Read Next “It’s too bad, they got ahead in the tiebreak and we couldn’t shake it,” said Alcantara, the 2009 Australian Open juniors doubles champ.The Thais zoomed to 4-0 in the super tiebreak. The Philippines tried to catch up with some power baseline drives but there was no stopping the Thai twins, who have now won four men’s doubles titles.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 shutout“At this level there’s no easy points. We had to be solid in serves and returns. It was very close which was already good at this level,” added Alcantara.Anna Clarice Patrimonio, meanwhile, hopes to end the country’s gold medal drought in women’s singles when she takes on Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand in the finals Saturday. The 23-year old Patrimonio is looking to become the first FIlipino SEA Games singles champ since Maricris Fernandez in 1999.“I will do everything that I can to win, said Patrimonio, who is the daughter of former PBA four-time MVP Alvin Patrimonio.Clarice defeated fourth-seed Ka Andrea Daray of Cambodia, 6-0, 6-3, in the semifinal round to advance to her first gold-medal match in her career.Kumkhum, the No. 1 ranked, defeated Tan Li Yan Stefani of Singapore, 6-0, 6-0, in the other semifinals. The Thai has career-best ranking of 85th in the world in singles and won gold in doubles in 2014 Incheon Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Lyceum completes first round sweep with Mapua rout SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LATEST STORIES View comments LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief KUALA LUMPU—Francis Casey Alcantara and Ruben Gonzales dropped a tough three-set decision to the defending champions from Thailand to settle for silver in the Southeast Asian Games tennis men’s doubles Friday.The Filipino pair took the fight to twins Sonchai and Sanchai Ratiwatana before yielding a 6-4, 2-6, 10-7 decision in the final at Jalan Duta Tennis Complex.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending 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 Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games
Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The Bulls had said he would likely need surgery and miss four to six weeks. Because of the concussion, Mirotic, who was born in Montenegro, did not have the operation right away. Paxson says the bones have started to heal so it’s “best” not to undergo surgery.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 shutoutHe also says Mirotic will resume light activity on Tuesday.Portis was suspended eight games. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Simmons helps 76ers beat Rockets CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic brings the ball up court against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)Chicago Bulls’ Bobby Portis (5) handles the ball during a preseason NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)CHICAGO — Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic has decided not to have surgery to repair the broken bones in his face.Vice president of basketball operations John Paxson tells Chicago’s WBBM-AM 780 that Mirotic decided to let the fractures heal on their own. Mirotic suffered several broken bones as well as a concussion when he got into a fight with teammate Bobby Portis during practice on Oct. 17.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pacers lose Collison for 2-3 weeks with knee injury AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) sits on the sideline with an injury to his right arm as guard Frank Ntilikina (11) looks on during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK — Knicks guard Ron Baker will have right shoulder surgery and miss the rest of the season.The Knicks say Monday that Baker will have an arthroscopic shoulder stabilization. It will be performed Wednesday by Dr. Answorth Allen.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The team says the expected recovery time is four to six months.Baker dislocated the shoulder and tore his labrum Jan. 30 in a victory over Brooklyn. The backup guard finishes with 2.4 points per game in 29 games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers
Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LATEST STORIES Garcia last fought in March, losing the WBC title in a unification fight with Thurman.“More than anything, I just felt like I needed the rest,” Garcia said about the layoff. “It wasn’t about the hunger because I’ve always had passion for the sport. I love boxing. I love the competition.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGarcia, who was reigning world champion for six years dating to his win over Hall of Famer Erik Morales in 2012 through March 2017, also holds victories over current WBA welterweight world champion Lucas Matthysse and unified light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan.“It’s great to be back here in Vegas,” said Garcia, who was a unified world champion at super lightweight and welterweight. “This is a big-fight atmosphere and it just motivates me. I’m 29 years old and in the prime of my career. It starts now. I’m ready to get back on track.” 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting FILE —Danny Garcia celebrates after his fight against Lamont Peterson during the Premier Boxing Champions Middleweight bout at Barclays Center on April 11, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPLAS VEGAS — Former two-division world champion Danny Garcia is returning to the ring Saturday night against former world champion Brandon Rios in a WBC welterweight world title elimination bout.Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) and Rios (34-3-1, 25 KOs) are looking to get back on top of one of boxing’s deepest weight classes, the 147-pound welterweight division. The winner at Mandalay Bay Events Center will be in world-title contention with unified champion Keith Thurman, the holder of the WBC and WBA belts.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Philadelphia fighter Garcia faces a tough former lightweight champion in Rios, who is training for the fight with renowned trainer Robert Garcia in Southern California. Like Garcia, Rios has fought many of the top welterweights of this era, including world champions Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao.“Everyone knows the way I fight,” said Rios, from Oxnard, California. “Going all out is my style. I’ll walk through brick walls to get the victory.”Rios is one of boxing’s most aggressive, come-forward fighters.“Danny’s a strong fighter and he has power in both hands,” Rios said. “He’s a great counter-puncher. One thing I like is he doesn’t move or run. He likes to bang it out, and that suits my style better. But if he does run, we’ll be ready for that too.”In the co-feature, boxing’s youngest world champion David Benavidez will defend his WBC super middleweight title for the first time against Ronald Gavril in a rematch of their September bout in which Benavidez won the vacant title via narrow split decision.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum The 21-year-old Benavidez (19-0, 17 KOs) became the youngest reigning world champion in boxing and the youngest 168-pound champion in history at 20 years, 9 months when he scored a victory against Gavril (18-2, 14 KOs) to win the super middleweight title Sept. 8. The bout featured multiple swings of momentum, thrilling exchanges and a wild 12th round in which Gavril knocked Benavidez to the canvas. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH bet Michael Martinez puts on flawless show in Olympics short program View comments
Rooney says she’d like a chance to stop a shot from the hockey-playing Canadian pop star. She revealed a “Team Bieber” shirt under her USA jersey.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRooney’s stop of a shootout goal against Canada clinched gold for the Americans.Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson’s triple-fake past the Canadian goalie in the shootout is nicknamed “Oops, I Did it Again.” Fallon asked, “Heard from Britney Spears?” Lamoureux-Davidson says she did get a tweet and thought it was “pretty cool.” Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Several members of the USA women’s hockey team clown around with their gold medals as they watch the Tie Break Tens tennis tournament at Madison Square Garden, Monday, March 5, 2018 in New York. Image: AP Photo/Kathy WillensNEW YORK (AP) — Olympic goalie Maddie Rooney is challenging Justin Bieber to take his best shot.Rooney and the U.S. women’s gold-medal hockey team appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Monday night. She says she’s still waiting for a tweet from Bieber.ADVERTISEMENT During their celebration tour, the players sat courtside and took photos with Serena and Venus Williams during a tennis match at Madison Square Garden. The team will attend home games of the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. NVGRELATED STORIES:US women end drought, beat Canada for gold in a shootoutFil-Am teen is first import on PH nat’l women’s ice hockey teamADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games View comments Read Next Kai Sotto reigns supreme in final NBTC 24 rankings
“Floyd will stop him. He’s just too good at boxing for McGregor and McGregor is just too inexperienced.“I wouldn’t buy it — but I would be interested in the result. To me, I know who is going to win already so there’s no use in watching it.”Lewis, who fought for Canada at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, joins a growing list of boxing purists who have come out against the much-discussed fight which will take place August 26.The 40-year-old Mayweather has been retired since beating Andre Berto in September 2015 and improving his career record to 49-0.The matchup with McGregor gives Mayweather a chance to reach the 50-0 career milestone.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Heavyweight champion prizefighter Lenox Lewis arrives at the Grand Opening Gala of the Muhammad Ali Center, on the red carpet of the Kentucky Center for the Arts in this photo taken Nov. 19, 2005, in Louisville, Kentucky. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Boxing hall of famer Lennox Lewis won’t be spending his money on the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight, saying he “can’t take it serious” because the outcome is too predictable.The former undisputed world heavyweight champion said the combination of Mayweather’s boxing experience and hand speed will be too much to handle for McGregor, who has made him name as a mixed martial arts fighter.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage SMB guards Cabagnot, Ross lead BPC stats race What ‘missteps’? “It’s ridiculous to me,” Lewis told US sports broadcaster ESPN. “You are talking about one discipline where you can use only your hands and only a few can do it.“Every battle sport always starts with your hands, but they are two totally different sports.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe fight is being held in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and promoters are hoping to make millions off the pay-per-view sales. Scheduled as a 12-round boxing match with 10 ounce gloves, three-time world heavyweight champion Lewis says it won’t go the distance.“I can’t take it serious,” Lewis said. “Mayweather is the best in his weight class, no one can touch him in boxing. MOST READ Former champ Oscar De La Hoya and promoter Kathy Duva have also slammed the event as an exhibition spectacle, pointing to the fact that the 28-year-old McGregor has never had a professional boxing match and only dabbled in the sport as a teenager.But unlike those two, Lewis doesn’t feel the novelty matchup will hurt boxing’s image.“I don’t believe it would damage boxing …. I love Bruce Lee and the other disciplines and when he fought against other fighters, you wanted to see the differences, so I can see the appeal,” Lewis said.Mayweather-McGregor have yet to get together face-to-face since the announcement but they are expected to announce a promotional tour that will take them to a couple of major US cities. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES The Philippines, Hong Kong and Kazakhstan are in the same group.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:24DILG, Napolcom should consider Senate report on admin raps vs Albayalde02:49Robredo: 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 “We are planning to have three or four more because in the Asian Seniors we are allowed to have 18 names in the lineup with 14 to play,” said Cayco.Tipped to join the team are young spikers Ara Galang, EJ Laure, Cherry Rondina and veteran setter Chie Saet.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 starsCayco graced Friday’s presser announcing the Asian Seniors television coverage to be handled by ABS-CBN.National head coach Francis Vicente said he has a “very strong team that can hold its ground against Kazakhstan.” China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games What ‘missteps’? MOST READ Pacquiao vs Horn: Chance for a masterpiece Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. will add four more players to the national pool for the Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship slated Aug. 9 to 17 in Biñan, Laguna.LVPI acting president Pete Cayco said the four players will be named after the Japan training camp slated July 18 to Aug. 1.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Greg Slaughter is slowly but surely getting back to peak form, and Japeth Aguilar has improved tremendously ever since Tim Cone took over as they form, hands-down, the most athletic, tallest frontline in the conference.Tip-off time is at 7 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay where the Fuel Masters hope to author an upset and arrest a six-game losing streak to get back in the playoff hunt.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 other Ginebra weapons that complement its twin towers are import Justin Brownlee and a guard rotation—veteran LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson—which could stand out as the most efficient in the league.Thompson is an all-around talent who, whatever is needed, gets things done. In a 94-80 ripping of luckless Alaska on Saturday in Cebu City, the 6-foot-1 former Perpetual Help ace in the NCAA missed a triple double by two points after getting 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Wushu bet Balangui trips US foe, assures Team PH of Universiade medal Matthew Wright, Jeff Chan and import Brandon Brown will be leading the Fuel Masters.Meanwhile, Blackwater, another team that has a hot streak going—actually its franchise-best run—will shoot for a fourth straight victory when it clashes with TNT KaTropa in the 4:15 p.m. contest.Henry Walker arrived and rejuvenated the Elite, who will be seeking to claim another big fish in the Texters and step up their drive for the next round.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESWith a four-game winning streak and looking more fearsome, Barangay Ginebra slugs it out with slumping Phoenix Petroleum to try to inch closer to a quarterfinal berth in the PBA Governors’ Cup.Playing like a well-oiled machine and with plenty of time to get even better in their bid for a repeat, the Gin Kings are one of only a handful of sides given a chance of thwarting sister team San Miguel Beer’s Grand Slam bid.ADVERTISEMENT Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
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Gulshan Devaiah is the undisputed ‘style guru’ for all his friends. However, it has been a while since he turned his back on fashion for acting. The 31 year old graduate from NIFT has already made a loud enough splash in Bollywood thanks to his role as Ricky, the drug,Gulshan Devaiah is the undisputed ‘style guru’ for all his friends. However, it has been a while since he turned his back on fashion for acting. The 31 year old graduate from NIFT has already made a loud enough splash in Bollywood thanks to his role as Ricky, the drug peddler in Dum Maro Dum. With his next film, Shaitan, set to release in June, Devaiah will be back in Bangalore to promote the film as well as to perform in his favourite play, Butter and Mashed Banana.Personal style: He might have sported a tattoo and worn colourful clothes on screen, but in real life he’s all for subtle sophistication. Personal style is most important. “I saw some lovely fabric recently and decided to make some summer pants for myself,” he explains.Mumbai Vs Bangalore: I miss mom, dad and India Coffee House from Bangalore but otherwise I love it here in Mumbai, except during IPL when I’m ready to run off to Bangalore.Style quotient: On the effect of Bollywood on his style of dressing he says, “Nothing really, I’ve lost a bit of weight, thanks to long shooting hours followed by absolute joblessness, so things fit me well now. I always take time to dress and change my mind at the last hour. Almost as bad as most women”.Brand master: An intelligent mix and match of brands and casual wear keep him going. “I love Zara and H&M. I also love Paul Smith and Tom Ford, but I can’t afford them, just too expensive,” he says disarmingly. On his trip to Greece recently, he floored his to-be in-laws with “pants that I made and black suede boots that I bought from Linking Road”.On the spotadvertisementSiddhartha Mallya, the smiling happy cherub, also known as Deepika Padukone’s boyfriend, can be quite a brat as seen at a high-end salon, located at UB City recently. Mallya junior was unhappy with his hair cut and was seen grumbling about how ‘they either cut it too short or too long, and wondering how they get their licence.Pillows signed by Shah Rukh KhanShahrukh Khan on the other hand had probably forgotten his hair gel at home, what with the new floppy haired look. He chose to skip the IPL party but remembered thoughtfully to leave a signed pillow for the staff of the ITC Gardenia where he stayed to thank them for their warmth.Bangalore might have been a famous English Cantonment, but we still thought it was strange when Karan Johar, who is incidentally the ambassador for British Tourism exclaimed that he was more familiar with London than Mumbai when he was in town for the launch of Visit Britian campaign. He added for good measure, “And, of course I do all my shopping in London.”
Never mind the purring Bentleys, Ferraris and Maybachs. This season, rev up to ride the waves in luxury and style. The leisure boating trend is all set to get a leg-up in India as international brands make a beeline for Mumbai’s coast this month. The Mumbai International Boat Show, which,Never mind the purring Bentleys, Ferraris and Maybachs. This season, rev up to ride the waves in luxury and style. The leisure boating trend is all set to get a leg-up in India as international brands make a beeline for Mumbai’s coast this month. The Mumbai International Boat Show, which began on February 22 and will go on till February 25, is witnessing some of the biggest names in luxury boats “ride the India wave”.Coming on the heels of last year’s modest Boat Show in Kochi, the grander Mumbai version-graced by the who’s who of the marine market, including Azimut-Benetti, Beneteau, Princess, Ferretti Group and Sunseeker-puts India firmly on the International Boat Industry calendar.Click here to EnlargeOrganised in strategic partnership with the British Marine Federation (BMF), the event showcases wind-surfers, dinghies and kayaks to sporty speedboats, uber luxe sailboats and yachts, to grab the eyeballs of affluent Indians looking to extending their lengthening list of luxury products to the sea. “This is a growing lifestyle trend. Indians are now making enough money to indulge themselves.A new generation of wealthy Indians is moving from buying luxury cars to owning private yachts,” says Malav Shroff, former Olympian and director of the Mumbai International Boat Show. With more and more upwardly mobile Indians eyeing lifestyle options, leisure boating is set to receive a full sail thrust.Co-director Sujay Chohan cites the saturated North American and European markets. “Large manufacturers are looking at new markets. Dubai has transformed from a desert capital to a water-front capital. And with its 7,600 km of pristine coastline, India is poised to become a prime cruising destination,” says Chohan.advertisementMaharashtra’s nearly 720 km-long west coast makes Mumbai the ideal destination for the country’s first-ever platform for global and local boat companies to introduce their line-up to India’s high net worth individuals.The four-day event, being held at the exhibition grounds in Bandra Kurla Complex together with a marina display at the Apollo Bunder sea-front, is being attended by over 50 exhibitors and over 70 local and global marine brands.It enjoys the support of the state Government, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation, Mumbai Port Trust and the Indian Navy. “Hopefully, the show will give a fillip to the sport, create more awareness and get more people out on the water.”A new generation of wealthy Indians is moving from buying luxury cars to owning private yachts.”MALAV SHROFF FORMER OLYMPIAN We are seriously lagging behind ports worldwide in terms of infrastructure. The Government seems to have recognised this,” says India’s first Olympic sailor and Arjuna awardee for sailing Captain Soli Contractor I.N. (Retd), now commodore of the Royal Bombay Yacht Club (RBYC).Veterans like Shakeel Kudrolli, founder of the Indian Marine Federation and founder-director of Aquasail Distribution Company Private Limited, have been monitoring the growth with quiet glee. When his company launched the Macgregor multi-purpose power sailor in 2005, it sold six yachts in the first year itself. “Most of the clients were in their 30s and 40s.Earlier, the leisure boating market flourished only in the army, navy and institutions like yacht clubs. But now, there is a clear change in attitude with young people eschewing interest in water sports and in buying boats,” he says.Arjuna awardee and yachtsman Aashim Mongia, who runs West Coast Marine, a company “that services the fast growing yachting industry in India”, says young professionals are turning to leisure boating as a means of relaxation and corporate entertainment. “Over the past few years, many mega yachts have made their way to India.From just a couple of international yachts, we now service more than 10 a year,” says Mongia. With an eye on the growing market demand, his group recently launched a first-of-its-kind yacht share programme in India, for yachts between 31 ft and 75 ft, as a cost effective alternative to actually owning a yacht.But with the fledgling market yet to get a feel of the tide, infrastructure and logistics remain a concern. While open mooring is allowed in Mumbai, sanctioned by the RBYC on behalf of the Mumbai Port Trust, permanent marinas and pontoons still pose a knotty problem.While Chohan hopes a marina will be in place by the end of 2007, many experts insist docking worries might persist. “Water is free. It’s up to the Government to recognise the potential to generate a new economy and step up infrastructure,” says Shroff.Despite the hurdles, the mood is upbeat. Kudrolli feels the boat show will facilitate a latent demand. “Over the last couple of years, the number of vessels moored at the Apollo Bunder jetty has risen from a mere 15 to nearly 100,” he says. Meanwhile, organisers expect nearly 10,000 visitors at the event and have already penciled in dates for the next three years, with Chohan promising that from the eight boats on display this year, the number will swell to 40 in 2008.advertisementFor now, the Mumbai International Boat Show has dropped anchor.
An unknown boxer just a few months ago, Sumit Sangwan hogged the limelight after winning a gold medal at the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Astana, Kazakhstan in April. It gave him a chance to prove his worth at the biggest sports extravaganza, and when Sangwan goes to the Olympics he will look to end up on the podium.The light heavyweight (81kg) boxer is one of the seven male boxers who will represent India at the London Games.The 19-year-old Sangwan also needs to repay the faith of the national selectors who picked him for the Olympic qualifiers over 2010 Asian Games silver medallist and Olympian, Dinesh Kumar.Sangwan happily accepts all the challenges, and he is realistic about the enormity of task ahead.”I have crossed just a small hurdle and big battles are still to come my way. There is a big difference between the qualifiers and the Olympics, but the big occasion doesn’t make me nervous. I also know that I can’t even dream of a medal without giving my 100 per cent.”The draw is still to be known but I believe that if I perform to my potential, I can be in medal contention,” Sangwan told Mail Today.He is not among the biggest name in the Indian team, but says that being a young boxer, his performance will be keenly followed.”Youngsters grab attention because they generate a keen interest in people who want to see their potential. And that also puts pressure on me to perform well.advertisement”People expect me to do well because I was selected in the trials over the seasoned Dinesh. I want to live up to their expectations,” he said.Sangwan has drawn encouraging words from national coach Gurbux Singh Sandhu, who says that youngsters like him can spring a surprise at the Olympics.”We expect medals from seasoned sportsmen but youngsters can emerge as surprise medallists since they don’t have the pressure of expectations on them,” Sandhu told Mail Today.In the light heavyweight category, the focus of a boxer is more on power and not on the footwork and briskness.However, what holds Sangwan in good stead is his excellent footwork which, according to national assistant coach Jaidev Bisht, gives him an edge over his opponents.”Sumit’s forte is his footwork, and high frequency of punches he lands in a short period. These assets were key to his selection in the team and his run to the gold medal in the qualifiers,” Bisht told Mail Today.Sangwan, Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Vikas Krishan (69kg) are three teenagers in the team and will make their Olympic debut in London.Sangwan’s preparation for the Olympics is on in full swing.After training in Patiala, he is currently with the team on a training-cum-competition tour in Dublin, Ireland.He says the experience will help him adjust to local conditions.”I think the most important advantage we can draw from the Ireland trip is that we will adjust to the cold conditions of Europe. We are also scheduled to attend a training camp in London next month and exposures like these will help us to get a feel of the conditions we will face at the Olympics. So, I want to make the most of these camps,” Sangwan said.At the London Olympics, he is eager to make his presence felt and show that he has the potential to clinch a medal at the age of 19. Just wait and watch.
The fit-again duo of opening batsman Virender Sehwag and pace spearhead Zaheer Khan on Wednesday made a comeback but Sachin Tendulkar opted out from India’s 15-member cricket squad for the five one-dayers and a Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka, starting July 21.Tendulkar, who is now a Rajya Sabha member, was a part of the squad for the Asia Cup in March — India’s last ODI assignment — where he completed his 100th international century but decided to opt out of Sri Lanka tour.Watch Sachin’s 100 tons in picturesYoung Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane has replaced Tendulkar in the side. The other change from the side that played in the Asia Cup is the inclusion of left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha in place of out-of-form all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.The Kris Srikkanth-led selection committee, which picked the squad in a meeting here, also decided to replace Praveen Kumar with Zaheer’s pace understudy Umesh Yadav.”We have the best available team. Sachin is not available. I think it is a very good side which has very strong batting line-up and good bowlers and we are confident that it will do well in Sri Lanka,” chairman of selection committee Krishnamachari Srikkanth told reporters after announcing the squad.There was no place for feisty off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who endured indifferent form during the IPL and has now signed up with English county side Essex, as the selectors continued to ignore him while Rahul Sahrma was retained in the side. The team will thus have three spinners on low-bouncing and spinning tracks in Sri Lanka.advertisementThe team will also have seven specialist batsmen, four seamers and a wicketkeeper in captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.The rest of the squad, to be led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, remains the same with the selectors retaining Virat Kohli as vice-captain, a position that the Delhi youngster took from opener Gautam Gambhir during the Asia Cup.Squad:M S Dhoni (captain), Virat Kohli (vice-captain), Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav, Ashok Dinda, Vinay Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwari, Rahul Sharma
GONE: Gurcharan Singh’s departure leaves a void in the Indian boxing campAt the Sydney Olympics last year, there were two athletes who lifted Indian hopes. Lifter Karnam Malleswari was one, and she won a medal. Gurcharan Singh was the other but he missed a medal by a whisker.The light heavy,GONE: Gurcharan Singh’s departure leaves a void in the Indian boxing campAt the Sydney Olympics last year, there were two athletes who lifted Indian hopes. Lifter Karnam Malleswari was one, and she won a medal. Gurcharan Singh was the other but he missed a medal by a whisker.The light heavy weight reached the boxing quarter-finals, losing out on a place in the medals tally through a points decision that could have gone either way. Now, six months after the Olympics, Gurcharan Singh, 24, has landed Indian boxing a punch that has left it reeling: he has disappeared.Gurcharan, a serving naib subedar with the 17 Sikh Battalion, went missing in mid-February. His disappearance was kept under wraps until last week. With the passage of time, Indian boxing’s worst fears – that lured by professional boxing Gurcharan has possibly escaped abroad – seem to be coming true.What is more disturbing is that he is not the first but only the latest in the list of runaway boxers from the army. In 1998, Lakha Singh and Debendra Thapa, scheduled to participate in the World Military Boxing meet, slipped out of a Texas airport on the pretext of shopping. They never returned.Gurcharan’s disappearance has come at a time when his coach G.S. Sandhu and the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) were charting out plans to shape him into a world-class boxer. The federation had sent Gurcharan home to his village Roorewalin Punjab’s Ludhiana district in the second week of February to fetch his passport for an advanced training trip to the Czech Republic. But Gurcharan failed to report at the pre-departure camp in Delhi.advertisementUNHAPPY: Gurcharan Singh felt let down after the Sydney OlympicsWhen the IABF informed the Services Sports Control Board (which sponsors army sportsmen) of Gurcharan’s no-show, they checked with his family and were told that he was last seen boarding a bus for Delhi on February 16.”It’s a big blow to Indian boxing,” says Rajesh Bhandari, IABF secretary. Gurcharan was considered young and talented enough to develop into a world-class boxer. “He was a sure bet for boxing medals in the international arena,” says T.L. Gupta, a boxing coach at the National Institute of Sports, Patiala.When Gurcharan returned disheartened from Sydney, having missed out on a medal, the IABF promised him greater international exposure and even wrote to a dozen countries known for top boxing coaches and training facilities. Says Bhandari: “The idea was to help him overcome the setback and get on to a systematic training schedule.”At one stage Gurcharan did appear to have set his heart on his sporting career, turning down suggestions of marriage from his family saying it would affect his training. “He was determined to make another attempt at a medal in the next Olympics,” says father Jagir Singh, who retired as naib subedar from the same unit which Gurcharan joined in 1992.His family is surprisingly stoic. “He was heartbroken over not being recognised for his feat at the Olympics,” says Jagir Singh. He reels out instances of hurt and neglect that Gurcharan shared with the family before he went missing.Gurcharan Singh is the third army boxer to have disappeared in the past three years.The boxer’s main grouse was with the army authorities who had expressed their inability to provide him an out-of-turn promotion after his Sydney performance. His last promotion as JCO was in 1995 when he won gold in the SAF Games.According to the family, Gurcharan wanted the army to treat his Olympic feat on a par with that of a medal winner – a case reportedly made by the IABF as well – but it was turned down on grounds of being beyond the purview of existing rules.All that the army had offered him,says the family, was a cash incentive of Rs85,000.The IABF had also collected Rs 3.5 lakh but before they could hand it over to Gurcharan, he disappeared.”His ill-treatment by the army was the turning point,” says Jagir Singh. The denial of promotion apparently angered Gurcharan who had an argument with a senior army officer in Delhi. “He had a feeling that it was the end of the road for him in the forces,” says his father.In January, Gurcharan had even contacted lawyers in Chandigarh to get him self discharged from the army. On finding that the procedure was long and cumbersome Gurcharan opted to become a deserter.There are others who say that the treatment by the Punjab Government affected the boxer more deeply.The Government refused to acknowledge his Sydney achievement. To add insult to injury, the authorities’ refused even to instal a priority telephone connection at Gurcharan’s home. On the other hand, cricketer Harbhajan Singh was honoured by the chief minister with a plot, Rs 5 lakh and a Class I job.advertisementPICTURE OF DESPAIR: Gurcharan Singh’s parents at the family home in Roorewal village in Punjab”The neglect by the state Government added to Gurcharan’s desperation,”says Jagir Singh. IABF officials feel that neglect may be only a part of the reason behind Gurcharan’s disappearance. “The lure of money in the professional boxing circuit abroad may have been too tempting for him,” says one.There is talk that Gurcharan had been in touch with foreign pro boxing clubs after his strong showing in Sydney. According to boxing circles there is good reason to believe that he is already abroad.The incident has also brought into sharp focus a trend among top Indian amateur boxers of moving towards professional boxing. “It takes at least Rs 10 lakh per year to groom a boxer of Gurcharan’s calibre,” says an IABF official.If Gurcharan has indeed fled for the brutal high-stakes world of pro boxing, he won’t be the first. In 1994, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Dharmendra Yadav joined a professional club in the UK, followed by compatriots V. Devarajan, Sanjeev Kumar, Vivek Yadav and Raj Kumar Sangwan.They have tried their luck in professional boxing abroad without much success. Significantly,all the three run away boxers and most of those who turned professional were from the Services, raising questions about the lack of incentives for boxers in the armed forces. “Once the amateurs get trained abroad, they are desperate about the lack of incentive and facilities back home,” says Gupta.All the three boxers who deserted come from poor, rural families making them vulnerable to the lure of money attached to pro boxing. Unlike the private sector, the army – the mainstay of most national-level boxers in India – has stringent rules on promotion of sportsmen. Only an international medal makes a boxer eligible for a one-rank promotion.Worried at the Gurcharan episode, the IABF officials meet in Shimla on May 13 to chalk out a plan to stem this drain of boxing talent. “The key to retaining promising boxers lies in talking to them and keeping their morale high,” says Bhandari.Little wonder, one of the lessons that the boxers are being lectured on at the national training in progress at Shimla is on the pitfalls of professional boxing abroad.
Steph Curry blames LA Kings for epic ‘Shaqtin’ slip in Warriors win Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH PLAY LIST 01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH01:15SC chief Peralta wants US-Marshall patterned security for PH judges02:21‘Bato’ says Robredo has to toughen up: ‘This is war…hindi ka pwedeng pa-cute cute dito’02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “We know that as one collective unit our two agencies can reach greater heights together – especially by providing our athletes with a family-like environment where they can feel taken care of,” said Naveen Ganglani, head of public relations of HypeSportsPH.The agency can assist their athletes in the areas such as contractual negotiations, commercial earnings, social media promotion, marketing and PR consultation, social responsibility, brand development, and career planning.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes EMBM was founded by Marvin Espiritu, son of veteran PBA sports agent Danny Espiritu, and Matthew Manotoc, son of PBA Hall of Fame Coach Tommy Manotoc, in 2011 while HypeSports PH was started by veteran agent Paula Punla in 2015.Some of EMBM agency’s clients include PBA stars Scottie Thompson, Japeth Aguilar, Jayson Castro, Poy Erram, Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, Matthew Wright, Jason Perkins, and Robert Bolick.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We’ve always had a friendly relationship with the HypeSportsPH group so we’re looking forward to this mutually beneficial partnership to better serve our athletes,” Manotoc said in a press release.HypeSportsPH, meanwhile, has the likes of Gomez De Liaño brothers, the Ildefonso Brothers, Raffy Verano, Renzo Subido, Aljun Melecio, John Lloyd Clemente, Will Gozum and Josh Sinclair in their roster of clients. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES HypeSportsPH vs EMBM: Paula Punla, Naveen Ganglani, Matthew Manotoc, Marvin Espirutu and Karina Sitaldas. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Two sports management agencies in the Philippines have joint forces in a merger announced on Tuesday.HypeSportsPH and Espiritu Manotoc Basketball Management (EMBM) have teamed up to form HypeSportsPH x EMBM, a partnership agency that will represent an extensive list of the professional and collegiate basketball players in the country.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations
Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations However, that would not stop them playing for China because they did not represent the countries of their birth as senior internationals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES MOST READ Knicks send Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas, say he requested a trade ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments (L-R) Arsenal’s French midfielder Francis Coquelin, Arsenal’s German defender Per Mertesacker and Arsenal’s defender Nico Yennaris celebrate after their team scored the 0-1 during the football friendly match 1. FC Koeln vs. FC Arsenal London in Cologne, western Germany, on August 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL ROLAND (Photo by DANIEL ROLAND / AFP)A London-born former England youth international signed for Beijing Guoan on Thursday and will take Chinese citizenship, in a landmark move for Chinese football.Ex-Arsenal player Nico Yennaris arrived from English second-tier side Brentford and was joined at Guoan by fellow midfielder John Hou Saeter, who was born in Norway.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Saeter, 21, who will use his Chinese name Hou Yongyong, moves from Stabaek in Norway’s top league.By naturalizing both men, Guoan can field them as domestic players instead of overseas ones.Chinese Super League teams are restricted to a maximum of three foreign players on the pitch at the same time.The pair’s switch to Chinese could also be a boon to the struggling national side, who badly need quality reinforcements.Yennaris has represented England at under-17, under-18 and under-19, and Saeter played for Norway in several age groups.ADVERTISEMENT The duo — both of whom have Chinese mothers — are set to become China’s first naturalized footballers “after all the formalities are completed”, Guoan said.The capital club, who won last season’s Chinese FA Cup under German coach Roger Schmidt, said they hope the two players will go on to represent China.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 25-year-old Yennaris, who has taken the Chinese name Li Ke, tweeted: “I’m delighted to announce I’ve signed for Beijing Sinobo Guoan FC as a Chinese citizen. “It’s an exciting opportunity for me to play in the birth country of my mother and grandparents.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte
Photo: Twitter.comA funny take on common errors made by Indians in usage of English language is among the top trends on Twitter on Friday. Twitterati posted pictures of various such hilarious mistakes noticed on billboards all across the country hashtagging IndianEnglish.Photo: Twitter.comOther than this, users are also posting other funny gaffes rampant in our English usage. “Sport teacher to student: please fill wind in the football,” posted @prkpadmalayam. “Open the windows and let the airforce come in,” wrote @Mrlawyerr.”Teacher: Why are you looking at the monkeys outside when I am in the class?!” wrote @shreyanagarajan. “In God’s house there’s delay but no load shedding,” posted @Purba_Ray. “Don’t fly my fun,” tweeted @BakwasRadio. Photo: Twitter.comThere were jibes at the use of strange English phrases in language used in government offices. “Dear Sir, with reference to my above, please refer to my below,” wrote @rajeshkalra.Photo: Twitter.comHowever, what summed up the best was this one: “British messed our motherland we mess up their mothertongue,” by @SuperstarGuddi.