysia as the host dominated the medal tally and became the overall champion with a total haul of 145 golds, 92 silvers and 86 bronze.This surpassed the initial target of 111 gold medals, making it one of the best ever in the Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPrime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak arrived at 9.40pm, accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and his deputy Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.“I declare the 29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 closed and I call upon the youth of the South-East Asian countries to assemble two years from now at the Philippines to celebrate the 30th SEA Games. Cayetano then waved the flag, signifying Philippines’ acceptance of hosting the Games.Among some of the highlights at the closing ceremony included a tribute video, a visual journey into the daily lives of some of the 13,000 volunteers at the SEA Games on the tasks and various duties they undertook to ensure the Games’ success. This then followed with Terima Kasih Daun Keladi (tribute of thanks), which was an inspiring fusion of communal singing and dancing, thanking Mother Nature.There were also a video featuring all the major moments and achievements during the Games, together with a short tribute from Malaysia’s medal winners to all Malaysians.Among them were shot putter Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli, wushu champion Diana Bong Siong Lin and karate exponent R. Sharmendran.The closing ceremony mostly centred around Malaysia’s 60 years of nationhood with the region as well as unity, harmony, togetherness, aspiration and respect.Among the key highlights was an 80-minute long musical ode called the Soundtrack Negaraku that featured iconic Malaysian songs recreated for the public.It was accompanied by visuals that were a combination of projection mapping and LED showcasing the nation’s landscapes, symbolic moments and glimpse into its future.The other highlight included a video segment, which was a compilation of nation building and defining statements from history brought to life for all, accompanied by visuals from the 1957 Merdeka declaration cries by Tunku Abdul Rahman.There was also the multi-faceted rendition of the national anthem that reverberated across the stadium, with thousands singing, guided by a choir.This was then accompanied by a spectacle of fireworks. 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Ronaldo says he’s father of baby girl

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UAAP Starting 5: Week 10 MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:58With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games FILE – Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, second from right, and son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., right, sit beside Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi, left, and wife Antonella during the The Best FIFA 2017 Awards at the Palladium Theatre in London, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)MADRID — Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has announced that he is the father of a baby girl.Ronaldo posted a photo Sunday on Twitter of him with the baby’s mother, Georgina Rodriguez, and his oldest son in a hospital in Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The Real Madrid and Portugal forward accompanied the image with the message written in Portuguese: “Alana Martina has just been born! Both Geo and Alana are fine! We are all very happy!”The baby is Ronaldo’s fourth child. He had two children earlier this year, reportedly through a surrogate mother.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRonaldo made his relationship with Rodriguez public last year. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Curry scores 35, Warriors come back to beat 76ers

first_imgRead Next Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kerr called a pair of timeouts minutes apart in the first half. The second one came after the play he designed wasn’t run the way he drew it up. Curry took the blame for that one.“I forgot the play,” he said. “Four dribbles in, I didn’t know what I was supposed to do with the ball.”RESPECT THE PROCESSEmbiid, Simmons and the rest of the young Sixers left an impression on the Warriors.“They’re gonna be a load coming up for years,” Durant said. “You’re seeing a team that you should start following.”Kerr praised Philadelphia’s dynamic 1-2 punch.“Embiid and Simmons are different,” he said. “You don’t see that anymore. Simmons is incredibly gifted. The two of them together are difficult to cover.”TIP-INSWarriors: The 47 points allowed in the first quarter was their most given up in any quarter since Portland had 48 in the fourth quarter of a game on Nov. 14, 1992.76ers: J.J. Redick scored 20 points, and Dario Saric had 13 points and 10 rebounds. LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Irving, Brown help Celtics rally for 15th straight win QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “I was extremely aggressive in the first quarter, just didn’t make the shots,” Curry said. “We were more calculated in the third quarter.”A raucous, sellout crowd that chanted “Trust the Process” most of the night went silent while the Warriors put on a shooting clinic in the second half.Even veteran David West came off the bench and made big shots in the fourth quarter to give the Warriors distance. He finished with 14 points. Klay Thompson had 16.“We weren’t locked in, we weren’t focused in the first half,” Kerr said. “It took the embarrassment of being blown off the floor to get us going.”Embiid was coming off a career-best performance — 46 points, 15 rebounds, seven blocks, seven assists — in a 115-109 win at the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ MOST READ It looked as if he was on his way to another monster game in the first quarter. Embiid embraced the frenzied fans and slapped hands with a guy sitting courtside after a dunk.But the Warriors showed why they’re the best by stifling Philadelphia in the second half to improve to 12-4.The Sixers, who lost 135-114 at Golden State one week ago, fell to 8-7.“We have to play for 48 minutes,” Embiid said.Playing his first game since receiving a lucrative contract extension, Robert Covington had 20 points for Philly.Back home for the first time following a five-game road trip to the West Coast, the Sixers showed no jet lag in the first half.They jumped ahead 15-4 following a 3-pointer by Embiid. Covington stripped Durant and hit a 3 to make it 37-18, electrifying the crowd.Durant’s dunk off Green’s alley-oop pass got the Warriors within 70-51 late in the second. But Embiid finished off the half with a dunk that sent the Sixers into the locker room up 74-52.“We have to focus, we have to take care of the ball and handle our defensive assignments,” Simmons said.TIME-OUT TIMES TWO CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “We take everybody’s best shot every night but they fight and fortunately we turned it around,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.Joel Embiid scored 21 points and Ben Simmons had 23 points and 12 assists for Philadelphia, which led 47-28 after one quarter and 74-52 at the half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the Warriors erased that large deficit with a furious rally in the third quarter. Curry’s 3-pointer got them within one point. He then made a pair of free throws to give Golden State a 90-89 lead.The two-time NBA MVP hit another 3 and Draymond Green blew past a defender for a dunk to make it 99-89 going into the fourth. UP NEXTWarriors: Continue their four-game road trip Sunday afternoon at Brooklyn.76ers: Host Utah on Monday night. Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, left, goes up for the shot with Philadelphia 76ers’ Robert Covington, right, defending during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 22-point halftime deficit was no big deal for the defending NBA champions.Stephen Curry scored 35 points, Kevin Durant had 27 and the Golden State Warriors rallied for a 124-116 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

Mbala’s shadow looms large over UAAP Finals; season numbers show Ateneo in for tough matchup vs La Salle

first_imgBen Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor all of Ateneo’s brilliance in the elimination round and gutsy performance in the Final Four against Far Eastern U, one player still casts a huge shadow over the UAAP Season 80 Finals starting this Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.La Salle’s Ben Mbala, who is set to pick up a second straight Most Valuable Player trophy, looms as the biggest stumbling block to the Blue Eagles’ bid for a first title since 2012 when the fierce rivals collide in another blockbuster series.ADVERTISEMENT “Mbala” was the first word uttered by Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga when asked on his thoughts of facing the Green Archers in the Finals just moments after the Eagles survived the Tamaraws, 88-84, in overtime on Wednesday.“That’s the first name we got to handle. We have to find a way to stay out of foul trouble against Mbala,” Arespacochaga added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIsaac Go and Chiz Ikeh took turns in guarding Mbala, but the strong and athletic forward still got away with 28 points and 19 rebounds in La Salle’s 79-76 second-round win over Ateneo last Nov. 12. Mbala also added six steals and six blocks in another dominant performance.Although his rebounding is down from 16 boards to 13.1 per game this season, the hulking Cameroonian has turned into an even lethal scorer, averaging 26 points in 12 games, up from 20.6 points an outing in the previous season. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort But the Eagles will also have to deal with the likes of Ricci Rivero, Aljun Melecio and Santi Santillan in the Finals.Rivero in particular has become a key contributor, filling the void left by Jeron Teng as the secondary scorer with 14.1 points per game in the elimination round—a marked improvement from his 5.5 points an outing average from Season 79.“We’re saying that La Salle’s not a one-man team,” said Arespacochaga. “They’re a good team. There’s a reason why they’re in the Finals, why they’re waiting in the Finals, they’re the defending champs. So we have no illusions that it’s gonna be an easy game for us (in the Finals).”ADVERTISEMENT Olsen looks at next season with hope-tinted glassescenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Perpetual erases 4th set deficit, trumps Arellano for 11th NCAA volleyball title

first_imgNCAA Season 93 men’s volleyball champions: Perpetual Help Altas. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUniversity of Perpetual Help displayed its championship poise and withstood Arellano University , 23-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-23, to claim the NCAA Season 93 men’s volleyball crown Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The two sides were locked in an epic battle for the entire match and the Altas even found themselves trailing 19-12 in the fourth set but clawed their way back and blindsided the Chiefs for their 11th title.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Perpetual scored on back-to-back blocks to take the lead at 22-21 before Ridzuan Muhali converted on a crosscourt kill to send the Altas to the 24-22 match point.Rey Taneo then put the Chiefs away with an inspired quick kill that landed squarely in the middle of Arellano’s defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I always told my players that nothing is impossible,” said Altas head coach Sammy Acaylar in Filipino. “If you don’t give up, the Lord will give this win. So when we closed the gap I knew we never gave up.”“This is my passion, I never counted my championships because this is the help I can give to the players who will be tasting their first title.” LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico View comments AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alejandro lifts Go for Gold in upset win vs CEUcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Reigning MVP and Rookie of the Year Joebert Almodiel led the Altas with 19 points while Taneo Ronniel Rosales had 11 and 10 points, respectively.Christian Dela Paz had 16 points to lead the Chiefs. Read Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

NBA: Pachulia’s family receives death threats after Leonard incident

first_imgLOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Warriors set 12-0 record for 3rd straight trip to NBA Finals MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games “Look at what happened at the school. It was unfortunate,” Pachulia, who has two sons and one daughter, told the news outlet.“They had to get extra security because we are living in a world today where social media is so active, you can find any news you want to, hear any news you want to, and obviously it’s a hot topic lately.“He added: “They just had hired extra security for the entrance and make sure nobody goes in the school. It’s just not fair. It does upset me.”Although the threats began shortly after Pop’s tongue-lashing, the Dubs’ big man does not entirely condemn the legendary coach for his family’s dire situation.“I don’t blame everything on Pop, but what he said had a lot of influence (and) you had a lot of people where, unfortunately, you can’t control what everybody’s intelligence is,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia (right). AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)The Golden State Warriors will head for their third straight NBA Finals after dispatching the San Antonio Spurs 129-115 on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).READ: Warriors set 12-0 record for 3rd straight trip to NBA FinalsADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam LATEST STORIES However, the entire record-setting series remains maligned with controversy, after the Spurs’ best player, Kawhi Leonard, missed out the remainder of the Western Conference Finals after landing on Zaza Pachulia’s foot in Game 1.The Georgian center, who sat out the series-clinching Game 4 due to a heel injury, has since been the target of criticism after the unfortunate incident.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAfter receiving a verbal tirade from Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich—who referred to him as a “dirty player”—Pachulia opened up, disclosing that there have been “social media threats” to his family, which have left them “all shaken.”As a precautionary measure, several security guards have been deployed in the schools of Pachulia’s three children, USA Today reported. “Me as a person, as a man, I don’t mind dealing with it. But I hate to see my family deal with it,” he shared.“My wife and my kids who have nothing to do with it, who are very innocent.  I just hate my family going through that. They don’t deserve that. I’m not blaming everything on (Popovich), but he was a very big part of it.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:NBA: Leonard doesn’t think Pachulia injured him on purposeSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay View commentslast_img read more

Wrecking Balls get last PVL men’s semis berth

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Ronaldo says his ‘brilliance’ bothers people 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sta. Elena Construction gave Army the boot with a 25-17, 25-19, 29-27 win Wednesday to complete the semifinals cast of the the men’s division of the Premier Volleyball League.League-leading scorer Berlin Paglinawan unleashed 20 points to tow the Wrecking Balls into the Final Four duel, where they will face top-seeded Cignal TV HD Spikers staring Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT The other semis pairing pits No. 2 Mega Builders against third-seed and defending champion Air Force.Isaah Arda, Paolo Publico and Israel Encina each chipped in 10 points for the Wrecking Balls, who also beat the Troopers, 25-15, 22-25, 25-21, 25-23, in their elimination game face-off last July 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“The boys were just determined to get the win,” said Sta. Elena coach Arnold Laniog.The Wrecking Balls dominated Café Lupe at the close of the elims to finish tied for fourth with Army at 4-3, and force a sudden death for the last semis seat. Celest Flores-Colina Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Tickets sold out but venues deserted

first_imgA hand ful of spectators at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi.While the nineteenth edition of the Commonwealth Games kicked off on a ‘spectacular’ note, the follow up hasn’t been that impressive. This time, it’s the people of the host city who have been left high and dry after they were unable to get tickets for the sporting venues.In comparison to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium which was buzzing with over 60,000 spectators at the opening ceremony on Sunday evening, the audience response at the competition venues thereafter has been embarrassingly tepid.On the face of it, the empty stands could be blamed on lack of enthusiasm on part of Delhiites. But Delhiites couldn’t disagree more.Several spectators who managed a ticket to different venues on Tuesday said that they did so with much difficulty. “Online booking, which is one of the most convenient ways to get a ticket, does not seem to be functioning properly.Every time I tried to get a ticket for the wrestling (for Tuesday), the website kept showing some error or the other,” said Maithali Gupta (18), who has come to Delhi from Hyderabad to watch the Games specially. She finally bought her ticket at the venue.A top Indian shooter, who has an event on Wednesday, is finding it hard to organise a ticket for his mother, who has flown in to Delhi to watch her son perform at the Karni Singh shooting range.”There are no tickets available at the venue. What they are saying here is that tickets are available online,” said another shooter.advertisementWhen Mail Today checked the website, tickets for Wednesday for the shooting range had been sold out. “It’s complicated. Outside they tell us the tickets have been sold out. Inside the venues, many of the seats are lying vacant. Then where are the tickets,” questioned another shooter.Commonwealth Games Federation President Michael Fennell pointed out that low spectator turnout at the venues was a cause of concern. At some events, the crowd was outnumbered by the teams and security personnel.”We are working with the OC on how to fill the venues. Both athletes and the organisers want the venues to be full,” Fennell said.CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi assured that steps are being taken to bring in more people to the stadia.”We are working on it. We are planning to bring in schoolchildren and even those from the poorer families to watch the matches. I am sure the problem would now be managing the crowd.”On Tuesday, for instance, at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, the venues for wrestling and cycling, looked lifeless with occupancy standing at less than half during most part of the day.When Mail Today did a spot check at the KD Jadhav Wrestling stadium around 4.40 pm, there were barely a thousand people in the stands, which can accommodate 6,932 people.In fact the number of the media persons and volunteers almost equalled that of the wrestlers.This, ironically, was the response of Delhiites when there was an Indian contestant in each of the three final rounds for the gold medal in Greco- Roman style of wrestling.Though at the gymnastics venue, the number of spectators seemed more encouraging, it still wasn’t enough to fill up half of the capacity of the stadium.The occupancy, in fact, stood at about 40 per cent just before the final round of the day was about to kick off.last_img read more

It is a matter of just one big partnership: Harris

first_imgSouth African left-arm spinner Paul Harris on Tuesday said that his side have the edge in the second cricket Test against India as they need just one big partnership to win it and clinch the series.2nd Test: India fancy their chance at DurbanHarris said South Africa have won Test matches from similar situations and there was no reason why they cannot do it again.”We are very confident as we still have seven wickets in hand. It is just matter of getting one big partnership going. (Jacques) Kallis and AB (de Villiers) are quality players and they will do it for us,” Harris said at the post-match press conference.”We are confident of chasing down the required runs. As far as I know we have not buckled down under pressure in Test cricket. Nine out of 10 in situation like this, in Test cricket, we have come on top. We have done it in the past. No reason why we cannot do it again over here,” he said.Harris saluted veteran Indian batsman VVS Laxman for his “special” knock of 96 under pressure to set a target of 303 for the Proteas to win.”He (Laxman) is class player, we all know that. He played nicely and fortune also favoured him. But I think you make your own fortune too. His knock was special because it was played under pressure,” he said.Asked about the exchange of few words between his captain Graeme Smith and Indian paceman S Sreesanth just before tea break, Harris said, “We all know that normally Smith never reacts on the ground but I am sure he must have something personal. If Sreesanth has done that it’s not great for him to do that. If he wants to do that he can do that.advertisement”The series is being played in good spirit. Remember number one and number two teams are playing against each other so you have to play hard, but you should not get personal.”Pacemen have taken the lion’s share of wickets that have fallen till the end of the third day, but Harris said the Kingsmead pitch was good for spinners also.”I think there is bit of bounce. Rather than turn bounce is creating that magic when spin bowler is bowling. Harbhajan used that bounce to his advantage in the first innings. Bowling in right areas is the key to success.”With inputs from PTIlast_img read more