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 MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TNT’s Jayson Castro. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—The PBA Commissioner’s Cup standings may not yet be finalized with more than half the league still yet to play their last elimination games, but Meralco head coach Norman Black is almost certain they’ll face TNT.Black and the Bolts finished their elimination round schedule with a 7-4 record after losing to Ginebra, 90-89, Sunday at Ynares Sports Center here and now sit at the fifth spot in the standings.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “We just have to prepare for them, because it’s them who we’re expecting to play,” said Black.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “We probably would face TNT I would imagine, more likely, so we just have to sit down and figure out what they’ll do offensively and defensively,” said Black.The KaTropa also finished their schedule the same day as Meralco but not in the same way the Bolts did.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingTNT overcame Rain or Shine, 105-102, in the first game of Sunday’s double-header for an 8-3 record, good enough for the fourth seed.Meralco and TNT last faced on March 24 with the Bolts winning, 94-89, but things have changed since then. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Monster mash: LeBron James undaunted by beastly Warriors Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View comments
1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Paul, who averaged 18.1 points and 9.2 assists per game, is expected to be pursued by the San Antonio Spurs, while Oklahoma City could make a pitch for Griffin.Five-time all-star Griffin averaged 21.6 points and 8.1 rebounds last season, but has been plagued by injuries over the past three seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ Los Angeles Clippers stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Forward Blake Griffin has opted out of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers and will become an unrestricted free agent next week, the US media reported Friday.Point guard Chris Paul is expected to follow Griffin into NBA free agency next week but the moves were expected and there is a good chance both will remain with the Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smith reminds teammates: We have to control the game WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Just when Reed thought that he left everyone in the dust, the 21-year-old Mauricio Mendez made a huge leap forward, going from sixth to second in the run course to give the defending champion a run for his money.“I saw him in the first lap of the run. I was like, ‘I’d better start running, be quicker,’ He’s a beautiful runner, a really talented athlete so I was definitely concerned,” he said.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 starsFortunately for Reed, he built enough cushion and sustained his groove to cruise to the victory, his third straight in Cebu.Pulling off another triumph, the 32-year-old expressed was pleased to fulfill his goals and meet expectations. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES “I knew I was very fit and I knew I’d have a good chance, but you’ll never know. You can’t control how other people race. If somebody else beat me, but I put in a really good performance, I’m okay with that. And today was just all about focusing on myself and racing as hard as I could,” he said.Though he cemented his status as one of the sport’s greats with his three-year dynasty in Cebu, Reed downplayed the feat.“I think every time you win somewhere, the pressure builds a little bit and the next year, there’s a little bit more pressure. For me, it’s really important to keep the pressure off and just keep it fun and enjoy myself,” he said.Luckily for Reed, he has his wife with him to share his recent first place finish to alleviate the rigors of his intense training.“I worked really hard for this. My wife came over to America with me and put up with me doing a lot of training. She was really supporting me so it makes a big difference. So this is a really a pleasing result for me and it’s special for my family,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Tim Reed. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Tim Reed was confident heading into the 2017 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines on Sunday, the Australian admitted that there was a time he felt that his drive for a three-peat was in peril.That hit him hard midway through the race as he saw the much-talked about strength of the field first hand.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Reed reigns anew, completes Cebu Ironman 70.3 three-peat Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet 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 FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ
NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Brazilian soccer star Neymar speaks during a press conference in Paris Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. Neymar arrived in Paris on Friday the day after he became the most expensive player in soccer history when completing his blockbuster transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($262 million).(AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS — Neymar is expected to make his much-awaited debut for Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday in the small Brittany town of Guingamp after French football authorities finally received his international transfer certificate.The French Football Federation received the document from its Spanish counterpart on Friday, more than a week after PSG signed the Brazilian from Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The French football league then told The Associated Press the ITC was submitted by the federation, and Neymar’s transfer would be ratified later Friday, clearing the way for him to play at Guingamp on Sunday.The hold-up prevented Neymar from making his PSG debut last Saturday against Amiens after completing his world-record 222 million euros ($262 million) transfer.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 starsPSG wanted Neymar to start the season at its Parc des Princes home but his debut was delayed because of the paperwork issues. Neymar was unveiled to the PSG fans on Saturday but could only watch from the stands as his new team started its league campaign with a 2-0 win.Barcelona said there was nothing strange about the situation and the wait was due to the banks. Just a few hours before the French federation said it had received the ITC, the 222 million euros was made available in Barcelona’s accounts. Barcelona denied speculation that slowed down the process in retaliation for PSG luring one of its biggest stars out of the Camp Nou. Barcelona said it had been waiting on the banks to complete the transaction for the massive amount of money.PSG coach Unai Emery has yet to announce his squad for the trip to Guingamp, but wants Neymar to be playing.“We all want him to start playing,” Emery told a news conference on Friday. “We want him in the squad, and in the starting 11. He has trained well, and we have also worked on tactical aspects and set-pieces. He is ready.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers 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 DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Kevin Durant apologizes for India comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo
It’s probably the most awaited car in India after the Tata Nano. And judging by the initial reception to the SUV it seems like a lot of people were patiently waiting for the Toyota Fortuner. The Fortuner is built on the same IMV platform as the Innova, but has improved steering response and more performance-biased suspension and underpinnings.The SUV shares more of its looks with the Hilux, Toyota’s pickup truck on the same platform that is sold overseas, than the van like Innova we are so familiar with. Despite being a four-year-old design, albeit facelifted before the Indian launch, the Fortuner still looks quite contemporary. The 17-inch wheels, bulging wheel arches and high ground clearance give the Toyota a proper butch look.Inside, there is a sense of deja vu. Thanks to its Innova link, the dash layout and switch gear is similar. So is the steering and the central console layout. The latter also features an identical green backlit audio system and climate control as the Innova. But, for a vehicle almost twice the price, the Fortuner is a bit of a letdown. The side rear-view mirror control is awkwardly placed near the headlight levelling switch and the most contemporary bit of the dash is the white-backlit meters in the instrument panel. The seats are a great part of the Fortuner. The front set is highly supportive, albeit completely manual. The middle row too is quite good, and features backrest and fore-aft adjustment. The middle row also gets a roof mounted air-con control, which directs air to the middle and last rows. The last row is quite comfortable, with a natural seating position that won’t be discomforting on longer drives. The Fortuner is powered by Toyota’s common-rail D4-D diesel engine that displaces 2982cc. The engine packs a good load of power and torque, delivering it quite early in the rev range. The torque is easily put down by all four 265/17 in tyres, via the permanent four wheel drive system. It feels great to drive and doesn’t feel out of breath at all. The five-speed manual (no automatic just yet), is no racing ‘box but not bad to use, though it has a long throw.Toyota has stiffened the Fortuner for India (as compared to other Asian markets), and this means that the low speed ride of the SUV suffers; the handling, however, gains. The stiff suspension, wide tyres and four wheel drive lend the SUV good body control, grip and drive around bends, respectively. The steering is light but lacks directness and feel. It’s the same with the brakes; there’s ABS but the brake feel and bite isn’t linear or ferocious.The Fortuner is rugged and with the looks and dimensions befitting a proper SUV. That it’s a Toyota naturally helps. Price: Rs. 19.8 lakh.On the road: Nizamabad to KanyakumariLeaving Nizamabad in our Audi A4 in the wee hours of the morning allowed us a clear run towards Hyderabad, we expected to get across Hyderabad fast, but were caught by the morning office and school traffic. We went around the city to avoid city centre traffic, before hitting the road towards the new Hyderabad airport. Once past the city traffic, we started making good time and stopped for some quick idlis. It was good to see how the new roads can instantly increase your pace and confidence. Entering Bangalore is a bad idea at anytime, especially in the evening. We opted for a bypass which took us all the way around the city and brought us near Hosur, the industrial town neighbouring the city. The road was complete, and featured enough reflectors and cat-eyes to keep the journey safe till Salem, our next stop. From Salem to Kanyakumari the largely completed highways took us through some of the most scenic parts of the peninsula. We left early and had the highway much to ourselves till Madhurai. Once past, one of the most amazing landscapes came forth. We were driving on table flat land that let to a range to high hills cutting into the sky and the dark monsoon clouds. These flanked us much of the way, and look truly amazing in the distance. Before reaching Kanyakumari, we made a slight detour to see the Vattakottai Fort, taking in the views of the blue sea and Cape Comorin from far.-Siddhraj SinghHero Honda ZMRIf one needed to cross states in the country, the Karizma for long, was the perfect answer. Now though, a new version of the Karizma is out. And we will say it straight off; it is even better. The looks have changed for the better. The ZMR conveys its sport touring intentions better than any of its competition. It now sports a full fairing that houses a headlamp unit. The tail meanwhile is nicely sculpted. We also like the tail lamp unit which features LEDs and integrated side indicators. Split grab rails make their debut on the bike, but aren’t the most comfy to hold on to. The all new digital instrumentation is easily the best looking and the freshest design we have seen in the recent past. The setup is also easy to read and programmable to read out customised welcome and sign off notes.The rear dampers are now gas charged and the improvement in ride quality is immediately evident. The ZMR also handles brilliantly. It’s supremely stable in a straight line and around bends it’s sharp, light footed and very forgiving. The most significant change on the ZMR is to the engine. It still uses the same engine as the older Karizma and is as refined through most of its operating range, but it’s now fuel injected. Also, there’s an oil cooler for more efficient cooling. The power and torque ratings haven’t improved by much though, but on the road, the ZMR is a tad quicker than the older motorcycle. It also has better throttle response while the rideability only gets better towards the top of the rev range. Price: Rs. 91,000 ex showroom. -Vikrant SinghColumn courtesy: Auto Bild Indiaadvertisementadvertisement
India booked their spot in the quarter-finals of the badminton team championship on Wednesday with a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Wales, before defeating Scotland 4-1 in the evening to finish atop Group D. They will now take on Canada on Thursday. In the morning session on Wednesday, the hosts rode Aditi Mutatkar and Chetan Anand’s dominant wins in the singles ties to get off to a great start in the tie.Pune youngster Aditi, who was playing because Saina Nehwal was rested, showed no nerves in powering her way past Carissa Turner 21-13, 21-8. Anand had earlier put India on the right track with a 21-12, 21-16 win over Lewis Martyn. Sanave Thomas and Rupesh Kumar then took the court for the men’s doubles and posted a 21-11, 21-13 win over Welsh pair Philip James and Joe Morgan in 24 minutes.Thereafter, Ashwini Ponnappa and Aparna Balan thrashed Carissa and Harvey Caroline 21-11, 21-13 while Jwala Gutta and V Diju spanked Martyn and Sarah Thomas 21-8, 21-5 to sew it up for the hosts. Debutant Aditi had Carissa scampering all over the court with her crosscourt smashes and deceptive pushes “I didn’t know what to expect as I have never played against her before. It was a good start for me. There was a little drift but I got used to it as the match progressed. It is quite normal to have one side of the court faster than the other, so it was ok. I hope to do well in the tournament,” Aditi said after her match.advertisementThe highlight of the day was the men’s doubles clash. James and Morgan matched the Indian pair stroke-for-stroke in the opening game. But the greater experience of Rupesh and Sanave was enough to push them home. “It was our experience which saw us through. They played very well and we were lucky to come through today,” Sanave said after the match.
What’s up:Deepika PallikalDipika Pallikal. The 19-year-old from Chennai ranked 27th in the Women’s International Squash Players Association charts, the highest for any Indian woman.Lakshmi Mittal. The world’s fifth richest person is building the most expensive home in Scotland at 15 million.What’s down:Anil KumbleAnil Kumble, who withdrew himself from the IPL,What’s up:Deepika PallikalDipika Pallikal. The 19-year-old from Chennai ranked 27th in the Women’s International Squash Players Association charts, the highest for any Indian woman.Lakshmi Mittal. The world’s fifth richest person is building the most expensive home in Scotland at 15 million.What’s down:Anil KumbleAnil Kumble, who withdrew himself from the IPL auction. Sigh. One gentleman less in a very gentleman-less version of the game.Yuvraj Singh. The Indian batsman finds himself in a rather unflattering list with a British newspaper naming him as one of the Top 10 Sporting Egos of recent times.
Bangladesh opening bowler Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has failed to recover from a knee injury and was left out of his team’s 15-man World Cup squad on Wednesday.Mortaza, a former captain of the team, was hurt in a local match in December, according to Bangladesh chief selector Rafiq-ul Alam.Another former captain, Mohammad Ashraful, is in the squad. But allrounder Shakib Al Hasan retains the captaincy with opening batsman Tamim Iqbal as his deputy.”We have selected the squad keeping the local playing conditions in mind,” Alam said.The 14-team tournament jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh begins in Dhaka on Feb. 19.Bangladesh is in Group B with South Africa, England, India, West Indies, Ireland and the Netherlands.Bangladesh Squad: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Shariar Nafees, Zunaed Siddique, Mohammad Ashraful, Raqibul Hassan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riad, Abdur Razzak, Naeem Islam, Shafiul Islam, Suhrawardi Shuvo, Rubel Hossain, Nazmul Hossain.
With just 16 days to go for the World Cup opening ceremony in Dhaka, the fever is rising fast in India.India will fight it out for the coveted World Cup with 13 other teams.While fans are making sure that they don’t miss out on the tickets for key matches, members of the Indian team are utilising their rare off days to complete shooting for advertisements.Soon the same players will turn serious as they get into a preparatory camp at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and then in Chennai.India begin their campaign against Bangladesh in Dhaka on February 19.For a tournament of this magnitude, a lot of background work is required – from fool-proof security to logistics to ensuring good pitch and ground conditions for a healthy contest between bat and ball. Both the International Cricket Council (ICC) and tournament co-host Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that all 49 matches are staged without hassles.India is crazy about cricket and the madness is expected to reach an unprecedented height during the 45-day competition.An Australian team in transition will attempt to register its fourth straight title triumph while the likes of India, England and South Africa will try to stop Ricky Ponting’s side from running away with the trophy on April 2, when the final is played at a completely renovated Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.The World Cup has grown over the years, since the first edition was played in 1975 in England. From eight teams 36 years ago to 14 now, the tournament has expanded in every sense of the term. Besides the honour of becoming the world’s number one team, there’s a lot more at stake. A total prize money of $ 10 million, of which $30,00,000 will go to the winners, would ensure that players give their best performance.advertisementThis is the third occasion that the World Cup is coming to the Indian subcontinent, the earlier occasions being 1987 when it was hosted for the first time outside England – and 1996. This year, south Asia could have made a record with four countries jointly hosting the World Cup, but security concerns meant that Pakistan was chucked out, leaving only India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to stage the tournament at 13 venues.India has eight venues, Sri Lanka three and Bangladesh two. The semi-finals will be played in Colombo and Mohali while the final at a stadium about 16 kilometres from Sachin Tendulkar’s home in Mumbai.Unlike for the 1987 World Cup, when India and Pakistan cricket boards joined hands to successfully win the bid to host the tournament, it was much easy to beat the only contenders, Australia-New Zealand, for the 2011 edition. The south Asian nations won 10- 3 on April 30, 2006, after the ICC relaxed the rules to allow them to submit their main bid after its expiry date. It was not surprising, since an estimated 70- 80 per cent of ICC’s revenue comes from Indian companies or the MNCs based in the country.
Sports minister Ajay Maken has written a letter to Defence Minister AK Antony, putting the latter’s ministry in a bind. Maken has urged the defence establishment to amend rules so that Subedar Vijay Kumar can get a triple promotion.Vijay won a silver medal for India in 25m rapid-fire pistol event last week, but then hit out at the Army, saying despite winning numerous laurels for India, he has not been recommended for promotion by his seniors. Vijay is attached to the 16 Dogra Regiment.Maken wrote on Monday that the defence ministry should take notice of the recent policy on out-of-turn promotions framed by the Department of Personnel and Training, which allows three such promotions for central government civilian employees.”The armed forces have been in forefront of promoting sports excellence and it would be in the fitness of things that there is parity in the award of out of turn promotion for all sports persons who have excelled in sports events internationally or nationally so as to obviate any sense of deprivation in respect of defence service employees on one hand and reward them equally for the excellence in sports events on the other hand,” Maken wrote.”Outstanding sportspersons achieving high level of excellence deserve consideration even for a third out of turn promotion in recognition of their performances. Such a move will go a long way in recognising the contribution of sportspersons in enhancing the country’s position in the arena of world sports.”The issue of immediate promotion as an officer might be tricky, as it involves different skill sets and training, but the controversy touches on the issue of parity.advertisementSources in the Army say that they would like to proceed by the rules and would give all due support to him. But there is no rule which allows for a triple promotion in case of excelling is a sports event. Rules only provide for a double promotion.